Monday, June 20, 2011

Quick Look: Saree-Style Soirée

The Bridal Party's Saree-Style Soirée couple were married Saturday afternoon at Evangel Church in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.  We'd worked with the bride and groom for several months, anticipating this 700-guest extravaganza, and our staff worked over 12 hours* on the day-of to ensure the bride and groom's dreams came true.

We'll gladly share professional photographs soon, but for now here's just a handful of our own amateur snapshots below.

*Special Note:  Additional THANKS to our magnificent TBP staff who truly went above and beyond for this event...Jocelyn, Farrah, Latoya and Leah.  Your professionalism, poise and dedication was much appreciated!

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Friday, June 17, 2011

"Come On Down!"

For the first-time ever, The Price is Right has partnered up with for a special wedding-themed episode. This Monday, June 20, tune in to The Price is Right (airing at 11am EST and 10am PST, on CBS) as the entire audience will be filled with engaged couples who will get a chance to win up to a quarter of a million dollars’ worth of prizes! Engaged couples will be called to “come on down” to the stage to win everything from his & her wedding bands to amazing honeymoons in Italy and South Africa, and even brand new spanking Mini Cooper cars.  Not to mention, every single couple called up on stage will automatically receive an engagement trip to St. Lucia – pretty cool, huh?!

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Fab Find: Red, White & Blue Party Accessories

Lots of brides and grooms decide to tie the knot around the Independence Day holiday.  Why?  There's always lots of celebrating already going on, the weather is usually beautiful AND you get to take advantage of free fireworks!

If you're planning a wedding or party this upcoming July 4th weekend, consider infusing a little red-white-and-blue into your shindig.  And make sure Crate & Barrel is on your "must shop at" list.  They have a really fabulous selection of elegant and festive accessories.

4th of July Cupcake Papers

Blue Gingham and Red Gingham and Blue and Red Striped Ramekins

4th of July Pinwheel Picks

Red, White & Blue Nonpareils

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Monday, June 13, 2011

DIY Project: "Laced" Mason Jars

Here's a DIY project for dressing up your mason jars, perfect for brides-to-be.  This tutorial is featured on Tori Spelling's website, ediTORIal, and the blog Crafts by Amanda.  Such an adorable idea could be used to enhance any party.  Rustic and quaint ... love it!

  • Mason jars
  • Adhesive spray (like Elmer's Craft Bond)
  • Doilies
  • Burlap
  • Twine, buttons, and/or ribbon

Clean and dry your jars.  Spray one side of your doily or lace fabric with adhesive spray.
Position your doily or fabric onto the outside of the jar, smoothing and making sure it's not bunched up. Press in place.

Spray the rim of your jar with adhesive spray and wrap a piece of burlap and/or ribbon.  You can also tie a piece of twine around the rim as well.  Tie it all in a bow.

Thread on buttons or other appliques if you like.  Or even use the lid.
Finally illuminate with a candle!

Really easy. Very cute.

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Friday, June 10, 2011

Dana & Sean: "Green" & Natural

We shared amateur snapshots of our "Green" & Natural wedding last month, proclaiming it one of our personal favorites.  And without further ado, professional photos are in!

Both the ceremony and reception were held at The Montauk Club in Brooklyn, New York, which provided a remarkable setting for this lovely union.  Honestly, the intimacy of this event actually made it all the more spectacular: a modest 65 guests ... scattered blooming willows ... the bride's surprise serenade for her groom ... birch-trunk floral centerpieces ... live musicians throughout ... an abundance of candlelight ... gourmet foods and desserts ... theater-style specialty lighting ... all perfect reflections of the loving relationship being celebrated.  Also, we just LOVED that the bride started the day out boldly in red!

It was such a pleasure working with Dana and Sean, which is why we're elated to share a few of the best moments of the wedding below, thanks to the awesome talents of Dante Williams Photography.

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Friday, June 3, 2011

Engaged & Excited

Happy Friday!
Today, we're proud to share a few of one of our favorite couple's engagement photos, courtesy of Bella Pictures. Lola and Lekan are such a sweet couple, truly a perfect pair, and we're so excited for them. Our team can't wait for their July wedding, which will be a gorgeous mix of Nigerian and American culture. Each and every one of their 500 guests should prepare to be swept off their feet!

Enjoy ...

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Stay Inspired, Be An Inspiration

Sometimes it feels as if the misconception that "wedding planning is easy" runs rampant.  I tell ya, nowadays just about everyone wants to do it (or at least thinks they can do it).  On the contrary, wedding planning is HARD WORK folks!  It's certainly much more than selecting colors/themes, browsing wedding magazines and scheduling appointments.  Still, for those of us who excel at it, it's some of the most fulfilling and rewarding work we willingly dedicate ourselves to.  Personally, I thrive in it and I love finding ways to stay inspired.

Stay inspired, how?  Well ... for me inspiration comes in the most random ways.  It's important for designers of all types to stay inspired and for me it's like food.  I find inspiration in my successes, but even more in my failures.  And today I thought, why not share a little of how I stay inspired with you?

I Make Sure My Mind Is Always Open
I challenge myself to stay in a student's state of mind.  I have accepted that my training will never end.  It's likely I will always shy away from the titles "expert" and "guru."  It's not that I don't think I'm great at what I do, but I never want to stop learning or exploring new possibilities.  I keep my opinions soft and therefore my thoughts stay flexible.  This way I never allow myself to get into a rut.  I never allow myself to get too comfortable with any one idea.

I Take Pictures
Hence my "random relay" blog posts, I frequently snap photos of random objects of inspiration with my BlackBerry.  It amazes me how impactful these images are when I thumb through them later ... and quite frankly, how beautiful some of them are.  Sometimes seemingly less purposeful objects bring out the best in our lives by giving us a deeper glimpse into our own psyche.

I Visit Inspirational Sites
There's so much going on out in the world of creativity.  And of course, the internet has placed it all at our finger tips.  My 12 year Marketing and Film Editing background keeps me on my toes too.  So, I enjoy perusing sites like Ads Of The World, The Inspiration Room and Flickr.  I also enjoy reading my coveted list of about 20 blogs each and every morning, because following many of my colleagues who love to stay inspired as well further pushes me.

I Take Time To Marvel At The World
Even though life gets busy and it's easy to get caught up in the daily-grind, I try to find ways to stop and absorb the beauty of all that goes on around me.  It could be the sky's color during sunset, a red robin flying almost silently through the trees, a small patch of green grass, a mother pushing her child's stroller.  Anything.  Because  it is all beautiful ... and I follow it up with sincere closed eye "Thank You."

I'm often presented with the question, "how do you do it all?"  Well, I'd never lie and say it's easy running a business, running a household and being a Mommy of twins.  But I will say it's a labor of love and it's a JOY ... to do what I truly love on all fronts, to be an integral part of one of the most significant events of my client's lives, to enjoy the blessings that surround me ... there's nothing like it.

Here's to YOU being inspired today and everyday!

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

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