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Vendor Spotlight On: EFD Creative-Event Planning & Design

The Wedding Brander™ herself, Edna Dratch-Parker of EFD Creative-Event Planning & Design chats with us about how her design brand came to be!

1. How did your business come to be?

My background is in art. I graduated from Maine College of Art, so thinking about design is really part of who I am and how I approach everything. I saw there was an opportunity to help couples take a more design-driven approach to their weddings, to bring their own personality into one of life’s most important occasions. From my point of view, design and planning should be fused together from very start.

There is no shortage of interest in people wanting to express their own style – look at all the
reality TV shows focused on design! Even though the internet has made it easy to pin favorites
and share the best design ideas in the world, understanding what these options might mean for your wedding, and how to create your own vision by successfully incorporating the best design elements can be overwhelming. I wanted to help with this process and parlay my experiences as professional designer, marketer, and event planner to help couples create a more personalized wedding experience – what I call wedding branding. This approach is how The Wedding Brander ™ came to life.

2. What are the services you offer?

With decades of experience we bring from the design world – from fashion to advertising to event planning –  EFD Creative has a unique perspective in the wedding industry. We create personalized, designed weddings and influence a whole new category of wedding branding.

3. Where are you located and how far are you willing to travel to provide your services?

EFD Creative is located in the South End of Boston serving all of New England and beyond!

4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book? 

6 months to a year is ideal, but we can accommodate a shorter timeline if necessary.

5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides?

It can be easy to get overwhelmed – getting married is such an emotional and exciting time – but it’s also important to keep it all in perspective. I always tell my couples – remember, it’s about the love! It’s about celebration! And no matter what, we always can find a solution to the problem.

Photography: Life Fusion Photography

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Vendor Spotlight On: EFD Creative-Event Planning & Design

The Wedding Brander™ herself, Edna Dratch-Parker of EFD Creative-Event Planning & Design chats with us about how her design brand came to be! 1. How did your business come to be? My background is in art. I graduated from Maine College of Art, so thinking about design is really part of who I am and […]

Wooden Wonders by the River

Reclaimed wooden design elements are softened with lush summer greens, creamy white bouquets with pops of periwinkle, and a furry companion.

The vision was an intimate wedding along the Marstons Mills river edge, inspired by a Dory rowboat that was handcrafted by a local Cape Cod craftsman. “I am fortunate every day to walk out my back door and be inspired by the moving Marstons Mills river, lush trees, grapevine, and other natural flora indigenous to Cape Cod. The stone walls and antique buildings inspire me to follow my love for everything natural, vintage, and rustic,” Karen Taddei of Lilacs Florals described. A garland of textural garden flowers lined the rustic picnic table from Be Our Guest. French round back chairs and ivory place settings added a touch of modern refinement to the table design. Over in the lounge area, a weathered door was placed upon a wrought iron base to serve as the table where sugary confections fromArtisan Bake Shop could be enjoyed. Donning ethereal gowns from A Little Something White, the bridal party cozied up with Ted the Golden Retriever on an antique sofa and watched the sunset.

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Wooden Wonders by the River

Reclaimed wooden design elements are softened with lush summer greens, creamy white bouquets with pops of periwinkle, and a furry companion. The vision was an intimate wedding along the Marstons Mills river edge, inspired by a Dory rowboat that was handcrafted by a local Cape Cod craftsman. “I am fortunate every day to walk out […]

Vendor Spotlight On: Artisan Bake Shop

Vendor Spotlight is on Artisan Bake Shop; Meredith Ciaburri-Rousseau is a confectionery connoisseur known for her stunning cake art.

1. How did your business come to be?

Artisan Bake Shop opened its doors 12 years ago! We started as a more traditional bakery with breads and cupcakes and cookies, but over the years we began to focus on cakes, cupcakes and desserts for large events and wedding. We are a by-appointment bake shop, meaning that everything is available by pre-order and made especially for each and every client, we do not have a traditional storefront with a case where you can buy items.

2. What are the services you offer? 

At Artisan Bake Shop we create cakes and cupcakes for weddings, and any event! We also offer dessert tables for our special occasions and weddings!  We have lovely holiday menus, available by order, for Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter Sweets as well!

 3. Where are you located and how far will you travel to provide your service? 

 Artisan Bake Shop is located on the South Coast of Massachusetts, between Cape Cod and Providence, in Rochester, Massachusetts. We will travel to the South Coast and Southern South Shore, and most of Cape Cod, also to towns in Rhode Island: Tiverton, Newport, Providence.

 4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?  

Before coming to see us for a wedding consultation and tasting, you’ll want to wait until you have large decor details planned: dress colors, linens, centerpiece color palette, and overall style chosen before coming in to see us.  You’ll be surprised how many of these details play into your cake design!    We prefer to see our clients at least 4-9 months prior to the event date, the  longer the distance we have to travel, the further in advance you should plan to book with us.

 5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides?

The one piece of advice that I always give me my brides is to be prepared for your appointments and consultations!  I always give me couples a list of questions to answer before coming in to see me, the couples who haven’t read through the questions or answered them ahead of time, are the ones who are confused by the process of cake design and tasting!  I remember wedding planning and when I booked my vendors I always figured – oh I don’t need to read through this WHOLE PACKET – but I realize now that I really should have! And that I missed out on a lot of really valuable information by not doing so.

Photography: Deborah Zoe

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Vendor Spotlight On: Artisan Bake Shop

Vendor Spotlight is on Artisan Bake Shop; Meredith Ciaburri-Rousseau is a confectionery connoisseur known for her stunning cake art. 1. How did your business come to be? Artisan Bake Shop opened its doors 12 years ago! We started as a more traditional bakery with breads and cupcakes and cookies, but over the years we began […]

Posh Peach – Color Theory

Ranging in intensity from soft to vibrant posh peach hues evoke a passion for the warmer seasons.

Palate pleaser of shrimp cocktail and savory mini sandwiches from Festivities are perfect for any soiree.

Cheers from Russell Morin’s Catering and Events! Refreshing cocktails photographed by Sara Zarella.

Elegant script dances upon this whimsical invitation by Paper & Pearl.

Adorn your neck with a twinkling rose gold necklace by Haute Bride, available at A Little Something White.

Peach chiffon Donna Morgan bridesmaid gown embodies a bohemian vibe. Available at The White Dress By The Shore.

Personal cake crafted by The Catered Affair is the sweetest petite treat. Photographed by Corinna Raznikov.

Bountiful bouquets by Flowers By Semia add texture to a shimmering bridal party. Photographed by Erin McGinn.

The Catered Affair serves up classic New England fare on the trendiest of dishes from Be Our Guest. Photographed by Corinna Raznikov.

Poppies and peach harmonize to create a fresh bouquet by Poppy Floral. Photographed by Lindsey Orton.

Real, luscious peaches serve as escort card holders as thought of by the talented team at Jubilee Events. Photographed by Carla Ten Eyck. Escort card by Cece NYC.

Shimmering peach chiffon gown by Kelly Faetanini exudes summer luxury. Available at A Little Something White.

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Posh Peach – Color Theory

Ranging in intensity from soft to vibrant posh peach hues evoke a passion for the warmer seasons. Palate pleaser of shrimp cocktail and savory mini sandwiches from Festivities are perfect for any soiree. Cheers from Russell Morin’s Catering and Events! Refreshing cocktails photographed by Sara Zarella. Elegant script dances upon this whimsical invitation by Paper […]

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