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Month: January 2017

January 30, 2017

2016 Business Recap

How is it the end of January already?! Oy-vey…

One of my many goals this year is to provide valuable information through our blogs and share what I know about all things wedding & events. Quite honestly, I’m not sure how three weeks has already passed since I wrote about the fabulous wedding season we had….time passes way too quickly! I certainly have a lot in my brain that I want to share with you, so I promise that I will work on blogging on a more regular basis. ūüôā

With that being said, I wanted to share some of the exciting things that happened at Inked Events from a business perspective in 2016.

Settle in, here we go…

I swear, I don’t lie when I say it truly humbles me whenever I receive any type of award or nomination. I love what I do and the couples I have the pleasure of working with certainly make my job super easy. So, when I received word that we won the “2016 Wedding Wire’s Couples Choice Award” for the second year in a row, I was very humbled. This award is truly based on what my couples say about their experience working with us!

I also received word a few weeks¬†later that I received the “Best of Salem” award in the Event Planner category. I was floored when I got the notification for this one. This award recognized us as a local small business in our community for all our hard work and dedication.

OH wait….not done in the award category yet…

I was beyond ecstatic when I learned I was nominated for “NH’s A-List Best Wedding Planner” for the second year in a row … and even more excited when I WON it again! Yep, I was doing the happy dance for that one. I devote so much time and energy to making sure my couples have a stress/worry free¬†wedding that I wear this title proudly.

And then the real shocker came…

When I went to go vote for a fellow planner friend for the “Best of North Shore (BONS) Magazine Best Wedding Planner” only to find out that we were nominated for it as well! Sadly, we didn’t win, but man, that was an honor to have been initially nominated!

I swear winning these awards never goes to my head because I really am humbled by them and work hard to earn them.

It’s not all about the awards….

In the off-season, I like to let the creativity flow and do a few styled shoots with my fellow wedding professionals. I love doing them¬†because it’s a time when I can create something purely for inspirational purposes. They are so much fun too when the creative juices start flowing!

I was excited when one of our styled shoots “Bohemian Chic” was featured in Seacoast Weddings Magazine!

And even though not all the styled shoots I create¬†get into publications, I still have fun doing them….this “Steampunk” shoot had been swirling around in my brain for 2 years before I finally found the right team/time to bring it all together.

Keeping up with my education & connecting with my fellow planner friends….

Did I mentioned I love what I do?! Every year I attend the Association of Bridal Consultants Business of Brides conference to stay up to date on trends, learn new styles and business techniques, meet new planner friends, and especially connect with planner friends I’ve met over the years.

This year’s conference took me to Dallas, Texas where I went solo {left the hubby at home this time} and shared a room with one those planner friends, Michelle of DYV Events, who is a planner in Little Rock Arkansas. Michelle is in the middle and my other longtime planner friend, Jen of Knot Your Average Events¬†from North Carolina is on the right.

Michelle & I also had the opportunity to play tourist in Dallas before the conference started and we saw some interesting things along the way….

Now, to kick off the conference, the ABC¬†planned a spectacular Black & White Masquerade Ball…where we rocked the night away with an amazing band, food, and friends.

After my first full day of learning and being inspired, I attended one of the off-site events at one of the most luxurious hotels in Dallas. I enjoyed a 3 course dinner, the skyline and danced the night away. The “Wizard of Oz” was the theme and everything was quite stunning. Who knew Dallas is considered the “Emerald City”?!

I had an absolute blast all around despite the early mornings & late nights! This was by far the best ABC Conference that I have attended so far. I learned so much as a business owner and planner. The content, decor and overall vibe was so inspiring and emphasized just why I love what I do.

I’m looking forward to heading to the Riviera Maya, Mexico this year!

Last thoughts….

After a few curves in the road from when I first began my wedding planning business journey, I started Inked Events in 2013 with the goal of bringing couples exceptional, fun, professional and pleasant service that would allow them to enjoy their wedding day to the fullest. I also wanted Inked Events to be able to support me financially where I did not have to also work a non-wedding related day job.

I’m extremely proud and excited to say that at the end of 2016 I worked my last day as an employee. I kicked off 2017 as the “Boss Lady” and I’m solely focusing my energies and time on Inked Events!!

I couldn’t have done it with the support from my family, friends, fellow wedding professionals and especially, to the couples who entrust one of the most important days of their lives to me that allowed me¬†the ability to take the leap.

I will continue to build a strong, honest reputation for myself and Inked Events. I will always provide our couples with the same exceptional, fun and professional service that I started with.

Here’s to an amazing 2017 and the¬†few surprises already up my sleeve…stay tuned!

Cheers!

~Tracy

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January 11, 2017

2016 Wedding Recap

Happy New Year!

Yes, I know, I’m about a week or so behind with recapping our 2016 wedding season….better late than never! And you know me, I always beat to my own drum anyways!

While 2016 was a quieter year with the number of weddings, we had a lot of internal growth as a business. I certainly cannot complain about it since we still had the pleasure of meeting and working with some truly amazing couples. We also were very selective on the couples we wanted to work with. For us, it’s never about quantity, it’s always about quality.

Now, enough of my blah, blah, blah … onto seeing some of my favorite images!

BEST CLIENTS EVER!

Sasha & Brian were married in June on the lovely Laudholm Farm, located in Wells, ME. We started off the day sunny and warm, but as the day progressed on, the fog rolled in and the chill along with it. Thankfully, we were fully prepared with heaters for the tent and the chilly weather didn’t stop them¬†from having the time of their lives with their friends and families.

Sasha & Brian wanted a bohemian chic style wedding using a neutral color palette and lots of greenery. Sasha is super talented in calligraphy and created all the signs herself.¬†You could feel the love that was just bursting out of them when you were around them. Brian is a fellow wedding musician and had secretly {I’m so good at keeping secrets!} planned to serenade Sasha with a song he wrote.

Images courtesy of Clara Rice Photography

Caitlyn & ReyDel were married in the middle of June at the gorgeous ViewPoint Hotel in York, ME. They had the added benefit of having the Nubble Lighthouse as¬†their ceremony and reception backdrop. Sadly, the weather was not 100% in our favor on their wedding day, however, we were able to get the ceremony and some of the pictures done before the heavy rain fell. Despite the weather, the rain didn’t dampen their spirits and the dance floor was packed all night long. The rain let up later in the evening and the guests were able to enjoy the scenery and the lawn games.

One of the biggest highlights was their first dance… it had to be the most amazing choreographed first dance I’ve ever witnessed. It was also one of the biggest kept secrets {I’m very good at keeping secrets!} that had their guests surprised and in awe by it.

Caitlyn & Rey wanted a nautical themed wedding using navy, gray & yellow as their color palette. Everything looked gorgeous and the details they created were absolutely stunning.

Images courtesy of NH Images

Kristin & Brian were married at the end of June in a Catholic ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Church. The reception was held under a tent in the backyard of Kristin’s parents home. I couldn’t have ordered up better weather day for them if I¬†tried! It was a nice, sunny day and some may say a bit warm since a few of the {younger} guests took a dip in the pool!

Kristin & Brian wanted a simple, yet fun wedding…they certainly had it. They used a light blue and ivory color palette and added burlap squares to the centerpieces to give that rustic feel. The guests enjoyed the simplicity of a backyard feeling with great food, great music and lots of laughter.

Images courtesy of Logan Miller

Meaghan & Justin were married in the middle of August on Lake Winnipesaukee at the Wolfeboro Inn. We definitely had the gorgeous, sunny weather on their wedding day unlike the day/night before where it rained heavily. What you don’t see in the pictures is that it was extremely humid on their wedding day! With the temperatures & heat index, I can honestly say it was about 100 degrees under that tent! You’d never have known it was that hot by the packed dance floor all day long! And boy, do I have to give a huge kudos to my friend over at¬†Spinner Music Productions for that!

Meaghan & Justin wanted to keep the decor simple and focused on the relaxed, laid back feeling you have when you’re by the lake. They used navy, yellow and pink as their color palette. It was an emotional day for them in many ways with heartfelt speeches from Meaghan’s sister, Caitlin, Justin’s Dad and his Best Man, Alex plus one of Meaghan’s bridesmaids, Sarah played a special song to them on her acoustic guitar.

Images courtesy of Callan Photo

Caitlin & Cameron were married Labor Day weekend at the stunning Wentworth by the Sea. I couldn’t have ordered up any better of a day for them if I tried. We literally had a picture perfect day for their wedding. The flowers were in full bloom, the weather was cool & warm, the ceremony music was played by one of the groomsmen, the officiate was a close friend and to cap it off, the ceremony was extremely heartfelt and emotional…there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Caitlin & Cam wanted a wedding with bright colors {navy, white and coral}, nautical elements and of course, that was fun for their guests. They had all three! The details were amazingly thought out…from the shells used as escort cards, having a presidential style served dinner {this by far is amazing to see}, changing the colors of the uplighting in the ballroom to create a romantic feel during dinner than using a bold color to create a party atmosphere for dancing…and boy, that dance floor was packed all night long!

Images courtesy of NH Images

LisaAnn & Matthew’s wedding was our last wedding of the season. They were married on a sunny, semi-warm late September day. LisaAnn is a fellow wedding professional, whom I had the pleasure of working with last season. So, when LisaAnn contacted me to help her with her wedding details, I was more than happy to say yes!

LisaAnn & Matthew wanted a simple, laid back, BBQ, elegant wedding that was surrounded by their friends and family …. and that’s exactly what they had. Good food, good music and creating heartfelt memories!

I say, it was the best way for us to end an amazing season full of love and laughter!

Images courtesy of Happy Gatherings

LAST THOUGHTS…

I truly am always excited to be part of someone’s wedding day, I do feel it’s a honor to be part of it. It’s one of the most important days in a couple’s life and when a couple trusts me enough to make sure they enjoy it, well, I take that very seriously. The day goes by so quickly, I don’t want them to have to worry about anything except having a great time.

I am blessed by the couples I meet and now, can call them friends. Thank you to all my couples for being the best clients a girl could ask for. You make what I love to do so much better!

I’m looking forward to an amazing 2017 filled with more amazing couples and details.

Cheers!
~Tracy

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