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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

Sneak Peak–Styled Photo Shoot

Happy Friday!

Happy Birthday to me!! What better way for me than to give you a sneak peak of the photo shoot I did in December that I’ve been dying to show off!

I collaborated with a “dream team”of vendors and honestly, I couldn’t have done it without any of them.…. the amazingly talented photographer, Brendan of Brendan Coughlin Productions, my gorgeous & super sweet models, Sarah Maillet & Dan Haggerty, the out of the box floral designer, Jason of Outbloom Floral, stationery genius, Celeste of Impress Me Designs, the linen extraordinaire, Jennifer at Perfect Party Linens, the stunning chivari chairs rentals provided by Ashley at Exeter Events & Tents , Scott at Entertainment by Scott Sica, who is the uplight guru that adds that little extra something to any event, and I especially couldn’t have done it without meeting Patty at Seaglass Events, who is the Functions Director at the exquisitely, unique venue of the Blue Ocean Music Hall located at The Pavilion in Salisbury, MA.

That day, when I saw it all come together, the vision in my head catapulted to exceed my expectations. The energy in the room was electrifying! I felt without even seeing any of the photos, they were going to be unbelievable…. I wasn’t wrong, if I do say so myself.

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I designed this shoot with Sarah specifically in mind and I hadn’t even met her yet! I was lucky she said yes when I reached out to her on Facebook about doing it. She’s such a peach, one of my biggest cheerleaders, not to mention STUNNING and now, I’m blessed to call her a friend.

I was attending a bridal conference in Baltimore when I was sitting at the hotel restaurant bar having lunch & of course, a glass of wine when the ideas came flowing out. I couldn’t write them down fast enough.

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I knew I wanted her in a red dress and showing off her gorgeous tattoos. I wanted to show that a bride can wear something other than white on they’re wedding day and still have a classy, edgy look to it.

I can’t thank my friend Tasha over at Deja Veil enough for keeping her eyes out for the perfect dress. I think she thought I was nuts when I first approached her about the idea of dying a white one red {of course, didn’t tell me that, she just said, sure why not!}. Thank god we didn’t have to go that route because this beauty came strolling into her shop. It was exactly what I wanted!

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I’m still flying high every time I see these pictures & we’re already in the works to do another one!

Want to see more of my work? Head over to our Gallery here.

Cheers!
~Tracy

Reflecting 2013 {Personal}

Happy Monday! And, what some may consider New Year’s Eve Eve….

I’m actually going to take a few days “off” this week to enjoy some time with my hubby & my family since without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

This blog is definitely a bit different for me since I’m not one who likes to talk about myself, but I also wanted share a little bit about my journey in the past year.

So, here goes….

What an exceptional year 2013 has been for me in many ways! After taking a leap of faith in 2012 {yes, I know that’s a little further back, but that’s where it all begin} by leaving what I call my “corporate” job to go to work for another wedding planning company, only to get laid off two months later, was heart-wrenching. It really took a toll on me emotionally & of course, financially, but instead of it letting it get me down, I embraced the opportunity. After some serious soul searching & the amazing support I have from friends & family, I looked at it as the Universe taking away, what were my two biggest fears; my stable, but boring corporate job & my need to think I had work for someone else in the wedding industry. It sure was a wake up call that I didn’t think would have a happy ending. To keep myself occupied as I searched for another job, I decided to jump into having my own business with both feet & not a care in the world.

The name Inked Events came to me in a dream {I know, crazy cliche!} and it really resonate with me, on so many levels because it really is true to who I am. I absolutely love tattoos and the beauty & story they represent. All mine {yep, have quite a few} reflect the story of my life, so what better way than to name my business that reflects me & truly makes it unique to me. It truly reflects my brand, that’s for sure. It has a classic, edgy look & feel to it.

I felt that 2013 was going to be MY year and boy, it sure has been. I have been building a solid name & reputation for myself as Inked Events and meeting some amazing people along the way. I’ve been so humbled by the experiences that I’ve gone through, in order to get to where I am today, that at this moment, I can’t even begin to describe it. I have learned from both the good & bad ones about who am I, what I want to achieve & especially, who is part of a very small circle of trusted friends. I am a strong believer that there are some people that will be there through thick & thin, while others, will only be there for a short time. I won’t lie and say that it’s all been a bed of roses since at one point, I felt like throwing in the towel. But, instead, on a hot July day sitting on the beach with one of those trusted friends, I felt re-energized by our conversation and set out to continue on building a kick ass business! I will be forever in debt to her for really, truly being there that day & many other days since then.

From that moment, I’ve been so focused on building a fun, solid & exciting business that my clients & vendor friends will be excited right along side me. I learn something from every person that I meet & I’m truly forging the path I am meant to be on. I couldn’t be happier with where it’s leading me.

One of my biggest achievements this year is being a mentor to my assistant, Natalie, who wanted to follow her passion for designing, but didn’t know where to start. The email she sent to me has changed us both for the better. She brings out my creative side even more while I’m teaching her the industry ropes. Exciting things are on the horizon for us!

On top of building a business from the ground up, I am ambitious enough that I wanted to give back to my fellow colleagues, so what do I do…. I launched a networking group {Vendors 4 Vendors} in March for them. It allows us to learn, network, relax and of course, have fun among our peers. With every event, the positive feedback about the group & what it stands for is so energizing that it’ll only continue to grow.

I will continue to learn my craft & be passionate about bringing my clients the fun, easy-going, positive, professional dedication that I stand for. I have a lot to be thankful from my journey in 2013 & I can’t wait to take on 2014 at high speed!

So, here’s to an amazing 2014….

…. because I’m taking it by storm!!! I hope you’ll come along for the ride with me by sticking around on all my social media platforms… click away to follow me…. Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest!

May you have a Safe & Happy New Year!

~Cheers!

Styled Shoot Happening Monday!

Happy Friday!

Wow, where the heck did the time go! Thanksgiving has come & gone and I definitely took the time to be thankful for the amazing year I’ve been having! Christmas is coming fast & furious and yelp, I haven’t event started my shopping yet! Thank goodness there’s not much to do that I can bang most of it out in a few hours!
Anyhoo, I’m so excited that my styled shoot with the amazing Famous Inked Model, Sarah Maillet, is happening on MONDAY {December 9th}! 
Thank you Russ Mezinkofsky for the amazing pictures of her!!
To give you a little teaser about what its all about …I styled the shoot with her specifically in mind {thank god she said yes!} and it will be edgy, unique & classically romantic with the colors red, black, silver & purple being involved.  
I’m working with a fabulous team of vendors who are just as excited about it happening as me! What more could a girl ask for than to be surrounded by all that positive energy!
Stay tuned for pictures….
Have a fabulous weekend!
~Cheers!

Styled Shoots in the works!

Happy Monday!!

It’s pretty exciting over here since two styled shoots are in the works with the models that I wanted for them! I’ve pretty much been designing them with these exact models in mind & I’m SO excited they said yes since I’m not sure what I would’ve done if they didn’t! 🙂

The first one is schedule for July at the Pine Manor College with Leise Jones Photography. I’m thrilled to give you a sneak peek at my model, Danyelle Gibbs.  The details are still in the works, but I’ll give you a little tidbit…the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year Emerald will be involved!  Thanks to Kaitlyn Marie for taking these stunning shots of her!

Isn’t she just simply STUNNING!!  I can’t wait to work with her!! OH, and did I forget to mention that she’s also an extremely talented makeup artist too!! Check out her Facebook page Makeup by Danyelle to see more of her work!

The other one is going to be some time in the fall. Some of the elements are jotted down, but like the other one, I pretty much designed everything about it with Sarah Maillet in mind! Except with that one, I’m going to be REALLY going out of the box! The details will be under lock & key because I totally want the WOW factor to be there.  But, I couldn’t not show you how gorgeous & perfect Sarah will be for it!

Thanks to my friends over at Black Thumb Studio for taking this FABULOUS shot!

Thanks to Philbrick Photography for trekking up the ice in North Conway, NH to get these stunning beauties!!

Last, but certainly not least, the quiet beauty I see when I look at this photo by Focusure Studios!

Keep your eyes out for these fabulous shoots! They will be worth the wait!

Looking for a planner who’s fun, edgy & not afraid to go outside the box, call or email me for your wedding needs!

~Cheers!

Got Ink?!

Back in the day, having a tattoo was taboo and if you were a woman with a tattoo, you were a …well, a not so pleasant word, we’re classy enough to not mention here.  Well, times have certainly changed!  

This day in age having a tattoo is more common and just a little more accepted than it once was.  Don’t get me wrong; there are still people who view people with tattoos with distaste and judgment. Sad really, because you really should “never judge a book by its cover”. Because, you just never know who you’re going to be talking to. Under their clothes they could be covered in tattoos; you just don’t see them. It doesn’t change who that person is, but there are people that will see the tattoos before the person.





When it comes to weddings, some couples will show them off proudly because each tattoo tells a story and is part of who they are, while others will cover them up. Either way, it’s a personal choice, whether it’s to respect your parents, family members or your church.  It’s all up to the individual.

Here’s a gorgeous shot from Allebach Photography that showcases a bride showing off her tattoo!

What would you do?  Call or email us to tell us.
~Cheers!

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!

~Cheers!

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.

10. 
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….





~Cheers!