Central Park Wedding

Friday, May 29, 2009 No comments

Special thanks to Easywind Studio for providing us with the pictures of the wedding day.


Hi Valarie,

Sorry that I haven't written sooner! Stephen and I can just not begin to thank you enough for all of your help with the whole wedding process. You were so much fun to work with, and I always felt as though we were in such good hands, and could fully trust all of the counsel that you gave us.

All of the vendors that you suggested for us were fabulous, really incredible! The florist was amazing, and created such a dream of a landscape for our ceremony and reception. I spoke with Bernie yesterday, and I believe "a fairy land" were the words that I used to describe our head table! The DJ was awesome, everyone had such a wonderful time dancing! I don't know how many texts and e-mails I've gotten saying "Hands down, most fun wedding ever", or "My date and I voted, and yours was the best wedding that either of us have been to." The string quartet was absolutely beautiful, and it meant to much to us that they went so out of their way to play those special pieces for us. Scott's pictures are gorgeous, and he and Julie were so inconspicuous and kind the entire time. Truly a pleasure to work with. I can't wait to see the video from Moonstruck, and again, Scott and Mike were barely seen, and such nice guys! All of the calligraphy on the name cards and table names was beautiful as well, and really gave it that "added touch". Please thank Janine again for me!

And then, not to mention all of the extra work that you did for the wedding, besides all of the coordination. The escort cards, bar menus, drink menus, specialty drink sign, luminaries, and so much more! That meant a lot to us that you put in all of that hard work on those extra details. Our family loved working with you as well, and were just so happy with how easy you made it on all of us. I could go on and on about how pleased we were with everything that you did to make our wedding the most special night, and all that we could have wished for.

It has been a wonderful past year and a half of planning, and although I couldn't be more thrilled with the results, I'm a little sad that it's come to an end! Please keep in touch!

Laura (and Stephen too!)



I first received a call from Laura while I was at my parents' house in December of 2007, making Christmas cookies. Laura seemed so sweet and excited about her wedding day and we set up a day to meet while she and Stephen were in town from New York City for the holidays. We clicked right away when we met as we discovered we all went to Ohio University.

As the plans began to develop for the wedding, Laura and I decided on eggplant purple, cymbidium orchid green, ivory and a touch of silver for the colors. This would develop into a Central Park and Moonlit Garden theme to the decor. I also have to mention that the band Coldplay played a big part in the plans as well, as the string trio played three of their songs for the ceremony and we used Clocks for Laura and Stephen's grand entrance.

Laura and Stephen are one of the most truly in love and romantic couples I have ever worked with. They didn't see each other before their ceremony, and had each other's brother and sister (also best man and maid of honor) deliver gifts to the other right before walking down the aisle. The ceremony was quite romantic and emotional, in the most beautiful tent I have ever used, overlooking the golf course.



How adorable are these flower girls??? They are Stephen's (and now Laura's) nieces. Stephen was the ring bearer in their parents wedding years ago!

We named the tables after different landmarks in NYC that are meaningful to Laura and Stephen. We designed hand calligraphed (with each guest's name) plant tags to go into the herb favors at each place setting. I loved the escort card table, flanked with pictures of Central Park. If you remember, I posted last year pictures of their engagement session that Scott from Easywind went to NYC to shoot in Central Park!


I thought the lighting we decided on was pretty fabulous.











The rest of the wedding was amazing and tons of fun! The dance floor was packed the entire night. As you can read for yourself in the letter I received from Laura this week, everyone seemed to be as pleased as I was with the wedding outcome.

Congratulations Laura and Stephen! I had such a great time working with you and your families and hope to be a part of another Wheeler or Rice wedding someday! ;-)









Kelly and Scott

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 No comments


Kelly first contacted me in the fall of 2008 to help with her wedding in Northeastern Ohio. Being a busy doctor living in Colorado, she knew she needed the full service assistance to plan her wedding. If you can believe it, she made TWO trips to Cleveland to plan her wedding and on the THIRD trip she got married!

On May 23, she became the stepmother to two wonderfully sweet girls. Both Kelly and Scott's families were incredibly nice to be around all day and I think that they all deserved a happy and enjoyable wedding day.

Kelly and I designed her wedding details with her love for sapphire blues, candlelight and water in mind. I think that Scott was pretty impressed with the work we did! :-)

It was a pleasure to work with a photographer I've known for a while, Michael Steinberg, who provided me with these awesome shots!! Congratulations Kelly, Scott, Hope and Jordan!















Exciting Events in May

Thursday, May 7, 2009 No comments
Our event season is about to go crazy and the Kirkbrides team can't wait! We have a lot of exciting events brewing right now and will be of course posting pictures of all of them. Here's what we have in store for May:

a moonlit garden Central Park themed wedding for a couple who grew up on the same street!

an "East Meets West" 3 day long Indian wedding celebration

a Great Gatsby themed prom

a spring themed outdoor wedding ceremony and then reception

and an all blue, champagne and gold "light and water" themed wedding!

Check back often for pictures and please leave your comments when you do. Happy Spring!