Lille, France Engagement Shoot | Destination Wedding | International Wedding Planner

 

featuredonFWSWhen I first heard from Alex, I was ecstatic that she had reached out to me to help plan her wedding in NYC.

I then found out about her condition, and why they had chosen to get married and elope to NYC.  Originally, the plan was for them to have a big wedding in London, England, where Cyril proposed.  She was diagnosed with a rare condition that put her into a wheelchair shortly after the engagement.  They decided to postpone their wedding for years, hoping that she would be able to walk again. She could not bring herself to have a wedding with all her friends and family, where she was not able to dance with her new husband.

When the doctors predicted that she may never be able to walk again, and that she made a lot of progress by being able to walk in crutches, they decided to switch their plans.  They chose to elope and have a ceremony just for them, living the dream that they had.  And this became a wonderful wedding ceremony in New York City, followed by a reception in Lille, France.

The miracle is that between the time they had contacted me for help plan their wedding, and  the time they got married, SHE GOT BETTER.  She walked for her wedding, and even danced in Grand Central Station.

What you get to see here, is the elation they had when she began walking again, and they had to have an engagement shoot that focused on them walking and dancing through the streets of Lille, France.

AND, their inspirational story was featured on the French Wedding Style Blog :)!

Click here for the entire article and for their story in her words :)…

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Photography: Virginie M Photos 


“I’m on a Bike” wedding | Genesee Park, CO | Golden, CO wedding | Storytellers Events

Melissa and Jeff became one on a beautiful Colorado day in May. The ceremony took place outside at Genesee Mountain with amazing views. Much like many brides fear, Melissa feared it was going to rain as the sky became dark and gloomy, but to everyone’s surprise, right as the ceremony started the clouds passed and the sun came out. Melissa and Jeff exchanged personal vows, making their special day even more personal to one another. Jeff’s nephew and niece shared the poem, “Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog”, by Taylor Mali (click on the link for the full awesome poem). The two children had the guests laughing as though they were at a comedy show; it was the icing on the cake and the ceremony was sealed with a perfect kiss (with a dip)!

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour followed by the reception at Mount Vernon Country Club. Mount Vernon Country Club catered the dinner and the wedding cake.  Melissa and Jeff wanted to incorporate biking and bikes into their wedding as it is a favorite hobby for them both. Jeff wore socks with tiny bikes on them (check out the photos below) and for their second grand entrance into their first dance, they rode in on bikes to the song “I’m on Bike”. Yes, the hip-hop version and yes, this was a first for us too ;)!

Another great idea was with their escort cards, each person received a photo of an activity, and the guests had to match it with the table name, for example:  a photo of a couple kissing was matched with the “Kissing” table.  It was cute watching the guests enjoy matching up their tables to their cards- and they got to keep the frame! Favor and escort card all in one!

Following dinner, the couple opened the dance floor by dancing their first dance to a swing jive. They were awesome!  Melissa and her father did a remix to their special father-daughter dance by doing the now popular Harlem Shake. Yes, the father’s idea! And mid-song, the wedding party joined in! The guests loved the non-traditional dances and there were a lot of hoots and hollers. The DJs at A Music Plus kept the energy high until the very end and everyone enjoyed the evening by dancing and celebrating the newly married couple.

Thank you, Melissa and Jeff, for allowing us to be your wedding planners and to help with the process!  We loved every moment.

~Candace and Cielle

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Photography: Ashley McLaughlin Photography

Wedding Planner:  Storytellers Events

Flowers:  Tracy the Florist

Ceremony Venue: Genesee Park

Reception Venue:  Mount Vernon Country Club

Hair and Make-Up: Destination Stylists

Music: A Music Plus

Rentals: Allwell Rents

 

 

 


Being Thankful

thankfulgroup32013 has been and continues to be a great year for those of us at Storytellers Events- and after this Holiday weekend we realized we have a lot to be thankful for…

I’m sitting here with my newborn sleeping in my arms, and can’t help but wonder what I did to deserve such blessings in my life.  This year, for me, has been about figuring out what truly is the most important…so here’s to the amazing man I get to call my husband- who still holds my hand in the middle of the night, to my beautiful 2 sons (wow, I have 2 now) who keep me smiling and snuggling- even at 3 in the morning, to my family who continue to love and support us, to the crazy amazing friends- old and new- we get to share our lives with, to book club for keeping the wine flowing, to yummy chocolate cake and to sipping hot chocolate around the fire, to all my students who allow me to be myself in front of the classroom (yup- mostly crazy) and who provide me the honor and privilege to teach something and hopefully make a difference in this world, to all the amazing vendors I get to work with in the wedding industry- I love working with you because you make me happy- so thank you, to all our clients through Storytellers- thank you for trusting us with such a special day- and thank you for allowing us to be a part of making your dreams come true, and to the three amazing ladies who work with me at Storytellers Events as wedding planners- they have become family- so much so that my husband has now nicknamed them “the crazy aunts”- a title I think we need to keep.

Speaking of crazy aunts, they have something to say too- so keep reading.  AND- because we have received so much- it is time for us to give…  Therefore, for the entire month of December 2013, we will be giving a $125 discount to any wedding package purchased.

I am so lucky – and I am very aware that I love my life because of the people I get to share it with.  So, truly, thank you.

~ Cielle

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This year has been quite a year for me with very deep valleys and towering peaks, which lends to multiple, multiple thanks to be given. First and foremost, I want to thank all the couples I’ve helped with their weddings this year. It is a wonderful, fun, and exciting learning experience with every couple and I am SO thankful they put their trust in me and the Storytellers Team to allow us to not only be a part of their big day and the days/weeks/months leading up to it, but to also run the show on their day-of! Next, I have to give praise and mountains of thanks to the Storytellers team. To be able to work with such women is an honor. Professionally and personally, Cielle, Suzanne, and Candace have been a much needed constant, my voice when I can’t find words and even mentors. These ladies have become family to me and I can’t be more thankful to have them by my side or to stand by their side as a co-worker and friend.

I also need to give thanks to my non-event co-workers who have and continue to support me in not just event planning but also my other passion in life, teaching. Next, I give thanks to family and friends. Per usual, they stand by me or tell me I’m crazy (whichever is needed) in whatever endeavor I suddenly come up with to take action upon. It is because of family and friends that I’ve made it this far and look forward to continuing toward the person I want to be. Last, and definitely not least, I give thanks to the 2 most important people in my life: my boyfriend, Tommy and my Mom. Tommy has shown and given me opportunities in life I never dreamed of for myself, let alone thought they could be reality. My Mother’s support is beyond abundant and I would be lost without her, so my biggest thanks, and hugs, goes to her. Wishes to everyone on a loving and filling Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving! 😀

~ Veronica

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I am thankful for being able to be a part of so many beautiful events that happen in people’s lives from weddings and event planning to my own family get togethers.  Coming together with people is important to me.  I am thankful for my time spent with friends and family especially cherish my time with my nephew, Alex, and my nieces, Katherine and Cyndall.  This is a wonderful time of year, rich in memories and customs with sights, sounds, and smells all around that gladden my spirit.  I am so thankful that my journey has brought me to Storytellers Events where my family keeps on growing!

~ Suzanne

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Although I believe it is important to be thankful all the time, this time of year it is especially important to be thankful. This holiday season I am thankful for many things in my life, but a few standout from the rest. I am thankful for my family, friends, and most recently the opportunity to be a part of Storytellers Events. I am so thankful for my parents. They have been my rock since day one. I am thankful that my family loves me and supports me with any decision I choose to make. Without my parents I wouldn’t be who I am today.

My friends are everything to me and I cherish each and every one of them. I am so thankful for the friendships I have developed. Without my friends I’d probably laugh a little less, cry and little less (from not laughing so hard), and much more, but most importantly I wouldn’t be experiencing life to the fullest if I didn’t have my friends.

Lastly, I am thankful for Storytellers. Words cannot describe how thankful I am to be a part of Storytellers. I have been working with Storytellers for a little over 9 months, however, I feel like I have been a part of our awesome team for much longer. Not only do I have the opportunity to help couples make their special day a dream come true, but I get to work with some of the most amazing women I know. All of the weddings and events we help plan are a true blessing to be a part of and I couldn’t be more thankful and happy to stand alongside Cielle, Veronica, and Suzanne.

~ Candace

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Thank you to Kim Nodurft Photography and Kellie Coughlin Photography for the photos on this page.