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Wedding Highlight – Casey & Nick

March 16th, 2016 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

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The moment I met Casey I wanted to help her create the wedding of her dreams. I thought, if she doesn’t select me as her wedding planner, I will have “planner envy” for whomever she selects.  Then she said the magic words.  She said words every wedding professional loves to hear “I trust you.” Casey and Nick first learned of my work from “blog stalking” (she used that term – which I love) her photographer, Jessica Strickland’s website.  I knew then we were in for a real treat. Jessica and I have created some beauties together.  This would be no different.

Casey and Nick are adorable.  Inside and out.  They are very good to one another – and even more kind to other people.  Casey’s parents are among the warmest I’ve had the pleasure of working with in over 15 years.  I truly wanted their daughter’s wedding to be everything they wished for and more.  It was.  They asked for a winter wedding – and, they had a truly winter wonderland.

 

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Casey is a stunning girl and her gown is nothing less than exquisite!  It certainly set the tone for a beautiful wedding. It sparkled in every light and flowed beautifully as she walked, danced and joyfully met Nick at the end of the aisle for their first look.

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The words “I trust you.” go a long way in the event world.  It means your event team can not only create what you want, but give you more than you ever imagined. If you want an icy white wedding, your team will create something unique, fun, engaging and very special for you, your new husband and your guests. Your dad will cry.  Heck, play it right, your planner might too. 😉  (I don’t do that often – but on this one, yep, I did….)

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Casey is a school teacher and Nick is a pilot.  Most weeknights they’re not together, so on this very special night it was all about togetherness, family and total JOY! Their ceremony included poems, readings and I their guests caught it — a fun whimsical homage to their beloved dog Delilah during the musical prelude.  🙂

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(look at those cute little naked toes on the flower girl) 😉

 

The ceremony decor set the tone for the evening.  Guests walked into the winter scene of white woodland trees.  The ushers actually had a difficult time having guests be seated on time as friends and family took in breathtaking which lay before them. No cameras allowed for the ceremony, but before the ceremony, no one – and I mean no one – would put them way for a quick picture of the scene as they walked into the room.  Those poor ushers.  😉

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The altar continued the winter forest and allowed a serene setting for the couple to say their vows and ultimately sign their marriage license in front of their guests following readings and prayers.

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The reception details were thoughtful and edited.  Each table had refined decisions from which linen and charger were placed to the different centerpiece and shape table.  Together the room looked cohesive and clean like a freshly fallen snow on a winter’s evening.

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The details were everywhere… glass sparkled, beaded linens glistened and snowflake ornament menu cards danced as they hung from the chairs all creating a wonderland enveloping Casey and Nick’s guests as they entered the ballroom.

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Casey, Nick and their bridal party enjoyed cocktails and were introduced into the ballroom onto a sparkling dance floor (Casey’s big request of the wedding) and Nick asked Casey to the dance floor for their first dance.

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At this point in the event, the surprise of the night truly began. I encouraged Casey’s parents to come closer to the dance floor so they could see the first dance. (They were adorably seated with their grand daughter the flower girl in an area where she could play and have room to run around, and I wanted to make sure they as the first dance in all of its glory) Parents of the Bride

As it began to snow – yes SNOW – on Casey and Nick – Casey’s parents were overwhelmed with emotions.  I admit, in my mind I knew what it was going to look like, but to hear the guests gasp, GASP, and to see Casey’s parents so emotional made me cry as well.  It was really special to have so much trust from a family and to pull off a surprise like that for her parents and all of the guests meant a lot to me. It was wonderful to stand there and blot tears right next to her parents.

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Dinner service, as always, from the Crowne Plaza, was flawless.  The dancing and photo booth were incredibly fun.  Following dinner, the cake display – which was almost – almost – too pretty to cut was a fun treat for guests to enjoy throughout the night as they sampled different flavors. Guests were so excited when we made it snow again for the last dance of the night.

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I can’t thank Casey enough for the words “I trust you” — other than to say “thank you” — it truly was an honor helping you and your family create your wedding weekend.  It allowed me to give you the professional team beyond your wildest dreams and for each of us to give you everything you wanted and more.  When you cried at the end of the night asking for it not to be over — that’s EXACTLY what we want couples to say.  Years ago I had a very special bride say “This is not the end of our relationship, it’s just the beginning.”  Casey, with you, I know that is also true.

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My heartfelt Congratulations to you and Nick.  Wherever you are flying on any given day, I am thinking of you both.  Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of this extraordinary wedding and part of your lives. Wedding Couple Winter Wedding Altar

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Merci to this team who made a dream night possible! A Classic Party Rental, Brian Whitis, Calligraphy with TLC / Jupiter and Juno, Crowne Plaza Hotel at Union Station, BBJ Linen, Classic Cakes of Carmel, Evans AV, IndyVisual, Rev. Iseminger, Jenna Giles, Jessica Strickland Photography (all of the images you see here are hers)  La Dolce Salon, LGi, Marie Gabriel Couture, McNamara Flowers – Carmel, Picture Yourself, Tom’s Trees

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Wedding Highlight – Lauren and Michael

September 29th, 2014 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized 2 Comments

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Anyone who knows me outside the event world knows I call the West Baden Springs Hotel in the French Lick Resort “Mecca” – many who know me inside the wedding world know it too.  I love the rolling countryside of the Southern Indiana hills as you approach.  I love the iconic yellow brick beacon that appears like a mirage out of the countryside.  I love the stunning architecture that sweeps stories into the sky.  I love the attention to detail in each space from the library, to the dining room, to the spa, to each guestroom.  Above all, I love the guest service.  I love West Baden.  I make no secret about it.

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When Lauren first called and told me she was getting married in Mecca I knew we were destined to work together.  She and my son share a birthday, she adores roller coasters, she’s a Florida State Seminole (I think I was one in another life – because although I am an IU Hoosier, I – due to many family ties, cheer for the ‘Noles during football season – much to my Notre Dame loving husband’s dismay) and, Lauren always knew she would get married at West Baden.  So when we first met on a fireworks cruise at Walt Disney World, we instantly clicked.

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In fact, Lauren first wanted a black, white and gold wedding.  Just after we began working together, I designed a cover shoot for a magazine at West Baden, and inspired by the touches of deep crimson throughout the hotel, I used gold and red in the photo shoot.  Suddenly, Lauren wanted to change her colors to gold, garnet and black for the reception and for the ceremony we would maintain white and gold palette.

West Baden Ceremony and Reception

Knowing West Baden’s gardens and enchanted spaces as well as she does, I was not the least bit surprised Lauren requested photos outside of this idyllic location on their stunning summer day.  It was perfect outside – a lovely breeze, perfect shade and look what Mother Nature gave them for these perfect photos!

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The look of the wedding began with the paperie all created by pomp&polish.  Nikki Pulfer from pomp&polish designed the save the date and invitations after being inspired by the medallion in the atrium’s grand dome. She then created a suite to highlight West Baden’s architecture, even including intricate details from the tiles of the floors, all of which were later used on the wedding day paper suite.  The main medallion would hold the largest surprise for the guests –  it would be used as the design for the 36ft dance floor. To complete the look she used a beautiful foil stamping technique and gold calligraphy that gave the invitations a sheen and regal elegance.

West Baden Wedding Invitation Suite

Lauren and Michael may have hosted their wedding in a grand and opulent hotel, but don’t let the size of their wedding allow you to think it was anything less than an intimate occasion. It was definitely a family affair  filled with love, laughter and plenty of family stories to tell.  Lauren and Michael wanted their guests to enjoy a wedding weekend to retreat, relax and indulge in celebration in one of Lauren’ favorite childhood destinations.  During her wedding trailer video, she talked about how she had long envisioned her wedding taking place at West Baden, and it was a joy to see her guests revel in seeing her dream become a reality.

West Baden Springs Hotel Grand Atrium

The ethereal ceremony took place in the grand lobby surrounded in cream, snowy white and soft dewy flowers.  Dainty flower girls floated down the aisle with adorable crowns, ring bearers – dressed as “security guards” complete with ear pieces and sun glasses arrived just before the ring itself and the service started with an atmosphere of sheer joy!   As Lauren, escorted by her mom and brother came down the aisle, the mood was light and celebratory! Lauren walked into the ceremony through an crystal and organza curtain (a surprise to her!) and glided up the aisle in her Vera Wang gown.  The ceremony, led by their hometown pastor, included prayers from her parents’ ceremony and ended with steamers of flutter fetti as the couple was announced husband and wife!

Flower Girls and Ceremony Aisle West Baden Wedding Ceremony

Personal touches in the ceremony were everywhere.  From the prayers and songs selected during the vows, to the heart sewn into Lauren’s gown in honor of her late father ~ this truly was an intimate family wedding.

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Family and friends enjoyed cocktails  along the porte cochere where carriages have brought hotel guests for over 100 years.  Finally, dripping with anticipation,  the guests were allowed to see  main 200′ diameter atrium for the first time.  The sun-drenched dome radiated with sunlight as guests were seated for dinner. Before them hung a ring  of monogrammed banners and a custom dance floor stretched the expanse of the ceiling’s medallion.  Soft gold linens and deep crimson florals perfectly suited Lauren and Michael’s subtle nod to Florida State and West Baden’s color palette.

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The details were everywhere! Gold chargers and gold rimmed china set off the garnet and gold foil stamped menu cards.  Children even had their own coloring page of the ceiling’s medallion to occupy them during the evening. A cake (almost) too beautiful to eat stood stately in front of the grand fireplace that once burned 14′ logs. Hand painted table numbers which were so detailed one guest even asked to take it home – (an unexpected requested from an elderly man, I must admit)  😉 and robust red flowers in low containers, so guests could converse easily and marvel at the banners overhead. West Baden Wedding Details

As Lauren and Michael entered the room, the atrium filled with joy and happy.  SO MUCH HAPPY!  Lauren and Michael stepped onto their dance floor as she looked like a living cartoon princess and it was truly magical! (look how she even holds her dress in this photo below!! JUST like Cinderella – it really was breathtaking!) One of my favorite moments was watching their first dance and noticing the flower girls all seated along the side of the floor watching with such wishful expressions as the sun began to set in the Southern Indiana sky.  😉

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Lauren and Michael wanted every detail to be preserved so they even had a painter capture the day for them during the event.  In the ballroom he quietly painted the entire event as it unfolded. Guests could be seen going over throughout the night checking in on the work in progress.

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Two of the highlights of the day were actually surprises to Lauren and happened during the reception. 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.

Father Daughter Dance Candlelight West Baden Springs Hotel Atrium

Later, to the couple’s surprise,  Lauren’s siblings serenaded them followed by a second “first dance” by their (incredibly talented) friend at midnight to start the second dance set.  From here guests danced until the wee hours of the morning with a new array of treats including childhood favorites reminiscent of ones from amusement parks and state fairs – yum! (I mean who doesn’t want funnel cakes, french fries and burgers after midnight?!?) 😉

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The dance floor was FULL the entire night due to an incredible band, fun atmosphere and a great group of people!  They were dancers!  It was really refreshing and fun to see the West Baden Springs Hotel Atrium, normally so known for it’s opulent charm and quiet serenity, be so full of life and vivacious spirit!

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I adored working with the entire family!  They are so warm and welcoming and have always treated my entire family as if we’ve known them forever. Above all, they always respected every professional on the team’s ideas with an open mind, and because of that, I think got a wedding beyond their wildest imagination!  I love when couples do that – when they know any planner and any professional will only put forward ideas to help make their wedding vision grow and expand. Lauren and Michael trusted their entire team and because of that, their entire team pushed the creative envelope.

Lauren and Michel – On behalf of your team, thank you for letting us be part of that team.  It was an honor to “cook” something up for you 😉  The love you showed during this moment of the rehearsal really shows the compassion and love you share for one another.  It was beautiful to witness this throughout the planning process and the weekend of your wedding.  (I’m glad Nate caught on film what we all saw throughout the planning.)

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After telling her dad years earlier at Thanksgiving Dinner that she would be married at West Baden, Lauren always knew this day would come.  It was a privilege to help make her vision become a reality.  I hope this is everything she imagined and more.  It really was a labor of love for me as a planner to help this beautiful couple in one of my favorite locations – Mecca.  Now Lauren and Michael have a reason to call West Baden Mecca too.

West Baden Springs Hotel Wedding Atrium Custom Dancefloor

 

Meci Beaucoup:  to Nathaniel Edmunds Photography for all of the above images and to Nothernlight Filmwork for the trailer video used in the blog above.  Also to; BMG, Calligraphy with TLC, Chicago Catz, French Lick Resort Floral Design, JW Salon, LGi, Makeup by Sparkle, pomp&polish, llc, TLW Entertainment, West Baden Springs Hotel

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Wedding Highlight – Kristen and Tim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cheer Cheer for Kristen and Tim!

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

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

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

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Mon Amie Events, Inc is an Indianapolis, Indiana based luxury wedding planner and Indy based event planner.

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