Happy Spring! This winter seemed to drag on, yet it's also hard to believe that it's already the middle of March! To celebrate the arrival of spring, we thought that we should share with you some of our favorite spots around the Old Bag Factory area to take pictures. We are often asked where spots are outside to take pictures, so here are a few of our favorites... no matter what time of year! For more, feel free to check out our Pinterest page dedicated to great spots around the building for pictures.
Jeff and Taylor are two of the most genuinely kind and caring people! Jeff and Taylor were married this past June, yet I still remember the meetings we had and thinking just how sweet these two were. As you can tell in the pictures below, their love for each other radiates. So, thank you, Jeff and Taylor, for being so sincere and kind... and honestly just all around awesome. The world could use more souls like yours!
Their wedding was full of the cutest little details and sweetest moments and I'm so thankful for Tarah of Della Terra Photography who captured them all so well. Camille's Floral did a wonderful job with the flowers. That peony bouquet is a sight for sore eyes on these dreary winter days!
"Our wedding was perfect. From the start Jessica was so helpful and genuine to work with. We've received so many compliments on how beautiful the venue was, the food was terrific, and the staff was all courteous. Not to mention with the many different backgrounds in and around the factory our wedding pictures we're getting back are stunning. Thank you Bread and Chocolate!" - Taylor
"We are so blessed to have found this venue for our special day. Jessica & staff went above and beyond to ensure our wedding went smoothly, from the food, to the equipment, lighting, seating, planning and so much more. Could not possibly be more pleased to have booked this - far exceeded our highest expectations. Thank you so very much!" - Jeff
Isn't it every couple's dream to tell them that their wedding was the best ever? Cocktail hour is a great way for your guests to mingle and enjoy each other’s company before sitting down to dinner and the variety of wedding formalities that follow. However, we have seen cocktail hour be the time of the evening where your guests can be the most irritated, which isn't a great start to your reception. When planning the cocktail hour portion of your wedding, please keep the following in mind to keep your guests happy!
There’s a reason why we like to call it cocktail hour, as it's only supposed to be an hour! We’ve noticed that guests are most unhappy at weddings when the cocktail hour is longer than 1 hour. Your guests will get antsy and bored after that hour mark. We know that photos are important but trust us, you will want to keep your guests happy since you've spent so much time and money on the big day… and keeping cocktail hour to just an hour will certainly help!
It’s likely that most of your guests haven’t eaten for a while and will probably be hungry. If you plan on having a full hour for cocktails and mingling, please have hors d’oeuvres available for your guests to eat. Nobody wants to drink on an empty stomach and it will give your guests something to do.
Cocktail tables are a great addition to cocktail hour as it allows guests to mingle and also have a place to set down their drinks and plates. We often get clients who wish to keep the doors between the bar room and the dining room completely closed until after cocktail hour. We understand that you want your guests to truly be wowed when they enter the room; however, not only do our doors have windows so they can all see in, but allowing guests to enter into the dining room during cocktail hour can very uncomfortable for some who eagerly need to sit down. Allowing your guests to mingle in both rooms will also help ease and quicken the transition between cocktail hour and dinner as guests can go ahead and find where their seats are right away.
We are all for keeping the doors closed for the beginning portion of cocktail hour so that your photographer can sneak in there and get pictures of the entire room without any guests in there; however, keep your guests comfort in mind. While the bar room may seem large, it fills up quite quickly when you get 100+ guests in there so that extra space will be appreciated as well.
If you find that you've finished your family photos a bit early, don't be afraid to join your own cocktail hour! You will get to make the most of your reception time and spend more time with the people you love and care about the most. You can still have your grand entrance once everyone has been seated but this will still allow you to mingle a bit more with your guests. Your actual wedding will seem so short, make the most of every minute!