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.