Crown & HaloL&L: Tell us a little bit about you & your business.

I have been working in the beauty industry for 15 years. From the beginning I fell in love with the creative aspects of working with Brides. I think a bride’s hair and makeup is the final page in the wedding story. I love creating a unique and beautiful narrative for the bride. When I see her in the dress, and the veil has been placed, it truly finishes that book. This is why I do what I do.

 

 L&L: Describe the range of services you offer.

On site Wedding hair and makeup. I can customize what you need and want from a simple intimate setting or a destination weekend wedding. I travel with a makeup kit more like an artist pallet. I love to transform hair and change the way you look at yourself.

 

L&L: What is one thing you would say makes your business unique in the industry?

I really try to make each member of the bridal party comfortable with how they look and feel. The whole process can be overwhelming, I try to keep everyone going in the right direction. On the day of your wedding I am not just there to make you look beautiful. I am a time keeper and organizer. I am always trying to keep the room calm and add energy when it needs it.

 

 L&L: What are some of your favorite venues and vendors you enjoy working with in the area?

I grew up in York, Maine so when ever I can work in my hometown I love it. The York Harbor Inn, The Guest Quarters at the Dockside and Clay Hill Farm are some of my favorites. Abby Chic is one of my favorite wedding florist.

 

 L&L: How far in advance do couples usually book you for their wedding day?

Eight months seems to be and average but I already have Brides booking for 2016.

 

 L&L: How do most clients find you?

On my site www.crownandhalo.com and referrals.

 

 L&L: What is the most memorable wedding you’ve worked at and why?

This year I took on the task of two brides at the Point Outlook in Northport, Maine. The venue was amazing, the couple was just awesome and so in love. All the details, the view and how beautiful they looked. I was overwhelmed by all of it.

 

 L&L: How can couples get in touch with you?

My website and email: weddings@crownandhalo.com

 

Thank you Dani from Crown and Halo for sharing why you love working in the Maine wedding industry.

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Shannon Cronin Photography

Recently engaged and overwhelmed with having to make a guest list? We have some helpful tips that will make creating your guest list easy and stress free.

Traditionally, couples were expected to give the option of more seats to whichever set of parents might be paying much more for the wedding. Parents should be notified early of their guest allotment because they do tend to get excited and spread the word. Of course, these numbers are flexible depending on the circumstances. If one of you comes from a small family and the other from a large one, the percentages may need to be adjusted.

Work the numbers: You’ll likely get some requests for additional guests, but remember many more guests, say, on your parents’ side means fewer guests get to be invited by you, your partner, and the other set of parents. If someone is adamant about inviting a bunch more people, you may have to tell them kindly that they’ll have to pay for those additional folks. Another way to handle requests like this is to create A and B lists of guests, assuming that about 10-20% of the A list (the priority list) will not attend, you’ll need to pull people from your B list (the alternates). So if you have space for 150 people at your wedding, invite slightly more – say, 180 – assuming 30 or so people will decline. If you receive more than that, you start working down your B list. Remember, the Bs should have a different RSVP than the As, with a later reply date.

Limit the variables: Since this is a math exercise of sorts, you want to make sure you’re in charge of the numbers. I suggest that you put the names of your invited guests on the RSVP. Why? Plenty of responders try to cram a “plus one” into the RSVP and if you haven’t planned for two people than that can Figuring out who to invite to your wedding can be a daunting task, especially if you have family members chiming in. So how do you draft a guest list that feels right for both of you? Here are a few tips:

Do the math: First, figure out how many people you can accommodate in your venue and within your budget. One common way to divvy it up is to split the guest list 50/50, bride and groom, or you can assign 50% of those guests to the bride and groom together and 25% to each set of parents can be a real nightmare. So have your calligrapher write the name on the reply with a space alongside to indicate whether or not that particular person will attend.

Use technology: You’ll likely have a truckload of names, phone numbers, and addresses that you’ll need to work with as you create, refine, and confirm your attendance list. I recommend creating a spreadsheet in Excel early and saving it online (in the cloud, as they say) so that you can access it anywhere. A number of websites have guest list managers, including The Knot and Brides magazine.

Simplify the equation: Whom to whittle? Some of the low-hanging fruit include children, friends or relatives you haven’t spoken with in a year, the casual partners of invitees (generally anyone they’ve been with less than one year, or do not live with), and, of course, strangers (or relative strangers) that a family member requested be invited.

 

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This beautiful couple wanted their wedding experience to be more than just the wedding day to be remembered. They spent the entire week with their closest friends and family celebrating in 85 degree weather with wine-tastings, exploring the town and lots of beach time! The Bride says, “it was truly just a big vacation with our favorite people.”
This DIY wedding is full of so many personal details handmade by the Bride & Groom and their helpful (and talented) friends. Everything from the invites (that the groom hand-sewed) to the decor and flowers were fully planned and prepared by the bridal party. Even though the bride admits it was a bit more work and stress, it gave their day an extra personal touch.
The day was full of happy tears, plenty of laughter and we can’t forget the classic New England lobster bake! Elizabeth & Aurelien ended their wedding vacation dancing the night away until everyone ran down to the water and jumped off the dock in the middle of the night. This costal DIY wedding couldn’t have been more perfect.
Congratulations Elizabeth & Aurelien and a big thank you to Lens CAP Productions for capturing this beautiful love story.

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Groom’s suit: 9tailors

Bride’s dress: shopbop.com plus DIY

Bride’s belt: Vows Bridal

Live music: Sister and Sofia Sweet 

Hair and makeup: Sofia Sweet 

Minister: Boston Wedding Minister

Food and rentals: McGrath’s Clambakes

Invites: DIY by Bride + Groom

Flowers: DIY by Bride

Venue: private residence in South Dartmouth, MA

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Julia Jane Studios

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L&L: Tell us a little bit about you & your business.

At Sayles Livingston Design, our services include floral decoration and décor for any size event, from small intimate gatherings to large, elaborate weddings or corporate events. Our highest priority is to make each event “a one-of-a kind” experience. We work with all kinds of budgets and can accommodate everything from lavish ceremonies to simple celebrations!

Our destination wedding company, Sayles Livingston Destinations is available for travel!

 

 L&L: Describe the range of services you offer.

We offer floral and non-floral designs for weddings and other events. We coordinate everything from colors, to layout, to linens, to over all decor.

 

L&L: What is one thing you would say makes your business unique in the industry?

We have a very lush, romantic and creative style. It is definitely recognizable and people often comment “oh that is a Sayles Livingston” design. But I would also say that we run a good business. We are organized, honest and treat our clients with respect.

 

 L&L: What are some of your favorite venues and vendors you enjoy working with in the area?

We work in Rhode Island and on Cape Cod most often but regularly work on weddings in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut. We also frequently travel to Long Island, New York City and the Caribbean to execute our designs!

 

 L&L: How far in advance do couples usually book you for their wedding day?

6-18 months in advance.

 

 L&L: How do most clients find you?

Referrals from past clients, venues and wedding planners or other vendors or on the internet.

 

 L&L: What is the most memorable wedding you’ve worked at and why?

Last year we built a 80×60 foot ceiling of solid hanging flowers for a client. That was extraordinary!

I would say my favorite weddings are often destination weddings. I love doing weddings in the Caribbean! But Who doesn’t?!

 

 L&L: How can couples get in touch with you?

sayles@sayleslivingstondesign.com

 

Thank you  Sayles Livingston for sharing with us a little bit about your business and what makes you so unique in the wedding industry! 

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There seems no more nerve-wracking moment of the wedding than the moment when the guests turn their attention to the reception toast to the blushing bride and groom. If the toast is great, it raises everyone’s spirits to new heights. If it’s awkward, it’s an unfortunate blip in an otherwise fantastic day. That’s a lot of pressure. The good news is speaking from the heart, tenderly, will never lead you astray. After all, you were invited to the big day because, well, the bride (or groom) or both cares for and trusts you. So ease up on the naughty in favor of the nice. Here are a couple of other tips:

Planning is your friend. Few of us can wing something this important, and even if you think you might be able to do it the rush of the moment (and whatever alcohol you may have imbibed prior to) could make for a bumbling delivery. It’s OK to bring notes or a copy of the entire speech – it’s the norm, even. Of course, if you can deliver your speech from memory, that often makes for a more resonant, engaging delivery. However you deliver it, make sure that you’ve thought about what you know and value most about the couple or person that you are celebrating. You’ll have only a few minutes to make a point, so zero in on something specific that you want to note – the way the relationship has made your friend happier, for example, or helped him or her grow in ways that perhaps never would have happened before.

Become a storyteller. Yes, stories can be perilous if they veer into off-color territory. But there’s a simple template to avoid this – the beginning, the middle, and the end. The beginning is when you introduce yourself and how you know the couple. Acknowledge that you feel honored to give this toast. In the middle, paint a picture for the listeners of the major point about the couple that you want to make. Use historic quotes, a light anecdote, more well-wishes. Make sure you play to your audience with material that is appropriate. Now for the end. End on a positive note. Pass along personal advice, cite a famous quote, but whatever you do, wish the bride and groom well. Raise your glass to them. Basta.

Keep it short. You can deliver a great speech in as little as a few sentences. Try not to go longer than three minutes, because you’ll start to lose some in the room.

Keep it cool. Delivering a reception toast can be intimidating but remember — this is a loving environment and your job is to show your affection for the couple. That’s it. And that’s an important role, all by its simple self. Look at the person or people you are dedicating the toast to, speak directly to them, and remember to talk slowly. After all, everyone wants to hear what you have to say. You’re the toastmaster.

 

 

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