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A Brilliant Wedding: Ara & Todd

Posted by Sarah PeaseSep 17, 2014

Few things are more nerve-wracking than coordinating a wedding for a family member, friend or a wedding industry colleague! But, it was truly our honor to have the chance to coordinate the wedding of someone who falls into two categories: Ara (of event design fame via her company Rock Paper Scissors and a dear friend) and her fiance, Todd, whose wedding took place on a sunny day in March in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ara designed all of the amazing decor herself. The mood was happy and relaxed as the bridal party danced down the aisle and cultures came together in the ceremony that took place under a chuppah and the watchful eye of Saint Anthony. The couple also had a unique lasso ceremony using lace instead of a rosary.  At the end of the night, guests snapped polaroids of themselves for the guestbook and huddled around blazing fire pits to keep warm!

Congratulations to Ara & Todd!

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Thanks to Harrison Hurwitz for the beautiful pictures!

Why In-house Destination Venue Coordinators Love Us

Posted by Sarah PeaseSep 12, 2014

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A big question we receive from prospective clients is “My venue offers an on-site wedding coordinator, so do I really need a wedding planner, too?” The short answer, which most on-site venue coordinators would agree with, is “Yes!”. Why? The long answer is twofold:

1) A planner from NYC knows what your expectations are from all standpoints – a service perspective (example: a full open bar is standard in Manhattan and so is having table-side entree choice, whereas these things won’t be standard at hotels outside NYC), a formalities perspective (the different cultural or religious requirements, or what is traditional for speeches, etc.), and even down to a granular perspective like the general style of music that you’d expect. Having someone who understands 100% what you expect from the get-go is key to pulling off a successful destination wedding. In-house venue coordinators are typically grateful to have a liaison to communicate these needs and wants clearly, resulting in less stress and frustration for both parties.
2) the venue’s expertise lies in running stellar food and beverage service, not necessarily running all of the specifics of a wedding. Having a wedding planner from outside the resort allows them to focus on what they do best — food and beverage — whereas we focus on the rest…design, decor and all of the other details means that we have our “aces in their places” and you get the wedding you dream of with less stress and more fun.
Thinking of having a Destination Wedding?
Have a look at our Destination Wedding Gallery here!

The Proposal Planner: Anna & Mark

Posted by Sarah PeaseSep 11, 2014

We planned Mark & Anna’s proposal in the Caribbean paradise of Turks & Caicos. Although they had rented a car for their weeklong vacation, we hired a taxi driver to take them to dinner the night of the proposal so they could enjoy their wine! The driver acted as a tour guide and showed the couple around the island on their way to dinner. When the driver stopped at a private beach and suggested the couple get out and take a walk, they agreed. Once on the sand, Mark handed Anna a pair of pink flip flops he had recently given her as a birthday present. They had the couple’s initials etched on the bottoms so that they made imprints on the sand. When they got down to the water, Mark got down on one knee and asked Anna to spend the rest of her life with him – and she said YES! When he stood back up, Anna noticed that the blue sandals he had put on also left imprints in the sand: imprints that said “Marry Me”! The couple then had pictures taken (by their driver aka a professional photographer posing as a driver)  while the sun set over the water and they filled small jars with sand from the beach to remember the moment forever.

We are so excited to have Anna & Mark’s proposal featured on Your Engagement 101! Check out the post here.

Congratulations Anna & Mark!

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Thanks to Paradise Photography for the beautiful photos!

The Proposal Planner on You & Me.TV

Posted by Sarah PeaseSep 10, 2014

I am so excited to be featured on  You & Me.TV in their article on how to plan the perfect marriage proposal! To read the full article, go to YouNMe.TV!

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A Brilliant Wedding: Petra & Chris

Posted by Sarah PeaseSep 03, 2014

We were thrilled to plan Chris and Petra’s wedding after working with Chris on his beautiful, heartfelt proposal. Not only did we work with this fabulous couple on their proposal, we also planned Petra’s brother’s wedding (Britten & AJ) last year. There’s nothing better than the chance to work with the same family on multiple occasions, we are honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of so many special family moments! The couple was married at the lush Banyan Tree Mayakoba Hotel in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The ceremony took place under a billowing, draped canopy decorated with a crystal chandelier. After a romantic  reading from Emily Bronte’s Jane Eyre the couple said their “I Do’s” and the party moved to palapas on the beach for an oceanfront meal. Guests dined on fresh, Mexican-inspired food and danced the night away in the warm breeze from the Caribbean Sea. When the night ended, guests left with funny photobooth pictures and miniature bottles of tequila to keep the party going! Congratulations Petra & Chris!

We are thrilled that Petra & Chris’ wedding was chosen to be featured on Carats & Cake! Check out the post here.

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Thanks to Craig Warga for the AMAZING photos!!

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