Dinner Parties are the new black.

Every wedding season is not the same.  This year, my March was busy but I had a slow April.  Instead of taking the down time, I decided to do a photoshoot at Calihan Catering.  I worked with Beth from Larkspur on the design as well as Delma from Private Label Linens.

My inspiration was to do a design that could look fabulous at a wedding but did not look like a wedding.  I imagined hosting a chic dinner party using lots of color with touches of gold.  I wanted the feel of the event to be simultaneously fun and elegant.  Too often, I feel that clients want one end of the spectrum.  I could see myself as a guest at this event, wearing a long maxi-dress with loads of bracelets and a casual flat sandal (gold, of course). Can you?

All photos by Dennis Lee.

I’m loving Etsy Wedding

My first purchase from Etsy was back in 2007 for rehearsal dinner favors.  They were really cute notepads that were made from recycled CTA cards.  As Etsy has grown in popularity, I feel that finding the perfect item has become a down the rabbit hole experience.  There are so many good things but I spend hours online searching and searching to find a treasure.  While I do enjoy the process, I often don’t go to Etsy because it’s like Pinterest:  I’m never on the site for 10 minutes; it’s more like 2 hours!

If you haven’t heard the good news, Etsy now Etsy Weddings.  Besides shopping all of those magnificent finds, the site include links to great planning articles, like this one on How to Plan a Modern Bridal Shower and well as Real Weddings.  

Etsy has also added a registry.  I think this is a great option as online registries are becoming more and more popular. That said, I definitely would recommend having a second registry as some of older guests are not going to be down with buying homemade goods on the internet.

I tested it out and made my own registry.  It’s SUPER user friendly.  In fact, I think the tool is so amazing that Etsy should consider adding a wishlist function.  I could see users (um, myself) making a wishlist for birthday’s, Christmas, Mother’s Day, etc.!

Connie + Brian NYC Engagement Photos

Before their gorgeous wedding at The Modern Wing, Connie and Brian decided to have their photos shot in New York City.  Although the couple is orginally from Chicago, they wanted a piece of their engagement to be about their life in New York City.  Their photographers, the oh so lovely Avery House, flew out for a full day of shooting.  

All photos by Avery House.

We’ll be blogging the rest of their wedding this week!

Happy Birthday Honey Bee Weddings!

Honey Bee Weddings turned 5!  

I cannot believe that I started this company five years ago.  It really doesn’t seem like that long ago.  After working in event planning, I knew that I loved weddings after having the opportunity to help plan a wedding for a co-worker turned friend.  Opening a business can be a daunting experience.  It was a risk and I am so glad that I took it.

I am so excited for the next five years as a company.  We have some major plans ahead; I hope to be sharing them in the next few months!