Kristina & Jason’s Inn at Erlowest Wedding
Kristina and Jason got married in late September at the Inn at Erlowest in Lake George. Tom Wall Photography, Wedding Planning Plus, Bigler Productions and Make Me Fabulous are all NYWB members who were a part of their team! The flowers were by Design by Douglas. Getting married by the water is always a beautiful thing when the weather cooperates, and good thing it did for this couple!
Enjoy their wedding video by Bigler Productions!
Kristina & Jason’s Wedding Video from Bigler Productions on Vimeo.
Abbey & Mike – Inn at Erlowest
I wanted to share this wedding because it’s so classic Lake George! The couple took full advantage of the lake with their boat ride from the church to the reception and had touches of the Adirondacks at their reception. The results were stunning and Tiffany Wayne captured their day perfectly. It’s so obvious how much fun Abbey and Mike have with each other based on their huge smiles in almost every picture. The love they have for one another is definitely made clear as well. Enjoy this real wedding at the Inn at Erlowest!
Through the Eyes of a Bride: Guest Entry by Natalie Guay!
Here at NYWB we love to give our brides advice and tips for their future wedding. Usually we offer valuable information from our vendors that is hard to get anywhere else. However, this time we decided to switch it up and ask someone for advice that you can relate to and who has done this all before – Natalie Guay! Natalie was one of you, an engaged woman planning her wedding and struggling to figure out the best way to go about it. We all know this can be one of the most stressful times of your lives. You want everything to come out perfect and won’t settle for anything less (and we don’t think you should either!) We specifically reached out to Natalie because as you can tell from just a short glance at her pictures by Joe Elario Photography – her wedding was a complete and total success! We have already featured her gorgeous wedding on our blog and it was a huge hit. She is also very enthusiastic about the entire process and is thrilled to get a chance to spread her knowledge with as many brides as she can. There is really no better advice out there then from someone who has done it all before – and did it right!
One of my best girlfriends called me the other day to “talk weddings,” (one of my fav things to do!) but the conversation didn’t proceed as it normally does. We usually talk about flower arrangements, bridesmaids dress colors, must-play dance music for her upcoming June 2011 wedding but today she started by saying “I just don’t enjoy wedding planning as much as you did and I don’t have the time anymore.” This statement obviously made me feel bad and I explained to her that although it may have looked like I enjoyed every single second of wedding planning, in reality, I didn’t. There were a number of times throughout my planning process where I would call my mom and say “maybe I just shouldn’t have a wedding.” It’s stressful!! And any former bride that tells you otherwise is lying (or from another planet). It’s difficult to work a full time job and find time after work or on the weekends to make all the important decisions. So basically the only advice I can give her (and all of you) is take it one day at a time and remember that it’s ok to feel overwhelmed about it all. It’s ultimately your wedding though, so put in as much or as little effort as you want. Here are a few tips on how I tried to organize myself and enjoy the planning process:
- Focus on one thing at a time! Spend one week looking at invitations and the next week on your menu choices and spread it out or even set aside a weekend of “no wedding planning.”
- In the beginning, rip things out of bridal magazines when you see something you like and put them into file folders. Even if you’re not focusing on it specifically at the time, you can go back later on to your “centerpieces” folder for inspiration!
- Take advantage of the free planning tools that websites like The Knot and Martha Stewart Weddings offer! I used both of them; The Knot for keeping track of the guest list, responses, addresses, and seating chat; and I used Martha Stewart’s website for my budget because I liked the way it helped me keep track of my spending and alerted me when payments were due! Take a look at both and decide which features work best for you!
- Trust your vendors, they’re the experts! If you can explain your vision to, for example, your florist, and then let them run with your ideas the results may surprise you! In a good way! I never once told my florist what specific flowers I wanted, rather the look and feel of the bouquets and let her do all the work!
- Remember that the people that you invite to your wedding love you both and are going to have an amazing time no matter what color ribbon you use on the ceremony program. It’s only one day and it should be all about you and your future husband!
Thanks for the great tips Natalie! Stay tuned for more guest blog entries by real brides – another one from Natalie and one from Mona Dudek coming soon!