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Happy New Year! Welcome 2013!

Friday, December 28th, 2012

As we look forward to 2013, I wanted to take a minute to reflect on 2012. It was a wonderful year with great weddings and projects – here are some of our favorite highlights:

*Our season kicked off with Andrea and TJ’s wedding at Franklin Park Conservatory on February 18 – would you believe it was warm enough for them to do their first look and take pictures OUTSIDE? In February? In Ohio? Believe it! I also just found out that Andrea and TJ are expecting a little addition to their family this summer – so excited for them!

Andrea and TJ{Photo: Chelsie Burkhart}

*On February 24, we helped with a fun party for a local company’s 13th anniversary – they are healthcare related so we did a Haunted Hospital theme complete with a talent show and the senior management surprising everyone with a flash mob to Thriller! First time I have ever worn scrubs to an event – we had to be in theme after all!

*The 3rd Annual Cakes for a Cause took place on April 5 and we raised enough to feed 24 people every meal for a year! It was an amazing night with tons of food and sweets plus lots of great auction items! The 4th Annual Cakes for a Cause is scheduled for March 28 – make sure you mark your calendar now!

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*We continued our wedding season with Lauren and Geoff’s gorgeous wedding out at Darby House on May 12. We had beautiful weather for the outdoor ceremony and pictures and then headed in for a great night of dinner and dancing to dueling pianos from the Big Bang Piano Bar!

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*We were under a huge white tent in Dublin on May 19 with Jean and Chris. They’re a really private couple so they asked I not share pictures of their faces but rest assured they were a gorgeous couple! Here’s a shot from their lovely head table:

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*June 2 found us moving Elisabeth and Chris’ entire reception from an impossibly windy Pool Deck at the Renaissance Hotel inside to the ballroom. Elisabeth works in a really big House that happens to be White planning travel and events so she rolled with the changes beautifully! This wedding also proved once again that Columbus is a very small place – it turns out the Bride’s sister (her Maid of Honor) and I had both been bridesmaids in another friend’s wedding way back in 2006!

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*June 16 was the epic wedding of Katlin and Parker at The Athletic Club of Columbus. Not only gorgeous but hilarious with truly great friends and family, this couple was a blast to work with! When the bride and groom wind up dancing on the tables, you know it was a heck of a night! This picture pretty much sums up this couple perfectly!

Katlin and Parker{Photo: Kitty Maer Photography}

*Leslie and Daniel’s July 7th wedding outside under a big white tent at the Columbus Country Club goes down in the books as the hottest wedding we have ever done – it went all the way to 107 degrees! Luckily, the couple, their bridal party and guests were all troopers – several big fans and GREAT attitudes kept everyone dancing late into the night. This is also the wedding that the emergency kit was put to full use with a split, very broken bridesmaid gown zipper! Thank goodness for veterinarian surgeon bridesmaids who know how to sew things up!

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*We helped Laura and Mark celebrate their wedding at The Westin on July 28. We also found out that you can see fireworks they put on at Columbus Commons from the windows of the Westin Ballroom – it was like a personal fireworks show just for their guests!

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*A number of Worthington based wedding vendors came together to create an adorable, preppy photo shoot on August 13. Katlin and Parker served as our bride and groom and they brought along their DARLING puppy Indie as well! Watch for a fun event coming up in April from the Worthington Wedding District!

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*Mother Nature made up for the last time we were at the Renaissance with Katie and Brad’s August 18 wedding – perfect weather and zero wind! Katie and Brad were married on the roof top, went downstairs for cocktail hour with their guests and then came right back up for an amazing evening of dinner and dancing with a phenomenal band!

Katie and Brad2{Photo: Benjamin James Photography}

*Christina and Marc traveled all the way from sunny San Diego to celebrate their wedding at Creekside Events Center! Marc is in the Navy and we had lots of nautical touches including hand carved naval boats as table numbers. Doesn’t Christina have the best smile? Seriously, she can light up a room!

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*Heather and Chris’s Ohio Statehouse wedding on September 15 was a reunion of sorts for me – not 1, not 2, but 3 former couples and their parents were in attendance! It was wonderful to catch up with them all! I love that this couple scheduled time to go back to their house to take pictures after the ceremony to have a private toast with their bridal party (and make sure the Duchess, their beloved cat, was in the pictures as well!)

Heather and Chris{Photo: Jacquelyn Poussot Photography}

*Lesley and Jason were married on a gorgeous fall day at Camp Mary Orton. It was truly one of the most unique and extraordinarily personalized weddings I have done to date – we had zip lining before the wedding, the bride and groom getting dressed together, the bride’s super colorful dress, a gorgeous ceremony in a meadow with guests on blankets, Mikey’s Late Night Slice serving up a snack during dancing and everyone heading to the after party at Ace of Cups for karaoke. It was an absolute ball and absolutely perfect for them!

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*We helped create another photo shoot on October 18 at The Athletic Club of Columbus. The photographer described her vision as moody and mature – I’d say we hit it on the head! We also just found out that the shoot will be featured on a major wedding blog early next year – I’ll share more pictures after that!

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*We closed out 2012 with Meredith and Dave’s wedding at The Athletic Club of Columbus. They wanted their December 22nd wedding to be a Christmas wedding without the commercialization. Lots of Christmas bulbs, lots of silver and red, and lots of good cheer all around – we achieved just that! Thanks to the super speedy editing of Kimberly Potterf, I already have a picture to share!

MeredithandDave{Photo: Kimberly Potterf Photography}

*On a personal note, my family had 2 big milestones this year – my husband and I celebrated 10 years of marriage and our oldest daughter Ellie started kindergarten! We celebrated it all with a surprise trip to Disney World in December.


2012 was a fantastic year and my team and I were honored to have been a part of each wedding and event! So far 2013 is shaping up to be wonderful as well – we’ll back at Creekside, Columbus Museum of Art, The Athletic Club of Columbus, The Renaissance and Franklin Park Conservatory to name a few. We have a few more open spots for the year (we only take a limited number of couples every year) – send us an email or give us a call {614.678.6320} to set up a meeting to talk about how we can help you have an incredible wedding!

Happy New Year to you and yours from Emilie Duncan Event Planning!

Lauren + Geoff: 05.12.12 (Sneak Peek!)

Friday, June 1st, 2012

We were out at one of our favorite venues – The Darby House – a couple of weeks ago for the kick off a very busy wedding season!  We worked with Lauren and Geoff for nearly a year and a half through some very busy times in their life (Lauren started a demanding new job and Geoff passed the Bar Exam!) but even through that stress, they were a joy to work with!  All these gorgeous images you see are by Simon Yao Studio – huge thanks to Simon for sharing!

Lots more picture of this GORGEOUS couple to come – wait until you see the flowers from Bloomtastic and the cake from Suisse Shop – both were jaw droppingly amazing!  And again, thank you to Simon Yao for the beautiful pictures!

Lauren and Geoff were kind enough to leave a review for me on The Wedding Channel that brought tears to my eyes – I’ll let you read and see why:

Couldn’t have done it without her!  

We came to Emilie almost a year and a half before our wedding-we knew we wanted a planner and we knew we wanted to start planning right away, as I was going to start a new job and my husband was studying for the Bar Exam. We knew we wanted to hire Emilie the moment we left our initial meeting with her. She made us feel so at ease. Over the last year and a half, she helped us hire vendors, pick linens, select flowers, and a million other things. Whether we had a huge, pressing concern or a trivial question like “How many songs are in a prelude ?”, Emilie was had the answer for us right away. I never felt like we were left in the dark-her communication was oustanding, and her expertise saved us countless hours and so much stress. As we got closer to the wedding, everyone I saw would ask if I was nervous, and I always had to say no- We felt so confident in Emilie and her team, there was no reason to be nervous. Our wedding day proved to be more beautiful than we ever imagined, and all our visions came to life that day thanks to Emilie and her team. The night went SO smoothly-it really was like a fairy tale, and I know it would not have been possible without Emilie and her team! We hired a spectacular planner at the beginning of this journey, and gained a friend along the way.

Yep, that made me cry.  Thanks to Lauren and Geoff for letting me be a part of your gorgeous day – it was an honor!!

Real Bride Chat: Megan

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Real Bride: Megan S.
Wedding Date: May 15
Ceremony and Reception Location: Darby House

How different was your original wedding vision from your actual wedding?
I honestly didn’t have the picture of what my wedding would be. I grew up picturing life with a family, but I never had the “down the aisle fantasy” or a specific vision for my wedding. When we began planning, I had random ideas of what I wanted, but still no set idea. The end result was infinitely better – a combination of everything and everyone I love in one space.

What surprised you most about the planning process?
How many details are involved! I truly didn’t realize how many decisions you have to make (and trust me, I hate decisions!). Throughout the process, Emilie would remind me of things I needed to consider that I never thought would come into play.

What was your favorite part of the planning process?
My favorite part of the planning process was the cake tasting – not going to lie!

What surprised you the most about the wedding day?
I didn’t stress out very much the week of the wedding, so that morning I woke up worried about how things would flow, especially since rain forced us out of the original outdoor site. But, everything flowed so smoothly and went so quickly. Everyone will tell you that your wedding day flies, but it truly moves faster than you could ever imagine.

What was your favorite moment of the wedding day?
I had two favorite moments. Michael and I chose to do a “first look” before the ceremony. I am very traditional, so I was pretty hesitant to do this. However, I am also a huge bawler! I wanted to get any crying out of the way before walking down the aisle, so that I could actually get my vows out. Having the few minutes with him to get pictures out of the way and spend time with my soon-to-be husband before the ceremony is something I wouldn’t take back. It was so nice to see the look on his face and be able to share that moment alone before everything got into full swing.

My other favorite part was getting to pray with him during the ceremony. We were married by a friend that is a pastor, so we spent time with him customizing our ceremony to fit our vision. We asked him for a moment to pray together after we were pronounced husband and wife. It was so special having that moment built into the ceremony.

What would you do differently?
I think, looking back, I would have started out with a planner before going to pick a venue. We started looking before we were engaged, and it was a bit overwhelming. We didn’t know what to ask and were a bit lost. Having someone that knew the ropes would have been so helpful.

Finally, what is your best tip for future brides?
My best tip is to form a team approach at the beginning. In getting our planner, my fiance, and our families onto the same team, things flowed so much more smoothly than I think they otherwise would. Emilie was knowledgeable as to what vendors had good reputations and produced high quality work, and that took a lot of stress away from us throughout the process. Do not try to take everything on yourself. Otherwise, you take away some of the fun of the actual process. Learn to TRUST other people to help make everything a reality.

Thank you Megan for sharing – xoxo!

Real Bride Chat: Lindsay

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Real Bride: Lindsay G.
Wedding Date: May 21
Ceremony and Reception Location: Darby House

How different was your original wedding vision from your actual wedding?

It actually was almost exactly what I envisioned except so much more. There were things that Emilie, my Mom and I found throughout the entire planning process that took the vision I had for my wedding to the next level. It really was the perfect day – which I still can’t quite believe 🙂 So being open to new ideas makes a huge impact at the end of it all…you never really know how it will turn out!

What surprised you most about the planning process?
For me, the planning process was in two big chunks. The first was when you have to make all of the big decisions – like where you will have the ceremony and reception, who your photographer will be, buying your dress…of course! And then comes the second piece later on when you have to make all of the small decisions – what color font do you want on your seating cards, what color napkins should you pick to match the table cloths, what color nail polish you will wear, etc. What most surprised me was how easy it was to make those big decisions and how easy it was to overlook all of the little ones until someone points them out to you (cough, cough…Emilie…cough 🙂 )

What was your favorite part of the planning process?
For me it was the very beginning and the very end. When you first get started, and you are tearing out all of those pages from the millions of magazines you purchase or receive from others, it is so exciting to just sit and imagine what the day will be like. And then when you get done with it all, and it is the night before your wedding, you can hardly believe it has all happened. After you wake up in the morning on the big day, there are so many emotions and you get moving with getting yourself ready, but once you step onsite for the first time and you see that it has all come together, that feeling is absolutely wonderful. Pause…and take it all in that the day is here!

What surprised you the most about the wedding day?
How fast it went! People always tell you, “It will be gone in the blink of an eye”. And you think the whole time, “Sure” but you’re not sure you really believe that. But it really does. The day flies by so you have to make sure you soak it all in, every minute, because it is gone before you know it. That’s not a bad thing though – Just something to keep in mind. In the middle of our reception, after all of the big events were done, I grabbed my new hubby and made him take a quick walk with me outside away from it all so we could just stop for a second and absorb what was happening to us. We walked on the outside of our venue and just watched the whole scene for a few minutes (not too long though!) and I’m so glad we did because I’ll never forget how happy I was to walk with him and have a moment to celebrate what just happened while we were still there.

What was your favorite moment of the wedding day?
First, let me say that there was nothing I disliked about the day. I enjoyed every second of it! So, if I had to pick a favorite moment….well I have two. The first one was at the very beginning of the ceremony. I arrived onsite first and was both extremely excited, happy and a bit nervous. Then, Emilie came in and told me Kevin was coming down the driveway – so I had to hide in the dressing room until the ceremony. And then she came back and told me he had arrived. Knowing that he was finally here was one of my favorite moments. Everything seemed to slow down a bit and I felt calm knowing he was close by – we were going to be married within the hour – such a great feeling! And the second moment was just before the doors opened to our reception. Knowing all of our friends and family were here to celebrate with us was so special. Once the doors opened – time to celebrate!

What would you do differently?
There are definitely things that I look back on and say, oh I wish it didn’t happen that way, but I don’t think I would change anything that I did. If anything, just try to be a bit more ahead of the game in my planning. But at the same time, I’m glad I had to make some last minute decisions because the lack of time didn’t allow for wavering on decisions or over analyzing the details. So, it worked out in the end!

Finally, what is your best best tip for future brides?
A wedding is about marrying the man you love with the support of all of those closest to you – don’t forget that when you’re trying to plan “your perfect day”. It’s not worth it to get so caught up in the details that you forget why you are there in the first place. You can have a perfect day without losing yourself in the process. Remember that all of those people who are part of your day (the cake decorator, the florist, the seamstress, the wait staff, your wedding planner, etc.) are all there to help you make it special – appreciate them because you couldn’t do it without their help. Kindness goes a lot farther when trying to achieve your dream wedding.

Thanks Lindsay for answering our questions!  You can see more pictures from Lindsay and Kevin’s beautiful wedding in the gallery section of our new website!

Lindsay + Kevin: 05.21.11 (Sneak Peek!)

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

We spent Saturday back at The Darby House for Lindsay and Kevin’s wedding – we had perfect weather, a really wonderful couple and a great time!  Kimberly Potterf Photography captured the day and was nice enough to share a little sneak peek – there are lots more coming (just wait – there was a lot of pretty!) but here are a few of my favorites to hold you over:

I. Love. This. Picture.  This was at the very end of the night – people were dancing around them and the dance floor was packed but Kevin and Lindsay were so lost in each other…so incredibly beautiful and EXACTLY what I hope for every one of Emilie Duncan Event Planning’s couples.

Big thanks to Kimberly for sharing so quickly!!

Megan + Michael: 05.15.11 (Sneak Peek!)

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

We kicked off our 2011 wedding season on Sunday working with a fantastic couple – Megan and Michael!  Cassidy Dawn Photography captured the day and I can’t wait to share all the photos and fun stories from the day (I promise to be better about that this year, I really do!  I might even catch up on some of the recaps I have from 2010 too!).  Until then, here are a couple sneak peeks of Megan and Michael’s rainy wedding day at The Darby House.

Megan and Michael

Megan and Michael 2

So, so pretty!  Can’t wait to share more – thanks to Cassidy for letting me swipe these!