How to Create a Positive Client Experience from the Initial Inquiry!

Booking weddings can be a challenge for any up-and-coming wedding vendor who is passionate about working with couples and making their day beautiful. There are SO many ways to find couples who are a perfect fit for your services, but once you find them, how do you book their wedding?! There are several different philosophies around this question, but I truly believe that providing an unparalleled level of customer service and care is the best way to book clients and find new ones too! Creating a positive experience for a client, from the very first interaction with your company, will elevate your professionalism and hopefully create excitement within the client to move forward with you! Here are some practical tips on how to give a positive experience to clients from their initial inquiry!

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Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery Wedding

Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery Wedding

Karen and Tim's Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery fall wedding in Charlottesville, Virginia was an absolute dream!! I loved working with these two lovebirds to create their romantic red and dusty rose colored floral designs, and they had perfect early fall weather in the mountains for their intimate, elegant wedding. I had never been to the Albemarle Estate in Charlottesville, and it was quite a treat!! I loved working with a great team of vendors, including Tara Liebeck Photography, who captured all the beautiful moments throughout the day, and have listed the rest of the team below!! Enjoy this beautiful wedding! :)

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Jessica & John's Early Mountain Vineyard Wedding

Jessica & John's Early Mountain Vineyard Wedding

This dreamy Charlottesville, Virginia wedding was one of my FAVORITES this year!!! When Jessica and I first talked about her organic, gold-infused, candlelit, winter wedding at Early Mountain Vineyards near Charlottesville, I knew it was going to be absolutely breathtaking! Jessica was the sweetest bride to work with, and being an interior designer herself, has impeccable taste and an amazing vision for her wedding- I literally was counting the days until her gorgeous day!! She dreamt of a romantic soiree, with lots of lush greenery and pops of white flowers!! SWOON! To compliment that, I used anemones, white garden roses, veronica, ranunculus and a variety of greenery, including eucalyptus! This was such a wonderful way to end my 2016 wedding season, and I truly enjoyed every minute of their wedding, including working with an amazing vendor team! Enjoy these photos, taken by Audrey Rose Photography and scroll to the bottom to see the rest of the dream team that brought Jessica and John's wedding to life!

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You're Engaged! Now What?

You're Engaged! Now What?

Congratulations to all the couples that have become newly engaged over the holidays! This is such a FUN and EXCITING season of life, but I know as a past bride myself, it can also be stressful! Unless you have an event planning background, designing and executing a Pinterest-worthy wedding can be overwhelming, so I wanted to share a few tips with you today on what to tackle first (after you're done celebrating of course!) The very best advice I can give is to first go get a manicure; lots of people are going to want to see your new bling!! 

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Paula + Edgar's Wedding at Half Moone in Norfolk, Virginia

Paula + Edgar's Wedding at Half Moone in Norfolk, Virginia

Paula and Edgar were married on a beautiful August day at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in Norfolk, Virginia. They were the sweetest couple to work with, and their wedding day was absolutely spectacular! They dreamed of lush garden-inspired florals, to pair with their modern-vintage wedding inspiration, and Tara Liebeck Photography captured it all perfectly!! I was thrilled to be their wedding florist, and I got to play with lots of my favorite flowers: garden roses, peonies (shipped in from Alaska), ranunculus, dahlias, greenery and more! Paula dreamed of some beautiful floral elements, including a flower arbor, (she was the first CIE bride to use my new wooden arbor) a carnation escort card display, large flower-filled centerpieces, flower crowns for the whole bridal party, and more!! :) Enjoy these magical photos, and give some love to the vendor team who brought their wedding to life, below!

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Why You NEED a Wedding Planner!

Why You NEED a Wedding Planner!

Any bride can tell you-planning a wedding sometimes feels like a full-time job. When I was planning my own wedding, I was finishing up my Master's degree, working, and maintaining involvement in college clubs, and activities, and wedding planning just felt like an extra task that I didn't always feel like completing! I needed someone to keep me on-task, and help me make major decisions as an unbiased third-party. I needed someone to assist me with color palettes and affordable design options. I needed someone to help me pick out the very best vendors within my price range in my area. And, I needed someone to help me keep track of the 1 TRILLION details that I thought I could handle, like how many chairs we needed, how much space between tables was necessary and the ever-changing guest list. By the time I realized that I was too stressed out and NEEDED the help, it was too late and the planning process was over. I know you may not be convinced based on my personal story alone that you need a planner, so here are just a few reasons why you need for a professional assistant leading up to your big day!

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