Kyle Michelle Weddings Blog
There is always a debate whether to have one or not, but how can you resist these little guys?! They're not just responsible for carrying the rings down the aisle, but also for providing laughs and cuteness throughout the entire day!
When we started this adventure a few years ago we endlessly researched websites, blogs and all things weddings. Our first stop, Style Me Pretty! We instantly fell in love with the selective concept behind this one of a kind site. I can remember countless hours looking though each blog, anticipating the next post and once again drooling over the wedding Style Me Pretty had chosen. For Example:
"Today’s eye candy comes in the form of a sweet-as-pie lakeside soiree. Photographed by Harrison Studio it’s a little DIY, a little rustic, and totally charming."
We were inspired to be those wedding planners. The ones who helped like minded brides dream up the type of weddings featured on this website. You see, Style Me Pretty is not only selective with the weddings they choose, but with the wedding professionals who are included in what they call, their Little Black Book.
So, what brings me to write about this fantastic website is, Kyle Michelle Weddings was accepted into this exclusive group of wedding professionals! We are beyond excited to announce our partnership with Style Me Pretty! Not only did we get accepted by a company we consider our ultimate inspiration, we are their one and only Event Planning company featured in South Jersey.
We owe our success to the wonderful couples we have gotten the pleasure to work with, the fantastic wedding professionals who work tirelessly to provide our couples with amazing service and our friends and family who encouraged us to embark on this adventurous journey.
Every time I meet new people, I feel like I am always waiting for the programed question of “What do you do for a living”. Telling people you’re a wedding planner always gets such great reactions. “Oh my gosh! I bet that is so much fun!” “Do you have a lot of Bridezillas?” And my all time favorite, “So, you’re like Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner?”
The last always makes me laugh! Well, if you’re referring to how awesome she is at her job – then yes! If you’re referring to how glamorous she looked during the weddings; in dresses, 6 inch heels, hair down, make up perfect – then no.
Sweaty messes during set up - But we can clean up nicely!
Don’t get me wrong; there are a ton of different definitions of a wedding planner. There are the Jennifer Lopez planners like Kevin Lee of LA Premier who manage your entire wedding. You as a couple never see or hear from the vendors until they show up on your day.
For most planners, ourselves included, a lot of our couples aren’t completely hands off. Do we do weddings that have more expendable budgets? Yes! And yes, we do weddings with less of a budget to work with. What we want to do for our couples (of all budgets) is have them invest in us and in turn we save them more money then they devoted to us.
Brides and Grooms-to-be are busy! They have full time jobs, which asks 40-60 hours a week of their time. Believe it or not, planning your wedding becomes a full-time job. Vendors want to meet you during the week (when most people are unavailable) because on the weekends they are working weddings or other events. As planners, our full time job is planning your wedding. We have the time to seek out the best options and the best bang for your buck.
We work 12-14 hour days for our couples; we sweat, climb, crawl, design, set up, and break down. We aren’t often the construction foremen – we are the women with the hammers and drills. Most importantly, we are planners for the couples with a more conservative budget as well as the couple’s whose budget is more liberal.
So can you afford a wedding planner? Simple answer…YES!!!
Kristin and I fell in love with Ingrid and Sean-as everyone does when they meet them. We also fell in love with their families. We started working with Ingrid a year before she and Sean married. In that year’s time, we couldn’t get enough of them. Throughout the year we met several times at Ingrid’s grandparents house on Harvey Cedars -Long Beach Island, New Jersey. It was where the ceremony was to be held and it was breath taking. A view that only pictures do justice. It was a blank slate and we were so excited to get our hands on it.
Ingrid wanted a French/English vintage feel, while still keeping it relevant to the space-the beach. Their reception was booked at the Brant Beach Yacht Club on LBI, NJ-another space we could dive into.
This was one of those weddings where you just can’t wait for it to arrive, yet you really don’t want it to be over because then you have to say goodbye. On their day everything was perfection: the weather, the views, the details, the bridal party, their families and especially the bride and groom.
As guests arrived to the ceremony, they entered a pre-ceremony cocktail party-this was a must! With the views and the gorgeous ambience there was no way we were going to just have Ingrid and Sean’s guest get straight to the ceremony. It was a necessity that they got the chance to take it all in.
The pre-ceremony cocktail hour was furnished with an old dresser without drawers. Inset in the drawer openings were mason jars, adorned with stripped straws, for the guests to get a drink-a choice of tea or flavored water. In an old Sunfish Sailboat was a galvanized bucket flush with beer and bottled water. A driftwood sign pointed guests in the right direction and twine balls pinned with pictures of family and friends hung from a tree.
Incase guests didn’t want to trek through the stone in heels-flip flips were offered
As it was time for the ceremony to start the guests made their way towards the back of the house where the ceremony was being held
It doesn’t get more gorgeous than this.
People always ask you the question of whether you look at the Bride as she is walking down the aisle to see her face or if you look at the expecting groom to see his reaction…my favorite is watching the groom. As Sean saw Ingrid step around the side of the house with her father his reaction was the best we have seen so far.
He didn't cry, he couldn't do anything-he was completely in awe!
We truly enjoy when the wedding parties are just as much fun as the bride and groom. We are pretty sure Ingrid and Sean do not have any family or friends who aren’t stunning!
When we saw Ingrid and Sean’s pictures, everyone in the office almost fell out of their seats. We knew Ingrid and Sean were a beautiful couple but in these pictures they brought it!
The yacht club was gorgeous with the fall sun setting during cocktail hour. The tables were perfect with centerpieces of assorted mercury glass vases, candles and dahlias. The food, catered by Fleur de Lys, was delicious and picturesque. Each table was given monkey bread-a favorite of the groom (also his groom cake-made by his Mother-In-Law). And the party was lead by the most incredible band from EBE-Amsterdam!
To Ingrid and Sean, we can not thank you enough for allowing us to be part of your lives and your big day! We wish you the best and hope our paths cross again (that means you Katy!)! To your family and friends, thank you for making this day so special for Ingrid and Sean-we loved getting to know all of you too.
Venue: Brant Beach Yacht Club
Photographer: LindseyK Photography
Caterer: Fleur de Lys
Band: EBE's Amsterdam
Decorators/Coordinators: Kyle Michelle Weddings