25 Jun 2015 ISES Trinity Awards Gala

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June 16th marked yet another Greater Triangle Trinity Awards Gala held at The Grand Marquise Ballroom in Garner, North Carolina. Flowing gowns and fitted suites decorated the ISES members and their guests in attendance for recognition of the best events held during this past event season.

 
Shawn Schindler Events was blessed to take home the 2015 Trinity Award for “Best Social Event” for Nate and Michelle McMillan’s 50th Birthday of Glitter, Glamour and Glitz.

 
While this award exemplified the outstanding talents of owner and lead consultant, Shawn Schindler, it was truly a team effort made possible by the amazing industry members who contributed.

 
Shawn Schindler Events worked with some of the top Triangle event industry companies to create an event unseen to anything in our area. The Grand Marquise Ballroom, Fresh Affairs, Rocky Top Hospitality, Shutterbooth, Brian Mullins Photography, Creative Visions, Capital Production Group, Halftone Studios, AFR and Elevate all feverishly worked in conjunction with our wonderful staff exemplifying their talents in formulation for the creation of Glitter, Glamour and Glitz.

 
In the event industry, you are what your team is. Without the dedicated effort our fellow industry ISES members mentioned, such an award would have been possible.

 

Congratulations to all who won at the annual Trinity Awards Gala and copious thank you’s to those who helped make our team, once more, award winning!

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09 Jun Tossing out the traditions?

While catching up on all things wedding related through nearly any outlet possible, we have discovered that many topics of discussion have been focused on the “typical” wedding traditions and tossing them out of the modern wedding mix.

Cosmopolitan Magazine shared an article about the 7 Wedding Traditions That Need to Die. A little bit of a melodramatic title for something wedding related, but none-the-less, it seems to revel in the collected opinions of the magazines readers. The bouquet toss, garter retrieval, bridesmaids, the white dress, father giveaway, not seeing each other before hand and lastly, the cake smashing.

We can understand some of the ideas behind nixing some long-standing traditions, after all, who wants to ruin the gorgeous make-up which you spent way too long sitting in a chair getting done? Or even worse, having your dear old gram gram watching your new husband shove his head up your dress to retrieve a garter…

 
Now that doesn’t mean we oppose any of the traditions at your wedding, it is your day, not ours!

But, for all our future “brides-to-be” or even those reading who are or have been married, what do you think of the tossing out of traditions for today’s “modern” brides?

Comment, quote, link or rebuttal. We want your opinions!

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22 May The Crown Jewel Awards

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The Charlotte, North Carolina Chapter of the International Special Event Society hosted the Crown Jewel Awards on April 26th, 2015 recognizing the creativity of the premier events throughout the Carolinas.
Inside a tent at the Mint Museum, purple lighting and elegant décor greeted ISES industry members into the awards gala. The first award ceremony of the season for Shawn Schindler Events awarded a talented team from the Greater Triangle Chapter with “Best ISES Team Event.” The award recognized the contributions and talents of participating members who participated in the submitted event.
The evening began with a cocktail reception and silent auction of Charlotte based artists’ works. Attendees mingled while enjoy the ambiance, as the reception began to shift into dinner and the awards ceremony. International Special Event Society members within in the Carolina’s took home an array of awards, recognizing their talent.
Upon winning our own award (Best ISES Team Event), music dancing, entertainment and conversation tied up the evening. With one award won so far, the awards’ season at Shawn Schindler Events is just getting started!
Thank you so much to the very special, Greater Triangle ISES team for their attributions to the success of our winning event!  Rocky Top Hospitality, Shutterbooth, Brian Mullins Photography, The Grand Marquise Ballroom, Creative Visions, Capital Production Group, Halftone Studios, Fresh Affairs and Elevate.

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22 May The Governors Medallion Awards for Volunteer Service

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The 37th annual Governors Medallion Awards is presented by Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory, presenting recipients with the state’s highest award for volunteer service.North Carolina prides itself on the stewardship and service within all communities, to which award recognizes the top twenty individuals, groups and businesses who honor this same spirit.
Shawn Schindler Events had the honor of participating in this year’s reception. Fresh, bold florals and delectable food selections greeted all attending including recipients, into further honorary celebration.
This event proves itself to be one a noble one to be a part of. This award ceremony focuses on supporting state and local volunteerism, community involvement and honoring the men and women who dedicate their time to put others first. It was truly an honor for Shawn Schindler Events, to participate in an event as special as this!

 

Recognition for participation in this event goes to: Unforgettable Food Affairs, Rocky Top Hospitality, Fresh Affairs, CE Rental, Chick-Fil-A and Community of Hope.

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22 Apr The Angus Barn: Jessie & Derick

We absolutely LOVE working at The Angus Barn and are so excited to share these photos from Jessie and Derick’s winter wedding! This wedding was particularly special because we helped celebrate Jessie’s grandmother’s 80th birthday a little over a year before! Making special connections with our families is something Shawn Schindler Events values and it’s why we love what we do!! Thank you for letting us be apart of your special day and we look forward to planning a party together again soon!!

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Vendors Included:

Photography: Heba Salama

Venue:  The Angus Barn Pavilion

DJ: SPIN

Cake: Ashley Cakes

Florist: Fresh Affairs

Make Up: Makeup for Your Day

Bridal Salon:  Lana Addison

Planner: Shawn Schindler Events

 

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05 Mar Throwback Thursday: Happy Anniversary to Sherena & Xavier

Our throwback Thursday today goes to Sherena and Xavier King!  Two years ago this week we had the pleasure of working with this wonderful couple on their special day!  Today we would like to say Congratulations and we wish you a Happy Anniversary on two years of marriage! This wedding was at The Grand Marquise Ballroom, gorgeous florals from Fresh Affairs, good eats from Rocky Top Catering, and Michelle Gunton was behind the lens.

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Thank you for letting us be apart of your special day! Please check out our gallery to see more photos from Sherena and Xavier’s wedding.

Other Vendors Include:

Linens: CE Rental

Videography: Hart to Heart Media

Cake: Sweet Memories

DJ: Mark Torey with Joe Bunn DJ Company

 

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16 Feb How to navigate quick engagements

As Shawn’s sister, I have worked with Shawn since her first wedding nearly 14 years ago, but a few summers ago I had the opportunity to plan and orchestrate my first wedding for a longtime friend of my family.

In June, Cindy (the mother of the bride) came to work telling us that Cara was engaged. I knew I wanted to be a part of this from the beginning.  Shortly thereafter we learned that Cara wanted to get married in September – not in 15 months, but in only three months. After working with Shawn, I knew this was possible, but I also knew certain things had to fall into place.

This wedding and marriage are meant to be.  Cara was able to find the dress of her dreams on her first day of shopping, and it fit perfectly.  The dress had just arrived at the shop, and only needed minor alterations to be perfect.

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Next, we needed a venue. (Did I mention in September, one of the busiest months of the year, and only 3 months away?)  Cara and Robb found Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington, N.C., where they live, and it happened to be available on Sept. 24. The plantation has several scenic ceremony locations on site and a barn that turns into an excellent location for your reception.

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The only must-have we still needed was a minister, and that proved to be trickier.  Cara and Robb attend a large church in Wilmington, but none of their pastors were available on such short notice.  They were able to attend premarital classes through their church, but we still did not have a minister. Fortunately, through Shawn Schindler Events, we were able to secure a minister who had performed many weddings for us in the past. Cara and Robb met with him, and we were set to proceed with all the puzzle pieces necessary to allow them to start their life together.

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As July and August passed, a florist, baker, photographer and caterer were selected, forming a team of vendors from both Wilmington and Raleigh.

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The weekend quickly approached, and before I knew it, Sept. 24 was here. Unfortunately, the rains of September did not know they were supposed to stay away this weekend! We planned to move the wedding inside if we absolutely had to, but on Friday, the rain cleared for us to rehearse by the gazebo. When we arrived at the plantation, I noticed a white tent that was there for a corporate event they were having that same night.  We were able to contact the rental company and have the tent left for our use on Saturday.  I was so grateful.  I did not want to move our ceremony inside, away from the natural beauty of the plantation, but I also did not want a soaking wet bride, groom and guests.

After postponing the decision until the last possible moment on Saturday, we made the decision to move the ceremony under the tent. What a blessing! Our florist was able to incorporate the flowers Cara wanted for the gazebo inside the tent instead, and our guests were able to stay dry.  The skies cleared soon afterward, allowing our couple and their guests to enjoy the grounds for the cocktail hour.

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It was a night of fun, food and dancing for everyone. Cara, Robb and their parents were all thrilled with the evening.

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I am so grateful for the experiences I have had over the years as Shawn’s assistant. Those experiences are what enabled me to make Cara and Robb’s wedding dreams come true.  I can only imagine the stress the bride’s parents would have been under if they had not had a third party to orchestrate their first daughter’s wedding day.  They were all able to enjoy the wedding with their friends and family.

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Congratulations, Cara and Robb Turbeville.  Thank you for allowing me to be part of your special day!

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Written by Michelle Morton

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30 Jan Seating Chart 101

To assign seats or to not assign seats, that is the question. This semi-last minute task is no easy undertaking. Because of this, many couples opt to have open seating at their wedding reception or special event. For me, open seating would stress me out more than putting together 5 seating charts would! Planning is kind of my thing, so it is obvious for me which route I would go.

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For those out there who are ready to take on the project of assigning seats and creating a seating chart or place cards, follow these 6 simple rules. You want to make sure all your hard work shows in a perfectly executed plan!

 

1. Make sure your RSVP deadline gives you plenty of time to play around with who sits where and to create your place cards and/or chart. And let’s be honest, it is very unlikely that everyone will actually get their card in on time. Leave a few extra days for Aunt Sue to mail in her response and for you to not lose your cool!

2. Make sure you have the accurate amount of chairs per the size table that you will be using at your reception. Seems like a no brainier, but a 60 inch round table cannot fit all 12 of your second cousins, you are going to have to split them up!

3. Organize your seating chart in alphabetical order, not by table number. Trust me; it just makes life a ton easier for your wedding planner who is setting up the place card table and for your guests who don’t want to spend 20 minutes looking for their name.

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4. Don’t forget about the kids! Are you having a designated kids table or will the kiddos be dining with the adults? Either way, make sure you do not omit their names in the chart. Also, look into whether or not you will need high chairs at any tables.

5. If you are getting creative, have an attendant; there are so many fun ways to display your seating chart. If for some reason you think your guests may miss your display or if there is something that may be left up to interpretation, ask your lovely guest book attendant to play double duty. Make sure you situate your guest book close to the seating chart table or easel so the attendant can be there and manage both.

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6. ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN B. Things get lost, last minute guests show up, names get misspelled. Make sure you have an alphabetical list of all of your guests and their corresponding table, in the event they cannot locate their name. Have extra materials available if an extra place card has to be put together in a pinch. Even if you haven’t heard back from them on whether or not they are attending, leave a spot for last minute guests.

 

Bonus tip—incorporating your wedding favors into your place cards is a fun twist…and is cost effective! It also makes it more likely that your guests will actually take home their favors!

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Written by Amanda Frystock

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14 Jan Just Have To Share….

For those who participated and those who have asked about the our volunteer activities in December, please take a moment to read this letter of thanks!

Dear Shawn,

First, please share this message freely with the individuals and organizations who supported the out pour of generous giving for our Veterans this holiday season. I wish I could meet with each of you to deliver a hug and our sincerest gratitude. It’s important to the staff here at Raleigh Vet Center for all of you to know what a special impact your giving had on our Veterans and their families, and that it was SO much more than a luncheon and gift giving.

At the Raleigh Vet Center, also known as Readjustment Counseling and a branch of the Veterans Administration, we serve combat veterans and their family members, and people who are bereaved because someone they love died while serving. This is a very special group of people who need to know the community has not forgotten and that they are supported. That message could not have been delivered more clearly by all of the giving that you coordinated this season!

So many veterans, Vietnam veterans especially, reached out to tell us how wonderful the event was and what a sincere message of gratitude that it sent to them. This is exceptionally important to many vets who were not treated with gratitude after they returned from combat. The message received by the veteran community here was “you matter and you have value”; this is essential to the healing we hope to foster in a Vet Center and your efforts were right on the mark to help us succeed.

Some of our Veterans have a difficult time socializing and going to public venues as they readjust and return to everyday life. Encouraging them to join with their communities is part of the work that Vet Centers do. The luncheon was a PERFECT event to help in that process and a starting point for many of the participants to begin that journey back into everyday life. I told you it was more than just a luncheon!

For the veterans who were sponsored to have gifts, groceries and necessities I can only say that “overwhelmed” does not do their reactions justice. Most were moved to tears by the overabundance. Groceries, gifts for their children to open on Christmas morning, household items they needed, but could not afford, mostly the message “you are not forgotten and we don’t want you or your children to go without” was very, very clear. There were veterans sleeping on real beds, wrapping gifts for their children and cooking wholesome meals this season who would have gone without all three without you.

Other staff had these words to share:

“Thank you so much to Shawn and Shawn Schindler Events! I was taken aback by the great job you all did to help the veterans and to put on such an event. I could see some light in the veteran’s eyes that day and especially the ones that were sponsored for Christmas. It brought tears to my eyes. You all have big hearts and it is truly neat to see help in the community that supports us and what we do. Please know I am deeply grateful.”

Heidi Oesterle-counselor

“Thank you so much for your generosity. The lunch was extremely well received by the veterans who attended. Many came to me in the days after to tell me how great of an experience it was for them. They really felt welcomed home and appreciated for their service. “

Greg Inman, Team Leader

Suffice it to say, we were all quite overwhelmed and abundantly grateful. We truly cannot thank you enough.

Wishing you all a wonderful and prosperous New Year,

Jocelyn

D. Jocelyn Cahall, L.C.S.W.
Counselor
Raleigh Vet Center
919.856.4616

“Keeping the Promise”

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