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Wedding Wednesday: The "Should-Haves"

This Wedding Wednesday is going to go out to the "should haves" from past brides. When planning a wedding the budget and vendor search can be such a hassle that one compromises or doesn't stop to ask a past bride for advice! Here is a little run down for future brides to ease into planning with and think about all their options.

When asking past brides what they would change here are the top 3 items:

1. Wish I would have hired a coordinator
2. Wish I would have had a videographer
3. Wish I'd have spent less on flowers to afford the top two items

Reality is, many people believe thy can plan a wedding themselves, but even a fellow coordinator wouldn't want to hand the task of their own wedding. This is an event that is once in a lifetime that you should enjoy and not work for! Secondly you should not designate all the work to close family and friends because odds are they are going to wish they could have enjoyed this time also!
Allie and I at our last wedding during a moment to breathe!
Videography is the one vendor many people look past because they believe pictures will do justice. Quite frankly the opposite, video can grab the moments that you wish to replay or even moments you never saw! Our friends at 618 Studios www.618stidios.net capture a wedding so amazingly that it never fails to bring me to tears! I honestly didn't have video and it's my number one regret.
Husband & Wife Videographers = super cute!
Weddings are my favorite event, that may be obvious since I'm a wedding planner, but that means I care for how they turn out, but more so for how the bride and groom will look back on their special day.

Mention this advice to any bride-to-be's! And have a very happy Wedding Wednesday!!

-Brittany & a shout out to Kelley Gilster, from 618 Studios, as our twitter convo is what sparked this blog post :)


Wedding Wednesdays: Brittany+Kiel

Hello Friends!!!
This past weekend was a good one for Rooted in Love.  We got to coordinate Brittany & Kiel Peterson's wedding! Not only is Brittany a good friend of mine (this Britt) but now we have the same name!! We actually remember talking about this possibility about 4 years ago and it's so great to be able to say it is now a reality. It was awesome receiving all this confused looks when guests would read my name tag and have the look of "why are you wearing the bride's married name?"  Besides all of that, Brittany is the most detailed bride we have had and she got so amazing with all her details! I named her DIY Bride of 2011 :)

The setup went so unbelievable well that we actually had moments of rest before the wedding started, which never happens!  I have so many pictures of the details to share that I'm bursting with joy!

The great thing about Leo Carrillo Ranch is it's canvas like quality.  Everything is there to create something extremely beautiful and this bride took full advantage.  From chandeliers at the ceremony site to making the cabana fireplace feel like home, this wedding did not have a detail left out.  
The other random fact about Leo Carrillo is the Peacocks! Yes, free roaming Peacocks... just over 40 of them.  They squawked their way through the intimate ceremony, crowded the dessert table and owned the night! At first they are cute.. and second thought they are obnoxious! Very pretty birds but loud birds and these ones did not mind humans.

Congratulations to Brittany and Kiel! They are great people and I could not be more blessed that to have been involved in their wedding the way I was!

There will be more pictures to come! And possibly even video since we got a ton of that at the wedding :) Let's consider this a sneak preview!



Philanthropy Fridays: Avon Walk 2011

Well, as most of you may know.. Allie and I are involved in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, which is taking place September 17th & 18th up in Santa Barbara.  We are so excited and really need to get back into training mode.  But more than that, we need to vamp up our fundraising!  We really love to give back and this year the walk is our way of doing so in a big way, with just a little help from our friends and family.
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Go Country 105 Team
We would love to hear some great ideas on ways to fundraise, or at least get feedback on the ideas we have come up with.  So far we have thought of doing:

-A workout class, either TKB or Body Pump

-Fundraise day with Whole Foods (we get a percentage of sales for people who come in with flyers)

-Cover charge to a dinner party held at one of our homes

-Breast cancer or "Beat Cancer" bracelets

So far we have done one of those and it has been pretty successful.  We are selling our "Beat Cancer" Bracelets and so far so good.  We still have a bit left to sell so if you want one please let us know!

You can check our our Avon pages and see what you think :) Visit them below:
Brittany or Allie

We appreciate any advice, feedback or ideas so let us know at info@rootedinloveweddings.com

Happy Friday (of a 3 day weekend!)


Vendor Spotlight: Wilson Creek Winery

This may be a new type of post, but it necessary to the planning world.  We will start to talk about vendors we have worked with or encountered to show of their spirits and beauty so you can see what we see.
For this weeks vendor spotlight, it's a venue!!!

We wondered upon Wilson Creek Winery one weekend while attending the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival.  Knowing I had never done a tasted, I felt it was time.  Little did we know we would be finding a beautiful wedding venue :)
 WC Winery has multiple options of where the ceremony and reception can take place, either outside or inside.  It holds anywhere from small parties, up to 400 guests!
We happened to be there on a day a wedding would be taking place and got to peek into the bridal room which is located upstairs near the windows where you can watch wine be made.  It's a pretty incredible venue and gorgeous for pictures!  Just imagine a background of grape vines and barrels...

Thank you Wilson Creek Winery for being so welcoming and hospitable!! We enjoyed our time and hope to be using the venue in the future :)
-Brittany & Allie


Wedding Wednesdays: Derek+Kim

This blog is a long time comin' but hey! It's finally here.

The Greene Wedding was great, the couple couldn't have been sweeter and we had a blast coordinating this wedding.  That could be do to the fact that we knew the bride & groom, but none the less, it was fun.
Creativity:  When it comes to having a wedding anywhere, the fun part is always the getting ready aspect.  As the dress arrive early, it has to immediately be hung extremely high (which being an average sized girl make it difficult).  So we got a little crafty and hung the dress from the ceiling tiles inside a High School Room located on the church property.
Style: I am a huge sucker for calla lilies and orchids, and my favorite color is purple so I may be a bit bias.. But how great are these floral arrangements!?! They had some much texture and contrast, they really spoke for themselves.
All said and done: The wedding went down with barely any of a hitch, minus one tiny detail.  That's the beauty of coordinators, we take the blow and make it work no matter what the cost.  My tip from this wedding you ask? Make sure to have detailed routes from one place to another to make sure a vendor does not fall behind since they run the show!

Happy Wedding Wednesday!
~Britt & Allie


Wedding Wednesdays: Joe+Kali

We made it through our very first wedding :) I am so happy to say that things went on (almost) without a hitch.  Is it considered a hitch if the guests aren't aware of it?!  
Joe + Kali were an adorable couple and they were so easy to work with. I can't forget to mention how calm the parents were, it amazed me! The photographer we worked side by side with is Melissa Vossler and she rocked! You should definitely check her out sometime because she is a sweetheart www.melissavossler.com
The ceremony was officiated by the groom's father and it couldn't have been more touching, funny or sincere.
 Our lifesaver for the wedding: Emergency bag!!! Not only was it extremely useful for us, but it was quite a hit :) Things to add to the bag.. bottle opener & straws.
 One wedding down and so many more to go.. This is proof we were still alive at the end of the night!
Happy Wedding Wednesday,
-Britt & Allie