We are so excited to be doing a VIP event for Hardin Advanced Dentistry. Dr. Tara Hardin is a former Elegant Event's bride and just recently open their new facility in Mason. We did a walk through at it's gorgeous and with the top technology in the industry. Check out http://www.hardindental.com
We at Elegant Events just love Sean Low and his The Business of Being Creative. His inspiring words often are the focus of our converdation for weeks and weeks. He changes the way we are, the way we think, work and play. In his last nesletter he wrote the following (just had to share).
"Consider this – you are tasked with creating a defining moment or series of moments. In that moment, the depth of meaning your client seeks from you is no less important than brain surgery. Whether it is the moment they walk down the aisle, see your images, hear your music, experience your design, they want everyone (themselves included) to blink their eyes to the reality you are showing them. If you miss the moment, it is gone forever. You might be able to go back to fix things, but the original moment is gone. In its loss so to is your client’s ability to experience your grace (your gift, your vision), to be moved by something beyond their own comprehension."
Do you not love this! This is why we do what we do. Why we are good at what we do. (Why we love wedding planning and this industry. And by "we" I mean so many of us in this business, the business of being creative. This is our purpose. Thank you Sean Low.
I heard the most touching story the other day about a florist in Texas. A friend of a friend lost her daughter in a tragic car accident shortly a week ago. My friend here in Cincinnati ordered a dozen and an 1/2 pink roses to be sent to the service for the young woman in Colllell Texas.. What a sad loss, she was only 20 years old and a sophmore in college. Anyway, the florist called back later that day and said they had read that the girl was only 20 years old and they (if it were ok with my friend) wanting to make the order of roses 20 stems, one for each year. How very thoughtful of this company. They are in Texas and will most likely never have business from my friend here in Cincy again but talk about personal service. I love that they made the effort and called her back and ask if it was okay. I love that they even thought about the girls age and to match the stem count. Sometimes in this crazy world someone pauses and does something so terribly human and lovely .I just had to share.... Cindy Florist in Coppell Texas. What a personal difference you made to someone here in Cincinnati. http://www.cindyflorist.com/prodetails.php?pid=614
Elegant Events always recommends hiring a professional stationier when purchasing your wedding paper needs. From the save-the-dates to invitations, to programs, place cards, table numbers and my personal favorite, the menu cards...a professional can make sure it's right. They can help you carry a look, a feel, all the way through your wedding. And custom does not have to mean terribly expensive.
The wedding invitation is just one of those areas you've got to get right. There are so many different scenarios that can be difficult, where proper ettiquette is a must. Hire a professional and they can help you with making sure your invites are correct, that the proper numbers are orders, and they are sent out in a timely manner. One of our personal favorites is The Paper Place in Old West Chester! I must admit I am a bit bias as we had the pleasure to assist Samantha with her wedding but we have loved their work forever. They love what they do and they make the entire paper experience part of your overall wedding experience...a joy!
We love working at Adath Israel. Kathy Hass there is amazing to work with. They really know how to do a wedding. It's an honor for Elegant Events any time we have a chance to work there, from Ketubah to Yuchid, to Horrah. This summer wedding was just beautiful. Great decor, food, music..pretty much all you could want. See for yourself from the photos from TM Photography. Also Florals by Ford Ellington, lighting by Goodwin Lighting and cake by IncrEdible Endings.
This bride loved her detail. They were a super fun couple. Loved working with the entire family. April from Bluebird did a great job capturing many of these special details beginning with the "shoes". Doen't you just love them. Her gown was the palest orange (almost a peach....lovely) and went perfect with everything including the cake by Spoon Full of Sugar. Love the pic where Kevin ofFord Ellington is about to hand her bouquet to her as she waits for the ceremony to begin. The trolly by TLC Limo is always fun. The paper products in this wedding really added so much from the invitation, to the menu cards, to the place cards, to the table numbers. I loved all of them. The Paper Place did a terrific job capturing what this bride had in mind. And finally just look what the lighting did to top off this event, by Goodwin Lighting. When I think back to this wedding, I will remember the colors, the gown, and the oh so close mother and daughter who loved planning this wedding and who I will miss.
It's a great privledge when Elegant Events has the opportunity to plan a another siblings wedding! It's wonderful to be called back, to be trusted again for a day so important. This is our second wedding for this family and we loved them all. Just wish they had more girls....
Look at all the love and fun in this one! Images by the amazing Laura Leppert, florals Ford Ellington and lighting by Goodwin. I don't think I have seen the Pavilion any prettier. Pink was the color of choice and worked perfectly from the colors in her bouquet, to the girls dresses, the uplighitng in the room and all the candy on the oh so cute candy bar, which also included tooth brushes (both bride and groom are dentist) and fun sun glasses. The cake was by Incredible Endings and guests dance the night away with Aivwave. Invitations were by Poeme and makeup by Jean Folchi. It was just a flat out perfect day!
We loved Blair & Christopher’s wedding. Ceremony and reception were at Pyramid Hill Park. What a fun and different kind of setting. Ceremony was at the amphitheather. Cocktails in an area of the park called Age of Stone and the reception under the Pavilion. It was a beautiful day and a great family to work with. We had a great vendor team too. Ron Shuller's Creative Images captured amazing images. ( Thanks Ron for sharing these! ) Funky's Catering did a terrific job with the meal, both food and service. Flowers by Nina’s Florist and the cake by Bluebird Bakery. The band was Next Exit and the ceremony music was by Anna and Milovan Beljin. I had not worked with either music group before but have given out both their names many times since. Limo/shuttle service were by A Savannah Nite. Working in an outdoor setting is much more work on a wedding planner but can be sooooo worth it it. The Elegant Events team worked terribly hard but loved every minute of it. The golf carts the EE team got to drive always add a fun element to an ourdoor wedding.
I received an email from Justin Williams, part-owner of Advantage Tent & Party Rental introducing himself and his company. I wanted to pass along the info too.
"Advantage Tent & Party Rental is a complete event tent rental and party rental company servicing the Tri-State area. No party or wedding is too big or small for personalized attention. We work with you step-by-step to cover any questions or concerns you might have. Our vision is to be the premier tent, and party rental company by offering exceptional quality, trusted advisory, and unparalleled customer service at competitive pricing. We offer seasonal specials, and package discounts on many of our tent and wedding chair rentals. Please don’t hesitate to contact us, and give your input, and thoughts so we can continue to improve our products, and service for you. We Specialize in event tent rental, party tent rental, wedding tent rental, chair rental, linen rental, stage rental, pipe & drape rental, festival tent rental, specialty lighting rental, heating for all tents, popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cone Machines rental, and more...
We Proudly serve, Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton Counties in Kentucky. Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren Counties in Ohio, and Dearborn, Franklin, and Ohio Counties in Indiana. We can deliver anywhere so please call to get a quote for our extended delivery rates."
I love my Jewish weddings! This wedding in particular as it was 3rd in this extended family ( 3 first cousins in the last few years and love them all...) I actually met with this bride just yesterday over coffee to chat about her wedding and all the lovely details. Thanks to Laura Leppert for the amazing images that the bride and I went enjoyed togehter as we went down memory lane. One of my favortie pics is when the couple sees each other for the 1st time and the bride's sister is peaking and caught in the photo. So cute! The wedding was at Plum Street Temple and the Hyatt I love Plum Street and I have to admit I was really pleased with the Hyatt and so was the bride. The food and service was wonderful. And my favorite part was the band! The Blue Tones from Nashville were awesome! Thanks also to Timothy Florals, ProArt Music, Poetic Cinema
I heard about BHLDN last winter but didn't really check in to it until recently. Love the look, the designers especially our Cincinnati home gal, Debra Moreland of Paris. Check out their website, facebook and utube. All worth the time invested. (image and verbage from their website...love it. Had to share.)
"An understated word with significant meaning charmed us. And so began, BHLDN.
Inspired by the Dutch word for “to keep,” as well as countless tales from family and friends of the extraordinary weddings they’d been part of, we began dreaming up something new.
Our roots are with Anthropologie, so a passion for experience and creating one-of-a-kind moments runs deep. But our offering speaks more to the not-so-everyday occasions—ours is a voice that celebrates a woman’s most anticipated milestones. And one that gives tradition a twist.
We want, more than anything, to help a woman create an event that reflects her own unique perspective… to a tee. We want to give a bride that edit she’s been searching for—with heirloom-quality wedding gowns, artisanal hair adornments, footwear, and lingerie. And we want happy bridesmaids—in mix-and-match frocks with rich hues and unexpected details.
But it goes beyond the dress. Our goal, and the reason we drape, fold, bustle, and stitch, is to start a conversation with our customer—to build a resource where she can come to find inspiration and to share with those closest to her, as well as our broader coterie. BHLDN’s story is unfolding; and we’ll look to our customer for cues and guidance going forward.
There are no checkboxes. No fill-in-the-blanks. On the contrary, we think a moment should be as layered and dimensional as the woman standing within it.
Elegant Events had the pleasure of recently planning a wedding for this MOB. Loved working with her and her daughter and I can only imagine how nice it would be work with Renee to plan a vacation. Check out the link below and the amazing prices. Great for planning honeymoons too.
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"Renee Sutton is an experienced travel agent and business woman with a passion for travel. She believes in building long term customer relationships built on trust and providing exceptional customer service. Renee is a Certified Travel Associate, Accredited Cruise Counselor and a Luxury Travel Specialist who is knowledgeable about the cruise and travel industry and uniquely qualified to provide her clients with the ultimate vacation experience." firstname.lastname@example.org
Where did the year go! Between our stellar year of brides and the whole sending your first son off to college, seems the year flew by and we are just now having the time to truly reflect back on these amazing events we were privlegded to be apart of. After 15 years we still love what we do (3 of us have been togehter almost that entire time). So we will be catching up on our blogging over the next few weeks by showcasing some of Elegant Events weddings and the terrific vendors we worked with.
This wedding is one of my personal favorites, the bride is also a friend and when you get to to apart of someone's day on this level and have a personal relationship,,,well, it just doesn't get better. Congratulations to Kyle and Kirby. The wedding was in Columbus but we had to bring along a few of our favorite vendors from Cincy. You can see why Neysa Ruhl was one of them by looking at these images. We also brought up Brennan Scanlon from Dj Bulters and Kim Fitzpatrick wiht Fitztheoccasion. We loved this wedding!
One of my favorite places in town for a wedding or any event for that matter is the Cincinnati Club. They are family owned and good people to work with and as you can see by these pictures, it's a lovely venue. Thank you to Paul Ludwig for sharing a few of photographs of this wedding. This couple was adorable too. You can tell just by the kicks on the guys and the umbrella shots of the girls. I loved the donut cake by Busken and then later a donut bar with all kinds of sauces, raspberry, sour cream, chocolate, etc. Yum.
How about this, ladies, as a summer cocktail to serve either at a dinner party or as a signature drink at your reception? The latest issue of Cosmo serves it up!
"Combine 3 ounces of peach juice, 1 ounce vodka, & 1 ounce of peach schnapps over ice. Shake well. Pour into a martini glass. Spoon 2 teaspoons of high-quality strawberry jam into the bottom of the glass. Garnish with a skewer of cubed, ripe peaches."
"Gazpacho is a chilled summer soup that has been reinvented hundreds of different ways. No longer is it just the red tomato colored soup. It can be green, made with avacados & cucumbers, pink made from watermelon, white made from beans, or even yellow made from mango or yellow tomatoes.
At an elegant dinner, the waiters can present each guest with a bowl of vegetables, and serve the chilled soup from glass pitchers as the 1st course. For cocktails, Colin suggests 2 different ways for Gazpacho to be served. The 1st is to have it served in shot glasses. The other way would be to have pitchers of the chilled soup on ice, and allow the guests to embellish their own with vegetables that THEY like for a cool & casual setting."
For recipes & tips, please go to www.ColinCowie.com
Debbie is keeping up on on her reading. She found some interesting tidbits to share with us
From the Get Married summer issue:
"Cigar Bars are the latest fun fad in after-dinner attractions for either rehearsal dinners or receptions. An educated cigar tender can be hired, & it's a great gift theme for groomsmen! Toasting with champagne can be as individual as your style. For instance, if you're the Glamorous type, serve the bubbly throughout your reception. Choose a non-vintage Brut with appetizers, and then select a vintage champagne (maybe from the year that you two met) to be served with the main courses. If you're a Traditional bride, a classic, non-vintage Brut can be used for the toasts only. If you can afford to keep it flowing, have it at the bar. For the Casual chick, a Rose Champagne's pink color adds a romantic twist. Serve it with the wedding cake...it goes great! Finally, a Destination couple might opt for a light Blanc de Blancs with notes of Chardonnay that will be just as exotic as your setting!
In the May issue of Cosmo:
Some sexy cocktails to serve at your reception (or to name as your signature drink)...YUM! Clementine Crush - 2 oz Svedka Clementine, 2 oz orange juice, 1/2 oz triple sec, splash of Sprite. Add ice to a glass, pour in all ingredients, & stir. The Last Word - 3/4 oz Midori Melon Liqueur, 1 1/2 oz gin, 1 maraschino cherry, sprig of mint. In a shaker, add the Midori & gin. Add ice & shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Drop in cherry & garnish with mint. Greek Margarita - 2 oz tequila, 1 oz triple sec, 1 1/2 oz pomegranate juice, 1 oz simple syrup (mix equal parts hot water & sugar; let cool), splash of lemon juice. Add everything to a shaker & shake vigorously. Pour into a glass over ice. Optional...for added sweetness, dip the rim in a colored sugar. The Flirtini - 2 1/2 oz vodka, 1/2 oz Chambord, 1 oz pineapple juice, 1/2 oz triple sec, 1 1/2 oz lime juice, sparkling wine. Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake & strain into a chilled glass."