Sunday, April 19, 2009
Daffodils were always planted in my front yard. I grew up picking them and bringing them in for my mom. Then when I went to college and was homesick, I was so comforted the next Spring when daffodils were in bloom all over down town Newport.
Hydrangeas have long been a favorite starting with summers spent on the Cape. Every summer my aunt and my neighbors would rent houses on the Cape. My family always headed north to Maine and New Hampshire, but somehow I'd sneak in to their family vacations on the Cape, too.
We stayed in Dennisport most years and I had never seen hydrangeas in Boston. I only saw them on the Cape. I started to associate hydrangeas with Cape Cod. It happened to be my favorite place growing up. Cape Cod meant friends and fun, every summer. Whenever I see hydrangeas, I have fond memories of our summer trips to Cape Cod.
Cape Cod is some what of an inspiration in our wedding planning. Newport is the main inspiration, but the Jersey Shore and Cape Cod tend to sneak into our inspiration and ideas once in awhile. It is hard not too, when I see certain nautical elements, it brings back memories of our other favorite beach towns.
Picking our focal flower was easy. I had it narrowed down to two options- daffodils or hydrangeas. We went with hydrangeas because they truly match our color scheme and the feel we want for the day. Hydrangeas remind me of Cape Cod, New England, the beach and many other things I love.
All photos from Flowers by Semia's website. Who I am hoping to set up an appointment with! I have seen her work in different publications and she has been recommended by many vendors.
Did you pick your flowers for sentimental reasons or do you just think they are pretty?
Friday, April 17, 2009
So why doesn't DJ # 3 play the Cha-Cha slide? Well he said it isn't his style. He has been refusing brides of the Cha-Cha slide, the Electric Slide, the Hokey Pokey, Cotton Eyed Joe and the likes since 1996. With the one exception of a dear friend.
So just dump him right? Well, other than the Cha-cha slide, he is virtually perfect for us. He has a laid back style. He spins not only at weddings, but at a lot of our favorote Newport bars. When I say spin, yes, he does spin, which is so cool! He isn't your typical wedding DJ, he has more of an edge because he works the clubs fairly regularly, so he knows whats current and what people dance to. We have a young crowd, so this would set him apart. Since he also works weddings, he knows how to include songs from different genres to get all people dancing, not just our young friends, which is key. He isn't super chatty, which is a quality we want in a dj. We are paying for music, not a talk show. He also has a really nice voice. I never really considered voice quality in a dj, but he has a nice voice, Mr. Newport agreed. Apparently after the last DJ, he realized voice is key. He thought the last guy was a lousy speaker. So it is one of the things he noticed on this consultation.
So what to do now? We have one appointment to go, then comes the final decision. This is the toughest vendor decision yet. All the other ones, we just knew.
Did you have any bitter sweet experiences on a vendor search? Did you have to give up something you really want to get the overall experience you were/are looking for?
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
My dream dress for the downtown pictures was the navy Betsey Dress from Lilly Pulitzer's Spring 2009 collection.
Another option was J.Crew's Pique V-Neck Ruffle Dress. I love it in Navy! It is cheaper than my dream Lilly dress, so I was leaning more towards the J. Crew option.
We were hoping for variety, so we each wanted 3-4 outfits. We came up with a plan for each outfit/area.
Beach: Something flowy, that will look pretty against the ocean, either a Maxi dress or white knee length dress
Campus/Cliffwalk: Something more casual, jeans, flats and a navy or white plain top
Beach or Campus addition: Jeans with sweatshirts from our alma mater! We want to include our love for Salve! We are already doing campus shots, but when we first met I lived in hoodies, so I think it will be fun to have a few pro shots with our alma mater hoodies.
How did you decide what to wear on your engagement shoot? Any great tips out there?
Saturday, April 11, 2009
The church is very simple, but I think simplicity can be beautiful. I am so in love with our church! I can't wait to say I do to Mr. Newport. I sat through the mass amazed that this is where we were going to become husband and wife!
Have you had a momemt like this yet? Where you are overwhelmed by the significance of an element in planning that makes it seem so real?
Friday, April 10, 2009
We are going for classic New England - romantic beach elegance vibe for the wedding... that's a mouthful! I saw Capture Cape May's stationery and think it fits the theme! We really want to do photo or magnet save the dates, but I think these would perfectly set the tone for our wedding:
Such a cute Save The Date idea!
I also love the thank you notes, I love DIY, but these are so cute! They could be for guests, parents, readers, or the weddign party!
Another bridesmaid option:
A gift for the bride or groom.....
Notes for the bridesmaids as part of a thank you gift....
So many options! Do you have a favorite seller on Etsy?
Thursday, April 9, 2009
He started the interview by asking what we are looking for, which kind of threw us off. We like to hear their style before saying what we are looking for because we fear they will just say what they think we want them to hear. So we gave a brief description on what we are looking for- lots of dancing and fun. Pretty basic. I explained we went to a wedding this past year, where they had guests dancing from right after the bride and groom's first dance through the end of the night, in a way that didn't interrupt dinner. He spoke about how this could be hard because of interrupting dinner, which we have seen it work and spoke to our first DJ about and he spoke about the flow of the evening and how to best incorporate dancing throughout the evening. Then he started talking...a lot.
We were there for about 2 hours and we hardly said a word. We did say that we did not want to do a garter toss or a chicken dance, not that there is anything wrong with that....it's just not us. Instead of leaving it at that, he explaiend different ways he worked these into weddings in more unique ways, and explaiend them for about 15 minutes. He also spoke for a long time about anniversary dances, which we don't plan on doing. He spent a lot of time speaking of things we didn't want, which he would have known if he just asked. I felt like I couldn't interrupt him and say we don't want that, because I didn't want to be rude.
We asked a few questions, but not many. We knew we didn't want to use him early in, he was a little outdated and just didn't get what we were looking for. I didn't want to be rude, so we asked a few questions, but we got to the point where we were afraid to ask questions, ebcause we didn't want to prolong the meeting and get stuck there longer. We didn't want to waste his time.
I honestly have enjoyed every other vendor metting we have been on, other than our first videographer appointment, which was a little akward since I wasn't prepared. Even that one was enjoyable compared to this. By the end of this meeting my eyes were burning and I had a headache. Even when we thought we were done, he tried selling us other services including videography, which we told him we already have.
One thing our first DJ warned us about was DJ's who spend a lot of time talking about their sound systems. Most people don't know what is good or bad and this goes over their heads. Well, when we talked to DJ #2, he spent plenty of time on the equipment, like little detaisl about how the equipment is made and how it can break and on and on...I literally zoned out for awhile, I just couldn;t comprehend what he was speaking about. I left feeling really bad for bringing Mr. Newport and my Mom to this meeting, and I felt bad for wasting the DJ's time. We have no interest, but I always feel rude saying so. I know I have to send him an e-mail saying we are not interested, which I will do soon.
Has anyone else had a really bad vendor meeting? How did you handle it? Do you have any suggestions on how to cut down the time on a meeting without being rude?
Thursday, April 2, 2009
First off, we showed up really early due to my poor planning and waited in the car for about 15 minutes, since we had a late appointment and he was coming from his house back to the office to accomodate us. Well, sitting in the car for that time threw Mr. Newport off and when Victor showed up, Mr. Newport got out of the car and locked in the keys! Typical Mr. Newport, but I still love him.
So not a great start to the meeting, but Victor instantly turned it around, within 5 minutes, he had someone there and got the keys out of the car for us. Then the real meeting began. He started off by explaining that he would do a lot of talking, but assured me he wouldn't talk this much on the wedding day, if we choose to book. He saw my list and told me he would probably answer most of the questions on my three page list before I even ask.
He was right. He was so comprehensive and went over every detail you would need to know prior to booking a vendor. I was impressed. I am super detail oriented and appreciate that characteristic in others, especially others who may be working on my wedding.
He told us of past experiences and ways he has personalized weddings for others and as he spoke of one wedding, I literally had chills. This is the kind of guy you want representing you on your first day as an official family. I really would have loved to book him on the spot, but he is the highest in our price range, so I am forcing myself to look at others, although I think he'd be worth every penny.
We actually went in hoping we wouldn't like him as much because the others are little less and thought it would save some money. I'm pretty sure this won't be the case. We have three meetings to go and he has set the bar really high. I'm interested to see how the others compare.
Was anyone else really wowed by a wedding vendor during a meeting? What made him/her stand out above the rest?
Well, here we are on our Spring Break trip in 2007, I was sure he was going to propose, but it didn't happen. We ended up still having one of the best trips ever.