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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Congratulations Sarah & Steve

We broke all kinds of records with this wedding! Most stuff packed in the car, our longest day yet, and quickest room setup. I was amazed at what we actually fit into our car! Cornhole boards, a 6 foot ladder, 4 cocktail tables, 4 linens, a 20x20 canopy tent, 16 centerpieces, 6 bouquets, 2 wreaths, boxes of decor (lanterns, lights, 150 candles, boxes of liquor, emergency kit, and my husband. :) We filled my assistant's car with boxes of alcohol, jars of jam, and more decor. I have NEVER had so much stuff in our car before! It was all worth it for such a sweet couple! Also, I have to give HUGE props to my team at this wedding, Jamie and Xiomi. Without their help, I couldn't have pulled off such a huge day!

The setup circus began at 10am. Outside, we setup a tent and cornhole. Inside, we assembled centerpieces and lanterns. Then at noon we had to leave the venue until 2 (venue rules), so we went to the hotel, picked up all the vendor payments from the bride and groom, and headed to the church to setup there. We lined the aisle with natural logs and arrangements of baby's breath, which then doubled as centerpieces at the reception. Baby's breath was the theme throughout...bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, wreaths....

Back to the reception hall at 2, we did our quickest setup ever! We hung lights and lanterns, set out 16 centerpieces, put out 124 place cards, lit over 100 candles, setup 4 cocktail tables, put out table numbers, setup guestbook and seating chart, and cleaned up our boxes and mess.....all in an hour and a half. I swear we were all working so hard and so fast we had smoke coming out our ears!

The cocktail hour started at 4:30, the dining room opened at 6:00, and dinner was at 6:30.
At 9:30, the bride and groom had planned a surprise for their guests...we showed up with Dunkin Doughnuts! Everyone was thrilled, and people snacked on them until the end of the reception at midnight. There was also a sweet favor for the guests to take home...homemade jams, jellies and marmalade from the bride's parents.

All in all it was a fabulous day! The ceremony was perfect, the reception was beautiful, and the guests were all complimentary the entire day. Sarah and Steve are seriously the sweetest couple, and I'm feeling sad that our planning time is over! Their honeymoon plans include a trip to West Virginia, and a later trip to New Zealand. An amazing trip to follow an amazing wedding! Lots of love and luck to the new Mr. & Mrs., Sarah and Steve....

Monday, August 23, 2010

Celeb Wedding :: Paul Teutul, Jr. & Rachael Biester

Ahh, I love photos from gorgeous celebrity weddings! You might recognize Paul, Jr. from a television show called American Chopper...he's the son of Paul, Sr., owner of Orange County Choppers. The bride, Rachael, wore a gown from my favorite designer, Pnina Tornai. Check out these stunning photos of their seaside wedding!

See more photos on the TLC Facebook Page

French Inspired Bridal Shower

I took one look at this bridal shower and absolutely fell in LOVE! If I would have had a bridal shower, this is EXACTLY how I would have wanted it. (My wedding was Parisian themed, so it would have fit perfectly!) I love the soft pinks accented with black, very beautiful and decadent... and French all over! :) I only posted a few of my favorite photos here, but there are so many more delicious photos from this shower to look at! Visit the links below to see them all...

The guests wrote well wishes on French postcards and attached them to the black wire Eiffel tower.

There was a costume jewelry station so the ladies could "bling" themselves before the party, and a Mixology station so they could mix and try their own fragrances. How perfectly French!

The fabulous table setting. Those are real floral garlands! So beautiful...

Awesome favors too -- French perfume bottles filled with pink jelly beans.

A soft and beautiful mix of light pink and cream flowers.

The French inspired dessert bar. Yumm!!

View the feature on Style Me Pretty
The Florist's blog: Heavenly Blooms Florist

Happy Anniversary Molly & Scott

Photo by Trejo Photography

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Happy Anniversary Carey & Kevin

Photo by Banks Photography

Saturday, August 21, 2010

September Contest :: Free Bedazzle My Bon Bons!

Our September contest has begun!

Anyone who refers a client to us between now and September 30th will have their name entered into a drawing for 30 boxes of Bedazzle My Bon Bons! (A value of $210!) Each box contains 2 Bon Bons in your choice of colors, and each box is personalized with your choice of text or a logo for your business or event.

One referral is 1 entry, two referrals is two entries, and so on.....

Contest is open to everyone; previous clients, current clients, friends and vendors are all welcome to participate!

Available Colors:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Outdoor Summer Brides: Beat the Heat!

I was JUST talking with someone about outdoor summer weddings. We've had rain here this week, so this forecast for this weekend is HUMID! We were discussing the guests comfort, and how providing cold bottled water, fans, shade, or whatever else possible to keep the guests comfortable is so important.....but what about the bride???

Walking around in the summer heat, carrying around that heavy tulle-lined dress for hours, wearing full makeup, with nerves kicking in on top of everything else.....that can make for a sweaty bride! Make sure you're prepared to sty cool and look your best for photos all day! Check out this blog post from OneWed's Savvy Scoop about how to manage the heat if you have an outdoor summer wedding!

1. Nerves - All of the attention is on you. I’ve heard that public speaking is the number one most feared thing in America, and even though you are only in front of friends and family - everyone is there for you! It can become overwhelming standing in front of everyone having them focus on you, if you aren’t accustomed to being the center of attention.

2. It is hot outside - The most popular month to be married in is June and in most states June can reach some pretty hot temperatures! Especially if your wedding is outdoors, come prepared for the weather. Have pocket fans, cold washcloths and plenty of water to stay hydrated.

3. Your wedding dress weighs 20 lbs.
- Bridal boot camp can’t always prepare you for the weight of your dress. With tulle piled under your dress, your corset to keep everything in place, the weight and amount of fabric on your dress can easily drag you down. When you try on your dress in the bridal shop imagine yourself walking in that dress for 8+ hours and always consider your wedding location and ensure the fabric will allow you to enjoy the day.

4. You are usually being pulled in 5 different directions
- You are the bride, what do you expect? Your mom needs to ask you a question about the ceremony, your makeup and hair team needs to finish the look, your pastor has the marriage license to be signed and your wedding photographer is snapping photos all the while. With all of the requirements asked of you on the big day - your stress levels may rise and in turn you might begin to sweat.

5. Everyone wants outside photos
- You may tell me that your ceremony and reception are all indoors with full air conditioning so you aren’t worried about being another sweaty bride. But I haven’t met a bride yet who doesn’t want to head outdoors with their photographer on a beautiful day. It could be the sun or the humidity, or simply all of the hustle and bustle trying to get the perfect photo outside but in any case be prepared to glisten in your photos!

Ways to plan for and help prevent Sweaty Bride Syndrome:

1. Know the weather you are walking in to - research the weather and have everyone prepared with handkerchiefs and cold washcloths to keep you cool.

2. Bring backup makeup, powder and oil absorbers to help reapply and touch up. Especially during your photos you don’t want to be shining for the wrong reasons. Let your makeup artist know if your wedding is outside or if you tend to sweat more and she can hopefully help you avoid any beauty mishaps.

3. Have a close friend be your beauty police and keep an eye on any sweating. For this you need an honest friend who will step in to take control of the situation to ensure you are always looking your best!

4. Take Breaks. When you start feeling yourself heating up because of stress kindly excuse yourself and sit and relax for a few minutes.

All in all your wedding will be wonderful - I promise you won’t probably even remember sweating and if you do you will laugh about it (I sure did!). I'm not bringing this up to add another thing to your list to worry about but just one more thing you can be prepared for and easily overcome with a few fans, hankies, and touch-ups throughout the day!

- Article and photo from OneWed Savvy Scoop Blog

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cupcakes @ White Flower Cake Shoppe

I love it when I have a legitimate excuse to go to a bakery! I had to return some cake parts to the White Flower Bake Shoppe from Wendy's wedding this past Saturday, and the wonderful sweet smell hit me as soon as I walked in! I picked up a couple Red Velvet cupcakes and a couple Cookies and Cream cupcakes....both were absolutely dee-lish! I also snapped a couple photos while I was there to share on the blog. The sweet ladies behind the counter were very accommodating!

My reward for my hard work today. :)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Congratulations Wendy & Isaac

Wendy and Isaac's outdoor ceremony was beautiful! Earlier in the week I was worried about rain and/or humidity, but the weather cooperated wonderfully! The ceremony was held at Horseshoe Pond at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. A cellist played as the matron of honor, flower girl and bride made the way down the aisle. The bride's processional song was "She" by Elvis Costello. Lanterns and cherry blossom fans tied in the Japanese touches the couple are so fond of, and instead of a unity candle the couple chose to put the finishing touches on an art project together. Love that idea!

Photo by Mara Robinson

Photo by Mara Robinson

The reception was held at the River Brasserie in Cuyahoga Falls, where there is a gorgeous view of water falls just outside. Simple centerpieces of floating Gerbera daisies and candles were on every table, and the head table had a Bonzai tree to again tie in the Japanese theme. The favors were Japanese candies packed in traditional take-out boxes. Then there was the cake....a four tiered beautiful creation with gorgeous coral sugar orchids by White Flower Cake Shoppe. After dinner, a live band played for the remainder of the evening.

Photo by Mara Robinson

Wendy, it was a pleasure working with you on planning and coordinating the details of your special day. You are a true sweetheart, and you and Isaac make a perfect couple! We wish you many more years of happiness together, and have a fabulous honeymoon in Japan! Can't wait to see photos!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Congratulations Amanda & George

Such a small world here in Ohio! While setting up chair covers for Amanda & George's wedding yesterday, we found out that the bride's brother used to work with my husband. I love it when we run into old friends at weddings! Congrats Amanda & George, we wish you all the best! :)

Happy Anniversary Chanel & Mark

I missed this one by a few days because of vacation....but still want to wish them a Happy Anniversary! :)

Chanel & Mark
July 26, 2008
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