Courtney & Matt's Autumn Mapleside Farms Wedding Day

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 No comments

Planning, Design & Coordination by Katie of Kirkbrides.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Mapleside Farms
Bridal Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Catering/Bar: A Taste of Excellence
Ceremony Music (guitar/violin duo): Cleveland Music Group
DJ/Cocktail Hour/Lighting: Selective Sound
Floral Décor: The Budding Tree
Hair: Stephanie Frizell
Linens/Rentals: Event Source
Photography: Making the Moment

Courtney came to our first meeting with a design binder the size of an encyclopedia, and immediately I knew our design visions would mesh seamlessly to create a lovely wedding at Mapleside Farm. Courtney and Matt are a very special, warm couple and their wedding day mirrored their personalities perfectly!

Courtney’s overall look is very anthropologie inspired – rustically elegant, charming and hip. Every single detail from the wood welcome signs to the photos displayed throughout the barn, down to the apple cider slushees, added such warmth and unique personality to the overall design of the wedding.

The ceremony could not have been more beautiful and emotional. Set with the backdrop of the apple orchard, Courtney’s dad officiated the ceremony, after which guests enjoyed a beautiful cocktail hour in the ideal September weather.

In order to dress up the barn, we used velvet linens and beautiful floral charger plates from Event Source which added such charm to the already gorgeous barn.

Courtney actually collected many of the vessels used for the floral décor herself! We then worked with the amazingly talented Erin from The Budding Tree to create centerpieces and floral pieces that brought the entire look together.

Jamie from Hoopla designed stunning invitations and all of the wedding day signage was collected and created by Courtney and The Budding Tree!

One of my favorite memories of the day was when I was bustling Courtney’s dress. We both noticed the ring bearer walk by us, licking his fingers. Simultaneously we looked behind us at the wedding cake, now decorated with a few little finger prints. Courtney, being so sweet and gracious, laughed it off and said, “I can’t wait to do that to his wedding cake in about 30 years!” With a few strategically positioned florals, the once immaculate cake designed by the talented ladies at Luna was fixed and looked amazing!

Throughout the evening guests dined on fabulous food from A Taste of Excellence and danced the night away thanks to Brian and his team at Selective Sound. As always, Vince from Making the Moment captured the details of the day flawlessly and I just love re-living the day through his stunning images!

Fall in Love with Natalie & Trevor's Autumn Wedding

Friday, October 19, 2018 No comments

Planning, Design & Coordination by Katie Foulds Hopkins of Kirkbrides. 

Ceremony & Reception Venue: St. George Romanian Byzantine Cathedral
Bridal Gown: Stella York from Lavender Bridal Salon
Caterer: Santangelo's
Ceremony Music: Alliance String Quartet
Floral Decor/Candles: Ana Heim
Hair: Barb Banko
Lighting/Photobooth: Rock the House Entertainment
Linens/Rentals: Event Source
Makeup: Karin Dodge, Cleveland Makeup Artistry
Transportation: A Touch of Class

There is something to be said about designing a wedding from a blank canvas. Many venues have that existing charm factor, which I love, but the creativity involved with building a venue to curate a one of a kind event – much like a tented wedding – brings so much excitement.   That’s exactly what we did for Natalie and Trevor’s woodland wedding at St. George’s Romanian Byzantine Church!

Natalie and Trevor love travel, hiking and exploring the world (my kind of couple!) so a woodland wedding was the perfect direction to take.   Together Natalie and I fashioned a wedding style that would mirror the things they treasure most in life, resulting in one of the most romantic and touching wedding days I have ever experienced. 

We built a really natural but exciting vibe in the Romanian Hall through rentals, lighting and gorgeous floral.  Rock the House produced a lighting scheme that added warmth, texture and intrigue to the space while the farm tables, linens, chairs and greenery added charm.  The head table was adorned with unique table top details to add a lush component. The greenery placed at each setting was actually straight from the Maier’s garden – love it!

The Maiers also collected beautiful birch and wood pieces to bring the look together – paired with the wood signage from Wedwoods, the birch band backdrop and the amazing cake from Luna, each detail brought you deeper into what felt like an enchanted forest and added so much character to the space.

Rebecca from Blue Envelope designed a stationery suite that fit perfectly within the overall woodland theme.  From the wood grain on the invitations, to the favor tags attached to the wild flower seeds, each element of the stationery was so lovely and cohesive. 

After cocktail hour in the Romanian Village, guests dined on traditional Romanian faire and danced the night away to the upbeat sounds of Tony Quarles and the Discovery band – the dance floor was packed all night! As always, Jessica Vidmar captured each detail from the most beautiful perspective!