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Jodi Raphael Events – Vendor Spotlight

For as long as she can remember, Jodi has loved to plan parties. She transformed that passion into a thriving career and business the Boston area has come to know as Jodi Raphael Events… 

How did Jodi Raphael Events come to be?

My career started back at WCVB-Chanel 5 News as a television producer until I took some time off to start my family. With two children, I found myself planning celebration after celebration. I was able to follow that passion and broaden my experience working for two event companies.  But my clients needed more; they needed my one-on-one attention when planning their special events. After putting the word out and connecting with contacts and vendors in the Boston area, Jodi Raphael Events was born.

What services do you provide?

Jodi Raphael Events is a full service event planning company. We specialize in planning special occasions for social or corporate clients. With each client, we take great pride in having our arms around the entire event. One never knows what may happen while in the process of planning; our experienced and creative team is ready for anything.

What is currently trending in wedding design?

We are starting to see a shift from the rustic wedding look to more a more bohemian feel. Something a bit more nature-driven with a larger amount of greenery and a deeper color palate. Jewel tones can now be found in the décor as well as the florals, quite the opposite of the very recently popular white and clear.

How far are you willing to travel to provide your services?

For our clients, we are always open to the possibly of extensive travel!  Note: How about — Destination weddings are very popular and a lot of fun to plan. For our clients, we are always open to travel as far as they need us to go!

What do you think will be a big event design trend in 2019?

In 2019 we see a big opportunity to showcase a bride’s personal style through mix and match place settings. This can include a variety of chair options, changing up the chargers and even different glassware. The options are endless and it can really make an event on-trend and so unique.

Emily Tebbetts Photography

Person + Killian Photography

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Jodi Raphael Events – Vendor Spotlight

For as long as she can remember, Jodi has loved to plan parties. She transformed that passion into a thriving career and business the Boston area has come to know as Jodi Raphael Events…  How did Jodi Raphael Events come to be? My career started back at WCVB-Chanel 5 News as a television producer until […]

Industrial Glam – A Styled Shoot

The raw elements of the Waterfire Arts Center juxtaposed with fresh green foliage & modern décor created an ethereal vibe for this industrial glam styled shoot. 

Bright natural light flooded the preserved industrial framework of the former rubber manufacturing facility, bouncing off the exposed steel beams and weathered bricks. The raw authenticity and muted colors of the space inspired Karen Taddei of Lilacs to choose her signature green and white floral palette with pops of burgundy and silver accents. “This was a natural palette not to compete with, but respect. The simplicity of the green pear branches turning burgundy with the season combined with the acid green viburnum and hanging amaranthus infused the industrial space with fresh beauty,” Karen described. An airy canopy of chiffon draping and three beaded chandeliers designed by floated above the zinc-top table, softening the space with warmth and romance.

“The draping installation combined with the beaded chandeliers over the tables added a dreamy, airy quality that was illuminated by the gorgeous light that streamed through the large windows. We kept the look flowing and romantic with a touch of drama to soften the space,” Christen of Ryan Designs described.

Soaring arrangements of earthy, autumn-kissed branches and hanging flora in silver fluted vases added a touch of drama while the clean lines of the transparent ghost chairs completed the modern look. The bouquets and headpieces were designed with lush peonies, ranunculus, and sweet pea to reflect the romanticism of the Midsummer’s Night inspired fashions from Modern Trousseau.

Raw-edged paper painted with icy blue watercolor by The Paper Perfectionist embodied the industrial glam vision flawlessly.

Mouth-watering tempura lobster & duck confit nuggets drizzled in blueberry bbq sauce crafted by Russell Morin Catering & Events.

Lemon lilac petit four topped with a mini macaron crafted by Emily Bridges, Pastry Chef at Russell Morin Catering & Events made the perfect bite-sized treat.

 

 

 

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Industrial Glam – A Styled Shoot

The raw elements of the Waterfire Arts Center juxtaposed with fresh green foliage & modern décor created an ethereal vibe for this industrial glam styled shoot.  Bright natural light flooded the preserved industrial framework of the former rubber manufacturing facility, bouncing off the exposed steel beams and weathered bricks. The raw authenticity and muted colors […]

yours truly, Gingham — A Styled Shoot

A styled shoot unbounded by tradition and inspiring brides to create a wedding that is uniquely theirs.

When Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore first set eyes on the black and white gingham silk taffeta gown designed by Carolina Herrera as it graced the runway during bridal market she couldn’t wait create an entire wedding look centered on that one bold print. “When we began discussing the editorial shoot at the Copper Beach Inn, the premise was personalization and making your wedding your own – what better way to show this than with a bold black and white gown?!” Beth exclaimed. The classic checker print, which was carried out through the stationery too, was artfully juxtaposed with other geometric prints and bright floral arrangements, infusing color into the black and white palette. The attire provided the perfect backdrop for the textural bouquets of deep pink, magenta, and marigold blooms. Each daringly bold design element, including three adorably fluffy kittens, pieced together flawlessly and cohesively to create a look that was sophisticated and embodied a touch southern glamour.

“I wanted to play up the whimsy of pattern, so I dressed the flower girl in a striped dress and incorporated a pin dot into the pocket square of the groom’s attire” – Beth Chapman

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yours truly, Gingham — A Styled Shoot

A styled shoot unbounded by tradition and inspiring brides to create a wedding that is uniquely theirs. When Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore first set eyes on the black and white gingham silk taffeta gown designed by Carolina Herrera as it graced the runway during bridal market she couldn’t wait create […]

Ormonde Productions — Vendor Spotlight

Specializing in lighting and beyond Ormonde Productions has raised the bar on event design. Learn more about this amazing company below!

Photo: Benedicte Verley

1. How did Ormonde Productions come to be? 

Ormonde Productions has been around since the mid 1980s. What started off as a
DJ/entertainment company and slowly morphed itself into what we are today mostly in part
due to the demand for more. As the wedding industry grew, so did the expectations of
our clients. They weren’t just looking for a fun party with good music, food, and flowers,
they wanted to create a gorgeous environment and for the past 20 or so years that’s
what we’ve done!

2. Do you offer services beyond lighting? 

While lighting is our specialty we try to position ourselves as a full service, lighting,
design, and production company. Much more goes into an event aside from lighting,
however without great lighting, all of the other design elements can get lost. The
majority of the additional services we provide allow us to fully transform the spaces
we’re working in to fit our client’s vision. Draping, dance floors, stages, furniture, bars, video, and a huge variety of different hanging décor and design elements. We also
provide a lot of behind the scenes services necessary for the success of an event
such as sound, generators, and power distribution.

3. What is trending in lighting for weddings and events? 

Right now as a whole with weddings and events we’re seeing more and more of our
clients choosing unique, nontraditional venues. Industrial spaces, museums, libraries,
and art galleries. With that, we’re seeing a huge increase in clients coming to us looking to enhance and bring out the uniqueness of these spaces.

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

Wedding planning can be stressful and overwhelming. Hire the right people and be
upfront with them when it comes to your vision and budget. Assembling a
strong, experienced team of vendors will make the whole process so much more
seamless, especially if they have experience working together.

Also, when it comes to your vendors take the time to setup a consultation with them.
We are always encouraging our clients to come into our showroom to meet with
us in person. It is the best way for us to get to know our clients and for our clients to
develop a better sense of who we are, what we can do, and what can be done within
their environment.

5. How far are you willing to travel to provide your services? 

The majority of our events are in the Rhode Island, Massachusetts area but we love to
travel and usually do so a handful of times each year. We’ve formed relationships with
planners outside of our local network that over the years have brought us on to events
up and down the east coast.

Photo: Benedicte Verley

Photo: Benedicte Verley

Photo: David Murray Weddings

Photo: David Murray Weddings

 

 

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Ormonde Productions — Vendor Spotlight

Specializing in lighting and beyond Ormonde Productions has raised the bar on event design. Learn more about this amazing company below! 1. How did Ormonde Productions come to be?  Ormonde Productions has been around since the mid 1980s. What started off as a DJ/entertainment company and slowly morphed itself into what we are today mostly in part […]

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