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Wedding Highlight – Erica and Grant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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Wedding Highlight – 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 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!  🙂

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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!

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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

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The wedding of Kate and Brad was stylish, uptown and chic — just like the couple themselves.  Somehow this wedding – bursting at nearly 400 guests felt like a small dinner party because Kate and Brad took the time to ensure each intimate detail was carefully crafted and cultivated.  It was an honor to help them create this splendid occasion!!

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Kate and Brad were married and the breathtaking Sacred Heart Catholic Church just south of downtown Indy.  The architecture of this church lends itself to fairy-tale weddings and idyllic photographs. Kate and Brad with their nearly dozen flower girl carrying lanterns and ring bearers parading down the aisle didn’t disappoint.

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The ceremony was presided over by the priest from Brad’s school, and included both moms helping to prepare the altar by unfolding the prayer cloth.  I loved this personal touch before the moms lit the unity candle. Lush greens decorated the aisle and altar and gave guests a hint to the garden cocktail hour and reception that was in store for them the remainder of the evening.

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The reception, hosted at the Central Library, began in the library’s garden.  Here the guests reveled in the perfect weather and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oevures outside.  Kate’s mom surprised the newlyweds with bagpipers to ensure Irish eyes would always be smilin’.  Guests then followed the pipers and proceeded through boxwood lattice gates to the reception celebration for the remainder of the evening.

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The celebration decor was upscale and uptown.  Kate loved stripes and thrilled to share them with her guests in fun and unexpected ways.

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Though the whimsy of the stripes was fun and playful, Kate could not have been more chic, elegant and timeless. Classic bride

The reception truly gave guests a bit of both.  Kate wanted to have a beautiful English Garden with lush sophistication, and yet the modern fun of a cosmopolitan evening.  Kate and Brad accomplished this with a truly edited design.  By incorporating lush foliage and romantic floral, the couple allowed guests to feel as though they were dining in a garden under the stars.  This was  accomplished through the use of lighting by having the guests dine under specialty Edison lights which gave a special al fresco ambiance to the indoor space.  The focal point of the atrium was a floral monogram created with boxwood and roses custom created for the family.

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The guests adored they “English Garden” warmth of the wedding as they entered the ballroom. It as lush, welcoming and intimate.  It was exactly as Kate, Brad and their families has hoped it would be!  It was a night full of great joy, laughter, family and so much love! I am so honored I could help this amazing family create this weekend for their guests.  Kate’s radiant and graceful smile NEVER left the entire process.  Thank you for allowing me to be part of your wedding. Cheers!

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To see more of their wedding – click Film Trailer from NorthernLight Filmworks

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Merci to this team who made a dream night possible! A Classic Party Rental, BBJ Linen, Bella Bridesmaid, Central Library,  Evans AV,  Jennifer Driscoll Photography (all of the images you see here are hers)  La Dolce Salon, Marie Gabriel Cotour Bridal, Pomp & Polish, Ritz Charles Catering, Sacred Heart, The Empty Vase

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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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Art of the Table – Canvas

April 30th, 2015 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 3rd, 2015 monamieevents Uncategorized 1 Comment

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Forty Under 40

February 13th, 2015 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo Credit – Eric Learned c/o Indianapolis Business Journal

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2014 Top Memories

December 31st, 2014 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

2014 was an amazing year full of families who openly welcomed Mon Amie Events, Inc into their lives  to plan their weddings and events.  Some of these couples actually were siblings of others I’ve assisted in the past and it was wonderful to help another family member down the same aisle. Others were new families who were warm and hospitable from the moment we first met.  Regardless of how long I have known them, each of these families are forever part of my family – because they have made me part of theirs.

As I look back on this incredibly memorable year I wanted to reflect on a few event images that really resonated with me.  In the wedding industry certain photographs become iconic.  There are some over the last 15 years that just “stick” – clients, professionals and fellow industry colleagues know “that wedding” from a particular photograph, but in actuality another image may be the moment that most resonates in my memory and my mind’s eye from the day.  They are the quiet moments, the memories and the emotional parts of the day that I most remember as the couple’s planner, the family’s advocate and the observer on the day.

Here now are my 14 favorite “unsung” images of 2014.

 

(I’ve placed them in the order of the wedding day as they would have taken place – rehearsal –> wedding morning –> reception)

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“No One’s Looking” – During the rehearsal Lauren and Michael clearly thought no one was looking and couldn’t help but steal a quick and intimate kiss. I love the look, the passion and love this image projects.  (…and that it was captured from across the room!)

 

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“The Staircase” — I love this quiet moment as Curtis and his bride Sara head out to take photos the morning of their wedding.

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“Deep Conversation” — Only Shelby and her beautiful niece know what they were conversing about while the girls were getting ready, but his moment is one of my favorites from this May wedding.

Love Letters

“Love Letters” – Many couples exchange letters before seeing one another – and I do everything possible to ensure this moment is captured on film.  If nothing more so to have THIS moment on film so Graham’s wife, Grace, can see it.  I think he looks so handsome as he is reading her words and she deserves to see how happy she is clearly making him.  I think the mood is beautifully captured here in black and white.

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“Anticipation” — Matt can not contain his smile as we’re walking to go see his bride, Abby, for their first look.  What absolute joy is expressed everywhere  – it’s a magical part of the day!

Final Prep

“Final Prep” – In the overall room decor and awe inspiring room shots that we all admire in the event industry, I fear too often people fail to notice the dozens of hands it took to make the amazing details happen.  I love this image of one of the staff piping butter before a wedding onto the bread plates.  Every member of the team taking such pride in their work for the happy couple.

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“Here Comes Our Friend!” – I love this sweet moment during the bridal processional as one Grace’s bridesmaids quickly looks at the other bridesmaids as if to say “look there’s our friend … getting married!”  You can see the other bridesmaids behind her beaming at Grace coming down the aisle, but I love this quick glance as if to say “is this real?!” She looks so happy, giddy and proud!

Grandparents in love

“Mimi and Papa” – This June Mimi and Papa hosted their granddaughter, Lauren’s wedding on their farm in Southern Indiana.  They were gracious, hospitable, warm and so in love with Lauren, and one another.  I love this moment taken during the ceremony as Lauren and her husband Tom said their vows on the family farm.

 

First Dance Connection

“Connection”  – Tom and Lauren didn’t tell anyone what their first dance song was, except the band. So when they came out and lit up the dance floor – it was amazing!  I love the way Tom’s looking at Lauren.  They’re clearly having fun, making a connection and about to have a great night – which is what a wedding is all about!

We Did It

“We’re Married!”  – If you think this smile on David’s face during their first dance was a quickly stolen moment, or a laugh perfectly captured, you’d be wrong.  He laughed, smiled and looked into Kelesey’s eyes all.night.long!  It was fantastic!  Tiffany Stoner, one of the photographers commented in her career she had never seen a groom so in love.  They were so easy to photograph together because they radiated joy.

Candlelit Dance

“Candlelight” – In her father’s memory Lauren’s traditional father – daughter dance consisted of several influential men in her life dancing with Lauren to the classic “In My Life” while all of the guests encircled the dance floor holding candles which remained lit the remainder of the evening. The last person to dance with her was her brother (pictured) and as the song ended, the guests spontaneously raised their candles to the sky above.  How this photo was taken with the tears flowing behind the camera were possible is still beyond compression.

Mom's Pride

“Momma is So Proud”  – I love Sheila.  Everyone who meets her does.  How can you look at this woman and not?  She’s clearly beaming with pride at her son during a stolen moment on the dancefloor!

Taking it all in

“Taking it all in.”  – Brian enjoying his Scotch. Brian just savored the day, and his Scotch.  He relished in the entire experience of being a groom.  He loved hosting the wedding in his family’s beautiful lodge, looking at his stunning bride, greeting his guests and just being the groom.  Brian really is the prefect gentlemen and this photo captured the mood, and his spirit perfectly!

opening presents

 

“Opening Presents” – There is nothing like the magic of opening gifts – the anticipation and joy!  Just like the gift of a new year.  Thank you for this gift of 2014.  Here’s to the gift of 2015 –  Cheers!

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Special Thanks to: Conforti Photography, Jennifer Driscoll Photography, Nathaniel Edmunds Photography and Jessica Strickland Photography for capturing a year full of intimate memories!  I have loved seeing 2014 through your camera. 

(of note, all of 2014 weddings weren’t yet available for consideration for this blog.)

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12 Days of Christmas

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

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

 

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

Mon Amie Events Christmas Tree

 

 

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

Cake Flavors

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

 

flower girls

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

barn wedding fireworks

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

9 ladies dancing

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

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

glitter wedding invitations

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

Reception Long Table

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

Bridal Couple Standing

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

ceremony locations - barn

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

 Dancing West Baden Spring Hotel Atrium Wedding

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

parents of the bride

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

birthday moms

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

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

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