We are so excited to be working with Ben & Jodi Photography, and other fantastic vendors on this event! Check out the article published by the Cleveland Plain Dealer! Cheers!
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Happy Summertime everyone! The weather is finally hot and sunny, and that means lots of outdoor events!! Bridal showers, baby showers, weddings, picnics, barbeques, family reunions, the Fourth of July, you name it!! We love outdoor events, and enjoy helping others plan fun occasions for their family and friends.
That’s why we are offering a new summertime special:
The first 5 people that contact us to plan their event, will receive 50% off of our planning fees!! That’s right!! 50% off!! Now who couldn’t use savings like this, and have more money for fun? Maybe the heat has gotten to us already, but we just want to have fun and help you celebrate!
Contact us today for more information, and to schedule a free meeting. We’ll be happy to share an ice-cold drink with you, and chat about your party!
Purple and Orange are colors typically associated with fall, or Halloween. However, I think they make a very striking and stylish color palatte for a wedding. You can use this for most any season, and you can change the shades of the colors to suit your needs. For spring, you can use peach and lavender, for summer, a royal purple and coral, for the autumn and winter, shades of plum, eggplant, aubergine, rust, pumpkin and persimmon. Your colors can be played up in your table linens, flowers, uplighting, even wedding party fashions. The options are endless. And of course, don’t forget the one food item that always goes well with these colors: chocolate!! Enjoy!!
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I am pleased to announce the Marriage of Holly Tarnaski and James Justice, on Saturday, May 9th, 2009 at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Youngstown, Ohio. The afternoon wedding took place at the Kidston Pavillion. Fellows Riverside Gardens are formal gardens, which are part of the Mill Creek Metro Parks. The Kidston Pavillion is set inside an area filled with boxwood and roses, with a lovely flagstone terrace, and overlooks one end of the lake in the parks. Inside the pavillion, the Harmony String Quartet provided the lovely music for the simple and heartfelt wedding ceremony. The Prelude included traditional tunes, such as “Ave Maria”, “Air on the G String”, “Spring” from the Four Seasons, “Trumpet Voluntary”, and one of my personal contemporary favorites, “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban. Since the bridal party consisted of simply Holly & James, their parents, and grandmothers, the music for their processional was “Winter Largo”, by Vivaldi. Holly then made her entrance on her parents’ arms to the sounds of Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”. The pavillion is architectually stunning, so very little was needed in the way of decorations for the ceremony. Eight large pots of yellow and white daisies were placed around one side of the pavillion, forming an area for Holly, James and the Reverend Wayne Doberstyn of Creative Wedding Officiants to conduct the ceremony. Daisies are Holly’s favorite flower, so they were featured prominently in her bouquet, flowers for the bridal party, and in the reception decor. The daisies, and bridal party flowers were provided by Sweet Arrangements Florist.
The reception dinner was held at Bruno’s Restaurant, in Boardman, Ohio. The decor of this restaurant is warm and inviting, and the food is wonderful. The staff is very accommodating to your every request. Anna and Betty were the attendants for the wedding reception, overseeing every aspect of setup from the linens to the cookie table, which is a Northeast Ohio – Western Pennsylvania tradition. They also went over and beyond their duties to help decorate the guest tables as well. Truly a wonderful experience to work with them.
We had a very intimate cocktail hour, followed by great appetizers and a fabulous dinner. After dinner, Holly and James cut into their cake, and shared cupcakes with everyone. Mingling followed as the evening wound down. It was a beautiful wedding, and I was very honored to share this couple’s special day!
Thank you Holly and James, and Best Wishes!!
Wedding Coordinator: Kimberly Lehman and Amanda Noel
Wedding Officiant: Reverend Wayne Doberstyn (www.creativeweddingofficiants.com)
Ceremony Musicians: Harmony String Quartet (www.myspace.com/harmonystring)
Ceremony Location: Kidston Pavillion, Fellows Riverside Garden (www.millcreekmetroparks.com)
Chair Rentals: T R Party Centre & Rentals (http://trpartycentre.com/)
Photographer: Michelle Gilbert, SnoWhite Images (www.snowhiteimages.com)
Reception Location: Bruno’s Restaurant and Catering (www.brunosrestaurantandcatering.com)
Florist: Sweet Arrangements Florist (www.sweetarrangements.com)
Image courtesy of SnoWhite Images (www.snowhiteimages.com)
Since I am sitting at home, with about 10 inches of snow on the ground outside my windows, I have been wishing for warm weather. Not an uncommon wish if you live in Northeast Ohio in the winter! At any rate, when I think of spring and early summer parties, whether they are wedding showers, bridal luncheons, baby showers, an intimate garden wedding, or just an afternoon tea, I love the color combination of pink and yellow. The colors are just so fresh, and light, and cheerful, that you cannot help but smile at the thought of attending an affair that has this color scheme. You can go very light and delicate with the shades, and add touches of white with daisies, eyelet lace, and little petit fours. Or, you could decorate with bolder shades of pink and yellow, by incorporating fuschia gerbera daisies, taxicab yellow linens, or live canaries. Obviously, I am feeling whimsical and perhaps a bit ornery with my descriptions. It’s all in good fun. However you choose to decorate your party in this pallette, please don’t forget the lemonade! Enjoy!!
Photo credit: Corey Ann Photography
I had the pleasure of working with Meghan and Drue on their wedding. They are such a outgoing, sophisticated couple! I really enjoyed seeing all of their plans come together, and sharing a great evening with their family and friends. It was truly a stylish affair, with many personalized details.
Meghan & Drue were married Saturday, August 23rd, 2008 at Atrium on the Square in the BP Tower in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. They had a perfect sunny day, with temperatures in the 80’s. Pastor Henry Wallace officiated the ceremony. The wonderful music was provided by DJ Adam Majette. Corey Ann Photography provided coverage of the day’s events.
The ceremony and reception were held at the banquet facilities inside the Atrium, catered by Frank and Pauly’s. This venue was divided into 2 distinct rooms for this event, each elegant and spacious. Meghan and Drue’s ceremony was held in one area of the venue, with guests facing the walkway near the Atrium’s outer window wall, overlooking Public Square. Meghan, hidden away from view from Drue and the guests, entered dramatically to Diana Krall’s “The Look of Love”. The aisle was lined lavishly with 3 colors of rose petals, and several sizes of pillar candles in glass containers. The altar was covered with a silver satin cloth, and several sizes of pillar candles. To either side of the altar, were two tall arrangements of manzanita branches and vibrantly colored carnations. The effect was very striking, and was repeated in the reception area, around the head table, and in tall centerpieces on half of the guest tables. The other half of the tables were set with stems of orchids floating in tall vases. The guest tables were set with silver linens from BBJ Linen, lots of candles in various sizes from small votives to tall creamy pillars, and stylish menu cards that Meghan designed herself. Meghan also designed the easels on each table, that held cards nameing a location or date that was special to Meghan and Drue, during the course of their courtship. Guests were directed to their tables after the cocktail hour, with the aid of Meghan’s beautifully made escort cards. The large area beyond the guest tables was set for the group activities, such as the beautiful serenade to Meghan by Drue and his fellow fraternity brothers. Amber uplighting was splashed onto the walls, giving the space an exclusive dance club feel. The upbeat, popular club music was provided by the talented DJ Adam Majette. The Frank and Pauly’s staff were fantastic, providing all of the guests with exceptional service. During the cocktail hour, guests were provided with a bountiful open bar, as well as being finely entertained by the Ray Porello and Fine Jazz Group, of Jerry Bruno Productions. During the seated dinner, the guests had their meal served family style, featuring some of Frank & Pauly’s tasty signature dishes. Flowers for the bride, parents, and gentlemen in the wedding party, as well as the stunning table centerpieces were created by the very talented Helene Piller and her staff of Hosanna Designs. The bridesmaids carried lovely bouquets of roses that were assembled by Meghan and her ladies. The real showstopper of the wedding was the spectacular 5-tier wedding cake. The cake table was covered in sparkling silver lame’, decorated with lots of creamy rose petals and blazing votive candles. The cake was a delicious confection with buttercream frosting, satin ribbon and sparkling diamond accents. The cake topper was yet another of Meghan’s lovely projects: the letters “M” and “D” entwined and covered in Swarovski crystals.
All evening long, I heard wonderful comments about Meghan’s hand created projects, and how beautiful everything looked. While the guests were certainly right about the decor, I paid more attention to Meghan and Drue, how much in love they looked, and how they enjoyed each other. They were positively glowing! I could not be happier for this wonderful couple. Congratulations and Best Wishes, Meghan and Drue!
Vendors: Kimberly Lehman, Wedding Coordinator
Venue and Catering: Frank and Pauly’s Banquet & Conference Center (www.frankandpaulys.com)
Linens: BBJ Linen (www.bbjlinen.com)
Rental Items: Lasting Impressions Event Rentals (www.lirentscleveland.com)
Florist: Hosanna Designs (www.hosannadesigns.com)
DJ: Adam Majette (please feel free to email me for contact information)
Jazz trio: Ray Porello and Fine Jazz, courtesy of Jerry Bruno Productions (www.jerrybruno.com)
Photography: Corey Ann Photography (www.coreyann.com)
Photo credit: (All pictures posted below were taken by me, and are copyright protected. Please click the thumbnail to view the larger picture.)
I subscribe daily to Bridalwave, a blog from the United Kingdom. They posted a gown today, that I just love. Since my own daughter is named Annika, I thought this might be an appropriate gown for her wedding, someday (far, far away!!). Check it out!
Two dresses in one with ‘Anika’ at Selia Yang
Simply stylish dresses only need simple accessories to give them a new look. This dress dates from 2007 – Yang’s website doesn’t seem to have been updated in a while – but it’s still a popular look now. Take one slim sheath dress with an elegant illusion trim and duster train then give it an evening look with a thick ribbon sash tied in a trailing knot. Check haberdashery stores for ribbons to recreate the look with your own gown.
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!