New Same Day Edit!

July 14th, 2014

It’s been a while since we last blogged. But, we are going to be kicking it up again soon! Here is the latest Same Day Edit we did at the Venetian in Garfield NJ.

Do your research! a blog by Lauren

April 10th, 2014

imageDo your research. I can’t stress this enough. Not only will this save you time – but also a ton of money.

There are two ways you need to research in order to have your day be the perfect reflection of you. First, you need to research yourself. Settle in with a cup of tea and get to know yourself. Have you started a Pinterest board – you know the secret wedding one you’ve been hoarding gorgeous images on for months now thinking he would hopefully pop the question soon? Well, open up that board and delete it. Those pictures have been done before and are not a reflection of you. They are a reflection of someone else’s dream wedding. Your wedding should not be compilation of a hundred other peoples weddings. You are unique. You are beautiful. You are one of a kind – and so should your wedding.

Look in your closet, what is your overall look? Preppy, romantic, boho, chic, high fashion, comfy, trendy? Amazingly enough your closet can tell a lot about who you are as a person.

When I heard this next piece of advice I thought it sounded a little bit strange but then I realized the genius in it. Joy Thigpen is such an amazingly insightful human being that I just can’t help but keep her advice a secret. Grab a pen, no really… grab a pen – this stuff is like GOLD. We are a list of ongoing words. These words describe who we are, what our souls made up of. Your list can start with just a few, but the more you learn about yourself the more words you’ll have. Don’t use words like, “Romantic.” Romantic means a million different things to a million different people. Be more specific. Romantic can mean: spontaneous, amorous, divine, visionary, unconventional. I think you catch my drift. These words should be the words that describe your wedding.

Don’t expect this process to happen in just a few minutes or even an hour. Take a weekend or heck even a month to dive into yourself and get a good feel for what you’re going for!

Once you get a good grasp on what you’re words are the next step is finding vendors who match your words. I wish I had known this when I started my own wedding planning process. I thought I knew what I was and what I wanted. Six months into planning my event, it has turned into something extremely different from my original plan. Its turned into ME.

Like I said before, I can’t stress this process enough. Picking your vendors is a huge deal. Do some research. I signed on with a photographer that was more than qualified to do the job. She was spunky, fun, lighthearted, and super energetic. I loved her! But as my planning continued and my style changed I realized that our styles were completely different. She had a very vintage feel. Her photographs had a gorgeous blue and purple hue to them, but that just wasn’t me. The second time around, I took my time and searched for a photographer who had the aesthetic I was going for. (I am very much into film photography and the bright airiness that comes along with it.) I ended up signing on with a different photographer and lost my 50% deposit.

There are hundreds of wedding blogs out there that you can literally get lost in for hours. Many of them have vendor guides. Look up websites like Style Me PrettySouthern WeddingsOncewedWeddings Unveiled and The Knot. They are chock full of real weddings that you can see the work that these companies do, not just the work they show on their websites. Don’t just pick the first vendor that you come across. Take some time to really find out who these companies are. Read their reviews, look at their social media like instagram, Facebook and twitter. Lastly, are these companies getting published?

So… go grab that cup of tea and get started!

Welcome our new PF Films Blogger and future Nashville Bride, Lauren!

March 24th, 2014

I’ve been pinching myself lately. And its taken me awhile to realize that no, this is not a dream. The craziness of a life I am living is totally and completely REAL. Over the past few months I have taken on a lot of new roles. I quit my job selling promotional products and started a new one as an insurance coordinator for a plastic surgeon. And on top of that started another job, the job of building my own event planning business called Emerson Events  That’s the dream job of course. I have gotten engaged to the most amazing man in the world (which is the best job I could ask for).  I continue to be a ghost writer for My Bellissima’s blog 2-3 times a month, and now what I am pretty dang excited about is writing for the one and only Peter Ferriero of PF Films.

I thought it would be a great idea to let readers know who I am and the adventures I am happily enduring over the next few months. I am here to offer as much advice as I possibly can as I go through growing pains so brides like yourself can make the best decisions as you go through your wedding planning process.

So who am I? As you can probably tell by now I’m a little crazy, what you may not know is that I’m a whole lot of fun too. I like to think of myself as a Southerner who was born in the wrong place. Born and raised in New Jersey I had an itch to stretch my roots and travel down South. What I didn’t realize is that The South can get a hold of you, a tight hold that goes deep into your soul. It literally becomes a part of your identity and I’ve never been prouder to say, “I am a Tennessean.” I have also turned into a Southern Food Junkie. Mac and Cheese? Yes please. (Which isn’t helping with my wedding diet.)

The most fun I’ve been having over the past few months is connecting with people. Really learning more about them and what makes them tick. Starting your own business really makes you search your soul and learn more about yourself as well. My coworker Sara, who is also engaged probably couldn’t have said it any better, “This year we are in the pursuit of perfection.” Perfection to be the best wife, sister, daughter, friend, cook, listener, and anything else that can make a difference in our lives. And that my friends is what its all about. After the flowers, cake, shoes, and honeymoon we are left with what matters most. Our families.

So here comes the advice: Take this year to prepare yourself to be the best person you can be. No, we will never reach perfection per say. But we can get pretty dang close if we focus on the things unseen. The things that bind hearts and grow relationships. So in my first post I probably gave the best advice I’ll ever give. Strive to be perfect for each other.