Staying on Track With Your Wedding Planning Timeline

Wedding planning can be a pretty daunting task. There’s so much to do and so much conflicting information out there about the best way to get everything done. How do you stay on track with your wedding planning timeline? We’ve got a few tips to share.

 

Enjoy the Moment

 

If you’re newly engaged, take some time to just enjoy the new level in your relationship. It’s a special time, so don’t jump into the planning too fast. The most important take-away from the wedding planning process isn’t the wedding, it’s your marriage! Take some time to invest in that and enjoy some time with each other.

 

Make A List

 

Figure out what is most important to the two of you. Do you want to have space for conversations with your guests or do you prefer to host the dance party of the century? Make a list of the things that are most important to you before booking a date or any vendors. This can be an incredibly helpful tool in keeping you focused on what’s truly important throughout the process.

 

Breakdown the Tasks

 

Now that you know what your goals are, it’s helpful to breakdown the tasks by month. Having small projects to work on helps to keep the process fun rather than stressful. Once you have the tasks broken down, share it with your bridesmaid or someone else who is supporting you. Having others assist can take the pressure off and can help give you a little push if you do start to fall behind. Our friends over at Weddingwire have a great infographic to help you break down the best timing to book your vendors. After you’ve accomplished your tasks for the month, take some time to celebrate! You’re likely working a full time job and planning an amazing wedding at the same time. That is no joke. Treat yo’ self!

 

Check out the vendor booking timeline from WeddingWire below! And here’s some more inspiration from our friends at WeddingWire: RI Venue Inspiration | NY Venue Inspiration

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Ali and Eric | The Dorrance Wedding

The Blueflash team is gearing up for the full swing of wedding season. We’re thrilled to be a part of so many amazing weddings, so we’ll be reminiscing about some of the awesome weddings we were able to be apart of in 2016. You are absolutely going to love today’s wedding. It was featured in the 2017 Edition of Southern New England Weddings! Let’s check out Ali and Eric’s Dorrance Wedding! Emily and Brian photographed this gorgeous affair.

 

Ali started her morning off with Calma Salon who took care of every hair and makeup need! Our stunning bride and her bridesmaids finished off their wedding look by getting into their dresses! Ali wore a Stella York wedding gown from Ve’Lace Bridal, and she looked absolutely gorgeous! Now that the bridal party was officially dressed to the nines, it was time to set off for the ceremony at Our Lady of Rosary Catholic Church. The men stood in their proper places at the front of the church while the ladies got in order behind the doors. As Ali walked down the aisle to Eric, everyone watched with utter joy. Reverend Joseph Escobar officiated the wedding vows. Once the couple was officially wed, it was time to celebrate!

 

Now man and wife, Ali and Eric stopped to take a few pictures at Propect Terrace Park. The Providence skyline put on it’s best show for this wedding party. It was a truly beautiful day. While we took pictures, the guests headed over to The Dorrance. The already lovely reception space was tremendously transformed by the master creations of Toni Chandler Flowers & Events! Not only did they provide a gorgeous location for the reception but they also provided a delicious feast for everyone to enjoy! After everything sweet and savory was devoured, everyone was ready to jump on the dance floor with The Sweet Beats!

 

Thanks Ali and Eric for letting us tag along for the day!

 

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Venue Spotlight | Harbor Lights

The Venue Spotlight Series

 

Over the past few years we’ve photographed a lot of wedding venues. Like, a lot of venues. We thought that we’d bring something a little different to the blog to highlight some of these wonderful spaces. In the coming months, we’ll feature some helpful information and beautiful photos and videos of wedding venues around Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut that you are going to absolutely love. So, without further ado, here’s the next edition of our venue spotlight series: Harbor Lights!

 

Harbor Lights

 

Central location, pristine, manicured grounds, seaside ceremony arbor: Harbor Lights has got it all! To get all they offer, you might assume that your only choice is a Newport venue, but not so! This is definitely a venue to add to your visit list. The Grand Ballroom was recently renovated – it’s sleek, modern, and perfect. If you’d prefer to take advantage of the Bay view, they have some fantastic options for a tented event. One of our favorite parts about the property is the wide range of options for pictures. You can take your photos by the water, the marina, the trees, and there’s even a cute red barn to use a photo backdrop. There’s so much loveliness to choose from.

 

Want more than just a day of fun? They have options for an entire wedding weekend: golf, an infinity pool with a tiki bar, great dining options, they can even help arrange a harbor cruise. To help with all the options, Harbor Lights has an incredibly easy-to-work-with staff that will flawlessly execute your wedding. Trust us, you are in good hands at Harbor Lights.

 

Check out our aerial video of the grounds and some wedding highlights below! If you just can’t get enough, check out more weddings here: Lauren & Jonathan | Sophia & Justin | Samantha & Tim | Jessica & Andrew

 

 

 



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Morgan and AJ Wedding | The Dunes Club Wedding

Spring has never felt so good. Seriously though, whats better than 75º in April?! Anyways, today we’re going to look back to a really fun couple. We featured their engagement pictures recently, check them out here. Now, we join them again for their wedding at The Dunes Club! Emily and Brian tagged along to photograph every moment.

 

Morgan spent the morning getting pampered along with her best girls and a little help from Jaclynn Kate Hair & Makeup Artistry. The next step was to help Morgan to step into her beautiful wedding gown from Alexandras Bridal Boutique! Morgan looked absolutely radiant! Now that everyone was dressed and ready for the big day, it was time for the ladies to head down to the ceremony. The morning clouds cleared up just in time for the sun to make a guest appearance! With the last guest seated, La Bella Musica String Quartet played a beautiful melody as Morgan walked down the aisle to her husband to be! AJ and Morgan exchanged precious vows in front of their closest friends and family and sealed them with a kiss! Our bride and groom were officially man and wife!

 

Christine Kuzman Floral Design created captivating floral arrangements that seemed to sparkle under the dreamy twinkle lights in the reception space. Everyone indulged in a delicious feast provided by The Dunes Club and once all the food was gone it was time for the live sounds from Young Love and The Thrills to lead everyone to the dance floor to finish off the night!

 

We’re so happy we were able to join AJ and Morgan on their incredibly special day! Be sure to take a look at the highlights from their wedding below! Want to see even more? AJ and Morgan’s wedding day was featured on Borrowed and Blue! Be sure to check out more from their wedding day there as well!

 

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Sarah & Eli | Squantum Association Wedding

We hope your week is going well so far. Take a break with us and look back to Sarah and Eli’s Squantum Association wedding! Nate provided cinematography for the big day.

 

Ali Lomazzo spent the morning with Sarah and her bridesmaids as they gave the bride and her favorite ladies the perfect wedding look. We always love working with Ali Lomazzo team. With not a hair out of place, Sarah stepped into her gorgeous wedding dress. The bride looked absolutely glowing! Now that our ladies were dressed and ready to go, it was time to take off to the ceremony where Eli waited for his beautiful bride! Sarah and Eli’s closets friends and families filled in to find a seat before the ceremony began. Renee Werber officiated the wedding as Sarah and Eli exchanged precious vows and sealed them with a kiss. Now that our bride and groom were officially man and wife, they led their guests over to the reception! Grace Kim Floral & Event Design created glorious floral arrangements that transformed Squantum Association into the wedding venue of the newly weds dreams. After enjoying a delectable meal and scrumptious desserts from Montillo’s Baking Company, Dan Sky Music led everyone on to the dance floor to finish off the night in celebration!

 

Thanks for inviting us along for the day Sarah and Eli! Make sure to check out their wedding video down below!

 

 

 



Jess and Kip | Wedding at OceanCliff

Let’s take a moment to look back to Jess and Kip’s Wedding at OceanCliff! Emily and Fred joined this happy couple to photograph all the special moments. Josh joined them later at the reception with the Bluecube and uplighting!

 

With all of her closest friends and family surrounding her, Jess got ready with a little bit of help from New Leaf Hair Studio! Once Jess’s hair was pinned up into perfection, and the last stroke of mascara was applied, it was time for Jess to step into her stunning wedding gown. All of the girls were dressed and ready for the occasion, and now it was time for Jess to surprise Kip with a first look! After Jess walked up to Kip, he turned around with a look of utter amazement at the beauty of his wife to be. After exchanging a few words and a couple of kisses, the two love birds headed off to the ceremony!

 

With the last of Jess and Kip’s guests finding their seats on the oceanside venue, the bridal party took their proper places and the music started its captivating melody letting everyone know that the wedding had officially started! Jess walked down the aisle that was magnificently adorned with gorgeous flowers from Botanica Wedding Flowers Studio. A close friend officiated the vows.Now that they were officially wed, the newly weds led their guests over to the ceremony. OceanCliff created an outstanding feast for everyone followed by the tastiest desserts from Scrumptions! With not a bit of food left in sight, everyone set off for the dance floor with Epic Entertainment to finish off the night of celebrations for the newly weds!

 

Thanks to Jess and Kip for letting us join you on your special day! Best of luck to the two of you! Make sure that you take a look down below at the highlights of their wedding!

 

 

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Featured in Borrowed and Blue: https://www.borrowedandblue.com/newport/weddings/jess-kipp

Ami and Ben | Mount Hope Farm Wedding

On this crazy snow day, we’re going to take a look back with us to Ami and Ben’s Mount Hope Farm wedding. We hope the warm summer vibes will bring you some warmth today! Caleb provided cinematography for the sweet couple!

 

Ali Lomazzo Beauty joined Ami and her bridesmaids to pamper them! Pinning up the last curl, the girls were ready to jump into their gorgeous Donna Morgan dresses and then help Ami with hers! Ami wore a stunning Madison James from Alexandra’s Bridal! The ladies looked absolutely flawless! Now that everyone was dressed to the nines, it was time for Ami to to go surprise Ben with a first look! As Ben turned around and saw his glowing bride, it was obvious that he was overwhelmed with utter joy! Once these two lovebirds exchanged excited giggles, they parted ways, but only briefly to get in their places for the ceremony!

 

Ami and Ben’s closest friends and family filed into their seats at Mount Hope Farm and the music played letting us know that the blissful nuptials were about to begin! After each bridesmaid made their way down the aisle, the guests rose in unison as Ami walked the aisle to her eagerly awaiting groom! The couple exchanged vows and sealed their promises with a kiss! Our bride and groom were officially wed, and it was time to walk over towards the reception area! Whole Foods created magnificent floral arrangements and spread them throughout the venue to create an elegant atmosphere! After snapping a few more pictures of the newly weds, everyone delighted in the feast provided by Russell Morin Fine Catering. Every crumb was devoured, and the last thing to do on this special day of celebration was to hit the dance floor with Splash!

 

We’re so glad we were able to spend the day with such and awesome couple! Make sure to take a sneak peek of their special day!

 



Dania and Chris | Oceancliff Wedding

Happy Friday, everyone! Before you get your jump start on your weekend, take a look back with us to Dania and Chris’s wedding at OceanCliff! Matt and Emily photographed the happy couple on their big day.

 

Ali Lomazzo Beauty spent the morning with the bridal squad helping them with their hair and makeup needs! After the last bobby pin was placed and the final stroke of mascara was applied, the girls helped Dania step into her wedding gown! Dania wore a dress from Alexandra’s Bridal Boutique and she looked absolutely radiant! Now that our ladies all looked ravishing, Dania set off to OceanCliff to surprise her man with a first look. When Chris turned around and saw his glowing bride, he was utterly speechless! We strolled the grounds for a bit to take a few pictures with the beautiful landscape that the venue offers, but time was ticking away and it was almost time for the ceremony…

 

With family and friends finding their seats, the bridal party took their places for the wedding to begin! Alan Chianese officiated the ceremony as Dania and Chris became man and wife in front of all of their loved ones. After sealing their intimate vows with a kiss, the newly weds led their guests over to the cocktail hour before a lovely reception. With the incredible floral arrangements spread throughout the room, Christine Kuzman Floral Designs transformed the venue into a wonderland! After the new Mr. and Mrs. made their grand entrance, everyone was ready to dive into the feast that OceanCliff provided. With just enough room for some tasty sweets, we all indulged in the delectable desserts that Queen B’s Cakery made! With not a crumb left, everyone set off for the dance floor where Those Guys Newport played the perfect music for everyone to dance the night away!

 

Thanks so much for having us along for the ride, Dania and Chris! Scroll down and check out the highlights from their wedding day below!

 

Wedding at OceanCliff | Ring detail

Wedding at OceanCliff | Wedding dress detail

Wedding at OceanCliff | First look in the archway

Wedding at OceanCliff | First look in the archway

Wedding at OceanCliff | First Look in the Archway

Wedding at OceanCliff | Kiss under the arbor

Wedding at OceanCliff | Kiss overlooking the bay

Wedding at OceanCliff | Wedding ceremony in the Grand Ballroom

Wedding at OceanCliff | Wedding ceremony in the Grand Ballroom

Wedding at OceanCliff | Wedding ceremony in the Grand Ballroom

Wedding at OceanCliff | Wedding ceremony in the Grand Ballroom

Wedding at OceanCliff | Bride and groom dance

Wedding at OceanCliff | Kiss at Sunset

Wedding at OceanCliff | Kiss at Sunset

Teresa and Mark | Providence Art Club Wedding

Heres a celebration with a little bit of worldly and artistic culture! Emily was able to spend the evening with Teresa and Mark at their Providence Art Club wedding!

 

Ok, confession time. We didn’t actually photograph their wedding, Teresa and Mark had previously gotten married in China! How cool is that? Now that they were back in the states with their beautiful baby boy, it was time to celebrate with their closest friends and family members! We also had the privilege of photographing those family members for a few important moments of their lives, too. You can check out those posts: here, here, and here.

 
The Location: Providence Art Club

 

 
What better place for this charming couple to celebrate their love than at the Providence Art Club! With artistic vision expressed throughout the venue that mirrors cultures around the world, it was only fitting that the happy couple had a map with all the places they’ve been shaded out on it. This was such a lovely idea! This was the perfect intimate gathering for Teresa and Mark to celebrate their love as well as their guest expressing their congratulations and well wishes for the newly weds.

 

With an abundance of food and great company, we loved being apart of this celebration! Big congrats to these two lovebirds, we hope you’re closer to shading of more spots on that map! Check out the highlights of their special night below!

 

 

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Julie and Taylor | Glen Manor House Wedding

Hello, everyone! Let’s take a look back to Julie and Taylor’s Glen Manor House Wedding! Emily and Brian took care of all the happy couples photography needs. Caleb brought the party with uplighting.

 

Salon KG spent the morning with Julie and the bridesmaids making sure that their hair and makeup were absolutely perfect. Next, the ladies helped Julie step into her wedding gown! Julie wore a spectacular wedding gown from Alexanders Bridal Boutique. With one radiant bride and six beautiful bridesmaids in tow, we set off for Glen Manor House for a first look before the ceremony! Julie ascended the stairs as Taylor turned around and saw his glowing bride and was immediately filled with absolute joy! Now that the two love birds got a sneak peak of each other, it was time to ring the wedding bells!

 

Rustic Roots Design created incredible floral arrangements throughout the venue that made everything seem so charming! Julie and Taylor recited vows and said “I do” with all of their friends and family as witnesses. Now that our bride and groom were officially married, it was time to celebrate! Everyone followed the newly weds into the reception area for the ultimate feast provided by West Bay Gourmet! For those who saved room for desserts, they indulged in wedding cake by family friend Randi Arruda, cupcakes by A Spoonful of Sugar, and whoopie pies from Sweets by Sue. How fun is that? So many sweets, and every bit of it was delectable! After the food was completely devoured, it was time to hit the dance floor with GQ and The Lady!

 

Congrats to the happy couple, Julie and Taylor! Thanks for letting us tag along! Be sure to take a look at the highlights from their special day below!

 

 

Glen Manor House - Wedding Dress

 

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