Spotlight // Vendor of the Month

| Anna Christine Events |

Are you a bride who has been dreaming about your big day since you were a little girl? Perhaps you ran around with a pillowcase on your head and made your sister play the groom? If so, you are exactly like our March recipient of the totally cool and awesome award, Christy Subler, owner of Anna Christine Events! Just like our couples, we love working with Christy! She, along with her sister Laura (aka – her childhood groom) are dependable, experienced, and so much fun to be around. As if our couples don’t keep Christy busy enough, she also finds time to lead the CFWA chapter! Get it girl! Looking for a planner, a friend to swap keto recipes with, or need a date to Freddy’s…Christy is here for you!

How did you get into wedding planning?
I started on the corporate planning side an then in 2008 not really knowing what I was doing honestly and everything sort of fell into place naturally.

What’s it like working with your sister?
It was a pivotal moment for my business. She has the insight into me that no one else does. She knows my strengths and weaknesses and we work so well together.

Whats’s your favorite part of wedding day?
Room reveal, for sure!! It’s that moment they see all their hard work put together.

Who is your ideal Anna Christine Events couple?
The couple who want to celebrate their relationship with friends and family versus just replicating something from a magazine.

What distinguishes you from other planners?
We are the calm in the middle of a storm. Our clients and other vendors look to us as a touchstone. If they see us they think, oh they aren’t nervous or worried so we don’t have to be.

How do you handle unexpected surprises on event day?
Experience. I can think on my feet when it comes to problem solving and love working with my vendor team to come up with a solution.

What’s something we should all know about you?
I love my family! I am fortunate enough to have a tightknit, large family and they are a huge reason I am who I am today. And it’s why I view my clients as family. My brides are like my little sisters I am here to help take care of and guide 😊

Xoxo,
Alecia

Spotlight // Vendor of the Month

| KT Crabb Photography |

Another month, another incredible vendor deserving of our really awesome “Vendor of the Month” award! Special shout out to February recipient, KT Crabb Photography! Aside from quite possibly being the sweetest person alive, our girl Katie is incredibly talented! So much so, she was our 2019 Lookbook Fashion Editorial photographer! Have you seen the stunning double exposure cover she created for us?!?!

Yes we love her, but so do her couples and industry creatives alike. Get to know our favorite New York loving, yoga guru some more below:

How did you get into photography and grow your business into what it is today?
It all started out as a class in college (go Knights!), and I was asked to capture a friend’s proposal. Being able to share those images and see the emotion they evoked (man did they cry), it was such a valuable interaction, and everything just fell into place. Here we are 11 years later! 

Who is your ideal client?
Someone who values the marriage the most, but appreciates the aesthetics of the day and their guests.

How would you define your photography style?
I am a fine art, film photographer who loves to capture tangible love and share it so you can look back and keep coming back to that overwhelming feeling of emotion.

Who inspires you as a photographer?
Rodney Smith, it is incredible how he saw the world through his iconic shots and Eric Ryan Anderson who I studied under, and he taught me the importance of a calm presence and creating an atmosphere of ease.

What are some of your favorite moments to capture?
It changes every season based on where I am in my own life honestly. When I was engaged, it was the walk down the aisle. Once I was married, it was the bride seeing herself for the first time. Now that Albert (her cutie pie we can’t get enough of) and I are thinking about growing our family, I love capturing the parents with their children.

Any bucket list locations you would love to shoot at?
Hawaii, New Zealand, Lake Como and I would love to capture a pop-up wedding!

Anything exciting planned for the 2019 year?
Yes! I am shooting my first European wedding this year! I also would like to expand the company by adding another team member as well as expand into the luxury market more!

You’re a little quiet, what’s something everyone should know about you?
I am not afraid to try something new and I am all about experiences!

If you haven’t already, check out Katie’s insane talent at @ktcrabbphoto

Xoxo,
Alecia

Vendor Spotlight | Lee James Floral Designs

We’re so blessed to get to work with amazing vendors like Lee James – he loves what he does and always blows us + clients away with his designs! His creative talents have been featured on numerous wedding blogs, in Orlando Home & Garden, and he’s won several awards for being such a rockstar florist!

KT Crabb Photography {above left} | Liga Photography {above right}

Amalie Orrange Photography
Amalie Orrange Photography

Floral Recipes | Summer Blooms

Whether it’s bold blooms, unique elements {like herbs or veggies}, or an eye-catching design, we’re always excited to see the creations florists dream up for our clients. One of our latest favs – this bridal arrangement from Bluegrass Chic. It was the perfect combination of southern staples and summertime florals!

Summer Bridal BouquetPhoto: Wings of Glory

Floral Recipe | Chocolate Sunflower, Antique Green Hydrangea, Purple Cabbage, Peach StockChocolate Sunflower | Antique Green Hydrangea | Purple Cabbage | Peach Stock

Floral Recipe | Thistle, Verbinum Snowball, Peach Spray RosesThistle | Verbinum Snowball | Peach Spray Roses

Vendor Spotlight | Gian Carlo Photography

Gian, of Gian Carlo Photography, is one of our {many} rock star vendor pals – we love his unique perspective on wedding photography and his laid back personality. He’s a great fit for any couple looking for not-so-traditional wedding photos!

Groom + Groomsmen
He’s got an amazing “in the moment” style of shooting, which really helps to tell the story of your wedding day, and no matter what venue he’s at, he always manages to find amazing spaces for portaits and group shots.

Bride + Groom PortraitBe sure to stop by his site to check out more from his portfolio of {amazing} work!

RW Chronicles | Fashion Show

Our team at Luxmore Grande Estate was thrilled to host a bridal fashion show for Calvet Couture Bridal – I mean, who wouldn’t be excited about gathering with vendor pals, sipping a little bubbly, and swooning over gorgeous bridal gowns!? Models sashayed and twirled through the ballroom, showing off the intricate details of gowns from some of our favorite designers – Hayley Paige, Amsale, and Claire Pettibone.

Luxmore Bridal Fashion Show

Head over to the Luxmore Grande Estate Facebook page for some behind the scenes photos and a peek into the bridal suite!

Bridal Fashion | Sarah Seven

I chose this dress as a favorite because on paper, it’s not something I would expect to like. I was unsure about the sleeves and thought it was kind of plain on the hanger. After this shoot though, this dress demanded that I change my mind. It proved itself as an elegant, feminine, romantic & bold gown that deserved to be appreciated. So kudos to you Sullivan, you’re my pick of the year! -Katie

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Photos: Tiffani Jones Photography

2015 Recap

Well, 2015 is almost at an end and to celebrate a year of amazing weddings we’re sharing our favorite trends and events from the last 12 months – so stay tuned over the next several weeks to see our top picks for bridal fashion, desserts, floral, and more! For those of you who are just as excited as we are to relive these wedding moments, here’s a little sneak peek of what’s to come =)

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Featured Vendor | Carly Ane’s Floral Studio

Oh, how we love fall! Cool breezes, apple cider, rich colors, and lots {and lots} of weddings =) You know what else we love? Creative vendors – just check out this stunning arrangement dreamed up by Carly Ane’s Floral Studio! They featured this {any many other} centerpiece at Cypress Grove’s recent tasting, and we can’t get over they incorporated fresh fruit into the arrangement. It added a fun texture and a gorgeous Merlot color to the piece!

Fall Centerpiece with Fresh Fruit

Photo: NIMA Photography

Vendor Spotlight | Ashley McCormick Photography

Ashley McCormick Photography is just one of our {amazing} go-to vendors for stunning wedding photos, and we have the pleasure of working with her often at Cypress Grove Estate House, and soon-to-be Luxmore Grande Estate! Here are a few tidbits about sweet Miss Ashley:

  • What should a bride expect from a consultation with you? Consultations are held at my studio in Mt. Dora, FL, where we will chat about all things wedding and photography, so that I can get the perfect vision of your day! We’ll go over the best time of day for photos, timeline details, the style of your wedding and how I shoot. All while snacking on some fresh baked macaron’s from the custom bakery down the street!
    • If you could describe your style in 3 words, what would they be?Classic, natural and true. I’m a natural light photographer who wants your images to be just as beautiful in 50 years as they are today. I am not one for super trendy styling, but I prefer a classic approach to photography, giving you that timeless feel. And true? Well, that’s the emotion I always strive to express through your images. I want the love between you and your spouse to be visible above all else. Nothing fake or stiff feeling, just showing the love the two of you share together.
      • Tell us one unique or quirky fact about yourself! I have a “thing” for even numbers. Even meaning not odd. When I got married years ago, I picked my wedding date because it was all evens – April 8, 2006, or 4.08.2006. All of my friends tease me about it, including my husband!

      Ashley McCormick Photography