Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Be bold!

Sometimes a bride comes to you with an idea or color scheme that you just aren’t sure about. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to get just a little more comfy with two colors I would have never put together in the fall. But, I was SOOOO glad we did! What an awesome event at the Montage at Allison Pointe! Turquoise and hot pink and BLING! This place was DECKED out in gorgeous white damask linens, chair covers with turquoise sashes, and we made the room POP with big Manzanita branches and hanging crystals. It’s amazing how a little food coloring can transform a centerpiece! One of my favorite pink roses, “Hot Princess,” was the perfect choice for Miss (Now…Mrs.!) Katie because she truly was the Belle of the ball! What was so great about using this color scheme is that it was SO Katie. Lesson learned? Be bold; go with what makes you happy. This wedding was a knock out success!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

No Rhinestones Please! -from Colin Cowie

I enjoy fashion shows immensely, and the recent bridal shows in New York were certainly exciting. It always fascinates me how hard the designer works to create a collection—hundreds of hours of designing, refining and sourcing. The day of the show is usually frantic with styling and last-minute changes. The designer aspires to communicate a look but also wants an edge—and if the hair and make-up is wrong, neither will come across as intended. And on top of having to direct all the models, make-up artists and stylists, deciding who sits where is another stress test. Magazine editors, celebrities, clients and friends all need the "right” seat. When it all comes together, it's like live television—only one take, with all your fans, customers and critics in the audience. The music starts, the models come out to ooh's and aah’s—and in less than 15 minutes it's over and time to rush off to the next show!

As always, there's more to come!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Purple orchids + Crazy weather +Basketball court=AMAZING Wedding

Sarah and Chris
October 2,2010
Stonegate Community
The title says it all. It was an Absolutely AMAZING Wedding. I planned Sarah's big day in a little over four months. She knew that she wanted to get married in her parents backyard and thought it would be nice to have the reception in the Stonegate Community as well. Our first thought was a tent but in the end we decided the Community Meeting House was the best option. Once Sarah's "dream team" of vendors was in place she gave all of us the freedom to do what we thought would look and be best for her wedding. Clients like this are FABULOUS!
The design dream team including Circle City Designers, Evans A/V, Party Time Rental, Card Ink, Tom's Custom Trees and of course myself worked together to transform both event spaces. The ceremony setting was magical and the reception space was even better. The basketball court was totally transformed into one of the most amazing receptions spaces to date. The entertainment dream team including Jim Cerone, Jan Alridge Clark, Ken Knowles and Lauren Walawender did a fantastic job. Laurel Pitt and her staff from Hoaglin Fine Catering put together a wonderful and delicious menu. And I can't wait to see all the amazing shots that Nate and Tiff from Nathaniel Edmunds Photography were able to take.
The only person who wasn't working well was Mother Nature. The morning of the wedding was cold and rainy. It wasn't exactly what we planned but as always we had a backup plan in place. That morning, when I arrived at the Mitchell's, I went over the plan B with Sarah and her mom as Kathy Moberly was applying the ladies makeup. I knew that both of them were very concerned about the weather (I was too) but I told them that I would make the final call at 2pm.
A little before 2 o'clock we had a major bridesmaid dress crisis. The zipper broke and my sewing and safety pinning skills were not cutting it so I called my dress savior Karen White. Luckily, she was able to come on-site and fix the dress! THANK YOU Karen.
After that crisis was averted it was too late to turn back so I made the call that the ceremony was taking place in the backyard as originally planned!! I sent Carrie, one of my wonderful assistants to the drug store to pick up umbrellas just in case.
As guests arrived to the ceremony they were greeted with mugs of hot chocolate and escorted to their seats. Sounds of our vocalists and harpist filled the air. The sky was clear and the sun was even starting to peek through the clouds. After Sarah's nephew, her twin brothers, and her youngest brother walked down the aisle it was time for Sarah's big entrance with her dad. The ceremony was beautiful. The sun started shining so bright as Sarah and Chris exchanged their rings. Of course I cried! Thank God Reverend Patrick didn't speak three minutes longer because after all the guests cleared the backyard- it started raining.
Wedding Love and Hugs,

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

First Ever International Bridal Week NY 2010!

This weekend, the very first International Bridal Week debuted in New York! This three day fashion extravaganza featured the top European and American designers, brought together in a fantastic venue, Piers 92/94. This event is the first to bring all designers together for a more convenient and fun buying experience. New York is the mecca of the couture marketplace in the states and there is no better atmosphere or energy that will lend itself more to the success of this show! We see some awesome new taffeta designs, mermaid silhouettes and strapless gowns. We look forward to seeing the 2nd Annual International Bridal Week next season!

Friday, October 15, 2010

The PERFECT vintage wedding!

Could the weather have been more perfect this weekend? My bride this weekend couldn’t have been happier! When I met Leigh for the first time, she WAS a ray of sunshine walking into my office. I knew right away, she was MY kind of bride! She was artsy, adorable, and all about! She had done SO much work creating the perfect palette and style for her wedding at the Mavris Arts and Events Center. From vintage handkerchiefs and books, to custom-made fabric runners, and antique vases….she created what I call “perfectly organized chaos”! Everything was mismatched, vintage, a little of him, and a little of her. But yet, every detail was purposeful, planned, and PERFECT. The Mavris was the absolute BEST venue for her and her style, and CCD came in and finished off the details; she so carefully created with an eclectic mix of over 100 glass pieces with mixed florals. From sunflowers, dahlias, to zinneas, to Queen Anne’s lace and baby’s breath….a flurry of color, pattern and style that was just perfect for the modern “Do it Yourself Bride” who just happened to have an old soul.

Thank you for having me be a part of your special day!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Katie and Tom
September 25,2010
SS. Peter and Paul and Scottish Rite Cathedral

What a fabulous day for a wedding!

Katie, Luann (Katie's mom) and I started planning from scratch. We had so much fun through the entire process. One of my personal favorites was going to the "Breakfast at Tiffany's shower".

Hair and makeup started early at the Omni hotel because the ceremony started right on time at 2pm. Saints Peter and Paul's Cathedral is spectacular, so not much was needed in terms of decor. As the ceremony began, Katie was standing up in the choir loft and was able to see everything that was happening in the Cathedral. It was a super cool moment! After the "I do's" Katie and Tom hopped into their Antique car and the bridal party got into the Hummer limo. Nathaniel Edmunds was able to take some great shots at the War Memorial and Monument Circle. After pictures it was off to the Scottish Rite Cathedral. The Ballroom and balcony looked AMAZING!!! I love doing events at the Scottish Rite and especially working with Renee from Thomas Caterers. Every event we do is different and is always FABULOUS. Katie and Tom's was no different. Renee displayed the hors d'oeuvres on black frames. Such a cool idea! Tiffany of Circle City Designers did another incredible job on the flowers and Evans A/V lit up the room with candlelight uplights and a super cool gobo on the dance floor and ceiling! The cake was simply delicous thanks to Heavenly Sweets.

After dinner the party got started! Everyone enjoyed the photobooth from Indy Photobooth. Katie had custom TOMKAT sunglasses made which was a big hit. The dancefloor was packed all night long thanks to Jeremy from DJs Direct! The evening was a complete success. After the reception was over, the party kept on going at the Subteria Lounge and the Omni Lobby. Although I wasn't there, Katie informed me that everyone had a great time and her brother Micheal had a little too much fun. The couple had their honeymoon in Hawaii!! I can't wait to have lunch with Katie and Luann tomorrow and catch up. A BIG thanks to my DREAM TEAM of vendors. You all are excellent at what you do!!!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Jennie & Dave

We just loved Jennie & Dave's wedding so much we just had to make a picture collage of their amazing pictures from Imagination Photography!! Thank you again for letting Circle City Designers be a part of your special day!

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Let the Sun Shine!

Mary Beth & Tom Hanson

October 2, 2010

Indianapolis Arts Center

As I drove to Broad Ripple Saturday morning I was thinking to myself we are going to pull off Mary Beth and Tom’s wedding outside under the portico at the Arts Center rain or shine. I spent all morning with the couple preparing for the day with their family and friends. We worked around the weather and managed to have everything set up as they took pictures together. My favorite moment of the day was watching Tom see Mary Beth for the first time. It was so touching and sentimental!

Just as we were about to start, the guests were escorted out into the tent to witness the beautiful ceremony. As the ceremony concluded, I could tell the sky was going to clear and give Mary Beth & Tom a chance to enjoy the sunshine on their special day. After all of the specials toasts, cake cutting, and dances, Uncle Vin led the guests and family members in a conga line and this definitely got the party started. The sun came out and guests were dancing the rest of the evening outside under the portico. Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Hanson!!! I truly enjoyed sharing your day with you both!!


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Erin & Nick

September 18, 2010
Indiana Roof Ballroom

Such a fun and happy couple. Erin and Nick are both busy people and needed just a little help planning their big day. The ceremony and reception took place at the beautiful Indiana Roof Ballroom. The setting was breathtaking. Erin looked stunning in her dress and Nick so handsome in his tux. Erin had so many fun elements of her and Nick incorporated into the wedding. The place cards were chopsticks (homage to Nick's heritage) and the guests tables were all named after famous lawyers (the couple are both attorneys). Randi and I sat at the Matlock table. Dinner was amazing along with the staff at the Ballroom. The toasts that Erin and Nick's dads gave were so heartfelt and a bit funny too. The night was perfect!!! Congratulations!!!

Thank you for letting Circle City Planners be a part of your special day!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Jennie & John

Check out these fabulous pictures from Jennie & John's special day at Fort Harrison State Park! Imagination Photography did an amazing job capturing the day! You can see more pictures from this wedding by clicking on the link above!

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