Metallic Modern Great Lakes Science Center Wedding

Friday, June 8, 2018 No comments


Planning, Design & Coordination by Stephanie of Kirkbrides

Ceremony & Reception Location: Great Lakes Science Center
Bridesmaid Attire: Frou Frou LA
Cake, Desserts & Favors: Luna Bakery
Caterer: Aramark
Ceremony Music: Athena Strings
Ceremony Soloist: Chelsea Racketa
DJ, Cocktail Hour Music & Lighting: Music Therapy Inc.
Floral Décor: Molly Taylor & Co.
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse (Tommy Hilfiger)
Linens and Rentals: Event Source
Makeup: Ashleigh Albertson
Officiants: Ray Panlilo & Jennier Moeller 
Photography: Lindsey Beckwith
Photo Booth: Rock the House


Marry the one who makes you laugh...Michelle and Jeff embody this quote about marriage advice. Every single meeting with this couple was filled with lots of laughter, jokes, and fun. Michelle and Jeff have had a fun relationship since the very beginning! These two met at a work event but Jeff has always lived in Cleveland and Michelle has always lived in Los Angeles so they did what any potential couple would do for a first date, went on a cruise together! They started off their relationship on a high note and then the two were engaged in Italy and jumped right in to planning an amazing celebration that would bring California and Ohio together for one big party to start their marriage off on a high note too!
Michelle and Jeff wanted a very Cleveland venue for their wedding day that showcased downtown for their guests from California. We planned their big day at Great Lakes Science Center with a ceremony right on the water and a reception in front of large windows overlooking Lake Erie and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - it doesn't get much more Cleveland than that! But it couldn't be only about Cleveland! Michelle's bridesmaids walked down the aisle accompanied by Athena Strings to my favorite bridal party processional on strings to date! If you have never heard California Love by Tupac played by a string trio I highly recommend it. It was amazing and to quote Michelle it got her pumped up before it was time for her to walk down the aisle.
After a beautiful ceremony filled with emotional vows written by the couple themselves, guests were invited into the museum to enjoy not only traditional cocktail hour activities but also experience the museum's exhibits and built-in cocktail hour activities! After this guests made their way to a candlelit reception during a stunning Lake Erie sunset. Michelle and Jeff wanted their reception to reflect the industrial feel of their venue and of Cleveland while still keeping things chic and feminine. Another thing to know about our bride, Michelle, is that she has amazing taste and style! She wore not one, but two pair of chic designer heels with her stunning lace Pronovias wedding dress and she looked amazing. Michelle's bridesmaids all wore custom dresses in shades of blush, mauve, and champagne and we carried this color palette through the entire wedding. We adorned a mix of round tables and farm tables with beautiful heirloom dinner plates in grey and blush, blush satin napkins, and simple greenery runners and rose gold candle centerpieces with mixed geometric shapes. We incorporated mixed metals including copper stands for their table numbers plus amazing gold laser-cut hexagonal place cards for the head table. We even continued the mixed metals to the boutonnieres by wrapping them with copper wire! We also continued the Ohio marries California theme in details like a custom monogram merging the two states with a heart where LA intersects Cleveland and even had custom cookies made to match this as favors for guests as they exited the reception.
Like I said, Michelle and Jeff had a fun relationship from the very beginning and that did not stop with their wedding. It was so clear that these two were having the time of their lives and it was such an honor to help make this beautiful day happen.












Bohemian, Family Farm Wedding in the Woods

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Planning, Design & Coordination by Allison of Kirkbrides

Ceremony & Reception Location: Bowyer Farm (family residence)
Bridal Gown Designer: Dress~ Louvienne. Blouse~ Rue de Seine. Veil- Lea-Ann Belter
Ceremony Music: Athena Strings
DJ & Ceremony Sound: Cleveland Music Group
Hair & Makeup: Carina Calabrese
Photography: 222 Photography
Rentals: Event Source
Transportation: Precious Cargo
Valet: NOW Valet
Videography: Cody Byler

The first time I met Bethany was in the wintertime. Her mom had decorated their century home with handmade gifts she would be selling at Christmastime. This is the kind of storybook location their wedding would take place in. Past down for generations, Bethany always dreamed of having her wedding at the Bowyer Farm. She and Jamil would have a picture perfect weather day for their ceremony nestled in the trees and a reception tent atop the highest point on the property. Bethany wanted farmhouse chairs and long tables for guests to mingle at. She asked for vintage plates at her shower that were used at the head table. Many vintage furniture pieces from the farmhouse were used throughout and Bethany and Jamil gave saplings to each guest to start their own little farm at home. The details of this wedding are endless. It was truly a labor of love for the family who cut down trees, mowed acres, landscaped and made roads just for their special day. I cannot begin to describe how lucky I felt to be a part of something so special. 

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1st Love Works Event Benefitting LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 No comments
If you haven't heard from our 6,792 social media posts, the Kirkbrides team created the Love Works Initiative in late 2017 to benefit local non-profit organizations in the Northeast Ohio area.  Our goal is to use our event planning and styling skills and relationships to create fun parties that will raise money to help a little in making our world a better place and spread love.

On October 18, we held our first fundraising event to benefit the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland!  It was a fabulous party and great turnout.  What is fun about these parties is that it gives us a chance to get together with vendor friends and clients in a celebratory atmosphere.  The vendors who donated to the event and helped us make it amazing included:

We raised $1200 and enjoyed delivering the check in person to their wonderful organization!!  

If you haven't been to The Spotted Owl bar in Tremont, definitely check it out!  Here are some pictures from the event, courtesy of Scott Shaw.

If you are a vendor, venue, business or charitable organization interested in partnering up with us for a future event, please e-mail and let us know!


A few weeks later, we created a photoshoot also with Scott Shaw photography which we planned to do on the day of this event but due to a medical emergency we had to postpone it.  Here are some fun photos of the Kirkbrides planners asserting our support of love dressed in tuxedos!  And lovely t-shirts from our friends Arne and Brad, whose wedding we have the extreme honor of working on the plans with!