Saturday, April 19, 2014

Real Weddings

From intern Amy:
This weekend was my dear friend Gloria Lim’s wedding. You may remember her from a previous post I did on “How To Throw A Bridal Shower.” I was lucky enough to be one of her bridesmaids and be alongside her throughout this journey for her big day.

On Saturday, we started getting ready around 8:30 am. Just before then, we did a quick Starbucks run to pick up some drinks for the bridal party. When we told them we were getting them for a bridal party they ended up giving us 50 percent off our entire order! They don’t typically do that, but the Starbucks employees in Pennsylvania were being incredibly kind that morning and just did it for us as a surprise. If you’re a bridesmaid or maid of honor getting some coffee for everyone before you go, it never hurts to ask! Thanks, Starbucks!

When we arrived at the park, Walton, the groom, was blindfolded and patiently waited to see his blushing bride. They shared their special moment at the one of the most picturesque of places – in front of a tall barn with red doors. I could already feel myself fighting back tears. When he finally looked at her, I could see how happy they both were and how much they were cherishing the moment. Soon after, they took some portraits together with a big yellow balloon as one of their props, and they looked as gorgeous as ever. The bridal party just waited around and took some photos and selfies.

Following the portraits, as well as some bridal party shots, we headed over to the church where the couple would first partake in a Korean traditional wedding ceremony called “Paebaek.” Following this, we had a little bit of downtime to grab a bite to eat that the groomsmen kindly brought. And before we knew it, it was ceremony time. As all our hearts fluttered, we said a prayer for the bride and lined up outside the doors. The music started and everyone entered in one by one. When Gloria walked in with her dad, there was not a dry eye in the sanctuary. Not before long, Gloria and Walton were at last pronounced man and wife!

After a Korean dinner reception in the church, invite-only guests headed over to the dessert reception held in a tent at the beautiful Graeme Park. The rest of the night contained touching and hilarious speeches, an exciting father-daughter dance to “Happy” by Pharrell, drinks, desserts, and a hot dance floor. As the wedding came to an end, I could not believe the day we had all be waiting for was over and my friend was finally married! It was all so surreal, but I was so blessed and privileged to be a part of it all. I truly wish my friend and her hubby a lifetime of love and joy in their new journey ahead. I know it will be a beautiful and fruitful marriage.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jess is a Wedding Guest…Again!

From intern Jess:

My second wedding of the season was for two very dear friends, Megan & Ed. I was very anxious for this celebration after seeing the save the date and formal invitation as well as for the reunion of friends.

The ceremony was held a mere 50 minutes from NYC in the quaint village of Cold Spring at The Chapel Restoration. The chapel, which has no religious affiliations, was rebuilt in the Greek revival style in the 1970's. The views of the Hudson River from this historic landmark, were breathtaking and serene. We were escorted to an enclosed pew by the groomsmen and handed programs emblazoned with Megan and Ed's signature monogram. The room was lit by a beautiful candle candelabra.

Fashionably late the bridal party began their walk down one of the two aisles accompanied by a pianist. Each bridesmaid wore a different flowing cocktail dress of soft pale pink. They all carried hand-tied bouquets of cream, pink and green. The double doors were opened once more as the bride made her debut. Megan looked absolutely stunning in a whimsical tulle ballgown by David Fielden. She donned gold sparkle heels and a fingertip length veil and the men were traditional dressed in black tuxes.
The ceremony was short, sweet and full of laughter. My favorite part was while Megan was placing the ring on Ed's finger, she exclaimed "he has big knuckles". The room broke out in chuckles as she finally pushed the ring home. As they were pronounced husband and wife, this fun couple sealed the deal with a perfect peck. We all adjourned outside to congratulate the happy couple and take advantage of the beautiful weather for photos.

We travelled a short way to the reception space at Hollow Brook Golf Club. Cocktail hour was held by a fireplace filled with candles and a bar made from wine casks. The guests were greeted with mason jars of brandy iced tea and scrumptious eats, yum! A little later we were invited into the dining room. We were seated at oval tables of white with gold numbers. At each place setting was a menu adorned with a gold stag and doe as well as a hand planted succulent favor. The centerpieces of driftwood and roses emitted a subtle sweet scent while the cavernous room basked in the glow of candle light. The couple took the floor for their first dance to The Beatle's, "Baby I'm Amazed" and then the 90's dance party started. We finished the night off with a slice of the carrot wedding cake. We parted from friends with the promise of another reunion and waved goodbye as they departed on the party bus. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. McMillan your love story has just begun!   

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Amy's Inspired: Boho Chic

From intern Amy:

I love me a bohemian wedding. I know if I were to do my wedding over again, I would throw a flower crown on everyone, put all the men in tan suits, and maids in lacey dresses in shades of neutral. I would put my flower girl in a big, poufy tulle dress, have the ring bearer carry the trinkets on a slab of wood and moss bed, and just have flowers hanging everywhere. I would wear my hair down and dress myself in something perfectly ethereal. All our guests would be required to wear something of the era in soft shades – nothing too fancy but still fabulous. The wedding would take place in a clear tent or barn, housing a naked wedding cake and seed packet or honey jar favors. Yes, I see it now – sheer perfection.

Thus, today’s board is inspired by all things boho. Here are some items you can purchase from the Cloud Nove Events shop to help tie your event together if you are going with this theme.

Open Ornate Vintage Inspired Frame:

Vintage Inspired Silver Cake Serving Set:

Burlap Table Runner:

Decorating Glass Bottle Set:

Hopefully, this will be of some help to you if you are planning to throw a bohemian affair. Happy planning!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To Change Or Keep Your Name, That Is The Question

From intern Jessica:

The decision to keep your birth name (maiden name) is entirely up to you. Remember that scene from The Wedding Singer where Drew Barrymore’s character tries out her soon to be new last name, Julia Gulia? Sometimes our name may not sound amazing when paired with our new surname, yet we can’t help who we fall in love with. There are a multitude of reasons why women choose to change or keep their name. Some women decide to keep their maiden name if the new surname is popular. Other women worry for professional reasons and some feel they will lose their identity if they take on their spouse’s surname.

Should you make the big decision to change your name there is a lot of paperwork ahead of you. A few key things that will need changing will be your license, social security card, credit cards, bank information and passport. Remember when booking your honeymoon travel to book in your maiden name! Check out for tips, paperwork and guidance for a smooth name transition.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Notes from the Interns: Client Meetings

From intern Amy:

This week, I was fortunate enough to sit in on my first client meeting with Regina. The couple was more than lovely, and I am thrilled to be working on this wedding to help make their big day as spectacular as ever (and so far it's headed in that direction!). The appointment was mostly about decor and a few logistical items, so we were able to get a sense of what the bride did and did not like. As we talked through the details I felt myself getting extremely excited, as so many of the aesthetics she described matched with what I personally love. With the planning still underway, I feel privileged to be learning from and working with such a seasoned planner like Regina.

Soon we will also be working on a styled wedding shoot together, so my next post will be sure to feature that new experience. Until then, stay inspired!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Notes from the interns: family weddings

From intern Jess:My cousin’s fiancĂ© Kate put a lot of thought and time into her nuptials. Their wedding was a family affair to be sure and a perfectly personalized Blue Bling theme. To start off their ceremony they played a photomontage video of baby photos and photos of them together. Being that they met in Christian pre-school there were plenty of photos that made us all laugh and cry. They included both of their mothers in the ceremony by having them light the candles that they would later use to light their unity candle. Joshua’s brother Jacob and cousin Kaylee announced the entrance of the bride with a handcrafted sign that said, “Josh, here comes your girl!” As the Bridal March started, Kate glided into the church wearing an elegant strapless sweetheart A-line gown with a corset back. They said “I Do” with traditional vows and sealed it with a tender kiss. 

We adjourned to the preschool house beside the church for cupcakes and punch before we sent the newlyweds off with a birdseed toss. The reception venue was just a short ride away. We were treated to beautiful fruit and ice sculptures along with an array of cocktail food and a bartender with a heavy hand. After some time, the venue director invited the guests into the dining room, where Kate and Josh carried their theme of Blue Bling. The tables were adorned with blue hydrangea centerpieces, napkins and gems scattered on the table. The DJ had everyone on the dance floor all night, keeping the celebration upbeat and energetic. We loved the personalized photo booth; my family and I definitely took advantage of that. Their round three-tier cake was simply decorated with blue and white and tasted delicious. Towards the end of the night the venue team rolled out an ice cream bar and a blue candy bar! We were able to fill our personalized mason jars up with tasty treats. The night ended with a group photo and a bittersweet farewell. Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Feldman, many years of love, laughter and happiness.               

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Jessica's Hen Night Alternatives

From intern Jessica: 

Not all ladies want to trudge from bar to bar sporting a feathered boa and tiara that screams bride. If you are not a party girl like me and are looking for some alternative Hen night activities check out the below!

1.    Outdoor Merrymaking - Glamping! For the outdoorsy woman who loves to camp, hike, bike, kayak and be outdoors, this is for you. Power-down and retreat with a few ladies to the Catskill or Pocono mountains. Blue Hill Farms in Narrowsburg offers a picturesque secluded location with some modern amenities for a quiet weekend away.
2.    Spa Retreat – Pamper yourselves and your ladies with a spa day. Whether it is in your home or at a local spa, indulge in mani/pedi, facials and massages. The Lodge at Woodlock offers an all-inclusive tranquil and cleansing setting for your girls get-away. Here they offer a multitude of activities such as fitness classes, aquatics, culinary exploration and sports as well as an array of spa treatments.
3.    Artist Gathering – Get artistic with your ladies and plan a private art party! Treat your ladies to a lesson in painting, pottery or sculpting! At the end of the night they will have a great keepsake.
 4.    Ski Weekend – Living in the metro area we are so close to many different mountains. Jet away for a weekend on the slopes and cozy up in the rustic lodges. After a day of skiing end your night in front of the fireplace with a hot toddy.
 5.   Thrill-Seekers Bash- Just a mere 3 hours from the city is a thrill-seekers paradise. Stay directly across the street from Six Flags Great Escape at the Great Escape Lodge and enjoy the indoor water park. Challenge your ladies to step out of their comfort zone with white-water rafting down the Sacandaga River or rock-climbing at the aerial adventure park! Perfect for the adrenaline junkie.