Archive for December, 2007

An Open Invitation for All…

I would like to extend an invitation to everyone, to come to First Night Akron on New Year’s Eve. It’s a great celebration, it’s alcohol free, and there’s tons to see and do! Also, for those of you who can’t get enough of all things wedding, please feel free to stop by The Chapel in the Moonlight site, at 121 South Main St., in downtown Akron. It’s also known as Main Place. It’s a great part of First Night! The Chapel in the Moonlight is where couples may come and get married, or renew their vows for free.

Here is a link from my website about this event:  http://cl-kimber0613-ivil.tripod.com/id18.html

Our Gracious Sponsors:

First Night Akron


ACME Fresh Markets


Canton Chair Rental


Adam Sarata – Classical Guitarist

Reeves’ Cake Shop


Making the Moment, LLC – Photography


Dee Jackson of Ufloral – Ultimate Wedding Rental & Design


Courtyard by Marriott – Belden Village


SDE Designs


Geppettos Pizza of Firestone Park


Our Wonderful Officiants:

The Honorable Judge Kathryn Michael

Revs. Phillip & Linda Marcin

Pastor Mark Bernard

Please come have some cake with us, and wish our couples Congratulations, and Happy New Year!!


For more information, please call:

(330) 834-9023

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Visions of Sugarplums Inspiration Board

Purple is reported to be one of the hot colors for weddings in 2008.  I have put together this board to give you some ideas when planning your wedding.  Enjoy!

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Akron Santa Proposes Marriage

I saw this story this morning on WKYC.com (Cleveland Channel 3):

A Santa Claus proposes marriage

Created: 12/24/2007 1:35:53 AM
Updated:12/24/2007 7:18:12 AM

AKRON — A local man switches places with a mall Santa Claus and surprises
his girlfriend with a marriage proposal.
This afternoon our news desk got a call from a viewer named Shawn Bammer 
telling us to send a camera to Chapel Hill Mall, here’s why.

Shawn dressed up like Santa Claus because he knew his girlfriend would be

waiting in line to sit on Santa’s lap.

Before Bethany Moneypenny got up to the front of the line, Shawn and

the “real” Santa switched places.

Bethany unaware of the switch was surprised by Bammer asking for her

hand in marriage. She said yes.

Photo credit:  (http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=80288)

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Does this quote sound familiar?  Ever wonder where it came from, or when it started?  I was watching the finale of “Duel” tonight, and one of the questions was:  “The phrase ‘always a bridesmaid, never a bride’ was made famous in ads for which product?”

The answers included the choices:  a.)  Listerine      b.)  Avon      c.)  Secret     d.)  L’eggs 

 Which do you think it was?

The answer completely shocked me:  a.)  Listerine!!!   

Photo credit: ( http://www.listerine.com/images/splash.jpg)  

The ad first appeared in 1920’s, with the claim that blamed a woman’s singlehood on bad breath!  The sales of Listerine jumped from $100,000 in 1921 to 0ver $4,000,000 in 1927!!!


Now that’s the power of advertising!!!

(photo credit:  http://bss.sfsu.edu/tygiel/Hist427/427ads/listerine.jpg)

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Toile Chic Board

This lovely board comes from my passion for provencial decor.  Black and white is such a classy combination, elegant and timeless.  I would love to redo a room in my home like this, but I think my husband would not be too happy!!  Anyway, enjoy!!

Some new information to add:

I found some items in a few of my catalogs that I receive in the mail, that would really fit well with this theme:

From Paperdirect.com, this lovely invitation set titled “Jardin”

Product 1 through 5 of 5


And several cute items from Nashville Wraps:

These are from their “Brocade” line of bags, boxes, and papers.

Brocade gift bags

Brocade gift bags

Brocade hat boxes

Brocade gift wrap


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The Chapel in the Moonlight

This is a board I put together, to reflect my sentiments about my New Year’s Eve event, The Chapel in the Moonlight.  Enjoy!

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This is from the AP Newswire:

Newlyweds skydive to celebrate

Sun Dec 16, 2:00 PM ET

HAZLETON, Pa. – Talk about taking the plunge. Jeanie Dulski and Jamy Knittle actually took two plunges on Friday: First, they got married at Hazleton Municipal Airport, then they went skydiving.

As Dulski explained it: “Getting married is scarier than jumping out of a plane.”

Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta performed the ceremony on the ground for Dulski and Knittle, both 30. About 45 minutes later, the bride and groom took a plane up to 10,000 feet and leaped out.

It was the second marriage but first skydive for Dulski, who made a tandem jump with an instructor. Knittle, who had skydived once before, jumped separately.

Barletta called it perhaps the most unusual wedding ceremony he has performed.

“I’m sure my wife would like to see me jump out of an airplane without a parachute,” he joked.

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Good Day Everyone!  I am starting what will be an ongoing list of local places that are ideal for marriage proposals in our area.  I will eventually widen the list, to encompass more of Northeast Ohio, and beyond.  But for now, here are some of my favorites…

In Canton…..

The William McKinley Monument & Museum, and Monument Park

  This historic monument to late President William McKinley is nestled in several acres of beautiful parkland, overlooking the City of Canton.  Adjacent to the monument is the McKinley Museum and Presidential Library, which includes a very cool plantetarium.  Check out www.mckinleymuseum.org for more information.

Going along with the Presidential theme is our next stop, The First Ladies’ National Library and Museum.

  This set of locations, one which was the family home of Ida Saxton McKinley, houses the museum and the other serves as a research and education center.   For more information, www.firstladies.org.

Continuing our tour of downtown Canton, The Palace Theatre is next:

  This historic theatre opened in the 1920’s, and has been home to thousands of events.  The interior is lush and majestic, perfect for a dramatic proposal.  Check out www.cantonpalacetheatre.org.

For you sports fans, could there be any greater venue than the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

  This is a great place, encompassing history, sports, and interactive exhibits in an unforgettable experience.   Check out www.profootballhof.com.

The locations mentioned above would also be great places for weddings and receptions with a twist.  Check them out!

Next time, we’ll travel to Massillon for some of their best sites!

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This year, Dodge is throwing the boldest winter wedding right on the Chicago Auto Show floor.

We are inviting consumers to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a new bride (and groom) and a new ride, in the Journey of a Lifetime contest. Two lucky lovebirds will win a wedding package, which will include a wedding ceremony for 100 guests, an open-to-the-public wedding reception featuring a live Journey cover band and an all-new 2009 new Dodge Journey.

Will you sign up to get married at the auto show, “with open arms”?

Who: Couples from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky
What: The Journey of a Lifetime Contest
When: Registration is open NOW until January 22 at www.DodgeJourneyOfALifetime.com
Wedding takes place on Valentine’s Day, February, 14, 2008
Where: McCormick Place in Chicago
Why: The car-loving couple who is selected will receive an all-expense paid wedding ceremony and a new vehicle to start their journey of a lifetime

“Some will win, some will lose” but nobody will be “singing the blues” when one couple wins the ultimate Journey-themed wedding!

Visit www.DodgeJourneyOfALifetime.com now

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Lori and Doug 

This past August I had the pleasure of working with Lori and Doug, a lovely couple that had family and friends come from all over the country to their Ohio wedding.  The wedding was held at The Oaks Lodge at Chippewa Lake, in Medina County, Ohio. (www.theoakslodge.com

 The view from the back patio of the Oaks Lodge.Lori, Doug, and Grandmother

Their wedding was infused with bright fall colors: reds, oranges and golden yellows, and the reception had a wine theme, complete with wine bottles and custom printed wine goblets nestled into wreaths of golden foliage and candles.  The wedding cake, lovingly hand-crafted, was brought from out of state by a very talented family member, and was beautifully decorated with flowers, grapes, and scrollwork.

Lori & Doug’s Wedding Cake

The sweet and sentimental ceremony, performed in the beautiful pagoda that overlooks Chippewa Lake, was officiated by Reverend Angelle Keiffer.(www.OhioWeddings.org)  The food and staff at the Oaks Lodge are truly fantastic!  Audrey, the contact at the location, was on top of everything.  The photography, videography, and music for both the ceremony and reception were all provided by A Crystal Clear Sound Video & Photo (http://www.accsvp.com/).  The DJ kept the floor packed all night long, playing many favorites and requests.  The highlight of the reception was a slideshow presentation that the couple put together of pictures of their lives, growing up, with their families, and during their courtship leading up to the wedding.  It brought lots of laughs, and at the end, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  It was a beautiful wedding, with many personal touches that made for lasting memories.

The Bridal Party

Lori and her beautiful ladies!

The girls giving Doug a quick kiss!

Lori and her sister sharing a tender moment.

Lori and her bouquet, which is decorated with a family heirloom.         

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