Hello Everyone! My name is Arielle, I'm from the suburbs of Chicago, and love being creative and making others smile. While on my way to becoming a certified event planner, I hope to gain additional knowledge and experience that will enable me to finally enjoy a career that is exciting as my current and previous jobs as a banker and estimator (calculating numbers all day) is unsatisfying. My experience in this course so far has strayed me to be a sponge and soak up everything I can.
For my first project I’m working with a couple that are planning on getting married next summer. They are very outdoorsy people with a love for fishing and nature and are looking for a rustic, semi-formal, lakeside wedding in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
The groom is pretty laid back and looking for comfortable attire, while the bride wants to be comfortable and still manage to have everyone and everything stay classy. To keep the groom and groomsmen’s attire rustic but semi-formal a simple combo of denim jeans, a shirt with vest and tie works perfectly (the groom can choose to wear a jacket). The bride loves purple, doesn’t want her girls looking too country, and hasn’t decided whether the wedding will be during the day or evening so I went with wisteria for the dresses with simple bridesmaid flowers using baby’s breath along with a bridal bouquet filled with greenery and different shades of purple to pull it all together. To set a mood, my board shows a day and a night wedding suggestion.
Both being hands on in wood crafts, they want to maintain a low budget by making a lot of their own decor, so in my moodboard I’ve included: wood and floral ideas, lace and burlap, shepard hooks with mason jars, and even a reception seating table arrangement with fishing lures to embrace their passion for fishing.
With the reception outdoors in a tent. I leaned towards a buffet serving style and a classic wine barrel bar; these tend to take up less space, keeps a rustic but classy feel, cuts costs by not requiring servers, allows for several food choices, and offers free flowing movement between cocktails and dinner. To top it off, I’ve presented a birch tree cake concept and "Thank You’s" in the form of seed packets to pull in a touch of the Northwoods- let love grow.