Jeff Stillwell, Founder of Stillwell Events – Andre Maier Photography – courtesy of Stillwell Events
“If the band stops abruptly, the lights come on while some of your guests are still eating dessert and the party doesn’t have a smooth ending, this last impression will overshadow the beautiful decor and heartfelt moments of your wedding. My job is to make sure this doesn’t happen.” Before starting his company Stillwell Events, Jeff Stillwell’s invaluable training was obtained by being the Director at some of New York City’s most luxurious venues. Thanks to the hospitality learned from a Southern upbringing coupled with a drive to continually cultivate new skills and knowledge, Jeff quickly established himself as one of the best in the industry. Stillwell Events plans and executes life’s most important events – anniversaries, birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, and of course weddings. “I love doing weddings,” Jeff says. “Tailoring every detail so the day of is expressed as an authentic signature of a couple is really rewarding.” Read More
Kristen & Joe Wedding – High Centerpieces – Trumpets at the Gate – by Kim Mancuso
“We had the most laid-back, fun reception. The whole party danced the night away, from the flower girls to the grandparents!” Here, our featured bride Kristen shares the final chapter in her Real BB Wedding story.
Part 4: Reception, Centerpieces, and Surprise Moments
After a joyous cocktail hour, guests made their way to the reception where they were greeted by a gorgeous welcome table arrangement of peonies, roses, ranunculus, snapdragons, and stock set in chic cylinder vases of various heights. Trumpets at the Gate’s dining room is marked by large, open windows and elegant chandeliers On this day, the space was awash in natural light, casting an airy, romantic atmosphere. Read More
Kristen & Joe Wedding – Bride – Trumpets at the Gate – by Kim Mancuso
The process of finding a wedding dress isn’t always linear. You start with a clear picture of what you want to wear in mind and then make an appointment. After explaining your style to the bridal salon, you are presented a rack of choices they think you will like. But every time you step out of the fitting room and look in the mirror, the excitement you should be feeling just isn’t there. “I had tried on so many dresses I really thought that ‘the one’ was a myth,” Kristen remembers. Not to worry. Her “say yes to the dress” story does have a happy ending. Here, Kristen talks about how her wedding day look came together. Read More
Kristen & Joe – Wedding – Bride Groom – Trumpets at the Gate – by Kim Mancuso
Obstacles inevitably arise during the wedding planning process. But imagine your wedding is just six weeks away and the contract with the venue falls through. This is the situation Kristen, this month’s Bride & Blossom Featured Bride, and her then fiancé, Joe, found themselves. But with an open mind, and some help from Kristen’s sister, Rachel, who also happens to be Bride & Blossom’s founder, the couple pulled off the seemingly impossible and had the celebration of their dreams.
Claire & James Wedding – Bride & Groom – Capitale – by Susan Shek
Claire and James’ love story begins at the start of their freshman year in college. “We were actually introduced by one of my bridesmaids and her boyfriend, who is now her husband. She asked me to come and hang out with their friends one evening and that is when I first met James.” They hit it off immediately, but there was one small problem. Both were seeing other people at the time. Claire looks back and says with a little laugh, “Our relationships didn’t last too much longer. We went back home for Thanksgiving break and told our significant others that we had met someone. That was nine years ago, we’ve been inseparable ever since.” Read More
Any wedding planner will tell you that in order to pull off a show-stopping wedding, you must pay attention to detail. And one décor feature your guests will surely notice is the table setting. Details like beautiful linens, elegant plates, a colorful menu, and creative place cards work to set a memorable dining scene that everyone will be talking about long after your wedding.
To help the bride in search of inspiration for creating a standout tablescape at her reception, here are stunning table setting ideas from our Real BB Weddings.
Evoke the ambiance of a whimsical garden by anchoring a long table with a garland made of blooms and greenery. Keep the tabletop looking light and festive with white tableware complemented by a menu with exquisite floral design, pastel green linen, and gold silverware. Read More