10.30.2012

You Walked Down The Aisle. . . Now What?

Most ladies I know have thought about their wedding dress at least a time or two; event if they are not yet engaged (I am definitely guilty). With all of the thought, effort + money put into finding THE dress for your big day, why not put a little thought + effort into what will be the fat of your dress after the big day? If you were planning on letting your dress simply take up space in your closet + lose it's pretty white color, think again! There are so many different options brides can do with their beloved dresses. Below are some of my favorites.

Trash the Dress

Are you brave enough to get down + dirty in your wedding dress? If so, trashing your dress may be a great option for you! You will be able to get some awesome wedding photos + your photographer will probably love you for it. Talk about a fun way to get rid of some wedding stress that may still be lingering! Depending on how messy you decide to get for your trash-the-dress photography session, you may still be able to get it back to its beautiful condition through a professional cleaning company.

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Donate the Dress

Helping charities + people in need is always in style! If you aren't feeling too attached to your dress + the hundreds of photos of you in it are enough for you to remember it, donating the dress is a wonderful idea. This link has great options on where to donate + who you will be benefiting if you do. Check out THIS LINK.

Display the Dress

Can't handle the thought of donating or trashing your dress? Put it on display! It would be perfect in a large closet, office, or your bedroom. Be reminded of your wedding day + beautiful dress every single day.

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Photograph the Dress(es)

I saw a picture on Pinterest (where else?!) of several ladies in wedding dresses. It could be a fun photo session for you + your closest married friends to put on those dresses + partake in a photo shoot together. It gives you a chance to get another wear out of your dress + have fun with your friends, what girl wouldn't want that?
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 Preserve the Dress

The most obvious + probably the most popular thing to do with your dress, pack it tightly + keep it looking pretty in hopes that your daughter may one day wear it! If she isn't in love with it the way you were, she can have it altered to fit her liking or simply tie in some of the fabric to her new dress, or use it around the bouquet.
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 At Last Wedding + Event Design owner, Jaclyn wearing her Mother's wedding gown from 1981

Which would you choose or what have you already done with your dress?

10.26.2012

Married : Karimah + Dane

I am so beyond thrilled to share these photos with you! Karimah + Dane are such a lovely couple + I had the exceptional pleasure of working with them for the past year to create their island-infused themed wedding. Even with a few hiccups along the way (their original venue flooded a month before the wedding!), At Last was there to help the entire way through + make sure that this couple stayed stress-free + excited with the whole planning process. Karimah + Dane are truly a perfect pair + I could not be more happy for them as they continue their life together as a married couple!

We truly had an allstar team of vendors for their wedding:
Wedding planner + coordinator: At Last Wedding + Event Design
Venue: Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
Photographer: Kayleen Kelsey Photography
Officiant: Lon with Sensational Ceremonies
Ceremony Music: Harpist Christine MacPhail
DJ/Lighting: Madd Vybez Entertainment
Floral Designer: Greenery Productions
Cake Baker: It's Tasty Too!


An excerpt from Karimahs' review to At Last Wedding + Event Design
The best decision I made during the planning process was hiring Jaclyn. She was truly a blessing. I started working with her a year before my wedding. She offers a variety of packages for brides on any budget. She was always pleasant and have a great sense of humor. We live in Tampa so Jaclyn arranged meetings with vendors so that we did not have to travel to Orlando a lot. I thought that was very considerate and thoughtful. She was able to get us discounts with so many vendors which helped keep us on budget. The wedding day was perfect! She had a wonderful assistant who helped execute our big day. Jaclyn made sure everything stayed on schedule and that I spent some alone time with my new husband. Every detail of that day was more than I imagined. When she revealed our reception space I was so impressed. It was so nice seeing everything come together after over a year of planning. I am so glad we hired Jaclyn. No bride should ever feel that hiring a coordinator is not in their budget. Jaclyn gives brides so many options and she's worth it. I don't think I would have been able to handle a last minute venue change on my own. She really handled it so well and my wedding was amazing. Thanks again Jaclyn and the At Last team.
 

10.23.2012

Engaged : Kristin + John

Orlando wedding coordinator- At Last is thrilled to be working with Kristin + John for their big day! Best Photography put together some incredible photos for this engagement session + it gets us even more excited for the wedding, come December. Here are some photos to hold you over until then!

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10.17.2012

Married : Sue + Ricky

What a wonderful experience it was to work with Sue + Ricky! They were sent over to us from our fabulous friends at Sivan Photography + though they were not the photographers for their wedding {they were vacationing in Europe... jealous!} they did do their engagement session- if you missed it, see it HERE.

We began planning Sue + Ricky's wedding with just 6 short months to go to the big day so we were quick to begin! The Orlando Museum of Art served as the ideal location for this couples University of Florida themed wedding. They are big Gator fans, in case you don't get that vibe from the photos ;)

Our fabulous vendors:
Wedding Planner: At Last Wedding + Event Design
Venue: Orlando Museum of Art
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography
Caterer: John Michael Events
DJ/Lighting: Our DJ Rocks
Photobooth: Photobooth Rocks
Floral: In Bloom
Cake: Cakes by Design
Hair: Rain Salon
Makeup: Lulu Makeup
Transportation: Crown Limousine
Drapery: Quest Drape

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Hiring At Last was hands-down the best wedding decision I made! I am so glad that I chose them because they were so fantastic. Where do I begin? I was a bride that had no clue what I was doing, and had a limited timeline and budget. Jaclyn and Amanda provided guidance, almost on a daily basis, through every step of the planning process, providing advice, suggestions, and solutions but still taking into account my vision and needs. They were very responsive, organized, and professional from beginning to end. I always felt like I was a top priority to them because they made sure that everything was in order at all times. The week of the wedding and the wedding day was flawless. Amanda handled every little thing that came up without me needing to get involved. She also made sure every single detail was carried out to my specifications so that I didn't have to worry about a thing. You will be one happy bride when all is said and done because At Last will make it all happen!
 

10.12.2012

Engaged : Amy + Alan

This wedding is going to be extra special to me because not only are these two just adorable together but Amy is one of my closest most dearest friends! We met many years ago in college while studying abroad- we were based in Switzerland but once our month-long program ended we backpacked for an additional month. We visited a total of 12 different cities in 7 countries + it was some of the best times of our lives! Needless to say, we became amazing friends + ever since we have been in a lovely little group that everyone knows us as the Bellas... shout out to Caitlin, Katrina + Jenna, our fellow bellas :)

Anyway, when Amy met Alan I just knew they were going to end up together. She has such a wonderful glow about her when she talks about him + like I said, they are truly adorable. I wanted to make sure they had stunning engagement photos so this was my gift to them. Sivan Photography did an absolutely phenomenal job {no surprise there, she is fabulous}. Enjoy some of my personal faves.
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One of my all time favorite photos!
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That is one gorgeous bride-to-be!
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Amy + Alan's pup, Lily- she is obviously a photo queen ;)

10.09.2012

7 Signs You're Ready To Get Married

Orlando wedding coordinators- Annie Daly from Yahoo! released an informative list with 7 signs that you are ready to get married + we knew we had to share since the list is pretty spot on. Check out the signs + hopefully you will be able to check off all 7...
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1. You've Dated Around
We're not saying you have to pull a Jenn Aniston and go through tons of dudes before you find The One. But having a few solid long term relationships under your belt does help you figure out what qualities are important to you and what makes a relationship work-so you truly appreciate your future hubs when you find him.

2. You Share Similar Goals
Let's say he wants to do the suburbia thing stat, while you'd love to travel the globe for a few years. If you get hitched, one of you will end up disappointed...you're in separate mind-sets right now and prioritize different things. Settle down with a man you're more or less on the same page with: you both want to live in the city, you both want (or don't want kids), etc.

3. You Don't Want to Change Him
Look, you don't have to adore everything about your guy. But you do have to make peace with the fact that he's always going to sack out on the couch and be glued to ESPN on Sunday afternoons, and he'll never stop slurping the milk in his cereal no matter how many times you say it annoys you. You can't change a man (but you can tweak him), and trying to will make you frustrated...not to mention bitchier.

4. Your Connection Is Tight Out of Bed, Too
When you first started seeing each other, staying between the sheets all weekend was pretty legit. But for your bond to be strong enough for the long haul, you need more than a physical connection-meaning you need to know that you can have just as much fun together with your clothes on as you do when they're off.

5. You're Not Living Out a Bridal Fantasy
Sure, it seems like every time you sign onto Facebook, another pal has posted pics of herself in a stunning white gown. Sigh. But remember: Getting hitched isn't about the ceremony-it's about what happens after your big day. You'd better be thinking about your future life with him, not just your future bridal party photos (and how pretty they'll look in that fab silver frame).

6. You Both Try to Resolve Fights
After you have a disagreement, it may seem easiest to apologize and move on-you know, do the whole "pretend it never happened" thing and go forward. But sweeping conflicts under the rug only sets you up for a bigger blow-outs down the road, because the issues will likely resurface if left unresolved. If you can't talk things out rationally, you're not ready.

7. Your Friends and Family Dig Him
Of course, it's your life, so you have the final say. Thing is, choosing a partner is a big deal, and your inner circle's input does mean something. It's fine if a few family members or friends aren't huge fans of you two as a couple; you can't please 'em all. But if everyone seems to think you're a poor match, ask them why. They might be onto something.

SOURCES: Carole Altman, PhD, author of You can Be Your Own Sex Therapist; Carol J. Bruess, PhD, author of What Happy Couples Do; Marni Battista, relationship expert in Los Angeles; Jen Kirsch, relationship expert in Toronto for Cosmo TV's Love Track
 

10.05.2012

Engaged : Jenny + Julio

Orlando Wedding Planners- I just adore this engagement session for Jenny + Julio! Can you tell that they are huge baseball {Yankees} fans?! This was the perfect location for them + Solis Productions did a fantastic job with the photos. Enjoy!

P.S Their wedding is coming up soon.... TOMORROW! At Last cannot wait!!!

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