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Wedding Highlight – Grace and Graham

October 16th, 2014 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

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Few people can say they met their future spouse at Indiana University’s Little 500 week long festivities.  I can say that.  Add Grace and Graham to the list.  The minute I met them and they told me that, I knew we were destined to work together on their upscale Hoosier Homecoming wedding celebration!

Our similarities didn’t stop there!  Grace’s mom, Debbie, and I share a birthday – what’s not to love about us Leos right 😉 , as a child Grace worked as a youth interpreter at Conner Prairie *(if you know me outside the event world, you know I adore those kids from 1836!) 😉 and Grace and Graham wanted to infuse a bit of IU Hoosier Hospitality into their wedding day.  This bride was meant to be mine!

Ensuring the wedding held the upscale, formal feeling their parents wanted, but give the whimsical, fresh and youthful touch this alumni couple deserved, needed a creative touch and constant level of mediation.  On her wedding day, Grace gave me the sweetest note, including the sentiment that she and her mom would not still be best friends if it weren’t for me keeping things in check during the planning process.  Grace, I’d do anything for you two – I really, really love your family!

Grace and Graham initially wanted a “red and white with poppy” wedding, and while  “candy cane stripes” might be appealing for a certain team’s basketball pants, a wedding palette admittedly needs more dimension.  The other interesting caveat, Grace.does.not.like.red.roses.  Helping her navigate a “red and white” wedding without this staple bloom, allowed additional colors to come into the palette and a very elegant wedding color story emerged.  Red, poppy, cinnamon, brick, garnet, fuchsia, merlot, terra cotta, and of course, “cream and crimson” 😉

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Grace and Graham selected the stately Indiana Landmarks Center for the ceremony and the grand JW Marriott for the reception celebration.  The juxtaposition between these two locations allowed for this warm fall palette to shine beautifully.  The Landmarks Center has a warm autumnal feeling, and Grace and Graham’s wedding seemed to be written for this space perfectly.

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The ceremony highlighted a sunburst of fall color, robust organ music and readings from family – including Graham’s mom and Grace’s grandmother.  Before the ceremony Graham asked me the “protocol” on a “church kiss” – Graham — I approve – this one was perfect –  show the world you love her!  😉

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The day started in the JW’s presidential suite.  Grace and “her Goddesses” – as they were nicknamed at some point during the day (because of their stunning Grecian inspired gowns) got ready.  Grace, you are your namesake!  Elegant, calm, kind, thoughtful – and so are all of your friends. It was delightful to witness your bridal party all day.  The first hint of the wedding’s Indiana University infusion was actually in the guests’ welcome bags – a crimson pashmina wrap for the chilly October weekend.  The second Grace and Graham’s big request – “the cups.”  Anyone who attends IU knows of the cups that every bar and a certain (delicious!!) breadstiX location has and their famous shaped cup.  Grace included these cups on the bar once the late night snack emerged.  However, the bridal party was given a sneak preview to them while they got ready – in IU Red of course!

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Grace and Graham spent the morning writing letters to one another.  I love when couples do this, they are always so emotional, heartfelt and real. Wedding Day Love Letter

Grace then spent time with her girls and dressed in her beautiful shoes and elegant Monique Lhuillier gown.  The details of this gown perfectly matched her skin tone, hair and stunning engagement ring.

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The bridal party was then ready to depart for an afternoon around the Circle City for photographs.  They joyfully spent the day taking pictures, sharing stories and catching up.  It had been just over a year since graduation, so Grace and Graham’s wedding was truly a Hoosier Homecoming!

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The details for this wedding were in the color palette.  The flowers were magnificent.  At the ceremony, through the altar piece, and the bridal party flowers, the guests got a hint of what was to come at the reception.  Not only were the colors vibrant and rich, but the choice of flowers daring and unique. (remember, no red roses for this bride — apparently, Grace isn’t a friend of the TV show “The Bachelor” — or so I’ve been told….)  Instead, Grace received a cornucopia of floral including dahlia, orchids, anemones, berries, roses, coxcomb and even kale in her flowers.  They were rich, opulent and textural!

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This shows the depth of color in JUST Grace’s bouquet!  Wow – what a lucky girl — no red roses for this bride!

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The ballroom for the JW was lit in a golden almost haunting glow.  Specialty lighting effects created an amber and pink aura that immediately drew the guests deep into the large ballroom. Shadows across the linens in various shades of orange, reds and pink created a warm autumn sunset for the guests as the entered the room for dinner.

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Guests took several minutes to be seated as they meandered the space taking in the details that lay before them.  Long royal tables flanked the  dancefloor, while intimate square and round tables mixed together in the space to create smaller eating groupings.  The large tables had massive centerpieces dripping with candles, creating height and impact in the large ballroom, while the round tables had lush, low centerpieces perfect for conversation.

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The room was very warm, rich and welcoming.  It was more than Debbie and Grace could have imagined. It was a homecoming!

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The ballroom was filled with family, friends and alumni and the Indiana traditions didn’t end with the color palette. Grace and Graham surprised their guests with a late night snack of Mother Bear’s Pizza, a groom’s cake (red velvet of course!) along with premiering the red cups at this time.  The bar tenders also changed into IU T-shirts for the rest of the evening.  This, along with the band, Rod Tuffcurls and the Benchpress, (a huge Bloomington staple) were perfect for this crowd. Following the band, they had a DJ to ensure the party went late into the evening!  There was no stopping this fun dancing crowd!  The dance floor was just as packed at midnight as it was at 9:30.

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It was an evening that was the perfect mix of formality and frivolity. In one evening we heard every genre of music from Pachebel’s Canon to Disney Frozen’s “Let it Go”!

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Grace and Graham wanted a wedding celebration that was truly a youthful, fun and energetic “party” while her parents wanted the formality and regal feeling befitting of a wedding.  Together this was achieved.  It was truly a “homecoming” – and isn’t that what the fall is all about?

I thoroughly adored my time with these families.  They are gracious, kind and welcoming,  I was honored to work with them, and more honored to call them now, my lifelong friends.

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For Grace and Graham I wish a lifetime of happiness and love – and remember on behalf of your & family,  “we’re all for you” 😉

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Merci Beaucoup:  to Conforti Photography for the above images (and IndyVisual for the wide room shot).  Also to: A Classic Party Rental, Bella’s Bridesmaids, Classic Cakes, Empty Vase, Indiana Landmarks Center, JW Marriott, LGi Linens, Markey’s AV, Mike Donaldson, Pink Poppy Ink, Rod Tuffcurls and the Benchpress

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Wedding Highlight – Sara and Curtis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Imagine That!

October 14th, 2013 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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Wedding Highlight – Margo & Bob

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wedding Highlight – Andrea & Patrick

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Merci Beaucoup:

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

 

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

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Enjoy their wedding video trailer!  Andrea+Patrick Video

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

6915 Bretton Circle, Indianapolis, IN

 

 

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It’s All About Touch! Texture at Events.

March 27th, 2013 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

We all know entering any special event an experience for the entire mind, body and soul.   It’s something for each of the 5 senses and one of my favorites for my clients to think about is the sense of touch!  Every client thinks about sight and sound, and quite obviously taste – but touch is of equal importance.  In many cases, it relates to the other senses.  If you touch something – it’s because the sense of sight made you wish to do so.  It’s about giving guests a full experience and a tactile experience is part of it.   Planning an event with the sense of touch is fun and easy!

Every element of the event adds texture – from the linens, to the chairs, to the paperie, to the floral!

Texture in an event

Texture adds interest to your guests’ experience.  It allows them to feel comfortable and relaxed.  Remember, any event is in actuality, for a brief moment in time, an extension of the host’s home.   That said, guests should feel relaxed, comfortable and at ease.  They shouldn’t feel like they’re in a china shop and afraid to touch things.

Here are a few ways you can easily add another layer of texture to your event.  Whether it be a luxurious wedding, a fun playful bar mitzvah, a sleek corporate event, or even a children’s birthday party – each event needs layers of texture.

Wedding guests are your family and friends and they should have the comforts of home.  Simple things like pillows and throws on lounge furniture go a long way to make guests want to cozy up in these intimate spaces.

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Menu cards, escort cards, programs and other paper pieces the day of the event add layers of texture to any event.  The type of paper, printing style and how they’re displayed all add texture to your special occasion.  Whether these pieces are whimsically displayed with the dessert station, or placed with precision at each place setting, each piece of paper adds a later of texture to the event in a personalized and unique way. These menu cards were printed paper adhered to thin pieces of wood and placed on heirloom linen napkins adding another dimension of texture as guests sat at the dinner table.

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Flip flops and rustic woven baskets of pashmina wraps for outdoor events ensure your guests are comfortable during dancing and cool or windy weather. These are a great idea as your guest favors  – so can easily serve dual purpose.

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No one ever claimed all texture needs to be soft.  Metal also makes a great addition to any event, especially when going for a sleek club feeling.  Here these chic sculptures were around the room and the young attendees definitely didn’t have a “hands off approach” because the glistening metal sparkle attracted the kids to each unique sculpture.

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The easiest way to add texture is the host’s attire.

This amazing wedding gown is a perfect example of texture being added to the event quietly and discreetly to the wedding.  Her floral (by L. Gene Huddleson – Detail+Design)  also adds another layer.

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Texture and the sense of touch are fun elements to add to an event.  Have fun talking with your wedding planning and event professionals about how you can add texture into your event.

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Merci Beaucoup to the photographers who have captured these photographs from Mon Amie Events, Inc events that have infused elements of texture over the years: (in order of appearance) Jennifer Driscoll Photographer, Megelaine Images, Hether Miles Photography (Menu Card by KB Design), Megelaine Images, Hosteler Photograhy (Decor by L. Gene Huddleson, Detail+Design), Amanda Wilcher Photography (bouquet by L. Gene Huddleson, Detail+Design)

 

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Wedding Highlights – Jessie+Stefan

October 1st, 2012 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

Jessie+Stefan’s wedding day – here are the details that made this amazing couple’s wedding so special.

They are a very thoughtful couple – so kind, so welcoming and soooo in love!

(Jessie+Stefan will be featured on the website soon, with their complete love story and details, but until then, here’s a sneak peak into their photos and wedding celebration.)

 

 

My heartfelt gratitude goes to the entire vendor team ~ Merci Beaucoup:  A Classic Party Rental (the little things like chairpad color changes = world of difference!), Cake Zen (for the sugar flower bouquet and boutonniere we kept a secret until Jessie walked down the aisle — what a wonderful secret this was!), Conrad Indianapolis (your hospitality and culinary team are always second to none), Evans Audio Visual (the stage, the lighting, the setting – I am without words!), Events by Design (Paperie and kindness – thank you!), Jennifer Driscoll Photography (you capture a day and capture a moment eloquently and with friendship!), Jim Cerone DJ Entertainment )kept that dance floor packet all evening, and created one of the best moments of the evening – the very special parents’ dance) , JW Salon (what a bridal party – thank you for taking time with each girl to make them all look individual and special) , LGi Linens, Makeup by Sparkle (you as always, brought out the inner beauty on these stunning women) , McNamara Florist (my partner, my friend – this was a dream realized – thank you is hardly enough), Neighborhood Pizza Truck (yummmmmm) , Northernlight Filmworks (I can’t wait to see you version of the day with everyone – especially the moments film captures so uniquely) , TLW Entertainment (Cathy – the ceremony was so special because of your touches!)

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Update — 1/18/2013 – Jennifer Driscoll – the evening’s amazing photographer created her own blog for the wedding with her thoughts on the night.  Here’s her link to the images from the wedding!

http://photosbyjennifer.com/blog/2013/01/jessie-and-stefan-indianapolis-wedding/

 

Thank you for your kind words, Jennifer ~ it is always such a pleasure working with you!

 

I am an Indianapolis event planner, wedding planner, bridal consultant bar mitzvah planner, bat mitvah planner, event designer and wedding designer. Monica Richard, MBC

6915 Bretton Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46268 317-460-3726Before you plan your next event, please call!

 


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It’s What’s Inside that Counts – Guest Welcome Bags

August 30th, 2012 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

I had a client about a year ago use a wonderful term for guests’ needs – temperature / restroom facilities / parking / proximity to food / guestroom accommodations – “their creature comforts”  Thank you Anne – I love that term and I’ve adopted fully!  I find myself referring to it often and thinking of you with fondness, smiling to myself as I tell other people about “creature comforts.”

One way creature comforts factor into a wedding is the moment they arrive the wedding weekend – often before they’ve even seen the bridal couple – at hotel check in.  Many bridal couples welcome their guests with Welcome Bags.  These treats can be filled with a myriad of things, but here’s a few tips to make sure your first impression to your family and friends make your guests fell welcome, excited and most importantly right at home!

  • Welcome your guests – a quick note welcoming them to your celebration goes a long way!
  • Include directions and a timeline for your guests – a city map and some timeline. This may be timing for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony and post reception brunch.  If you are providing transportation – tell them the time and location to meet.

After a trip to Sam’s Club with a client this week to help her shop I was inspired to write this post because she had no idea what to include in her bag, so here is a list of things to make sure are in your shopping cart:

Noshes and treats for their home away from home for the weekend ~ It’s What’s Inside that Counts:

  • Water
  • Another Drink – if you’re going to Jamaica on your honeymoon – include Red Stripe Beer, if you met at IU, include Oliver Winery wine.  I had a couple that works for a fitness company their beverages certainly were included.  Make it personal!
  • Salty Snack – chips, crackers or nuts etc.
  • Candy bars – 2 – your favorite and his favorite!
  • Mints –  kissable breath is important on a wedding weekend 🙂
  • Breakfast items – just something to curb them over – juice and perhaps a breakfast pastry
  • Fruit – an apple or banana.  (If the bride or groom is a Doctor or Teacher they will appreciate the Apple!)
  • Cookies
  • Deck of cards
  • The drugstore – sample packs of Advil / Tylenol / Aspirin / Tums / hand sanitizer / the like – your guests will thank you for it!

 

One Splurge – by this I mean something fun as a special thank you for the guests!  They have sacrificed their time and money to be with you for the wedding weekend, give them something special for doing so.  Perhaps it’s the bag itself like a Thirty-One bag or a reusable grocery bag.   It could be something in the bag that represents the city of your wedding.  No trip to South Florida would be complete without a box of Norman Love chocolates.  The mother of the bride described them as jewelry – clearly you can see why! (below)  Kentucky weddings “have to” include Maker’s Mark and Ale 8, while Brides from Indy often include “Just Pop In” popcorn.

 

 

Regardless of what you include, make it fun and make it personal!  The guests will notice these personal treats.  I’ve had clients include over-sized hand painted cookies of their event logo which guests thought were too pretty to eat … until they took the first bite.

 

If you include toothbrushes in honor of your dental practice or pencils with your names on it because you’re both teachers – they’ll notice!  If you are never seen without a Diet Coke in your hand, and it’s included in your bag, the guests will surely pick up on this as well.  I had a couple that owns a spice company – you betcha everyone loves their new signature spices included in the bag! (ymmmm – I need a filet mignon and some Marion Kay Spice right now just thinking about it – to celebrate their anniversary I certainly will have to do so!) 😉

Your guests are exactly that, they are your guests ~ your family and friends ~ they’re thrilled to celebrate with you – so welcome them to their “’home away from home” for the weekend just as you would to your home, then get ready for a wonderful weekend of family, fun and your wedding!

 

 

Have a great wedding weekend and remember when you check into your honeymoon suite one of these bags will be waiting for you and your husband too ~ so enjoy those snacks and treats!

 

 

 

 

 

Merci Beaucoup to the photographers who likely had a few nibbles as they took some photos 🙂  well deserved nibbles!  In order of appearance:  Jennifer Driscoll Photography (2 images), Megelaine Images, Nathaniel Edmunds Photography, Carpenter Photography and Design

I am an Indianapolis based and destination event planner, 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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