Some couples just don’t feel like a traditional banquet room or upscale ballroom represent who they are as a couple. Instead, they’re looking for a more casual venue that will give their special day a warm and relaxed feeling; a place that they can fill with unique touches. Enter the increasingly popular “country chic” wedding!
I’ve recently been hired by a lovely couple to help them plan their 2011 nuptials to take place at The Palace Theatre in Albany. In working with them, I can’t help thinking about one of my all time favorite weddings because it too was at the beautiful and historic Palace Theatre. This wedding was particularly

How-to Tie the Knot – AGENDA

It’s almost here! Inspired Occasions’ very first bride education seminar, “How-to Tie the Knot: Planning Strategies for Today’s D.I.Y. Bride”, is happening on Sunday, August 29th at Pat’s Barn at Rensselaer Tech Park. Time is running out to take advantage of great savings. Register before Friday, August 20th and receive $40 off your registration. Take
The wedding of Natalie and Brian on May 29, 2010 has to be one of my favorites. Natalie is proof positive that you can plan a beautiful, detailed and chic wedding on a budget. Natalie contacted me a year in advance of her wedding date with major concerns about the venue she had selected for

How-to Tie the Knot

Over 13 years ago, I planned my own wedding . . . amazingly enough I spent under $8,000 for a 125 guest affair. I was the definition of a budget bride. That’s why it is important to me that brides have access to planning services regardless of budget. During my years in the industry, I

Let Them Eat Cake!!!

Ever heard someone say, “I’m really not a cake person?” Well that is not me! I love cake! So imagine my delight when I discovered an amazingly innovative local business that is filling what I consider a very important need . . . mobile cupcakes! Lorraine and John Murphy, co-owners of Bettie’s Cakes based in

Paris Style in Albany New York

It’s been nine months since I was contacted by a sweet woman by the name of Lynn with the most charming of southern accents. Turns out she was the mother of a groom getting married in September in Albany, but she and her son were actually from Tennessee. Her story was quite special so I

Let there be light . . . and no ugly carpet!

We’ve all been to a wedding or corporate seminar in a typical hotel ballroom right? Ever caught yourself completely captivated by the psychedelic pattern of the carpet on the floor? Seriously, who dreams up these designs??? Such carpet may be durable and hide stains well, but trying to figure out how to make your romantic
Now that the holidays are over and Valentine’s Day is almost here, many lucky ladies out there will find themselves engaged! Tempting for all you new brides to be to run out and buy every wedding magazine you can find . . . purchase your four-inch thick planning notebook . . . and shop for
Taking a break from weddings, I had the honor to be a part of a very special event. . . the surprise birthday and farewell party for Sgt. 1st Class Michael Horner of Clifton Park, New York who is being deployed to Kuwait just after the holidays. With 17 years as an Army National Guardsman