Karen + Arthur had an exquisite, Armenian engagement reception event at Signature Banquet Hall in Granada Hills, CA last month. Their gorgeous, formal cocktail looks made for stunning engagement portraits in the all-white lobby of the venue!
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August 25th, 2013
Couples like Kasey and Andrew are why I love what I do! So sweet, fun, quirky, and down for anything! They had an intimate ceremony at the Sand Plum Event Center in historic downtown Guthrie, Oklahoma. They got ready at the Pollard Inn across the street. I was assisted by Catie Bartlett, who contributed some of the shots below, including behind the scenes.
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Allison & Patrick had an Oklahoma City Museum of Art rooptop wedding on a beautiful night! I was honored to work with them and their fun family and friends on such a special day!
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February 9th, 2013
Nic, Emmy, and crew were so much fun! Amazing vintage chic details at one of my favorite venues. I met these two in college and was super excited to get to play this role in their big day. It was quite the party from beginning to end, full of photogenic people!
Make sure to check out the first look session photos- always my favorite part of any wedding day.
Venue: OKC Public Farmers Market
Coordinator: Heather McKinley (Farmers Market)
Florist: Sherry Parks
Cake: Debbie Schwab, Sweet Treasures
DJ: Mike Ipong, BTP Productions
Photo Booth: Drea Dillard, An Event to Remember Photo Booth
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I’m excited to launch a new blog category in 2013- vendor features! In order to make by blog more of a resource for my wedding fans, I’ll be profiling local vendors and showcasing some of their work! It’s a huge task to research all the businesses needed for a wedding, and even harder to get to know them all before making a decision. In these profiles, you’ll get answers strait from the pros to some frequently asked questions, and get to see some of their REAL work! Please let me know in the comments what types of vendors you’re interested in seeing profiles of!
I’m excited to bring you the profile of Adrianne of Pink Poppy Event Designs for my first vendor feature. This beautiful lady is a doll with whom I worked on Becca & Jake’s wedding in last year. If you’re still looking for a planner, check out her interview and photos of her work below! (Some of the photos feature work from Sooner Calligraphy.)
What made you decide to start planning weddings?
There is just something so magical about a bride and groom’s wedding day. When I got married I remember wishing I had more help navigating what felt like an overwhelming list of ideas and vendors. After helping several friends with their weddings I decided that perhaps this is what I wanted to when I grew up. Planning a wedding is so much fun, but it can be stressful. I hope to help brides and grooms plan their big day so their special day is truly unique and are all that the couple could dream of regardless of budget.
How would you explain the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding coordinator? Do you do both?
I think the primary difference is that a wedding planner will assist with a lot of the preliminary details such as vendor selection and overall event details. Wedding coordinators are often hired to coordinate wedding vendors and last minute details. The roles of both a planner and coordinator overlap, but just know a coordinator (Especially day or month of) is often just going to manage the vendors and choices you have already made. I do both, but I really prefer to take on the full wedding planning role because I like to make sure my brides us excellent vendors that I have worked with and trust.
Why should someone hire a planner?
I think the biggest reason a bride should hire a wedding planner is because planners have experience planning weddings. We have faced challenges and have experience with how best to handle problems as they come up. Planners will help with vendor selection, event styling and can greatly reduce the amount of stress along the way. I tell my brides my job is to help make this really fun, but at times stressful process a lot easier. I also tell them when you hire a wedding planner that means you and your family get to enjoy the big day, rather than “work” that day. Managing all the pieces that will make that dream wedding come together becomes my job and the wedding party can kick back and enjoy the big day.
What basic process do you go through with the bride (and groom) to nail down a style direction for their event?
I typically ask brides and grooms to tell me what they think about when they imagine their big day. Do they want to be barefoot on the beach? Do they want a formal black tie occasion? I have also pinned a lot of unique wedding looks on my Pinterest Boards so we look through those together to map out a style direction. I find inspiration all over from cooking books, to design magazines etc and I will create a custom Board for each of my brides if they are interested in that.
Some couples have a pretty specific idea of what they want, while others may have no idea. Is it better one way or the other for you as a planner?
I think it is fine either way. I remember when I planned my wedding years ago I just felt overwhelmed with narrowing down just one specific look. I liked so many. I have worked with many brides that struggled with the exact look too and we just kept pulling together ideas until we found the one that was just right.
Check out her website for more. Pink Poppy Event Design’s ad can be found in the next issue of Oklahoma City Perfect Wedding Guide.
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