Archive for March, 2016

#FieldTripFriday – Glenn Avenue Soap Company

Friday, 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!


 

logo

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!

2016-03-03 14.03.47

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!

2016-03-03 14.04.21

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!

2016-03-03 14.03.55

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.

2016-03-03 14.04.17

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!

2016-03-03 14.04.08

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

Wednesday, 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!

Preparations-4

RRP-58

RRP-62

RRP-44

RRP-115

RRP-69  RRP-70

Ceremony-36

RRP-75  RRP-78

RRP-80

Ceremony-96

RRP-90

RRP-93

RRP-95

RRP-98
RRP-104

Brian_Natalie-3

RRP-119
Reception-15
RRP-118

Reception-6
Reception-34  Reception-21

Reception-9  Reception-23

RRP-136
RRP-185
RRP-155

RRP-156

RRP-157
RRP-180

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

Adrienne + Ken: 08.01.15

Wednesday, 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!

binewedding_0101

binewedding_0104

binewedding_0009  binewedding_0010

binewedding_0018

binewedding_0239

binewedding_0259

binewedding_0294

binewedding_0297

binewedding_0034  binewedding_0038

binewedding_0357  binewedding_0351

binewedding_0118

binewedding_0142

binewedding_0536  binewedding_0373

binewedding_0454

binewedding_0052