Fabulous Frock Friday: Heidi Elnora 2011 Collection

Wow! Adore this new "Behind the Seams" video from Heidi Elnora featuring her STUNNING 2011 gown collection!

You can set up a consultation with Heidi to create your own custom gown here in Atlanta {404.903.4263} or in Birmingham {205.977.7202}.

Win Free Wedding Photography!

Christine Gallagher Photography and Occasions Online have teamed up to offer free wedding photography for one creative {and lucky!} bride-t0-be!

Kristi & Adam won the last Creative Bride contest

Here’s the scoop!

They are looking for creative, outgoing, inspiring & fun brides! To enter, all you need to do is submit the following information via email to: info@christinegallagher.net

  • A storyboard or collection of images that show us your wedding inspiration.
  • A picture of you & the lucky guy
  • A short note/essay about your wedding plans & ideas. Please include date, time, location, etc.

The prize and fine print:

  • Wedding must take place in 2011, in the Metro Atlanta Area
  • Entries must be received by 5:00 pm February 4th
  • Winner will be announced February 7th
  • Winner will receive up to 8 hours of wedding day photography, online posting of images and a DVD of images with a Christine Gallagher Photography team member. A $3000 value.
  • Winner will also have her wedding featured on the Occasions Online website.

This is the second year we have held this contest and we are super excited to start receiving entries, so don’t be shy! You can view the last winner, Kristi & Adam’s Eco Chic wedding here! Good Luck!

A Year in Review :: 2010

Hello and Happy New Year! We took a bit of a blogging "hiatus" as we wrapped up the end of 2010, enjoyed the Holidays and settled into the New Year. We have been hard at work on a new website that will launch very soon as well.

Before we dive back into our "regularly scheduled blogging," I thought it would be lovely to review all of the fun we had in 2010.

Early last year I headed to our Virginia office for a photo shoot that would later be our first feature on Style me Pretty.

In February we were asked to style a shoot for Bride and Bloom Magazine. I will offer you an itsy-bitsy sneak peek. We look forward to seeing the feature in their next issue.

As Spring and Summer rolled around, there were lots of wonderful weddings including Atlanta Hawks player Josh Smith's wedding at the St. Regis, which was one of the largest weddings {from a production stand point} we have ever done (thousands of crystals hanging from the ceiling... etc...). I cannot share the decor images quite yet as the wedding is slated to be featured in one of our favorite bridal publications, but, again, here is one teeny tiny little sneak peek:

We were honored with wonderful press this year. Features on some of our favorite blogs such as Style me Pretty and Green Wedding Shoes as well as being named one of Atlanta's "Top 10 Most Influential Event Planners" by Occasions Magazine and "Best of Weddings" 2010/2011 by The Knot were stand out moments.

I traveled A LOT this year including for two destination weddings. Kate and Mark's wedding was in one of the most scenic spots you can imagine in Vail, Colorado.

Personal Photo

and Katharine and Kyle's wedding was in beautiful Boston on the historic Harvard campus.

October was an amazing month! I went to the Engage conference again (one of seven or eight business conferences I attended this year), which is always beyond my wildest expectations. The speakers are the best of the best in the bridal industry and the attention to details, decor, food- everything- is unparalleled. This year the event was held at the beautiful and historic Breakers in Palm Beach.

Photos via SW from Mel Barlow

Later in the month I attended bridal fashion market in New York City and reported back on the latest trends for Atlanta Weddings Magazine. So many gorgeous gowns...

Photos via Wed Obsession via Brides.com

I wrapped up October styling a photo shoot for the cover of Occasions Magazine (full blog post coming right up...).

I took a very big leap in November and spoke- for the first time- to a group of event professionals at The Party Goddess "Uncensored" conference in Los Angeles. Although I was extremely nervous, it was so much fun!

In December I was thrilled to travel back to New York City to help Get Married and my sweet friend and wedding planner Annie Lee from Daughter of Design with the first ever wedding in Times Square and it was on New Year's Eve!! It was absolutely one of the most surreal experiences of my life to be in Times Square on New Year's Eve and watch the ball drop. Stay tuned for our next post with more images from and details about this truly unique event!

Personal Photo

Phew! What a year! Looking forward to all that 2011 has in store. Cheers!

Jenn & Grant :: A Sneak Peek

I love following up an E-Session post with the couple's wedding images! We can only share a few of Jenn and Grant' s wedding images here, but look for all of their wedding details in the next Atlanta Weddings Magazine.

We loved all of the stationery from Eberle Invitations. It absolutely captured that "vintage Holiday" feel Jenn was going for.

Jenn really wanted to be sure that each guest felt special, so there were lots of personal touches including a "Make a Wish, Take a Wish" station where guests left personal messages for the couple and found an envelope with their names and table assignments. Inside the envelope was a handwritten note to each guest thanking them for coming.

Anna and Spencer's images are really stunning and capture the day perfectly. Thank you, Jenn and Grant, for including me in your wedding day celebration. You were an absolute pleasure to work with! Wishing you all the best in your new life together!!

Jenn & Grant's E-Session

We are so excited to be working with Jenn Hobby, of Q100's The Bert Show, who is getting married to Grant this weekend! Check out a few of their e-session images from Anna and Spencer Photography. I love that they took some pictures at the High Museum- where the couple had their first date and where Grant proposed. Adorable! Congrats you two- it is going to be a wonderful weekend!

Kelly's Closet Sample Sale

In Atlanta and looking for your wedding dress for less? Kelly's Closet is having a sample sale November 26th through December 5th! Kelly's Closet is home to gowns from fabulous designers such as Angel Sanchez, Claire Pettibone, Jenny Lee, Jenny Packham, Lela Rose and Modern Trousseau, so you are sure to find the perfect gown. Why not get it on sale, too?

Vineyard Wedding Inspiration

A few months ago I had the pleasure of working with Peter Doyle of Storyboard Life, florist Anik Keuller, Luxe Beauty Co. and Paper Daisies Stationery to design a special photoshoot at the gorgeous Montaluce Winery and Estates. Enjoy this vineyard wedding inspiration :

Thank you to our beautiful model, Christel Bethea. Christa is an amazing woman- a breast cancer survivor. It was an honor to work with her on this shoot for Project Storyboard's “To Have & To Hold” photo project, which is an avenue for men and women who have either experienced breast cancer individually or along side of a family member to share their personal stories.

On our radar...

I recently attended Engage10! at the Breakers in Palm Beach. It was my 2nd Engage! event and I was, again, blown away by all of the amazingly talented people in this industry that were in attendance. There were a few vendors that I thought provided particularly unique services that I want to tell you about for your upcoming wedding or event:

:: Donut Divas ::
Everyone loved the mini donut station provided by Donut Divas at Engage10! Mini donuts are made fresh right in front of your guests and then topped with your choice of sugar & cinnamon or powdered sugar. Yum! Other delectable options from the Donut Divas include a Fudge Puppies Station: Belgian Waffles on a stick, dipped in Ghirardelli hot fudge and topped with whip cream and sprinkles or nuts, Mini Funnel Cakes and Deep Fried Candy Bars and Oreos. For the health(ier) conscious, they even offer a gourmet Candy Apple Station. See the Donut Divas in action (love that this video is set to the ER opening soundtrack) :

Donut Divas from Artistic Film Productions - Corp on Vimeo.

:: Newly Wish Registry ::
Bored with the same old registry options? Looking for items that are more chic, unique, stylish and functional? Newly Wish allows you to access NYC’s finest merchants that provide everything from kitchen and tabletop to home d├ęcor- even bridal party gifts- so that you can truly Love Your Registry! And for couples that live in NYC or frequent the city, you can register for cooking & dancing lessons, spa, fitness, theater tickets & more! I hope Newly Wish continues to expand to offer these registry options to couples in other cities, but in the meantime, we are excited about this wonderful new registry option!

:: Wedding Cake Pedestals ::
Not in love with the over sized, ornate, uber-traditional, silver cake risers everyone seems to use? Check out the fabulous options for custom cake pedestals from WeddingCakePedestals.com.

Just be sure you coordinate the size of the base of your cake with your cake baker to match up to the size of the pedestal you purchase. We love that you can keep your pedestal as a piece to entertain with in your new home- and that it will undoubtedly become a family heirloom.

:: Custom Wedding Songs ::
Felice Keller Productions helps clients celebrate their lives and transform their most special moments by creating their signature soundtrack. They work with you and the most successful song writers in the business to write original, custom songs for weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and other milestones. We love the idea of couples truly having "their song"- written and performed just for them- on their wedding day. Or maybe as a surprise for your bride or groom-to-be? How charming!