Romantic Club at Hillbrook Wedding

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 1 comment

Planning, Design & Coordination by Stephanie Anter of Kirkbrides

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Club at Hillbrook
Bride’s Attire: Matina Liana, Brides by the Falls
Ceremony Music: OPUS 216
Cake & Macarons: Luna Bakery
Hair: Urbane Society, Suzanne Davis
Invitations: Minted
Lighting & Photo Booth: Rock the House
Linens: L’Nique
Makeup: Ashleigh Albertson 
Photography: Suzuran Photography
Rabbi: Rabbi Hal Rudin-Luria
Stationery: Ting Stationery
Transportation: Lolly the Trolley
Videography: Z Media

Wedding Tasks: Who Does What

Friday, January 11, 2019 1 comment

Photo courtesy of Jenny Haas

Wedding planning can be such an exciting time leading up to your big day, but it can also be stressful if you have to do it all on your own. Hopefully you’re surrounded by a lot of family and friends who are going to help you in the process to make everything a bit easier! With so many people involved, you might be confused on who’s responsible for what when it comes to wedding planning. Don’t worry--this guide will help you decide who to delegate wedding tasks to!

Engagement party
After he pops the question, an engagement party can be such a fun way to celebrate your new engagement with all of your loved ones. It’s traditional for the bride’s parents to host an engagement party, but if your maid of honor or another family member wants to throw it, let them take a little bit of the burden off of your parents. If you’re unsure of how to celebrate your exciting news, here are some unique engagement party ideas to get you started!

Guest list
Figuring out who is on the guest list for a wedding is one of the bride and groom’s first tasks after they get engaged. Before looking at any venues, you have to figure out how many people you’ll need to accommodate. You and your fiancé can make a big portion of the guest list, but you should also consult with both sets of parents to make sure everyone who needs to be invited is included on the list; especially if they’re contributing financially to your wedding. Deciding who is invited to your wedding can be tricky, but you have to consider who is most important to have there on the best day of your life.

Figuring out the budget for your wedding might be a group effort. You and your partner should sit down with both of your families and figure out what type of budget you’re working with. Decide how much of your personal savings you can use, how much your parents will be contributing, and if you’ll be using a low-interest wedding loan for a portion of your costs. After you’ve determined how much you have to work with, try to designate specific amounts of your budget to cover each aspect of your wedding.

Venue, Entertainment, Photographer and other vendors
Once you’ve got your budget figured out, it’s your job as the engaged couple to figure out the details of your wedding day. You’ll have to book all of your vendors, including your venue. If you’re hiring a wedding planner, they’ll be able to help in a huge way with this step of the process. They’ll be able to help find the best of what’s out there, and you’ll have less stress to worry about with all of the decision making. The venue should be your first priority, as locations tend to book up fast for peak wedding season dates. If you’re unsure of what venues are nearby, do a search on WeddingWire for venues in your town to get an idea for what you might like. There’s bound to be something within your budget that fits your style!

Bachelorette party and bridal shower
More celebrations leading up to your wedding day include your bachelorette party and your bridal shower. The maid of honor and your bridesmaids should take on the roll as planners for these two events. They may want to keep the details a surprise from you, or they might ask for your opinion on what you might like location-wise and ideas for activities you can do together. Consider one of the most popular bachelorette party locations if you’re looking for a new destination, or have something close to home to save a bit of money. For your bridal shower, suggest hosting it at someone’s home or rent out a private room at a local restaurant.

Rehearsal Dinner
The rehearsal dinner is the last hoorah before your wedding day. It’s traditionally the groom’s parents’ responsibility to host a rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. They pick a location for the rehearsal, possibly with the couple’s input, and they foot the bill for the evening. For the guest list on the night of the rehearsal dinner, the bride and groom’s immediate family should be there, as well as the bridal party and any out of town guests that traveled a long way. Some hosts hire a planner for this event too, especially if they live out of town or the guest list includes more than the immediate family and bridal party.

Stunning Summer Wedding at Cleveland Museum of Art for Paige and Vincent

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 1 comment

Planning, Design and Coordination by Katie Foulds Hopkins of Kirkbrides

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Band, Cocktail Hour Music, DJ: The Orchestra, Cleveland Music Group
Bridal Gown: Matina’s Bridal
Cake/Favors: Luna Bakery
Ceremony Music: OPUS 216
Lighting/Ceremony Sound: Rock the House
Floral Décor: Blooms by Plantscaping
Hair: Barb Banko
Linens/Rentals: Event Source
Officiant: Reverend Peter Newport
Photography: Emily Millay
Transportation: A Touch of Class and Lolly the Trolley

Some of my favorite things: The Cleveland Museum of Art. Paris. Good food. Good music. French 75s.  All of these boxes were checked at Paige and Vincent’s exquisite wedding at The Cleveland Museum of Art.  Working with Paige to design a soft and classic yet unique wedding was such fun because her taste is impeccable.

A ceremony outside at the Museum is always a treat, and I love that Paige chose to use the Museum as the backdrop – so epic and memorable!

As guests moved inside for cocktails, they were greeted by the magnificence of the Atrium dressed up in a neutral but intriguing palette. I absolutely love Paige’s linen choices because I think they added a subtle warmth to the coloring of the Atrium. The champagne chameleon chairs were the ideal color to complement the linens and charger plates.

Arne from Blooms designed very lush, textured centerpieces that mirrored Paige’s tastes but also fit well within the grandeur of the Atrium. The floral color palette was stunning with the inclusion of the amnesia rose.  

We designed a slightly unusual floor plan for the space, placing the band against the Bamboo planter rather than the 1916 façade, which worked so well. I love that all of Paige’s details were classic, with a slight twist.  

The varying tiers on the cake added character to its otherwise classic and elegant style. Again, the subtle pop of color in the flowers added luscious charm and complemented the lavender macaroon favors!  

One of my favorite details was the stationery – truly stunning in its simplicity from the invitations which were written in French and in English, to the ceremony programs and menus. 

Guests dined on a perfectly curated menu from Provenance and, upon their final course, wasted no time filling the dance floor – The Orchestra is always successful at keeping the party going. Of course, who better to capture every exquisite detail than Emily Millay!