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Wedding Highlight – Morgan & Adam

May 4th, 2017 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

I’ve waited to blog about Morgan and Adam’s wedding until nearly their anniversary, in part because it’s hard to put into words their wedding day, and in part because because when I got the images from their photographer it was no longer spring. Their crazy talented photographer (who has graced the cover of Martha Stewart many times) Aaron Delesie warned us, with a twinkle in his eye, that he would curate and take time on these images, so when I first saw the images I was beyond excited about the eye candy on my screen.  Admittedly, I was also  knee deep in fall weddings.  I thought “let me wait till the right time to share this beauty of a wedding with the world.”  Now, as we near their anniversary, I want to share Morgan, Adam, their wedding and Aaron’s photos with all of you.

 

 

Morgan is a sunbeam!  She wanted color, color, color which is fitting — it goes with her vivacious amazing personality!  She truly lights up a room, and is the color in any setting.  She is delightful!  Her entire professional team adored working with her and wanted to create a garden of Eden for her wedding day to start her marriage in lush beautiful surroundings.  They wanted vibrant color, just like Morgan’s vibrant personality, mixed with antiques and eclectic textures to make a regal setting befitting of the evening’s celebration.

Femininity and softness were abundant throughout the entire Lucas Estate.  Even small cherubs and angels were brought into the gardens to add grandeur, and yet a touch of whimsy to the opulent home.

 

The warmth and detail of the wedding all began with  decadent invitation suite which arrived wrapped in velum and cording dripping in a custom wax seal.  The Invitation also hinted to Morgan’s love of butterflies which would become prevalent throughout the celebration.  Afterall, we called Morgan our Social Butterfly. 😉  So much so, the term of endearment was even used on the paperie to note the hashtag.

 

The bridal party added to the color palette during the ceremony (and the joy!)   Morgan even surprised them with a second set of florals. Besides these bountiful cascading bouquets, she also gave them floral crowns to adorn during the reception and dancing portion of the evening.

 

As guests entered the celebration tent, the room was filled with flowers and guests said it reminded them of a lush greenhouse.  Morgan’s dream of a vibrant dance floor was accomplished with the sparkling floor filled with butterflies.  It was also filled with guests alllllll evening because of their phenomenal choice of a band.  (…which was kicked off by Adam’s dance with his mom — who requested they be joined by all of their guests!)

The cake was regal and stately, (and of course befitting of the occasion – pink champagne flavored!) 😉 and the flowers, fragrant & decadent) Morgan once called the tent a “jewel box” during the planning process.  She wanted it to be a place of hidden treasures and wonder.  As guests discovered the layers of textures, patterns, colors and aromas, her vision of the jewel box became reality.

 

Butterflies continued to fly for Morgan and Adam’s first dance — as a bit of a surprise, with the help of a confetti cannon and some magic 😉 (…you know I love surprises and confetti …)  The confetti was shaped like butterflies!  🙂

 

Here’s wishing Morgan & Adam the first of many many years of happiness! 

Merci to Ian Delesie Photography for capturing these photos and moments in time.  Also to: A Classic, Arlene Productions, BBJ Linen, Bobby Cooper Salon, LaDolce Salon, Lightfield Lewis, Lucas Estate, Pomp&Polish, Rev. Tod Iseminger, The Empty Vase,  

 

 

 

 

Wedding Highlight – Taylor & AJ

December 31st, 2016 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

It seems only fitting to end 2016’s blogging with a wedding that, while not the final wedding of the season, was the wedding  that ended with a (surprise) confetti canon launch.  Taylor and AJ celebrated their wedding joyfully and and with enormous smiles the entire weekend — because well, to do so any other way just wouldn’t be them!  They are among the happiest couples (and family) I have ever had the pleasure of working with and I am thrilled to share their wedding with all of you!

Taylor and AJ exude joy all the time.  Their family and friends do too.  One of their toasts said “an evening with Tayjay is an evening well spent.” — imagine spending a year planning their wedding!  🙂

Every call, email, meeting was fun, full of trust and just made the wedding so exciting.  I loved helping them create a weekend full of memories for their family and friends!

Their ceremony included a processional filled with very personal song selections for each member of the party.  The (adorable) flower girls danced down the aisle sprinkling gold butterflies down the lavender aisle and the families shared in the beautiful service under a chuppah created with greenery and soft pink florals.

As the newlyweds came back down the aisle, they were surprised with glittering streamers tossed by the guests, which can be seen on the video below.  

The reception space was inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  Taylor, AJ and their guests were surrounded with lush gardens of flowers as rainlights danced overhead.  The centerpiece of the room was a canopy of pink ribbons which included sparkling lighting over a glittering gold dancefloor.

The details of the space included candles, lush linens, opulent flowers, and yes, that pink ribbon focalpoint.

Taylor and AJ’s joy could not be more evident than in this photo during their first dance.  I think it was obvious to everyone throughout the entire process, and during the ceremony as they giggled during their personalized vows, well written speeches and this choreographed first dance.  Their smiles were radiant all evening.  The energy in the room was contagious.  I love seeing the joy on the faces of the bridal party in the background (even though they’re not the ones in focus … it’s perfection!)

After the ceremonial toasts and speeches, (and this spectacular dance) the Conrad orchestrated their dinner service.  (If you’ve not seen a Conrad dining experience, I encourage you to do so; it’s a treat!)

 

As dancing began, so too did the party.  (…as if the celebration hadn’t already?!?!) 😉  Taylor and AJ had selected a favorite from IU to honor their alma mater — and they were spectacular!  They, along with the photography and Conrad team, were the only ones in on my little surprise for Taylor and AJ….

 

Taylor and AJ are full of joy, and life and always are so giving of others — it was my turn to give to them — so I did!  I decided to surprise them with a bit of magic on their wedding day in the form of a confetti cannon during their last dance.  AJ’s shock says it all in the left image — I love it (you MUST watch the video for his reaction!),  and the photo on the right shows the effects of the raining confetti (for minutes) as it poured down.

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These two deserved more than glittering gold streamers during their ceremony and a confetti drop – but it was the simple things I could give them to show how much I appreciated them (and their families) as clients.  They are fantastic.  They’re funny, they’re creative (yet they let their creative team just do our thing),  they’re trusting (when when you’re from out of town is what you need to be with your entire professional team) and above all, they’re so in love.

 

AJ and Taylor, Thank you so allowing us to be part of your lives this year — and for many years to come.  As we ring in 2017 — may the confetti cannon at midnight remind you once again of your wedding night and all the magical moments this year brought.  Cheers to the new year! xoxo

 

2016 was an amazing year for Mon Amie Events, Inc.  Taylor and AJ were not alone in being fantastic and trusting client.  Jessica, their photographer, and I joked they we had hit the jackpot this year.  Truly though, it was no joke.  Our clients together this year that were just extraordinarily out of this world.  All were like Taylor and AJ:  Forward thinking, fun, had contagious smiles, amazing families and totally trusted their professional teams.  Overall, that’s how this entire wedding season went.  I truly could not be more grateful to the couples, their families and to the professionals I worked alongside.  Thank you all for this fantastic year full of memories, I look forward to seeing what the next year will bring.

Merci to Jessica Strickland Photography for capturing these images and these moments for Talyor and AJ! Also to: A Classic Party Rental, Classic Cakes of Carmel, Conrad Indianapolis, Empty Vase, Evans Audio Visual, Events By Design, Flutterfetti,  JW Salon,  Manayunk Calligraphy, Northernlight Filmworks, Pink Poppy Ink, Rod Tuffcurls & the Benchpress,  TLW Entertainment 

Wedding Highlight – Michele & Scott

October 26th, 2016 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

Michele and Scott Lucas Estate Wedding

When families ask me to be part of their planning process, it’s always an honor I take very seriously.  There truly is no greater gift then when someone from when within the event industry asks this of me.  It’s honestly the greatest honor. When Michele and Scott approached me and said, “what are you doing next October?” I was overjoyed!  (…and intimated!) 😉  I knew their day would be filled with fantastic ideas, and an amazing guest list of friends, colleagues and our industry elite.  It was — all of it was!

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Michele and Scott envisioned a weekend working with their colleagues and professional friends from years of their own event experience.  They sent over photographs  inspired around a European castle rich food, color and history to help stimulate their professional team which consisted of:

3 top  notch florists, a graphic design maven, 7 different entertainment acts, hair / makeup / massage therapists, 2 rental companies, 4 different transportation /valet logistical details, photo and video ninjas, an extraordinary venue with in house catering (food comaaaaa) and oh… lest not forget, a pretty snazzy av and decor company  all pouring their hearts into a night for this gracious couple that has been so fantastic to all of us over the years.  

All of these professionals took these photos and inspirations and just ran with it.  Michele and Scott (busy with their own company’s events) let us create an extraordinary evening for the senses.

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Michele wanted guests to be welcomed to the Lucas Estate and immediately be whisked away to a European Castle.  Upon arrival lush gardens of fall florals and rich textures greeted guests.  Small embossed leather bound programs were given to guests letting them know the evening’s details. One guest looked through her program and noted “It’s like a little Bible!”

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Guests then meandered through the Estate’s gardens to the the ceremony location.  Once there, they were treated to a service infused with several musical acts.  Michele actually snuck out of her hiding spot (away from guests’ view) before the ceremony to listen to the harp and singers so she could “hear the angels.”  Following the bridal party, Scott, in his traditional Scottish kilt, premiered with a group of bag pipers, escorted by his sister.  Michele, escorted by her brother, actually waved to guests as she first appeared from the estate’s Florida room.  It was so heart warming and enchanting.  To see such joy on her face was adorable!

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The ceremony was a beautiful mix of traditions and religions presided over by a friend, and minister colleague.  The joy and laughter throughout was contagious!

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Following the service, the bagpipers led guests to the dining area.  Here Michele’s brother-in-law played acoustic guitar and welcomed guests to the spectacular al fresco dinner space.  The tables were abundant and lush with fragrance and texture.  Rosemary, artichokes, roses, protea,  autumn leaves and thistle all created the centerpieces which paired with cranberry napkins and patterned charger plates.  All of this texture work together in collaboration to create an opulent space for dining.

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The menu consisted of several food stations reflecting their heritages.  To be candid, it was gluttonous.  🙂  The food stations last for several hours and consisted of whole pig, lamb, filet, oysters, a raw bar, grilled vegetables, miniature desserts and barista station.  The culinary team created much of their menu specifically for Michele and Scott.  That’s one of the things that makes this location so special, they do this for each of their couples.  Lucas creates a custom and couture experience and it doesn’t go unnoticed.

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Following dinner a band, 2 djs and acoustic singers all performed throughout the evening.  The dance floor was packed all night.  (Led by Michele, who it should be noted, never left the dance floor.)

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The dancefloor was filled with family, friends, wedding professionals (and if you’re getting married in the next year, or a newlywed, you’re sure to spot a familiar face from your own wedding professional team because of the 250 guests, over 200 were from the event industry)

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It was an evening filled with vibrancy, joy and a very magical bouquet toss!  (Michele’s toss bouquet was made of several bouquets so when she tossed it in the air, it separated into nosegays so several friends could catch the bouquet and join in the revelry as the ribbons fluttered onto the dancefloor.)

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As nightfall came over the estate the house was lit to perfection and guests went into an afterparty in the Sports Pavilion.  Here another DJ (and more food!) continued the party until the wee hours of the morning!

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Creating all of this magic was truly an honor.  It was very special wedding to create.  Ensuring the guests’ taste-buds were  stimulated with flavors from around the world was so much fun!  It was thrilling to help design the aromatic centerpieces laden with various aromas and tablescapes with decadent textures. (Michele cried when she saw her preview of the designs — that’s what we love in our jobs.) It was very humbling to be part of such a special team.  Michele and Scott wanted their “friendors” for be their professional team. Leading this amazing group of people was such a treat, because it was a labor of love for all of us.  Michele and Scott are very gracious and giving and we all just truly wanted to give back to them.  It truly was each of our wedding gift to them.  Best Wishes Michele and Scott – with all my love.

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Merci to Ian Borgerhoff Photography for capturing these images and these moments for Michele and Scott! Also to: A Classic, Calligraphy with TLC, Elizabeth Aldridge Clark, Endless Summer Band, Event Source, DJ Gabby Love, Highland Pipers, IndyVisual, JP Parker, Jan Aldridge Clark, LaDolce Salon, Lucas Estate, Marie Gabriel Couture, McNamara Flowers, Party Time Sound, Pomp&Polish, Rev. Marty Moran, Royal Creations, TLW Entertainment …and of course…  😉 Evans Audio Visual / Wow Factors xoxo

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To see an “instant replay” of the wedding – click here:  Michele and Scott Wedding Instant Rewind Wedding Trailer

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Wedding Highlight – Nikki & Weston

August 29th, 2016 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

Nikki and Weston Farm Wedding

 

There is something magical that happens when a bride sees the space she’s going to host her wedding in for the first time and she knows it’s the right place.  It’s like when she puts on her gown for the first time.  All is right with the world.  For Nikki and Weston, that moment occured they stepped foot onto Trader’s Point Creamery a little tabby cat ran up to the veterinarian bride.   Even on the cold December day I looked at Nikki and knew it was the perfect location for their summer wedding.

I was so excited to create Nikki and Weston’s wedding.  This was my second wedding with Weston’s wedding.  My first was his sister’s (you know her as crazy talented Nikki from Pomp&Polish, the graphic designer, I trust implicitly.) and I have come to love their entire family over the years.  Now, we were in the wedding planning mode once again and I was so excited to bring a new vision to life for their family.  Nikki and Weston’s wedding needed to be planned mostly via email because Nikki was finishing schooling in Grenada (yep, you read that right, the stunning island country) while Weston was in Seattle.  So – through emails, conference calls and photos I had a job to do and had the help of some amazing wedding professionals!

 

The invitation and paperie set the mood from the start. Pomp& Polish created this and I must confess – she blew my mind! Animals, wood, and rose gold *(to match the unbelievable engagement ring Weston had created) all were used to tell the story in this truly second-to-none suite.  It truly was the most fanciful, yet formal invitation suite I had seen in my career, and it translated so beautifully on the wedding day.  The same animals that were seen on the accomodations card peaking around the floral print, were also seen as the table names and favor tags.  It was formal yet approachable.  It was whimsical but not childish.  It was a keepsake.  Scratch that.  It IS a keepsake.

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Nikki and Weston chose the creamery because of the working farm, and wanted guests to enjoy the farm.  They wanted their family and friends to see as many aspects of the land as possible and for the ceremony to take place near the animals.  We utilized the space in a non-traditional way, and actually held the ceremony in the round, near one of the large trees, so guests could enjoy the shade on the warm summer day.  The bridal party meandered through the field and the florals all looked like the party picked their abundant bouquets from the gardens as they walked.

 

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Following the ceremony guests enjoyed the farm and the organic foods the creamery is known for serving.  Lemonade, truffle popcorn and fresh cheeses welcomed the guests.Cocktail hour Farm Wedding

As guests entered the red barn for dinner, they were welcomed once again with Nikki and Weston’s love of animals. Each guest was given an animal as their table assignment.  Long family style seating and eclectic heirloom china were used befitting of this “family dinner” style evening.  No two place settings were the same and guests commented on the vibrant hues of plates and glassware which complimented the field flowers.  To honor Weston’s Scottish heritage plenty of thistle were used throughout the event, along with peony to honor their childhood home, Indiana. The cakes dripped with decadence, literally.  It was nearly impossible to decide which flavor to have — so many guests had more than one flavor.  (I might have a hard time deciding too) 😉

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The flowers were vibrant, summery and truly looked as though they were plucked from creamery’s vast fields.  I can not say enough about Nikki’s bouquet. It was truly a show stopper.  She was truly a knock out. Weston was beaming all day!

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One of my favorite moments of the day was immediately after their ceremony.  As Nikki and Weston were leaving the ceremony space and heading toward the reception barn, the same tabby cat that had welcomed them on their initial site visit came up to Nikki for a cuddle!

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Nikki, Weston and their families are incredible people.  They are so trusting of their professional team and allowed us to play and bring their personalities to life with this fun, family friendly, farm wedding!  Their love for one another is so evident and it was amazing to witness throughout the wedding process and especially on the wedding day.  There was SO MUCH LOVE all weekend and so many smiles! Happiness everywhere!  It was just incredible and I’m so honored I got to share another wedding with this fantastic (and talented — and smart!) family!

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Nikki and Weston waited so long to be in the same city – and I’m so thrilled that their wedding day arrived.  Nikki’s schooling was complete and she could move to Seattle and finally, they could be together — and sit on the same couch – forever 🙂  Congratulations you two! I’m so thrilled for you both, I’ve known you a long time and I could not be more excited to be part of your wedding.

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Merci to Jessica Strickland Photography for capturing these images and these moments for Nikki, Weston and all of us to relish! Also to: A Classic Party Rental, Trader’s Point Creamery, LGi Linens, Classic Cakes, Violet Vintage, LaDolce Salon, Jupiter & Juno, and Weston’s sister – Nikki Pulfer from Pomp&Polish – the paperie that was created as a labor of love and was knocked out of the park.

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Wedding Highlight – Katelyn & Paul

August 17th, 2016 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

Katelyn and Paul Summer Wedding

Color me happy when a bride says, “I want pinks, corals and summer flowers and oh, I totally trust you.”

Katelyn, Paul and her mom, Marcia, were a total delight to work with throughout their engagement process.  I loved their urban chic wedding vision, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled than to help their families plan this weekend for them and to create their vision of a downtown garden.  Katelyn and Paul were finishing boards and schooling in Chicago while trying to navigate the planning process in Indy.  Through 1, yes, only 1 trip home, we worked through photos, phone calls and (a very pretty) design meeting to create a splendid celebration filled with color, fragrant flowers and so many smiles! (Regardless of what Mother Nature tried to throw at us.)

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The ceremony was intimate and filled with candlelight and lush gardens of floral.  The bouquets were dripping with greenery and fragrant flowers in every color of the rainbow.  Each bouquet was truly a showstopper.

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The reception space continued to evoke the urban chic atmosphere Katelyn envisioned.  Sleek chairs and metal chargers paired with the soft and refined gardens which created an eclectic celebration.  Color, color everywhere color!  Shades of pink, fuchsia, tangerine and lavender on soft lemon linens captivated guests as they entered the room. Chandeliers of floral and candles dropped from the ceiling allowing guests to be entirely immersed into the garden.

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Mother Nature may have had her own plans for a summer day, but with the lush gardens inside the ceremony and reception space, Katelyn and Paul truly never showed anything but radiant sunshine.  (and absolutely captured adorable photos regardless of the rain — one of my favorite bridal couple images ever!) 🙂

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Eventually the skies did part — just in time for a gorgeous pink sunset and photos on the canal (and some quiet time for the Katelyn and Paul to reflect) — I mean LOOK at these smiles 🙂  wowza!!!! They are very very good to each other.  I like that.

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Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your day, it was truly an honor.  Your families are so welcoming, warm and I adore you Marcia — anyone who invites me to a 4th of July BBQ, well be still my heart.  😉  Katelyn good luck on your move.  You’ll love your new city!

 

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Continue to be good to each other — this photo says it all  — I find it so sweet Paul.  xoxorainy day couples stay together

Merci to Carpenter Photography and Design for capturing these moments for us to enjoy! Also to:  Canal 337 / Thomas Caterers of Distinction, BBJ, Classic Cakes, Jan Aldridge Clark, Events By Design, LaDolce Salon, Jim Cerone, McNamara Flowers Carmel, Tod Iseminger

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Wedding Highlight – Christine & Ryan

July 14th, 2016 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

Christine and Ryan Library Ceremony Black and White

Every once in a while as a planner you hit the client jackpot. So let me just say, JACKPOT!!! I cannot even begin to describe the amount of love I have for Christine,  Ryan and both of their families. There is something them, that when you instantly feel welcomed as a member of the family the moment you meet. From the moment I met Terri, Christine’s mom, (in a thunder storm of Biblical proportions) I thought “This woman is so full of radiant sunshine, if I am not selected as their wedding planner, I’m going to have total facebook envy stalking their planner the night of their wedding.” Thank God they selected me as their planner, because Christine and Ryan are the definition of the perfect client. They are as beautiful on the inside as the outside and they entirely trusted every.single.member of their professional team implicitly.  Jackpot!

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Lets talk about the dress – AHHMAZING! It was stunning in every way and the way it fit her body was like a glove. The simplicity of the dress was jaw dropping – literally. Ryan’s, mine – the guests’…

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Christine and Ryan were so trusting when it came to the decision making process. This allowed for the professional team to really all work together to create such an amazingly gorgeous event! When Christine came to me she already knew that she wanted to use cream and white as her main décor colors.   When she tossed in an inspiration  incorporating palms (which — shhhhh 😉 — Ryan was not initially crazy about), my heart skipped a beat! Using the inspiration of Old Hollywood and the classic hues of whites, golds, and blacks with the vibrant pop of the palm leaves created the perfect touch of whimsy! Placing a palm leaf on each place setting was a fun way for each guest to be able to take home a piece of the event and it also added a fun aspect of depth to the tablescape.

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The flowers were hundreds of bouquets of white clustered flowers.  Peony, tulips, roses, hydrangea and orchids filled the tables with fragrance and romance.  Antique trays were layered with the monstera leaves to create little vignettes on the table tops for the cream and sugar reminiscent of a bygone era.  Christine and Ryan’s kindness showed not only the their reception guests, but also to the staff at Riley Hospital for Children.  These stunning florals were donated following the celebration to hospital.

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The bridesmaids were all tasked with finding their own dress for the wedding. No glittery gold dress was off limits, which made for such a fun and beautiful outcome! These golden goddesses looked timeless, elegant and spectacular in the ceremony space which was built in 1912.  2016-07-14_0001

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Since Christine and Ryan live in Arizona currently they wanted to incorporate it in to their special day but they were not sure how. After some brainstorming we decided that the best way to be able to bring in an Arizonian feel would be through the cuisine, more specifically the entrée. Working closely with the wonderful Ritz Charles they created a juicy chicken breast topped with a colorful fruit salsa and paired with a creamy spicy mashed potato side. Another fun way to incorporate their personalities into the menu was a surprise “buckeye” flavored wedding cake.  Decadent chocolate cake filled with peanut butter mousse.

Christine and Ryan are a great couple but they do disagree on one thing – Who’s mother makes the better cookie? So what better way to end this fight then to have a so-called, cookie bake off! Each mother made their secret recipe cookie and decorated them with Christine and Ryan’s alma maters. We then handed guests one of each cookie to try as their favors. Christine’s mother, Terri, made sugar cookies iced with the Ohio State logo (ps… Christine is the 17th family member to attend The Ohio State, WOW!!!). Ryan’s mother, Norma, made her “Monster Cookies” packaged with a Bowling Green logo. I have a bit of experience in food competitions 😉 and I don’t dare say who won this battle – because everyone won, especially the guests who took home both yummy treats.  BOTH were delicious!  Each family can easily claim the win.

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I am beyond thankful that Christine and Ryan and both of their families allowed me to be a part of their love filled day. You are both so amazing and I know that you will both achieve greatness in every way. It was an honor to be part of your wedding, and more importantly, now part of your families.  Thank you for allowing me to be included in your day.  Terri, thank you for being the ray of sunshine the first time I met you and every single day since!

 

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To see their video trailer by Nortnernlight Filmworks click – Video Trailer of Christine and Ryan

Merci to this team who made a dream night possible! A Classic Party Rental,  Central Library, ESB, Events By Design, Evans AV, Faces by KLM, Jessica Strickland Photography (all of the images you see here are hers), Marie Gabriel Couture,  Northernlight Filmworks , Ritz Charles Catering, Royal Creations, TLW Entertainment

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We Have A Sister!

April 15th, 2016 monamieevents Uncategorized 2 Comments
 
Mon Amie Events, Inc has had the honor of creating weddings for many years with families from the start of the wedding planning process through the wedding weekend.  We’ve gone to site inspections, dress fittings, chosen invitations, designed spectacular celebrations and tasted many flavors of cake over the years.  It’s been a delightful and delicious process, but we understand not every couple needs full wedding planning services.  It’s what we do, it’s where we excel. 
 
We know though, some couples thrive off of setting each of the meetings with their professionals, have the time to dedicate to these tasks, the experience to negotiate contracts and the ability to design their own weddings.  However, they may want assistance on their wedding day so they can truly enjoy the weekend with their friends and family.  They should be able to do this. Every bride and groom should have someone on the wedding day to cater to their needs and ensure the details are in place and taken care of.  Here’s where we knew something was missing.
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Today, we introduce our sister company, Le Jour du Mariage, which in  French means: “the wedding day” helping couples with Wedding Day Coordination.  The same dedication, care and devotion to our events you’ve come to expect from our team will expand in our new company.  Wedding Day Coordination will be the exclusive service of Le Jour Du Mariage’s Lead Coordinator, Mallori Hirt. She will serve to help couples execute their vision and allow them to relax on their “le jour du mariage.” 
 
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Mallori has worked with Mon Amie Events, Inc for several years and knows our company philosophy and training.  She knows the area’s professionals and will serve as a liaison to couples in the final weeks before their wedding day ensuring every detail is exactly as they’ve envisioned.  Please visit www.LeJourDuMariage.com to learn more about Mallori and how our sister company may be of service.
 
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To celebrate our sister company’s birthday, Mon Amie Events, Inc. is also debuting our new logo and website.  Mon Amie Event Inc’s new logo  pairing with the announcement of our sister company, Le Jour du Mariage, show our commitment to helping couples create stylish, sophisticated, cosmopolitan yet approachable weddings.  Between our two companies,  we’ll cover their requirement for full service execution or their request of a day of coordinator.  We are here to service families to ensure they have the wedding day of their dreams.  
We hope you are enjoying the new look;  let us know what you think!
 
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Merci to our colleagues who helped our sister company’s vision become a reality: InspireMedia and our photographers: Emillia Jane Photography, Jennifer Driscoll Photography, Jessica Strickland Photography, Pomp & Polish, LLC
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Wedding Highlight – Casey & Nick

March 16th, 2016 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

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The moment I met Casey I wanted to help her create the wedding of her dreams. I thought, if she doesn’t select me as her wedding planner, I will have “planner envy” for whomever she selects.  Then she said the magic words.  She said words every wedding professional loves to hear “I trust you.” Casey and Nick first learned of my work from “blog stalking” (she used that term – which I love) her photographer, Jessica Strickland’s website.  I knew then we were in for a real treat. Jessica and I have created some beauties together.  This would be no different.

Casey and Nick are adorable.  Inside and out.  They are very good to one another – and even more kind to other people.  Casey’s parents are among the warmest I’ve had the pleasure of working with in over 15 years.  I truly wanted their daughter’s wedding to be everything they wished for and more.  It was.  They asked for a winter wedding – and, they had a truly winter wonderland.

 

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Casey is a stunning girl and her gown is nothing less than exquisite!  It certainly set the tone for a beautiful wedding. It sparkled in every light and flowed beautifully as she walked, danced and joyfully met Nick at the end of the aisle for their first look.

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The words “I trust you.” go a long way in the event world.  It means your event team can not only create what you want, but give you more than you ever imagined. If you want an icy white wedding, your team will create something unique, fun, engaging and very special for you, your new husband and your guests. Your dad will cry.  Heck, play it right, your planner might too. 😉  (I don’t do that often – but on this one, yep, I did….)

Winter Wonderland Wedding Ceremony

Casey is a school teacher and Nick is a pilot.  Most weeknights they’re not together, so on this very special night it was all about togetherness, family and total JOY! Their ceremony included poems, readings and I their guests caught it — a fun whimsical homage to their beloved dog Delilah during the musical prelude.  🙂

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(look at those cute little naked toes on the flower girl) 😉

 

The ceremony decor set the tone for the evening.  Guests walked into the winter scene of white woodland trees.  The ushers actually had a difficult time having guests be seated on time as friends and family took in breathtaking which lay before them. No cameras allowed for the ceremony, but before the ceremony, no one – and I mean no one – would put them way for a quick picture of the scene as they walked into the room.  Those poor ushers.  😉

Winter Wedding Couple

The altar continued the winter forest and allowed a serene setting for the couple to say their vows and ultimately sign their marriage license in front of their guests following readings and prayers.

Winter Wedding Ceremony

The reception details were thoughtful and edited.  Each table had refined decisions from which linen and charger were placed to the different centerpiece and shape table.  Together the room looked cohesive and clean like a freshly fallen snow on a winter’s evening.

Winter Wonderland Wedding Reception

 

The details were everywhere… glass sparkled, beaded linens glistened and snowflake ornament menu cards danced as they hung from the chairs all creating a wonderland enveloping Casey and Nick’s guests as they entered the ballroom.

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Casey, Nick and their bridal party enjoyed cocktails and were introduced into the ballroom onto a sparkling dance floor (Casey’s big request of the wedding) and Nick asked Casey to the dance floor for their first dance.

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At this point in the event, the surprise of the night truly began. I encouraged Casey’s parents to come closer to the dance floor so they could see the first dance. (They were adorably seated with their grand daughter the flower girl in an area where she could play and have room to run around, and I wanted to make sure they as the first dance in all of its glory) Parents of the Bride

As it began to snow – yes SNOW – on Casey and Nick – Casey’s parents were overwhelmed with emotions.  I admit, in my mind I knew what it was going to look like, but to hear the guests gasp, GASP, and to see Casey’s parents so emotional made me cry as well.  It was really special to have so much trust from a family and to pull off a surprise like that for her parents and all of the guests meant a lot to me. It was wonderful to stand there and blot tears right next to her parents.

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Dinner service, as always, from the Crowne Plaza, was flawless.  The dancing and photo booth were incredibly fun.  Following dinner, the cake display – which was almost – almost – too pretty to cut was a fun treat for guests to enjoy throughout the night as they sampled different flavors. Guests were so excited when we made it snow again for the last dance of the night.

Winter Wedding Cakes

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I can’t thank Casey enough for the words “I trust you” — other than to say “thank you” — it truly was an honor helping you and your family create your wedding weekend.  It allowed me to give you the professional team beyond your wildest dreams and for each of us to give you everything you wanted and more.  When you cried at the end of the night asking for it not to be over — that’s EXACTLY what we want couples to say.  Years ago I had a very special bride say “This is not the end of our relationship, it’s just the beginning.”  Casey, with you, I know that is also true.

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My heartfelt Congratulations to you and Nick.  Wherever you are flying on any given day, I am thinking of you both.  Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of this extraordinary wedding and part of your lives. Wedding Couple Winter Wedding Altar

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Merci to this team who made a dream night possible! A Classic Party Rental, Brian Whitis, Calligraphy with TLC / Jupiter and Juno, Crowne Plaza Hotel at Union Station, BBJ Linen, Classic Cakes of Carmel, Evans AV, IndyVisual, Rev. Iseminger, Jenna Giles, Jessica Strickland Photography (all of the images you see here are hers)  La Dolce Salon, LGi, Marie Gabriel Couture, McNamara Flowers – Carmel, Picture Yourself, Tom’s Trees

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Wedding Highlight – Maggie & Andrew

January 25th, 2016 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

Oh I love a winter wedding!  While the outside may be clear, crisp and cold, there is nothing like warming up to the warmth and intimacy of a wonderful candlelit wedding celebration!  Maggie and Andrew had exactly that idea in mind for their wedding when they came me for their January wedding and I was so excited to help them plan their big day!

Maggie and Andrew Formal Photo

Maggie and Andrew actually met (literally) on their way to  Italy on a trip, so their first date was overseas.  Because of this, they wanted their  reception to have a wonderfully warm, family atmosphere – much like the relaxing dinner on a vacation would be. They also said they wanted their guests to say “the night completely suited their personalities.” Maggie and Andrew certainly started that tone by creating their own personal family crest for the wedding invitation suite.

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This crest was then infused throughout the night on various paperie including the wedding program, menu card and signage at the reception.  The menu card even included a key explaining the history of their crest and how each component of the crest was chosen to create the unique piece for the new family.

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The service was held in a chapel adorned with winter foliage perfect for the holiday season! The church had an English countryside feeling to it because of the greenery arch created and the organic nature of its draping.  This created a since of warmth and coziness on the crisp winter evening.

 

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Following the ceremony the guests went to the Columbia Club for the reception.  Here they indulged in the old world opulence of one of Indianapolis’ most historic buildings.  The city still had the Circle Of Lights still up so guests could enjoy the spirit of the season for one final weekend.  Maggie and Andrew took advantage of this, and enjoyed a few minutes on the Circle before retreating to the reception with their guests.

Maggie and Andrew on the Circle

The reception tables glistened like the Christmas tree outside on the Circle as hundreds of candles sparkled of the lace and sequined table linens.  Vibrant floral in hues of crimson, scarlet and blush were scattered along the tables added another layer of rich holiday color.  Along with the wonderful red flowers, succulents, grown by Maggie’s father (himself a Master Gardner) were in small vases in abundance throughout the reception.  Thistle was also dotted in many of the bouquets to add a touch of Scotland to the day — a way to honor Andrew’s family heritage.  His family’s tartan ribbon was also used to tie the favors throughout the weekend.

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The long tables allowed for family and friends to have an “intimate family dinner” – exactly what Maggie and Andrew had always envisioned.  After Andrew, their parents and honor attendants gave toasts, dinner was served family style and Maggie’s wish of hearing someone say “could you please pass the mashed potatoes?” could be heard over laughs and squeals of delight.  I giggled to myself when I actually heard someone say it.  🙂

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After dinner guests were delighted with Maggie’s selection for dessert.  (but my no means surprised — they couldn’t ignore the amazing aroma fillllling the ballroom!!!)  Maggie’s favorite childhood indulgence (and apparently everyone in Evansville’s) 😉 is a place called “The Donut Bank”  –  in lieu of wedding cake, Maggie and Andrew served an array of donuts from The Donut Bank.  The room smelled SO good all day as the freshly baked donuts’ were stacked in fanciful layers on a display, and it was hard to ignore the aroma of several hundred donuts.  Once the guests could indulge in the several varieties Maggie and Andrew had selected, they all acted, well, like kids in candy store!  🙂

Donut Wedding Cake

It was a night filled with family, old traditions, new traditions and new beginnings for a new year.  It was a cozy and intimate — even on a very crisp winter evening. And that’s what makes winter weddings magical, they’re so full of warmth and love.  It was such an honor helping Maggie and Andrew create their day.  These two have their heads on straight.  I really adore them, and I love that they started their new life in the new year as husband and wife.  Best wishes always!

First Dance Columbia Club

Merci Beaucoup:  to Emilia Jane Photography for the above images.  Also to: A Classic Party Rental, Columbia Club, Donut Bank,  LGi Linens, Marie Gabriel Couture, Meg Catherine Flowers, Sarah Drake Design / Pink Poppy Ink, Second Presbyterian Church

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Wedding Highlight – Kate & Brad

November 23rd, 2015 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

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The wedding of Kate and Brad was stylish, uptown and chic — just like the couple themselves.  Somehow this wedding – bursting at nearly 400 guests felt like a small dinner party because Kate and Brad took the time to ensure each intimate detail was carefully crafted and cultivated.  It was an honor to help them create this splendid occasion!!

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Kate and Brad were married and the breathtaking Sacred Heart Catholic Church just south of downtown Indy.  The architecture of this church lends itself to fairy-tale weddings and idyllic photographs. Kate and Brad with their nearly dozen flower girl carrying lanterns and ring bearers parading down the aisle didn’t disappoint.

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The ceremony was presided over by the priest from Brad’s school, and included both moms helping to prepare the altar by unfolding the prayer cloth.  I loved this personal touch before the moms lit the unity candle. Lush greens decorated the aisle and altar and gave guests a hint to the garden cocktail hour and reception that was in store for them the remainder of the evening.

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The reception, hosted at the Central Library, began in the library’s garden.  Here the guests reveled in the perfect weather and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oevures outside.  Kate’s mom surprised the newlyweds with bagpipers to ensure Irish eyes would always be smilin’.  Guests then followed the pipers and proceeded through boxwood lattice gates to the reception celebration for the remainder of the evening.

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The celebration decor was upscale and uptown.  Kate loved stripes and thrilled to share them with her guests in fun and unexpected ways.

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Though the whimsy of the stripes was fun and playful, Kate could not have been more chic, elegant and timeless. Classic bride

The reception truly gave guests a bit of both.  Kate wanted to have a beautiful English Garden with lush sophistication, and yet the modern fun of a cosmopolitan evening.  Kate and Brad accomplished this with a truly edited design.  By incorporating lush foliage and romantic floral, the couple allowed guests to feel as though they were dining in a garden under the stars.  This was  accomplished through the use of lighting by having the guests dine under specialty Edison lights which gave a special al fresco ambiance to the indoor space.  The focal point of the atrium was a floral monogram created with boxwood and roses custom created for the family.

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The guests adored they “English Garden” warmth of the wedding as they entered the ballroom. It as lush, welcoming and intimate.  It was exactly as Kate, Brad and their families has hoped it would be!  It was a night full of great joy, laughter, family and so much love! I am so honored I could help this amazing family create this weekend for their guests.  Kate’s radiant and graceful smile NEVER left the entire process.  Thank you for allowing me to be part of your wedding. Cheers!

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To see more of their wedding – click Film Trailer from NorthernLight Filmworks

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Merci to this team who made a dream night possible! A Classic Party Rental, BBJ Linen, Bella Bridesmaid, Central Library,  Evans AV,  Jennifer Driscoll Photography (all of the images you see here are hers)  La Dolce Salon, Marie Gabriel Cotour Bridal, Pomp & Polish, Ritz Charles Catering, Sacred Heart, The Empty Vase

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