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Cakes for a Cause

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Well, hello there!  Long time no see – I have been a bit busy loving on our newest addition and getting ready for a little event called Cakes for a Cause!

Well, Abby is doing beautifully and Cakes for a Cause was last night and a HUGE success!  My dear friend Kasey and I co-planned and hosted the event at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s Operation Feed. We are so proud of how the event turned out – everyone had a great time and we raised a lot of money for a great cause!

We are still tallying the final donation but it looks like we raised $5000 or 10,000 meals!  Our original goal was to raise enough to provide every meal for a family of 4 for a year but we managed to raise enough to feed 9 people!  How cool is that?

Believe me when I say that Columbus has some seriously talented bakers and confectioners!  Here is a little sneak peek of the room and a few of the cakes – can’t wait to share more when we get them.




IMG_6592Kasey and I won this cake in the silent auction and served it to all the attendees – don’t worry, we kept the top layer and a few strawberries for ourselves.  🙂

If you missed Cakes for a Cause 2010, trust me when I say that Cakes for a Cause 2011 is going to be even more sweet!

Images courtesy of C Studios

Introducing Abigail Grace

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Just a quick update – Abigail Grace was born at 5:29 pm on Friday, February 26.

She weighed in at 8 lbs, 10 oz and was 20 inches long.  She has my blue eyes and lot of brown hair.



Ellie is loving being a big sister and has been a great helper for mommy and daddy.  So far, life with two little girls has been quite lovely!

Just a reminder, I am on modified maternity leave until the end of March and only checking email and voice mail once in a while so please be a little patient while we continue to get settled!

Featured on Stylish Planner!

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

You know you haven’t been updating your blog enough when your mom calls to tell you she was looking at her Blogroll and noticed you hadn’t updated in a really long time.  I have a good excuse – between my wonderful clients, Cakes for a Cause and getting ready for this baby, I have also been working on blogs for other people!

stylishplannerToday, I was featured on The Stylish Planner.  The lovely Jeannine gives a good idea of how we met (and yes, the story is a long, but funny one) and we are Twitter friends as well.  She asked me to talk a little about managing pregnancy while maintaining your style and I was completely flattered!

Click here to read my post on maternity fashion tips!

And if you haven’t put two and two together – I am pregnant with Ellie’s little sister and will be delivering any day.  I will be on maternity leave for about a month once that happens but still checking my email and voicemail from time to time.  I look forward to introducing the newest addition to our family very soon!

Thanks to Jeannine for the opportunity to share my maternity tips with your readers!

Taking time to help others

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

I know, I know, I disappeared for a while!  I am sorry but I have a really good excuse – I have been working on a secret project with my friend Kasey.  I am thrilled to say it isn’t secret anymore!


Who: Columbus area event professionals and their invited guests (if you are seeing this website, consider yourself cordially invited!)

What: An evening of fun and networking benefiting the Mid Ohio Food Bank and Operation Feed including live and silent cake auctions and raffles – there will be something to satisfy every sweet tooth!

Where: The Mid Ohio Food Bank’s brand new facility, 3960 Brookham Drive, Grove City, Ohio, 43123

When: March 23, 2010 from 6 to 9 pm

Why: Because there are too many hungry people in the Central Ohio area and this is a fun and simple way to help!

Advance ticket purchase: $21 which will provide one person’s meals for 2 weeks.

The price of your admission and any money spent on the auctions or raffles is 100% tax deductible.

Click here to visit our website and learn more about the event
click here to buy tickets and join us for an evening of fun, food and something for your sweet tooth!

We would love to have you join us in supporting this great cause!

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 31st, 2009


(Penny and Shannon at their 2004 New Year’s Eve wedding, photo by Steve Mastroianni)

I think it is safe to say that 2009 was a tough year all around – from people we lost too early to the recession, everyone was affected in some way or another.  There were, as always, pockets of light and joy and I think that speaks to the true human spirit and our ability to still find ways to celebrate the things in life that matter including love and commitment.

In 2009, we were lucky enough to work with some amazing couples, families and vendors.  2010 is shaping up to be another great year full of happy couples, gorgeous weddings and lots of love and laughter.  We have so many wonderful things on the horizon and I can’t wait to share them with you throughout the coming year!

To all my clients, past, present and future – thank you for being part of my life and allowing me to be a part of yours as well as continuing to bring me daily doses of friendship, laughter, challenges, fun and joy.

To the other vendors who are lucky enough to call the wedding and event industry home – thank you for being my ‘co-workers’ and making me a better planner.  And thank you for helping me take such great care of our clients.

Happy New Year and may 2010 be the best year ever!

Family Pictures: Then and Now

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

The last time that we had pro pictures done of Miss Ellie was over a year ago at her 1st birthday party.  Since Ellie just turned two in September, we scheduled her two year (and one month) portraits for last weekend with Alison from Grogan Studios.  Beyond working together and sharing studio space, Alison and I have become friends and have lunch with our kids every so often so Ellie is super comfortable with her and actually posed for the camera – my kid is a ham, what can I say?  Anyway, all that posing paid off because Alison captured some amazing photos of Ellie and our family – including the little girl that is due in February – both at our house and as we traipsed around the Columbus Zoo!

There is a great sneak peek on the Grogan Studios Blog so I won’t share them here but as I was looking through the pictures, I realized one looked super familiar – the first picture is from our 9 month portraits and the second is from our 2 year portraits.  Same kisses, same reaction just a few more teeth in Ellie’s smile – I love it!



Thanks Alison – we love the pictures and can’t wait to see the rest!!

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

Just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Easter!  I hope you find tons of eggs and the Easter Bunny is good to you!  Personally, I think Easter candy is the best candy all year long – Peeps, Reece’s Peanut Butter Eggs and Cadbury Eggs – yum!


Adorable picture borrowed from Bakerella – so cute!!!

Go Green! Go White! Go State!

Monday, April 6th, 2009

I feel the need to point out that although I live in the land of the Buckeye – I still bleed green and white!


I will be cheering on my alma mater, the Michigan State University Spartans as they take on the Tarheels in the Big Dance this evening!  I wish I could be in Detroit this evening to watch the game in person!


New Headshots!

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

I recently decided that it was time for new headshots – my old ones were taken way back in 2005 and didn’t really look like me so much anymore.  I was very excited when the lovely and talented Lisa from Red Gallery agreed to do them for me.  Normally, I really don’t like having pictures taken of me (I much prefer to be behind the scenes watching my brides and grooms get their pictures taken) but I knew I would be comfortable with Lisa behind the lens and that she would get some good shots.

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I don’t wear makeup.  The daily extent of my makeup routine consists of Burt’s Bees lip balm and maybe a touch of mascara when I am feeling really sassy.  Because of this simple fact, I knew I needed help with my makeup for the photo shot.

That is where the lovely and talented makeup artist MelissaRoshan comes in – I told her that the last time I had my makeup done by someone else I wound up looking like a cross between a clown (way too much blush) and *ahem* a lady of the night (way too much eyeliner).  She swore she is the queen of natural looking makeup and to trust her – I am certainly glad that I did!  She did an amazing job and for me to say that is a big deal – I never think makeup looks good on me but she even did some fun false lashes and still managed to make me look like myself.  Exactly what I was hoping for!

So, what do you think?  All my gushing aside, I love how my pictures turned out – they are very me which is kind of the whole point!  I absolutely recommend both Red Gallery and MelissaRoshan. Thanks again ladies, I love how they turned out!

As a side note, these pictures might be a shock to some people as until a few hours before this photo shoot my hair was extremely long – almost to my waist!  I was finally tired of wrangling all that hair every day and chopped it all off.  I am pleased to say that the ponytail that my stylist cut off was long enough (over 11″) to send to Locks of Love – love being able to contribute to a good cause and I love having shorter hair again!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!
I hope you are spending today with someone or the someones you love!