wine & cheese party

wine & cheese party

I am lucky enough to get many submissions of “real” events to be featured on this blog. Naturally, most of these are weddings since it’s usually (not always) photographers who submit their work to be featured, and weddings almost always have photographers while smaller events don’t. So I was so excited to see a submission of a wine and cheese cocktail party! This party looks like so much fun (I wish I had been invited!), especially since the guests look like they were having a fabulous time. And isn’t that what this is all about? The details matter, yes, but in the end, events of any kind (from weddings to dinner parties) are simply about bringing people together. Enjoy!

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shanna & david’s malibu wedding

shanna & david's malibu wedding

Imagine getting married in Malibu. Now imagine getting married in Malibu at a private estate overlooking the ocean. Aren’t Shanna and David lucky? Their wedding was absolutely stunning – the view is the true star (besides the bride of course!), but the fun table┬álinens and gorgeous flowers are a close second. Enjoy!

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travis & naomi’s napa valley winery wedding

travis & naomi's napa valley winery wedding

I love wine. Actually, I love wineries even more than wine. I live in Virginia wine country and visiting wineries is one of my favorite hobbies. And of course, Napa Valley is on my bucket list – I’ll make it there one day! But until then, I’m living vicariously through this Napa Valley wedding – wineries are the perfect venue for weddings and events! This wedding took place at Flora Springs Winery, where the groom worked. The wine cave is a stunning backdrop for the reception, which features some amazing uses of mercury glass. Enjoy!

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jim & emily’s michigan wedding

jim & emily's michigan wedding

I don’t know if it’s as hot by you as it is here, but one way to beat the heat is by planning for the fall. I’m ready for crisp fall weather, boots and sweaters, and pumpkin spice lattes. But┬áchecking out this beautiful fall wedding also works. I particularly love the bridesmaid’s red dresses and stunning fall bouquets. Enjoy!

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phantom of the opera themed table

phantom of the opera themed table

I am so excited to share this lovely Phantom of the Opera themed table design, which was the winning design at the 5th Annual Powerstories Gift of Story Gala in Tampa in March. Designed by Andrea Harrison of Tantalizing Tablescapes & Decor, the table brings the celebrated Broadway play to life. Enjoy!

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kitchen & garden themed bridal shower

garden themed bridal shower

I love this bridal shower, which has a subtle cooking garden theme. The centerpieces – in addition to fresh flowers – are colanders filled with herbs, ready for a kitchen garden! The place card and favor were little bottles of olive oil. It’s fun without being over the top. Enjoy!

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melissa & carl’s 4th of july backyard wedding

melissa & carl's 4th of july backyard wedding

In honor of Independence Day, I wanted to share this fun, heartfelt backyard wedding (that happened to take place on the 4th of July last year!). Melissa and Carl hosted this in their backyard, with lots of fun DIY details. And of course, no Indpendence Day wedding would be complete without fireworks! Enjoy!

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denise & chris’s DIY country wedding

denise & chris's DIY country wedding

The DIY route isn’t for every couple, but this real wedding is an example of how to execute it well. Denise and Chris oversaw almost every detail of their wedding, which took place at the picturesque Hillside Farms in Dallas, Pennsylvania. What drew me to their wedding when it was submitted was the abundance of fantastic signage. I’m a bit of a fan for clever and well-done signs for events, especially weddings and social events (see evidence here). From the chalkboard signs to the rustic directional signage, this was one area where this wedding really stood out for me. Of course, the beautiful backdrop, florals and other details helped as well. Enjoy!

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fabulous 50th birthday party (for an event planner!)

fabulous 50th birthday party

Since I am a professional event planner, my friends and colleagues often joke that they wouldn’t want to have to plan an event for me since there would be so much pressure! It’s actually not true (ask my friends who threw my baby shower and did an amazing job!), but even I would be a bit wary of planning a birthday fete for the president of an award-winning event planning firm, as Joe Mineo’s colleagues at Something New Events did for him when he reached a half-century. The results are spectacular – the use of lighting is phenomenal, lending a beautiful, almost ethereal glow to the space; the florals are amazing (no wonder, as Something New Events started as a florist shop); and there’s even some inventive ways of serving food and beverage. Enjoy!

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