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Natural Greenery Fall Wedding Inspiration

Lately, we’ve noticed that 2016 couples seem to be taking a whole new approach to “floral” design. Many of our brides have been asking us for greens, greens and more greens, And some even request no flowers at all. Their vision includes lush, wild spaces full leaves and ferns or magical indoor forests. And we love it. Because, sometimes you have to bring floral design back to its roots… in the literal sense. There is so much beauty and lushness within simple textural foliage.  We designed this shoot, in hopes to inspire more brides to open their minds to the idea of wedding flowers turning over a whole new leaf! (pun wildly intended). And we chose paper elements and table scape items that reflected just as much texture as the greens themselves. We hope you get lost in all the pretty!! Not getting married but still love this look? It’s also perfect for a gorgeous holiday table, too!

ps. more of this shoot on Style Me Pretty here. <3

Photography: Deborah Zoe | Styling + Florals : Whim Events | Stationary : Robinson Press | Gowns : Flair Boston | Hair Styling : Hair That Moves | Makeup : Amanda McCarthy Beauty | Rentals :Peterson Party Center | Ribbon : Silk & Willow | Models : DZP couple Alex & Debs |

Fruitlands Museum Wedding: Laura & Steven

Laura & Steven got married at one of our favorite venues ever, the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA. When we first spoke with her about flowers, she mentioned she found us via Style Me Pretty and loved the look of the Intimate Backyard Wedding we designed for Morgan & Matt the year before. She loved that entire wedding so much, that she also hired the same photographer, Lisa Rigby, to capture her day. (Um, best choice ever). Of course, we worked with Laura & Steven to make their flowers unique and all their own, but Laura knew the style she loved, so finding her vendors and the entire day seemed breezy and effortless.

Laura loved the idea of going with seasonal and local blooms. Her colors were…Wildflowers! Yes, wildflowers. She wanted bright, summery pops of color to accent the white tent at Fruitlands and truly left the rest up to us! They added accents to the table with wax flower and rented our birch arbor filled with textured greens. Designed by Giovanna Puorto and captured by Lisa Rigby Photography, we are loving the bright sunshine look of this happy July wedding! Congrats, Laura & Steven!

ps. Another Fruitlands wedding here!

Wychmere Beach Club Wedding: Jen & Dave

Whenever we get to work at Wychmere Beach Club, it feels like the ultimate vacation. And we are willing to bet Jen & Dave’s wedding guests felt the same! These two wanted an organic beach vibe for their big day last spring and we were happy to oblige! Moira took the couple to the flower market to pick the perfect seasonal blooms.  Jen loved flowers and greens that didn’t look too put together, and had a west coast vibe with a light and breezy feel. She loved the idea of filling our birch arbor with asymmetrical branches, for a windswept and natural look. Ahh, we can feel the ocean air now. 😉

We love looking back at these beautiful photos from Kate McElwee Photography. It feels like the perfect mix of a great party and an awesome getaway!  Congrats Jen & Dave!

 

Lyman Estate Wedding: Nora & Rick

Last year, the sweetest couple, Nora & Rick attended our  Wedding Planning 101 workshop.  That night, they won our biggest giveaway, a complimentary design concept board, valued at $500! We were so excited to chat about their wedding at the historic Lyman Estate.  In the coming months, we learned they wanted a casual yet elegant fall event where their guests felt relaxed. They also wanted to wow them with special touches like the Cookie Monstah  (and if we remember correctly, Rick was the lover of cookies and baking!) They loved the idea of incorporating leaf design elements throughout the details. They had stellar vision to start with, but wanted to make sure it looked cohesive on the wedding day.

We created a custom design board for them with inspiration pictures and sources for items like paper, tablescape, florals, detail items and more. Later, they ended up working with us for floral, so it is amazing to see how the actual event turned out in comparison to the original design board. Nora really took the ideas and ran. Nora and Rick, you guys were ON POINT!!!!! Check out the original design board we created below compared to the the actual wedding day!

Nora & Rick, you two really are the sweetest. Cookie pun totally intended.

Amazing Photos by Caroline Talbot Photography!! Other great sources: Calligraphy & Signage: Posh & Prep | Florals: Giovanna of Whim Events | Invitations + Paper Good: Minted | Rentals by Peterson Party Center | Napkins + Stirrers: ForYourParty.com | Table Numbers & Mr. & Mrs. Sign: LhCalligraphy

Congrats, Nora & Rick!!!!

Endicott Estate Wedding: Emily & Rob

Since its gray and snowing all over the east coast, we figured there is nothing better to look at right now than coral flowers, peonies and sunshine. Enter Emily & Rob’s May wedding, captured by our good buddies at Summer Street Photography. This was our first time at the Endicott Estate, and we hope it is not our last! The day and venue were so beautiful that when Matt from Summer Street street arrived, he found Moira picnicking under a tree in the sun waiting for the estate to open! (Oh the perks of being early for floral set up, right?!)

Emily was such a lovely bride. Her garden style vision was seasonal and romantic, but she left the design completely open to us and trusted Moira wholeheartedly with her vision.

When Moira handed Emily the bridal bouquet on the wedding day, she cried! (This gets Moira every time.) Even the groom, Rob, said “Wow! That looks exactly like your Pinterest!”  Now, how’s that for heartwarming?! Stay warm today, New Englanders!

ps. More coral estate wedding inspiration.

Lenox Hotel Wedding Boston: Margaret & Stanley

They say you have a year to give someone a card or gift after their wedding, right? We are not really sure if that is true, but we could not let a year go by without blogging Margaret and Stanley’s big day at the Lenox Hotel in Boston! Married last March, these two are just adorable. We instantly clicked the moment we met, their sense of humor is contagious! For their wedding, these two were envisioning a classic Boston feel, while bringing in a bit of nature, too. They chose our Signature Classic floral design, complete with hydrangea, roses, ranunculus and muscari, in shades of blue and blush. (Dare we say they were one of the first couples to implement 2016’s Pantone color of the year, Serenity & Rose Quartz?! You, trendsetters, you!). Although their wedding was on a snowy winters’ day, you can’t tell there was even a chill in the air because of their beaming attitudes. Another perk of working with Margaret & Stanley?  They came back the next week to visit us in the studio and we got to hear even more about the day!

Typically we would congratulate the couple here (congrats!) but perhaps it might be better to say…Happy Anniversary Margaret & Stanley!!  Photos by Scott Zuehlke

Wedding Planning 101 Workshop Boston 2.3.16

Engagement season is here and it has been a blast to chat with new couples beginning to plan their Boston weddings! But honestly, the biggest complaint we hear (almost on a daily basis) is that couples are stressed to the max. Why? Because they have no idea where to start and no idea how to set up realistic wedding budget. Here’s the thing. With the right tools, wedding planning can actually be fun. Whhhhaaat??? Yes, really.

Enter our 2nd annual Wedding Planning 101 workshop! Chock full of budget and timeline tips, fantastic local vendor recommendations and ways to negotiate contracts, it is an event you will not want to miss. Last years Wedding 101 was a huge success and a total blast. Our couples-to-be loved it, sharing their experiences, frustrations, questions and more. This year, we are giving out the same (massive) amount of insider tips, plus we’ve added the “Bride Panel,” time for you to chat with past brides and hear advice from their perspective. Oh! And did we mention we have like a zillion vases and decor items to sell for next to nothing?! So bring your fiance, your mom, or your besties and be prepared to have all your burning wedding questions answered! (plus, you will get some tasty snacks and beverages out of it, too!).

Register by 1/27: Tickets Here!

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The Bride-to-Be Series: Part 3

Our friend, Julie DiGiovine of The Stylish One shares helpful hints throughout her real-life journey to “I do!”

Julie Bride Desk
This is it! Next week, I’ll be walking down the aisle. It’s been an incredible journey and given me such a sense of appreciation for the effort it takes for brides to balance life, work, and wedding planning. I can’t emphasize how much the support of family, friends, and an amazing team of vendors can really mean.

For my last post of the series, I wanted highlight a few things that you don’t want to forget to do before you say, “I do!” Here we go:

1. Insure your rings
Before you pack up for that honeymoon, make sure your new bling is protected. If you’ve been procrastinating and haven’t insured your engagement ring, do it! The last thing you want is to be snorkeling for your wedding rings.

2. Clean up
This one goes for both brides and grooms. Get those eyebrows waxed a week or two ahead of time so you don’t have any redness or chance of breakouts. Need a trim? Go 2-3 weeks prior so your hair can settle. If you’re planning on getting a spray tan, have your nails done first to avoid streaking.

Grooms, get a fresh cut early in the week and don’t forget to shave… or at least trim your beard. Clean and cut your nails and don’t forget to choose a nice, subtle cologne for the Big Day. Just be sure that whatever look you choose is one you’ll love years from now.

3. Get your marriage license
This may sound like an obvious one, but don’t forget to get your marriage license before the wedding. You can’t make it official without one. Keep in mind, it takes a bit of time for your local city hall to process the paperwork before you can pick it up, so give yourself some time. You also want to make sure that you know the expiration timeline. Most are valid between 30 and 90 days after the issue date.

Moira and Julie

4. Touch base with your team
I was fortunate enough to visit the flower market with my friend, Whim Co-founder and Aesthetics Director & Floral Designer, Moira Thompson, which is something she does with many of her floral clients. It was so inspiring and a perfect time to make sure we were ready to go on the Big Day.

Although not all of your vendors will require an in-person meeting, or offer special time like this, you should definitely be in communication with each of them so everyone is aware of the timeline. You’ll also want to take care of any remaining balances and confirm all of the details… that’s where having a planner comes in handy!

5. Pick an after-party meeting place
If you plan on partying into the wee hours, pick a place to meet and let people know. If you’re getting married at a hotel, chances are there may be a bar for you all to gather at. If not, consider a spot near the venue that’s open late. That will avoid any stress, confusion, or hurt feelings the night of the wedding. PS. Don’t forget to bring a change of clothes, unless you want to rock that dress all night, which you have every right to!

6. Power on
This may seem like a silly one, but don’t forget to bring chargers with you while getting ready for the Big Day. Although you shouldn’t be spending too much time on your phone, you will most likely want to snap a few selfies with your girls while you’re getting glam and you definitely want to have a way to call vendors and bridal party members if need be.

7. Write a love letter
There’s nothing better than reading a love letter from your sweetheart before walking down the aisle. Take the time to write something special that you can each read while getting ready. It will be a wonderful way to express your feelings on a more intimate level and to let your bride or groom know just how excited you are to be marrying one another.

Julie Mrs. Glass

As stressful as the last few days can be, take in all the special moments. Have a blast on your bachelorette party, go on a date night, hug and thank everyone who has been helping you along the way, and don’t forget to use the word “fiancé” as much as you can.

We’d love to hear some of your Big Day tips and tricks. Tweet me and be sure to follow @TheStylishOne_ and @WhimEvents on Instagram for inspiration and a look behind the scenes. I can’t wait to share Moira’s work and some special wedding photos with you all. Love and best wishes to the brides and grooms out there!

Boston Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Katie Noble Photography

This month our wedding vendor spotlight is Katie Noble Photography!

Why Whim Loves Katie:

Katie brings such a great positive energy into the room and always has a huge smile on her face! We think it’s so important to have a wedding photographer who gets to know her clients as well as bringing their personalities to life in photos. We love working with Katie + our clients love her just as much as we do!

How did you get into the Wedding Industry?

I began my career in New York City working as an associate photo editor for Travel + Leisure magazine. I then moved to Boston to become the photo editor for the Improper Bostonian magazine. As a photo editor, I hired photographers and organized photo shoots. This included developing the look and feel for a story, logistics and brining together the creative team.

I’ve always had a need to create (it runs in the family)—shooting stories for magazines, photographing friends, painting here and there. And after working for so many years hiring photographers, I felt that I had to give that feeling of being an artist more attention. I created a business plan for my photography and created monthly goals for myself. I was able to leave my “day job” once I had enough work to support my financial needs. I became a full-time photographer about 3 years ago.

I strongly believe that all of the different aspects that go into organizing a photo shoot, from helping people feel comfortable in front of the camera to managing a budget, have helped me to become a stronger shooter. It was also helpful to spend about a decade looking at hundreds of images everyday!

 

What is your business philosophy? 

I believe in creating artistic, meaningful images that capture beauty or the intangible. These are made in an environment where my clients can shine and feel at ease in front of the camera or, better yet, forget that I’m even there!

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

With different types of photography, besides wedding imagery, a big part of a photographer’s role is to create a narrative to bring out emotions in a subject. Or as in the case of street photography, seem normal (not creepy) to get a portrait photo of a stranger. But during a wedding day, I never have to ask for permission! I’m not only allowed to capture those things with my lens but it’s my job. And the most beautiful part is that just about every human emotion is on display—the joy of a toddler, the pride on a father’s face, tears from the groom, sadness remembering a loved one… It’s really a gift to be able to document it all.

 

What type of client do you love working with?

I love working with anyone! It’s really hard to get your photo taken so I understand the worry about stress that can lead up to a photo shoot. The clients that make my job easier are the ones that don’t worry too much about what might “look good.” Because the more relaxed and free you feel, then the natural reactions and the “real stuff” can happen. I like to focus of having a good time, get moving (say take a walk) and from there it just kinda happens.

 

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

I always tell my friends when they ask about wedding photography three things.

1- Can you see yourself in the type of images that your photographer makes? Does the photographer’s style really make sense with your gut? Do you like their sense of posing, candids, etc.? Because chances are, there will be similar things repeated on your wedding day.

2- Do you like their personality? A couple spends quite a bit of time with their wedding photographer and you want to mesh well. I can’t imagine anything worse than being around a vendor who just grates on your nerves.

3- Ask to see a full gallery from a wedding that maybe similar to yours. It doesn’t have to be in the same venue but something similar. That way you can see what the entire wedding coverage looks like, rather than just the cream of the crop imagery.

Recent Features

Get in touch with Katie below:

E: katienoblephoto@gmail.com

PH: 802-734-7100

www.katienoble.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/katienoblephoto

 

Take a peak at some of Katie’s recent work below!

photocrati gallery

 

5 Insider Wedding Planning Tips from Behind the Scenes

From starting day one at my internship for Whim Events making the floral centerpieces, arranging the styling details, and packing up the essentials for the wedding… there have been several things I have quickly learned about the wedding industry.  And as an event management major in college, these lessons are insights to the industry that I don’t think any textbook could cover or bridal magazine would highlight. Which is why I came up with the 5 tips anyone planning their own wedding will want to think about from a rookie herself!

1.) You have to be flexible (and able to come up) with change

One of the first things I quickly learned is that many last minute details or issues pop up on the day of the wedding. Everything from forgetting to order the flowers for the cake or having the wrong quantity of rentals delivered; mistakes happen all the time and your wedding day is no exception. Being flexible to think up of solutions quickly that address the problem even if it is not exactly what you envisioned is vital in planning any event because ideally, if you hired a planner you would have never even know these issues existed!

 

2.) Invest in a “planning or tool kit”

The second thing I found to be important is to invest in an emergency kit- specifically for the unplanned problems mentioned in tip #1. Signage for the wedding may need to be strapped down because of the wind or “reserved” signs have to be stuck onto chairs, so having tools to make those things possible will make the set up process a lot easier (And take some very unneeded stress off)!

Some helpful items to keep in the kits include:

  • Scissors or wire cutters

  • Fishing Line

  • Safety Pins

  • Tape (an arrangements of sorts)

  • Wire

  • Tool Box

  • Mini Stool

 

3.) Treat your vendors with respect

This might seem obvious, but you have to treat all your vendors with respect and understand their point of view. Everyone knows that your wedding day is very important and a lot of time and money went into the planning of it. However the same amount of time, effort, and money was also invested by the businesses you hired so understanding that certain prices cannot change or regulations ignored just because it is your wedding day. Treating vendors with respect will also make them more apt to pull strings to help complete your vision.

 

4.) Less is more…really

Most brides think that the more they put in the styling and floral arrangements of their wedding, the better it will look. However, too much decoration can become overwhelming and split the attention of the guest. Yet having fewer elements will keep the theme cohesive and allow each decoration to be highlighted and remembered after the wedding is over.

 

5.) Make sure your heart is in it

And lastly, the 5th tip I learned my first experience working in the wedding industry is that if you don’t have both the time and more importantly, passion for what you are doing, then it is best to hire a planner. A lot of details go into planning a wedding and it is important to stay on top of them. Your big day should also be as stress free as possible, so sometimes it might be worth sharing the reasonability of organizing your big day in order to truly focus on what’s important; starting the next chapter of your life with someone you love endlessly!

xo Vanessa