Archive for December, 2017

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2018!

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Well, I can admit that my promise to keep my blog better updated fell completely and absolutely flat.  Whoops…life and actually planning and coordinating the weddings seems to get in the way of blogging but I promise to do my best (or assign an assistant to do hers)!  But, let’s be honest and not hold our collective breath!

2017 was a great year for EDEP weddings – tons of pretty, lots of fun and some truly amazing couples!  We were honored to have been part of each and every wedding and had a great time along the way.  We will kick off 2018 with a busy April so make sure to check out the EDEP Instagram account as that is one place we actually DO keep updated!

On to the highlights:

*Stephanie and Brett kicked off our wedding season at Columbus Museum of Art on March 11.  We had so much fun with these two Chicago Cubs fans – their guestbook was even the W flag!  They had a beautiful Jewish ceremony in Derby Court and then we moved to the new wing of the museum for the party.  Congrats to the couple who will welcome a third Cub’s fan to the family right around their anniversary – quite the way to celebrate!

Image thanks to Simon Yao

*Simone and Eric were married at First Congregational Church on May 6 with a reception at High Line Car House. Simone’s mother is from Mexico and we had some amazing touches including traditional food and a hand painted backdrop made to look like a fountain in a Mexican plaza behind the cake.

Image thanks to Chris Keels

They were also kind enough to leave me a lovely review: “Emilie is absolutely wonderful to work with! She helped me plan my wedding from start to finish and made it feel so effortless. She was very easily able to understand my visions/ideas and gave me suggestions when needed. By far the best thing about Emilie is her persona and calming demeanor. She is bubbly and easy to talk to and handles organization/stress like I wouldn’t know how!! I believe Emilie is a big reason why our wedding day came out so wonderful like it did! Thank you Emilie!! :)”

*We were back at Columbus Museum of Art on May 13 with John and Aidan. The gorgeous ceremony was presided over by John’s father with not a dry eye in the house.  They flew in a band from Chicago to perform and had the dance floor PACKED all night! I mean how handsome and dapper were these two?

Image thanks to Nicole Dixon

I received this awesome review from John (he really was fun, I swear!): “Admittedly, as a Type A, extremely organized/OCD lawyer (don’t I sound fun?) I was skeptical about whether I/we really need a wedding planner. I quickly realized that wedding planning takes on a life of its own and it virtually impossible to do alone and give it the attention to detail warranted.  Emilie was enthusiastically referred to us but multiple people, all of whom have impeccable taste and are equally demanding, and surpassed all of those references.  Emilie is the consummate professional and does her job exceptionally.  From the moment we retained Emilie, our (well mostly mine) anxiety was gone.  First, Emilie is extremely responsive, including on weekends and after business hours, and treats you as if you are her only client.  She quickly understands your needs, expectations, style of communication, and budget and then efficiently, meticulously, and promptly executes each task leaving no detail behind and no question unanswered.  Emilie remains upbeat—not matter how stressed or cranky I was—and always one step ahead of you. Literally because of Emilie,  we were completely relaxed leading up to and during our wedding—allowing us to focus on each other, our family, and friends—because I knew with certainty that Emile had every detail handled.  The result was a flawlessly and tastefully executed celebration that exceeded our lofty expectations.  Hiring Emilie was one of the best decisions we ever made, and we are forever grateful for her work and her partnership.”

*Orchard House B&B in Granville was a new location to us when we were there for Jessica and Zac’s May 20th wedding.  Our rehearsal was actually cancelled by the most atrocious rain storm I have seen in a long time – we were absolutely soaked to the bone trying to get to the house from the tent and it was only about 50 yards!  It cleared up nicely the next day and the ceremony in the pine grove was beautiful for these loves who’ve been together off and on since junior high school. We moved into the tent where the Father of the Bride actually dropped his daughter during the dip right after she told him he was the only one she trusted not to drop her. LOL!  Everyone was okay but it was quite the moment!

Image thanks to Eastlyn Bright

Jess left me a wonderful review: “Emilie is a miracle worker and we can’t thank her enough for everything that she did to make our wedding amazing. We chose Emilie’s “Wedding Month Coordination” service and also consulted with her early on in the process for suggestions and vendor recommendations. Her patience, planning knowledge and network of local vendors helped us make our dream wedding a reality. Even as a thunderstorm rolled through the night before our big day Emilie stayed calm and adjusted plans to make sure we still had our perfect wedding. On the day of the wedding she worked tirelessly to make sure that even the smallest detail was in order and stepped in to roles that were far above and beyond our expectations. With Emilie in charge you can be sure that your wedding will be a beautiful day to remember.”

*We were at High Line Car House again for Natalie and Zach’s wedding on June 11.  I can honestly say, I have never had more fun at a bridal suite than with Natalie – she was literally dancing the whole time.  I have no idea how the stylists got her to sit still for her hair and makeup. Sir Rockwell the dog was their ring bearer (no other bridal party!) and I had to refrain from loving on him just to get Nat down the aisle.  After a lovely Jewish ceremony, Natalie’s dancing continued until the Jeni’s truck showed up and beyond!

Image thanks to Seth and Beth

*Emily and Murugu had the longest wedding I have ever done starting at 7 am with a Hindu ceremony and brunch followed by a break and then a Christian ceremony and reception at 4 pm with dancing until 11 pm.  It was a very full day of lots of color, lots of joy and lots of love – I seriously cannot even sum it up here!  One of my favorite parts was the flash mob that Murugu’s family surprised Emily with – it was amazing!!!

Wonderful review from Emily: “Emilie is everything you could want in a wedding planner. When I first met her I was a quivering heap of nerves with no clue what to do next! She didn’t even flinch at the prospect of my 400-person, Hindu-Christian 2-day ceremony. Emilie is a true professional with obvious experience and invaluable industry connections. And she is obviously not afraid of a challenge! She helped me to get organized, focused, and on schedule. Emilie worked well with all vendors, the venue’s planners and even the overbearing in-laws! On the day of she was calm and collected, and anticipated/thwarted any potential mishaps before I even had a chance to find out about them. She truly made an otherwise terrifying experience rather enjoyable, and I can not thank her enough for the beautiful wedding that she helped us create!”

*Brooke and Mark were married at Scioto Reserve Country Club on July 8 in a beautiful outdoor ceremony on a perfect summer evening – the full moon even made an appearance!  My favorite moment was right before Brooke walked down the aisle – she was so nervous but knowing that she would see Mark soon calmed her down enough to take her dad’s arm and take the walk.  Little did she know how nervous Mark was waiting for her at the end of the aisle!

*Andrea and Steve were married at Holy Cross Church with a reception at The Athletic Club of Columbus on July 15.  I had such a great time planning with Andrea and her mom and we worked so hard to get the perfect design – it was amazing to see it all come together on wedding day!  This couple and their families were so much fun – we had 250 guests who seriously packed the dance floor and would not leave!  I mean, when Conspiracy tells you they’ve NEVER had a party like that before?  You know it was a hell of a night!

Image thanks to Style and Story Creative

*Emily and Kris were married on August 5 at Beverly Mansion in Marengo.  Now an outdoor wedding in August in Ohio is always a crap shoot but we could not have had better weather – it was temperate, sunny but too sunny, zero rain.  I swear, if I could bottle their weather and sell it for other weddings, I would make a fortune!  I planned much of the wedding with Kris because Emily is in her dental residency – they also moved 3 times in the year and a half I worked with them!  The ceremony was under a huge tree with the reception in a tent nearby – the party went until 2 am and I truly cannot remember a groom more excited to see his bride than Kris.

Image thanks to Red Gallery Photography

*All our weddings are personal and special to us but sometimes they’re family – Kirsten was an EDEP intern a few years ago and still comes back to help out from time to time.  When it was her turn to marry her long time love, Aaron, we were honored to help out and happy to get to see her get married after helping so many other couples with us.  As you can see, she was a gorgeous bride and Aaron is a lucky guy because she’s as gorgeous inside as out.

Image thanks to Ashley D Photography

*Brianne and Daren were married at The Loft at Smith Brothers on September 23.  Bri and Daren were supposed to get married last year but realized that they were planning a wedding that wasn’t for them so they scraped all those plans and had a redo.  From the ceremony upstairs with the coolest hanging floral installation to the packed dance floor all night, it was a fantastic day and it was all about them as a couple – couldn’t ask for much more!  Love, love, love these two for making it what THEY wanted!

Image thanks to Erin Cairns Photography

*Jacqueline and Allan were married at Our Lady of Victory with a reception at The Hilton Downtown on October 21 – for those of you who are local, it was the same night as Highball Halloween which made for some interesting people watching outside the hotel!  Jacqueline and Allan were a first for me – they were the first couple I have ever had dance to an instrumental song.  What did they dance to?  All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera.

Image thanks to Lux Everlasting

*On the personal side of life, my family had a pretty good year!  We escaped to Disney World and visited Hogwarts for the first time, Ellie grew up too fast, Abby turned 7, we visited Hocking Hills during our surprisingly mild spring, we saw the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon and brought OH-IO to Monument Valley. We explored the Columbus Museum of Art, cuddled with Hazel, appeared on a podcast, volunteered, celebrated Mother’s Day, persisted, bridged to Brownie, said goodbye to 1st and 4th grades.

We explored Chicago, saw Hamilton, danced, went to the Arts Fest, did Harry Potter art, ran some 5Ks, went to Powell Fest and the library.  Went to Potterfest, gave belly rubs, saw friends, explored Toronto and Niagara Falls, went to Bounty on the Bricks and said hello to 2nd and 5th grade.

We went ziplining, loved on Hazel, started drum lessons, Ellie turned 10, had a cancer scare (totally benign), played at Pins, saw School of Rock, visited the zoo, literally ran around the airport runway.  A movie star and flapper went trick or treating, went to JA Biztown, voted, tortured the dog, cuddled, saw Waitress, loved on new friends, saw Santa and had a wonderful Christmas!

Shorter recap: we traveled a bunch, we spent a lot of time as a family, hung out with friends – new and old, loved on Hazel and each other and generally had a really good year!

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 looking for a wedding planner, drop us a line!

Also, make sure to follow @edepweddings on instagram for wedding day pictures from our 2018 weddings!  We do a much, much better job of keeping that updated with lots of pretties and major amounts of love!  In 2018, we’ll be at High Line Car House, Via Vecchia, Burnt Toast Farms, Franklin Park Conservatory and a few more – some old favorites and a few 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 2018 brings you more openness, health, healing, happiness, success, security, comfort, compassion and love than you could ever need!