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Michele · Married on 09/22/2018
M.O.B.-full wedding planning contract with Black Dog Affairs
Our daughter and son-in-law have a farm on an island in Lake Champlain. Their dream was to have a DIY kind of wedding on their land, featuring their pasture-raised pork and hosting some 180 guests from all over the country. Given their hectic lives, the mother and father of the bride felt we needed help to pull off such an event successfully. After considerable research, we chose Jackie and Leah of Black Dog Affairs to help us. Initially, they advised us on some of the big decisions like the tent rental and the photographer, but as the wedding date drew near, they also became very proactive in asking the questions we needed to answer about all the little details of the wedding. At the same time, they were fielding all kinds of questions both from us and the wedding couple, doing the research that no one had the time to do, e.g., lighting a walking path through a rugged farm field, sprucing up a bunch of portable toilets, etc. With their experience and expertise, we arrived at the wedding date confident that every detail was covered, and we all could thoroughly enjoy ourselves. That is exactly what happened. Leah and Jackie worked tirelessly and quietly “behind the scenes” so that everything was perfect—the arrangement of the tables, the display of flowers, and the guest book. Also we had a slideshow to present and setting that up in a remote tent was tricky. Luckily, Jackie confidently claimed “I got this” and sure enough, the show went off without a hitch.Sent on 12/22/2018
Many of us only host one or two weddings in our lifetimes. Most of us learn what works from trial and error. Hiring Jackie and Leah brought their experience and expertise to the table, and that, in turn, enabled us to relax and really enjoy the days leading up to the wedding and the wedding itself. We are most grateful! Thanks again, Jackie and Leah!!!
Erin Seybold · Married on 09/08/2018
We love BDA!
Jackie and Leah were a fantastic resource during the entire planning process, and invaluable during the weekend of the event. They really made things run smoothly so we could enjoy the big day with our guests. They were amazing!Sent on 12/17/2018
Meghan · Married on 10/21/2017
Jackie and Leah are amazing, what a power duo!
Thanks to these two ladies I had the wedding of my dreams last October! I was no cookie cutter bride.. I had them finding me ferris wheels, elvis impersonators and fire breathers (just to name a few) and they did that and so so much more.
On the day of our wedding they were absolutely indispensable - everything flowed so nicely even though there were so many moving parts. We couldn't have done it without you guys, thanks again for a dream day. XOXOSent on 11/30/2017
Emily · Married on 10/14/2017
We hired Black Dog Affairs and worked with Leah for our day of coordinator. We had a lot of crazy logistics with our wedding have so many components of different locations, etc and Leah was on top of everything and made it al happen! We were so thrilled with how the entire day unfolded and we really could not have done it without her help.Sent on 12/04/2017
Glenn · Married on 09/09/2017
We spent a lot of time finding the right caterer, the right linens and chairs vendor, the right band, the right fancy porta-potties for our outdoor Vermont wedding. As the date approached, however, we realized just how many moving parts our wedding would involve and we panicked we would be so busy coordinating we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the day. Then one last search: wedding day coordinators. Thankfully, we quickly found Leah and Black Dog Affairs. Even though we were arranging the wedding while out of state, Leah patiently worked with us initially by phone and then in person to create a to-the-minute schedule for our wedding day. Always with a smile on her face, Leah learned what was important to us and created a behind-the-scenes choreography that allowed our day to unfold exactly as planned, without looking planned. Leah allowed us to be ourselves and to spend time with our guests rather than worrying where the BBQ smoker would go or where the tip envelopes were. In shouldering the burden of stage managing our wedding, Leah actually gave us our wedding. We will always be grateful for that gift!Sent on 12/10/2017
Our advice? If you are booking an important event and Leah and Black Dog Affairs are available, HIRE THEM. If they are not available, MOVE YOUR DATE.
Glenn and Craig
Danny · Married on 08/05/2017
Leah and Jackie were nothing short of outstanding throughout the entire wedding planning and event process. We love them. They are knowledgeable, attentive, helpful, supportive, and are just absolutely wonderful people that genuinely wanted to give us the perfect wedding that they possibly could. And they certainly succeeded. Their design for our venues for the rehearsal dinner and reception were absolutely stunning (and to be honest, this is not something I particularly cared much about but was supremely impressed and grateful once I saw it). We truly feel that we had the perfect wedding and we attribute all of this to them. They also clearly had a great rapport with all of our many vendors, which also helped to make the experience and day of completely stress free and way more fun. Could not recommend them more. Simply the best. And, as a groom who wasn't as involved, I think that's saying something.Sent on 12/13/2017
Steph · Married on 07/22/2017
Leah and Jackie were with me every step of the way when planning my non-traditional wedding. From our first phone conversations I said I wanted to do things differently, without a bridal party and a small ceremony but a big party with no sit down dinner. Every crazy decision I made they were right there with suggestions and kept my idea alive! We found them early on when we couldn't find a venue close enough to Burlington to fit our guest list and accommodate my wants (no ugly ballroom rug & close to Burlington) with my mom's need for AC (aka Barn's were out!) From day one of meeting, they showed us so many amazing venues we had to create a pro's and con's list over a glass of wine to narrow it down. With their guidance we went on to plan my dream wedding for the next 11 months including weekly phone calls, countless emails and my pinterest ideas being sent their way (which they can absolutely make come to life). Black dog has great relationships with local vendors and was able to point us in the right direction at every decision leading up to the big weekend, all of our other vendors were excited to work with Black Dog for our big day. At our ceremony & reception events, they were amazing, I didn't have to think about one thing, I got to enjoy every minute because they were there bringing it all to life. I already miss my weekly calls with them!Sent on 09/02/2017
Victoria · Married on 05/13/2017
AMAZING!!!! I highly recommend working with these amazing ladies! They were so helpful throughout my whole planning process I couldn't have asked for a better experience!Sent on 06/27/2017
Brittany · Married on 10/15/2016
I hired Black Dog Affairs to help out with my sisters wedding that she was having at her home, which turned out to be so much more work than expected and knew we would need help! Jackie came the day before to help us set up and show us where things should be set, directed the rehearsal, even took things home with her that we needed written on chalkboards.(awesome calligraphy skills!) She did all the decorating the day of the wedding and was an amazing help with the coordinating the DJ and Elvis impersonator we hired. She even stepped up and helped the caterers when their waitstaff failed to show up. I will definitely be using Black Dog Affairs for any future events I have !Sent on 11/16/2016
Emma · Married on 08/27/2016
These ladies are amazing. We feel so lucky that they were a part of our celebration. They completely understood our vision and went above and beyond to make it all come to life on the big day. I was 100% confident that I could hand over the reins and everything would turn out perfectly with no stress on my part. They crafted all sorts of DIY touches that really added something extra I wouldn't have had the time for. Highly recommended!!!Sent on 08/29/2016
Katharine · Married on 08/27/2016
Jackie worked with me to help create my vision. She wrote out my seating cards and they were definitely photo worthy!! Thank you!Sent on 11/15/2016
Louisa · Married on 08/13/2016
What absolute life savers Jackie and Leah are! If you're looking for friendly, flexible, professional and fun wedding coordinators to help with your wedding day seriously look no further. They went above and beyond to help us flesh out our vision and make the day come to life! We found ourselves needing something between day of planning and full wedding planning assistance. They were great about providing just the services we needed and not roping us into a "coordination package" that would be expensive and beyond what we needed. Not to mention the fact that they seemed to always be one step ahead of us as far as thinking of things we may need or anticipating a hang up. With a backyard wedding there was a lot to think about and many details to iron out that hadn't even occurred to us. Such peace of mind knowing they were behind the scenes during our wedding and took the pressure off family so they could enjoy the day. Definitely recommend these wonderful ladies to anyone looking for help with their big day!Sent on 11/28/2016
Michelle · Married on 08/06/2016
Leah and Jackie were my A-team! I had just moved from my home in Vermont to NYC and that took up so much energy that by the time I got around to wedding planning I only had 4 months left (with 200+ guests invited)! They were super friendly, fun, and understanding when I was overwhelmed with emotion and stress. They also knew how to get down to business without being overbearing or controlling. Jackie & Leah were well connected locally and were able to pull some vendors in at the last minute. During the wedding they were on point and in charge at the same time as blending right in. Our parents and guests loved them too. Once it was all over I was sad to say goodbye to our regular chats and planning sessions! I encourage you to work with Black Dog Affairs and to hire them right from the start like I wish I had!Sent on 03/23/2017
Maya · Married on 07/03/2016
Black Dog Affairs is the best! Not only are these woman extremely talented I would say above all they provide the most amazing support and dedication to their brides. Jackie was ALWAYS there when I had a question or needed help. She is also an incredibly gifted artist. I cannot say enough wonderful things about black dog affairs! I could not have planned such an amazing wedding without them!Sent on 07/18/2016