Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Grace and Dan's Union Club Wedding

FLORAL DÉCOR: Blooms by Plantscaping
BAND:  The Orchestra
CEREMONY MUSIC: Sonata Strings Quartet
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.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Rachael and David's State Theater Wedding at Playhouse Square

PHOTOGRAPHY: Genevieve Nisly
FLORAL DÉCOR: Grande Designs
WEDDING DAY STATIONERY: Blue Envelope Boutique
RENTALS: Event Source
CATERING: Driftwood Catering
CAKE: Luna Bakery
ENTERTAINMENT: Marty Conn Entertainment
VIDEOGRAPHY: Candy Apple Films
HAIR: Hot Heads Cool Threads
MAKEUP: Ashleigh Albertson 
STATIONERY:  Blue Envelope Boutique
It was such an honor to be the planner on this over the top wedding on July 6, 2014 for Rachael and David.  Rachael's brother, Ryan Konikoff, is the Creative Director at Rock the House.  If you follow our blog and social media, you know that Kirkbrides works with RTH all the time.  Ryan and I have become good friends through the years!  So when his sister got engaged (in Greece!), and decided to have the wedding in Cleveland (Rachael and David live in San Francisco), Ryan was put in charge of the planning and called me to join the planning team.  We had a ball planning the wedding together and Rachael and David only had to make a few trips to Cleveland to put this masterpiece together.  Rachel's mom, Shari, also had a big part in the planning with us!  I was also pleased that this wedding was featured in Cleveland J Style Weddings magazine for 2015!
Congratulations Rachael and David!