1st Love Works Event Benefitting LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 1 comment
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 weddings@kirkbrides.com 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!

Lush Greek Tent Wedding at Bride's Family Home

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 2 comments

Planning, Design & Coordination by Katie of Kirkbrides

Band/DJ: Karizma Orchestra
Ceremony Music and Sound: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
 Chandelier Rental: All Occasions Party Rental
Draping for Center Poles: Designs of Distinction
Greek Appetizers: Koula
Greek Desserts: Vicki Filippousis
Floral D├ęcor: The Urban Orchid
Hair: Lauryn Mesojedec
Lighting and Photobooth: Rock the House
Linens and Rentals: Event Source
Makeup: Sara Franzese
Reception Location: Private Residence, Medina, Ohio
 Tent: Aable Rents
Transportation: A Touch of Class
Valet: ASV
Videography: Fordham Footage
Videography (Drone): Airspace Aerial Cinematography

Jaclyn always envisioned getting married at the home she grew up in and as soon as I saw it for myself, I knew why! A sprawling property with a beautiful villa-style home surrounded by a large fountain, impeccable terrace, magnificent statues (and even a softball field) was the perfect backdrop for Jaclyn and Dionis’ tented wedding at home. 

Jaclyn had a very clear vision so it was fun to watch her make decisions through the plans that worked so well for her dream wedding. She’s also hysterical, adaptable, smart, interesting, lovely and a joy to be around so I truly enjoyed every minute of working with her to create her organically elegant wedding! 

Like everything with Jaclyn’s wedding, the tent was over the top! An enormous pole tent provided by Aable was adorned with gorgeous chandeliers from All Occasions, a white dance floor from Event Source and beautiful pole draping to finish the look from Designs of Distinction. With such a vast space under the tent, we spent a lot of time creating soft spaces and sumptuous layers of design through lighting, floral decor and beautiful tablescapes. We worked with Brandon from Urban Orchid who ran with the naturally organic inspiration that Jaclyn shared. Mixtures of ranuculus, garden roses, dahlias and daisies decorated the blend of round, square and rectangular tables all lavishly draped and set thanks to the gorgeous rentals and linens at Event Source

Jaclyn wanted a soft, natural look with intrigue which we achieved using tones of cream, gold and blush – and a cohesive mixture of tabletop rentals. Plush runners of greenery and candles adorned the rectangular tables flanking the dance floor. The team at Rock The House executed various lighting concepts throughout the tent. In one of my favorite photos of the evening, you can see the tent was glowing – almost as much as the bride and groom! 

In the days leading up to the wedding Jaclyn and I debated where to put the giant LOVE letters and their final placement in front of the band was perfect! Among all of the very special and personalized details, Jaclyn, being the Renaissance woman she is, designed, printed and assembled her own invitations! Jaclyn then worked with the amazing and talented Emily at Ting Stationery to bring together the wedding day stationery. I just adore the beautiful place cards topped with stones that glistened in the sun and looked stunning on the terrace next to the pool. 

Jaclyn’s cake was one of my favorite cakes ever- beautiful on the outside, delicious on the inside! Jaclyn chose her favorite, carrot cake! And you haven’t truly had carrot cake until you’ve had Luna Bakery’s carrot cake (seriously)! 

Jaclyn and Dionis’ dance floor was packed all night thanks to the Greek band Karizma, and no one left hungry – that’s for sure! In addition to a perfectly curated menu from A Taste of Excellence inspired by the Mediterranean flavor profiles of Greece, there were also mounds of traditional Greek appetizers and desserts a la mode, lovingly prepared by friends and family. 

Of course, I can’t thank enough the astoundingly talented Scott Shaw who captured all of these details! Don’t miss the shot of Jaclyn and her dad driving the vintage T Bird to the ceremony! And be sure to check out the mesmerizing video and drone footage from Fordham Footage and Airspace Aerial