10.26.2011

A Wedding Planner's Wedding Plans: Post #1

I would like to introduce a brand new feature that we will be doing for the next year called
"A Wedding Planner's Wedding Plans". One of At Last's very own, Amanda LeBlanc, recently got engaged + will happily be sharing all of her Orlando wedding planning experiences with each of you. I hope that all of you brides + grooms out there find her steps very insightful because really... who better to get advice from than a wedding planner in the midst of planning her own wedding!

Enjoy Amanda's first post to kick of this new feature....


As a wedding planner it's hard not to imagine what your big day will be like when the time comes. By the time my lovely fiance Corey proposed I had already envisioned exactly how our wedding was going to be. Of course, I'm incredibly blessed with the benefit of working in the wedding industry. Every weekend I get to work with amazing vendors at beautiful locations + see unique wedding ideas that I could use at my own wedding if I choose. Having the chance to work with possible vendors before deciding who to book is a huge advantage.


The proposal: Corey took me to St. Augustine (one of our favorite cities) for the weekend to celebrate our 3-year anniversary. We stayed at the beautiful Casa Monica Hotel, ate at our favorite restaurants (Harry's, O.C Whites, The Bunnery), + rented a scooter to explore the historic down town area. One of our last adventures of the weekend was visiting the St. Augustine lighthouse + climbing the 219 steps to the top. Once we made it to the top of the lighthouse we took in the amazing view + snapped a few pictures of each other. THen, Corey asked a man to take a picture of us. We posed, the man took the picture, + then Corey got on his knee! Luckily the nice man kept taking pictures! It is such a special memory; Corey really went out of his way to make the whole weekend perfect.


And the wedding planning begins! Corey + I will be getting married next fall. We met in the fall + it is my absolute favorite time of the year. We couldn't think of a better time to have our wedding. The weather will be perfect!

I knew before I was even engaged that I wanted to get married at the Cypress Grove Estate House. Working in the industry has allowed me to see a majority of the wedding venues in Orlando. Cypress Grove has always stuck out to me + since we're having a Southern vintage theme, the venue is perfect!


I'm in the process of meeting + booking vendors now. My main focus at the moment is the photographer, videographer + DJ. Even as a wedding planner, I was discouraged at first because some of the original vendors I wanted were already booked (since my wedding falls in one of the busiest months of the year), but now that I've met with other options I know my wedding is still going to be in great hands. I have some WONDERFUL choices. And of course, having my co-workers from At Last Wedding and Event Design there ensures the planning + wedding day will be flawless!


Until next time!

10.18.2011

Married : Joelle + Andy

September was a busy month for Orlando wedding coordinator, At Last + we kicked things off with Joelle + Andy's special day. The morning began with the {ever-so} talented Debra's Do's team prepping the ladies with their hair + makeup. The ceremony took place at the beautifully renovated St. James Catholic Cathedral located in downtown Orlando. Just saying that this church is beautiful is an understatement- you truly need to see it in person to take in all the decadent details! After the mass, guests were guided to the Maitland Civic Center where they had plenty of entertainment, provided by Accent Photobooth + My Florida DJ, as well as the buffet of a fabulous cuisine provided by Java Lava Catering. Jonathan's Flowers decorated the bridal party with their gorgeous bouquets while A Chair Affair jazzed up the reception space with some brilliant mahogany chiavari chairs. A big thanks to Reminisce Productions for capturing the day on video + Sivan Photography for snapping some sensational photos!

^^ Loving this photo- my heart just melts! ^^

10.01.2011