sb event recap 2014.

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The 2014 Wedding Season was an exciting time for us! We worked with a wonderful contrast of people, ideas and concepts that provided us with unique opportunities as well as challenges to navigate. We want to highlight some of those challenges to help spark a thought about your wedding. Part of planning and designing a wedding includes identifying and overcoming challenges, working with what you have (or don’t have), and accommodating a wide range of people and their needs, which can be interesting and tricky at times.

Here are just a few of our 2014 events which had unique and interesting challenges, which we overcame to create beautiful, fun experiences for our clients.

Valerie and James – A sunset wedding on the NYC Harbor

Louis Valentino Park is hidden behind old abandoned warehouses on the NYC Harbor with stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and the setting summer sun! This fabulous site presented two challenges to planning a perfect ceremony.

  1. Steady breeze off the harbor
  2. Bright glare from the sun

 

To take advantage of this natural breeze, we created a flowing shabby-chic backdrop by sourcing vintage-feel fabrics in champagne, ivory, coral, and glittery gold to tie the bridesmaids’ dresses to the shimmering harbor during sunset. We turned the fabric into strips, which danced in the harbor breeze during the ceremony, creating a sense of romance and calm. To work WITH the sunlight, we decided to rotate the orientation of the entire site so the sun was behind the guests. Doing this we eliminated the glare from the guests view, and bathed the entire ceremony in the best light for outdoor photos.

 

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Annie and Chris An evening Gala for a very fun couple in a Pre-War building just beyond the bustling and boisterous Times Square!

The loft boasts original wide-plank floors, built-in book shelves, enormous skylights, grand windows, and private access to the roof which sits just below the Empire State Building. Everything in the loft is painted white, which creates a blank space to do anything you want! The couple wanted to have a big dance-all-night party that was not the typical seated formal affair. Wanting to include everyone they loved, the layout of the loft and the couple’s wishes required some creative thinking!

  1.     Wide age-range of the guests
  2.      One big room to meet many needs

 

The bride and groom were caught between what they wanted and what the realities of combining family and friends into one party means. The couple’s wish to have a cocktails and dance party meant they did not want a sit-down assigned seating event. They wanted everyone dancing all night!

We created four areas within the one space that would cater to all needs.

For the traditional wedding experience, we set dining tables near the buffet for the “VIP” guests. The bar and dance floor were assembled at the opposite end of the space to keep the party going all night. The space between the tables and dance floor was set with cocktail tables for those who wanted to dance the night away, and preferred to eat dinner at a cocktail table between their favorite songs!

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Courtney and Tim – An autumn wedding on the family farm
The bride decided from the very beginning she did not want the traditional flower centerpieces, and did not want to assign seating. The couple wanted to create a relaxing fun family time on the groom’s family farm.

  1.      No flowers
  2.      No assigned seating
  3.      Last minute surprise for the bride from her sister

 

Since this wedding was to take place on a farm in the fall, we decided to go with wheat and organic English and French lavender (technically an herb!) for the rustic hand-tied bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces. Working in some farm-grown gourds and pumpkins with burlap accents and pops of orange and yellow against a base of blues, a truly romantic scene was set.
Allowing your guests to choose their own seats can be a thoughtful gesture, but once the first few groups sit with their “besties”, you’ll inevitably have one or two empty seats between those groups and the last few people to walk in (who will also want to sit together) wont have any seats to do so. To solve this problem, we suggest setting extra tables with at least 15% more seats than rsvp’d guests (ie: you expect 100 guests, provide seating for at least 115).

Lastly, two days before the wedding, the bride’s sister asked us to work an 11 minute photo montage into the reception.  After dozens of phone calls and emails, we secured a projector and screen rental, reworked the layout of the reception, and updated the timeline for the DJ and the caterer. Timing is everything!

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We believe your wedding day should be one of the happiest, most perfect days of your lives together. At SB Events, that belief is at the core of what we do, and we work tirelessly to overcome every challenge, clear every roadblock, free up every snag, and smooth every potential crease that may arise leading up to or during your big day, to keep it as perfect as possible. Even when your event is expertly planned and designed, someone must be assigned the job of “coordinator” to handle the inevitable issues that will arise on the day of your wedding. This includes handling any seating issues, vendor management questions, timing implementation, and of course, those last minute surprises that your bridal party may want to provide for you.

 

We’re here to handle it all, and love every minute of our jobs! As you’re planning your event, don’t forget the crucial step of selecting a coordinator who you can trust to handle any challenge that’s thrown their way. At SB Events, it’s what we do, and we love doing it!

 

XO & Happy Planning!

 

John & Nicole

Something Blue Events

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1st birthday shoot: lynda renee photography.

A few weeks back, our spotlight was on Lynda Renee Photography during a feature friday post. More recently, I had the pleasure of working with Lynda on Alessia’s first birthday shoot (yes, I cannot believe my little girl is going to be ONE!) Read on to find out more about my experience working with Lynda – why knot?!

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feature: canvas champ.

Why wait til Friday for our latest feature? Today, the spotlight is on Canvas Champ a discounted canvas resource for all of your photo-needs. I received a canvas print from Canvas Champ of a SUPER sweet picture of Miss Alessia.  The turnaround time for the printing was great (just a few days before it shipped) and it arrived in perfect condition and thoroughly wrapped. When I opened it, I was very impressed by the quality and how the canvas print wraps around the edges making it perfect for hanging!

 

The canvas is clear and vibrant. It is a great addition to Alessia’s nursery. As you can see, just before hanging it in her room, she had her eyes set on her beautiful self! Our silly little girl!

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Thanks again Canvas Champ!

Be sure to check out Canvas Champ and try creating canvases from your own favorite prints – why knot?!

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double dose of a giveaway.

As your summer is off to a hot and sticky start – we’ve got a double dose of a giveaway from our friends at Punkwife.com and The Flip Flop Bitch which is sure to cool off two summer woes.

Aching tootsies which have been shoved in the highest of heels + beach book boredom are two problems SOLVED with this joint giveaway! Click the link to find out how you can be in it to win it – why knot?! CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

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perfect personalized present.

 

mwl4What IS custom date art? In short, it is the perfect personalized present for you or someone you love. The prints are completely customizable and a decorative keepsake for your home. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we have received many creative orders for mothers, grandmothers, babysitters, aunts, godmothers etc.

The print will be printed, matted, framed, gift wrapped and mailed to you or your requested recipient via USPS Priority Mail. The turnaround time is 2-3 business days to receive.

So get creative! Think about the memorable moments in your life and get ready to create last memories with your personalized custom date art by Mrs. Why Knot! We are always welcome to new quotes, ideas, moments being shared. See some samples below and create yours now!

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ask away: indoor wedding pics.

I couldn’t wait to share the ‘ask away’ post I received last week to ease the mind of the weather-worriers (ahem- including me!) about picture taking for your big day! Cause seriously – don’t you wish that the weather was something you can plan?!
She asked…
Hi Mrs. Why Knot!I was hoping you would be able to help me out! I am getting married in June, and although its a beautiful summer month, I am concerned about the weather. I am hoping to take my wedding pictures outside at my revenue but need a backup plan in case it rains. Do you know of any great inside locations or mansions that I can take my pictures?Thanks for your help!
Agnes
…Here’s my answer!
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in search of that moment. {dear bridal diary}

We are thrilled to have one of our bride-to-be’s as a guest blogger for our site. Months back, she had sent us her ‘falling’ into love engagement story and we are through the moon that she is going to be sharing many more of her experiences with our readers leading up to, and including, her big day! Welcome future Mrs., Daniela!

Read on to find out how Daniela felt while on the hunt for her dream wedding dress. She was in search of ‘that moment’ and when it came – the feeling was indescribable…

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real engagement: pumpkin surprise.

Is it me or is this snowy, wintry, icy weather got you chilled to the bone? To heat things up, today on the blog is a warmhearted engagement story from October that is sure to put a smile on your face. Maria Daniela had been recovering from surgery when she attended an annual party where she was faced with a life-changing question…and a pumpkin filled with bling. Read on to hear about her engagement story – why knot?!

 

Maria Daniela and Billy’s Engagement – October 13, 2013

Billy was having his annual pumpkin carving party on October 13th, 2013 and I had just had my deviated septum repaired on October 2nd so I was not sure if I was going to be able to make it to his get together, if anything I planned to make an appearance (I was not sure if spending hours in the cold weather was okay for my nose). Billy and his friends stressed to me that I had to be there at this party because they all had a surprise for me as my recovery was a lot harder than expected and they wanted to do something for me, which I thought was so nice (I had no idea my life was going to change!). I had arrived late to the party because I was helping my mom set up for her annual Columbus Day party at our house. She even tried to persuade me to stay home that day, or go even later to the party, because she wanted me to be at her party, but I told her it was important that I be at Billy’s. Billy that morning made himself physically sick from nerves – I was so worried he was coming down with something (little did I know…)!

When I arrived at his house barely anyone was talking or eating or carving pumpkins – I thought it was very strange and awkward! Barely anyone said hi to me, barely anyone was talking/eating/drinking, no one was doing anything! Billy said they were all waiting for me to arrive to eat and carve the pumpkins. Oh, well, that was nice of them (I literally had no idea what they had planned). After getting situated and saying my hello’s, I put out some candy I had picked up on my way, added more table decor, and created apple cider sangria from a recipe I found on Pinterest. After finishing these last minute items, I grabbed some food from the buffet table because I was starving and had a seat. About an hour later (as I was still picking on my food), Billy and his friends, along with his mom, were chatting on the lawn a couple yards away from me. I sat staring at them and wondering what was going on because Billy was on his knees with his back to me, facing a bunch of his guy friends and they were having a little pow-wow… my anxiety kicked in, but I kept trying to tell myself it was nothing because I had no idea that he was planning something.

Then Billy’s mom called me over as I was enjoying the pumpkin macaroni and cheese I made the day before… she said I needed to settle a debate they were having, but that I needed to be quiet because the others cannot hear. I felt like everyone’s eyes were on me, and as I stood there so confused and uncomfortable, I said out loud, “Why is this such an awkward situation? Why do I feel something shady going on?”… no one said anything… then in the corner of my eye I see Billy getting down on his knee and bringing a mini pumpkin out from his side. He took the top off, and asked me the most important question of our lives: “Daniela, will you marry me?” I stand there in shock saying “STOP IT! STOP IT!” (It’s on video! Hilarious!) I slowly inched towards the pumpkin as if something was going to pop out of it, and once I saw the ring shining inside I quickly jumped back in shock and put my hands over my mouth, just standing there staring at Billy in disbelief. After a couple seconds of complete silence and everyone holding their breath, his cousin Michele yelled out “Say something!” and I immediately responded with, “Yeah, of course I’ll marry you! Are you kidding me!?”

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my grown up christmas wish.

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How many times (daily) do you find yourself scrolling through your inbox which is slammed with store offers, advertisements or other useless emails you don’t have a minute to unsubscribe from? With the five email accounts I have, I find myself doing that more often than not during the day. However – just the other day, I was scrolling through and came across an email that not only touched my heart, but warmed my soul. An email I am so grateful to have received.

It was from Heather – a mom, a blogger, a fighter – a survivor. Heather had just given birth to her little girl when she was diagnosed with a rare cancer, mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is caused my asbestos exposure and this new mom was given just 15 months to live. With her strength and determination – Heather has beat the odds. Now eight years later, her email popped into my inbox. Her mission is to have bloggers post something they are thankful for and also bring awareness to this disease and her story. First off – let me say, I am thankful for HER! For someone whom I never met to share such a significant part of their life with others for the purpose of spreading awareness (and hope) is a beautiful thing!

As the holiday season is in full swing, one of my favorite things to do is give back! I participated in the coordination of a huge toy drive for a pediatric center near my hometown. This center is a rehabilitation resident facility caring for children, from birth to age 21, with a wide range of severe disabilities and complex clinical conditions. Today is the day we are delivering the toys. Last year, as we toured the magnificent facility, the children I met were so inspiring. Today, as I walk the halls of the center, I will walk now as a mother of a four month old, a new parent – whose heart is bursting with love for my daughter. To see the children of the center (infants to young adults) face their personal struggles each day with such will, is surely admirable. Their parents and loved ones are thankful to have a facility of this kind to care for these wonderful children.

So what is my grown up Christmas wish? To give hope. To give love. To give encouragement. You never know the battles or struggles others are facing or may face. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Accept each day as a gift and be a shoulder to lean on for those in your life. Sometimes an open ear and a warm hug can make someone’s day. Please keep in mind such inspiring and admirable people like Heather and the children of the pediatric center – for they have learned the meaning of life and appreciate all that it has to offer. I wish Heather and her family a healthy and happy holiday and to all the children at the pediatric center, the readers of my blog, and my family and friends – Merry Everything and Happy 2014.

Now’s the time to make a wish…why knot?!

To find out more about Heather’s story and mesothelioma, please visit http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/

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