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Artsy Couture approached me about assisting them with a styled shoot last April. They are an amazing professional photo lab–go check them out! Laura, from Artsy, knew they wanted a light and airy garden feel with beautiful blushes and a spring flair. As with any shoot there were some hiccups–traffic delays, sick vendors who couldn’t make it, wind, losing sunlight…but this was an all-star team and we made it happen.

I truly loved this shoot. That floral runner was enough to fulfill my floral dreams for a year. Maribel from Eight Tree Street is so talented and surpassed every expectation I had; from the tiny moscow mule cups, the hanging lanterns, down to the floating escort card display-I loved every detail we threw into this shoot. The Perfect Palette loved it too and published this shoot back in November.

Venue: Howard County Conservancy

Photographer: Lauren Nievod Photography

Event Planning: Sara Reynolds Events

Partner: Artsy Couture

Florals: Eight Tree Street

Invitations: Dunkirk Designs

Gown: Hitched Bridal Couture

Make-up: Just Blush, LLC

Calligraphy: Anchor Point Paper

Cake: Gateau Monique

Rentals: White Glove Rentals

Jewelry: J’Adorn Designs

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The Excelsior is a hidden gem. I was searching high and low for a venue that was classy and elegant but not stuffy. Slightly historical but not ornate. Various  hidden areas for pictures but yet had a great flow to the day. I honestly can’t tell you exactly how I found The Excelsior because I don’t remember but it was an absolute perfect match for my October bride. I remember traveling to Lancaster as a kid for family vacations and let me tell you-Lancaster is not all Amish country. Their downtown area (where the Excelsior is) is bustling with cool shops, restaurants, and cafes. I definitely got an Asheville, NC vibe when I was walking around down there.

I love The Excelsior so much that I want to share it with you! I asked the owner, Kelly and John, to share some insight about their venue:

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What sets your venue apart from others? 
What differentiates Excelsior from other venues is it’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Unlike anything you may have seen, this intriguing property combines classic architectural features blended with modern design throughout six different connecting spaces. Refreshing outdoor green areas and fascinating Brewer’s catacombs enhance the overall experience to create a multifaceted venue.
Why should I get married at the Excelsior?
There are basically 3 reasons “WHY Excelsior”
1. If you are looking for a Sophisticated, Eclectic and Extraordinary place for a Ceremony and Reception – Excelsior is ALL that.
 
2. If you are looking for a venue that offers your guests a myriad of amenities and activities that are ALL within WALKING distance to your venue – Excelsior is located right in the heart of Downtown Lancaster, PA. Within 7 blocks of Excelsior, there are so many Hotels, B&Bs Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Boutiques, Galleries, Museums, Parks a Farmers Market, Amtrak, Uber, Parking Garages, etc.
 
3. If you want one wedding venue ALL to yourself with no other events taking place simultaneously – Excelsior is all yours to host a private event that gloriously unfolds from the morning into the evening.
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What is your favorite part of your venue?  
 
My favorite part of Excelsior is the entire venue vibe – when I get to experience the total journey of each event – from the very first meeting all the way to the day-of.  It is a collaborative, creative and transforming process that involves the couple, their friends and families, the caterer, their wedding planner and wedding vendors.  I am happy to say that my “event appreciation” continues to grow as I gain knowledge from all the client/couples I get to work with. I am fascinated to watch every event become a unique interpretation of the Bride & Groom though their love and gratitude for one another throughout their wedding event planning process.
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What is one piece of advice you would give to bride and grooms as they are planning their weddings? 
Hire a professionally certified, experienced Wedding Planner who will help to guide you every step of the way. Or at the very least hire a Day-of Wedding Coordinator. With a Planner, you will be able to feel confident throughout your wedding planning process and relax to enjoy the week before your wedding day. On the Day-of you will be completely stress-free of duties during all the set-ups and be able to fully enjoy yourselves and your guests on the most important day of all – your wedding day.
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There is nothing better than an emotional bride. However, when the emotion comes when she is hugging you goodbye and thanking you for everything you did? Well, that is just amazing. Nicole, I miss you.

These two sweethearts took an “unconventional” route and got married outside their tiny town in Brookfield, MA. They chose the gorgeous Wyndridge Farms as the backdrop for their day. It is a beautiful barn in the rollings hills of Pennsylvania. The food at Wyndridge is phenomenal; they brew their own cider & beer and make their own wine. It is just an amazing place. Ok, back to Nicole’s wedding day…it was COLD. Like, bitter cold that day. Nicole and Tom were total troopers with taking outdoor photos. They were armed with hand warmers, blankets, and were all too eager to cuddle for warmth. Nicole and Tom decided that purple and birch would be their wedding theme. Tom spent days finding just the perfect birch trees to make their stunning arbor. I told him he needs to start selling them because it was breathtaking. They etched the table numbers in birch branches & accented the barnwood tables with purple florals. Wyndridge light a fire on their outdoor patio for anyone brave enough to go outside & everyone danced the night away (complete with a singing performance by one of the guests) on this picture perfect wedding day!

As a reward for dealing with the cold these two headed straight to Hawaii! I hope you enjoyed your honeymoon <3

Photographer: Cronin Hill Photography

Venue: Wyndridge Farms

Wedding Planner: Sara Reynolds Events

Florist: Fosters Flowers

Cake: Custom Cakes by Jen

DJ: Provolve Entertainment

Officiant: Pastor Bill Reid
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This was definitely one of my favorite styled shoots to design. The funny thing is, it wasn’t my idea! My husband came up with the idea for a Maryland inspired shoot. You see, my mountain grown man has fallen in love with the Chesapeake Bay and I have gladly followed suit. I really can’t imagine living anywhere else now. (Sorry, Connecticut)

The idea behind this shoot was to embrace everything that stood out about Maryland. We had (real, live, feisty) blue crabs, a waterfront location, brown eyed susans, Orange Crushes, Berger cookies, and so many other items. My husband has also fallen in love with waterfowl hunting so for the groom I ordered an amazing bowtie made from duck feathers. This shoot took place on a hot, humid day with the winds whipping; during the shoot we would have to hold the item, wait for the photographer to say she was ready and run out of the shot & just hope it would stay up long enough. Luckily, Hannah is a rockstar and produced some amazing photos.

Photography: Hannah Leigh Photography

Venue: Silver Swan Bayside

Planning/Design: Sara Reynolds Events 

Florals: Bay Blooms

Invites/Paper Products: Lauren Perry Studio

Rentals: 2Hands Studio

Hair and Make-up: The Highlight

Bridal Gown: K & B Bridal

Wood Duck Bowtie: Murky Water Tie Company

Monogrammed Ribbon: Oatmeal & Lace

Featured on: My Eastern Shore Wedding

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If I had to use one word to describe my 2016 it would be “WOW”. I fooled even myself when I was able to quit my day job in July. It has been a crazy, faith driven ride so far and I am loving it. Some days I work 12 hours,  look around and wonder how I ever managed this with a full time job. I truly feel I am able to love and serve my brides the way I was always supposed to now that I am full time with this endeavor.

2016, what a ride; we had a venue close down unexpectedly and I had to relocate two weddings. One we had almost a year until their wedding date but the other one we had 3 weeks. That was almost as stressful as relocating Danielle and Jared’s wedding (ironically the venue that saved their wedding day is the one that screwed so many couples. Ugh, Elk Manor, I am still mad at you). We had a hurricane move up the coast for a St. Michael’s wedding. Many thanks to Gourmet by the Bay for their quick actions to ensure a gorgeous wedding day! I worked with some of the best vendors in the industry this year (along with a few choice characters that I wouldn’t ever, in one million years, recommend again). The brides this year were so amazing, so in love, and enjoyed every single moment of their wedding days. I was able to provide floral design services for the first time this year! I had many shoots & weddings published this year. I expanded my design work with brides that trusted me completely and loved the end results. I love this job. I really truly love this job. Here are just some highlights from the year/the weddings the photographers shared their photos with me ;)!

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Brittany Thomas Photography

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Brad Nguyen Photography

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Nicole Barr Photography

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Brittany Thomas Photography

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Amanda Adams Photography

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Michael and Carina Photography

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Tracy Marshall Photography

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Alicia Lacey Photography

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Chelsea Blanch Photography

I have one more wedding in 2016 and that is New Years Eve. Man, oh man…what a year! I am so excited to move full steam ahead in 2017. I am so thankful for each and everyone of you that trusted me on your biggest day!

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