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Wedding Highlight – Lauren and Tom

July 10th, 2014 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized 2 Comments

Lauren and Tom wanted their summer wedding to have a French provincial warmth to their farm wedding, and undoubtedly they achieved this. They have impeccable taste and it shows in every detail; whether it be the clothes they wear, the stores where they shop, or the vacations they take – naturally their wedding was going to be rich in detail, charm and beauty. Just like the two of them.

Lauren and Tom

After meeting at Yale during a freshmen picnic for athletes, the two friends really began dating after graduation in New York when they were on the same co-ed volleyball team. Tall, athletic, gorgeous and brilliant, this dynamic duo has everything going for them in the most energizing city in the world – so when a country wedding in Indiana was on their radar, I’m sure many of their friends questioned the tiny town of Franklin, Indiana for their impending nuptials. Until they saw photos of the picturesque Rockwell-like farm.

Lauren and Tom Photos

Lauren’s maternal grandparents played hosts to this stunning affair at their home, Fisher Farm. Cultivating their 60 acre farm over the course of the last 8 months became a full-time job for Barbara and Claude lovingly known as Mimi and Papa by the bridal couple, (and by the end of the night, every guest.) Whether it include putting up a fence around a small pond to ensure guest safety, or planting hundreds of annual beds to make sure everything the eye could see was in impeccable shape, Mimi, Papa, and the bride’s mom, Cindi worked tirelessly. The 150 year old farm has seen many changes in the 6 generations who have hosted family events there, but none quite as spectacular as the wedding for 250 guests Lauren and Tom hosted.

Fisher Farm overhead Photo

Guests arrived to the farm and were greeted immediately by Mimi and Papa with a refreshing glass of Mimi’s lemonade. The lemonade was displayed on a restored John Deere tractor style wagon filled with floral buckets. Guests helped themselves to the refreshing drink commenting on the “secret” recipe.

Lemonade Stand

Lauren envisioned her ceremony in the tree grove surrounded by walnut trees allowing shade from the summer sun. Having a meandering aisle gave the slender bride an angelic walk as she and her 9 bridesmaids in variegated shades of blue cascaded toward the altar. The altar space was created with white organza and lace fabric flowing from a branch to the ground creating a steeple-like setting. This ethereal space was perfect for the magical ceremony.

Bridemaids Blue Tones

The ceremony, officiated by Lauren’s brother-in-law, told the history of the farm and the couple to the guests. This 150 year journey allowed guests to relax in the summer breeze while sipping glasses of Mimi’s lemonade and savor in the sweet tenderness of the moment. The ceremony included acoustic guitar music which ranged from Broadway classics to pop favorites which engaged the guests. To their delight, the programs for the ceremony were parchment bags containing pink and blush rose petals to be tossed at the newlyweds as they recessed back down the meandering aisle.

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Following the ceremony the guests were able to see their first glimpse of the farmhouse and 100 year old red barn. Surrounded by beautifully cultivated gardens, the home seemed to relish in its role as the focal point of the wedding festivities. Crisp navy linens served as a stunning neutral canvas for the blush, pink and ivory florals which overflowed throughout the cocktail hour. Rustic touches included reclaimed barn wood painted with directional arrows to destinations the couple had traveled to over the years. During the cocktail hour guests reconnected (and recharged courtesy of phone charging stations) before heading into the large pasture which hosted the large dining tent.

Navy wedding cocktail hour

The dining tent filled the large pasture and welcomed guests to the 60 acre back area of the property. The focal point of the back yard is a 100 year old red barn along with 2 smaller red barns, one of which was the original blacksmith shop for the town. Guests gasped at the sheer beauty and Americana feel. Surrounding the tent were vignettes of seating areas, family photos on chicken-wire screens and historic wagons filled with quilts, flower buckets and watering cans. A postcard station was even set up as their guestbook. (The postcard was of an original painting commissioned of the barn)

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Inside the large sweeping tent guests marveled at the beauty and grandeur of the space. The florist ensured the line between indoors and out was lost. Large birch trees and ferns filled the space. The use of ferns dominated the overall tablescape in large part because of Lauren’s wedding dress. The Monique Lhuillier wedding gown included intricate embroidery on the bodice of ferns so Lauren wanted to include the use of fern throughout the wedding planning. (She did on the invitation stamps, ceremony aisle treatment and dining tent) In the tent the oversized ferns looked spectacular because of their large scale. The ferns were placed on tall stands to bring height to the tables and individual stems were tied lovingly with twine into the menus. The back of the navy menus contained the history of Fisher Farm (written by Mimi) so guests would know more about the 6 generations that had passed through the beautiful landscape where they were about to dine. Flowers were abundant throughout the space. Whether they poured from small wooden crates, baskets or mercury glass vases, they looked soft, refined and had a very French Provincial warmth. The interesting mix of containers, ferns and French ticking stripped napkins completed this look.

French Ticking Wedding

Dinner infused a bit of the French inspiration as well. One of Lauren and Tom’s favorite dates was a picnic at Versailles. Here they enjoyed cheeses, meats and olives together as a couple. When guests first entered the tent, we wanted to emulate that magical date and serve that same antipasto charcuterie course the dinner menu. Additional courses included a classic “Michigan Salad” to honor the bride’s home state. Dinner was a braised short rib with mascarpone polenta and the dessert was a beautiful and show topping 5 tier cake. The cake was a stunning confection of ruffles, gum paste flowers and lace detail in tones of blush, pinks and ivory.

Ivory and Blush Wedding Cake

Sunset fell over the countryside and the 12 piece band swelled allowing guests to dance the night away. Additional desserts and snacks were brought out throughout the evening including a make your own sundaes with a “nitro” station used to make the ice cream. Guests loved the fun interactive display while sitting on the swing or on lounge furniture surrounding the tent. Many guests took this time to explore the blacksmith shop, the barn and peruse the vignettes of historic quilts, carriages and photographs Lauren and her mom had placed around the grounds.

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The family did have one last surprise in store for their guests though,  Lauren’s brother always wanted a fireworks show on the farm — she made sure he got one – to the delight of the guests (and the neighbors!)

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Congratulations Lauren and Tom – #TommyLolo!  It was such an honor helping you plan your wedding!  Thank you for allowing me to be part of your families over the last several months!  You are all stunning, inside and out! xoxo

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Merci Beaucoup to Jennifer Driscoll Photography for the above images and to:  A Classic Party Rentals, Antique Limo, Circle City Pyro, Classic Cakes, Elite Management,  Empty Vase,  Evans Audio Visual / Wow Factors,  IndyVisual (below image),  JW Salon, Makeup by Sparkle,   Pink Poppy Ink, Stephanie Carignan, Sunny Lawns Farms, Thomas Caterers of Distinction

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Wedding Highlight – Sara and Curtis

June 19th, 2014 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized 1 Comment

Sara and Curtis have known one another forever!  It’s impossible to see a photo of one without the other.   They actually went to the  same elementary school!  A mere 2 weeks before their wedding, they were finally in the same city as each other having survived a 4 year  long-distance relationship because of attending different colleges.   As often as possible one would travel to the other school for football games or mini-vacations.  One semester they even both traveled  to England to study together.  This wedding celebration was a culmination of graduations and the wedding.  It was such a joyous time for the couple!

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Sara is a gem!  Her smile is contagious and she radiates happiness!

Curtis is kind, sweet and adores Sara.  I mean just look at this image taken as they were heading out to take photos on the morning of the wedding.  It speaks to his kindness.  (And, frankly, his upbringing — I am huge fans of his parents Sheila and John.)

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Sara and Curtis were married in their childhood church of St. Barnabas Catholic Church.  Both Sara and Curtis had received all of their Sacraments (Baptism, First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation) at St. Barnabas. They were the first couple in the church’s history to receive every Sacrament at the church. Having the final Sacrament there as well carried special meaning.

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Sara and Curtis got married just a few months after Curtis’s sister, Kristen, was married.  Many of the same professionals helped with his sister’s wedding, and Sara and Curtis wanted their wedding to have an entirely different feel, because, obviously, they’re entirely different people.  Sara and Curtis wanted a clean, sleek and modern feeling for their spring nuptials.

To capture this mood, Sara chose black and white as her color story for the wedding and had a few touches of silver sparkle to capture her fresh modern approach.

It was fun to help her design an entirely different type of wedding than Kristen and Tim had selected.  While the two couples had some similar tastes (like a great taste in wedding planners, photographers and videographers 😉 ) they wanted their events to feel very different from one another.  Sara knew the reception location would have to be key in this step.  She picked D’Amore high atop the Indianapolis Skyline to set the scene for night’s festivities.

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Sara allowed us to play!  I love that in design! When a bride trusts her professionals, there is truly nothing better.   She wanted only pure white flowers.  David from the Empty Vase created magic and together we worked to pair his florals with sensational linens which made the room a delight for all of the senses.

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The flowers were spectacular.  Crisp snowy phalaenopsis orchids, dreamy peonies, fragrant roses and hydrangea created stunning tablescapes.  Chandeliers were created with votive candles and orchids to add more sparkle to the space which glistened because of the silver charger plates and beaded linens.  The linens begged to be touched because of the intricate beading and tulle skirts.

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Special accents included the beautiful cake which had the intricate detail from Sara’s wedding gown on its 5 layers and glittered chocolate truffles (which were a surprise for Sara) to match her show-stopping glittered dance floor!

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One of my favorite parts of the evening was actually seeing guests reaction to the cocktail and vip lounge space.  This area reminded me of a cool Miami club.  It was filled with fun chandeliers, white furniture, sparkling sequined pillows and linens. The focal point of the room were over-sized monograms on bookshelves of the couple’s adventures.

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Their toasts looked majestic with the sky behind them and a cascade of chandeliers created with votive candles along the windows.

Black and White Toasts

As night fell over the celebration, guests loved watching the sunset over the Circle City.  As the lights began to flicker on over the skyline, Curtis pulled Sara to the south side of the space to reveal this spectacular surprise — the IPL building illuminating an over-sized heart in her honor!

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Curtis’s childhood dreams came true though when his “lifelong” wish was fulfilled.  His childhood soccer team had long joked they wanted a “cheese fountain” at his wedding.  Well… they got it!  The inner 10 year old boy in each one of them came out when it was revealed during dancing complete with corn dogs, burgers, fries and other late night munchies!

Cheese Fountain

This couple is amazing!  They are sweet, kind, generous and never – I mean NEVER stopped smiling the entire wedding.  (The entire wedding planning process would actually be more accurate.)  I have really relished in my time with both of their families and loved helping them create this special celebration.  I’m so thrilled they’re finally in the same city (and now in MY city!) so I can keep in touch with these wonderful people and their parents.  Thank you for allowing me to be part of your lives during such a special time.  It was truly an honor.  Congratulations Sara and Curtis!  May you always have blessings you deserve and all the nacho cheese a guy could ever want!

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Sara (and Curtis) in the Sky with Diamonds 🙂

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Merci Beaucoup to Jessica Strickland Photography for the above images and to:  Antique Limo, BBJ Linen, Classic Cakes, D’Amore, Empty Vase,  Evans Audio Visual / Wow Factors,  Indy Photo Booth, IndyVisual, Jim Cerone,  JW Salon, LaTavola Linens, Makeup by Sparkle,  M.H Pomander’s, pomp&polish llc, St. Barnabas Catholic Church,  Thomas Caterers of Distinction 

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Mon Amie Events, Inc is a full service event planner based in Indianapolis, IN

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Wedding Rewind

May 1st, 2014 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

I’m lucky.  I get it.  I get to help couples and families plan an incredible celebration and share in special, intimate moments.  I get to see private, quiet moments with wonderful people.  I get to see things few people get to see, and I get to share in these quiet prayers, whispered conversations and silly conversations just before a bride walks down the aisle with her father and I am humbled to be present in the moment.  I’m not immune to my surroundings.  I’m keenly aware of where I am and what I’m experiencing.  I also get to see funny, witty toasts.  I get to see romantic, opulent shows of affection during a first dance.  I get to couples show each other, and their closest several hundred friends and family (lots) of public displays of affection all day long.  I love it.  I love the stories.  I love the romance.  I love the “best day of their lives.”  — I am also reminded, it’s only the best of their lives – until that point.

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The best day of your life is yet to come. 

It’s the day your child is born.

When they learn to say Mom. or Dad.

It’s the day you learn a loved one has a clean bill of health.

It’s the night you watch a child graduate.

It’s when you see someone you love accomplish something – whether it be hitting a home run, selling 1,000 Girl Scout Cookies, opening  a business or learning to ride a bike.

The day you realize you have financial freedom.

It’s the day you see a loved one return from deployment.

The best day of your life is your child’s wedding day.

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(One of the best and most celebratory events I ever planned was Major Tim Stoner’s return home from the war zone.  This image of his deployment, taken by his brother-in-law, Nathan Rowe, from Nathaniel Edmunds Photography, always gripped me.  His return was definitely the best day of their life.)

The best day of your life isn’t necessarily your wedding day, it’s just the very, very best day of your life – so far.  I LOVE helping families with that day.

 As Paul and I neared our 15th Anniversary we realized we wanted to celebrate our wedding – again.  We enjoyed the moments and those who shared in it with us.  We talk about it often with our kids.  They ask us about it all the time.  We wanted our 15th Anniversary to be the best day of our lives because our children and their grandparents could be part of the day and celebrate with us.

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Because of my career, I am often asked “If you were to do your wedding over, would you do it differently or the same?”  I often reply. “Yes. Both. Exactly the same, yet entirely different.”  With this in mind, Paul decided to recreate our wedding, as a ceremony for 4, and a party for 8.  (including only our children, then for the reception our parents.)  It was, exactly the same, yet, entirely different at my request.  It.was.perfect.

Paul and Sabrina did much of the work admittedly. They had an amazing template – our wedding 15 years ago was lovely.  We could have played Prince and partied like it was 1999 – because Sabrina and Paul worked very hard to recreate the day!

Just as we had 15 years ago, the ceremony was at Beck Chapel at Indiana University in Bloomington followed by the intimate dinner at the Omni Severin Hotel in Indianapolis.

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Sabrina requested I wear my original wedding gown for the ceremony.  It was wonderful to see her enthusiasm as she zipped me into the dress!    Seeing the day through the kids’ eyes was what Paul and I enjoyed the most throughout the day.  Kyle walked me down the aisle.  I hope he and Sabrina noticed Paul’s face at this moment. I also hope they saw our faces throughout the day.  It’s important children see their parents in love.   The kids read us speeches at the church. Seeing their joy in the church when we exited was contagious!

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(If the kids didn’t see the church moment they certainly did on the video from Bob Ridge  – IndyVisual)  That moment, I literally was in a time warp to 4/17/1999 he looked exactly the same to me!  The video nails it.  (If this isn’t PROOF as to why everyone needs a filmmaker on their wedding day, nothing else is!) (My favorite portions of the video happen at the church — because of the song — and Paul’s expression – so I’m inserting the video clip here which is VERY out of the box for my normal blog post) Paul and Monica 15th Anniversary Video (by IndyVisual)

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Following the ceremony, we took the kids on campus for photos – just as we had done 15 years prior. This time though, the weather was 20 degrees warmer!

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Echoing 1999 was navy and yellow palette.  Sabrina didn’t stray from that at all.  She looked very grown up meeting with Alan Thompson, AIFD from McNamara Flowers to go over the details of bouquets, centerpieces and decor.  She couldn’t have loved her bouquet more! (Thank you Alan for that gift!)

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The 15th Anniversary is actually the “Crystal Anniversary” so elements of crystal and glass were used in bounty.

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When we returned to the Omni we were joined by our parents.  The ballroom was stunning!  Paul and I were able to enter the room first and I was literally in tears when I went into the space. My wish is that each of my clients feels that as they enter their space on their wedding night.  Sabrina and Kyle entered next and their reactions were just as exciting.  I loved seeing their faces and reactions to it all.  As a parent it was exactly what Paul and I wanted for the day.

Surprise reaction to Ballroom - Navy and Yellow Wedding

 

It was perfect.  Navy sparkle linens. Crystal chiavari chairs with custom chair embroidered caps.  Stunning, sunny, opulent yellow floral in the most luscious shades of honey, saffron and marigold.  Crystal listening in the spectacular lighting.  Butter draping perfectly beckoning you into the ballroom. It was a dream.  Sabrina and Alan used a few old photographs and swatch samples of my favorite linens and knocked it out of the park.  How do you begin to say thank you for this type of a gift?  (I wish Alan and Scott from Evans AV were there to see my reaction)

Yellow and Navy Wedding

The paperie from Nikki from Pomp&Polish was perfect. She even tied our place cards to crystal rock candy so the kids could stir their tea with it. (yes, we’re all hot tea drinkers – what a lovely personal touch!)

Navy Stationery and Paper Details Navy and Yellow Wedding

Dinner was also a twist on the original.  The Omni was given our original menu – they merely updated a few sauces and presentations to modernize the meal.  It was wonderful to recreate the entire evening.

Wedding Menu

To our delight, Vincent was our server once again 15 years later!  Just as he helped us cut the cake then, he did so this year.  The cake was a perfectly updated version of what we had 15 years earlier.

Classic Cake

During dinner, Jessica Strickland, our photographer asked me to stand up for our dance.  (Boy was I confused!?)  Just then to my SHOCK Bryan England and Nick Lemmo III surprised us with an acoustic version of our original first dance.  Bob had completely pulled this off for us, and later that night, both Paul and I had said it was our favorite moment of the day.  (if there’s ANY question to my reaction, the fact I had cried off all of my makeup left no doubt) 🙂

15 years of love

Everyone worked to make the day full of memories from 15 years ago and full of new memories.  Everyone pulled out all the stops.  It was magical for Paul and me.  It was magical for our parents.  (again)  😉 Most importantly it was magical for the kids.  Because we’ve had someone we love get that clean bill of health(thank God!), because we’ve given birth, because we’ve sold 1,000 Girl Scout Cookies and because we are so thrilled those people could be with us for our 15th anniversary – it was the best day of our lives – so far.

Grandparents Family Photos

Thank you for allowing me to share our “best day” with you – and for the personal reasons as to why we chose to celebrate rather publicly.  This entire day would simply not have been possible without great friends and colleagues who helped create it.  Each kept secrets, each pulled off surprises and each helped create an amazing day for our family.  I am overwhelmed with gratitude and love.  ~  a very special Merci Beaucoup to Jessica Strickland Photography for the above images and to: A Classic Party Rental, Antique Limo, BBJ Linen, Classic Cakes, Endless Summer Band (Bryan England and Nick Lemmo III) Evans Audio Visual / Wow Factors,  IndyVisual, JW Salon, LaTavola Linens,  Makeup by Sparkle, Marie Gabriel Couture Bridal Salon, McNamara Florist ~ Carmel, Omni Severin Hotel,  pomp&polish llc, TLW Entertainment – from the entire Richard Family. 

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Mon Amie Events, Inc is a Indianapolis, In based event and wedding planner.

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Wedding Highlight – Kristen and Tim

December 22nd, 2013 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

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Every once in a while as a wedding planner, you get a client who just allows you to run!  This time I got to run in circles  (..and I didn’t mind)  😉 Tim and Kristen were finishing their Masters degrees at Notre Dame when she and I met with her mom for lunch the day before Christmas Eve when I said, “I have an idea…” with a grin across my face.  She said “run with it.”

Finally – after having an idea for years, I got to play with this idea – and bring a brainstorm to the perfect client.  THANK YOU!!!!

With whispered phonecalls, and emails that started with TOP SECRET – the plans for Kristen and Tim’s round wedding began.  Thank you Kristen, Tim and the nicest families in the world for allowing your team of professionals to play, to do their jobs and to have a great time creating something special for you and your families.

Running in circles began with the save the date and the invitation to the Circle City. The save the date gave a hint to guests about the round inspiration of the reception and showed them a glimpse of the amazing architectural detail that would be larger-then-life (literally) at the reception.  The invitations were also round and, along with all other details, continued Kristen and Tim’s alma mater’s colors of navy and gold.

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Throughout the day Kristen and Tim were surrounded by teammates, classmates and friends – and their beloved navy and gold.  Florals in stunning fall colors complimented the October day.

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The Nuptial Mass was held at Kristen’s childhood church.  Before the service Kristen and Tim read letters from one another and held hands, but didn’t see each other until she processed down the aisle.  It was a sweet and endearing moment – (with the bridesmaids peaking on from around the corner … shhh…) 😉

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Before the Mass, Tim and the boys enjoyed a lighthearted moment as they walked out to the ceremony.  (Perhaps the Notre Dame game against Arizona State made such a lighthearted atmosphere in their waiting room.)

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Following Mass guests were greeted at one of the Circle City’s most iconic venues, Union Station.  There, Tim and Kristen’s guests, were welcomed inside to an jaw-dropping scene created through the inspiration of the Art Deco Stained Glass Window and the Monogram first shown on the save the date and invitations.

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The dancefloor, center of decor and largest flocalpoint of the room, would be larger than life (literally) — it was an exact copy of the windows that flank the ends of Union Station.  Each window is 21′ diameter.  The dance floor was 24′

Guests marveled at it’s detail and size and how realistic it was.  The cracks in the nearly 100 year old glass were replicated exactly on the dance floor in stunning detail!

(It was fun to watch guests be actually a bit apprehensive about walking on the floor for the first time because it was so realistic)

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Warm family toasts, fantastic food, an amazing band were all followed by a dj that kept things going well into the wee hours of the morning! Add whimsical Fighting Irish touches, including Kristen’s teammates performing at half-time and a very chic themed Football lounge and the entire guest list helped Tim cheer his Irish onto victory!

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Cheer Cheer for Kristen and Tim!

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To see the video of this amazing evening – click here: Kristen and Tim Wedding Video Trailer

To keep their “round” theme going, they even had a “round” room at their Sandals Resort – A Rondoval Suite at Sandals Grande St. Lucian. ahhhhhh…. the life 😉

Merci Beaucoup to Jessica Strickland Photography for the above images and to:  Antique Limo, BBJ Linen, Classic Cakes, Crowne Plaza Hotel at Historic Union Station,  Evans Audio Visual / Wow Factors,  Indy Photo Booth, IndyVisual, JW Salon, Makeup by Sparkle, McNamara Florist ~ Carmel,  pomp&polish llc, St. Barnabas Catholic Church, TLW Entertainment

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Woof said the Flower Girl

November 5th, 2013 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

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Our pets are our family. Our pets are people too.  So why not when planning your wedding include them in your celebration?

Whether your pet is honored by being part of the ceremony itself, or honored in the favors, it’s important you remember your furry friend on the wedding day.

Jezebel (above) and Lillie below were both flower girls for their parents and (nearly) stole the show.  However, with these two stunning couples – NEARLY – is the important word here.  When having your pet be in the wedding, it’s important to remember a few things.

Loveable Flower Girl

First make sure the location you are hosting your wedding in is ok with animals coming in for your wedding.  If they don’t permit pets, consider talking with your photographer about including your pet as part of the engagement session. Then include those photos in your wedding day.

Secondly. don’t try to babysit your own pet on the wedding day.  There’s a LOT going on at your wedding, have someone else take charge your four-legged friend.  My advice, it shouldn’t be a bridal party member or immediate family member. They are just as busy as you. Get hired help.  Talk to the professionals.

If you’re leaving your pup at home, consider making your favors in their honor.  The Humane Society has gotten many donations in lieu of favors in honor of my clients’ cats and dogs Crosley,  Bentley and Princess.  Their photos were placed on the table along with a note honoring the gift.

I’ve done this post in honor of my wedding gift.  Tuppie.  Our family is lost without him after 14 years with him sleeping our our feet.  While he may not have been in our wedding, we think of him as part of our wedding because he was a wedding gift – to each other.  He was our first child.  Life without him is not the same.  No more do we hear the jingle of his collar as he says goodnight to the kids before jumping up to our bed.  No more does he beg for dinner (and lunch… and breakfast – who am I kidding!?) 😉  right next to my chair. He was a stray we adopted from the Humane Society and our vet said, we’ll he’s used to table scraps from the people who were feeding him, so it would be ok to give him a bite since clearly that’s his diet.  So, along with love, (real cat food) and the one bite of our meals, he grew in our family to a huge 20 pound diva.  He was funny, and snotty, and very much the cat of an event planner.  He liked ribbons, and flutter fetti, and life under the Christmas tree.  He actually loved the dog next door, and learned to tolerate the two smelly things Paul and I brought home from the hospital that screamed and cried and pulled his looooong tail.  He more than tolerated them.  He checked their bedrooms every night and cuddled with them if they were sick and loved to eatch movies and baseball with them.  He loved salmon (and adored it when Sabrina cooked it!) He loved the afternoon sunshine and made himself 6 feet long to take up every inch of it. We miss him. I miss his paws asking to sit on my lap.  It’s my first blog post without him…  typing just isn’t the same.   However, the next time a client asks for help with their pet in the wedding, I will do everything in my power to ensure it happens.  I always have, but now, I do it honor of Tuppie.

 

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Thank you Nathaniel Edmunds Photography for capturing Jezebel with her parents (decor by L.Gene Huddleson – Detail+Design), Jessica Strickland for capturing Lillie with her parents and Jennifer Driscoll for capturing Tuppie for our family after he was diagnosed with cancer.  All of these photos mean so much.

 Monica Richard – Mon Amie Events, Inc is an Indianapolis Indiana based event and wedding planner

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Imagine That!

October 14th, 2013 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

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My Disney background has helped shape my entire career – from bringing more than just a little pixie dust into the lives of each client, to ensuring each event has her own Fairy Godmother.  I want to make sure every event has an element of magic, imagination and fun.  Imagination is where is all starts!

I love seeing how clients bring their own personalities into a wedding – so let’s talk about how we can do that.  (and… we won’t use the P word:   Piterest.  😉  Couples often turn to Pinterest for ideas for their wedding ceremony and reception then bring me, their planner, or eventually to their florist oodles of pretty images and say “isn’t this unique?  I just love it, I want it for my wedding too!” (didn’t that just negate the meaning of the word unique?)

I gently broach the topic by guiding my clients that if they saw it on Pinterest, perhaps their bridesmaids (who are also of the marrying age) and their guests may have seen it too. The last thing she would want at her wedding is for a guest to say “I saw this on Pinterest.” We would want them to say “What a lovely and unique element” or “that is soooo them!”  So I tell my client “Let’s put our own spin on things and truly make it unique.”  Instead, I have encouraged my clients to (GASP) not look at Pinterest at this phase of the wedding!  Let’s use our imaginations and come up with other ideas to make your wedding your wedding.

1: Be a filmstar:  If you’ve seen it in the movies, then do it!  The photo above as in my mind’s eye for years!  It took the right client, the right venue and the moment to put it all together.  However it’s not like this was the only event that could be inspired by film.  Gatsby weddings have been popular for years, and are coming on strong again this season.

2:  Go on a date:  Think about your favorite locations to go on dates.  Now, have your guests do the same, join you on a date!  If you love going to going out for sushi, have a sushi station during cocktails.  If you met at a coffee shop, by all means, have that coffee as part of the festivities!  If you enjoyed tailgating in college together where you first met, consider having a late night snacks with a tailgate flair including cornhole. In your lounge area set up your alma mater’s game on for the guys in the room to enjoy.  Last weekend the bride and groom were just as enthralled with the Irish’s upset win over Arizona as her guests.  Kristen and her pom squad teammates even performed at halftime on the dancefloor!

 

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3: Stamp their passport:  Don’t be afraid to tempt your guests’ taste buds with your culinary adventures. If you and your fiancé have traveled, share these experiences with your guests.   Consider making your menu about your travels.  Perhaps you have traveled to great locations in our country or internationally and you remember specific dishes that you want to share with your friends and family.  Do it! They will love trying new things that mean something to you.  Printing your menu inspiration on the menu card with an explanation will be something they will enjoy and be excited to try.

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4: Red Carpet Runway: Look at fashion magazines first.  I know, I know, brides want to grab that wedding magazine first when they have that engagement ring slipped on their left hand.  Grab your favorite fashion magazine and look there for color and style inspiration.  Your wedding style should reflect your personal style. Remember that! One of the most show stopping gowns I’ve ever seen was actually right out of the pages of a fashion magazine because she refused to look “’bridal” but rather “red carpet.” She wanted to look “Bam!”  Boy did she!  To this day, it’s the gown more people compliment, because it was so sleek, stylish and stunning.  (Admittedly, it’s also the gown most of my clients want to know where to go to in Chicago to buy something similar.)

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5:  It’s what’s inside (your home)  that counts:  Do you have a favorite couch or piece of furniture that could be part of the seating for the head table, cocktail seating or lounge?  Is there a vase that has special meaning the florist can incorporate?  Is there something you remember from your childhood that would bring back a flood of memories for another generation because you surprised your parents (or grandparents) by using it in the ceremony or on your head table?  I’ve had clients use everything from the family’s rug for the wedding ceremony altar space, to a sentimental vase for the altar flowers to a pocket watch.  One bride used her mom’s fur stole and gloves.  Many of these were kept a surprise until wedding day.  It was wonderful seeing the reaction from the family members when they realized these pieces were lovingly used in the ceremony by the couple.  Look at what is right within your own home, your own yard or your own family history to create a special memory for your family.

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Regardless of your imagination inspiration, choose something that truly is unique, something that speaks to you as a couple and as a newly forming family.  Make sure it resonates with your guests and doesn’t just follow the latest trends on websites and social media. After all, you want the day to be about the two of you, your families and your new life together and not about what “unique” idea you saw and likely, what everyone else did too.  You want it to be a reflection of you, your lives and your story that is about to unfold in front of those you love.

 

Merci beaucoup to the following photographers for taking these photos for me of my clients and weddings:  (in order of appearance) IndyVisual, Nathaniel Edmunds Photography, IndyVisual, Kevin Swan Photography

 

Mon Amie Events, Inc is an Indianapolis based full service  luxury wedding and event planner specializing in event planning, wedding planning and event design.

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Wedding Highlight – Margo & Bob

August 23rd, 2013 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

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From the moment I met Margo and Bob, I was welcomed into their home and their lives with open arms and I knew it was going to an amazing weekend full of celebration, laughter and of course, fantastic Italian food!

Their engagement party was only a few days after we first met, and I was asked to attend so I could meet each of their children.  What a stunning family.  The kids (and by this I mean – wonderful, smart, capable young adults) were just coming home for the summer from college and looked right out of the pages of any Anthropologie or J. Crew catalog for the party.  Margo and Bob’s kids were to be their eventual bridal attendants, just as they were  present in Paris when Bob proposed earlier last spring.

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The wedding itself was a beautiful and classic setting with fun and unexpected touches, frankly not unlike the couple themselves.  Bob and Margo are elegant, graceful and regal – yet very funny and entirely engaging.  The first true sign of this was their amazing save the date – which paid homage to their Parisian proposal – a box of truffles each flavor chosen for its French influence including champagne and chambord.

The ceremony was clean, crisp and airy.  Guests were greeted by the boys, then asked to be seated for the service with the entire city of Indianapolis as the background while the prelude played.  The altar was billowing drape with dramatic floral in all shades of white, ivory and cream to allow the magnitude of the ceremony to set in.  Just as Margo and her sons came down the aisle, the lighting dimmed, the screens closed and it was a dramatic moment.  Margo and Bob had waited 8 years for this moment to arrive ~ I loved how beautifully it played out in real time.  They lovingly incorporated their children into the service by having the kids also partake in the sand ceremony.  Their true humor shined through, when “Signed, Sealed and Delivered” played as they were pronounced husband and wife!

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As guests entered the reception space, they were immediately greeted with ice blue cocktails and mutli-tonal shades of aqua all creating a stunning monochromatic palette matching the Indianapolis skyline.  Whether it be Margo’s  fantastic (oh, I wish they were my size!) shoes, creative touches to the hors d’oeuvres or dainty candles in the cocktail reception, several shades of blue began to welcome guests in those  first minutes of the celebration.

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Following the cocktail hour, guests were taken with the stunning beauty and spectacular views again as they entered the dinner area.  No detail was overlooked.  Flowing ribbon embroidered linens with organza overlays topped the tables.  Sparkling aqua charger plates complimented the pale blue mercury glass candles and antique vases overflowing with petite floral centerpieces topped the stunning tables.  Large opulent centerpieces cascaded on aqua stands all creating a beautiful sea glass and aqua palette as guests entered the reception.

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Bob and Margo’s Italian warmth, and Italian honeymoon immediately became evident to the guests when the dinner reception began.  As they were seated, guests were served a bountiful antipasto platter and Italian wines.  The first course included a perfect summer salad of watermelon, feta, mint and fennel.  The bright pink incorporated Margo’s favorite color and came presented in whimsical jars sealed with custom labels.

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Italian wines were perfectly paired with each course as guests dined on artfully displayed Italian cuisine.  Each course thoughtfully presented and created to honor Bob’s heritage and the impending honeymoon.  As guests departed at the end of the night, Italian bottles of wine were given as a final toast to the guests – Salud!

The dancing held several surprises and great fun for the guests. Once nightfall set over the city, Bob and Margo showed  their love by expressing it 6 stories tall on the IPL building for the guests (and entire city) to see.

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When guests came back onto the dancefloor, they were surprised with a over-the-top display of sweets in the same color palette as the wedding and dozens of Italian pastries.  Later in the night savory sliders  offered a quick bite for guests to enjoy while the danced in the club-like atmosphere Margo had created for her guests.  She had envisioned a party for her college aged children, and she got it!  Dozens of glow and light up items were handed out making what started out as a regal, serene bridal ceremony, become the fun, electric celebration they wanted the end of the night to be.  It was the perfect joining of two families and two events!

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Congratulations Margo and Bob, may every year be as celebratory and fun as you had on this night.  Salud!

Merci Beaucoup to Nathaniel Edmunds Photography for the above images and to:  Antique Limo, BBJ Linen, Classic Cakes, D’Amore Events, Goldstar Management,  Indy Photo Booth, Jim Cerone, LGI Linen, Pink Poppy Ink, Thomas Caterers of Distincton, Tod Isminger, Royal Creations

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Wedding Highlight – Andrea & Patrick

August 1st, 2013 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized 1 Comment

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Every once in a while a couple just touches your soul.  In 14 years of planning weddings I’ve been lucky enough to have this happen to me several times throughout the year.  It’s one of the reasons I am so discerning about the number of clients I take a year, and one of the reasons I interview each client so thoroughly as much as they interview me.  My only regret with Andrea and Patrick — time.  Patrick proposed to Andrea May 18th. Yes, this year on May 18th.  The entire wedding was planned in 8 weeks.  Therefore my only regret isn’t the lack of time we had to plan the wedding, because we had enough, but rather my lack of time I got to spend with such extraordinary people.

Andrea and Patrick travel quite a bit for their career, often oversees, and due to this hectic schedule, they no longer wanted to wait to be married.  The time was now, so, the wedding was now.  By no means does this mean that our relationships, our conversations, nor our friendship will be over.  (A WISE former client once told me on her wedding day “your work here may be done, but our friendship has just begun.” with Andrea, I feel the same way.)  She and Patrick are warm, engaging, welcoming, witty and smart.  Entirely my kind of people!

 

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Originally from Colombia, Andrea is funny, stylish and full of just the right amount of spice and flair one would expect from any South American woman.  Patrick, the debonair Frenchman, is sophisticated, welcoming, warm and charming.  I met them two days after Patrick proposed and we began working on their wedding which would infuse their experiences and cultures into an amazing sensory experience for the guests.  Finding the perfect venue took less than a week (the Market Table restaurant) located in The Alexander.

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The ceremony would take place outside in their garden while guests sipped on specialty cocktails (made with Indiana’s own Sage’s Simple Syrups) and found shade in deep red parasols.  The backdrop of the ceremony included their monogram, symbolic of their 2 worlds coming together.  Andrea carried a (stunning!!!) bouquet of peony, roses and callas which smelled divine, and I kept thinking to myself – HOW did Alan (from McNamara Florist) find such amazing peony in JULY!?!?  The bridesmaids bouquets were lovely hues of reds which looked amazing against their very very pale blue dresses.  At the end of the service  guests showered the couple in red petals which were lovingly presented in clear packages on each chair at the service.

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The reception allowed guests to tempt their taste buds!  The tapas style menu allowed guests to sample options for several hours pursued the options as hors d’oeuvres, entrees, desserts and late night snacks were all presented in “small plate” style servings.  The menu ranged in cuisine from around the globe allowing guests to travel from country to country tasting the heritage and culture of this amazing couple.  If you’ve ever been to Epcot’s Food and Wine festival, that is a sampling of what this wedding menu was like.  Sinful, indulgent, delicious.. and it just kept coming… fur hours and hours and hours….and it was amazing! just when you thought it stopped, out came the late night snacks with the amazing truffle oil steak fries and sliders (and oh – but wait, I need to try another flavor of gelato!)  (how do you say food coma in French and Spanish!?!) 🙂

(The flower girl’s expression says it all!  priceless!)

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Even the  wedding cakes (both American and the traditional French pièce montée) reflected their cultural influence.  Patrick was so excited about this confection!  Due to humidity (and BOY was it HOT on this July night!) it was very very difficult to  find any bakery in Indiana willing to make this special request for him.  Thank you to Ilene from Classic Cakes for finding a way to create it.  (after striking out at over 1/2 a dozen other pastry shops unwilling to tackle the task.)  Patrick was so grateful he even spoke about it during his speech.  Merci Ilene!

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Naturally, no French wedding would be complete without a champagne toast, but this wedding included a Champagne Bar allowing guests to sample champagne vintages and infuse their beverage with juices, syrups and floral.

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Throughout the night guests could be seen perusing the menu options while reading their program.  This program book (24 PAGE book!) lovingly translated in French and Spanish the ceremony’s vows and menus so guests who had traveled from France or Columbia never felt left out of the evening’s celebration.  It also included background behind some of Andrea and Patrick’s favorite pieces of The Alexander’s amazing art collection as curated by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the significance of the A+P circle monogram.

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The toasts were warm and charming!  Andrea actually surprised Patrick by saying a large portion of her speech in French for his family.  Everyone, from around the globe understands the language of love, and there is no doubt these two are meant for each other, and their families are elated for their happiness!

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Music played a major role in the celebration. The ceremony included a live trio, but during the reception, the salsa and Latin flair kicked in when Cathy Morris put together an ensemble for the dinner portion of the evening.  The DJ kept the crowd happy by infusing a European club sound while playing just enough Latin style to make sure both continents were on the dance floor all evening long!  When Andrea surprised her guests with her reception dress, the Shakira song was the perfect choice!  Guests enjoyed dancing under the chandeliers of Edison bulbs creating a starry and romantic glow to the entire evening!

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This sweet and tender moment was captured during their “second first dance” when Andrea came out in her reception dress.

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Among my favorite moments of the day include their first viewing — it was in the lobby of the hotel.  Exactly in the spot where Patrick first said to me “this is my style. This type of space.”  I knew right then The Alexander was the right location for them.  I’m thrilled with the service they received, the convenience for their guests and the flow of the entire process.  I’m also thrilled it was where he saw Andrea on their wedding day for the first time.  Perfect! They deserved that!

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Just as the invitation was printed in 3 languages, (BOY were those rsvps amazing fun to get back in the mail — an incredibly fun perk for me since they travel so often!)  all other paperie pieces had been throughout the day.  As guests departed they once again were surprised with a multinational gift.  The favors were a collection of sweets from around the globe. (I still don’t have the heart to nibble mine — but ohhh, it’s calling… though the amazing – and I mean AMAZING basket Andrea and Patrick created for me with treats from around the globe was devoured! – merci, gracias, thank you doesn’t say it enough!)

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The entire evening had the perfect blend of food, family and fun,  Félicitations! ¡Felicitaciones! Congratulations Andrea and Patrick, it was an honor working with you and a pleasure getting to know you.   Wherever your travels take you, I know our friendship indeed has just begun!

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I love reading the photo comments from guests around the globe – including this one from a guest “qu’ils sont beaux 😉 plein de bonheur a tous les deux!”  – when looking at this image, I agree!

mejores deseos, te amo tanto! meilleurs voeux, aiment tous les deux! Best wishes, love you both!

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Merci Beaucoup:

Alexander, Blue House Bridal, Cathy Morris and Kristi Lee (TLW Entertainment), Classic Cakes, Evan’s Audio Visual,  IndyVisual, McNamara Florist , pomp&polish llc , Sage’s Simple Syrups , Splendor, Tyler Mason, Vrai Photography

 

visit http://monamieeventsinc.com/andreapatrick/ for more images and more details of Andrea and Patrick’s wedding day

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Enjoy their wedding video trailer!  Andrea+Patrick Video

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Mon Amie Events, Inc is a high end  Indianapolis  based event planner, luxury wedding planner, bridal consultant bar mitzvah planner, bat mitvah planner, event designer and wedding designer. Monica Richard, MBC

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The One Who Loved You First

June 10th, 2013 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

Father’s Day is this Sunday and in the day’s honor, I wanted to have brides reflect on their first love ~ their Daddy.  During the wedding weekend, the entire day seems to go very quickly.  I wanted to give a few points in the day to honor the man who stood by your side until you met the new love of your life.  Having these moments with your Dad will be among the best memories of your wedding.  Both you, and your family, will appreciate these highlights for years to come.

Here are a few moments to think about before the weekend arrives:

 

Wait to see your father on your wedding day until you’re in your gown and schedule a “First Look” with your father. 

 

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Give your dad, and yourself, all the time in the world before you open the doors for your processional …  to get one last kiss goodbye! 

 

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During your bridal Processional, remember to take your time.  Walk Slowly. This is your big moment.  Enjoy your walk with your dad.

 

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Pick a song that is really special to the two of you for your Father / Daughter Dance (whether he sang to you as a child, you sang it in a school concert, you  played it on road trips, etc.)   Then keep the song a surprise.  You (and your guests) will LOVE the reaction when the song begins.  Even if the song seems childish to you  – using that song – even if it is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – or too fast – if it sentimental, the reaction worth it. 

At some point in the night – don’t forget to dance with your new Father-in-law!

As Always – Merci Beaucoup to the Photographers who so Magically Capture my clients with their loved ones.  This time – these precious moments with their dads. In Order of Appearance –  Baby Grace Photography, Carpenter Photography and Design, Turtlepond Photography, Nathaniel Edmunds Photography.

And most importantly – Happy Father’s Day Padre, I Love You – Monica.

 

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Mon Amie Events, Inc is a luxury wedding and event planner located in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

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Honoring Mom and Dad!

May 6th, 2013 monamieevents Uncategorized 1 Comment

A Toast to Mothers!

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As we enter Mother’s Day week I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the importance of family in a wedding.  The wedding ceremony is the blending of two families into one and while some portions of the ceremony ritual dictate how this happens, I want each of my planning clients to also take a few moments to relax, enjoy and take a deep breath.  I also want their families to do the same.  Savoir the moment.  Enjoy the spectacle.  Relish one another.

For this reason, here are a few moments I hope every bride will do with their parents because moments like this should be treasured.  Enjoy them.  They’re not only for the bride, but for the parent – and admittedly, for anyone lucky enough to witness.

HavBridal Dress e your mom help you get dressed.  You’ll reminisce. You’ll laugh. And yes, you’ll cry.

 

Allow her to put on your jewelry. 

It will remind you both of the times she did so for dances, Prom and likely, your first date.

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If you’re lucky enough to have your Grandmother present, have her put in your veil. 

We should all be so lucky to have something so delicate placed by such loving hands.

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I don’t want to forget about Father’s too – this post is about Dads as well.

Allow Dad his moment as you walk down the aisle…  to get one last kiss goodbye! 

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I always tell my brides for their processional to take it slow.  We’re in no hurry.  I loved this moment.  She and her father actually carried on a conversation!  It was so endearing and sweet!  I’ ve always wondered what wonderful and thoughful (and no doubt funny) 🙂 things were said to one another as she made her way to the altar.

Take your time.  This is your big moment.  Enjoy your walk with your parent.

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If you want to see me tear up during a wedding, it will be during a Mother / Son dance or a Father / Daughter Dance.  Seeing the relationship with a parent gets me every time.

Pick a song that is really special and whenever possible, keep the song a surprise. 

I love seeing the parent’s reaction!  So will your guests.

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I love this photo – is this a big amazing happy family or what?!  🙂  Both sets of parents, the bridal couple and the sister-in-law!  They are taking the last piece of advice perfectly:

At some point in the night – dance with your new parents! 

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Happy Mother’s Day Mom, I love you.

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Merci Beaucoup to the Photographers I have been lucky enough to work with over the years who captured these amazing moments of my bridal couples with their parents.  (In order of appearance):  Jennifer Driscoll Photography,   Scalini Photographer, Megelaine Images,  Square Mouth Studios (formerly known as Carignan Gallery), Turtlepond, Jennifer Driscoll Photography (two images) Megelaine Images.

Mon Amie Events, Inc is an Indianapolis Indiana event planner, luxury wedding planner, bridal consultant bar mitzvah planner, bat mitvah planner, event designer and wedding designer. Monica Richard, MBC

6915 Bretton Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46268 317-460-3726

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