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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.

Fire and Ice Wedding Glass Blower

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

Fire and Ice Wedding Bouuets - Glass Bouquets

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.

Fire and Ice Wedding Red Colors

Fire and Ice Wedding Blue Colors

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.

Ice Cream Station Fire and Ice Wedding

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.

Art of the Table White Wedding Design

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.)

Art of the Table White Tablescape

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

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

Art of the Table Details

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

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

Art DetailsArt of the Table Details

Cake Details

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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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)

no one is looking

“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!)

 

The staircase

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

Conversation

“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.

Here Comes the Bride

“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!

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“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.

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

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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Wedding Highlight – Kelsey and David

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

2nd Pres Wedding

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

2nd Pres Ceremony NEP

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

2nd Presbyterian

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

Laughing Couple

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

Indiana Roof Ballroom - Mon Amie Events Inc

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

Indiana Roof Ballroom Pale Pink Wedding

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

Sweetheart Table

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

Blush Bridal Bouqut, Elegant Cake, Lace Gown

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

Stunning Wedding Dress

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

sparkler exit

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

What a wonderful family

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

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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)

Fern wedding tent

 

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!)

barn wedding fireworks

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!

Sara and Curtis Modern Indy Wedding

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.)

Sara and Curtis Black and White - sweet private moment

 

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.

D'Amore Black and White Modern Wedding White Florals

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.

white flowers black linens charger plates

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.

Black Linens, White Flowers Black and White Wedding

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!

Black White and Silver wedding details silver truffles Black and White Wedding, Classic Cake, Silver Glitter Dance Floor

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.

VIP lounge black and white wedding

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!

Indianapolis Circle City IPL Heart

 

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!

Black and White Wedding White Wedding Bouquet

Sara (and Curtis) in the Sky with Diamonds 🙂

silver sparkling wedding ring

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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Wedding Highlight – Shelby and Brian

May 29th, 2014 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

Shelby and Brian are two people you meet and you know will be your friends for life.  They are warm, engaging, smart and funny.  So are their families.  Shelby’s mom has a saying,
“Beauty is as beauty does.”  Her entire family is beautiful – inside and out.  Her new son-in-law is as well — and frankly, so are his amazing parents.  They hosted the wedding of Brian and Shelby without a second of hesitation at their home and are among the most hospitable people I have ever met!

Their hideaway in Nashville, Indiana is called Serenity Lake Lodge.  Serenity says it all.

Barn Wedding Serenity Lake Lodge

The rolling hills of Brown County welcomed the guests for Shelby and Brian’s spring wedding with their lush green trees.  At the top of the hill stood the stately “barn” lovingly designed by Brian’s father, Gary to host their guests.  Brian and Shelby wanted a warm, rustic and intimate celebration filled with family and laughter and they achieved it all!

Bride and Groom Barn Wedding

Shelby looked stunning and wore a really beautiful hairpiece that her sisters had each worn.  I hope her darling niece will continue the tradition another generation.   Brian in his Navy suit and his ever present glass of Scotch looked stately and regal.

Bride and Groom Navy Wedding Barn Wedding

The families greeted their guests before the ceremony on the patio of the barn and the bocce court which for the evening was filled with chairs and seating covered in lighting to allow guests an amazing view of the countryside. Brian’s mom beloved “Marie Antoinette” – a 200 year old French statue brought over from Europe was even dolled up for the occasion.

Navy Wedding Rust Barn Wedding Details

Guests were able to get their first glimpse of the barn for the ceremony were in awe of the size and grandeur of the handsome lodge.  Strong and rustic, yet refined and romantic, the lodge was a perfect host for the nuptials.

Barn Wedding Ceremony

Brian’s proposal was at the courthouse in Brown County because he wanted a location that could “stand the test of time.”  Admittedly, I think the location for their ceremony does exactly the same!

Rustic Barn Wedding Ceremony

Following the ceremony guests enjoyed a family style meal on long farm tables with eclectic stoneware and cozy lap blankets to warm up the spring evening.  The long tablescapes were nestled with burlap table runners filled with moss which overflowed with floral.  Each guest had intimate take home bouquets of flowers including peony, ranunculus, thistle,  roses and hydrangea. These darling florals were tucked under tall floral which gave height to the crisp white tent.

Rustic Wedding Tablescape

 

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As guests finished dinner, they entered the barn once again for the remainder of the celebration.  Here the evening finished with (TWO) surprise wedding cakes for Shelby, toasts and dancing!

The barn had been transformed to its traditional state.  The barn is normally a lovely lodge filled with furniture, art, two (I sense a theme here) grand pianos and is  a lush space for family and friends to gather.

Rustic barn Wedding Lodge

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I loved watching evening fall over the barn.  As the sun set, the barn seemed to radiate a warm glow – one that matched the mood. The evening was filled with a spirit of gracious hospitality and bounty.  Everywhere late night snacks were available, wine was offered, and even breakfast breads were lovingly prepared for the next morning and placed in cars by the valet staff.  Guests had little doubt this was a family affair and you were a guests at someone’s home.

barn wedding light up for evening

It truly was an honor to help these two families create this celebration for their guests.  They are warm, caring and kind people who wanted to welcome their friends to this wonderful evening.  I’m thrilled I can now also call them all friends!

Bride and Groom Navy Wedding Peony Bouquet

(to see more photos of this really beautiful couple – living up to Shelby’s mom’s motto – click here: Shelby and Brian’s Nashville Wedding  for their story.)

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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.

Beck Chapel Indiana University

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.

Navy Blue Invitation

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.

Beck Chapel Ceremony Indiana University Flutter Fetti

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!

Moments in Love

(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)

Beck Chapel Indiana University - Inside

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!

Navy and Yellow Wedding Indiana University Showwalter Fountain

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!)

Yellow and Navy Wedding Yellow Bouquet

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

Crystal Chandelier

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. 

Navy Family Wedding

 

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Art of the Table – inTENsity

March 20th, 2014 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

Every year, one of the first signs of spring is the Association of Bridal Consultants Annual Art of the Table.  Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary, this event is a culmination of design, decor and distinctive tablescapes put together by Indiana’s elite planners, designers, florists and event professionals. I’ve long called this celebration of beautiful tablescapes “My Favorite Day of the Year” because of the amazing over-the-top tables and the sense of collaboration between the designers.  This year, it was actually my “Two favorite days of the year” because the event was a weekend long celebration for the 10th Anniversary.

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Art of the Table is a delightful afternoon of artfully appointed table displays by the state’s best event designers and florists.  The day 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 who died too early in her career and to whom this event honors.  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. ) It was lovely to see Susan attend the event again this year!

This year, each table for Art of the Table had to include the #10 into their table in honor of the 10th Anniversary.  My table was a rich infusion of chocolate and red, all including the number 10 in a unique way.

Table XVI

– InTENsity –

This wedding design is inspired by the bride who longs for the traditional look of rich, lush floral with deep hues and opulent color, yet loves the clean modern look of today’s most popular pattern – the quatrefoil.  She loves the inTENsity of the deep claret flowers against the fresh and fun space created by bringing in the warmth of the rug from her home. The colors, patterns and furniture pieces chosen by this bride of deeps reds, claret and crimson paired with chocolate, bark and mink captivate the guest and are reminiscent of a chocolate dipped strawberry. What a delicious way to start off a marriage!   InTENsity is all tied together for Art of the Table’s 10th Anniversary Celebration with the use of the Roman Numeral X.  This wedding celebration takes place on the tenth day of the tenth month with a specialty toast at the tenth hour ~ what a deliciously inTENse and indulgent treat!  

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Each year I love all of the details each designer adds to their individual tables and the individual themes and inspirations. Everything from the linens and chairs, to the floral and china.  Some tables include fantastic menu cards, pillows, favors and the intimate details creating a special and unique experience for the attendees of this annual event.  One table was inspired by a bachelor party, another an afternoon picnic, one was nautiful and rustic, another a rich a decadent holiday party (yet had NO Christmas Red anywhere on it – stunning!) Three tables used nearly the same color palette, and it was simply beautiful to see each of their interpretations on this popular color story – each were different and unique and truly special.

Mon Amie Events, Inc table was honored to receive two awards this year – The People’s Choice Award and the Best Use of Branding (Best use of Theme and Stationery) I’m thrilled the attendees were so pleased with the end result of the tablescape and voted it the 2014 People’s Choice.  Especially in a room full of such talent and creativity.  The judges honored the table for branding  – for the use of theme and stationery.  Here are some of those intimate paperie details.

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Devilish desserts didn’t go unnoticed either!  😉  Sinful sections of sweets filled the table, the dessert display and the bar created as part of the table scape.  The bar even included specialty drinks (in the color story of course) and beverages with the Roman Numeral X matching the theme of the celebration!

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Of course none of these were to be outdone by the magnificence of the floral!  Hues of tone on tone red in a long low floral brought rave reviews. I’m so honored guests of the event and professionals alike raved about the bold color choice – which proved to be a decadent and handsome palette.

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Special Thanks for the collaborative effort by my friends who make inTENsity possible – without them, this dream table, would be well, a dream.  Thank you for bringing my vision to life:

BBj Linen Rentals, Classic Cakes, LGi Linens, Alan Thompson, AIFD from McNamara Florist Carmel , pomp&polish,llc event branding, Sage’s Simple Syrups, Wow Factors

Images from Art of the Table captured by Jessica Strickland Photography – merci beaucoup!

 

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I am honored to serve as the Indiana Chapter’s State Manager of the Association of Bridal Consultants.  For more information about Art of the Table click www.artofthetable.info – the 10th Anniversary video can be seen here: Art of the Table 2014

Video by Bob Ridge, IndyVisual.  Thank you for all you do!

Special thanks also to Girl Scout Troop 540 and Students of Indiana University Bloomington and IUPUI for volunteering throughout the weekend – without you, Art of the Table would not be possible.

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