Join us this Friday for a meet & greet at the opening reception of Perspectives Art & Design’s gallery show, “Past, Present, Future: Celebrating 5 years in Ellicott City.” Owner & designer Alison Jefferies will be featured alongside 16 other talented artists who have exhibited at Perspectives in the past. A portion of proceeds from this gallery show will benefit Let’s Help Kids in Annapolis, MD. All are welcome & light refreshments will be served.
Date: Friday, October 2nd, 2015
Place: Perspectives Art Gallery, 8191 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD, 21043
We hope to see you there!
Just head over to our shop and enjoy! The sale ends Sunday at midnight. Happy shopping & happy weekend!
Happy Tuesday, friends! Today is the second installment of our newest blog series, “Meet the Pros.” You’ll remember from last month’s introductory post that this series is meant to be a resource for you brides searching for the best team of professionals to bring together your wedding day vision.
Today we’re introducing Alyssa Gable, the talented wedding and event planner behind Lovely & Bubbly Events. We’ve recently had the opportunity to partner with Alyssa on a few styled shoots and have been so impressed with her ability to come up with a clear vision for an event and execute it with precision, down to the last detail – a skill that no doubt has been honed by her background as an engineer. We’re excited to introduce her to you today on the blog and know you’ll love her work as much as we do!
Q: Where are you from? Where do you live/work now?
A: I grew up in Carroll County, MD and have lived in MD my whole life! After going to college at Loyola University in Baltimore, my husband and I bought a home in Montgomery County once he got hired as a police officer there.
Q: When did you start Lovely & Bubbly Events?
A: It feels like LBE has been part of me for so long, but it actually only officially launched in April 2015!
Q: When did you first become interested in wedding & event planning?
A: LBE has always been a dream of mine even before I knew what it was. I knew for a while that I wanted my own business, but never had the courage to start it or even knew what I wanted it to be. After my husband and I got married in January 2015, I knew I had finally found my passion! I absolutely LOVED wedding planning and just wanted to do it again and again! A chat with my own wedding photographer inspired me to finally get started on my dream of owning my own business. I started brainstorming ideas in February right after our wedding and launched LBE in April! Since then, the wedding industry in general has pushed me to keep taking the steps I need to take to continue growing LBE. I’ve met so many amazing vendors who are so willing to build friendships with me and teach me things that would otherwise take me years to learn. Those relationships are truly what continue to make me passionate about this business.
Q: What inspires your work?
A: Love! There’s something so special about being able to be a part of someone’s wedding day and seeing a couple start the next chapter of their lives together. Being a small part of that means so much to me and I take it very seriously. I love hearing a bride’s dreams, building her inspiration board, and seeing her get excited over the little details! Immediately after booking a bride, I feel like she’s one of my best friends!
Q: What do you love most about the work you do?
A: I love the relationships I’m building, both with brides and vendors. This industry is filled with some of the sweetest, nicest people I’ve ever met in my life and it’s so inspiring! They inspire me creatively and personally, encouraging me to be the very best version of myself.
Q: What is the most challenging aspect of the work you do?
A: Right now, I also work full time as an engineer. So, the hardest thing for me is learning to balance my full time job with LBE. Sometimes I just want to get home and spend hours doing LBE work, but I have also learned recently that I can’t say yes to everything. Learning to slow down and go at a pace that is maintainable is definitely hard to balance.
Q: What has been your proudest moment/accomplishment in your business?
A: I have two! The day I booked my first bride – I was SO excited!! And also – the day the editor from Washingtonian Bride & Groom emailed me to ask if they could share a recent shoot I had published on my blog. I know it may seem small to some, but it meant the world to me!
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring wedding & event planners?
A: Get connected and do styled shoots!! There are SO many vendors in the industry willing to share knowledge and be your friend. Put together your own Facebook group of new planners and lean on each other when you’re going through a rough time. Community is key! Also, styled shoots! You don’t need to wait around for someone to ask you to plan one. Plan your own and reach out to vendors you look up to. Styled shoots are a great way to network with vendors AND build your portfolio at the same time
Leave Alyssa some love in the comments section, and be sure to connect with her through the following channels:
Join us this evening at Love It at Stella’s bridal salon for a trunk show! We’ll be there from 4-6pm with sample pieces of jewelry for sale, available to be taken home tonight for your upcoming wedding. We’ll have options for brides as well as gifts for attendants.
Date: Monday, September 21st, 2015
Where: Love It! at Stella’s Bridal Fashions – 5 S Center Street, Westminster, MD 21157
Earlier this summer we had the opportunity to partner again with our friend Maribel of Eight Tree Street and some other talented wedding professionals to put together this gorgeous styled shoot. From the idyllic landscape at Glasgow farm to the cherub-like flower girls in their lace dresses and flower crowns, these images from Photography by Amy Nicole are sure to inspire all of your fall wedding dreams!
Here’s bit of background on the vision for the shoot, which was designed by Maribel:
“We designed an inspiration shoot at the charming The Glasgow Farm in Fredericksburg, Virginia with a mix of autumn hues. The shoot includes a mix of metalics with gunmetal, black and gold tones complementing sweet cranberry reds, creams and whites with touches of peach.”
With Maribel’s vision in mind, we selected a variety of jewelry pieces with the right combination of classic, trendy, and rustic elements. The timeless Swarovski pearl necklace takes center stage with accents of sparkle and rose gold in the pearl drop earrings. Bridget’s look is completed with a statement cranberry lace cuff bracelet and stretch bracelet of Swarovski crystals and pearls.
Many thanks to our amazing vendor team who brought this shoot together! Brides, be sure to contact any of the professionals listed below for an exceptional wedding experience – and keep J’Adorn Designs in mind while designing your perfect wedding day look!
Featured jewelry: Two-tone Swarovski pearl twist necklace; Cranberry floral cuff bracelet (J’Adorn Bridal 2016 – Coming soon!); Rose gold CZ and Swarovski pearl earrings (J’Adorn Bridal 2016 – Coming soon!); Swarovski crystal and pearl stretch bracelet (J’Adorn Bridal 2016 – Coming soon!)
Photography: Photography by Amy Nicole
Venue: The Glasgow Farm
Planning/Styling and Flowers: EightTreeStreet
Lace cake: Cake Heaven
Menus and paper goods: J Luxe Designs, LLC
Hair, Makeup and Bridal Styling: Carolyn Thombs Makeup Artistry and Designs
Jewelry: J’Adorn Designs
Model: Bridget Thornton
Bridal Separates, handmade pieces: DecorLux via Etsy
Bridal Shoes: Pour La Victoire