Monday, September 28, 2009

Lulu's Splendor...

I had to share with you a most fabulous Etsy shop, Lulu's Splendor which sells some of the most gorgeous and reasonably priced occasions jewelry I've seen. Carla's pieces are fantastic, one of a kind and have SO much personality. And not only are they hand made--she will adapt a piece just for you based on what you need. Although her pieces are certainly geared most toward weddings or special occasions (she does a lot of work for brides/bridesmaids orders)--I HAD to have one of her bracelets and find that pairing it with just jeans and a tank works out very well for an unexpected touch of glam every day. I can also attest to the HIGH quality of her work. Enjoy the super eye candy below and check out her shop and blog for the latest.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Married: Jess + Larry 08.29

Nearly a year of planning came to life on August 29th for Jess and Larry's downtown Cleveland wedding.  Jess was a dream bride for me to plan for: a fashionista, open to ideas and super sweet! I'm going to miss our weekly emails:( 
The wedding ceremony and reception were at the Wyndham at Playhouse Square, and in addition to a gawgeous day (if you know Cleveland, you know the weather is normally sketchy) all of the wedding details came together perfectly and beautifully. Check out some of my favorite photos below by my friend and rock-star photographer Corey Ann! You can also see Corey's favorites on her blog here.

:vendor rundown:
hair +  makeup: charles scott west
linens: lnique
transportation: all occasions limousine
design + coordination: savvy
candy bar: savvy
rehearsal dinner: cleveland yacht club
guitarist: lisa harrington

:highlights of this wedding:
1. the candy bar: i am so not into candy bars---usually. i just don't feel they are the best choice for weddings. BUT, this one was well done. classy. elegant. if i do say so myself:)
2. use of candlelight: this wedding was done in a very soft, romantic palette of whites/creams/champagne. and the use of hundreds of varying candles in the space made everything dreamy.

my brides do hot shoes.

placecards sit atop rice and dendrobium orchids:)

jess and larry were engaged at a vineyard, so we subtly incorporated wine related elements, like here with the wine bottles that served as guest book

my favorite detail of the day. this was the first thing guests saw when entering the space. first impressions are everything.

the ceremony space

candy bar: come and get some suga baby!!!

this table was phenomenal. instead of the typical bridal party "head table" where brides and grooms separate themselves from their guests, we opted to seat Jess, Larry their party AND their party members' guests at one long table smack in the center of the room. It was nice that they were in the middle of the action and surrounded by their loved ones instead of set apart; and bridal party members and dates were very grateful to be able to sit together:)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Note: I'm blogging my last few weddings a bit (a lot) out of order. Nonetheless, here are some previews!

So Khia and Chuk had a seriously awesome wedding this past Saturday. Like, seriously. With an all-star vendor line-up, this couple's impeccable taste really shined through in their romantic 'chocolate & cherry'-dubbed wedding.I am almost ashamed to be posting photos from my lowly point-and-shoot camera when rock star photographer Fred Egan out of Dallas, TX was there documenting the event...but here goes!

:vendor rundown:
fred egan
just perfect video
sheraton suites: cuyahoga falls
bridesmaids' bouquets and groomsmens' bouts:
neil leeson decor floral
decor and bride/groom flowers:
something new events
the cake boutique
dessert bar: keena watson
miller's party rental
dj: dj ez productions
attire: livia calais bridal
american commodore
seating diagram: GEDesigns
rehearsal dinner centerpieces: savvy

bridesmaid's bouquets were red black magic roses + feathers. very romantic.

the cake picked up on the rest of the evening's theme: bling, pearls, decadent glam

was excited to work with joe mineo's team from something new! we had a major flip from ceremony to dinner ballroom and they handles it like pros:)

behind the scenes close-up of one of three ridiculously crazy awesome romantic centerpieces: humongous ball of red floral with huge crystal strands--filled with pearls and rose to fit bride's theme

close-up of centerpiece #2--which was only on head table and was my fave--chocolate manzanita with floral pomanders, floral buds and crystals hanging. ridiculous.

and a close-up of the detail of these pieces.even the vase insides were on theme

the room coming together during the flip

my assistant for the day nicole and i folded and stuffed 250 of these amongst everything else. but what they added to the tablescapes was worth it. details,details,details!

crystal and velvet backdrop also by something new. my photos don't do any of this justice!

and centerpiece #3-- a tall vase with manzanita branch and pillar candles. oh, the romance...

we had this seating map made by an amazing etsy vendor to help the bride's 250 guests find their seats. we coupled this with placecards.

cheers to another savvy wedding! pro photos to come and much needed to convey this beautiful event. congrats mr and mrs chukudebelu and enjoy mexico:)