Welcome to Bellwether Thoughts, a blog by Janice Carnevale, owner of Bellwether Events. Janice uses this space to convey her random likes and loves to the tens of people who may be reading. This is not a wedding blog. This is a blog that will allow you to get to know the woman behind the weddings.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I love: awesome flowers

I had so much fun planning the floral decor for this 24 person seating table at Oatlands Plantation. Barbara from Growing Wild made my vision of low arrangements of green and white flowers come alive!

And Kurstin Roe took the wonderful photos!

Monday, July 18, 2011

I love: a wedding that feels like a dinner party

This photo is from a wedding that had 55 guests, an exquisite menu and carefully selected beverage pairings. It really felt like an over-sized dinner party (with an awesome swing band). The guests were totally thrilled to be at Strathmore Mansion that evening.

Thanks to Joy Lyn Photography for this picture!

Friday, July 15, 2011

In all my glory!

My glamorous job as a wedding planner includes getting to bustle a lot of wedding gowns. And so far I've been able to figure them all out!

Thanks to Andrea from The Observatory for documenting this!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I love: an amazing favor

I was hired by this couple almost solely to handle their wedding favors. The father of the bride painted over one hundred 8 x 10 canvases, a series of nine locations that were memorable to the bride and groom. Each was assigned to a particular guest or family, and I was charged with putting them in gift bags and getting them to the appropriate guests. I've never seen a more awesome wedding favor. And it was perfectly displayed in the studio of Halcyon House for the majority of the reception.

Thank you to The Observatory for the photographs.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I love: This photo from The Observatory

I was looking though the DVD that Andrea from The Observatory sent to me from this wedding and I stumbled upon this gem. I don't know how I missed it before. Isn't it stunning?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I love: a choreographed dance

This couple blew their guests away when, after their first dance, they did the Thriller dance, a la the Michael Jackson video. Everyone went wild. It was so awesome! Thanks to Andrea from The Observatory for the photograph!

Monday, July 11, 2011

I love: a white, yellow and green bouquet

How fabulous is this bouquet from Growing Wild Floral Design? I am absolutely in love with it. Roses, peonies, orchids and dahlias for this gorgeous July bride. Thanks to Andrew Reilly for the photos!

Friday, July 8, 2011

I love: a lounge at a wedding

I really love having a lounge area at a wedding. Guests love an area to relax and be away from the dance floor from time to time. Thanks to Kurstin Roe for this photo of a lounge I did at Oatlands Plantation!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I love: a calla lilly bouquet

I am not usually a fan of bouquets made with regular calla lilies. But this bride's bouquet, made by Rance Goff, was stunning. The addition of the greenery and Dusty Miller really brought this bouquet to life. Thanks to Ralph Alswang for the photos, and The Hay-Adams for the great view!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I love: a hot pink bouquet

I positively adore this bridesmaid bouquet from Growing Wild Floral Design. It is comprised of roses, calla lillies and coxcomb, all hot pink. A little greenery on the edge and it's perfection. Thanks to Kurstin Roe for the photo!