Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Comiskey/Lee Wedding September 19, 2009

This wedding was near and dear to my heart. Erika and Greg have been clients of mine for over a year and when their wedding date finally approached, I have to say I was a little sad. It's the nature of the business though, that at some point you have to let your clients go!

Erika and Greg had their ceremony and reception at Kensington Court in Ann Arbor, MI. The main word I can think of when I look at the big picture of this wedding is, "lavish." There were tons and tons of flowers, the venue was classic and beautiful, the cake was regal and very tall, and the bride...simply gorgeous!
Because Erika was a client for so long, she got to book all my favorite vendors. John Rogers Photography, Sinfully Divine Cakes, Designs by Judy for flowers, and MidMichigan DJ's. These are my power players, and boy did they ever show up!! John never ceases to amaze me how he can take hundreds of photos and never really get in your way, to the point you forget he's even snapping photos. Sinfully Divine Cakes outdid themselves with a 4 tier cake adorned with pearl accents and piping. Designs by Judy had a gorgeous garland that wrapped around the pergola, not to mention the great centerpieces that the bride handpicked herself. MidMichigan DJ's did the music for both the ceremony and reception and once they started the party up, I don't think I saw the dancefloor empty once!

To add to the occassion, I was joined by our new Western Michigan Director, Kelly Houseworth, who was like my right arm, and my own husband, Andrew Hughes officiated the service. I was so proud of both of them!
Above all the pomp and circumstance, I loved watching this couple interact. They have that "thing" that a lot of people search for all of their lives. They are truly best friends and soul mates. They compliment each other so well, and I wish them the very best in their marriage!

Eldred/Handy Wedding September 6, 2009

Kristine and Matt were a great couple to work with! They live in Virginia and had their wedding in Jackson, so like a lot of our brides, we worked with them from a distance, but I think it's just another testament to thanking technology for making communication easy! Through emails and phonecalls, we were able to help them coordinate a perfect day!

And a perfect day it was! The ceremony was held at the Rotunda at Ella Sharp Park over the Labor Day weekend. It was warm and sunny and absolutely gorgeous for the couple! Because the Rotunda is round, the couple requested to say their vows in the center of the structure and the guests were sat in a circle around them. It was unique and intimate!

The reception took place at Arbor Hills Golf Club. Kristine created most of the decorations herself and it was gorgeous! The colors were chocolate and a mossy green. It looked fresh and classy. The food was fantastic, and the cake....the CAKE was AMAZING! I've had my fair share of cake, but I've never had peach cake until this wedding. It was very yummy and looked great too. It was provided by Cakes by K. Renee out of Clark Lake, MI.

We wish the couple well and hope their life as a new married couple is going well back in Virginia!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Happy Planning!

It is true, by far wedding trends and planning are being heavily influenced by the state of the economy. But don't let that get you down. There are so many ways to have your dream wedding on any budget. The silver lining is that this challenges and inspires couples to use creativity in all aspects of  their planning, from decor to the guest list. Thus, making their wedding more intimate and personal. Ultimately, that it is what it is all about anyway!
By far, the most memorable part of any wedding celebration are all the personal touches added by the bride and groom. From writing your own vows,  decorating with pictures and other personal items, to making your own centerpieces. The economy has lead to a shift in the Do It Yourself attitude. All the small details have so much meaning and at no additional cost.
 Start researching and gathering your ideas early on. Keep everything together. I encourage brides to use a multi divided folder with pockets. Label each tab with a wedding category, (flowers, photography, colors watches, etc.) Bring it everywhere. It is so helpful to have pictures and color swatches to go by in your meetings. Being organized is key to saving money on your wedding. Disorganization can cost you extra money and time. And time we all know is even more valuable than money.
To learn more about wedding planning assistance visit us at www.leaveittousplanning.com. I also encourage you to check out Nina Callaway's 5 Reasons to Still Get Married in a Struggling Economy at http://weddings.about.com/od/bridesandgrooms/a/ReasonstoMarry.htm

Happy Planning!

Kelly Houseworth

Friday, August 14, 2009

Dreams Really Do Come True

This time last summer I was sending out save-the-date cards for my own wedding.  A year later, I have been given the opportunity and honor to become involved in many more weddings and celebrations. My youngest sister said, " You're so lucky, you have like a dream job!" My response was, " It is so much more than a job for me, it's a passion." 
My experience includes years of Wedding and Special Event Catering. From large scale College and Corporate functions to Showers, Weddings and other community events. I always took pride in how we strived to make each so unique and intimate. That was my favorite part, to see all the fine details come together.
There are so many details, large and small, that go in to planning your special day. At times it can seem overwhelming - but all worth it it the end. About a year and a half in to our own planning, we were looking for a Coordinator for the Rehearsal and Wedding day. Beth and her Mother Debbie came highly recommended through one of my husband's coworkers. Not only was it affordable but it extended far beyond that. We appreciated their prompt communication, thoughtful and creative suggestions along the way as well as their ongoing support. 
Today, there are many helpful resources to access to help guide you in this exciting process. My advice to any Bride and or couple in the planning stages, is to really consider all you options. It's a small investment for total peace of mind. Having Beth and Debbie allowed us along with our family and friends to relax, enjoy and soak up every minute! Our wedding day surpassed our dreams and expectations, but we could not have done it alone!

~ Kelly Houseworth - 6/20/2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Zettel/Hughes Wedding

This past weekend was near and dear to my heart. My brother-in-law married the love of his life and now I've gained a sister-in-law that I adore.

This couple loves nature and they have a love for the city...Detroit in particular. So to combine the two, they were married on Belle Isle at the Conservatory. Each room in the Conservatory had a different theme. One had ferns, another cacti, another was tropical. Very cool...well actually it was HOT HOT HOT, but it was definitely different and interesting and lovely.

To add to the unique event and being true to their heritage, the groom and groomsmen all wore kilts to honor their Scottish ancestors. Strangers asked the age old question about a man in a kilt (I'll never tell what they told me!) and the wedding party was asked to stop for pictures at the Ren Cen (where hte wedding party was picked up by the limo) and all over Belle Isle.

The reception took place at the Edison Boat Club right on the Detroit River. As I entered the building to take the wedding parties' "stuff" to their table, I was greeted by Daniel. He had bright blonde spikey hair and very hip glasses and a huge smile on his face. He told me that he was the cake artist and wanted to make sure that the bride would love the cake because he had never met her before. Let me tell you...this cake was GORGEOUS! He even helped me out later in the night when we realized that the cake server had never made it to the reception hall. What a life saver!! Then to top it off, this cake was so moist and so wonderful, and he probably made way too much...but who's going to complain about too much cake!? Not me!! If I get a picture of it, I'll repost it on here!

The reception was great! The centerpieces were made from rocks and greenery all made by the groom. The food was fantastic and the staff at the Edison Boat Club was prompt and very helpful. My husband (Best Man) made a special wine for the wedding that WILL taste good closer to Thanksgiving, but it was still a bit too "young" to taste great by the time the wedding got here. Sometimes it's the thought that really does count!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Allen/Magee wedding

This past weekend my mom (and business partner) and I coordinated the Allen/Magee wedding in Jackson, MI. The setting was Chad Magee's family farm. We all feared there would be rain, but the sun actually began to show when the ceremony began.

Chad and Natalie did their own version of a sand ceremony that I found unique and very sweet. They had each guest pour some sand into the cylinder (purple sand for girls and green sand for boys to go along with the color scheme) and then during the ceremony, the bride and groom added in the finishing touch of their own sand to symbolize their lives coming together as one.

After the ceremony there was a cocktail hour and the guests were provided hors d'oeuvres of fresh veggies, brie, crabcakes, etc. Dinner was then served by Daryl's Downtown and as always, it was beyond delicious. We love their mashed potatoes, so I can't even begin to tell you how good their prime rib and chicken with apricot chutney tastes!

After dinner, the toasts were made and the band tuned up. The Sun Messengers out of Detroit are a 10 piece band that are worth every penny! They had people dancing on the floor until midnight where the couple was sent off with sparklers.

It was a great wedding and it was enjoyed by all that attended. I want to say a special thanks to Amanda Fales Shaw and her husband Andy. They did the photos for the wedding and were fun and innovative and stayed on my timeline, which always makes me happy!! haa haa!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

1st Blog Ever!

Upon launching our new website, my sister suggested blogging and tweeting. I never thought of myself as a "blogger," but for my company, I will do it! So over time you will see my event planners and myself posting information that will give you tips for your own events, laughs from our experiences, and some tricks along the way that might help you in your every day life.

In our first full official year of business, we have expanded into the Detroit area and Chicago area. We never would have imagined growing so quickly, so for the natural planner, it's always exciting when something comes your way that you didn't already have planned out for yourself. With a new logo and new website, we feel more equipped to take on the large and competitive Chicago market that awaits us!

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