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Wedding Highlight – Chelsea and Jeff

December 13th, 2017 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

Ease and sophistication just ooooooze from everything Chelsea and Jeff do and touch.  These two, cool under pressure (and why wouldn’t they be, they are ER doctors) are the most relaxed and calm couple.  From their first meeting, over breakfast, following an overnight shift at the hospital, they just looked at one another, turned to me said, “yes, we would love to work with you as our planner.  Please send us a contract.”  Every meeting or call after, was just as decisive.  Whether it was a menu choice, their 🙂 charger decision, or who to select for entertainment, everything was done the goal of creating a weekend for their guests filled with mystique of West Baden Springs Hotel.

 

West Baden Springs Hotel, part of the French Lick Resort, appears, almost like a mirage in the southern Indiana hills, and Chelsea and Jeff wanted their guests to enjoy the weekend in the hotel’s luxurious surroundings.  Though fall, the weather certainly gave one last taste of summer, which allowed guests, and the bridal party, an opportunity to enjoy the grounds and lush gardens.

The historic architecture of the space inspired the invitation suite and paperie for Chelsea and Jeff’s weekend.  The stunning art-deco invitation with gold foil provided a welcome hint of the destination retreat guests were about to experience.  Chelsea wanted a touch of royal blue in her wedding, so it too was infused, in small elements throughout the stationery suite.

Chelsea and Jeff’s ceremony took place in the iconic dome atrium of West Baden.  This romantic space, though large in scale, felt like an entirely private and intimate chapel.  After a sweet moment together on the guestroom balconies before the ceremony, guests could be seen using their own balconies to quietly peer onto the ceremony, then cheer for the newlyweds as they were pronounced husband and wife.

 

Jeff’s sister performed the service which included readings from Winnie the Pooh and whimsical song selections from Mary Poppins.

Chelsea and Jeff wanted to enjoy the entire spirit of the French Lick resort, so took a trolley ride over between the two hotels (West Baden and French Lick) for a quick photo session and captured some moments in their iconic gardens.

 

Following cocktails on the veranda, guests entered the original lobby of the hotel which was transformed into a private ballroom for the evening.  This area glittered with regal elegance.  Chelsea’s vision of classic romanticism had come true, her whimsical additional of royal blue was included on the tables with the addition of stunning glass charger, and the fragrant bowls of soft creme floral were a focalpoint on the metallic gold linens.

 

After Chelsea and Jeff enjoyed a moment of seeing the room first (and practicing their first dance) they welcomed their guests for dinner including the (now 100 year old) tradition of tomato juice served to their guests.  The juice was actually invented at French Lick Resort in 1917.

 

Chelsea and Jeff are gracious and loving to one another, and it is so beautiful to witness.  I loved the photo (above) of them from the moment I saw it, and I was thrilled to receive it this week as their Christmas card photo.  May they have a lifetime of first look butterflies and romantic first dances! xoxo

 

Merci Beaucoup:  to Jessica Strickland Photography for the above images.  Also to: BBJ Linen, Events By Design, French Lick Resort / West Baden Springs Hotel, JW Salon, Mike Donaldson / TLW Entertainment

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Wedding Highlight – Elise and Jeff

November 16th, 2017 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized 1 Comment

 

Elise and Jeff have it all.  Brains, beauty, style (did I mention brains?!?) and sophistication!  They are madly in love, and entirely adorable – and boy can they move on the dance floor.  Their wedding was nothing short of a dream to be part of, and it was truly an honor to help create their wedding weekend for their family and friends.

Their ceremony was designed in such a clean and smart way – I loved it.  It was simple, beautiful and looked regal in the stately gallery space of the IMA.  The sleek chuppah had a feminine elegance in the modern space and allowed guests to focus on the solemnity of the service officiated by Elise’s uncle.  Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails outdoors on the (couldn’t be better!) fall evening.

 

Elise, Jeff and their families are undoubtedly foodies.  Guests enjoyed an incredible selection of menu all evening starting with the cocktail hour, through the dinner options, and into the late night snacks.  The catering was superb and each guest adored their personalized acrylic place card.  These, along with clear chairs and linens helped the ballroom sparkle. The long glistening tables set the tone for an evening full of great food, fantastic conversation and dancing — soooo much dancing!

 

As a fun little surprise to the couple, Elise and Jeff’s team actually made their dance floor round to allow even more room for their guests to enjoy the (amazing!) band.  We knew Jeff and Elise would work the floor, but their guests were also incredible dancers and we wanted as much space as possible.

 

 

Elise and Jeff were truly a delight to work with throughout the process.  They were decisions makers in every sense of the word. They don’t live in Indy, so flew into town solely to make their choices based on their team’s advice, demos / mock ups and were really decisive.  They selected their tablescapes, centerpieces and designs months in advance all based on ideas from their creative team curated through photos Elise had sent in advance of her travels.  She and her mom entirely trusted the team to create their vision and it was fun for all us to collaborate on such a contemporary design.

 

Following a night of dancing (I mean – sooooo much dancing! …they danced before dinner, they danced between courses, they danced and danced and danced the night away…) the guests went back outside one final time for a final farewell to the newlyweds.

 

Cheers to you both, Elise and Jeff. May your world travels always be safe and adventurous, and may your dance card always be full.

Merci Beaucoup:  to Nathaniel Edmunds Photography for the above images.  Also to: BBJ Linen, Evans Audio Visual, Eyenamics, IMA, Jupiter & Juno  JW Salon, Kahn’s Catering, LGi Linens, Matt Lewis & the Union and Royal Creations

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Wedding Highlight – Chelsea and Tom

October 26th, 2017 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

The first time I met Chelsea, we chatted about Tom, and  I asked her about her fiance and she replied, “Tom, oh, he’s a dreamboat!”  I knew immediately this bride would capture my heart over the next year.  (For proof of what a dreamboat Tom is, check out the image of Tom immediately after he took in Chelsea’s beauty during their first look.  I am so taken by this shot – Jessica Strickland, as always, you authentically captured the day, the moments, and the emotions and this single image says everything.)

 

Chelsea is giddy and fun and was likely the kind of girl in high school who was wildly popular, but who was also everyone’s friend. This was evidenced by the size of her bridal party.  Chelsea had 12 bridesmaids! These women were all just as stunning, just as beautiful and just as hilarious as she is. I could not ask for a better group of women. And as a mom, I would want any one of them to be a role model for my own daughter.

Friday night at the rehearsal dinner they beautifully and lovingly roasted Chelsea and Tom and somehow showed grace and integrity with the right about of ribbing.

Chelsea and Tom currently live in Chicago and wanted a retreat for their guests. No place seemed more fitting than the Lucas Estate, just north of Indy, in Carmel. The ceremony took place in the lower gardens and the reception was located by the pool house.

Chelsea wanted a soft, neutral pallet for the garden wedding and al fresco dining. Soft cremes, butter, blush, sage, eucalyptus and sea foam, created the serenity Chelsea was looking for. The details were endless. From her flatware and linens selection to her personalized menu wraps, Chelsea wanted her guests to forget about their busy city lives and escape while dining under the stars.

The reception was joyous and fun – just like the couple.  It had boundless energy and infused their Chicago style, complete with a Chicago hot dog stand to honor the World Champion Cubs. Chelsea’s sister, Hannah, (a singer in one of Indy’s premindent bands) of course took the mic for a moment, but Chelsea herself, closed the night, because when it’s your own wedding night, you just can’t stop the feeling and you gotta keep on dance dance dancin’!

Chelsea and Tom have a truly unparalleled spirit and energy about them and a way of making everyone feel like you’re a lifelong friend.  Everyone on their wedding team knows we’re now all forever friends with this amazing couple.  As Chelsea would say, BFF’s forever.  Yes, my dear, forever xoxo.

 

Merci Beaucoup:  to Jessica Strickland for the above images.  Also to: A Classic Party Rental, BBJ Linen,  Classic Cakes, Evans Audio Visual, IndyVisual,  La Dolce,  Living Proof, Lucas Estate, Meg Catherine Flowers,  Poppy Ink and Stephanie Carnigan 

(…and the blog wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t give a shout out the cutest flower girl in the land – Mila xoxo – she was sooooo well behaved on a day well over 95 degrees)

Wedding Highlight – Erica and Grant

August 22nd, 2017 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

Their wedding ceremony was hosted in the century old Columbia Club as family and friends watched from both the Lobby level and the balcony above.     Grant and Erica were surrounded by lush flowers (jaw dropping!) and a bridal party wearing gold looked like beautiful Grecian Goddesses.

Their service included grandparents reading Biblical passages and really whimsical musical choices.  (I LOVE when couples include personal music!)  In their case they used Beyoncé and Kanye.  Kanye actually was to honor Grant’s mother, and a candle was lit in her memory at the altar.

The service included Grant’s Father as his Best Man, which I thought was such an amazing tribute to their relationship.  I loved the words from Rev. Fuquay and the really personal song selections they chose. It was a really emotional service for two truly beautiful and thoughtful people.

Following the ceremony, the celebration continued at Conrad.  Here decadent linens, glittering candles, gilded flateware and chargers all accented the pretty and soft florals.  Candelabras of roses, hydrangeas and orchids were softly lit in amber tones to create a very glamorous ballroom.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention their cake — ohhhh my the cake!  It was a showstopper in its elegance and beauty which was designed around the invitation!  (and… it was my personal favorite:  Lemon Orange Almond) 😉 !!

Once the formality of the speeches and dinner ended, the fun fun fun began!  There was dancing, sooo much dancing, started out by Kanye of course 🙂  (including a dinosaur hitting the dance floor) and as if dancing wasn’t enough, there was a surprise entertainment component.  A very fun sketch artist who captured the guests’ “best side” 😉

Thank you Erica and Grant for allowing me to be create your celebration.  It truly was an honor to help your families bring something totally that was totally yours together and while entirely regal, was entirely the FUN you both are!  xoxo

 

(for a bit of fun, LOOK at how Erica’s shoes picked up the sunlight!)  🙂

Merci Beaucoup:  to Ian Borgerhoff Photography for the above images.  Also to: Atmospheres Indy, BBJ Linen, Columbia Club, Classic Cakes, Conrad Indianapolis, Events By Design, Jim Cerone, Krandel Newton, La Dolce, LGi Linen, Something Wonderful

 

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Wedding Highlight – Ashley and Brett

July 25th, 2017 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

It’s Christmas in July, and working with this family it felt like I am the one lucky enough to be opening the gifts.  Ashley and Brett’s love story is best told through their wedding Christmas Carol (video) from Eyenamics Wedding Video Story Ashley and Brett.  This video  is undoubtedly the most emotional I’ve had for a wedding…. and so was their weekend.  Emotional, loving and entirely full of happy tears.

 

Ashley had been a bridesmaid of mine in previous weddings, so it was delightful to reconnect this time for her own celebration.  She wanted her wedding to center on family, family, family (and Christmas!)  We made sure it did.

The ceremony included involving Brett’s sons and was very emotional.  It took place at the base of the West Baden Springs Hotel’s enormous tree, and Ashley got ready for her wedding day while carolers strolled through the grand atrium.  The serenity of their voices calmed any nerves a would-be bride might have.

Each balcony of this historical property is adorned with garland and holiday decor, so Ashley (wisely) took full advantage of the grandeur of the space. Her only request:  that she have gardenias included in her bouquet and centerpieces. It’s Christmas, ask and ye shall receive 🙂  (the true present was the fragrance — it was sooo luxurious!)

Little details of Ashley and Brett’s day included personalized ornaments and a children’s area that made Santa’s workshop seem like child’s play, (the kids even got to make their own stuffed animals while decorating cookies!) Ashley and Brett thought of everything and wanted their wedding celebration to truly be a relaxing retreat before the holiday weekend.  They wanted their new family to celebrate with family from around the country in one of nation’s most beautiful locations and enjoy all the Christmas magic it offered. (…and let’s be honest, the West Baden Springs Hotel is stunning anytime, but there’s just a little something extraordinary about it during the holidays.) It was truly an honor to help create this for the new family.

 

Following the ceremony Ashley and Brett wanted time alone as a family with their sons.  Tears flowed and there was just so much happy…. just as Christmas, and weddings, and love stories should ALL have.  This one has it in spades.  Thank you for allowing me to experience it all with you.  (and to help watch your kids grow up… being at the same school as mine is an extra bonus! xoxo)

 

 

Merci Beaucoup:  to Baby Grace Photography for the above images and Eyenamics for the wedding video that you seriously NEED to watch (and don’t say I didn’t warn you about needing tissues).  Also to: BBJ Linen, LaDolce Salon, French Lick Resort / West Baden Springs Hotel

 

( to Jennifer from Baby Grace Photography.  This is not the first wedding these women have been in of mine, nor the first Jennifer’s shot together of them with me.  Each time she somehow captures “the walk” right before the ceremony.  It’s always a very special time during the weekend, and this quick snap of the camera means so much.  It’s like a Christmas present from Jennifer to me, Thank you.)

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Wedding Highlight – Caitlin and Ethan

July 21st, 2017 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

The MOMENT I met Caitlin (and her mom) I thought “if I am not lucky enough to work with this family, I am going to go away the first weekend in June, because I will have such social media envy over this wedding.  😉  They are fantastic, and I need to work with them!”  Fortunately, by the end of lunch we were a team.  Now, we’re family.

 

Caitlin and Ethan are entirely adorable (and always touching: whether it’s a sweet hand hold, a loving brush on the arm, or kissing). They are a very emotional couple.  I love that in people.  Caitlin clearly gets it from her family.  Her dad is a big teddy bear of a man, and every professional on their wedding team wanted to create the day as much for Caitlin and Ethan as they did for her amazing parents.  The ceremony and reception were hosted at their estate in Southern Indiana, and their family worked tirelessly to prepare the impeccable property.  This Disney loving bride’s home could best be described as stepping into the Walt Disney World resort’s Wilderness Lodge.  It’s a warm, rustic retreat filled with collectibles from their travels.  Caitlin’s parents are the first to greet you with warm smiles and huge and their dogs are right along side for a quick pet.

Caitlin’s vision for the wedding was to create an evening of fantastic food (from around the world) and decor that felt natural and authentic in the estate’s landscape.  Together with the team, we worked to ensure this was met, even scouring through one of their barns to find old chandeliers to hang above the dinner tables and their family canoe (a family favorite) to use in the decor. Guests arrived to the property and immediately the magic and romance began.  Large fancifal tents greated their family and friends.  Butlers with cooling summer treats (lemonade and one of Disney’s iconic treats, Dole Whip) welcomed guests into the ceremony tent.

The ceremony space was a haven from the heat of the June sun.  Tucked into trees and mismatched antique chairs, the ceremony began with Ethan’s entrance to bagpipers, the bridal party’s prelude (which of course included a touch of Disney music) and Caitlin escorted by her father.  They also were able to read their programs which included photos of the engagement session (taken around the property), history of the couple and an in-depth description of the menu for the evening’s events.

Following the service, guests enjoyed cocktails on a patio outside before dinner inside the magnificent tent. Here the soft color palette Caitlin selected worked with the landscape perfectly.  It was truly one of my favorite events to create.  David from the Empty Vase and I had so much fun working with Caitlin and her mom to make this magic.  It was fun to use the familiy’s personal items in tandem with fresh florals and luxurious details to create the dining space.  It was soft and feminine, but if you look very closely, you’ll see evidence of antlers collected on various hunts around the US and Canada by the men in the family.  (I kept hearing my inner Gaston sing “I use antlers in all of my decorating…..” — I’m sure this is nothing like he ever imagined) 😉

 

The family’s iconic Elk statue was moved in front of the tent (and dressed for the occasion), and their canoe was used to create a focal point above the parents’ tables.

The bridal table was a long romantic tablescape adorned with soft velvet linen under 4 low hanging chadeliers.  The lighting was actually found in a family storage barn and restored for the celebration.  Eight chandeliers flanked the space and created a conopy of soft rustic elegance as guests came into the space.  A local artist surprised Caitlin and Ethan and used inspiration from their paperie to create the signs on the couple’s chairs setting their seats apart.  One other whimsical element in the floral was the imaginative use of grasses to compliment the greenery.

 

The dinner service (and ohhh the Food!!) was second to none. They love to travel, and one of their favorite events each year is Epcot’s Food and Wine festival.  So much so, their menu, in part, was themed from this annual event.  One of the beers for the evening was even brought in from Walt Disney World specifically, and can only otherwise be found in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Caitlin isn’t alone in her love of Disney.  Ethan loves Star Wars, so she wanted to surprise him with a few things too including this groom’s cake which included a letter from Lucas Films.

 

As night fell over the estate, guests enjoyed late night snacks, cigars and dancing (soooo much dancing!) took place under a magical canopy of lighting created to look like the moon shining through the trees.

The evening went far too quickly (don’t they all?!) but in Caitlin’s case particularly so.  I first met her around Thanksgiving, and had about 6 months to plan this extraordinary celebration.  After spending nearly every day for 2 weeks building the tent on their property, their entire extended family now feels like my own.  (Admittedly, with this group, you feel like family after just 5 minutes.)  They have my heart, and I know we’ll all be making a trip down to the parks together again soon. xoxo 

 

Merci to Jennifer Driscoll Photography for capturing these photos and moments in time. If you would like to see the video by Eyenamics from this event, (which — oh I encourage you to do!)  Caitlin and Ethan’s wedding story film  Also to: A Classic,  Antique Limo, Artist Stephanie Carignan, Jan Aldridge Clark,  BBJ Linen, Classic Cakes, The Empty Vase, Empyrean Events & Catering, Evans Audio Visual,  The Impalas / TLW Entertainment, Pink Poppy Ink, Something Wonderful, Violet Vintage

 

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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 – 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….)

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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.  😉

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 – Kate & Brad

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

Wedding Ceremony

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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