April 22, 2014

The months and special moments spent planning your wedding day should be some of the happiest of your life. They shouldn’t be spent worrying about vendor’s canceling, venue’s going bankrupt, or worse yet, a sudden death or illness in your immediate family – all of these unexpected circumstances could cause you to have to change or postpone your wedding day with extreme financial consequences. That’s why we are introducing you to Markel Wedding Insurance, aka: complete peace of mind for your big day.

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I was personally affected by an unexpected turn of events during my wedding planning and unfortunately I didn’t have wedding insurance. Less than six months before our wedding day, our venue was sold and we were told that they were no longer honoring our contract! Not only had we put down an outrageous deposit, but I had already purchased Save-the-Dates (in fact I was about to mail them out the day I heard!), wedding invitations, favors… and I was already working with the catering company. It took hours of painstaking work on my part to recover all our lost funds, and once refunded, we were left with less than five months to plan our wedding – from scratch.

No bride should have to experience what I went through… 

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My story is just one of the many tragic events that can drastically effect your wedding day… but if you plan ahead and purchase wedding insurance with Markel - you can rest at ease knowing you will be taken care of through almost any type of disaster! Imagine your catering company going bankrupt, a hurricane passing through your town, your mom becoming ill or even a last minute military deployment – all of these incidences are covered and your investment will be protected. If your wedding is canceled or postponed due to covered circumstances like the ones above – Markel’s wedding cancellation coverage will reimburse you for lost deposits, damage to your wedding attire, cancellation fees, photography mishaps, and even for lost or stolen jewelry and gifts. 

Plus, they offer Wedding Liability Insurance coverage which would help protect you and your groom from financial loss if an accident occurred at or after your wedding (like if grandma accidentally fell on the dance floor and got hurt or if your best friend had a few too many drinks and got into a car accident on the way home). So ensure that your wedding day will truly be spent celebrating your new life with friends and family… by signing up with Markel today.

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Still looking for more information? Visit MarkelInsuresFun.com to learn more. With policies starting at $75 (the actual price of your specific policy is based on location, the coverages you choose, and your total wedding budget), it is highly worth it!

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April 17, 2014

“As a photographer, going into an engagement session with a client that you haven’t met can be a little demanding as you aren’t always sure of your client’s vision, personality and expectations. This was not the case with Rachel & Rob. A few minutes of discussion before the session opened up and I couldn’t wait to get shooting! Rachel and Rob have a fun and relaxed chemistry together and were so easy to work with and open to ideas and a little guidance. They ‘re a great example to every engaged couple of how to work an engagement session… enjoy your moments together and your images will be natural, beautiful and show the true essence of why you fell in love with each other!” – Palm Beach Photography

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Tonya Laker with Palm Beach Photography shot my friend’s wedding at Frenchman’s Reserve, and the photos were so beautiful that I decided to use her for our engagement session. We met at Dubois Park in Jupiter where we had the beach, boardwalks, palm trees, a boat, woodsy areas with sea grape trees, the Jupiter Lighthouse, and of course the beach – we had a great backdrop for the day! Tonya quickly made us feel comfortable behind the camera (after a few awkward silly shots and our nerves settled). She gave us just the right amount of guidance as far as how to pose, where to stand, where to put our hands, whether to smile or close our eyes – she made it easy and our photos turned out absolutely gorgeous and I can’t stop looking at them! We loved them so much that we decided on an z-fold invitation which had a place for five pictures and I can’t tell you how many nice comments I’ve had on them. It was a nice touch since we didn’t have time to send save the dates with a picture.

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..Yes, I’m having a beach wedding, and since my sister (my MOH) is very artistic, we decided to hand paint our table numbers using a 4×4 card stock and water colors using a beach and sea critters theme. The first one she painted was a cute little seahorse, one with a branchy orange coral scene and another with a starfish. They are adorable and I’m so happy that my sister has been excited to help me with this and make it personal. We may also carry this theme to the escort cards and paint the edges with coral branches. Another DIY project I’m going to do is to make a mango scented salt body scrub as favors. It’s perfect for the beach and so easy to make! I will be using epsom salt as the base, almond oil, and a mango scented fragrance oil. We’ll be placing the scrub inside small glass jars and adding a personalized tag. Another thing I’m making is a beach themed card box for the gift table. I have a vision in mind of a burlap covered box decorated with some of the many shells and sea fans I’ve collected over the years from different islands!

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..I am most looking forward to our beautiful location and seeing my grooms face as I walk to meet him! We decided against a first look because I want all of the nerves and all the excitement of seeing each other for the first time during our ceremony! We are being married on a bluff overlooking the ocean and surrounded by sea grape trees. I’m also excited about the decor my florist is providing. We will have glass teardrop shaped orchid blooms hanging from the sea grape trees surrounding the ceremony and also an arch made of bamboo decorated with coral, pink and white roses. And how could I forget my dress – I’m so excited about it! I wanted something beachy and flowy and not too formal, which was hard to find, but I finally found it on the Miracle Mile in Miami. It’s an off-white, strapless chiffon dress that has a small train that just pools around my feet. Both me and my sister teared up as soon as I put it on so I knew in that moment that it was the one!” – Rachel, the bride-to-be

April 15, 2014

For each and every real wedding that we share, it’s a requirement that we hear from
the bride… one question being; “What is your advice for brides currently in the planning process?”. Over the past 3 years we have heard some really awesome tips, so I’ve complied the most popular answers from well over 150 weddings to bring you this Top 10 List today -
the best wedding advice, straight from the mouth of real brides!

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1. Make sure to take a deep breath every now and then – or do what you can to really take in each and every moment. Be present. Your day is going to fly by at rapid speed, so do your best to enjoy every bit of it – from getting ready to the grand exit!

2. Splurge on Photography! You won’t be sorry that you spent money on your dream photographer – that detail is truly going to be your best memento. It’s how your wedding day will be eternalized; imagine your grand kids looking at them one day!
***A Photography Shot list is a great thing to give your photographer; it’s a gentle reminder of the images that you absolutely want!

3. Do what makes you and your groom happy! It’s your wedding day and you get to do whatever you want! Don’t allow unimportant people speak into your plans. Communicate your vision to people that are close with you – who you trust to help you in your planning journey. 

4. Get alterations. Make sure that you are 110% comfortable wearing your wedding dress. If you are, it will not only make your day amazing – but it will show on your face! The last thing you want is to be fussing with your dress; pulling it up, itching, or even feeling too snug!

5. Eat a nice sized breakfast and/or lunch and then try your best to actually eat at your reception – so many couples don’t get the chance! Have your venue pack you some extra food to go, just in case you get hungry later in the evening. You don’t want to end up starving on your wedding night.

6. DIY something you feel comfortable with. From one detail to the entire thing… handmade items will always mean more than something you purchase from the store. If you aren’t crafty, find a friend or family member who is and have them help you create something special for your day. Not only will you cherish the project itself – but also the time spent in creation!

7. If you can’t afford to hire a wedding coordinator for your entire planning process, hire them just for the “day-of”. That way you, your family and friends aren’t stuck with the task – and everyone will get to completely enjoy the day!

8. Make a budget and stick to it. There is no worse feeling than your wedding day being over and being over budget; or worse – having credit cards maxed for a day that is gone.

9. Enjoy the planning process! Make each planning outing special; ask a friend to go with you, make a lunch/dinner/drinks date out of it, take a photo of you out and about, or maybe even keep a little planning journal. Your only going to do this once in your life – so enjoy every second. 

10. Don’t stress on the little things! Something will go wrong, and when it does – take it in stride. You are the only one who will know that your flowers weren’t the right shade of pink, your tables weren’t set up correctly, or that you ordered chocolate cake instead of strawberry… just go with the flow. Accept it and move on so that you can enjoy your day.

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March 13, 2014

Martha Stewart Weddings is currently looking to cast two brides-to-be who would like to straighten their teeth before their special day! What an awesome opportunity!

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You will receive free professional treatment from a well-known company to straighten your teeth along with the opportunity to be a regular guest-blogger for MarthaStewartWeddings.com and appear in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine to share your experience. If you have been considering perfecting your smile… this is your chance!

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To be considered for this special opportunity, please email the following information to marketing@marthastewart.com:

  • Your name
  • Your wedding date (must be in 2015)
  • City of residence
  • 2-3 photos of yourself (including a close-up of your smile)
  • And a few sentences about why you’d like to participate

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January 9, 2014

This week has already been so absolutely wonderful and now it’s even better!!! Today is the first of a brand new article called ‘Carly Rae Mood Board’… where one of our favorite wedding planners; Carly of Carly Rae Weddings is going to share a fresh and hip mood board with us! Of course we had to start the year off right with the turquoise and all… but seriously if I was getting married again, this would be the absolute perfect inspiration! 

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The thought behind a beautiful mood board like this is that it should be the starting point of inspiration for your wedding day. Something to share with your vendors, family and friends or whoever is helping you plan your wedding. We share these boards with you to help you along in your process and vision… but by all means please compile your own! Let us know if you end up planning your event based on one of our boards ~ we’d love to hear about it!

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mood board design: Carly Rae Weddings // turquoise + khaki invitation suite: Every Last Detail // turquoise candle + flowers: Wedding Sparrow // guys with turquoise ties: Grace Note Photography // wedding dress sun salutation: Your Cloud Parade // rustic cabbage rose wedding bouquet: Green Wedding Shoes // gold glitter shoes and jewlery: Green Wedding Shoes // mens turquoise stone ring: Clayton Austin // girl with white balloon: Wedding Sparrow // glamourous rose gold rings: Wedding Sparrow // feather and flower boutonniere: Style Me Pretty // amazing turquoise high heels: Style Me Pretty // bride + groom in chairs with tassels: Modern Vintage Weddings // honey wedding favors: Clayton Austin // soft mint bridesmaid with peach flowers in her hair: Landon Jacob // turquoise stripe wedding cake: 100 Layer Cake

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