Real Talk // Morgan + Julius

Morgan + Julius hosted their simple but oh-so elegant fall wedding with us last October – we fell head-over-heels in love with their reception draping and their doughnut station still has us drooling 😍

How did you meet?
Julius and I met in the Respiratory program at school. We were in our second semester and were in the same study group. I secretly looked him up on Facebook before we officially met so I was already kinda interested lol. We figured out we only lived about ten minutes away from eachother so we studied more and more and ended up falling for each other.

Floral: Flowers by Lesley

What made you choose Luxmore as your venue?
I knew I didn’t want a boring hall at a hotel or something generic and old looking where you would need tons of decor to cover it up. We live in Chicago and since we were getting married in Florida I was doing a lot of online researching. I stumbled across Luxmore and I KNEW it’s where I wanted to get married before I even saw it in person. Actually, Luxmore was the only venue I looked at in person. I’m a simple person who knows what I want and I didn’t want to see tons and tons of venues. I just knew it was perfect for me.

What was your design inspiration?
My design inspiration definitely was a mix of vintage, simple, romantic, elegant, and kind of a whimsical feeling. I was so lucky to have vendors that understood my vision, especially because I was unable to be there in person a lot. I just wanted a design that was stunning but not overdone and gotty looking. I did a lot of research on Pinterest and also wedding blogs. My florist was amazing and put together the floral arrangements exactly how I wanted.

Darping: In-house with Luxmore

Did you face any challenges during the planning process?
I felt overwhelmed a lot and a little out of control due to not being in the same state. I overcame this by being extremely organized and had a wedding binder with all my vendors, to-do lists, payment dates, etc. I tried to stay on top of everything and also not be so controlling and to just go with the flow.

Photos: KT Crabb Photography

Any planning tips you’d like to share with other couples?
Just have fun with it and don’t let yourself be overwhelmed with everything at once. Try and focus on one thing at a time and know you will get it all done, no matter how tedious it is. Have fun with it and don’t be so controlling over every single detail. If you have a good team of vendors and a good venue I promise everything will turn out beautiful. I would also recommend having a day of coordinator, that takes a lot of pressure off of you and it is definitely worth the money. I’d say spend the most money on that and your flowers. You honestly do get what you pay for.

Xoxo,
Kim

Spotlight // Vendor of the Month

| Casie Marie Photography |

Our team loves working with industry creatives who are just as fun and let’s be real, crazy as we are! Each month we plan to show a little extra appreciation to those that show us some love with our RW Events Vendor of the Month {aka you’re really awesome} Award.

Our first acknowledgement goes to Casie Willis of Casie Marie Photography! This Disney and doggo obsessed gal is sure to make your special day extra bright with her infectious (and often caffeine fueled) personality! Don’t believe me? Check out this awesome video from her page!

Isn’t her puppy, Rusty, adorable? Sorry, we’re dog people here 😊 Want to learn more about Casie? Check out our candid convo below!

Who inspires you as a photographer?

So many people! Joy Proctor, Flutter Magazine and Ansel Adams. He actually inspired me to begin! I started with landscapes, circa 2010 Casie.

How would you describe your editing style and photography approach?

A styled-candid approach. I like to let my couples fall into a romantic or fun moment. I am BIG on giggles! Film, without shooting film, light and airy without contrast.

What distinguishes your work from other photographers?

My personality and my attention to detail….all my personal option of course 😉

How do you handle dilemmas on wedding days?

Calm, Cool and collected! I try to remove the bride or couple from the situation and remind them everything really will be okay. It really does happen at every wedding.

Where are some of your favorite moments to capture?

Tuscany, Santorini, Paris (I will never turn it down), Canon Beach, Hawaii (going this April!), Yosemite, Zion…the list could go on. I love shooting in National Parks. Visiting National Parks inspired me to shoot photography…there my jam! (Full disclosure, she asked we not write she said that). 😊

What are some of your favorite moments to capture?

First looks! Whether staged or coming down the aisle. My favorite is watching the best man’s reaction to the groom when he sees his bride coming down the aisle. It’s the best!

What’s something everyone should know about you?

I love my dog more than anything, I spend any time off at Disney pin-trading,  I was a music education major, I am a Gilmore Girls junkie (down to loving my cup of coffee), and I can quote every line in Pride & Prejudice!

Thank you, Casie, for always delighting our couples and being so kind and fun to work with!

Xoxo,
Alecia

Bridal Shows 101

Conquering Bridal Shows in 4 Easy Steps

So you’re attending bridal shows? So fun!!! You and your bridesmaids are ready to meet vendors and enjoy tasty treats but you don’t know exactly what to expect at the show – the RW team is here to give you some tips on what to have ready prior and what to expect on show day.

1. Know who you want to meet. Lots of show hosts will post a list of vendors that will be advertising at the show, so take a peek before hand. If you know you want to focus on florists and bakers, highlight them on the list and then check out their websites and social media to get a better idea of their style and if they could be an option for your wedding.

2. Vendors will have inquiry forms available for your to fill out if you’re interested in meeting with them. These forms vary between vendors but typically request you + your fiance’s names, contact info, wedding date, and budget. Save yourself some time by creating labels with your general event info. Then just peel off your label, stick it on, and head to the next vendor!

3. Know your availability. You may have the opportunity to book appointments at the show, so have your planner ready with available dates/times for upcoming weekends and weekdays (don’t forget – most wedding vendors will have weekend events, so availability for those appointments may be far and few between).

4. Expect a lot of people. Bridal shows are kind of like speed dating for wedding vendors – you briefly chat about general event details and move on to the next vendor 😉 Since there are so many vendors available, you can expect there to be crowds and possible wait times. Popular vendors will have busy booths, but don’t fret! If you aren’t able to chat with a certain vendor, just be sure to fill out their info sheet and they’ll follow up with you. Pro tip: decide who your “must-sees” are before the show. If there are 10 vendors you know you want to visit, prioritize them so the most important ones are taken care of first. That will help you avoid waiting and give you more time to explore the show.

Oh, and don’t forget to enjoy the show! Just like a good theme park bridal shows can be a bit overwhelming at first, but with a general plan you’ll be able to navigate the show and meet all your favorite vendors in one day 🙂

P.S. Did you know we’ll be at the Florida Wedding Expo this Sunday, January 13th? Come meet our team and see some of our amazing rentals {you can check out our venues, Cypress Grove and Luxmore, too}! Get tickets here – be sure to enter code “VENDOR” for a discount!

Xoxo,
Sarah