I had a vision, I made some friends and we got really creative.

After three months of planning, it finally came to fruition. I dreamed of a modern, bold, black and white styled shoot to showcase the amazing creativity that happens when 12 wedding vendors get together. I wanted to create something unlike anything I have seen in a local wedding — something to make people think "WOW, I want that!"

I met some lovely ladies at a local bridal shop's grand-opening back in June. I just had a strong sense that I needed to be there to meet some other wedding professionals — that night changed every idea I had about opening my own business. I got to chat with several business women who knew the area but one lady stood out — Steph Smith with Steph Smith Weddings. I just felt a wonderful connection to her. We were kindred spirits! And then there was Beth, the owner of Joon Bridal, the sweetest little bridal shop with gorgeous, modern gowns. The type of gowns I would want my bride to wear! I just knew these ladies would be amazing to stay in touch with.

I'm so glad I followed my intuition! After a couple months of planning, gathering items, and exchanging ideas, I came up with a gorgeous mood board for the shoot. I knew I wanted white and darker colored floral, a super dramatic background, a tablescape unlike anything I had ever seen and a cake that had an artistic edge.

I was so excited about every element that was going into this shoot and every vendor was incredibly easy to work with. I finally got my complete list of vendors secured, let everyone know what they were responsible for and in the end, it all came together SEAMLESSLY.

I still have chills — when I first saw the photos I gasped, over and over and over again. As if I had never seen any of these photos before. 😂 #Dramatic ... maybe a little.

Have you ever seen such a GORGEOUS bouquet? I'm a little obsessed. #Florals provided by the lovely Hannah with Fleurish NWA.

The moss colored jewelry was hand-crafted by Amber E Lea. Amber sculpts each piece of jewelry for a truly unique design. And everything she creates is #swoonworthy.

Artistic yet timeless, this cake stole the show and anyone would be lucky a "piece" of this art at their wedding. The cake was hand painted by Chuck's Cake Shoppe. They're one of the oldest (and can we say most TALENTED) cake shops in Fayetteville!

Now, let's talk about how COZY yet modern this cake table feels? I just wanna snuggle up on those pillows, eat some cake and drink that champagne. Thanks to Traci at Ginger Blue Girl Vintage for letting us use all of the rentals. I don't think it's possible to have a wedding these days without some incredibly timeless pieces to flaunt your style!

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The combo of minimal script and the classic serif font are clutch.

That tablescape though! (INSERT ALL THE HEART EYE EMOJI'S!)

Thanks to Bliss Design Studio for creating the acrylic menus — if I could do it all over again I would easily have acrylic menus at my wedding. 😍

Don't forget that beautiful decanter — the perfect addition to any head table. It's simple and practical, yet it makes such an impact.

Here is a detail shot:

And I don't think copper is going anywhere soon... these copper chargers are so on point.

This is just a peek at the shoot! I will be uploading more photos over the next few weeks so stay tuned.

Thanks again to all the vendors involved:

Photography: StephSmithWeddings

Venue: The Apollo on Emma

Make-up: Gypsy Veil (Genoa Falar Walls)

Hair: Hair by Carolina

Rentals: Ginger Blue Girl Vintage

Gown: Joon Bridal (designer: Alexandra Grecco)

Floral: Fleurish NWA

Jewelry: Amber E Lea

Model: Sammy Smith

Cake: Chuck's Cake Shoppe

Invitation Suite/Menus: Bliss Design Studio

Planner/Designer: Poppi + Pepper Events

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Yep, you read that title right. Disasters CAN happen... even with the most experienced wedding planner, photographer, venue/ceremony location, etc. What if you forgot to try on your dress the month before and suddenly the day of your wedding you have a rip in the seam? Crazier things have happened. On two separate occasions, I have had to sew a friend into a dress (because there was no other option 10 minutes before they had to hit the aisle) and another friend forgot to get a bustle put into her dress so everyone was stepping and ripping her train during the reception. LUCKILY, I was there to help out and fix the issues BEFORE they got worse. That is the great thing about hiring a wedding planner... they think of the disasters so you don't have to!

Now, for the 7 wedding disasters that your experienced wedding planner can make sure you plan for before the big day!

No. 1: Wardrobe Malfunctions

Problem: Unfortunately, they happen. What if a zipper breaks or a seam rips? Or god-forbid someone accidentally step on the train of your dress and rip it. I once had a bride that used gel stick-on-boobs for her dress and one popped - gel went everywhere ruining the bodice of her gown. (I can't make this up, people!) Luckily, I was there cut off her bodice and wrap her up in some white fabric.

Solution: Hiring a wedding planner is key because they always, I repeat ALWAYS have an emergency kit with them. Mine is equipped with tulle or other white/off-white fabric, candles, matches, a sewing kit, extra buttons, safety-pins and much, much more. You never know when you are going to have to sew someone into their dress on their wedding day! I can not stress enough how important it is to have a wedding planner that can keep you calm and centered on one of the most stressful days!

A wedding planner can help troubleshoot with you before your big day. That way you have nothing to worry about.

No. 2: Vendor Not Showing Up/Cancelling Last Minute

Problem: What if a vendor doesn't show up on the day of your wedding? Or a vendor cancels on you the week before?

Solution: Do you have the inside scoop and tons of friends in the wedding industry? Probably not. This is another thing that DOES happen. I know, you hope that everyone is perfect and professional and would never forget your day but, sadly, mistakes happen. They are often so innocent too. My best friend from college got married (totally different person than above story) and she called me TWO days before her wedding reception... the cake that she thought she had scheduled NEVER got her check so the vendor thought she cancelled. So, I called around to every cake person I knew and got her a nut-free cake the day before her wedding.

Wedding planners know other vendors in the industry, they can call a friend or colleague and fix the issue promptly with little to no stress for the bride.

No. 3: Transportation Issues

Problem: What if you are waiting on your car service or limo and they never show? How will you get to the reception or leave after your exit?

Solution: Wedding planners call every single vendor the week before your wedding to confirm when and where they will be. The likelihood of the car service not showing up drops to like 2% from 30%. Mistakes do happen, just like above. Luckily, I have never had issues with transportation with any of my lovely brides!

No. 4: Vendor Screwed Up

Problem: Much like the cake situation, what if a vendor messes up such as the DJ's computer dying and he forgot the charger or the linens showed up and it was the wrong color? What do you do when you have to walk down the aisle, change and get ready for your big entrance into the reception?

Solution: Yet again, your wedding planner, PLANS FOR THESE SITUATIONS. I know, it is crazy to think that one person can make sure so many things go right, but it is our job! It is what we live for. Luckily, if any vendor messes up something your wedding planner can jump in and save the day. (I might as well wear a cape on all my couples wedding days. 😉 ) In all honestly, this is what you are paying your wedding planner for - to jump in and fix anything that goes array so you and your family don't have to.

No. 5: Bad Weather

Problem: Bad weather can happen, no matter how good of a team you and your wedding planner are, neither of you can predict a rainstorm at 3 pm when you are suppose to walk down the aisle and marry the love of your life at 4 pm.

Solution: Your wedding planner will work with you and the venue to make sure you have a back-up plan in place and make sure there is enough seating for all of your guests so they don't have to be smooshed into a corner because no-one thought about planning a back-up scenario in case of bad weather. :) They will also make sure you have plenty of umbrellas for you and your guests/bridal party if bad weather shows up in the forecast.

No. 6: Dying Flowers

Problem: What? Dying flowers? And not because the florist delivered them and they looked dead to begin with... flowers are delicate... and need to be cared for because as soon as they are cut to be made into your gorgeous bouquet they technically start to die. I know, it's very tragic and sad!

Solution: One super simple thing that most brides and brides-tribes don't think about is simply putting the waters in a vase with some water when they are not being used. Again, such a simple fix but it will do wonders for your bouquet, esp if you plan to preserve it after your big day. Luckily, your wedding planner can make sure you set it in the water vase or hold it for you while you are adjusting for photos, hugging people, taking photos with family, etc.

And last but not least...

No. 7: Timeline Getting Disrupted/Off-Track

Problem: What if the ceremony lasts longer than you anticipated or there is traffic from the ceremony to the venue and you will be later than expected by the DJ? (This one truly makes me cringe!)

Solution: Wedding planners are not wizards, so unfortunately we don't have a Time-Turner (like Hermione Granger , any HP fans out there?) but we can adjust accordingly, luckily, if something unstoppable delays the schedule/timeline we have carefully planned and coordinated for you we are super flexible and can make sure the DJ knows NOT to announce you at exactly 6:04 pm. We are the go-between for you, your family and all the vendors on the day of.

At the end of the day, any seasoned wedding planner is going to have YOUR best interest and make sure that everything, from the moment you say "I-Do" to the send-off is planned to P E R F E C T I O N.

This is just the beginning of what hiring an experienced wedding planner can do for your wedding day. I hope you found this information valuable and will save it and refer to it when you begin planning your dream wedding.

Have you started planning your big day? Leave any comments or questions below or dish about a wedding disaster you have heard of!

Updated: Aug 29, 2018

You're ENGAGED! Congratulations! But, what's next?

This is one of the questions I get asked all. the. time. My response? I ask them: what's your #weddingstyle? Most people's face scrunch up a little because they have NO CLUE.

If you are in search of your wedding style read below to find out exactly how to figure out what your wedding style is!

When I first meet with a bride I ask them to show me their Pinterest boards. These don't even have to be wedding related (if they are EVEN BETTER!) but mainly, I want to see who you are as a person. If you love bright airy photos that are a little saturated and feel fun and energetic, I'm probably not going to suggest an indoor wedding venue that is industrial... because that would make ZERO sense. Your wedding should showcase you and your beau's style and it should not (yes, I'm going to say it...) be just about you. Because even though it is hard to accept, a wedding takes two people to happen! I know, it's incredibly heart-breaking but true!

But, what if you and your beau are COMPLETE OPPOSITES? Guess what, you and about 75% of every other couple out there, so high-five! Opposites are great, they truly attract and make for a much more interesting couple than two people who are exactly the same... that would be weird, right? I personally love working with couples that are opposites, I also love meeting both people, a wedding is a joint effort so I want to make sure that both people are #engaged in the process. (You see what I did there, hah, I love a good pun ;) ) After meeting the couple, I try to narrow down a couple key terms or "pins" for the mood board I'm going to create for them. I will take some of the terms the groom says and some of the things the bride wants and make sure that everything comes together in a cohesive manner. (And, obvi if they end up not liking it, we scratch it and start over! Ah, the fun of #moodboards.)

So, after getting a great mood board started, I see if it matches the brides overall vision for her big day. If you are a clean-line, modern person (we're a match made in heaven!) I want to make sure that comes across in every detail - from the wedding invites all the way down to the centerpieces for the day of the wedding. We wouldn't want bright pink and yellow florals with a whimsical feel for someone who likes clean modern lines... it just wouldn't make sense!

I'm personally drawn to simple clean lines and a classic feel. But, just because that is what I like, doesn't mean it is your wedding style and I won't try to convert you... well... no promises! ;) I kid, I kid, your wedding day is about you and your partner and I want to make sure your vision is infused into every last detail. And to be honest, that should be every wedding planners #goal. That is why it is so important to ask questions. Ask everything, I mean it! I want every client to know exactly what she will get from me so that she will refer me to her bestie that gets married a year later... or her sister or brother... and so on. The best marketing is STILL word of mouth and I stand by my word to make sure that every client I have is 100% satisfied.

Quick Re-Cap

  1. Get Engaged!

  2. Find a wedding planner that you vibe with.

  3. Look at your mood boards on Pinterest and see what your overall style is: are you eclectic, romantic, do you love vintage clothes, etc. Just narrow down your top 2-3 consistent themes.

  4. Figure out what your partners style is and make sure it is incorporated.

  5. Work with your wedding planner to make sure your vision/theme is infused into each aspect of your big day!

Do you know your wedding style?

Go to your Pinterest account now and see what types of things you have pinned... do you love black and #gold and have a super #chic wardrobe? You are probably a Classic Bride. If you love ALL the bright things and want to have colored #confetti thrown during your exit you are probably more #whimsical. But no matter what your style is, make sure it's YOURS. That way when you look back at your photos you will be filled with #joy.

Leave your comments below and tell me about what your dream wedding looks like.

Joyfully, Alex

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