I can remember it like it was yesterday, the words being uttered- "I think I found my wedding planner." It didn't take a full hour for me to make an instant connection with a spunky, adventures, intelligent engineer named Imani and her cool, collect, fitness trainer fiancé Chris. They have been a joy to work with as we quickly plan their summer wedding in Asheville NC. On the way to venue search, they looked at me and said- "hey Crystal, do you know Johnnyswim?" My response, "no, I don't think I have (thinking I really should expand my music playlist and take my New Edition obsession off repeat and join the rest of the world). They instantly showed me a picture and said "this is our inspiration for our engagement session, can you make it happen?" Well, ummm- heck yeah I can! Thanks to Lucy and Steve, the wonderful photographers of Smitten and Hooked, for bringing the awesomeness to this spicy, love intense, fun, awww inspiring engagement shoot. Thanks to the Labortory Mills and Old South Vintage Rentals for connecting with us and making Imani and Chris' engagement shoot one to remember. Enjoy and be inspired!
For almost 10 months, we have been planning a fall wedding for Jenelle and Deatric. To be around the two of them, you will instantly recognize their chemistry and gravitate to their kindness. We had a great time making their engagement shoot vision come to life. Thanks Shanna Duffy Photography for capturing the essence of Jenelle and Deatric's love. Thanks to Crave Dessert Bar as well for letting us use their venue as a canvas for life long memories. Here are a few of our favorites! Enjoy!
So it's engagement season and you think it's the right time to make one of the biggest purchases known to mankind. It's time to buy, "THE DIAMOND." Not just any diamond, but, "THE ONE."
You'd like to think that when it comes to your future fiance, you totally understand their personal style. But if you're even the slightest bit hesitant about what type of ring to buy, you'll naturally want to ask for shopping assistance—a smart move..... depending on the person you ask. Here are our suggestions here at Fabulously Created Events.
First start with trusting:
So often, men don't realize how well they know their significant other already. When falling in love, it's typically the small stuff that has captivated your heart therefore giving you a keen sense into what she likes and dislikes. Trust you! When you see it, you will know it and you will be excited you've picked something that she will cherish for a lifetime.
However, there is absolutely no reason why you can't have some guidance along the way. The below people might be good resources when shopping.
If your girlfriend is close to her sister, she will typically know her taste. A sister is also more likely to keep the news to herself. She also will be able to discreetly dig for clues from your girlfriend if you desire.
Your Best Married Buddy
He has done this before so he will be able to guide you and give you the support you want and need. While he may not know her style or ring desires, having a close "friend" by your side to support you in this important decision isn't a bad idea. P.S. Pick the buddy that actually likes his wife and not the one that will be over your ear in the jewelry store saying "dude.... this is crazy.... don't do it....believe me......"
Pick the friend that values marriage; the one you actually look up to and admire his relationship with his wife.
This can be tricky! Mom does know best BUT if you choose to take mom ring shopping with you, be prepared to pop the question soon; we mean real soon. Mom's are emotionally attached to their children by nature and you don't want the risk of them slipping and ruining the proposal. However, like the sister- mom will have great insight into what her daughter will like and will not mind telling you her opinion at all.
Another great resource:
If your girlfriend is like 80% of women, she has been planning the big day in that head of hers, FOREVER! No, she is not crazy, women just naturally fall in love with "love." If you don't want to ask anyone around you for guidance, she just might have a Pinterest board with all kind of wedding ideas laying around. Somewhere embedded between purses, shoes, and crock pot recipes are diamonds. CHA-CHING- you just hit the lottery! Think of it as her way of telling you but not telling you....
Lastly, it's perfectly fine to ask:
Your Significant Other
Okay, so the ring may not be a surprise, but you can still make the proposal one. If you know your partner wants to have input into picking out rings, give her the pleasure of doing so. Plus, it totally eliminates the stress if you're worried over potentially getting the wrong ring style. However, when going ring shopping with your mate DO NOT hold your heart like Fred Sanford and declare a heart attack is coming your way at the price of rings. You never want to make her feel like she isn't worth every dime. Remember, you are looking to get an idea. When you go back to make your final decision and purchase, that's the time to discuss pricing with the sales attendant, scream bloody murder, and then negotiate where appropriate.
We hope these few tips help you during this engagement season or whenever you choose to pop the question. If you get stuck with decision making or have questions, reach out to us at Fabulously Created Events. www.fabcreatedevents.com. We would love to help you out! Until next time, stay fabulous!
Proverbs 18:22 says, "He who finds a wife finds a good thing." When Andre Bentley found Kendra Vinson, he indeed found his lifetime treasure.
Over a year ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Kendra and Andre as well as Kendra's parents as they were in search of a wedding planner. After Kendra GRILLED me (lol) at the planning consultation meeting with her big book of wedding questions, I was thrilled to hear they had selected FC Events to plan their big day.
I meet with a lot of couples and each carry their own special uniqueness. Kendra and Andre were no different. They knew what they wanted, they trusted we could make it happen, and we had an absolute blast in the process! As a planner, I seek the couple that will allow me to do just what I love to do; be creative and plan with vision in mind.
The love and respect these two have for one another is undeniable. Their love and outlook on life is contagious and we were grateful to have been a part of such a memorable moment in their life. We thank Kendra, Andre, and their families for entrusting FC Events with such a precious event and look forward to seeing this couples love blossom for a lifetime. Continue to keep your love as fabulous as both of you are!
Thank you to all the vendors who played a major part in making Kendra and Andre's wedding day a success.
- Event Planning Services and Event Decor: Fabulously Created Events
- Photography: Amore Vita Photography
- Venue: Trump National Golf Club
- Florals: April Floral Expressions
- Baker: Cheesecake Etc.
- Entertainment: DJ Groove and Jonathan Rose
- Videographer: Images of Power
- Officiant: Minister Colin Pinkney
- Event Lighting: Eye Dialogue
- Makeup Artist: Flawless Makeup Art
- Stationery: Whirlwind Creative
- Transportation: Lake Norman Boat Transportation and VIP Transportation
- Formal Wear: Poffie Girls and The Formal Touch
- Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Bentley's on 27th