Archive for March, 2013

Veil Primer from BHLDN

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Ran across this lovely primer on veil lengths on the BHLDN blog and wanted to share.  Click here for tips on placement, how to fasten and how to select the perfect veil.


Friday Favorites: 03.22.13

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Since next Thursday is Cakes for a Cause which benefits Mid-Ohio Foodbank and orange is the color of hunger, I thought an orange week was appropriate!

Favorite Gown: Not a lot of orange wedding gowns but bridesmaids gowns are a different story!  Love this Anita bridesmaid gown in Fresh Tangerine from J. Crew.


Favorite Bouquet: Love the tonal orange shades in this gorgeous tulip, ranunculus, rose, dahlia, freesia, marigold and orchid bouquet.


Favorite Boutonniere:  I do love ranunculus and how great is that orange gingham tie?


Favorite Cake: Love this bright orange cake with pretty white, sugar flowers!  So bright and cheery!


Favorite Decor: How over-the-top gorgeous is this arch?  As a side note, I wish we had views like that in Ohio.  🙂


Favorite Extra: Yum!  White Sangria with oranges – what a fun and colorful signature drink!


Have a great weekend!  It will be a busy one for us and we couldn’t be more excited!!  Saturday we’re kicking off the wedding season with Amy and Drew over at Creekside in Gahanna (don’t forget to follow ‘EDEPWeddings’ on Instagram and Twitter for lots of pictures of this gorgeous blue and white wedding!).  Sunday we’ll be at the Renaissance Tasting – make sure to say hi if you’re there!  Of course, next Thursday, we’ll be down in Grove City having a great time at Cakes for a Cause – hope you’ll join us!

Cakes for a Cause 2013 is next week!!

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Back for our forth year, Cakes for a Cause 2013 is next week!  If you haven’t attended, this is a great year to join us!  To help convince you, how about some FAQs?

What is Cakes for a Cause?

We’re a sweet evening out for you that benefits Mid-Ohio Foodbank.  Over the last 3 years, we’ve raised over 50,000 meals for those in need in Central Ohio.

When is Cakes for a Cause?

This year it is March 28, 6 to 9 pm at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, 3960 Brookham Drive, Grove City, OH

How much is a ticket?

Just $31.50 per person which feeds 1 person every single meal for a month!  Really, it does!

So, what do I get with that ticket?

A lot so come to Cakes for a Cause HUNGRY!  You will get tasty food from 3 of our favorite caterers – Two Caterers, Cameron Mitchell Catering and Made From Scratch.  In addition, the Sweet Carrot food truck will be back greeting everyone with something tasty to start off the evening!

In addition, we’ve got five fantastic bakers competing in the Sweet Taste of Victory Competition vying for the Golden Spatula!  Kitties Cakes will be back defending their 2012 title!  New to the competition this year is Sue Larson owner of LeGateau, Debby from Home Run Cakes, Cosette the Cake Chick and Sarah from The End Dessert Company.  You’ll get to try something from each of them and then vote for your favorite.

Snowville Creamery will be serving up samples of their yummy milks and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream will be sharing mini splits of ice cream too.  We also have a bar with local wine from Camelot Cellars and tasty signature drinks available for purchase.  You can warm up with coffee from White Castle too!

We’ve got a fun photo booth from Shutterbooth and tons of items to bid on in our silent and live auctions.  We’ve got cakes of every shape and size, cupcakes, pies, gift cards, cookies, and so much more on the block!  We also have items like a food tour, membership to Columbus Art Museum, and an AMAZING get away to Hocking Hills including 2 nights in a cabin, a canoe trip for 2, in cabin massage, 2 Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, and MORE!  That and more will be in the live auction which is being emceed by none other than Monica Day!

Are you nut free, gluten free or vegan?  We’ll have items for you to bid on too!

All this for $31.50 – so much for so little that does SO MUCH good for so many!

Do you have any pictures from year’s past?  

Sure!  How about these:




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 Okay, it looks like a really fun evening!  You sold me so how do I attend?

Yay!  My job here is done!  Just click here and buy a ticket!

Come join us for an amazing evening of doing good for those in need – make sure to say hi!!

Friday Favorites: 03.15.13

Friday, March 15th, 2013

How about a little green today to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend?  Happy Friday!  One tip on using green in your wedding – there are so many shades of green and, in my opinion, you have to be really careful when it comes to tonal shading.  Sometimes really crazy bright green (think chartreuse) doesn’t mesh well with cool sage – if you want to go tonal with shades of green, talk to your designer about what will work or head to the paint store to grab some paint chips.

Favorite Gown: Okay, this isn’t green but it’s gorgeous so I hope you’ll give me a pass!  I love a short gown – I think they look so sophisticated!  This one from Romona Keveza’s fall 2013 line is lovely!


Favorite Bouquet: I am generally not a fan of hand wired bouquets (honestly, I don’t like the skinny handles) but I like this one – you don’t see a ton of gladiolus in wedding work but I think they are so pretty!


Favorite Boutonniere: Succulents are a great way to bring in green as is eucalyptus – this bout has both!


Favorite Cake: Gorgeous sage green fondant cake with lovely scroll work.  Beautiful!  I like the monogram as well.


Favorite Decor: Lovely linens, lush long planters, pretty shade of green chair pads- love it all!  (Click over to see more of this green wedding – seriously, go!)


Favorite Extra: How about a shot for St. Patrick’s Day?  This Irish Flag shot is 1 part creme de menthe topped with 1 part Baileys Irish Cream (they subbed Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur for whiter color) and 1 part Grand Marnier.  Yum!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Erin go Bragh!

Friday Favorites: 03.08.13

Friday, March 8th, 2013

{I’m in a colorful, ombre sort of mood today – must be all the snow we dealt with around here this week!}

Favorite Dress: This one would take some courage but this silk satin fit to flare gown with hand dyed ombre feather skirt from Kelly Faetanini certainly caught my eye!  I love the movement on the train – just lovely!


Favorite Bouquet: I love the fuchsia and purples in this bouquet. It feels free form but with enough structure to be elegant – in my opinion, if a bouquet is too crazy, with no underlying plan to the construction, it can stop feeling that way.


Favorite Boutonniere: I love lavender – it smells wonderful and  looks lovely.  I suggest using fresh lavender versus dried – it become very brittle when dried and all that hugging will cause the poor thing to disintegrate!


Favorite Cake: More ombre!  I thought this was a nice cake to compliment this week’s dress!  Ombre, feathery and would probably take some courage.  🙂


Favorite Decor: I said it was an ombre kind of week, right?  I love this simple ribbon treatment – I wouldn’t suggest this for too many chairs, likely just the bride and groom because this would take a while!


Favorite Extra: If you designate a hashtag on Instagram for your guests to tag their photos with, use this trick to grab them and create a 16×20 print at Costco for under $10.


Have a wonderful weekend – we’ve got a hint of spring around here after that (hopefully) last gasp of winter so we’re hoping for some outdoor play time this weekend!

Groom’s Cakes!

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

While many of our grooms are involved in the planning these days, it seems that the idea that, “It’s all about the bride!” still reins true for many.  We’re big believers that the wedding is actually about both members of the couple which might be why we LOVE to see groom’s cakes at our weddings!

If you don’t know what a groom’s cake it, it’s basically a second cake presented at the wedding or sometimes the rehearsal dinner.  It might be in the groom’s favorite flavor and is often designed to reflect something he loves.  It’s an added touch (quite often a surprise from the bride to the groom) that shows it isn’t ALL about the bride.  There is a long history behind the groom’s cake and local cake designer extraordinaire Jan Kish has a wonderful history of the groom’s cake on her website.  Here are some of our favorite groom’s cakes from some past weddings:

Leslie designed this cake with the help of Bella Luna for her groom, Daniel.  He used to skateboard and the two pups on top are their dogs, Gunnar and Lola.

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Gavin goes through a bottle of Tabasco a week so it was a no brainer that Rebecca would surprise him with a cake from Short North Piece of Cake in the shape of his favorite hot sauce!

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Rachel and Travis love to play Scrabble so their favorite board game was an easy choice – especially since their names work so well together on the game board!  Anita Kline helped with this one!

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So what would you choose as a groom’s cake?

Social Media Links – Where to Find Us!

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Do you like us?  Do you find us pinteresting?  Do you follow us?

We LOVE social media – what can we say?  We love to chat!  Here are the places you can find Emilie Duncan Event Planning and/or Emilie:

EDEP’s Facebook – We share lots of pictures from our weddings that we don’t share on the blog or website along with tips and tidbits for our fans.  Come like us!

Emilie’s Pinterest – We pin lots of wedding pins but you’ll also find cooking, crafts, kidlet things, holidays, and more food as well!

Emilie’s Twitter – Follow for random thoughts and musings from Emilie.

EDEP’s Twitter – Watch this one for wedding day tidbits and pictures during wedding season! (kicking off March 23!)

Emilie’s Instagram – Weddings, kids, Truman the Dog, more kidlets, clients, even more really cute kids!

EDEP’s Instagram – Weddings, weddings and more weddings!  This is another place we’ll share pictures and sneak peeks from wedding day when wedding season hits!

Emilie’s Tumblr – Random thoughts and things that catch the eye or heart.

Emilie’s Linkedin – Truth be told, we’re not here that much but it is social media, so here you go!

Emilie is also on Vine with videos of kids and weddings.  Sensing a trend here?  No web side to that one (yet) but you can download the app and search for Emilie Duncan.

Wowza, can’t say we aren’t connected, right?!  Of course, we still answer the phone (614.678.6320) and respond to emails too!

Happy liking, friending, following, tweeting, pinning, instagramming, tumbling, and/or vining to you!  

Friday Favorites: 03.01.13

Friday, March 1st, 2013

So, what did you think of the Oscars?  I have a total girl crush on Jennifer Lawrence but I fall down a lot so that’s understandable, right?

Favorite Gown: Okay, so let’s be honest – the model is gorgeous but a little…flat, shall we say?  On the right bride, this would be a complete bombshell / va-va-va-voom dress!   This gorgeous silk trumpet style gown is from Jim Hjelm.  I love the added interest from the black belt – it would be gorgeous with other color belts too!


Favorite Bouquet: I love sweet peas – they are such a ruffly, pretty, frilly, and feminine flower that I don’t see used all that much in bouquets.  Might be why I love the overload of sweet peas in this very sweet purple bouquet!


Favorite Boutonniere: If your groomsmen aren’t wearing jackets (maybe they’re just wearing vests or shirts with suspenders), stick with bouts on the small side.  This little number fits the bill perfectly!  Ranunculus, mini spray roses and (what looks like) wax flower keep this bout petite.


Favorite Cake: I have to be honest – I don’t love the florals on the top but I DO love that the cake replicates design on the invitation.  I talk to my clients about the design thread we run through the event and this hits the nail on the head!


Favorite Decor:  Once again, I’m a little partial to this one as it was from one of my weddings.  Katie and Brad’s Renaissance Rooftop wedding ceremony had this gorgeous ribbon structure from Flowers on Orchard Lane as their backdrop.  I loved the way it moved in the breeze that day!


Favorite Extra:  Can you guess what this is a picture of?  These are grains of sand!  Magnified to 250 times what the naked eye can see.  I think these are absolutely stunning!


Favorite Article: Magazine-Worthy Wedding Flowers: The Pricing You Should Expect.  Please, please, please read this if you even have an inkling of wanting to submit your wedding photos to a magazine or big blog.  Bear in mind that there are blogs for every budget but the BIG ones, this is great advice.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!