Coming soon to our blog…Mary and Ryan’s beautiful wedding at Sarasota Yacht Club. Here are a couple of preview shots:
Photos Courtesy of John Revisky
Katherine, and Patrick’s, wedding was recently featured on Style Me Pretty. Ceremony: Church of the Redeemer – Reception: Sarasota Yacht Club.
Visit http://www.stylemepretty.com/florida-weddings/2013/09/02/sarasota-yacht-club-wedding-from-k-k-photography/ to view this beautiful wedding on Style Me Pretty!
This is just a preview of this beautiful wedding at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota…more photos to come!
Photos: Courtesy of Barbara Banks
A large number of my couples stress over which song to select for their first dance. They all have a favorite but are afraid that it’s inappropriate because it’s not traditional. Obviously a classic like Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” is a great choice for your first dance…but…if your style leans more toward The Rolling Stones, than Old Blue Eyes, then your music should express that.
Selecting your first wedding dance song is not an easy task! Your first dance together as husband and wife should bring to mind wonderful memories of the shared moments dancing to your special song. Don’t allow anyone to tell you not to dance to a specific song. The only thing that really matters is that YOU both love the song. If you both love it, dance to it!
I’ve had brides, and grooms, tell me they were told they shouldn’t dance to a song they had selected because it was too fast, too slow, too modern blah blah blah. I spent years as a choreographer and I can honestly say that most music is danceable! Some songs may be easier to dance to than others but it’s important that you dance to the song you want. And if your song requires a few dance lessons to pull it together just go for it. After all, whose wedding is it anyway?
What if you don’t share a special song yet?
Here are a few questions to help inspire some ideas: Was there a song playing on your first date? What was the first song that you danced together to? Was there a song playing in the background when he proposed? How about the first time you kissed? Was a song playing the first time you said “I love you”?
Fun Wedding Tip: In addition to your first dance song, select some other favorite songs as well. Make a plan that when you hear those songs play during the reception, no matter what you are doing, you both will meet on the dance floor as soon as the song begins to play.
If you need further inspiration, check out some of the songs below that have been used as celebrity couple’s first dance songs.
Kate Middleton & Prince William: “Your Song” by Elton John
Reese Witherspoon & Jim Tosh: “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan
Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban “At Last” by Etta James
Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi “Ribbon in the Sky.” By Stevie Wonder
Nicole Richie & Joel Madden “What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong
Victoria & David Beckham “It Had to Be You” by The Starlight Orchestra
Fergie & Josh Duhamel “Sweethearts Together’ by The Rolling Stones
Katherine Heigl & Josh Kelley “Heavenly Day” by Patty Griffin
Jenna Dewan & Channing Tatum “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.
You are planning the biggest day of your life…where do you begin?
Everywhere you turn there are tips on what to do when planning a wedding…
…here are a few tips on what you should not do while planning your big day.
Never start planning, or interviewing vendors, without somewhat of a budget in mind. You will waste your time and the time of the vendors you meet with.
Never book a venue without seeing it. The only exception to this is if you live far away, and have a wedding planner who is doing the scouting for you.
Never work with any vendor without a contract. Ever. Contracts put everyone’s promises and obligations on paper.
Never be afraid to ask questions of your vendors. If you have concerns, ask while changes can still be made to avoid something you will regret on your wedding day.
Never take your family and friends for granted. “But it’s my wedding” gets very old, very fast.
Never believe anything you see on the television wedding shows. Ever.
Never forget what you are really planning …your wedding, which is the birth of your marriage.
Never include registry information with your invitation. Times may have changed and some etiquette rules can be bent. This is not one of them! The best way to get the message across is by word of mouth and your wedding website.
Never choose a photographer with only your budget in mind. After the party is over, this is all you have left. I cannot stress enough how important proper documentation of the wedding is. Good pictures will bring back amazing memories, and bad ones will bring back nothing.
Never try to micromanage your day while wearing the gown. The day will be will go by much faster, and harder, if you are both the star, and the director. Enjoy your day. Let your mom enjoy your day. Hire help.
Check out the video with short clips from this opulent event!
Some preliminary images from the beautiful wedding. The ceremony was held on the front steps of the Ca’ d’Zan Mansion with cocktails on the Campiello and dinner and dancing on the Terrace.
Images courtesy of Binary Flips Photography
Celebrity planner, Donnie Brown, star of Whose Wedding is it Anyway? wrote a great article last week…definitely a ‘must read’ for anyone who is considering hiring a wedding planner. This is a philosophy I have been true to for many years…nice to have it validated by a celebrity planner! Below is his article in its entirety.
Less Expensive Doesn’t Always Mean Cheaper!!!
There are few things in the world as exciting and confusing and frustrating as planning your wedding. Endless are the vendors, the options, the details… And, that is when everything goes well. What if you are hiring someone who isn’t telling you the whole truth???
Having been in the industry for more than 30 years, I have seen it all. I have placed myself front and center for every cause you can imagine. And for those of you who know me, you won’t be surprised to hear that I have my opinions. My opinions are not based on loose information either. But, rather on years of experience visiting and revisiting every scenario at one time or another.
Today’s blog is focused on a topic that has come to my attention recently which has me completely perplexed. A professional wedding planner (not naming names so don’t ask) that I know who has come on the scene the past few years has taken it upon themselves to create a business plan which is completely misleading and unethical. They are demanding wedding vendors such as floral designers, photographers, invitations artists, cake designers, etc. to pay a kickback under the table of 15% of their contracted price with the client back to the planner as an additional fee. The planner then charges a ridiculously low “full service” fee to the bride. The bride is under the erroneous assumption that she is getting a great deal and discounting other qualified planners who work ethically and transparently because of the ticket price difference. What they don’t realize is that the vendors who are forced to pay the kickbacks are marking their services up an additional 15% to accommodate the loss. Therefore, the bride is paying the money anyway. They just don’t realize it. Plus, many talented and ethical vendors will refuse to pay this fee and are therefore never an option for the planner’s bride. This narrows the field and eliminates many excellent options for the client.
I have seen a lot of things in my professional career, but this takes the cake.
My suggestion: Ask the important question when booking your wedding planner. Make sure they are charging you exactly what is in your contract with them and not receiving kickbacks or referral fees from vendors.
I have been offered commissions before by vendors who wanted my referral business. My vendor selection process is based on criteria that has nothing to do with my financial gain, but rather for expert services for my client. That’s what really matters. What I charge my client is all I charge my client. I always tell these vendor inquiries that they should offer any such discount or extra perk to my client. That plus taking very good care of them is payment enough for me!
Just a little food for thought from my soap box!
Dinner: Dining Room
Dancing: Living Room
Photos courtesy of Binary Flips Photography – Video courtesy of Sean Morris Video
This beautiful video will take your breath away!