Thursday, January, 31 2008 • Our Story • by Dynamite Weddings
Dynamite Weddings evolved from an idea that Jennifer Dunham Starr, signature photographer of The Memory Journalists, had of being able to give back to brides in a way that would benefit and ease their wedding planning journey. She knew that she and her colleagues in the wedding industry have a vast amount of knowledge about planning a wedding. Jennifer then realized that the best way to give back to brides would be to gather the best wedding tips and trends from the leading vendors in Northern California. While collecting tips and trends she came up with an acronym -"TNT" - tips 'n trends. The TNT acronym reminded her of Wile E. Coyote with his ever accessible dynamite sticks&.and that is how Dynamite Weddings came to be.
Dynamite Weddings could not succeed without the help of the Dynamite Weddings' team of brides. Thank you to all of those who have contributed to make sure that all brides get the "dynamite weddings" they deserve.
Hi all Dynamite Daily readers. I'm the Starr Burst! (aka Jennifer Dunham Starr) . I was married in May 2006 and have been enjoying married life immensely. My husband and I dated for almost 3.5 years before getting married.
We were married in San Francisco with only 16 of our closest friends and family in attendance. It was a 3 day event for our guests complete with a surprise Cable Car ride through the city right after the ceremony. We were able to do many small touches - handmade pillows for each chair for the ceremony (made with love by my sister Valerie!), candy treats and personalized M&Ms with movie quotes placed in rooms prior to guest arrival, a unique movie quote for each assigned dinner seat that I matched to the personality of each guest, and I found the greatest hanging test tubes to place flowers along the railing of the terrace overlooking the Baybridge! I had so much fun planning our wedding. We did everything our way and we loved it. Even our black cake was a hit! Of course I couldn't resist taking some of our own photos (hello I'm a wedding photographer: The Memory Journalists), but we had the great honor of having my friends Bethy B of True Love Photo and Matt B of NJB Photography take our pictures.We just went on our honeymoon last month in December 2007 - a much delayed honeymoon. It was well worth the wait! For all those worrying about not having a honeymoon the day after your wedding - don't sweat it. You can spend just as nice a time having a picnic while driving along a desolate highway.
I loved planning our wedding so much (understatement), and being a wedding photographer myself, I meet brides all the time who have as much passion as I did about pulling off the best wedding of their lives. I wanted to find a way to give back to the brides and grooms in our community and provide them Tips and Trends to create their own Dynamite Wedding. The idea was born (read about The Story on www.dynamiteweddings.com). I'm the idea-maker behind Dynamite Weddings and am proud to announce the launch of our website and blog. I'm so happy to be bringing all future brides some tips, trends, and advice. And for those of you already married, I encourage you all to share your ideas, stories, and laughter. Please email us if you're interested in becoming a B2B Girl at email@example.com.
Thank you to our entire team who helped get this off the ground:
NJ - You're my angel! Seriously, not possible without you. We argue and get cranky like sisters and we still love each other.
Nik - "Just tell me what to do." Your mantra. And you make things happen so efficiently. A calming force for certain.
To all the B2B Girls - some who joined on our Bridal Board many months ago and those who joined forces just in the last weeks. We've created quite a Dynamite "super hero" team who are so giving of their time. The Flame, Blaze, The Firecracker, Sparky, Flare, The Scorcher, and more to come soon. I hope you all enjoy getting to know each and every B2B Girl!
To all the Vendors who took a risk and accepted our invitation to join our Dynamite Vendor team before we were even live with the site. Thank you for believing in us! You'll always have a special place on our team as Charter Members. We look forward to the future as we add on to our team. If you are interested in being a Dynamte Vendor please see the "How to become a vendor" on the Dynamite Vendors site.
And lastly, to my husband Cory, who hasn't seen much of me lately. Thank you for letting me try new things, at the cost of working too much and not getting to watch as many movies together. Several times I wondered "What am I doing?!?!" And I was afraid I'd hear "I told you so." But somehow I have managed my sanity and our new company is off the ground. You won't know what to do with me now that you'll see me more often again!
Have you met Monica and Marvin yet? These two have the best insight on everything weddings from the wedding checklist to fancy wedding ideas. They might look like a couple of monkeys, but they know their fare share about your big wedding day! Marvin likes to take the wedding planner duties and Monica comes up with clever wedding ideas, but also keeps everyone on track with her amazing wedding checklist. These two are always open to questions and willing to help at anytime!