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

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 friday: lynda renee photography.

Well hello there Friday, I couldn’t wait to see you again! Today, the spotlight is on a local photography company – Lynda Renee Photography. Lynda specializes in photo shoots for all events! So sip on that Friday AM coffee and check out some of Lynda’s work. Happy weekend!!

Information below as submitted by Lynda Renee Photography:

Company Name- Lynda Renee Photography

Website- http://www.lyndareneephotography.com

Facebook- facebook page – Lynda Renee Photography

Contact #/Email- 914.414.2388 / lyndareneephotography@yahoo.com

Business Description- Lynda Renee Photography is a photography business run by me, Lynda. A young school teacher from Westchester. I am a one act show. My business has grown bigger than I thought it ever would and I am completely loving it. I dream to one day have my own studio, but until then I travel to my clients’ home and shoot sessions on location. I capture the moments that you will treasure forever. I truly love what I do and take joy in making my clients happy.

Wedding Services Offered- Engagement Sessions, Small Weddings, Boudoir Sessions

Other Services Offered- Maternity Sessions, Birth Sessions, Newborn Sessions, 6-month Sessions, 1+ toddler

Sessions, Family Sessions, Beach Sessions, Engagement Sessions, Boudoir Sessions, Parties/Events – Communions, Baptisms, Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, etc.

Short & Sweet Advice for the Brides- Make sure you actually make time for your photos – don’t be rushing!

Additional Info- Teacher by day, photographer by night. Located in Westchester, NY – serving New Jersey, New York, and the surrounding Metro Areas.

A big thanks to Lynda Renee Photography for sharing her vendor information with us. Be sure to check her out for your next event – why knot?!

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Information provided by: Alyse B. Salon

Company Name- Alyse B. Salon

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feature friday: just desserts by jess.

TGIF! Hope you are braving this brutal heatwave! For this feature friday, the spotlight is on a super sweet custom dessert company, Just Desserts by Jess. So relax in that AC and read on to find out more about this delicious company! (PS- this is the same company who made my custom baby shower cake -see below for a pic! It was picture perfect and scrumptious too!)
Company Name- Just Desserts by Jess
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feature friday: cake alchemy.

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feature friday: yvonne’s invitations and favors/yvonne’s candy bar boutique.

Who doesn’t love fridays?! It has arrived and today we have a double dose of a friday feature- Yvonne’s Invitations & Favors/Yvonne’s Candy Bar Boutique! So sip on that mid-morning java and read on!

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