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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!

#FieldTripFriday – Glenn Avenue Soap Company

March 11th, 2016

Excited to introduce a brand new semi-regular series that I am calling #FieldTripFriday!  It likely won’t appear every Friday but since we get to visit some pretty wonderful places and meet lots of great people along the way, I thought I would highlight some of our adventures and new friends every once in a while.  If you can think of someplace we should visit or someone we should meet, feel free to drop me a line!


 

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A friend called not long ago and let me know he was working with a local company called Glenn Avenue Soap Company.  All natural products that are actually good for your skin with nature inspired and derived scents?  I was intrigued to say the least! My mom always says that foaming soap is one of the tiny little pleasures in life that should be enjoyed and I am always on the hunt for a yummy foaming soap!

So last week, I spent a delightful hour chatting with Phillip, one half of the couple who owns Glenn Avenue Soap Company.  We talked about the soap making process, different ideas for wedding and event related items and potential events and I even got a tour of their operation.  I also found out that the last time I was at High Line Car House, I used Glenn Avenue Soap – same thing with Wolf’s Ridge Brewing and a few other places around town!

My brain seems to always be trying to find ways that places and items can fit into weddings and I found some really cute stuff at Glenn Ave – they’ve got your groomsmen, bridesmaids, guests and even shower hostesses covered!

This display caught my eye immediately!  Cap City Suds is their line of bar soaps made from beer (the refined water is replaced with beer in these soaps) from local breweries like Seventh Son, Four String, Wolf’s Ridge and Zaubers.  They don’t smell like beer (although I am sure that would have been a selling point to some people) but the beer itself gives the soap their color – they scent each one differently.  Grab a few beer soaps plus a growler and gift certificate for a fill or two from the Ohio Tap Room.  Groomsmen gifts – done!

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We are always on the hunt for fun, local items to include in the hotel welcome bags.  These mini soap foamers caught my eye – I happen to have unnatural hatred for hotel bar soap, it always just feels awful to me and dries my skin out completely so foaming soap would be a welcome surprise in that little bag!  You can pick your scents and they’ll fill them for you but I am pretty sure if you asked really nicely, they might let you help a little too.  Welcome bags – done!

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Glenn Avenue does more than soap – they’ve launched a skin care line as well.  The Herbal Mist Foaming Face Wash smells absolutely wonderful!  The line also includes Exfoliating Grains, the Balancing Toner and Facial Serum + Moisturizer.  Put the together in a basket with some bath bombs and body lotion for a super cute, pampering and delightfully useful gift!  Bridesmaids gifts – done!

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I mentioned my love for foaming soap so this was my favorite spot in the shop!  Lavender Pine, Lemon Basil, Berry Lemonade and Bandit’s Oil were a few of my favorite scents – I currently have Bandit’s Oil next to my kitchen sink right now which is especially great since the flu is going around my neighborhood right now.

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Their bar soaps also smell super yummy!  I am not a bar soap kind of girl but there is a pomegranate exfoliating version that even I might be talked into trying.  A few bottles of foaming hand soap, some bars of soap and maybe a bottle of lotion.  Hostess gifts – done!

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I had a great time visiting with Phillip and poking around Glenn Avenue Soap Company on my field trip – hope this gave you some ideas and maybe will inspire you to go visit as well!  They have lots of fun things in the works and the sign on their door is totally right – it DOES smell amazing inside!

Natalie + Brian: 08.08.15

March 9th, 2016

If my memory serves me, I believe that Natalie and Brian found me through several former clients – Natalie is a grad of the same school as many of my past clients!


Natalie + Brian: 08.08.15

Vendor Team:
Wedding Planning – Emilie Duncan Event Planning
Ceremony Venue – Holy Cross Catholic Church
Reception Venue – High Line Car House
Catering – Two Caterers
Photography – Rosey Red Photography
Videography – Little Tree Studios
Florals – Rose Bredl
Cake – Cake Studio
Reception Entertainment – Mojo Flo
Photobooth – Columbus Photobooth Company
Transportation – Urban Express
Rentals – Event Source

Natalie and Brian are both from Columbus but had to go all the way to NYC to meet!  They met at a party, talked for 2 minutes at the most but to hear Brian’s best friend tell it (which you can in the video at the bottom of the post) Brian was pretty much head over heels from the get go.

Natalie and her bridesmaids got ready at her parent’s home before heading to the church to get dressed. We loved her dress and the sheer capelet she wore for the ceremony – the whole effect was so classic and elegant…very fitting for this amazing bride in particular.

When I first met with Natalie and her mom, she showed me a picture of an amazing floral installation that she was determined to recreate – inverted tulips hanging from the ceiling.  Natalie’s father created the structure that would hang from the ceiling.  She hired Rose Bredl to take on the challenge and they killed it!  This piece was absolutely jaw dropping and exactly what Natalie had envisioned.  It also took a really long time to create – I think the designer was on the ladder for something like 3 hours to get it perfect!  #worthit

The rest of the tables were a mix of longs with garlands and candles and rounds with beautiful green and white centerpieces.  Each place setting had a sprig of rosemary on it as well.  We also loved the naked cake from The Cake Studio which is perfectly on trend and was gorgeous.

Mojo Flo packed the dance floor but it could be said they had a few ringers since Natalie is a former professional dancer and many of her friends from part companies were also in attendance!  The always delicious Sweet Carrot Truck stopped by later in the evening, much to the guest’s delight.

It was a wonderful evening and we were honored to have been part of it!  Thanks to Rosey Red for the gorgeous pictures!

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Special thanks to Little Tree Studios for the gorgeous video – enjoy!!

Adrienne + Ken: 08.01.15

March 2nd, 2016

We took a few weeks off but we are back at it with our 2015 wedding recaps.  Forgive the delay – we had a busy February!

Adrienne and Ken came to me from a recommendation by their florist, Hilliard Floral.


Adrienne + Ken: 08.01.15

Vendor Team:
Wedding Planning – Emilie Duncan Event Planning
Ceremony & Reception Venue – Private Home
Officiant – Chase Waits – Columbus Wedding Officiants
Photography – Kimberly Potterf
Videography – True Video
Florals – Hilliard Floral
Cake – Short North Piece of Cake
Reception Entertainment – Premier Entertainment
Sushi – Tanuki
Catering – Recipe Express
Rentals – Lasting Impressions

Adrienne and Ken wanted to get married at their new home – their very new home!  The first time I met with them at the house, everything was still very much under construction.  Thankfully, by the time August 1st rolled around, everything was gorgeous and ready to go!

We held the ceremony on the driveway in front of a beautiful arch of flowers.  Adrienne and Ken had their children as their bridal party but one of Adrienne’s sons was deployed for training in ROTC.  Brian from True Video saved the day and was able to basically live broadcast the ceremony to him.  He was able to see and hear the whole thing from a thousand miles away and able to talk to the couple right after the ceremony – something that made the bride very, very happy!

As a side note, I hear a lot of vows and witness a lot of ceremonies but rarely do they move me as much as Ken’s vows to Adrienne.  Full on ugly cry from this wedding planner!

After the ceremony, guests walked through a portico to the cocktail and reception area on the other side of the driveway.  The guests were seated for dinner in a big white tent with the dance floor in front of the main garage.  The rest of the night was food, cigars, drinks, lots of dancing, and a gorgeous moon glowing down on a happy couple and their friends and family.  It was a beautiful day and evening!

Thanks to Adrienne and Ken for letting us be a part of the day and thanks to Kimberly Potterf for sharing the beautiful pictures!

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Amy + Jon: 07.18.15

February 10th, 2016

Amy and Jon found me from a past couple – Andrea and Andrew.  Amy and Andrea worked together at Children’s Hospital.


Amy + Jon: 07.18.15

Vendor Team:
Wedding Planning – Emilie Duncan Event Planning
Ceremony & Reception Venue – High Line Car House
Photography – Little Tree Studios
Florals – Bloomtastic
Cake – Short North Piece of Cake
Reception Entertainment – Conspiracy Band
Hair & Makeup – Nurtur Salon
Wedding Gown – LuxeRedux
Transportation – Columbus Trolley Company
Rentals – Event Source

Amy and Jon met after they had both established themselves in their careers, physician and lawyer, respectively, but meeting them it seems like they’ve been together much longer.  They’re just really well suited to each other and have the kind of communication I love to see – where so much goes unspoken but nothing ever goes unsaid.

They decided to have an intimate wedding and with their numbers were able to do both the ceremony and reception at the High Line Car House.  Ceremony was in the front half of the building – separated from the reception by the floor to ceiling curtains. Amy had a very specific design in mind for the ceremony backdrop – flowy white curtains and swags of lights that were reminiscent of the lights that hung in their backyard when Jon proposed.  The same swags of lights were also on their invitations.

Jon’s mother is a piano teacher here in Columbus and was able to have a beautiful baby grand piano delivered for the ceremony.  One of her friends played for the ceremony and the cocktail hour and it was lovely!

Amy and Jon wanted to dance so it wasn’t surprising when they hired Conspiracy.  Another no-brainer that they kept the dance floor packed all night – everyone had a great time and we had to kick people out at the end of the night!

As you can see from the pictures, Amy has a phenomenal smile – she does it often and well under normal circumstances so you can imagine how she lit up the room that night!

This was a great way to spend my birthday and it was an honor to be part of this beautiful day!  Huge thanks to the always amazing Little Tree Studios for the pictures!

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Caroline + Kenley: 06.20.15

February 3rd, 2016

Caroline and Kenley came to me from a referral from Kathryn, the on-site coordinator at their venue, Wedgewood Country Club!


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Vendor Team:
Wedding Planning – Emilie Duncan Event Planning
Ceremony & Reception Venue – Wedgewood Country Club
Photography – Nicole Dixon Photographic
Florals – Flowers on Orchard Lane
Cake – Alice’s Piece of Cake
Ceremony Entertainment – Paragon Music
Reception Entertainment – Next Exit
Favors – Emlolly Candy
Hair & Makeup – Charles Penzone
Wedding Gown – White of Dublin

Caroline and Kenley are high school sweethearts and grew up in Powell.  They wanted to be married close to home at her mother’s country club – it was fun to plan a wedding just up the road from my house!

Carolyn was a bride with very classic taste – from the jaw dropping train on her gown to the pink and white palette to the roses and hydrangeas throughout the arrangements.  Carolyn knew what she liked and I’d say she nailed the classic style she loves!

June was crazy rainy in Central Ohio and Carolyn and Kenley’s wedding day was no different.  We had planned for it with lots of tents over the wedding garden at Wedgewood Country Club.  Unfortunately, tents overhead do nothing to keep guests dry when it is raining sideways into the tent!  We made the call to move into the ballroom and have a California style reception.  We created an aisle and set up chairs on the dance floor for the families while the rest of the guests sat at the (unset) tables.  It was a lovely ceremony and the bride actually said she thought it might have been even better than the original plan.

After the ceremony, the rain actually tapered off enough for outdoor pictures with the bridal party.  We flipped the ballroom while the guests enjoyed the cocktail hour.  The reception was a huge party that went until the very late hours of the night with the guests enjoying the band and food and drinks and generally having a fantastic time!

This was the first wedding we have done in the newly remodeled ballroom which is absolutely beautiful!  The wedding garden is another great addition to the property.

It was a pleasure to plan with Carolyn and her mom, Barb – we had a great time planning the wedding.  I know they are all super excited to meet Carolyn and Kenley’s little guy who is due in May of this year!

Huge thank you to Nicole Dixon for the beautiful pictures!

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Hallie + Fred: 06.13.15

January 27th, 2016

Hallie’s parents found me organically – online through a search for wedding planners in Columbus.  At the same time, I was recommended to Fred’s mom by a former client, Elisabeth who works with her.  Columbus is a tiny place!


Hallie + Fred: 06.13.15

Vendor Team:
Wedding Planning – Emilie Duncan Event Planning
Ceremony & Reception Venue – Rocky Fork Hunt and Country Club
Photography – Two Maries
Florals – Fiore Fine Flowers
Music – Encore L’Amore
Hair and Makeup – Spa at River Ridge

Hallie and Fred met at summer camp when they were in high school and now live in Colorado.  Her sister lives in North Carolina and owns a flower shop there – Chelsea did all the gorgeous flowers and design for the wedding and you could tell she was designing for a very special client.

Hallie and Fred were supposed to have been married down by a lovely pond on the grounds of Rocky Fork Hunt and Country Club where his family are members.  But…this is Ohio and this was last June!  It actually  looked like we were in the clear and then about an hour before the ceremony, the rain moved in.  Again.

Rather than let the guests get soaked, we moved the ceremony location to under the clear top tent over the pool patio.  Wouldn’t you know that right when Hallie stepped outside to go down the aisle, the sun came out!

Guests had cocktails on the patio and then headed inside for dinner before going back outside for dancing and the very popular s’mores bar!

We have a lot of wedding venues with pools or ponds and a lot of couples say that someone will probably end up going in – this time, they were right.  Hallie changed into a reception dress and not too long after that, everyone – bride, groom, bridal party, various guests and even the mother of the groom – wound up in the pool!  It was entertaining to say the least and I don’t think this wedding could have ended any other way!

If you look at no other pictures, make sure you check out the amazing flower chandelier by Fiore Fina and the expressions in the last picture!

Thank you to Hallie and Fred and their families for allowing us to be a part of it and huge thanks to Two Maries for the gorgeous pictures!

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LuxeRedux Sample Sale!

January 24th, 2016

Our friends over at LuxeRedux sent over a little note about their upcoming Sample Sale and asked us to share.  If you are still in the market for a gown, this is a great way to get a gorgeous gown at a really pretty price!  It is first come, first serve so I would suggest heading down to Worthington early to get in line and bring a Yeti of coffee or hot chocolate with you!

Where: 689 High Street, Worthington, OH
When: January 31, 12 pm to 4 pm

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Elena + Greg: 06.06.15

January 20th, 2016

Elena and Greg were another one my referrals this year that came from a past client – Elena used to work with Christy, one of my 2010 clients and now friends!  It was great to catch up with Christy and see her and Bryce!


Elena + Greg: 06.06.15

Vendor Team:
Wedding Planning – Emilie Duncan Event Planning
Catering – Cameron Mitchell
Ceremony & Reception Venue – Jorgensen Farms
Chalkboard Art – Zinnia Hand Lettering
Getting Ready Location – Hawthorne Park B&B
Entertainment – Conspiracy Band
Florals – EcoFlora
Hair – Jennifer King
Makeup – Makeup Artistry by Meg
Men’s Grooming – Old Familiar Barbershop
Photography – Kimberly Potterf Photography
Special Entertainment – OSU Marching Band
Transportation – Xtreme Limo and Urban Express
Videography – Blue Skies Video

Typically, when a wedding season is really rainy or very cold, we get reprieve for at least one wedding. Elena and Greg’s was that wedding this year! June 6 was an absolutely beautiful day – clear and sunny with just enough breeze to keep things comfortable!  Perfect conditions for an outdoor ceremony and open air reception.

Greg and his groomsmen started the day at the Old Familiar Barbershop for hot shaves and trims – a very cool way to start the day for sure!  Elena and her bridesmaids had the Hawthorne Bed and Breakfast to themselves for breakfast, hair and makeup before a first look on the steps of the B&B.

After pictures, everyone headed to Jorgensen Farm for a ceremony performed by Elena’s brother in law in the field beneath a huge tree which gave us just enough shade for everyone to be comfortable.  We had cocktail hour in front of the old barn before inviting the guests to the riding arena for dinner and dancing with Conspiracy.

As a surprise to everyone, Greg had the pep band from TBDBITL at OSU led by the Drum Major swing by!  We snuck them onto the grounds and they came marching in right after the Mother/Son dance.  The guests loved it – even the ones from Wisconsin!  TBDBITL, of course, ended their performance with a beautiful rendition of Carmen Ohio .

I have to share one last thing about this wedding – occasionally we make the comment that “wedding planning isn’t brain surgery” – that’s especially relevant with Elena since she’s an actual brain surgeon.  Like a “cut-open-heads-and-fix-them” brain surgeon.  See?  Really smart people hire wedding planners.

It was a gorgeous day and we were honored to have been a part of it!  Thanks to Kimberly Potterf for the beautiful pictures!!!

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You can see even more pictures of this lovely wedding over at The Knot – Elena and Greg’s wedding was featured over the summer!

Ashley + Dom: 05.30.15

January 13th, 2016

Ashley and Dom were one of the many referrals this year that came from a past client – Ashley works with my former bride Valeri.  Love when that happens!


 

Ashley + Dom: 05.30.15

Vendor Team:
Wedding Planning – Emilie Duncan Event Planning
Ceremony – St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Reception Venue – The Ivory Room
Catering – Cameron Mitchell
Photography – Julian Allen
Florals – Bloomtastic
Music – Midwest Pro DJ
Cake – Short North Piece of Cake
Hair – Shannon Goode
Makeup – Alison Feamster
Wedding Gown – Luxe Redux
Ashley’s Necklace – La Juene Mariee
Transportation – Cardinal Transportation

Ashley and Dom’s wedding was smack in the middle of the rainiest spring I can recall in my entire career. Multiple weddings this spring were forced inside for rain, wind or both.  Even weddings that had no outdoor component had to deal with the crazy weather and Ashley and Dom’s was no exception.  As soon as the guest shuttles pulled up to The Ivory Room, the skies opened and the wind started blowing sideways.  Thankfully the bridal party was already inside but we had some soggy guests!

The couple had fun with the cocktail hour food, designing their stations around their heritage including a German and Italian station plus a yummy BBQ station as well.  Ashley wanted bright colors and clean stripes to offset the dark wood floors and big windows of the Ivory Room.  We included some gold in the centerpieces and they complimented the gorgeous gold and ivory cake!

One of my favorite touches was one most people never saw – Ashley had a heart made from her grandmother’s dress with both her grandmother and mother’s initials and wedding dates embroidered in blue.  Such a special way to keep two very important women close to her on the big day.

Thank you to Julian Allen for the pictures!

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Shanay + Brian: 03.14.15

January 6th, 2016

We’re showcasing our 2015 weddings to kick off this year – we’ll share a new one each Wednesday for #WeddingWednesday. We already shared pictures from our first 2015 wedding with Lauren and Lucas so we’ll pick up with Shanay and Brian’s March 14 wedding. Check back every Wednesday for a new wedding!


I am always curious how people find me – typically people tell me they found me through a past clients or one of their other vendors sent them my way. When I asked Shanay the same question, she knew exactly where she found me – she saw me at a Josh and Duane’s wedding at High Line Car House.  She was there that day for a meeting while we were setting up and “saw this whirlwind buzzing around and said, I want her!” She asked Two Caterers who I was and the rest is history!

Shanay + Brian: 03.14.15

Vendor Team:
Wedding Planning – Emilie Duncan Event Planning
Ceremony – Grace Church
Reception Venue – High Line Car House
Catering – Two Caterers
Photography – Levi & Val 
Florals – EcoFlora
Paper Suite – Peabody Papers
Rental Items – Event Source
Ring Bearer’s Sign – The Ritzy Rose
Balloons – Cook’s Balloonery
Music – Hat Trick
Cake – Nothing Bundt Cake
Wedding Gown – Wendy’s Bridal

Shanay and Brian’s wedding day was one of those bright and chilly late winter days that make you feel like spring just might finally be on the way – the bright orange accents and wild flowers from EcoFlora helped as well.  Shanay’s son Skye walked her down the aisle at Grace Church in Powell and after the ceremony the guests greeted the newlyweds with a balloon release.

We decked out High Line Car House with charcoal linens with pops of orange in the napkins and flowers.  The guests loved the mini-bundt cakes and layered bundt cake that served as their wedding cake – Shanay told me that’s her favorite so they went with it! Hat Trick played for the cocktails and dinner and then the first hour of dancing – a DJ took over for the rest of the evening and really got the dance floor packed!

As I am sure you’ll gather from the picture, Shanay has a big personality and it was a joy to work with her and Brian – who is a perfect counter to that crazy energy!

A big thank you to Levi and Val for the gorgeous pictures!!

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