An Amazing Vineyard Wedding…

No two couples are alike. At Trilogy Event Design, we're thrilled to have worked with so many wonderful couples that want to tell their story through their wedding day. And as we closed out the Summer of 2014, we were lucky enough to see a year's worth of planning and designing come together for our amazing couple Ranjana and Tim! (Thanks to Colleen Joy, owner/photographer of Full Circle Photography & Design for many of the photos featured in this blog).

Photograph by Full Circle Photography & Design. Make-up by Fashion Facez.

Photograph by Full Circle Photography & Design. Make-up by Fashion Facez.

This fabulous, sweet, and very funny couple visited our studio back in the Summer of 2013 with a vision of a rustic-chic wedding. After taking them on a venue search, they decided upon Sand Castle Winery in Bucks County, PA for their wedding reception.

Photograph by Full Circle Photography & Design. Venue: Sand Castle Winery

Photograph by Full Circle Photography & Design. Venue: Sand Castle Winery

This gorgeous venue had the character and style they were envisioning for their big day. With the surrounding vineyard proving to be a formidable view for their guests, the immediate impact of pulling up to the winery and seeing the Sand Castle set the stage perfectly for what was to be a terrific evening.

Candid photo of Sand Castle Winery by Trilogy Event Design

Candid photo of Sand Castle Winery by Trilogy Event Design

To get their guests excited for their wedding reception, Ranjana & Tim asked Francesca to design them an invitation suite that reflected the overall look of their reception and incorporated elements from the winery. On a kraft paper, Francesca created a wine-stained invitation suite that was the talk of their guests in the lead-up to the wedding.

Sample wine-stained invitation suite designed by Trilogy Event Design Creative Director Francesca Staffieri. Photograph by BG Productions.

Sample wine-stained invitation suite designed by Trilogy Event Design Creative Director Francesca Staffieri. Photograph by BG Productions.

Sand Castle Winery has a tent attached to the building itself. The tables were adorned with burlap linens with beautiful centerpieces created by Kate Farley Design.

Photograph by Full Circle Photography & Design. Centerpiece by Kate Farley Design.

Photograph by Full Circle Photography & Design. Centerpiece by Kate Farley Design.

Besides designing floral, Kate — using the designs Trilogy Creative Designer Francesca Staffieri created for our couple's invitation suite — designed the chalk art signs that were at the buffet tables and cocktail lounge.

Candid photograph taken on the day by Trilogy Event Design. Chalk art by Kate Farley Design.

Candid photograph taken on the day by Trilogy Event Design. Chalk art by Kate Farley Design.

While the guests were treated to a wine tasting held by the winery, Ranjana & Tim didn't want their guests to go home empty-handed so they chose a wine as their favor. Francesca designed the wine labels pictured above as well as the seating cards hung around the neck of the bottles.

Photograph by Full Circle Photography & Design

Photograph by Full Circle Photography & Design

Trilogy Event Design Chief Event Planner Randi Martin was always at arm's length over the course of the evening, coordinating the other vendors and the event, while our couple spent the evening dancing with their family and friends.

As the night drew to a close, with DJ Kyle from Synergetic Sound & Lighting providing the music everyone was dancing to and their guests eating the delicious food by caterer Chand Palace, Ranjana & Tim cut their cake from Lochel's Bakery

Photograph by Full Circle Photography & Design. Cake by Lochel's Bakery.

Photograph by Full Circle Photography & Design. Cake by Lochel's Bakery.

It truly was a fun evening, and we couldn't have been happier to work with such a fun-loving, sweet, and beautiful couple! Congratulations, Ranjana & Tim! We wish you all the best on your new life together :)

Photograph by Full Circle Photography & Design

Photograph by Full Circle Photography & Design

Photography by Full Circle Photography

Venue: Sand Castle Winery
Floral Design & Chalk Art: Kate Farley Design
DJ: Synergetic Sound & Lighting
Caterer: Chand Palace
Make-Up: Fashion Facez
Cake: Lochel's Bakery

The Bride Wore Red…

Photograph by Full Circle Photography

We hope you have had a wonderful summer and got to celebrate Labor Day with a bang!

We've been busy with lots of weddings and events this season. No two brides looked the same. Whether it is cultural or a personal preference, brides are not sticking to the traditional white or ivory dresses anymore. Our bride, Ranjana (shown), looked fabulous in her jewel-encrusted wedding attire. In Indian culture, brides wear red to symbolize good luck and happiness.

Non-traditional frocks by top designers have been hitting the runway for the past few seasons. This is a great way to make your wedding unique. Do you dream about your wedding in color? 

We would love to work with you to help you decide which traditional and/or non-traditional elements to incorporate in your wedding from the stationery and event design to the menu and music selections. Schedule an initial meeting with us to get started. 

And, for more photos from this amazing vineyard wedding, stay tuned to the Trilogy Blog next week!

Destination Weddings

A destination wedding is one which takes place outside of the area where you live. It does not require international travel or passports. It could be as close as a 2 hours drive or as far as the other side of the world. The possibilities are plenty.

But this post is not about where to travel for your wedding. We thought of, and researched, some of the things you probably never considered when planning a destination wedding.

Thanks to Dawn Mitchell for providing this photograph for this feature. Photograph by Erin McDevitt Photography.

Thanks to Dawn Mitchell for providing this photograph for this feature. Photograph by Erin McDevitt Photography.

  1. Travel to your destination ahead of time to meet with your hired professionals so you know what you are getting OR
  2. Have a local wedding planner handle the details and the planner can meet with the professionals on your behalf. 
  3. Take your photographer with you. This will make it easier for you to communicate with them after the wedding to select, order, and receive your photos. 
  4. Purchase items to personalize your wedding and ship them in advance. 
  5. Set the stage for your destination wedding by sending out a save the date 9 months-1 year in advance to get your guests excited
  6. Have a travel agent lock in the rates for you as far ahead of time as possible. This will allow you to inform your guests of the travel details and give them time to pay. 
  7. Tie the overall look of your wedding into your wedding invitation suite, and ensure that all relevant details regarding travel is in your suite's insert cards
  8. Pack an extra pair of wedding day shoes. One should be more comfortable than the other. 
  9. When you arrive at your destination, do some last minute shopping to fill welcome bags with local goodies. (This is something your wedding planner can do for you.)
Wedding invitation suite for a beach wedding custom designed by Creative Director Francesca Staffieri

Wedding invitation suite for a beach wedding custom designed by Creative Director Francesca Staffieri

BONUS: Write a welcome letter for your guests to thank them for traveling to celebrate your special day. Include a map of the area and an itinerary so they know when they need to be with you and when they have free time to explore. 

If you would like to meet with Chief Event Planner Randi Martin to help plan your Destination Wedding or Creative Director Francesca Staffieri to collaborate with you on your wedding designs/stationery, email us at info@trilogyeventdesign.com or call 800-941-2770.

Thanks to Dawn Mitchell for providing this beautiful photograph of her on her wedding day for this feature. Photograph by Erin McDevitt Photography.

Thanks to Dawn Mitchell for providing this beautiful photograph of her on her wedding day for this feature. Photograph by Erin McDevitt Photography.

Wish Upon a Wedding…

Wish Upon a Wedding has been garnering a lot of media attention recently both locally in the Greater Philadelphia Area as well as Nationally. Launched in January 2010, Wish Upon a Wedding was "the world's first nonprofit wish granting organization providing weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness and serious life-changing circumstances regardless of sexual orientation." The Philadelphia Chapter, of which Chief Event Planner Randi Martin was a member of the founding board, launched in January 2011 to a community of wedding and event professionals eager to help couples facing these significant challenges. 

Stacey and Jared's Wedding Wish was granted by Wish Upon a Wedding Philadelphia in July 2012. Photograph by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Since the launch, Wish Upon a Wedding Philadelphia has granted over 8 wedding wishes, with the most recent being Melanie and Pierre on August 7, 2014 at the Hotel Monaco. Trilogy Event Design Chief Event Planner Randi Martin took over the position of President of the Philadelphia Chapter at the end of 2013, which General Manager Michael Magro Jr assumed her former position of Vice-President. Under Randi's leadership, the volunteer-board has granted three wedding wishes this year, more than any other national chapter, and has held or participated in multiple outreach activities to improve awareness of the organization. 

If you or someone you know can benefit from Wish Upon a Wedding's charitable services, please visit wishuponawedding.org to apply for a wedding wish. If you are a wedding or event professional looking to apply to become a wish granter to donate your product or services, please visit the same website to find out "How to Help". Any local media inquiries regarding Wish Upon a Wedding should be directed to Randi Martin at philadelphiapresident@wishuponawedding.org. Otherwise, for all other readers, if you would like to speak with Randi please contact her at 800-941-2770 or email randi@trilogyeventdesign.com.

Having a Wedding Planner Versus a Venue Coordinator

Chief Event Planner Randi Martin pinning the boutonniere on the groom. Photo by Daniel Bostwick Photography

Chief Event Planner Randi Martin pinning the boutonniere on the groom. Photo by Daniel Bostwick Photography

Of course you need the coordinator provided by your wedding venue (ceremony and/or reception) because they are most familiar with the way things are usually run at your chosen location. However, there is a difference between this person and an outside wedding planner that you would hire to be your liaison. 

The venue coordinator is responsible for what happens inside their 4 walls. They are responsible for making sure you get the items you paid them to provide. They make sure the caterer provides the right food at the right time. They make sure the bar is stocked properly. They make sure the right number of tables and chairs are provided for your guests to be seated. The venue coordinator often leaves after the meal is served and leaves the rest of the event in the hands of the banquet captain. 

Your privately contracted wedding planner may help you create the details for your wedding (venue, professionals, colors and/or theme, stationery, flowers, etc.) They will start working before you get to the ceremony and after you leave the reception. They will troubleshoot problems as they arise so you don't have to interrupt your moments with friends and family. 
 

Your Trilogy Event Design Wedding Planner will ensure that your vision comes to life the way you planned. Photo by Bostwick Photography.

Your Trilogy Event Design Wedding Planner will ensure that your vision comes to life the way you planned. Photo by Bostwick Photography.

Real examples from our experience... Your photography services end before the reception is over so the timeline has to be adjusted accordingly... the florist delivered the wrong corsages for the mothers of the bride and groom... half of the specialty linens ordered didn't arrive at the venue... the limo driver got lost on the way to the church (with the bride inside). These are issues that the venue coordinator either would not know about or would not be able to help you with. 

There are many other things that a wedding planner that you personally select and hire will do for you, but we hope you now have a better understanding of the differences. If your venue coordinator tells you that you won't need a wedding planner because they do it all, just ask them what they do to help you before you arrive at the facility. 

Broken Glass on Your Wedding Day

by Mitzvoth Consultant, Julie Herskovitz

Image courtesy of Neely and Leon Rosen from their Wedding Day, Nov. 2, 2008

Image courtesy of Neely and Leon Rosen from their Wedding Day, Nov. 2, 2008

Most everyone is familiar with this scene:

The Ceremony is over, the groom places a glass object beneath his feet, he stomps on it, and everyone yells “Mazel Tov!”

Ceremony over!

But is this necessary?

Contrary to popular belief, breaking a glass is not a mandatory part of a wedding ceremony.

There are several explanations as to why we break glass on our wedding day:

1.     According to Chabad.org,

We do this custom to commemorate the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago. One groom asked: “What does a destroyed building have to do with my wedding?”

Answer: The destruction of the Holy Temple has extreme personal relevance. It happened to you. It is true that shattering the glass primarily commemorates the fall of Jerusalem; however, it is also a reminder of another cataclysmic shattering – that of your very own temple, your soul.

Long story short, we are created as one being, one shared soul. When we enter the earth, G-d shatters us into two pieces. We must then spend our lives maturing alone and searching for our soul-mate, our b’shert. The breaking of the glass symbolizes the destruction of the temple, but also, the need to be broken before we can truly be united.

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2.     Another explanation is:

The Talmud mentions two stories of rabbis who, upon seeing that their son's wedding celebration was getting out of hand, broke a vessel - in the second case a glass - to calm things down. And so we break the glass as a reminder to stay steadfast even in times of joy.

3.     Another explanation come back to the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.

It is a reminder that despite the joy, Jews still mourn the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. However, some people are concerned that this meaning has gotten lost. As a moment to be solemn has been overcome with shouts of joy.

4.     And one final reason I have heard:

The loud noise of the breaking glass is meant to keep the evil spirits out of your lives.

Despite which reason you and your family believe in, fact is, you do NOT need to break the glass. We do it more often as people have come to expect this as the way to mark the end of the ceremony. So, it is your choice!

What to break:

1.     You can purchase a fancy pants wine glass in coordinating colors to match your wedding. You can also buy a mezuzah that has empty space to save the broken glass and display it. Many couples have done this in recent years. Some couples find it odd to save broken glass that is meant to commemorate something sad. Ultimately, what makes you happy?

2.     A Light blub. Yes, a light bulb. As a matter of fact, that is what my husband and I used. It is thinner and easier to break and it makes a louder-popping sound.

3.     You can buy a cheap wine glass if you want something fancier than a light bulb but don’t plan to keep the shards.

Whatever you decide, make the decision together, as future husband and wife. Because that is truly what the day and custom is about. 

Planning a Jewish Wedding? Or do you have a Mitzvah coming up? Call 800-941-2770 or email julie@trilogyeventdesign.com to schedule a free consultation with Mitzvoth Consultant, Julie Herskovitz!