Monday, November 9, 2009

Congratulations Jennifer and Matthew

Jennifer and Matthew were such a great couple to work with. Jennifer's mom was the winner of my "Wedding Weekend Discount" giveaway and I am so glad she did because it was great to work with her also. The were blessed with a beautiful day for their wedding and The Heritage Club made for a breathtaking backdrop.

I love a bride who isn't afraid to get her feet wet!
Striking flowers by Petals & Things
Yummy!
Everything is always more fun when golf carts are involved

Just another pretty picture

Jennifer's mom hand calligraphied the place cards - now that's what I call love

Photos courtesy of Images by Daniel Michael & Co.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Congratulations Eric and Christie!

I had a great time getting to know Eric and Christie during the planning process. By the time their wedding date arrived, I felt like we were life long friends! They really are two great people with wonderful friends and family. What I liked the best is that there wedding day was very ceremony focused and the detials of their faith and their love were at the center of if all.

The ceremony took place at St. Gabriel's in Historic Glendale - beautiful.

These two stole the show. One of my favorite moments was when their mom, who was the maid of honor, got a little misty eyed as they started down the aisle.






And yes, their dog was there, dressed for the occasion in a little black tux.
As for the reception, at the Glendale Lyceum, fun was had by all!
All photos provided by Images by Daniel Micahel and Co.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Congratulations Mike and Charlotte

For some of you readers, you may remember a couple previous posts about Mike and Charlotte's big day, but I am happy to finally be able to post some professional pictures of this dynamic duo!

Beautiful Flowers provided by Avant Gardens
Charlotte arrived for the processional is a horse drawn carriage, so sweet.
Following the ceremony, Mike and Charlotte climbed back into the waiting carriage.

GQ anyone?
Charlotte, breathtaking as always.

The setting was beautiful.
The barn was decorated with vintage chandeliers Charlotte found.
Beautiful cake by Dor0thy Lane Market
This picture was too cute not to post.
Your friendly neighborhood wedding planner!

All images provided by Images by Daniel Michael & Co.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Big Thanks: Images by Daniel Michael & Co.

This past summer, I had the opportunity to work with the crew down at Images by Daniel Michael & Co. on three separate occasions. They are such a great group and all of the photographers take wonderful pictures.
Today in the mail I received a great little care package from Office Manager, Amanda full of great pictures of all three weddings. I am so excited to get these pictures up and posted on the blog! It will take some time to go through and find my favorites but I check back Monday for the first of 3 beautiful posts!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Props

I love the idea of having props when you get your pictures taken. I think it is just a little something extra to help you express your self but to also make the picture taking process a little bit easier. It could be as simple as making sure that all of your groomsmen have sunglasses or that all of the bridesmaids have pretty little parasols to twirl around.
But, if you want to get a little more creative what about picking up some balloons, or maybe even hula hoops! Bikes are very popular in pictures right now as well.
These props don't need to be saved for your wedding day, try picking up a bunch of flowers on your way to your engagement shoot, just for that little extra something!
Whatever it is you decide to do, just make sure that it fits the two of you as a couple as well as the theme of your wedding.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dylan's Candy Bar

We must be getting close to Halloween because I am just a little obsessed with candy right now! My favorite? Why Candy Corn of course! But who could beat this incredibly cute Halloween Tackle Box from Dylan's Candy Bar.


But, of course, who could beat anything from Dylan's Candy Bar - I wouldn't expect anything less from the daughter of designer Ralph Lauren and photographer Ricky Lauren. She has stores in New York, Texas & Florida but, lucky for us they are also available online.

You all know that I am a huge fan of edible favors and if you are looking for something just a little bit extra I would highly recommend you check out Dylan's Candy Bar.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Vendor Spotlight - Jessimel's

DELICIOUS, is all I have to say about the sweet treats Jessimel's has to offer. I met this great duo (Jessica and Melissa) when we worked together for a wedding that they provided a dessert/sweets table for. Being the thoughtful pair they are, they put together a nice little box of goodies for me to take home with me - yummy.

The Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Rods are the best, the combination of salty and sweet all topped off with white chocolate was just the pick-me-up I needed at 1 o'clock in the morning. I liked the pretzels so much that I ordered some more, along with an assortment of truffles, to add to a "happy engagement" basket for my sister-in-law and her fiance.

If you are looking for an added special touch for your big day, I would definitely recommend checking Jessimel's out!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Congratulations Nick and Beth!!

So I wouldn't exactly call Nick and Beth my clients since, Beth is my Sister-in-Law, but they still get all the benefits of having a wedding planner (one of the perks I guess). So....congratulations to the two of them. I am super excited to not only stand up with them as one of their bridesmaids but also to help them plan a Cincinnati wedding all the way from Washington D.C.
A week after they got engaged, Nick and Beth traveled to town to celebrate their engagement with family and friends, but also to get started with the planning process. So far they are having their ceremony and reception at the breathtaking Dree's Pavilion - you couldn't ask for a better view of the Cincinnati Skyline - and have booked the super cool Paul Otten Band for their reception.
For their next visit in we will be dress shopping, meeting with photographers as well as florists. I can't wait!
So, congratulations to the two of you - I couldn't be more happy and am looking forward to the big day!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Late Night Snacks

My favorite thing about the wedding this past weekend is that the bride had arranged for Skyline Chili to come in at about 10:45 and set up a buffet complete with the works! I have noticed that this is a growing trend in the area and I think it is great! Whether it is Skyline, White Castle or just something you have arranged through your caterer your guests will go crazy over a late-night snack, and it really isn't a budget breaker! So, if you are still in the works of finalizing the details of your big day, you might want to think about what your favorite "late-night joint" is and see if they deliver!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Laura and Brian got Married!

Congratulations to Laura and Brain who got married this past Saturday at The Country Club of the North. After a week of rain, we were blessed with a beautiful Autumn day and were lucky enough that The Buckeye's won! Both the Father of the Bride and the Groom are very big Ohio State fans and, I have to admit, I was a bit worried about what the reception would have been like if the Buckeye's didn't win. But, thankfully we didn't have to worry about that and we ended up with a breathtaking outdoor ceremony and a super-fun reception!
I am hoping that we will soon get to see the amazing photographs Mark and Jennifer Garber took of the wedding, but for now you will have to suffer through the extremely amateur (not to mention taken with my phone) pictures of some of my favorite things from this wedding:

1) Laura's red shoes - matched perfectly with the Bridesmaid's dresses.




2) The stunning centerpieces created by Cady of The Flowerman.



3) The Buckeye necklace favors. This is the first wedding I have ever worked on that there were absolutely no favors left over at the end of the night.




A big thanks to all of the vendors who helped make Laura and Brian's wedding wonderful:

Country Club of the North
Mark Garber Photography
All The Right Tunes
Phase Two Productions
The Flowerman

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Monkey Party

So my baby turned two just a couple of weeks ago and, as some of you may remember reading, we planned a monkey themed birthday party inspired by the "Jungle" line of Gymboree clothing. We were blessed with a beautiful day and some great guests. As far as decorations go, this may have been one of my favorites. Many of the things were handmade and - without sounding too much like I am bragging - they turned out great. My favorite were these great paper flowers that I made. I followed the hand crafted flower garlands posted by Birthday Girl but decided to use scrapbook paper instead of a magazine.




Some other highlights included the ever popular birthday banner as well as a flag garland, monkey craft visors courtesy of Oriental Trading, and a Birthday Express pull string monkey pinata (the pull string is a much better idea than giving a two-year old a bat).




And, of course, my favorite - the birthday girl herself!




So, thanks for letting me brag a little bit about the birthday party and I promise to get back on track with wedding posts soon!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Congratulations Jen and Rogelio!

I had so much fun working with both Jen and Rogelio - they are both great people individually and a great couple together. Both are law students living in Washington D.C. but decided to plan a more intimate wedding here in Jen's hometown. Both the ceremony and reception took place at Cox Arboretum and you couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. The bright orange and deep red flowers sealed the deal on this fall inspired wedding!
The wedding was originally going to take place next September, but just a few months ago the couple decided to move it up to this year. Cox Arboretum only had a few dates available and, unfortunately, I already had a wedding schedule for the date they chose - no worries, my assistant Heather stepped up to the plate and managed to handle everything that was thrown at her that day (and a lot was thrown at her that day). I joined them late night just as the party was getting started and am really glad that I got to see the bride and groom on their special day.
My favorite part is that I am now facebook friends with both the bride and the groom so we can keep in touch for years to come!
Please head over to Mark Garber's blog to see the beautiful pictures of this wedding.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mike and Charlotte's Wedding

It has been a long time coming but here are just some pictures from Mike and Charlotte's May 30th wedding. I have known Mike for a few years now (he is a fraternity brother of my husband's) but I really enjoyed getting to know Charlotte and the two of them as a couple. I had such a fun time working with them and they really did plan a beautiful wedding. Both the ceremony and reception took place at Mary Nelle's Windswept Farm in Lebanon OH. The ceremony took place overlooking a small lake followed by a tented cocktail hour and then everyone moved into the barn for some dinner and dancing. Avant Gardens did a beautiful job on all of the flowers and a delicious cake was provided by Dorthy Lane Market. And thanks so much to Jessica, of Images by Daniel Michael & Co., for the beautiful pictures.

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Wedding Cardigan

It makes me a little bit sad that I can't find a picture to show you what I will be talking about, but I will do my best to describe it anyway!

We have been blessed with some cooler weather here in South-West Ohio and it has started to get me excited for fall which is my favorite season for weddings. I was watching a "wedding television show" today and noticed that one of the brides was wearing a beautiful ivory cardigan over her strapless wedding gown. I loved the contrast of something as glamorous as a wedding gown covered by something as comforting (but still equally as beautiful) as a cardigan. Then, I received a J. Crew catalog in the mail today and in the J. Crew Weddings section, there was a bridesmaid wearing a cardigan!

It is a look I have seen on flower girls before as summer evenings turn chilly but I love that this look is turning up on the more mature members of the bridal party too!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

I'm going on Vacation!

Yes, I am going on vaction to one of my favorits spots - Huckleberry Island in Parry Sound, Ontario. I grew up taking family vactions to my Grandparents Cottage and love taking my very own family up there too. The best part of it - no cell phone coverage - which means that both Matt and I can truely turn off and relax. I will be back next week to catch up on my blog but until then, enjoy the picture below of some of the most beautiful country you will ever see.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

JK Wedding Entrance Dance

Okay so I know this is posted on wedding blogs across the nation, but I just couldn't help myself. This is too much fun! The best part is that I still got tears in my eyes when the bride started her processional - happens everytime.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Locally Grown Organic Flowers

A few weeks ago, I received and email from Susan Studer King informing me of her wonderful organic flower farm Buckeye Blooms. Here is just a little snippet of the email to let you all know about this great company.

Buckeye Blooms, a new business that specializes in the production of chemical-free flowers for weddings and special events. We grow all of our flowers organically on our family farm near Lima, Ohio approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes north of Dayton. As a Dayton area leader in wedding planning, we thought you might be interested in learning more about what we can offer to you and your clients.

As a brief background, Buckeye Blooms is part of a growing “green” business and wedding industry that caters to clients who are seeking locally grown and environmentally friendly flowers and services. Most of the flowers in florists’ shops have been imported from South America or other regions of the world where they were treated with harmful chemicals. Having lived in Ecuador for over two years, I can attest to the amount of pollution and water shortages created by the commercial production of roses and other flowers that are destined for the U.S.

We believe there is a better way to grow flowers. In addition to being earth-friendly, the quality and freshness of our flowers is unrivaled in the region. Just as a home-grown tomato tastes better than a store-bought one, the freshest and most beautiful flowers come from the garden rather than the refrigerated section of a big box store . Our flowers arrive fresh and fragrant, just as nature intended.

We offer full floral design services and for brides seeking a unique way to choose their wedding flowers, we offer exclusive bridal “flower parties” on our picturesque family farm. For summer and early fall weddings, the bride and her bridesmaids have the opportunity to actually help pick flowers from our fields and gardens for their bouquets. We then give step-by-step instructions and help them to make their very own bridal bouquets. It is a fun and unique way for brides to create personalized bouquets for their special day.
If you would like additional information on how to contact Buckeye Blooms, please leave a comment with your email address and I send it your way.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Birthday's - Part II

So it is round two for birthdays here in the Leedy household. My daughter Peyton will be turning two this September and I am now starting to figure out all of the details for the party. Here is what I know so far....


It will be a Monkey theme inspired completely by this adorable outfit from Gymboree:

I found some supercute Stitched Monkey Invitations from Polka Dot Designs and even a Pull String Pinata from Birthday Express. I love the idea of a pull string because it will really give the two-year-olds a chance to participate and not just stand around watching the older kids hit the pinata. Finally, there will be a Monkey Visor Craft courtesy of Oriental Trading.

I also know that here will be A LOT of balloons! Peyton is obsessed with balloons and can spot them anywhere, even if it is just a picture of one hanging up on the wall.

I am still in the process of organizing a guestlist, coming up with a menu, and figuring out what the rest of the decorations are going to be but, I am pretty proud of myself for what I have found/accomplished so far.

Tune in September 14th for pictures to see if I really pulled it off!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Vendor Spotlight - Classic Confection Cakes

Yes, it is time to spotlight another one of my favorite vendors again! I spent all last week in vendor meetings with Heidi and Geoff who were in town last week from Atlanta hoping to book all of their vendors for their December wedding.

One of the places I took them to was Classic Confection Cakes and they were blown away, for good reason. Margarita and Rene make some of the best cakes I have ever tasted - their buttercreme is really the best in town. In addition, their decorating style is suburb - they can make about any type of cake you would like and I promise you it will be beautiful and delicious. They make all of their own ingredients including their own fondant and gumpaste flowers.

If you want your wedding cake to be the spotlight of your reception, or just want something your guests will enjoy as a dessert, I would highly recommend scheduling a tasting with Classic Confection Cakes!

Photos courtesy of Classic Confection Cakes

Friday, July 10, 2009

Corsage Magnets!

I know that this may not be very exciting to most of you brides out there, but as the woman who is usually the one pinning corsages onto the MOB's, MOG's and G-ma's, I think that the Lomey Corsage Magnets are the coolest! Big thank you to Mark of The Flower Shoppe for introducing me to these.

Mother Of dresses have come along way and many of them are so beautiful I just had the idea of sticking a pin through them to create big ol' holes in them. these corsage magnest are so great because all your florist needs to do is attach one side to the corsage and we then just put the other side on the inside of the fabric. No messy holes and no worries about getting stuck (or sticking someone with a pin).


When meeting with your florist, please see if using a Corsage Magnet is an option. It may be a little more expensive but it will be well worth in and all the special women in your life will greatly appreciate it.



Thursday, July 9, 2009

Anne and Jeff

I don't know how I missed it, but the photos for Anne and Jeff's wedding have been up weeks, on 808 Studio Photography's blog Shooting for the Soul, and I have not yet posted about it yet.

We had the opportunity to work with Nick and crew for Anne and Jeff's wedding and they are a wonderful group. First of all, Anne and Jeff planned a beautiful wedding which Nick captured for us in beautiful pictures. Please head over to their blog to see a full slideshow of the days events!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Boutonnieres & Bow Ties

Although it has been up and running for a while, I just stumbled across this amazing blog - I don't know how I have missed it. Finally there is something out there to help style your guy for the big day too. I would definitely recommend that everyone check this out. I love their post about suspenders (my second style love to argyle) as well as this great look:

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Camp Wedding

I came across this wedding today on Style Me Pretty and I just had to share it with you. Most of you may not know this but, I worked as a summer camp throughout my high school and college years - some of the best summer's of my life! I couldn't think of anything more fun than a camp-inspired wedding.



Photos by Orchard Cove Photography


Pair it with this graphic from Capture the Moment and you have a match made in heaven.




Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th everybody! I am still in Chicago for our friends Kristen and John's wedding. Not quite sure what is going to happen (which I love by the way), but I am hoping that there are some fireworks in my future. The girls are at my parents and they have a fun filled day of parades, picnics, and maybe fireworks if the girls can stay up that late. Independence Day is one of my favorite holiday's and although I am having a great time in Chicago a little part of me is sad that we are not back home for the Centerville for the Americana Festival but there is always next year.


What do you like to do for the 4th?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

I'm a Guest!

I am off to Chicago for a wedding and.......I'm going as a guest!!! I love weddings (obviously) and although I love my job, I love attending weddings as a guest even more. What is even better is that Matt and I will be getting a weekend away without the girls.

Chicago is a great city and I am looking forward to doing some touristy stuff too. Matt is a groomsman so I will have all morning on Saturday to visit Navy Pier and get in some shopping on Michigan Ave. I am also hoping to get in a nice run down on the shore line of Lake Michigan. And maybe, if I am feeling brave, I will even check out the glass balcony on the Sears Tower (or maybe not).

But the best part of it all is that John and Kristen are getting married. They are long time friends of ours and we are so happy for them.

Here is a picture of the happy couple:

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Welcome Heidi and Geoff

A big welcome to Heidi and Geoff who have just joined the KL Wedding Designs LLC family. Heidi and Geoff will say their "i-do's" on December 20th, 2009 in Kettering OH. The ceremony will take place at Christ United Methodist Church (which just happens to be my church) and the reception at NCR Country Club.
So happy to have you guys with us!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Save-the-Date

Check out these great Save-the-Dates by Mark Garber Photography! Laura and Brian are a great couple we are working with and I am so excited for their September wedding at CCN. I look forward to working with Mark Garber and all of Laura and Brian's other amazing vendors!





Thursday, June 25, 2009

Baby's Breath - Part 2

To continue on from my post yesterday, check out these pictures from The Bride's Cafe of Jennifer and Josh's wedding. Again, I love the use of Baby's Breath as the main flower for the event - it has such a dreamy feel about it and was a great addition to creating the atmosphere of this beautiful wedding.



Sedona Bride

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Baby's Breath

I saw this post at Wedding Bee today and was reminded how much I loved the look of clusteres of Baby's Breath. There is something so fresh and airy (not to mention cost effective) about this bouquet.



Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Blown Glass Pens

I love these Blown Glass Pens from Beau Coup. I think they would be a great way to add an extra special touch to your guest book. Very elegant!



Monday, June 22, 2009

Vintage/Rustic Wedding

So I stopped over that the Green Wedding Shoes blog today and the first post was a feature of a beautiful rustic and vintage wedding. As I was reading through the description I knew I would love the pictures featured below. Not only was the wedding beautiful but it included two of my favorite things, argyle (check out the groom's socks) and large wedding parties (just love the picture it makes). Here are just some of the pictures featured in the story but please stop over to read more about Darren + Kayli's Vintage Rustic Wedding.