Styled2Party Launch | How to put together a Styled Photoshoot

Hello Passionista-

I’ve made a new business connection with some really dope creators to curate Styled Photoshoots for creatives like myself.

Styled2Party is a business venture designed to create styled photo shoots of all kinds while bringing together industry creatives through resource networking. The goal of each shoot is to not only increase each creatives network, but to also diversify or add needed content to their portfolios for self marketing purposes.

For the 1st Styled Photoshoot, the team created 4 styled sets for a special Dinner in the Park. We had a great turn out of photographers, videographers, models and event planners. Here are a few photos from the shoot:

Out of the 4 sets, I was responsible for the Boho Chic Tea Party set. It was so much fun working with the team to plan this pop up shoot.

Photographers: Ariel Views, Dana Scott, Renea Ash, Chris Montgomery

Event coordinator : Styled2Party

Event Set DESIGNER: Event Sistas, Experienced Elegance, Passion Palette Events

Custom Treats: REDLOH Affairs

Hanging Props: Erin

Cakes: My Delicate Creations Custom Cakes

Videographer: The Hampton Media Group

Location: Morgan Falls Park

The next styled shoot will be a 70’s Vintage Wedding. This shoot is for people looking to build their wedding portfolios with upscale wedding portraits and detail shots. This shoot will be on published levels and only cost $75 for photographers. This includes the full day with models as well as food and drinks.

Photographers and videographers, if you are looking to build or diversify your wedding portfolio, this is the shoot for you! We will be running through every area of a “traditional” wedding day flow from getting ready to reception. Here are some details to look forward to:

4 couples (2 same sex couples)

Styled Flat Lays (for detailed ring and invitation shots)

Custom floral arrangements

3 complimenting table scape designs

A head table design (sweet heart table)

2 different ceremony set ups

A custom swing for portrait session

Cake table and much more!

For tickets click here.

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5 Event Planning Tips

Hello Passionista-

I love planning events, everything from weddings, dinners, parties and conferences. I’ve always been a planning person. I remember when I turned 15, I started a notebook with my ideas and plans for my sweet 16. When it was time for my parents to start planning my Sweet 16 I had a notebook full of “grand” plans. Needless to say, not all of my “grand” ideas were taken serious by my parents, but it felt great to see some of my ideas put to life by an Event Planner.

Don’t think just because event planning isn’t your thing that you can’t be heavily involved in the event planning process. As a event planner, it is my job to execute every one of my clients ideas and visions for their event within reason. Some clients give me a theme and allow me the control to come up with whatever my creative leads me to, other clients give a detailed vision that I work with them to create for the entire event.

Here are 5 event planning tips to help non- event planners plan an event.

1.Organize your thoughts and ideas.

Use a notepad or journal to write down all of your ideas, no matter how big or small.

2. Create a detailed plan with a budget

List all the detailed that will take place or be needed for your event, set a budget according to the plan.

3. Make a checklist

Create a list of things that need to be completed before, during and after the event.

4. Make a schedule

Make time to complete your checklist in a timely manner.

5. Hire help

Build a team of vendors or hire a coordinator to manage all vendors for the event.

Tutu & Pearls Themed Baby Shower

Happy Hump Day!!!!

So, this weekend I had the pleasure of putting together a “Tutus & Pearls” theme baby shower for a client. I love doing baby showers because there are so many creative things you can put together to make the most special and memorable occasion no matter how small or large the event.

This was my 1st booked event for the year and I’m extremely happy with the end results and so was my client. It was small but filled with so much love. I was able to put together some cool DIY decor for the candle table, gift table and pin for the mommy to be. I was nervous about the final look of the decor being gold and yellow (but my clients get what they want), it turns out better than expected. I’m glad I could make my clients vision come to life. I will share all DIY (How to’s) in Friday’s blog… Stay tuned! For now, here are pictures from the event.

And, just to let you know Dollar Tree, Amazon, and Etsy are my best resources for any event that I put together.

Mini Candle bar with gold back drop and tutu table skirt from Amazon

I love keepsakes and craft projects, So I put together a scrapbooking station on the entry table. Instead of a guest book, guest were asked to make a scrapbook page for Mommy and Baby.

I made the mommy 2 be pin and managed to craft up some cute pillows for the mommy to be chair. This was something she got to keep for the babies room.

Onesie cake and cupcakes by Christal’s Cakes n’ Bakes

(IG: @christalscakenbakes)

I’m thinking about putting together an event page on this website to show photos from all my events, what y’all think?

Guest Blogger | Passionista Kayla Heard | Experience Elegance

Hello Passionista

Kayla Heard is a new friend I’m getting to know. She and I are both full of amazing ideas, I hope we get to work together soon. In the meantime, I have asked her to be a guest blogger because she a true Passionista. I met Kayla this year through a mutual friend. We have been really connecting our creativity and drive to expand our brands as businesswomen. I think she has a really inspiring story and meaning behind her brand Experience Elegance that can motivate others.

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For Kayla, event planning started as a hobby that blossomed into her passion. Friends and family always left Kayla in a frazzle when they arrived late or waited until the last minute to plan their events and celebrations. She then took it upon herself to relief her anxiety and began to take matters into her own hands. A customer service guru and bubbly attitude has taken her far in the industry as she continues to build a good reputation amongst her peers and fellow colleague. Well known for her down to earth personality and go-getter attitude, she strives to bring each client an over the top event, leaving them with nothing less than a personalized elegant experience. Kayla dedicates her spare time on growing her company and brand. 

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As a fellow Passionista, my biggest passion is me, Elegance. As a brand ambassador for myself, I spend time learning the new trends in my industry. Being a hospitality guru, I like to look into all aspects of the industry however events are my niche. As an entrepreneur, I’ve been in the industry for over 5 years and I’m loving it more and more by the day.  The trends, the people, and the creativity involved in the hospitality industry are exciting. Detail, logistics, and the overall planning of things get me going.

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Now I know I introduced Elegance in the beginning but there’s a method to my madness. My company is Experience Elegance Event Planning where we plan events and specialize in logistics. Experience Elegance is my baby. I birthed her at age 21 and she’s been my sole focus since. I’m passionate about curating events that go by flawlessly even when everything could be going wrong. I pride myself on breaking the myth that 90% of events always start late and when I say I pride myself I think about my brand as a whole. The flow, look, and creativity that are displayed in my services reflect not only my company, but my brand. My passion stems from me making sure my company thrives even when I don’t feel like it. Passion goes pass the financial satisfaction you’re trying to attain. As we know entrepreneurship gets tricky from time to time, but it has molded me into the so much of the woman I am today and I wouldn’t trade it for the work.

Connect with Kayla

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Website | Email: Kayla@experienceelegancenow.com | @ceoofelegance


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Explore the 5 essentials of event planning. CEO, Kayla Heard of Experience Event Event Planning dives into the essentials of event planning with some tips on how she’s been successful thus far. Grab a copy and get some insight on how to maneuver through the event planning world a little easier

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Christmas Party Decor

Happppppyyyyyy Saturday Night!!!!

Tonight, my family and I had a cute little snack and game night.

We played a series of minute to win it games and ate good food. The kids made ginger bread houses.

But I wanted to share the cute little dollar tree decorations I created…

I made these cute little DIY snow globes, everything purchased from the dollar tree.

I found these cute candle stick holders at dollar tree and loved them so much that I bought all that were on the shelf. They came in white but I spray painted a few of them silver for my the base to my snow globe.

Using double sided tape I taped the bottoms of a toy Christmas tree to the candle stick holder. I used a steamless wine glass as the globe- putting just a little bit of white confetti as snow.

So cute quick and easy …

You can also use a wine glass with a steam as a globe with a candle on top.

To complete my table decor, I used Garland and toy gift boxes, mason jars and candles, and candy canes.

Super easy and super cute!!!

Blogmas Day 4: Pop the Champagne

Merry Blogmas Day 4!!!

 

Today, I wanted to share with you pictures from my latest Passion Palette Event. I planned, designed and coordinated a Barn Style October Wedding for two special love birds.

We finally got the pictures back from the day of the wedding and they look amazing.

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Bride Bree and Groom Montel reached out to me earlier this year to discuss their vision for a Barn Style wedding. I worked with them to plan their special day, design and decorate the ceremony and  the reception hall, as well as coordinate the day of the event. This was the first wedding I have planned, designed and coordinated. I must say it was a night to remember.

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Testimonial from Bride and Groom 

After our initial meeting with Miss Nuriddin, it felt as if the weight of the world was lifted off our shoulders. My wife and I were pleased with the fe, we found it to be very affordable for our budget. Both of our expectations were far exceeded with the amount of organization, professionalism, and creativity we recieved from start to finish of the whole process. Miss Nuriddin accommodated our ideal budget and vision for our big day. She was very resourceful on different vendors, services, and ideas. The photographer, the DJ, bartender, and makeup artist were all from her network; and they all did an excellent job. On the day of the wedding, Miss Nuriddin provided a timeline for every aspect of the day. The corrdination of the ceremony and reception was flawless.”  

Special thanks to the all the Vendors. They were all amazing and easy to work with. Each vendor played a huge role in making sure our Bride, Groom and Family were pleased with their wedding day and service for the event.

Wallnut Hill Farms 

Vision of Life Photography

Exquisite Beats By Bri

Liq Cocktail Catering

Just Desserts Catering

Christal’s Cakes N Bakes

A Family Affair -DJ Eazy

For more information about Passion Palette Event services, click here.

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French tea bridal shower 

I’m so in love with planning events. It’s like therapy for me. And I enjoy making others happy. All year I have been planning and plotting for my friends bridal shower. We did a French Tea Party and it turnt out great. 
For starters, I wanted to give the room a welcoming layout. I knew that everyone at the shower won’t know one another but I wanted everyone to mingle. So instead of doing single tables, I lined the tables up to make two long tables. 


As a cost saver, I used paper table clothes from party city for $3.99 each. Much cheaper than renting cloth linens and better than plastic. 
The tables were dressed with assorted tea sets that I’ve been collecting all year. Each place setting had a different style tea cup and saucer to add color to the room. Tea pots were aligned down the centers of each table, no two alike. I started collecting these at the top of the year from different thrift stores in my area. Altogether I purchased about 50 tea cups and saucers and 10 tea pots. I didn’t really keep track of how much I spent on these all together but everything was cheap. In between each teapot I set up clear sugar bowls, an each end of the tables stored a small platter of assorted tea bags. To complete each table setting, there was an event program on the left and rolled utensils on the right. 


As guest started to arrive, the host use Kettles to put water warm and the tea pots filled. 


Guest were asked to sign the brides personal tea pot at the entrance. I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it would be a great replacement of a traditional guest book. It also helps the bride preserve her memories of this joyous occasion. 


The food table was just a quick creation of mine the day of the event. The table lead off with a fruit and vegetable platter. I found that it was cheaper to make the platters myself instead of buying several $20 platters to feed 50 people. There was also croissants and jams, cookies, brownies, and chicken salad with cracker. And cake of course. Most importantly the iced tea selections. I was lucky enough to find three serving pitchers during my thrifting, each were less than $10. Sweet Tea, Iced Tea with lemon, and Unsweet tea was served cold. I even found a template for water bottle labels. 


The cake was designed and made by a every creative friend of mine. I sent her a photo of a pull a part dress cake and she went from there. She always delivers delightful treats whenever I plan events. 


This little number here, was just something last minute that made a lasting impression. 

And what is a bridal shower without games! We played a fierce games of say yes to the dress, what’s in your purse, and how well do you know the bride. 


I’m so happy this event turnt out the way it did. And the bride loved every minute of it. It brought joy to my heart to know that I made her smile. 


I already have another project I’m working on and cannot wait to share it with you. But until that time be sure to like, comment and share this post! 


And thanks for stopping by PassionLocked, ttyl!!