Monday, August 30, 2010

The Emmy's FAB Five

Whether it was a leg-baring mini like that of Heidi Klum or a flowing floor length gown like that of Lauren Graham, the 2010 Emmy fashion was stunning. However, the winner has got to be Glee's Lea Michele, in her navy Oscar de la Renta mermaid number! Fabulous! Check out my favorite picks from this years 2010 Emmy's!!

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Remembering when with Nicole and Chris

Nicole and Chris
August 14,2010
The Indianapolis Canal walk at Vermont Street Plaza and the Skyline Club

Nicole and Chris are married!!!! This couple was very special to me because they were married and had their reception at the very same place where my husband and I were married! It brought back lots of memories for me because this weekend Matt and I are celebrating our 6 year anniversary!
Nicole and Chris wanted to forego most traditions and make this wedding their very own. Their bridesmaids were their daughters. The girls wore the cutest green dresses and the coolest shoes I have ever seen. Sparkling silver sneakers!!! The ceremony was all about combining their family. After they were pronounced man and wife, they sailed away down the canal on a gondola.
The reception at the Skyline Club looked amazing. The table linens were black and made the green and purple orchids POP! Nicole's florist did a FABULOUS job! And of course, dinner was amazing, too! Tim Glesing, their DJ had the dance floor packed until the very last song. We also had a CCP first! Nicole kept her heels on all night long. Everyone knows that this was a major accomplishment. However, Chris was quick to point out that it took Nicole buying 5 different pairs of shoes to find the most comfortable and stylish pair.
Thanks to everyone that helped make Chris and Nicole's wedding a success!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Girls Night Out at the Crowne Plaza!!

What a GREAT night we had last week!! The gang at the Crowne Plaza invited us to come for a special night to cook with Chef Randy. GIRLS NIGHT OUT! When we pulled up to valet park, Megan was out front greeting us with champagne! As we were heading up to the Illinois Street Ballroom we met Katie there with our personalized chef hats, how fun! When we entered the room, there were stations set-up where we could participate in preparing hors d’oeuvres. After a little catching up with our planner friends in the city, Chef had us take our stations. Each group was in charge of making part of the entrées . It was so fun and I have to tell you that I don't cook. In fact, Chef had to come over and save my chicken! YIKES. Luckily, the rest of the gang did a great job OR we would have been in trouble eating my dish. The night was full of great company, wonderful wine, and of course awesome food (except for mine). The night was complete when we prepared my favorite dessert crème burlee. YUM, YUM! Thanks girls for a great night. Enjoy the pictures, we had a BLAST.

PS. My favorite part was when I got in my car to find a personalized note and chocolates!

Wedding Love and Hugs,


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Clinton 2010 Celebrity Wedding of the Year!!

We are so excited to give you the "Inside Scoop" regarding Chelsea and Marc's BIG DAY!! Their wedding was one of the Biggest "Hush, Hush" events of the year! Below is a description written by an actual FRIEND who attended the wedding!

The Wedding...
1. Astor Courts - Built between 1902-1904 and originally used as a sporting pavilion with guest bedrooms, it houses the 1st indoor swimming pool in the US, and a huge indoor Tennis Court. To get there, you have to go through this long winding road, and the grounds are truly breathtaking on the Hudson.

2. The Chuppah- was the most amazing one I have ever seen, and it was constructed out of willow branches and decorated with white roses and hydrangeas. It was shaped like a dome, almost like a pavilion and it was lit up at night so we could see it in the evening.

3.The Ceremony- was very jewish, about 80%. The rabbi did most of the talking and they had a nice Ketubah on display, and they had a Sheva Brachot whereby the Rabbi read each one and they had a reader repeat in English. At the end when Marc broke the glass, the Rabbi told us that they would use the broken pieces and put them back together to make a mezuzah for their apartment. I really liked that idea, and when I spoke with Chelsea she told me it was her idea, and she researched it and they bought it at the Jewish Museum. Clearly alot of thought had gone into the ceremony and it was really lovely right at sunset.

4. The Dresses - As has been reported Chelsea was in Vera Wang, in which she really looked lovely and it had a long train. I was really blown away by Hillary, who looked great. She wore a beautiful red dress with embroidered flowers and she was so attractive. The bridesmaids also wore Vera Wang in light purple (which is one of a kind, because they had white dresses dyed the right color). After the ceremony Chelsea changed into another white dress (Vera Wang again). Needless to say Vera was in attendance.

5. The Flowers - The main house was decorated in large bouquets of white hydrangeas/roses and over the fireplaces were long displays of white lillies (like they have in the George V in Paris, where they arc across the room). As I mentioned the flowers in the Chuppah were amazing as well. In the main reception area, (Tented construction in the rear), the were a variety of arrangements but the tables had a minimum of 3-4 different arrangements - this time in purple/pink roses and hydrangeas again. I mean there were a minimum of 100/150 roses per table.

6. The Reception - They set up a marquee in the back behind the tennis courts - and it was truly amazing. Chandeliers/air conditioning and a huge dance-floor. There were about 450 people but it didn't feel that big. The tables were mixed arrangements - some circles, a very long dais (where Chelsea/Marc/Bridal Party/Family were). The flowers were arranged mixed, some high, some low, with a variety of candle/water arrangements. The colour palette was soft lilac/white- We were seated at each table, with a personalized printed menu for each person (instead of a name card).

7. The Band - The band was amazing and I think it was about 20/25 people with a full string section as well as a standard band. They could play anything and really led the crowd the entire night.

8. The Dances- was great and Marc and Chelsea did a p retty sexy tango style which showed how much in love they were. Bill was crying when he danced with Chelsea. They did a hora, and yes, both Bill and Hillary were raised on the chairs and carried around the room. Hilarious.

9. The Food - I thought it was good (and now I know that Chelsea is a Vegan.) There were gluten free bread and the huge wedding cake was gluten free as well. Salad/Risotto/choice of Arctic Char, Angus Steak or Vegetarian/Desert/Cake. We didn't finish eating until 1am or so.

10. The After Party - The band wrapped up at 1:30, and then we went into the Tennis Court which was converted into a lounge, with different flowers (this time red hydrangeas/roses everywhere) and a dance floor with couches etc. Then came the comfort food, grilled cheese with Truffle, seared tuna, red velvet cupcakes, mini burgers etc). They had a DJ playing, as well as someone playing the electric violin. It was really great fun, and we headed back on the buses at 3am, and got back to the hotel at 4am.

11. The Guests - The press had it all wrong, it wasn't a hollywood event but more of a family and friend event. So the only "stars" were Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson (who partied till 3am as well). Madeline Albright, Vernon Jordan and Terry Mcauliff attended. There were alot of Washington people, but mostly it was family and friends which was great as it was very comfortable and we knew people.

12. The Speeches - Hillary and Bill made the welcome speeches and both were excellent. Hillary welcomed everyone by saying "The press was saying - who is invited - well you are, everyone in this room has touched the lives of Chelsea and Marc either in the past or present and we hope you will be part of our lives going forward - we thank you for all that you have done for them both. Bill then said that he has been outnumbered in his house with Chelsea and Hillary and was looking forward to having an ally. The best men (brothers) made nice speeches and the matron of honor (Jewish girl) made a really heartfelt speech. The highlight was Marc's where he described the moment he went to ask for Chelsea 's hand in marriage with Bill (and Hillary) which was funny and surreal. He also said that Chelsea embodied the finest qualities of both her parents and he thanked them for raising such a special person (Bill had tears at this point). Marc also said that as people have been there for them, he wanted to make it clear that he and Chelsea would always be there for everyone else - good times and bad. It was very touching and meant alot to everyone in the room who knows them well. Chelsea 's speech was also great (off the cuff) and she radiated when she spoke of her love for Marc and again for everyone in the room.

13.The Brunch- (again hosted by Hillary and Bill) took place in this magnificent barn in Rhinebeck. We had to drive (ID checked again and again) and then a golf cart took us to the barn, which was just amazing. They had two 20 foot walls covered in Sunflowers and we sat a communal tables (it was informal) and had very good brunch food (again wheat/gluten free options). It was a beautiful morning and you could look out over this huge expanse of land and it was really special.

Keep reading to see what our expert panel had to say about Chelsea and Marc's Big Day!

Tonya says, "Bill’s suit was too big, Chelsea looked amazing in her Vera Wang gown. Really wanted to see the reception pictures. Loved, loved the hard surface coming down the aisle, can you say expensive $$. They looked very happy. One last thing: I was so sad for the bride who had to cancel her wedding because of the Clinton’s, how horrible."

Darcie comments, " I loved Chelsea's dress. Her veil and hair style completed her look."

Tiffany says, "Her bouquet has such old Hollywood glamour, but with today's modern look. I love, love, LOVE the gardenias. This vintage flower is the HOTTEST trend I've seen in weddings this year."

Randi writes, "I loved how Chelsea & Mark incorporated a personal touch to their ceremony by reading each other a love poem as part of their vows."

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Anne & Tony 8/14/2010

This past weekend we put together a BEAUTIFUL wedding! The ceremony took place at St. Mary's Catholic Church, followed by a super fun and breathtaking reception at the Riverwalk Banquet Center. The room was filled with lounge chairs and couches along with food stations! We made FOUR different centerpieces that pulled the entire room together! There were accents of dendrobium and phalaenopsis orchids everywhere and really made all the flower arrangements POP! We also contrasted all the flowers with different types of purple and green fruit! Last night, I received the most wonderful email from Anne and Tony thanking me for helping her bring her vision to LIFE! Congratulations! It was so fun working with you and helping you put together the wedding of your dreams!

Adding fabulosity to your florals,

Monday, August 16, 2010

Brittany and Carter 7.10.10

Brittany & Carter - 7.10.10 from IndyVisual on Vimeo.

Check out another fabulous video from Indy Visual! Congrats Brittany and Carter! I miss you guys already!!!

Wedding Love and Hugs,

Friday, August 13, 2010

Elaine & Brent 7.3.10

Elaine & Brent - 7.3.10 from IndyVisual on Vimeo.

Check out this fabulous video from Elaine & Brent's Big Day! Thank you Bob Ridge from Indy Visual for sharing this video with us!!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Circle City Planners Wins ISES Esprit Award!

Abbie & Gabe - PACE Entry from IndyVisual on Vimeo.

Circle City Planners and many of Indy's best wedding professionals won the ISES Esprit Award for "Best Team Effort!" Last fall, we all collaborated and brought together an incredible "Rock N' Roll Holiday Wedding" for Abbie and Gabe! We all traveled to Baltimore last weekend for the awards and came back to Indy with a trophy in hand! This is the FIRST time the award was ever brought back to Indiana!! Go Team!!

Our amazing team consisted of: Nathaniel Edmunds Photography, IndyVisual, KB Designs, Evans Audio Visual, Indy Photo Booth, Crowne Plaza at Union Station, Circle City Designers, Flying Toasters, and anyone else who had a hand in making this event FABULOUS! We feel so blessed to have won this award, but the biggest thank you goes to our beautiful couple! Thank you, Abbie and Gabe for allowing us to be a part of your special day!!

Wedding Love and Hugs,

Monday, August 9, 2010

Relax and Enjoy the RIDE!

Lets be honest, planning a wedding can be super stressful! Now that school is getting ready to start and there are other stressors among you, here are some helpful tips to keep you stress-free while you are planning your wedding!

1. Have a wedding-free weekend: Devote an entire weekend to you and your soon-to-be hubby!! Just kick back, relax and have fun with one another without any worries at all!

2. Plan a roadtrip: Spend a day driving to a nearby town or city you have been meaning to visit! Spend the road trip playing fun games and singing along with the radio just to get a breathe of fresh air and get away from all the wedding worries!

3. Cook dinner and have a night in: Cook either something different or a favorite dish for dinner together! Start by going to the grocery and buying the freshest produce, pick up a movie and a bottle of wine! There will be so much going on in the kitchen you will not have time to think about your wedding!

4. Hang out seperately with your friends: You are spending so much time together planning your big day, why not take some time to be apart and hang out with your friends!? Having a fun night on the town will take all the cares away!

5. Enjoy a fancy date: Although you have been saving every nickel and penny for your big day, reward yourself with a fancy evening out for all your hard work and planning!

Wedding Love and Hugs,


Friday, August 6, 2010

The Indy Channel "A" List!!

Circle City Planners and Circle City Designers have been nominated for the Indy Channel "A" List Awards!! We are so thankful to everyone who has supported us so far!! Click on the link below to cast your votes for our fabulous floral designers and wedding planners!!! Thank you again to all that have supported us :)

Wedding Love and Hugs,


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hot Trends for 2010!

I have listed below some of the hot trends that have really taken off in 2010! These trends are coming back with a bang and will really help make your wedding feel personal and magical!

1. Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses: Choose only a color, and then let your bridesmaids do the rest! Not only does this take pressure off of you, but it also ensures that these women can pick a dress they like and that they can wear again! The different styles look awesome in your wedding pictures and show off everyone's unique style!

2. Wedding Videos: Couples are asking their videographers to use motion picture in new and creative ways! Try having creative save-the-date videos or fast and slow paced portions of your wedding. This makes for a fun thing to look back on and experience it all again!

3. Classic White Wedding Cakes: This year it is all about the classic white! Have a simple, round, three-tiered cake with white fondant and add a few flowers for a little pop of color! It really makes the wedding look regal and elegant but still fun and exciting with the colorful flowers!

4. Backyard Weddings: It feels more personal, and allows you to have a more intimate affair! A backyard event not only helps to put your guests at ease, but also allows you to make more casual, less expensive choices elsewhere!

5. Photo Booths: The photo booth trend is not going anywhere, it is just becoming more personalized! If you think it is too expensive to rent one, then create your own area with funny props and accessories for your guests to dress up in! This is a great way to spruce up your guest book!

6. Engagement Photos: Your engagement shoot should completely represent you and your fiancé! Try using a different engagement photo as table numbers for your reception tables! This is a great way to show off your personality in your wedding and still stay elegant and beautiful.

Adding fabulosity to your florals!


Monday, August 2, 2010

Mark and Bren
July 24,2010
Holy Spirit of Geist and The Skyline Club

Boy! I'm feeling the pressure of writing this blog today! On the Friday before the wedding, Bren said to me, "I can't wait to read what you put on the blog!"
So, here it goes....
When I think of Mark and Bren as a couple 2 words come to mind:

If you know Mark and Bren like I do, you've probably used those adjectives to describe them too! We had so much fun planning their wedding!!! They loved the ideas that I brought to them! And with a few touches from Mark and Bren, we created the perfect look. We created a beautiful color scheme of slate, eggplant, raspberry and moss green. A perfect floral print that incorporated all of these colors was used throughout the wedding and pulled everything together!!! The bridesmaids wore slate dresses and their bouquets just POPPED against the fabric!
One logistical concern was the gap between the end of the ceremony and the beginning of the reception. We really needed a fun, creative idea for this time. I thought back to our initial meeting when Mark and Bren told me that they had just finished delivering ice cream to some of their special clients. So sweet! I suggested that we bring in an ice cream truck after their ceremony so guests could enjoy. Again, they LOVED the idea and guests LOVED it too!!

Both Mark and Bren were thoughtful while planning their wedding. Bren cared so much about her bridal party. She made special flip flops for them for the mani/pedi party! She always thought about her vendors, too. She sent everyone cute "Thank you" notes! The one that she sent to the trolley and to the antique limo said "Thank you! You really MOVED us. So clever.
Mark and Bren also thought a lot about each other during the planning process. Mark surprised Bren on their wedding day with a thoughtful note about how gifts should be memories, and that instead of simply buying something, they were going to make memories together with a new addition to their family. A KITTY!! SO SWEET! Mark also surprised Bren with a honeymoon! She had no clue where they were going and had only a packing list of things to bring. They ended up spending a week on a private island in Belize.

This wedding meant so much to me and I was happy to be a part of it!! Thanks to all that were involved!! Brenda Staples Photography, Paul Thomas and Cocktail Sax, Troy from Movie Tyme Productions, our ice cream truck, the trolley, our antique limo, Happiness in a Bite for our delicious cupcakes, Dan from Snapdragon for the fabulous makeup, Stacy and her team from Posh Salon, and Julie our dear friend and florist, Royal Creations!!! Thanks TEAM for another AMAZING event!!!