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Nearlies: Natalie + Josh

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One of my favorite things about planning a wedding is the process. The finding of the dress. Deciding on a venue. Exploring different menu ideas. And above all, picking the perfect photographer. This element is the MOST important to me and therefore my clients. Pictures capture memories that you will hold on to forever! Your wedding day is so full of love, nervousness, and adrenaline pumping excitement that the entire day flashes by in a second. Choosing a photographer is never an easy thing, however I give major props to the very talented Shannen Norman!!! She shot my couples’ [Natalie and Josh] engagement photos whom were hitched this last Saturday. With that said it’s my pleasure to introduce to you Natalie and Josh, and their fabulous photographer Shannen!!!

Love this!!!

My favorite….*SIGH*

Thank you Shannen for shooting such amazing photos. Stayed tuned for “Newlys: Natalie + Josh.” You won’t want to miss what Rachel [design guru from our team] has up her sleeves!

With Love.

In this photo, Sharon De LaO captured a beautiful moment that touches my heart.

At first glance, it may seem like a standard joyous first look photo. However, if you take the time cialis super active to peak at the groom’s right hand, buy generic cialis 20mg he’s telling his beloved bride in American Sign Language [ASL], that he loves her.

Before he even sees her.

Reasons why it makes me melt like butter:

– I’m fluent in ASL, so I’m usually a sucker for things like this [hooray multi-lingual ITN!]. Yes, I’ll teach you sign language.

– Both the bride and groom are Deaf, so the ceremony was conducted in sign language. How much more elegant can a wedding get? [full details here].

– In ASL, facial expressions are so very important. They’re equivalent to punctuation, or pitch in voice. You can just tell by this photo that she’s bursting with exclamation points.

Love has language barrier and no bounds. Today, don’t just tell someone you love them, show them.

Thanks Shar and Shanni for this Friday Lovely!

Now, I know that this wedding has been featured already on Wedding Chicks, but I thought it might be fun to break down some of our favorite details for you here and now! I can’t thank Ryan Ray enough for his gorgeous photos. The film quality is just deliciously romantic, soft, and everything a wedding should be! Now- onto the details!!

The Guestbook

Since the wedding was an intimate 60 guests, we really wanted something unique and special for their guestbook. What we created was a concept unique and beautiful in it’s own right! We adorned 60 tall pillar candles in glass containers, and tiered them onto a shelf. As the guests wrote a note of their prayers, hopes, and wishes for the couple, they lit a candle in honor of the marriage and in belief that those prayers/hopes/wishes would come true. By the night’s end, 60 candles glowed brilliantly! Geno and Courtney are candle fiends, so this particular detail was a perfect fit for their wedding! And, it was something we loved putting together, too. :)

The Guest’s Adornments

We’ve done things similar to this before, and we always love the idea of exciting your guests with a small detail to make them feel special. The “adorn yourself” idea always works! We created 60 unique boutonnieres of balsa wood flowers – 30 for the gals with a feather and lavender accent, 30 for the guys with a double feather accent – and displayed them in wooden trays with signage directly applied onto it. We nested a padded foam board that all the boutonnieres could stick into so that they were easy to grab and pretty to look at! Courtney and Geno’s wedding focus was ALL about family and closeness, so this was a perfect way to let every guest know that they were hand-picked to be part of the crowd that witnessed this gorgeous ceremony!

The Ceremony

The ceremony site boasted two monogrammed vases at the “back” of our aisle way. In the middle of all the chairs was a simple, clean arch with minimal fabric [so as to not affect any of the guests’ view of the actual service]. Since the first time we screen printed wood invitations, we’ve been enamored with the effect of screen printing onto wood. For this specific wedding, we actually printed onto multiple different pieces- the first of which were the ceremony programs, which were delicately placed on each guests’ chair, and adorned with a small pearl accent! Aside from that, we also had the guests’ toss fresh dried jasmine blossoms at the bride and groom during and after their first kiss. Since we opted for a 360 degree ceremony site [to continue that “intimate” feel], we knew that not all guests would get to toss their blooms as the couple recessed down the aisle- so we broke those rules and had them toss during the kiss! The muslin bags were adored with a monogram explanation tag letting the guests know what to do!

The Chair Detail

We wanted to dress up the chairs with a simple, darling detail that was easy to execute but also added some whimsy to the day. What we landed on was a ribbon “sash” complete with side bow and hanging tails. The tails, which hung to the seat of the chair, were perfectly snipped at an angle. This one was definitely one of the most difficult to complete- simply because of the time and care taken in each bow- but was so SO gorgeous when viewed as a complete group! It may be my favorite chair detail yet!!

The Place Setting

For us at In The Now, it’s all about the small things. This wedding is NO exception! We already knew that, with a small guest count, the seats at each table would be assigned. In lieu of a traditional favor/place card, we wrote thank you notes with each guests’ name on them, and tucked them into our napkins. We then wrapped the napkin with a luxe navy velvet ribbon, knotted off to one side [another labor of love by yours truly]. To finish off the guests’ experience, another screen printed wood element was included for each setting: the menu card. Again, adorned with a pearl accent and placed next to each person’s plate, it was the perfect way to express love, care, and intimacy for this event from the bride and groom to each of their guests. And the guests went WILD for them!

The Table Numbers

We are BIG fans of a dual purposed item here at In The Now. Mainly because, in our eyes, less is [almost always] more. The cleaner the lines, the better the feel. The more streamlined our events can be, the more they echo our personal style and the more rich they tend to feel! So, we came up with the idea to stick the table number directly onto the candlestick that held our centerpieces. And I absolutely ADORED the outcome!

The Sweetheart Table

A simple move of the ceremony arch and we’ve got a killer backdrop for bride and groom “snapped” portraits from friends! The hanging candles and flowers [in the mercury glass containers] further emphasized the fact that THIS was the focal point for the evening. We added a little pop of textural pillow onto each of their chairs to ruffle them up a bit. Moving the monogrammed vases behind them was another way to ensure that guests’ knew today was all about the bride and groom!

The Sweet Station

Their simple sweets display from Sweet and Saucy Shop was adorable with the large oak tree backdrop. Another way of SIMPLY dressing up in the smallest of details: the cake stand. Their mini two-tier cake was adorned with a peach ribbon bow- the same that was on the guests’ chairs- and became the centerpiece of the table in the best of ways. Again, maybe one of my favorite, most simple to accomplish details EVER!

Hope you enjoyed! We absolutely LOVED being a part of this wedding. Courtney and Geno were a dream to work with and their faith in us and our vision truly showed!

Have a day full of the little things- whether it’s pedicures, a dinner out, taking in a late night movie… or just 5 seconds of uninterrupted eye contact with the one you love!



I think I could make these:

Thanks Blissful B for the inspiration. They’re just SO simply gorgeous. An old fashioned feel with a modern twist. Homemade chic. Everything I’m about… except that I’d literally have to make them myself.. right? Thinking I could just buy a large doily, a small pillow, and dye it to match. That tonal quality is killing me!

Be inspired today, y’all! Work with your hands; work with your mind; work with your heart!


Nearlies: Sarah + Sean!


You may remember their sneak peek from a couple weeks back- but we’re here with more from the fabulous Lane Dittoe. The feel of the images as a collection is so soft, warm, and real. I love film photography for just that reason [yay Lane yay!]. But, I’ll let the images speak for themselves…

I love it when I get to work closely with my clients. These images are a real snap shot of the relationship between Sean and Sarah. They adore one another- and sitting down even just for an hour with them, it’s so apparent. I’m so SO excited for their wedding in August [and I think we’re all counting down the days at this point]!!

Love that they’re both looking right at the camera for this one. Seems like a rarity with engagement portraits these days:

Their wedding is going to be casual and classy- all about homespun warmth and real, authentic love mixed with a heap of stylish genuity. I’m so honored to be a part of it- and to be helping put all the pieces together. And I’m SO thankful for the trust that these two have in me – all the ideas we’ve come up with together over the past year are sure to be a smashing success! Let’s get to August already!!


S+S: I think you know that I completely adore you both… but just in case you ever doubted it- I do! Your kindness towards one another is infectious, and the way you truly want the best for each other is inspired. You are two that belong married. I’m counting down the minutes because- as a married woman- I love marriage for you both. Marriage is just around the corner… and it’s just going to foster and deepen what you two already have. I can’t wait to send you [Sarah] down that aisle, fluff your train, tell you to take a deep breath… and walk to the love of your life. I can’t wait to see you [Sean] grin with anticipation and affection for your bride as she walks towards you.

My favorite part is the forever part. And it’s QUICKLY approaching!!!

Readers: tell someone you love them today- it’ll do your own heart good, and someone else’s even greater!



The future of design is here.

Via tumblr.

I cannot tell you how deeply enamored with this idea I am. As a person that lives for color… I live for this!! Since, I’ll be honest, I don’t really get how it could actually work… I am hoping and praying and wishing with my eyes tightly closed that someone can figure out how to snap it into being!!

Until then, I’ll rely on my good memory and my deep sense of fashion-friendly color schemes!


The first time you meet Amanda and her fabulous team of designers and planners, it’s an awkwardly glorious moment.

It’s likely that whether you’re a client or an industry professional, you’ve been admiring ITN from afar, via social media/web. So you feel like you know the team, before you’ve even introduced to everyone.

That’s exactly how I felt when I sat through my first Monday meeting as an intern. And now, six months later, I’m here to reveal all, and tell you, beloved blog readers, what ITN is really about.

The real dirt:

It’s true – the local Starbucks is frequented an average of 2.3 times daily, and ITN gals are indubitably into food. On a wedding day, the team is fueled by lunchables, 24Carrot Catering‘s creme brulee french toast, and in-n-out.

Tied bows are like fingerprints, Amanda just knows which one belongs to which Nowie.

Fictional words, like “da-dorable,” are used when no proper English word can describe how absolutely perfect a certain detail is.

The later it gets, the more inspired (and funny!) we get. We’re also quite practiced at the fake laugh.

But honest, we’re not just a diverse group of creatives who gather together and gush over the Royal Wedding. We’re a team, committed to designing, coordinating and producing quality event work, and smiling every minute of the way.

1. We care about our clients.

You know the warmth that exudes off the HTML webpages and makes you fall in love with ITN? That’s real. It’s not just friendly text, it’s tangible. The way Amanda types in her emails – that’s the way she speaks in real life, with smiles, exclamations, and the intermittent singy-songy voice. Here at ITN, we’re professionals, but we’re not corporate America. Because really,  you don’t want corporate America planning your wedding.

Each initial meeting, venue walkthrough, phone call and any interaction with prospective, current, or past clients, is filled with purposeful love. You’re not a file that we pull out when you call. We know your name. We know what makes you excited. And we know how to make your wedding day wonderful, and all the days leading up to it, nothing less.

2. Vendor relationships are nurtured.

Part of what makes our job so much fun are the wonderful people that surround us. They support us in areas that aren’t our strength, and nothing we do would be a success without such a partnership.

We can’t thank vendors enough for what they do. For the profound moments photographed. For the laughs captured on video. For the food and desserts that please everyone (even great Aunt Ernie with a bajillion allergies). For the faces made fresh, and the hair that flows perfectly. For the flowers that makes everyone want to take a centerpiece home. For the DJ that gets the crowd moving, and the technicians that make the lighting just right. For the calligraphers, designers and printers who allow us to personalize the crazy out of a wedding. For the rentals that make it come together. For the venue contact who made it all possible. For the bloggers that share it with the world. For everyone who makes love happen.

There’s just not enough space in the blogosphere for all the thank you’s to all of our loved vendors. So instead, we constantly keep those relationships well taken care of. We feed it, walk it, and occasionally, we drop them a reminder in the mail, just to say, hey – you’re appreciated. (Like this sneaky little number below – our Cinco De Mayo vendor gift).

3. Events are our love language.

We don’t settle for mediocrity. Your designer will never hand you something that they think is just “okay,” and cross their fingers in hopes that you’ll like it. Your planner will never hand you a schedule that they didn’t take time to formulate. No detail is too small, no guest count is too high.

We love what we do. We love love. We love your love. Forever and always.

With (even more!) love,

I knew it immediately when she said it. That I was going to feature this dress as a Friday Lovely, that is. And that is why this industry is great.

Grey Likes Weddings featured this gorgeously hip couple and their adorable Huron Substation wedding a few weeks back. So when Summer of Grey tweeted that this bride had “one of the most stylish, fashion forward frocks she’d seen”… I knew in my heart that I had to see it. And when I did, I kept it up on my desktop, not willing to part with it. Just looking. Staring. Drooling.

The cherry on top?? The bride’s mother made her gown. Totally amazing. Hopefully this inspires you to take that risk today!


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