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As a New Jersey Wedding Planner, we visit many venues and Adventure Aquarium happens to be one of our favorites. Nestled at the Camden Waterfront, this South Jersey wedding venue offers stunning views of the Philadelphia Skyline. This jewel is the perfect location for a non-traditional couple who appreciates the beauty of a ballroom with a unique twist.

Today we are sharing one of our favorite weddings.  Stacy and Michael’s traditional Jewish ceremony took place in Currents Ballroom under a gorgeous chuppah decorated by our friends at Eventricity. Bridesmaids wore black gowns carrying lush colorful bouquets while the groomsmen also looked dapper in their tuxedos. During the ceremony, curtains remained closed so guests were unaware that the ballroom had a shark tank!

The party

After the ceremony, guests were invited to cocktail hour in the Ocean Realm Galleryy  under the undersea mobile. Live music played for the tour of the aquarium during cocktail hour. Guests were later invited back into the transformed ballroom where they also dined and partied to EBE London band, dancing the night away in front of the (now exposed) shark tank.  Another favorite of the night, the Krenzl, when Stacy’s mother was crowned with a wreath of flowers as her daughters dance around her.

New Jersey Wedding Planner POSH Events plans Jewish Ceremony under beautiful natural birch ony Chuppah

Photo by Marie Labbancz Photography

Adventure Aquarium wedding reception planned by POSH Events

Cocktail Hour at the Adventure Aquarium photo by Marie Labbancz Photography

Adventure Aquarium wedding reception planned by POSH Event Reception arrangement by Eventricity

Marie Labbancz Photography

 

Adventure Aquarium wedding planned by New Jersey Wedding Planner POSH Events

Photo by Marie Labbancz Photography

We loved this wedding and all of its personal touches. From custom foods stations to personalized favors, the day was about ensuring the guest experience was one of a kind. No detail was spared since of key importance, was everyonoe feeling the couple’s appreciation of their attendance.  Most noteworthy, during dinner, the band made special announcements of guests celebrating milestone events.

In conclusion, we are honored that Stacy & Michael’s gorgeous wedding was featured on The Modern Jewish Wedding. We can’t think of a more deserving pair!!  Rather your interested in corporate event planning or a non-traditional venue to host fabulous reception, check out Adventure Aquarium.  Trust me, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Today is the day! Today we  launch the new brand & website for POSH events, showcasing the beautiful milestone celebrations, ethnic and multicultural weddings, we’ve planned over the years.

As a creative, I will be the first to admit, I’ve found myself constantly changing the “look” of our new brand. The goal however,  has always been the same. Our priority is that our clients experience an event that perfectly captures their deepest longings, personality, and signature style.

We were fortunate enough to work directly with Celebrity Planner Sasha Souza  as a mentor during this process. Her guidance and expertise is invaluable.  We were very intentional on selecting individuals that we felt would understand the direction of the rebrand. I’m so thankful for the “village” of professionals behind the new brand.

Our logo was created by Michele Fritz of Meant To Be Calligraphy.  Michele was super amazing to work with as she hand crafted our new calligraphy logo.  Once we finalized the logo we bought Chelsea from Chelsea B. Design studio to handle all of the stationery pretty.  Once we worked on the visuals, we needed to capture the “face” of the brand. Or company is big on family. Furthermore, we are family. Posh girl Allison and I were fortunate enough to get in front of lens of the talented Nicole of Girl Photography for new headshots in Philadelphia for a little paparazzi session and boy did we have a ball!

Wedding planner professional headshots in Philadelphia photo by Girl Photography for company brand and marketing material

Finally, we collaborated with on of our favorite Cinematography teams, Be Films on our promo video.  In addition to being awesome film makers, the owners, Colleen & Anthony,  are truly awesome people. They took our vision and perfectly executed. Love is an understatement.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the new look. We’re so excited to offer a more user-friendly, stylish, and easy-to-navigate site for our current and future clients. We love nothing more than creating memorable moments for our brides and grooms and our website now reflects our heart more fully.  Check it out and see what we’ve done with the place.  What do you think?  Planning a wedding or milestone event? Feel free to contact us, we’d love to chat!

 

It’s only fitting that at this time of year between the seasons and the holidays, that we embrace change. That I embrace change.

When I started this journey nine years ago, before my affiliation with The Association of Bridal Consultants, before I could dream of a studio, or clients which would become friends and colleauges who would become family…I always wanted to have the type of business which reflected the authentic me.

With anything, when there’s evolution, there’s fear. A year ago I recognized that the fear had taken me to a level outside of my comfort zone. I was no longer celebrating the type of boutique firm that we are, I was trying to keep up with the perception of who I needed to be.

It made me miserable…and I had alot of company.

Two weeks ago that all changed.

Two weeks ago I jumped on an A-1 motorcoach, for what I believe would be an typical networking event…and my life changed. As I sat surrounded by 25 of my peers, laughing, sharing an embracing each other, I was reminded of why I joined in this industry and what I wanted my contribution to be. In that moment, I was so grateful for my affiliation with The Association of Bridal Consultants, being on the Board of Wish Upon a Wedding Philadelphia, for meeting twitter peeps and facebook friends. In that moment, I remembered that I am apart of a phenominal industry filled with phenominal people…

And it’s OK to be comfortable in your own “business skin”.

With that I made some drastic decisions. I contacted a ridiculously cool marketing firm and developed a team that will help with the re-brand of POSH, I terminated the lease of our existing studio for one which is more intimate (same great location)and hired a glam squad for a new photoshoot (woot woot).

Most importantly, I decided that I was going to celebrate that we are a true boutique studio and not in pursuit of taking over the event world in numbers. We are going back to our original strategy of accepting no more than 15 weddings a year because we love having that time getting to know our clients and their families, trading in boring handshakes for lots of hugs, and as of today I am officially re-implementing my “jeans rule!” dresscode.

I’ve been so blessed over the years with a great network of industry friends (way too many to name) and the best staff a girl could ask for, I just want to say thank you all for reminding me of what this business is all about.

We have so much to share from events and happenings over the last year, just please be patient because between the re-brand, the move and business as usual, it make take a while. And for those of you who thought this was a baby announcement, sorry, maybe next time….

xoxoxo

Swoon…
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My favorite part of wedding day is the sound of the gasp in the room when the Bride realizes she is a “Bride”. In this one moment, the day is at peace, emotions collide and the beauty of the day, the individual and the loved shared by two people is revealed. In that tiny second, for THAT Bride, for EVERY bride, beauty is her name.

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(Image courtesy of Clair Pruett Studios)

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(Image courtesy of Cindy Guessford Photography)

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(Image Courtesy of Mary Quinn Photography)

Two years ago today, we witnessed the marriage of a very special couple as they exchanged vows at Cescaphe Ballroom during a heartfelt, emotional and intimate ceremony.

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(Photo courtesy of Entwined Studio)

Happy Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Jung. We wish you a lifetime of happiness and many, many more!

Today we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I recognize that I, like many, am Living “The Dream” daily as I watch my bi-racial son grow in a world where he will be afforded opportunities that were not granted to those that came before him. My 93 year old grandmother relives those moments through the images on tv and I stand proud that so many have sacrificed so that we can have. We must do better as a people to move closer to the dream that Dr. King gave his life in support of. How do you live “The Dream”?

If you follow me (@poshevents)on twitter late last night I tweeted that today would be the day I did a transparency post. My assistant Jenelle (@jenellethemodel) does transparency tweets all the time and I’ve always admired her courage to be totally exposed in her testimony. I’ve had an issue lying on my heart for quite sometime now and figured the blog is my ultimate medium, and I really miss blogging, so what better place and what better time?

In this industry we are often flooded with the ideal picture of love. What it is and what it should be. Society will tell you that if you are not married by xxx age, you are flawed, and when you do get married you live the perfect life, swept away by a prince and go off together into happily ever after land.

The reality is that this may not be the case.

As a newlywed I can honestly say the first year of marriage was quite the challenge. I love my husband and undeniably he loves me, however, I don’t know if we were ever prepared for the road that would follow shortly after the “I dos”. During the first year I must have answered to “how’s married life” a million times, but never knowing exactly what to say. Do you say “challenging at times” or is perfect with a smile the only acceptable answer to give?

I do this for a living. How could I, Wedding planner, educated with three degrees, met my Mr. charming, married in my fantasy wedding, not say perfect? After all, I love my husband and he loves me.

The period of engagement is quite the fantasy. Everyone is so supportive of your love and your upcoming celebration that often times it is easy to lose sight of the purpose. The relationship. The bond. The legally binding, split everything in half, through thick and thin, bond…and all of a sudden the lights have faded on your ceremony and you wake up in your reality.

It’s not always easy.

It’s been laying so heavily on my heart to say the things that society is afraid to say. You may NOT live in a honeymoon phase for the first 5 years, or maybe not even the first 5 months. Your marriage will face challenges. You will hit speed bumps and road blocks just like any other relationship. You may even potentially face a problem that appears to be bigger than you, that will test your faith and your commitment. You may NOT want to be bothered sometimes. You may NOT be able to perform as the perfect husband or perfect wife and may not always know all of the answers. You WILL be disappointed in your spouse at times. It’s reality and it’s a reality that unfortunately no one ever speaks of so when you find yourself in the situation you feel abandoned, alone and dare I say it regretting your decision.

I’ve been there so I know it happens.

And it’s perfectly OK.

What I’ve learned about “marriage”, the institution, is that it withstands challenges, it is forgiving and it does overcome.

I married my better half a little over a year ago and what we’ve learned as a couple is that the formula for a great marriage is communication, dedication and faith, not perfection. Everything in life is not always as it seems nor is it always black and white. Somethings in life just stay in the gray.

Just like so many other things, there are about a million choices when choosing your wedding favors. Sometimes it may even seem like there are too many choices! But if you focus in on one particular aspect of your wedding (or other event), it should be easier to choose the favors, as well as other things.

For example, try focusing in on colors or the season-fall is just around the corner! Take inspiration from famous fall colors-those deep reds and beautiful oranges can spice up any event. How about this-instead of a regular margarita, try using a pumpkin liquor and trimming the edge of the glass with brown sugar instead of salt! Here are some fantastic fall favors that just might find themselves at your next event!
Caramel corn-a tasty treat that your guests can enjoy!
Leaf bottle opener-a practical favor, and something your friends can actually use!
Personalized fall leaf petals-write something so your favorite people can remember your event!

Happy planning!

More and more people are “going green.” They’re changing from plastic water bottles to reusable bottles, getting shorter showers, driving hybrid cars, and cutting back on their paper use. Being environmentally friendly for a wedding isn’t always the first thing on the bride’s mind, however there are quite a few things that you can do to make your wedding enviro-chic. Instead of cut flowers for a centerpiece, you could have small trees or plants that your guests can take home and plant. Don’t like that idea? Try to buy locally-grown, or organic flowers. Instead of throwing rice or blowing bubbles, give your guests seeds to throw-birds will eat them and they will eventually turn into beautiful landscaping. Plus, there’s always the literal idea of a green theme (green colors), or have your event outdoors, surrounded by nature!

How else can you incorporate environmental friendliness in your wedding, without losing style? Here are a few tips:

• Minimize the amount of driving your guests will need to do
• Donate leftover food rather than tossing it out
• Don’t register for things you don’t need; give your guests the option of making a donation to a cause close to your heart

So to end today’s post, I would like to close with a quote…
“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.”
-Khalil Gibran

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