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Chels & Mitch Cont’d | Photos by Lightbox Photography

Chels & Mitch Cont’d | Photos by Lightbox Photography

I can’t believe we’re almost to June! The year is just flying by! So far it’s been an amazing 2018 for Events by Emerson and I am so excited to share photos with you from Chels and Mitch’s October wedding in Rockwall, Texas. Stunning photography […]

Mila’s Birthday Party | Whitesboro, Texas

Mila’s Birthday Party | Whitesboro, Texas

I was so excited when Mila’s parents contacted me about throwing a birthday party for their makeup-loving daughter! I loved every minute of creating a Sephora-inspired (her favorite store!) makeover party for Mila and her friends! Custom elements from start to finish, it was truly […]

Chels & Mitch | Rockwall, TX Wedding

Chels & Mitch | Rockwall, TX Wedding

A little over two weeks ago we were honored to help Chels & Mitch marry outdoors among the trees and in beautiful October weather! The threat of rain loomed all day, but cleared up in time for a beautifully sunny ceremony and perfectly cool reception! The rain held off until about twenty minutes after Chelsea and Mitchell’s sparkler exit and then came down in buckets for the rest of the night! We couldn’t have timed it better if we tried! Thank you Texas weather for cooperating!

I was honored to have planned the wedding with Chels & Mitch for the last year. Events by Emerson planned, coordinated and created all floral arrangements for the ceremony and reception. The theme was woodland chic in burgundy and rose gold with navy accents. The wedding was held at Hidden Creek in Rockwall/Heath, Texas with a five star line up of vendors which I have listed below. Check out some of the photos I captured on my phone that day and I will post another blog when the photographer photos come in. Thanks for reading!

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Vendors

Planning, Coordination, Bouquets and Floral Arrangements – Events by Emerson

Boutonnieres and Corsages – Bunches

Venue – Hidden Creek

Photographer – Lightbox Photography

Videographer – Adams Film Productions

Catering – Culinary Art Catering

DJ – Cory Badarack

Bride’s Cake – Cake My Day

Groom’s Cake and Cookies– Christy’s Sweet Treats

Photobooth – Mad Kat Photobooths

Make Up – Ale Padilla

Hair – Roxanne Vandiver

Bride’s Gown – Baley’s Bridal

Sequin Linens – A1 Wedding Rentals

And SPECIAL thanks to Pam!!

Glenda & Jeff | McKinney, TX Wedding

Glenda & Jeff | McKinney, TX Wedding

October has been such a whirlwind for Events by Emerson and we are so thankful! But unfortunately, behind a bit on blogging! Catch up with us below, we started October with the wonderful Glenda & Jeff. Two weeks ago Events by Emerson was honored to […]

Scott & Elisabeth | Celina, TX Wedding

Scott & Elisabeth | Celina, TX Wedding

Events by Emerson was proud to coordinate Scott & Elisabeth’s wedding last Saturday in Celina, Texas! Participating vendors listed below as well as a few pics of their beautiful night! Venue: Chandler’s Gardens Coordination: Events by Emerson Cakes: A Sweet Life Photography: Maggie Moriah Photography […]

Donnie & Bianca Cont’d | Photos By Sterling O’Bando

Donnie & Bianca Cont’d | Photos By Sterling O’Bando

A few of my favorite photos and moments from Donnie and Bianca’s wedding and reception captured by Sterling O’Bando.

Planning and coordination, bouquets, floral arrangements, lighting and decor by Events by Emerson.

Photographer: Sterling O’Bando

Cake: Guanajuato Bakery Fort Worth

Venue: Lone Star Center Fort Worth, Texas

DJ: Chris Kirchmeyer

Donnie & Bianca | Fort Worth, TX Wedding

Donnie & Bianca | Fort Worth, TX Wedding

Donnie & Bianca brought me on board in February to help them reach the finish line and it was a pleasure to work with this lovely couple! My first event in the Fort Worth area, I truly enjoyed my time in the city! It was […]

Katie & Byron | Denison, TX Wedding

Katie & Byron | Denison, TX Wedding

Hi everyone! I am a little behind on my blogging, I apologize 🙂 Events by Emerson was honored to coordinate Katie and Byron’s wedding in late March at the Denison Golf and Country Club. I handled all set up and breakdown, as well as their […]

A Bit About ‘Day Of’ Coordination Services

A Bit About ‘Day Of’ Coordination Services

The ‘Day of’ Coordination services that I offer are different than many. ‘Day of’ Coordination is really a misnomer. It’s more ‘Month of’ Coordination as we begin meeting one month before your wedding day. I like to meet 3-4 times, generally once per week, until the wedding. I work with your schedule, as in I will fit in with your schedule however is convenient for you. In order to be of adequate assistance and benefit to you, I need to be completely informed of all wedding details. Our meetings will consist of a general review of all your plans for both the ceremony and reception. Many couples find this review time beneficial as we make sure all details have been covered and nothing forgotten.

One of our meetings will consist of touring your venue together, so I can draw up a floor plan and know exactly how you want everything set up on your wedding day. Table arrangements, centerpieces, sweetheart and cake table details, etc. Another meeting will consist of creating the time schedule for the wedding. I will make sure we keep on schedule during the event, and that we will do things in the order you desire. I also create individual schedules for involved parties and vendors. I usually like to meet once more the week of the wedding just so we can confirm all details and put to rest any of your last minute worries, so you may truly enjoy the days leading up to your wedding!

You will have myself and two assistants on the day before and the day of your wedding day. The day before I like to accomplish anything that can be done a day early: decorating, favor prep, flower arranging, set up, picking up rental items, etc. , and most importantly: the ceremony rehearsal. This is a very important aspect of the wedding and I would be happy to coordinate it for you.

I have found that the above system works ideally for executing a wedding not planned by me originally. Occasionally, people ask if they can just have me the day of the wedding and that’s it. I have found that I am of best use to you when I am fully informed on the details. And showing up just the day of the wedding is not enough. To truly allow you to relax and enjoy your wedding day, and facilitate a smooth, enjoyable evening for your guests, I need more time with you prior to the wedding.

Every wedding deserves a Day of Coordinator and a chance for the Bride and Groom, and their family and friends, to relax and enjoy the wedding day! Contact me with any questions you may have or to set up a free consultation. Hope to talk to you soon!

Read more about ‘Day of’ Coordination and other services offered by Events by Emerson here.

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Current Obsession = Watercolor Themes!!

Current Obsession = Watercolor Themes!!

Spotlight on Watercolor Lately, I just can’t shake my obsession with watercolor design themes! Especially when combined with another fav: ombre! One of the reasons why I love these trends so much is it prevents issues with color shade matching when decorating! I’m a little […]

A Rustic Celebration for Amber + Fortino!

A Rustic Celebration for Amber + Fortino!

Congratulations Amber and Fortino! Did you know Events by Emerson works with events of all sizes? From 10 people to 300+, I put the same amount of heart and soul into them all! Last weekend I had the pleasure of assisting with an intimate family-dinner-style […]

First Steps to Planning Your Wedding!

First Steps to Planning Your Wedding!

Planning Your Wedding: Where to Start

Congratulations on your engagement! If you are like most brides you want to dive right in on your wedding plans! It is a day you have looked forward to for years…so where do you start? Right here! In this blog post I will lay out the first steps to planning your wedding, and exactly what order to complete them in.

The first steps to planning your weddingBudget and guest list are the first elements of wedding planning you need to tackle. Each of these elements affects the other, and will dictate many of the decisions you make throughout the wedding planning process. Budget is often the most difficult element to discuss, but it is without a doubt the most important. Getting a firm grasp on what you can realistically afford early on, including family contributions is very important. Setting a budget and sticking to it is difficult, but absolutely do-able if you start at the beginning! Discuss contributions with parents, potential donors, or perhaps just consult your own finances. Many couples these days carry the burden of wedding expenses completely on their own, and it is important to know early in the planning process whether this will be you and your fiance as well.

Guest List

Once you have a good idea of finances the next thing to tackle is the guest list. You and your fiance both need to sit down and make a list, separate or together, of people you would like to be invited. Keep in mind that this number will most likely increase over the span of planning the wedding. No matter how much time you spend on your initial guest list, there will be names forgotten, or even new friends made, that necessitate changes (usually increases) to the guest list.

Venue Search

Finally, armed with a good grasp of your budget and an idea of guest list size you are ready to start the venue search! I have found that completing initial planning elements, in this order: budget -> guest list -> venue, is the most conducive to stress free wedding planning! In my opinion one of the most heart-breaking situations is to fall in love with a venue you either can’t afford, or can’t fit in to. Space is a very important element in both your ceremony and reception; you do not want to crowd your guests. As you would expect, it negatively impacts their experience, as does a space that is too big for your size of wedding.

There you have it! You are now ready to dive into planning your wedding! Or you can go straight to the Contact page and bring me on board to dive in for you! Good luck!

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Karen & Dylan | Denison, TX Wedding

Karen & Dylan | Denison, TX Wedding

Last weekend Events by Emerson had the honor of executing Karen and Dylan’s wedding after about 10 months of planning together. Karen and Dylan are such kind people it was a breeze being involved in their big day! Here are a few pictures I grabbed […]

Patricia & Monte’s Wedding Photos Pt. 2

Patricia & Monte’s Wedding Photos Pt. 2

I wanted to share a few more photo of Patricia and Monte’s big day from photographer Samantha Morrow! These are some of my favorite photos and depict Patricia and Monte’s exit from the wedding reception. Don’t forget to check out the full blog post on […]

Patricia & Monte’s Wedding Photos Pt. 1

Patricia & Monte’s Wedding Photos Pt. 1

Wedding photos are in! I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from Patricia and Monte’s wedding and reception taken by Elizabeth Photography. To read more about the event visit my previous blog post.

Ceremony program Ceremony entrance signBouquetsWedding reception tablesFloating candle centerpieceSeating arrangement displayReception decorFamily photos!Family photos!

Patricia & Monte | Sherman, TX Wedding

Patricia & Monte | Sherman, TX Wedding

Update: New blog posts are up that include photos from wedding photographers Elizabeth Photography and Samantha Morrow! Patricia & Monte’s Wedding Photos Pt. 1 Patricia & Monte’s Wedding Photos Pt. 2 ————————– A few weeks ago I had the honor of being a part of […]

Jade & Drew’s Wedding Photos!

Jade & Drew’s Wedding Photos!

Kerri O’Neal Photography did an amazing job for Jade & Drew! I wanted to share a few photos that highlighted the work we did for their event. Hope you enjoy! And consider Kerri O’Neal Photography for your next event!  

How to Transport Bouquets and Floral Arrangements

How to Transport Bouquets and Floral Arrangements

This blog post is for the DIY Brides and anyone who is making their own wedding bouquets or floral centerpieces, arrangements, etc. Good luck!

There is nothing worse than damaging your bouquets or centerpieces while transporting them from home or wherever you arranged them, to the venue. After spending hours slaving over them and arranging them just right, failing to make the proper arrangements can result in crushing blooms, breaking stems and potentially ruining your beautiful creations. In this blog post I’m going to show you how to create a box to transport bouquets and floral arrangements safely to your venue or wherever you need to go.

This method has worked successfully for me many times. It keeps the bouquets and/or centerpieces in water, and keeps them upright and prevents any blooms from getting crushed. Plus it makes them more stable and able to travel more easily in the car.

Step 1: Gather the supplies you need.
– X-acto knife
– vases
– long boxes
– duct tape

I use the shipping boxes my flowers come in from Sam’s Club, FiftyFlowers, etc. They are the perfect size for this project being long but not very tall.

I found that the small cylinder vases from Wal-Mart work the best for transporting bouquets. I talk about them in a previous blog post too:  A Rustic Wedding . They cost only .97 and usually end up being about half the size of the bouquet, so once they sit in the box it works out perfectly. If you are going to be transporting floral centerpieces or arrangements you use whatever vase you have for that arrangement.

Now, before you get started think about the size of your bouquets or centerpieces and how many you will have. Don’t forget the toss bouquet! The widths of the arrangement is what really dictates how many you can fit in each box. Consider the heights of them as well, especially when deciding on a box to use. Really tall bouquets in a shorter box will be less stable during transport. I like to reinforce the boxes with duct tape or packing tape like you see in the pictures. I tape long ways down the seam of the box and then several times around the box the opposite direction in different places. When I’m done the box is sealed and I cannot get in it.

Step 2: Trace the vases onto the box.

I take my vases and sit them on the box to examine the placement. I usually go in a zig zag pattern to maximize the width area around each bouquet or arrangement. Once I have the placement of the vases I trace around each vase on the box.

Step 3: Cut out the holes you traced with the X-acto knife.

I usually cut slightly larger than the circle so the vase comes in and out relatively easily. It doesn’t need to be a tight fit for this to work. If you end up with a hole slightly bigger than your vase it’s ok. If you have a vase that is larger at the bottom, or at the top, or is differently shaped in any way you just need to experiment and that may involve cutting your circle slightly bigger in different stages as you compare it to the vase.

Step 4: Test your vases in the holes, make any adjustments.

Once you have finished cutting all your holes, test them with the vases. If the fit is too tight, shave off a little more of the hole with the X-acto knife. Just keep going until you are satisfied with the fit. Then you are ready to add some water to the vases (for bouquets only use a little bit, arrangements use more) and begin to create your bouquets or arrangements! Once you are done, slide the vases back into the box and you are ready to transport your bouquets and floral arrangements! Make sure to carefully measure the amount of water to add to the bouquet vases. The stems will displace quite a bit a water when you put them in. Be particularly careful if you have wrapped or decorated the bouquet handle, you do not want to get that wet.

IMPORTANT: Make your transport boxes BEFORE you make the bouquets or arrangements.

The box makes it super easy to transport your bouquets, floral arrangements, centerpieces and more. You can even reuse the boxes!  With bouquets you can use the box to transport them to the ceremony location, use them at the ceremony, then put them back in the box and transport them to the reception venue. Once at the reception pop the vases out of the box and line them up on the head table or another table to create a beautiful display!

What do you think about this method of transporting bouquets and arrangements? What methods have you used to travel with flowers? Share your experiences in the comments below! Questions are welcome too 🙂

Jade & Drew | Denison, TX Wedding

Jade & Drew | Denison, TX Wedding

I wanted to share a few photos from Jade & Drew’s wedding this past weekend. I loved working with this couple, and I was honored to be able to help them create their special day! I can’t wait to show you the photographer’s photos, but […]

Venue Spotlight: Riverwood Barn & Amphitheater

Venue Spotlight: Riverwood Barn & Amphitheater

Our first Venue Spotlight! The Riverwood Barn and Amphitheater is located in Durant, Oklahoma. It’s actually East of Durant, more in the Blue area, right off Hwy. 70. There is a barn, house, and outdoor amphitheater area. Everything is brand new, as of the writing […]