Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tiffany & Brian

November 15, 2008

I decided to write this blog from my emotional, personal point of view. I’m sure you find it much more entertaining. If you would like more information about Tiffany and Brian’s vendors/venue please email me directly at tonya@circlecityplanners.com.
This is a hard one to write, I just adore the Cohen family. From the minute they came into my office, I felt a bond between us. When I say us, I mean the mom, dad, and Tiffany. And then came Brian, what a nice young man. He just adores Tiff, comes with a posse, and loves Jamaica patties (have you ever tasted one of these?). The Cohen’s came to me after they had to let their first wedding planner go. This unfortunately happens from time to time when the families and the planner just don’t click. Obviously, we had no trouble in that area. It was funny because every time we had a meeting there were always tears involved. Tiffany is laughing right now as she reads this because they were always happy tears but tears none the less. I love my job as many of you know, but this one was very special. I found myself wanting to make it PERFECT for them and doing whatever it took to make it that way. And yes, I have to admit it was perfect. There are always a few minor glitches, but that’s why we are there. But for the most part, it was an outstanding event. We are off from the wedding season until January, so this was definitely an exclamation point to my 08 season. It’s always bitter sweet when the bride and groom get married, we become so close with our girls that we know once wedding day is here it’s usually the end of our weekly encounters.Now for a few fun details about the Schiffany newlyweds. There were a couple of firsts at this wedding I have to document. The first one that really sticks out was the gigantic statue that was presented to Tiff and Brian at the reception. Brian’s fraternity boys or army (there were so many of them) started a tradition of buying a very large, unusual statue of some sort for their brother. Brian being the 4th fraternity brother to marry, the statues have become larger as time has passed. The statue has absolutely no significance to the brother or reasoning behind the gift. It’s just funny and very bizarre. When I say bizarre, did you see the picture yet? So in the middle of the dancing (which we blew the circuit breaker 2 times) the guys presented Brian with this statue. The point of the gift is to spark conversation, so every time a guest comes into the newlyweds home there will be this large obnoxious statue in the middle of their living room and people ask about it. It’s random, but so fun. Knowing Tiffany she will find the perfect, desolate spot for it in their new home. The other first happened when Laurenne decorated her first honeymoon suite. She went over to the Westin to surprise Tiffany and Brian and set up the romantic room with all the candles and rose petals. It’s just like what you see on TV, this is one of my favorite parts of any wedding. Then Judy wanted Tiffany to have her favorite cupcakes as a little surprise and then Tiffany wanted Brian to have his favorite Jamaica patties in there too. So to say the least even the romantic honeymoon was personalized for our couple. Have you ever heard of a Jamaica patty? When Brian spent some time living in Cabo San Lucas he fell in love with these patties. You can only find them at a little hole in the wall at 56th and Allisonville where else but Patties of Jamaica. So anyway I had to go and discover what all the craze was about. And sure enough the mystery meat isn’t half bad. I’m not sure I’d go back for seconds, but I see why he like the flaky pastry puff! That’s all for now, what a great event. Hats off to my 2 favorite ushers of the year Cameron and Cody and Tiff’s aunt Jen! They made the day so fun. A special thanks to my favorite vendors involved: Scalini, Indy Visual, Mona Breland and David, Ashley Long and Charlie, Dee from Thomas/Nina and Sean from Thomas, Bryan from Endless Summer, David from McNamara Broadripple, Taylor’s Bakery, A Classic (love ya Gary), BBJ linens/Jesse, Yellow Rose Carriage, and Justin from Carey. You guys make me look so good, right Laurenne?

1 comment:

Judy Cohen said...

When Tiff and Brian got engaged and we began the planning process Tiff's dad was not totally convinced we needed a wedding planner. Tiff and I thought differently so we hired one who had been referred to us. It was a total disaster and after a few weeks we had to make the tough decision to let her go. (No,her dad didn't say I told you so but I knew that's what he was thinking) We then went to our vendors to help us find someone else and every single one of them recommended Tonya. We met with her and it was love at first sight. She was energetic, creative, caring and passionate about her brides. There really were tears at every meeting but it wasn't just the bride and her family...Tonya's eyes seemed to get a little watery as well. We came to feel like Tonya was part of our family and it was incredible how she pulled it all together. I actually was able to enjoy every minute of the wedding and reception because I knew Tonya was on top of everything. From the moment I saw Tiffany for the first time 29 years ago I pictured a fairy-tale wedding in my mind for her and Tonya made all those dreams come true. On Sunday after the wedding Tiff's Dad said it all...he said it was absolutely perfect and we couldn't have done it without Tonya......so Tonya from Mike and Judy Cohen....WE LOVE YOU!!