Gracious Events Blog

No Church, No Problem

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Your ceremony space is an important detail that should not be overlooked.  A lot of couples today are not exchanging vows in a traditional church, but at the venue or outside.  There are plenty of ways to make your ceremony site beautiful and personal. You hear of couples enlisting the help of family and friends to build a custom Arbor or you can even rent one then have your florist embellish it.  Depending on where your ceremony location is think of adding lighting…we have seen aisles that have rows of candles or even floral or real chandeliers that are suspended over the area.  The point is, where you exchange vows is important therefore you should consider this top on your list and you don’t have to spend a fortune to make it stunning.  One TIP we tell all our couples is the art of “repurposing” the floral arrangements, candles and seat decor can all be used in your reception or cocktail space after your ceremony concludes.  If you already know that you want to repurpose some of your arrangements your floral designer and event planner should be able to come up with a design that will be transferable. Another TIP is to look at the actual ceremony space, there could be existing items that you could utilize; how striking would a brick wall look when you put various size candles in front of it.  There is countless inspiration out there and I have narrowed it down to ones that are well executed, but most importantly actually doable.

 

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

 

Photo by Modern Romance Photography

Photo by Modern Romance Photography

 

Photo by Darling Photography

Photo by Darling Photography

 

Photo by Frances Marron

Photo by Frances Marron

 

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Photo by Alison Taylor Photography

 

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

 

Photo by Jose Villa Photo

Photo by Jose Villa Photo

 

Photo by Christina Szczupak

Photo by Christina Szczupak

 

Photo by Victor C. Sizemore

Photo by Victor C. Sizemore

Wearing Color for your Wedding Dress, Why Not!

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

 

I often talk about trends and how things in the wedding industry now change by the month instead of by the decade. Seventeen years ago when I was looking for my wedding gown I wouldn’t have dreamed of wearing anything, but white or maybe ivory.  I LOVED my wedding gown and still would want to wear it today the only thing I would change is I would want pockets. I remember the first true color to come onto the wedding dress scene was champagne, followed by a soft blush, blue and grey. Now, there really isn’t a color or style you can’t wear.  I would say wearing a colored dress was probably the last of the traditions that brides have been changing.  All of our TEAM members are a bit of Pinterest junkies (ok really it’s just me)…I could and do spend hours seeking out beautiful pins for our GEM boards and one of my favorite boards is the Wedding Attire. I have pulled together some of our favorite wedding gowns in various colors.  Rest assure WHITE is still in, just know that if you choose to not wear it the world will not fall apart.

 

Dress by Vera Wang

Dress by Vera Wang

 

Photo by Jose Vila Photography

Photo by Jose Vila Photography

 

Dress by Christian Siriano

Dress by Christian Siriano

 

Photo by Kelly Anne Photography, Dress by Ca-Rousel

Photo by Kelly Anne Photography, Dress by Ca-Rousel

 

Dress by Christian Siriano

Dress by Christian Siriano

 

Dress by Ralph & Russo

Dress by Ralph & Russo

 

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

 

Bohemian Wedding Photography

Bohemian Wedding Photography

 

Dress by Alana van Heerden

Dress by Alana van Heerden

 

Photo by Love Bird Studio, Dress by Modern-Trousseau

Photo by Love Bird Studio, Dress by Modern-Trousseau (CLICK HERE) for more images of this gown.

Untraditional, but Brilliant!

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

 

As planners we get a lot of questions from our clients…one of the biggest one is “do I have to?” and the answer is no, you do not have to do anything you don’t want.  Clearly, you want your guests to be comfortable, but if we’re speaking of “traditional” customs when it comes to weddings then you are good.  Remember, it is “YOUR DAY” not your mothers, fathers, cousins, sisters, aunt…this list can go on forever.  It seems when it comes to weddings and children EVERYONE has an opinion or advice.  My mother always told me when someone gives you advice that you did not ask for simply smile and say “that is a good idea, I will think about it” then do what YOU feel is best.  So today’s blog is to inspire those couples that were thinking of incorporating untraditional ideas, but was afraid they shouldn’t.  I found some downright brilliant inspiration that is honestly, pretty creative, elegant and above all fun!

 

Photo Credit: Justin Pocta Photography

Photo Credit: Justin Pocta Photography

 

Image found on FlutterbyePrints

Image found on FlutterbyePrints

 

Photo Credit: Jake and Necia Photography

Photo Credit: Jake and Necia Photography

 

Photo via ElloThere

Photo via ElloThere

 

Photo Credit: Kaysha Weiner

Photo Credit: Kaysha Weiner

 

Photo via Lovethispic.com

Photo via Lovethispic.com

 

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

 

Photo Credit: Tasha Seccombe Photography

Photo Credit: Tasha Seccombe Photography

 

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

 

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{VENDOR SPOTLIGHT} The Holy Donut

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Gracious Events is always exploring new places wherever we go and when we find something we LOVE, we SHARE!  This past week our TEAM was in Portland, Maine excited to celebrate our long overdue company holiday outing.  We were thrilled to be staying at the newly opened Press Hotel as we’ve been fans of it!  On our travels throughout Portland we were told to go to The Holy Donut, as their donuts are amazing and made with real Maine potatoes.  Honestly, this could not have come at a better time as I recently wrote a blog about our “Top Favorite Wedding Trends For 2016” and yes, number 5 was “Donut Bars”. Clearly I felt the need to have our team further research this just to make sure we had gotten it right.  After dinner while walking back to our hotel we happened to pass by The Holy Donut and I was excited to look in because the lights were on…I thought “oh they must be making the donuts” NOPE, NO DONUTS because they were actually redoing the floors and would be closed for the next few days…the look of sheer shock and sadness on my face was undoubtedly apparent because the two gentlemen working on the floors actually opened the door.  Sadness immediately turned to happiness after finding out they actually had another location…THANK YOU GOD!

The Holy Donut was our last stop as we headed home from Portland and well worth it.  After trying the donuts TEAM GEM concluded that they were in fact, very YUMMY.  My favorites were the ginger sugared sweet potato and the sea salt chocolate. I’m a little sad because even though I bought a half dozen, they’re already gone (YUP, only lasted 24 hours), but at the same time I’m feeling BLESSED that I only live an hour and a half away from Portland, Maine!  #welovemaine #welovetheholydonut

 

Photo via The Holy Donut FB Exchange Street Location

Photo via The Holy Donut FB Page, Exchange Street Location

 

Photo via The Holy Donut FB

Photo via The Holy Donut FB Page, Toasted Coconut with Coconut Milk Glaze

 

Photo via The Holy Donut FB

Photo via The Holy Donut FB Page, Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut and Coconut Milk Glaze

 

Photo via The Holy Donut FB

Photo via The Holy Donut FB Page, Chai Glazed

 

Photo via The Holy Donut FB

Photo via The Holy Donut FB Page, Cinnamon Sugar

 

Fresh Lemon (hand squeezed and zested lemon)

Photo via The Holy Donut FB Page, Fresh Lemon (hand squeezed)

 

Photo via The Holy Donut FB

Photo via The Holy Donut FB Page

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