Spanish Romance – An Inspiration Board!

Spanish Romance - An Inspiration Board

 
Ole!  Ole!  I realize that a few years back I did an inspiration board with Spanish influence, titled “La Boda – the Wedding.”  I am again inspired to create a mood board along those lines, with a more updated look.  Whereas my first board included many traditional Spanish elements, this one has more subtle nods to that grand heritage.  You can incorporate any of these into your celebration, such as a location that has Spanish architecture, or by using lots of lace details and fans or shawls for your female attendants.  Your ladies could also wear their hair in a style that would look great with a few roses tucked in the sides, or perhaps as a bride, you would like to wear a traditional mantilla comb with a veil to complement it.  Damask fabrics and paper goods have been popular for the last few years, and can provide a very stylish and sophisticated look to your event.  Enjoy!!

Classic Elegance – An Inspiration Board

“Everything old is new again”, “vintage”, “retro”, or even “what goes around comes around”.  These are phrases you may hear or think of when it comes to planning a vintage or victorian inspired wedding.  With a simple, yet striking and sophisticated, black and white or ivory color scheme, it goes to show that basic is not boring, and neutrals are never out of style.  In this inspiration board, I have used several accessories, such as the feather fascinator, and the detailed ring pillow, to demonstrate that the smallest details can make a stylish impact.  You could add a pop of bright color to break up the black and white, such as lime green, taxicab yellow, or fushia.  Or you could soften this pallete with the palest shades of pink, blue, or lavender.  The results will be visually arresting, and highly memorable.  Enjoy!!

Lindsay & Bill – Non Professional Pictures

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

Michelle & Matt – May 24th, 2008

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!

 

Bold & Bright – An Inspiration Board

Bold & Bright Inspiration Board

When you think of yellow and black as colors for your wedding theme, what images come to mind?  Sunflowers, taxicabs, or bumblebees?  How about Sylvester & Tweety Bird?  These are all fun ideas, and you can plan a whimsical event with any of them.  On the other hand, if you crave a little more sophistication, you will find that you can implement this striking color combination easily, for a truly stylish and memorable affair.   

Black and white are the classic and timeless colors for a wedding.  Add lemon yellow or shining gold to the pallette, and you will have one of the freshest mixes for this year.  Several popular wedding magazines feature this color scheme, including the Winter 2008 issues of InStyle Weddings.  You can see more great ideas at their website:  http://www.instyleweddings.com/weddings/

No matter how you decide to showcase your tastes, it will all “bee” a labor of love!  Enjoy!!

Hollywood Glamour – An Inspiration Board

Hollywood Glamour Inspiration Board

Here we are, at the beginning of another season of awards shows.  With the current writer’s strike, I miss all the glamour and glitz that goes with them.  I missed watching the actors arrive on the red carpet for the Golden Globes on Sunday, and who knows how many more we all will not be able to view, the People’s Choice Awards, the Oscars?  At any rate, I decided to satisfy my craving for Hollywood Glamour with this board.  You never can tell, maybe I will win an award for its design?  Enjoy!