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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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Shellie & Bryan - Blue Sky Films

One of my first few Bellwether Events weddings. I did 2 more for this family after Shellie and Bryan's event. I love these families!

Shellie and Bryan from Blue Sky Films on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Another great Wedding Ceremony Reading

Excerpt from the Goodridge v The Massachusetts Department of Public Health ruling (written by Judge Margaret Marshall) that first legalized gay marriage in Massachusetts:

Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. For those who choose to marry, and for their children, marriage provides an abundance of legal, financial, and social benefits. In return it imposes weighty legal, financial, and social obligations....Without question, civil marriage enhances the "welfare of the community." It is a "social institution of the highest importance." ...

Marriage also bestows enormous private and social advantages on those who choose to marry. Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family.... Because it fulfils yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life's momentous acts of self-definition.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Decatur House - Tented Wedding Reception

As promised, I am back with more photos from Laurie Bracewell. Here is the wonderful wedding reception in the tent of the Decatur House in Washington DC. We were able to pull off this room flip with ease because the client used some pipe & drape to section off a part of the tent during the ceremony, so that the tables could be fully set before the ceremony even began.

Photos made by Laurie Bracewell, please do not use without permission.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Decatur House: Tented Wedding Ceremony

Big thanks to Laurie Bracewell for sharing these great photos of Lisa and Bernards's September 2011 wedding. Their ceremony was in the tent, the cocktail reception was in the Carriage House while the tent was flipped, the dinner was back in the tent, and then dancing was back in the Carriage House. Here are the ceremony photos. Check back tomorrow for reception photos!

Photographs made by Laurie Bracewelll. Do not use without permission.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

An Asymmetrical Bridal Bouquet

I simply adore this color-blocked and asymmetrical bridal bouquet. This was used in a photo shoot but I would love to see it in a wedding. Created by Greenworks.

Photos courtesy of Allison & Chris Britton Photography. Do not use without permission.