Happy Friday blog friends o’mine!
What’s on tap for you this weekend? We’re going to be doing some nesting projects on this end. This past week we had an accent wall painted for Sawyer’s room and also got all the carpets cleaned. So tonight we are going to pick up a futon for his room:
And tomorrow we’ll be picking up the crib and putting it together –oh boy!
Let me say thank you for the wonderful dialogue on yesterday’s post about pregnancy impressions. What is important that we all remember (pregnant or otherwise) that this is our own life and our own unique experience and that’s what makes it beautiful!!!
About a week ago, I shared with you my background as a wedding planner and now I want to show you a bit of how the wedding went at the SF Zoo held on September 24th
Alison was a fabulous client to work with because she’s highly organized, super energetic, and beyond creative. Working with her was – in a word – fun!
It was Alison’s intent for me to act as a “Day of” coordinator, which really means you are the main POC during the entire wedding day directing, orchestrating, fighting fires, adhering to the timeline, working with vendors etc. This means that Alison essentially chose the “Ballet Flats” package with some modifications. My duties included:
This is a pretty basic package, but definitely meets the needs of the bride and groom.
This is what I wore for the Rehearsal and Wedding:
Part of my duties at the Rehearsal was to ogranize the wedding party for the processional/recessional by marking spots, orders, etc. Sometimes the priest or officiant will do this, but in this case, the officiant was a newly ordained friend.
On the day of the wedding, I arrived at 2p and immediately began making sure everything was in order, which included laying out all the name cards, table settings, cake, and directing the event staff per Alison’s desires.
Check out the cake toppers – Alison molded them herself the day before her wedding out of clay. Talk about talent! The cake was more ceremonial because the real ‘dessert’ were custom ice-cream sandwiches via an ice-cream truck. So cool!
After the bride and groom’s special reveal, they were off to take photos at various locations around the zoo. Though I desperately wanted to witness much of it, I was dealing with some not-so-fun shuttle issues. (And happily crisis was averted!)
Here are a couple of shots I did manage to get of pre-ceremony and at the ceremony (where zebras were galloping in the background ):
AFter the ceremony most guests went to the carousel area for cocktails and appetizers while also having animal encounter with 5 zoo friends (like an armadillo). I had my asssistant take care of this aspect, while I followed the bride and groom to the giraffe feeding. Let me tell you, this has to be one of the most unique and amazing things I’ve ever seen incorporated into a wedding. It was a huge hit among the guests.
Truly the entire day went without a hitch (well 99.9% of it did). We were almost to-the-minute with the timeline and adjusted as need be.
When it came time to dance, the floor was alive and the bride and groom were grinning ear-to-ear. By the way, after their announcement into the reception, they did a flash dance! Again, amazing. I have no words to describe what a playful, personalized, fabulous wedding was.
Congrats to Alison and Eli!
What is the most unique thing you’ve saw or done at a wedding?
Tell me a faboosh plan you have for the weekend?