An Ode to my Husband for Valentine’s Day

As a wedding planner, I am lucky enough to have in love couples pass through my doors each season on the verge of a major life change. I get to witness firsthand how they work together through the trials and tribulations of wedding planning, make compromises, laugh together and finally share the joy of their wedding day as the next chapter is about to begin. This is so special to me and something that I do not take for granted. My wish for each one of these couples is that their marriage is even better than their wedding day. I feel lucky enough to count myself among those couples. In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, I want to share 5 reasons why I love my husband!

He makes me laugh more than anyone on Earth. I truly believe Charlie Chaplin’s words, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”  It is my favorite thing to do and thankfully I found someone who I think is just down right hilarious! I know that a day won’t go by without a good laugh or two or ten and it makes the stressors of life a little easier.

He is my best friend. Hands down! We spend A LOT of time together and I always want more! We have our own little language. We love movie marathons. We joke about treating ourselves because we think we deserve it.  There is literally no one else that I would want to go hand in hand through life with.

He amazes me with his smarts! Thankfully, he is my ying to my yang when it comes to the “other” side of my brain.  He has a voracious appetite for learning new things and is my “engineer”.  Running your own business is a lot harder than it looks but lucky I have his support and mind for numbers.

We share the same values. I love how sweet and sensitive he is. He values time spent with family and friends. I love how kind and patient he is with others. He does the right thing -always- even when it is the harder decision.

He is going to be a great dad. We are expecting our first child in April and I can already tell how this life change has made him an even better man. This little boy is so lucky and so am I!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! My hope is that you find the one that makes you laugh, makes you a better person and the one you want to do life with!

Thank you to Christina Lilly Photography for capturing these rare photos of us together!

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A French-inspired Mallard Island Yacht Club Wedding- Part Two

Hopefully you have caught Part One of this wedding on my blog, but if you haven’t, make sure you check it out! There are just so many details from this wedding that I had to share with photos from Love & Light Photographs.

Moving on to the reception, Jess and Rob are “party ready” and the room is set. Guests were welcomed into the cocktail hour with delicious food and flowing cocktails. They mingled, ate, drank and listened to music awaiting what they would find upstairs in the reception room.

Guests were invited to their seats with French blue calligraphed escort cards from Design House of Moira with their custom wax seal and gold ink. Classic and elegant.

The reception room was picturesque. Reynolds again outdid themselves with the floral arrangements of blush and white peonies, cascading greenery, garden roses, ranunculus and sweet pea to name a few. We had three variations for the centerpieces. The rounds held gold candelabras from Two of a Kind with trailing flowers and greens  or clear compote pieces with garden-inspired arrangements. The bridal party table was an extra long rectangular table to host their closest friends and their dates. This table had a mix of bud vases, compote, votives and candelabras in various heights. It was absolutely the focal point in the room.

Our paper goods were chosen with care such as the menus and these table numbers, one of my favorite details, to make sure that all elements were beautiful and cohesive with our vision. Victoria is a true artist!

We made sure to make their sweetheart table extra special. Their table featured a lush garland of white and blush flowers lying across the front of their table and down one side. Jess requested a little sparkle so a white on white sequin tablecloth fit the bill. I always think it is a good idea to make your bride and groom chairs stand out. We added pale blue chiffon fabric to the venue’s gold chiavari chairs and finished them with floral accents.

The newlyweds and their guests danced the night away until it was time for the cake cutting and some sweet treats. This cake topper was made especially for the Soaves by Table Setting is My Life. It is made of paper and I love how elegant that white on white is. The cake is classic and created by Carlo’s Bakery. Of course we couldn’t resist a gold cake stand with lots of candlelight.

At the end of the night, we strategically placed one hundred pillar candles to create a romantic glow. Their bridal party gathered around for a sparker exit and to wish the happy couple a happily ever after. If this wedding is an indication, I think they will have a beautiful marriage and a fairytale ending.

In case you haven’t gotten enough of this wedding (we wouldn’t blame you), you can visit part one and part two of the features on Style Me Pretty here and here. Jess- I can not say enough what a pleasure it was to work with you and get to know you during this process! I wish you nothing but the best! xo

Photography: Love & Light Photographs | Cinematography: Endless Wave Studios | Event Design: Gilded Lily Events | Floral Design: Reynolds | Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal | Cake: Carlo’s Bakery | Stationery: Design House Of Moira | Jewelry: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier| Makeup: Make Me Up Eva | Hair: Up & Out | Band: Almost Easy Band | Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein | Groomsmen’s Attire: Calvin Klein | Officiant: Reverend Donald Gebhard | Ceremony Music: Shrewsbury String Quartet | Transportation: ShooBoo Shuttle | Venue: Mallard Island Yacht Club | Bridal Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Olive + Piper | Bridesmaids’ Robes: Cloud Hunter | Cake Topper: Table Setting is My Life | Candleabra Rental: Two of a Kind | Ceremony Lighting: Ocean Tents | Custom Hair Accessories: Foolish Ginger | MOB + MOG Robes: POSY | Maid of Honor Dress: Adrianna Pappell | Rentals: Dovetail Vintage Rentals | Ring Bearer Pillow: JfyBride | Signage: Design House Of Moira | Veil: Mark Zunino | Vintage Hat Box: Trousseau & Co | Welcome Gifts: That’s Darlin’

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