Sunday, May 31, 2009

Tordano Warning!

Yep, that is what happened last night at Mike and Charlotte's wedding out at Mary Nelle's Windswept Farm. We kept a close eye on the weather and were very lucky that the storm passed south of us. For those of you in the Mason area, I hope that you and your families are safe after last night.

We did have a great time last night. Mike and Charlotte put on such a great party that even a thunderstorm couldn't overshadow it. Their ceremony was under a shade tree with a backdrop of beautiful flowers and a pond, then guests were off to the tent to enjoy cocktails and appetizers provided by Mrs. B's Catering. After that, guests picked up their votive candle escort cards and moved into the barn for dinner.

All was decorated beautifully with flowers by Avant Gardens as well as some great Shabby Chic iron chandeliers Charlotte found to use as lighting.

I took a couple pictures with my phone (see below) but know that Jessica from Images by Daniel Michael will send me some better ones here very soon!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Vendor Spotlight - The Flowerman

I am going to try to spotlight a wonderful vendor each week. To kick it off, I would like to tell you about The Flowerman in Centerville. It is such a wonderful place where brides (and grooms) have the freedom to be as involved as possible in creating their flowers. They offer classes for brides that want to create their own bouquets and centerpieces - they will even let you use their workspace and coolers if you choose to do so. Not a do-it-yourself kind of gal, that is okay too because Cady is a wonderful florist and is such a pleasure to work with. She will sit down with you to help you come up with the perfect floral touches and then create them herself.

So, to all of you getting married in the Dayton area - give them a call!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Thank You

I just got the sweetest note from Kathryn and Paul that I just needed to share with you.

"Thank you for all of your help with planning our wedding and being there for us on our special day. We were able to fully enjoy our wedding knowing that we could depend on you to handle all the details (big and small). We truly appreciate all of your hard work, your professionalism, and your thoughtfulness."
Check out the cute stationery they sent their note on, from Wedding Paper Diva's.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Paul and Kat got Married!

This past Sunday a beautiful wedding between two wonderful people took place at Benham's Grove in Centerville, OH. Paul and Kathryn may have been two of the nicest people I have ever met - in addition, their wedding was filled with love and joy, everything a wedding should be.
For the second weekend in a row, we were blessed with beautiful weather for an outdoor ceremony and the clouds parted just as the processional began to shine sun down on everyone!

We enjoyed great food from Jeannette's Catering, great cake from Frosted, and great fun provided my Jason Skusa of Jamre Entertainment. In addition I would like to give a shout-out to Ashley Matho for the wonderful job she did job enhance the girls already natural beauty!

For now, please enjoy these amateur shots I took with my camera phone but check back soon in hopes that Chuck of Childers Photography will send me some great pictures of the event!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Day Off

I am taking a day off to relax! I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Wedding Quotes

This month's Real Simple Magazine is filled with all sorts of good ideas that can be used for/around weddings. My previous post about the customized comic page was found in the magazine as well as these great quotes about love and marriage.

"There is no remedy for love, but to love more"
-Henry David Thoreau, The Journal of Henry D. Thoreau, Volumes I-VII (1837-1855)

"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."
-Mignon McLaughlin, Atlantic (July 1965)

"There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage."
-Martin Luther, Table Talk

"He is husband, she is wife. She fears not him, they fear not life"
-Robert Frost"On the Heart's Beginning to Cloud the Mind"

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mark Weber Custom Comic

This would be such a fund gift idea for a couples shower, a bachelor/bachelorette party or even an anniversary. Design a custom six-panel comic book frame describing the couples love story told by cartoonist Mark Weber.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Bridesmaids, Bridesmaids and More Bridesmaids

Keeping in mind that I, myself, had eight bridesmaids-I love large wedding parties! Here are some great pictures of the bride with all of her best gals. The contrast of the bold colors on either side and the pop of white right in the middle is just great.
Photos clockwise from the top:

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Its Baaaaack!

Tune in June 9th to meet the couples!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

More Pictures

I just can't help myself. Ron Carroll keeps sending me pictures from Mike and Leah's wedding. I love the Old Hollywood/Glamour shot of Leah in the upper right hand corner - beautiful!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Congratulations Mike and Leah

Mike and Leah were wed this past Saturday on the front steps of Wiedemann Hill Mansion in Covington Kentucky. We had some early worries about the rain but a hard downpour at 4:00pm seemed to be all we were in for and the sky parted for the 5:30 ceremony. The weather got even more beautiful from there so guest could enjoy dinner and drinks outside enjoying the stunning view of Downtown Cincinnati.

Here are some teaser pictures courtesy of Ron Carroll Photography. I hope to have more up on the website soon.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Color Trends

HGTV's "10 Can't-Miss Color Trends of 2009" are great for decorating but even better to use as inspiration for your wedding day!


Saturday, May 16, 2009

It's Wedding Day!

Leah and Mike are getting married today! They have planned a beautiful event at the Wiedemann Hill Mansion in Covington Kentucky. The Mansion in and of itself is gorgeous but the view from the front porch is amazing, overlooking downtown Cincinnati. I will have to remember to take a picture of it tonight to post for you tomorrow. The Mansion lends itself to a certain type of intimacy that fits Mike and Leah's laid back but still elegant style. Innocienti Strings will provide music for the ceremony and the cocktails with food by Savor Catering. Be sure to check back soon where I hope to have some pictures (taken by Ron Carroll of Ron Caroll Photography) to show you.

Friday, May 15, 2009

From Blossom to Bead

What a great way to preserve your wedding flowers and enjoy wearing them in beautiful jewelery. All you have to do is ship your wedding flowers to From Blossom to Bead where they will turn your blooms into beautiful jewelery
I wish I would have known about this service when I got married because I think I would have had my bouquet made into a couple of necklaces to pass on to my daughters for their wedding day. Too late now, my dried bouquet is in a hope chest with other memorabilia from my wedding day - probably wouldn't be appropriate to walk around with it hanging from my neck;)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Monogrammed Cookies

I am a huge fan of edible wedding favors and these monogrammed cookies from Gumdrop Cookie Shop are no different. I love the bright colors and different styles, perfect for any wedding!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Etsy Guestbooks

I love all of the personalized guestbooks available on Here is just a little taste but there are many more out there to fit your special day.

From left to right: Shea Chic Designs, KC Scrapper, Lily Elle, Uber Art, Red Otter, Enji Beck

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I am a huge fan of Argyle and think this sweater vest may be the cutest thing I have ever seen!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Lainey's Party

As some of you may remember, a couple weeks ago I posted about my daughter, Lainey, and the cowgirl themed birthday party she decided to plan (we were originally just going to spend a nice weekend at Great Wolf Lodge). Well, it was this past weekend and we had a great time - she really is following in her mom's footsteps!

We were blessed with a sunny day so all the kiddo's got to play outside. The horse shaped cake was a success and all the kids loved their cowboy had favors! Here are some pics of the big event.

And now its back to wedding planning......

Friday, May 8, 2009

Whirlwind Wedding Planning

Holy Cow - it has been a busy week! Here at the Leedy household we have been preparing for the big birthday party coming up tomorrow (my daughter is turning 4), getting ready to host a Mother's Day Brunch, spending time with my sister-in-law who is visiting from DC, and finalizing the details for Mike and Leah's wedding next weekend. But that is nothing compared to the week that Mike and Erin have had.

Mine and Erin live in Boston but are planning a Cincinnati wedding for July 2010. They came into town this week to meet with vendors and start nailing down some details since they will not be returning until November. I am so proud of them because so far they have:

Found a Ceremony Location
Found a Reception Location
Hired a Florist
Hired a Photographer
Found a Stationer
Hired Transportation
Blocked Guest Rooms
Found a Bakery
Bought a Wedding Dress
and will probably be hiring their musical entertainment today!

The best part, now they can go back to Boston and take a well deserved "wedding break" until they return in November (yeah, right - all you brides out there know that when it comes to wedding planning, once you start you can't stop!)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Eco Salon

Here at KL Wedding Designs LLC we are slowly taking steps to "go green" not just in the weddings we plan but also in our day-to-day business doings.

We featured a great Green Wedding Guide on Earth Day but aren't we supposed to be treating everyday like it is Earth Day?

Eco Salon had a great feature called 20 Online Resources for Planning an Eco Friendly Wedding. If you are wanting to incorporate a little "green" into your wedding, don't feel like you have to do it all - even if you just do one "eco-friendly" thing, that's something right?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Michael Bambino & Co.

So I took a couple to meet with Michael Bambino today and I had almost forgotten how much I liked him. He has this natural ability to make a couple feel comfortable in their own skin (a great trait in a wedding photographer) as well as this wonderful eye to find and capture the beauty in any situation. I almost feel like my bride and groom were walking with a little more confidence when they left their meeting just because Michael made them feel so good!

On top of being a great wedding photographer, he is a great person and that is why I always enjoy working with Michael Bambino and Co. Below are some pictures from a wedding we worked on together a while back.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Austin & Dara

Austin and Dara look like they would be such fun wedding photographers to work with (think I could convince them to move to Ohio?). They have captured some of the best shots I have ever seen! I also love the creative approach they take to the different settings of their weddings.
One of my favorites is a shot of a friend jumping "leap-frog" style over the couple. Totally spontaneous action that they caught on film perfectly. Of course, I am not techy enough to re-post it here so you will just have to jump on over to their blog to see what I am talking about!

Sunday, May 3, 2009


I love the texture of these La Tavola linens featured on the Sparkliatti blog!

Saturday, May 2, 2009


I had lunch today with some of my best girlfriends in the world and I miss them all already. All seven of us lived together in college and they are like my sisters. It was so much fun to see them all to catch up on their lives as well as see pictures of all the cute little ones we have now. During our lunch we got to talking about our weddings and sharing stories about each one - as best friends do we were all bridesmaids in each others weddings. I couldn't have asked for better people to stand up with Matt and me on our wedding day.

So, here they are in all their pink iridescent taffeta glory! Don't laugh too hard, it was a long time ago. But to all my ladies - Laura, Tara, Jill, Shelly, Krissy and Erin - we need to get together for lunch more often, I miss you too much and had a great time today!

August 10, 2002

Friday, May 1, 2009

Flirty Clutch

How much do I love the soiree clutch by J Crew? Too much! It would be a perfect clutch to carry on your wedding day, or to give as a gift to your bridesmaids or to just make your rehearsal dinner outfit a little more special. Whatever the reason, every bride needs one of theses! Also available in black, mushroom and blush.