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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. 🙂

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

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

New England Weddings – Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

I’m always excited when a vendor asks to collaborate on a styled shoot, so when my friend Nancy of Makeup by Nancy reached out to ask if I was interested in collaborating on a styled shoot, of course I said yes! It’s always a pleasure to work with some of my friends to create a bohemian inspiration wedding styled shoot that was featured in Seacoast Wedding Magazine.

If you don’t know me {yet} I like to beat to my own drum and do things a wee-bit differently. So, when Nancy approached me to help design this styled shoot, she wanted me to put my stamp on it. I did my research on what this style represented and how I can add my twist to it.

The traditional bohemian theme focuses mostly on neutral, cream and pink color palettes. During my research and diving deeper into it, I found descriptions such as “eclectic mix of hippie, nomad & gypsy lifestyle with an artistic flair”, whimsical, mix and match flowers and dish-ware. Now, we’re talking about what speaks to me. I decided to go with the artistic flair and brought in that pop of color to the natural element.

I went with a purple, white and cranberry color palette. For the decor, I wanted to focus on arrows, wood, vintage and soft, romantic feel. All images are courtesy of the amazingly, talented, fun guys at Black Thumb Studio.

I absolutely fell in love with the purple ‘leafy’ and textured linens from Peterson Party Rentals when I saw them, so when I spoke with my new found friends at Free Range Floral about what I was envisioning for the florals, they fit right in. I told them I wanted a woodsy, colorful and flowy feel…boy, they did not disappoint and captured what I was looking for.

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I did the stationery in-house since my one of my assistants, Maureen is super talented with graphic design!

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We had to have a gorgeous bouquet to go with the stunning dress from Pure Bliss

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..and a little something for him too!

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When the florists mentioned they wanted to “try” out a floral wall as a nice background, who am I to say no?!

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And it looks so pretty with the hairpiece….and check out Makeup by Nancy’s amazing job on the makeup!

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Can’t have a styled shoot without a pretty venue to show off. We had the pleasure of the Ferncroft Country Club allowing us the use of their newly renovated space to capture these details! It was such a gorgeous venue and the grounds were absolutely stunning for pictures!

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You can’t have a styled shoot without some yummy dessert. The cupcakes were graciously made by Nicole Locke at Bucciarelli’s Butcher Shop & Deli. Yes, they are more than just a butcher shop!

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Lastly, when you think of “hippie”, you instantly think of a VW Bus. So, when Nancy found out that one of her past clients had just restored one, she immediately called Bud at Salem Five to see if we could use it! He graciously said yes….

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OH WAIT, there’s one more thing….as with the weddings I am part of, I’m always about it being personalized. Nancy & I both wanted to use our family china to bring in the personal element.

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I had a blast working with my vendor friends before the craziness of wedding season began and it’s always a good way to get the creative juices flowing! Allow all of us to be part of your wedding and you won’t be disappointed either!

Want to see what else we’ve done? Check out some of our work in our gallery.

Cheers,
~Tracy

NH’s A-List Best Wedding Planner Nomination

We’re excited to announce…. we’ve been nominated for the second year in a row as NH’s A-List Best Wedding Planner!!

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I’m truly humbled and honored to have been voted as the 2015 NH’s A-List Best Wedding Planner and jumping up for joy that we’ve been nominated again.

I strive to bring our couples the best, friendly, efficient and relaxing wedding planning service I can. I know my couples personally and take the time to understand their wedding vision, what is stressing them out and of course, elevating any stress or anxiety they have. Our goal is for our couples to wake up on their wedding day and know everything is being taken care of.

If you’d like to help us reach our goal of being voted the 2016 NH’s A-List Best Wedding Planner, please vote for us here. Voting begins on April 25th…I truly appreciate your support.

Thank you!
~Tracy

Inked Events Receives 2016 Best of Salem Award

Salem Award Program Honors the Achievement

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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

Recap of Our Amazing 2015 Weddings

As we approach the end of the year, I wanted to share some of the highlights from our 2015 wedding season. It’s sometimes hard to find the time to write a blog post during wedding season that showcases each of the fabulous weddings we are honored to be part of. This year I decided to take different approach and wait until the end of the season to write one post that shows some of the different elements from each our weddings.

There were food trucks, sparklers, retro items, homemade wooden coasters, an amazing singer paying tribute to the bride’s mother, best father of the bride speech, best father/daughter dance, best photo booth wall prop, personalized corn hole games, ice cream bar, colorful dresses and dueling pianos! Our couples focused on personalized details that reflected who they are, which is why it’s one of the many reasons we love them!

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That’s our motto! We are truly blessed to work with some pretty amazing people on one of the happiest day of their lives. I am truly honored to be part of it every time. It really is like watching one of my friends get married and as I always tell them, I’m the “other best friend”. I love what I do and blessed to be living my dream….

OK enough of the babble, let’s show you some stunning pictures from the some of the most talented photographers I had the pleasure to work with…

Images courtesy of Brea McDonald Photography ~ Liz & Scott

June church wedding

June outdoor wedding

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Images courtesy of Sootie Studios ~ Heidi & Rory

August backyard wedding

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Images courtesy of Trenholm Photo ~ Rob & Michaela

August lake wedding

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Images courtesy of Erika Follansbee Photography ~ Samantha & Myles

August backyard wedding

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Images courtesy of William Tangorra Photography ~ Darci & Kyle
{Please note: his website has music involved so if you’re at work, you may want to turn the volume down!}

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Images courtesy of Tess Rollins Photography ~ Sarah & Rick

September classic wedding

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Images courtesy of Inked Events

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Images courtesy of Stovila Photography ~ Laura & Dax

October wedding Mountain View Grand

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See I wasn’t lying when I said we had a pretty amazing season of personalized details, fabulous weather and the most amazing clients ever!

I would love to be part of your wedding day. I want you to fully be present and enjoy your wedding like they all did! Check out our services to see how you can be this relaxed too!

Cheers!
~Tracy

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.

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Cheers!
~Tracy