Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Another Insider Tip!

Time for another installment of "insider tips" from owner and operator of JP Event Design - Judy Moore!

• Have your reception at a RESTAURANT! Yes, I said a restaurant. As a former director of events for one of Philadelphia’s premier restaurants, I know firsthand how much money brides can save by having their reception at a restaurant. Restaurants are one stop shops – the venue, food, and beverage is all included in one price – no hidden rental fees, bartender fees, catering fees. Etc. Usually restaurant chef’s can accommodate any menu, not just the menu they serve on a regular basis. Also, there are SO many unique restaurants in Philadelphia – the list is almost endless, from tropical themed, upscale, modern, classic, urban, chic, you can find a Philadelphia restaurant that will totally reflect your style. Not to mention, how much you will save on décor! Restaurants spend tons of money on decor – you will barely have to do a thing – the ambiance, lighting, and style are already built in. My favorite new restaurant in Philly is Union Trust – a former US Mint building converted into a stunning restaurant complete with original century old architecture completely restored – its is gorgeous – a perfect choice for a reception or rehearsal dinner. Another favorite – MELT in Center Valley, PA.

See photos and get inspiration from Lisa & Rob's wedding that took place at Marsha Brown's Restaurant in New Hope, PA!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Chase's Bar Mitzvah

We were so excited to be apart of such a special day for Chase and his family.
In keeping with the sports theme of the party, we custom designed posters, which were signed by all of the guests. The centerpieces consisted of jerseys, miniature hockey sticks and baseball bats as well as pennants from some of Chase's favorite teams. We also custom designed the place cards with photos of Chase to give them an "official ticket" feel!

We were so happy to be part of the day - Mozel Tov Chase!

All photos were by the amazing Adrienne from Element Photography.

BEST OF PA 2009!

We are so proud to announce that we have won a spot as on the of The Knot's Best of PA 2009 Wedding Planners!

Pick up your copy today and look for us in the spring/summer 2010 in the best of section as well as insider tips from Judy Moore!

Friday, November 27, 2009

You're Invited!

RSVP and recieve a free gift and be entered to win door prizes! send RSVP to with your name and the number in your party.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Insider Tips

We'd like to introduce our new weekly series of "Insider Tips"!

The most important insider tip I can give to brides is to hire a wedding planner, no matter what your budget! First and foremost a wedding planner will alleviate your wedding day stresses – brides should not have to worry about the insane amount of details that need tending to on the wedding day. A good wedding planner will take care of all of the details, ensuring that your event is perfect and if there are any unexpected issues that arise, the planner will take care of it – the bride should never even know if anything was less than perfect! Secondly, a wedding planner can save you thousands – we know the value of goods and services for weddings – we will find and get the best rates in the industry and pass along the savings to you – these savings will far surpass your investment in a planner. A planner may cost a few thousand dollars, but a stress free wedding is PRICELESS!!!

Stay tuned for more tips!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Lisa & Rob's October Wedding

Lisa & Rob are an amazing couple. They both have such fun and lovely spirits and can light up any room! We are so glad we were able to be apart of their day and help some of their wedding-dreams come true!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

October Inspiration

We are so excited to show you our October Inspiration that took place at the beautiful Valenzano Winery.

Take a cue from the fall season by pairing dark, rich colors with bright golds.

Hanging flowers with candle votives can provide a unique atmosphere for outdoor weddings.

You want to look beautiful on your wedding day. Keep your make up simple and natural, you don't want to look back on photos and see a different person in your wedding dress! Our lovely model's make-up was done by the talented Wendy Kaplowitz-Gutkin.

Adding unique but natural elements like cranberries can take your bouquet from typical to something that's uniquely your own. The gorgeous bouquet and floral arrangement were done by Mark and Darlene at Hairy Mary's.

Show off your fun personalities for opting over a unique classic car over the typical limo ride.

All these beautiful photos were done by the talented Adirenne from Element Photography

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pink and Chocolate

I love that pink is one of those colors you can find a way to use almost year-round. For the fall and winter a champagne pink paired with a nice chocolate brown is so lovely. I couldn't help but fall in love with this gorgeous Vera Wang dress and take some inspiration from it - enjoy!

Top Row : My Ugly Kitty, MaryWibis, StyleMePretty
Center Row: Baked in the City, Flickr, lilfishstudios
Bottom Row: CoutureShocked, BeSomethingNew, Martha Stewart Weddings

Friday, October 9, 2009

Harvest Inspiration Board

Isn't the bright orange that you find everywhere during fall just so inspiring? I love it!

from top left: 1. Orange Christian Louboutin Heels, Photo by Charlotte Geary Photography, Dress by Vera Wang, Cookie Favors found via Beautiful Bride, Harvest Spread from Brides, Pumpkin table cards - photography by Laura Novak, Pumpkin pie by Goodhousekeeping, Cake from RealSimple, monogramed pumpkin found via WeddingBee

Friday, October 2, 2009

Yellow Bridal Shower

Yellow can be such a versatile color. Put it with pink and you've got a great spring party, put it with green and it's fit for a summer bash. When it comes to fall there's so many great things you can do with yellow. It looks great as a compliment to orange, but my favorite recent trend is to let it pop as the main color with black, grey and white as back ups to it.

Bridal showers are can be so much fun to plan and equally as fun to attend. Heres some of my favorite inspirations for a fall yellow bridal shower...

[clockwise from top left]

-Love these homemade jam ideas as favors - so cute! [found via rockandrollbride]
-With the cold weather upon us in north it's a great excuse to make it a tea party and have bowls of lemon both for tea and for decoration! [ben blood photography]
-Yum! scones are a great sweet treat to serve with that tea [Martha Stewart]
-LOVE these invites be Mermag!
-How adorable is this headband from HouseofTelsa? oh how I love etsy!
-How about setting up a little buffet of sweets to munch on during the party? [found via liveyourstyle]
-How much do you love this vintage inspired dress by modcloth? so chic!
-Don't forget to stand back and enjoy the party! [photo by Katherine Elizabeth]

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sneak Peak: Tina&Steve's Modern Loft Wedding

Here's a quick sneak peak of Tina&Steve's fabulous wedding in Reading, PA this past weekend...

More to come!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fall Inspiration Board

While some, like me, mourn the quick retreat of the summer, others look forward to months of building snow men and drinking hot chocolate. No matter who you are, if you live in the north you can't help but noticing the vibrant colors gracing the trees and scattering itself all over roads and farmers fields.

(clockwise from top left)

-These pumpkin candle votives are a great and easy DIY idea for unique centerpieces
-Maie and Jim's wedding has so many inspiring ideas for a harvest wedding. I adore these little table cards!
-Lanterns are always fun and definitely bring in a little halloween spirit without being cheesey!
-Orange calla lilies are so classic and fun, don't you think?
-Nothing like creating a fall inspired "starry night" of your own
-I love the bridesmaids dresses at this wedding, so fun!
-Looking for another color to add in to the obvious mix of oranges, browns and greens? tiel can is a fun contrast that adds a pop of unexpected color - these shoes are too cute!
-Theres that tiel again, this time topping this fantastic cake all covered in fall leaves
-Brides are begining to break the boundries of white and add a little color to the traditional wedding dress. Why not try a something like this gorgeous dress by Teri Jon, everyone will be talking about how fabulous it was for months!

Monday, September 14, 2009

September Inspiration at the Aquarium!

Hey Brides-To-Be! Danielle here again and with some awesome new pictures from my Inspiration photo shoot. So instead of a typical wedding photo shoot, I decided to base mine on a Sweet Sixteen/Bat Mitzvah, but I think that the décor could go for just about any fun event. I also wanted to feature only vendors from South Jersey, because that was where I am from and I wanted to show that there are great vendors outside of Philadelphia too.

Now for my theme. I wanted to do something totally out of the ordinary and find a venue that offers something a little different than the huge ballrooms or garden weddings. I had heard that there was a space at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey that looked right into a shark tank. As soon as I found out about the venue, my mind was made up and I couldn’t imagine of a more fun place to design an event for. My theme was Under the Sea, which could have turned out pretty kitschy/tacky if taken to the extreme, but I chose coral as my main styling element and I tried to stay away from the ‘fish’ aspect that would have been easy to fall into.

Currents Ballroom offers a great space and offers all kinds of amenities to its Brides, including an in-house caterer and amazing service! Stacy is the facility coordinator there and she was awesome and so helpful! She even hooked me up with an amazing lighting tech from DynamiteFX, named Doug. I have officially decided that the right lighting can make or break the perfect event. Doug was beyond helpful with everything the day of shoot, he set-up a bunch of pin-spots on the floral arrangement and cake, a gobo (a lit-up monogram), a lighting water effect, and a lighted curtain! The lighted curtain really made the room, which is for the most part gray. The curtain allowed us to bring in a lot of light AND virtually change the color of the room! They even up-lit the place card table and ended up helping out the photographer, Gary from AC Photo, for some of the shots.

There are many things that go into producing a successful event, as I learned through this photo shoot, but I cannot tell you how important it is to have great vendors; and I really did have some of the absolute best!
Jill and Stephen from the Sweet Life Bakery are probably the greatest cake designers ever! Josie had used them for her inspiration and they were gracious enough to help me out with mine too! They created a cake that was covered with coral and Jill handmade the cake-topper!

Another great vendor was my florist, David, from The Flower Shoppe Ltd. He designed the florals and the base that was beyond cool. Judy, Laura, and I were all blown away by the way he put star fish and coral garland in the base of the vase!

However, you can’t have a great table without great linens. Howard and Chuck at Event Rentals Ltd. were great with helping me pick out linens. Now I think that chair covers are pretty, but I think they are pretty dated too, so offered the suggestion to just use sashes – it adds the color with a modern flair. I used plain polyester linens with a sheer overlay to add some shimmer.

Now it all comes down to dress, as always. Like I said my photo shoot did have a more Sweet Sixteen vibe to it, but we went to a great dress shop called Rissy Roo, the owner Marissa helped me pick out a dress for my model Gia. Rissy Roo was a HUGE selection of dresses ranging from bridesmaid dresses to casual sundresses, but the one that we picked out for the photo shoot was absolutely perfect. The bright coral color really popped against all the blue in the room and even more important Gia felt like a movie star.

For this photo shoot I did end up creating and making a lot of things. I made the place cards/party favors and the table number myself with some cardstock and red rock candy that looked like coral. With the economy the way it is, the DYI projects are becoming more popular and I think that they end up looking even better than anything you can purchase pre-made.

Overall I think that the photo shoot turned out as a great success and I think that I was able to offer a view to an Under the Sea theme that hasn’t been done already and staying about from the totally typical ‘beachy’ themes. Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed some of these great pictures and can get some inspiration of your own from here for your future event!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

If you're just beginning to plan your wedding I'm sure your full of excitement, looking for inspiration everywhere and trying to decide on what your wedding will be like. Everything thats with a theme, but more importantly, colors. The colors will set the tone of your wedding and help you decide on everything invitations to decorations, to bridesmaids dresses and flowers.

One of the hardest and most fun courses I've taken in college has been Color Theory and Design. I spent countless amounts of hours mixing colors and sifting through color-aid paper to find the right hues, tints and shades for each project. My professor always said that either your a natural "colorist" (one who is blessed with the ability to put colors together and differentiate between similar colors) or you're not. Maybe your not. Maybe you're feeling lost trying to decide what colors would work best with all of your other wedding ideas. Well heres a few tips!

- Have no idea at all what colors you like? Head down to your local paint store and go straight to the paint swatches. What colors do you instantly go to and love? Grab a handful of swatches of colors that you like, even if they don't match or go together or you grabbed a whole bunch of different shades of blue, they're free so help yourself! Take them home and look at all of them and try to eliminate the colors that won't go well with your style (thinking classic wedding? maybe neon pink should go in the "no" pile"). Then look at them together and try to see which go together best. Pull friends and family aside too and get opinions if you're not sure!

- Know you you have to have your absoloute favorite color in the wedding but are unsure what to put with it? or maybe you know what feeling you want but not sure what colors will create it? The ColourLovers Palettes are great. Search by colors, themes, styles and see hundreds of different ideas.

- Maybe you already have inspiration for your wedding colors, you want to do something tropical or you found a photo of exactly what you want but don't know how to disect the colors from it. Mosey on over to the Palette Generator where you can upload your inspiration and they'll tell you exactly what colors are in it!

In the end you should choose colors that both you and your fiance love and reflect your style, as the entire wedding should reflect the both of you!


Friday, August 14, 2009

August Ocean Inspiration

Planning a sea inspired affair? Feel free to take some of our ideas from Trish's Wedding Insiration

No matter if your wedding guests spend the whole night at their table or just a few minutes there, you want to make sure the tables look amazing! The hot pink and orange tablecloths will draw anyone’s eye, and the simple white plates look great against the linens. The linens, plates and glasses are complements of Newtown Party Rental in Newtown, PA.

Picking out the perfect wedding dress for your special day might be the hardest decision you will have to make. You want a dress that will fit with your body and make you look beautiful, as well as a dress that goes with your whole theme. This dress is a “destination wedding” gown that works perfect with most settings. Sadie Bridal in Bensalem, PA provided us with this simple, yet elegant dress!

Keeping with the seashell theme, these place settings are a perfect name card and souvenir for the guests.

The absolutely stunning and exotic flowers are complements of Yardley Flower Company in Yardley, PA. The hot pink and orange are perfect colors for an outdoor or summer wedding!

This unique and one of a kind story board next to our bride displays the love story of this lucky couple. Drew Silverman is the creator of Drew Writes for You – a company that creates these precious and creative memory boards to be displayed at weddings, parties, social events or just to have in your home forever!

Guests love to see what kind of cake is chosen for a wedding reception. Piazza’s Bakery in Levittown, PA provided us with this beautiful cake, complete with real seashells. The cake goes perfect with the theme, yet is it not too over the top. The beautiful detailing almost makes it look too good to eat!

And of course we have to thank Adrienne Ingram for photographing the inspiration!