Friday, September 30, 2016

Heather and Peter's Tudor Arms Wedding


Planning, Design & Coordination by Valarie of Kirkbrides
Ceremony Music: Bob Burian
Cake: Luna Bakery 
DJ and Lighting: Scott Jones, CLE Music Group
Floral Décor: The Budding Tree
Hair and Makeup: MC Hair & studio
Linens: L'Nique
Photography and Videography: Imagen Photography
Reception Venue: The Tudor Arms Hotel
Rentals: Event Source
Stationery: Blue Envelope Boutique
Transportation: All Occasion Limousine
Wedding Venue: St. Barnabus

Heather and Pete -- such a fun and lively couple to work with and get to know!  I felt like I was working with old friends, since I had the pleasure of working with Heather's sister, Holly, on her Christmas themed wedding back in 2010!  Heather wanted to take a little bit of a different approach, planning a summer wedding and bringing in an old world and Marie Antoinette style using neutrals like gray, champagne, peach and blush.

Every meeting with Heather, Pete and Mother of the bride Julie was a dream and so much fun!  We planned this wedding for 18 months but I was so sad when it was over because we truly had so much fun.  You can see the love radiating from their pictures as these high school sweethearts finally made it official.  Congrats Heather and Peter!  Thanks once again for having me along for another fun round of planning for your awesome family!! ❤️























Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Moury & Chris' Cleveland Botanical Gardens Wedding


PLANNING, DESIGN & COORDINATION:  Hannah of Kirkbrides
Cake:  Luna Bakery
DJ:  TKO
Floral:  Urban Orchid
Floral (mandap):  Blooms by Plantscaping
Makeup:  Maggie Kleinman
Photography:  Studio Elle

I was so ecstatic when Chris and Moury chose the Cleveland Botanical Gardens for their September wedding - it's a perfect venue for this time of year, with a mix of gorgeous outdoor space to explore and modern indoor space in which to cool down. It's also the perfect venue for their style - an updated, romantic take on lush and organic. We played off this feel for the decor, thanks to our talented florists, Urban Orchid and Blooms by Plantscaping: escort cards planted in a bed of moss, simple centerpieces dripping with whimsical ferns, an unconventional mandap covered in trailing vines. It almost felt like we had set up the wedding in the spring and simply allowed the flowers and greenery to grow themselves into position all summer!

Chris and Moury were very much like this as a couple as well - completely natural, like they had known each other since the beginning of time. They were also a very modern, tech-savy couple, and injected some wonderful fresh ideas, and also some humor, into the wedding: live-streaming for relatives from afar, selfie-sticks for guests, a knife from Rambo for the cake cutting. I can say with certainty that I have missed working with these two - of course, I was so happy when Moury texted me a few months ago to tell me they had been featured in The Knot! I'll always treasure the memory of watching the two of them and their families enjoy this perfect summer night, with the candles on their tables reflecting into the glass window, illuminating the gardens in a sea of twinkling light.






























Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Meredith and Chris' Wedding at Tudor Arms


Planning, Design & Coordination by Valarie of Kirkbrides
Band and Lighting: The Avenue 
Cake and Desserts: Luna Bakery 
Ceremony Music: Opus 216 
Event Venue: The Tudor Arms Hotel
Floral Décor: Blooms by Plantscaping
Hair and Makeup: Lindsay London 
Linens: L'Nique 
Photography and Videography: Imagen Photography 
Rabbi: Lauren Werber
Rentals: Event Source 
Stationery: Sobella Paper Boutique

Meredith and Chris planned their wedding with me for a little over a year from their home in Pittsburgh!  Meredith grew up in Cleveland so naturally, she decided to hold her wedding in her hometown.  It was a pleasure working with Meredith, Chris and Meredith's parents.  I really could not have had a more easygoing group to help plan the wedding with as we selected the blush and peach tones of flowers to go on the birch chuppah, and then moving into the more purple and blue tones for the reception.  Tudor Arms is one of my favorite venues and when we utilize the Tudor Room for the ceremony, beautiful pre-function area for cocktail hour, and then the magnificent Crystal ballroom for the reception- who could ask for a more stunning venue?!  We brought in popcorn from Pittsburgh for the make-your-own popcorn bag table for the guest favors.  The results and pictures from this wedding are just gorgeous, as I'm sure you will agree!
Thank you, Meredith, Chris and Cheryl (Meredith's mom), for letting me help you plan this amazing wedding day!