Floral Bridal Shower Inspiration

Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Event Planner & Designer

Posted
04.14.2016
Events, Styled Shoots

We’re currently crushing on all things floral! So when we came across this anemone pattern by Kristy Rice at Momental Designs, we knew we had to design a shoot around it. Enter this spring bridal shower scene at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, where the focal pattern embellished everything from the napkins to the welcome sign to the paper goods to the paint-your-own favors. Sometimes all you need is the smallest inspiration to tie a scene together! Enjoy! 


Vendors: 

Photography: Krista A. Jones

Planning & Design: Kari Rider Events

Venue: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Flowers: Intrigue Design & Décor

Invitation, Stationery & Watercolor Design: Momental Designs

Calligraphy: designsgirl

Linens & Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.

Chairs: AFR

Cake: Steve Konopelski Patissier

Hair & Makeup: Pretty Weird Hair & Makeup Artistry

Three Ways to Build Your Instagram Following

Eastern Shore Maryland Event Planner & Educator

Posted
03.31.2016
Events, Studio

We’re a big fan of perks! And one of the perks of being a Kari Rider Events Collective member is gaining insight on relevant topics in the world of marketing and social media via our Collective Series. We kicked off this ongoing series in March with a workshop on Mastering Instagram: Five Ways to Build Your Following, and couldn’t be more thrilled with the results! We had a fabulous turnout of engaged participants—all with a vested interest in growing their Eastern Shore business! 

Being in the wedding industry—which is inherently visual—Instagram is our primary focus when it comes to social media marketing. Over the past year, we were able to quadruple our following by implementing a few strategies we learned through research and execution. Now, there are some coming changes to the way Instagram sorts posts—they’ll no longer be listed chronologically but based on engagement and relationships like on Facebook. But these core strategies will remain relevant, maybe even more so than before. Here’s a sampling of some of our tips: three ways to build your Instagram following!

Develop a Strategy

Ours is simple: to attract our ideal clients. To do that, we post a mixture of professional photos that showcase our work and styled photos that showcase our brand. The clients we’re booking from Instagram are proving to be most in line with our style. Ask yourself, what is my goal on Instagram and who is my ideal client to help you shape your strategy.

Be Consistent

About when you post, the lighting and style of your photos, and the frequency of your posts. It took a lot of trial and error for us to develop our strategy, but we eventually figured out that it works best for us to post at least once daily in the morning and to style all our iPhone photos at the Kari Rider Events studio to keep the lighting consistent.

Engage

It’s not enough to just post pretty pictures. If you aren’t an engaged Instagram user, you’ll never attract followers who consistently like and comment on your photos—and that’s going to become even more crucial with the coming changes. Being more engaged will also expose you to more inspiration, so it’s a win-win for creativity! So share the love with comments—more so than likes—and be sure to let your voice shine through in your post captions.

 

Vendors:

Photography: Karena Dixon
Venue: Kari Rider Events Studio
Rentals: Eastern Shore Tents & Events
Catering: Gourmet by the Bay
Flowers: Seaberry Farm
Wine & Signature Drink: Hair O’ The Dog 
Drink Sign & Place Cards: Cara Smith Designs

Rustic Peach Orchard Inspiration

Eastern Shore Maryland Wedding Planner & Designer

Posted
03.23.2016
featured, Styled Shoots

The Eastern Shore may be known for its picturesque shorelines, but there’s a whole lot of beauty inland as well! Look no further than this rustic peach orchard shoot—featured recently on Wedding Chicks—to see for yourself! Cocooned beneath the leafy branches of Blades Orchard’s charming peach trees, we created a scene influenced by the range of hues in the peach spectrum—from classic peach to deep crimson, and everything in between. Subtle nods to the fruit of the land—like peach embellished paper goods, a peach tart at each place setting and a peach mint julep signature drink—were balanced by rich tones in the basketweave chargers and stunning floral arrangements rife with the fullest peony blooms we’ve ever seen! Enjoy! 

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Vendors: 

Photography: Laura’s Focus Photography
Design & Styling:Kari Rider Events
Venue: Blades Orchard
Florist: Intrigue Design & Décor
Rentals: DC Rental
Farm Table: Vintage Affairs
Vintage Sofa & Cake Table: XOXO Vintage
Models: Olivia Reed & Patrick Bryant
Bridal Gowns: Amsale and Christos via Garnish Boutique
Groom’s Attire: Capital Custom Clothiers
Hair and Makeup: Alison Harper & Company
Invitation and Stationery: Cara Smith Designs
Cake & Tarts: Bay Country Bakery
Jewelry: Kyle Edward Fine Jewelry