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In a 2 of if this 5 video series entitled, “PulledTogether”, I teamed up with some of the best industry professionals to show you how to you can “PullTogether” a special valentines day for your honey.

Click here to see Part 1 incase you missed it!

Whats up next? How to set the mood with a beautiful table!

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Featured on: Munaluchi Bride follow them on instagram – @munaluchibride

 Cinematography: MaeBFilms  follow her on instagram – @maebfilms

Florals: Phileanor  follow her on instagram – @phileanor

Table Design: pop! by Yaz  follow them on instagram – @yazatpop

Culinary: PulledTogether  follow them on instagram – @pulledtogether

Calligraphy:  Jenny  follow her on instagram – @jennyh1981

Makeup + Hair Artist: Sabrina Gilbert follow her on instagram @sabrinagilbert_nyc

Models: Shequeita Orr + Rashad Frazier

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I founded pop! by Yaz to fully unleash my creativity and passion, and to share the breadth of knowledge and depth of experience that I’ve gained over the last 17 years working in the marketing and events industry, with some of the most luxurious and sought after brands such as The Macallan, Moet, Louis XIII, Benjamin Moore, Verizon, Patron and Vogue just to name a few. I translate my experience with brands into fully immersive and unforgettable experiences for brides.

In producing an intimate event of this nature, I wanted to ensure the tabletop reflected the couple’s personality. Rashad has a cool, classic approachability; while Shaquita’s femininity and softness purred the moment I met her. I wanted to blend both personalities into a look that was soft, romantic, but still very clean.

While Valentine’s signature color red is beautiful and striking, it’s also expected.  I wanted to be spontaneous and romantically adventurous utilizing colors which already existed in their home with pops of unexpected hues.  I first started off with the colors of the flowers, which were stunning. The soft lilacs felt feminine, while the orange hues provided the fresh take on the centerpiece. Their basil green love seat was a perfect addition to the table lending warmth and closeness for the couple. I am all for sitting next to your beau. I then layered on this lavender soft sateen table cloth, which provided a soft and pretty canvas for the tableware.  I used his existing modern, white dinner plate and accented with an antique sterling silver charger and an antique silver rimmed china bowl. I brought back in the modern by using streamlined stainless steel flatware and classic glassware. Burlap wrapped votives and a chrome urn with candles and vines were the perfect finishing touch.

A Romantic Table for Two from Mae B. Films on Vimeo.

  1. Lay the tablecloth on the table, ensuring it’s straight and even on all sides
  2. Place your charger plate and center it about half an inch from the edge of the table, ensuring you have enough space to place your silverware and glassware
  3. Top with the dinner plate and then the salad plate/bowl
  4. Place the dessert spoon above the plate facing left.
  5. Place the salad fork and the dinner fork on the left side of the plate
  6. Place the knife and spoon on the right side of the plate
  7. The drinking glass and wine glasses to be placed to your right, just above the knife.
  8. Decorate the table with additional decor such as candles and wah-lah! Your table is set.

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Tune in for Part 3!

 

xoxo

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About a year ago, Louie &  I were invited by our good friends Svenja + Heiko to join them for their wedding in Hamburg, Germany. I couldn’t mask my excitement of 1) being asked to photograph the wedding and 2) taking my first trip to Europe. As I started planning this amazing trip (more to come on that later) 🙂 , Lou called me with another surprise! He was planning to propose to his girlfriend Kendra and wanted me to be there to capture the moment. Of course I squealed in excitement and it took me a few moments to calm down. When I did I asked him where he wanted to pop the question and he said, Paris… Cue the excitement all over again!!

Lou and I carefully planned the date, location, and time… And as the months rolled on it took EVERYTHING out of me not to ruin the surprise for Kendra!

On Dec 2, we left Hamburg that morning and embarked to Paris. Kendra was none the wiser and figured it was just another leg to our European tour.  We said our goodbyes in the airport and promised to meet up for drinks.  Lou and I had planned to meet later that afternoon at The Trocadero which is site of the Palais de Chaillot. There is an incredible platform that over looks the Eiffel Tower & River Siene.  I hid my face under my beanie and waited for them to arrive the butterflies in my stomach began, the moment was finally here!! As they approached the platform Kendra immediately walked to the front and began taking photos. The view was breathtaking and she was excited to see the Eiffel tower so close for the first time.  Lou knew where I would be so as soon as we locked eyes, I positioned myself and gave him a thumbs up.
To say Kendra was surprised is an understatement, she couldn’t contain her tears and the smile on her face was priceless.  As we made our way down the Jardins du Trocadero Lou and I filled her in on how long ago this day had been planned.  The light in Paris was amazing and everywhere we turned it was a picturesque moment.  My jaw dropped in awe as we approached the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris!! The sky had a perfect pink/purple glow and we could have not asked for a better sunset.  Our final stop was the romantic Quai de l’Archevêché “Lovers Bridge” which over looks the the Cathédrale Notra Dame. With an engraved lock Lou and Kendra committed to a lifetime together and threw the key into the Seine.  I feel incredibly blessed to have been part of this special moment and can’t thank Lou enough for trusting me to capture it!!
xoxo

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Have you ever met someone and instantly feel like you have known them forever? Well that is how I felt when I met Adrienne + Chris. I swear from the second we said Hello we were instantly friends.  #winning

I had the pleasure of photographing their wedding Labor Day weekend 2012. (lets not bring up the fact that I have been a blog slacker *cough*)

In lieu of their upcoming 1 year anniversary what better way to remind them of their special day then with a wedding blog post! I spoke with Chris earlier today and I asked him: “What are your thoughts on the 1st year of marriage?”

He responded: Every time I think of Adrienne the lyrics to our first dance comes to mind

 “If I go, a million miles away I’d write a letter, each and everyday ‘Cause honey nothing, nothing can ever change this love I have for you. – Sam Cook

*swoon*

Happy Anniversary My Loves!! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together!

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