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Wedding Highlight – Shelby and Alex

October 15th, 2018 monamieevents Real Weddings, Special Events, Uncategorized No comments

 

 

I had to wait for Shelby and Alex’s first year anniversary to truly put into words the iconic nature of this wedding, and this family. Shelby and Alex’s wedding day was … beyond. The color, well, it only seems fitting it was ultimately named the 2018 Pantone Color of the year. 😉 It took a year to plan, and a year to wrap my head around. The rich textures, the decadent fabrics, the luscious fragrance of the florals and the abundance of food, all made this night a celebration to remember….

 

I also get to relive the magic because about once a month some of the people from the wedding team and the bride’s mom gather to catch up, and chat over lunch. (sometimes even made by the bride herself – a chef at one of the city’s best restaurants.)

To try and describe the day would truly do a disservice, so, better to just let you feast your eyes… there’s just so much to see. and hear, and enjoy. (Photos by the incomparable Nathaniel Edmunds Photography) and a must see video by Eyenamics.

 

The details and ceremony in the Indianapolis Arts Garden:

 

The dinner hosted in the ballroom at Conrad Indianapolis:

Afterparty and dancing celebration back in the Arts Garden (including a “highly competitive” game of miniature golf 😉 for the guests)  :  

Click here to see the incredible day as seen through the eyes of Eyenamics Filmworks Shelby and Alex Film Trailer

 

Merci Beaucoup:  to Nathaniel Edmunds Photography for the above images and Eyenamics for the video highlight.  Also to: Arts Garden, Classic Cakes, Conrad Indianapolis, Dodds, Eventsource, LGi Linens, LA All Stars, Posh Petals, Pomp & Polish who helped make all of Shelby and Alex’s dreams come true

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Wedding Highlight – Moira and Randy

March 27th, 2018 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

The rich decadence of Moira and Randy’s wedding day was such a delight.  The entire professional team loved this beautiful family and wanted everything to be beyond their wildest expectations for them.  Randy wanted to get married in his childhood church, Sacred Heart, and Moira wanted their guests to indulge in a lush regal celebration.  Mission accomplished.

 

Moira and her ladies wore blush gowns that gave a hint to the impending spring season, but acknowledged the chill still in winter’s air.  The romantic florals the bridal party carried had the same aura, “is it winter, is it spring?” and it worked so beautifully with their gowns and the crisp day.

 

 

Following the Nuptial Mass family and friends gathered at the Columbia Club for a regal dinner.  The couple wanted the space to be filled with lush color reminiscent of a bygone era.  The dinner tables were laden with china, tableware and candles.  The centerpieces were fragrant bowls and garlands of fruit. The velvet linens and china chargers made guests sit and relish in a dining experience from another century.  “The Queen,” “Downton Abby,” “it looks like something from a Dutch Masters painting,” could all be heard whispered from guests’ lips.

 

 

 

 

The warmth of the space and the charm of the long tables, allowed guests to relish in conversation (and yes… eat some of the centerpieces) 😉

Moira and Randy and their family were such a wonderful couple to help design this day for.  Moira initially gave dark and moody colors for her wedding flower inspiration, and given the time of year for her wedding, and the evening she wanted to present her friends and family, this seemed like a natural translation.  It was so much fun helping her find her way here. When she and Randy walked into the space for the first time to see what her wedding team had created for her (our gift to her) it was such a thrill, these two truly have my heart.

 

Merci Beaucoup:  to Jennifer Driscoll Photography for the above images.  Also to: Antique Limo, BBJ Linen, Classic Cakes, Columbia Club, Evans Audio Visual, Empty Vase,  EventSource, Events by Design, IndyVisual, Jim Cerone, Marie Gabriel Couture, Sacred Heart, Salon 1|4 

 

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Wedding Highlight – Julie and Michael

March 20th, 2018 monamieevents Real Weddings No comments

On this first day of spring, and National Proposal Day, it seems only fitting to bring you the wedding of Julie and Michael.  Their spring wedding was just the kick off to wedding season all of us need.  After a cold winter, it was the perfect way to allow springs flowers to bloom and have a garden wedding – both outside and in.

The ceremony was held at Michael’s childhood home which allowed guests to mingle with some wonderful guests, including llamas, horses and feathery friends.  The beauty of the farm created the perfect and personal backdrop for the couple’s nuptials which were presided over by each of their brothers.

 

The reception at Newfields was a lush indoor garden filled with pink blooms, including protea in honor of Julie.   Michael’s mom, an artist, created a painting of a protea to serve an inspiration for the invitation suite.  The protea was chosen because of Julie’s South African heritage.  This artwork was used predominately throughout the entire weekend, and was a canvas for several pieces of paperie.  Because the reception celebration was at IMA, art in general served a special role throughout the event.  Guests were even given coloring books during the evening with fun facts about the couple which helped navigate the evening’s festivities.

Michael, among many other talents, is a restaurateur, so the menu they selected for the evening was impeccable.  Guests of course, were delighted when his restaurant was part of the evening’s late night snack.  They were also surprised when he joined the band and surprised Julie (and them) and played guitar for part of the set.

 

 

Planning and designing Julie and Michael’s wedding was a delight.  Their families are welcoming and so full of history and they wanted to share their stories with their guests. I love when people tell their story on their wedding day so intimately.  It’s so authentic and engaging for their guests.  Julie and Michael got it, and they got it soooo right.  From opening their home to their guests, to sharing their favorite foods, to telling the (best!) stories during toasts and in their coloring books, they showed their full and beautiful souls to their friends and families, it was an honor to be part of it all.

Merci Beaucoup:  to Jennifer Driscoll Photography for the above images.  Also to: BBJ Linen, Evans Audio Visual, EventSource, IMA Newfields, IndyVisual, Kahn’s Catering, McNamara Flowers, Pomp&Polish, the Woomblies

 

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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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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.

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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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Pantone Color of the Year 2015 – Marsala

December 4th, 2014 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

It’s here!  Pantone, the experts in color, have announced the 2015 Color of the Year – Marsala.  I admit, this year, I am a fan!

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We’ll see it fashion, we’ll see it in home decor, we’ll see it design and yes, we’ll see it in weddings.  Let me me share with you how I envision clients using this color in 2015 and beyond.

The color itself is created by the brilliant minds at Pantone.  Pantone creates a standard for printing, each of which is specified by a single number. Every color comes with a set number (some of which are event copy written – Tiffany Blue? – yes, Copy written.)  Pantone created these colors so that regardless of where you are in the world the “navy blue font” you see at the stationery store  is the same “navy blue font” your invitation is printed.  Each year Pantone creates a “Color of the Year.” In 2014 it was “Radiant Orchid” and today they announced “Marsala” as their “Color of the Year” for 2015.

This warm, rustic, earthy, yet sophisticated color is a great neutral color and will be used in many arenas in the wedding industry.

It will look beautiful on many skin tones for your bridal parties and moms.  As a neutral, I see it serving as a wonderful font choice for bridal paperie.  I envision it as a fantastic linen selection (again because of its neutral qualities and earthy feeling).  I also picture it in makeup – for both lip and nail colors, and finally, the floral possibilities with the colors close to Marsala are unlimited.

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(Admittedly, many of my clients already have used it – isn’t it nice to be so forward thinking) 😉  Here Grace and her beautiful bridesmaids carried beautiful shades of red, poppy, cinnamon and yes, Marsala blooms down the aisle.

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Later at the reception, these gorgeous colors were paired with linens and lighting spreading an entire spectrum of reds and browns.   Slightly alter the lighting color one hue or the font a tiny tint and Grace is spot on to the Pantone Color of the Year with her color story.  Congratulations Grace, you’re ahead of the curve!  😉  I always thought you were fashion forward!Fall Wedding Detail FlowersFall Wedding Details

Abby’s wedding invitation suite was classic elegance and refined sophistication.  She used a palette so many brides find appealing – black, cream and copper / gold.  2015 Brides – Instead of the copper element – infuse Marsala.

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The envelope and coordinating fonts could very easily be Marsala, because as a designer I really love the Marsala color as a neutral.  It’s a stunning color with deep undertones that would work well as a warm font, much like copper or gold do for many bridal stationery suites.

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Finally, Lauren used garnet in her wedding, and in the Pantone book of colors, these two are actually very close to one another!  Had her stationery designer chosen a few color blocks differently, we’d have called her clairvoyant.  😉  Ultimately, the venue and paperie set the tone for this entire wedding’s decor including the showstopping dance floor.

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Again, the Marsala color would be a terrific color for both the crisp C on the banners and the deep border surrounding the floor.  On the tables, the menu cards and low floral could easily be shades of reds and russet – and of course, Marsala.

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I think 18-1438  (as your printer knows it) – Marsala as you will call it – is something that is a color to embrace!  It’s got great potential… and I’m looking forward seeing much more of it in 2015 — especially in nail polish… stocking stuffer? 😉

 

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Special Thanks to: Conforti Photography, Jennifer Driscoll Photography and Nathaniel Edmuds Photography for capturing these fashion forward brides — who knew! 😉 

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