Friday, October 30, 2009

At Home with Pink and Green

I love planning intimate home weddings. I love planning all weddings – but home weddings are special. There is something very unique about getting married somewhere you have such a strong emotional attachment.

Initially, we decided to meet over dinner. I knew this wedding was for us, when the couple was sitting at a table next to us for 15 minutes, and we could all hysterically laugh. At that meeting, I learned that they wanted to marry at their good friend’s home in Southern Maryland. They met each other and fell in love while working as postal workers years ago. They were a very close knit couple, and they wanted to plan an extraordinary home wedding but they were on a tight budget. They had definite ideas on how they wanted it to be, but they looked to us and our connections in the area to make it happen.

The colors were pink and green. The beautiful pond on the property was a natural focal point for the early summer outdoor ceremony. An aisle heavily filled with pink and ivory rose petals lead to a decorated arch that stood right near the water’s edge. Our duck and geese friends provided the perfect touch to the most magical and intimate ceremony. The ceremony was highlighted by the bride performing sign to “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” to her groom.

While the guests enjoyed cocktails by the side of the house, and the Bride and Groom were taking pictures, we made sure every single detail was attended to under the tent. The place cards were placed in small pewter chairs, providing a unique touch . The tables draped in pink were topped off by florals in pink and green. Large pink hydrangea plants surrounded the tent. Playing cards doubled as table numbers. Everything was very colorful and festive, which is perfect for a summer wedding.
Even though it rained towards the end, it didn’t dampen this great evening. It was the feeling of love and friendship that overflowed during this wonderful event.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Vendor Spotlight - Wicked Willow, LLC

Wicked Willow is my favorite floral designer. The team of Randy Woods and Tina Owens is amazing - truly, and I will tell you why. Every design that comes out of that studio is perfect in every way. When I am working with them, I can give them a vague idea of a color scheme and feeling of the day and they can come up with multiple amazing ideas that will work. If I go to them with specifics on what the couple wants, they still come up with multiple amazing ideas – that then, I can go back to the Bride and Groom with.

Located in Catonsville, I know I can work with them with all of my clients, no matter whether the wedding is located on the Eastern Shore, or in Baltimore, Washington DC, Virginia, Frederick, Hagerstown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania – anywhere. Most importantly, their creativity is “out of this world” amazing. I just love doing different things for weddings, because I like to think outside the box. New designs, linens and table arrangements make a wedding so much more unique. I wanted to show you some of their work and also give you an idea of their creativity, so I asked Randy and Tina to send me some of the most unusual arrangements that they have designed for a wedding (arrangements, centerpieces, and bouquets).





Floral Design by Wicked Willow

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

How are we different?

I realize that there are a lot of wedding and event planners out there. How are you to filter through, what seems to be an endless amount of choice?

I want to spend a few moments sharing with you how Elegant Event Planning and Design is different - and the different approach I take in planning/coordinating your wedding.

There is absolutely nothing cookie cutter about Elegant Event Planning and Design and our experienced Planners/Consultants. I believe that each of my clients is an individual with different requirements. I take pride in being able to customize our services to meet the needs and budget of each individual. In fact, I do not offer packages. I personally spend the time getting to know you so that the package we create for you will be perfect, the first time.

All of our clients are equally important, whether "day of" or "full event management". We take each wedding seriously and take great care to make sure everything is perfect. We encourage "day of" clients to contact us as soon as possible. We do not restrict the initial contact in any way - whether it's a month prior or a year prior to the wedding day. I always say - the better I know you and your wedding, the better I can advocate for you on your wedding day.

I (Lisa) work personally with each and every client. You will meet with me, and I will be the person working with you during the planning process and on the day of the wedding!

Most importantly, my assistants, planners and I go above and beyond for you and your family. We believe in going the extra mile to not only ensure a successful planning process and seamless wedding day - but that you and your family are happy and stress free.

Monday, October 19, 2009


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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A summer to remember on the beach

This year, I have been blessed with lots of firsts. This was my very first beach wedding – and it was fabulous! What a beautiful site on the Eastern Shore - light filled, airy, spacious and beautiful – the most perfect setting for a most perfect wedding!

This sophisticated Bride wore the most perfect gown for a beach wedding – it was a nice, light and simple - ivory in color. She finished off her look with a simple yet sophisticated cage veil.

Celebrating her Caribbean heritage she walked down the aisle to the sound of steel drums. She looked absolutely stunning as she exchanged vows overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. The ceremony was short but meaningful - the highlight being the Sand ceremony – which not only represented two souls being joined as one, but the coming together of two families.

While the newly married couple took pictures on the beach, their guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres, and the sounds of steel drums, as they watched the sun reflect from the water’s edge. As their 150 guests moved from the cocktail hour which was draped in pink, to the light filled reception which was draped in crisp ivory, they were treated to a robust meal and live music. The festive evening moved quickly (as it always does) and before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye. As they did at each moment of their wedding day, the couple said their goodbyes in grand style – waving from a yacht which brought them to their wedding night hotel.

Photography by Kea Taylor - Imagine Photography