Natalie and Cyrus' Elegant Wedding with Jewel Tones at Hyatt Regency at the Arcade

Thursday, December 29, 2016 1 comment

Planning, Design & Coordination by Allison of Kirkbrides
Cake: White Flower Cake Shoppe
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade
Ceremony Music: Ariel Clayton
Drapery and Lighting: Studio Z
Floral Décor: Studio Z
Hair: Elise Fiore
Makeup: Ashleigh Albertson
Officiant: Susan Stone and Ervad Xerxes Antia
 Photography and Videography: Imagen Photography

I love Cleveland history! The Hyatt Arcade takes me back in time and I was thrilled to learn that I would be helping Cyrus and Natalie plan their October wedding there. The last wedding I planned at the Arcade was in July so the idea of the rich colors of fall were captivating. Natalie and Cy chose golds and burgundy to play off of the architecture. I was so impressed with the floral design of Studio Z. The chuppah had an asymmetrical design element that was just stunning. This was my first time coordinating a wedding that had restaurant-style meal service. What fun for the guests to order off of a menu! That was quite a feat for the hotel to pull off and they executed it seamlessly.

I had so many laughs planning with Natalie and Cyrus. I can't believe it has been an entire year! I wish them the very best in their second year of married life!

Metallic and Wine Maleficent Fairytale Styled Shoot in a Castle

Monday, December 12, 2016 No comments
Styled shoot designed by Allison Miller

Truth be told, I knew nothing about the fairy tale character, Maleficent,  that I chose for my styled shoot but felt like I would really love her once I got to know her. It was time to do some research. Thinking this was perfect mother/daughter bonding time, I grabbed my daughter and some popcorn to watch the movie and I was very moved by what I saw. I was right, I loved the character.  
Like a lot of people, Maleficent was completely misunderstood.  She lived a reclusive life because she was not part of normal society. She had glorious wings that gave her amazing power and I wanted to make sure to represent that with the feathers in my centerpiece and a feather design painted on the wedding cake.  She was actually a fairy and the mood of the film felt very light at the beginning but quickly turned dark when her beautiful wings were taken from her. Of course, this is why I chose to go with the dark color scheme and stay true to the mood of the character. Maleficent represents a powerful woman. I wanted my design elements to all be very strong and bold.
 I was fortunate enough to obtain the penthouse of the Tudor Arms Hotel for my shoot. It reminds me of a castle turret and was the perfect back drop for my tablescape. With the amazing help of Blooms, our florals and design elements really captured the vibe I was looking for. I wanted to show a lot of hand-hammered metals which is evident by our beautiful cake stand and the design detail of our plates. I wanted a feeling of longing with the draping of our fabrics. They flow onto the floor like the character’s own longing. Of course, candlelight must always be present to create a mood.
Our rich fabrics, glassware, dinnerware and flatware were all from the fabulous Event Source and I’m in love with our beautiful black high back chairs from All Occasion Rentals. Our photos were beautifully captured by the wonderful team of Marc and Tony Photography.

Our giveaway for this styled shoot is the hammered metal cake stand pictured. LIKE our picture of this styled shoot on @kirkbrides instagram to have a chance to win this beautiful cake stand!

Bohemian Wedding Inspiration from Rapunzel + a Giveaway!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 1 comment

Floral Décor: Blooms by Plantscaping
Makeup: Lindsay London
Model: Rachael Adamic 
Rentals: Event Source
Venue: Private Home


When given the opportunity to create your own photoshoot and let your imagination and creativity run wild, it is hard to focus on one particular look, especially when your vision includes a Disney Princess- a girl's dream! With so many beautiful and fun princess story lines, it was hard to choose just one! But after working in the past with an amazing family at their private residence to plan an outdoor reception, the grounds of the property inspired me: Rapunzel! The property was perfect for the deep woodland, rustic, Rapunzel-style.

With a remarkable location chosen, it was time to bring the design to life. With a group of A-team vendors we did just that! First, we needed a beautiful blonde model with long golden hair. Rachael Adamic was the perfect choice! She looked the Rapunzel part in a gorgeous dress from The Dress Bridal Boutique and hair done by Haley Delzani of Lather. The final touch was makeup by Lindsay London, who created a natural, beautiful look. 

Arne from Plantscaping and Blooms created stunning floral pieces that represented the Rapunzel concept perfectly. Whimsical vines, multiple purple tone flowers and pink flowers created the overall feel of this magical story line. With a high top rustic table from Event Source, the floral pieces were able to cascade down the table just like Rapunzel’s hair.  The chargers, flatware, napkins and glassware chosen from Event Source also helped to pull in the German flare of this fairytale.

And what is a Disney Princess-themed dinner party without a stunning cake? Luna Bakery created an amazing three tiered, partially naked cake that was fit for royalty! The cake was displayed in front of a stained glass window in Rapunzel’s tower and was decorated in flowers that flowed down the cake and draped the table. The cake table popped with beautiful magenta linen.

Rapunzel and her dinner guests all had an assigned seating at this event with unique place cards that hung from the back of their chairs, written out in beautiful hand calligraphy by Janine of Kirkbrides. Emily Millay Photography captured all of these fun details and more. She brought this story and look to life with her stunning photos! This shoot was a dream come true that completely captured my vision and I couldn’t have done it without the talent of these amazing vendors!  

Our giveaway for this styled shoot is a beautiful handcrafted scented soy candle crafted in Rapunzel's tower in the kingdom of Corona - err we mean Cleveland - from Furbish & Fire!  Go to our Facebook page and be the first to like, comment AND share the post to win!