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Boston Engagement Shoot Inspiration

We know many of you 2016/2017 brides are currently spending the last bits of winter dreaming up ideas for your spring engagement session. So we had to share this garden inspired beauty from Deborah Zoe Photography.  The couple, Liz & Andy, had an intimate garden picnic in the exact spot where Andy proposed. (Oh, learn about his awesome surprise proposal here!) A landscaper, Andy had a big appreciation for greenery, plants and florals, so when Deb asked us to make bouquets and pretty floral accents for this session, we jumped on it.  Moira filled bouquets with fern, helleborus, garden roses and jasmine to create a wild and overflowing garden-picked look. And literally, how amazing does it all look with Liz’s dress? We loved the session so much that it begged us to ask the question, shouldn’t everyone have flowers for their e-session? 😉 Enjoy!

Designing the Details Workshop 4.3.16

Consider our next workshop Wedding Planning 201! We’re teaming up with Bash Studio and the Urban Grape on 4.3.16 for a Sunday brunch class engaged couples will love. If you attended Wedding 101, you learned Stage 1 of planning: Making a Plan and Booking the Big stuff. Now we are on to Stage 2: Making it Pretty ( ie; the details!) We will be sharing just how important it is to design your wedding with details that will go far beyond the wedding day.  Plus, cocktails, wine, donuts and soooo many giveaways! Click below to register. See you soon!! xoxox

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Lyman Estate Wedding: Nora & Rick

Last year, the sweetest couple, Nora & Rick attended our  Wedding Planning 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!!!!

The Bride-to-Be Series: Part 1

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

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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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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 question? Tweet me and be sure to follow @TheStylishOne_ and @WhimEvents on Instagram. You can also leave comments below. We hope to hear from you!

Castle Hill Inn Wedding: Katie & Taylor

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!

 

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 .

 

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!

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Style Me Pretty

The Knot Magazine

Well Wed Magazine

 

Reach out to Paper Moss below 🙂

{tel} 1.857.265.2091

{email} info@papermoss.com

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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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Rockport Wedding: Alex & Christina

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

 

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!

Renaissance Hotel Wedding: Kate & Marc

Kate + Marc came to us with a clear vision of their Renaissance Hotel Wedding, featuring a lush setting 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