Friday, January 23, 2015

Ridiculous Mercedes!! Self driving cars. SMH  - Good luck to all of you headed to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit today!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

7 Traits of a Great Wedding Planner!

These traits below may not be first on your checklist when starting your search for a planner, but they are just as important as pricing, packages and portfolios, and you should certainly take them into consideration:
1. Compassion – Planning a wedding is one of the most stressful and emotional events in life. Having a planner who has empathy and understanding for what you are going through is key to a stress-free and happy engagement. A good wedding planner will also understand how important the wedding is for the parents of the bride and groom and may be able to help those family members through the engagement by truly listening and understanding their concerns and desires for the wedding.
2. Listening more than talking – Wedding planners need to tell you about what we offer and our experience but we should also be listening and asking questions about you. A great wedding planner wants to make your wedding all about YOU and to do that, she must get to know you on a deeper level and really listen to your spoken and unspoken feelings.
Jen Carroll Photography 

3. Good mediation skills – A great wedding planner will mediate issues that arise with your venue and vendors and come up with a win-win solution for everyone. She will also offer guidance and advice to help you deal with family dynamics that may need mediation while you are planning the wedding. Keep in mind that your planner is not a counselor but she can usually give ideas and recommendations that will help.
4. Experience – This sounds obvious right? Does your planner have experience with your particular type of wedding, location or style? For example, tented weddings and weddings at a private home require a more advanced skill set than a wedding at an established venue. A wedding on a mountaintop or on a beach will have certain elements that only an experienced local planner may know about.
5. Processes – Being a planner takes intense levels of organization. Imagine that your wedding planner has ten clients and each of those clients has an average of ten wedding vendors. She may be managing communication with 100 or more people. Does she have a process for planning and how you will work together? Does she have spreadsheets, use software or another way of staying on top of things? It’s important to ask these questions and understand your planner’s processes before booking.
6. Great reviews – No matter how much you like her work or even if a friend made a recommendation for a wedding planner, take time to read reviews online and don’t be afraid to ask for references. Also, ask other wedding vendors for feedback on the wedding planner you are planning to hire.
7. Do you click? – It is so important to feel comfortable, relaxed and confident in your wedding planner. As a bride, you need to be able to share your thoughts and ideas without feeling judged.  A great wedding planning will share her expertise and advice in a positive way and give direction without making you feel bad.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Fight Box!!

photo by jennie andrews

Have you heard of a first fight box? Write love letters to each other and place into a box along with a bottle of wine. Nail it shut at the wedding. When you have your first fight, open it up, pour the wine, go to separate corners, read the love letter & remember what it's all about. For more information check out

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Michael Symon 'The Chew!'

I heard yesterday that Chef Michael Symon from #TheChew has never received his wedding photos and his photographer is nowhere to be found. When i hear stories like this i get soooo confused. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

4 WAYS TO USE A CANOE AT YOUR WEDDING - (my favorite summer transportation!!)

Ways To Use A Canoe At Your Wedding
There are a variety of great ways to use a canoe at your wedding and to help you get started we came up with a list of 4 of our favorite ways brides and grooms are working it into their big day. A canoe is a quintessential rustic symbol so why not add this classic camp style boat into your wedding day!

1. As Mode Of Transportation 
Nothing is more romantic than taking a little cruise on the water with your sweetheart. Post ceremony you and your new spouse can take a ride and even grab a few pictures. If you are lucky enough you might even be able to arrive to your reception by canoe!
Canoe Ride Post Wedding
2. As A Unique Drink Display
Getting creative and making a canoe part of your decorations is one thing but getting it to take on a important role like being the beverage center is just brilliant. Fill your metal or wood canoes with ice and fill with your favorite drinks and start celebrating.
Canoe Drink Display
Canoe Drink Display
3. As A Floral Display
Flowers play such an important role in a wedding and I love it when brides and rustic wedding florist think outside the box. This hanging canoe became an instant sensation with the help of some perfectly placed florals.
Canoe Floral Display
4. As A Picture Backdrop
Getting the best pictures at wedding day is a pretty important mission. Make use of canoes that might be in their “natural setting” and use them for the perfect colorful picture backdrop.
Canoe Picture Backdrop
Canoe Picture Backdrop
Rustic Groom
Wedding Chucks

Monday, April 14, 2014

A $1500.00 wedding cake? Say what?

Does it REALLY cost $1500 for some wedding cakes? Who would pay that much? I was able to catch GMA this morning and caught them talking about it... here's the link...
How to Save Money When Planning Your Wedding


Super windstorm blowing thru.... 50-60 mph gusts. 79 degrees yesterday, 3" snow predicted tonight. Go Michigan!! :)  Haha-