Planning & Design // Tickled Pink Brides
Venue // The Alfond Inn
Photography //Amalie Orrange Photography
Videography // Seltzer Films
Floral // Arrangements Floral Studio
Cake // The Sugar Suite
DJ & Uplighting // Our DJ Rocks
Rentals // A Chair Affair
Ceremony Music // Classern Quartet
Hair & Makeup // LeJeune Artistry
Dress // Solutions Bridal (Anne Barge)
GIF Photo Booth // Firefly Photobooths
Happy birthday to my firstborn, this business of Tickled Pink! I started this wedding and event planning business while pregnant with my first daughter, Saylor, which still surprises me a little. (Pregnancy hormones made me do it?) At about seven months pregnant I decided “I can do this!” and carried on establishing a totally service-driven company that quickly grew into more weddings than I could even handle alone. I’ll never forget the first bride who hired me once I was officially set up as my own company. Even though I had planned weddings prior to that, I still jumped for joy at the excitement of Tickled Pink’s first client! The business grew quickly, as did our family, and around the time that our son Jack was born, I was juggling two babies and a thriving business that actually made money! The most weddings I have ever had in planning mode at once was 21 (!!) which was both amazing and insanely stressful. Since then I have learned to find a balance that better suites me at this time in my life, which is really constantly changing when you have small children. We added our third child, Lucy, to the family, slowly added amazing team members that can handle much of the actual event planning, and this year I promoted Kristi to lead wedding producer, as she takes the reigns on planning and executing the majority of our events.
I have been so fortunate to work with the loveliest couples and amazing vendors and venues. It really is a blessing to be invited to work so intimately on the plans to bring a couple’s vision to life. Thanks to everyone who has helped us grow and evolve over the years. There have been so many people — other wedding professionals, family members, planners I only know through their work across the country — that have contributed to our growth and success. The wedding community in Central Florida is a dream to be a part of and I treasure the relationships I have, while always looking forward to the new friends still to be made! xo
We are so pumped to congratulate our friend Jessa Bray of Flax + Wool Designs on her brand spankin’ new SHOP that just opened! Jessa is a modern calligraphy and hand lettering extraordinaire and is now selling prints, totes, cards, and mugs online. We think they’re adorable and can’t wait to pick up a few for ourselves! Drop by the online shop and support this awesome gal with a whole lot of heart, soul and talent. You might even spot Kristi modeling some swag 🙂 Here are some of our favorites…
I think we can all agree that weddings are EXPENSIVE. Sure, you can elope, get married at the courthouse or host an intimate gathering if you’d prefer not to spend much on a wedding. But as a planner I can affirm that couples still want their big day and friends and family still want to share in it. These days many couples contribute financially to their own weddings, sometimes footing the whole bill themselves. There is no longer an expectation across the board that parents of the bride must pay for the whole wedding, especially not an elaborate or expensive one. Now, never in a million years would I have thought to suggest to a bride that she start asking people close to her to pitch in and help pay for the event, but a new company called Gift Me My Wedding is changing the scene on wedding finances and the etiquette that surrounds it.
Gift Me My Wedding is a cash registry that allows guests to contribute financially to the big day, gifting cash that is used toward the gown, cake, band, or any element of the wedding budget. It affords couples the ability to enhance their wedding day beyond what their own budget would allow to create their dream day without bankrupting their wallets. Couples simply register, select their vendors, and invite guests to the online registry. One thing I love about this is the ability for couples to upgrade services with their selected vendors based on the cash that comes in. Maybe you can add two hours on to your photography package, or maybe upgrade from a day-of coordinator to more comprehensive planning. As a guest, I personally would be happy to pitch in on some wedding expenses to take the burden off my friends and help them to have the wedding they wish for, if they prefer that to traditional wedding gifts. This new service is cutting edge for sure… what do you think? Leave a comment and let us know whether you’ll try it!
Photo by Concept Photography
Join us on May 15 for a top notch bridal show featuring tons of trusted wedding professionals! We hope you’ll visit the Tickled Pink booth and say hello! Don’t forget…buy your tickets online and use code TICKLEDPINK for a 20% discount! Want a sneak peek of what we’re designing for our booth? Here’s a little preview of the inspiration pictures we’re using to design something really special with our friends at Porch Therapy.