The More Color. The Better!

Blush. Cream. Ivory. White. Eggshell….what do these all have in common?! All beautiful yet all needing a little pick me up! It’s your wedding day, don’t be afraid of color! Lately we have been seeing a lot of color trending and we are absolutely on board! Let’s take a peak at a few of our favorites and let it be your inspiration going into the beautiful fall wedding season!!

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Via My Inspired Wedding 

Take a risk whether it’s with decorations, bridesmaid dresses, flowers, or your cake! The possibilities are endless! Loving this tablescape!

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Via Alchemy Fine Events

Your pretty ladies and men can also bring your pop of color!

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Via 100 Layer Cake
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Via 100 Layer Cake

What about your cake?! Better make it bold!

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The Mischief Maker 

We can’t forget about the flowers!! We have been loving all of these beautiful bouquets!

Ruffled - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vibrant-eclectic-wedding-in-palm-springs
Via Ruffled Blog
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Via Wedspiration
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Via Bridal Musings

Embrace the color! Show your personality on your wedding day! If you ever are in need of color inspiration or any wedding planning needs we are always here to help!

Until next time!

Your Team at A&F,

Heidi, Meg, Taylor and Grace

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Top Tips for a Backyard Wedding!

When it comes to getting married in your  backyard, do you want romance, do you want laid back, do you want comfortable, but just aren’t sure where to start?? Look no further than these great ideas for a beautiful relaxed backdrop for your special day!

Use what you’ve got! Say “I Do” beneath a beautiful big tree!

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Photo: Pie Shoppe Photography
Use a window pane for an alternative seating chart!

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Photo: Flavio D Photography

Loving how this bright colorful backdrop sets a fun tone for the wedding!!

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Photo: Joe and Marianne of Marianne Wilson Photography
Mason jars can be used for a ton of things to keep things simple and sweet!

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Photo: Katie Kaizer Photography
Keep your guests warm with some cozy blankets!!

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Photo: Michelle March
DIY a wood pallet for your menu!

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Photo: Josh Snyder Photography
Guest book? Why not Jenga?!

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Photo: Josh Snyder Photography
Share a sweet treat as a favor to remember the night!

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Photo: Vitalic Photo
Do these ideas look great to you? Have some ideas of your own for a backyard wedding? Whatever your wedding needs may be we are always here to help! We would love to be a part of your special day!

Til next time!

Your Team at A&F

Heidi, Dee dee, & Meg

Pictures also found at HuffPostWeddings

 

Ring in the Spring with 2016 Wedding Trends!

Spring is here and so are the latest wedding trends!! This year we will see a lot of soft color palettes, interactive bars, playful flower prints, and fresh blooms! Oh my!  This wedding season will certainly be one to remember! Let us know what  you think of the latest trends!

  • Soft Color Palettes
    • Soft, whimsical, water colors are the perfect addition to a beautiful spring wedding! Whether it be with bridesmaid dresses, a beautiful cake or a beautiful print, these could be a beautiful accent to your special day! See some of our favorites below.

 From Left to Right: Mikkel Paige Photography; Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna                                          Morgan; Wedding Cake by Sugar Euphoria; Artbyash Photography; Print by Designsbybiancab via Etsy

  • Get Interactive
    • Personalized snack and sweet bars can give your wedding that extra special touch that you are looking for. The options are endless! Who doesn’t love cookies?!

      From Left to Right: Cookie Bar: AbbyRose Photography; Sweets Bar: Paper Antler; Crostini Station: The Melideos

 

  • Flower Power
    • The flower possibilities are endless! Whether it be printed bridesmaid dresses, bright fresh blooms on your tables, flower arches or spreading the flower power through your reception venue we love all of these soft romantic looks!

 

We are looking forward to seeing more of these trends this 2016 Wedding Season! As always we are here to help you!

Until next time!

Your team at A&F

Heidi, Dee Dee, and Meg

A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF US | CT’S PREMIERE WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNERS, ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LLC

This week has been a crazy one, but we love crazy!   Many people ask us how our days are spent, so here’s a little sneak peek into the life of planner during a week:

Monday – Prep for a 2013 meeting, design two inspiration boards, confirm meeting, get mom and bride’s cell phone numbers in case something comes up.

Tuesday – Prepare all documentation for March 2013 couple, meet with mom and bride for over two hours, talk about  what they like, don’t like, budget, venues, decor, wedding style, theme development, dresses and everything wedding related.

After meeting speak with DJ about another 2013 wedding to confirm details and secure contract.  Send three emails to another client and florist to confirm Skype meeting.

Wednesday – Respond to several emails, schedule a Friday morning appointment.  Continue to work on scheduling venue appointments for new March 2013 couple we met on Tuesday. Speak with a June 2012 couple and provide quote.

Thursday – Rework inspiration board for March 2013 couple, respond to more emails, and prep for Friday morning meeting.  Confirm rentals for a corporate event in June, blog

Friday – Early morning client meeting, blogging, prepare two quotes for client, prepare weekend to-do list, confirm venue meeting for the following week

Saturday – Try to accomplish some of the things on the to-do list, get organized for the next coming week, volunteer at a new winery, website updates

Sunday – Relax? Ha we never relax!

Wedding Vendor Thursday Flowers by Danielle | CT’s Premiere Wedding Planning Company, Always and Forever, LLC

Danielle Farrer has worked in the floral design industry for nineteen years, opening Flowers By Danielle in 2000. With roots in the retail floral industry, and a Degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Managements, Danielle shaped her business to focus exclusively on weddings, showers, celebrations and corporate events. Danielle is also available to design fresh or permanent artificial arrangements for residential and corporate display. Danielle’s passion for flowers, attention to detail, ability to visualize and incorporate her clients ideas, and her creative flair make her an incredible designer. Her sole focus is her clients on the day of the event. Danielle takes great pride in providing her clients with the most fresh and highest quality of flowers from top growers around the world. All of Danielle’s flowers are ordered specifically for each client, and her floral designs are created just prior to each event. All of her arrangements are stored in a high humidity/low velocity walk-in cooler until delivery.

Flowers By Danielle has also been awarded the “Bride’s Choice Award” from

WeddingWire.com for four consecutive years and were also a featured wedding in “The Knot” New York Magazine in the Fall of 2011.

We absolutely love working with Danielle. She is so creative, fun and has amazing décor ideas.  We highly recommend working with Danielle for your next wedding!  Here are a few photos and her contact information.

Danielle Farrer

Flowers by Danielle, LLC

Telephone # (203) 445-0600

Fax # (203) 445-0770

Email: danielle@flowersbydanielle.com

Website: http://www.flowersbydanielle.com

Facebook: Flowers By Danielle, LLC

*Awarded the “Bride’s Choice Award” from WeddingWire each consecutive year in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012

*Featured Wedding in “The Knot” New York Magazine, Fall 2011

*Featured in The Knot “Best of Weddings” Magazine

Meet Elizabeth and Jamie a 2013 Couple | CT’s Premiere Wedding Planners and Coordinators

I first met Elizabeth and Jamie back in September 2011, they were flying in from London and were hoping to hire a wedding planner and choose a reception and ceremony venue all within one week!  I was so excited to meet with them, it was a dreary day and we met at a Starbucks.  I loved them instantly, between Elizabeth’s super sweet nature and Jamie’s rocking Scottish accent, I knew it was a perfect fit.

Listening to them talk about how they met and when they got engaged, I could feel so much love between the two and I knew that I wanted to make their wedding planning perfect and easy.  One of the tricky things was they were not planning to be back until Mary of 2013, a week before their wedding!  Planning from London was never going to be a challenge, thank God for Skype!  After meeting for about two hours we parted ways as they were going to check out some potential venues.  They promised to get back to me before they left.

I was so excited to see their email when the next day saying they wanted to hire me!  I quickly did a contract and met them a day later at the same very Starbucks.  We talked about their venue choices, budget and potential number of guests.  Luckily they had enough time to narrow down their venue choices to two, the Inn at Longshore and Mystic Seaport (two amazing locations)!  I was so excited , loving both those venues, and I knew whichever one they chose would be perfect for their New England inspired theme with Scottish components woven in.

So, they left two days later, and we’ve been skyping every two weeks since!  I’ve been busy visiting venues, working on budgets, securing contracts, scheduling Skype sessions for entertainment, florists, and a potential justice of the peace.

So, I know the suspense is killing you… Jamie and Elizabeth chose the Inn at Longshore, perfect for a Memorial Day weekend in 2013.  With the majority of the guests coming from overseas, Westport offers the perfect location for their destination wedding.  So far we’ve ordered save-the-dates, chosen bridesmaid dresses, secured the venue, started a preliminary wedding day timeline, spoken with a DJ, florist and created an inspiration board.  We are so looking forward to their big day next year, and are recently excited to learn they are hoping to come back this November to meet with some more vendors!!

Here’s to the happy couple!

LOVE YOUR WEDDING | CT’s Premiere Wedding Planners and Coordinations, Always and Forever

I want my wedding to be the best wedding people have ever been to.

I want my wedding published in a magazine.

I want my wedding to be perfect.

I want my wedding to be a true representation of us and be filled with love and laughter.

Bets are that most brides and grooms, have said the first 3 but rarely do you hear the 4th. Why is that? You will be celebrating your marriage. Celebrating the day that you vow to love and honor and cherish each other for the rest of your lives. When did getting your wedding published in a magazine or talked about on the internet become an important part of one of the most important days of your life?

You have found the perfect mate. You are building your life together. You love baseball or Sci-fi movies. You never miss a Friday Karaoke or watch your favorite movie together once a week. You are a unique couple and the celebration of your marriage should be, too. Uniquely yours.

Pick colors and flowers that you love. Pick a venue that speaks to you. Make decisions on theme and decor that reflect you as a couple. Just because all your friends say you need to have the newest trend or the internet and magazines tell you that you must wear a lace gown in a vineyard, doesn’t make it right for you.

You know who you are.

Your partner does, too.

When you put the 2 of you together, you have the most beautiful theme there is…Love.

Love YOUR wedding.

And we can help you LOVE YOUR WEDDING!

~ Dee Dee, Sr. Bridal Consultant