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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.

waiting

“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.

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!

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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 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)

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

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

 

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

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Imagine That!

October 14th, 2013 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

inspirational movie to dance

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Hillary Hair

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

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

 

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

 

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

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The One Who Loved You First

June 10th, 2013 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

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

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

 

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

 

Kiss Goodbye

 

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

 

Father of the Bride stollen kiss

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Honoring Mom and Dad!

May 6th, 2013 monamieevents Uncategorized 1 Comment

A Toast to Mothers!

Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom

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

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

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

 

Allow her to put on your jewelry. 

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

Mother of the Bride and Bride

 

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

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

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

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

Father of the Bride stollen kiss

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

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

Bridal Processional

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

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

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

Mother son dance

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

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

Happy Dance!

Happy Mother’s Day Mom, I love you.

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

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

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

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