While rain can seem like an uninvited guest on your big day, wedding lore says that a sprinkling is, actually, quite lucky. Traditionally, a wedding-day rain symbolizes renewal, unity, beginnings and fertility for Mackenzie and Jason’s wedding in Vinton, Virginia (right outside of Roanoke), rain symbolized the couple’s ability to move forward and have fun. With rain threatening to come down just as the ceremony was to begin, the couple simply delayed their wedding until the clouds passed–the chairs were wiped dry and the event continued on. The couple were married under a beautiful, garlanded arch with ferns and flower petals decorating the ceremony site. The rest of wedding was as carefree as the couple, with the Harwell Grice Band entertaining guests with bluegrass tunes and light hearted donut favors from Krispy Cream (The pun-tactic signage reminded guests,” Do-not leave without a treat!”). The gold-gilded reception featured a long king table with elegant, candlelit lanterns, hearty garlands and sumptuous spray roses.
We are excited to begin a new series on our blog spotlighting wedding vendors and their businesses. Today’s featured vendor is Kendra Barnes of CUTEnCRAFTY. Kendra’s mission of ensuring that groomsmen don’t show up wearing gym socks to the wedding has turned into a complete online store that now offers products for both bridesmaids and groomsmen. As a thank you, Kendra is offering a 10% discount to our clients and readers using the discount code “DIAMOND” enjoy!
Tell me more about Cute n Crafty? How did you get started? What is your mission & vision for your company?
CUTEnCRAFTY specializes in wedding gifts for the groom, bride and bridal party. My main product is the “Cold Feet” label, which is a cute gift that is usually delivered to the groom by the Maid of Honor on the morning of the wedding. It can really put a smile on a groom’s face – which is great to ease those pre-wedding jitters.
I started this business on a whim! I made my first “Cold Feet” label for my husband for our wedding in April 2013. The morning of, I took my husband’s wedding socks and I made a label for them that read: “Just to make sure you don’t get Cold Feet. With love, from your bride”. I had the “Cold Feet” socks delivered to him by the Maid of Honor. It made for a great photo opportunity, put a smile on his face, AND ensured that he didn’t wear a pair of his holey socks to our wedding!
That fall, after our wedding, my husband was wrapped up in fantasy football three days per week. I started to get bored and wanted a hobby of my own. I had been encouraging my cousin to get on Etsy and sell her products and it hit me – now was the time to act on my craftiness and my desire to pursue my entrepreneurial spirit! I spent an entire week getting my Etsy shop up and running… and the rest is history! Since then I have sold over 4,000 pairs of “Cold Feet” socks and other items online and in three brick and mortar stores in D.C. and Pennsylvania.
Several months after I opened my shop, I decided to create my own line of socks so that I could offer my customers consistency in quality and availability. The argyle socks seen here are exclusive to CUTEnCRAFTY. I designed them from start to finish and I am proud to say that we are one of the few places you can find yellow and gray argyle socks! How cool is that?!
Our mission at CUTEnCRAFTY is to provide high quality, unique wedding gifts for the bride, groom and bridal party (but most importantly to make sure the groom doesn’t get cold feet and groomsmen don’t show up in gym socks).
What is your favorite product on the Cute n Crafty website… Go!
The “Cold Feet” socks are my favorite! Hand’s down! They were my very first product and they are such a cute, inexpensive “day-of” gift!
Where do you see your business going next?
I would like to see my business continue it’s growth, without sacrificing quality and customer service. I am working on partnerships with retailers and wedding planners. My goal is to make CUTEnCRAFTY an integral part of the wedding planning process. I want brides and grooms to say “Okay, we’ve got the dress and the tux picked out, now lets go to CUTEnCRAFTY for the socks.” I would also LOVE to make it into Oprah’s magazine! That would be awesome!!!
What advice would you give your clients?
Dream big. Be grateful. Give Love. Laugh Lots…and make sure your groomsmen don’t show up in gym socks!
I had the joy of sitting down with photographer Natalie Gibbs to chat and get to know one another. I can’t wait to work together! Here are some FAQ’s off of her website:
Q. How would you describe your style?
A. I aim for unobtrusive, photojournalistic coverage of wedding events, but I also pose formal group photos and portraits as needed. I strive to keep a candid feel to even my posed shots. My focus is on emotional (or funny!) moments in addition to the standard wedding shots. I also really love shooting details.
Q. Are your photos edited?
A. Yes. All my photos are edited. That’s partly what gives them “pop.” I do not like the look of unedited photos, so you won’t see them on your disc. I always shoot in RAW format and use a combination of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to finish the files. I do additional retouching on any prints you order, as well. I try to keep my processing bright and colorful, but natural looking. I’m not into heavy texturing, tinting, or unusual special effects. I want your photos to look timeless.
Q. How long will it take to get our photos?
A. The maxium time is six weeks. I try to get them done earlier whenever possible, and I always post a few of my favorites to my website in the days following your event, so you’ll have a few select photos ready to view when you return from your honeymoon.
Q. Do you travel?
A. Yes. I do ask a $150 travel fee (or 1 night’s hotel room) for any weddings outside a 100 mile radius of Christiansburg, VA. Depending on your wedding schedule, an additional night might be needed, as well.
Q. What is your favorite part of the wedding?
A. I really love the moment when the bride and groom walk away together for the first time as husband and wife. They always look so proud and happy.
Q. Would you consider shooting a same-sex wedding or commitment ceremony?
A. Yes, absolutely.
Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down to chat with videographer Jessica Piscitelli of Jessica Pi Productions. Capturing weddings for over 10 years, she has been noted for being one of DC’s best wedding videographers! Jessica brightens up when describing the way people come to life in a video. The emotions that arise when capturing the bride as she gets ready, walking down the aisle and the words spoken while exchanging vows are a once in a life time experience that you will want to remember forever. “How else are you going to remember the exact words from your vows or the speech by the best man or maid of honor?” Jessica commented.
As budgets get tighter and tighter some couples question the importance of a videographer, sometimes thinking that relatives can handle the responsibility. You can rest assured that hiring Jessica Pi Production to capture and produce your wedding video will be unsurpassable in quality, professionalism and provide years of reminiscing to come.
The first time experience in Booth-O-Rama’s Photo Booth is so much fun and I thought I would share our experience. Daniel Nakamura of Booth-o-Rama was such a pleasure to work with. Their service includes a hi—resolution 4×6” print out with a personalized border, an on-site attendant, password protected online gallery of all of the photos and more!
As you step in the booth the suspense builds as the numbers start counting down, 4-3-2-1, #!Flash!#, “HaHaHa… what are we going to do next????”. The red curtain that separates guests from the reception and their 30 seconds in the Photo Booth, creates an experience that captures all of your guests as themselves (and sometimes more). A great addition to any event!
Daniel Nakamura of Booth-O-Rama
Looking for a fun online wedding boutique? i Do Originals is just what you are looking for, you can easily shop for personalized accessories such as, custom aisle runners, table runners, banners, wedding parasols and more. The possibilities are endless when it comes to personalizing your event!!
Kristin, owner and founder of i Do Originals, is a fellow Blacksburg High School classmate of mine and an inspiration for being a young female entrepreneur. She does a great job with the i Do Originals blog, a perfect example of the stylish and fun items her boutique can create.