Posts Tagged ‘Rustic Weddings’

Press Release : Prepare To Wed Provides Online Planning Tools, Resources and Inspiration

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Prepare To Wed Provides Online Planning Tools, Resources and Inspiration

Prepare to Wed Offers a One-stop Destination to Connect with Wedding Vendors, Manage Details, Find Inspiration and Store It All in One Central location

Portland, Maine (PRWEB) January 23, 2012

Prepare To Wed, an online wedding planning site started by nationally recognized wedding planner Kate Parker in 2010, re-launches today, serving as a free, comprehensive, easy-to- navigate tool for brides and grooms to organize the massive details surrounding their special day. Guided by the couple’s unique style preferences and budget, choices in venue, catering, photography and other vendors are tailored to the bride and groom, making Prepare to Wed a first-of-its-kind offering. With the re-launch of the site, a new team is in place developing new tools to consistently improve the planning process for brides and grooms. A free Prepare to Wed iPhone and iPad app providing couples with on-the-go access to all their wedding details will be available in early-February.

Easy to navigate, the Prepare To Wed profile replaces bulky wedding planning binders and scraps of scribbled notes.  With tabs such as profile, budget, to do list, vendors, expert advice, and inspiration, every facet of wedding planning is just a click away.  Prepare To Wed enables brides to filter vendors by budget, eliminating some of the back-and-forth communication and allowing couples to focus on the vendors within their price range. Inspiration, tools and a chat blog serve as a support network to the engaged couple.

More than 250 local wedding vendors have signed on, centralized in New England, DC Metro, Chicago, Atlanta, Texas, California and New York.  The vendor list is extensive; from accommodations to florists to cigar rollers to name changing services.  By highlighting vendors that are appropriate and personalized for each individual couple, the heartbreak of falling in love with an out of reach venue or budget-breaking caterer is avoided.

“Prepare to Wed is designed for the modern bride who is unwilling to sacrifice on quality, but also places a premium on her time and budget,” said J Sandifer, CEO of Prepare to Wed.  “Utilizing our database of top vendors and tools for inspiration, couples will find ease and relief in their planning. Planning a wedding is one of the most stressful and expensive experiences for a couple to endure. Our new team is devoted to making Prepare To Wed an always dependable wedding planner to help couples not only efficiently, but enjoyably, create the day of their dreams.”

Newly engaged couples who are interested in getting started can visit to sign up for a free account and delve into wedding planning bliss.

Prepare To Wed iPhone App

Quote start“Prepare to Wed is designed for the modern bride who is unwilling to sacrifice on quality, but also places a premium on her time and budget,” said J Sandifer. “Utilizing our database of top vendors and tools, couples will find ease in their planning.”Quote end

About Prepare To Wed
Prepare to Wed is an online resource for all wedding planning needs.  Created to educate engaged couples, Prepare to Wed shares tips and articles, walks couples through to-do lists and assists with budgeting.  Better yet, Prepare to Wed is full of beautiful wedding inspiration boards, real weddings, and thousands of images that can be filtered by wedding colors, season, and style. The first wedding resource to be developed with the couples’ preferences in mind, Prepare to Wed guides couples through the process, keeps them on task and budget, and inspires them to plan a unique and personalized wedding.  For more information, please visit, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Real Wedding | Emily Herzig Floral Studio

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

New Hampshire floral designer, Emily Herzig Floral Studio, surely masters rustic elegance and we just love this farm wedding up at Squam Lake, NH.

from Emily:  Emily and Dustin’s wedding was the perfect balance of rustic style with formal elegance.  Emily’s family has summered in the Squam Lake area for years so it was the first place Emily thought of to have their wedding.  The ceremony was held at Church Island on Squam Lake and the reception followed at the beautiful Burleigh Farm.  Planning the details were all Emily’s doing, from tent and table rentals, linens, lighting, and all the accessories (personalized match books, signature drinks, and more). The floral arrangements complimented the couples laid back attitude and the rustic setting, incorporating mason jars, birch bark, and burlap with summers best — garden roses, clematis vine, sweet peas, and more!

images by Shawn Tomkinson Photography

*Previously posted on 2/15/2011

Designing for a 50k Budget | Perennial Studio

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Back in October, we had an amazing day for a photo shoot at New Hampshire wedding venue, Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole, New Hampshire.  By the way, if you’re looking to get married in New England that has a rustic appeal with amazing views for an outdoor ceremony, put this orchard on your list.  We had a wonderful day of local wedding vendors coming together to create some pretty fab table designs. The shoot involved 4 design teams each with a bride.  The task was to design a reception tablescape within a particular wedding budget.  While these designs are certainly meant to be inspirational, we also want them to be practical.

So let’s reintroduce you to the $50k design team:

photography Mark Davidson
floral and event design Perennial Studio
paper products Anastasia Designs
rentals Be Our Guest
hair and makeup MJD & Company (Megan Basset, makeup | Rebecca Cormier, hair)
dresses Madeleine’s Daughter
jewelry and outerwear Puttin’ on the Glitz

Ok, so we already showed you the bridal shots by Mark Davidson (which are absolutely insance), as promised, here’s a much closer look into the table design and the inspiration behind the design concept by Jennifer of Perennial Studio:

The focus for this design is based on natural and pure elements- locally harvested flowers, custom linen napkins and tablecloths, fine metal/glass containers, and native apples picked at the peak of the New England autumnal season. The bridal bouquet features 2 types of perennial anemone: the blush pink “Robustissima” and cream “Honorlie Jobert” as well as the fragrant victorian stock in shades of white and cream – all gathered from the garden that very morning. The groom’s boutonniere is composed of a wild fall orchid and a plum scabiosa. In the copper centerpiece containers we repeat the use of anemone, while adding a burst of color with darker jewel tones, as well as adding bright and textural lady’s mantel as a background filler to help focus the eye on the more interesting blooms.

Inspired by the “Outstanding in the Field” concept used frequently throughout the Napa and Sonoma Valley, the orchard was the perfect place to replicate an authentic, natural design.

The long table reflects the desire for a casual, intimate, yet elegant setting – with a focus on “al fresco” dining – perfect for passing dishes and cultivating conversation.  The palette of the linens, flowers, and accessories complement the surrounding setting – instead of competing with it. The calligraphy place card on each apple is a nice addition and gives a personal touch. The table is aesthetically pleasing – full of color and texture but not overdone.

A budget for this type of design will vary, depending on the quality of materials that you choose. If a cloth or napkin is 100% linen instead of a blend, you definitely will be paying a premium, but the overall look and feel is worth the price. Your guests will notice!  The quality of a linen hemstitch napkin sets the tone for a memorable meal, and should be a “must have” . For accessories such as containers and candles a “do it yourself” bride and groom can collect these items during the months of preparation for the ceremony and reception instead of renting them from the floral designer/wedding coordinator. Browsing the internet, borrowing from friends, and attending auctions/estate sales are a great way to obtain high quality accessories at a reasonable price. For the flowers, it is always best to talk to a qualified gardener from the area – if you are committed to using native and local flowers, they will be able to give you suggestions on where to find them. One point that I always remind my brides – the price of local vs imported flowers is about the same at certain times of the season – so you may not save money by using locally grown blooms. Talk to your floral designer on the best way to stick within your budget without compromising the overall design.

Beauty and integrity go hand-in-hand with the above concept – the most intriguing part of the design is the fact that it is both romantic, yet practical – the bridal bouquet is feminine, soft, and alluring – and because the flowers are local and fresh cut, they have the staying power to last throughout the wedding and reception – the same for the groom’s boutonniere. The table – elegant with timeless pieces – amber glass and copper, custom linens – and practicality again with freshly cultivated flowers and fruits, make this setting an attractive solution for the couple who wants to combine the romance of matrimonial traditions with modern simplicity.

images above by Mark Davidson

a Sneak Peek | Alyson’s Orchard

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Time to go shovel!  And before we do, we just wanted to give you a little sneak peek into a photo shoot that took place at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole, NH.  If you are looking for a breathtaking backdrop for a ceremony — here’s your place!   So stay tuned next week as we show you more photos and the designer behind the scenes!

photos by:  Mark Davidson

Welcome New Members!

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Before we go out and play in the snow this weekend (well some of us) we wanted to introduce you to some amazing vendors who’ve joined the family!  We’ve had so many recently join, so stay tuned as we introduce them all.  This week, we’d like to welcome -

EMILY DELAMATER PHOTOGRAPHY | Maine Wedding Photographer

CYMBIDIUM FLORAL | New Hampshire Floral Designer

photo by White Loft Studio

ZENOBIA STUDIOS | Rhode Island Photographer