his will go down as the most exciting, yet terrifying post I have ever written, but I am writing this to share with you all a link to my own wedding photos. They have been graciously published on the amazing Martha Stewart Weddings Website
today, and while I'm writing this a little tinge in my stomach since I know how the internet can be very critical, as well as how personal it can be, I'm also open to sharing what our wedding weekend was all about and how it came together. I know there are many that will appreciate it being shared, as it was a winter wedding, all inside, and it was in a nightclub. It was hard for me to get inspiration while planning my wedding, I knew most of what we wanted to do, and I just stayed true to that, and tried away from anything that may come off too trendy. Trends are wonderful, but being a designer myself, I felt like I really needed to build my inspiration from within, and from my venue. I hope I don't look back in ten years saying, what was I thinking?!
We chose our vendors very carefully, and the photography and videography were extremely important to us. Kate Harrison
did such an incredible job catching all the important moments and details, and here is a link to her best of slideshow set to our first dance song, "Lights" by Journey, with some images you won't see on Martha Stewart.
Our wedding film is up as well by Sandbox Love
, and let's just say I have already watched it five times since yesterday and I still can't get enough of it. Jesse and his team rock!
I wanted to share a little bit of how my wedding came from a vision in my head, to what it turned out to be. I do want to say that designing a wedding isn't an overnight thing; it is something that builds, develops, changes and blossoms over time. There were visions I had that didn't work in reality, and then there were many that did. Having a team of creative minds also helped mold what the wedding concept turned out to be, which was a 1930's Art Deco Nightclub Wedding. There was no color, Bimbo's 365 Club's interior has red and black checkered floors, with silver stage curtains with nude mermaid statues and paintings throughout. I decided not to play against their palette, but to enhance it with charcoal grey, silver, black and white. In the end, the club looked exactly as I wanted it to; like it was the early 1930's, and our 285 guests were dressed to the 9's as if they were going to a big show. We even had our dear friend sit in the old fashioned ticket booth outside the club, and hand out "tickets" as guests arrived, which served ultimately as their escort cards.
My inspiration board started with a few old images of Bimbo's I found online, and then images I found of everything I liked from invitations, to hairstyles to rental items, I was a bookmarking fool. I let it be for a few months or so (we were engaged for a year), and then came back to it, and cleaned out the ones that didn't fit what I was doing, and then finally built a true inspiration board, as well as the one below. I feel that a true fabric board is great to take to floral, rental and invitation design meetings, as colors need to be true, and real swatches are never the same online. You can also put together little boards like this that we do for our full planning and design clients, as it can be something you keep in the binder, and can always reference as the feel you want the wedding to have.
This week I will be posting more of my personal favorite images, along with a few more details and links to every single vendor that made our wedding weekend so special. The one thing I will say is that I never had more fun in my life than I did that week, as well as the year of planning with Joe. Knowing that I had hired some of the best vendors in the business made that a possible feat. They did not have an easy task with having to get that many guests into the main room for the ceremony, and be able to flip it and have it ready for dinner within one hour (plus, have me to content with!). It goes to show when you have quality vendors, a lot more is possible. I could make design boards all day, but if the vendors can't execute your vision, it would all be for nothing. Thank goodness my own staff of Adrianna, Kristen and Brittani were there to make sure everything went perfectly.
I hope you enjoy the wedding feature on Martha Stewart
, and please feel free to leave me any questions here!