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August 11, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

The Details on…Loews Hotel Philadelphia

Photo Courtesy of the Loews Facebook Page

I had the pleasure of being hosted for lunch by the Sales and Catering Staff at the Loews Hotel Philadelphia this week.  Catering Sales Manager Andreea Denes and I are working together on a client’s wedding next year but Andreea wanted to personally meet with me so we could get to know each other better as well as talk about other needs I may have for current or future clients.  My lunch was hosted in the onsite resteraunt Bank and Bourbon, which offers traditional American fare with a unique but modern twist. (I had a really tasty steak salad and I hear their Parmesan Rosemary french fries are delicious!)  Bank and Bourbon would be a great option for Brides and Grooms looking for the perfect place to host a rehearsal dinner, post wedding brunch or even a Bachelorette/Bachelor party dinner (ask Andreea to show you the secret room which would be perfect for hosting a Bachelor Party whiskey tasting!)  After our lunch, Andreea was able to give me a detailed tour of the different event spaces the hotel offers.

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Millennium Ballroom – Photo Courtesy of Loews Facebook Page

The Millennium Ballroom is an over 9,000 square foot space ideal for wedding and events from 150 to up to 400 guests for a sit-down dinner and up to 600 guests for a reception style event.  (This is the ballroom that will host our client’s wedding reception next year.)  What is unique about this space is that it is the original banking level of the old PSFS Bank and highlights the marble and granite walls of the original space, as well as the bank vault and Cartier clock.

The Regency Ballroom is also over 9,000 square feet and can be divided up into 4 sections, if needed.  It can seat 200-500 guests for a sit-down reception and up to 700 for a reception style event or wedding.

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Regency Ballroom – Photo Courtesy of the Loews Facebook Page

There is also the option to use this space for the ceremony and reception space, as there is an over 2,700 square foot foyer area that can be utilized for cocktail hour during a “flip”.   While the Millennium Ballroom would be considered a more modern space, the Regency Ballroom offers a more art-deco look.  (It would be perfect for a 20’s/30’s style or Great Gatsby theme wedding!)

A highlight of the event spaces at the Loews is the 33rd Floor, which sits at the very top of the hotel.  The 33rd floor can be used for wedding ceremonies for up to 250 guests, wedding receptions for up to 150 guests and cocktail receptions for up to 350 guests.  (Our Bride and Groom will be hosting their ceremony and cocktail hour in this space and when you take a tour of the venue, you will see why! )

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33rd Floor – Photo Courtesy of Loews Facebook Page and BG Productions

With windows circling the entire space, wedding guests have views of the entire Center City skyline to gaze at (can you imagine a sunset ceremony?!).  The 33rd floor also offers direct access to the rooftop terrace, offering both an indoor and outdoor flow as well as breathtaking photos for your photographer to capture.

The Loews also has two other wedding ballroom options – Commonwealth Hall is an over 6,000 square foot space, perfect for wedding ceremonies and dinner and dancing for 150 to 300 guests.  For a smaller or more intimate wedding, the Washington Room is a little over 3,000 square feet and can host up to 150 guests for a sit-down dinner and up to 200 for a reception event.  Many of Loews’ clients use this space for their ceremony or even a wedding after party.

Imagine a stress-free wedding day where you have hair and make up done, put on your wedding dress and simply take an elevator to your ceremony and reception.  The Loews offers this level of service and ease to Brides and Grooms and their wedding guests.  The hotels features over 580 newly renovated guest rooms and 12 suites within walking distance of the Reading Terminal, the Convention Center and City Hall (all great options for a first look and wedding photos!).

We are excited to be working with Andreea and her staff for our clients wedding next year at the Loews.  It will be unforgettable event with authentic Philadelphia style and top notch service.  We also look forward to being able to share the hotel as an option to future clients, whether it be for a wedding ceremony/reception, hotel block or rehearsal dinner.  If you are considering a wedding at the Loews, let us know!  We would love to help bring your vision to life!

  • Amanda
July 27, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

Kathy and Drew – 6-24-17, The John James Audubon Center

Last October, Bride Kathy contacted Diamonds and Details to help with day of coordination for her June wedding.  She was concerned about the timeline for wedding day and having someone there to keep things organized, as the wedding party would be starting their day at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Center City for getting ready and photos but the wedding ceremony and reception was in Audubon at the John James Audubon Center.  There can be a lot of logistic hiccups with getting around and out of the city, especially with wedding day shuttles involved so we were happy to hear Kathy saw the need for a Day of Coordinator and we were fortunate to be the company she hired for this responsibility.

As the photos from Alyssa Maloof Photography beautifully capture, Kathy and Groom Drew’s wedding day was filled with a playful sense of fun and true happiness shared by both Bride and Groom and their family and Wedding Party.  Die-hard Flyers fans, the couple also found a way to incorporate their affection for their number 1 team into wedding day (one of our favorite wedding day details!).  A highlight of the day for Kathy and Drew, wedding guests and even the wedding day professionals was a very special appearance by one of the venue’s in-house residents Odin.  Let’s just say he was a real “Hoot”!  😉

Congratulations to Kathy and Drew and thank you for letting Diamonds and Details share in the fun and happiness of your day!  We wish you much luck and love in the future and maybe even a Flyers Stanley Cup win very soon?

 

Ceremony and Reception Venue – John James Audubon Center, Audubon, PA

Officiant – David Dubbledam

Caterer – Jeffrey Miller Catering

Getting Ready Hotel and 1st Look Location – Hyatt at the Bellevue 

Photography – Alyssa Maloff Photography 

Videography – Be Films Wedding Cinematography 

Day of Coordination – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Floral Design and Decor – Maura Rose Events

Ceremony Musicians – Jaclyn Duncan Music

Reception Entertainment – Scratch Entertainment

Wedding Cake  – Jeffrey Miller Catering

Transportation – Kevin Smith Transportation

Guest Hotels – Hampton Inn Valley Forge and Crown Plaza King of Prussia

Hair and Make-up – Architeqt Salon

 

 

June 2, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

The Details on….The Radnor Hotel

Welcome to June and the height of wedding season!  The Diamonds and Details team may be busy with client appointments and weddings (look for a blog post soon detailing our 1st wedding of the season at the Horticultural Center!) but we still take some time to meet up and visit with some of our favorite venues and wedding day professionals.  Recently, I had the pleasure of dining for lunch with the Sales and Marketing team at the Radnor Hotel.  What you may not know about this award-winning hotel is that it also offers a great option for wedding ceremonies and reception right in the heart of the Philadelphia Main Line.

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Photo Courtesy of the Radnor Hotel Facebook Page

Nestled on the back side of the hotel’s property is their Formal Gardens, offering both an outside ceremony and cocktail hour space to use for wedding day.  The ceremony space – the Esplanade Garden – offers space to accomdate up to 200 seated guests.

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Radnor Hotel Ceremony Space with Chuppah Set-up (Rebecca Barger Photography)

As the Radnor Hotel website describes, “Anchored by a beautiful brick backdrop and flanked by lush foliage and flowers, the Esplanade Garden is the ideal setting to create a picturesque ceremony that will be as memorable as your reception.”

Menu wise, the Radnor Hotel does not disappoint!  For cocktail hour, you have the option to choose from over 45 house made hor devours as well as interactive Chef’s stations, featuring stir fry, pasta, seafood and carving stations.

Reception packages feature five hours of open bar, four-course dining and a dessert display on top of a wedding cake.

Whether you are thinking of booking a DJ or Live Band, The Radnor Hotel’s Grand Terrace Ballroom offers ample space for dinner and dancing.  Diamonds and Details even had a client bring in lounge furniture to decorate their ballroom and offer another option for seating during the reception.  The space has unlimited possibilities!

One of the main highlights of getting married at the Radnor Hotel is being able to host your family and friends all in the same location.  The full-service hotel has 171 rooms including 8 luxury suites, offering a great option for getting ready on wedding day.  The Radnor Hotel’s on site restaurant, The Glen Morgan Grill (their Cashew Chicken salad is delicious!) gives you the option to host a rehearsal dinner or even a pre-wedding lunch for the groomsmen all in the same location.  Sunday morning, the hotel serves their “Best of the Main Line” Brunch and is a must for any guests staying overnight after a Saturday wedding!

Diamonds and Details has had the pleasure to work with the Radnor Hotel for several client weddings and love being able to share its top-notch service, beautiful gardens and the convenience of everything at one place with our clients.  If you are considering the Radnor Hotel as a wedding option, give us a call – we would love to help plan your perfect day there!

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March 31, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

“Let’s Start at the Very Beginning” – Picking the Perfect Venue

After you find the perfect guy or girl, put the perfect ring on the finger and set the perfect date, the next step is finding the perfect venue!

One of my favorite parts of the wedding planning process is the very beginning – finding the perfect place to host your wedding day.  Many of our planning clients specifically hire Diamonds and Details because the process to find a venue to fit their guest count, budget and needs can be very overwhelming.  Once you help a client find the right venue, putting the rest of the wedding planning pieces together generally flows very easily.   Thankfully, the Philadelphia area, especially Center City, offers many unique and beautiful venues for our clients to choose from.  I recently had the opportunity to tour some new venue spaces to the Diamonds and Details team – The Inn at Penn (a Hilton Hotel) and Houston Hall in Perelman Quadrangle at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Houston Hall – Bodek Lounge (photo from Perelman Quadrangle’s Facebook Page)

During the day, Houston Hall is buzzing with UPenn students and smells of insanely delicious Insomnia Cookies.  What doesn’t come across at first glance is the unique event space the building offers. With several different options for event space, Houston Hall offers Brides and Grooms the opportunity to have their ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all in the same location.  With several large rounded marble staircases in the building, the possibilities for a first look photo would make any photographer go photo crazy!  The venue has significant history to Philadelphia and UPenn as it dates back to the 1890s.  At one time the Hall even had a swimming pool and bowling alley in the bottom floor!  Rental pricing for Houston Hall starts around $6000 and includes rental of the entire event space and its facilities, linen rentals, banquet tables and chairs, uplighting for the banquet room and a private space for both the Bride and Groom to get ready.  (There is also options to upgrade your rental package with speciality linens and chairs, an outdoor ceremony, etc.)

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Houston Hall – Hall of Flags (photo from Perelman Quadrangle’s Facebook Page)

One of the most appealing aspects of having your wedding at Houston Hall is the opportunity to bring in a caterer of your choosing.  The venue also is a great option for larger weddings as it can host up to 250 guests comfortably and offers several hotels for guests to stay at within walking distance.  The venue even offers valet parking for an additional cost on the night of your event.  We had a great time touring with the Venue Manager Kate (she is actually getting married on site this year!) and can’t wait to explore all the options the venue offers with future clients!

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The Inn at Penn (a Hilton Hotel) – (photo from Inn at Penn’s Facebook page)

Located just a few blocks from Houston Hall and right next to the UPenn school store, is the Inn at Penn.  The Inn recently completed a renovation of all of its hotel rooms (wedding guests will love iPads in every room!) and its wedding and event space, The Woodlands Ballroom.

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(Photo from Inn at Penn’s Facebook Page)

The Ballroom offers Brides and Groom a modern, unique space to host their wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.  The recent renovation added stunning chandeliers and new flooring to the room, as well as a space on one end of the ballroom perfectly designed to feature a flower wall or custom designed chuppah.  Brides and Grooms can even choose the option to utilize the hotel’s outdoor space for their ceremony and cocktail hour and then come back into the Woodlands Ballroom for dinner and dancing later in the evening.  While the event space at the Inn at Penn sells itself, right now the hotel is offering three incentives if you book your wedding there: A complimentary rehearsal dinner for up to 30 guests, a complimentary post-wedding breakfast for up to 40 guests and 100,000 Hilton Honors points.  One of our most asked questions from clients is where should I host my rehearsal dinner, the Inn at Penn makes this easy for you!  Pricing for Inn at Penn weddings starts at around $150/person and their space would easily host a 150-200 guest wedding comfortably.  The hotel offers 245 guests rooms and valet parking can even be included in your wedding event package for those guests not staying at the hotel.  A highlight of our tour with the on site Wedding Specialist Michelle was dining in their award-winning Italian Restaurant Penne.  (The hotel would be a great choice for those wine-living Brides and Grooms!)  We look forward to working with Michelle in the future and presenting the Inn at Penn to future clients!

These two venue options are some of our new favorites in Center City but we also love working with many other hotels and unique spaces.   Email us today about planning your wedding and we can start exploring your options!

Stay tuned to the Diamonds and Details blog in the upcoming months as we feature more venues and wedding day professionals we love working with!

  • Amanda
March 7, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

“The Start of the Season” – Wedding Showcase Fun!

While some of us may still be hibernating from the winter weather (what is up with mother nature playing tricks on us with these random 70 degree days!), many of your favorite wedding professionals have already started their busy wedding season.  While it may be a slow time for weddings (who doesn’t love a winter wedding though – we love photos of Brides and Grooms in the snow!), the winter months can be a great time to meet interested Brides and Grooms at the many bridal/wedding shows around the area.  Diamonds and Details was lucky enough to be part of two very different, but fun wedding shows these past few weeks.

In January, Sveltana, Maygan and I started our year out with participating in the Lovesick Expo at World Cafe Live.  This was a great opportunity to meet with couples who are looking for a very nontraditional take on a wedding showcase.

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The Diamonds and Details Team

We had a great time meeting Brides and Grooms, other wedding professionals and getting a feel for some new nontraditional wedding planning ideas for the upcoming wedding season.  If you are a fan of the website Offbeat Bride (one of our favorites!), this show would be a great fit for your wedding needs.  The Lovesick Expo will actually be back in Philly in August.  More info can be found on their website.

 

 

While Diamonds and Details works all over the Philadelphia area, planning on the Main Line and in Philadelphia suburbs is a speciality.  We are an active member of the Bride Guide to West Chester, a networking group based in and around the West Chester, PA area.  This year, Maygan and I returned as participants in the Bride Guide’s annual Bridal Showcase which was held last month at the Chester County Historical Society.

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Maygan and I Having Some Fun at the Bride Guide Show!

With almost 200 people in attendance, the show was a great success and we had an awesome time meeting with new Brides and Grooms interested in both planning and day of coordination services.  To the Brides and Grooms we met – don’t forget, our special bridal show discount is good till March 15th so email or call us to book your services today!

With our wedding season starting in April and client appointments quickly filling up our March calendar, we were limited to participating in only these two shows this Bridal Show season.  Thankfully, both shows had a great turnout and we met some really fun couples that we can hopefully work with this year and next.  As a special gift for anyone who met us in January or February, mention this blog post and I will extend the special pricing we offered till April 1st!  We look forward to adding the details to your day!  We start our wedding season at Fairmont Park Horticultural Center in April – be on the look out for a blog post about that wedding – can’t wait to share photos and recap!

  • Amanda

 

 

 

 

January 18, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

Lucy and James, 11-5-16, The Sofitel, Philadelphia, PA

From my first phone call with Bride Lucy concerning day of coordination for her November wedding at the Sofitel Hotel, I knew that working with her was going to be a great finish to our 2016 wedding season.  Lucy was extremely organized concerning every detail of her wedding day.  She had put together a great team of professionals on her own, but wanted some reassurance that Diamonds and Details would be available on wedding day to help with setting up some of her personal details and decor as well as coordinate the ceremony offsite and make sure the reception ran smoothly.  I told Lucy what we tell all of our clients, “No worries at all!  Our job is to make sure your wedding day is stress-free, fun and fabulous!”

As the beautiful photos from Silver Image Photography show, Lucy and her Groom James were gifted with a sunny, November wedding day with all of her details coming together flawlessly.  There was not a worry or concern on her face to be seen in any of the photos – just smiles and love!

Congratulations to Lucy and James!  Thank you for the choosing us to help with wedding day!  We wish you the best of luck and love in the future!

Ceremony Venue – Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, Philadelphia, Pa

Reception Venue – Hotel Sofitel, Philadelphia, Pa 

Officiant – Kari Hart (Church Pastor)

Caterer – Hotel Sofitel

Hotel – Sofitel Philadelphia

Photography/Video – Silver Image Photography 

Day of Coordination and Decor Set-up – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Florist – Marcus Hook Flowers

Reception Entertainment – Franklin and Alison Band

Wedding Cake – Hotel Sofitel 

Transportation –Luxury Limo and Car Service

Hair and Make-up – Salon at Rittenhouse Hotel

Favors – Provided by the Bride and Groom

 

January 10, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

Jen and Isaac, 9-24-16, Paradise Farm Camp, Downingtown, PA

If it’s possible to be a little too obsessed with a wedding, then call me guilty.  The best gift my team and I could have received for the new year (Happy 2017!) was photos from Jen and Isaac’s wedding last September at Paradise Farm Camp in Downingtown, PA.  I met the couple at the 2016 Bride’s Guide to West Chester Bridal Show and from our very 1st introduction, I knew that their wedding was a perfect fit for Diamonds and Details.  Lucky for us, they felt the same!   While all the details they were putting together were swoon-worthy – a camp as the venue backdrop, wild flowers in the decor, a wooden bar made by the Groom, twinkle lights and DIY touches everywhere – the highlight of Jen and Isaac’s wedding was seeing such a deserving couple have the wedding they envisioned and put many hours into planning.  (Okay – their dog in the wedding party might be the highlight of the wedding, but you get my point.)  Much thanks to the couple for sending over the photos from photographer Shawn Sims of TrueVine Photography.

 

Thank you Jen and Isaac for the opportunity to help with set up and day of coordination for your wedding day.  We wish you many, many happy moments and camping adventures in the future!

Ceremony and Reception Venue – Paradise Farm Camp, Downingtown, PA

Caterer – Jimmy Davis Catering

Photography – TrueVine Photography

Day of Coordination – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Florist – Lorgus Flower Shop

Reception Music – The New Locals

After Party Music – Scott DiRico aka “DJ Scott Cameron”

Wedding Cupcakes – Bakers of Buffington

Officiant – Bob Pileggi of Journeys of the Heart

Tent Rental – American Tent Rental

Event Rentals – Weir Event Rentals and Sales

Hair – Amy Evans

Make-up – Emily Alice Salon

December 20, 2016 / diamondsanddetails

2016 – So Many Details to Discuss!

Is 2016 already over?!  Diamonds and Details has had one of its busiest years in company history and I couldn’t be prouder be leading such a talented team of wedding professionals.  We started out the 2016 with a brand new website, adding our Bridal Attendant Maygan as a permanent fixture to the team.  In February, Maygan and I did the Bride Guide to West Chester Bridal Show at the Chester County Historical Society.

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2016 Bride Guide to West Chester Bridal Show

The Bride Guide is a great wedding planning resource for Brides and Grooms planning a wedding in and around the West Chester area.  We are excited to be a member of this group and once again will be showcasing our skills at their bridal show on February 26th at the Chester County Historical Society.  (Email me if you want more info!)

Our 2016 wedding season officially began in April and continued all the way into November.  We were blessed with some of the most appreciative clients and had the opportunity to work alongside some extremely talented event professionals.  2016 was also a special year for Diamonds and Details, as we had several clients who choose to have their wedding under a tent at a private residence.

 

There is something so special about celebrating your special day with family and friends in the home your grew up in.  Thankfully, Mother Nature was very kind in 2016 for all of these tented weddings!

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Private Residence Tented Wedding in Rosemont, PA (www.smittenchickens.com)

With so many weddings on the calendar for 2016, it meant we had the pleasure to work with some new venues this year.

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Ram’s Head Inn Wedding

Much thanks to the Radnor Hotel, Merion Tribute House, Cairnwood Estate, Ram’s Head Inn, The Horticultural Center, The Olde Bar, Paradise Farm Camp, the Cira Centre and the Sofitel Hotel for taking such good care of us this year while we brought the details to wedding day!  (We will be working with the The Olde Bar again in 2017 and hope to be able to add the details to these venues again in the future!)

Personally, I can say that the highlight of 2016 for me was being able to work with so many amazing Brides, Grooms, their families and friends.  With the heat blazing down, I have seen friends and family of the Bride and Groom setting up ceremony chairs, driving golf carts around, directing traffic, hanging up twinkle lights, unloading food and drink from cars, finishing off DIY decor, offering to help my team do whatever was necessary to make wedding day as perfect as can be.  I can’t offer enough thanks to all of our 2016 clients for the opportunity to work them.  The girls and I are so lucky to be able to add the details to your day!   (An extra thanks to the clients who wrote us such beautiful reviews online and sent thank you cards and gifts.  To see your appreciation in writing means so much!)

Here are some photo highlights of some of our 2016 weddings!  Thank you to the talented photographers who provided us with the visual beauty!

 

2016 would not have been such a success for Diamonds and Details without my talented team working alongside me.   As my girls hear me say often, “I am only as strong as the people working next to me!”

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Sveltana, Maygan and our new girl Katie – thank you for being so good when the going gets tough!   I am so grateful to have you be part of the magic and the details would not come together without all of your talents!  I am excited for the fun and craziness 2017 will bring us!   (PS- Dinner is on me soon!)

I look forward to sharing many more highlights of our weddings and events in 2017.  lovesickCheck us out at World Cafe Live on January 15th where we will be exhibiting at the Lovesick Expo! (Yea!  So Excited to see all our Offbeat Bride couples!)

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to our clients, fellow event professionals, venues and families and friends!  Thank you for your support throughout the year!  We couldn’t be as good as we are without you!

– Amanda, Diamonds and Details Owner and Lead Planner

 

 

November 29, 2016 / diamondsanddetails

Cheers to the 2016 Season! -Intern Katie Wraps Up the Season

I can’t believe our 2016 wedding and event season is over!
ddIt was Diamonds and Details’ busiest year yet and we were so fortunate to work with such great teams of professionals and to be able to help bring perfect wedding and event days to our amazing clients.  Having Katie as a member of the team this year was definitely an asset and I am excited to see how her skills as a wedding and event planner grow.  Enjoy this 2016 wrap up from Katie and stay tuned for a photo highlight blog post featuring some of our favorite 2016 weddings!

  • Amanda

 

Wow – It’s been an amazing wedding season for Diamonds and Details and I am SO happy that I was able to be a part of it! Working behind the scenes of a wedding has been both a great learning experience for me as well as a ton of fun. There is definitely a lot of hustling and hard work that goes into being a wedding planner but that is what keeps it interesting and makes it rewarding. Some of my favorite parts of working with Diamonds and Details has been the opporunity to see these beautiful events come to life, and none of it would be possible without the other amazing vendors we have worked with, the stunning venues, and of course the couples!

What would a wedding be without vendors!? From the caterers, to the photographers and DJs, they make up an important part of the day. And when they all work together effectively, the event is sure to go over smoothly. One thing I have learned from the rest of the Diamonds and Details team: No matter if it is a vendor they have worked with before or not, they make sure to communicate all details with them, assist them with anything they may need, and always have a positive and professional attitude. You know it was a success when at the end of the night all the vendors applaud one another for their hard work and state that they cannot wait to work together again in the near future. This has happened on numerous occasions during my time with the team.

I have also had the opportunity to work at some beautiful venues. As a wedding planner it is important to use the vision of the clients in transforming the space. Some of the places we have worked have been family homes, outdoor camps, sophisticated hotels, and gorgeous estates. Some venues host weddings all the time while others are being transformed just for this special occasion. No matter the situation, it has been amazing to see each place decorated to showcase the couple’s style and to see how that space is bringing their dream wedding to life. Hearing from the families and the couple’s themselves how perfect everything came out has been one of the most rewarding things.

My favorite experience of all, and the most important, is just to see the pure happiness on the Brides and Grooms’faces. Each couple has their own love story and no two are exactly alike. Being able to witness one of the most beautiful moments in life and seeing such strong love over and over again is something I don’t think I will ever get enough of. Being able to help relieve some stress and help create happiness in someone’s special day has been a wonderful opportunity.

I am so happy I have been able to work with Diamonds and Details during this year and I look forward to many more wedding seasons with them! Bring on the New Year and the new love stories!

  • Katie
July 31, 2016 / diamondsanddetails

“Newlywed Bliss” – Our Intern Katie is Married!

Wow, things have been a whirlwind after my wedding (a little over a month ago), but I’m finally getting a post together to share! We had an amazing, relaxing honeymoon in the beautiful island of Antigua and have been settling into married life. We’re still getting used to calling each other husband and wife (I love it!) and the newlywed bliss has been fun! Since I wrote about several details of my planning and experiences before the wedding, I wanted to share some details of the day itself!

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Ashley Errington Photography

First of all, I cannot believe how fast the wedding day actually came around! Before I knew it, we were one week to go and I was scrambling around to finish last-minute details. Being that I didn’t have a wedding planner of my own, I was in charge of making sure everything was finalized, from making programs and menus, confirming details with the caterers, sending music lists to the DJ, and finalizing the timeline with the photographer. The two nights before the wedding we were hanging up lights in our wedding tent, re-arranging the dance floor and layout of the tables, creating decorations, labeling my cotton candy favors, and alphabetizing escort cards. The morning of the wedding I was up early putting linens and candles on the tables, making sure all the cups and alcohol were set up by the bar, everything was ready for when the caterers got there and that the decorations were set up how I wanted them. We basically did everything ourselves so it was a lot of work, but it was super exciting and rewarding to see it all come together.

That being said, there was no way I could have done it all by myself. Luckily I had good friends and family who volunteered to help set everything up and make sure it was all in order. On the wedding day, my friends’ husband and mom were more than willing to stay back at the reception site while the rest of us were at the church during the ceremony. They were my make-shift wedding coordinators and helped finalize the details and worked with the vendors to ensure everything was ready once people started to arrive for cocktail hour.

Before the ceremony, I was running around like crazy that morning making sure everything was done, and I will admit, not everything worked out exactly how I wanted it to. But there came a point in the day where I just let all the stress and worry go away and I didn’t care. I just wanted to enjoy the day, and I did! Sure, we had a few minor mishaps – like when there was miscommunication with the caterer and they didn’t bring coffee for after dinner. But my uncle was able to run out quick and get a whole bunch of boxed coffee from Dunkin Donuts, and I don’t think anyone even noticed. Even with some of the imperfections, in my eyes everything worked out amazing, and my husband and I enjoyed every second. We made sure to actually sit down and eat our whole dinner. We mingled as much as we could, and did A LOT of dancing. This was our day and we made sure to enjoy it! So many of our guests told us how much fun they had and it truly was the best day of our lives.

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Ashley Errington Photography

After experiencing my own wedding, my advice would be to really try not to get too overwhelmed in the planning and stressing about every detail. It’s easy to let it overcome you, but take a step back and enjoy the day to the fullest because it is truly SUCH a special day and it goes by fast! That’s why working with Diamonds and Details is such a wonderful opportunity. You don’t have to run around like crazy the morning of your wedding like I did!  The whole team at Diamonds and Details will make sure you have a worry-free, beautiful, one of a kind day!