Thursday, August 27, 2009

SCE Real Wedding

If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were loved by wife, then thee. ~Anne Bradstreet
I have been holding off on posting this wedding because I wanted to add some of the photographers images to this. So, here goes nothing!

Katy and Bryan were married on July 25, 2009. They had their ceremony at Monet's Place at the Hudson Gardens and the reception at the Space Gallery. The used black and green as their primary colors with little bits of damask. Katy was ALL about the details and it definitely showed. There was not one thing that was forgotten by Katy and Bryan. She even made me a wedding day bag with all sorts of goodies...I love her! It was perfect and I ate the goodies for the next wedding too!

The ceremony was about 30 minutes and it did rain just a little bit (what is up with Colorado weather this summer?!), but they didn't let it both them. During the ceremony, they had two rose ceremonies for their parents - one before they exchanged vows and one after. They also had their father's read excerpts about marriage - it was awesome! At the ceremony, they had drinks, fans and programs set out of all of the guests. They also had a pedicab take people down to the ceremony area from the parking lot. The bride's mother also made 2 arrangements for the ceremony area, talk about beautiful! They matched so well and really blended well with the surrounding area and other flowers.

After the ceremony, guests made their way to the Space Gallery. They had a cocktail hour first with lots of yummy looking appetizers! The caterers did an amazing job setting up the place, when I arrived it was looking great. Katy and Bryan had special lighting done and it really brought everything together. For dinner, they opted to have stations for food instead of a buffet or plated meal. They had a salad station, an asian station and a taco station. The guests loved it. For a favor, they had a candy buffet with all sorts of goodies and of course in their colors as well. Katy...she was all about the details!!

At the end of the reception, they had a sparkler exit. We had to wait just a little bit for the rain to let up (we didn't think we were going to be able to do it at all). But the rain lightened quite a bit and we took the opportunity and I am glad we did. The guests may have gotten a little wet but it was worth it! The pictures are awesome!

Katy and Bryan ~ Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your speical day. You are two of the sweetest people I have met and I'm honored to have spent time with your families and celebrated your love. Both of your families are so kind and they were a joy to be around. Love radiates from the two of you and it is infectious - the whole day was filled with it and you could almost feel it. I know you will have many, many years of happiness and love together. Iwish you the very best! ~Danielle

***Pictures taken by Danielle Odil and Real Photography***

Ceremony - Hudson Gardens

Reception - Space Gallery

Caterer - Greenspoint Catering

Cake - Cakes by Karen

Florist - Hillside Consultants

Ceremony Music - Mary Keener

Reception Music - A Music Plus

Photographer - Real Photography

Videographer - Jay Schipper

Lighting - Denver Design Works

Pedal Cab - Colorado Rickshaw

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Master Wedding Timeline

I was cruising Twitter (you can follow me at SCEvents) earlier and someone had tweeted...twittered...well whatever it is, posted a link to a great article about having a Master Timeline and I loved it! So here it is in all of its glory! Happy Reading!

Master Your Day with a Master Timeline
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 5:25PM
I was laughing until tears rolled down my face when I read this story written by Jesi Haack of Jesi Haack Weddings. The best part?!? All of it is TRUE! As a wedding coordinator in Seattle, I know the importance of the Master Timeline and also how important it is for a strong and organized individual to run it ... someone who is NOT in your family and NOT a friend ... read the story below and enjoy Jesi's comic, yet totally true take on the Master Timeline :)

Ok, picture this: You are in a Vera Wang, feather covered, diamond white gown. Your hair is cascading down your back in beachy waves. You just lost 10 pounds in 3 weeks. Your engagement ring is sparkling clean. Your dad is in a suit. Your brother actually trimmed his beard. And ALL of the people you care about are sitting in white chivari chairs awaiting your arrival down the aisle. But, wait. You are still standing there. The DJ doesn't seem to know what to do. The wrong song is playing. No one knows what is supposed to happen next. If ONLY there was a Master Timeline in play!!!

I'm serious. It is THAT important. I know this because this story is my story (except for the Vera Wang...and the white chivari chairs... if only I could do all over again!). I had no one running the show. So I was left standing behind a bush, FREAKING out because I couldn't give my DJ instructions. The solution? A GOOD wedding planner.

What is the "Master Timeline" you ask? It is a detailed list of EVERYTHING that is going on during your wedding day. It begins with the wake up time for the bridal party and ends with the pick up time of all of the rentals. For my clients, I break it down into three timelines: wedding morning, ceremony, and reception.

The "wedding morning" timeline is jam packed full of detailed information tailored for the bridal party and family. With all of the out of town guests, confused bridesmaids, and just plain clueless groomsmen, this list helps to ensure all members of your entourage will have the necessary information telling them where they need to be and what time they are expected to arrive. If this portion of the timeline is forgotten, you will undoubtedly have more than one member of your closest friends having a beer at the pub while everyone is waiting at the altar for pictures!

Who is escorting Grandma Delores down the aisle? What song do the bridesmaids enter to? When does the Mother of the Groom enter down the aisle? These are all questions that can be magically answered in the "ceremony" timeline. I know, genius, right? This portion of the timeline details the order of the precessional, the specific music that each event occurs to, and the order of the events for the ceremony. You might be temped to think that the Officiant will take care of this portion of the day, but how will he/she take care of things while standing at the front of the venue? This part of the timeline is created with the collaboration of the Officiant. Teamwork, GO!

Where do you go after departing down the aisle? Why are you getting mobbed by your uncle Leon? Why are the guests wandering by the dessert table? Yes, the "reception" timeline takes care of all of these shenanigans! This is when the timeline really gets kicked into high gear. Details like: When do the caterers pass the appetizers? When do the bartenders uncork the champagne? What song should the DJ play for the Grand Entrance? Where does the bridal party (and in what order) line up for the Grand Entrance? I know, I know, you didn't think about that part. It's ok. That's why you already hired a wedding planner. Ok, where were we? Oh, yes. What do we do after the grand entrance? Dance? Toast? Eat? When do the caterers serve the food? Is it even ready? When do we throw the bouquet? How will we know? Are the toasts now? But the serving staff hasn't poured the champagne! What? What about the father/daughter dance? Don't worry, it will all take care of itself. NO IT WON'T! It must be on the Master Timeline!!

Ok, now that you are panicked, freaked out, and pretty much ready to give up, RELAX. Here is where your wedding planner comes in. Even if you have a timeline with all of these items included, who will execute them all? Who will ensure that all of the vendors will know what to do and when to do it? What if someone forgets to do what they are supposed to do? Who will ensure that things are adapted in order to accommodate the change? Yup, you guessed it, your wedding planner. Included in the Master Timeline are many details that I haven't mentioned (mostly because you will get bored) but also because we can't give away ALL of our secrets, can we? We will also include vendor arrivals and phone numbers. What time do the linens arrive? When does Uncle Joe show up with the homemade fudge? Does the florist know what time to be set up by? Yes, it will work like clockwork because your wedding planner has pre-planned it ALL. Your planner has forwarded a copy of the Master Timeline to all of the vendors weeks in advance so that they know what time to show up, set up, which song to play, what time to serve appetizers, when to pour champagne and so on and so forth.

Now, Aunt Judy might say, "Honey, I can do all of this. Let's just write it all down and it will be fine!". Aunt Judy, no offense, but it will NOT be fine. The most important aspect of the Master Timeline is the person who controls the execution of it all. Your wedding planner. Why is it so important that he/she controls the Master Timeline? Because the wedding planner is the common denominator between all of the components of your wedding day. She will know if the photographer is running behind and can tell the caterer to hold off on the main course. She will know if Uncle Ron is giving an impromptu toast and that they need to pour the champagne early. When another vendor or guest tries to control the Master Timeline, chaos can and most likely will, ensue. For example: I was working a wedding with a DJ I had never worked with before. He was used to working events that did not have a planner, therefore he was accustomed to running the show. He was following my timeline to a tee. The only problem with that is, if we do not touch base before each event, then we are in danger of miscommunication. Classic example: this particular DJ saw on the timeline that the Grand Exit was scheduled for 9:45 pm. He announced the exit to the guests at 9:45 on the dot, without waiting for me to give him the go-ahead. What happened? All 200 guests lined up and started lighting their sparklers and the Bride and Groom had no choice but to run through the guest-made tunnel out to the parking lot where NO TRANSPORTATION awaited them! The car service was running 5 minutes late, and because the DJ jumped on it before I was ready, we had to hide the B & G behind a van! So it is CRITICALLY important to not only HAVE a Master Timeline in place, but to have your WEDDING PLANNER the only person in charge of executing it.

Yes, a wedding planner is an additional expense. But without this priceless expense, you are in danger of throwing all of the money you have spent on your wedding down the tube when everything you have spent so much time on falls apart! You need a glue gun to hold it all in place! Yes, wedding planners are like glue guns. We are hot, fast, and we hold it all together.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Word Clouds

While I was browsing the blogs I read, I came across one that did a word cloud for a client. They listed the website and I decided to check it out.

Here is what I came up with for Something Classic Events. I thought it was pretty neat. Then I got to cool would it be to do one for a wedding? You could put your wedding date in it and some words that describe you as a couple, then you could make a big picture and have your guests sign it as a guest book! I love the idea and wish I would have found it sooner. I totally would have done this for my wedding. The website is . Check it out!! Show me what you created, I would love to see what creativity comes out. Here is what I would have done for my wedding!

Have fun!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Around the Blogging World...

I love to look at photography blogs...wait wait let's be honest, I think I have an obsession with them! They are so inspirational and I love to see all of the new ideas. I wish I could take pictures like some of these photographers. They are amazing!!! I have more photographer blogs in my reader than anything else...well maybe...I have quite a few cooking/baking ones too! Check them out!

Becky Young Photography

Bobbi + Mike

Elegant Images

Enoch Photography

Jessica Claire

Jasmine Star

Julie Harris

Jenna Walker

Kristen Leigh Photography

Bauman Photographer

Jennifer Creed Photography

Dawn Gioia Photography

Kelli Nicole Photography

Revert Imaging

Susan Pacek Photography

Paige Elizabeth

Autumn Burke

Real Photography

Anna Lynch McClary Photography

Brinton Studios

IN Photography

KB Photography

Laura Dombrowski Photography

Lindsay B Photography

Ardent Photography

Zorn Photography

Karie McLain Photography

Jason G Photography

Hardy K Photography


Black Forest Photography


Hopefully you have some time on your hands to read these...well even if you don't you should still check them out!!
I think I have listed enough for now...and I still have more! I will do another one soon!

Around the blogging world...

We follow a TON of should see my Google Reader!! Right now I have over 1000 unread blog updates. I follow quite a few wedding blogs and I love to read all the new ideas. So I thought I would share some posts from them today.

Event Essentials

Twig and Thistle

Ritzy Bee

Polka Dot Bride

Grey Likes Weddings

Dynamite Weddings

The Wedding Chicks

Enjoy the reading!! Check back for Around the Blogging World - Photographer Edition tomorrow!!!