Archives for May 2020

May 25, 2020 - 9 comments

5 Best Apps For Wedding Pros

When it comes to running any business, a good rule of thumb is “Work smarter, not harder”. Over the years we have tried (what feels like) all the things. Some of them worked great, while others didn’t. However, we have now found and rounded up the Best Apps for Wedding Pros to help you run your business!

It’s essential to figure out what systems you need to streamline & make more efficient so you can focus on what’s really important: Bringing in more business! So, we have compiled a list of the systems my team uses everyday to propel our business forward .

Laptop and desk photo for best apps to use in your wedding business

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1. Front Email Management

If you have a team, Front is an amazing tool. Our favorite features include: The comment section on emails for team members fo updates, assigning emails to team members, email tags, and if you are an “inbox zero” person- this is also amazing because your emails can be tagged & archived and they disappear from your inbox (but aren’t deleted!) 

2. Asana

 We use Asana for back end tasks regarding everything from client management, blog post schedules, and random to do’s that pop up. Each member of our team has a “To Do” list that we can all add to when needed. It’s a great system to keep on top of small tasks that can often be forgotten or fall to the wayside.

3. Slack

We use Slack for all of our team communication. We have a team thread that we use most for overall updates, but we also have more detailed threads relating to certain projects. Slack is great because you can set your own boundaries on when you want to receive notifications & for keeping work chats all in one place. 

Cozy bed with coffee and laptop

4. Tailwind App

If you aren’t planning your Pinterest pins yet.. DO IT NOW. Not only does it save a ton of time, but it gives you time to really think about what your keywords will be & makes sure that the content you are putting out there is worthwhile. We plan out our blog posts and Pinterest pretty far in advance to make sure our content is consistent & valuable. We love using Tailwind to help us plan out our Pinterest content. They have a direct partnership with Pinterest so it's the only app I trust for it! Need a little help with your Pinterest? Check our our free Pinterest mini class HERE

5. Canva

We use Canva for everything from creating Instagram stories, Pinterest posts, YouTube thumbnails, and even our client mood boards. Canva is a great way to integrate your brand and create consistent marketing for all visual aspects that you use. You can use the free version or upgrade to access more images and cooler fonts.

 

We use a lot more than just these 5, but these are some of our favorites and the most versatile for anyone one that runs a business. We would love to hear if you use any of these or if you have other systems that work great for you! 

Want more business tips? Read How Hiring A Virtual Assistant Changed my Business next!

May 14, 2020 - 6 comments

Modern & Minimalist Wedding at Rimrock Ranch

A bride and groom in Joshua Tree, California for their wedding day at Rimrock Ranch.

I get all the vibes when I know I have a wedding at Rimrock Ranch coming up! It's such a simple yet beautiful location especially for a wedding. As some of you may know, I (Jess) grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles and had never been to Joshua Tree until I started doing weddings with 'Cause We Can Events. Shocking, I know! It really blows my mind that Joshua Tree was sitting in my backyard this entire time. Now we get to visit quite frequently, thanks to all the rad couples that want to wed or elope in the desert.

An artsy photo of a bride and groom in Joshua Tree for their modern, easy going wedding

a minimalistic wedding ceremony at Rimrock Ranch in Pioneertown, California.

An intimate wedding ceremony in Joshua Tree

A modern and minimal wedding ceremony at Rimrock Ranch in Joshua Tree, California

Wedding Management Package

I mentioned in my last blog post (Big Sur Wedding) that it takes a certain kind of person to say they are going to plan their own wedding. We offer three main packages: full planning, partial planning & wedding management (also known as Month-of Coordination). We know what it takes for a client to be the ideal "wedding management" contender. The Wedding Management package is for the bride and/or groom who wants to tackle their own planning and design. However, they know they need to hire a professional to bring it all together 6 weeks before the wedding. Etosha, the bride of this blog post, needed just that!

A bride and groom hike through Joshua Tree for their wedding photos.

Bringing the Vision Together

Okay, now back to the real story... the wedding details! We met Etosha & Justin for the first time during their walk-through at Rimrock Ranch. While we were discussing the lay of the land, we decided to shake things up a bit! Since we've been working at Rimrock Ranch, we tend to stick to the same layout but this time we decided as a team we'd try something new.  (UPDATE! Due to noise ordinance of the area there are now approved layouts for the space that are equally as awesome). We made the dance floor the center of attention with the tables on the perimeter and utilized the bistro lighting that Rimrock Ranch already has in place. This allowed the focus of the reception to remain in one place so there was no need to get creative and shift people from dinner to dance party in a hurry.

The Old Fashioned Mobile Bar serves up cocktails at a fun wedding reception at Rimrock Ranch desert venue.

Best Vendors to hit Joshua Tree

Yes, that's a bold statement but I will say Etosha had some amazing vendors lined up for her wedding at Rimrock Ranch. It was an eclectic mix of vendors she has met throughout her life and played a special part somewhere at one time. If I had to give only one piece of wedding planning advice I may say, get to know your vendors and connect with them on a level outside of just "someone you're paying." It  will make the process so enjoyable for you and them! The vendors you choose will add to the experience before, during and after your wedding day.

A wedding cake display for a relaxed desert chic wedding.

An eclectic and whimsical wedding table at Rimrock Ranch in Joshua Tree, California.

Tea Ceremony + Cocktail Hour

After the ceremony, guests were invited to cocktail hour that included drinks from an old fashioned trailer and amazing appetizers from Room Forty. Meanwhile, FDK Florals and our team battled the desert winds to get the tables looking just right. During cocktail hour, Etosha & Justin took part in a traditional tea ceremony in the heart of the venue aka under the observation deck at Rimrock Ranch. Their guests could gather around the observation deck to watch the ceremony take place. It was so special to witness!

A modern Chinese wedding tea ceremony in the desert.

Fernando of FDK florals, a New York City florist, crafts a whimsical arrangement for a desert wedding in California.

Fernando, FDK Florals, creates his magic for a desert wedding in Joshua Tree.

Dinner + Party Time

I would like to start this section off by saying, a desert wedding would not be complete without a generator debacle of some kind... I will spare you the details but do know that IT ALWAYS COMES UP so be prepared. Now back to the dinner talk, if you have never worked with Room Forty, you're in for a real treat when you do! You can't really beat the presentation their catering team delivers during a dinner service. The serving staff walked in plated meals from large planks! It was quite the experience and the guests loved it! From there we moved onto dancing and the rest of the night is history.

DJ Heart of Gold played tunes that everyone could enjoy while Old Fashioned Mobile Bar continued to serve cocktails.  As always, we are so lucky to work with couples like Etosha and Justin who bring their fun personality and traditions our way!

Rimrock Ranch a desert venue in Pioneertown, California

Room Forty catering serves up a delicious wedding dinner at Rimrock Ranch.

Room Forty serves up creative appetizers for a wedding in the desert.

A desert wedding with bistro light decor.

Needless to say, this wedding at Rimrock Ranch had to be one of the most creative ones we've ever had. When couples are open to having fun with food, drinks and decor it makes wedding planning so much more exciting for our team!

Venue: Rimrock Ranch
Photography: Olivia & Dan
Florals: FDK Florals
Catering: Room Forty
Bar: Old Fashioned Mobile Bar
Rentals: Signature Party Rentals
DJ: Heart of Gold

May 1, 2020 - 1 comment.

Smoky Mountains Wedding at Under Canvas

We're told that Fall in the Great Smoky Mountains is something everyone must see at least once in their lifetime. Last year we were lucky enough to get hired as the Wedding Planning team for a KILLER festival-style wedding at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains and got to experience the Smokies in all of their Fall glory! Let's jump into Annabelle & Paul's gorgeous fall wedding in the Great Smoky Mountains!

bride and groom at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains in front of pampass grass ceremony set up.

The Wedding Welcome Party

Something we love doing is encouraging our couples to host a welcome party the day instead of a formal rehearsal dinner. This allows all guests to join in on the fun, have a cocktail and feast on something a little more casual but just as delicious such as tacos. It's a great way to have your guests meet each other before the big day and start the party early!

Wedding venue entrance with tassels. Under Canvas Smoky Mountains Wedding.

Bride and groom welcome guests with shots and a Find Your Tent welcome sign. Wood welcome sign with white vinyl and mini key chain tassels as wedding favors

Food truck at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains. Capitain Muchachos food truck for taco welcome party at smoky mountains wedding

Teepee at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains with wooden tables and cute succulent centerpieces for wedding welcome party

Bride and groom welcome toasts under the stars and market lights at under canvas smoky mountains

The Wedding Morning

After a solid night of welcome festivities, everyone enjoyed a cozy sleep in their glamping tents onsite. Each tent has a comfy bed, lounge chairs and even their own wood burning stove. Some of the larger tents even have their own bathrooms which comes in handy as a "getting ready" tent for the bride or groom. Might we also recommend that you schedule a wedding morning yoga session to kick off the day followed by breakfast burritos and LOTS of coffee before getting ready for your wedding day.

Tents and teepees at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains. Festival-style wedding where couples and guests can sleep onsite in glamping tents for the weekend

Bride and groom cuddling in glamping tent at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains before their wedding day

Wedding yoga session at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains

Bride getting ready in teepee at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains

Bride getting makeup done and kissing cute dog at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains

First look with bride and groom in front of tent at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains. Bride with long brown wavy hair and boho dress. Groom in dark navy suit and light brown shoes

First look with bride and groom in front of tent at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains. Bride with long brown wavy hair and boho dress. Groom in dark navy suit and light brown shoes

The Wedding Ceremony + Details

I've dreamt of these details ever since we got this wedding gallery back! The bouquet alone is the perfect representation of fall. The invitations are simple but boho and modern all at once. The overall warm tones of this weddings just makes my soul happy! The ceremony was almost like a piece of art. The girls over at Lang Floral Designs knocked this boho pampass grass ceremony design out of the park!

Neutral modern and boho wedding invitations for wedding in the Great Smoky Mountains

Pampass grass ceremony decor at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains

Pampass grass ceremony design and modern ivory chairs with teepee in the background for festival style wedding at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains

Pampass grass ceremony design and modern ivory chairs with teepee in the background for festival style wedding at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains

Groom walking down the aisle with navy blue suit at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains

Ceremony set up with pampass grass and modern white chairs at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains. Festival style wedding in the great smoky mountains

A Smoky Mountain Party

After the gorgeous ceremony surrounded by trees, guests were invited inside the main teepee for cocktails, appetizers and music! A full southern BBQ meal was for dinner with unlimited wine on the tables. The reception decor was just as gorgeous as the ceremony. We designed it to feel intimate but also family-style. We decorated long wooden tables with bud vases filled with pampass grass and flowers. Each place setting had simple white plates and a mustard yellow napkin for that pop of color.

Bride and groom have cocktail after ceremony with pampass grass and trees surrounding them. Festival wedding at Under canvas smoky mountains

Wedding guest book alternative is the wedding pinata!

Boho reception dinner under a tent at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains

Long wooden tables with white plates, boho bud vases with pampass grass and mustard yellow napkins. Festival wedding at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains. Fall color florals with tall candles.

Long wooden tables with white plates, boho bud vases with pampass grass and mustard yellow napkins. Festival wedding at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains.

Lets Go Wild cake topper on simple white cake

Couple smashes cake at Under Canvas smoky mountains

Live Band at Under Canvas smoky mountains with pampass grass in the background for festival style wedding

Bride and groom grand entrance on dance floor at smoky mountains under canvas for festival style wedding

Dancing under the stars during wedding at Under Canvas smoky mountains

Dancing under the stars during wedding at Under Canvas smoky mountains

Live Band at Under Canvas smoky mountains with pampass grass in the background for festival style wedding

Dancing under the stars during wedding at Under Canvas smoky mountains

Under canvas smoky mountains at night under the stars. Best wedding venue in Tennessee for festival style weddings or glamping weddings

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Photographer Lauren Mihae // Planning + Design 'Cause We Can Events // Venue Under Canvas Smoky Mountains // Videographer Bastion Wedding Films // Florals Lang Floral Design // Catering Captain Muchachos and Sweet P's BBQ // Hair & Makeup Grow Knoxville // Band Tacklebox // Bar Single Barrel Events // Cotton Candy Fluff Nashville // Coffee Vienna Coffee // Rentals Mayker and Anderson Party Rentals // Signage Lettering Linds // Cake Magpie Cakes