Sunday, December 28, 2008

Something Personal

I truly believe that, as a bride, it is easy to become overwhelmed by all of the possibilities of your wedding day. Aside from the fact that it is the day you will promise to be with your fiance for the rest of your lives', you also have about a million little details to think about. And with all of the bridal magazines, websites and reality television shows, brides today are constantly being bombarded by new ideas.

No matter what it is that you decide to do - chair covers or no chair chair covers, what type of napkin fold to use, flowers on the pews, and so on - just make sure that your day is a personal reflection of you as a couple.

One of my favorite examples of this is from a bride and groom I worked with this past summer. Emily and Brendan where such a nice couple who got married at the Immaculate Conception Chapel on the University of Dayton campus and then had their reception at Cox Arboretum. Their wedding was just beautiful with everything from the bridesmaids dresses to the table linens in varying shades of purple. Another great thing about this wedding was that the weather man called for rain that day but we had sunny skies until about 5 minutes into the ceremony when it started to pour buckets but then stopped just before the ceremony ended AND Cox Arboretum didn't see a drop of rain so guests were still able to explore the beautiful grounds.




Okay, so back to my story....the personal touch Emily and Brendan decided to include in their wedding day was to give their guests their favorite flavor of smoothie from Tropical Smoothie Cafe and on the table where the smoothies were displayed was a framed explanation telling how Emily and Brendan actually met in line at Tropical Smoothie Cafe when Brendan offered Emily a coupon he had. It was such a sweet story for such a sweet couple and I loved that they let their guests in on that great part of the beginning of their journey together.


Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Family Connection

A few month ago I attended an event hosted by Cincinnati's Wedding Mafia and was fortunate enough to be placed at a table next to The Paper Place, a custom stationary store located in Old West Chester. After a few moments of talking we realized that we had a family connection and that the owner of The Paper Place is actually very good friends with my Mother-in-Law. I guess I should have realized the connection since six years ago, The Paper Place made beautiful invitations and menus for the rehearsal dinner of my very own wedding and they have since made the birth announcements for my niece.

If you are looking for someone to do any sort of stationery for your wedding, please take a look at The Paper Place - they are a wonderful group of women who do great work. Although I may be a little biased now, I would still recommend them even if they weren't friends of the family!

Monday, December 15, 2008

A Special Place...

As we enter the holidays and wedding season starts to slow, I wanted to take the opportunity to recap on a wedding that holds a special place in my heart. The wedding of Irini and Aaron was the first wedding I worked on after starting KL Wedding Designs LLC. Both Irini and Aaron lived in New York city but, it turned out that Irini's parents lived just down the street from me. They had already completed a lot of the planning but brought me on to help the smaller details come together and to make sure that everything ran smoothly on their wedding day.

To honor Irini's Egyptian heritage, Irini and Aaron were married in a Coptic Ceremony at the magnificent Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Columbus Ohio. The ceremony lasted about an hour and included some wonderful traditions including the placing of a crown and robe on Aaron to mark him as the king of the household. The bridesmaids all wore a brilliant red floor length gown and Irini was stunning in her Henry Roth strapless, A-line gown with pick ups in the front and permanent bustle in the back.



After the ceremony, Irini and Aaron ran through a shower of rose petals (and a few raindrops) to a limo waiting to take them to the Westin Great Southern Hotel in downtown Columbus.


The Ballroom was decorated beautifully in alternating tall and short arrangements of a variety of flowers in shades of pink. After guests enjoyed a short cocktail reception and delicious dinner, Irini surprised her guests with a performance by a belly dancer to kick off the reception. The entire crowd got into it and Irini even pulled out a couple of moves of her own.






To top off the night, we decorated their room with candles and rose petals along with some champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Michael Barber of Journal Weddings was there to capture their surprise when they opened the door to their bridal suite.

The end of the wedding weekend was marked with a Brunch on Sunday morning. A great money saver - we used the flower arrangements from then night before for the brunch and then let guests take them home to remember their wonderful weekend spent in downtown Columbus.

I had such a wonderful time working with Aaron, Irini, their parents and their wedding party during this time. The vendors that all worked together on this wedding were also great and the staff at The Westin Great Southern Hotel couldn't have been more accommodating. I could not have asked for better people to work with on my first wedding as an independent coordinator.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Cake Stand

I know it may sound a little silly at first but the option to use (or not use) a cake stand can really make an impact on your wedding. Your cake will, probably, be a main focal point of your wedding and that is all the more reason to spend the extra money on a cake stand. There is a very good chance that whomever you choose to make your cake will have stand for you to rent but, if that is not a possibility you can also get one from and area rental company such as Adora Event Rentals.

The two cakes shown below are equally stunning cakes but, as you can see, the cake on a stand
makes much more of a statement.





Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Becca and Jason

Becca and Jason were such a fun couple to work with. Their wedding had a sort of "rustic-elegance" feel to it, on a perfect fall day. They were married in front of a goregous stone fireplace at Muhlauser Barn in West Chester and then traveled to the Ronald Regan Lodge at the Voice of America Park.



Despite the fact that Becca had lost her voice the night before and a very high spirited one-year-old knocked over one of their glass unity candles during the ceremony, the wedding couldn't have been better! You could tell that their friends and their family loved and supported the two of them so very much and - at the end of the day - isn't that really what it is all about?





A few of the high points included a stop at Jag's for some pictures and, event though the restaurant was closed at the time, the owner welcomed them in with glasses of champagne garnished with ripe red strawberries.


Becca also surprised Jason with grooms cake replica of a can of Guiness. Created beautifully by Terry of Artrageous. Another surprise was a Potato Bar created by All Things Catered designed to include Jason's favorite, Sweet Potatoes! Finally, to round out the night - after a great set played by the band Three Heads Tall - Jason's band took the stage and put on a great show for all of their guests.



A big thanks to Patrick Banfield for all of the great pictures.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Shelita and Adam


I love all seasons and I love all weddings but some of my favorites are autumn weddings. When the leaves begin to change and richer colors such as rust, chocolate and cranberry start being used, it just makes me feel all warm and cozy. Shelita and Adam's wedding was no different.

Shelita and Adam are a great couple I met all the way back in July of 2007. Living in North Carolina, the two were planning a long distance wedding so Shelita could get married in her hometown of Dayton. In planning, the two took full advantage of a beautiful Ohio autumn.

First of all, the color Shelita chose for her bridesmaids dresses was one of the most beautiful shades of orange I had ever seen. Furst Florist did a wonderful job of creating bouquets to compliment these dresses perfectly.


In addition to the bouquets, Furst created wonderful pew decorations as well as centerpieces for half the tables at the reception. The other half of the tables were decorated with centerpieces of candle and flowers created by Shelita.




The food at the reception was wonderful only to be outdone by the party that followed. Lisa's Custom Cakes made a beautiful (and delicious) wedding cake that was served along side ice cream provided by ColdStone Creamery.





Thank you to all of the vendors who helped make Adam and Shelita's wedding so beautiful and a special thanks to Daniel Michael of Images by Daniel Michael for the fantastic pictures!


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

"Planning a wedding is like coloring when you're 4;

There's no right or wrong way to do it. And everyone will love it because they love you!".

This quote is from groom Joel Daly who was featured in this seasons One Thing I Learned section of Martha Stewart Weddings.

In my line of work, I have had the opportunity to attend many weddings and, although there are still rules of ettiquite that need to be followed, there isn't much stopping a couple from planning a wedding that is truely "them". There are so many choices out there right now, from ceremony sites, to invitation colors, and even to the type of food served at your reception.

Because of all of the choices available to couples now, there isn't really such a thing as a traditional wedding. When planning your wedding, make sure to take the time to sit down together and find out what aspects of your wedding are the most important to you and where you are wanting to focus most of your budget.

At the end of the day, you want to be able to look back on your photos and know that the feel of your wedding really did capture the two of you as individual and also as a couple.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Brides Against Breast Cancer

I don't remember how I heard about it but the Making Memories Foundation is a wonderful group whose mission is to "grant wishes, including memory-making events, for metastatic breast cancer patients, while continuing to support, educate and increase resource awareness."

Two sub-groups of the Making Memories Foundation are Brides Against Breast Cancer and The Pink Envelope Project. One of the Brides Against Breast Cancers larger events are their large gown sales used to raise money to grant wishes through the Making Memories Foundation. For more information on these events or to learn more about donating your gown, please visit their homepage at http://www.bridesagainsbreastcancer.org/.

The Pink Envelope project is another great group that encourages brides to host pink envelope bridal showers, or even receptions. There is, of course, no obligation but through the Pink Envelope Project, brides can purchase small envelopes for their guests to make a contribution. For more information, and to learn how to host your own Pink Envelope party, you can register at http://www.pinkenvelopeproject.org/.


Monday, October 13, 2008

Jon and Amanda's wedding pics are in!

Since I did promise you that I would begin filling you in on this summer's wedding, I thought I would start with one of my favorites.
Jon and Amanda got married at the Columbus Museum of Art on June 21, 2008. From the very beginning Amanda was a do-it-yourself bride. She made all of her invitations and programs, created two beautiful wish trees, and painted gorgeous runners for her gift table and sweetheart table. Every detail came together wonderfully for their pink and champagne wedding. Also, before I go any further I would like to thank Valeri Hoffman-Bradford for the beautiful pictures.



The ceremony was originally supposed to be in the sculpture garden at the Columbus Museum of Art but about fifteen minutes before the ceremony a huge storm front moved through, forcing us to move inside. Derby Court was decorated beautifully for the ceremony that featured a bagpiper leading the bride and her father down the aisle.


A great surprise to the groom and rest of the guests was when Buckeye Brass started playing the Ohio State fight song to mark the end of cocktail hour and the start of dinner. A surprise to the bride was a special "Buckeye Bride" tribute the group played for Amanda.

Jan Kish baked a beautiful five tier wedding cake that was topped with Amanda's grandmother's 65 year old cake topper. Jan also baked two smaller cakes for Amanda and Jon's two young children - Ariel from The Little Mermaid for their daughter and Lighting McQueen from Disney's Cars for their son.



After a night of dining, drinking, and dancing, the happy couple ran through an arch of sparklers to a waiting Rolls Royce.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Trends

Before I started a blog, I had a page on my website where I listed current trends or just interesting things I came across that dealt with the wedding industry. My hope is to continue doing that here as opposed to directly on the site but I still wanted to feature a few that I already had posted.

This first is the opportunity couples have to ship their luggage to their honeymoon destination. If you timeline is tight and you are planning on leaving for your honeymoon the day following your ceremony that means there is the potential that you will have to transport your luggage with you the entire day, find a place to store it during your ceremony and reception, and then carry it all throughout your hotel that night. The companies http://www.luggageforward.com/ and http://www.luggageconcierge.com/ allow you to ship your luggage to your honeymoon destination and then all you need to worry about is a small overnight bag for your wedding night.

Another great opportunity out there is Dial Directions. By posting directions on the website http://www.dialdirections.com/ your guests can then call the phone number 347-328-4667 and have turn my turn directions sent directly to their cell phones.

Last, but not least, is a great new social networking site for brides at http://www.bridalfever.com/. This website is still in the building processes but it will soon be a wonderful way for you to connect with brides and vendors in your area. Two other great sites to check out are http://www.theknot.com/ and http://www.weddingwire.com/.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My First Blog

So, since things are finally starting to slow down I decided to use this time to perfect the art of blogging. Or, at least write some stuff down so that you can get to know me and my business a little better.

It was a whirlwind summer this year, starting with my sister's destination wedding on Bald Head Island


and ending with my daughter's 1st Birthday Party at Mary Nell's Windswept Farm.



Everything in-between is a little bit of a blurr but I hope to recap it for you over the next couple of weeks.

This past wedding season, I did have the opportunity to work with some really great couples who planned weddings in some beautiful locations, such as the brand new Savannah Center at Chapel Crossing (Amy and Darren's wedding was actually the first wedding every in their gazebo), the Columbus Museum of Art, and Cox Arboretum.


One of the things I love so much about this business is that you get to share in one of the most important days of a person's life. During the time that I work with a couple, I learn so much about them and it is fun to see those little details that make them unique incorporated into their day. Such as, Emily and Brendan whose favors were smoothies from Tropical Smoothie Cafe, accompanied by a little note describing how Emily and Brendan met in line at Tropical Smoothie when Brendan offered Emily one of his coupons.


Another one of the things I love is how much you can learn about a couple from the guests at their wedding. Sarah and Adam are a great couple and from the moment they entered their reception, they truly were the center of attention. Every one of their guests got out of their seats to watch Sarah and Adam cut the cake and then made a circle around them on the dance floor during their first dance. I don't think anybody even left the reception until after Adam and Sarah did. You could just tell that they surrounded themselves with friends and family who loved and supported them. I think it was at that reception that I learned how much the people you choose to have in your life reflect the kind of person you are.



I could go on and on forever but I won't. Have no fear, I will be back soon to fill you in on all the great details of weddings, past - present - and future!