Meet Heidi

We are so very excited about today’s blog post. One of our lovely brides, Heidi Boeckmann, is getting married on June 18, 2011 at the Belle Mer’s fabulous salon. We asked her to be our first “guest blogger” and tell us about her wedding planning experience. Take a look at what she had to say:

“Eighteen months seems like an extraordinary amount of time to plan a wedding but here I am five months to go to the big day with my endless “to do” list wondering how I will get it all done. My fiancé & I are both originally from NY but met in Boston where we currently live. When it came time to picking where to get married we wanted to make it a “mini-destination” wedding & knew the charming seaside town of Newport, RI was the perfect place. Belle Mer was the first venue we visited & we fell in love!

Via (Eric Laurits Photography)

Via (Longwood Events)

After securing the venue, I told myself to enjoy the engagement bliss & holidays before jumping into the planning – who was I kidding! I passed one magazine stand & left with 30 magazines and began my wedding inspiration book.

Dresses, flowers, cakes, favors and oh so much more – I couldn’t get enough and was seeing that there was just so much to choose from! How would I ever narrow it all down? Choosing a color palette seemed to be my biggest challenge and would determine so many of the décor plans. I fell in love with a bright purple gown by Amsale for my attendants and started from there. I wanted to achieve a “beach chic” atmosphere for the wedding & ended up with bright purple, navy, with accents of aqua.

Via (Amsale)

I wanted décor to make an all white venue feel more comfortable. I envision hammered silver which reminded me of the summer, soft pillows with modern designs, pop’s of color with interesting accents such as a garden stool next to the outdoor furniture. The below became my inspiration for designing the entire wedding.

Images Via (West Elm, Etsy, The Knot, Lighting Direct)

Décor has been the most fun and creative aspect in the planning process. When it came time to choosing vendors to help with this aspect I looked no further then working with Joyce & The Stoneblossom Team. If the web site doesn’t give you enough inspiration to plan every celebration of life here on out then going to her studio will. It was beautiful & anyone who takes pride in how their workplace presents itself online or in person I knew they would do a spectacular job decorating my wedding. Stepping foot into the Stoneblossom studio I saw many of my inspiration items in person available for rent. It was so exciting to see so many items that could be incorporated into our wedding floral design. I felt like a kid in a candy store.

So here I was with my inspiration file sitting in this beautiful studio torn about what to do…Do I go bold with jewel tones to match my girl’s dresses or stick with the all white décor of my venue and keep it simple? After seeing an all white wedding Joyce had done I knew I had my answer. With Joyce’s help we decided the pop of color would be my bouquet in a sea of large white beautiful blooms.

Via (Style Me Pretty)

Via (The Knot)

After Joyce had organized all my thoughts into a single style I knew she & I would have a great time with getting my wedding floral design in place.  Every style I said I loved she had an image of her previous work to show me as an example.  She read my mind on what I envisioned and couldn’t have been more helpful with putting together an overall look that will make our special day even more beautiful.”