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Month: February 2013

February 27, 2013

Vendor Love – Pine Manor College

I had the pleasure of touring Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA recently and had a chance to catch up with the fabulous Lovelyn Jensen.  I met Lovelyn in Baltimore, MD a few years ago at a conference and was thrilled when she moved to the Boston area last year.

Pine Manor College has beautiful historical buildings that would be great for a wedding or event. While I was there, I was in awe with the character that comes across in the rooms. To add to the air of mystery and history, there were a lot of “hidden” doors and passageways that were just so cool to see.

And, look at how gorgeous this room can be transformed….

Even though I couldn’t see the grounds because of the snow, I could visualize just how beautiful it would be during the other seasons.  And, thanks to the pictures on their website from Closed Circuit Photography, my visualization was right!

Want a unique wedding venue? Call me, so we can take a tour and make your dream come true!


Labels: inked events, outdoor wedding, pine manor college, spring/summer wedding, tattooed planner, unique venue, vendor love, wedding planner, wedding planning

February 25, 2013

Who IS behind Inked Events?

I wanted to give you a glimpse into I am and what makes me tick. I’m Tracy, Owner & “The Tattooed Planner” (literally & figuratively) of Inked Events. The name of my business came to me in a dream because it really speaks to who I am & what I represent.

Three things you should know about me… I absolutely LOVE Shoes, Tattoos & Weddings!  And no, they are not in any particular order.

I’m a big believer that the universe sends you “signs”and that sometimes you see them and other times, you just might not be open to them.  After a difficult 2012, where I left my corporate job of 13 years to make a career change that would allow me to work for a more established wedding planner, I got laid off two months later. Yep, the universe was certainly sending me some BIG signs there! I looked at it that now, my two biggest fears are gone and I could focus on MY brand. The universe has lead me on a path that allows me to embrace my love of weddings & tattoos while still being true to myself.

I always wanted a tattoo and got my first one when I was 18 years old.  I’m now in the double digits with the amount I have of them.  I don’t “look” like the type of person that has any, so I’m sure it’ll be a shock when you learn just how many I actually do have.  I’m not saying how many I have here, so when our paths cross, you’ll be curious enough to ask me “how many tattoos do you have?”.

For that last few years, I’ve been getting inked on my birthday. I’m not sure how that tradition started, but I feel it’s a great present to myself. I put a lot of thought into each & every one of them since they all have a special meaning & story behind it.

I truly love when I see a bride show off her tattoos on her wedding. It’s such a representaion of who they are as a person and as a couple. Thanks to Allebach Photography for the gorgeous picture!

I even decided to show off mine on my wedding day!

When I was looking to find a picture from my wedding day that it was showing, I realized that my professional photographer didn’t capture many pictures of it! Thankfully a friend got the one above. My original photographer didn’t really “get” us, so on our 5 year anniversary, we decided to  have a “Take Two” shoot. My hubs & I are pretty laid back and definitely don’t take life too seriously. We’re just two goofballs! We love to laugh and make fun of ourselves! Thanks Black Thumb Studio for my gorgeous updated pictures!

I’ll be honest, I actually did plan on covering up my armband on my wedding day, but the universe had different plans for me.  The makeup that we were going to use wouldn’t stay on and it just didn’t look natural, so I decided to just scrap the idea and let it show!  I’m glad I did because it’s a part of who I am and should be shown off.

I see tattoos as a beautiful piece of art and they can really tell a story about a person, so that’s why I want to cater to the tattooed couple and be known as “The Tattooed Planner”.  I wouldn’t judge a couple who has tattoos, I’d embrace them!  Another gorgeous shot from Allebach Photography.

Shoes are my other big love. Yeah, I really do get all giddy about shoes and my closet is certainly full of different styles.  I was excited to find these beauties for my “Take Two” shoot with Black Thumb Studio!

Have tattoos and looking for the right planner for you? Call me, so we can chat on how to show them off!


Labels: allebach photography, black thumb studio, inked events, jd designs, personal, shoes, tattooed planner, tattoos, wedding planner, wedding planning

February 22, 2013

TGIF Signature Cocktail Idea

Happy Friday!!

TGIF is definitely the mantra most people say today because now it’s only hours before the weekend begins!  And, we’re in store for another sizable snow storm here in the Northeast!

I found this yummy cocktail idea on www.tablespoon.com by Cheri Liefeld of Adventures in the Kitchen, while I was searching for an idea to celebrate the last weekend of my birthday “month”.


Red Velvet cake is one of my favorites and trust me when I tell you, I was excited to find this martini!  I’ll be certainly trying this one!!

This would be a great idea for a signature cocktail if you’re having you’re wedding on or around Valentine’s Day, having a “red” theme or if your like me, just LOVE red velvet cake.  Either way, I think your guests will be excited to try this one.

Here’s how to make it:


  • Betty Crocker® Whipped cream cheese frosting (from 12-oz container) 
  • Betty Crocker® red colored sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons chocolate-flavor syrup Crushed ice
  • 1/4 cup cake-flavored vodka 
  • 1/4 cup crème de cacao 
  • 6 tablespoons buttermilk 
  • 1 to 2 drops red food color 
  • Crushed ice 


Dip rims of 2 martini glasses in frosting, then dip in red sugar
  • Drizzle 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup in bottom of each glass
  • Refrigerate 
  • Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice
  • Add vodka, crème de cacao, buttermilk and food color
  • Cover; shake vigorously until well mixed 
  • Strain mixture into chilled glasses

Labels: cheri liefeld, friday, inked events, red, red velvet cake martini, signature cocktail idea, tablespoon.com, wedding planner, wedding planning

February 20, 2013

Vendor Love – Allebach Photography

I’ve been admiring the work from Mike Allebach of Allebach Photography for quite some time now.  His work is so unique, utterly gorgeous and of course, right up my alley with his couples showing off their INK on their wedding day! He’s also known as the “Original Tattooed Bride Photographer”.

I haven’t had the pleasure of physically meeting Mike yet, but I’m sure our paths will cross at some point!  So, I went for the next best thing and had a little chat with him via cyberspace.  Here’s how our chat went:

1. How did you get into photography?

Photography is something I’ve always loved.  After high school I worked as a graphic artist. Shortly there after, the photographer I worked with was let go and I was forced to take product photos. Using forums and training websites, I taught myself enough to get by taking photos of products for ads. Meanwhile, at night, I was in a band and took photos at local punk rock shows.

2. Where do you get your inspirations for some of the shots you take?

Mostly, I try to match my photography with the feel of the wedding and the couple. If they are high energy I capture that. If they are romantic or quiet, I’ll capture that also. Rarely, do I ever scout locations other than checking out the website of the venue. I’ve looked at a few other photographer’s work, but I want my style to come from within. When people look at my photos, I want them to have a signature feel.  Much of my photos are inspired from the time I spent learning how to properly light photos and taking photos of punk rock bands.

3. How did you become known as the photographer for “tattooed brides”? 

I was in a punk rock band and many of my friends were heavily tattooed. At the time, it was unrepresented in wedding photography –  no one showed off tattooed brides. So, I contacted an old friend of mine and asked if she would model in a wedding dress. Even though I thought it would turn people off, I put the photo on the front of my website. After I did that, I started booking a lot of tattooed brides and grooms.

Kat from  Rock n Roll bride was the first to call me the “The Original Tattooed Bride Photographer”

4. Where are you located and do you travel outside of your area? 

I’m located near Philadelphia, PA. This year, I have weddings in 7 different states and I’m available for bookings anywhere in the US.

5. What advice would you give couples looking to hire a photographer? 

When looking for a photographer, you have to find someone that has a personality you get along with,  photos you like and products you would want to buy in a budget you can deal with. Many people think that booking a photographer is all about the images.  Of course, you need to like the images a photographer takes, but that’s not enough. When you meet with a photographer make sure that nothing they do rubs you the wrong way. Remember, they will be with you the whole day.  If they are pushy and you don’t like pushy people, then stay away. If they are quiet and quiet people don’t mesh well with you, then choose another photographer. The vibe you get is just as important as their photos. Also, make sure they sell products that you like. Getting photos on a dvd is nice, but displaying them in your home is even better though. You don’t want to hide the awesome photos you took on your computer. It’s nice when you are having a bad day to look at beautiful “art” from your wedding day hanging on your wall. It’s a great reminder of the love you share.

6. Tell me about any unique sessions that stand out in your mind that you’ve had with any of your couples?

I’ve photographed a married couple who wanted different photos. The groom was a fire breather and the bride lit her dress on fire with a fire whip. Another engaged couple threw water balloons at each other.

7. Do you photograph “non-tattooed” brides as well? 

Yes, I would say 90% of my brides have tattoos, but all the couples I photograph want to feel comfortable on their wedding day. My couples expect that I will work with them on creative ideas.

8. How would you describe your style of photography? 

So, it sounds cheesy, but there are these people that we run into that somehow draw out the best of us.  The best photographers do this instinctively. I want to bring a rock n roll energy that draws people out.  To make their creative ideas come to life. Maybe you call this rock n roll or maybe client personality driven. My style is represented more by the people who photograph me. If I can egg people on, bring out there personality, make them feel like I’m a friend rather than a photographer – I think I’ve done my job. The worst thing someone could tell me is that my photography is stiff & posed.  When the couple receives their album and photos, I want them to laugh at silly moments, cry at tender ones and feel like their wedding was an epic party.

9. Do you photograph more than just weddings? 

Yes, I also photograph parties, families & kids.

Any advice for aspiring photographers?

Photograph for the love of photography. Wedding photography as a full time business is hard work.  Breaking into the business isn’t easy. There are no short cuts. Also, never ever, ever use someone else’s work to pad your own portfolio. You will get found out! The best way to get into the industry is to shadow, assist or 2nd shoot for a successful photographer. The power of networking should never be underestimated. Learning from a seasoned photographer is the way to go.

Thanks Mike for taking the time out of your busy day to chat with me! Now, I have an even more admiration for you and will look forward to having that cocktail with you in the future. Be sure to check out his website at www.allebachphotography.com and follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tattooedbrides.

Now, I’ll leave you with some of my favorites….


Labels: allebach photography, inked events, photography, tattoos, vendor love, wedding planner, wedding planning

February 11, 2013

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend….

….is definitely a true statement, even for the girl who doesn’t wear a lot of flashy jewelry!

Valentine’s Day is only days away and I’m sure there will be a lot of lucky ladies who could be getting one of these sparklers with their box of chocolates!

I had the pleasure of meeting with Beverly at Hidden Gem in Andover, MA, today and it really got me thinking about what a guy (or girl) has to go through to pick out the perfect ring.  If you need some help with it at all, call me with the details of what you’d like to get for her. I’ll work with Beverly to get you the ring you want and she’ll love, at a cost that fits your budget & the best part, you don’t have do any of the running around to the different jewelry stores.  Hidden Gem gives you the personalized attention that makes the process less overwhelming!

Just in case, they want to experience the shopping for it, here’s a little FYI for you to pass along to your beloved about diamonds….

The FOUR C’S are always good to know when shopping for an engagement ring.

Thanks to 4Diamond. com for the clarifications!

When we speak of cut we are more interested in the proportions of the diamond as opposed to its shape (Round Brilliant, Marquise, Pear, Princess, etc.) Every diamond regardless of its shape gets it brilliancy and scintillation by cutting and polishing the diamond facets to allow the maximum amount of light that enters through its top to be reflected and dispersed back through its top.

Diamonds come naturally in every color of the rainbow. However most people are concerned with diamonds in the white range. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) rates the body color in white diamonds from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow). The best color for a diamond is no color at all. A totally colorless diamond allows light to pass through it easily, resulting in the light being dispersed as the color of the rainbow. Colors are graded totally colorless to light yellow. The differences from one grade to the other are very subtle and it takes a trained eye and years of experience to color grade a diamond.

The clarity of a diamond is determined by the amount and location of flaws, or blemishes, in the diamond when viewed under 10 power (10x) magnification. GIA rates clarity grades in diamonds from Flawless to Imperfect 3.
Most diamonds contain very tiny birthmarks known as “inclusions.” An inclusion can interfere with the light passing through the diamond. The fewer the inclusions, the more beautiful the diamond will be. Diamonds have the capability of producing more brilliance than any other gemstone. A diamond that is free of inclusions and surface blemishes is very rare…and therefore very valuable.

The weight of a diamond measured in carats. As the carat weight of a diamond increases so does its rarity and therefore its price.

One carat is divided into 100 “points,” so that a diamond of 75 points weights .75 carats. The carat-weight of a diamond is the easiest measurement to determine. Most importantly, two diamonds can be of equal carat-weight, but their value can differ greatly due to their cut, color, and clarity.

So, I’ll leave you with a few different shapes…

And, of course, after you receive your sparkler, and the planning begins, don’t forget to call me with the details!!


Labels: 4Diamond, diamonds, engagement rings, four c's of diamonds, hidden gem andover, proposal, valentine's day, wedding planner, wedding planning

February 8, 2013

Speaking Engagement Postponed

Happy Friday!

We’re having a major blizzard here in New England this weekend that I am VERY excited about!  I
‘m  hunkered down in my house, with my computer, wine, snacks & the hubby! I’m awaiting for a good portion of the snow to come down, so me & the hubs can go play outside in it!

So, that’s how much we’re expected to get over the next two days.

With that being said, my Guest Speaking engagement at the Boston Wedding Boot Camp that was scheduled for Sunday, February 10th has been postponed to Sunday, February 24th due to the safety for all of the presenters & couples who were planning on attending.

Stay safe in the snow!

Labels: boston wedding boot camp, easton country club, snow, wedding planner, wedding planning

February 6, 2013

Bridal Boot Camp


We’re gearing up for a major snow storm on Friday here in the New England and I’m pretty excited about it!! Probably the only one for that matter, but hey, it’s New England and snow is expected! And, to top it off, it’s the day before MY BIRTHDAY!!! All around great day in my book!

This picture was taken along Charles Street during a nor’easter winter snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts back on December 20, 2009. Full Credit to REUTERS/Brian Snyder.

To contain my excitement, I’ve been tweaking my presentation for the first of my 2013 projects, which is happening this Sunday!

I’m pretty excited to be one of the Guest Speakers at the Boston Wedding Boot Camp, hosted by the Easton Country Club! I’ll be teaming up with my colleague Jennie Dee from JD Designs to explain the difference between a Wedding Planner, Designer & Venue Coordinator. The outfit & of course, the SHOES will be killer since they’ve all been under wraps till the big day! But, our goal is to educate couples on the differences and why hiring a wedding planner will be not only be a benefit, but money well spent!

Stay tuned for pictures of my gorgeous table (the linens & candelabra were provided from Exquisite Linens & Floral), the outfit and yep, the shoes! 


Labels: boston wedding boot camp, easton country club, exquisite linens florals, inked events, jd designs, shoes, snow, wedding planner, wedding planning

February 1, 2013

2013 here I come!!

So, you may be wondering why a picture of Snoopy & Charlie Brown would be on a blog for a wedding & event planner? Well, this is just about as good as I can show you of how I am feeling right now! I’ve certainly been doing the “happy dance” with all the amazing opportunities that have been coming my way lately. 2013 has started out to be an amazing year so far and it’s not even the end of January! I’ll explain all the good stuff that’s happening in future posts, so stay tuned!

If you’re reading this, than we’ve JUST launched the website and all the goodies that go along with it! I hope you go over and take a look at it. We’ve been working hard to get it just right and I’m pretty proud of what we created. My web guy is a ROCKSTAR! That’s all for now! Have a fantastic weekend! ~Cheers!

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