Vendor Love | Stacie Shea Events

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The sun set over the gleaming white Sperry Tent encompassing Lori and Jim’s gorgeous Cape Cod waterfront wedding reception at the Mack House. As the guests enjoyed their plated dinner, the vendors relaxed inside with a little break and a bite of hot food. We chatted about the serious gorgeousness that Stacie Shea pulled off planning Lori and Jim’s destination wedding. Martha Stewart herself would have been proud of the way everything came together that day. “I wish you could plan my sister’s wedding in Hawaii” I said over our vendor meals, not really being serious. I mean, Hawaii and Connecticut aren’t exactly proximate… and my sister Stacy lives in Oregon, 3,000 miles west.

I never expected Stacie Shea to take on that kind of long-distance project but I’m so glad I spoke up. By Tuesday of the following week both Stacy and Stacie were on board and the Maui wedding planning plowed full steam ahead. Since my sister doesn’t live in Hawaii, she would have interacted with a planner from a distance regardless of where that person resided. Having Stacie Shea close to me was great for planning meetings during family visits east! And during the week in Maui, she was literally indispensable. I honestly don’t know how couples organize their weddings without the help of a planner… just for the sanity alone!

Stacie, you did such an AMAZING job executing the vision and logistics and all the other complications that a destination wedding entails and I am so glad you were there with us! I know my whole family will concur. She even babysat Cam during the family snorkel trip earlier in the week… it was so fun to have you there! I can’t even imagine how the wedding would have turned out without you. I’m glad I don’t have to! Brides, I urge you to hire a wedding planner, it will not only save your sanity, but give you the assurance that the wedding of your dreams will be executed exactly as you envision. Stacie is located in Greenwich, Connecticut but plans destination events around the country. Seriously… call her!

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I promise… that’s the last of the Maui highlights… I just couldn’t help myself!

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Luxury Wedding Spotlight | Norwalk Harbor View

Brides! There are two weeks left to reserve your ticket to the Luxury Wedding Spotlight at the Harbor View at Norwalk Cove in Connecticut on April 27th. Grab your mom or your favorite bridesmaid and spend a Sunday evening on the water and finalize your list of wedding vendors with this amazing group of industry pros. Check out participating vendors and showcased partners here! I’m so excited to be joining this incredible group of wedding photographers, designers, planners, cinematographers, stationers, bakers and beauty teams together for one exciting event. Don’t miss it!

Happy Monday!

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Introducing Erica | Stacie Shea Events

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On Monday I headed up the road to Greenwich to photograph the beautiful Erica Choutka, Stacie Shea’s new lead event planner for their website. Stacie’s firm shares a studio space with several Greenwich wedding vendors and the cute loft filled with great window light for the photographs. Luckily we planned these head shots for Monday afternoon before the snow-pocalypse hit yesterday. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much snow fall so fast! We have more than a foot at our house all in one day. Today’s temperature… 2 degrees… with windchill factoring in at minus 21 degrees, let’s just say I won’t be leaving my house until it warms up… yikes!

Enjoy a couple of my favorite images from the session…

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engage!13 Recap | Montelucia

Exactly one month ago this morning, I nervously boarded a United fight to Phoenix with Stacie Shea to attend the engage!13 Luxury Wedding Business Summit for the first time at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale. Wedding professionals from across the country unite twice a year to celebrate this incredible event at one luxury resort after the next. When Rebecca and Kathryn announced that this winter’s festivities would be in my hometown – I knew it was finally time for me to pull the trigger and sign up!

As the flight jetted toward the valley, I feared that my trip to Engage was a little premature for the state of my business and why did I think this was a good idea anyway? Would it be a waste of money and an unnecessary trip away from my little guy? My fears quickly subsided as I arrived at the hotel (after lunch at In N’ Out of course) with a warm welcome and lots of familiar faces. When Sean Low sat next to me during the opening session… I knew this was going to be a game changing week for me and my business. And it was!

My week at Engage allowed me to make amazing connections with my peers in the wedding industry, I reconnected with old friends, I made lots of new ones… and most importantly… I came home with big ideas for my business and my photography career going forward… not to mention – I had a blast!! And was completely spoiled rotten by Rebecca and Kathryn for a week! The UPS shipment of all the goodies finally arrived over the holiday break… it was insane! Here are some images of all the gifts they showered on us during our stay… these are just a few of many!

Check out these real wedding ideas curated by the Knot from all the engage!13 goodies and activities…

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And the most amazing hangover kit of all time… handed to us upon our exit every night… right before a hotel concierge knocked on our door with hot chocolate from the chef… these girls thought of everything!

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Here are some fun shots from the official engage!13 photographers Chellise Michael Photography and Scott Clark Photo

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And this post wouldn’t be complete without the recap video from I Do Films… check it out!

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Real Life Bride | Maui Wedding Planning

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A year ago today, Mike surprised Stacy with a birthday proposal and kicked off this whole crazy wedding planning process. In honor of Stacy’s birthday I’m continuing with the 9th installment of my “Real Life Bride” series following my sister’s wedding planning today. If you missed the previous recaps you can find them here…

The Proposal

Portland vs Hawaii?

Destination Maui

Saying Yes to the Dress

Registering

Bridesmaids Dresses

Texas Bridal Shower

Choosing the Colors

Today I’m giving you a peek inside Stacy’s wedding venues and sharing some images from her trip to Hawaii this fall to continue the planning and design process with the local vendors in Maui. For destination brides, it’s critical to get on the ground in your wedding location to meet the vendors in person, have the food tasting and walk through all the design details with the florist, venue, planners, etc. The internet is a massive source of information but there’s nothing quite like in person meetings to solidify your wedding style with the people who will ultimately bring it to life.

The most important meetings to have on location are with the venues that will be hosting the wedding… Stacy & Mike are planning to celebrate their wedding ceremony and reception at the Plantation House in Kapalua. The ceremony on the lawn will be followed by an open-air reception in the dining room.

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The rehearsal dinner will be held on the deck at Merriman’s Kapalua… one of my favorite restaurants on Maui – the sunsets (above) and the butter fish are out of this world! I’m super excited that Stacy & Mike chose it for their rehearsal.

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Pineapple centerpieces? Perfect for hawaiian vows… Also on the must-do list when visiting the destination – tour the guest hotel you’ve chosen to host your out of town company, visit potential hair and makeup artists to do a trial run, meet the photographer in person if they are local, and of course – have your menu tasting… my favorite part! Don’t forget the signature cocktail…

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April will be here before we know it! Can’t wait to wake up to this view… Happy Birthday Stace!

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