Renee & Leroy

Renee & Leroy

Our first wedding of the season was one of homespun love and intimacy. This was actually my first home wedding and I had a great time assisting Renee with all the details for her special day with Leroy. It was truly a learning experience and one that I would do again and again. Here is a preview of their very special day.

May 16, 2009




Congratulations Guys!



For me there is usually a feeling on sentiment whenever the clergy pronounces the couple husband and wife. As always I am faced with a renewed love for my career and wish that moments like these can last forever. Oh the joy!

Happy Weddings!
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The Great Bridal Expo Ticket Giveaway

The Great Bridal Expo Ticket Giveaway


Greetings All,

The Great Bridal Expo will be at the Marriott Marquis in May. This is a great event to attend for all brides-to-be (those who are currently planning and those who have yet to begun). Here’s the skinny: You’ll get a chance to meet many wonderful vendors, get a ton of information on new and ideal products to place on your registries, eat cake, win prizes, and have a blast doing it!

Here are the details:

When: May 8 2015
Where:1535 Broadway New York, NY 10036
Time: 5:30 PM

I two (2)complimentary tickets to give away. You can enter to win by sending an email to: [email protected] with Bridal Tickets in the subject box. The deadline is Sunday, May 3, 2015. The drawing will be held on Monday, May 4, 2015 and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Mark your calendars!

Best Wishes to All.

Happy Planning!

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Cute As A Button Bouquets

Cute As A Button Bouquets

Here’s a little bang for your buck. Or shall I say a new spin on the keepsake bouquet. Savvy. Unconventional. Yet oh -so Becoming.

In my surfing through the Blog-O-Sphere, I came across these unusual yet cute bouquets. Giving more impact to the the saying, “Cute as a Button”.

These designs by RBK Creations, a mother and daughter team based in the North Dallas area are popular and in demand. See more of their work here.

Ideas where they can work:

Children’s Parties
Children Reception Tables
Flower Girls
and so much more.

What are your thoughts concerning this new trend? Who would have thought, buttons in a bouquet?

Happy Planning!

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Our Brand New Shoes

Our Brand New Shoes

Greetings All,

We are pleased to announced that LMEP has moved into it’s new blog home. Designed by Ellie of Rainy Day Templates, we are truly in love. After a few tries and styles we’ve finally found the perfect fit. Ellie is truly amazing and gifted at what she does. If you’re looking to dress up your blog or start one Ellie’s your gal and when you connect with her tell her hello for me.

As with all new things like a new pair of shoes, you have to break them in. I love my new shoes! So bare with me as I work through the process. Welcome to the new Memoirs home!

Happy Planning!

Monday Memoirs..

Monday Memoirs..

My Dear Beloved,

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit the ceremony venue of one of my 2016 couples. This church based in Harlem, NY is magnificent inside as well as outside. The beauty, unreal. As I stood standing in front of the pulpit to snap this photo, I couldn’t help but feel the deity of the Godhead. I wanted to kneel and give honor. With it’s marble posts, head, stairs, and gold double doors, I couldn’t help but to imagine the Kingdom that awaited beyond them. Standing about two stories high it did not overpower, but only added to the majesty of edifice, which included a second and third mezzanine.

In “shopping” around for that perfect place to have your ceremony and reception consider choosing a place that has meaning to you. You know like finding that perfect pair of shoes. It will only add to the joy and magic of your day. If you don’t have that option because you don’t have one or it’s not available to you, you should choose a place where you both feel a sense of connection.

Needless to say, in all of these, the magic of your day will not flow if those who are charged to the place are not connected. In my experience as a wedding professional I’ve come across some really great venues and vendors, but the customer relations were out to snacks. If you are given headache from jump and the aspirin that you do take creates an even bigger headache, which then turns into a migraine, it’s will not be worth it in the long run. That’s why it is so essential to ask for references, read reviews, and get feedback from former clients. As a wedding planner, it is my responsibility to test the waters by putting myself in my clients’ shoes. If I am treated in any way that’s makes me feel compromised or uncomfortable, there’s no way that I would allow my clients to be treated in that same manner. Equally or worse.

So no matter how beautiful the venue, make sure you meet and greet the folks who work there. Make sure the beauty runs below the surface in all respects. Key point: It’s You Day. Your Dreams. Your Peace of Mind. Not just on the day of, but the months, weeks, and days leading up to it.

Endearingly,

Letisha & Mark (Part 2)

Letisha & Mark (Part 2)


Here’s another update on this Fab Couple. For the first set of Letisha & Marks’ engagement photos, they posed for Vaughn Freeman of Visual Mystique Studios. The day held for overcast skies and was crisp, but the love between these two kept it warm, toasty, and the clouds at bay. Mark had injured his ring finger (yes – oh my!) very badly a few days before in a construction mishap. As always, he kept us in stitches. What a trooper. We had a blast!

I have posted a few photos for your viewing:



Vaughn captured a lot of great shots. Too many of which that could be published here. But some of Leti’s favorites are seen here.


This one is my favorite too!

 
Congrats Guys!

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Crafted in Love

Crafted in Love

Okay, tradition says…..but not today.

This wonderful induction to our industry is to date one of the coolest items I have come across. Not too dainty or over the top. It’s just right. A great adaptation in lieu of the pillow and a marvel at first glance!


Created by Paloma’s Nest, these beauties made in white ceramic are sure to do double the job. One for your young attendant to carry down the aisle, and the second of becoming your modern-day heirloom. With the option to choose from styles of signature designs to special wording, or your name and wedding date engraved, this is truly a win-win. To see more visit Paloma’s Nest on Esty.

So say goodbye to tradition of yesterday and get Crafted in Love today!

Happy Planning!

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Sketch Your Dress

Sketch Your Dress


What better way to mark the occasion than to capture the essence of your gown in this beautiful and endearing keepsake. Dreamlines can render a sketch of your wedding ensemble for as little as $100 (USD) a pop. Note that it will not be an exact, but close to it. To learn about this click here.

On the Couture many of the designers are offering this service with a purchase of their masterpiece designs. If you have your heart set on a designer, I encourage you to ask if this is a service available and if it is included with your investment. After all you only marry once, but the memories you can revisit any time you choose too.

Happy Planning!

Frosting, Anyone?

Frosting, Anyone?

Who says desserts can only adorn it?

Think again!

If you love crystals, and all the glam that comes along with it, then you’ll love this. Of course as a bride, you have visions and dreams of how you’d like to look on your big day. Aspirations to shine and be the center of attention. They Key is not only to shine outward in, but from inward out.
Sooo, why not have your cake and eat it too?
A suggestion – try to add a bit of sparkle, or a swirl of pizazz to make your ensemble all the more complete. From the crown of your head to the very soles of your feet, and then some. You’ll not only look and feel special, but it will radiate through your pores.
Introducing Perfect Details , an online bridal boutique who specializes in catering to Discriminating Brides. They offer designer shoes, tiaras, jewelry, wraps, guestbook sets, ring bearer pillows, and so much more.

Here are a few of my faves and ideas where you can Frost Yourselves:


Can be used on the sash of your wedding gown or the handle of your bouquet.



For Hair

I invite you to visit Perfect Details to find your flavor of frosting for your special day.

Happy Planning!

Lisa

Down That Aisle In Style

Down That Aisle In Style

Greetings All,

I recently received this amazing and detailed book for today’s Full-Figured Bride. This book offers real advice and encouragement, while providing a “Dream Map” to assist full-figured women in planning one of the most important days of their lives.

Did you know that the average size of a woman in the US is a size 16? And more and more she is making her debut down the aisle, and in style. Who said that true beauty only came in a size 6? Not any more, for the race is on!

The author Chamein Canton is phenomenal. A survivor, and a miracle among us. With many years in the wedding industry, as a wedding consultant and accomplished author, she has a heart to give back to women and she did just that in her new book, Down That Aisle In Style, A Guide for Full-Figured Women.

As I consumed the content of the pages, literally, I was blown away. This book is so rich in advice on health and beauty tips. Dress and veils selections according to your body and face shape. Yeah, it’s really that deep. It’s detailed in photos and is surplus in information. Plus it’s easy to read. In addition, it explains how and why you should choose a photographer, that has experience working with full-figured clients, and so much more. Umm…umm, Good Stuff!

The experience had encouraged me to refer to this Guide when working with my full-figured clients and recommend to those who are not. This book is retailed at $34.95 and is available in hardback on www.amazon.com. Reserve your copy today! If not for youself, then for that full-figured (soon-to-be-bride) woman in your life. Trust me, she’ll cherish it, and you for contributing to her peace of mind on her very special day.

I think it’s important for any bride to feel like Cinderella on her special day. More importantly, to feel that way the months leading up to that day. Confidence is an essential part of the equation and can be attained only when you educate yourself, and truly accept and love you for who you are. Beautiful, Bountiful, and Blessed!