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Speakeasy on State Wedding: Laura and Aaron

Hey, friends!! So today I want to share with you a beautiful wedding I had the privilege to coordinate at the Speakeasy on State in Redlands! By the way, if you have not been to this venue in Redlands, you HAVE to check it out! (Pst...tell them I sent you!) It’s gorgeous inside and out and the owners, Dawn and Ariell are so delightful. Their level of service and professionalism is off the charts! :)

Laura and Aaron are a match match made in heaven. Their wedding was absolutely perfect for them and Laura’s dad made their ceremony arch, how special is that! Laura’s colors were navy blue and silver with touches of moon brooches sprinkled throughout the event. She had silver skeleton keys as escort cards for seating and the bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses with a beaded top. Everyone was so sweet and love was totally in the air!! Also, we started the ceremony on time - like really on time! Can I tell you guys a secret? ...we were earlier than the timeline for most of the evening at the Speakeasy on State!!! Whaaaaat!? I know, this bridal party was on it and such a joy to work with. Everyone enjoyed themselves, and most importantly the bride and groom had the time of their lives!!!

Laura wrote me the sweetest review and I have to share it with you!

“Chante from Forever Taeken was wonderful. So organized and amazing. She took what is normally a stressful day and turned it into a relaxed and easy day. I was able to take a nap on my wedding day! Who does that?!? Chante takes the high stress of a wedding day and makes it look easy. She does it with grace, kindness and an organization like I've never seen. I look forward to any future events I have to work with Forever Taeken again. Thank you!” - Laura Sheehan

Okay, so this is what I want for all of my brides!! I want you to feel so relaxed on your wedding day that you are able to take a nap! Let’s think about this...with all the craziness of a wedding and emotions flaring left and right, my bride slept. What does that tell you? It tells you that she totally trusted me to take care of the day. It tells you that she was able to “let go” and truly enjoy and fully immerse herself in the day. It tells you that she took the first step into being a mindful bride. This is my hope for all of my brides, that each of you would experience you wedding day using all of your 5 senses. I will help and guide you through the planning process and give you tips on how to become a mindful bride, like Laura!!


As always, I would like to leave you with a quote:

"Being a guest at your wedding will allow you to truly enjoy every moment." - Chante Gulley

 

XOXO, Chante Gulley, Owner + Lead Planner of Forever Taeken Wedding & Events

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Speakeasy on State Wedding: Heather & Wolfie

If I had to describe Heather’s and Wolfie’s wedding day in 1 word, it would be fun! They had the time of their lives to say the least. To start, Heather surprised everyone by singing during the ceremony and she also cut her hair in between the ceremony and the reception! 

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The Truth About Wedding Planners

In this article, I am spilling the beans about wedding planners. I am unveiling the secrets know to weddin planners to give you an inside scoop! Grab your kettle corn popcorn and keep reading!

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Wedding Planning 101 - What Does a Wedding Planner Do?

Today I want to share with you all of the things I do as a wedding planner. I get asked this question all of the time and I am so excited to share with you all that goes into wedding planning. Okay, so it takes a couple hundred hours to plan a wedding from start to finish. With each wedding being unique, the hours can vary drastically. The average time to plan a wedding is one year, but we are starting to see a trend where people are getting married in 6 months or less. No matter how long your engagement is, the time investment will be the same.

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The Mindful Bride

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The Mindful Bride

Being mindful is simply living in the present moment and experiencing life using all of your senses. Today on the blog, we discuss 3 bite sized tips on how to be a mindful bride. Grab your green tea boba and start reading on how to become a mindful bride.

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What is Mindfulness and Why is it Important?

Mindfulness is a term that you may not here often but it is so important for the mind, body and soul. Today we are going to deep dive into the term mindfulness, look at what it means, discuss the benefits, and share ways that I incorporate mindfulness into my daily life. 

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5 Things I Learned in My First Year as a Wedding Planner

This month marks year one for Forever Taeken Weddings + Events and I am more than excited to share with you things I've learned along the way, things that I overcame, and where my business is going in the future. I met so many inspiring people & learned a lot about myself as well.

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My Spring Bucket List

What a beautiful season we have this spring! With all of the super blooms everywhere and the sun shining ever so bright, let's get out of the house and enjoy the beauty. It's pretty amazing when I am driving to church, I can see the California poppies and I just want to pull over and enjoy them :)  With all of the rain we had, it's so fun to reap the benefits with beautiful blooms!

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5 Budgeting Secrets You Need to Know!

Hey loves! By now, you have enjoyed the engagement season and figured out your style/vibe of your wedding and you are ready to tackle the budget. Okay, take a deep breath with me.... Inhale....and Exhale...we're going to get through this together. By the end of this post you will feel much better, I promise! :) Many people go about wedding budgets differently, but the tips I'm giving you today will set you up for success.

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10 fun ways to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids!

Hey love! I hope you enjoyed reading the first two sections. If you haven't read them yet...ahem..I know who you are ...lol ...okay just kidding. You can find them here.  We're at the end of the series and I have something really exciting at the end that you don't want to miss. Wahooo, you're engaged, have a vision for your wedding, have a budget in mind and now it's time to pop the question to ask your closest friends and family to be in your bridal party! This is such a fun and exciting thing to do and you can be as creative as you'd like. Here are a few of my favorite ways:

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5 Questions to Ask When Developing Your Wedding Vision

Oh HEY friends!!! Congrats again to all of the lovely couples who got engaged over the Holidays. I'm celebrating over here with you in spirit :) Okay, so now that you have taken my advice from the first series (If you didn't read it, no worries, you can find it here) , it's time to create your wedding vision. Some people call it your theme ( I really try not to use that word because it limits your creativity to one category) or vibe (love this word!). Your vision is the overall feel of your wedding, which is the foundation of your wedding. All of the other decisions made will be based on your wedding vision, which is why it is so important to start here.

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The First Thing to Do After You Get Engaged!

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ! ! ! ! What an exciting time in your life! By now, your friends and family are asking you about the date, color palettes and discussing venue options with you. You go to work the next day and the questions continue. Allow me to be the first to tell you that you are your fiancé will be the center of attention until you get married. With all of the excitement, gifts, and love from your friends and family, it is easy to lose sight of the meaning of marriage.

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J + A Engagement Photoshoot: Joshua Tree

Hey friends! This was one of my favorite engagement photo shoots for so many reasons. First, I have been friends with the Jessica and Aaron since college, we were in Alpha Delta Chi together and were college roommates! Also, my husband is their wedding photographer! It was so much fun working with my husband, he actually asked me to be his styling assistant. J + A wanted a sunrise photo shoot, so we drove up the night before and stayed in this awesome AirBNB. It was funky and eclectic with a modern twist.

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Defining the Terms of a Wedding Planner

Hello friends!

Today, I will be breaking down the different terms that are used when describing a wedding planner. You may be surprised to see which terms are myths and which one's are factual. Grab your pumpkin spice latte and let's get started!

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Five Things I Learned From My First Styled Shoot

Hi. Hey. Hello :)

I must say, I was a bit nervous doing my first styled shoot. I mustered up enough courage to post that I was interested in doing a styled shoot in one of our local wedding vendor groups and boom, a few photographers reached out to me. I was floored. I thought to myself...okay, this is actually going to happen.

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H + M Proposal | Inspiration Point, Rancho Palos Verdes

It was such a pleasure planning and coordinating this proposal! Hans and Michelle are college sweet hearts. They are loving, genuine, kind and have beautiful souls. I first met Hans through my husband at UCLA and he was truly an impeccable man of God. Hans has a gentle spirit, one that is so patient and truly enjoys the little things in life. Michelle and I went to USC together and we met through our sorority, Alpha Delta Chi. Michelle became my little sister and our relationship blossomed instantly. Michelle is one of the sweetest and most thoughtful people I know. When she walks into a room, her smile lights up the entire place. She is going to be a stunning bride. Hans, you have chosen so wisely, you are truly blessed. Wishing you both love that will last for eternity, peace that surpasses all understating, and joy throughout all of your days. May God continue to have His hand over your lives.

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Bigger Picture + Greater Purpose

Hello there lovelies!

As promised from my previous blog post, today I want to share with you what I am very passionate about. Giving back to the community is an aspect of my business that brings me so much joy. I want my business to be socially responsible in all of it's efforts. My business motto is: Bigger Picture + Greater Purpose. I want my company to reflect this motto. I have partnered with the Hidden Treasures Foundation, a non-profit organization based in San Diego who rescues girls from human trafficking. With each booking, I'll donate 10% of the profit to this organization. 

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