Today, I finally got to feast my eyes on my June 15th couple's photos! The photographer, Airlangga Wattimena did a magnificient job and like most event planners who anxiously await snapshots of their work, I felt like a child on Christmas Day.
Soon after I first met Shirley, I tagged her my Fairy Tale Flutter bride because she requested the sweetest theme of butterflies and fairies. I first put together an inspiration board and the ideas continued to flow from there.
To adhere to her theme tastefully we constructed a garden theme and developed a cohesive ambiance throughout. For example, crystal butterflies were strewn through her bouquet of apricot and ivory roses and delicate paper butterflies were positioned along the ceremonial arch as well as in all floral arrangements and centerpieces. The bride wore a gorgeous lace sheath with a custom mantilla. In her hair she wore a sparkling butterfly headband by Giancarlo Miranda (plus the matching bracelet cuffed her wrist). Pink Cake Box provided the miniature wedding cakes gifted to each guest at the end of the night, and of course sugar butterflies sat atop each of the gorgeous confections. Finally, we decided to make the wedding cake a show-stopper, so the 4-tier beauty was iced with chocolate to compliment the latte/brown/blue color scheme.
The wedding was lovely ... a romantic Sunday-afternoon celebration held at The Madison Hotel in Morristown, New Jersey.
(special thanks to pianist Jamal Barnes, hair stylist Alnisa Hanks, makeup artist Tamiko Hargrove and wedding day assistants Jocelyn McKnight and Chavonne Lenoir)
My husband and I celebrated our baby twins, Jonah & Gia's, 1st birthday with a "Farm Sweet Farm" party last weekend. The party was held at our home (aka The Anderson Farm) and our closest family and friends excitedly attended. Honestly it's still difficult for us to believe a full year has gone by since they entered our lives, but one thing was clear from the beginning --- we had a lot to celebrate and we intended to do just that!
Everyone had loads of fun; they would've partied until the cows came home if we let them. And since the guests of honor LOVE animals, the theme proved to be absolutely perfect for them and their guests. To most, I'm known for planning amazing weddings and bridal celebrations by means of THE BRIDAL PARTY, so it was really a lot of fun to step outside of my comfort zone and show off my versatility and range. I can't deny, this was FUN! I'm still quite "giddy" about it all.
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We shared snapshots of our Enchanted Forestwedding just four days ago and somehow, SOMEWAY, professional photos became available last night! (an unbelievable world record ... calling Guinness after the holiday)
As mentioned before, we were brought on to plan and execute this wedding just 3 months out,
at which time 90% of the vendors and service providers had not been selected. But I must say, we couldn't have had a better team of professionals bring this event to life if we'd started a year ago.
The ceremony was held in the evening on the outdoor patio of Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren, NJ. On this brisk mid-November night, our teams successfully achieved a loving and warm ambiance by having clear tent wall covered by swags of 21-foot long fabric hung on the outer perimeter of the space. This treatment allowed for the bride's dream of being married near nature but also kept the couple's beloved friends and family comfortable. A blooming birch-branch …
We shared snapshots of our Golden Gala wedding last month, but now professional photos are in!
This season we've been extremely blessed with virtually perfect weather, and for this event it was no different. A traditional Nigerian ceremony was held the day before, featuring a host of absolutely stunning elements of the bride and groom's African culture. The traditional American ceremony, the next day, was held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Englewood followed by a really fun-loving reception at The Royal Manor in Garfield. Almost 500 of the couple's family and friends partied into the night, enjoying a gorgeous mix of Nigerian and American culture ... plus our romantically designed "Sweets Sideboard" that followed their white, ivory and gold color scheme was a huge hit!
It was such a pleasure working with Lola and her family, which is why we couldn't wait to share some of the best moments of the beginning of her new life with Lekan below, tha…