When I asked Ian to share with us one of his favorite wedding reception reveals (i.e. the moment when we show the bride their reception room for the first time, prior to their guests arriving) he said that he had too many favorites to just pick one.
After him mentioning that the reveal was his favorite part of the wedding day, I asked him to elaborate and share why this is the most memorable part for him and this is what he had to say:
"With most clients I've spent months, weeks and sometimes years helping them design their perfect day. Consultations are of course, filled with talking about flowers, colors, layouts, etc. but a lot of times, they are filled with so much more - emotion, stories, laughter and yes, sometimes, even tears (happy tears that is).
When designing a wedding, I can always envision exactly how everything will come together - something I know at times, can be difficult for a bride. Even after seeing a sample tablescape complete with linens, chairs, chargers, etc. the individual sample doesn't even compare to a room filled with flowers and romantic candlelight.
After all of the blood, sweat and tears that each and every Bride puts into their wedding day, along with their vendors, a completely finished reception room, is such a beautiful site. The entire day is spent transforming a space from a standard hotel ballroom into not just a beautiful ballroom, but THEIR wedding.
Watching a Bride walk into that room for the first time is what still brings me completely joy and happiness, even after being a part of thousands of weddings. It's the moment that makes me feel truly blessed to know that I absolutely love what I do. It's a priceless moment seeing the huge smile on a bride's face. Having her say, "OH MY GOODNESS, this is far more amazing than I ever thought it would be." I always say to clients, we want to not only meet, but exceed your expectations - we want your wedding to be far more fabulous than you ever imaged. And on the day, when it is, it's the most amazing experience imaginable".
Below is one of Ian's favorite 'reveal' pictures from a past bride and groom. Such a fun photo. :)
FYI for Brides- ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS make it a priority in your wedding day timeline, to leave even just 5 minutes prior to your guests arrival into the reception room, for you and your groom to see the room complete so you can see the fruits of your labors! :)
XO - Zoë
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Kathrein of K and K Photography