Archive for January, 2016

Hallie + Fred: 06.13.15

Wednesday, 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!

Sunday, 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

Luxe Redux Bridal Sample Sale

Elena + Greg: 06.06.15

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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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2016 Interns Wanted!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Emilie Duncan Event Planning is looking for interns for our 2016 internship program! If you have ever wanted a look behind the scenes of a full service boutique wedding and event planning firm as well at the Columbus wedding and event industry, this is your opportunity. Our internships are a year long – from the beginning of 2016 through the last event of the year, typically in December.

What are we looking for? For starters:

*You MUST be in the Columbus area for all of 2016 – especially over the summer. We have events and weddings scheduled from March through November at this point and more will be added throughout the year.
*Weekly meetings will be required as are some evenings and weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) as needed for events.
*Proficiency in MS Office is required, social media prowess is a must, and Photoshop is a plus.
*You must have the ability to work remotely via virtual office.
*You should graduating no sooner than December 2016.
*You must have your own transportation.
*Finally and most importantly, you must have an amazing attitude, the ability to roll with the punches and be ready and willing to jump in and start working!  Wedding and event planning is HARD work and you’ll be in the middle of it all.

You will assist with the coordination of our 2016 weddings and events. We will be accepting applications via email until January 31. If you would like to send your cover letter and resume for consideration for our intern program, please send your resume and cover letter to interns {@} Candidates will be contacted to arrange interviews in February.

OSU students may also submit their cover letter and resume via FutureLink.

Happy New Year! Welcome 2016!

Friday, January 1st, 2016

The days are long but the years are short…

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That quote rings so true to me especially as I look back at the past year and the special events we were lucky enough to be a part of…2015 was a pretty fantastic year – here’s hoping 2016 can somehow top it!

Here’s a peek at what helped make 2015 so wonderful:

*We kicked off the year with Lauren and Lucas’ gorgeous (and rather chilly) January 10 wedding at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in German Village and St. Charles Preparatory School in Bexley.  We learned what a “hog trough dance” is – some sources say it is a Cajun tradition, although I have heard German and Appalachian too.  Wherever it came from, it was hilarious and we had 3 troughs of varying strength that night! The Knot apparently liked this one as much as we did because it was featured over the summer.

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*At the end of February, our family celebrated Abby’s 5th birthday at Walt Disney World! I went a little crazy with the GoPro and iMovie and created this little video.  Fair warning, it is half an hour long and has lots of cute little girls meeting Mickey and Minnie and it might make you want to hop a plane to ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ ASAP:

*Shanay and Brian were married at Grace Church in Powell on March 14 and we had surprisingly warm, albeit breezy, weather for that time of year.  So breezy that the balloon release was a little more tricky than we had anticipated!  For reception at High Line Car House in Columbus, we loved that Shanay picked a bundt cake for their wedding cake because that’s the only kind of cake she actually likes and guests had their choice of mini bundt cakes in several flavors!

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*The 6th annual Cakes for a Cause took place at Mid-Ohio Foodbank on April 2 and we raised enough meals to feed 33 people every single meal for a year!  That brings our total from the last 6 years to well over 150,000 meals for our neighbors in Central Ohio.  I actually lit one of our live auction cakes on fire (well, it was a torch candle) and as you can see from the picture, this made both me and Monica Day a bit nervous!

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 *We had a little break until May 30 when we kicked off wedding season in full force with Ashley and Dom at St. Francis of Assisi in Victorian Village.  We dodged raindrops all day but managed to miss the gale force winds and sideways rain that hit right as cocktail hour began at The Ivory Room in downtown Columbus.  Ashley’s dress had a heart made from a piece of her grandmother’s wedding gown sewn into it with both her grandmother and mother’s initials and wedding dates embroidered on it in blue thread – a perfect something blue!

(Photo courtesy Julian Allen Photography)

*I am pretty sure that Elena and Greg’s June 6 wedding was the only day in May and June that we didn’t have rain.  Thank goodness because we needed clear skies since we were at Jorgensen Farms – luckily, the day could not have been more beautiful!  Greg surprised everyone with a performance by TBDBITL (if you aren’t from around here, that’s OSU’s Marching Band) and guests enjoyed pies instead of wedding cake.  Once again, The Knot liked this one too – it was featured this fall.

(Photo courtesy Kimberly Potterf Photography)

*Hallie and Fred were supposed to be married outside at Rocky Fork Hunt and Country Club on June 13 but, you guessed it, we were rained out 30 minutes before the guests arrived!  They were married in a tent on the patio but right before Hallie walked down the aisle, the sun came out and stayed out for the entire ceremony!  It was quite the party with the night ending with everyone – parents of the groom included – in the pool…fully clothed! Who needs the rain when you have the pool?!

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*June 20 brought ANOTHER rainy day – Carolyn and Kenley were supposed to be married at the new Wedding Garden at Wedgewood Country Club but the rain completely washed us out!  We moved everything inside for a California style ceremony with everyone at tables in the ballroom and it was lovely.  The bride said she loved how things turned out…possibly more than if we’d been outside!  I am just tickled to announce that these high school sweethearts are expecting a little munchkin in May!!

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*We were back at High Line Car House on July 18 for Amy and Jon’s wedding!  It was a gorgeous day with both the ceremony and reception on site at HLCH.  Conspiracy kept the dance floor packed all night and I don’t think Amy stopped smiling once all night – nothing, and I mean nothing, makes me happier than a bride and groom who are just obviously on cloud 9.  It was a great way to celebrate my birthday.  🙂

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*Adrienne and Ken were married at their home in Powell on August 1 and kicked off our marathon August.  It was a gorgeous afternoon with a sweet ceremony that included Adrienne’s son being FaceTimed in from ROTC training – True Video was able to make that happen and the couple could not have been more happy he was able to see the vows!  A big tent and some really rowdy and wonderful friends made for a perfect evening!

(Photo courtesy Kimberly Potterf Photography)

*Natalie and Brian had to go all the way to NYC to meet even though they’re both from Columbus but they came home for their August 8 wedding. They were married at Holy Cross Church and held their reception at High Line Car House.  Rose Bredl did the most amazing installation of a gazillion floating tulips over the huge Tuscan style head table – it was simply jaw dropping. We’ll be adding a gallery from this wedding to the website soon so keep an eye out for that!

(Photo courtesy of Rosey Red Photography)

*Viktoriya and Eric were married at Franklin Park Conservatory on August 14 in a traditional Jewish ceremony.  They had a casual reception following the ceremony and then had a more formal reception the next evening at The Athletic Club of Columbus.

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*Jessica and PJ were married at Trinity Episcopal Church with a gorgeous, vintage inspired reception at Taylor Mansion on August 22.  Jessica knew exactly what she wanted when it came to the design of the wedding – vintage elegance.  She had a very clear vision and nailed it on wedding day – you’ll see more pictures of this one soon!

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*We closed out the marathon that was August with Emma and Michael on August 29 at Holy Family Catholic Church and Camp Mary Orton.  We loved their sweet, vintage inspired wedding with one heck of a dance floor!  We had to kick everyone out at the end of the night – always the sign of a good wedding!

(Photo courtesy of Julian Allen Photography)

*On September 12, we took a little trip up to Warren to help Laura and Chris with their wedding.  If you were married at the Ivory Room in the last few years, you might recognize her!  They had a lovely ceremony at the Butler Art Institute followed by a reception at The Avalon Inn.  Everything was gorgeous and it was wonderful to see Laura take off her catering hat and put on her bridal hat!


*We hit a huge milestone on September 19 with Randy and HL – it was our 100th wedding!  We could not have picked a more wonderful couple to mark that occasion.  The gentlemen were married at Broad Street United Methodist in one of the most emotional ceremonies I have had the privilege of witnessing.  Their gorgeous fall reception followed at Scioto Reserve Country Club.  My favorite part was the wish lanterns that we launched at the end of the evening – seeing them trail across the sky as they floated off was lovely.

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*Grant is from Ohio (I did 2 of his cousin’s weddings) but Jingjing is from China and they met at OSU in grad school. Quite a long way to go to meet your soul mate but some things are obviously meant to be.  Jingjing had two gowns for their October 3rd wedding – one for the ceremony at St. Joseph’s Cathedral and one for the reception at the Renaissance Hotel.  Both were gorgeous and both were hand made by her mother.  After the wedding here was over, their families (including Grant’s parents and sister) hopped on a plane and went to China for 2 weeks to have a wedding over there.  So cool!

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*October 24 found us helping a great charity with their tailgate for the OSU/Rutger’s game.  KidSmiles provides dental care for kids who fall into the gap between Medicaid and private insurance – all done with volunteers and donations.  Amazing organization and it was an honor to work with them!

*We celebrated November 14 with Lauren and Josh for our last wedding of the year!  I have known Lauren and Josh for a while – they were friends with another past bride and Josh actually told me at that wedding 3 years ago that he was going to marry her and I was going to their planner.  He was right on both accounts!  The wedding ceremony at Our Lady of Perpetual Help was absolutely lovely and the reception at The Westin was simply stunning – it was a truly wonderful day!

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*Our last event of the year was a corporate holiday party at Copious on December 11.  We had a casino night with lots of prizes and the associates seemed to love it.  Sad to say, I still don’t understand craps but that was one of the more rowdy tables all night!

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*On the personal side of things, Instagram tells the story best so feel free to follow my personal account over there along with the EDEP account.  Let’s see – a one paragraph recap: Ellie sold Girl Scout Cookies, we took that fantastic trip to Disney World, I spent a night or two in the hospital (I’m fine!).  We recolored the grout in our kitchen (easier than it sounds but way more tedious), saw Jimmy Buffet in Cincy, went zip lining, spent a lot of time at the pool, and met a giraffe at The Wilds.  Ellie took ballet lessons, Abby started Kindergarten and Ellie started 3rd grade, we camped in the backyard, Ellie played soccer and Abby took gymnastics.  We took a trip to Washington DC where a squirrel tried to climb up my child’s leg, we got a tour of the West Wing of the White House, and watched Michigan State shock U of M in the last 3 seconds which still makes me smile!  We played in the leaves, Batgirl and Wonder Woman stopped by for Halloween, we went to Randy’s 25th HS reunion, and celebrated Christmas with lots of American Girl items and some upcoming adventures!  We closed out the year with our traditional trip to Jeni’s Ice Cream and reflected on a fantastic 2015 while looking forward to an even better 2016!

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Over half of the weddings and events we did this year were either referrals from past clients or repeat clients – that’s a very happy statistic and one we’d love to repeat this year as well!  A HUGE thank you to everyone who passed along our name, sent their friends and family our way and generally showed us a lot of love!  If you or anyone you know is still looking for a wedding planner, drop us a line!

Also, make sure to follow @edepweddings on instagram for wedding day pictures from our 2016 weddings!  We do a much better job of keeping that updated with lots of pretties and major amounts of love!  We’ll be at The Athletic Club of Columbus, The Loft at Dock580Scioto Country ClubHigh Line Car HouseWedgewood Country ClubCamp Mary Orton, and Copious – lots of old favorites and a few new or new-to-us locations that we can’t wait to visit!

Happy New Year from my family to yours and as always, I hope that 2016 brings you more health, happiness, success, security, comfort, compassion, healing and love than you could ever need!