Monday, November 30, 2009

not your (insert name of overinvolved person here)'s wedding.

Planning a wedding is an emotional undertaking.  One that involves many people, lots of time, intense feelings and uncharted waters.  In my personal experience, I have found that during the event planning process, people migrate to one of these patterns when it comes to dealing with opinions - both their own and their peers.

1. Those who want everyone's opinion (including the strangers in the dress shop) and tend to still be indecisive no matter how much input they have received.

2. Those who cherish the opinion of those close to them and mingle those suggestions with their own, letting the other outsider's interjections be taken with a grain of salt.

3.  Those who know what they want and how they want it.

4.  Those who have no opinion and would rather someone else make the decisions for them.

5.  Those who may have an opinion but because of an outspoken family member, friend or significant other, they succumb to the preferences of others - knowing it is not what they really want.

My position on event planning is this:  Your event is an expression of your life and the special person you have found to share it with.  Your life does involve your friends and family but it by no means is consumed or determined by them.  Nor should your event be.  Keep your opinions, share ideas with a select few people that will be honest but supportive and if there is one (or a few) people that tend to put in more than their fair share, keep in mind that your job is not to please them.

I realize a lot of parents pay for the event.  And for that, I promise, your children are grateful.  This does not, however, give you the right to make all the decisions, make your child feel guilty or moronic because of their choices, or go behind their back to change things.  It does give you the invitation to be a part of an exciting process for an important event in your child's life.  Share your opinions tastefully and support their endeavors.  Add your seasoned wisdom to their ideas but make sure their love story is really being told in a way that the guests can't help but see the couple's personality in.

If you have hired a professional coordinator (I strongly suggest you do) he or she will be able to present springboards for your thoughts and creative ways to express your ideas through your event.  Use them -- and let your coordinator help you to fuse your ideas into a cohesive event.  Don't turn your consultations into a counseling session.  Keep perspective amidst the emotions and take a breath before you let anything (or anyone) get the best of you.  Think before you speak and remember that this is your daughter/mother/son/friend that is going through a very important time in their life- and if you intend to keep that relationship healthy after the event, you must act accordingly now.

Monday, November 23, 2009

{perfect pair} rusty red + fall foliage


I'm not quite ready to jump into Christmas yet - despite Target's premature holiday display and overabundance of Cinnamon candles.  So let's stick to fall foliage for a bit longer.


  {source: Brides Autumnal Event}

   {source: Brides Autumnal Event}
 
  {source: Brides Autumnal Event}
 


{source: Fall Flowers}

Nothing like the richness that fall offers.  And yes, those are acorns in the last bouquet.  love.

Friday, November 20, 2009

{fashionably friday} color me kate

dear kate,
why must you tease me so....

what with your bows, ruffles, and fabulous green...



Not to mention, how you play on my affinity for purple.



So keep your buttons to yourself.



and tell your model I'm stealing her shoes.

love,
lauren

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Jewel Tones

I have found my design tendencies leaning towards the jewel tones as of late.  You obviously all know that I am indeed in love with anything plum colored -- and some of the most wonderful color pairings to go with plum include burgundy, rusty orange, marine blue, mustard yellow, and emerald green.  These colors are richly saturated and would add great amounts of warmth to dinner parties, wedding receptions, or your holiday tablescape!

Inspiration below:








{source: InStyle Weddings}

{source: Sasha Souza for Brides}



 {source: Sasha Souza for Brides}



Planning purple nuptials, dinner party, shower, or holiday soiree?  Give us a call, we would love to be involved!

XOXO,
Lauren

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

In case you missed it... Cinematic Lifestlyes

To those of you that made it to the party on Friday, thank you so much for coming out and celebrating with us!  We are so excited you were there to share in the premiere of this video.  If you weren't able to make it, I have some good news:  I have embedded the video below for you to see! 


Cinematic Lifestyles from Fleeting Moments Videography on Vimeo.

The best part about this video is that it is a jump-start to a wonderful product that is being offered to you by Fleeting Moments Studio.  You can have your very own Cinematic Lifestyle shoot!  If you act fast and book before December 15th, you get 15% off.  Email Sarah at fleetingmomentsphotography dot com to book!

Thanks again for your continued support.  Enjoy the video!

Lauren

Monday, November 16, 2009

{perfect pair} seafoam+manzanita


While thumbing through the most recent Real Simple magazine, I ran across this spread put together by Michelle Rago.  This is her take on a decorated Thanksgiving table for under $50.  I love the uncommon color palate illustrated here for the fall season.  But, for a more traditional look, you could always make your tissue flowers out of a bronze or cinnamon colored paper.

Read on below for her how-to and shopping list and make sure to visit her site for the full story.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hope to see you there!


If you are in the Waco area tomorrow evening, or can be, I hope you make it to our Cinematic Lifestyle Featurette party! 

We will have great food, drinks, art, giveaways, and - of course - the premiere of the Featurette.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, November 2, 2009

bombshell bridesmaids



Ever since Carrie Bradshaw graced the silver screen with her couture bridesmaids, I have been a huge fan of fashion coming down the aisle as it does down the runways at fashion week.  Long gone are the days of taffeta monstrosities, with such talented designers out there focusing their attention on ready-to- wear gowns, we have many options that allow our bridesmaids to stride in style!

Think outside the box for bridemaid's dresses - look in unexpected places - and don't think just because you want something that gives the feel of couture it means that you have to spend what you would for couture.

Did you do something different for your bridesmaids?  Send it to us to be featured!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Product Review: Solemates

Every girl knows that when you are wearing heels, especially stilettos, walking in grass is a chore.  You sink in, get your heels all muddy, and can fall over or twist your ankle very easily.

Seeing as the aisle we were all going to walk down at our wedding was solid grass, I began searching early on for something that would keep all my gorgeous bridesmaids from feeling nervous about their walk!

Enter SoleMates -

 

For $9.95 a pair, it was one of the least expensive but best things that we bought for the bridesmaids.

We opted for the clear (as you can see on my shoes below).
 

And for the affordable price tag, we made sure to outfit our mothers and grandmothers as well!



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