Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Wedding Inspiration from San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel

Floral Design: Blooms by Plantscaping
Photography: Imagen Photography
Rentals: Event Source
From: Allison

I’ve always been a dreamer…wait, that sounds like the John Lennon song but it’s true. When it’s cold and snowy in Cleveland, I am dreaming of sun kissed beaches, margaritas and Bob Marley. When I was approached by Fairmont Hotels to dream up inspiration for their California hotels, it was an “aha” moment for me!  You mean I can dream up weddings for amazing hotels in amazing cities? YES please!

I picked San Francisco because I have spent quite a bit of time there and I was enthralled by the water (I live for seafood!) those hills and the city life all in one.  I just painted my home office a deep navy and it has been my muse for quite some time and it seemed the perfect starter for a chic, San Francisco wedding at the Fairmont Hotel atop the famous Nob Hill.  


With the help of Blooms by Plantscaping, we created a table scape with luxury written all over it! As a nod to San Francisco, we added an image of the Golden Gate Bridge to the menu card and wedding cake and named the tables after iconic, city landmarks. Add a dash of navy sequin (okay, sequin overload) to mimic the water views and city chic was born. 

When I design a wedding, I look for the unexpected and imagine it is my home away from home. I try to think outside of the box and add interest wherever possible. Rarely will I pick a napkin that matches the table linen. It’s so much more interesting to choose something unexpected. Consider picking up a different texture from your linen or a complimentary color.  Add your own signature touch with a floral bloom, coordinating stationary or fabulous dinnerware.

Our inspiration table layers different patterned plates to contrast with the sequin linen and our napkin ring and table number holders are nothing more than a strip of gold wire! Why go and buy a napkin ring when this is so easy to make and so very cool? And by golly, always remember romance.  This is the main reason you brought your guests to this day! Add tons of candlelight to bounce off of your floral centerpieces.  Reflective light is the most amazing accessory and let’s face it, we all look so good in it!

And always remember that you and your fiancé are unique! Your story is unlike anyone else’s. Create a wedding befitting of that same idea and go for it! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Kristen & Chris' Renaissance Hotel Wedding

Floral Décor: The Budding Tree
Linens & Rentals: Event Source
Makeup: Samantha Potti
Video: BCR Studios

The first time that I met Chris and Kristen, they sat down with me at Starbucks and handed me a cookie. They didn't know me at all but they handed me a cookie and of course that won me over! They struck me as such a handsome couple and then obviously very kind to boot! From the start, Kristen knew she wanted a classic navy and gold wedding with striped runners if they were possible. This look works beautifully in the Gold Ballroom at the Renaissance! With the help of Erin from The Budding Tree, the room was transformed with billows of white and ivory florals and Event Source kindly custom made navy and ivory extra wide runners for our square tables. I love this classic look! 

This was also my first time working with James Fruits from A Bride's DJ who was the perfect fit because he is not only a great DJ but also a skilled singer and guitarist. He played during dinner and the guests couldn't get over his amazing vocals. My favorite part of the evening was the Macedonian Bread Dance where everyone pulls off a piece of bread from the loaf and dances. I think traditions like this make weddings that much more special. I truly enjoyed my time with Chris and Kristen. Cheers to a wonderful life together! - Allison

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Erin & Matt's Windows on the River Wedding

VENUE: Windows on the River
PHOTOGRAPHY: Aster & Olive
FLORIST: The Budding Tree
RENTALS: Let's Entertain
LINENS: Party Decor
HAIR: Barb Banko
MAKEUP: Jessica Miller

Working with a couple like Erin and Matt is a planner’s dream!  Erin had a very clear vision in mind and helping her plan her flight-themed wedding was an honor! It was the logistics of Matt’s career in the military, however, that complicated the plans a bit.  Due to training uncertainties, the date for Erin and Matt’s wedding was not even set until 3 months before the big day! 

When May 2 arrived, all of the plans were in place and it was sunny and 70 degrees – perfect for an outdoor ceremony overlooking the Cuyahoga River! A friend of the couple played the cello as Erin greeted her groom against the beautiful backdrop of the Cleveland city skyline.  And, of course, no military wedding is complete without the saber arch!

After the ceremony, guests moved inside to the River View Room for cocktails, dinner and dancing.  From the glow sticks (a tribute to the night Erin and Matt met) to the airplane table names and specialty stationery designed by Emily from Ting, every detail of the evening was personalized and unique.  Even the bridesmaids wore custom, handmade skirts!  Erin from The Budding Tree created beautiful floral décor incorporating colors from Matt’s Air Force uniform.  Kevin from The DJ Crew kept the dance floor packed through the last song!  Erin and Matt’s love for each other is truly palpable in the gorgeous photos by Angela and Jen of Aster and Olive.  Thank you to an amazing vendor team for executing every detail of Erin and Matt’s amazing wedding day!  Congrats Erin and Matt!

Thank you note:


I don’t think there are words to describe how thankful I am that we had you as our wedding planner.  From the very beginning, you have exceeded my expectations.  You have been reliable, helpful, encouraging, honest, and an absolute joy to work with.  I feel like you are my fairy godmother making all my dreams come true.  I can only imagine how stressful your job is, but just know that what you have done for me will never be forgotten.  When I think about and talk about my wedding, you will always be one of the best parts.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 


P.S. If you can plan a wedding in seven months with a client in Mississippi and an uncertain date because of the military, you can do anything.