Thunder rolled in, the skies opened up and it poured on Brynn and GP’s wedding day. But not the way you think. It may have had us all worried, but it lasted a short 20 minutes and instead of waiting out the storm, the sky cleared right as the ceremony was supposed to begin. The day turned beautiful and guests were able to fully enjoy the ocean view from GP’s childhood home before heading to Live Well Farm to enjoy the rest of the evening, equipped with great food options and a contra dance music.Read More
I didn’t want fall to arrive. Fall means winter’s around the corner. I like what winter brings, BUT I’d rather be out and about in a skirt or shorts any day, rather than bundled to the max!
So here it is September and I’ve embraced it. It’s a strange September for me because normally, I’d be welcoming a new crew of fourth graders and this year I’m not. I’m delving entirely into my business and my clients.Read More
There’s so much to say about Laisee and Luke. Even a month later, not only do I catch myself chatting about their wedding, but more importantly, them. I feel completely honored that these two chose me to help them plan their wedding. Our evening Google Hangout sessions won’t be forgotten. I can still hear Laisee’s laugh and visualize Luke’s to-do notes, carefully organized on index cards held together with a large paper clip.
Their wedding was such a special day.Read More
One quote that I find myself hanging onto that I hear at ceremonies that’s a piece of The Art of Marriage is “It is not only marrying the right partner; it is being the right partner.” Part of marriage means sometimes putting your own needs second. Before thinking of yourself, as a girlfriend, fiance, husband, we need to think about what you can do for our partner.
These are a few ideas when you’re thinking about a way you can surprise your partner or just put a little extra smile on their face.Read More
For a lot of couples, planning a wedding has it’s overwhelming moments, even when you have a planner behind you through the entire process. One thing that can make it feel more challenging is when family members don’t agree with your plans. They want you to have a plated dinner, but you want it served family style. They want to contribute to your budget so you’ll choose a different venue. They want you to elope, so you’ll spend less money.
These things happen, A LOT. You’re not alone, I promise. Wedding planning can bring plenty of emotions to the table, causing tension in a family, and even between friends.
When you find yourself struggling with how to address this with your family, here’s a few tips (along with a letter to help you even more):Read More
I love finding inspiration all around me. Sometimes when I think about color palettes, I get ideas from what's in the sky or even a house I drive by.
If you’re having a coastal wedding and thinking about decor, I encourage you to simply look around. Inspiration can certainly come from ideas already tried on Pinterest and your favorite wedding blogs, but it doesn’t have to… it can come from something brand new, inspired by what’s around you.
Here are some ideas for a coastal wedding I collected on Pinterest. Remember that it's easy to get carried away on Pinterest too-- after a lot of pinning, really choose your few favorites.
So a little secret: I can sometimes be a bit of an introvert. This means, getting to know wedding vendors at large events can sometimes be hard for me. Regardless of the struggle, it’s always worth it!! Getting to know different professionals in the wedding industry has been so much fun. Each individual bring talents to a wedding day that I’m so grateful to witness.
Today, I’d love for you to get to know Coco of Coco Design Company.
Coco has been in the floral industry for almost 20 years. She took a chance on herself and began Coco Design Company 6 years ago and has loved every moment of it! Here are a few questions I asked her:Read More
Thinking about changing your last name? Here are the steps to make it official!
1. Grab your marriage license.
You’ll need it!
2. Social Security Card.
Start with your social security card.Read More
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