Introducing our GLE Team: Meet Jen

Next up on our Gilded Lily Events team introductions is super woman, Jen! The story of Jen is that a photographer that we both know thought we would hit it off and I am sure glad she did! (Thank you Kate!) Jen and I met at Starbucks and I immediately knew that she would be a great asset to our team. I was impressed by how Jen makes everything look effortless. She is (just recently) a mother to THREE boys, a great wife, daughter and friend, an avid instagrammer, an event planner, and now an entrenepeur in her own right as she and her husband just started the super chic VW bus photobooth company called VW Booth Bus. Meet Poppy here and hire them for your wedding immediately!

Here is a little more about Jen in a quick Q & A:

Me: What is your guilty pleasure?

J: Probably instagram!  Not that I’m embarrassed to admit I love instagram (I certainly do), but maybe would not like to admit the miles my thumb has scrolled while getting lost in all the pretty pictures!

Me: What makes you laugh the most?

J: Gosh, I love a good laugh!  Especially the I can’t breathe/I’m crying kind.  All my closest people make me laugh the most!  (my husband, my two sons, my mom, my best girlfriends…)

Me: What is one thing you’ll never give up on?

J: I’ll never give up on the things that make me happiest.  I’ll never give up on trying to do it all!  (which is pretty much impossible, but I’ll always try… to be the best wife I can be, mother, friend, and wedding planner…with a nice, clean, pretty house which seems to be a contradiction most of the time!)  And also, never giving up on the idea of “wherever you are, be all there.”  Always trying to be present and appreciate and enjoy the things happening right here, right now.

Me: What do you love most about working in weddings?

J: Well let me say… I LOVE weddings.  Love, love, love.  Choosing and planning the details is so fun and exciting for me, and I appreciate how those details are so personal and unique to each couple.  And then, I love how at every Gilded Lily Events wedding I’ve ever been a part of, after being blown away by how beautifully everything comes together, I am blown away again by the love that fills the room and makes it all truly magical.  Gorgeous design + amazing couples makes me completely thrilled to be a part of every GLE wedding.

Me: Do you have a favorite moment with GLE?

J: I have many favorite moments with GLE!  First of all, Paige is so incredibly talented and so good at her job, so it’s a pleasure to work for her and with her every single time!   It is certainly hard to decide but I think my favorite moment was seeing the breathtaking transformation of Stillwell Stables for Nicole and Mike’s wedding.  From the ceremony to the cocktail hour to the reception in the barn, each area was prettier than the next and it was hard to believe horses could typically be found in the barn that was now adorned with long farm tables, sparkling chandeliers, luxurious floor to ceiling drapery, sitting areas with vintage rentals, and flowers covering the tables and hanging from the beams.  It was truly spectacular.

If there is something to be done, Jen can do it! I am so lucky to have her as a teammate & friend!

Photo : Christina Lilly Photography

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An Intimate Palm Springs Inspired Wedding

Inspired by the bright, poppy colors and endless summer days of Palm Springs, we dreamt up a color palette as beautiful as a sunset on the West coast. And yes you may recognize this couple from their stunningly romantic wedding & engagement session here and here even though they are gorgeous, they are a real life couple that I had the privilege of being a part of several events leading up to their May wedding. Luckily, Love & Light Photographs was on board as well to capture all of the sweet moments.

Nicole, Mike and I were in the planning process of their “black tie almost 300 people” wedding when they decided to also have a small intimate & traditional church ceremony with just their immediate family. When they asked me to be a part of this as well, of course I said yes!

We started brainstorming how to make this day stand apart from their soft, ethereal wedding the following weekend. A bright and colorful palette filled with coral charm peonies, flamingos and a white-on-white snakeskin linen fit the bill. We had fun to say the least! Mary Kate Moon set the stage with this bright watercolor beauty of an invitation suite. The cactus stamps we found were just so perfect- I love when that happens!

Their wedding dinner was held at Angelica’s in Sea Bright. Originally the plan was to host the dinner outside, but the weather didn’t cooperate but in my opinion was sweet to be nestled inside by the glow of candlelight.

One of my favorite little details were these wooden laser cut place cards from Ever Laser. I always recommend that for a head table at a wedding or a small dinner party to assign seating to take the guess work out of where to sit and encourage great conversation.

We also had some fun with a few details like the custom napkins and fun flamingo cake topper. The cake topper on a cake from The Vintage Cake was created by Ann Wood. You can shop the cake topper here.

Jessa of Love & Light always does an amazing job of scouting the best location for portraits. She spotted this bright teal door with striped awning and we knew we had to shoot the newlyweds here. These two are so in love and I felt so lucky to get to know them & witness their true partnership during this wedding planning journey.

For anyone wondering what it was like to have two ceremonies. I can guarantee you that it made it even that more special. From the bride Nicole, “Having two ceremonies is something we couldn’t be happier about.  They were both incredibly different and special in their own way.  The church was so intimate and romantic.  It was a day for us to spend such a sacred moment with our closest family members.  The large ceremony was just breathtaking and it truly felt like a wedding.  I wouldn’t change a thing!”  Not to mention, it goes by so fast so why not do it twice!

Vendor Credits: Photography Love & Light Photographs //Design and Florals Gilded Lily Events //Paper Goods MaryKate Moon // Cake The Vintage Cake //Place Cards Ever Laser Venue// Anjelica’s // Cake Topper Ann Wood // Bride’s Dress Anthropologie // Groom’s Suit Tommy Hilfiger // Vintage Stamps Gubba Gumma



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