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Whether it's a holiday dinner party or a wedding celebration for 300 guests, I believe every event is an opportunity to create something special. Thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you'll stay a while and find some inspiration along the way!

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A Festive 4th of July Outdoor Engagement Party

“Red, white and you! There are major patriotic vibes happening at this outdoor engagement party on IBT today. This couple wanted their celebration to be reflective of the special family memories close to their hearts, specifically those of their favorite summer holiday. The occasion called for two decorated photo walls and was brought to life with bright flowers, a deliciously fresh menu, and an American classic: a snow cone machine! All of these personal details made the engagement party on the 4th of July a night the bride and groom will never forget. “ – Inspired by This

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Our goal was to create a romantic and intimate engagement party that captures the nostalgia of hometown summers but with ever-so subtle hints of stars and stripes. From a “Sip and Be Seeded” garden escort wall, to lush and colorful place card holders, this party is filled with elegant details that showcase the beauty that blooms with summer.

For us, the 4th of July is best spent with loved ones, savoring memories of old while creating new ones to cherish, and a photo backdrop wall featuring an assortment of heirloom baskets that had been passed down to the bride & groom was the perfect way to capture them. Eyelet lace and woven charger plates helped set the scene for a gorgeous tablescape that was the home to not one, but two stunning centerpieces with a variety of florals in refreshing hues. -Cassandra

Guests were able to find their place at the table by first stopping at our “Sip and Be Seeded” Escort Wall. Baskets filled with fresh blooms were attached to a wooden wall and the table number assignments were beautifully displayed amongst the flowers. Guests were able to grab a packet of flowers as a keepsake and a SIPP soda for a fresh beverage. This wall was one of our favorite displays to create to date and we love how summery it feels.

As a subtle nod to the Fourth of July holiday we created individual “Stars & Stripes” place card holders. Calligraphy place cards with delicate stars next to the guest’s name with placed inside miniature striped vases. The flowers added in a beautiful pop of color against the neutral table linens.

When you’re hosting an outdoor celebration at a private residence a backdrop wall can add a bit of privacy, as well as serve as an adorable photo backdrop for your guests! We created this display by attached old baskets and trays and including a sunburst mirror with a custom “You Feel Like Summertime” vinyl decal.

We hope you enjoyed this celebration and have had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend with your family and friends!

This Fourth of July Engagement Party & Summer Wedding Inspiration was made available by the collaboration of the incredible team below. Many thanks goes out to these talented women who helped me bring this patriotic party to life.

Photography: Amanda Collins

Florals: Bartz Viviano

Stationery: Uppercase Designs

With love,

Cassandra

Event Design & Styling: Event Prep

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- Monica & Stephen

Where do I begin? If you're considering hiring Event Prep as a wedding planner, stop thinking and DO it. Cassandra was the BEST decision we made for our wedding day (besides each other, of course!) I was working full-time, in graduate school full-time, and trying to plan the wedding. Because of her, I was able to truly relax, especially on our wedding day, and live in the moment which I am so grateful for. We can’t thank her enough for helping to make our wedding day exactly as we had hoped and dreamed it would be! 

"The best decision we made"

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- Elena & Nick

Event Prep is the best decision you can make for your wedding planning needs. Period. From the beginning vision phases, to the tough decision making moments, Cassandra is there not only as a seasoned professional but as a friend. There were times where I was at my wits end, and Cassandra became my place of peace and calm. She was always 10 steps ahead of the game and guided me in the right direction. She made me feel like my wedding was her only focus and her efforts showed through. My husband and guests were absolutely speechless at our ceremony and reception. They were truly blown away. None of it would've been possible without her. Simply put, Event Prep made my wedding dreams come true. 

"None of it would have been possible without her."

- Lauren & Todd

You will not be disappointed in your selection with Event Prep. Cassandra is the most professional, kind and bubbly spirit you’ll come in contact with.  We both have full time jobs and knew we would need all the extra help we could get.  Cassandra and Event Prep were the answers to my prayers! She made sure that we were all able to enjoy our day and not think twice about what needed to be accomplished. When I needed her, she was right there. I could not possibly fit a list of all the things Cassandra assisted with into this review. However, I can say she is a big reason I am able to look back on my wedding day with joy and happiness. Having the ability to focus on our guests and enjoy the most important day of our lives was priceless. 

"She is a big reason I am able to look back on my wedding day with joy and happiness."