Jacalyn & Olivier's Michener Art Museum Wedding

We've been very lucky to work with so many fabulous couples this past summer. From a rustic vineyard wedding over Labor Day weekend, we moved to the elegant wedding of Jacalyn and Olivier at the Michener Art Museum in Bucks County, PA. (Photos by the very talented McMasters Photography)

Jacalyn & Olivier in the Michener Art Museum. Photo by McMasters Photography

Jacalyn & Olivier in the Michener Art Museum. Photo by McMasters Photography

We were lucky to meet Jacalyn last year after she found us through PartySpace.com. Besides providing monthly check-ins with Jacalyn, Chief Event Planner Randi Martin and the Trilogy Event Design team performed day-of coordination services for her at this stunning venue.

Photo by McMasters Photography

Photo by McMasters Photography

Michener Art Museum's exclusive caterer is Jeffrey Miller Catering, and we can vouch that the combination of this unique Bucks County, PA venue and their award-winning food made Jacalyn & Olivier's wedding one their guests will never forget!

Photo by McMasters Photography

Photo by McMasters Photography

If you would like to meet with Randi for a free consultation, email us at info@trilogyeventdesign.com or call her at 800-941-2770.

Photograph by McMasters Photography. Venue: Michener Art Museum

Photograph by McMasters Photography. Venue: Michener Art Museum

Birthday-Fever!

We've been doing our own celebrating this month, as September hosts the birthdays of not one but two fabulous ladies: Trilogy Event Design's Chief Event Planner Randi Martin and Creative Director Francesca Staffieri! Besides celebrating their own birthdays, Randi and Francesca collaborated on the event design for a Sweet 16 Birthday Party held at Talamore Country Club this past weekend. 

The gorgeous Talamore Country Club

The gorgeous Talamore Country Club

We love Talamore Country Club, and not just because we are a preferred vendor. From Weddings and Anniversary Parties to Sweet 16s and Mitzvahs, Talamore provides a beautiful back-drop for any event.

Speaking of beautiful... Randi had the pleasure of working with a beautiful couple this past year: Jacalyn and Olivier. 

Jacalyn & Olivier at the Michener Art Museum

Jacalyn & Olivier at the Michener Art Museum

After their wonderful wedding ceremony at St. Alphonsus in Ambler, PA, the festivities continued at the reception at another gorgeous venue: the Michener Art Museum! We'll have more professional photos and a full blog coming soon featuring this amazing couple, but we wanted to share this fantastic candid shot Randi took of our couple and their bridal party in front of the museum.

Michener Art Museum

Michener Art Museum

While Randi partied the night away with this fab couple, Francesca put the finishing touches on the day-of wedding designs for Chris and Elaina's stationery.

Save the Date designed by Trilogy Event Design

Save the Date designed by Trilogy Event Design

Elaina and Chris found Francesca almost a year ago when they were referred to us by a friend. Even though they live out of state and never met in-person, through the magic of telephones and the internet, Francesca was able to collaborate with them on their designs and give them the attention they deserved just as if they lived in the same state!

Their photographic save the date set the mood last year for what was to be a great day at the Boone Hall Plantation. For their ceremony program, they asked Francesca to design a poster that tied in with the other designs created for their wedding invitation suite while also featuring a funny little girl...

Custom designed by Trilogy Event Design Creative Director Francesca Staffieri

Custom designed by Trilogy Event Design Creative Director Francesca Staffieri

There's still much more to come from our busy September month! So, stay tuned to the Trilogy Blog for more fabulous photos, details, inspiration, and creative designs. 

And if you would like to meet with Randi and Francesca for your wedding or special event, don't forget you can have a free, no-obligation consultation with them! To set it up, get started by emailing us at info@trilogyeventdesign.com or clicking this link to schedule your appointment.

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.