LaSchelle & Jamil | Beach Wedding Ceremony | Bethany Beach, Delaware

Summer wedding season came and went in a flash! So, here I am gearing up for the 2018 wedding season, and finally finding some time to blog! 

Laschelle and Jamil had a romantic intimate beach wedding in June in beautiful Bethany Beach, Delaware. Weddings are scheduled after the guards are done so the beach is not packed with visitors. The evening was perfect, as the sun was starting to settle they were surrounded by close family and friends. Everyone wore white and the bride could not have been cuter! LaSchelle and I had multiple conversations in preparation for her wedding! She told me her vision for her wedding was simple and elegant. The arbor was draped in a sheer voile and we completed the arbor with a beautiful flower topper. It was just enough to give the couple their perfect spot for their I Do's and the backdrop was the ocean. Barefoot was a must to complete this upscale beach ceremony. Their beautiful beach wedding ceremony was followed by dinner at 99 Sea Level. Located on the boardwalk in Bethany Beach, Delaware they actually had their dinner on the boards as the sunset on a perfect day. With amazing views of the ocean, they can return each year to the spot where they tied the knot! 

Wedding Coordinator & Officiant: Alison to the Altar

Photographer: Lighthouse Ministries and Photography Studio

Reception Venue: 99 Sea Level

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Kelly & Kevin | Beach Wedding Ceremony | Ocean City, MD

Kelly and Kevin tied the knot on the beach in Ocean City, Maryland on one of the most beautiful days in June. Not to mention one of the busiest days in June, the Alison to the Altar team set up three weddings that day! We created the most magical beach ceremony with sea-foam colored lanterns that lined the isle way complete with palm leaves and starfish. An amazing bamboo arbor with a full flower topper (that almost didn't happen due to the wind, but we anchored it down!) Kelly and Kevin's beach ceremony was absolutely perfect, a great start to what was a busy 2017 Summer wedding season!

Wedding Coordinator: Alison to the Altar

Photographer: McCarthy Imagerie

Venue Location: Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel

Flowers: Little Miss Lovely

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Brooke & Justin | Beach Wedding & Wedding Reception | Cape Charles, VA

I'm not even sure where to start! This amazing experience was a few months in the making. I was approached by Sunset Beach Resort to help with a "Dream Waterfront Wedding" contest, where one lucky couple would win a free waterfront wedding! We had so many entries to pick from, but at the end it was Brooke & Justin's story that won our hearts over.

After being on a Party Bus to celebrate a friend’s birthday that ended up breaking down, Brooke & Justin became inseparable. They were engaged in October of 2016 and unfortunately, Brooke lost her father to cancer in the same month. The beginning of their engagement was not a happy one, it was hard to plan or even be happy while dealing with the loss of her father. Winning this dream wedding meant taking the stress and sadness of planning a day Brooke always dreamt of spending with her dad.

Everyone worked together to make Brooke and Justin's dream wedding come true. We create the most magical wedding ceremony over looking the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, on the beach at the Jackspot in Sunset Beach. With a wedding reception on the Jackspot's deck that we tented and turned into a wonderful fall oasis. The day was magical and we were so happy to be able to have been a part of making a couples dream wedding come true! Incredible view and a beautiful day.

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Planner: Alison to the Altar

Sponsor: Blue Water

Photography: Paige Engle

Location: Sunset Beach

Florals: Sea Grass Floral

Hair & Make Up: Melanie Widgeon- La Bella MI

Cake: Incredible Edibles

Music: MarkShaw

 

Mary & Dan | Beach Wedding | Ocean City, Maryland

This day was truly magical! Mary & Dan tided the knot on a beautiful August day in Ocean City, Maryland with a Beauty and The Beast themed wedding! Both being lovers of the popular Disney movie and the theater.  Mary was a true "Belle" on her wedding day! The decor matched perfectly to Mary's theme. The day was abosutly beautiful, a scene out of a fairytale!

Wedding Decor & Coordination: Alison To The Altar

Cupcakes: Sugar Rush By Theresa

Flowers: Little Miss Lovely

Photographer: McCarthy Imagerie

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Wedding Planner Vs. Wedding Coordinator, which one do you need on your special day?

Lately I have been receiving A LOT of questions about the difference between a Wedding Planner, Wedding Coordinator and a Day Of Coordinator. So I decided to outline of of those duties below. It is very important to know what you are paying for and getting. 

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A wedding Planner will work with the client from the start. Helping with the selection of everything from vendor selection, hotel rooms, florist, cake, photographer hair & make up, transportation, anything needed to pull the wedding. They are with you from start to finish of the wedding planning process.

 

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A coordinator will come in at the end and make sure everything goes off with out a hitch. Checks on deliveries, make sure the reception has the look and feel desired by the client. Pretty much to make sure the day runs smoothly and will handle any hiccups along the way to ensure an easy flow on the wedding day.

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A ceremony coordinator will work during the ceremony to ensure everyone gets where they belong at the right time and the ceremony flows as it should. They can help the photographer with pictures and get guests to the reception. They may or may not have anything to do with decor.

It's important to understand who you have hired to navigate your wedding experience. Don't be afraid to ask questions and always make sure you have a complete job description outline! Planning a wedding can be a tricky thing, make sure you know how much help you need!

Sami & Ryan | Wedding Ceremony at Sunset Park | Ocean City,MD

A true wedding ceremony out of a story book. Sami and Ryan first met while she was working at a brewery, and the rest is history. Both having a true love for the beach they knew getting married on the water was only the right thing to do! After all, Ryan did propose to Sami while on vacation in Virginia Beach. 

The ceremony was completely magical. With views of the Ocean City Inlet & the smell of salt air, love was all around! The groomsmen all dressed in white & the bridal party in navy. Complete with the sword arch to finish the ceremony. It's safe to say Sami & Ryan's wedding was straight out of a story book.

Ceremony Decor: Alison to the Altar

Photographer: Danae Stephens Winship Photography

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We've got you covered

You've said "Yes" now it's time to say "I Do" and if you haven't done this before it can be very confusing. Don't navigate the wedding world blind. Alison to the Altar brings elegance and class to your event. With packages designed for every brides budget! From full support planning services, partial planning and day of management we've got you covered. Even your first initial consultation is free! Not to mention we have a team of professionals in our network for any need you might have.

My team knows planning a wedding isn't always easy. We have a proven system that works for our couples and you will be sure to love the ease of the process. Let us help you and your partner get closer to the altar.  We make memories happen!

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2017 Wedding Planning

By now we have all celebrated our holiday & the new year so now we can focus on the big stuff. If you are planning a wedding this year what are the trends? What is the look and feel? Pantone has given us the color of the year and it is greenery. Greenery is a pretty yellowish green-think of the first greens you see when everything is blooming and coming back to life in the springtime. It plays well with all other colors -think of Mother nature and how well green works with everything!

Planner : Alison to the Altar Venu: Lighthouse Sound Florals : Little Miss Lovely

Planner : Alison to the Altar Venu: Lighthouse Sound Florals : Little Miss Lovely

The next detail following color is look and feel. Today's bride wants natural elements for her big day. Branches, wood slices, pine cones, starfish, seashells, leaves all will create beautiful accents to your ceremony & reception. Ceremonies & receptions that are more organic can still be quite elegant. You can add the sparkle with runners, lighting, accents and venue selection. Color can be added here and there with flowers, runners, napkins, cake and of course bridal party attire. Don't forget uplighting it can change the feel of a room instantly.

Planner: Alison to the Altar Flowers: Flourish

Planner: Alison to the Altar Flowers: Flourish

Another popular trend is flower walls and large flower accents. A flower wall can be real (pricey) or foam flowers that look real or even paper flowers. They can be used as a complete wall, a runner across the top of pipe and drape or an arbor, across the front of a head table or dripping down the table cloth. There are many places to source these items ask your planner they usually have reliable contacts for specialty items.

Planner: Alison to the Altar Flowers: Flourish

Planner: Alison to the Altar Flowers: Flourish

If you are planning you wedding Please call us and we can help bring your vision to reality!

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