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Boston Wedding Group award

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When I’m not at my desk working to create innovative nuptial stationery, I’m involved in local wedding organizations. After being a member for a few years, last year I sat on the board of the Boston Wedding Group, a comprehensive resource for couples marrying in New England. The group provides support to make wedding planning simple and enjoyable and to create an unforgettably beautiful affair.

As the education chair, it was my responsibility to coordinate monthly educational speakers and programs. As with anything, I took my job very seriously and, hopefully, added something fresh to the group. With my fellow board members, I worked to keep the members up to date on national wedding trends, energized by strong speakers and informed about new ways to think about their small businesses.

This week I was surprised, honored and sincerely flattered to receive the Boston Wedding Group’s 2014 ABC Award: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty. From the group’s president, “This award recognizes a member who has given generously of his/her time and talent to an important BWG function or project.”

Even though I no longer hold my board seat, it feels great to know that the behind-the-scenes work I do is welcome and appreciated. I’m thankful for the challenge and the amazing opportunity. Thank you to everyone who voted for me to receive this award.

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I’m already busy, people

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A photo of a photographer at a styled shoot I did in Florida a while back.
© Ashley Brockinton

I am often amazed how many calls and emails I get in January, February and March about participating in styled editorial shoots or volunteering my time or product for some wedding-related event.

While event planners, photographers, florists and other wedding pros are enjoying the calm before the wedding season storm, stationers and calligraphers are already mad busy with work. Surprised? Think about it: Our work starts many months in advance of the big day. Save the dates get mailed six months to one year before the wedding. Invitations go out 6-8 weeks before. That means I’ve been working on this fall’s weddings since January. The summer wedding invitations are on their way out now.

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{engage! conference} Day Three

~ The world renowned engage! is a luxury wedding summit for wedding professionals working with high-end brides and grooms. Kelli has been able to attend two of these conferences, and she sent along some photos like to share from the latest. ~

Pictures from day 3 of engage!12. What an amazing view of the sunrise!

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Kate McElwee: kick-ass photography

We live in a visual world where pictures are not only worth a thousand words, we rely on them to convey messages to the world about who we are. For a business, the headshot you use can be just as impactful as your company logo. It puts a face on the brand and should be updated regularly in my opinion. Enter Kate McElwee Photography and my new kick-ass official headshot.

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Engage!11 – Day One


I cannot believe it’s been a MONTH since Engage!11, a luxury wedding summit I attended in San Diego over Memorial Day weekend. I’ve been too busy catching up with work to post about how wonderful everything was. Here’s a quick and dirty recap and review, in 3 parts:

In a nutshell, the conference was massive amounts of inspiration by day with crazy lavish dance parties at night.

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à deux + Style Me Pretty

Taking a month off means spending a month (or more) catching up. I’m sorry the blog has been a quiet lately. I will do better.

And on that note, I’d like to announce that à deux is one of the newest members of Style Me Pretty’s The Little Black Book. You already know Style Me Pretty is a nationally recognized inspirational wedding resource that publishes original content on a gorgeous blog. Every day (often multiple time a day) they feature something to ohh and ahh over. There are inspiration boards, color palettes, fashion and some of the best wedding photography you’ll see online.

I’m flattered to be included and look forward to hearing from all the brides who make SMP their go-to wedding-planning destination.

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Style Me Pretty

The Little Black Book Vendor Guide

Megan Chapin Calligraphy

There are hundreds of quality digital calligraphic scripts but few of them have the soul of hand-drawn letters on your invitations, envelopes or place cards. I’m always calling on specialists to help à deux produce the best stationery products possible. Calligraphy is integral to that.

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Boston's Bridal BFF

The truly fantastic MzLiz Miranda (aka the busiest woman in Boston) put me on to a blog called The Bridal BFF. Wedding planner A. Marie Babbitt recently appeared on Liz’s radio show as a relationship expert talking about dating younger men (more on that here). After reading some of her stuff I decided I had to connect with her. We traded a few emails before we finally set a date for my favorite meal of the day: lunch. (more…)