It’s always a roll of the dice weather wise when planning a wedding in northern Indiana during the month of November. Will there be snow on the ground, will it be rainy, windy and cold? Or maybe, just maybe it will be a gloriously sunny day with mild temps, which is just what the weather decided to give Kate and Alejandro on their wedding day. The trees on the campus of the University of Notre Dame still wore their gorgeous fall colors and the grounds were still lush and green as guests gathered there to celebrate Kate and Alejandro’s marriage. The couple decided to host a gathering on Friday evening following their rehearsal at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, at Rohr’s inside the Morris Inn. The Irish pub was the perfect place to kick off the weekend festivities with family and friends. Once the big day finally arrived there was an unmistakable air of joy and anticipation to finally see all of their carefully laid plans unfold. Kate had decided on a color palette using shades of coral and pink with accents of navy and gold. Both she and her groom decided early in the planning they wanted an elegant but understated affair, with hints of glamour splashed throughout. Following the ceremony, the guests were transported to the South Bend Club for dinner and dancing. Kate and Alejandro sat at a sweetheart table for two, beside the beautifully appointed fireplace that chased the November chill away. As the evening drew to a close – a decadent dessert table was revealed providing a sweet ending to their perfect day.
Wedding Planning – Cynthia Basker/ Celebrated Events
Ceremony Venue – Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Reception Venue – South Bend Country Club
Photography – Katie Whitcomb Photographers
Floral/ Decor – MichaelAngelos Events
Cake – Macri’s Italian Bakery
DJ – Pro Show, Inc.
Photo Booth – Fun Zone Photo Booths
Hair – Eric Woolridge/ Beehive Salon
Makeup – Camellia’s Cosmetics
Limousine – Ambience Limousine
Motor Coaches – Cardinal Buses
When I first began working with Jordan and Matt, I asked them if they could create the perfect atmosphere for their wedding, what would it be? Their response, ‘full of the presence of our Lord, love and joy!’ They believed that a wedding with beautiful decor isn’t really beautiful if the hearts being joined in union are not beautiful and full of joy. With those intentions firmly in mind, they set out to create a day that felt whimsical and natural with an elegant, soft boho feel. Following a color palette of sage, ivory and blush tones with gold touches, as well as Jordan’s wish for cascading greenery embellished with floral, their vision began to take shape. Matt, now a professional football player, asked his college football chaplain from Indiana University to officiate the ceremony, which was held in a chapel that has ties dating back to the Civil War. Jordan, an author and blogger with close to 100,000 followers on Instagram, surprised Matt with a vintage 1950 Studebaker Land Cruiser as their get away car following the ceremony. This allowed them a few stolen moments alone before arriving at their tented reception at Willow Harbor Vineyards. During cocktail hour guests enjoyed lawn games (and yes, footballs were tossed) and libations while strolling the grounds of the vineyard. Dinner and dancing followed, as the sun slowly set on this gorgeous late summer day. Guests were encouraged to ‘Light Up The Night’ with glow sticks to send the Bride and Groom off into their happily ever after!
Wedding Planning: Celebrated Events
Wedding Decor & Staging: Lani Nastepniak
Photographer: Nathan English Photography
Videography: LOE Productions
DJ: 27 Entertainment
Cake & Sweets: Macri’s Italian Bakery
Ceremony Venue: Cornerstone Bible Chapel
Reception Venue: Willow Harbor Vineyards
Transportation: 21 Express (coach), Mahlon Wise/Studebaker Land Cruiser
Makeup: Camellia’s Cosmetics
Hair: Salon Rouge
Ceremony venue: Little Flower Catholic Church
Reception venue: The Morris Inn
Planner: Cynthia Basker/ Celebrated Events
Photography: Christopher Z Photography
DJ: R & S Entertainment
Floral: Anabel Ridge Flowers
Desserts: GiGi’s Cupcakes & Macri’s Italian Bakery
Transportation: Tim’s Tours
Host hotel: The Morris Inn
Hair: Ol’ Hairitage
Makeup: Camellia Cosmetics
Lindsay and Derek envisioned their mid summer wedding to be full of beautiful as well as meaningful details. Working with a color palette of soft sage green, white and silver, accented with the barest whisper of blush pink helped to set the tone for their black tie affair. While the skies were threatening as guests gathered for their outdoor ceremony, the mood was joyful in anticipation of the joining of not only Lindsay and Derek, but their families as well. Post ceremony, the couple along with their bridal party traveled to the campus of the University of Notre Dame. There they were granted access to the iconic Notre Dame football locker room, and stadium as well. The reception held several surprises for the groom, a Notre Dame football themed grooms cake, along with a rousing performance of irish and celtic music played by the Caledonia Kilty Pipe Band. Dancing, laughter and love filled the night, as Lindsay and Derek were celebrated as the new Mr. & Mrs.
Ceremony venue: Gillespie Center, Hilton Garden Inn
Reception venue: Gillespie Center, Hilton Garden Inn
Floral: Poppies/ Polly McCarthy
Fabric drape & lighting: ProShow Inc.
Photography: Jennifer Mayo Studios
Videography: Night Owls Media
Wedding & Grooms cake: Macri’s Italian Bakery
String Quartet: Summer String Quartet
Reception Band: Spoken Four
Pipe Band: Caledonia Kilty Pipe Band
Wedding Planner: Cynthia Basker/ Celebrated Events
Host hotels: Hilton Garden Inn, The Inn at St. Mary’s
Transportation: Royal Excursion
Hair & Makeup: Nicholas J Salon
The campus of the University of Notre Dame was ablaze with glorious fall foliage on Kathleen and Ben’s wedding day. Leaves rustled and swirled on the ground as guests gathered at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart to witness the exchange of vows between the two. Evoking the rich tones of the season, Kathleen chose emerald green along with raspberry and gold as the color palette for the wedding. While Kathleen attended Saint Mary’s College, and Ben attended Notre Dame, they both played in the Band of the Fighting Irish. Dating back to 1845, the Notre Dame Marching Band is the oldest college band in continuous existence in the United States. Both are proud former members and part of the legacy of this prestigious college band. Kathleen played the piccolo, and Ben was a member of the trumpet section. During their reception, colleagues of theirs who were members of the trumpet section gathered to play Notre Dame Our Mother and the Notre Dame Victory March, just as they had done for every home football game, inside the famed Golden Dome otherwise known as Trumpets Under the Dome. Another highlight came when Kathleen’s parents, presented the couple with a Papal Blessing from Pope Francis.
Ceremony: Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Reception: Gillespie Conference Center/ Hilton Garden Inn
Wedding Planner: Cynthia Basker/ Celebrated Events
Flora/ Decor: MichaelAngelos Events
Photography: Jennifer Mayo Studios
Wedding Papery: Cloud Nine Invitation Design
Cake: Macri’s Italian Bakery
Limousine: Ambience Limousine
Coach Service: Cardinal Buses
Host Hotels: Hilton Garden Inn, Inn at St. Mary’s
DJ: Paul Chamberlain, Music Machine
String Trio: Morrow Strings
Elizabeth and Daniel envisioned their June wedding at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame as a soft, romantic summer affair. The color palette they chose. blush pink, soft gold and ivory was the perfect combination of colors to achieve the feel they wanted. Elizabeth’s favorite flower, the rose, was used throughout the wedding, in tones ranging from barely blush to a soft peachy pink, often accented with gorgeous peony (which lucky for us – was in full bloom!) and hydrangea. An array of candlelight helped give the atmosphere a dreamy, intimate feel. As a nod to the groom’s roots and a beloved Youngstown, OH tradition, a cookie table offered guests sweets and treats, most of them baked and brought to the wedding by family and guests. The day was gorgeously sunny, followed by a warm and balmy summer evening, the sky filled with glittering stars.
Wedding Planning & Design – Cynthia Basker, Celebrated Events
Ceremony Venue – Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame
Reception Venue – The Morris Inn
Ceremony Floral & Decor – MichaelAngelos, The Event Company
Reception Floral & Decor – Annie Hoffman
Photography – Bob & Dawn Davis Photography and Design
Videography – Wedding Day Cinema
Band – High Society Orchestra
Coach Transportation – Royal Excursion
Limousine – Ambience Limousine
Papery – Cloud Nine Invitation Design
Bakery – Macri’s Bakery
Now that we are firmly entrenched in the wedding season, its a bit harder to blog on a regular basis! So, I’m going to try and share with you some things that I consider to be indispensable once the wedding day arrives. The first item that comes to mind, and that I end up using at almost every wedding is Hollywood Fashion Tape! This stuff is a lifesaver! Hollywood Fashion Tape is double-stick, hypo-allergenic tape. Its completely comfortable on skin and is safe to use on all fabrics. The original comes in 3 inch strips, and they now have the ‘Red Carpet Assortment’ which includes five different shapes that will fix any potential wardrobe malfunction. AND – if none of these shapes fits your situation, just use scissors and cut your own!
Okay, here are the various ways I’ve used this tape to solve a wedding day snafu:
– securing dress necklines (strapless, plunging, etc.) so you don’t reveal too much
– keep dress from gaping open under arms, near arm pit
– fix a hem that has fallen out (groomsmen pants, mother of the bride dress, etc.)
– secure spaghetti straps that keep falling off the shoulder
– anchor shoe straps that keep slipping
– keep bra and slip straps undercover and in place
– close shirt if a button is lost
– keep elbow length and opera length bridal gloves in place
– keep thigh high hosiery from slipping
– keep sashes on flower girl & bridesmaid dresses from slipping out of place
I’ve even used it to re-tack down an aisle runner that had come loose! I’m sure I’m forgetting some other uses, but I never leave to do a wedding without it!! We stock it in our boutique, Girly Girl Gifts & Accessories – come by and get a few samples to try for yourself. There is nothing more unattractive than the bride tugging on her strapless dress all day and night, slap some Hollywood Fashion Tape on and that dress won’t move at all! Trust me.
I spoke at an Association of Bridal Consultants state chapter meeting this past Sunday, which was held at the beautiful Sand Creek Country Club, in Chesterton, IN. It was so good to see some of my old friends (Kay, Gloria and Dena!) as well as meet a few new! Christina Page of Christina’s Creative Planning, LLC, did a great job of arranging the entire day – thanks Christina! I was introduced to an idea that I think is just great, CineMagic, Personal Movie Posters. In a nutshell, its a movie style poster, featuring the bride and groom! You can choose your own ‘title’ or pick from a few suggestions. They look like the real deal, and would be an amazing keepsake after the wedding is over. You can use one of your own images, (with your photographers release) perhaps from your engagement session, or, they can do the photography for you. I hope to be offering this to my clients soon!
One of our Celebrated Events brides, Casey Korecki, along with her Mom, has been in town this week to work on her July ’09 wedding. While we are busy putting all the pieces together, I just had to share her idea for their guest favor. She, and her fiance Tom, are planning on naming their guest tables after cities/states they have visited together, and the favor will be something from that place! For instance, they both attended Notre Dame, so of course, they spent four years in South Bend. They are planning on having something from the South Bend Chocolate Company on the ‘South Bend’ table. Maybe maple syrup on the ‘Vermont’ table, cheese on the ‘Wisconsin’ table, etc., etc. You get the idea! I can’t wait to see what they come up with! We are planning on packaging the favors in some consistent way, to be compatible with the tablescape we are creating. We aren’t sure yet, but it might be something as simple as a ribbon. We’re still in the brainstorming phase, so we’ll see what we come up with, stay tuned!
On March 10, 2009, the Illinois chapter of the Association of Bridal Consultants held a very special meeting at the Drake Hotel. My longtime colleague, Frank Andonoplas presented ‘Franks Favorite Things.’ It was a beautiful showcase of his undeniable talent for decor and design! Every table (14 in all) was beautifully appointed, with coordinating china, glassware, flatware, linens, menu cards and gorgeous centerpieces. I didn’t get images of all of the tables, but what I did get is shown below. I came away inspired and with more than a few new ideas!
This table was all done in whites and crystals. I loved the napkin treatment – a ‘chandelier’ crystal!
I think this one may have been my favorite- it suprised me and inspired me to not be afraid to mix colors and textures. Be bold! Love the cool shape of the bread/butter dish!