Golden Chic’s New Digs

Well, we at Golden Chic Events have officially opened a new posh and cozy consultation and meeting office!

It was a long time coming, but it was worth the wait.  Now we can meet with brides, grooms and their families in a luxurious office featuring soft seating, chandeliers, open surfaces and is ideal for concept planning and meetings.

While we are open by appointment only, we are also now offering a new service – Hourly Consultations.  This is for the couple who may not want our packages, but could really use an hour or two or four to sit down and hash out any issues they have with planning or any logistical or design questions they’d like to iron out with a planner.  It’s much more economical for budgets and has been working splendidly!

We look forward to hearing from you – and any couple, company or charity – and seeing you in our new offices at 115 N. Franklin Street in Port Washington, Wisconsin!

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Annie & Chris: An Elegant Garden Affair

by Katie Carlson

So, I know I’m appallingly late on this- between another baby, moving, job changes and just crazy life in general, my wedding posts have gone sadly by the wayside.  Well, no more- I am attempting to catch up now before my busy season really hits!

It’s almost been a year since Annie and Chris’s beautiful September wedding at Boerner Botanical Gardens, and the weather today reminds me of that day- sunny, not too breezy, and not too warm or cold- perfect in every way.  Annie was the second Lauer daughter that I had the privilege of working with in a year’s time- a very busy period for the Lauer family!

Annie and Chris were so sweet and calm and joyous about their big day throughout the whole process, and you could feel their joy in getting to marry each other permeate every part of the day.  After a heartfelt and lovely mass at St. Mary’s Visitation Parish, the party moved over to Boerner with the fabulous Bartolotta’s team, where a festive late summer evening took hold.  Special touches abounded, from garden games for the guests to play, to wedding pictures of the B&G’s parents, to personalized table numbers with stories about the couple’s relationship together.

The gorgeous colorful flowers from Bloom Floral & Event Design, the simply elegant cake from Delicately Delicious, and the warm up-lighting from A Personal Touch, LLC helped to create a romantic evening, much like love on a late-summer evening.  A special thank-you to Ren Davis from Studio 29 Photography for the gorgeous photos you see below!

Annie and Chris made for a beautiful couple that day- and of course, Annie made for a gorgeous bride- and their wedding was a perfect example of simple elegance and family togetherness.

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Videographer Costs – De-Mystified!

You cry.  You laugh.  You shake you head in embarrassment.  And you are so happy you went ahead and booked a videographer for your wedding day!

Photography is divine, and is definitely one of those things that’s worth the extra splurge on excellent professionalism and a preserved album, but video is something even more – it captures the essence of the atmosphere.  From the music, to the teary vows, to the hearty speeches – video puts a whole new dimension to your wedding day memories.

With the advent of flip cameras and cell phones, snippets of wedding days are easily grabbed by guests or a “budding friend” videographer.  What makes videographers so special (and, rightly so, a bit on the pricey side) are the hours and  hours and HOURS of editing time they spend after your wedding day.  Not only are they using highly professional equipment, and usually come with teams to make sure they capture many angles, they are finding angles and views that only come from experience.  Top that off with the ridiculous amount of time spent with their computer and your raw footage, and you’ve been given what is essentially a mini movie.

Sometimes hours long, but more often cut to less than an hour, or sometimes little “trailers” of a story, your wedding video is a custom-made, artisan created movie.  If you even think about the millions put into production of big budget films, you’ll get an appreciation for the few paltry hundreds you pay your videographer to basically recreate your day.

So, what does it all boil down to?  The cost of a videographer comes, at first, from equipment.  Whether they own or have to rent extra cameras, there’s the basic equipment coverage, as well as insurance and staff and editing software back home.  Back when it was all film, there was the cost of film, but thankfully now it’s digital (unless you pay for that vintage film look) so there’s not as much bulk for big equipment but even the newest gadgets are pretty pricey.  Then there is the prep time of testing the equipment, and the travel to the venue.  The time of the videographer that day is just as precious as a photographers, as are their assistants.  And usually a videographer is there longer than your photographer.

And then it comes down to the hours spent in the edit room.  Mixing music, and finding the right tracks, blending images and audio, and basically making a professional, personal tearjerker, all come with a price tag – or, if you did this on your own with countless video snippets from facebook, the cost of your sanity!

So, when you look at your budget, and think about your desire for a videographer weighed by the number, realize you’re not just paying for a product, or even a memory – your pay for something that’s worth it, and you’re probably even getting a steal as it is.

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Karen & Robert {June 21 2014}

Karen and Robert are a classic love story in the best of ways.  They’ve known each other for over 25 years, lived a few states apart, and built a friendship that finally blossomed into love.  This was a first wedding for both of them, which made every piece of planning that much sweeter and more special, and to be honest, this wedding was an absolute dream.  I was completely honored they chose me to help guide them through the process, and I felt so lucky to be part of their big day, to get to know them, and to have such wonderful, thoughtful, and gracious clients (though I count them as more than clients!).  They deserved everything and then some, all the well wishes, all the memories, all the beauty and all the happiness that their wedding day held and I hope (and I’d bet!) it just continues onward for the rest of their lives.

With a big chunk of guests in from London, Germany and all over the United States, it was a day full of blue (Karen’s favorite color) and sun (and fog!) and fun.  Guests enjoyed brewery or museum tours between the ceremony and reception, and it was something beautiful to see Karen dance with her 90 year old father.  The dance floor was packed and Robert’s friends gave lots of colorful stories from their exploits abroad and scuba diving.  Every hour had something wonderful happen – and, I can’t say it enough – it was everything these two deserved!

Photographer: Craig John

Church: Christ King

Luncheon: The Knick

Reception: Bartolotta’s at Discovery World Aquarium & Pilothouse

Floral: La Tulipe

Linen: BBJ

Cake: Simma’s Bakery

Rentals: Canopies

DJ & Lighting: Sound by Design

Paper Products: Centennial Press + Design

Favors: Gourmet Gift Wrapping (the bride’s niece’s company!)

Wedding Bus: Go Riteway

Guest Buses: Badger Coach

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Heather & Josh {June 7 2014}

When you plan a wedding for a long time, you really get to know a couple.  It was about 25 months of planning for me and Heather and Josh, but it was worth it to culminate in a gorgeous, color splashed June wedding day!  I’d had the pleasure of coordinating Heather’s sister’s wedding back in 2010, at which wedding happened to be the first meet (and love at first sight I think!) of Heather and Josh!  So, having been there the day it happened, this wedding definitely had an extra personal touch for me.

Heather and Josh spent much of the wedding planning in different cities and states, and Heather had a very stressful work and school environment to manage at the same time.  But we managed to pull this all off and it was absolutely lovely – colorful, a bit modern, and full of flowers, which is all Heather.  The pair are so giddily in love, so thrilled to be married, that it was a huge pleasure to watch them finally walk down the aisle (no more being apart).  Plus, I got to spend time with Heather’s whole family, which is also awesome, having done several of the family’s weddings.

I should note that my son, William, played the role of the ring bearer for this too – we give everything we have to our brides!  He loved it and I’m so touched my own little family was able to be actively a part of this new union.

Here’s to the rest of your lives, Heather and Josh!

Photographer: Front Room Photography

Videographer: Richard Mangan Productions

Church: St John the Evangelist

Reception: The Pfister

Floral: Belle Fiori

Linen: BBJ

Baker: The Cake Lady

DJ & Lighting: Accent Events

Paper Products: Centennial Press + Design

Favors: DIY S’more boxes

Wedding Bus: Go Riteway

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Jenna & Spencer {May 31 2014}

Jenna has always been a lover of all things pink, so it was no surprise to me that my cousin used some pink in her wedding day.  But it was an elegant pink, mixed with lots of ivory, mercury glass, gold and vintage flavor.  It was a gorgeous day in Madison, and it all went over absolutely perfect, even though there were so many details to coordinate (and they all were awesome).

With gorgeous lighting, a multi-day experience for many guests, wonderful help from the Monona Terrace catering and staff, and beautiful floral, linens, and paper products, and all the personal touches from the special cookie favors to Bucky the Badger arriving for an hour of dancing, Jenna and Spencer’s day was full of surprises for everyone and lovely delights throughout the evening.  One of my favorites was the utterly scrumptious and totally gorgeous cake!

The dance floor was packed all night, the room full of laughter and people, the décor stunning and Jenna and Spencer so thrilled and happy (so so so many happy tears were shed!), it was truly a wonderful day that I know they’ll cherish for always, and I am so thrilled I was able to be part of the whole bit of planning – it was a wonderful time for me, and hopefully for them!  Love you two!

Photographer: Front Room Photography

Videographer: David Schulta Videography

Church: Grace Episcopal

Reception: Monona Terrace

Floral: La Tulipe

Linen: BBJ

Baker: The Cake Lady

Lighting: Monona Terrace

Cocktail, Dinner and Reception Band: Northcoast Orchestra via ACA Entertainment

Paper Products: Paper Pleasers

Favors: One Baked Broad

Wedding Limo: Abracadabra Limo

Furniture Rentals: A La Crate

Chargers: The Elegant Touch

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Brittany & Matt {May 24 2014}

It was the perfect May day for a wedding, and it went off without a glitch.  Working with Brittany and Matt for almost a year and a half was a wonderful pleasure.  She was organized, and they both were laid back and very cool about pretty much every step of the way.  Which made for a generally relaxing planning process for everyone!  Plus, they had a casual air to their whole affair – while everything was beautiful and perfect, it was also a tad relaxed so that the whole day felt airy, pretty, easy and wonderful – exactly the way a wedding day should be, and a lot of it comes from the outlook of the couple!

They chose a very simple color palette of soft ivories, taupes, golds and touches of blue and silver.  It was timeless, romantic and simple class all rolled together.  I loved her choices of soft romantic flowers paired with a handful of orchids here and there, and their band was excellent from the moment they started to play, which meant it was a fabulous party from start to finish.  Everything they deserved!

Amazing Photography (shown here as well) by: Spottswood Photography

Videography: David Schulta Videography

Venue & Caterer: Bartolotta’s at the Grain Exchange

Linens: BBJ Linen

Flowers: May Flowers

Cake: Aggie’s

Band: Dynasty via ACA Entertainment

 

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Wedding Season!

We all are busy here at Golden Chic with our lovely brides and grooms, but we did want to say – we are not forgetting about the blog!!!!  We are just putting our couples first  -  so expect a slew of wedding photos and stories soon!!

Until then, stay cool in the heat and chic on the street!

 

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City Center’s City-Wide Party

We’re shutting down Water Street in downtown Milwaukee this coming Thursday June 12th from 4 – 10pm…and YOU are invited.  That’s right. The city is invited to come on down and celebrate the 100th birthday of the opening of CityCenter, the historic property located at 735 N. Water Street.

I’m honored to be part of both this event (and last week’s VIP event – see invitations delivered on our vintage video here on YouTube) and how proceeds will all go toward Cathedral Center, a women and family shelter in Milwaukee.  We’re raising lots of awareness while having fun – what more could we ask for?

With 5 bands (one is a huge 17 piecer), a fashion show, professional swing dancing, food trucks, a plethora of bars on the street with throwback cocktails, a VIP area, the re-opening of Jazz Alley, and some seriously stellar vintage inspired dress code…it’s going to be the place to be this Thursday instead of Jazz in the Park.  (just saying if you want a change of pace)   Miller is bringing a stage, we’ve got a 40×40 dance floor and lovely lighting to make it all feel magical as the sun goes down.

Hope to see you there!!

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The Baby Story Continues…

by Cara Hodgson

On November 5, my husband and I welcomed our first baby, Rayce Thomas. Rayce decided that his arrival warranted a bit more excitement than TJ and I had bargained for, but after a short stay in the NICU we welcomed home our big, healthy baby boy! Our little bundle of joy is now 4 months old and approaching every milestone with his own flair. He is already proving to be a mover and a shaker (his favorite game is rolling across the room while Mom is washing his bottles) so I know he will be a force to be reckoned with once he hits toddlerhood. With a new baby, a renewed exciting place with Golden Chic (well, it’s basically that weddings are my second love after baby so I had to have my hands in just one while staying home and washing those bottles!) and a new(ish) house, my life could only be described as organized chaos, but every moment brings me so much more joy than I could have ever imagined.  I would not have it any other way!

XOXO-

Cara

 

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