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A Rustic Spring Wedding

Friday, August 5th, 2016
Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Hillary and Sean’s Rustic Spring Wedding, May 2016

The odds of meeting this couple on a normal basis are pretty insurmountable, since they live in Pittsburgh, PA. I actually spoke with Hillary at great length before she contracted me. Hillary and Sean, gave me the opportunity to work in a new area with new vendors and that is something I really enjoy, is meeting vendors outside of the Lehigh Valley. I really enjoyed being able to assist them with their Rustic Spring Wedding.

How rustic was it? Cell phone service didn’t exist out there. Communication was by Walkie Talkies, which made things a lot of fun, with the bridal party calling each other by their “handles” (code names) and when the groomsmen found out mine (from my CB days), they really went crazy.  It’s the “Black Widow”. LOL. Anyway, here is Hillary and Sean’s Story!

Their Story

Hillary and Sean met in 2009 at George Washington University where they both attended college. They both worked together and after a bit, Hillary decided she wanted to pursue a friendship with Sean. One thing you need to know about Hillary and Sean is that Hillary is the talkative, outgoing one and Sean is the quiet, laid back one and they balance each other out, quite well. Up to this point, they continued their friendship while attending school, but they did not date. Upon graduation, her girlfriend Melissa, decided to have a going away party for her, (she was moving to Oklahoma to work for AmeriCorps for a year). What she didn’t know was that her girlfriend, invited Sean to the party. This is where they really started to click. unfortunately, they lost touch for 6 months or thereabouts. Sean got in touch with Hillary on Facebook, to just touch bases and they began to chat back and forth. Hillary planned on returning to Washington, DC after completing her service with AmeriCorps and they decided to meet up, upon her return.

Their First Date

Their first date, if you could call it that, was at 51st State, a bar that served $0.20 wings during happy hour. She loved wings, Sean loves wings, so it worked. Much time was spent talking that night, and they planned to hang out more regularly. In the last 4 ½ years, they became best friends, partners in crime, and each others most devoted supporter.

What a Trooper her family was

This rustic spring wedding, had a slight damper put on it. Hillary experienced a great loss. Her grandmother, who she was very close to, passed away weeks before her wedding. That life changing event, had a profound effect on her that day and put a slight damper on it for both her and her mother. It was a shame that it happened, but she was a trooper through it all.

Other than the family loss, the only downside to the entire day, was that it rained off and on and prohibited them from doing their ceremony outside (which would have been beautiful because of its natural beauty)! The best part was when the rain finally stopped, and sunshine came out and they were able to at least get outdoor pictures.  Yay!

Players who contributed to making this a phenomenal Rustic Spring Wedding:

Our Bride looked stunning and her Makeup was was provided by KSJ Artistry. The wedding and reception were held at The Pump House B & B in Bloomsburg, in an old barn. The gorgeous Florals were provided by Gibs Farm and Rentals were provided by Forget Me Not Vintage Rentals. They decided to have a BBQ reception which fit both them and their personalities. She is spicy and he is mild and their first date included wings, what more can you want! The Reception was catered by Fred E’s Catering and the Cutting Cake and Cupcakes were provided by Nannycakes Bakery. The Musical Entertainment was provided by the Left Edge Band and really kept the party hopping, which helped the guests stay warm, even though it was a little chilly that evening! The Photography was done by the Brides Father’s company, Ed Bundy Photography and shot by both her father and Carla.

Hillary’s final comments about the day:

My flowers were beautiful, my best friends were there, and everything went off without a hitch, despite the rainy weather. I got to marry my best friend and partner, and as I say to him, I am going to keep him forever. I worked really hard on this big party that went by in a blur. I am grateful to all our vendors who helped make the day a success. I am grateful to our friends and family who traveled from far and wide and who helped in many ways big and small. Most of all, I am grateful to Sean for being my person, and for not letting my memories of grief and sadness completely color my memories of our wedding. What a beautiful, rustic spring wedding it was!

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

 

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LEHIGH VALLEY WEDDING TRENDS 2016

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

I’ve been reading a lot about the Wedding Trends for 2016, and have seen some I wanted to share from a Wedding Planners perspective.

Female attendant’s dresses: I have noticed that attendants are wearing the same color, but different styles or different colors that are complimentary of one another, in the same dress. Personally, I love this idea! I am short and thick and not able to wear many of the styles available today. Having this option as a bridal attendant would give me the opportunity to wear a dress that is more figure flattering, than wearing something that really doesn’t look good and something I don’t like! There is nothing worse than feeling you look horrible in something you have to wear in a wedding.

Wedding Trends by An Affair to Remember by Sharon

Photography by Magi Kernan – www.mkcaptures.com

Accent Color or Theme: Maybe because of the richness, or classiness or that couples are going back to glam and bling, not sure, but I am seeing a lot of Gold being used as a complimentary accent color in reception décor.

Cakes: I am also seeing “Naked Cakes”. If you aren’t familiar with the term, its cakes without icing or with little icing and decorated with fruit, etc. When one of my brides first showed it to me, I was like, “Why do you want a cake without icing?” I didn’t understand, but when I thought about it later, I realized there have been times that I haven’t liked a particular bakers icing, because it was too sweet, and I end up scraping it off. Well, this way its already done for me!

Wedding Trends by An Affair to Remember by Sharon

http://www.barbadosweddings.net/blog/naked-cakes

Tablescapes: Through the years, wedding reception tables were rounds that seated 8 to 10 people. Today that has changed to Long Rectangle tables, with multiple tables put together. Two rectangle tables put together horizontally, etc. I see this continuing, as it seems to be catching on here in the Valley.

An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson

An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson

At this time, I thought it might be a great idea to have some of the Premier Wedding Vendors I have dealt with, contribute to this blog! I think you will enjoy hearing their perspective in their specific field of expertise.

Floral Wedding Trends

Jonathan Morrissey – Rich Mar Florals

Coming off a very successful 2015 wedding season and looking forward to 2016, what will be different and which trends will remain the same? The vineyard rustic wedding is not going away anytime soon, gold is the new silver and the all-white bridal bouquet is back to stay. The return of the all-white bouquet is a return of elegance and a formal look, while this may not suit everyone; it is truly a timeless look and a perfect accent to your lavish and dramatic dress. Rustic weddings will continue to be popular, our area and it’s venues lends itself to this look, some of the flowers are also even native to the Northeast part of the country. Baby’s breath is the leader in this particular trend, along with lush mixed foliage’s to accent the “field picked” look. Lastly gold has arrived! Silver was always the “go to” container color and now that trend will begin to change, our company just made an investment in new gold containers to cope with the coming trend. While these trends may not be for every bride, I urge all my brides, to be yourself and let your florals express your personality or style, each wedding is as unique as the bride herself.

Jon Athans Photography

Jon Athans Photography

An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson

An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson

Sara Petryk – Allium Designs

In my opinion we are moving away from a shabby chic vintage into more of an industrial vintage vibe. Think mixed metals, patina and texture vs. baby’s breath, mason jars and chippy white paint.

Color is finally coming back as well. While we saw lots of blush, mint and cream in the last few years….we are seeing a return to rich, vibrant hues-jewel tones, blues, purples, and pinks.

Less DIY. I think lots of brides have seen their friends and fellow brides go crazy for months on end crafting elaborate projects for their weddings-and they want no part of it. They want to be able to relax and enjoy their engagement and time leading up to their wedding. Many of my current couples still want unusual Pinterest worthy elements that personalize their wedding, but they are leaving it in the hands of florists and stylists to complete the projects.

Photography Wedding Trends

Armen Elliott – Armen Elliott Photography

Wedding photography is gradually shifting from an emphasis on detail shots like flowers, shoes, etc., to the more emotional, authentic moments of the day. This means the hottest trend is photojournalism for this year’s wedding couples. Photojournalistic images can sometimes feel more like lifestyle photo sessions with more mood, intensity and spontaneity than traditional wedding photos. Couples are becoming less interested in showcasing “stuff” and more interested in capturing genuine interactions. Yes, we still like the cake and ring photos and must have the family posed photos, but spontaneous moments and relationships between couples, friends, and family members are now taking front and center stage.

http://www.armenphotography.com/

http://www.armenphotography.com/

http://www.armenphotography.com/

http://www.armenphotography.com/

Wedding photography over the past few years emphasized selective coloring, overly-saturated colors, lots of Photoshop manipulation and heavy vignetting. We also saw lots of vintage-style imagery with hazy, warm color overlays. Moving ahead we will see more edgy, photojournalistic, street-shooting styles emerging.

http://www.armenphotography.com/

http://www.armenphotography.com/

Of course, the best way to get the incredible photos you want – whatever your style – is to choose a photographer whose work you like and communicate your preferences to her months before your wedding day.

http://www.armenphotography.com/

http://www.armenphotography.com/

Ed Krisiak –Steel City Photography

As a photographer it is exciting to see all of the technology changes in equipment and see wedding photography move into a documentary and art format.

Drone Wedding Photography. The FAA expect that over 1 million drones were sold over the 2015 holiday season. I expect many photographers and videographers will be adding the use of drones in their wedding business in the Lehigh Valley.  I expect this to be big, there is no way I will be adding drone wedding photography. In order to do drone photography legally, two people are required by the FAA  for operation and you need a special license. Of course the amount of liability insurance will be extensive. In my opinion, it is not worth the risk.

An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson

An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson

Instagram Hash Tags. Facebook is becoming more unpopular with younger couples and Instagram is taking it place. DIY and Etsy wedding signs are appearing at the bar and wedding venue entrance with Instagram Hash Tags. I love this idea and it a great way for the couple to find all of their guest wedding images from the day.

Back-lit Images.  The use back-lighting adds a drama and interest to an image. This look can be achieved by natural light or flash. It provides an image a romantic feeling. The light is often soft and it creates a dreamy look.

Reception Lighting.  Off Camera flash creates dimensions and a provides a cinematic look to an image.

http://www.steelcityphotography.com/

http://www.steelcityphotography.com/

Individual pictures of each member of the  the Wedding Party. This has been done in the past and the new trend is to do a formal image and then a playful image. It makes a nice design for wedding albums and the individual have fun.

Father Daughter First Look. We are getting more requests for this and find it to be an emotional moment between the Bride and her father.

http://www.steelcityphotography.com/

http://www.steelcityphotography.com/

The First Look. The first look is alive and well and going strong. Some of the best reactions come from the first look and it is great to do if you do not mind going against tradition.

http://www.steelcityphotography.com/

http://www.steelcityphotography.com/

Décor Wedding Trends

John Phillips – MCR Productions

Chandeliers: Indoors and outdoors are seeing a big trend towards dressing the ceiling and nothing is standing out more than chandeliers. Chandeliers set the tone for mood lighting, establishing a classy setting, and bringing a distinguished atmosphere to any event.

Photography by An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson, Chandelier by MCR Productions

Photography by An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson, Chandelier by MCR Productions

Linens: Dressing a table is like dressing a woman, you can keep it simple or go for the Neiman Marcus of linens. Table linens are a hot item for all occasions and setting the tone of your color palate and theme for the wedding.

Dance Floors: This has become the latest item for presentation on events. From white floors, to Starlight floors, LED floors, checked floors, this is the latest decor and design aspect to completely enhance events. http://www.bookmcr.com/

Bakers

Lisa Stoudt – Bakery Wedding Trends – Candy & Confections by Lisa Stoudt
I think textures will play a larger part in the tool box of my cake design vocabulary. I also believe a lot of elements from haute couture and what has been seen on the runways in NY will be a strong influence in my designs. Another avenue I will pursue is color from contrasting to complementary in different pallets, these will influence the suggestions I give my brides this year.

An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson

An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson

Makeup Artist

Alisha Becker – Makeup Artistry by Alisha Nycole

Wedding Styling & Bridal Beauty Trends are an ever evolving platform. I am in the lucky position where I get to see and help create these trends each season before they hit the stores and bridal boutiques. Each year our team is invited to Bridal Fashion Week in NY backstage to create the looks for the runway shows! We love to share some of that insight and report the trends you will see this year for Bridal in 2016.

“All a rosy glow”!

Michael McNett Photography

Michael McNett Photography

Natural, ethereal, and organic are some key words I’d use to describe the inspiration. Think spring time! Hues that give ode to fresh flowers, rich green, rose golds.

For lips, these “just bitten” hues of pink, berry and English rose are the perfect amount of color for brides. Enhancing the lip’s natural tone and look giving that flush, healthy kissable look! Paired with the “just bitten” lips were these champagne toned bright eyes with subtle shine a pop of diffused plum liner. A dash of color can still be considered neutral but really make the color of your eye stand out! Plum is a great option because it looks great on everyone!

We also saw ton of buns! Ballerina inspired high buns, chignons, French twists, even soft braids infused with dainty floral arrangements in the hair. The hair design was effortless, slightly undone and all together just dreamy & romantic. Keeping in line with Pantone’s announcement of Rose Quartz and Serenity as the new colors of the year for 2016!

Michael McNett Photography

Michael McNett Photography

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Lehigh Valley Wedding Planning – A Guide to Setting Tables for a Wedding or Special Event

Monday, October 19th, 2015
Armen Elliott Photography 2015

Armen Elliott Photography 2015

If you are having a catered wedding or event, where the responsibility for setting the tables is yours (most rental companies and caterers, will not setup your tables without an extra cost), this guide will be a big help to you.

The guide below will aid you in the correct placement of your silverware on your tables. It will also help you to decide how many utensils you need and how many to order from your rental company. The information below will make it easy to set a table correctly.

Below are a few different ways to set a table.

Armen Elliott Photography 2015

Armen Elliott Photography 2015

Napkins

You have many ways to place them. You can fold them into different shapes and lay on top of the base plate, you can fold them and put under the base plate hanging down the side of the table, you can fold them like a pocket, in the event you are having a menu, to insert into the pocket or you are putting your silverware in the pocket. You may also put your napkin folded and placed under the forks on the left side of the plate or to the left of the forks folded.

Plates

How many and type of plates depends on what type of meal (sit down or buffet) will determine how many on each place setting. I will give you the way that most tables are set. You may also use a charger, which is a decorative plate placed underneath your dinner plate.

In the event you are having a sit down dinner, you will want to have a Charger, Salad Plate on top and if you are using a butter plate, it would be placed to above and to the left of the dinner plate, above the Forks. If you are having a buffet and the Dinner Plate is at your guests seat, you will place the Dinner Plate on the Charger, then the Salad Plate on top of the Dinner Plate and if using a Butter Plate that is placed to the left above the Forks. If you are having the Dinner Plates and Salad Plates at the Buffet, you would put the napkin where the plates would go.

Silverware

The reasoning for placement of the silverware is what pieces you will use first, second, third and so on.

Vintage silverware - http://www.idealhomegarden.com/dining-rooms/woodland-decorations-for-dining-room/

Vintage silverware – http://www.idealhomegarden.com/dining-rooms/woodland-decorations-for-dining-room/

In the event you are using a pocket for your silverware, the fork should be on the far left, knife in the middle and spoon on the right side in the pocket. If you are having a butter knife and plate, you would lay the butter knife on the plate horizontally.

If you are doing a full table setup, it depends if you are using 5, 6, 7, 8 pieces of silverware. These are the most used settings, although you can have as many as 10 pieces on your table.

4 Pieces – Salad Fork, Dinner Fork, Knife, Teaspoon – This is probably the most seen place setting of all.  On the Left side of the plate would be Salad Fork on the outside and Dinner Fork next to the plate. Right side of the plate would be the Knife, Teaspoon

Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers' Marks http://www.925-1000.com/settings.html

Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers’ Marks
http://www.925-1000.com/settings.html

5 Pieces Salad Fork, Dinner Fork, Knife, Teaspoon, Dessert Spoon or Fork – Left side of the plate would be Salad Fork on the outside and Dinner Fork next to the plate. Right side of the plate would be the Knife, Teaspoon and above the plate will either be the dessert fork tongs face right and dessert spoon faces left. Another 5 piece setting could be Salad Fork, Dinner Fork, Knife, Teaspoon, and Soup Spoon. In this setting, all pieces would be placed as above, except that the Soup Spoon would go on the outside of the right side.

Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers' Marks http://www.925-1000.com/settings.html

Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers’ Marks
http://www.925-1000.com/settings.html

6 PiecesSalad Fork, Dinner Fork, Knife, Soup Spoon, Butter Knife – Left side of the plate would be Salad Fork on the outside and Dinner Fork next to the plate. Right side of the plate would be the Knife, Teaspoon and on the bread plate is the Butter Knife

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/how-to-cook/how-to-set-a-table

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/how-to-cook/how-to-set-a-table

7 PiecesSalad Fork, Dinner Fork, Knife, Teaspoon, Soup Spoon (optional) Bread Knife (Optional), Dessert Spoon and Dessert Fork – Left side of the plate would be Salad Fork on the outside and Dinner Fork next to the plate. Right side of the plate would be the Knife, Teaspoon and Soup Spoon. Above the plate will be the dessert fork closest to the plate with the tongs facing right and dessert spoon faces left.

8 PiecesSalad Fork, Dinner Fork, Knife, Teaspoon, Soup Spoon, Dessert Spoon and Dessert Fork and Butter Knife – As you have read above all silverware would be placed as in the (7) place setting directions, except that the butter knife would be placed with point horizontal to the plate.

http://www.findalink.net/diningetiquette.php

http://www.findalink.net/diningetiquette.php

Glassware

Here again, it depends on which glasses you are using. Some tables will only use a Water Glass and Wine Glass, others will use Water Glass, Wine Glass, and Champagne Glass or Water, White Wine, Red Wine and Champagne glass. The most used at a Wedding or Special Event would be Champagne, Water and Wine. There are two different manners of placement. One is straight across above the knife and some are in a triangular type shape.

Water Glass, Red Wine Glass and Champagne Glass and/or optional White Wine Glass – If you are placing in a straight line, in this setting the Water Glass is always above and slightly to the left of the knife. Then the Wine Glass would be to the right and placed slightly lower (towards the spoon) and the Champagne Glass would be on the end and placed slightly lower than the Wine Glass. They could also be placed in a triangle with the Water Glass being the Left Triangle Point, the Champagne Glass being the Top Tip and the Wine Glass being the bottom right point. In the event there is no Champagne, but there is a White Wine Glass, the White Wine Glass, would take the place of the Champagne Glass.

Intimate Outdoor Wedding - An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson 2015

Intimate Outdoor Wedding – An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson 2015

Water Glass, Red Wine Glass, White Wine Glass and Champagne Glass – in this setting the Water Glass is always above and slightly to the left of the knife. Then the Champagne Glass would be place to the right and higher than the Water Glass. The Red Wine Glass would be horizontal from the Water Glass and then the White Wine Glass would be slightly to the left and down from the Red Wine Glass.

www.elitetentsandevents.com

www.elitetentsandevents.com

Coffee Cup and Saucer

http://willowdaleestate.com/themed-celebrations-tea-party/

http://willowdaleestate.com/themed-celebrations-tea-party/

These should be placed to the right of the plate and above and to the right of the Teaspoon or Soup Spoon

There are many more ways to set a table.  These examples are just some of the placements I have seen, both as a waitress in a fine dining establishment and now as a Wedding Planner.

Client Reception at Bear Creek Mountain Resort

Client Reception at Bear Creek Mountain Resort Lake – Photography by Jon Athans Photography

Ed Krisiak - Steel City Photography

Ed Krisiak – Steel City Photography

Wedding Reception Lehigh Country Club

Client wedding at Lehigh Country Club – Photography by Wesley Works