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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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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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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.

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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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Art of the Table – Canvas

April 30th, 2015 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

Every year, one of the premiere events in the event community is the Association of Bridal Consultants’ Annual Art of the Table. Now celebrating 11 years, this event is a collection of great design, decor ideas and distinctive tablescapes put together by Indiana’s preeminent planners, designers, florists and event professionals. I’m often quoted as saying, this celebration of beautiful tablescapes  is “My Favorite Day of the Year” because of the stunning tables and the sense of collaboration between the designers.

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Art of the Table is a weekend filled with beautifully appointed table displays.  The event was conceived to raise money for education and scholarships for wedding professionals in the state of Indiana. It is also a fundraiser for the the American Cancer Society in memory of one of ABC’s member’s  Betty Jackson.  Betty was an ABC member and to whom this event honors.  Each year there is a table in her memory. Betty was a mentor and friend, and actually helped inspire my company name.  (The story of her daughter’s wedding is highlighted here:  Susan and Eric.)

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Each year my table has a creative theme.  For 2015,  I am proud to present “Canvas”

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Couples often have a hard time visualizing their own wedding palette, but using white as the canvas, this design gives anyone the option of seeing how transformative lighting and color is to any design.  The soft fabric serves as an invitation into the indulgent, yet modern, space. Using specialty lighting techniques, this area shows couples that the art of lighting can be used to transform and redesign any setting. Each color alters the look, mood and ambiance of the space.

Art of the Table Details

Every year I love all of the details each designer adds to their individual tables and the unique themes and inspirations. The minutia in the favors, menus cards, beautiful floral and china and of course – those linens!   One table was inspired by an engagement party, another a lovely Southern picnic (their menu sign left ft everyone hungry) 😉  Gatsby? It was the year for Gatsby! One was a stunning winter wedding while another  table was a rich a decadent Thanksgiving feast. Other tables played tribute to charities close to their heart.

Mon Amie Events, Inc table was honored to receive the award for “Best Table Designed by an ABC Designer”.  It’s a true honor, esp in a room filled with such talent and creativity.  Here are some of those intimate  details of the table that won the award.

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Special thanks also to the professionals who made my vision a reality:  BBJ Linen, Evans Audio Visual, LGi Linen, McNamara Florist – Carmel Location, Pomp & Polish & West Baden Springs Hotel Pastry Chef and to Jennifer Driscoll Photography for being the event Photographer and taking such great care in shooting “Canvas”

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

March 3rd, 2015 monamieevents Uncategorized 1 Comment

Each quarter the sleek issue of WeddingDay Magazine premiers with much anticipation.  Inside its pages the beautiful magazine includes some of the state’s prettiest weddings, most couture designs and always a behind the scenes look at the cover styled shoot.  This winter, once again, the editors asked me to create and plan their cover shoot.

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Nothing makes me more excited than planning an event where I can control the elements – all of the planning and decor elements – including the weather.  😉 For this shoot, if I was going to plan a winter wedding, I had to include snow.  I’m originally from Buffalo, New York – a city famous for its snow. I grew up with snow and beautiful icy winters, and I was ready to face this cover with all of the elements of winter included. Indoors.  So I brought mother nature indoors.

 

Working with a team of professionals gathered both by the magazine’s editorial team and me, we created a wintery mix that was sure to be a perfect storm.  Our snow ensured the white marble ballroom of the Columbia Club’s Crystal Terrace looked like a perfect snow globe.  Bride often picture outdoor summer wedding in all of their green magic – and I wanted to show the wonderful beauty of a wonderful white wintery wonderland.

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The inspiration of the snow globe included sparkling clear chairs, glittering candles and soft white florals to enhance the ice crystal gowns.  The paperie mimicked the snow globe feeling and even had snow-like confetti in clear envelopes and “make a wish” favors for guests to enjoy a snowball fight during the first dance.

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The desert display was (almost) too pretty to each as fanciful petit fours and a dainty cake were created that was sprinkled with glittery sugar creating magical layer, like layers of snow.  The flowers were a textural delight!  Tonal shades of white, cream and alabaster created a snowy canvas for the bouquets and centerpieces.  A wintery mix of roses, proteas, ranunculus, live branches and berries were used to prove even in the winter, florals can be lush and stunning.

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It was a day full of amazing colleagues, great collaboration, snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes…. and “a few of my favorite things” Thank you to all who made this cover, and this magazine, possible.

 

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Merci Beaucoup:  to Andrew Scalini for the above images (and WeddingDay Magazine for the opportunity to plan and design their winter cover shoot).  Also to:  A Classic Party Rentals, BBJ Linens, Bella’s Bridesmaids, Blue House Bridal, Columbia Club, Evans Audio Visual, Heavenly Sweets, Helen Wells Agency, LaDolce Salon, Meg Catherine Flowers, Pomp&Polish

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Forty Under 40

February 13th, 2015 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

I am entirely overwhelmed by outpouring and response from the Indianapolis Business Journal’s inclusion of me in their 2015 Class of Forty Under 40. For over 20 years the newspaper has put together a collection of our city’s business leaders and stars in a variety of fields from medicine and law, to politics and finance.  Typically there are a few sports figures or celebrities included as well.  Very rarely is someone from  the event industry included, and never before has someone from the wedding industry been included.  I am thrilled the IBJ now sees the value of weddings in the business world.  I’m just overwhelmed that it was me they included in this year’s class.  Thank you.

In 2015, our class is diverse and unique.  We include a sports team owner, a 2 time Indy 500 pole sitter, a NY Times best selling novelist, a craft brew master, attorneys, philanthropists, and financial annalists in every category and oh yeah, a really talented hometown guy from NBC’s The Voice 😉

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Many have asked how long I’ve known?  The answer – October. What we didn’t know, was the other members of our class.  It was actually quite fun to get the list along with the rest of the city, only to learn that I actually knew other people in my class.

During the few months I have known I was included in Forty Under 40, I wanted so much wanted to thank a few people including Lori Koch, Michael & Lauren Crosby, Amanda Cecil, Shu Cole, Liz Guthrie and Phil Ray all of whom took the time to write nominations and recommendation letters on my behalf. Also to Jamar Cobb-Dennard for your words of encouragement and advice.  Then, in early December, when the photos were taken, imagine my delight to walk in to find a former groom from early in my career was the photographer! Eric Learned, thank you for the photo, LaDolce Salon for hair and make up and The Empty Vase for my flowers at the photo shoot and Lou Harry for the kind article.

Though the plaque may have my name on it – it would not be possible without endless support from my family, enthusiastic students whom I adore sharing our industry with each semester, key mentors – of all ages  (from around the country) who willingly share their knowledge,  encouragement from colleagues and event professionals who provide their energy and commitment to each event, and to my clients who give their unwavering trust. Without you, none of this would be possible. I am forever grateful for the opportunities I have been given and this amazing and humbling honor.  Thank you all and thank you for the week long love-fest. It is something  really wasn’t prepared for.  I am really grateful to all of you.

To read the  article – click here:  http://www.ibj.com/articles/51553-forty-under-40-monica-richard

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Photo Credit – Eric Learned c/o Indianapolis Business Journal

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12 Days of Christmas

December 12th, 2014 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

The 12 Days of Christmas – Mon Amie Events, Inc Style:

 

2014 has been an amazing year, so as I reflect back on this year during this time of great Thanksgiving and joy, I thought I would share with you a 12 Days of Christmas style list of a few fun facts from 2014:

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12 – Different Cake Flavors were used by couples. (If you’re asking me to reveal a favorite  — ohh SUCH a hard choice — lemon / orange / almond OR almond pound with truffle filling.  tie. it’s a tie.)

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11 – Flower Girls walked down the aisle over the course of the year in front of their sisters, aunts, cousins and friends.  … well some crawled or were carried — but all made it (eventually) 😉

 

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10 – The length (in minutes) of the surprise fireworks show at the conclusion of a June reception.

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9 – The  song actually says “9 Ladies Dancing” – and this is true!  9 is the largest number of bridesmaids this season.  (they were stunning, graceful, intelligent and kind – every single one of them.  No wonder she had 9 of them!)

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8 – Times the Mail Lady (yep, my “mailman” is a lady) came to my door saying I have the prettiest mail on the block as the rsvps rolled in all year — or glitter rolled all over her.  (Little did she know what we would look like after the glitter dance floor!)

(8 was actually the clients who had their RSVPs return to me – to the delight of my mail lady – and me.  It’s actually one of my favorite parts of the planning process!)

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7 – Colors of lighting gels for an October wedding.  This lighting design actually made a set up member at the JW ask for a “Ruby Linen like that one over there.” I then had to explain all of the linens were the same color – it was just the magic of lighting!

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6 – The number of times Monique Lhuillier made an appearance.  🙂  She was the most popular designer selected by Mon Amie Events, Inc brides.  (not counting bridesmaids or even the time I wore one of her dresses)

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5 – Couples who said their vows in a non-secular location.  Whether it was in a museum, resort or a private estate – brides this year didn’t always say “I Do!” in traditional locations!

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4 – Number of hours it took the installers to place one of the most intricate decor pieces of the year.  I.do.not.know.how.they.managed.it.  Thank you will never be enough.

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3 – Siblings of another client!  It’s amazing that families invite me into their lives so openly and warmly and it’s even more humbling when years later (*though once this year it was only a few months later) we get to do it all over again!!!!  I’ve known one of my families this year for over a decade – it’s amazing to see their family grow, just as they’ve seen mine.  Thank you so much for welcoming me into your lives.

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2 – Mothers of the bride this year with the same birthday as me!  Amazing huh?  These two women are amazing, strong and were wonderful to work with all year.  So are their daughters!  Most be something about the birthday 😉

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1 – One Amazing year.  Thank you to all of my staff, interns and the event professionals who created special memories that will last a lifetime, the clients and their families who continue to welcome me into their lives so warmly and to my own family who has tasted more than their fair share of 12 flavors of cake over the year to help make all of this possible.  Happy Holidays!

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Special Thanks to: Conforti Photography, Jennifer Driscoll Photography, Nathaniel Edmunds Photography and Jessica Strickland Photography for capturing a year full of laughs, tears and memories!  I have loved seeing my Saturday nights through your lenses. 

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Wedding Highlight – Grace and Graham

October 16th, 2014 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

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Few people can say they met their future spouse at Indiana University’s Little 500 week long festivities.  I can say that.  Add Grace and Graham to the list.  The minute I met them and they told me that, I knew we were destined to work together on their upscale Hoosier Homecoming wedding celebration!

Our similarities didn’t stop there!  Grace’s mom, Debbie, and I share a birthday – what’s not to love about us Leos right 😉 , as a child Grace worked as a youth interpreter at Conner Prairie *(if you know me outside the event world, you know I adore those kids from 1836!) 😉 and Grace and Graham wanted to infuse a bit of IU Hoosier Hospitality into their wedding day.  This bride was meant to be mine!

Ensuring the wedding held the upscale, formal feeling their parents wanted, but give the whimsical, fresh and youthful touch this alumni couple deserved, needed a creative touch and constant level of mediation.  On her wedding day, Grace gave me the sweetest note, including the sentiment that she and her mom would not still be best friends if it weren’t for me keeping things in check during the planning process.  Grace, I’d do anything for you two – I really, really love your family!

Grace and Graham initially wanted a “red and white with poppy” wedding, and while  “candy cane stripes” might be appealing for a certain team’s basketball pants, a wedding palette admittedly needs more dimension.  The other interesting caveat, Grace.does.not.like.red.roses.  Helping her navigate a “red and white” wedding without this staple bloom, allowed additional colors to come into the palette and a very elegant wedding color story emerged.  Red, poppy, cinnamon, brick, garnet, fuchsia, merlot, terra cotta, and of course, “cream and crimson” 😉

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Grace and Graham selected the stately Indiana Landmarks Center for the ceremony and the grand JW Marriott for the reception celebration.  The juxtaposition between these two locations allowed for this warm fall palette to shine beautifully.  The Landmarks Center has a warm autumnal feeling, and Grace and Graham’s wedding seemed to be written for this space perfectly.

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The ceremony highlighted a sunburst of fall color, robust organ music and readings from family – including Graham’s mom and Grace’s grandmother.  Before the ceremony Graham asked me the “protocol” on a “church kiss” – Graham — I approve – this one was perfect –  show the world you love her!  😉

Indiana Landmarks Center Ceremony

The day started in the JW’s presidential suite.  Grace and “her Goddesses” – as they were nicknamed at some point during the day (because of their stunning Grecian inspired gowns) got ready.  Grace, you are your namesake!  Elegant, calm, kind, thoughtful – and so are all of your friends. It was delightful to witness your bridal party all day.  The first hint of the wedding’s Indiana University infusion was actually in the guests’ welcome bags – a crimson pashmina wrap for the chilly October weekend.  The second Grace and Graham’s big request – “the cups.”  Anyone who attends IU knows of the cups that every bar and a certain (delicious!!) breadstiX location has and their famous shaped cup.  Grace included these cups on the bar once the late night snack emerged.  However, the bridal party was given a sneak preview to them while they got ready – in IU Red of course!

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Grace and Graham spent the morning writing letters to one another.  I love when couples do this, they are always so emotional, heartfelt and real. Wedding Day Love Letter

Grace then spent time with her girls and dressed in her beautiful shoes and elegant Monique Lhuillier gown.  The details of this gown perfectly matched her skin tone, hair and stunning engagement ring.

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The bridal party was then ready to depart for an afternoon around the Circle City for photographs.  They joyfully spent the day taking pictures, sharing stories and catching up.  It had been just over a year since graduation, so Grace and Graham’s wedding was truly a Hoosier Homecoming!

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The details for this wedding were in the color palette.  The flowers were magnificent.  At the ceremony, through the altar piece, and the bridal party flowers, the guests got a hint of what was to come at the reception.  Not only were the colors vibrant and rich, but the choice of flowers daring and unique. (remember, no red roses for this bride — apparently, Grace isn’t a friend of the TV show “The Bachelor” — or so I’ve been told….)  Instead, Grace received a cornucopia of floral including dahlia, orchids, anemones, berries, roses, coxcomb and even kale in her flowers.  They were rich, opulent and textural!

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This shows the depth of color in JUST Grace’s bouquet!  Wow – what a lucky girl — no red roses for this bride!

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The ballroom for the JW was lit in a golden almost haunting glow.  Specialty lighting effects created an amber and pink aura that immediately drew the guests deep into the large ballroom. Shadows across the linens in various shades of orange, reds and pink created a warm autumn sunset for the guests as the entered the room for dinner.

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Guests took several minutes to be seated as they meandered the space taking in the details that lay before them.  Long royal tables flanked the  dancefloor, while intimate square and round tables mixed together in the space to create smaller eating groupings.  The large tables had massive centerpieces dripping with candles, creating height and impact in the large ballroom, while the round tables had lush, low centerpieces perfect for conversation.

Large fall centerpieces

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The room was very warm, rich and welcoming.  It was more than Debbie and Grace could have imagined. It was a homecoming!

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The ballroom was filled with family, friends and alumni and the Indiana traditions didn’t end with the color palette. Grace and Graham surprised their guests with a late night snack of Mother Bear’s Pizza, a groom’s cake (red velvet of course!) along with premiering the red cups at this time.  The bar tenders also changed into IU T-shirts for the rest of the evening.  This, along with the band, Rod Tuffcurls and the Benchpress, (a huge Bloomington staple) were perfect for this crowd. Following the band, they had a DJ to ensure the party went late into the evening!  There was no stopping this fun dancing crowd!  The dance floor was just as packed at midnight as it was at 9:30.

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It was an evening that was the perfect mix of formality and frivolity. In one evening we heard every genre of music from Pachebel’s Canon to Disney Frozen’s “Let it Go”!

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Grace and Graham wanted a wedding celebration that was truly a youthful, fun and energetic “party” while her parents wanted the formality and regal feeling befitting of a wedding.  Together this was achieved.  It was truly a “homecoming” – and isn’t that what the fall is all about?

I thoroughly adored my time with these families.  They are gracious, kind and welcoming,  I was honored to work with them, and more honored to call them now, my lifelong friends.

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For Grace and Graham I wish a lifetime of happiness and love – and remember on behalf of your & family,  “we’re all for you” 😉

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Merci Beaucoup:  to Conforti Photography for the above images (and IndyVisual for the wide room shot).  Also to: A Classic Party Rental, Bella’s Bridesmaids, Classic Cakes, Empty Vase, Indiana Landmarks Center, JW Marriott, LGi Linens, Markey’s AV, Mike Donaldson, Pink Poppy Ink, Rod Tuffcurls and the Benchpress

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Wedding Highlight – Abby and Matt

October 15th, 2014 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized 1 Comment

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Abby and Matt, along with their families, are such warm and gracious people!  They wanted their day to be filled with beautiful flowers, family tradition and great food — they had it all! When Matt proposed Abby’s parents immediately took them to Meridian Hills Country Club for a glass of celebratory champagne.  The Club has long held a place of family tradition and celebration, so hosting the wedding reception there seemed natural.  It was the perfect location for their early fall wedding.

Central Library Wedding Ceremony

Their ceremony location was hosted in the stunning architectural jewel, the Simon Reading Room of the Central Library.  This magnificent marble space with sweeping ceiling was the perfect location to host their unique ceremony.  Abby and Matt needed to intertwine a Jewish and Christian ceremony and this space was the ideal setting for their service.  While Abby wanted to have a stately Chuppah for her ceremony, she didn’t want to stand on the traditional right side, while she did want to have a Ketuba signing before the ceremony, she also wanted to have both a Minister and a Rabbi preside over the ceremony.  Selecting these officiants was an enjoyable process, because both the Rabbi and Reverend were both very excited to weave the religions together to create a beautiful and blended service for the two families joining as one.

Library Wedding Ceremony

Following the early evening ceremony, the reception began at Meridian Hills with cocktails on the veranda as the bridal party enjoyed photos on the beautiful greens.  After the winter we had, there isn’t a bride, photographer or wedding planner this year that has complained about this year’s weather and Abby was no different.  The photos she and Matt were able to to capture on the course were delightful!  The way the breeze captured her veil was picture perfect!  (top photo)

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Once guests were inside the ballroom, Abby and her mother, Lorna, wanted them to have a sense of traditional luxury.  Tones of white, cream, champagne and gold surrounded family and friends.  Rich cappuccino linens and decadent gold china helped the candlelit ballroom have a warm and welcoming ambiance. Lush white floral, chosen by Matt, because of his horticulture background, almost stole the show.

 

Full White Ballroom

Each course of the divine menu was artfully served on elaborate gold china.  Admittedly, following their menu tasting, I was really looking forward to this wedding night – the day of, it was served to perfection!  Yum!

Reception details

Dancing included the traditional Horah to honor Abby’s family,  but every guest was in on the action!  Ultimately there were 3 circles of guests to ensure there was enough room for everyone to participate.  Abby had cutting of the Challah by her grandfather along with having Matt’s dad say a blessing at the start of the meal.  At the ceremony both families signed the traditional marriage contract, the Ketuba, and both the Rabbi and minister stood under the Chuppah, but she stood on the left vs standing on the right.  It was beautiful to see how she wove  both religions into the day.

Jewish Wedding Traditions

I looked at Abby’s classic and elegant gown and thought to myself how timeless and regal show looked.  The lace detailing was so stunning!  Even when she laughed, she was flawless  – and that back – WOW!

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Marriage is about a lifetime together and coming together as one family.  I think Abby and Matt, along with their families, have started that beautifully!  They were such a delight to work with and I really enjoyed seeing their gracious spirit, their warm generosity and their loving way.  Watching how they blending their religions for the ceremony really is a testament to the flexibility and compromise that is required in a marriage.  It was a beautiful celebration – and will be the start of a beautiful marriage!

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Mazel Tov Abby and Matt!

 

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Meci Beaucoup:  to Jennifer Driscoll Photography for all of the above images.  Also to; A Classic Party Rental, Central Library, Evans AV, Events by Design Paperie,  Jim Cerone, LaDolce Salon, LGi Linens, Marie Gabriel Couture Salon, Meridian Hills Country Club, McNamara Flowers, TLW Entertainment (Cathy Morris) Rev Tod Iseminger & Rabbi Weiss

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Wedding Highlight – Kelsey and David

September 26th, 2014 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

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Kelsey and David had their priorities straight from the onset of their engagement –  the ceremony was the focal point of their grand affair. It was lovely to witness this as their wedding planner!  Kelsey was the third daughter to get married at Second Presbyterian Church, the iconic marble church located on Meridian Street.  To highlight this spectacular church and the beautiful architecture Kelsey, and her mom, Cindy, requested gorgeous pale pink and white flowers drip from the massive altar where Kelsey and David would say their vows. They were spectacular!  When Cindy first arrived to the church she gasped!  It was one of my favorite moments of the day!  To compliment the decor, Kelsey and David had a variety of music throughout the ceremony including a quartet, a children choir and her brother singing The Lord’s Prayer.  It was a joyous and family filled celebration.

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Seeing David’s face at both their first look and when Kelsey came down the aisle really says it all.  He had waited years for this moment and he could hardly contain himself – he smiled from ear to ear all day!

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Their love was evident the entire day as they took photos in downtown and couldn’t have had more fun doing so. They laughed, smiled and relished in the entire day’s events!

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Following the ceremony guests enjoyed dinner and dancing in one of Indy’s most renowned ballrooms – the Indiana Roof.   Located in the heart of bustling downtown Indy, on the same night as a major convention, and a home Colts game, Kelsey and David enjoyed the flurry of activity around their reception!

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The reception was filled with classic beauty.  Crisp white linens, robust florals in shades soft blush to cerise and every tone in between filled the candlelit ballroom.

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Centered in the space was the table for the new couple, a sweet and intimate dinner for two.  Kelsey’s main request was that she have some time alone with David during the day.  This romantic space allowed for the perfect retreat for the newlyweds to enjoy dinner, dancing and private conversation all evening.  It was adorable to witness their love as they held hands literally the entire night. Tiffany Stoner from Nathaniel Edmunds Photography stated that in her tenure she had never seen a groom more in love with this bride.

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 Throughout the planning process, the entire team of professionals could see the couple’s love for one another.  To select their wedding cake, the couple planned a date just for two at Classic Cakes. During the date, they selected a variety of indulgent flavors to surprise their family and friends. The cake was five layers and had delicate lace applique on the tiers that replicated the lace of her wedding gown. (Truth be told–in my entire career, it was the only cake meeting that I did not attend.  – What no cake tasting!  🙂 How could this be!?) A week before the wedding I actually had to call to see if the cake needed fresh flowers because I did not know anything about the details and had to relay that information to the florist. Instead the cake had beautiful gum paste sugar rose flowers which perfectly complimented her bridal bouquet.

Blush Bridal Bouqut, Elegant Cake, Lace Gown

Just like the cake, her dress epitomized classic elegance with a twist of surprise. Kelsey floated across the dance floor in her ethereal ball gown to first dance song, “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton. The twist of surprise here occurred later in the evening when David’s fraternity brothers and her father paraded the dance floor with the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi serenade. Once the gentlemen were on the dance floor singing, they stayed all night long!

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Concluding the evening Kelsey and David exited the ballroom in grand style – to a sparkler exit and awaiting classic Rolls Royce for their getaway!

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I’ve known this family for over 10 years and had the pleasure of working with them for their 2nd daughter’s wedding.  Thank you for for allowing me to help you again, this time with Kelsey’s celebration.  It is such an honor!

What a wonderful family

Merci Beaucoup to Nathaniel Edmunds Photography for the above images and to:  A Classic Party Rentals, Antique Limo, AMS, Classic Cakes, Elite Management,  Enflora, Indiana Room Ballroom,  IndyVisual,  La Dolce Salon, Markey’s Audio Visual, Marie Gabriel Couture,  Second Presbyterian Church, Westwood Paper Company

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