Vendor Spotlight – D’Elia Family Solutions Counseling & Coaching

From time to time I really enjoy writing vendor spotlight posts. I think it’s important to highlight local vendors that I work with, so my audience knows who they are. I want you as my blog reader, and customer, to know my preferred vendors as well as I know them. I feel that the more comfortable you are with my network of professionals, the more comfortable you will be with me!

I recently had the opportunity to meet Lori D’Elia’s husband, William. He told me all about how he and Lori were married up in New York and moved to Raleigh, NC to pursue their entrepreneurial skills and build a life for their family here in Raleigh. Being that Lori offers Premarital coaching, I felt that my audience of brides and couples would benefit from hearing about Lori’s business.

D’Elia Family Solutions Counseling & Coaching

Name of Business Owner: Lori D’Elia

Business Web Addresswww.deliafamilysolutions.com

Business Category: Counseling and Coaching including Premarital Coaching

How long have you been in business?: I have been practicing since 2008, current business in Raleigh, NC since March of 2017

What is your mission statement?: “Taking the anxiety out of ‘honey, we need to talk.'”

What got you started in this business?: I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and am currently discouraged with couples coming in ready to divorce. I truly feel so much work can be done in premarital coaching. Couples are more receptive to listening when they aren’t in criss. It’s truly not as scary as it sounds. I promise.

What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding? Be on the same page with your partner. Don’t be afraid to talk about “hard” stuff. Not every conversation leads to conflict and we should learn how to effectively communicate with our partners, because this life stuff doesn’t get easier 😉

What don’t couples know about your business category that they should know?: How important it is!!!!! Premarital counseling is not a negative thing, it’s positive. Most men are opposed to it because 1. they don’t understand it and 2. they hate “talking”! It’s not scary, it’s easy and can actually be fun.

Are there any questions your non-wedding clients should be asking that they don’t know to ask?: Can we come for a session when things are “ok”? YES!!!! That is what premarital couples do. They aren’t in crisis. They come in to talk about topics that are prevalent in their lives, like adults. Not when they are screaming and yelling at one another and can’t “hear” what their partner/spouse is saying.

About Lori D’Elia

Lori D’Elia is a licensed marriage and family therapist in addition to a certified professional coach. She started practicing in 2008 working with individual, couples and families. She has since moved to Raleigh, NC with her husband and two children. After working for so long with couples on the brink of divorce she has decided to put her efforts into pre marital work in order to take a preventive approach when working with couples. Lori believes in pre marital work and feels it can help a couple better communicate once they are married and experiencing a marital argument (which is inevitable!) ;-). She is hoping to take the anxiety out of “Honey we need to talk” and express to engaged couples that they should talk before they walk.

If you are interested in Premarital Counseling Services, I urge you to reach out to D’Elia Family Solutions. Contact information can be found here.

Outdoor Weddings: What Type of Tent is Right for Your Event?

Guest Post- Outdoor Weddings: What Type of Tent is Right for Your Event?

You’ve decided that an outdoor wedding and reception is perfect for your big day. What remains to be decided is what style of tent would work best. A lot depends on the kind of wedding you plan on holding. Here are some examples of what to look for in a tent based on the type of ceremony and reception you have in mind. 

Casual and Intimate

Perhaps you are thinking along the lines of a casual wedding and reception. The guest list is limited to a few close friends and relatives. With this type of affair, you may be thinking of having the ceremony under a grove of trees and following with a covered space for the reception. 
You’ll find that a smaller clear span tent works well for your casual reception. Since you want an open feel while creating a comfortable place for people to sit and dine on the foods you’ve chosen, consider going with an open tent design. This option does not include tent walls. Instead, you have curtains that can be slid open as much or as little as you like. That makes it easy to close the area behind the serving tables while letting in plenty of natural light and fresh air in the areas where you’ve set up the guest tables. 

When choosing a tent for your casual reception, it never hurts to allow for a little extra space. Should the weather decide not to cooperate, it won’t take a lot to move the ceremony under the tent, exchange your vows, and then start the reception. You and your guests will remain dry while looking through the open spaces and enjoying the sounds and scents of the falling rain. 

This flower arrangement was taken at a wedding of a friend and looked stunning in the large, white tent.

Formal Outdoor Affairs

Perhaps you want a formal outdoor wedding with a greater number of loved ones on hand. The nice thing about clear span tents is that they come in many different sizes. It’s easy to choose one that will provide space for several hundred people. 

Since you are going for a more formal look, an open tent may not be to your liking. Consider a design that includes side walls that slide easily in place on the side poles and framework. These can be weighted down at ground level so they stay in position with ease. 

The side panels can include fiberglass windows that allow plenty of natural light into the space. Since this tent design does not include any support poles in the middle, you will find it easy to arrange the covered space any way that you like. It’s even possible to bring in dividers or use curtains to section off one end of the tent for the reception and reserve the other end for the ceremony. 

As long as there is space to set up the tent, you can have all the room you want. That means if you want a formal sit-down style reception but also like the idea of having a dance floor and space set aside for a live band, there’s a clear span tent large enough to do the job. 

Whatever you have in mind for your wedding day, finding the right tent design will not be difficult. Talk with a professional who supplies tent rentals for all sorts of events and ask about the designs commonly used for weddings and receptions. With a little discussion about the number of guests and the theme for your special day, it will be easy to come up with the perfect solution.

2017 Floral Trends by Intern, Lauren W.

It’s that time of year again when all of the upcoming trends are being released and discovered. I asked Lauren to write on her favorite topic for me, because I knew she’d be eager. I hope you enjoy her take on the 2017 Floral trends, and maybe you will learn something too! 

Mrs. Christine gave me the fabulous opportunity to go on and on about one of my favorite things, FLOWERS!! I absolutely adore flowers and I hope that I can write more blogs about flowers in the future.  Now let me talk about the real subject at hand,

The 2017 Floral Trends:

Many different plants make up floral families that are not necessarily flowers.  All of these plants can be incorporated into any wedding, party theme, or bouquet.  Some of these might sound a little crazy or odd to y’all, such as fruits or vegetables, but trust me, they work just fine. First are the plants that are not necessarily known for flowering. These categories are Pods, Berries, Fruits, Vegetables, Succulents, and Greenery.  

  • The Pod for 2017 is super cute, it is a green Poppy pod and is the same color as Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year.
  • The Brunia berry is an extremely versatile plant. Since the berry is a nice neutral grey or silver, it can be paired with any color, season, or theme.
  • The fruit for 2017 might seem a little crazy (at least, that’s what I thought), but it is the pineapple. Obviously it is not a full size, they are miniature pineapples and they are also pink or yellow. The pink or yellow pineapple would be great in a spring or summer wedding and paired with other bright colors.  
  • The 2017 Vegetable is the artichoke. The artichoke pairs well with any colors because it is green. Also, it looks like a succulent and could be incorporated into a cute summer succulent bouquet.
  • The echeveria is 2017’s succulent. I think that it is a classic succulent and looks very rose-like in its appearance. It can be found green or a soft lavender.
    The Greenery family has chosen my favorite piece of greenery to represent it for 2017, Eucalyptus. I love eucalyptus, especially baby euc. ! It is so versatile and can be paired in any season and goes well with any color since Eucalyptus is a nice frosted green. Also, as an added bonus, it smells amazing.

Flowering Plants:

The 2017 Flowering plants are many different colors and different varieties. What I have noticed about the 2017 flowers is that they are the same family, but different colors. For instance, the Garden Rose is favored for 2017 in five different colors/variations. Also, the Peony and Dahlia is preferred for 2017 in a few different colors. The next flowers are mentioned in order by color from white to purple, respectively.

  • The white flower is the Alabaster Garden Rose.This variation of the Garden Rose is only found in white and is very full. It has many petals and they turn over on the ends causing them to look pointed.
  • The cream flower is the Caramel Antike Garden Rose. This Garden Rose is also very full and is a very light caramel color or ivory.
  • The Dahlia is liked in a very rich red.  The dahlia is also a very full flower with pointed petals. Actually, Christine and I worked a wedding last fall with rich red dahlias.

    Image by Kasaundra Felder Photography

     

  • Fuchsia is the beautiful Peony. This Peony is a deep pink and pairs marvelously in spring and summer weddings and with other bright colors.
  • Pink is the Prince Charles Garden Rose. This Garden Rose is very round and is similar to the Peony.
  • The David Austin Juliet rose.  This rose is unlike any rose I have ever seen. It is spherical and does not open very much and looks as if it has over 100 petals.
  • The Sunset Garden Rose is the Peach flower of 2017. It is an ombre mix of pink and orange.  
  • Yellow is the Pom Pom Garden Rose. The center of this Garden Rose contains so many petals that it looks as if it is ruffled.
  • The green “flower” is not really a flower but it is a variation of a flower, it is the trick Dianthus.
  • The Trick Dianthus is adorable. It is a little, fuzzy, green ball and is very whimsical looking.
  • The blue flower of 2017 is my favorite flower, the blue Hydrangea. It is a large sphere with of many small flowers. The Hydrangea is perfect in a spring wedding when paired with whites or pinks. 
  • The Lilac is the lavender flower for 2017.  It is a nice light purple and is wonderful in the spring.
  • Finally, the purple flower is Hydrangea.  Like the blue Hydrangea it goes well with white flowers, but could be incorporated in the late summer and fall weddings.

    Beautiful blue hydrangeas

These are just a handful of flowers that are trending in 2017. How are you planning on using these flowers this year? If you have any questions or are seeking advice on how to use these flowers, do not hesitate to contact the Get-Christine team.