Normally I post a happily ever after anniversary message with loads of my fave pics from their day.
But this year I wasn’t sure how.
You see this beautiful woman’s soul left this earth after an uphill battle with ovarian cancer last month.
I will never forget reading Kyle’s words that he lost the love of his life that day. How much she inspired so many. How he knows she will be with him always.
It was May 11. My birthday. The reason I bring that up is because her wedding day photographer, Shannon shares my birthday as well. So now the 3 of us share that day- earth birthdays + heavenly birthdays.
You know how people say life isn’t fair?
Well I don’t believe our lives play a game of fair vs unfair. But this rocked my faith for sure. At the same time, Kimber + her family’s faith made me want to believe even more that she was truly home + we would meet again some day.
We are still celebrating you today Kimber.
You and Kyle.
Your wonderful families.
On your second wedding anniversary.
Your beautiful soul needs to be celebrated + honored every day, not just on milestones in your life. I am absolutely positively sure it is because you are loved by so so so many.
And I know you are watching over us all, but send an extra dose of love + light down to Kyle + Luna. I know we will.
I won’t lie, I intended to post this on your birthday (May 12th) but I couldn’t find the right words. Nearly a month later, there will never be the right words.
I visited Kimber + Kyle + Luna (that’s their furbabe) in February. We talked about their family vacations, family weddings, missing her students + what cancer is like. We talked about hope, which is fitting because that’s her middle name. That girl is so damn brave. Her husband is so damn brave. Hearing their story + their continuous faith made me love them even harder.
Picking out our favorite photos of the day was so hard. Tears of joy + tears of sadness of what a beautiful life. A beautiful love story.
While we usually focus on all the details of a wedding + include a healthy balance of all the pretties, for Kimber + Kyle, we wanted to show you the heart of them + their family.
Kimber we will remember you always.
Kyle, Carla + Scott, we are sending you the biggest hugs.
Ya’ll know at Signed Sealed Delivered Events, we are addicted to love + we ain’t afraid to show it!
Any + all weddings are our fave!
Especially intimate weddings.
Which brings us to Sam + Warren + their most memorable beach nuptials topping out at 52 guests.
While Sam + Warren’s wedding was intentionally small, our current climate has intimate weddings on the rise.
With the dreaded COVID-19 getting in the way of our party plans, many of our couples are choosing to postpone their receptions + host ceremonies with their parents. While others are choosing to stick with a smaller guest count for the whole shebang!
As your wedding fairy godmothers + besties for the resties, we are here to support either decision (while tossing confetti your way)!
Things might feel downright sucky with a lot of ambiguity, but as your trusted wedding resource, we are not going to let this pandemic take away your planning excitement!
It may not be what you originally envisioned, but it’s still going to be your best day ever because you are marrying your boo!
If you are hosting an intimate wedding this year, here is something to keep in mind: You don’t have to skip on the details just because you have a smaller guest count! We can still create a beautiful day no matter the size.
Plus local wedding pros are still open for business + ready to make magic!
Whether you are having a vow renewal next year or this is your official wedding day, you will want this magical moment documented. Have a professional there to capture this special time in your life! We highly recommend a photographer + a videographer!
One other thing you may consider is having your event live streamed so family + friends can tune in as you say I do!
Have you always imagined the bridal march when you walk down the aisle towards your forever? Or a song that reminds you of how you met, or describes your relationship to a T? Then let’s play it! Hire a DJ or musician. Plus depending on how intimate, you may consider a sound system for all your guests to hear.
Don’t forget personal flowers: bouquet, boutineers, corsages plus altar arrangements, we can make that happen.
Have champagne or a signature drink on standby to toast the moments after you say We Do! Or before! Heck, there’s no wrong way to celebrate when it comes to bubbles!
If you opt out of a sit down meal, having hors d’oeuvres or a variety of desserts will make all bellies in attendance happy. There may be some new procedures in place as far as food service goes, but your professional caterer + planner can share those details based on the county where you are getting hitched.
And let’s be real, you definitely need cake. A party without cake is just a meeting.
Don’t skip on the moments either, because remember, we have professional paparazzi coming so you might as well have an album’s worth of photos to remember this amazing day!
Do a first look or a first touch! Exchange cards! Write your vows! Cut your cake! Dance your first dance! Dance with your mom! Dance with your dad! Have sparklers or bubbles! Remember, SSD has the confetti toss covered! HOORAY!
Now that we have all the fun details in place, let’s also talk a bit about keeping your celebration of love a safe + healthy one.
Remember earlier I mentioned the different phases + regulations by county + state. That will come to play again for a few more things:
Check in with your local courthouses on how to obtain a marriage licence during this time. Some may be closed or have limited hours.
Keep in mind there may be social distancing + max guest counts at venues that incorporate the 6 foot rule between seating – this will effect your lay out + guest counts.
When confirming your invite list, be sure to count your vendors as some county regulations require that wedding pros/ staff be included in that guest count max.
Will your guests be wearing masks? It might be a lovely nod to have some available for your guests upon entry + it wouldn’t hurt if they matched your decor. You guys know I couldn’t help myself.
Sanitation stations will be a necessity at all events moving forward as will new cleaning standards for all venues to ensure the healthiest environment possible.
If you are planning on serving refreshments of any kind be prepared for regulations on food presentations. Some venues/caterers may offer plated entrees only. Additionally disposable place settings might be the safest bet for events moving forward.
Please notice my overuse of “may” + “might” throughout this post. It is intentional as guidelines are changing often. Seek the advice of your local government + venue for most up to date regulations.
If you are ready to jump in to plan your wedding, big or small, hollatcha girls at Signed Sealed Delivered Events + we can walk you through every step of the way… holding hands + skipping at some point.
Side note, we joyfully plan destination weddings + are ready to travel! Just say the word!
Many of you have seen this gorgeous face in + out of the wedding industry.
In the wedding industry she worked at Clarice’s Bridal, 2 Chics + a Photo Booth, TPI, Lost Hill Lake AND ran her own awesome planning company on top of floral design … ps I am sure I am missing something because she is literally so “can’t stop won’t stop” + always willing to lend a helping hand.
A few things I think the world should know: Brittani (Joyce) Miller is a foodie fanatic + an outstanding cook. Secretly we are all hoping she opens a restaurant, publishes a cook book or at least a cooking show one day. Like she’s THAT good.
She is a coffee connoisseur + perhaps a slight addict. You can find her hanging out La Pâtisserie Chouquette because there is nothing a chocolate croissant can’t cure.
Brit has a VOICE + one heck of a stage presence. If you can ever catch her on a Facebook live – it is well worth your time! Brittani actually joined Trixie Delight the night of her wedding to sing out a few tunes!
She is HILARIOUS! Our first meet + greet was after a series of unfortunate events that led us to one another + I couldn’t be more grateful! Brit had just started her wedding planning gig + had a background of event production + a killer work ethic ignited straight from her big ass heart (pardon my French). We met at La Bonne Bouchée (I told you my girl knows what’s up) + we sat there laughing for LITERALLY hours.
I wholeheartedly believe this incredible woman entered my life at the perfect time.
Since that day we became dear friends + she so graciously agreed to help me in a super busy wedding season. And shortly after we dove head first into planning her wedding.
I cannot believe we are FINALLY sharing these gorgeous images on her 4th wedding anniversary as she + Mark snuggle the most perfect baby girl, Maryn. Well, they are worth the wait, just like baby bird!
Brit has assisted + coordinated countless weddings on the SSD Events team. That’s right people, after one season I couldn’t let her go because not only was she super fun to work with, but like I said, she has a heart of gold + that’s a necessity when being a wedding planner!
I am sad + extremely proud (at the same time, I know… talk about commitment issues) to say that Brit is now an honorary SSD team member because she has a stellar career helping people create their happily ever afters…
Say what?!?!?! She continues making happy magic but in a slightly different + super impactful way: by helping couples + families plan for their future financially, showing them possibility + providing a way to get there (because let’s be real, that can be the hardest part).
I can say this because Brit helped me + the hubs get on the right moolah track + it feels soooooo good! Want more info? Or to become besties with Brit? Click here to visit her page.
It is my honor to be friends with this stellar human.
It’s been my honor to work along side of her.
And it was an honor to be a part of her wedding weekend.
Planning an elegant or rustic outdoor wedding can be incredible! One misconception is that a backyard wedding is a money saver. While that is most often untrue, it can be worth every penny if it’s what your heart desires!
Do you want to celebrate in the barn that you played in as a child that holds so many memories? How about on your favorite beach? Both offer a canvas for you, the artist, to design…
or with the help of your talented wedding planner (yeah that was on purpose).
Let’s chat about what goes into one of these beautiful events.
POTTY TIME Let’s just get this one out of the way. If you don’t have the facilities, you’ll need to look into renting portable potties for your guests to use after their frequent trips to the bar.
ELECTRIC Will you have power brought from a building or will you need to use generators to power things like lights and the DJ? Some thought, planning, and knowledge of wattage needs to go into this decision.
RENTALS If you’re creating a venue, just about everything will need to be rented. This may include tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, even the dance floor.
BACK UP PLAN Yep, it’s the cold, wet truth about the Midwest. If you’re planning an outdoor event, you have to have a backup plan in place. Those anti-rain dances aren’t very reliable. This could be a second venue, having a tent on standby, or something else.
We could keep going, but it would be more fun to chat with you about your vision. Of course, we would love to help you bring all of this outdoor magic to life, so give us a call!
The Main Street Abbey inspired this shoot with its pristine white walls and archways above the original stained glass windows. Coupled with Megan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding this spring and the abundance of tv series portraying the history of royalty, we knew we had to bring our own royal wedding to life in this rehabbed church!
The color palate was an easy one as we wanted to include fresh fruits, desserts and the charcuterie spread as table decoration just like in early modern European feasting tables. Gold vessels of overflowing greenery and white peonies danced along the walls and table accented by citrus and handpainted blue place settings (also mimicked in the gorgeous cake)!
And what royal wedding is complete without a crown and sparkler party?!?