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 


A Jamestown, Colorado Wedding

 

This wedding was very special for us due to the uniqueness of the space and the genuineness of the couple and their family and friends.  There was such a palpable amount of love present, as well as a reverence for nature, that they both created a truly magical weekend.

Please check out the view of this breathtaking Colorado ceremony location, and you won’t be too surprised to find out it was a 20 minute hike up the mountain to get there (yes, 20 minutes- we timed it walking fast).  Plus, who doesn’t love cowboy boots, dancing under the stars, gorgeous flowers, and a mountain scenery themed cake?  We definitely do!

 

Venue:  Cal-Wood Education Center

Photographer: Christina Kiffney Photography

Videographer:  Denver Wedding Films- now Bella Luce Films

Flowers: Sturz and Copeland

Cake: Kim and Jake’s Cakes

Caterers:  The Savory Cafe and Black Cat Catering

Coordinators:  Storytellers Events


Storytellers Events on Bridal Wars

Hey there! I’m Veronica and I’m new to the Storytellers Blog entries. 😀 Get used to me, I’m looking to be a repeat act! This is a bit late but, I will admit, I kind of wanted to see the pictures before I wrote this up.

Storytellers was invited to participate in a bridal show this January, but not just any bridal show, Colorado’s Wedding Wars Bridal Show.

This had your typical Bridal show characteristics; vendors, goodies, giveaways, and inspiration. Four teams participated in a City v. Mountains competition where we designed and brought to life different wedding ideas for couples and guests to vote on. The four designs were Modern Twist, Winter Wonderland, Western Chic, and Storyteller’s very own, Parisian Glam.  We had the opportunity to meet and work with so many talented individuals who came together to make a stunning vignette. This was quite an adventure and I wanted to take you along…

Our adventure started one night with Cielle and me brainstorming how to showcase our new international destination wedding packages at this new competitive Colorado Wedding Show.

After coming up with some interesting ideas, the words ‘Paris’, ‘unique’, and ‘glamorous’ were what we were left with. So, we all hopped on to Pinterest,

did some research and developed….Parisian Glam!

We were also looking for something realistic. Although we would love it, we knew not everyone attending would want their upcoming wedding to be a destination wedding in another country. Therefore, we wanted to show guests that you can have that destination feel right here in Colorado, and I don’t want to toot the horn too loud, but I think we did a pretty awesome job of demonstrating that! 😉

We were looking for our design to say romantic just as a wedding in Italy or Paris, France says romantic.

We found a lot of inspiration in the traditional Parisian, Eiffel tower, black and white color scheme, but just like fashion in Paris, we wanted to really make it unique. The color combination of champagne gold, pale pink and a deep blood red was what we came up with.

Champagne since it is a French drink/region, pale pink for that innocent romance, and the pop of deep red for the excitement and passion surrounding Paris.  Now that we had a picture in mind we moved onto the next step of making this Parisian Glam come to life.  We wanted our design to say PARIS without all the Eiffel Towers everywhere so we got on the phone and email and started looking for talented companies we knew could make all this happen.

 

 

Now, you may not know this, but Suzanne and I are a little it of Disney freaks (Okay, a lot a bit- we have even both worked there!) and suckers for that ‘happily ever after’ story. So appropriate that we joined the “Storytellers Events” family.  Suzanne came up with the idea of doing a plan on words with our name and making this ‘Parisian Glam, a story which we are telling.’ So, here’s our story.

 

 

The day before the competition Cielle, Suzanne, and I looked at the space we had to work with, took and deep breath, and started creating…

Lighting and Design by Scott set the front cover, back cover, and spine of our story, with his lighting and his pipe and drape, transforming a plain brick wall and window in the binding of Storytellers’ very own fairy tale wedding.

 

From there we added the plot to our story with the help of Allwell Rents and their King’s Table, bistro table, Chiavari chairs, and dessert table.  Our fairy tale began to unfold at our bistro table with an intimate cocktail hour serving our “French Kiss” cocktail.  We hoped that it would be a comfy spot to take in the romantic feel of the Chandelier and bistro chairs from Chairs with Character.

The story traveled to a feast at our King’s Table, where our bride and groom dined with the high court, that started with an ivory tablecloth covered by a gold overlay, pale pink napkins made to look like the eiffel tower with gold beaded napkin rings, elegant glass-slipper inspired glassware, and gold Parisian designed dish and silverware. We added extra detail with the elaborate menu and place cards served by Fleur de Lis-A Paperie.

 The main course was truly this eye-catching and exotic centerpiece by The White Orchid! And on a side note, they also made the amazing handheld bouquet that had all the brides-to-be in awe!

Dessert, literally, doubling as our favors, were French macaroons from the fabulous Three Tomatoes Catering, wrapped and ready to go with travel with luggage tags.

The sweetest part of this love story, the dessert table was loaded with mouthwatering French desserts such as the croquembouche (or as we deemed ‘the cone’) since the other name is a mouthful), macaroons, petite fours and pastries from Three Tomatoes Catering.

Our Bride, dressed in a blush colored Maggie Sottero dress from The Bridal Collection, with her hair and make-up fit for the Paris runway by Steele the Spotlight, danced the night away enjoying her guests.

The happy couple’s story was captured through professional photography from Brooke Summer Photography.

and the bloopers from the perfect evening were captured in a photo booth from the ShutterBooth.

 Now everyone knows a really good story has a conflict and resolution. This fairy tale’s conflict was the competition. We worked hard cheering on those who voted Parisian Glam, but in the end we did not win the big prize. Alas, just as in every good fairy tale, the resolution was not winning the number one spot, it was the joining of new relationships and the coming together to create something beautiful. I think we had quite an adventure and I thank all those who played a part in making this vision of Parisian Glam come to life. Oh, and of course, they all lived happily ever after! 😀

 I hope you enjoyed the adventure as much as we did! Until next time…

Lighting and Decor:  Lighting and Design By Scott

Rentals: Allwell Rents

Chairs:  Chairs with Character

Flowers:  The White Orchid

Paper:  Fleur de Lis-A Paperie

Wedding Dress:  The Bridal Collection

Desserts:  Three Tomatoes Catering

Photography:  Brooke Summer Photography

Photobooth:  Shutterbooth

Music:  The Party Singers

Make-Up:  Steele the Spotlight

Specialty Draping: T’Da Design

 


Why Hire a Wedding Planner?

Don’t know what a wedding planner does? Is the only image that comes to mind, J. Lo. from the Wedding Planner movie?  You are not alone.

Many people come to me not quite sure what a wedding planner does, they just know that they are seeking some relief for their wedding day.

Therefore, we have put together a little educational video on what wedding planners support you with- including:

1)  Making the planning process and your wedding weekend as stress-free as possible.

2) Saving you money!  Yup.  And support with all budget related items.

3) Save you time.

4)  We keep you focused and excited about everything “wedding”- because sometimes, it is just a little overwhelming.

Watch the video for more:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw6aUPaIe1o&feature=plcp