Rochelle & Mark

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Rochelle and Mark found me all the way from the UK.  I didn’t actually meet them until a few days before their wedding but I felt like I knew them forever.  I planned their wedding about a year ahead of time so we had lots of contact back and forth.  I heard mostly from Rochelle except it was so cute right before they came out to Vegas Mark was planning wedding day morning gifts for his bride to be.  We planned a foot/leg massage while she was getting her makeup done that really made her day.  He also wanted her favorite sparkling wine and bouquet of flowers delivered to her that morning.  It was so sweet.  Their wedding was unique because it essentially was a week long for them and all their guests.  They all came together and left together on the same flight so this celebration was truly an amazing group of friends and family.  Thank you Rochelle and Mark for choosing us to plan your wedding day! Here are a few of my favorite photos from their wedding day.

A special thanks to everyone that helped make this day so perfect:

Wedding Ceremony: Caesar’s Palace Bella Luna 

Wedding Reception: Rao’s at Caesar’s Palace

Photobooth: Elegant Entertainment

Photographer: Friend of Bride and Groom

Elvis: All Night Long Entertainment

Wedding Send Off Items Your Guests will Love

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Many couples try to add their little touches to their wedding and one way to do so is having a send off at the end of the night or after pronounced husband and wife.  There are so many different ideas out there that I wanted to provide a list to help you find the right fit for your wedding style.  Please keep in mind to check with your wedding venue before you choose something that is thrown or flamable because many venues do not allow these items.

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Rice- Throwing rice is one of the earliest traditions for fertility rituals.  If you choose to throw rice, please make sure it is safe for animals.

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Rose Petals- This doesn’t have to only be the flower girls job.  Many couples choose to have gorgeous rose petals thrown at them to brighten up photos and match the ceremony floral pieces.

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Bubbles- A very common trend today, bubbles are a great way of keeping the ceremony space clean but yet help your photographer capture that special send off with beautiful bubbles in the photos.

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Ribbon Wands- These items are not only a fun ceremony item but can double as favors and make great dance photos during the wedding reception.

Leaves Send off

Leaves or Seeds- If you are getting married outside in a natural mother nature setting, try using leaves or bird seed as your throw item.  This way it is natural and harmless to the environment.

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Confetti- If your venue allows this, it is a must.  I have a venue in town that has the confetti cannons already there and one of my couples will have the send off at the end of the night for their farewell exit.

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Silly string- This is only to be used if you have a super fun group and you as well as your guests don’t mind getting a little dirty.

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Sparklers- This although is very popular and at so many weddings really creates the perfect exit photos for a couple.  Be sure to use if your wedding ends after sunset as they will not turn out if the daylight is still there.

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Dove or Butterfly release- This is a beautiful way to celebrate the unity of your marriage and have a symbol of love.  One of my couples did a dove release after their ceremony and it was truly breathtaking.

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Bells- Although these don’t make a great photo opportunity, they are a really cute and traditional memory to have.  If you don’t mind the whole kiss during the reception, these also can replace the banging on the china.

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Chinese Lanterns- If you have a large wedding, these make a beautiful send off for you and awesome photos.

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Balloons- Having your guests all get a balloon and you get a group shot with them then release is another great example for wedding photos.

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Glow Sticks- Great way to send off at the end of the night after partying on the dance floor with them.  These are fun favors for the guests as well so a great way to use as everything.

If you like any of the items above but do not want to DIY, just click on the photos and it will take you to the link.  I can also help create a wedding item for you.  Contact me at desi@desirableevent.com for all your wedding planning needs.

Terri & Jim

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Terri & Jim

The second I met Terri & Jim (well he was buying coffee), I knew their entire life story and loved it. She opened up to me like we have known each other forever and this is one of my favorite parts about meeting them. Although I was not hired yet, I could tell by the way Terri and I clicked that I was most likely their new wedding planner. By the time Jim got back with the coffee (5 minutes later), I knew how they met, who was in their wedding, who I needed to give extra attention to, and what exactly they needed help with. Going back to how they met, it was what I call the modern “traditional” way of meeting, just like many of my couples this year have all experienced. Yes they met online, fell in love, and got married. I am not going to bother with real statistics but going by my wedding bookings this year 70 percent of couples that booked me as their wedding planner, met online. As a side note to all you singles out there, I feel this is a very efficient way of meeting your future spouse as long as you don’t use Tinder or Plenty of Fish.

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Anyways, Terri and Jim spoke to each other for a while before actually meeting face to face. In fact, Terri was out of town celebrating her parents wedding anniversary when they decided to go on their first date. Which happened to be the day she returned on her parents anniversary April 20th, 2013. They were both instantly fond of each other and so glad that neither one was “catfished”. Within minutes they were already planning their second date for later in the week but couldn’t resist and met up the following day. These two were definitely meant to be. Jim has a very laid-back personality which is perfect for Terri who is very detailed but needs a little help figuring out exactly what she wants. They chose to marry 2 years to their first meeting (also her parents anniversary). I had the pleasure of planning their wedding which took place in a location that hasn’t had many weddings. Their ceremony was the first that took place on the stage at Tivoli Village. They hired Cameron Calloway, a local acoustic guitarist, to perform at both the ceremony and reception. He did a magnificent job throughout both especially as Terri walked down the aisle to him singing, Bret Dennon “By and By”. Terri loved it so much she had him sing it again for her and Jim to dance to and asked for it on iTunes. The ceremony turned out so beautiful with Pastor Pete from Elegant Weddings Las Vegas officiating. He was perfect for them and always adds in something so meaningful to the bride and groom. They chose to do a wine ceremony which fit since Terri is a huge wine lover and since Jim met her, he moved on from specialty beers to become a wine officiantado. They chose to lock the letters into a box with a phenomenal bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and since they can’t wait too long per their instinct, they will open them on their first anniversary.

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For the reception, they chose to have it in one of their favorite places, The View Bar in Tivoli Village. This was the perfect spot for a guest list of nearly 50 to enjoy the acoustic sounds of Cameron while mingling with each other. The restaurant itself has a rustic look to it and offers so much decor that we barely had to do anything to the space. We did have a few centerpieces made up for the tables and a beautiful cake by Sweet Lucys Confections that actually sat on their gorgeous, rustic piano. The ambiance was very laid back just like the couple and rustic. I personally loved this wedding venue and holding any event there. It is tapas style, so they started with a cheese display, went through cold tapas, then hot tapas, and ended with decedent desserts to serve along with the cake. The set up of the buffet was gorgeous wooden pieces to tie into the overall decor of the location. Terri & Jim wanted to do something special for her parents since it was also their anniversary so they gave them a very sweet engraved frame to hold a picture of them along from their wedding and one of Terri and Jim for the other side. At the end of the night, Terri and Jim offered cute little popcorn favors from Popcorn Girl that said “All because he popped the question”. Throughout the entire wedding, we also had the pleasure of working with two very talented photographers Susie & Will from susiesandwillpictures.com. They are very professional and truly amazing at what they do. All of the photos in this blog were provided by them.

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For more information on our wedding planning packages, please feel free to contact me at desi@desirableevent.com or (248)836-8605. Visit our website for more inspirational photos and our company information.

A huge thank you to all of the vendors involved in this gorgeous wedding:
Ceremony Venue- Tivoli Stage
Reception Venue- View Wine Bar (Ollie) at Tivoli Village
Photographers- Susie and Will Pictures
Officiant- Pastor Pete (Elegant Weddings LV)
Entertainment- Cameron Calloway (acoustic guitarist)
Floral- By Dzign
Cake- Sweet Lucy’s Confections
Favors- Popcorn Girl
Hair & Makeup- JW Marriott Salon
Wedding Planner- Desirable Events by Desi

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Modern and Fun Guest book Ideas

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How many times do people really go through a guestbook and read what people wrote? Do we really display these in our homes for everyone to come over and see? Chances are you answered I read it once or never, and no it is in storage somewhere. There is no need for these boring traditional books that no one looks at anymore.  Here are fun and unique ways for your guests to enjoy being welcomed to your wedding and also double as adorable home decor after for houseguests to enjoy.

1. Puzzle Pieces- Guests will each sign I piece of the puzzle then on a stay home “date night” you are your spouse can put it together.  Makes for really cute wall decor too!

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2.  Photobook of your Engagement Photos- Engagement photos are fun and really popular now a days but typically most couples only use one or two for their Save the Dates and that is it.  Why not get your moneys worth by creating a picture/guest book combo? Really cute idea and this is great to display in your home.guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings

3.  Artwork- if you are a couple that loves art or just want your guests to enjoy doing something different at your wedding these pieces are great.  Below is the thumbprint photo where guests leave their prints and initials.  It’s definitely fun but tricky to tell which guest is who.  Makes for a cute wall photo after the wedding.  Another way is to have a blank Canvas with your monogram and have guests sign their names in paint.guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings

4.  Wishing Stones- this is such a cute idea and actually something I wanted to do.  However, you have to make sure you find the correct stones you can write on.  I came up with this idea too late for my wedding so as long as you have time you can pretty much find them anywhere (just not in your yard of course).  After guests sign them you can add them to vases and they make a gorgeous centerpiece for your dining room.

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5. Wine Corks- In my opinion wine weddings are timeless.  There are so many evolving ways to keep this “vintage” tradition with a modern twist.  I love wine weddings and enjoy creating centerpieces and place cards for them.  If you are the wine lover then this is an adorable, easy, and affordable guestbook.  All you have to do is collect corks as you drink wine.  guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings

6.  Picture frame with Border for signing.  For the wedding you can add an engagement photo to get the use out of them 😉 But after all your guests sign it and you get your weddings photos back, mount this with your favorite photo. guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings

7.  Bench- If your spouse is handy have him build you a bench adn carve your monogram or initials into it.  Then have guests sign right on it.  This is the perfect piece for your backyard or foyer!guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings

8. Tree stump- Having a rustic wedding? These decorative tree stumps are such a cute idea to tie your guest book into your theme.  You can even get them made with your monogram in the center.  This is very cute piece to add as a centerpiece to the dining table at your home.guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings

9.  Game Pieces- Are you a board game loving couple? Perfect idea is to get your favorite game board and have guests sign it.  Every time you have guests over be sure to play the game so they can enjoy all the words of wisdom your guests provided at your wedding.guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings 10.  Globe- Couples that love traveling, are from two different countries, or just love globes this is for you.  Guests can sign by where they are from, love to travel to, or where they wish to go.  Any ideas so that you both get great ideas for your future vacations.  Bonus: If there’s enough space have them write their favorite restaurant, hotel, or hangout spot in that area! guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings 11.  Note cards/ library cards- This is adorable especially for those of you who are teachers.  Guests can pick a catergory they think they know the best advice about and leave you a message.  Throughout your marriage anytime you seek advice just go through your little files and take a pick.  Find the right display and it doubles as home decor as well.guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings

12.  Beach Chair- Similar to the bench, a beach chair is perfect for the surfers or those of you fortunate enough to live on the beach.  Even if you are like me and wish you were always on the beach this chair can make you feel that way and give you advice throughout your daily lounging.  guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings 13.  Initial- A fancy initial is always a cute decoration for your home.  It’s always fun (besides changing your credit cards, legal name, and going to the DMV) changing your last name to something different.  A great way to be proud of your new name is to have guests sign your initial.  You can find letters all over or make them yourself if you can’t find your color scheme. guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings

14.  This is similar to the puzzle, however guests can sign pieces of a photo of you.  As they sign they can put it back and the picture can be hung on your wall forever.  guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings

15.  Photo booth book- Having a photobooth at your wedding?  Most of them come with your guest book.  Guests get to keep a copy of their photo and put one in your book and sign next to it.  Definitely keeps them involved in the night activities.

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16.  Sign Hearts- Whether it is hearts, stars, circles, any shape will do, just have a cute shadow box to display them in.  This also makes the perfect piece to display for your friends and family.

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Wedding planning should always be exciting and stress free.  Traditional wedding ideas are great but it’s always fun for not only you (the couple) but for your guests to see your creativity shine!  If you aren’t the most creative person and need assistance in making your wedding unique, please contact me for information in planning that special wedding for you!  Most of the photos above have a link directly to them that sends you to where to purchase these from.  Enjoy!

Weddings- 20 Ways to Honor those who have Passed

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Many couples getting married want to honor loved ones who have passed. There is no particular way for this to be done, however, I have compiled a few weddings I have done along with ideas I found to share with all of you. It’s very difficult to lose a loved one as a year ago today I lost my grandmother/best friend to cancer. It’s important no matter what to always keep those who past close to our hearts and celebrate the life they had and gave us. Here is a list of ways to incorporate them into your wedding ceremony or reception.

Ceremony:
1. Wedding bouquet- Many brides will do different things in the wedding bouquet to honor a loved one especially if it is their father who passed away. This way his spirit is still there walking down the aisle with her.

A. Adding a flower that stands out.  Two of my brides dad’s passed away and this is how they had their bouquets. One did a single red rose in a bouquet of pink for her father. The other kept her fathers favorite shirt, added dad to it, and made it into a rose for her bouquet.

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B. Add a charm to it. You can add a family charm or purchase one that reminds you of your loved one. I made a bouquet for one of my brides and friend which I surprised her by adding a key charm and wrote a note to her “key to your father’s heart, he is with you always especially today to walk you down the aisle”. She wanted to keep it discrete and not get overwhelmed and upset on her day without him. It was the perfect touch without everyone making a big deal since they had no idea. You could also add a locket charm with their picture on it.

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2. Reserved Seating. Some couples choose to designate the front row to loved ones who have passed. You can do this in a few different ways.

A. Ribbon off they area; add a beautiful sign or flower honoring them.

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B. Add photos to the front row of chairs of each loved one.

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3.Programs- this is a more traditional way of honoring them. In the program somewhere you could add a little prayer or saying with the names of your loved ones who past or just list those who are celebrating in heaven.

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4. Ceremony memorial candle- Many times you do a unity ceremony. This could double as a way of honoring your loved ones or in the very beginning of ceremonies. It’s always so special for the couple to light a candle for their loved ones whom passed.

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5. Officiant honors loved ones- even if you are not having a spiritual or religious ceremony it is always nice to have your officiant say a prayer or words to those celebrating above.

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6. Dove or butterfly send off- This is a beautiful way to celebrate the lives of loved ones. A couple we had did a dove send off following their ceremony. It was magical and they are so well trained. This is a great way to wow your guests.

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7. Wedding signs- there are many signs out there which honor loved ones. A very close friend of mine designs these type of signs.  Please check out her Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FromKellyWithLove

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8. Wear something of theirs- Every bride wants something borrowed of course. If you personally do not have anything of your loved ones ask around to see if anyone in the family has something from them. It could be jewelry, brooches, clothing, Etc. Below are a few pics. One bride had her dads blue shirt made into her dress for her something blue and to honor him or in the other photo I wore my great grandmother’s earrings.

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9. Use something they gave you- This could be a variety of things. Of course it is similiar to above but maybe they gave you something from their wedding such and toasting flutes, cake cutters, veil, etc. Even a gift they gave you that falls into your wedding theme is a great idea.

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10. Groom idea-boutonniere with pic of loved ones charm. It’s not just the bride who may have lost someone. An alternative to your flower boutonniere is having a photo charm of your loved one close to your heart or add to your flower like picture below.

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Reception

11. Memorial table- having photos of your loved ones as guests enter is a great way to honor them and lets guests see where you came from.

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12. Favors
A. In lieu of gifts, donations can be made to a charity that honors your loved one. Whether it be one that supports cures for the illness they passed away from or a charity that was close to their heart. This is a perfect way to actually give something more to them.

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B. Give something they love- My grandmother loved playing cards and although she was still alive when we had our wedding a perfect favor would be a deck of cards. Having a Vegas wedding just ties it all in together.

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13. Have someone speak about them. Many times the couple gets choked up knowing their loved ones couldn’t be there. It’s a good idea to designate someone to speak on your behalf about them. We planned a wedding where the brother in law of the bride spoke about her father who had passed. It was so meaningful and a beautiful experience for everyone. Although it did shed many tears it was a joyous moment knowing everyone was honoring him in that moment of his daughters life.

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14. Table numbers- Instead of having your traditional table numbers you can use photos of them. If you are doing place cards you print wallet size photos for your guests and they find the table that matches their photos. This is a great way to incorporate them into your reception.

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15. Song- have a special song set aside for those who have passed. Whether it be someone’s favorite song or a meaningful one for all who passed everyone can dance to celebrate their past life. Two of my favorite choices are Miranda Lambert “the house the built me” and Dani and Lizzy “Dancing in the Sky”Loved ones who passed, weddings, las vegas wedding planner, wedding coordinator las vegas, honoring loved ones during wedding, wedding memorials, wedding planning

16. Angel wings on back of bride and groom chairs. I saw this picture and thought it is such a cute way to honor your loved ones. If you don’t want to get too emotional and sad on your day this is another subtle way of still honoring them without all the tears.

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17. Leis/bracelets- having guests and everyone wear leis throughout the wedding or something that stands out to honor them is a great way to show your appreciation and love for them. If someone passed away from pancreatic cancer, hand out purple or breast cancer (pink). This just adds another special touch.

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18.  In your Thank You speech- while you say your “Thank You’s to your guests” add a part to think of those whom are no longer with you.

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19.  Incorporating what they love in reception- Whether it be something I have already mentioned or literally setting a space for them during the reception this is a very memorable way to show how much love goes to those celebrating in heaven.  Found this gem on Pinterest and love the idea.

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20. Writing a message on a balloon or Chinese lantern. This is a cute send off alternative which makes not only great photos but also a way for all guests to be involved honoring those loved ones who passed.

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In any event you always think of how great it would be if those who are no longer with you could be there to celebrate with you.  Just remember although they are not physically with you, they will still be celebrating with you in spirit.  Honoring loved ones throughout your life’s milestones is very important to keep your family traditions going and share their love throughout generations to come.

As I said before I dedicate this blog to my grandmother Mille (first picture).  She was a true beauty inside and out.  She taught me so many things.  She made me who I am today, a strong, hard working, caring person and I would give anything to spend one more day with her.

“I love you forever, I like you for always, even in heaven, your baby I’ll be!”

Photo credits:

Many are from previous weddings Desirable Events has planned and those photographers were:

Sara Ford Fotos, Alt F photography, Special Moments Photography, Myself

Other photos came from Pinterest.