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

the carousel at lighthouse point park: new haven, ct

February brought us a lot of snow and a lot of cold. But that didn't stop us from designing this pretty, spring inspired shoot at The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, CT. It was cold. But it was lovely. Here are a couple of our favorite images! Editorial Shoot CT Weddings

Design: Stacie Shea Events

Photography: Kristen Waterbury Photography 

Florals: Wildflowers of Tolland 

Paper: Hartford Prints

Linens: La Tavola

Rentals: Smith Party Rentals 

xoxo Erica

 

Kapalua Plantation Maui Wedding

This past April Stacie Shea Events packed up and headed off to Maui for a beautiful destination wedding and rehearsal. To add to the amazing week I was able to work with a few amazing venues like Merriman's in Maui,The Kapalua Plantation, and last but not least the amazing Jana Morgan Photography.  Stacy and Mike were the perfect couple to tie the knot and get Maui'd! Vendor Credits:

Venues: Merriman's Kapalua, The Plantation Course at Kapalua

Flowers: Flowers by Sunya

Paper: Stacy Chamberlain (The bride custom made everything herself)

Photography: Jana Morgan Photography

Videography: Amore Films

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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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Happy Friday + Engage13!

Happy Friday everyone! I leave you on this gloomy and rainy friday in Connecticut with this amazing picture from a wedding Stacie Shea Events had this past September at the Riverside Yacht Club in Greenwich. A special special thanks to the fabulous Charlotte Jenks Lewis for this beauty! Photo by Charlotte Jenks Lewis

Early Monday morning this Mama hops on a jet plane and heads to the fabulous Montelucia in Phoenix with Jessica Haley Photography. To say that I am excited would not even begin to explain how I am feeling. Nervous, excited, scared, worried...but most of all ready to submerse myself and my business in the talents of the best of the best in the Wedding Industry.

I have spent the better part of this week gathering clothes, shopping, trying on outfits and creating packing spreadsheets. Come on I'm a wedding planner what do you expect. I have more outfits than days that the actual conference is going on. I am nervous that I won't be dressed up enough or that I will be overdressed. HECK YEAH I AM!

I am so ready to take my business to a new level this year and I know that Engage13! is going to be a great tool to help me get there. To my clients looking for me the next couple of days I will be soaking up some knowledge and meeting some wedding folks I have been dying to meet in person like Hey Gorgeous EventsEvery Last Detail, Todd Fiscus, Kristin Banta and all the amazing folks here!

So for now off to finish up my packing and get my house ready for this Mama to take a few much needed days away in AZ!

 

 

3rd of july + an all white party

The week of the 4th my husbands and I head out to Montauk to relax, sit beach side and have lobster rolls. This year was no different except while I was away the team at Stacie Shea Events was busy at work helping pull off a last minute 3rd of July Beach Party in Norwalk. The event was nothing short of perfection with the exception of the few rain showers that took place later in the night. The event was a success and with all the help of a fabulous vendor team! Photo Credit to Stefanie Kapra Photography

Event Design by Ryan Designs

Sailcloth Tents provided by Sperry Tents

Catering by Abigail Kirsch

Push Pop Cakes by GoCakes! NYC

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B turns 40!

I love it when I get calls from clients that are interested in throwing a party outside of my normal scope of weddings. It poses as a new challenge and keeps me on my toes in terms of fun ideas and crafts. I was also lucky enough to get to collaborate with the UBER talented Cherry Berry Paper out of St. Louis on this 40th Birthday Party that took place in downtown NYC. Unfortunately it was also postponed due to the hurricane that hit the eastern seaboard but luckily we were able to hold the event exactly one month later in October. Thanks Cheree for all your handwork on this one.

Photo Credit to Stefanie Kapra Photography

Photo by Stefanie Kapra Photography

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