Sunshine and daydreams has brought on this week's FDL Weekly Pintastic. Today I'm loving the idea of a teal and yellow wedding. This could be a great color palette for a beach or whimsical backyard wedding. If you're a bride who loves color, think about using these bright and sunny colors. They would work best in summertime but don't let that stop you if you're thinking about a late spring wedding. Individual pictures can be found on my Pinterest page.
Club Continental Wedding // Happy 1 Year Wedding Anniversary Caroline & Reid // Jacksonville Wedding Planner
Today I want to wish one memorable couple, Caroline and Reid a Happy 1 Year Anniversary. It was such a pleasure working with them last March at the Club Continental. Their navy rustic Jacksonville, Florida wedding was all captured by Cole Photography. Join us as we celebrate their one year anniversary.
Welcome to my Pensacola Wedding Vendor Spotlight series. I feature different wedding vendors from the Pensacola, FL area. Today I'm excited to share a wonderful passionate vendor who has a wonderful eye for detail, Kate Willmann of Kate's Captures Photography.
Your Full Name: Kate Willmann
Your Business Name & Location: Kate’s Captures Photography, Pensacola, Florida
Number of Years Working in the Event Industry: 7
Number of Years Owning Your Business (if applicable): 5
Website & Blog Address: www.katescaptures.com | blog.katescaptures.com
How did you get started in the industry? In college, I majored in Fashion Merchandising and always found myself gravitating towards bridal + wedding trends. After graduating, I worked at David’s Bridal and found myself yearning to be a larger part of the wedding planning process. A year later, I found myself running an office that offered a variety of wedding services, including photography. A camera was thrown into my hand when a second shooter cancelled at the last minute, and the rest is history.
What do you love most about your job? I love that I can start the wedding day as a stranger (it’s true! Many times with my destination clients, we are meeting for the FIRST TIME on their wedding day!) and by the end of the day, know that I have not only captured awesome, beautiful memories for people, but I’ve made new friends in the process. It’s a crazy notion, becoming someone’s friend in one short day. It’s really the coolest thing.
What is your best advice for brides? Plan your details and book your dream vendors in advance and then sit back, relax + just enjoy your day. If you hire the right professionals, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about. Trust us! My happiest clients were the couples who didn’t stress the little stuff and realized what the day really symbolized.
What makes you stand out against others in your industry? Not to sound pompous, but ME! One of the most important lessons that I’ve learned over the past 5 years of owning my business is this: there is so MUCH talent in this industry. Every photographer has their own style and personality, just like every bride + groom. What makes the right photographer for YOU is how you connect with them. Don’t forget, they’ll be with you the WHOLE day – so it’s nice if you get along, and even better if you’ve already become friends. This is what I strive for with each + every client.
What are your price points or price ranges? $2500+
What style do you specialize in (romantic, classic, modern, natural, et cetera)? My style is a combination of 3 stylistic elements – beautiful portraits, candid moments + a focus on the details. I feel that with the combination of those 3 elements, a beautiful story is unveiled. I specialize in using natural light + love beautiful, bright sunset shoots, but nighttime + reception photography are so much fun too! I strive to give you a comprehensive retrospective of one of the most special days of your life.
What is the best and worst wedding moment you have experience? I can’t pick a favorite. There have been so many perfect moments in the weddings I’ve photographed. Oh, the happy tears I’ve shed! I’ve seen high school sweethearts finally make it official after more than a decade of dating. I’ve seen a bi-lingual ceremony with translators where very FEW of the guests understood the other language spoken. I’ve seen a groom pick up a violin and play the Bridal March for his own bride because the original musician didn’t show up. I’ve seen two people who have been told they can’t legally marry do it anyways. My job rocks. And now I’ve got happy tears again just thinking about it. My worst memory? I had a groomsmen faint during the ceremony. That was pretty scary. Don’t lock your knees, people!
Thank you Kate for the sharing your business with us.
Ooh la la! I've been dreaming of warm weather and sunny days this week. I'm so ready for the sweet days of summer. This week's FDL Weekly Pintastic was inspired by the warm thoughts of summer. I just love how this color combo of pinks, reds, and purples blend so nicely to create a fun color palette that really pops. These wedding shades would be great for a bride who isn't afraid of color and knows how to have lots fun. I'm so in love with these bridesmaid dresses- so light and airy. And the strawberry favors- such a creative idea for a summer wedding. Individual pictures can be found on my Pinterest page.
When I first met with Charlene in a little coffee shop in Riverside, I was full of excitement as I listened to her wedding vision. You could see the sheer joy on her face as she described her perfect wedding day. Enthusiasm is quite contagious, which in turn made me ecstatic to assist her in her wedding day dream. Charlene is a teacher and like most teachers I've worked with has an eye for detail and a imagination to boot. It was wonderful seeing her shine in the bride role. The wedding was held at the historic Junior League building in the Riverside area of Jacksonville, FL. The building once was a former Mormon Church which is now used for ceremonies. Down stairs is their newly renovated reception area. This vintage fall wedding of orange and red was all captured by Brent Nicholaysen Photography. The centerpieces were handmade- glass cylinders wrapped in burlap with a flower arrangement of sunflowers. Instead of having a cake, Charlene and Mark decided to have cupcakes from Bliss Cupcakery. The guests were couldn't get enough of these delicious bites of heaven. As a guest favor, individual bags of Peterbrook chocolate popcorn were packaged- huge hit to say the least. The night ended with a sparkler exit and the bride and groom walking on cloud nine. Congratulations Charlene & Mark! You both look great together. May the Lord pour all his warmth and care on your lovely life ahead.
Vendors: Fleur de Lis Event Consulting (Wedding Planner), Maggiano's (Caterer), Donini's Florist (Florist), Bliss Cupcakery (Baker), Dave Sprole (DJ), Brent Nicholaysen Photography (Photographer/Videographer), Tina Crobsy (Hair/Makeup) Jax String (ceremony Music), Oliv'r Twist (Bar), River City Weddings (Officiate), Junior League of Jacksonville (Venue)
This was very exciting! Last week my article "10 Romantic Ways to Propose Under $100" was featured on Wedding Bros. As a wedding planner, it's such an honor to have your work featured on another blog! BTW, Wedding Bros is a great grooms blog with lots of information on wedding planning and photography. It was founded by two guy wedding photographers who realized there was a desperate need to serve the other important person at a wedding; the groom. From this the idea of Wedding Bros was born. Make sure to check out their site!
Are you ready for a refreshing wedding palette? This week's FDL Weekly Pinastic is inspired by a coral, mint and gray wedding. This color scheme is perfect for the trendy bride who wants a soft romantic feminine style. The coral roses and succulents are an amazing combination for a vibrant bridal bouquet. And I just love these mint shoes! So cute. Mint is such a playful hue it makes a fun color for a bridesmaid dress. And paired with gray suits for the groomsmen - just to die for! Individual pictures can be found on my Pinterest page.
The bridal trends for 2014 are here and eagerly waiting to be put to good use. True romance is predicted to be the influential factor in this year's weddings. Lush soft colors, classic chivalry, themes of love and assorted warm and fuzzies will be making a come back just you wait and see. Brides are looking for lasting enduring memories of their beautiful moment in 2014.
Dresses- You'll be seeing a few different fashion forward looks this year. Jeweled necklines has made an impression in the bridal world. Why is this exciting? Those embroidered rhinestone and crystals will be captured by your photographer since most portraits are taken from the waist up. Dramatic backs and sleek silhouettes will also be making an appearance this year in your local dress shop. And be prepared to see capped sleeves.
Color Palette- Think Pink. Pink is the new white this year! Going back to the 2014 being the year of romance, you'll be seeing blushes, peaches and nudes taking center stage in wedding colors. Chevron is the pattern of the past, look out for trellis-patterns, bold stripes and florals.
Cakes- The trend this year for everyone's favorite wedding culinary concoction- texture. Lots and lots of texture. Expect to see soft ruffles and frills on wedding cakes this year.
Decor- Vintage decor is still in demand; however, how vintage will it go this year? All the way back to the 1920's era! Expect to see the unique lighting option of a marquee with the couple's initials or cute little words like "love" or "sweetie". This is also the year of flower power. Don't be surprised to walk into a wedding reception and be greeted by flower's galore. You might see them in elaborate displays over tables, on escort card tables, seating arrangements or maybe a flower wall or two.
Happy Valentin's Day everyone! Today's FDL Weekly Pintastic is inspired by the beautiful flowers of Valentine's Day. Is there anything more romantic than having a bouquet of flowers delivered to your office- every girl gushes at this gesture. Women are interested in a wide variety of flowers and colors. Because of their infinite diversity and unique appeal, flowers never lose their specialness- each new floral arrangement is a fresh and individual declaration of appreciation. So, which Valentines bouquet would you like delivered to your office today?
This week we're celebrating Valentine's Day all week long. In a 5 day series we'll have plenty of ideas for you to spread a little romance here and there. So, come along with us on a love-filled journey of conversation hearts, sweet treats and love notes.
Day 1: Leave him a little love note or poem. There's tons of stuff out there if you need a few ideas or you could use a classic poem like E.E.Cummings' I Carry Your Heart With Me.
i carry your heart with me
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go, my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)
Day 2: Have a festive cocktail waiting for him when he gets home. Try this Amaretto Cranberry Kiss by Popsugar
2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
1 cup vodka
1/2 cup amaretto
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
Clementines, peeled, separated into segments
Day 3: Homemade treats are the sweetest way to say "I love you" to that special man in your life. Try a No Bake Berry Oreo Cheesecake.
Day 4: Since he'll be taking you out on Valentine's Day, put some heart into dinner tonight. Or something like it. Try making these Mini Grilled- Cheese Hearts with some tomato soup.
Day 5: A homemade gift is always better then a store bought one (at least that's what my husband tells me). So today make a gift from the heart.