Thursday, May 27, 2010

Say Cheese!

Remember that crazy group of friends from high school that you kept in touch with? What about your old college roommates? Wouldn't you love to have pictures of them from your wedding day? With your wedding festivities keeping you naturally busy, getting those pictures yourself or asking your photographer to get them without compromising their ability to get all the fabulous pictures you want of you and your new husband is a next to impossible feat! Here are a few ideas to help you get pictures of all your guests and keep you present in the festivities.
1) Digital card-reading station. Having a digital photo card-reading station is a great way to grab your guest's candid pictures from the wedding weekend. All you have to do is instruct guests to take their photo cards to the station at the end of the night. The photos will then be uploaded to the station with a few clicks of a button and you and your spouse can then print off copies of the pictures. Pictures that you may not have known were taken. This idea is fun and guaranteed to produce some, well... interesting and memorable pictures for you and your spouse to remember that special day.

2) Photobooth. Remember going to the mall and sitting in those little photobooths with your friends? Remember cramming into that small space and taking silly pictures that still make you laugh today? Me too. That's why this idea is so fun. Your friends can take silly pictures for both you and them to remember. Most photobooths print 2 copies of all pictures. You could keep one of the strips for your scrapbook or wedding album, and the guests could keep the other for their memories. This idea is both fun and unique. Imagine what kinds of crazy faces you will see. Oh man... I'm laughing just thinking about it. So grab your volleyball teammates and take silly pictures that you can all laugh at for years to come. Live in Dallas, Austin, or Central Texas? Check out Smilebooth, boothBooth, or Booth66!
LoneStar Photo Booth caters to all Texas cities!
3) Custom Made Guest Photo Area. It's your day, get creative! What sparks your story as a couple? Are you hikers & bikers, do you spend lots of time on the water, or do you have a favorite movie as a couple? Take that inspiration and create a custom photo wall or backdrop for your guests to take pictures in front of that tie into the personality of your relationship. One of the most unique ones I came across had guests put there heads in faux picture frames that were cut out and attached to a wall full of the couple's family pictures! This is great for childhood friends, work buddies, and even you & your better half!
So don't fret about getting pictures of your college roommates or his lacrosse team. These ideas are great ways to get those groups together to make unforgettable memories. ...and take a few pictures too.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tuesday Shoesday :: The Inaugural Edition

I'm not a shoe person. I love shoes, don't get me wrong. I like shoes that are cute and comfy or shoes that are pretty enough it doesn't matter that they're not comfy! But, I've never been one to drool over shoes as I passed them in department shoes or spend hours and hours searching for the perfect pair online. And, truthfully, I've never had a picture in my head of the pair I want to walk down the aisle in. But, when I started reading interior design blogs a few years ago, it quickly turned into wedding blogs, too. And, that's when it happened. I fell in love with shoes.

So, for my inaugural Tuesday Shoesday post, I'd like to recognize the pair that I remember first leading me to hunt them down and making me realize I needed to find something fabulous for my own wedding day. Of course, this was several years ago. And, I still haven't found the right pair for our August nuptuals. I'm still looking...

Meet Jojous. She's from Nine West. Lots of ladies have worn her down the aisle. That's a pretty good résumé, don't you think?

There are several other fabulous ladies out there who have inspired me to join the Tuesday Shoesday ranks with their fabulous weekly picks and inspiration. Thanks to the Tuesday Shoesday solemates, Simply & Forever, Landlocked Bride, Gweneth Paige, Swatchbook Weddings, Meant to Be Sent, Weddings & Pretty Things, Life if the Super Burbs and Slice of Lime. Thanks for letting us join in on the fun! We'll see you again next week!

Send us your favorite picks or shots from wedding shoes you love! Can't wait to see all the other picks out there this week!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Say hello to my team!

Ladies and gents, say hello to my interns, won't you? These three will be working with me to provide fresh and interesting content on the blog, help me plan and coordinate weddings, and help me get this business into its next phase. Get excited, Lauren Kelly Events just keeps getting better.
So, let's get to it, shall we?
Jennifer Giles
So, Jenn. Can we call you “Jenn?”
Yes, Jenn is fine. But, not “Jenny,” please not Jenny . It just isn’t me, but there needs to be something to break up the monotony in the sea of Jennifer’s, doesn’t there? Top 5 names for girls from 1968-1988? 20 years is long enough to rule the roost…
What brings you to the Lauren Kelly Events team?
I believe weddings are important events that should be focused on the couple making vows to one another who have friends and family that will help them keep their vows, whether those people are present at the ceremony or not. But, I also believe that a wedding should be fun for everyone involved, since it’s one of very few times most people have all their loved ones around them at once. So, show ‘em what your lives are like and make it fun! Having a wedding planner or coordinator can go a long way to help an event like that happen and I want to be that wedding planner!
What lights your fire?
White t-shirts, of course. But seriously, I love a good blank slate to get my creative juices flowing. And, a white shirt is that blank slate for me more often than it probably ought to be. White plates on my table do the same thing, they let the beautiful food be what you notice. But, besides good food and a cool white t-shirt, I LOVE to travel. Everything from weekend road-trips to trans-continental treks with multiple forms of transportation are on my wish-list and it’s where my fiancé like to put our energy and free-time. And, we love to travel with family and friends as much as we like to travel alone, though it’s a completely different experience.
Did your love for adventure come from living so many places?
Well I like to say that I am part gypsy. My Grandma Audrey has just as many ants in her pants as I do and needs very little excuse to hop in the car. We’re two of a kind. But, I have lived in 9 cities, 4 states, 3 countries, and in 10 homes. Once you know you can make a home in so many places you start to wonder why not go somewhere instead of asking yourself why. But, Grant is a roots man and I’m all about the wings, so we’re a great blend in that way. And, traveling has taught me other very helpful things, too. For example, haggis isn’t that bad when you’re eating it with ‘neeps and tatties and a really good gravy. Who’d have known?
Do you have a motto? or some words you live by, perhaps?
I’m a “words person” and when people know how to string the right words together in the right order, I melt in my shoes. When I’m trying to design a home for myself or someone else, I always think about William Morris’s thoughts about having nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
I’ve spent most of the last 7 years studying Religion and anyone who is immersed in that world is bound to come across some real beauty. But, faith affects people so differently, so I try to remind myself of Olivier Clement’s words, “Spiritual work has no value if it does not help to deepen humility as the capacity for love. Spiritual progress has no other test in the end, not any better expression than our ability to love.” This is a great reminder for couples starting out, many of whom may not consider themselves “religious” or spiritual,” but get into their marriage and find they need something more than themselves to keep their relationship strong and growing. It’s especially key if one partner is exploring that more than the other and finds them self trying to communicate what they’re experiencing to their partner.
What song could be your soundtrack?
“Clumsy” by Fergie. At least the part about “trippin’, stumblin’, flippin’, fumblin.’” I am not coordinated and neither are my limbs. It’s really too bad, I bruise like the Georgia peach I am!

Lindsey Tigert
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m from a small town in East Texas. I have a loving family who is always supportive and compassionate. I am always interested in trying new things. I hope to be successful in my life by helping and loving others frequently and laughing often.
What is your favorite color?
I actually have two favorite colors: bright yellow and dark purple. Both fit my personality, I’m really animated and adventurous.
Who inspires you?
My mom is the person who inspires me the most. She is the most supportive person I know, and she has a wonderfully kind spirit. Such a great woman to grow up watching!
What gets you excited?
I am fueled by my love for my family, faith and my enthusiasm for getting to know people. You will hear me talk a lot about my family because they truly are the people who mean to most to me. My faith is at the center of everything I do and my relationships with others are because of my God-given passion. I love meeting and learning more about people.
Spill the beans, What are some quirks? Embarrassing moments?
I tend to be very clumsy at times, but I’m used to tripping and falling, so I don’t get embarrassed easily because I’ve learned to laugh at myself.
What are you most excited about this summer?
This is definitely a dream job for me, so I am ready to learn as much as I can about the wedding industry and get to know the lovely girls I will be working with. Weddings are one of the most important days in many people’s lives. I want to help people’s weddings showcase their personalities and the things that are most important to them. This is one of the ways I feel called to care for others.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to be around people, so hanging out with my friends and family is usually what I do in my time off. I also love to read and music is a big part of my life. My favorite author right now is Donald Miller, and as far as music goes I’m really interested in music like Joshua Radin and Regina Spektor. I am a huge animal lover, I have 5 dogs and 3 cats at home. I also love milk; it’s my favorite drink and I have at least 3 glasses a day.
Alyssa Atteberry
What’s your background?
I just graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. I majored in Accounting & Management, which I realize are not directly related to event planning. But, I was involved in an organization on campus where I learned about all aspects of event planning and absolutely fell in love! Weddings are such special days and I love being a part of the process of making the day special.
Are you a TV watcher?
When One Tree Hill is on I am watching, which is not to be confused with The O.C. And, my loyalty is directly related to Chad Michael Murray and James Laferty, of course.
When Chad and James are busy, what do you entertain yourself with?
I absolutely love scrapbooking, though it usually takes me about an hour to put together a page. I have to design the page down to the last element before attaching and writing. I love that it allows me to portray what I felt and experienced in the moments captured by the photographs. Of course I have my own memories, but the books help me record the details that might get fuzzy over time.
I also love to read and love getting recommendations from friends and strangers alike. Most recently, it’s been Redeeming Love and Captivating on my bedside table. I also love to read Nicholas Sparks books. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a great love story!
How do you balance all that gushy stuff?
I’m a true daddy’s girl at heart, I learned all about football and have been watching it with my dad since I was little. He took me to my first game when I was in Kindergarten and I loved the excitement and adrenaline that took over at every game on the field and in the stands! Hook ‘em horns!
Shooting hoops is what I do to relax and clear my head. Having to slow down, breathe and concentrate is great when my mind is running.
So what movie is it we always hear you quoting?
Um, that would be John Tucker Must Die. “I wish it could just be simple, like a retro pop song, “I want you to want me.” Boom. End of story. We all live happily ever after. But it is never really like that, is it?” So many great lines like that that just cut to the chase!
Best funny memory?
I’m a clumsy girl, I’ll admit it. My favorite “clumsy” moment would have to be the time I fell at the movie theater. You see, the Beltonian had 2 sections: a top section and a bottom section. My friends and I were sitting on the first row of the top section watching “Marley & Me” one day. The theater was full of UMHB students. I had to go to the restroom during the movie, so I got up and tried to step down (thinking it was a small step) to get to the bottom section. Well the step was a lot bigger than I thought, so I tripped and fell. The whole top section saw and laughed. I couldn’t help but laugh at myself too. Did I mention it was during one of the saddest parts of the movie? Yes, the whole bottom half was almost in tears, while the top half was laughing at my mishap. It was quite humorous and a moment that will not soon be forgotten.
What lights your fire?
Music seems to be a way into my soul. There always seems to be a song with the right lyrics that reflects my mood for the moment.
My desire for success drives me. I want to be successful & make my family proud. My parents have high expectations for me, and I want to exceed them.
Planning an event and seeing it come to fruition is why I love event planning. The happiness seen by those experiencing the event is an unexplainable feeling that I truly enjoy.
Thanks, ladies! I’m so excited to have you on board!
Be sure to follow each of them on twitter! Jenn, Alyssa, Lindsey

Music & Lyrics

Music speaks volumes (no pun intended). Finding those songs that make your wedding day an unforgettable one can be difficult. You want a song that evokes the feelings you want your guests to feel at that particular moment in time. You want to choose songs that convey your love for your spouse, your bond with your father, and your excitement about the wedding. Which songs are ideal for your magical day? Here are some tips for the wedding style of your choice:

Pre-ceremony: "The Wedding Song (There is Love)" by Noel Paul Stookey
This song is great because it perfectly describes the purpose for your guests being there: the wedding.
Bridal Party Entrance: "Autumn" by Vivaldi
This classic song sets the ideal tone for the ceremony.
Bridal March: "Here Comes the Bride (Bridal Chorus)" by Wagner
Dum, dum, da, dum... Here Comes the Bride... We have all heard this song at weddings. It is great for turning all attention to the bride during her stride to her husband-to-be. *sigh*
Recessional: "Wedding March" by Mendelssohn
This song has the beat that portrays the feeling "I'm happy, I'm married, and now I'm ready to party." Another classic for a traditional wedding.
First Dance: "At Last" by Etta James
This song is beautiful. The lyrics portray a beautiful idea of "I have found that one person I am meant to spend the rest of my life with." Brings tears to my eyes every time.
Daddy/Daughter Dance: "My Girl" by the Temptations
This is a lovely song that portrays a father's love for his daughter. Like my dad always says, I will always be "his little girl." This song really portrays that feeling of a father's love for his "little girl."
Mother/Son Dance: "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
What better song is there for a mom and son to share a sweet dance? For most moms, it is hard to let their sons be taken care of by another woman. "What a Wonderful World" is a beautiful song that conveys this idea that the groom (son) has created a wonderful world for his mom & she is thankful.
Last Dance: "Last Dance" by Donna Summer
What is a better way to say "the wedding is over, go home?" "Last Dance" is a great final dance song for all guests, and it's fun to boot!

Pre-ceremony: "Clocks" by Coldplay
Coldplay is a great band that has music tolerable for all ages. "Clocks" is a song that both grandma and your teenage niece can appreciate. It is great for getting guests excited about the wedding.
Bridal Party Entrance: "I'll Be There For You" by the Rembrandts
Yes. We all know and love this theme song from the TV series "Friends" right? It is a fun, light-hearted song that shows that your friends (and incidentally your bridal party) will always be there for you. It is fun and upbeat and a great way to start off the ceremony.
Bridal March: "The Prayer" by Josh Groban and Charlotte Church
Confession: I have this song on my iTunes. My best friend used this song for her wedding and it is so beautiful. The combination of English & Italian is lovely and unique. It is a beautiful song with great wedding lyrics. Of course, I'm a little biased...
Recessional: "Truly, Madly, Deeply" by Savage Garden
Again, I must sigh. This song is so beautiful. It reveals a deep love that is untouchable. What a great song to show that your love for each other is true, deep, and unwavering. It is a great end to a beautiful ceremony.
First Dance: "I Do (Cherish You)" by 98 degrees
Ok, so boy bands of the 90's are usually not used for weddings. But this song by 98 degrees is a beautiful song that portrays love in a way that is unmatched by all other boy bands. Nick Lachey really knew what he was singing about.
Daddy/Daughter Dance: "Daughters" by John Mayer
John Mayer does a wonderful job of portraying the father's role in his daughter's life. Every father wants to be the "hero" to his daughter, and John Mayer describes this role in a brilliant way.
Mother/Son Dance: "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban
Another great Groban song that is excellent at portraying what is intended. "You Raise Me Up" is an incredible song that shows how thankful the groom is for his mom always being there to encourage him.
Last Dance: "Save the Last Dance for Me" by Michael Buble
Oh Michael Buble... what a beautiful voice to end the night. This song, like "Last Dance" lets your guests know that the party is over, but they can still have that one last, unforgettable dance with that special someone.

Pre-ceremony: "Then" by Brad Paisley
This is a wonderfully romantic song that is great for preparing the guests for the special ceremony to follow. When Brad sings "Then," one can hear that his love only continues to grow for his wife, as will the love between the bride and groom.
Bridal Party Entrance: "Bless the Broken Road" by the Rascal Flatts
This song beautifully describes the journey and heartache one faces to find their one true love. What better way to start the ceremony than with a beautiful song saying "God bless the broken road that led me straight to you."
Bridal March: "I Swear" by John Michael Montgomery
This song is so wonderful. Making a promise to love someone for the rest of your life is a wonderful moment in every person's life. This song does a fantastic job of portraying the love it takes to see you through to that promise of forever.
Recessional: "Forever and Ever Amen" by Randy Travis
"Oh I'm gonna love you forever and ever, forever and ever, forever and ever amen." Need I say more? This is a great song to wrap up the actual ceremony portion of the wedding.
First Dance: "Amazed" by Lonestar
Absolutely beautiful song with absolutely beautiful lyrics. "Amazed" like "I Do (Cherish You)" expresses a love that is unconditional and everlasting.
Daddy/Daughter Dance: "My Little Girl" by Tim McGraw
Ok, so who doesn't love a little Tim McGraw? This song truly conveys how every father is feeling when that wedding day comes. They do not want to let their daughters go, but they know she will be happy.
Mother/Son Dance: "I Hope You Dance" by LeAnn Womack
This song just makes my heart happy. It is a beautiful song and it wonderfully shows a mother's love and how she hopes that her son may "dance" even in life's difficult times.
Last Dance: "When I Said I Do" by Clint Black & Lisa Hartman Black
"When I Said I Do" is a wonderful way to end the celebration because it ties in the new beginning for the bride and groom. The day was all about saying those two wonderful words, "I do." Why not remind guests of the amazing ceremony and the reason for the celebration?

Pre-ceremony: "Lucky Man" by The Verve
"Lucky Man" is wonderful for the simple reason that the guy (your husband-to-be) is describing how he is a lucky man for finding you. How romantic is that?
Bridal Party Entrance: "Lullaby" by the Spill Canvas
This song is beautiful. The part that really gets me and tugs at my heartstrings is that the guy is saying that he loves his lady and all of her imperfections (although he doesn't think they are imperfections at all). Every girl wants to hear her guy say that.
Bridal March: "This Must Be The Place" by the Talking Heads
This song is fun because it is like you, as the bride, are saying you are home when you are with your man. You are comfortable and your love for him will never change.
Recessional: "Love and Some Verses" by Iron & Wine
"I'll only love you" is my favorite lyric in this song. It is a perfect verse to hear right after the magical "I do's" exchanged between you and your new husband.
First Dance: "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes
One of the best parts about this song is that it tells a story. It talks about falling in love at first sight, and making it to that glorious wedding day.
Daddy/Daughter Dance: "Gracie" by Ben Folds
"Gracie" is such a sweet song and clearly shows a father's love for his daughter. Once again, it is like a dad saying his daughter will always be his "little girl."
Mother/Son Dance: "Only You" by Joshua Radin
This song is great. The groom, by choosing this song, is telling is mother that he doesn't know where he would be without his mother's love and encouragement throughout his life. So sweet.
Last Dance: "You Are The Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne
I like this song because it basically says that at the end of the day, you are still the best thing about your new husband's day. Say it with me now, "aww..."

I hope these tips will help you choose memorable songs for your wedding day. For more ideas, and iTunes allow you to listen to wedding songs for every style of wedding and every possible dance or song you may want to choose.

We would love to hear your ideas too! Please share your thoughts and ideas with us! What are some of your favorites? What music always makes you "bust a move?" Happy wedding planning!



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