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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU We can’t thank you all enough!
Wedding Wire, one of the best media resources for Brides and Grooms in the nation, just contacted us.
We have received 2014 Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award!!!
This award recognizes us as one of the TOP 5% Wedding Professionals nationwide.
WOW, we are very humbled and very excited. THANK YOU to all of our clients for allowing us to be a part of your wedding planning.
We loved every minute of it and can’t wait for more in 2014!
We were honored to be able to coordinate the wedding of Betsy and Jeff. What a great IU Wedding! How doe you like the way we designed the end zone???? Here is a “teaser” from Northernlight Filmworks. We will have more to come soon. All of you IU fans are gonna cheer for this one!
Attending a party or gathering soon? We know how you are looking forward to it and we know what it takes to throw a party. Make sure you’re the guest that goes the ‘little extra’ and remembers your host with a “hostess gift”. What is a hostess gift? We think it is a great way to say, “Thank you for inviting me!” We all love to be included and when we are invited to a special event we can show our appreciation with a small token.
Many guests include a bottle of wine (which we love to receive) as a gift, but think out of the box too. What about some great chocolates, fruit from the local farmer’s market, a new read or the latest released CD? Don’t underestimate flowers or a potted plant too. Hosts love to be remembered and appreciated. They worked hard to make the party a celebration and your thoughtfulness will be remembered with many more invitations.
Always remember a personal handwritten thank you note is a rarity and will be greatly appreciated too.
Your appreciation, your smile and willing hand to pitch in (when needed) will make your host or hostess invite you again and again. Of course, how could any party be fun without you?
Engagement season is about to be in full swing and lucky ladies everywhere will be showing off their shiny
new rock! This new life changing experience is only the start of what your
engagement has to offer. Here are a few things that are on the “TO DO’
list once he ‘puts a RING on it’!
1. Get a manicure! Your hand is about to be the main focus of hundreds of
photos and you don’t want to embarrass yourself with un kept nails. Zip into
your favorite salon and start soaking those fingers!
2. Set a Budget! Have a nice, sit down, chat at home, with whomever is
supporting your wedding- it could be you, your fiancé, his parents or yours.
A private family gathering is essential in the early stages so that everyone is
on the same path. The conversation may be awkward, but it needs to be addressed
before anything becomes planned.
3. Insure your ring! If your Love hasn’t done this already, make sure it is done immediately. The jeweler (where it was purchased) should have suggestions about certified insurers. Make sure you get an appraisal slip from your jewelerso the absolute replacement value can be determined.
4. Sign up for Sale Alerts! Your wedding dress is going to be a major purchase, but your accessories don’t need to be. Many
designers have major sales and throughout the year. Check out their sites and sign up.
5. Sign up for Pinterest! Pinterest is the motherland of inspiration! You will be on this site for hours & gather so
many ideas! Majority of the ideas have step by step directions on how to create
the masterpieces. You will want to save (or pin) all of your favorites, from
your dress, to the cake, to favors, and creative keepsakes.
6. Talk $$$ with your Fiancée! Money is always an uncomfortable topic, but it needs to be done, so put on your big girl pants and
do it! You both will need to know all the logistics of combining bank accounts. Make sure you also discuss with your parents about CDs, trusts, or other important documents that may need to change or not change once you become man
7. Sign up for Trunk Show Alerts! Follow your local bridal
boutique on Facebook or Twitter to get all the latest info about an upcoming
sale or trunk show. This will allow you to see your favorite designer’s newest
creations straight off the runway.
8. Chose a diet & STICK TO IT! If you plan to lose weight or tone up for your wedding and honeymoon, the worst thing you could do is crash diet at the last minute. If you want to lose more than 5 pounds, give yourself 9-12 months to do it. Pick a proven plan like Weight Watchers or JennyCraig. Ask your Fiancé to invest a few months of a personal trainer for just
you or as a couple. Make a pact to get into shape together with a personal workout plan. Working out with your Fiancé allows
you to support each other even more and get healthy at the same time! If your Fiancé can’t find time, ask one of your bridesmaids.
9. Pick a location! Whether it is selecting the city or the venue, the most
important decision needs to be determining the location of the wedding. This
may need to be something that you get everyone’s advice on; his family and
yours, as they will have an opinion.
10. Hire a planner! It doesn’t matter how organized you can be or how
creative you are, a planner will be your right hand person. As it gets closer
and closer to your day, a planner can help you with everything! From the moment you get engaged, to your
wedding day, they can also assist you with developing a timeline and assist you
with weekend coordination. A planner will have many connections to venues and
vendors for your day. This will allow you to save time and expense plus
allowing everyone to sit back and enjoy the day without missing a precious
Rain on your wedding day is considered a gift of fortune. Our Bloomington Indiana outdoor wedding marked fortune at the historic Sarkes Tarzan Estate, Deer Park. Sarkes Tarzan, an Armenian immigrant, owned and founded WTTV Channel 4 in Indianapolis plus manufactured and developed the FM broadcast thus making it popular. His estate is a landmark of rolling hillside, deer and gorgeous gardens- wonderful for a wedding!
Chicago residents, Lindsay and Joe, wanted to come “home” Indiana University, to celebrate their much anticipated wedding. Deer Park Manor was the choice for their outdoor wedding. Outdoor weddings are always sunny and mild, right? Nowhere had wedding plans been made for rain.
Their wedding day at the historic park like setting began sunny and warm until minutes before the guests began to arrive.
With the guests, came showers of rain and some would claim fortune. Old wive’s tales claim that rain on your wedding day symbolizes blessings and fortune in your married life together. At the momen,t our fortune was having enough umbrellas to protect guests as they scurried to their seats for the processional. Hopes were high and smiles remained bright. A wedding was going to take place; and it couldn’t happen to anyone nicer.
Ivory rose petals tossed on the grassy aisle now filled their tiny cups with raindrops as guests popped umbrellas and sat near the huge
sprawling branched maple, our altar site. Nothing could have been sunnier than when our bride, Lindsay, walked
down the aisle with her father to the beaming groom, Joe. We will never forget the violinists playing their classical selections under the protection of several men with umbrellas and a mirage of rain coats. The honorable John Gregg was the officiate and possibly next governor of Indiana.
After the ceremony, guests scurried into Deer Park’s atrium for cocktails and hors d oeuvres, while the couple posed for pictures amongst the rolling hills and gently blowing grasses of the estate, guests enjoyed the ambiance of this once former indoor pool room, now a special gathering area for event guests.
Soon our Chicago based band, Josh and the Empty Pockets, lured guests into the tented reception site for dinner and dancing. Guests tables were creations of crisp white linens, gilded chivari chairs and soft pink flora all displayed in multitudes
of crystal vases, domes and bowls amongst mercury glassed votives which gave a warm glow to the evening affair. The
tent captured more elegance with floral chandeliers of satin ribbon, orchids, hydrangea and roses that hung from the tent’s center; a stunning focal accent. The couple’s Wish Tree, a creation our floral designer made, with its multitude of golden branches, offered guests the opportunity to author personal handwritten wishes for blessings and fortune to the couple.
As the evening ended the showers stopped too. Nothing remained but a deep navy sky and the hand fulls of scattered starlight showering our couple and the gorgeous glow of the venue.
Thank you to:
Coordination: Kim King Smith Events www.kimkingsmithevents.com
Floral: Jim Sims,Kim King Smith Events Floral Divisions www.kimkingsmithevents.com
Venue: Deer Park www.deerparkevents.com
Photography: Wendi Chitwood, Inbloom Photo, www.inbloomphoto.com
Video: Smashed Productions www.smashedproductions.net
Catering: Carla’s Catering carlascateringandcreations.com/index.asp
Bar: Big Red Liquor www.bigredliquors.com
Band: Josh and the Empty Pockets www.joshandtheemptypockets.com
Violinists: IU School of Music www.music.indiana.edu/
Tent and Rentals: Perfect Parties www.perfectparties-events.com
Chairs and Linens: AClassic Party Rentals www.aclassicpartyrental.com
Stationery: Lemonseed and Co www.lemonseedandco.com
Gourmet Chocolates: Nate’s Candy Jar www.natescandyjar.com
Tents and Rentals: Perfect Parties www.perfectparties-events.com