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.

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.

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