Get in shape

By Ashley Santora, Event Manager of Amanda Pierce Productions

As both a wedding planner and a yoga instructor, I work with our clients on two levels: logistically planning their wedding day while also preparing them on a deeper level for one of the most important days of their lives.  There is a great deal of pressure on the bride and groom to have every detail picture perfect, including themselves.  It’s a day that is photographed by every guest and then shared on multiple social media platforms for all the world to see.  Couples are often overwhelmed by the onslaught of social media that has come to play a major role in their wedding.  I always suggest the best way to stay sane and grounded is by making sure that you are both fit in not just the physical sense but also mentally: put yourselves in the right state of mind and it will all fall into place for the perfect social media snap shot.  

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Traditionally, the pressure to be in the best shape of your life has been mainly on the bride and her maids.  Today, however, the groom and his men are getting just as involved.  Couples are taking fitness classes and getting prepared for their big day together.  It is not just a solo mission anymore but an activity that can be shared.  Creating a fitness goal that you both work towards can be the first goal set as a newly engaged couple and a great source of inspiration to create more goals as a married couple.  I often offer the literal definition of yoga which is the act of joining and makes for the perfect analogy for marriage: the uniting of two people.  Couples soon realize that getting fit may begin as a physical workout but ends up being the best mental workout for themselves and each other.   

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Wedding Bouquets

by Ashley Santora , Event Manager of Amanda Pierce Productions

If you haven’t already noticed that flowers are having quite the moment, then I think its time you, “wake up and smell the roses!”  Say goodbye to tightly wrapped up bouquets and hello to these wild beauties.

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Photo sourced from Pinterest

Traditionally, the bride carried a bouquet for two reasons: to help mask the smell of odor and to ward off evil spirits.  The rose has historically been the flower of choice for its fragrance and symbol of love.  Today, however, love has taken on a whole new meaning and so has a bride’s bouquet.  

The trick to capturing this wild look while still keeping it wedding chic, is all about creating a balance and incorporating what’s in season.  Take for instance this gorgeous bouquet below.  An all white arrangement with touches of green showcases roses and ranunculas that are completely surrounded with Jasmine, Ivy Berry, and Lilac.  Stems of queen anne’s lace are budding through while hyacinth dramatically hangs over.  A truly wild bouquet that still exudes romance and sophistication.   

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For the more daring bride, take a peak at this bouquet.  A blend of snap dragon, poppy pods, and protea makes for a wild and exotic arrangement.  Highlighting the brides wedding colors, this bouquet is a fashion statement in and of itself.

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Brides everywhere are loving this wild look.  Completely free of any restrictions while still feeling incredibly personal, the bridal bouquet is the finishing accessory for your wedding day look.  Even the bridesmaids are feeling the effects of this flower power so we say, let love run wild!

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Photo sourced from Pinterest

The Bar

By: Ashley Santora, Event Manager of Amanda Pierce Productions

Many times the bar is left out of the decor plans when budgeting for a wedding as most couples think that a bar ends and begins at "open bar."  However, when you pause and think about it, the bar is one of the most attended spots at your wedding. In fact, it may very well be the first and last stop for your guests.  At the bar, guests will socialize, drink too many libations, and thus, make some of the best memories of the night there.  So we propose, why not make the bar a statement piece at your wedding?

At the Gantry Loft, the bar stands as a classic blend between wood and steel.  Fully encompassing the look of industrial chic, it needs just a few little touches to make it a focal point.  

To begin, we love the idea of adding antique decanters and liquor bottles on the shelves.  Creating the feel of an intimate speak easy, place candles inside each glass bottle in varying heights.  The candles will illuminate the bottle details and add a special ambiance to the bar.  

With the lighting and mood set just right, allow guests to mingle at the bar in a picture perfect shot.  Imagine ivy draped across and in front of the bar adding that little bit of romance.  Draping ivy across the bar adds a certain je ne sais quoi that guests will be photographing and talking about, well after the wedding night!