Why hire a wedding planner?  The question is, why wouldn’t you? Your wedding day should be as glamorous as you so why take on more stress than necessary?? Hiring a wedding planner will not only take away the pressure of planning but they will be your biggest advocate, cheerleader, and storyteller!

Meet Elizabeth Restauri, owner, chief imaginer, celebrationist & designer with Total Imagination Events. We asked Elizabeth what makes her work stand out and here’s what she had to say!

“I love falling in love with my client’s story.  It’s an incredibly intimate experience, getting to know their families, their interests, and their relationship and to design the details of their day around their style and story.  Sure, the planning and logistics keep my clients stress level to a minimum, but, the fun part is bringing their passion to personification.  For example, we had a couple last year who both LOVED cocktails – she was a wine and spirits representative, so it had been part of her life since she was a young adult.  We created a specialty cocktail list with a selection from each place that was important to their relationship – a Rum Runner for the Caribbean Island where they first met, a French 75 for the city of Paris where they got engaged, a barrel aged Manhattan to represent where the groom grew up and lived most of his adult life and a Colorado Mule to pay homage to the bride’s life-long home.  We finished the styling of their cocktail menu with custom designed menus by Sweet Zion Paperie including the story of the drink selection which were placed on the bar and at each of the guest tables.  For another bride who had recently lost her father, we wanted to find a way to have her dad with her while she walked down the aisle.  We asked if her mom still had any of her dad’s neck ties – luckily, she did, so we selected a neck tie that complimented the color pallet and gave it to the florist to wrap her bridal bouquet.  While he couldn’t be there, the bride still felt like her dad was in some small way, walking her down the aisle and holding her hand, all at the same time.  We finished the bouquet with a photo of her mom & dad on their wedding day. It’s extremely important to me to get to know my clients and to ensure that at every turn, they are surrounded by details that celebrate the essence of who they both are in every way possible!”

Photo Credit: Caroline Colvin Photography