A Little Bit About Who We Are!
What is it like to work with Weddings Down the Shore Events?
What style of communication can we expect? What's the vibe? How does this work?
First, know that I absolutely love what I do. I love it hard....Love who I do it for, who I do it with...All of it. Love!
I believe that wedding planning and event design is a collaboration on all levels. First, we talk through the broad strokes of who you are and what you want from your experience. What do you want the event to look like, to feel like? We start with sweeping gestures; seasonality, the time of day, possible locations. Next, we apply a sensory approach as we begin to explore colors, textures, sounds and smells that you want featured. Slowly, these elements come together to create an immersive experience that can only be described as utterly you.
The environment we create together is the most important thing. We live in a visual society. What your space looks like matters. The things people will see and hear, touch and taste matter! This is where we will start, and where we will spend the bulk of our time. While we will seek inspiration from wedding blogs, magazines, Pinterest, and Instagram, your wedding must be your own! And for that reason, some of our designs will be EXCLUSIVE or described, and not seen in real life. Scared? Don't be! This is where we do our best work, and it's in these moments that you allow yourself to be delighted and surprised.
Our partners will bring together the absolute finest linens, chairs, and florals. We set the mood with lighting. All of the parts come together and establish the whole, working in unison so that walking into your room is like coming home, but to a world that has bent to your will.
Everything is unlimited; phone calls, emails, and text messages. Some of our clients are very tech-social, and like to share via Instagram Direct Messages. Others prefer in person meetings over coffee or lunch. Whatever works for you is what we will do. We will have phone calls. We will have meetings. We will text, trade, and hopefully have fun.
Let's have a good time!
But let's also respect the work we are doing together. Communication is constant and comprehensive. Any inquiries and questions will be responded to within 48 hours. Proposals and contracts will be reviewed and sent to you clean, with utter transparency. I am here for you, always.
The world is shrinking, and the very best people are at your fingertips online. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to develop relationships with the most insanely talented creatives. There is one common thread that we all share; we are obsessed with what we do!
Together, we work as a team. And that team is always changing based on the style and needs of the client we serve. As I learn more about you, I will place you with the vendors best suited to exceed your expectations. Trust that each person who joins our team is a master of their craft.
Our creative partners are our lifeline; the back bone upon which we build our events. Together we share ideas, support one another, and work in a way that allows us to stretch, grow, and create. We will place you with the right people at the right time, in order to create a just right outcome.
Have a relationship with someone we've yet to work with? We will welcome them with open arms. You trust them, and we trust you! Therefore, we welcome them to the planning family and are thrilled to have them on our team.
The weddings you see and love here range in price, with the pricing being impacted by the location, the number of guests, menu selections, and your specific taste and style. With such a broad base, where do we begin? Some of our clients like to create the event, and we price it based on the dream. Others come to me with a budget, and we design to that level, always including special little touches that set the day apart from the rest.
I believe that you make your best decisions when you have all of the information. Let's have a direct conversation about your investment. I'll assess what you need, develop an overall budget, and provide you with a custom quote. And remember, we're just talking, but this is where it begins...
I know people are "old school" and want to see a breakdown of what services we offer....see below for most!!
-Full Service Luxury Wedding Planning
-Partial Event Planning & Full Wedding Day Coverage
-Wedding Concept & Design
-Hotel Rooms Blocks
-Invitations & Save the Dates Design
-Catering & Menu Design
-Floral & Event Production
-Décor & Rentals
-Lighting & Atmosphere
-Linen Selection & Tablescape Design
-Rehearsal Dinners/Welcome Receptions
-Cake Design....and MORE!!
A wedding is a celebration of a commitment that already exists.
With so many wedding planners and event designers available, you've found your way to me...It is very important to me that every couple has the most memorable and magical night of their life! Just like the commitment to ideas, I make the same commitment to you. I promise to be there from the beginning 'til the end, bring in new ideas and inspiration, and to make sure every detail is perfected. My job is to take your idea and transform it into an environment unlike anything you have ever seen. After all, we aren't just planning your wedding. We are creating memories.
FACTS ABOUT ME
I earned my Culinary Arts and Marketing Degree from TCNJ.
I worked on Iconic Projects like The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Flower Show In NYC, setting up new store shop installations during my 14 year tenure with Macy's.
I spent Five years at the beautiful Golden Inn/Icona Resort in Avalon helping couples create their dream weddings.
I am so fortunate to now create unique experiences for unique people for the last 8 years at my own company with a dedicated team by my side.
I adore all animals...especially my dog Coco
I LOVE the magic of Disney and the Florida Sunshine
Family is the Greatest Gift
I cannot say enough great things about Michael and all of his efforts to ensure that we had the best wedding possible. Our wedding date was June 5th, 2021 at Linwood Country Club. Our original wedding date was June 13th of 2020, however, like may couples, we were forced to postpone due to the Covid pandemic. Michael and his team were extremely proactive and immediately sprang into action contacting our vendors to ensure that they secured our new date. I will never forget how accommodating Michael was and made the postponement process absolutely seamless during this stressful time. Regarding vendors, Michael is extremely knowledge about linking couples with the best vendors that fit all types of budgets and any "vision" for your wedding. Thanks to Michael we found our videographer, florist, band, hair/make up stylists and cake bakers, all of which we were thrilled with their services on our special day. Michael also secured us with our transportation services throughout the whole weekend. Guests were transported to and from the ceremony, reception and hotel areas seamlessly thanks to his excellent communication skills. Another wonderful asset that we loved about Michael was how organized he was. The more he got to know us throughout the planning process (some meetings were held on zoom, some in person: he was very flexible!) the more he was able to make our wedding "vision" come to life. On our last meeting, a few weeks before the wedding, he completely put all of my anxieties at ease by creating a binder/packet that included a full timeline of the day, all vendors and their contact information, the location of where all items should be and when, our wedding vision, and SO much more. He sends copies of this packet to all the vendors so that all vendors know what is going on and when. This helped all of us out when it came to the day of to "stay on track" and ensure that we didn't miss any important moments. I didn't have to worry about a thing! One final quality that I love about Michael is his incredible creativity. He truly loves what he does and works with each individual couple to make their special day come to life. My wedding vision included a "Topical, Miami Vibe" where I wanted my guests to feel like they were on vacation. Michael worked with me to create a vision board with a cohesive theme from the table settings, flower arrangements, extra touches for our guests (like a champagne wall and a flower-board with a neon sign to pose with!) and SO much more. Any time I needed an idea, or some help with inspiration, he was able to give me options that were exactly what I wanted. It was absolutely amazing to see how he was able to make my vision come to life and give us the day of our dreams. I could go on and on about how much we love Michael and how our wedding wouldn't have been half as amazing without his assistance. He is proactive, organized, calm in times of panic, flexible and extremely knowledgable within the wedding industry. We had a joke within our family that we wanted Michael to make our wedding "magical". Not only did Michael deliver, but he exceeded our expectations. We can't thank him enough for helping to create the best day of our lives. We could not have done it without him!
Lauren & Ryan Irwin