Note from Tracy (bride from August 23)

Thursday, August 28, 2008 No comments

Hi Valarie!

I tried to leave a message on your blog but it wouldn't let me, so I'll do my best to recreate it here:

Where do I even begin???

I just had to say thank-you for all the hours, labor, thought (and patience) that you put into our wedding! You truly captured what Jeff and I wanted which was a fun, lively, unique wedding where people felt they could let loose and have a good time.

Every detail was perfect and what I find interesting is that so many people caught those little details, the naming of the tables, the programs, the rose petals, the bold color, the place cards - so many people appreciated those little details and told us!

We hope that you and your team had fun too! The band was fantastic and our hearing is finally back to normal (always a sign of a great band). Thank-you for all the fabulousness that you incorporated into our wedding! We will recommend you to eveyone we know!

Most Sincerely

Tracy Choma

Fate and Destiny themed wedding

Monday, August 25, 2008 No comments


On a particulary hot Sunday morning in early June '05, Tracy had decided to run a local race. Afterwards, all sweaty and gross (definitely not the type of look one goes for when meeting their future husband) she decided to go grocery shopping. She spotted a good looking guy who looked pretty athletic and she hoped that he would start a conversation with her. She still had her race number pinned on her and she felt that would be a great way to break the ice. He didn't take the bait. Not one to back down from a challenge, Tracy came up with a great opening line and while standing in front of the Gatorade display, asked the cute boy to explain the difference between all the different types of Gatorade (laugh if you want). She learned his name was Jeff (although, because of nerves, this would eventually slip her mind). Her genius opening line started a wonderful conversation between the two and then....

Absolutely nothing happened.

As fate (or destiny, or serendipity, or any of the other words we named the tables at their wedding) would have it, a couple days later while attending a meeting for a local running group Tracy saw the cute boy from Heinen's at the same meeting!! Her heart leapt into her throat as he came over and talked to her (and told her his name again - phew!) and they talked about their race plans for the season and then....

Absolutely nothing happened.

Over the next few months Tracy and Jeff would see each other at the local running group's organized runs and they became friends. They ran a race together in October of '05, hi-fived each other at the finish line and then....

Absolutely nothing happened.

A few days later Tracy had made up her mind...This was going to be the day she asked Jeff out. If he was not going to do it after that evening's run, by golly she was going to do it. So they ran together and afterwards stood by their cars and talked. To this day Tracy could not tell you what the conversation entailed because she was too busy trying to work up the nerve to ask him out. She took a deep breath and was about 30 seconds away from asking Jeff out when he FINALLY asked her out!

Yahooooo!

And on August 23, 2008 they got married!




Tracy is one of the classiest girls, not to mention beautiful, and I can see why Jeff fell in love with her! We worked together for many months designing and planning the entire wedding from start to finish. Tracy wanted lively and dramatic decor, so that's what we did! And how cool are the tan suits that the groomsmen wore?!

Truly one of the most amazing and dramatic photography companies I have ever worked with shot this wedding: Genevieve and James from Genevieve Nisly photography. I have to say that they captured the wedding perfectly. I'm amazed at how much emotion comes through in their work. This was the perfect photographer for the perfect wedding!

My post would not be complete without mentioning the awesome first dance, choreographed to "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen! Our 80's band kept the reception fun and lively all night, playing some of MY favorites like "Don't you Forget About Me", "She Bop" and "Your Love" (originally by the Outfield).


Congratulations Tracy and Jeff! What a sweet couple. I am so happy for you!


















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awesome quote

Tuesday, August 19, 2008 No comments
“We plan our lives according to a dream that came to us in our childhood, and we find that life alters our plans. And yet, at the end, from a rare height, we also see that our dream was our fate. It's just that providence had other ideas as to how we would get there. Destiny plans a different route, or turns the dream around, as if it were a riddle, and fulfills the dream in ways we couldn't have expected.”

-Ben Okri

Rustic and Nature

Friday, August 8, 2008 No comments
Tables named after trees that grow in either Ohio or Arkansas....bride is from Ohio....groom is from Arkansas...they love the outdoors, nature, hunting, camping. They met at college in Tennessee and he proposed to her before their senior year. A tudor house on the lake provided a gorgeous backdrop for this wedding that included a band set up under a tree, guests dining in a tent, lots of bright colored flowers, iron lanterns, colorful candlelight, a BBQ buffet, pitchers of sweet tea on every table, galvanized tubs to hold the beverages (specialty drink Jones Soda) and delicious wedding cake from Flour Girl and fruit sorbet for dessert.

The first 8 pictures below are from the talented team of Scott and Julie from Easywind Studio. Their work just gets more amazing with every wedding. I love it! I feel that these pictures truly captured the sentiment of the day. The shed background is classic.

The smaller pictures at the bottom are from my camera. What a beautiful outdoor event!









Some of my own pictures. The bottom one is my team for the day!




Mamma Mia

Thursday, August 7, 2008 No comments


I figured that since this movie plot revolved around a wedding that it would fit nicely into my blog. I saw it last night and absolutely loved it! It's the kind of movie I'd love to box up, bring home with me and open the box into my house. The colors and scenery in the movie are beautiful - it takes place on a Greek island! The acting and plot are very entertaining and I can't forget to mention the music: Abba, of course! It doesn't get any livelier than that! I highly recommend seeing it! I can't wait to buy it on DVD when it comes out. I did get a few ideas for wedding decor too!


More from June 21 Wedding

Friday, August 1, 2008 No comments

Here are some more pictures from the cornflower blue, lime green, 80's music wedding! They come to me courtesy of Kay at BCR Studios! Thanks Kay, I look forward to working with BCR again in September!