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Wedding Highlight – Mead and Henry

December 12th, 2018 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

They say rain on your wedding day is good luck.  Well after this wedding, I have to believe that. In the case of Mead and Henry, and their beautiful sweet, happy, tears, and their 8″ of record breaking rain (on their backyard wedding) I have no doubt they’re in for a lifetime of good luck and laughter.  Here’s a few images from the day of the true warmth and love and… family… so much family LOVE captured.  It was quite the emotional day…. and I was just honored to be part of the rain-soaked joy in all of it. xoxo

Guests entered the house and were immediately filled with the effervescent spirit and love of family.  Mead’s brothers greeted their guests surrounded by a bubbling display of balloons at the front door and welcomed guests to the home before escorting them to the backyard service. 

Mead and Henry’s day’s filled so many smiles and memories and undoubtedly will be a wedding that will forever fill my heart.  They had truly my favorite ring bearer of all time – a lovable (and large) Bruce Wayne the Great Dane that made every visit I had to their home a treat.  

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The entire wedding was planned to be outside behind Mead’s parent’s home, and the brunch reception under a gauzy tent filled with colorful florals and lush textures.  Hurricane Michael had other plans.  (yes… a hurricane here in Indiana)  I promised Mead if I had a 15 minute window of no rain I’d host her ceremony outside (vs under the brunch tent.)  For 23 minutes the skies stopped and we slid in her ceremony… readings, songs and all.  Her ceremony lasted more than 23 minutes, but I truly don’t think Mead and Henry’s guests cared. They were there to see these two enormously happy souls get married and the ceremony was filled with SO much joy and gladness that even the rain didn’t make anyone go under the tent until it was time for the abundant meal.

Even everyone’s favorite ring bearer stood with absolute devotion the entire service, only barking once – almost on cue.

Once inside the tent, the details of the tables were astonishing!  On a day without sun, the tent seemed to be filled with sunlight and rainbows all because of the lighting and gardens of flowers.  

Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your lives and create this weekend for your family and friends.    I love backyard weddings, I make no secret of that.  Opening your home for a wedding is one of the most initiate things a couple can do, and being part of that is a huge honor.  Thank you for your trust and your gracious spirit throughout the entire process.  I loved weathering the storm together.  Mark, Barb, Mead and Henry, you have my heart.  …and Bruce Wayne… well, you there are no words.  xoxox

Merci Beaucoup:  to the team who for several days before this wedding stalked the radar with me as we watched the weather and crossed fingers and toes and prayed for the best.  (which all worked out!)  I can not thank you all Enough. Thank you to Cheyanna De Nicola Photography (and second shooter Amanda DeBusk) for the above images and Eyenamics.  Also to: McNamara Flowers Greenwood.  Rosemari, I am SO grateful for your kind referal to the family for this wedding!  WOW what trust you placed in me.  Finally to them tea.  A Classic, Banzi Balloons, Empyrean, ESB, EventSource, Crystal Haffner, Flying Cupcake, Oliver’s Twist,Seasalt & Cinnamon, Wow Factors

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Wedding Highlight – Alyssa and Brad

July 24th, 2018 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

Alyssa and Brad’s wedding was during the peak of summer’s heat wave, and this stunning couple brought the hot hot hot!  Alyssa wanted her guests to enjoy a luxurious evening as she and Brad said their vows to one another.  She wanted a lush gala feel to the celebration.  The tone was set immediately in the selection of venue, the lush Lucas Estate. 

Guests meandered through the backyard and pool area to the ceremony space in the lower gardens.  The ethereal scene awaiting them was intimate and sweet, and somehow seemed a world away from the bustling activity of the suburban lifestyle not a few hundred yards outside the estate grounds.

The wedding ceremony had so many touches of Jewish tradition that could not be overlooked, but I loved that Brad and Alyssa included a modern twist on the classic stomping of the glass.  They included all of the guests in this moment – by having every guest stomp to break the shards to celebrate in their joy!

Alyssa, her mom and their golden bridal party were absolutely Haute!  (I would have said that even if it wasn’t pushing 100 outside) They all looked so beautiful and I loved how truly kind and loving they were to one another.  They were sisters, and besties, and confidants and shared in this amazing weekend with so much gladness and joy and I was truly honored to witness all of it with these lovely ladies.  Each of them are stunning on the outside, and truly gorgeous on the inside.

Following the ceremony guests enjoyed cocktails by the pool – and admittedly, were likely a bit envious of the surprise entertainment – the synchronized swimmers. While guests enjoyed cocktails, they also marveled at the estate, the grounds and the dinner set up Alyssa and Brad had created for the evening.  White, black and gold were the colors of the evening and in the summer sunlight, the beaded linens sparkled beautifully.

Once guests were seated, they could see the beautiful details the couple had selected for their guests and enjoy the (oh my gosh, I am still dreaming about the short ribs) dinner Chef created!

 

 

I wish Alyssa and Brad all the happiness this hora *(and every dance to follow) brings!  Mazel Tov xoxo

 

 

Merci Beaucoup:  to Jennifer Driscoll Photography for the above images.  Also to: A Classic Party Rental,  Antique Limo, Bellas Bridesmaids BBJ Linen, Classic Cakes, Coby Palmer Designs, Andrew Elliott and Tabatha Bonham, Endless Summer Band, Evans Audio Visual,  Events by Design, EventSource, Eyenamics,  Jupiter and Juno, and LGi Linens for their work highlighted in some of the above moments

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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 – 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 – Christine & Ryan

July 14th, 2016 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

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

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

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Christine Dress Details

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

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

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

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

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

Custom Ohio State Cookies

 

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

 

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

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

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Wedding Highlight – Maggie & Andrew

January 25th, 2016 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

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

Maggie and Andrew Formal Photo

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

Family Crest

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

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

 

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

Maggie and Andrew on the Circle

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

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

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

Donut Wedding Cake

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

First Dance Columbia Club

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

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Wedding Highlight – Kate & Brad

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

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.

flower girls and ring bearers

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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Wedding Highlight – Brittney & Conor

October 13th, 2015 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized 1 Comment

Fire and Ice Wedding

As wedding season begins to wind down, and I reflect on my 2015 weddings, the wedding of Brittney and Conor resonates with me not only as a highlight of the year, but likely of my career.  Brittney, Conor and their families are kind, outgoing, warm and entirely trusting — and oooohhh – they know how to celebrate!  After dating since middle school, these life-long lovers tied the knot in bold style – and shared their weekend with vibrant color, whimsical touches and total joy!  Planning this occasion was a treat because I had complete rein to create and design the entire celebration as long as it worked with their vision – “Fire and Ice.”

Throughout their lives their families had joked Brittney and Conor were actually opposites, like Fire and Ice, so Brittney requested her wedding include this “inspiration” in her weekend and the inclusion of the bold (and sexy) color palette of red and turquoise.  (As a designer, I didn’t NOT have to be asked twice! I loved the concept of trying something different than most weddings)

Fire and Ice Wedding Ceremony

Fittingly, on Valentine’s Day 2013, we toured several locations and Brittney and Conor selected the hotel I thought would meet all of their needs for the wedding ceremony and reception, the Alexander.  I knew here I could create exactly the design and entertainment portions of the night that would leave a lasting impression on their guests.  The Alexander has several blown glass chandeliers and I liked the idea of including the glass throughout the event.  Brittney did too.  The ceremony was the Fire portion of the event.  Red dominated the wedding ceremony, which we hosted outside in the courtyard.  For entertainment a glass blower was present during the cocktail hour before and after the service.  During the ceremony, a glass ceremony replaced a “sand ceremony” as small particles of glass were poured together which the artist then created into one large sculpture for Brittney and Conor.

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He also created custom glass pieces for the bridal party to carry as their bouquets.

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As guests first entered the ballroom for the reception, it was all lit in red and had a “fire” wall, but once guests were seated, they were cooled down for the Ice portion of the evening.  Cool air and blasts of coolant filled the space as the bridal party entered the room! The reception decor was created in tones of turquoise using muli-tonal lighting effects, clear chairs, silver and blue linens and again the use of glass.  Turquoise glass chargers and custom glass sculptures enhanced the tablescapes.  The table numbers mimicked the invitation which were both clear acrylic. The final touch was the liquid dance floor which looked like cracked ice and looked exactly like the invitation suite and all of the paperie created for the wedding weekend. White flowers dotted with crystals and centerpieces of crystal chandeliers completed the celebration.

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Even the menu selections reflected both fire and ice whether it be the chilled iceberg salad, the fire roasted entree courses (both a fish course and beef course were served) or the cryogenic ice cream sundae station during dancing to cool guests down helped continue the theme.

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Brittney and Conor’s wedding was a delight to create in part because they were so willing to push the envelope and in part because they were so.much.fun!  They were always smiling – ALWAYS – and they truly relished in the entire process.  Every step of the way they trusted the professional team and just showed how truly excited they were for the wedding night to come.  It showed.  They are an amazing couple and I’m truly honored I could help them create their celebration!  Fire and Ice Couple

 Merci to this team who made a dream night possible! A Classic Party Rental, Alexander Hotel, BBJ Linen, Classic Cakes of Carmel, Evans AV, IndyVisual , The Impalas & TLW Entertainment,Rev. Iseminger, Jessica Strickland Photography (all of the images you see here are hers)  La Dolce Salon, McNamara Flowers – Carmel, Matt Kenyon, Pomp & Polish, Splendor

Fire and Ice Room Set Up and Couple

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Wedding Menus inspired a New Generation

October 13th, 2015 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

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I admit, I’ve lacked in the blogging department this summer. It’s not for not trying – it’s just things here at Mon Amie Events, Inc have been a wee bit busy and very exciting in the Richard family. Our daughter Sabrina, who is 11, fulfilled her life-long ambition of competing on Food Network’s Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off. Once she was named to the show, it was very secretive.   Sabrina and I left for NY, filmed the entire series and Food Network announced her participation in the show all within a few months, but it was right in the heart of wedding season!  Admittedly, I had to turn down a wedding that fell right over the filming of the show (at one of my favorite destination locations) and I’m really thankful that my couple immediately after the filming were SO understanding given I couldn’t tell them anything other than “Sabrina and I are going to NY.”

The entire summer and fall has been a wonderful whirlwind of activity and exciting media attention, interviews and of course, cooking. Often Sabrina is recognized in the most unexpected places by fans of all ages and she always stops to talk. The entire experience has been a beautiful time for our entire family and we are all so grateful. In some interviews Sabrina is asked where her love of cooking first began, and she mentions that she first fell in love “fancy menus” because of my weddings. Allow me to elaborate…

Menu Cards

As I would prepare for a wedding, the final details would be checked off and naturally the personal touches that make a wedding beautiful, unique and special would be picked up by me. These might include favors, place cards, table numbers and of course menu cards. After the wedding I would keep a sample menu card for my records. From time-to-time if there was an extra during clean up I would give a couple to Sabrina so she could “set the table” at home and make it pretty for Sunday dinner. This began at a very very early age. Food Network was always on in our home. It was the white noise in our house. I wanted to know great menu ideas or the latest trends in the culinary world. Clearly both of these stirred up something in Sabrina. Little by little I noticed Sabrina started asking about menu items as she would read the cards. “How do I make beurre blanc sauce?” “Can I try osso busso sometime?” “Tell me about sou vide.” She wanted to know where a menu item originated from, why the couple picked it, who was catering the wedding, and the preparation process. I also noticed her recipe book was getting fatter and fatter. She was keeping each of the menu cards (from years and years of weddings!) I asked her why once and Sabrina replied, because now I’m a good enough cook to make most of these and if I’m not, I know I’ll get there. It was impressive to me to see what was little “gift” from a Saturday night to make Sunday’s dinner table prettier, was now something serving as part of her culinary inspiration!

Food Photos

I have no doubt Julia Child changed Sabrina’s life. (anyone who’s watched Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off knows how much Sabrina loves Julia — and how she considers Julia her “alter-ego.” Sabrina’s impression of her is one even Meryl Streep would admire.) However, I have little doubt that the wedding industry also inspired my little Julia. I am so appreciative to my clients and my colleagues. Without your stunning weddings, your (delicious!) menus, your pretty menu cards and your gracious support of Sabrina in helping her prepare for this incredible journey none of this would have been possible. The event industry and clients have been enormously supportive throughout Sabrina’s desire to be on Food Network (years in the making) and during the filming and now airing of the show, I couldn’t ask for a kinder, nicer and more supportive group. Whether you snapped a photo of her, her food the bride’s food (and made sure you texted it to Sabrina during the wedding) or sent a pile of menu cards to Sabrina after other client’s weddings (I’ve had other planners and stationery professionals do that too!) It hasn’t gone unnoticed – it all means so much! Merci – and of course,  Bon Appetit!

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For more information about Sabrina and her adventure on Food Network (and life after the show) please visit her at:

www.MasteringTheArtOfKidsCooking.Com

Facebook — www.facebook.com/cookwithsabrina
Twitter – @CookwithSabrina
IG – @CookwithSabrina

Menu Card
As always my heartfelt gratitude goes to the professionals who beautifully photographed some of the menus cards and food photos that captured Sabrina’s imagination over the years along with Sabrina for her audition photo shoot / video and head shots. Conforti Photography, Jennifer Driscoll Photography, Nathaniel Edmunds Photography, Erin Hession Photography, IndyVisual, InspireMedia, Jessica Strickland Photography, Vrai Photography

 (and now back to your regularly scheduled blogging…) 😉

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