Friday, August 20, 2010

Details from the Beantown Bride Soiree!

One really fabulous event this past July that Fiona and I took part in was the Beantown Bride Soiree. It was held in the Skyline Ballroom at the Hyatt Harborside Hotel, and it was such a treat to be able to mingle and network with so many vendors in the wedding industry. Even though we knew many people there because of working with them on past weddings, there were so many that we didn't know, and people that we were very excited to meet!

Beantown Bride is a great resource for brides-to-be who are planning a wedding in and around the Boston area. They feature planning tips, and real weddings that are all local. That way, if you see a gorgeous flower arrangement, or absolutely love the photographer, you can easily see who the vendors are and book them for your own wedding! So many blogs feature weddings across the nation, and not just specific to one area, so that's why Beantown Bride is so unique and very helpful for local brides.

The Beantown Bride Soiree attendees were all wedding industry professionals in the Boston area, and Beantown Bride's creative director, Brittany Blando, selected a few to help out with the event.

Cakes and cookies were provided by Cakes for Occasions.
Marshmallow desserts were provided by Sweet Lydias.
Cupcakes and other desserts were provided by Cakes by Nichole.
Uplighting was provided by RC Uplighting.
The DJ was from The Beantown Sound.
Table linens were provded by Table Toppers of Newton.
The photobooth was provided by Shutter Booth Boston.
Photography and videography was by Clark+Walker Studio.
Cocktails were provided by Bols Genever & Roi Rene Rouge.

Fiona and I (Pink Orchid Weddings of course!) created the signage for each of the vendor tables, made the Beantown Bride tags for all of the gift bags, and were on hand to help with coordination of the setup. Here are a few photos from the event, courtesy of Clark+Walker Studio and Beantown Bride.

Photos by Clark+Walker Studio

Later on in the night, we were able to steal Brittany away from the crowd for a couple of minutes to have some fun in the photobooth from Shutter Booth Boston! They had a variety of props to choose from, and so we started off silly, tried to get serious with some bond girl poses, and then ended with one normal shot. Here is a little bit of proof that we're not all work and no play =)

Clark+Walker Studio also filmed during the night, and got a great interview of Brittany talking about Beantown Bride. Definitely check out the short video below for some footage of the event!

Brittany, thank you so much for inviting us to be part of such an amazing event! On top of being a really talented photographer, you really have gone above and beyond to create such a helpful site for brides.

~Emilie & Fiona

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ally and Randall's Larz Anderson Auto Museum Wedding and Hei La Moon Banquet!

On Saturday, June 26, 2010, I was the coordinator for Ally and Randall's wedding. The day started out with hair and makeup for the bridal party at Salon Capri in Newton, then everyone traveled over to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum to get dressed. This gorgeous auto museum holds the most amazing vintage cars I have ever seen. I think there's even one car in the lower level that is one of the oldest cars in the United States.

The bride wore a stunning beaded Henry Roth gown and held a bouquet of lush pink peonies. The bridesmaids wore silk chiffon J.Crew dresses and carried bouquets of pink hydrangea. All of the ceremony and personal flowers were designed by Nicole Pirani of Blooms of Hope.

The ceremony for over 300 guests was held on the lawn of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, with a chuppah handmade by the bride's family. Even the tree on the top of the chuppah was painted by the bride's grandmother. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers at the museum, while exploring all of the different car displays, and posing with props for the photo guestbook.

Afterwards, everyone headed into the city to Hei La Moon, for a traditional Chinese banquet dinner. The tables were dressed in chocolate linens and silk turquoise runners, fluffy tissue pomanders adorned the walls, little monkey bags filled with goodies were lined up for the kids, and in the middle of the room was the CAKE. Ohhh, the cake!! All of the guests loved reading all of the messages on the five tier tiffany blue wedding cake from Montilio's, complete with a basketball shoe and high heel on the top.

The escort cards were placed in wine corks, which matched the wine bottle table numbers, and guests enjoyed more cocktails along with a "perfect pear martini" signature drink. After introductions and an adorable first dance (with a top hat & boa!), there was a special lion dance performance, and then a 10 course banquet dinner was served. At the end of the night, a brighly colored candy buffet was brought out with sweets like candy necklaces, ring pops, twizzlers, gummy bears, and swedish fish.

Erica from Erica Ferrone Photography captured the entire day beautifully, and I'm so happy to be able to share some of her photos! Also, a special thank you to my assistant, Rachel, for helping me with all of the setup!

Photos by Erica Ferrone Photography

Ally and Randall, I wish you both the best in your marriage together, and it was so much fun working with you!!

~Emilie

Friday, August 13, 2010

A Colorful Sweets Buffet at Finale

In July, Fiona and I were asked to help put together a sweets buffet for a reception held at Finale Desserterie & Bakery in Boston. A sweets buffet, also known as a dessert buffet, is very similar to a candy buffet, except it usually includes extra non-candy items like cookies, brownies, or cupcakes. The reception was for a baptism, and in addition to the sweets buffet, guests enjoyed a variety of sandwiches and desserts from Finale.

For favor boxes, I personalized 4" x 4" clear tuck top boxes with brown double faced satin ribbon, and a sticker label on the front. I designed little butterflies and a cross around the words "Jayden's Baptism", the date of the event, and "Thank you for coming!". For the jar labels, I created hanging tags using pearlescent white cardstock, a brown metallic cardstock backing, and brown double faced satin ribbon. I also created a sign for the front of the buffet that matched the jar labels, with the phrase "help yourselves to something sweet" under Jayden's Sweets Buffet.

On the morning of the event, I went over to Finale to setup the buffet, and I loved how colorful everything was! Cecilia, Jayden's mom, picked the following goodies: chocolate covered almonds, gummy bears, skittles, milk chocolate M&Ms, sour apple ring candy, jelly beans, chocolate chip cookies, butter shortbread cookies, vanilla & raspberry jam cookies, and oreos. It is always fun setting up dessert buffets because I get to open up bags and bags of candy! Here are some photos of the design elements and the event.

event photos by Andrew Chu and Ramson Gutierrez

Mmm... this display makes me really want some candy, especially more of those Starburst flavored jelly beans!! If you're interested in a candy or sweets buffet for your upcoming event, contact us at info@pinkorchidweddings.com.

~Emilie

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Featured on Style Me Pretty!

I am so excited to share that one of my FAVORITE wedding blogs ever, Style Me Pretty, just featured a gorgeous wedding that Fiona and I coordinated back at the end of June! I blogged about the amazing details here, but this is your first look at the stunning photos by Lexi Photography.


This is only a little peek into the SMP feature, so definitely check out the full article here!

~Emilie

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Meghan & Matt's Omni Parker House Wedding!

On Saturday, July 10th, Fiona and I were the coordinators for Meghan and Matt's wedding. This was actually the Saturday where there was a crazy downpour in the afternoon, and flash flooding all over Massachusetts. Thankfully, everything was indoor for this wedding, and the only thing the rain affected were the outdoor portraits of the wedding party and family. Those were moved indoors to the Omni Parker House and to the Boston Public Library.

The day started out in a suite at the Omni Parker House, where the bridal party had their hair styled by Erik from the Will Charles Salon, and makeup by Krystal Treanor of I Do Faces. The bridesmaids wore coral colored dresses from Bari Jay, and the bride wore a gorgeous Paloma Blanca gown.

The wedding ceremony was held at the historic King's Chapel, and immediately after, guests walked next door to the Omni Parker House for a cocktail hour and dinner reception. The flowers for the centerpieces, along with the church gates and bouquets were all done by Orchids & Blooms. The low and tall centerpieces for the ballroom were a beautiful mix of bright flowers and curly willow branches.

One thing pretty unique about this wedding was the Red Sox and Yankees theme! The bride and her family are Yankees fans, and the groom and his family are Red Sox fans, so they thought that it would be a fun idea to incorporate that into wedding. Guests picked up escort card "tickets", complete with a photo of the bride and groom, a bar code, and the section where they would be sitting. The "sections" were silver framed photos of Red Sox and Yankees players, with a small autograph of each player. Some guests definitely had a lot of fun walking around to each table trying to spot players like Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. As favors, the most adorable Red Sox and Yankees jersey cookies from A Dozen Eggs Bake Shoppe were at each guest's place setting.

Guests enjoyed an incredible five course dinner: lobster martini appetizer, salad, raspberry sorbet intermezzo, entree of filet mignon or sea bass, and wedding cake with a chocolate covered strawberry for dessert. The four tiered wedding cake from Montilios was decorated with a gorgeous lace design, but the most special detail of the cake was definitely the cake topper. It had been used in four generations of weddings in the bride's family, starting with her great grandmother's wedding.

DJ Aaron Topfer kept guests on the dance floor all night, and also played the piano during cocktail hour earlier in the evening. Ben McElroy of McElroy Weddings was the wedding videographer, and Caty Morris of Catharine Morris Photography was the photographer for the day. Professional photos from Caty will be coming later, but for now, here are some of the details!

Meghan and Matt, I hope you enjoyed your honeymoon in Hawaii, and it was such a pleasure working with you both!!

~Emilie