Ann was the happiest bride and it was easy to see that Pat is just as smitten. I don’t think Ann stopped smiling all day. Her joy was contagious! By the end of the evening, she was walking around with their late night pizza provided by Fire and Co. offering it to all her guests.Read More
Laisee and Luke are wonderful individuals and I’ve loved getting to know them these past 6 months. Despite their local address, I met them on Google Hangout and instantly had a warm feeling. Their smiles are genuine. Laisee is filled with kindness and is sweet all the way through. Luke makes her laugh all the time and gets a few eye rolls from her too! Working with them to help guide them through their wedding planning journey has been a true pleasure and an honor.
Wedding Date: July 29, 2017
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8 miles doesn’t seem like so much, at least when you’re running. But when you’re climbing 3,309 vertical feet, coming back down a few thousand, only to go back up, those 8 miles all of a sudden become a little more daunting. Then add black flies, boulders, and high winds.
I don’t glorify it, do I?
Despite these nuisances, I’m convinced that backpacking strengthens my marriage.Read More
On your wedding day, there are so many moving parts. What I mean by this is that there are probably 5 or more vendors providing a service for you and your guests and on top of that, you have additional details planned hoping to be executed perfectly.
Having a wedding coordinator is truly essential in order for it to all play out as you have envisioned.
So here’s the thing, I’m going to make decisions without asking you on your wedding day. You’ve hired me and that tells me that you trust me to make those decisions without you.Read More
Maura and John are another couple that I didn’t meet in person right away. They have some New England roots and connections, which is what brought them to Maine for their wedding, but they live in California. About a month ago, they were visiting and I was able to venture out to Chebeague Island for our venue walk through. Despite the foggy, chilly day that was upon us, it was a pleasure to meet them and share the afternoon talking about their wedding and getting to know them!
Wedding Date: September 23, 2017
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Today I want to share a little insight into my life behind the work.
For the past two years, I’ve been building Doting and Details while working as an elementary school teacher. For six years, I’ve worked diligently to educate young minds and help build good character within each of them. On June 21st, I’ll have my last day in the classroom. Maybe I always knew that I wouldn’t teach until retirement, but I didn’t expect this journey to end quite this quickly.Read More
Tonight I met with one of my September clients and I drove off in my outback in a huge smile as I called Dustin. Immediately I said, “I absolutely love what I do,” but I could barely get it out because of my large grin! I feel excited before each meeting with all my couples and invigorated by afterwards. It never fails.
I’m so grateful for a job that makes me this happy.
Love is empowering and weddings are the best!
I haven’t had the first wedding of the season yet, but that’s coming in just a few weeks. I can’t wait and if I feel that way, gosh, I can only imagine how my clients feel. We all know that there is truly so much planning that goes into a wedding day.Read More
There are so many different terms used within the wedding industry and some are trickier to decipher than others. I used to get stuck on them too! I've created a list of words and phrases for you to refer back as your planning and I hope you find it helpful. This list isn't exhaustive, but I looked to add the ones that are less commonly used or are just confusing. Definitely let me know if you have questions about any of these or others. I'm happy to help answer questions!
WEDDING PARTY TERMS
- Best Man: a male friend or relative chosen by a bridegroom to assist him at his wedding
- Bridal Party: sometimes used in place of “wedding party,” (see below) but it refers to the women in your wedding party, i.e. bridesmaids, flower girl, etc.
- Bridegroom: a man on his wedding day
Elizabeth and Cameron both have the most infectious smiles. Their pure joy is easy to read. They are also two of the sweetest and most gracious people I know.
I shared their story on the blog before, which can be found here and I also shared my role in their wedding day. I’m so grateful that even as a friend, I was able to join Liz and Cam behind the scenes on this journey. On the day of their wedding, I was proud to be setting up so that things would look just as she envisioned and helping with the execution of the timeline.
Their southern wedding in April was just amazing.Read More
In a recent blog post I explained why I believe a honeymoon immediately after your wedding is so valuable. You can find that here. But today, I want to share two simple pieces of advice that I have for your honeymoon or mini-moon.
- Tell the folks at your accommodations that you are on your honeymoon.
By now you probably know that I’m a firm believer in disconnecting. I could write so much about this topic because I practice it often. When I don’t practice it, it can cause me to be a bad listener or time waster. Disconnecting on your honeymoon allows you to fully be with your new husband or wife.Read More
Photos by: Jessie Wyman Photography
I think we’re all dreaming of summer right now! But I want to take a moment to express this huge love I have for winter weddings. If you love winter and all that comes with it, definitely keep this beautiful season in mind when choosing your date.
Winter weddings are just as dreamy as summer soirees.Read More
Wedding expenses add up. Not a surprise, right?! Tipping your vendors is one more cost. You may have heard that those that own their own businesses don't require tipping, which is the case, but your tip can also serve as a thank you. In all cases, tipping is a choice and there’s one big detail to consider:
How was your experience with the vendor leading up to your wedding day?
This should impact your decision.Read More
There’s no denying that I’m obsessed with our dog, Porter! Porter joined our little family 5 months after our wedding, but if it was before our date, he absolutely would have been part of our wedding! That dog brings so much happiness to our family.
Thinking about including him though, feels overwhelming. Porter’s the cutest and sweetest pup I know! BUT, he’s not perfectly behaved, nor is he the easiest dog I’ve met. He barks. He walks poorly on a leash. He’s a bit on the anxious side. Knowing these things about him makes me instantly feel like leaving him at home would be the logical thing to do. Totally not necessary though. Many of our friends would have loved to have been on Porter duty.
So here are some thoughts about including your pet on your wedding day:Read More
After the snow has gone, I await the arrival of the fresh, warmer air and flowers budding. But sometimes it feels like spring takes so long to arrive in Maine. To help speed up the process (at least in my mind), I find different ways to welcome the arrival.
Here’s how I welcome spring:Read More
One of my favorite things is dessert. Almost every night I can be found with some sort of sweet-- a little bowl of ice cream, a piece of chocolate, a cookie! I can't resist sweets and even though I'm GF, I still manage bites of wedding dessert! There are many accomplished bakers in Maine and today I want to share with you one of my favorites to consider for your dessert. Jill is the owner of the Winey Baker and she is a versatile, talented baker!
Here are some important things to know about the Winey Baker:Read More
Kaitlin and Ian are adorable and yes, I may be a little bias because they’re family, but it’s totally true! They balance each other out in such a beautiful way. It was so fun on their wedding night to have a meeting of the outsiders as we welcomed Ian to the Fier family. There are 4 siblings and those of us “married in” have a little bonding situation going on!
I’m so happy to be sharing this winter inspiration with you!Read More
The wedding planning process is one of your first BIG tasks together as a couple. It can be both exciting and stressful. In some cases, your groom may not have an opinion at all about a decision, which can either be a relief or be discouraging. In other cases, your fiance may have a strong opposing opinion, which can also feel frustrating. Throughout this journey that you’ll navigate together, effective communication is my biggest piece of advice.
Here are different ways to navigate this time:Read More
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I believe in being a lifelong learner in ALL areas of my life. As an entrepreneurial wedding planner, it's so important that my skills are not only in wedding planning, but also in business, finance, and simply people. I’m always perusing the internet for courses that will help me grow in order to provide the best services to my clients.
I knew the Planner’s Intensive put on by Kat Schmoyer was for me because it dove into very specific content that would help me develop as planner.Read More
Last week you read about my friend Liz's upcoming southern wedding and this week, I want you to get to know her and Cam a little more. They are the best kind of people and I'm filled with so much joy knowing that I can help on their wedding day and celebrate as a guest!
Wedding date: April 8, 2017
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Dustin and I had just finished eating our greasy Sunday football snacks on the floor in our living room when my phone rang. I saw one of my dearest friends calling to FaceTime. We don’t FaceTime, so I should have known:
Liz and her boyfriend, Cameron got engaged!!
I could not have been more excited for these two! Back in July when these North Carolina friends were visiting us in Maine, Liz and I were plotting her engagement and dreaming of her wedding day. I had just met Cam this trip, but his company was so easy and their connection was real! Not to mention, they are absolutely adorable together!Read More