Following the idea of a great planner, Laura from Soriee Special Events, who took her camera and documented a real wedding of hers. I thought the idea was freaking brilliant and I’ve waited for a wedding to capture in a similar way. Here’s the story of Zach Duke and Kristin Gross wedding. The up’s, the down’s and all the stuff in between.
Here we go!
Thursday, November 1st
(two days before the wedding)
10am – Julie, the Banquet Manager at Cambridge Golf Clubhouse emails me that the stage is setup and I need to call her right away. I’m with another client but I get the message on my crackberry (love this little gadget). When we talk she feels the stage is too big and has some concerns about the floor layout I designed. She’d really feel more comfortable if I would come by and see it. I really don’t want to because I have a tight schedule today with other obligations. Just in case, I contact Ray with Stretta Band immediately to check to see if the band requirements were flexible to reduce the stage size from a 16’x 20’ to a 12’x20’. He’s cool with it.
12:30pm – I have to admit the floor layout is nagging at me. I’d rather deal with this issue today than tomorrow. So I run by TRU Event Rentals and speak with Darrel (affectionately called Big D by me) to see if he can work in the schedule with his guys to come back and reduce the floor. I also pickup a smaller table for the cake to allow for more room, in case we need it. Deep down I think it’s going to be tight, but feel we can fit the 26 guest tables, dance floor, beer bar, stage and food station area.
1:45pm – Arrived at Cambridge to look at the layout. Zach, the groom, his parents and the father of the bride also show up! I agree that the stage is too big and luckily we can make it go smaller. I call Big D and have him schedule his guys to fix it this
afternoon. Zach makes a request to increase the dance floor size. No problem. It’s your day! Everyone agrees not to tell Kristin about making the stage smaller. It’s probably not a big deal, I just didn’t want her to worry about anything. I’m confident we can move the guests tables around tomorrow. I’m pretty sure Julie thinks I’m on crack but is being too polite to say so. That’s okay. That’s how I roll.
2:30pm – Running late to meet Kristin, her mom Karen and Jessica, (the MOH) to go see Sally and her flowers. She loves them, but makes a few changes with the “white roses” which were looking a little green on the edges. Darn nature…sometimes it just doesn’t cooperate with your palette tastes. As you can see, Kristin is still pretty excited about her bouquet! Is she not precious?
Friday, November 2nd
(one day before the wedding)
9:00am – Deliver linens to Cambridge and help Julie and Tony physically
move the tables/chairs for the layout. We are all pleased with the results…it
looks like there will be some tight areas but service should not be compromised. Happy dance!! I set the table linens so there will be less to do tomorrow.
9:30pm – I have to leave early tomorrow morning so I pack up all the things I’ll need to take; emergency kit, small bag, extra itineraries, Zach’s iPod, change of clothes, etc. Off to bed for me. Long day tomorrow.
photos: pfe iPhone
featured photo credit: straub photography
….to be continued….