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I recently had the pleasure of helping one of my friends, Kayleigh Canter, now Kayleigh Ball, with the planning of her August 3rd, 2012 wedding in Akron, Ohio.  She and her fiance’ Ryan planned a short engagement, which gave them only a few months in which to prepare for their wedding.   I offered my assistance with last minute details, advice, organization, and a time line for their big day.  I also helped with decoration of the wedding venue and coordination of the day’s events. She gave me a beautiful thank you letter, which I am happy to share:

 

“To the fabulous Madam Kim,

Thank you for helping me with my wedding!  I had almost given up hope for a smooth day until you came along with your notebook and your talent!  I feel so much better now that we have a plan and now that I have you to guide me.  I really don’t think I could do it without you!  You are a brilliant planner and an amazing friend.  I am so blessed.  I will never forget your generosity for coming to my rescue.

Affectionately,

Your ‘Funky Vintage Bride’, Kayleigh”

I teared up when I read that.  She is such a sweetheart, and happy to be married to Ryan!  I was honored to lend a hand.  I will post pictures and descriptions soon from their wedding.  Enjoy!

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We are pleased to announce the engagement of Dasha Legrair and Gerry Crosby, Jr..  They will be married Saturday, June 11th, 2011 at the Arlington Church of God in Akron, Ohio.  The Reception will take place at the Firestone Country Club in Akron.  Please feel free to visit this site later in June for the full description of their special day.   It’s going to be a beautiful affair, and we are pleased to be a part of their celebration!  Congratulations, Dasha & Gerry!

 

Photo courtesy of Dasha & Gerry

 

 

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The six large photos above were provided courtesy of Reverend and Mrs. Jerry Blau.

On Saturday, October 31, 2009, I had the pleasure of coordinating the Wedding of Lindsay Dalrymple and Bill Croasmun, in Akron, Ohio.   Lindsay and Bill are such a fun-loving couple, that I was excited about their wedding plans from the moment I met them.  It was only fitting for them then, to have their wedding on Halloween.  With a color scheme of black and dark reds, it reflected the holiday as well as the fall season.  Their decor had a gothic romance feel, but quite striking and elegant.   The wedding ceremony was held in the Historic Tallmadge Church, located right on the Circle in Tallmadge, Ohio.  This is a very old church, with the original Town Hall across the green from it.  The church has 3 front doors, which open wide for entry, to accommodate guests.  For the wedding, Lena Klimczak of Highland Heights Floral hung 3 huge grapevine wreaths on the doors, which were decorated with dark red silk flowers and wide velvet and satin ribbons.  Once inside the sanctuary of the church, the guests found the pews decorated with very full bows made of the same wide velvet and satin ribbons, with long streamers that trailed to the floor.  The steps leading to the altar/platform at the front of the sanctuary were flanked by four enormous pots of burgundy chrysanthemums.  The mums were covered with artificial spider webs, in honor of the Halloween holiday.  They were gorgeous!  Also, on either side of the platform were two tall candleabras, each of which were decorated with full bows, with long trailing streamers.  The bridal party flowers were comprised of black magic roses, red roses, burgundy mini calla lilies, and fiddlehead ferns.  All in all, a very romantic picture.  The beautiful piano music for the ceremony was provided by the very talented Miss Olivia Lucrezi, Lindsay’s niece.   The bridesmaids and groomsmen were paired to enter through the doors on either side of the sanctuary, the Maid of Honor had a solo entrance, and then finally Lindsay, escorted by her father, made their way down the aisle to meet Bill.  There was such a feeling of love and anticipation in the air, I could almost taste it.  The ceremony was conducted by Reverend Jerry Blau, short, sweet and meaningful, just as Lindsay and Bill wanted.   After the ceremony, the couple and the bridal party took pictures around the church and the green, with photographer Joshua J. Wood.  They got in some great shots, as the weather cleared for the afternoon, bringing sunshine and lots of smiles.

Transportation was provided by Thomas Limousine Service.  The vehicle chosen for the wedding was a stretch black Cadillac Escalade.  This is a beautiful vehicle, I wish I would have had time to ride in it!  I went to the reception location ahead of the wedding party, to make sure all the details for the reception were completed, and the vendors had arrived.  I did not have to worry about anything.  Drema Roth and her staff at the Akron Radisson Citicentre, are consummate professionals when it comes to weddings and special events.  The ballroom, and connecting event space, are located on the 19th floor of the Radisson.  The decor is elegant, with dark paneled walls, plush carpeting, and the most amazing views of downtown Akron, and the surrounding area.  The staff worked exceptionally well, and any request by either a guest, bridal party member, or myself was handled quickly and efficiently.  The wedding banquet was delicious, with several choices of entrees and side items.  A full blown Halloween Candy buffet was set out for the guests, with many varieties of tempting treats for those with a sweet tooth.  There was also a concierge suite set up for the bridal party’s use on the 18th floor, well stocked with cold drinks, snacks, and other essential items.  The bridal party really appreciated this feature of the hotel’s services, and made use of the suite several times during the course of the evening.  The wedding cake was spectacular, provided by Creme de la Creme Bakery in Akron.  The cake was delicious, and was decorated in fondant, with swirls, diamond patterns, and curlicue wires, in the wedding colors of black and burgundy.  Absolutely stunning to look at!  The guest tables were equally stunning, with black and white damask tablecloths, and black napkins, provided by L’nique Linens of Valley View, Ohio.  The centerpieces on the tables were a mixture of short arrangements of burgundy hydrangea and black magic and dark red roses in square glass vases, and tall glass vases overflowing with roses, fiddlehead ferns and greenery.  The overall effect was lush, elegant, and very romantic.   The party really got going after dinner, with Vince Slomsky and his partner, of Party Boys Entertainment.  They kept the music flowing, and the dance floor full.  With it being Halloween, several guests were dressed in costumes, as well as members of the bridal party, it made for a very fun atmosphere.  The highlight of the evening, however, came as a surprise to Lindsay and Bill, with a special appearance by Zippy, the official kangaroo mascot of The University of Akron.  Zippy was hired as a surprise gift to Lindsay and Bill, and that happy kangaroo mingled and danced with the guests for over an hour. I even got in a good hug with the hippy hoppy mascot!

I had a great time at Lindsay and Bill’s wedding, that it almost didn’t feel like I was working.  This amazing couple went out of their way to make sure their guests had a fabulous, fun-filled evening.  I wish now that I had worn some kind of costume as well.  I will the next time I have a Halloween wedding.  I would like to wish Lindsay and Bill a lifetime of love, laughter and happiness.  Congratulations, you two!!

Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator:  Kimberly Lehman

Church:  Historic Tallmadge Church - www.tallmadge-ohio.org/parks_rec/parks/historical_church/index.html

Reception:  Akron Radisson Citi Centre Hotel – www.akronradisson.com

Officiant:  Reverend Jerry Blau

Florist:  Lena Klimczak, Highland Heights Floral – www.highlandhtsfloral.com

Photographer:  Joshua J. Wood – www.joshuajwood.com

Transportation:  Thomas Limousine – www.thomaslimousine.com

Bakery:  Creme de la Creme -  www.cakesbycreme-de-la-creme.com

Linens:  L’nique Linens – www.lnique.com

DJ:  Party Boys Entertainment -  www.myspace.com/partyboysent

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The following entry is from Joshua J. Wood’s photography blog.  He was the photographer for Lindsay and Bill, who were married on October 31, 2009.  He did a fantastic job covering their fun-filled Halloween wedding!  Check out more of his work at www.joshuajwood.com.

Nov 23, 2009

Lindsay and Bill – A Halloween Wedding

What a delightfully unique way to spend the Halloween holiday. These two love birds were a blast to shoot. Bill was extremely laid back and fun, Lindsay was just plain crazy awesome. It definitely takes a dynamic couple like these two to pull of a Halloween wedding, and they did an excellent job. The reception was a riot with guests arriving in full costume. I didn’t think the day could get any better until I found out that Bill’s parents had invited Zippy, the Akron University mascot, to come crash the party as a surprise for Bill and Lindsay.

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Lindsay & Bill Engagement Photo

Lindsay & Bill Engagement Photo

 

 

I am pleased to announce the engagement of Lindsay & Bill.  They will be married this Halloween in Akron, Ohio.  They been together 8 years, and were engaged July 27,2007 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  Lindsay has a B.A. in English from the University of Akron and is working on her Masters in Literature.  Bill has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UA and works as a product engineer for Union Metal in Canton.  They live in Akron with their cat, Audrey.

Lindsay and Bill’s wedding will feature lots of Autumnal touches, with rich fall colors, fabrics, and decor that reflects their creative and outgoing personalities.  I am honored to work with this wonderful couple, and can’t wait to celebrate with them!

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My good friend Donna Berns at Chenoweth Golf Club in Akron, Ohio, sent me the news of their upcoming wine tasting event.  I encourage everyone to enjoy this opportunity with a grand evening of food, wine, and fun!

Chenoweth Golf & Banquet’s Third Annual
Holiday Wine Tasting Event
Friday December 5, 2008
 
Come join us for a special “stock up for the holidays” wine tasting evening, featuring Italian Wines from small vineyards. “Good things come in small packages.” These wines come from small, family owned vineyards from all over Italy & are all new to Ohio. Be the first to try!

Please join us on Friday December 5, 2008 for this unforgettable event!

Anyone wishing to attend must pre-pay by contacting

Donna Berns @ 330 603-3872.

Space is limited, reserve your spot today!
Wines will be available for purchase at minimum retail the night of the event.

Cost of this event is $50.00 per person $90.00 per couple.

 

For more information:  www.chenowethgolf.com

 

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I had the pleasure of working with Michelle & Matt on their wedding.  They are such a fun-loving couple!  I really enjoyed seeing all of their plans come together, and sharing a great evening with their family and friends.  It was truly an elegant affair, with many unique details.

Michelle & Matt were married Saturday, May 24th, 2008 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Canton, Ohio.  They had a perfect sunny day, with temperatures in the 70′s.  Father Brad Helman officiated the ceremony.  The wonderful music was provided by Soloists Carol Clark and Marisa Stoll, Organist Beth Herbst, and Trumpeter Chris Hall.  Tom Forrest Photography and Just Perfect Video provided coverage of the day’s events.  Transportation from the ceremony to the reception was provided by Carrington Limousine Service.

The reception was held at Guy’s Party Centre, in Akron, Ohio.  This venue has 3 distinct rooms for events, each elegant and spacious.  Michelle and Matt’s reception was set up in the gorgeous South Ballroom, with its unique oval dance floor, high tray ceiling inset with twinkle lights, and elegant decor.  The staff at Guy’s was fantastic, providing all of the guests with exceptional service.  During the cocktail hour, guests helped themselves to a bountiful cookie and pastry buffet, as well as meat and cheese platters that were present at every guest table.  During the seated dinner, the guests had their choice of prime rib, stuffed scrod, or chicken.  Ivory table linens and black napkins were provided by Guy’s Party Center, and ivory chair covers with black organza sashes were provided by Sitting Pretty Linens.  Flowers for the bridal party and the reception were created by Seifert’s Flower Mill of Canton.  The bridal bouquet was comprised of roses, mini calla lilies, pearled stephanotis and crystal drops.  The bridesmaids carried lovely bouquets of roses.  The groom and his gentlemen, and the parents were presented with boutonnieres and corsages of roses.  The centerpieces at the reception were fashioned with tall eiffel tower vases, topped with full bouquets of roses, and surrounded at the base by candles nestled in black and white damask votives.  The spectacular wedding cake was created by the West Side Bakery.  The unique cake was covered in rolled black fondant, decorated with silver ribbon and a silver twig design, and topped with a matching silver twig figure.  Entertainment was provided on several fronts during the reception.  In the lobby area of the South Ballroom, Just Perfect Video played a video montage of Michelle and Matt, featuring photographs from their childhood through their courtship.  It was very touching, and drew many comments, and lots of conversation about the happy couple.  B.E. Mann, an outgoing and energetic reggae artist and entertainer well known in Northeast Ohio, provided the music and anecdotes throughout the evening, that kept the party hopping and the dance floor full.  One of his trademark activities includes getting the guests onto the dance floor with hula hoops.  It’s hilarious to watch!  The finale to the evening’s festivities included a special dance, created by two young ladies who were part of Michelle’s bridal party.  The junior bridesmaid and flower girl, sisters, performed a surprise routine to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.  They waited until close to midnight to dance, and it was quite evident that these two talented girls had put in many hours of practice to pull off such a complicated performance.  It was the hit of the evening.  I later asked the girls how long it had taken them to learn that routine, and the older sister replied about a week.  She told me that they watched a lot of YouTube videos, and copied the moves.  It was definitely one of the best dances I have seen!

This wedding was a great affair, and Matt and Michelle were very pleased with the results.  I could not be happier for this wonderful couple.  Congratulations and Best Wishes, Michelle and Matt!

 

Vendors:    Wedding Day Coordinators:  Kimberly Lehman and Amanda Noel

                  St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church:  http://www.stmichaelcanton.org/home.html

                  Guy’s Party Centre:  http://www.guyspartycenter.com/

                  Seifert’s Flower Mill:  http://www.seifertsflowers.com/

                  West Side Bakery:  http://www.thewestsidebakery.com/weddingcakes.asp

                  Sitty Pretty Linens:  http://www.sittingprettylinens.com/

                  Tom Forrest Photography:  http://www.tomforrestphoto.com/

                  Just Perfect Video:  http://www.justperfectvideo.com/

                  B.E. Mann:  http://www.bemann.com/home.htm

                  Carrington Limousine:  http://www.carrington1.com/weddings.html

 

The pictures above are non-professional ones, taken by myself, or my assistant, Amanda.  I will gladly post professional pictures shortly.  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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