Emily + Eric’s Wedding

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Emily and Eric couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather for their January wedding in Dallas. The sun was out and the temperature was perfect. Emily spent lots of time and thought on every little detail of her wedding and we were so thankful to be there to coordinate everything. This wedding had the perfect team and was absolutely stunning. Thank you to Green Wedding Shoes for featuring this wedding that we are so in LOVE with!

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Emily + Eric’s Wedding Team:

photography: Sara & Rocky Photography // venue: Hickory Street Annex Dallas, Texas // event planner: Sweet Pea Events // florals: Bows & Arrows // wedding dress: Ortensia by BHLDN // hairpieces: Dewed Vines Hairpin by BHLDN // shoes: Anthropologie // bridesmaid dresses: Annabelle by BHLDN // hair: Emma from PIN Salon // makeup: LoveDoseBeauty (Chantal Hickman) // paper goods + calligraphy: Blue Eye Brown Eye // catering: Gil’s Catering // cake + macarons: CAKEWALK Bake Shop // dj + photo booth: Uptown Sound // get-away car: Bowtie Vintage Classics // tassels + balloons: Studio Mucci // table runners: BBj Linens

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Erica + Steve – Cabo Wedding

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This southern belle married her hockey player hunk this past July in sunny Cabo San Lucas. Erica and Steve wanted to provide an experience for their friends and family to show them just how much they loved each one of their guests and were so thankful for them and all of their support. Erica and Steve also wanted to incorporate Steve’s daughter in every way they could to make sure she felt just as special as they did. Layna and Steve did a private first look that will just melt your heart. And Layna even made a blue pin to go inside Erica’s dress for her something blue. This day was filled with laughs, LOTS of love, sweet memories, and tons of well wishes for their new future together.

Huge thank you to Martha Stewart Weddings for featuring one of our favorite destination weddings to date!

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Erica + Steve’s Wedding Team:

Photographer: Sara and Rocky Photography// Venue: Villa Turquesa // Florist: Mazarte// Cake: Cabo Flowers and Cakes// DJ: DJ System// Transportation: Danny Boy Cabo// Hair and Makeup: Suzanne Morel // Videography: John Christopher// Officiant: Rodrigo Palacio// Stationery: Southern Fried Paper// Rentals: Linens, Things and More// Wedding Planners: Sweet Pea Events

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European Wedding Package

We are SO excited to be teaming up with Sara and Rocky Photography for an amazing opportunity to have your beautiful European wedding planned and photographed! We have worked with Sara and Rocky Photography on several destination weddings including Cabo and Maui. We want to expand our destination planning and photography to Europe! This is a one time promotion for anyone wanting to have their wedding in Europe from July 11 through August 11 of 2014. Our packages combined retail for $14,500, and we are offering this package at $6000 (this includes travel).

Please email us at info@saraandrocky.com for more information! We can’t wait to hear from you.

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Destination Weddings – When To Send Invites?

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You’ve decided to have a destination wedding and you want to make sure that as many of your family and friends are able to make your big day. If you were hosting a wedding where guests wouldn’t have to travel, you would want to send your invites out around 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding date, and having guests RSVP 2-3 weeks prior. But when planning a wedding in a different location, you have to consider that people will need to make travel arrangements and that may take a little more work. Therefore we suggest that you plan on sending your save the dates out as soon as you have decided your date and location. Be sure to include your wedding website with the contact information to your travel agent so that they can start making their travel arrangements. Then send out your invitations approximately 3 months prior to your wedding. This way you are giving your friends and family plenty of time to plan for their travel and to make arrangements. Try and set your RSVP date to a month prior to your departure date. Happy Planning!

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Destination Weddings – Welcome Bags

 

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Here at Sweet Pea Events we plan quite a few destination weddings especially in Cabo San Lucas, but love worldwide destinations as well. Over the next couple of weeks we are going to complete a series of blog posts focusing on destination weddings, hopefully covering some topics that you may or may not have thought of for your destination wedding.

Today we are going to start with welcome bags or gifts for your guests. When asking your guests to come to your destination wedding, away from their home, it is a nice gesture to leave them with a little gift to show your appreciation for them traveling so far. And to make them feel a little more at home. Here are some key things to think about when assembling these gift bags:

  • Will they be able to travel home with the items they can’t throw away? - If your guests are anything like me, they pack their suitcases pretty close to that 50lb mark and may have a hard time finding room to bring back those customized margarita glasses. I suggest something that they can take home with them if they choose, or are able to throw away if it simply won’t fit in their bag. – For instance these fun cups are cute, practical to take to the beach, plastic, and can be thrown away without any guilt at the end of the weekend.

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  • What is something they could use while celebrating your big day? - Your guests are there to celebrate you and your big day, but think of things that they could use while hanging out at the beach or the pool. Beach Towels (this may be an item that is too big to travel back with), sunglasses, tote bags (canvas bags are the best to travel home with), or flip flops.

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  • Snacks! - Let me tell you…. People LOVE snacks! When staying in a resort or hotel, it’s not as easy to just head to the pantry and grab a granola bar. So providing them with a couple of different snack options that they can take with them to the pool, or just something to hold them over until dinner is nice. Also, think about throwing in beverages, such as water bottles, soft drinks, and small bottle of liquor, this is a celebration after all! Another fun idea is to have chips and guacamole and a couple of cervezas waiting for them upon check in if you are doing a destination wedding in Mexico of course.
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  • Information they may need to know about - Be sure to include itineraries including any activities you would like for them to attend, a list of local things they may want to check out in their downtime, transportation suggestions if they didn’t rent a car, and the contact information for your wedding planner for any questions they may have about the wedding weekend!

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  • And last, don’t forget the basics! - Think about the things that they may have left at home including sunscreen, aloe vera, gum, advil, chapstick, tissues, etc.

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Ask your wedding planner to help with sourcing these items. Most of the time there is a Costco close by, or you can order these items beforehand and pack them in an extra suitcase and assemble them quickly once you arrive.

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Green Wedding Shoes – Mid Century Shoot

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Earlier this year we had to great pleasure to partner with some fabulous wedding professionals in the Dallas area to create this amazing styled shoot! We are absolutely in love with how everything turned out and couldn’t be more thankful that we get to work side by side with some of Dallas’ best!

Feel free to check out the entire styled shoot on Green Wedding Shoes!

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photography: Sara and Rocky Photography // coordination: Sweet Pea Events // florals: Blue Lotus // hair: Beauty & The Blush // cake + desserts: Layered Bake Shop // dress: BHLDN // vw bus, couch, side tables, lamp, ceremony backdrop: Swanky Couch // table + chargers: Craft & Gather // paper goods: The Eclectic Press // suits: Zara // groomsman tie: H&M // grooms tie: Polo Ralph Lauren

 

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Engagement Pictures

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For my second post in “In Her Shoes, I wanted to share about how important engagement pictures really are.  When Blaise and I got engaged on the cruise, he did one of the best things that any girl could ask for, he hired a photographer to capture the moment of proposing.  We have so many fantastic pictures that I couldn’t be happier about having.  When we booked our photographers, I knew that since they were Seattle based, we might have to skip the engagement pictures or do them in Seattle, on a trip back to my hometown.  It worked out that my friends Jenny and Jason of Jkoe Photography were going to be in NYC and I had to jump on the opportunity to get our pictures done.  While it took some convincing of why we needed to have these pictures done, we couldn’t be happier with the result.

Some benefits and why I strongly recommend every couple to do them:

1 – picture taking on the wedding day will go so much smoother, knowing the cues that your photographer gives

2 – the pictures can be used for upcoming events(engagement party, bridal shower)/birthdays for family or each other/holidays

3 – you get to know your photographer on another level while being more relaxed

Here are a few of my favorite shots that Jason did and a side note, if you are in Seattle, I highly recommend them!

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In two weeks, stay tuned to see our engagement party!

 

 

 

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Asking My Bridesmaids

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This is my first post to kick off the series I will be sharing called “In Your Shoes – a Wedding Planner’s Journey on Planning Her Own Wedding.” As a Wedding Planner and now a bride-to-be, I am excited to share with you as I’m planning along the way!

It’s been a few months since my fiancé popped the question, and it’s been so fun to start our wedding planning! He did an amazing job during our 6 year anniversary cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway, (although, I think he intentionally proposed when I had no way to start immediately planning – but it didn’t stop me from sending a few text messages to family to share the news and a couple to my boss and photographer to make sure they know and that we want to book our date) and I couldn’t be happier.

Upon our return, we were overwhelmed by the love and support of our friends and family. To me the first thing that I wanted to get moving on was asking my bridesmaids to be part of our special day. The hard thing was that they aren’t all in the same state so I had to get a little creative about choosing something that could ship and something that they would like. I found Sweet E’s Bake Shop in LA to order cookies for my sweet friends in Washington and Minnesota. I had seen a concept of doing a cookie puzzle, which worked well for my friends with a sweet tooth!

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I had to get wine labels made and used an Etsy shop and had her customize one of the labels she already had.

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My favorite part was going to each of the girls’ house who live in New York and solidifying these 8 girls to be in the bridal party!

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The planning is well under way, and I can’t wait to share about our engagement party, save the dates, engagement pictures, how he asked the groomsmen and more!

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Wedding Wednesday–Rachael is Getting Married!

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I’m so excited that our very own, Rachael Wyatt, who runs our New York City office – is engaged and planning her wedding which will be held in NYC in July 2014! 

Rachael got engaged in June, while on an amazing cruise to Bermuda – nice work to her fiancé, Blaise! Smile This is a pic of Blaise popping the question…I love Rachael’s reaction!

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We thought it would be fun for Rachael to share her own wedding planning journey with you – so she’s going to be sharing her planning experience with you on Wednesdays…it will be a series called “In Your Shoes – a Wedding Planner’s Journey on Planning Her Own Wedding”.  So get ready to see everything going on in Rachael’s world, not only as a Wedding Planner but as a bride herself!  Can’t wait to see all of the details she already has been planning…

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Congratulations to Meaghan Cody on Her Three Year Anniversary!

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I can hardly believe that today marks three years that Meaghan Cody has been on our team.  For those of you who know Meaghan, she is a ray of sunshine as her smile brightens up a room and she is FULL of life.  I’m pretty serious with the business (understatement), as I love the strategy/vision and scheming up new ideas or a new company everyday…Meaghan is the perfect balance for me as she reminds me we still need to have fun and live life to the fullest (watch out, she’s a prankster).  She’s not only an extremely hard worker, but she is dedicated and loyal beyond belief to Sweet Pea Events – I often have people ask me, “How do I find a Meaghan?”…I’m sorry to say there truly is only one Meaghan.  She puts up with the crazy circus of our home office life, loves my son as much as I do (possibly more), and keeps me sane in this sometimes crazy industry.  We’ve now traveled the world together doing destination weddings, and she’s a pretty awesome sidekick as you can tell from the pics in the above album.

Meaghan has been working for the last 3 years to become a Lead Event Planner, and I am so proud to say that she has been promoted to this role!  She’s been an Associate Event Planner, mainly assisting me with weddings, managing our administrative functions for our Dallas office, and doing some partial planning on her own.  The past year she has started taking on many more of her own clients, and we are now receiving inquiries from brides specifically requesting Meaghan.  This makes me so happy!  She’s now completely on her own, and is taking on more clients than I am…watch out, Big D! 

Please join me in congratulating Meaghan on her very well deserved promotion, and three year anniversary!!!  Thanks Meaghan, for all that you do…I am PROUD.

xo,

Kelly

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