The Bride-to-Be Series: Part 1

Our friend, Julie DiGiovine of The Stylish One shares helpful hints throughout her real life journey to the altar!

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Photo: Sweet Lady Jane Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a world of Instagram glam and blogging beauty, brides are put under an intense amount of pressure to have a perfect wedding. We are made to feel like we need to stroll through the planning process effortlessly, all while balancing our personal and professional lives. Oh, and did I mention the strict exercise and diet routine we’re all supposed to be following? The truth is, planning your wedding is a juggling act that requires love and patience.

Years ago, I started working in the wedding industry for Vera Wang in Boston. After I had moved on from Vera Wang, I continued following my passion through my blog, TheStylishOne.com, contributing to BostonMagazine.com, and collaborating with the talented ladies of Whim Events.  Needless to say, I like weddings.  Then, on January 4, 2014, I became a fiancé! I was thrilled to be marrying the love of my life.

At first, I thought we had plenty of time, and since I was a wedding pro, I could handle it. We chose our date and our venue, put a team of vendors together, picked dresses, flowers… I thought we were good to go. However, I quickly realized that working and balancing a personal life during the last leg of the wedding tour is tricky. That’s why, for the next few months leading up to my wedding, I’m going to be sharing some “bride-to-bride” insight and tips with all of you!

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1. Hire a professional.
There are many details you don’t think of initially. Some are big, like contract negotiations with your vendors, and some are small, such as what time you should cut your cake. If you work full-time or haven’t had much experience planning a wedding, I suggest getting help from the pros. Whether you opt for a full-on planner or a month-of coordinator, you won’t believe just how much time, stress, and money they can save you. Attending DIY and planning workshops, like Whim provides, is also helpful.

2. Say “yes” and “thank you.”
I’m not very good when it comes to asking for help. I’m afraid people will feel burdened or bothered. What I’ve come to realize is that family and friends really do want to be a part of your journey. So, if your mom or Maid of Honor is asking if she can help with your favors, say “yes.” If it’s a DIY, provide her with the items she’ll need and print a photo of your ideal finished product. Or, do the first few together so you’re on the same page. Just be sure to accept the help and remember to say “thank you.”

3.  Go with your gut and then let it go
Being a perfectionist has its perks, but it can also drive you a little bit crazy. For example, I’ve spent the past month trying to decide what type of stamp I should choose for some of my paper items. This may sound silly, but typography and design are really important to me. You probably have certain things that are important to you and your fiancé, too. One thing I’ve learned is to go with your gut and then let it go. Whatever you choose will be beautiful, especially if it speaks to both of you.

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Our Engagement Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Choose local or try Etsy.
From paper to accessories, there are a vast number of talented artists ready to help make your dream come true in a personalized, affordable way. Look for a local calligrapher to do your place cards, or search Etsy for custom gifts and decor. You won’t believe what you’ll find! You and your guests will treasure the personal details of your day and you’ll meet some great people along the way. Just be sure you’re keeping track of the small ticket items so you don’t go over budget.

5. Do you.
Some people may be expecting you to get married in a church wearing a white gown as you toss your bouquet to the masses. That doesn’t mean you have to… especially, the bouquet part. Incorporate ideas and opinions from loved ones, but stay true to your vision. The great thing about weddings today is that anything goes. From towers of cupcakes to mismatched maids, there are plenty of ways to write your own love story.

6. Don’t forget to breathe.
As our wedding approaches, I’ve realized that I only have a few months left as a fiancé and that this planning stage isn’t going to last forever. It’s time to embrace the chaos and soak in the love that surrounds us. So, whenever things get stressful, remember that this will be the day you marry your favorite person in the entire world. Then, you get to have a ton of fun with all the people you love!

Stay with me on my journey and check in next month to learn how I navigate my first fitting, make some final Big Day decisions, and more. Have a #bridetobride question? Tweet me and be sure to follow @TheStylishOne_ and @WhimEvents on Instagram. You can also leave comments below. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Katie + Taylor | Castle Hill Inn Newport Rhode Island Wedding

Katie + Taylor came to Whim for flowers for their vintage nautical themed wedding in Newport, how could we resist?! We loved their clear vision for a July 4th wedding weekend at Castle Hill Inn.  Katie + Taylor picked our Signature Floral package with our Mercury Glass vases with lush florals.  Moira used hydrangea, garden roses, greens, and dahlias to create the centerpieces, which we paired with a white lantern to complete the table scape.  The beautiful day was captured by Stop Go Love, take a peak!

Congrats Katie + Taylor!

 

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Find Your Wedding Inspiration: 50′s Themed Wedding

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Have you ever been drawn to a specific era? For me that era is the 50′s. I always thought that if I met my grandparents when they we’re in their 20′s we would have been best friends. Then it got me thinking.. Why couldn’t you have your wedding theme be inspired by an era you wished you lived in? So here is our take on that theory:

The Whimen’s Inspiration: The 50′s! Colors: Muted tones of pink and mustard with punches of the Whim staple- Teal.

Tablescape: Since we wanted to keep the 50′s feel we made the dining area picnic inspired! We brought in that Picnic look with patterned napkins, a clean wood table and bright snapdragons- just like in Mom’s backyard! Plus, who can resist classic picnic food. Deviled eggs and a jello mold? Yum!

Florals: It’s so hard to choose just one flower for your centerpieces and in most cases we are always encouraging of not picking a class pet. However, these snapdragons we’re just irresistible and too perfect for the color scheme. So the gold star goes to the snapdragon.

Details: It’s very important to us that every detail of the event had a hint of nostalgia. So the paper was inspired by vintage typography and old school slideshow cameras, The View Master – talk about a throwback! The Hive Bar was a huge influence and essential piece to this event as it brought in the nostalgia and served up classic drinks with a twist, Don Draper would be proud. Photos taken by the fabulous Carla Ten Eyck .

 

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Boston Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Paper Moss

This month our vendor spotlight blog is Paper Moss! We know you’ll love them just as much as we do :)

Why Whim loves Paper Moss!

Our clients are NEVER disappointed when we hire the ladies of Paper Moss for gorgeous wedding stationary. Paper Moss has an excellent process, which engages the couple from the early stages, all throughout the design process.  Their work is incredible and ranges in all different styles.  We feel it’s so important to enjoy every moment of planning your wedding, and Paper Moss does an amazing job in bringing your vision to life.

How was your Paper Moss started?

Started from Emily’s home in Rhode Island 8 years ago, Paper Moss has grown into an award-winning design studio that specializes in custom letterpress invitations and caters to all types of stationery for weddings & beyond. We are a boutique-style company that takes a certain amount of custom clients per year in order to continue to provide exceptional customer service, attention & product. Our team is here to guide our couples through the stationery process from start to finish, designing paper products that set the tone for their special day. Most recently Paper Moss has launched a stylish line of ready to order save the dates and invitations called “The Collection”.

 

What is your business philosophy?

We aim to create a memorable and enjoyable experience for our couples – something that brings them together and helps set the tone for their wedding. We continually strive to stay 3 steps ahead, all while developing innovative and flawless products.

 

What is your company’s favorite thing about being in the wedding business?

We love weddings and the institution of marriage – call us all hopeless romantics. :) In addition to that there is a lot of fun in branding a couple for the first time and getting their friends and family excited about the biggest day in their lives. Weddings bring people together and deserve a stylish celebration to be remembered!

 

What type of client do you love working with?

Paper Moss loves working with all kind of clients! We can’t choose our favorite. However, a client who desires truly custom stationery makes us giddy. We love creatively solving problems and creating stationery that is truly unique to the couple and their outlook on their wedding. We absolutely love when our clients enjoy themselves with the paper process. We get to see more of who they are as a bride or as a couple, and can use that within the design process to create unique and special stationery.

 

What is your best advice for a couple when it comes to choosing vendors?

Nothing is more important that finding an experienced vendor who you connect with! We think this is crucial in helping make your wedding planning experience and wedding day what it should be, something to celebrate with joy. Have fun, laugh!

 Recent Features:

Wedding Chicks Happy Hour

Carats & Cake (1 | 2)

Ruffled

Style Me Pretty

The Knot Magazine

Well Wed Magazine

 

Reach out to Paper Moss below :)

{tel} 1.857.265.2091

{email} info@papermoss.com

www.papermoss.com

Take a peak at their latest work!

This is a sample of Paper Moss’s new ready to order line:

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Below is a sample of their custom design:

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Alex + Christina | Windhover Wedding

We had the pleasure of being part of Alex + Christina’s wedding day this past summer at the Windhover Center for Performing Arts.  Alex and Christina met in the restaurant business, and wanted to bring a sense of hospitality into their big day.  They incorporated both their backgrounds to create a perfect balance of New England + Southern cuisine!  We loved their relaxed vibe and their clear sense of vision for creating a simple day with friends and family.  Alex and Christina  chose our Magic Details package. Moira filled her bouquet with her favorites; billy balls, hydrangea, roses, ranunculus, dahlias, and greens.  The color palette was light yellow, pink, white, and green. Brianna Cox did an amazing job at capturing their special day. P.S., take a peak at her blush wedding dress, we love it!

Congratulations Alex + Christina!

xo Kelsey

 

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Find your Inspiration: Vibrant Handmade Pillow

Inspiration can strike at anytime! It could be an amazingly vibrant wallpaper or maybe even an heirloom like a pillow your great grandmother crocheted. Whatever may strike your wedding fancy, roll with it! 
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{The Whimens Inspiration}: A beautifully vibrant handmade pillow (or cushion if you’re from England) 
{Colors}: Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow- Warm Tones.
{Tablescape}: We suggest keeping elements of the table (like the tablecloth, plates and utensils) simple and clean in tones of white or cream. Then you can bring in the pops of colors into the napkins and centerpieces so that the overall look isn’t drenched in color. 
{Florals}: Use simple apothecary jars with various brightly colored flowers. Let the flowers do all the work when it comes to color. I mean, seriously, just look at these colors! It’s like they got all dressed up for this occasion and boy, do we appreciate it. 

{Favors}: Keeping the handcrafted theme and inspiration in mind the couple had a friend make their own pale ale! We love when a couple enjoys seriously awesome craft beer especially when they give it as favors.

{Details}: If you have been sitting here wondering why the bride in this collage looks super familiar, it could be because it’s our one and only Natalie Pinney! And if you know Natalie, you understand her choice in bright colors and details! Her vibrant personality definitely comes though in all of her wedding photos (taken by the amazing Katie Noble). A little suggestion from the bride regarding the details of your wedding is to make sure that you let your photographer know that detail shots are important to you. They sure were important to Natalie and it shows!

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Kate + Marc’s Boston Wedding at the Renaissance Hotel

Kate + Marc came to us with a clear vision of a lush wedding surrounded by their family and friends.  We loved their sense of tradition and classic look, with pops of gold. Their wedding day took place at the gorgeous Marriott Renaissance in the beginning of August.   Kate + Marc went with our Custom Floral Package, with Mercury Glass centerpieces and our fantastic tall stemmed floating candles, to give it a romantic feel.  Their flower choices were dahlias, snap dragons, hydrangea, garden roses, and astilbe. A special thanks to Posh and Prep for their fantastic table numbers + calligraphy! Take a look at these gorgeous photos by Katie Noble Photography, they’re stunning!

 

Congratulations Kate + Marc, we loved being apart of your special day!

xo Kelsey

 

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Find Your Inspiration: Wildflowers

Throughout the many weddings that Whim has beautified we have seen many fabulous couples come in with an idea or feeling as an inspiration for their big day. In some cases a couple may be an open book and that’s totally cool with us! Our job is to pull an idea or theme out of that jumbled web-like wedding brain of yours. Luckily we have 4 brains that get to pick yours apart! It’s like having 4 wedding therapists (or perhaps Whimapists?) Most of the time you won’t even know you’ve got your theme until we hear you say one word that makes our eyes light up (and no that’s not our “crazed wedding planner” look it’s our “that’s it” look). So don’t be scared when we look at each other and start blurting out sounds like  ”EE!!!” “Ooo!” and “AHH!”. Those are the sounds of success, my friends. That is what this blog is all about. Showing how we “Find Your Inspiration” and create a wedding by a single thought, idea or object. Enjoy! -G

 
 
The Whimen’s Inspiration: A Field of Wildflowers
Colors: ROYGBIV, baby. We took on the entire color wheel. 
Tablescape: We went Au Naturel when it came to tablescape.  The Rattan chargers and twine wrapped napkins/utensils add an awesome texture to the already arts and craft style farm table.
Florals: The free-spirited bride wanted the florals to appear as if they were freshly plucked from a field which suits her oh-so well. 
Favors: Jam was their jam. Get it? And how adorable are those labels? What a way to preserve their love! Okay, I’m done with the puns. For now at least.  
Details: It was important for us to capture the effortless style of the bride an groom. We wanted to create a setting that was as easy-going and relaxed as the couple. A lot of string lights, tea lights and additional greens helped us to accomplish that feel within and outside of the tent. They were a breeze to work with, so we thought their wedding should be nothing less than a breeze for them. 
 
See, even looking out your window on a road trip and seeing something breathtaking like a field of wildflowers could be your wedding inspiration. There is no limit to inspiration, well maybe there is. If you’re having kids attend the wedding let’s keep it PG, people.

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Audrena + Tim Wedding at the Beechwood Hotel

When we first met Audrena, we absolutely adored how charismatic and excited she was!  Every design meeting we had with her, she cried tears of joy.  We love to see brides with such a sense of passion and love for creating such a sentimental wedding. She came to Whim with a vision of an intimate, romantic, film noir wedding. SWOON! She and her fiance Tim had an epic love story of their own, and we jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it. Audrena chose our Custom Floral Design as well as our Event Styling to bring their love story to life on the big day! The flowers are lush, textured, deep, and moody.  All of the flowers were in a deep pink, blush, maroon, cream, and green color scheme.  We used flowers like Astilbe, Roses, Hanging Amaranthus, Protea, Coxcomb, and Dahlias to create her dream lush floral arrangements.

This gorgeous wedding took place at the Beechwood Hotel, and the day was captured by the talented Nicole Baas. Audrena + Tim’s wedding day was also featured on Ruffled blog, take a peak here! Congrats Audrena + Tim! We heart you. We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do! xo Kelsey

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Find Your Wedding Inspiration: Brazilian Throws

One of the first things we do when a couple comes to us for event design and styling is ask them what their home looks like. What personal style do they have? Where do they shop? What colors are in their living room? Most of the time, inspiration is right under their noses but they are temporarily blinded by the bling. ;) . Our job is to bring out that inspiration and translate it into the best day of their lives! So, each month, we will be blogging a piece called “Find Your Inspiration,” taking one inspiration piece and showing how that favorite can make a gorgeous wedding design.

Brazilian Throw{What they wished for}“Southwestern desert meets Brazilian beach with a touch of magic.” A party that meshed their love for travel together and the groom’s Brazilian culture. Here’s how we made it come to life:
{Our Inspiration}: We loved the idea that a beautiful Brazilian throw or colorful Pendleton blanket seemed to sum up the entire design of the day. Think: cozy, cultured and colorful!
{Colors}: No shade is missing from these gorgeous throws, so we had free range to choose the hues. We loved mixing in bright yellows, vibrant orange, deep pinks, reds, blues and greens into the design.
{Tablescape}: We selected colorful and earthy pottery from West Elm as the centerpiece, mixing in cactus plants and bright blooms. To create a natural look for table scape, we used a simple striped linens and copper silverware, similarly used in Brazilian kitchens, for that cozy feel.
{Floral}: Both the bride and groom loved using local and cultural flowers, with a ton of texture. We even included mini pineapples! (Note: We will never reject the idea of using mini pineapples, ever.)
{Food}: The couple served family-style seasonal cuisine, colorful including fish & vegetarian dishes. The colors and texture of the food added to the table design!
{Details}: The grooms mother gave the couple a traditional piece of Brazilian artwork, featuring a couple on their wedding day. We highlighted this cultural gift by hanging it in plain view of the guests as they entered the reception room.
Photos by Katie Noble Photo. 

 

The idea that a throw can translate into a colorful and comfortable wedding day is kindof cool right? In fact, we might call it downright magical. What element in your home inspires you?
 
 
 
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