When Jen tracked me down to be her wedding planner, she was sure of two things: she wanted to be hands-on in her wedding planning and that she wanted to LOVE her venue.
She did her homework and found me online. We clicked instantly! I love a bride who knows what she wants, and this was Jen. She reached out to me 13 months before her wedding date. Jen booked the Full Wedding Planning package that provided her start to finish planning assistance.
When venue shopping, we looked at a few places. I remember us checking out Historic Oakland in Columbia. While we did like the venue, however, it wasn't quite a good fit. She wanted instead, a big open space.
There was a place in Ellicot City, who, at the time, was brand spanking new and growing quickly. I knew it was out of her budget, but I also knew that she wanted a venue that she absolutely LOVED. When it comes to venue shopping, you might find a great location but it doesn't include anything but a venue. Other locations will include tables, chairs, and sometimes catering too. It takes time to search. I emailed her some details on Main Street Ballroom. If you haven't heard of this venue, I highly recommend you go check it out now. She was hooked after seeing the website and photos!
So we scheduled a tour (which was easily done online). Before I help with venue shopping, I sit down with my clients to discuss exactly what they want in a venue. We knew she wanted something that would include natural rustic elements, but did not want a barn style venue. We also knew the groom wanted something modern and fresh—more industrial style. Main Street Ballroom is the best of both worlds when it comes to mixing rustic with industrial and still being modern.
For decor and design, I referred her to my girl Shawn at Trebella Events. She is amazing at creating beautiful arrangements and providing signs, candles, backdrops, and other decors. The colors were Coral, Black, White & Gold. The groom is into music, so we included music sheets in the centerpieces. She provided the bouquet, ceremony arrangements, boutonnieres, centerpiece arrangements, linens, place cards, and cocktail hour decor.
They also decided to do a First Look before the wedding. A first look is a quick photo session of just the Bride and Groom. The first look is before the ceremony, and it is likely the first time the bride and groom will get to see each other that day. Though it might be out of line with old traditions, the first look is great for shedding any nervous energy before your wedding. It also makes for some amazing photos!
True story, Jen purchased two other wedding gowns before falling in love with this one, which she found online. I still remember her saying, "this one is the one, I know it." And she looked truly amazing in it!
The guest had such a great time. And the bride and groom were glowing the whole night! All in all, this one of my favorite weddings with my favorite clients.
Planning & Coordination: Entyse Lyfe Weddings & Events
Venue: Main Street Ballroom
Photographer: Bliss Culture Photo
Design: Trebella Events
Catering: Absolutely Perfect Catering
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