Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sam and Annalise

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Annalise and her mom, Gayle during the process of planning this sweet wedding.  I felt as though Gayle and I really bonded and that I was a good match for them.

The wedding was at the ever lovely 7F Lodge and turned out beautifully.  The flowers were arranged by Gayle and one her best friends; they did a spectacular job.  The master of ceremonies was Rob with Attic Productions.  The delectable cuisine, fajitas and TexMex sides, was catered by 7F.  Chronicling the evening with photos was Chris and Arlina with Arlina Rose Photography, one of my favorite photography couples.  And the cakes, always delightful and delicious, created by Fabulous Fare.

As a Christian, I felt the minister's message about marriage was articulated so well.  It was even more special since he was Annalise's former youth pastor who drove all the way down from Cincinnati, OH with his family of six to perform the nuptials.

 I especially appreciated a note personally written by Gayle that read:

Dear Erin,
I feel the Lord brought you into our lives.  You were exactly the personality Annalise and I were looking for. We have enjoyed working with you and your advice and direction.
Thank you for everything-
Annalise and Gayle Cox

Getting Ready!

Fabulous Fare is always, well, FABULOUS!

Family Memories...

An Adorable Group shot!

Erin Joyner, Wedding Planner, Bryan/College Station, TX

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Jeff and Kelley: Celebrating 30 Years!

I had the absolute privilege of coordinating this sweet couple's 30 Year Vow Renewal Ceremony.  It was such a blessing to experience this pair that has exemplified "for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; til death do us part..." Thank you, Jeff and Kelley for allowing me to be a part of your special day and for the following kind words...

Erin made the difference between my being so relaxed, I never once had a worry or concern and being a total wreck on my wedding day (and the days leading up to it).  Erin is experienced and very organized.  My wedding would not have been the same without her.

In addition to her experience and organization, Erin is loving and caring and brings Christian values to the planning and coordinating of the event.  I believed from the moment I met Erin that she really cared about me and my family and our special event—not just the day we renewed our vows, but the whole experience.

Erin, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

College Station, TX

As always, I enjoyed working with these fabulous vendors:
DJ and lighting: Livewire Productions

Friday, September 7, 2012

Jack and Anna- July 28th

My life has been a whirlwind since this sweet ceremony, so I am just now sitting down to post about it.  Jack and Anna Decker were united as one in Christ this summer, and the whole event turned out beautifully.  Anna is someone I've known since she was about 14 years old, and have watched her grow and mature into an amazing young woman.  We've gotten the privilege of getting to know her sweet new husband, Jack, in the past few months.
Anna is from a family of 9 and she is right in the middle of the line up.  The "kids" in this family are some of the most beautiful people you have ever met.  They could literally all be models.  They are talented, smart, and have a strong work ethic.  I felt extremely blessed to be a part of this special day.

The ceremony and reception took place at the spectacularly landscaped Avalon.

 Anna's brother, Joe, and long time friend, Aaron, played live music as guests were arriving.

The weather was slightly on the warm side, but with large fans blowing, it wasn't unbearable.

Anna is fortunate to have talented friends and family that could pitch in for food, flowers, desserts, music and decorations.  Sometimes when friends and family offer to "help", it doesn't work out very well.  But in this case, every aspect of the wedding turned out beautifully.

This newlywed couple's photographer was Arlina Rose, who is an up and coming rock star in the photography world.  I love working with her and her sweet husband, Chris.
As part of their ceremony, Jack and Anna washed each other's feet as a reflection of the service Jesus performed for his disciples as recorded in the gospels.  It was a beautiful gesture to view.

Their friend Melinda was their DJ and Anna's brother, Wes, was the MC for the evening.  Both did a fabulous job helping me create a lively and exciting reception.  This group of friends and family know how to party and kept the dance floor literally jumping throughout the night.  The send off was unique. They bought glowsticks and played extremely loud music as the new couple left.  My camera's flash doesn't do a very good job of capturing night time images, but Arlina has some amazing shots of it!
Overall, every aspect of the wedding was exceptional and I was pleased with how it turned out.  I hope that the Deckers will always look fondly upon the day that they became husband and wife.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Dan and Ruth

This weekend, my family went to Louisiana to attend the wedding of Dan Nagao, a sweet fellow who works with the youth at our church. We experienced a great taste of the Louisiana culture with giant oak trees covered in Spanish moss, Jambalaya for dinner and, of course, the humidity. This was a breathtaking, simple and elegant ceremony and one of the sweetest I've ever witnessed. Ruth's dress was a beautiful vintage style, and with such an amazing scenery on a family property, little decor was used because it would have distracted from the natural background. Ruth's parents were married on this very spot of land which made the time even more intimate. And the cake was just fabulous!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Wedding Reception Cocktail Tables

Cocktail tables are becoming increasingly popular at receptions.  And why not?  They allow a place for guests to set drinks and food, socialize, but they don't take up as much room as the traditional table and chairs.   Lacey at Details Rental in Bryan/College Station, TX, posted some great ideas for decorating cocktail tables on her blog. Check them out!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Peru Bound

I've been extremely busy since my last posts. With four kids, the end of the school year is always extremely full of joyous occasions such as soccer and baseball games, end of school projects, tests and of course, parties! I was able to participate in the Aggieland Bridal Show on Mother's Day and haven't yet had an opportunity to post about that event. So, since summer vacation is finally here, I've got just a moment to blog about my next adventure. If you hired me to coordinate your wedding in past 6 months, your deposit is going to pay for an exciting trip I will be taking with my 11 year old in July. Our church takes a group every year to Puerto Maldonado and Cusco, Peru to support, encourage and participate in the work God is doing there with missionaries that we, as a church, fund. So, two years ago, I set a precedent of taking the boys the summer that they are 11.
So, this is son #2's year to go and I now have another great opportunity to spend time with some of those in a people group I have come to adore.
In a beautiful country I have come to love. We have a few weeks to prepare, and then we will be taking off at the beginning of July. I feel so fortunate to be able to experience this trip with my child. I appreciate those who are giving me the amazing privilege of coordinating their weddings this fall. Erin Joyner, Wedding Planner, Bryan/College Station, TX

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Unique Photo Designs to Enhance Your Wedding Ceremony

My friend Anne Barnby creates the most amazing photo designs you can imagine. As stated in my last post, I adore pictures. Anne's creations are simply amazing and will only improve the decor at any wedding, no matter what you're envisioning. All brides these days are looking for something unique that will make their wedding stand out in their guests' minds. If you are looking for an exclusive design for your guest book, a layout for your engagement photos, the decorations for your tables, then the Go2Girl is where you need to shop next. Don't just take my word for it, visit Anne's site yourself and check out her book designs. I've also got some pictures of her photo cubes below.
Anne Barnby is also now my decorator for Wonderfully Wed. If you need assistance in creating the perfect reception, Anne will take your dreams and vision and make them a reality.

Anne and I with our beautiful booth (which she decorated) at the Spring Bridal Show.

Erin Joyner, Wedding Planner, Bryan College Station, TX

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Wedding Pictures

I cannot describe how much I LOVE pictures. I could sit and stare at beautiful pictures of children,brides, families, nature, animals... All day long. It is with great delight that I share some of the pictures taken at the wedding I coordinated a few weeks ago. They are deliciously, amazingly, blessedly lovely to view. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! Fabulous job, Arlina Rose Photography! Look for JB and Jenny Benevides Covenant.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Olde Dobbin Station- A Charming and Truly Vintage Venue

I had the privilege of attending the Bridal Show for the grand opening of a wonderfully charming new wedding venue in Dobbin, TX. I had never heard of Dobbin, TX until I met Monica Orlando, a bride who hired me to coordinate her October 27th which will be held at this facility. This location appealed to me as a fan of history as well as a wedding planner. It used to be a watering station, as well as place for people to fellowship and go swimming. It was built in the early 1900's. When they purchased the property, it looked like this. And the pictures that follow are what the owner, Carrie McCoy, has done to transform this historical site into a place for your dream wedding. The best part about it is that it can seat up to 530 people. So, it is beautiful, historic and spacious. You can't get much better than that!

The beautiful entry way

The amazing and heavy front door.

So spacious! It seats up to 530 people!

I love the beautiful faux finish on the walls.

This is the bridal suite from 3 different angles.

Such lovely light fixtures!

Nice landscaping

The future chapel. I can't wait to see it completed!