Valentine’s Day Wedding Inspiration

I am so lucky that my job title is pretty much summed up as “celebrating love”. Being a wedding planner LOVE is what keeps us in business. During the planning process we will dwell on questions such as “what type of food do you love, what type of floral do you love, what colors do you love?”. See, it all boils down to love! Enjoy your day whether that be with your friends, family, significant other, fur babies, or simply yourself and some Netflix!

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Photo Credit from Left to Right:
1. Pink and Gold Macarons: Josephine and Jaime Weddings
2. LOVE Letters: Jove Meyer Events
3. Floral Centerpiece: Annabella Charles
4. Wedding Invitation Suite: Paper Bow London
5. Arrow Wedding Cake: Heather Saunders Photography
6. Heart Wreath: Pinterest.com
7. Jimmy Choo Burgundy High Heels: Jimmy Choo

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Pantone Color Of The Year 2017 Is…. Greenery

I have to be honest, when I first saw the color that Pantone had announced for their 2017 color of the year I had a “WTF” moment. After the two beautiful calm colors from last year, I was surprised to see such a bold green come at us.

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After reading a quote from Pantone Institute’s vice president, Laurie Pressman on USA Today, it made a bit more sense.
“The vibrant green with yellow undertones is an answer, of sorts, to bruising 2016, signaling a yearning to rejuvenate, and to reconnect to both nature and something larger than oneself, said Laurie Pressman, the institute’s vice president.
“It’s a realization for many people,” she said in an interview Wednesday. “This country is politically divided, and we see that around the world. It’s not just us. There’s a real division in terms of globalization and this desire to pull back from globalization. It’s Brexit. It’s what we just saw in Italy.”

This past year our brides truly embraced the greenery. A lot of them left the glitz and glam behind and went for a more natural Southern California garden vibe with lush greenery, natural colored linens, and not a speck of bling. Here are some of our favorite moments of greenery from the year. We can’t wait to see what our 2017 weddings will bring, the grass will definitely be greener on this side!

Photo Credit: Hello Gaby J
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Photo Credit: J.Anne Photography
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Photo Credit: Norina Kaye Photography
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Photo Credit: Trejo Vanegas
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I Am One

It hit me. I received a notice to renew my business license and just like that, I happily survived my first year of owning Green Orchid Events. Although weddings and events were not new to me (going on year 9 of being a wedding planner), being a business owner was. Many words come to mind when I think of this year: thankful, blessed, lucky, etc. It makes me emotional thinking of all the couples who invited into their lives to celebrate a huge milestone with them, their wedding day. No matter how much time passes, I am forever grateful and humbled that they picked me to be their wedding planner. YOU….yes you have made me a better person, a stronger planner, and probably gave me a wrinkle from smiling so hard.

As I reflect on this past year and what is to come in the future I wanted to remind myself and maybe new wedding planners who are just starting out some important tips! I still have a lot to learn and I am not where I want to be…yet.

Be Kind: You never know who is watching or listening. Never get so overwhelmed or stressed on a wedding day that you forget to smile, forget to say please or thank you, or forget that it takes a team. We all have bad days or have a moment where we might be less than pleasant with someone. “I am sorry” goes a long way.
Photo Credit: Youkeun Oh Photography
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Leave your ego at the door: It isn’t your show and it isn’t your wedding day! I always say it takes a village to raise a child and plan a wedding. Don’t stand around with a clipboard staring at people…you are not J.Lo and if you are not busy, help a wedding professional that is!
Photo Credit: J. Anne Photography
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Avoid the “B” word….Busy: I so so so get it. There are plenty of times that we feel like we are drowning, can’t catch our breath, and dream of a day off. But don’t get so busy that your forget to spend time with friends and family, forget to find time to grab coffee or lunch with a new wedding professional, or forget to answer an email. Also, don’t get so busy that you lose yourself in the process.
Photo Credit: Alt F Photography
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Find your tribe: You will do a lot of weddings and make a lot of mistakes before you find your tribe. Your tribe are the wedding professionals that you know will show up and show out. They make you look good, really good! You know they will be on time, give a 150% to your clients, and are as passionate about the wedding as you are. This also applies to your couples. Stick to the couples that fit your brand and beliefs! You pick your couple as much as they pick you!
Photo Credit: Alt F Photography
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Community over competition: You need your fellow wedding planners. I am lucky to call some of the top Las Vegas wedding planners, my friends. I refer a ton of weddings out to them as they do with me. I have called on them when I need an extra hand at a wedding or when I needed something for a client that I couldn’t find on my own. Trust me, you will need them!
Photo Credit: M Place Productions
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I am excited for 2017 as I am entering the new year more confident, more experienced, and so ready to plan the hell out of your wedding!

xoxoxo

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A Vineyard Elopement featured on Grey Likes Weddings

I am always in awe of people who see the world in a different way than I do. When I first met with Gaby J we instantly made plans to collaborate together on something different, fresh, and just a little bit off the beaten path! It was so refreshing to work on something that was relaxed, not overthought, and natural. Pahrump Valley Winery stole our hearts with their lush trees, quaint grounds, and my favorite part…WINE!

Thank you to Grey Likes Weddings for the feature!

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Meet the team!
Photography and Creative Design: Gaby J Photography
Coordinator and Creative Design: Green Orchid Events
Floral Designer: City Blossoms Floral
Rental Chairs and Tables: RSVP Party Rentals
Hair and Makeup: Ruby Finch Salon
Venue: Pahrump Valley Winery
Wedding Cake: Peridot Sweets
Bride’s Gown: Bella Bridesmaids Las Vegas Designer: Joanna August
Stationery: She Paperie
Linen: Adorn
Ribbon: Silk and Willow
Food Stylist: Meggan Blake

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