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Selecting the Right Musical Entertainment for Your Wedding

The pros and cons of Live Music versus Disc Jockey for your reception

Before you choose a DJ or select that perfect band for your wedding celebration, reflect on the thoughts and visions you have for the ceremony, reception and beyond. Specific consideration to your own musical tastes, theme or style of the wedding and of course your budget are critical first thoughts. Once you have that figured out Consider the following:

Atmosphere

The type of music you select should complement the intended ambiance of your wedding. For example, if you want a subtle, yet romantic atmosphere, then a harpist or string quartet might be a consideration. Maybe you are having a toes-in-the-sand beach-side wedding where a calypso band would fit right in! Whatever your intention, set the mood with the right kind of music, but remember this is one of the things most people will remember about your reception.

Audience

Everyone is there to help you celebrate your big day, but they have expectations too! Carefully review your guest list to better understand who will be in attendance for your wedding. Based on the demographic, you will want to consider the type of music that will keep them entertained and enjoying the festivities. If your affair will be mostly family, with a high number of them being over 50 then the latest alternative rock band may not be the best choice.

Space

There are some very unique spaces which make great venues for your special day. Consider the space you have available to work with. If the space is segmented and chopped up, or if there is not ample space to house a band then a DJ may be the best way to go.

Variety

When your wedding guests are multi-generational assume that music requests will be wide and deep. Assuring that a vast selection across genres and time-periods are available. If your attendees are all similar in age and musical taste, then you can consider a music selection more targeted for those expected to be in attendance.

Bands

Pros

  • Live music is entertaining, even to non-dancers.
  • Great bands can bring a lot of energy and excitement to an event

Cons

  • Bands tend to be more expensive than DJs.
  • Bands are also unable to provide the variety of music you receive with a DJ.
  • If space is limited it might be tough to squeeze the entire band into one area.

DJs

Pros

  • DJs tend to be more budget friendly
  • DJs come prepared with special requests and can have all your favorite songs in queue.
  • Charismatic DJs can also act as emcee and keep the event rolling along
  • DJs require less space for set-up and performance than most bands.

Cons

  • For guests who don’t dance a DJ can be a bit underwhelming
  • A DJ with little personality, or who fails to click with the vibe of the audience, can bring the event down quickly.

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.

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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!

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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!

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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

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!

Best Clients Ever

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

June outdoor wedding

June outdoor wedding

June outdoor wedding
Images courtesy of Sootie Studios ~ Heidi & Rory

August backyard wedding

August backyard wedding

August backyard wedding

August backyard wedding

August backyard wedding

August backyard wedding


Images courtesy of Trenholm Photo ~ Rob & Michaela

August lake wedding

August lake wedding

August lake wedding

August lake wedding

August lake wedding

August lake wedding

August lake wedding

August lake wedding


Images courtesy of Erika Follansbee Photography ~ Samantha & Myles

August backyard wedding

August backyard wedding

August backyard wedding

August backyard wedding

August backyard wedding

August backyard wedding

August backyard wedding

August backyard wedding

August backyard wedding

August backyard wedding


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!}

September Seacoast wedding

September Seacoast wedding

September Seacoast wedding

September Seacoast wedding

September Seacoast wedding

September Seacoast wedding

September Seacoast wedding

September Seacoast wedding

September Seacoast wedding

September Seacoast wedding

September Seacoast wedding

September Seacoast wedding


Images courtesy of Tess Rollins Photography ~ Sarah & Rick

September classic wedding

September classic wedding

September classic wedding

September classic wedding


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September classic wedding

September classic wedding

September classic wedding


Images courtesy of Stovila Photography ~ Laura & Dax

October wedding Mountain View Grand

October wedding Mountain View Grand

October wedding Mountain View Grand

October wedding Mountain View Grand

October wedding Mountain View Grand

October wedding Mountain View Grand

October wedding Mountain View Grand

October wedding Mountain View Grand

October wedding Mountain View Grand

October wedding Mountain View Grand

October wedding Mountain View Grand

October wedding Mountain View Grand

October wedding Mountain View Grand

October wedding Mountain View Grand

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

Voted NH’s A-List BEST WEDDING PLANNER!!

We WON
NH’s A-List BEST WEDDING PLANNER!!

I’m pretty excited to say that we recently won the title of NH’s A-List Best Wedding Planner and can’t even begin to tell you what it means to me. I promise it won’t go to my head, but I certainly will bask in the glory of it while I can! 🙂

All the love and hard work we put into each & every one of our couples and also maintaining wonderful relationships with our vendors helped us reach this amazing goal. The support of my couples, friends, colleagues and especially my family is what drives me to succeed.

I take great pride in having built a business that is based on strong work ethics, honestly, loyalty and integrity.

Thank you for the support and love helping us reach another level of success!

XOXO

Much love,
~Tracy

Nominated for NH’s A-List Best Wedding Planner

Happy Monday!

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve written a post, but it’s sure been a crazy few months. I don’t know what people mean when they say, “I’ll have more time during the slow season…” I, for one, have been non-stop since the end of last wedding season! 🙂 Trust me, I am not complaining! We’re gearing up for a great 2015 season with some amazing couples!

To kick off the new year & to get a wonderful birthday surprise in February, we were nominated as NH’s A-List Best Wedding Planner! I can tell you when I received the notification, I was beyond ecstatic!

If you’d like to help us win this designation, please click on this link to vote: http://NewHampshire.cityvoter.com/inked-events/biz/693299.

Voting ends April 5th.

Thank you in advance! Fingers crossed we win!

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

“Bring Your Engagement Story into Focus” Contest

Did you know that 25% of all of the couples will get engaged this year are going to do so over the holidays? That means over the last four weeks, one in four of you got engaged! How exciting!!!
I’m starting off 2015 by being a judge in a fabulous contest designed especially for you!

“Bring Your Engagement Story into Focus”

WHAT IS IT,  YOU ASK?

To celebrate all of the new engagements, I’ve partnered with four other amazing wedding industry pros and we want to hear YOUR story! How and why did you and your sweetie decide to tie the knot? Tell us the story of your engagement and you enter to win some cool prizes that will come in super handy once your wedding rolls around.

DETAILS
If you have gotten engaged recently and are still planning your wedding, you’re eligible for this contest. All you have to do is click on this website to enter your information and share the story of your engagement in 500 words or less.

The contest will close on January 24th at 8:00PM EST and the winners will be announced on January 28th.

Don’t be shy, share the link with anyone you know who is planning a wedding. They could win great prizes from our judges!

I {we} look forward to all of your amazing engagement stories!

Good Luck!

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