Happy Memorial Day!

Loving this couple's unique spin on red (white) + blue (via OnceWed).

Photography Credit: Brooke Schwab

Real Wedding Feature: Heidi & Andy

I have known Heidi for quite some time. She is the Catering Sales Manager at 103 West, so we have worked together on many occasions for mutual client's weddings and rehearsal dinners. I was so excited to hear that Heidi was getting married last year. She and Andy are the cutest couple.

Heidi and Andy were married in Heidi's hometown in Des Moines, Iowa at the church she grew up in. Heidi looked beautiful in a Melissa Sweet gown and I adore her bouquet full of peonies, roses and ranunculus. Her girls looked great in floor-length black and white Jim Hjelm gowns- and check out the back of those dresses!

Andy and the gentleman looked dapper!

After the ceremony, the couple took photos together before proceeding to their reception at the Temple for Performing Arts.

This is one of my favorite images from their day. Absolutely gorgeous.

The reception florals and decor reinforced the black, white and hot pink color palette. My favorite reception details are the cake and the favors. The imported olive oil favors were chosen to represent where Andy and Heidi met- Italy. Such a great, personal touch!

FAQ: How does a Wedding Planner/Coordinator differ from a Catering Manager?

We (and other planners around the country) are frequently asked the difference in our role versus a Catering Manger's role on the day of your wedding. These differences were laid out in an article by Mary Dann-McNamee in the Spring issue of Inside Weddings. I though it would be useful to share that information here. I have added a few notes as well.

Your Catering Manager (usually) will:
+Provide a personalized tour of the venue (this may also be the responsibility of the venue sales manager if you are bringing in an outside caterer to an event space)
+Recommend special event professionals that have worked with them/at your venue previously that do a great job
+Act as a menu consultant for all food and beverage selections
+Detail your Banquet Event Order (BEO)/catering contract, outlining all of your event specifics and ensure that it is all communicated flawlessly to the operational team of the venue/caterer
+Create an estimate of charges outlining your financial commitments to the venue/caterer
+Create a floor plan of your function space in order for you to provide seating arrangements
+Oversee the ceremony and reception room(s) set up, food preparation and other venue/catering operations
+Act as the on-site liaison between your wedding planner and venue/catering operations staff
+Ensure a seamless transition to the venue/catering banquet captain once the grand entrance has occurred and dinner begins (this is typically when the Catering Manager leaves the reception)
+Review your banquet checks for accuracy, prior to the completion of the final bill

Your Wedding Planner/Consultant (usually) will:
+Provide a wide variety of professional referrals to suit your taste and budget
+Assist with etiquette and protocol for invitations, family matters, ceremony and toasts
+Create a comprehensive timeline for your rehearsal and wedding day including the ceremony and reception
+Work with you to organize and coordinate your ceremony rehearsal
+Remind bridal party of all pertinent call times
+Confirm call times and details with vendors several days prior to the wedding
+Act as a liaison between your family, bridal party, band/DJ, florist, photographer, videographer, caterer and other vendors to create a seamless operation
+Assist the bride with dressing
+Ensure the ladies have their corsages, bouquets, etc. and assist with the pinning of the boutonnieres before photos
+Deliver and arrange ceremony programs, escort cards, place cards, favors and any personal items (cake knives, toasting flutes, guest book, personal or family photos, etc....)
+Coordinate the ceremony (line up bridal party, assist with brides dress, etc.)
+Work with the venue and catering staff to ensure the reception room is set up properly with the appropriate number of tables (with table numbers or reserved signs placed correctly) and the proper number of seats at each table
+Coordinate the reception (bridal party/bride and groom's entrance, first dance + parent dances, toasts, cake cutting, grand exit, etc.)
+Collect personal items and gifts as the night goes on and put them in the assigned persons vehicle or hotel room

*I have included the information from the article that pertains to the role of your wedding planner/consultant/coordinator regardless of the level of service you have hired them for (Full Service or "Day of"). Some of the services offered by your planner that Mary talks about in the article may pertain only to a higher level of planning, so I have omitted those here. I hope this helps- I know it can be confusing who is responsible for what on the wedding day with so many vendors!

Up next on FAQ: There is no such thing as a "Day of" coordinator.

Kathleen & Jon's E-session

Congratulations to Kathleen and Jon! They are getting married this weekend and we can't wait for their wedding! Check out some of the images from their fun (they even climbed a tree!) e-session with Our Labor of Love.

Coral | Pink | Yellow

We have seen a lot of coral at our weddings lately- such a fun a vibrant color when paired with yellow and/or pink!

Priscilla of Boston has apparently caught onto this trend as well- they are incorporating the colors into their bridesmaids line (via OneWed).

Inspiration board from Style Me Pretty. Sources: Bride photo – Jill Thomas Photography / Wedding favors – Martha Stewart Weddings / Bouquet – Martha Stewart Weddings / Invitation – Bella Figura / Cake – April Reed Cake Design / Just married photo – Martha Stewart Weddings / Necklace – Anthropologie / Shoes – Jimmy Choo / Pink dress – Nordstrom / Lemon dress – J Crew

Fabulous Frock Friday

I absolutely fell in love with the accessories from Untamed Petals I came across on Ruffled Blog a few weeks ago- FAB indeed!

Ashley & Daniel

You remember Ashley and Daniel, right? They were married on April 10th. Pre-wedding photos took place at the W Midtown.

The ceremony was held at Christ the King. The sanctuary is so pretty... and Ashley and Daniel were fortunate that the gorgeous flowers on the alter and around the church from Easter services the weekend before still looked amazing.

There was a small break between the ceremony and reception, so there was plenty of time for photos after the wedding at the Duck Pond behind the church and some industrial shots near the reception venue. {Love this shadow shot}

The reception was at Puritan Mill. I love the exposed wood beams in the ceiling- such a raw and rustic feeling.

In addition to cake, guests enjoyed a sundae station for dessert. I had fun playing with this ring shot with Scott and his team.

I think these shots sum up how much fun the Bride and Groom and the guests had rocking out to Papa Sol.

Guests saw the couple off with a lavender toss. I love Daniel's expression in this photo- it really looks like he has had the best night of his life.

Congratulations Ashley and Daniel! It was a pleasure working with you! Thank you to the very talented W. Scott Chester for these wonderful photos- head over to their blog to see all of the amazing images from Ashley and Daniel's wedding day!