A Nautical Chic AYE Wedding {Brittany and Casey}

Drumroll please. Brittany and Casey's wedding photos have arrived, and guys, they are gorgeous. When Brittany and I had our first consultation, she had plans for a much larger wedding. But as the planning process began, the couple decided that an intimate affair of just close family and close friends on the ocean at Wequasset Resort and Golf Club was truly their cup of tea.

"Subtle Nautical Chic," is how Brittany described her vision for her wedding day. While that might sound a wordy, I knew exactly what she meant. On Cape Cod, couples can sometimes feel like they need to have the quintessential Cape Cod wedding with hurricane lanterns and beachy elements, blue hydrangeas and a beachside ceremony. But Brittany and Casey preferred Cape Cod as the backdrop, and less the central theme.

We selected the Wequasset Resort and Golf Club to host their 60 close family and friends for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception. The weather on May 30th was absolutely gorgeous, with just the appropriate amount of clouds and sun, which were the makings for some truly stunning photos. 

The ceremony was held at the cozy Lawn Cove nestled in the center of Wequasset and against the harbor which served as the most gorgeous backdrop. Brittany and Casey read their own written vows to each other, focusing on the growth of their love throughout the years. 

One of the major focal points of Brittany and Casey's weddings were the florals. With May being the season of peonies, Coral Charms and Tree Peonies made an appearance in all of the bouquets and guest table centerpieces. In an effort to tie in nautical hints throughout the design, we selected navy and white striped ribbon wraps for the bouquets, and pops of creamy white Dutch hydrangea (the iconic Cape Cod bloom). The guest tables featured navy and gold menu cards snuggly tucked into navy napkins and the centerpieces were comprised of hydrangea, peonies and coral roses in hammered gold vessels, which played perfectly into the navy, coral, white and gold color palette.

And the newlyweds spent the rest of their evening dancing the night away with their friends and family on a reclaimed wood dance floor on a deck that overlooked the ocean. You cannot top that!

Congratulations to the newlyweds, and cheers to the Bretts! 

XOXO

Planning and Design by Always Yours Events, Photography by Tico and Red Photography, Ceremony and Reception Venue is Wequasset Resort and Golf Club, Florals by Jacqueline Albanese Floral, Cake Design by Montilio's Bakery, Hair by Brenda Wilson, Makeup by Mae Michienzie

Here's to You 2014! {A Year in Review}

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. And I hope somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
— Neil Gaiman

Dear 2014… I have to say, you were so good to me.

In 2014, an enormous dream came true. The dream of becoming an entrepreneur, small business owner and principal wedding planner at my own boutique wedding planning company finally became a reality. On January 1st, 2014, I started the new year off with this thought in mind: a year from now you will wish you had started today. This was my mantra throughout these past 365 days. With every single overwhelming decision, I kept my dream and end goal in mind. When I came to crossroads I thought to myself "a leap of faith will do me good." And as a result, Always Yours Events opened its doors this past July!

I have to say, 2014 will go down as one of the most prosperous years in my life. 

I hope you all can find the strength, faith and courage inside you to pursue your dreams in this beautiful year of 2015. And allow yourself to take that leap of faith! Au revoir 2014! Cheers to 2015!

A Christmas Tradition {AYE Styled Shoot}

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold everything is softer and more beautiful.
— Norman Vincent Peale

Years ago, my sweet best friends and I put in place the tradition of an annual Christmas dinner in an effort to bring us together during what is quite possibly the busiest time of the year.  It’s funny.  We typically associate Christmas with an abundance of parties, cozy gatherings and general togetherness. But I have found that as I get older and the years pass, the amount of togetherness decreases and the amount of time I spend hustling and bustling seems to increase exponentially. And so this little tradition we continuously keep is meant to combat that, and bring us back to each other, no matter where we are in our lives.

Courtesy of Samantha Altieri Design

Courtesy of Samantha Altieri Design

This year, it was my turn to host our intimate little gathering.  And since Christmas is such an enchanting time of year, I decided to incorporate lots of prettiness and a little bit of magic into the plans and details. We spruced up the Christmas tree with a plethora of gold accents (including a glittery pineapple) and strings of colorful paper tassel garland for a little extra whimsy.  Pretty much every blank space, nook and cranny was filled with candles. Ten-feet of magnolia leaf garland added some serious gorgeousness to the dining room table, making an impact and adding a little bit of rustic elegance to the overall look.  And perhaps my favorite detail of all was the table settings, with the extra touch of gilded deer figurines. Instead of using the standard white bistro, I drove over to my parent’s house, unlocked the hutch and took out my grandmother’s gold rimmed Lenox china and glassware for the first time ever. This china and glassware has been in my family for generations. It’s stunning. And yet we never use it. What I love about this particular detail is that its not just beautiful... it’s meaningful.  

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I made a very simple menu, featuring butternut squash agnolotti with toasted cinnamon sage brown butter and arugula salad with citrus vinaigrette and shaved parmesan.  For dessert, we had white russian sips with toasted marshmallow skewers, fawn and doe cut-out cookies and salted caramel filled cupcakes, topped with a gold star sparkler for a little element of surprise!

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We wrapped up the night around the fireplace participating in our annual yankee swap. Filled with laughter and snuggles with our little niece Reagan (AYE's mascot in the making), we exchanged thoughtful gifts with one another. And like that, another Christmas tradition had come and gone.

I have to say that this sweet little party is something I look forward to all year through, and I hope that even when we are little old sassy ladies, we will find the time every Christmas to stop and enjoy the togetherness.  Merry Christmas, friends! Now shut off your computers, stop shopping and go share the rest of the season with the ones you love.


Photography by Samantha Altieri, Design and Planning by Always Yours Events, Sparklers by Tops Malibu, Paper Flowers by Appetite Paper  

Over Sunday Morning Coffee: Lovely Client Gifts

Almost everything ever written on the subject of love indicates that at the heart of love is the spirit of giving.
— Dr. Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages

Gifting is a love language.  It is a way to express thoughtfulness, that there is a special place in your heart for someone, and even more simply… that you care.  And it just so happens that gifting is my primary love language.  Is it your birthday?  Great, I got you a gift!  You're having a baby?  Perfect, because I found this onesie that coordinates with your mint green nursery!  It's your second anniversary?  Here is a cotton blossom wreath for your new home! You're having a bad day?  These sprinkle donuts I baked you will definitely be the cure.  You just booked me as your wedding planner?  Just you wait and see all the lovely pretties in store.

The Always Yours Events business model truly emphasizes the client experience.  It is our differentiation factor.  It is what makes what we do so personal.  And one of the ways we enhance the client experience is through gifting. I absolutely love giving gifts as a part of the Always Yours client experience, and as 2015 approaches I am looking for some really thoughtful pretties to gift to each of my brides throughout our planning journey together.  

I already have a few goodies up my sleeve, but I thought maybe our readers might have a little bit of insight too! If you were an AYE bride, what little gift would you be over-the-moon to open from us?  If you have a spare moment, I would love for you to comment below and share your thoughts!

xoxo
Keri


Ring boxes from The Mrs. Box, floral arrangement from Hey Gorgeous Events, cotton voille robe from Plum Pretty Sugar and rose pate de fruits from Cupcakes and Cashmere.