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Guest Blog: Have you tried Arbonne yet?

I love when I have the opportunity to help & support a fellow boss lady, who also happens to be one of my past brides & is now a very close friend of my mine! So, of course, when she asked me if my clients would be interested in a product that she loves, I thought having her write a guest blog post to tell you all about it would be a great idea! I hope you enjoy….

Meet Darci Flynn … 

I am so excited to be guest blogging for Inked Events & my dear friend, Tracy. I met Tracy like many of you probably did (or will) — she was our rock star wedding coordinator extraordinaire for our Portsmouth wedding in September 2015. We live in Chicago, so having a wedding coordinator in NH that was helping us, was a LIFE SAVER.

Image courtesy of William Tangorra Photography 

We still may be 1,000 miles apart but Tracy has remained a friend. We catch up every time we’re home for the holidays and of course, chat in between. If you’re new to the Inked Events family and have heard her say “you’re a friend for life,” she means it and it’s oh so worth it.

So, my wedding is over and you’re probably wondering why is this girl blogging? Aside from my full time job as a social worker in Chicago, I run my own health and wellness business through a company called Arbonne. I launched my business in 2014 as I was in the middle of planning my wedding and thinking about my future. Having residual income to put towards our wedding, honeymoon, future plans of having children (someday!) and buying a home (purchased July 2016!) was something that really intrigued me. Three years later, I am loving having this financial freedom and get to work alongside some amazing people…. PLUS I still get to partner with Tracy! Great life, right?

So what is Arbonne? We are a botanically based health and wellness company that has fostered pure, healthy lifestyles for over 35 years. From skincare to cosmetics to a whole nutrition line including Sports nutrition, Arbonne has something for everyone. Whether you are planning your wedding, attending a wedding or recently married, there are dozens of ways to utilize Arbonne’s products. They make great gifts (for bridal parties, Mother’s/Father’s Day, graduation presents or simply a birthday) and of course, there are must-haves for yourself. But, this is a wedding blog, after all, so let me share some of my favorites that I swear by for your big day!

Glowing Skin

On my wedding day, my cheeks hurt from smiling so much and I was overwhelmed by the cameras — professional and friends/family snapping photos. Of course, you want your skin looking its best for the hundreds of photos you’ll be in, not just on your wedding day but at your bridal shower, bachelorette/bachelor party and rehearsal dinner. Arbonne’s skincare lines are free from harsh chemicals and we have a variety of formulas for each skin type.

My personal favorite is the anti-aging RE9 line but if you have super sensitive skin, I would recommend the Calm line. Don’t worry guys, we have an RE9 Advanced skincare line for you too!

Eyes, Cheeks, Lips, Oh My!

Celebrating marriage and a lifetime of love goes far beyond the big day. Engagement photos, celebratory parties, bridal shower, bachelorette party, the rehearsal dinner, and of course your wedding day. The following three products are my go-to’s that quickly make me feel pretty without going over the “simple” look I want to maintain. These also make for GREAT gifts for your bridal party, mother/mother-in-law, or even for the brides in your life to gift for their upcoming festivities.

It’s a Long Story® Mascara

I have tried a variety of mascaras and always found my disappointment was due to clumping, not lasting all day or irritation of my eyes. But then I discovered Arbonne’s It’s A Long Story Mascara® and it was love at first try. It elongates my lashes, making them look full and my eyes pop plus it doesn’t irritate my eyes despite staying on all day.

Glow On Bronzer

A few dabs on the cheeks and I was looking sun-kissed and ready. Doesn’t cake on, doesn’t look like I was trying out for a Jersey Shore remake, and it stays on all day!

Smoothed Over Lipstick

Our newly formulated lipstick was not just a must-have on my wedding day, but it is in my purse every day! These lipsticks glide on so smooth and stay on! They are botanically based so you don’t have to worry about any harsh chemicals every time you lick your lips or eat/drink something.

Healthy life is a happy wife

I know, I know, probably not the saying you’re used to hearing. But health and wellness is something I am passionate about and starting my business three years ago really opened my eyes to what we put in and on our bodies. Arbonne’s vegan, gluten free nutritional line has some of the best products that prepared me to fit into my wedding dress and to feel comfortable and beautiful.

Our plant-based protein comes in vanilla or chocolate and it is my go-to for a quick and easy breakfast. I love mixing it with almond milk, berries, a banana and any greens that I have in the fridge (spinach and kale are always plentiful in our household). Arbonne’s Fizz Sticks are a great substitute for coffee or if you are like me and cannot live without one cup o’ joe in the morning, it’s a perfect pick me up without the caffeine crash at 2pm. They’re delicious, easy (pour one packet into water, stir and enjoy!), and will give you energy to get you to 5pm. After we got engaged, the champagne was popping and the wine kept pouring — everyone wants to celebrate! However, my body was often left feeling run down, so I would turn to Arbonne’s detox tea to fill up on nutrients and re-boost my body.

With over 400 products, I truly could go on and on here, but here are a few more of my favorites: the Liquid Sunshine mineral sunscreen is perfect for your honeymoon in the sun. Our Rescue and Renew detox spa line is a necessity for stressful days of seating charts and picking out linens. Our ABC Baby Care line is perfect once you get the weddings out of the way and your friends start to announce they’re expecting (so fun!).

Intrigued by these products? Contact me about our 30-day healthy living program that will leave you feeling super energized, your skin glowing, improve your sleep and help you to shed a few pounds! I’m here to meet your needs — whatever they may be — and I am so excited to help! Check out my business website anytime, anywhere! These products will arrive on your doorstep in 3-5 days after you order.

Questions? Curious? I’d love to tell you more about why I love Arbonne, feel free to contact me here so we can begin our conversation!

May your life be filled with pure joy. I cannot wait to hear from you.

Featured on New Hampshire Magazine Bride

I’m always humbled when I receive a request to be interviewed for a well known local magazine, so when NH Magazine Bride wanted to start featuring wedding planners in their Vendor Profile, who am I to say no?!

I’m excited to share that I was their first Vendor Profile to be featured earlier this month! If you happened to miss it on our social media pages or on our press page, check it out here!  🙂

Cheers!

~Tracy

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

Why You SHOULD Hire a Wedding Planner – from a Client’s Perspective

One our recent couples wanted to share their experience working with us and wrote this lovely post. I hope it helps you understand the importance of how a wedding planner can allow you to enjoy your day and what makes us stand out. Enjoy!

Written by Meaghan & Justin Williams

All images courtesy of their {fabulous, amazingly talented} photographer, Callan Photo

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What made you choose to look for a wedding planner?

We didn’t start this process thinking we would need a wedding planner. We were confident and even excited to do all the planning on our own, so whenever the idea of a wedding planner came up we more or less brushed it off as an unnecessary expense. In addition, our venue came with a wedding coordinator, so we felt like we were well supported in terms of planning.

What we learned, however, is that wedding planners – or at least Tracy – provide so much more than just “planning.” Tracy describes herself as a Wedding Fairy Godmother, but what she doesn’t say is that she is a Fairy Godmother, therapist, friend, confidant, peacemaker, strategist, and event planner extraordinaire. We initially reached out to Tracy after spending a weekend talking through the details of the wedding. We had all the big pieces down – the vendors were hired, the venue set, the colors chosen, but it suddenly occurred to us that there were a million little details that built off of each other and tied the larger pieces together and someone had to be responsible for being the glue that held them all in place. We wanted to enjoy our day, not be worried about orchestrating it – so that’s when we started looking.

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But if you already had a venue coordinator, why do you need a wedding planner?

Our venue coordinator ended up not being there on the day of our wedding, which, as it turns out, is a common situation at venues. If we hadn’t had Tracy with us, we would have been trusting the biggest day of our lives to someone whom we had never met. Hiring a wedding planner ensures that you have a consistent point of contact throughout the process – no matter what!

In addition, our venue coordinator’s priority was making sure that catering, bar, tent, tables and chairs were all in place. Tracy prioritized these things too, but her main priority was us. Our meetings with her were always full of personal details and she truly took the time to listen to our feelings and concerns and helped us build the best wedding for us. Tracy also has experience with multiple venues and vendors, so she isn’t stuck in the bubble of one venue and was able to provide suggestions that she had seen from multiple venues.

What were the most important factors to you when you were looking for a wedding planner?

Budget and availability were the initial eliminating factors, but most important to us was the reviews from prior clients, which we found via The Knot and Wedding Wire, and the initial interaction we had with them. We wanted someone who could empathize with the excitement and the nerves, while still being calm and in control of the big day. If you read Tracy’s reviews, you’ll see glowing after glowing review of the impact she has had on her couples and we can only echo those!

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How did you decide on a wedding planner?

We reached out to a total of six planners and talked to four of them. We found that every wedding planner had a different personality and way of introducing themselves to us. What stood out to us about Tracy amongst all the others was how personalized her response was to us. Where other coordinators had an automated email response with pricing, Tracy had clearly written a personalized message in response to our inquiry. In addition, she was extremely transparent about her services and pricing and wanted to schedule a consultation call and meeting with us before either of us made a decision to move forward.

On our initial consultation call, Tracy truly took the time to just listen to us. She wasn’t interested in pushing our plans in any particular direction, she just wanted to know what our needs were, why were we reaching out, what we wanted to feel like on our wedding day and why. She explained her services but never pressured us and was the only wedding planner that made us feel like we were hiring a person – a person who could understand, listen, empathize, negotiate, and consult – and not just a “service” that would make sure the flowers were in place on the big day.

After our call, we agreed to meet Tracy for a drink to discuss further details. We were shocked when we got there to see that Tracy had a binder already made for us with every detail we had mentioned on our call. What we really loved, however, was that our meeting was a conversation. It was clear that Tracy knew what she was doing, she asked questions that we never would have thought of – and she truly listened to our answers. She didn’t run us through a checklist of standard questions, she took the time to let us tell our story and ramble about little things that we were anxious about, all the while taking notes on everything from what kind of water we like to drink to our plans for the honeymoon.

So you hired her?

Heck yes we hired her! We weren’t pressured or sold into her services – but rather by the time we were done with our in-person meeting with her, we were basically begging her to work with us. Since the day we hired her, she’s truly become our go-to when it comes to wedding planning and moreover, she’s become an incredible, thoughtful friend.

How often do you meet with Tracy?

Ultimately we will have five in-person meetings before the big day. However, we can’t even begin to count the emails and texts that have taken place in between those meetings. Our communication ranges from long, planning focused emails to quick panic texts “I can’t remember if I told you this, but…” Our communication with Tracy allowed us to sleep at night knowing that every detail was being managed by an expert.

What advice do you have for other couples in the planning stages?

Well, first, obviously hire Tracy – you’ll thank us later! Secondly, be willing to admit how you’re feeling and know that it’s okay to ask for help. Do you really want to spend an extra thousand dollars on chairs? Do it. Do you not care about flowers? Don’t have them. Are you stuck between two songs for your entrance? That’s okay! Tracy has made us realize that there are no rules, just plans. No matter how absurd our ideas have gotten, Tracy takes them in stride and works them into the plan. When we’re stuck on an idea, we email her and ask for her opinion because we know that it will be honest, unbiased, and coming from someone with experience.

How do you think the planning process has changed now that you have a wedding planner?

It’s so much more enjoyable! Knowing that we have Tracy on our team allows us to let go of fretting over every detail and wondering if we’ve forgotten something. Tracy keeps us in check and reminds us what we still need to do and when we need to do it by. Having someone take the reins on the logistical pieces has allowed us to focus on the more meaningful pieces – we can think about writing our vows and practicing our first dance rather than trying to figure out a backup plan if we’re running late and it starts raining during the first look.

In addition, Tracy has provided multiple recommendations, she makes us laugh when we’re panicking, she keeps us organized, and she’s really been a neutral voice of reason that has helped us stay grounded during the planning process. Tracy is more than willing to help us incorporate anything into our wedding, but she’s also ready to give her honest opinion and the pros and cons of an idea when we ask her. We trust her judgment and experience more than anyone else in this process and she has yet to steer us wrong!

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How do your vendors feel about having a wedding planner involved?

Everyone we’ve ever met that has worked with Tracy loves her. One of our vendors even emailed us to thank us for introducing him to Tracy because she’s been so great to work with. Ultimately, working with Tracy means that all of the vendors receive the same coordinated, perfected timeline, they all have a point of contact that is guaranteed not to be emotional that day, and they all have the opportunity to work with a professional, which allows them to focus on doing their best work as well.

What does a wedding planner do on the day of the wedding?

Apparently everything, but the most important thing that Tracy did was allow us to enjoy ourselves. Tracy was on site by the time we woke up making sure everything was in place. She unpacked our car, set up the décor, checked in with all of our vendors, made sure the venue looked exactly the way we envisioned, managed the timeline, kept our wedding party on schedule, and, most importantly, kept us calm! Throughout the wedding, she was remembered every small detail and managed every curve ball that came her way. When we wanted to make a change last minute, we simply told Tracy and she communicated with the rest of the vendors to make it happen so that we could get back to enjoying our day.

Are wedding planners really worth the money?

We literally laugh every time we hear this question. What’s the price you would pay to feel calm on your wedding day? How much would you spend to hear someone tell you, “you don’t need to wear a watch on your wedding day?” How much is your sleep worth? We can’t speak for every wedding planner, but we can speak for Tracy. She has made our engagement enjoyable, organized, and stress-free; that is worth every penny and so much more.

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Thank you Meaghan & Justin for this heartfelt & informative post from your perspective on how I helped you enjoy your wedding. I truly put so much time, love & work into all my couples wedding day. This made me blush when I read how much it helped you both really enjoy your day and the months leading up to it. I was honored to be part of it and so happy to witness your love and the next chapter of your lives, but especially can now call you both friends.

Want us by your side at your wedding & enjoy your wedding? Visit our website to check us out.

Cheers!
~Tracy

New England Weddings – Steampunk Inspiration Styled Shoot

I always love to do styled shoots, it’s a way to tap into my creative mindset and get together with some of my favorite wedding vendor peeps. I’ve wanted to do a Steampunk shoot for quite some time now and it’s been on my back burner for the last few years. Now, I know why, I had to meet the ‘right’ people in order to create just the right look.

This year was the time to do it and I had the pleasure of bringing together a team of incredibly, talented New England wedding professionals to create it. I had a blast designing it and allowing the others to tap into their creativity as well to help give you ideas that bring in authentic steampunk elements with an elegant twist into your wedding. This shoot has been under wraps for months {sad to say, it wasn’t picked up to be published}, so I’m quite happy to finally be able to share the stunning images from EAS Photography and the creative awesomeness of the whole team! I hope you enjoy….

A Tale of Two Dreams: How you envision your wedding and how your parents do are completely different!  Written by Kelly Belt

Lets face it, Steampunk is becoming more mainstream, but when you tell your parents you want a “Steampunk Wedding”, they look at you like you’re crazy. As much as you try to explain your ideas, they just don’t understand it and may revert to Google. You know that may not be the best place for them to look since we all know what pops up. Images of people in leather arm pieces adorned with brass and crotch revealing skirts. Who knows, they may even come across the man pictured from this photo shoot breathing fire.

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Truth be told, you can still have a steampunk inspired wedding that you love and your parents are willing to invite their friends to. Your wedding theme, colors, location and décor does not need to be all black and brown, set in an abandoned mill and dimly lit with a bunch of Edison bulbs to feel authentic.

There are not many true Steampunk venue locations where you can have a wedding besides the occasional bar or diner. There are other great options to have your wedding such as barns, rustic themed restaurants and your very own backyard where a tent can be pitched. The photo shoot featured here was done at the Nevins Memorial Library on a lovely Sunday afternoon. The architecture of the library fit with the appearance we were trying to create, but how your wedding style comes to life falls in how you decorate the venue and what elements you bring in.

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In the steampunk world, almost nothing is used for its original intended purpose. For example, antique couch springs can be used to hold the flowers. Centerpieces can be made out of tea lights and thrift store finds of old large medicinal and tonic bottles can be used to hold loose flowers. Antique keys and price tags can be used as the escort cards and favors.

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It’s a wedding, so there is bound to be cards and gifts and what better way than using old luggage to hold the cards. Another great idea to use for a card box is an antique birdcage from a thrift store that can add a Victorian feel. For the flatware and glasses, you can bring in the key steampunk elements that have character too add a vintage feel or incorporate types of metals that your guests will see that will tie into the décor.

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This is a great way to keep things whimsical by using daisies and other types of flowers. If flowers aren’t your cup of tea, you can make a bouquet of buttons and paper flowers. As you can see below, color was used to bring in a different aspect to the overall look and feel. Rich tones and petals that remind you of velvet will bring back a feeling of yesteryear and Victorian luxury.

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Truthfully, it’s usually all about the dress! Using colors of ivory and oyster can add an antique feel to your wedding. The dress featured here is made of fabrics from ivory to golden pink brown. Yes, it is 100% acceptable for you to wear a corset. The key when you’re shopping for a dress is to keep an open mind. If you are a smaller dress size and short in height, you may find a great vintage dress at an antique shop. Also, don’t forget this could be a good excuse to have something custom made that you can use over again.

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You also want your beloved to be looking spectacular as well, so having them in a corset is a good option to keep them “looking their best”.

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Your wedding is about whatever you choose it to be and should reflect your personality. Above all, make your wedding day; a day you will remember and others will talk it about fondly.

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We all had a blast creating this shoot for you and I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Want to see what else I’ve done? Check out our gallery to see the weddings we’ve been part of.

Cheers,
~Tracy

Vendor Love:

Planner/Designer: Inked Events
Florist/Designer: OUTBloom Floral Design
Photography: EAS Photography
Hair: J. Scott Salon
Makeup: Katherine Macdonald Beauty
Dress: Kelly Belt of Voltaire Design Studio
Suit and Corset: Jane’s Corset
Rentals: Peterson Party Center
Venue: Nevins Memorial Library
Model: Sarah Maillet
Model: Charlie Hayes

Inked Events Receives 2016 Best of Salem Award

Salem Award Program Honors the Achievement

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SALEM March 1, 2016 — Inked Events has been selected for the 2016 Best of Salem Award in the Event Planner category by the Salem Award Program.

Each year, the Salem Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Salem area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Salem Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Salem Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Salem Award Program

The Salem Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Salem area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Salem Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Salem Award Program

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Salem Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardconnections.org
URL: http://www.awardconnections.org

5 Very Cool Gifts to Give Your Best Man & Groomsmen

I recently had the opportunity to write a Guest Blog Post for Groovy Groomsmen Gifts and wanted to share. I love when I have the opportunity to meet some new amazing vendors and share with you! Hope you enjoy…

As most people who have ever been part of a wedding, the spotlight tends to focus more on the Bride and her Bridal Party than the Groom and his Groomsmen, but times are changing! My couples are focused on each other and the special people who are standing up for them.

When Tyler @ Groovy Groomsmen Gifts reached out to tell me about his amazing business that caters to the guys, I absolutely loved it! When I first started in the wedding industry, I felt the guys are sometimes forgotten in the midst of wedding planning. Now, I’m finding the Grooms are getting more involved with the planning and are also making sure their guys are properly honored too.

Tyler graciously allowed me to pick an item as an example to show off to my Grooms when they ask me for gift ideas for their Groomsmen.

So many options to select from… which one to choose!?

I decided on the…


1. Velocicaptor 

Who doesn’t love something practical and personalized with your name that reflects your personality?! Being that my hubby is a beer drinker, I decided to have it engraved with his name to really have the opportunity to experience the process first hand and of course, to be able to use it during our weekend cocktail hour instead of it sitting on a shelf in my office!

When it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised on how well it was made. The wood was solid and very sturdy, as well as the bottle opener. The engraving was well done and it was also very cool to see the magnetic option {I missed that tidbit of information in the description!}, so we didn’t have to mount it in any particular spot and could use it anywhere. My hubby loved it and also agreed it was well made. Definitely gets high marks in my book!

Now, onto what I think are other cool ideas…


2. The Grand Pilsner or Macho Beer Mug

In my book you can never go wrong with a beer mug, no matter which style you choose, unless of course, your friends don’t drink beer than this may not be a good item for you. 😉 I showcased both styles since it really would be a personal preference on which one to choose. Remember, no one said you have to get all the same style either! I liked both of them for their classic, no fuss details.


3. The Metro Wallet/Money Clip

I know sometimes guys are finicky about their wallets and Groovy Groomsmen Gifts offers many different styles to the money clip, but this one stood out more to me because it allows the user to get the best of both worlds, a wallet & money clip. I really liked how both the money and credit cards are enclosed and secure while it keeps to the slimness of a money clip.


4. Classic Pocket Watch

Ah, the old fashion pocket watch. Being a wedding planner and time being a huge factor in what I do, I’m a sucker for a sharp looking pocket watch {I even have a tattoo of one!}. No matter what color or face style you choose, you really can’t go wrong with this item. My motto is “Be Present, Time is of the essence…”


5.  The Traveler Cooler

And last, but definitely not least, what guy doesn’t need or want a cooler for his favorite beverage?! As you might have noticed from my choices, I’m a person of practicality and who likes to give gifts that are also functional. I thought this cooler would be another great gift idea since it can be used for just about anything from bringing lunch to work and food to a cookout to heading to the beach or tailgating for the day.


Many Unique Gift Items

Being a wedding planner, I do tend to get a lot of requests from vendors who want me to tell my couples about their products. I’m always happy to share what I think my Grooms would like when I find products that are unique, good quality and authentic. I found Groovy Groomsmen Gifts offers so many different types of items to pick from and are well made that any Groom would be able to find the right gift for their Best Man and Groomsmen.

Want to get to know more of my vendor friends? Check out what services we offer to help you with your wedding planning needs!

Cheers!
~Tracy

Pantone Announces 2016 Color of the Year

The winner is ….
Rose Quartz & Serenity
For the first time, Pantone choose a blending of two colors to take a softer look on color in 2016!

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Pantone explained why they chose these two colors….

“As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.

Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

As you’re designing your wedding decor and picking out colors, these two beauties are appealing in all finishes and can be combined with greens, purples, rich browns and all shades of yellow and pink. You can also add in silver or hot bright colors for more of a wow factor and of course, sparkle!

Will you be using these colors for your upcoming wedding? I’d love to hear about the details and see it all come together. Check out our services to see how we can help you with your wedding planning needs.

Cheers!
~Tracy

Jenn & Greg’s Elegant Country Wedding

What better way to start off the new year than reminisce about the last one especially when it has to do with weddings!

There’s nothing like ending the wedding season with an elegant country wedding on another perfect New England fall day! I swear I have the luckiest couples that seem to order up the perfect weather on their wedding day…Jenn & Greg were no different!

THE BACKSTORY

I had the pleasure of meeting Jenn & Greg almost a year before their wedding. She originally contacted me to just set up her reception since Jenn is a very Type A personality and felt she couldn’t do it herself. She felt she couldn’t get it done exactly the way she wanted & enjoy the pre-ceremony fun at the same time.

After getting to know Jenn via email & literally hitting it off before we even spoke a word to each other, we decided to schedule our initial meeting. We met on a winter night last January and that’s when the similarities between us really came out, to where Greg said, “if I wasn’t sitting here witnessing this, I wouldn’t have believed it.”

Needless to say, our meeting went fabulous and I was very excited about their wedding. I did explain to them that if they decided to upgrade to our Day Of Coordination service, I would need to know beforehand since I was leaving for a bridal conference the next day. I didn’t want my flight arrangements to conflict with their wedding!

A few days later, I got an email from Jenn telling me that Greg couldn’t stop talking about me on the way home from our meeting, how crazy similar we are and how much help I could be for her. In other words, he was trying to convince her that they needed to find it in their budget to have me as their Day Of Coordinator {she already knew she wanted me there!}. As they say, the rest is history….

THE DETAILS

 

Jenn & Greg were married on a sunny, chilly November day in a Catholic ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Claremont, NH.

I finally had the pleasure of working with Steve Holmes Photography and he sure didn’t disappoint with his stunning photos! Thank you Steve for providing all the gorgeous eye candy!

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Their reception was held at one of my {many} favorite venues, Stonewall Farm in Keene, NH. I would be lying if I didn’t say that I wasn’t worried about the 1-hour ride that was between the two locations during the planning process.

Thanks to my amazing team, I was able to literally be in two places at once! While I was with Jenn & Greg at the ceremony, my team took care of the last minute details at the reception location. It always helps when we are fortunate enough to be able to set up some of the reception room the day before too!

The wedding theme was based on the Damask pattern and their colors were black & white. Jenn wanted an elegant country wedding and Stonewall Farm was the perfect choice for that.

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Jenn’s dress was absolutely stunning and she just glowed in it! I really couldn’t wait for Greg to see her in it!

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Being huge baseball fans, it was only appropriate their cake topper reflected that part of their personalities.

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We hung black & white lanterns across the main reception area to create a romantic feel to the room and it was the perfect setting to have the fire lit in the huge stone fireplace which again I’m kind of bummed I don’t have a picture to share of it!

My most enjoyable of many moment was to see Greg’s face when I told him he had “his” fire in the fireplace. He was under the impression he couldn’t have one which of course is what Jenn & I led him to believe. It was absolutely PRICELESS! He really did look like a kid getting the cool, new toy on Christmas morning. {Image taken by Inked Events}

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Jenn is very creative and made the centerpieces herself. She brought the country in by using mason jars with diamond marbles to help display the table number & a photo of them that was surrounded with votive candles & soap. {Image taken by Inked Events}

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They wanted their guests to have a little snack on their way back to the hotel or home, so they decided to have a candy bar. {Image taken by Inked Events}

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They also had a unique guestbook that was a canvas picture of a tree and each guest used an ink stamp to leave a thumbprint on a branch of the tree to represent a leaf. I’m bummed I don’t have a picture of that to show you, it was pretty cool!

Stonewall is such a beautiful place for a wedding for so many reason, but this is one of them! It has this gorgeous stairway that is perfect for a photo op!

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Plus, you just can’t go wrong with the outdoor pictures either…..

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WEDDING WITHDRAWALS
No matter how long or short we begin working together, I really do get so involved with my couples that when the wedding is over, I have withdrawals. Thankfully my couples are my friends even afterwards, so it’s not the “end” for us.

To see the love Jenn & Greg share was wondrous to witness and beyond words.

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I developed such a wonderful relationship with Jenn, Greg and their son, Dominic over the last year that I was just so ecstatic to have been part of their wedding day. To have seen them both really enjoy their wedding was absolutely priceless for me.

Here are some of the kind words Jenn wrote about working with me:

“Tracy was absolutely amazing!!! I had the pleasure of working with Tracy for eleven months while planning my wedding and she was right there every step of the way, guiding me through every last detail. A million thank you’s will never amount to the thanks she truly deserves. I can go on and on about how grateful I am for choosing Inked Events. Bottom line, I can promise you…no one can do what this woman can do!!!”

Aww…shucks…thank you both for the kind words and for allowing me to share in your love & family! XO

Thinking about a Day Of Coordinator for your wedding? Want someone who really gets into your wedding? Get to know me a little better here to see if we’d be a good fit for you!

Cheers!
~Tracy

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HAPPY 2015!!!

2014 came in with a bang and is leaving with grace & poise. I hit the ground running and never looked back. I’ve had an amazing year continuing to build my brand and name, nurturing my wonderful relationships with my vendor friends and meeting new ones, meeting my 2015 clients, and especially saw my 2014 couples get married to the love of their life and actually enjoy their wedding day. One of them has a baby on the way, so I’m very excited to meet their bundle of joy in May.

I couldn’t have done it without the amazing support system I have in my family, friends and my industry friends who push and inspire me in many ways. I am blessed to be surrounded by such amazing people that I have to pinch myself sometimes.

I’m all about learning and striving to be better than I was the day or month before and that will continue in 2015. I’m looking forward to the knowledge I receive during the seminars & conferences I attend, the books I read and the people I meet. I’m excited for the experiences I will have the opportunity to be part of.

To my 2015 couples and the ones I haven’t met yet, thank you for being you and having me by your ‘other’ side for your wedding. I can’t wait to see you marry the love of YOUR life.

2015 is going to be another amazing year and I’m looking forward to the ride! Hang on, I’m taking 2015 by storm! 🙂

Cheers!
~Tracy