Author Archives: Marilee

Repost: Make Sure your venue is large enough for your wedding reception

I was just doing research for clients who are planning to rent a tent for their wedding this summer. There are lots of places to get rough numbers, and guides for how much square footage is needed for a tented reception, but this article written by Kawania at Howerton Wooten Events is really exceptionally well done!…

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Real Wedding: Elegance, Bucky & Zombies!

My gratitude goes to Althea Dotzour for spectacularly capturing the details of Becky & John’s wedding, and sharing the images with me. Elegance What a gorgeous day for a wedding! John and his groomsmen started the day at Thorps to get a fresh shave and trim. Meanwhile, Becky and her bridesmaids spent their morning at…

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Return from Hiatus!

If you’ve followed this blog, you may have noticed that this is the first update in a very long time, and you may have wondered to yourself, “What ever happened to that socially-concious-LGBT-friendly-eco-friendly-down-to-earth wedding planner that used to own Planned Spontaneity?” Well, here’s your answer: Nearly four years ago, I stepped down to low gear in…

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Photographer Spotlight: Maureen Cassidy

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Maureen Cassidy over coffee.  What a lovely person! Not only is she a vibrant talented photographer who’s work has been featured in Offbeat Bride, she’s a prenatal yoga instructor, and we share a passion for outdoor weddings and barn weddings! When I asked her about what…

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Real Wedding: Crafty Bride’s Green Wedding

Photo Courtesy of Althea Dotzour Every now and then I have the great honor of working with a couple who have deeply held personal values and want every aspect of their celebration to reflect what’s important to them. Victoria and Jeff were one of those special couples. Their wedding celebration perfectly showcased their family, community…

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Relaxation Spotlight: Bergamot Massage

One of my primary goals as a wedding planner and celebration specialist is to help my clients feel relaxed and pampered leading up to and through the end of their celebration. That’s why it was such a pleasure to get to sit down with Deanna Wise, one of the Co-owners of Bergamot Massage. Her primary…

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10 Frogs! Anniversary Party

“Wow, Planned Spontaneity offers a good service!”  was what I kept saying to my team throughout the party. It’s one thing to know we offer s a great service, it’s a completely different thing to be on the receiving end of my company’s services. This summer, my husband and I celebrated 10 years of marriage. We…

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Repost:How Offbeat Brides are reacting to New York’s same-sex weddings

In case you’re wondering at this point, Planned Spontaneity fully supports marriage equality.  Here are some examples of how the Marriage Equality act in New York is affecting both gay and straight weddings! How Offbeat Brides are reacting to New York’s same-sex weddings

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Real Wedding: Red-Hot Games at Olin

Photos Courtesy of Ingrid Laas Photography (Photographs by Ingrid Laas & Andy Mannis) Ann and Geoff’s Memorial Weekend wedding at Olin Park was not only beautiful, but the focus was on friends and fun!  During one of our first meetings, Ann said “I like Red”. What a great starting point for the décor!   A…

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Officiant Spotlight: Happily Ever After Wedding Officiants

I’ve had the pleasure of attending NAWP meetings for a while now, and one of the major benefits I’ve been getting from them is getting to know other really high quality wedding professionals. Jim and Connie Engmann of Happily Ever After Wedding Officiants are delightful people with beautifully open hearts. They officiate weddings and commitment…

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