INTRIGUED EXPERIENCE - FLORAL WORKSHOP WITH PONDEROSA AND THYME

Last week I was so excited to attend the Intrigued Experience Conference in Maryland. I got to fulfill a flower dream of mine by working closely with Katie from Ponderosa and Thyme. Let me tell you this lady knows her stuff..we flowered and danced the afternoon away!

Stacie Shea Events Florals - Ponderosa and Thyme - Poppies

 

Florals by Stacie Shea Events, Workshop: @intriguedexperience, MUA: @Kevan D'Damery, Model: @Lindsey Weller, Hair: @shearsocietystudio, Gown: @Enaura Bridal, Venue: @chesapeakebaybeachclub, Photography: @Manda Weaver Photography

SSE 2014 - The behind the scenes recap

And now a look into the behind the scenes for Stacie Shea Events the past year. Yesterday's post touched on all the beautiful weddings we had on the books for 2014. Today I am going to dive into the other fun stuff that makes my heart skip a beat and keeps me wanting more in this crazy industry. In January, Erica and I were lucky enough to get the chance to work with Justin and Mary Marantz on a HUGE project with Profoto USA. We had a steller team of vendors that helped us pull together this amazing event at the Wadsworth Mansion. If you look closely in the video series you might see little Ms. C making her film and photography debut!

February brought a crazy whirlwind of events. Erica headed up two editorial shoots in one day for our team while I was away at an industry conference. Erica was able to pull off a shoot with Kristen Waterbury  in the morning at The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park. She immediately followed the morning shoot with a quick break down and set up for the Justin and Mary Walk Through A Wedding in the afternoon.

Lighthouse at Carousel Point Park

Photo by Kristen Waterbury

Justin and Mary Walk Through A Wedding at Carousel Park - Kate Spade inspired was one for the books later that afternoon. All while trying to stay warm in an unheated venue in February on the Eastcoast! Yikes...

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Photo's by Justin and Mary Marantz

As both the shoots were taking place at the Lighthouse Point Park I was at Bliss & Bespoke in Charleston, SC. WOW what an experience! I walked away from that  meeting some of the best of the best in the industry and finally getting to meet the amazing Jacin Fitzgerald from Lovely Little Details! I can hardly wait to see her again this upcoming spring..

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Bliss and Bespoke

After the east coast got pounded with a MASSIVE snowstorm and I had to leave Charleston early I was a little bummed I missed out on the final events for Bliss and Bespoke. Once I got home it was back to the grind with one of my FAVORITE shoots to date at my favorite wedding venue in all of Connecticut.. Winvian Luxury Resort and Spa in Litchfield, Connecticut. With this shoot brought an amazing team of vendors like Charlotte Jenks Lewis, Splendid Stems, and Beth Chapman from The White Dress by the Shore, plus many more. Vendor Credits here.

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Photo by Charlotte Jenks Lewis and Editorial Shoot seen on Style Me Pretty

The month of March Erica and I teamed up with Jen Lynne Photography and the UBER talented Jeanette Kleitz of True Florette to pull together a little St. Patrick's day inspiration that we knew would have a home at our favorite wedding blog.. Style Me Pretty!

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Photography by Jen Lynne Photography

We ended the month with some planning and designing for a charity near and dear to our hearts..The Canary Kids + Epidemic Answers at the Loading Dock in Stamford.  It was an amazing night of dining with Abigail Kirsch and dancing till the wee hours of the night!

April was a month that was much needed after a long winter on the eastcoast. I jetted to Maui for a destination wedding and also decided to make the most of it by holding an editorial shoot for Green Wedding Shoes at the Montage Kapalua Bay with Jessica Haley Photography and a great team of local vendors.

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Photo by Jessica Haley Photography

At the end of April I was lucky enough to have spent some time over the course of the last 9 months to host and plan an amazing vendor networking event, The Luxury Wedding Spotlight with the fabulous Erica Powell of Reverie Gallery. We brought together the best of the best in the Connecticut wedding market for a day of networking, cocktailing, and socializing with future brides! A special thanks again to all that took part in the amazing event.

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Photography by Danny Kash Photography

As the busy season in CT starts in May of course we decided to add a few more fun projects to our calendars as well. First off we started with a film photography workshop with the great Stefanie Kapra and Wellwed Magazine and ended with another amazing Walk Through with Justin and Mary. Stefanie's workshop took place up in New Haven at the Chetstone Mansion. It was a great event and fun was had by all attendee's. I even managed to give a small little presentation on the value of planners and photographers collaborating together.

Walk Through A Wedding in May with Justin and Mary had us spending a fun filled spring day at The Lace Factory with Carrie Wilcox, Roseville Designs, Pickles and Pies, and the wonderful Erin Infantino!

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Photography by Justin and Mary Marantz

To officially kick off the 2015 wedding season I was fortunate enough to head to Engage14! in Bachelor Gulch. This was my second time attending Engage and boy did it not disappoint. I was skeptical at first about heading into the Colorado mountains at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch and the long day of traveling. I knew of course that the guys and gals of Engaging Concepts pull off one amazing event so how could I take the chance and risk missing it.

engage!14 | Bachelor Gulch | Day 1 from I Do Films on Vimeo.

engage!14 | Bachelor Gulch | Final Recap from I Do Films on Vimeo.

The remainder of June and July we focused on family, weddings and purchasing a new home in Greenwich CT with the most amazing studio space out back. I can hardly wait for what is in store for that space in 2015!

In August Erica, Lauren our Day of Assistant, and I packed up the jeep and headed to Nantucket for one of the best projects we had all year. We helped Justin and Mary host their Walk Through A Wedding Nantucket! ACK we had so much we cannot wait to try to convince them to do it again next year...

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Photos by Justin and Mary Marantz

Kicking off the fall brought us the chance to head into Brooklyn and showcase some of Erica's floral work. She has been keeping her floral skills in hiding here at Stacie Shea Events but has a LOVE for everything flower related. So to give her some practice we signed up for The Not Wedding Brooklyn. Her and I had a blast heading into the city,working with some new Brooklyn vendors,and hanging out in Brooklyn for the day.

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Photo Credit to Modern Wedding Photography Cassidy Parker Smith Photography | Laura Marie Creative Photography

We finally slowed down as the major part of wedding season came to end for us. Erica took on one last editorial shoot to work with a close friend of hers - Trisha Keeler Photography. They planned the perfect shoot on a beautiful fall day to welcome us to the month of November. We are so excited as we have a great wedding on the books with Trisha in the new year in Cape Cod at our secret gem of a venue, the Mill Pond Estate.

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We kicked off the holidays at Stacie Shea Events with two last events. I could think of no better way to kick it off than to plan one last Walk Through A Wedding with our two favorites, Justin and Mary Marantz!

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Photos by Justin and Mary Marantz

Our last and final event of the year was a Friendsmas Dinner hosted at my house to really show thanks to those that put their love forth to us this year. Every year I start planning early in the summer what to gift vendors, and how to show them how much they mean to me and my business. So this year I planned a small dinner for 14 friendors to show them how much they mean to us at Stacie Shea Events and how they make my business better. I had such a fabulous time that I am confident I will be doing this again and quite possibly exploring it a few times a year so that I can really show all my vendor friends the love!

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Photos by Jessica Haley Photography

With this I bid 2014 adeu!  I have promised myself that I will slow down in 2015 and not have as busy of a calendar. I am forever grateful to the team that I was able to work with this year, and the vendors that make my job oh so much easier. I couldn't do any of this without the help and support from my dear husband, my mother in law who drops everything to come help, and my sweet mama who jumps on a plane to be my daycare the weeks I have weddings. I need you all, and you keep me pushing forward full steam ahead. I want my clients to know that they are my passion and their weddings are what I live for, and last but not least I wish for all my readers to have the best year yet! Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

j&m walk through a wedding: the lace factory

I can't stress enough how lovely it is to work with such talented and respected vendors. Walk Through a Wedding at The Lace Factory was another excuse to do just that. This venue is killer and the design behind this shoot was so elegant and fresh. I think I speak for everyone involved when I say "Thank You!" to Justin and Mary for giving us the opportunity to let our creativity flow. Stay tuned! Stacie Shea Events is packing up and heading to Nantucket for Walk Through a Wedding in a couple of short weeks! I've got a great feeling about this one!

 

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Vendor Love:

Photography: Justin and Mary Marantz

Venue: The Lace Factory

Stylist: Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore

Hair/Make-up: Simply Gorgeous by Erin 

Florals: Carrie Wilcox Floral Design

Paper: Roseville Designs

Pies: Pickles and Pies 

Linens: La Tavola and Wildflower

Table setting: Juliska 

xoxo Erica

 

J&M Walk Through a Wedding: Kate Spade

Part two of Walk Through a Wedding was such a treat! What girl doesn't just love a classic Kate Spade inspiration? I'm not too sure I have words for this one, folks. I'll let the photos speak for themselves. This group of vendors at February's Walk Through a Wedding with Justin and Mary Marantz knocked it out of the park! The backdrop of the Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park was just perfect. Enjoy! CT Wedding Planner

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Vendor Credits:

Photography: Justin and Mary Marantz

Florals: Intrigue Designs 

Paper: The Pink Orange 

Linens: La Tavola and Wildflower

Cake: Erica O'Brien Cakes 

Hair: Brittany George of Upstyle

Make-up: Simply Gorgeous by Erin

Venue: The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park

Dress: Rent the Runway

xoxo Erica

a recap of the trouvaille workshop

It’s not too often people get to follow their dreams and live so closely to their inspirations. This past April I was lucky enough to do both at the Trouvaille Workshop led by the ever so talented Rhiannon Bosse of Hey Gorgeous Events. The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI hosted 30 lovely ladies for a three-day workshop experience unlike any other. Bradley James Photography

Over the course of three short days I made new friends, gained valuable knowledge from industry professionals and was inspired by Rhi’s outstanding sense of design. So many smart, savvy, and talented professionals had the opportunity to speak and teach what they know best. Amongst many other things we learned about vendor relationships, putting an appropriate price on what we do and how to market our businesses for growth. My shiny gold notebook (one of many fabulous swag items) was filled from cover to cover by the end of the three days!

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Alongside Rhi, Alicia from Bows and Arrows sparked my slow growing passion for floral design and kicked it into high gear! I have always had a sweet spot for florals. Mostly cooing over the beauty in arrangements and bouquets. But Trouvaille gave me the opportunity to get my hands on some stems to snip and style in my own way! We were taught floral conditioning and “finding your style” and then were let loose in what seemed to be a sea of beautiful blooms to create our very own centerpieces.

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I must say I was pretty darn proud of myself.

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A big, big, BIG, thank you goes out to Rhiannon for hosting such an incredible and inspirational three days. Because of you, Rhi, I can also warmly say ‘thank you’ to the girls I met along the way. There is so much truth in saying that you get most of your passion and ideas from those that you work alongside of.

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And lastly, I couldn’t be more grateful to work with such an incredible lady who made my trip to Grand Rapids a reality in the first place. Thank you Stacie for pushing me to grow and for giving me opportunities I could only dream of having.

How about these photos? Brad and Sam, I appreciate you catching all of these incredible moments throughout our time at Trouvaille. I will certainly treasure all you have captured.

xoxo Erica

Photographs by Bradley James Photography

Trouvaille Workshop - Hey Gorgeous Events

Bradley James Photography As a planner and designer I find it so incredibly important that we continue to stay on top of the current wedding trends, and always continue learning. Not just about how to put on a seamless and perfect event but also learning from other amazing individuals in the wedding community. Since I was traveling home from M + S's wedding week in Maui I thought it was so perfect that Erica attend the Trouvaille Workshop with none other than the FAB Rhiannon from Hey Gorgeous Events.

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Erica came home from this 3 day workshop in Grand Rapids inspired beyond words. I can hardly contain myself with all the fun things we have coming our way at Stacie Shea Events. All I can say is that we are gearing up for a crazy rest of 2014 and an even more incredible 2015! Stay tuned for all our upcoming changes and get ready for a recap from Erica next week on the blog about this great workshop.

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PS - For all those planners, designers, and possible newbies in the industry I cannot say enough great things about Rhi and her passion. This my friends is the gal to learn from! So make sure you sign up for her upcoming October workshop!

Photo Credit {Bradley James Photography}

Check out Erica's beautiful floral design above!

 

 

Engage13! at the Montelucia - The Luxury Wedding Summit Recap

cc6789150c7789b9e195817e_650x433 Since starting my business I have been watching the tweets, facebook posts, and instagram pics when fellow wedding industry folks head out to Engage each December and June. Shortly after having my daughter I decided it was time to call myself out, pull the trigger and register to attend. On December 9th with my great friend Jessica Ulrich from Jessica Haley Photography we headed off to the AMAZING Montelucia in Scottsdale. This year Engage13! hit a huge milestone by making this the 12th go round of this luxury wedding business summit.

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To my friends, clients and industry friends it the Maserati of wedding industry events and attending it makes you feel like you just graduated from Harvard with an MBA in Wedding! Engage13! was filled with great speakers, incredible networking, so much information you feel like you are brain could explode at any given moment with all the hair brained crazy ideas floating thru your head!  The event is limited to the first 300 wedding professionals and it truly challenges its attendees to think outside the box and  provide new and exciting ways to give value to your clients.

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I would be giving away some of the new things coming to Stacie Shea Events in 2014 and 2015 if I told you everything I was able to walk away from this conference with.I will tell you that what started as a small world cab ride with the Brides Magazine Real Weddings Editor paved the road for a pretty amazing event. Then lead to a pretty amazing seat right next to Sean Low during the Opening day, a small group dinner and business analysis from Sean, an amazing walk back to my hotel room after the first night with Marcy Blum, a breakfast with Silvia Weinstock, and a Gala seat next to Ed Libby's business partner.  Engage13! provided speaker panels,small group experiences, FAB parties, and a once in a lifetime opportunity to rub elbows with the wedding industry’s best of the best.

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Here are some of our my favorite shots from the course of the 3 days and a a few video recaps that would make anyone not want to miss out on the next Engage14!

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engage!13 | The Montelucia from I Do Films on Vimeo.

engage!13 | Montelucia - Days 2 & 3 from I Do Films on Vimeo.

Engage 13 at Montelucia // High Energy Recap from Elysium Productions on Vimeo.

A special THANK YOU to Chellise Michael Photography + Scott Clark Photography + I Do Films + Elysium Productions for the videos and photos seen here. Last but not least thank you, thank you, thank you to Engaging Concepts for all your hardwork and time spent on this event. I cannot wait to see you all again at Engage14! in December!

 

 

Clean Slate in 2014

  2013 was a year of many changes at Stacie Shea Events and you will be seeing some blog posts in the coming weeks about it. In the meantime I wanted to start a series of posts about an area of my business that I have always wanted to share and invite others into but was never sure how well it would be received.

As a small business owner we are always looking for ways to save time, multi-task, gain more hours in the day, and simplify our business flow. Yes I know I am a wedding planner and frankly some of the people who will be reading these posts just might not really be interested in learning how the wheels on my business turn. Then I realized that maybe just maybe there is someone out there who would love to know what makes us tick here at Stacie Shea Events.

Then I also realized that maybe with this series of posts my future and current clients could learn a bit more about what into their events. So they could see how my passion for planning is so much more than what they see at our monthly catch up meetings or when we are grabbing coffee and planning the designs for their special day.

Starting today I am going to dig into how my business runs. I want my readers to see what feeds the fire how we run our processes here. I am not promising weekly or daily posts about this but I am promising to take my knowledge that I have learned in planning and events the past couple of years and making it into something aspiring wedding planners and event designers can use. I want to create something that dreamers who are toying with the idea of starting their own business can come to and learn from the mistakes I made and grow with me as well.

I very well could get shunned for the idea of passing on my "secrets" but at the same time. Let's be real folks and realize brides, grooms, and my couples hire me for me. They hire me for what I bring to the table and that is why I am comfortable sharing this information. So with that brief little introduction I am going to dig into a new line of posts coming at Stacie Shea Events.

Shortly after the beginning of the New Year I realized I needed a clean slate. I needed a desktop that left me feeling organized and ready to tackle the day. I know we have all been there when you turn on your computer and you have more files saved on your desktop than you can count and you just sweat thinking about how to organize them all. So I created my Clean Slate file and uploaded it onto my desktop so that I could organize those much needed desktop files. No matter how much I tried I still had some day-to-day files that I needed quick access and some of my file filing systems (that I will share in a future post) just weren’t cutting it.

So I created the Clean Slate file and every night when I close up my computer I make sure that my desktop is in a state that I feel organized with. I organize those folders into each of the categories listed and anything that I know I need to work on the next day is set and right there ready for me to tackle in the morning. My clients are then categorized into the correct buckets and I am always aware on my desktop what needs to be done. Folks this has really helped me clear the clutter and definitely helped me step away from some stray social media time we all get sucked into.

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