• February2016 Archive •

…another blank slate to write beautiful stories on.

TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN.  Another new year.

 Another blank slate to write more beautiful stories on.

It also means that it is our sixth year on this Cheeky journey (which is absolutely insane to say).  We started from the bottom and now we’re here.  It wasn’t easy though. We have worked our butts off to get here. A place where we could help others, feed our creative souls and run a successful business all while refusing to be anything other than super present mamas.

When we first got up and running, we contracted A TON of “day of/month of” management jobs and literally poured our hearts and souls into helping our couples.  We gave much, much more than what we signed on and were getting paid for, but we loved all of it. We wholeheartedly knew that we had our hands wrapped around something truly special.

In our first two years alone, the two of us logged 146 weddings (featuring a mix of Cheeky services). Yes, our butts were off as I mentioned earlier.  Double and triple headers, split weddings on the same day; we even went to two on the same day together once- one during the day and one in the evening. We hustled and we made it happen- quite well I might say.

Along with that, came a WEALTH of experiences and knowledge as well as the opportunity to transform our company into a boutique that now plans + designs + floralizes an intentionally limited number of weddings each year.  We have made such great friends because we are lucky enough to be involved every step of the way (the happy times, meltdowns, you name it) leading up to one of the most important days of their lives. We could truthfully write a book on everything that we have encountered and learned. More to come on that thought…

Admittedly, throughout our business journey, we have never been masters of social media.  We, unfortunately, have never kept our audience informed or super up to date about our whereabouts and accomplishments.  We do not update our website with the growing number of beautiful weddings that we have produced and created.  We, quite frankly, have been even more neglectful on that front since having our babes. It is tragic, but we are working on it. We WILL get better.

Either way, I assure you that things are still rocking even though we aren’t posting about it.  Seeing that we both didn’t really get to experience a legitimate “maternity leave” after having our precious babies because of prep work + multiple weddings occurring very shortly after (in 2014 + 2015); it was heaven to have the majority of our weddings concluded by mid-year in 2015.  We had a couple lovelies sprinkled throughout the Fall with quite a unique Winter wonderland finale in December. Simultaneously, we have been pinning down details for our 2016/2017 weddings and discussing what else we want Cheeky to embody; what we feel Cheeky can offer more couples on their wedding journeys.

Our wheels have been spinning and our ideas have come full circle.  The mission behind Cheeky is and always has been to help.  We made it cheeky culture to go above and beyond and we don’t want that to be pushed aside for the sole purpose of implementing pretty details for our photographers to capture.

We are very aware that a wedding planner is a luxury.  It does not fit into everyone’s budget even though a wedding planner’s guidance is invaluable.  As much as we want to be able to give ALL couples the truly special wedding experience that they deserve, budget restrictions are real.  However, we CAN do something to help.

For that reason, we are working on something really cool. Maybe not as cool as a book deal previously mentioned, but we will start here… and we promise that we will keep you updated about it.

With all that being said, I hope you can all welcome us “back” with open arms as we promise to share the fun + beauty behind our personal and professional scenes.

Talk soon!

H+J

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Barbara + Trevor // The Hempstead House

Finally sharing this gorgeous wedding, which was featured nationally in The Knot Magazine Summer 2015! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! 

Ah- our hearts. We fell in love with Barbara and Trevor as soon as they walked into our office.  Their genuine love for each other really did shine through from the first time we met.  Their wedding vision was something that immediately jived with ours.

B+T contracted us after they booked their venue (which coincidentally is one of our favorites on the island) with about six months left until the big day.  They chose Hempstead House (Sands Point Preserve), a historic gold coast mansion built in 1912, because it fulfilled their desire to have a setting that was timeless; a blank slate where they could showcase who they were through all of the details of the day.

 

They said “I do” during a completely romantic ceremony overlooking the water amidst a clear blue sky. Their outdoor cocktail hour immediately followed where guests enjoyed a formal yet relaxed atmosphere just as the sun was setting.  After which, guests were directed to find their escort card (which sat on a bed of flowers) and make their way into the mansion by following a beautiful path of white rose petals and candles.

The design concept was SUPER important to Barbara and one of our favorites to date.  It was clear that she was looking for a very romantic French vintage vibe from the beginning and was a wedding planner’s dream come true when it came to all of the details.  Since we literally had to bring every single aspect of the wedding into this venue, we were able to really make this huge mansion feel like their home for the night.  Guests sat at a mix of rectangular tables, some exposed wood with draped lace runners and some covered with a variation of soft grey, blush and cream linens with just a pop of sequin.

An abundance of candlelight flickered on the tables and through all of the rooms of the mansion.  Vintage place settings, hand torn menus draped with silk ribbon and embroidered numbers all made an appearance on the tables as well.  The flowers were a mix of large flowing arrangements and smaller trinket pieces all in the muted palette that complemented the wedding. We brought in vintage furniture to the empty rooms of the mansion so that guests could stroll through and enjoy throughout the night.

Two of our favorites were Barbara’s grandmother’s dresser (that her mother took pictures in front of on her own wedding day) that we used as part of our dessert lounge as well as her dining room table that Barbara and Trevor sat at that night.  Barbara is SUPER close with her grandmother so it made it even more special.  Since one of B + T’s favorite things to do is enjoy the mornings together over coffee (also how Trev popped the question), we incorporated that into their favors and sent guests home with fresh beans from their favorite coffee spot.

On average, we plan with our couples for a year or so, so having only five months to secure vendors and plan all logistics at a ground up venue that was jam packed with intricate details required serious hustle.  We would do it all over in a heartbeat.

All gorgeous photos taken by the lovely KT Merry.

 

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