Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Jenna and Nick's Wedding at Gervasi Vineyard

CEREMONY LOCATION: St. John Nepomucene
RECEPTION LOCATION: Gervasi Vineyard
CEREMONY MUSIC: OPUS 216
FLORAL DECOR: Grande Designs
VIDEOGRAPHY: Mystic Image
LINENS: L'Nique
CANDELABRA RENTALS: Lindsay London
CHAIR RENTALS: Event Source
STATIONERY: Blue Envelope
HAIR AND MAKEUP: Lindsay London

What a happy and emotional wedding day we had the pleasure of planning and coordinating for Jenna and Nick on June 21!  Jenna was one of our first brides to book for 2014 and we had the pleasure of working with her and her mom on every style and vendor detail right down to the sparkle king's table linen as well as the expertly folded black napkins across those gold chargers!  Jenna's family was super welcoming to our team and we can't say enough about how much fun the day was.  Here is a wonderful review Jenna left for us on The Knot.  Thank you so much Jenna, Nick and family and best wishes for a lifetime of happiness although we know you have that covered!

Absolutely Amazing!   posted 2014-11-20
I had the wedding of my DREAMS!! Seriously! Down to every last detail... and I know that it wouldn't have been possible without Valarie and her team. They were there for every single step of the way, suggesting amazing vendors for us and keeping us in budget. Valarie and her team listened to everything we said, constantly giving great suggestions and giving us her honest opinion on things that have and have not worked in her many years of experience. I had a vision, and Kirkbrides brought it to life! Valarie and her team were very attentive to all of my questions and wedding needs through tons of emails, as well as phone conversations- she was available whenever I needed. She truly became a friend through my wedding process. She accompanied me to many of my appointments with vendors and made sure each of them correctly understood my vision and what I wanted. She has great working relationships with all of the vendors, and Kirkbrides is well known and respected throughout the areas wedding industry... rightfully so! All of vendors that she suggested to me were truly amazing. From the cake, flowers, DJ, linens, etc... she knew exactly where to direct us to bring our vision to life and stay in budget. I was completely BLOWN AWAY by the finished product on my wedding day (I even cried when I saw my wedding venue all dressed up for the first time).. It was PERFECTION. Not only did I have the wedding of my dreams, but my whole wedding day truly WAS a dream. It was carefree and completely seamless for both my mom and I, and I know it was all because of Valarie & Emily. They were there for every need, and if there was a problem, I didn't know about it... and I only hope that for every bride & groom. Their priority was to make sure we all had a wonderful and amazing day. Because of them, I was able to fully enjoy my special day. The only thing I thought about the entire day was marrying the love of my life, and celebrating with my family and friends. It was truly amazing, and I cannot thank Valarie, Emily, and the whole Kirkbrides team enough for making my day unforgettable and completely perfect. Using Kirkbrides was definitely the best wedding related decision I made... I would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone looking to have a flawless wedding experience from start to finish! THANK YOU Kirkbrides for turning my dream wedding vision into reality!! I honestly could not be happier.. 5 months later, I'm still on cloud 9!! :)...

Enjoy these beautiful photos taken by Jay Kossman!














































Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Grace and Dan's Union Club Wedding

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY: Imagen 
FLORAL DÉCOR: Blooms by Plantscaping
BAND:  The Orchestra
CEREMONY MUSIC: Sonata Strings Quartet
LINENS AND PLATES:  Event Source
LIGHTING: Rock the House
HAIR: Barb Banko
MAKEUP: Ashleigh Albertson
STATIONERY: Hoopla Design Studio

(from Allison)
Grace and Dan's sophisticated winter wedding was one I had been waiting for! I knew our amazing florals from Plantscaping and our beautiful stationary details from Hoopla Design Studio would make for a wedding to remember. We were told all day long that the Union Club had never looked better and I would certainly agree. Of course Grace and Dan looked even more ravishing than their beautiful surroundings! We also had a picture perfect winter day, which in Cleveland is nothing short of a miracle. Guests were welcomed with a snowflake lit sidewalk and rhinestone snowflake details on our place cards and table numbers. It was by far my favorite wedding when it comes to elegant details. I couldn't be more proud of how beautiful everything turned out and I will always remember this special couple and their amazing families. It was a winter wedding but there was certainly a special warmth in the air that January day!


A review from Kate, mother of the bride - Thank you Kate!:

Back in late July, I met Valerie for the first time to discuss my daughter's upcoming wedding. I was very impressed with her organizational skills, knowledge & presentation. Besides being a complete professional, she is a lovely person & very easy to work with. After our first meeting, I knew I needed to look no further for help in planning my daughter's wedding day.
I found Kirkbrides by looking at online sites like this & began reading EVERY review that was posted. Kirkbrides consistently got high grades & I kept seeing several planners mentioned time & again within the company. I initially began the process with Valerie who was wonderful & helped us secure a location for the event. Valerie was committed to another client on the day we chose for the wedding so I had heard Allison's name mentioned on countless reviews and asked if I could work with her.
I can't adequately describe in this space the level of professionalism exhibited by these wonderful ladies, it could never do them justice. In that first meeting with Valerie she said something that really struck a chord; if you compared 2 weddings side by side, all things being equal with money spent, you can always tell the wedding in which a planner was involved versus the one without. That is a statement you can take to the bank! My daughter's wedding was 10 days ago & I have now seen all the work from beginning to end that it takes to make a wedding the event you want it to be. I had many ideas for what I wanted but no clue where to begin or how to start making those ideas become reality. That's where the professionals at Kirkbrides shine & Allison Miller is one of their brightest stars! Allison listened to my thoughts & vision for the day & executed them in every possible way. She had many amazing ideas & recommendations which became part of the overall amalgam. What most people do not have and what a good wedding planner does have are relationships. Professional relationships with vendors, the best in the business, people you might find by yourself but you are not likely to find them all. When they work with and are recommended by Kirkbrides you find the best of the best in NE Ohio. They are familiar with each other & are comfortable & knowledgeable with how to work best together. As a result, things flowed perfectly!
On her own, Allison has great organizational skills, amazing attention to detail and is a kind and gracious person. She is so easy to work with & manages your fears even when the inevitable glitch intersects with your plans. She helped me stay on task with things that I needed to focus on & get done. No detail was left unaccounted for on the wedding day as she had it all under control. That meant I was relaxed and able to enjoy the wedding! The end product was an incredible experience for my daughter, her husband, our family & friends. I received many compliments on how beautiful the wedding was and particularly all the details. That was one of many things I credit using Kirkbrides for, all the little details that made the event more personal & therefore more memorable. Working with this team is the best money I spent in terms of value, I could never have had the outcome I did without them. If you are thinking of using a wedding planner, look no further. Valerie, her team & my personal favorite Allison, are the best in the business!
Kate K.