September 2, 2009

Trying to be like Lisa Vorce

Posted in Personalizing Your Wedding tagged , , at 2:59 am by Elizabeth Nixon

I’ve been obsessed with Lisa Vorce, of Oh, How Charming! and her wedding design for a good long while. I was lucky enough to see her in person at a Bloomingdale’s event at Fashion Island in Orange County last spring, and early this summer I interviewed her for an Entrepreneur.com article. The greatest advice she imparted regarding building a unique wedding design was this:

“Jot down all the things you love, whatever they may be, and find a way to incorporate them into your day.”

I don’t know why, but it took several months for that to really sink in. I would visit Style Me Pretty or Lisa Vorce’s website each day, and each day I would see something totally unique, and wonder, “Now why couldn’t I have thought of that?” After about 20-plus times saying that to myself, I threw up my hands, dug out a piece of scratch paper and began to jot down all of the things that Mr. Junebug and I love:

Paper chains (the ones you build to count down until Christmas)
Line dried laundry
Finding arrowheads
Sea blue and sea green
Sea glass
Books
Puzzles
Anthropologie
Horses
Stripes
Candy
Spanish mosaics/tiles
Vintage clothes
The colors green, blush, aquamarine
Driftwood
Shells
My grandma’s centerpieces

That last one requires a brief explanation. My grandma’s house, on a lake, is the site of our wedding. In her house, on special occasions, she creates the most beautiful, detail-filled centerpieces. Often with moss, bark, shells, driftwood, and little flowers or paper cranes or other tiny, pretty things tucked into the branches.

I want centerpieces a la my grandmother.

But before I transgress into the topic of centerpieces, let me first finish my thoughts on how to channel a $250,000-plus wedding planner like Lisa Vorce: After compiling this list, and asking Mr. Junebug what his favorite things were, well, iiiiittt WHAMMY! as Champ from Anchorman would say. All sorts of ideas began a-flowin’! And, not to give away too many details, I was able to conceive a completely unique way of:

*laying out the escort cards
*seating the guests
*displaying the table numbers
*offering the cocktails
*setting up the buffet
*raising the cake
*portraying the family “heritage” photos

I’ll reveal tidbits of these design elements in good time. But let me just say for now that they all make Miss June such a happy little bug! Tell me, is it important to you to have completely unique aspects to your wedding, or do you prefer to utilize the tried-and-true?

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