We were so excited when Elizabeth and Drew enlisted our help with designing the florals for their September wedding held at Church of the Good Shepherd and the Old Medical College in their hometown of Augusta, Georgia. Elizabeth wanted lush, organic, and lots of texture for her personal and reception florals, the perfect recipe for a fall wedding in our opinion! Her bouquet was a wild compilation of white lisianthus, astrantia, and olive leaf (her favorite!). The bridesmaids bouquets is where we injected some beautiful fall colors. They were the prettiest combination of dahlias, scabiosa, quicksand roses, thistle, and eucalyptus. We carried these florals into the wreaths on the front door of the Old Medical College as well as into the arrangements placed on the guest tables. The wow-factor however was the 8-foot wide wreath of greenery our floral design team created and hung in the rotunda of the reception space. It really was spectacular! We especially love these photos filled with joy, captured by Gately Williams of the bridal party at a friend’s home here in Augusta. How amazing is that antique greenhouse? Congratulations to Elizabeth and Drew! Thank you for asking us to be a part of your special day!
When our friends from Taylor BMW reached out to help them celebrate the grand reopening of the dealership located in Evans, Georgia, we jumped right in. We knew wanted a fun celebration for the long awaited opening so we brought in Tastefully Yours & White Horse Spirits for some Bavarian-themed food and drink. Guests were encouraged to wind their way throughout the brand new dealership and admire the BMWs on display, with a beautiful charcuterie display & food in the main showroom, a full service bar in the appointments department, and a champagne & dessert bar in the services department. When it started to get dark, the electric blue lighting tinted the entire showroom in that perfect shade of blue while guests mingled among some of the newly released models. Congratulations to the entire Taylor BMW team, thank you for asking us to be a part of it! Images below by Brent Cline, see below for the full list of vendors.
Many of our brides are very busy people. Between their jobs, wedding-related festivities, friends’ weddings, and life obligations in general, they find it incredibly difficult to find the time to dedicate to planning what is ultimately the biggest, most fabulous party you will ever throw. So we thought we would put together some tips for those brides who are working that 9-5 and need a little bit of help getting their heads together!
Create a wedding planning calendar with important deadlines noted.
We have found it can be helpful to create an entire calendar dedicated to all things wedding. Utilizing either GoogleCal (with wedding events in its own special color) or a paper planner with highlighted wedding appointments mark important appointments and deadlines. You should include details such as menu tastings, registry appointments and deadlines for things like ordering your wedding dress or vaccinations for honeymoons. This will help keep your mind at ease, knowing that you will not miss any important details.
Try to make multiple appointments in a day.
When our clients live out of town, we try to schedule as many appointments while they’re in town as possible. This may mean starting your day at our office for a paperie meeting, followed by a walk-through at the venue with the catering staff. It helps to try and be as efficient with your time as possible!
Sometimes brides get excited about the idea of taking on projects with their loved ones in order to add a personal touch to their special day (and save some money!). However we have found that sometimes those labors of love end up causing a lot of stress on our clients. Do not try to do your hair and makeup yourself, or bake 12 dozen cupcakes for your guests’ dessert. DO hire a planner to help you oversee these details and recommend the appropriate vendors to bring these ideas to life.
A tip that we use ourselves is that we keep separate binders for each of our clients’ weddings. Within these binders we keep vendor contact information, contracts, floorplan drafts, proposals from vendors, inspiration packets, and day of timeline information. That way everything you need to access is all in one place. We also keep each wedding separated in our email inbox and suggest brides do that as well! File away each of your wedding-related emails into separate categories.
The month before your wedding is going to be filled with last minute errands and tasks that need to be done. Beauty appointments, marriage licenses, honeymoon reservations, etc. So be sure to plan ahead and get a majority of the details for the wedding itself done way beforehand. No last minute decision making means a much more enjoyable celebration for all!