Archive for June, 2009

Flowers 101: Cosmos

Friday, June 26th, 2009


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Attire Rescue Workshop

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Last Wednesday evening was Wedding Skills Workshop’s Attire Rescue Workshop at La Jeune Mariee in Worthington. We had a great group attending and a lot of fun! Since this was a very hands on workshop we divided into groups and worked through our various topics in stations.


Recap and lots of pictures this way!

Hot Tip: Land's End Tote

Friday, June 19th, 2009


How cute are these tote bags?  These are on sale for $9.99 at Land’s End – marked down from $39.99.  If you have any Land’s End totes you know how roomy and useful they are – these would make great gifts for your bridesmaids!  If you search the web, there are codes for free shipping floating around too so these wind up being a great deal.

Flowers 101: Tuberose

Friday, June 19th, 2009


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Megan + Jorge: 06.13.09

Monday, June 15th, 2009

You may remember Megan and Jorge from their super cool e-pics that I posted a few weeks ago – well, their super cool wedding was on Saturday.


The Story
The very best part of my job is the connection that I make with my couples and their families. When I got an email from the mom and dad of a bride and groom whose wedding I planned back in 2005, I was tickled and flattered – their other daughter Megan was about to get engaged and they asked me to help with her wedding as well.

Megan and Jorge met while working at American Greetings in Cleveland but their friendship didn’t turn into love until Megan had moved onto a different company. Jorge’s career took him to Boston and their relationship continued long distance until they realized they didn’t want to be long distance anymore and the wedding plans began.

Megan is a writer and Jorge is an artist so the details of this wedding were thoughtful, very personal and really, really cool! The invitation featured an illustration of Megan and Jorge leaning against a tree – her reading and him drawing. It was echoed throughout the wedding as you’ll see in the pictures.

Megan and Jorge saw each other for the first time on the wedding day in her parent’s backyard. I love when my couples have a ‘first look’ before the ceremony – it seems to calm nerves better than anything else I could think of and the pictures from it are always sweet, always intimate and always a peek into the heart of the relationship.

From there, everyone headed to The Cleveland Botanical Gardens. The Japanese Gardens fit the bill for a ceremony surrounded by nature. The ceremony featured the threat of rain, Megan entering with her father down a long set of stone stairs, a cappella gospel singers, a dropped ring, an adorable meandering flower girl, readings in both English and Spanish (Jorge’s family is from Columbia), a harp/flute duo and laughter through tears all around.

Cocktails on the terrace were followed by a reception in Clark Hall. We dressed the tables in royal blue crushed linens with lime green napkins and citrus chair pads. The flowers were all shades of green including bells of Ireland and cymbidium orchids.

I mentioned Megan was a writer. She collaborated with her friend Michael Harvey who is a singer/songwriter – Megan wrote the words and Michael wrote the music and everyone, including Jorge, heard it for the first time at the wedding. Actually, everyone heard about it for the first time at the wedding too – it was a surprised for everyone including Jorge. Michael sang the song for the newlyweds. It was easily one of the most moving and special first dances I have ever seen.

I have been a part of both Megan and Cory’s wedding and there are no more siblings so this was the last wedding with their family but I feel very blessed that I was able to work with them twice. Megan is joining Jorge in Boston soon and I know her friends and family will miss her being in Cleveland but I have no doubt that they will be happy seeing Megan and Jorge so happy together

To Megan and Jorge, thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding – I am so very lucky to get to work with brides and grooms like you. Can’t wait to see the life you create together.

The Elements
Planner:  Emilie Duncan Event Planning
Photographer: Melissa Rudick Photography
Cake:  The Grand Finale
Ceremony Music: Jocelyn Chang and Michael Leese, Cleveland
Reception Music: Scott E. Jones from Jerry Bruno
Florist: Affordable Flowers, Cleveland
Ceremony and Reception Site: Cleveland Botanical Gardens
Catering: Bon Appetit
Hair & Makeup: Charles Scott

The Pictures
A HUGE thank you to Melissa for the fastest sneak peek ever! Click here for the pictures!

Flowers 101: Alstroemeria

Friday, June 12th, 2009


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This made me smile!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

I cannot even imagine how long this whole thing took to put together – amazing stop motion wedding invitation.  I don’t know this couple but I wish them a lifetime of happiness and continued creativity!

Thanks to Amy for the link!

Flowers 101: Gardenia

Friday, June 5th, 2009


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New Passport Rules

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Did you know there are new passport rules?  You have always needed a passport for travel to and from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America but starting today, June 1, you must have a passport to go from the US to Mexico, Canada, the Carribean and Bermuda.  Obviously, there are a few honeymoon hot spots among those and this change could present an issue for some newlyweds.  You will need to plan ahead as getting a passport can take up to 8 weeks!  Here is what you need to do so your travel goes off without a hitch – well, at least the in and out of the country part:

Step 1: go to and fill out the application form.  Super simple, just fill it in and then print it out.

Step 2: head to nearby a photo lab – CVS, Walgreens, Kinko’s, etc – and have a pretty picture taken.

Step 3: take completed form, pretty pictures, a certified copy of your birth certificate, some money and yourself to a post office that offers passport application services (click here to find your nearest location).  They will send it off for you.

Step 4: wait.

Step 5: have a fantastic time on your honeymoon knowing that you will be able to get back into the country once your honeymoon is over!