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Hi there!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I am Emilie, owner of Emilie Duncan Event Planning and author of this blog.  That's me over there with one of my wonderful brides, Kristin - she's the gorgeous one on the left!  I thought the best way to introduce myself was to share a few random things about me.  I am:

  • Happily married to and madly in love with my husband, Randy.
  • Mom to Ellie and Abby, the most beautiful little girls in the world.
  • A Spartan Alum living in Buckeye land.
  • Obsessed with details and a HUGE fan of lists.
  • A huge fan of great photographers, beautiful flowers and pretty dresses.
  • Kris and Ed's only child.
  • A voracious reader.
  • Left-handed and right brained.
  • Still in possession of my favorite childhood stuffed animal, a dog named Cinnamon.
  • A bit of a social media addict - FB, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest to name a few.
  • Emotional - I still cry at least a little bit at each and every wedding.
  • A hugger - when we meet, expect a hug or feel free to request one!
  • TRULY honored to be a part of each and every wedding I plan and coordinate!

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April 16th, 2015

Are you following us on Pinterest?  We have lots of pretties pinned as well as lots of random stuff too.  Follow us so we can follow you and let us know what you’d like to see as our latest board!

Gorgeous table setting at High Line Car House in Columbus, Ohio.  Planning by Emilie Duncan Event Planning. Flowers by Flowers on Orchard Lane.

Gorgeous table setting at High Line Car House in Columbus, Ohio. Planning by Emilie Duncan Event Planning. Flowers by Flowers on Orchard Lane.

 

Katy + Cam: 7.19.14

April 14th, 2015

 {More awesome weddings from last year coming right up!}

Katy and Cam were married at First Congregational Church and then the guests walked across the street to celebrate at the Columbus Museum of Art.  We used fresh herbs to denote the guest’s meal choices and every place setting had a sprig of fresh rosemary – the room smelled like heaven!  A mix of rustic and vintage with mercury glass, lace and wooden boxes on the tables.  Make sure to take a peek at the bridesmaid’s bouquets – they were all astilbe which is one of my very favorite feathery flowers!!

Katy and Cam: 7.19.14

Vendor Team:
Wedding Planning – Emilie Duncan Event Planning
Ceremony – First Congregational Church
Reception Venue – Columbus Museum of Art
Catering – Two Caterers
Photography – Ashley West Photography
Florals – Bloomtastic
Rental Items – Event Source
DJ – UltraSound Entertainment
Cake – Kittie’s Cakes
Hair and Makeup – Charles Penzone

The Pictures from Ashley West Photography:

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So pretty!  We’ll have Nicole and Ryan’s wedding later this week and maybe even another post or two!

Josh + Duane: 6.14.14

April 10th, 2015

{We’re taking a look back at some of our 2014 weddings before the 2015 wedding season hits full swing!}

I am so excited to share Josh and Duane’s wedding with you today!  They were legally wed in Maryland but came to Columbus where they lived for many years to hold their ceremony and throw one heck of a party!  We had a professional opera singer and full choir at church, two spectacular performances from Nina West, a Best Man who rapped his toast (and totally earned the mic drop!) and a head table decked out in sequins.  Of course, we also had an awesome couple who’ve been together for 17 YEARS who were surrounded by friends and family who love and support them!  I think you’ll see it was a pretty fantastic day!

Josh and Duane: 6.14.14

Vendor Team:
Wedding Planning – Emilie Duncan Event Planning
Ceremony – First Congregational Church
Reception Venue – Highline Car House
Catering – Two Caterers
Photography – CoreyAnn Photography
Videography – Westie Productions
Florals and Decor – Hilliard Floral
Entertainment – Nina West
DJ – Magical Attractions
Cake – Suisse Shop

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This wedding was also featured in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of The Knot Ohio magazine – they loved it as much as we did!

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I am obviously not doing well sticking to my 12 photos per post rule – oh well!  Taking the weekend off from blogging but watch for Katy and Cam’s Columbus Museum of Art wedding and Nicole and Ryan’s Farm wedding next week!  We’ll also have a preview of Wedgewood Country Club’s brand new Celebration Garden and completely remodeled ballroom – super excited to share it all!

Andrea + Andrew: 4.26.14

April 9th, 2015

{Look at that!  Two blog posts in two days!  We’re on a roll here people!!}

Andrea and Andrew had an intimate wedding at Highline Car House with about 60 friends and family members in attendance. Bright colors, a light curtain, rustic farm tables in a really cool set up and LOTS of flowers – it was a gorgeous day!

Andrea & Andrew: 04.26.14

Vendor Team:
Wedding Planning – Emilie Duncan Event Planning
Ceremony & Reception Venue – Highline Car House
Catering – Two Caterers
Photography – Novia Distinctive Photography
Videography – Little Tree Studios
Florals – Flowers on Orchard Lane
Rentals – Event Source
Entertainment – Premier Entertainment
Cake – The End Dessert Company
Makeup – Mukha
Hair – Salon Lofts

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The Video from Little Tree Studios (warning, this one is a serious tear jerker!):

Andrea and Andrew are expecting their first baby annnnny minute now so please join me in wishing them an early Happy Anniversary and a huge congratulations on their little bundle of joy!

{Check back tomorrow (possibly) to see if I can make it 3 days in a row!}

Kristin + Mark: 04.05.14

April 8th, 2015

As we gear up for 2015’s very busy wedding season, how about we spend a little time looking back at 2014’s weddings?  I am challenging myself to keep the picture count to no more than 12 on each post but we’ll see – 2014 was a great year after all!

Onto the pretties!  Let’s start at the very beginning (of the 2014 wedding season anyway) with Kristin and Mark’s lovely April wedding!

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Vendor Team:
Wedding Coordination – Emilie Duncan Event Planning
Ceremony – St Joseph Cathedral
Reception – The Westin
Photography/Videography – Picture The Love
Florals – Posy Florals
Cake – Anita Kline
Makeup – BeautiMarked by Kelli
Hair – Studio Fovero
Entertainment – Platinum Music

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The Video from Picture The Love:

A slightly belated, very Happy Anniversary to Kristin and Mark!  There are more pictures from this gorgeous wedding on the website – just click on Kristin and Mark!

More 2014 weddings (and an early 2015 one) on the way over the next few weeks!

Cakes for a Cause 2015 – April 2!

March 30th, 2015

It’s the sweetest time of year – it’s Cakes for a Cause week!  Come join us at Mid-Ohio Foodbank on Thursday, April 2 from 6 to 9 pm to feed your sweet tooth while helping to feed the hungry in Central Ohio.

Visit Cakes for a Cause for more info and EventBrite to buy tickets!

Live John Legend Performance for $10!

February 6th, 2015

Have you booked your wedding entertainment yet?

Mr. ‘All of Me’ himself – John Legend is raffling off a private performance for a great cause – all proceeds go to rebuild his HS auditorium in nearby Springfield, OH.  Want to win? Watch this!

Now visit omaze.com/legend to enter.

There are different levels of support starting at $10. Of course, the more you donate, the more chances you have to win plus the more goodies you get. For only $25,000 you get 250,000 entries and lunch with John Legend. He’d probably sing to you at the table for that price!

Revisiting – My wedding venue is closed! Now what?

January 30th, 2015

Edited to update: Valleydale Ballroom is officially out of business.  I have heard from multiple venues who have dates available and are more than willing to help out couples affected by this sudden closing.  If you are affected, please feel free to reach out to me and I will put you in contact with those venues!!

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Late this afternoon rumors started flying that The ValleyDale Ballroom has shut it’s doors – please note this has NOT been 100% confirmed (there are a gazillion rumors floating around about the closing and whether it is temporary) but the signs are there. IF this is the case, it will likely leave multiple events in limbo and a whole lot of upset couples. I thought it would be a good idea to revisit a post from back in 2008 when another local venue suddenly shut down: My Wedding Venue is Closed!  Now What?

If Valleydale Ballroom is indeed closed, I hope the those who are now searching for a new venue are able to find solutions quickly!

Bridal Blow Out Sale! 1.11.15

January 4th, 2015

If you haven’t said yes to the dress yet, you’ll want to circle January 11 on your calendar!

Three of the best bridal boutiques in Columbus – La Jeune Mariee, Ivy Bridal Studio and White of Dublin – have joined forces for an amazing event!  The first annual Bridal Blow Out Sale will take place on Sunday, January 11 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Embassy Suites in Dublin (5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, OH 43017).

Things to know before you go:

*Cash or credit ONLY – Lindsay from Le Jeune Mariee told me they won’t be accepting checks. Ivy and White’s policies may differ but you might want to call them and check before you count on it!

*This is bridal gowns only – no maids or moms – and sizes are obviously going to be limited to sample sizes but that can vary from designer to designer.  Most samples will be bridal sizes 8-12 which translates to normal sizing of 6 to 10.

*All sales are final and all the dresses are ‘as is’ but in excellent condition.  Dublin Cleaners will be on hand to look at any imperfections so you can make an informed decision.  Also, several seamstresses will be on hand to provide professional and honest opinions on whether the dresses can be altered to fit well.

*No appointments – first in, first to buy so you might want to get in line early!

*Coming in from out of town or just really want to make sure you’re first in line?  Embassy Suites is offering rooms at $99 a night.  Give them a call to reserve.

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If you find the dress of your dreams, we’d love to see it!  Feel free to tag up on Facebook (Emilie Duncan Event Planning) or in Instagram (@edepweddings).  Happy hunting!

 

Happy New Year! Welcome 2015!

January 1st, 2015

Wait! How is 2014 is already over? It seems like I was just recapping 2013! It was an amazing year filled with beautiful weddings and events – here’s some of our highlights:

*Emilie Duncan Event Planning’s office officially moved into our new home office.  I love that clients feel comfortable enough to come in, kick off their shoes and curl up on my couch while we plan their weddings!

*We welcomed our new intern class in January. Kelsey, Megan and Shelby were with me all year and were  wonderful team! We managed to get an extended team picture at Courtney’s wedding – Kelsey, Maddie and Courtney (two of EDEP’s 2013 interns), me, Shelby and Megan.

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*We kicked off wedding season on April 5th in gorgeous fashion at Kristin and Mark’s wedding at The Westin.  It was a beautiful pink and gold affair complete with deep dish stuffed pizzas flown in from Chicago for the late night snack!

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*The 5th annual Cakes for a Cause took place at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank on April 18.  Tickets sold out once again and we raised enough to feed 35 people every meal for a year – over 38,000 meals for the hungry in Central Ohio!  Make sure to save the date for April 2, 2015 for our 6th annual event – come eat, have fun and help lots of people!

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*April 26 found us at the new Highline Car House with Andrea and Andrew.  This was the first time at this gorgeous new venue and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful wedding! Intimate and colorful – it was a wonderful day!

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*We were back at Highline Car House on June 14 for Josh and Duane’s wedding.  It was our first same sex wedding and we were honored to have been part of this celebration that was 17 YEARS in the making! We had a completely sequined head table, a best man who rapped his toast and the amazing Nina West – trust me when I say that doesn’t really scratch the surface of this one!  Josh and Duane’s wedding was selected to be featured in The Knot Ohio Magazine which hits stands this month! I will share scans soon!

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*On July 19 we were at the Columbus Museum of Art for Katy and Cam’s Tuscan inspired wedding.  We loved their place cards tied with rosemary, thyme and lavender with an extra piece of rosemary at every place setting.  The room smelled (and looked) like heaven!

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*Even a noisy thunderstorm complete with an intense downpour couldn’t stop Nicole and Ryan’s July 26 tented wedding at Freeman Farms! Gorgeous wood farm tables, 10 bridesmaids and groomsmen, swiss dot linens, string lights and royal blue – it was stunning!

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 *August 9 found me at my 20th High School Reunion but my amazing team was taking great care of Lauren and Daniel.  They had a gorgeous wedding at The Loft at Dock580 where they got to see Daniel’s trademark high kick in action.  Fun fact: Daniel is a triplet, one of two triplets (from different families) we worked with this year!

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*Every wedding is special but some weddings are family!  Courtney was one of my interns last year and we were so excited when she got engaged.  She and Joe (her junior high school crush – as evidenced by the diary page she displayed at the wedding that gushed over a cute boy named Joe!) were married at Camp Mary Orton on August 16.  Courtney designed and planned everything and it was absolutely beautiful!

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 *Sarina and Steve’s August 23rd wedding found us in yet another newer venue, The Vue. I loved the slideshow playing in the background of their dances and for the rest of the evening – it was fun to see pictures of Sarina as a little girl while she was dancing with her Dads!  We also got to see Daniel and Lauren from our August 9 wedding – he and Steve grew up together.  It also makes me happy that S&S and I are practically neighbors – they live right down the road from me.

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*We kicked off September with Karen and Brian’s September 6th wedding at Muirfield Village Golf Club.  Brian played baseball for OSU and we had a big Buckeye themed candy bar for the guests.  Karen and two of her sisters were in Nicole and Ryan’s July 26 wedding so it was lovely to see lots of the same people again.  Fun fact – Karen is the other triplet we worked with this year!  She and her sisters are identical triplets.

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*Molly and Andrew were married on September 20.  It was a sweet, intimate wedding held in her sister’s backyard.  The couple lives in South Carolina but are from Columbus so they came back home to get married.  I loved that their first dance was a ‘Carolina Shag’ in honor of their current home.

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*Taylor and Greg were married on October 4 at a private venue in the Brewery District.

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*When the groom is a firefighter, it’s only right that he should arrive to the ceremony in a fire truck!  Lindsay and Matt were married on November 8 at the Doubletree Hotel in Newark.  We loved their bright flowers next to the chocolate brown of the bridesmaid’s gowns – it suited this autumn wedding perfectly!

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*We closed out 2014 with ugly sweaters and reindeer games (think people wrapping presents while wearing oven mitts, drawing a snowman blindfolded and transferring candy canes between bowls using no hands!) at a fun corporate holiday party on December 12.  When the client requests ugly sweaters, never let it be said that Emilie Duncan Event Planning doesn’t commit!

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*On a personal note, my family continued to settle into our new home and school, survived the polar vortex, played at the Columbus Art Museum, traveled to Indiana for a family reunion where Ellie caught a fish. The girls took swim lessons and jumped off the diving board into the deep water! We traveled to Michigan where we toured the dunes and I attended my 20th HS reunion (Go Dutch!). We also went to Virginia where we played in the ocean and took the girls to meet their Great-Grandaddy and Sueshell. The girls played soccer for the first time – Abby even scored a goal! Elsa and Curious George dropped in for Halloween. We went to Oktoberfest in Powell and hosted our Annual Holiday Open House before celebrating Christmas with lots of American Girl Doll items.  Finally, we wrapped up the year last night with a quiet New Year’s Eve at home reflecting on 2014 and looking forward to 2015!

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We’ll be recapping all our 2014 weddings with LOTS of pretty pictures in the weeks to come so make sure to watch for those.

Also, make sure to follow @edepweddings on instagram for wedding day pictures from our 2015 weddings – we’ll be at Walter Commons at St. Charles in January! We’ll also be at Highline Car House (3 times!), The Ivory Room, Jorgensen Farm, Wedgewood Country Club, Taylor Mansion, Camp Mary Orton, Scioto Reserve Country Club, Rockmill Brewery, The Renaissance, and The Westin. Lots of old favorites and several new-to-us locations that we can’t wait to visit!  We’ve still got room in our schedule for another wedding or two but not much more so if you’re looking for a wedding planner, make sure to get in touch soon!

Happy New Year from my family to yours! I hope that 2015 brings you more health, happiness, success, security, comfort, compassion, healing and love than you could have hoped for!