Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Inspiration Board: Orange Citrus

Creating this board made me realize just how many shades of orange there are and how difficult of a color it is. You see, in searching for it online when you type "orange" you have both the words "orange" as in the color orange and "orange" as in the citrus, which, conveniently is also orange. Phew. 
Anyway, I realized how versatile a color orange really can be. Mix it with dark colors like browns and burgundies and you have a rich warm Fall palette. Mix it with bright hues like hot pink or kelly green and you have a very poppy bright Summer palette. Or, do as I did here and mix it with soft whites and creams to create a subdued look and orange will stand all on it's own.
What do you think?

Monday, June 29, 2009

Inspiration Board: Lemon

Something very fun and exciting for you all; this week we've declared it FRUIT WEEK! We will post an inspiration board everyday based around a different type of fruit. So, to start us off, we have lemon with a lovely yellow and white collection of images.
Don't you love the fun, light, and summery yellow palette? So bright and cheery!
Thanks for another beautiful board, Ashley!

{lemonade, cake, invitation, shoes, lemons in vase, yellow dress, flowers via Eventfully Yours, tablescape via SD Wedding Insider, bridal dress via Kelly Oshiro Events, clutch, lemons}

So, what do you think?

Friday, June 26, 2009

Inspiration Board: Mint Chocolate Chip

Here is another beautiful board Ashley made entitled "Mint Chocolate Chip." With the soft, light green color and warm chocolate tones, I think the title perfectly correlates to the board.
What do you think? Beautiful, no?
Be sure to come back next week for a week full of inspiration.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wet DJ!

Once upon a time there was a beautiful bride and a fantastically handsome groom. They were to be wed right outside an amazingly glorious castle hotel on the lawn overlooking the ocean. All of the guests were watching as the bride and groom said those words to one another, promising to love each other until the end of times.

As the photographer looked over his shoulder he noticed these huge dark clouds that were heading towards our lovely bride and groom.

The DJ who had his expensive equiptment set up for the ceremony and cocktail hour had stepped inside, as his job was done for about 20 minutes, the rest of the ceremony.

The minister out of the corner of his eye saw the blackness that was invading our glorious nuptials, decided to hurry up the ceremony as to not leave the guests and our lovely bride in groom in the wetness that was about to occur.

The bride and groom kissed, they headed inside the castle hotel the guests followed. The skies opened up, the clouds parted, and a sea of water hit our beautiful ceremony location, just in time for hte guests to be safely inside.

Although our handsome DJ who was inside still thinking the ceremony was progressing, had no idea that his equiptment just recieved a bath.

UH- OH!

The DJ then had to call his company and get them to get him new equiptment... 45 minutes later... 45 minutes without music.
When hiring your vendors make sure they have equiptment available as a back up, make sure they could even have the ability to play music if something was to happen to their equiptment.

You have to be prepared for the worst of the worst at the very least!
Photo: Corbis

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Be a Planner: Class Offering

Thrilled to announce that Be a Planner will be offering another certification class in July in Gainesville, Florida. The class will be held July 25-26, 2009 from 8AM-5PM both days at the beautiful Sweetwater Branch Inn
This class is a two day course, basically it is a very intense, but enjoyable, two days filled with everything you need to know about planning an event. It is like having a degree in event planning with a major in wedding planning. We feel that you could walk out of the class with enough knowledge to plan and direct a wedding on your own, or for a company without a second thought. And if you are already in the industry it will give you the credentials as well as some of the tricks to the trade including how to work with a difficult client and how to meet and exceed the needs of your current clients. It is a fun weekend, filled with tons of information that will be super valuable to you whether or not you decide to pursue a career in this industry. We talk about how to handle those simple but unique details to suit even the most extravagant requests, the proper way to cut a wedding cake, how to dress a bride, working with vendors, how to acquire contacts, how to receive referrals, how to work with a client, how to acclimate to new location, how to start a business, and A LOT MORE! This course has been approved through the Department of Education, and we are very excited to bring it back to Gainesville.
So please don't hesitate to contact us at info {at} MasterPieceWeddings {dot} net for more information and to join us in the fun!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dash for the Dress!

Just wanted to remind you that Gainesville's own Solutions Bridal is hosting their 1st annual Dash for the Dress, a charity bridal sample sale.

The event is to take place on June 27th from 8AM to 12PM and a portion of the proceeds are to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Designer Dresses will be priced anywhere from $99-$699 (dresses that are valued up to $5000)!

And they will also have some bridesmaids and mother of the bride dresses on sale. But the event will be cash only and they are encouraging brides to get there early because dressing rooms will be limited. In additon, there will be a large selection of veils, jewelery, and headpieces!


Brides, if you are still looking for that perfect dress, who knew you could have a designer one fit your budget!? Please contact Solutions Bridal in Gainesville at (352) 367-0070.

Monday, June 22, 2009

My Best Friend's Wedding!!!

My BFF got married last month!!! So, Lauri called me and said here's the deal, Will and I are getting married!!!!

We all kind of knew this was happening eventually, but to hear the words, made it all the more real.

Then reality kicked it, what's my role gonna be?

And then the answer became obvious:

  • Wedding Planner (Duh!)
  • Matron of Honor (aka, Best Woman)
  • Officiant (aka, Hitcher)
  • Hair Up-Do'er
  • Controller of the Weather
  • Cake Baker (although, I delgated this one)
It was so fun! I can't thank Leytham Photography enough, they were amazing to work with! We love you guys and can't wait to work together again soon! (or just hang out)!

Did I mention she got married Memorial Day weekend, the weather was terrible! Like terrible, awful, monsoon like. Luckily, I have a great connection with Mother Nature, and she parted the rain drops for 40 minutes, enough for the ceremony and some pictures afterwards. Perfect!!!

Meet Lauri, my very best friend.


Meet Lauri's new husband Will, and their son Jaxson:
Can't get enough of Jaxson:
Lauri and I, being, well Goofs...
The beach house was across the street from the beach, I love this image, it shows the "Hey, Don't hit us, we are about to be hitched" faces:
The the barefoot wedding:
Okay, but seriously, doesn't her hair look amazing!
Whoooo Hoooo! They are married, now we can play:
Ahhh, oops:
And take some really beautiful romantical pictures:
Then dinner and toasts:
And cake:
A special thanks to KB Kakes for making Lauri's wedding cake so perfect!!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Hyatt Hotels Gift Registry

Recently we heard news that Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has released their new Hyatt Gift Registry where couples can "register online for a host of amenities, services and accommodations at Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide. Imagine spa treatments, dinners on the beach, scuba diving or an anniversary stay at a favorite hotel on a gift registry." 
The Hyatt says "it's an ideal option for the couple who has everything" and, to be honest, we couldn't agree more.
For more information on the new Hyatt Gift Registry, please call (877) 798-1472 or visit www.hyattregistry.com.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wedding Times

Since we love linking to some of the best resources out there for wedding planning and weddings on the web, we thought that sharing one of our new favorites with you, Wedding Times, seemed only appropriate.

We are particularly in love with their splurge vs. steal posts. Similar to what you see in fashion magazines, Wedding Times focuses on two bridal looks and how to achieve the "splurged" look at a fraction of the price.
And, we're especially loving their very helpful and informative posts too! For example, recently they posted a "No Stress Guide" to writing your own wedding vows. In it, they talk about the process of doing it and questions to help guide or inspire the writing process.
So, keep up the good work Wedding Times. And readers, be sure to check out this up-and-coming blog!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

And the Winner Is!

Congratulations to:

You have won:
We are so excited for you! We know you are gonna love it! And congratulations on your new venture!!! Contact us directly at melissa {at} masterpieceweddings {dot} net for us to mail you, your new book!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Check us Out!

Amanda and I totally crashed a photo session that K-Gallery was doing for our friends at Unique Designs. While we were there, K-Gallery asked us we begged them to take some pictures of us!
There are a ton more, and here are some of them on K-Gallery's blog... check out how HOT the Unique Designs Team is! And while you are at it, check out their new super fantabulous blog!
So what do you think?


Monday, June 15, 2009

Brides and Bellinis

MasterPiece Weddings in collaboration with Unforgettable Events, A'vie, and the Gainesville Golf and Country Club is pleased to announce our upcoming event Brides and Bellinis.

Please join us for an exclusive bridal reception with the unique opportunity to mingle with Gainesville’s most-raved-about vendors over hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and dinner.


Where: Gainesville Golf and Country Club When: Sunday, June 28, 2009, 4:00pm-7:00pm
Please RSVP by June 14, 2009 Cost $15
Includes Sit Down Dinner and Schmoozing with Fantastic Vendors

Friday, June 12, 2009

Surprise Wedding Reception

Can you imagine heading down to the Courthouse to spontaneously (or not so spontaneously) wed your beloved in a low-budget low-stress kind of way and be surprised with a wedding reception outside, downtown, FOR FREE afterward? Yea, we can't imagine that either. And, apparently, neither could this couple. Tell me this isn't hilarious! So much fun!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Get Married Magazine

Written by Ashley, the intern at MasterPiece Weddings:
Are you all familiar with the wonderful website Get Married? Get Married is a “multi channeled wedding resource” that is launching a brand new bridal magazine. Get Married already features a popular television show on Lifetime with host Colin Cowie and has an online website and blog.
The addition of the magazine will allow brides to “watch, surf and read” all mediums of wedding planning. The first issue of the magazine will be published in October and we couldn’t be more excited!
Email magazine@getmarried.com to request a free copy!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Inspiration Board: Black and White Photography

Here's another beautiful board by Ashley, the intern at MasterPiece Weddings. Inspired by the dramatic impact of black and white photography, Ashley composed a board entirely of black and white shots.

{bride on stairs, getaway car, bride in front of window, flowers, invitation, kiss via Style Me Pretty, just married sign, dress on bed, flower girl} It's striking, isn't it? I love it but what do you think?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Giveaway: Colin Cowie's Wedding Chic

Remember when we talked about how much we loved Colin Cowie? Well, he sent us a copy of his new book and we are thrilled to be able to give it away on the blog! With it's gorgeous glossy pages and beautiful ideas and images gracing every page, this is a giveaway that you DON'T want to miss out on.
To enter, please comment on this post with the reason why you NEED this book. Contest ends Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 11:59 EST. We look forward to hearing all your reasons!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Wedding Jumpstart

MasterPiece Weddings is thrilled to announce that we will be holding another Wedding Jump Start at Solutions Bridal next Saturday, June 13th from Noon to 5PM.
At no cost, brides can get free ideas and advice regarding any of their wedding planning needs!
We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Dollar Dance

Here at MasterPiece Weddings we read a lot of blogs. But sometimes, on the ever so rare occasion, certain blogs stand out from the pack. Tim Gill's The Dollar Dance is one of those blogs. While the focus of the blog has been on personal finance since it's inception a year ago, Tim recently made the very wise decision to focus the blog more specifically on small business finance.

In Tim's own words: The purpose of The Dollar Dance is to offer business and financial advice to small businesses, primarily to those in the wedding industry. As a business owner, you need to be able to concentrate on what you do best. Please allow The Dollar Dance to be a resource for you to turn to when questions arise regarding taxes, payroll, accounting, pricing and the like.

With his new focus, Tim has been posting lately on the broad topic "Learning What You Need to Succeed" with specific focuses like learning to manage your time and learning to know your limits. His posts have been very insightful and fabulous advice for new and seasoned business owners alike. He offers a fresh perspective on the world of small business finance and management. Tim, we are so excited about your new venture and cannot wait to see where you go with this.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Tracey and Matt: The Pro Pics

Do you remember when we talked about our lovely (and incredibly photogenic) clients Tracey and Matt? Well, Lindsey from Pure recently posted their pro shots and wow. We could not be more impressed.
Tell me this isn't the most gorgeous dreamy pink wedding!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Paying the Price - Part II of II

In case we had not convinced you on why it is critical to hire a pro to snap photos of the biggest day of your life, consider this: The photos taken on your wedding day are the only thing you will have to remember it by years down the road. So, why not invest in remembering it in the future rather than minor details that may even be overlooked on the day itself? Here are more shots of key events at Melissa’s wedding compared to a pro photographer’s shots at other weddings. While Melissa looks gorgeous nonetheless, the differences in framing, lighting, and angles are astounding.
The Placecards:
From Melissa's Wedding
Professional Shot {Shot courtesy of Jennifer Bowen Photography}
The Father/Daughter Dance:
From Melissa's Wedding
Professional Shot {Shot courtesy of Clark Berry}
Cutting the Cake: From Melissa's Wedding
Professional Shot {Shot courtesy of Jessica Claire}
At my wedding last year we put disposable cameras on each table hopeful that guests would snap a few unforgettable moments on their own. But alas, in every shot the lighting was so dim and angle so poor that most of them are indiscernible.
So what do you think? Do you have any "compare" shots of your own?
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