Patience is so difficult when you really want to share something you love! I’ve been holding on to these beautiful images by Belathee Photography forever… and I am so thrilled to finally share the wedding of Laura and Robert. The wedding was featured on Snippet & Ink yesterday, so forgive us if you’ve seen some of these images already, but you can never get too much of stunning wedding!
Fox Chair Mountain Farm in Chester, Vermont was the perfect backdrop to host a weekend full of events. This wedding location is truly a lovely blend of architecture, rivers, and fields. The small barn and perfect tent site are a bonus too! Working with Laura and Robert was an incredible experience. I felt like I got to know them just a bit more than I do most couples. It might have something to do with switching venues (and regions of Vermont!) mid-way through the planning process, but we certainly found the perfect place for their celebration! From the incredible ceremony and details throughout you can see all the time and love this couple put into the festivities. It helps the bride is a talented graphic designer and the groom, a composer. The ceremony under the big tree was picture perfect. Sunshine, music, pre-ceremony lemonade and ice-d tea greeted guests. Stunning florals by Ariella Chezar graced the entire property. Laura’s bouquet was breathtaking.
Lets Pretend Catering delivered on an amazing farm to table dining experience during cocktail hour and the reception. I am so thankful for my journey with Laura and Robert. Sharing in their joy and happiness was truly a gift. Thank you to all the wonderful professionals we work with to make such wonderful celebrations a great success!
xxoo – Carrie
Here is what was happening around here this week and notable events and happenings for couples in NYC, Philadelphia and Boston!
Monday: Happy Martin Luther King Day!
Tuesday: Real Wedding at one of our favorite locations, the Barnard Inn, captured by one of our most adored photographers Orchard Cove Photography. This wedding is filled with sparkles and sweet details!
Wednesday: Planning an outdoor wedding? You find suggestions and tips here for lighting outdoor spaces.
Thursday: Time to grab your dancing shoes again. Check out the boogie time post for all the details on these great band showcases!
We finished our Pinterest Page overhaul this week! Check our new boards for a ton of great wedding inspiration. Here are a few pins from our ♦ Wedding Color: Pink ♦ Blush ♦ Board. Enjoy!
Other happenings you may not want to miss:
- Philadelphia Brides: BHLDN has a sample sale at the Philadelphia Navy Yard January 25th. This event is from 10am to 1PM. All gowns are $100-$300, quantities are limited!
- Also this weekend Flair – one of the great places in Boston to find gowns for the wedding party – is offering 10% off Jenny Yoo dresses (one of my very favorite go-to desigers for bridesmaids!).
- Boston: Justin Alexader Trunk Show: January 31, 2014 . 10am to 5pm. www.bellaserabride.com for more information.
- BHLDN also just released their first look of the new line of spring bridesmaid dresses.
Enjoy the weekend! (& Happy planning!)xxoo – Carrie
The beauty of building outdoor events is that you can create just about anything your heart desires and budget will allow. In my opinion, lighting is one of the most important fundamental keys to a successful event. We often classify two types of lighting you need to consider – the atmosphere lighting (what makes the event so pretty) and logistical lighting ( the ability to see is very important). When considering an outdoor wedding, both types of lighting must be carefully planned.
Atmosphere lighting: Consider the overall feeling and look of your wedding. Different types of lighting fit well for rustic, casual events and others might be suited for crystal chandeliers, or simple iron chandeliers dressed in greens and/or flowers (so pretty!).
Top left: Lanterns hanging in a clear top frame tent from VT Tent Company. / Top right: Sperry Tent with dance floor lighting by Darkstar. Image: Duback Photography. / Bottom left: pattern wash on pole or century tent by Rain or Shine Tent and Events. / Bottom right: Festoon Lighting aka G-50 bulbs or vintage string lighting in pole tent. Top left: iron chandelier dressed in greens and flowers / Top right: custom drum lighting on center-poles in pole tent by Rain or Shine Tent and Events / Bottom left: Paper lanterns in clear top frame tent by Vermont Tent Company. Photo by Duback Photography. / Bottom right: Paper lanterns. Image by Michael Riddell Photography.
Never under estimate Candle light and simple perimeter lighting if you are on budget as well. Just be sure to check with your event professionals to see if this is enough lighting in your tent for your specific needs. Some tents reflect light better than others. Hanging lanterns, mason jars, string lights are also beautiful especially grouped in mass. Some of these projects will take much longer than anticipated. Couples with a DIY mindset should plan extra time to install these details. Consulting with professionals will also help determine what works well, what is more complicated than necessary or will work within your budget.
Logistical lighting: This is the lighting needed for safety and for event professionals and guests to make their way around the event areas. Pathway lighting and catering lighting are the two must have details. Spot lights will certainly work, in the catering spaces however for other “guest areas” we often suggest complimenting your logistical lighting to the environment created inside the event space. This is a nice way to tie the entire event together. Some great examples are luminaries, lanterns (both hanging and pathway), mason jars, string lighting and up-lighting trees and pin spotting gardens.
Tip: Double check your power needs. Ensure all your lighting plans are reviewed with event professionals hired. It is also a good idea to cross check band lighting needs.
May your wedding be bright!xxoo – Carrie