Its that time of year again, FINALLY! I am so excited for engagement season. The wedding industry is ever-changing and we are seeing a big shift towards more intimate weddings, including elopements and smaller ceremonies. Why? Millenials are marrying later in life studies show and are prioritizing a little differently and we are ALL ABOUT IT! We are so thrilled that we had the opportunity to chat with Anesha Collins of Unashamed Imaging on all her inside tips of all things engagement and elopement.
Let me introduce you to Anesha of Unashamed Imaging
Anesha is a Central Florida photographer, cinematographer and one amazing boss babe! Anesha is an award winning professional with over 9 years of experience and the love of her business shines through her work and personality. Unashamed Imaging is for the client who is all about style and class and draws couples that are unashamedly them! Ready for an Unashamed experience, take a look at the full video below!
Anesha’s Favorites?? Reading, the ocean, movies and she’s a self proclaimed foodie!
Let’s start with some of our results you shared with us!
Reason Couples Want to Elope: 22% Intimacy 78% Expenses/Stress
Places to Elope: 43% Tropical 57% Mountains
First Look with an Elopement 45% Of Course, 55% Keep the Tradition
Should I Still Hire a Planner? 71% Yes 29% No
Wait, should I hire a local planner and photographer that I love? Or, should I hire where I am planning to elope? If photos are important, put your investment in someone you know, you have met prior to booking and trust! Your planner and photographer are with you all day! Ask what their travel fees and expenses are during your meeting. Communication is key!
Best locations for engagement shoots: (She has listed her fave 25 places on her blog, check it out!) Rollins College is so large and has so many options for couples! A couples story can be told beautifully there. Winter Garden and any area by water are the next go tos! Water is tranquil and I see alot of my couples wanting to be near overgrown trees and water. We discuss themes,locations, outfits etc with couples prior to the shoots, but 95% of my couples trust my professional opinion. Couples are provided a style guide through the process as well to help decide on colors, matching styles and what to avoid.
Favorite advice for a proposal shoot? PLAN AHEAD OF TIME! If you are hiring a photographer for your surprise proposal, be aware of things like weather and access to the area you are proposing at. For example, proposing at Disney may require more planning, security time, tickets etc. A photographer will use their “big lens” to be able to be far away but still capture the full picture and stay hidden. It is not about you as a photographer, but the moment for the couple. Best advice? Know what your significant other likes, what is important to them for that moment. Ask them in advance! YES, PLANNERS CAN HELP!
I don’t have a large budget, what is the best way to get the most bang for my photography buck? If budget is an issue, be okay with prioritizing and compromising with a package. There is a reason why things are priced the way they are. Get a quality photographer and photos! Skip the extras! Meet with your professionals and know what you are willing to negotiate on and what is most important to you. TIP: If you need to cut hours, it is better to get the beginning of your day captured (getting ready, first looks etc) rather than the last few hours of dancing.
You know what can really
make or break your big day? WE DO!
I often share with
clients that their guests will always remember if the food was good and if they
danced at your wedding. I always encourage my couples that money is well spent
if you have a DJ that has experience, reliable equipment, and can keep your
guests dancing through the night.
PR Events had the amazing
opportunity to meet with owner of White Rose Entertainment. Jeff Verschage has
been in the industry for over 20 years and has performed over 6000 weddings in
Central Florida. His amazing team is made up of 20 DJS, trained to ask the
right questions and match the needs of the clients and their music profile to
the right professional.
Catch the full video at the link below,
but here are some of our favorite questions!
Why White Rose Entertainment? EXPERIENCE. When you are not sure or
have a question, the White Rose team can help provide multiple options to guide
the couple. WRE has trained DJs that understand the many details of a wedding
and the important questions to ask you to ensure they do not miss a beat. Most
importantly, these professionals do this EVERY WEEKEND and know how to properly
perform a wedding.
How important is it to have a
professional wedding DJ company? If you push play on a playlist, you lose opportunities to
read the crowd. There is not a Master of Ceremonies (MC) to introduce the
couple and you are lacking in every way. A professional wedding DJ understands
what is supposed to happen. For example, before you have the Maid of Honor
standing to make a toast, I need to check that the catering team has made it to
all the tables with that champagne and the photographer is in position.If you are spending money on a
photographer, it is worth it to spend the money on your entertainment to ensure
those moments are being caught.My
team is trained by me and have followed me for at least 6 months assisting on
the day of wedding to do it the way I do, down to the words are scripted and
how to read the music profile.
How do you keep the party going?
What makes a wedding dj
good? If they play what you want to hear and makes you dance. I love to ask the
crowd what it is that will make them get up and dance and then shout them out
before the song plays. Soon, they will be hollering songs out. The other way is
how we build the schedule. If we can get the guests standing during a special
moment, they are already on the floor when we drop the music. Every guest came
to have a good time.
How do you work with a planner?
On the day of, the
planner is the single point of contact and I take my cues from them. It’s a partnership.
The planner may grab the bride and groom, while we grab the parents for a toast
to make sure everyone is board and ready to go.
So many things change daily and momentarily throughout the day. I love
being the person that the planner looks to to make things happen smoothly and
instantly. Another reason why it’s important to have a two person team, one to
keep the music and party going, while the other is behind the scenes, working
out any kinks in the day. But, there are so many things that a planner does day
of that the dj can’t do while keeping the guests and couple dancing.
KEEP, TOSS or UPDATE?!- This is the fun part of our series where we
look at traditional wedding situations and decide if we would keep, toss or
Private last dance– KEEP IT! The couple gets a private
moment, and the couple have a chance to line up for the grand exit. It is
personal preference whether you want it to be just the two of you or surrounded
by all your friends and family.
Bouquet and Garter Toss– Update! 90% of your guest have a different
vibe of what you like, so TELL US! We can give you ideas such as giving the
bouquet to the longest married couple, or the garter just appears rather than taking
it off, break away bouquets.
Photo booths-Keep It! It’s fun and can be doubled
as a party favor.
Interactive Activities– Depends on your crowd, are they a
personal and get to know each other crowd, or do they want to party? A
professional wedding DJ will ask you the right questions about your family
dynamics to get some of these ideas in your meeting
Live Bands/Entertainment- Keep! If you can afford it in your
budget, it magnifies the night. DJs are great for to accompany live
entertainment to pick up during slow times without a hard stop, and can be switched
back and forth for breaks, dinner etc. Keep in mind that they should be added
to rather than in place of DJs.
This love story is nothing short of
breathtaking! These two filled their venue with their sweet love. An early day
with a rehearsal at 7am for this Black Friday wedding was all worth the joy of
seeing friends and family celebrate the love of these two sweethearts! We asked
Jessica a few questions to highlight her big day!
What was your favorite part of your big
day? My favorite part of the big day was
seeing Jeff at the end of the aisle and the party that ensued after dinner! My
side of the family all live in Michigan so getting to enjoy time with my family
on our big day was a huge thing for both of us! Also, the food was absolutely
amazing which is always a plus!
Why did you choose PR Events? Would you
choose us again? I loved the idea of being able to
customize and work with you on the things we did and did not need for the big day.
We were working on a tight budget so being able to work with you on what we did
and did not need helped make our big day perfect while helping to keep us
within our budget!
What advice would you give other couples
planning their wedding? Try and enjoy the chaos
leading up to the big day. It’s so easy tobecome overwhelmed and let the stress overshadow how great the day itself
will be. Things go wrong. It happens. Nobody will notice thethings that don’t go to plan other
than you. Try and keep thestressing
to a minimum!
What was your favorite part of the planning process? My favorite part of planning was being able to reach out with any questions (trust me I had a lot). Being the only person in my immediate family and friend group to get married in the last 30+ years it was nice being able to have Priscilla available to help whenever I wasn’t sure what to do!
” I heard about Priscilla from a friend who works in the wedding industry who highly recommended her. We were far from disappointed!”
I am so exited to highlight this styled shoot! It was such a fun and crazy night, with amazing vendors. This is evidence of what can happen when a team of creative professionals collaborate and create magic. Welcome to our sexy, classy, and sassy styled shoot… Chic and the City.
We got to work on a setting for this shoot, and fell in love with the industrial city of HUB 925. The urban loft was a goldmine for the professionals to bring the vision to life from the NYC themed invitations to the sultry dress and bridal accessories. This shoot was a production of what PR Events had envisioned for their client’s wedding night on the town.
From the planner: PR Events is a city glam inspired
company that incorporates a perfect balance of classic elegance and modern
flare. PR Events re branded after considering who our client is and what our
core values are as a company. Just as a celebrity has a PR represent them
throughout every aspect of their life, we strive to represent our clients
throughout the entire process. They are our CELEBRITIES! I really wanted
to show off our brand and style through this shoot. We started thinking about
our client: trendy, busy city life, enjoys a craft beer or Cosmo, and tunes in
to the details. Our shoot was inspired by our owner’s favorite character,
Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. I wanted to show a private setting of a newlywed
couple enjoying the late night city life with a few cocktails, where nothing
else exists, but the two of them. They were truly the VIPs of the night, just
like a PRE couple.
PR Events LOVES the busy cityscapes, but the feel of a hometown
Park Ave is our must have, and thankfully our couples feel the same. The Winter
Park Farmer’s Market is a favorite spot in the heart of Downtown Winter Park and
one of our favorite Orlando wedding venues, so we had to share a few reception
shots of our beautiful couple Megan and Roby.
Megan was a GEM throughout the wedding process and knew just how
to create a simple and elegant beauty to the Farmer’s Market, adding in
personal touches and “sweet” moments for their big day. Her colors were soft hints of grey, blues and
white mixed with the elegance of the French country chairs, farm tables and
eucalyptus garland runners. A little candlelight and perfection.
A hot summer day with a little rain, did not stop this sweet
couple from having a perfect wedding. Our favorite? The ICE CREAM TRUCK! What
better way to “treat” your guests then their choice of ice cream. Oh, and the
sweetest best man speech? Each groomsmen gave our sweet bride a flower!
Thank you Mr and Mrs Williams for having us part of your big
Hello loves, I’m Priscilla Rose! Before I share about PR Events, let me share a little bit about the planner behind the brand. I am a NYC gal, carrying my city sass in my 5’1 stature and Jessica Simpson heels. I am lost without my daily planner and Starbucks, but I love winding down with football, movie marathons and a glass of wine. I run my business like I run my life, full of laughter, style, and personal connections with friends and family. And, some champagne and cake! My go-to love quote is: “Ever Thine, Ever Mine, Ever Ours – from the wise words of Beethoven (and Carrie Bradshaw!)
Let’s chat about PR Events. PR formally stands for Priscilla Rose Events, but also mirrors what PRE does for its clients, and that is “represents”. Much like a PR rep works for celebrities, PR Events represents our couples from consultation to implementation of design and planning. We ensure that our couples have the right information to make the right choices for them, and the style to do so with the sparkle their big day deserves. Coming from an education background, (6 years as middle school teacher) educating my clients is a huge part of my job. As the planner, I am the network and link between the couple and every other aspect of the wedding. So, let me share 3 ways a planner can personalize and educate their couple’s big day!
Personal design & inspiration- One of the best parts of my job is helping you fine tune your big day. In a recent poll, 70% of Pinterest users claim that they have wedding-themed boards before they’re even engaged! Listen, you don’t need me (or any professional) to tell you your style, favorite colors and theme for the wedding you have been dreaming of. But, you do need someone to help clean up those ideas and give you a clean, cohesive look. What I do as a planner, is take a look at your photos and boards at our consultation and then create 2-3 vision boards of my own to help guide you through a focused look and style. Together, we go through the inspiration and give you the next few steps to make it a reality! PR Events offers design!
2. Guiding clients- Each couple and wedding is unique, which means so are their needs! Most engaged couples are Millennials, which means their wedding is the first real thousands of dollar commitment they will make as an adult. Because they don’t know what they don’t know, they’re not sure the costs of professionals, what to look for, or what questions to ask. A planner should help educate and lead the way to the right professionals and help prepare their clients for each meeting. PR Events has started a growing live series called the Real Talk with Real Professionals. Each month, we take on real topics and queions from engaged couples and answer them with real professionals in the industry, and of course drink champagne while we chat! The goal is to educate couples, alleviate their fear that they should know the answers and put real professionals in front of them at the same time! Visit Real Talk on the links at the end of the blog.
Personalizing Professionals and Resources- Being in the industry, I constantly hear that clients feel overwhelmed, or they want to avoid becoming overwhelmed (planner please!). Therefore, my job is to help eliminate work for couples by cutting the corners I know I can and to give only what I need to. For example, if I have a couple who I know has a smaller budget, I will not put on their checklist to hire a calligrapher and order programs and menus. These are extra expenses that my client can eliminate unless I know that is a want for them. I need to know my couples and be able to customize general checklists, to-dos, and professional lists to them. I would hate for them to be overwhelmed with “extras” or feel like they are missing out on something that may not be in their budget. My job gives me the opportunity to work with amazing and local professionals each week. I know their personalities, strengths, costs, and clientele. The best way to personalize and educate is to show couples their options with wedding professionals. A planner can easily match and set up a meeting with a quick phone call with the quirky photographer that matches their budget needs and has their date available faster than the client can filter through the thousands of Central Florida photographers that pop up on a search engine. When speaking with my couples, I am already calcu
lating who may be their best match. I also tell that professional the details of their day (their date, services needed, fun fact about the couple and their style). What better way to help personalize a big day?