Bridget and Blake

Bridget and Blake

Photos by Shadow & Light Photography

Bridget and Blake

Dripping in Glitter and Love

My first conversation with mama bear Karen,  went a little something like this:
I’m interviewing several planners for my daughter’s wedding … We are moving and she and her fiancé are juniors in college and expecting their first baby … I picked you because you love animals and so do we …. Bridget loves sparkle and shoes and so do you (all these deets she picked off my website) … And well are you available for our date??

Yes my sweet mother of the bride, I am available and I would be honored to be your wedding planner.

Three days later I received an email from Bridget and from that moment on we talked nearly every day all things wedding (and not necessarily hers) so you will find it no surprise that she interned at SSD this spring and is currently working for a fabulous planner in Kansas City.

We did the majority of our planning over the phone and via email since they were all out of town.

Our on their first trip with Olivia (their most darling babe) to St. Louis, we decided to sneak in a quick planning meeting.
It was a cold rainy day and as new parents maneuvered the diaper bag, pumpkin seat and umbrella while trying to read the parking meter all the while keeping the rain from Olivia and each other… How could you not fall in love? I sat in the coffee shop window watching with tears welled up in my eyes. I knew this family was officially a part of my heart at that moment.

In the next 18 months we celebrated Olivia’s first birthday, college graduation, several job interviews, Liv’s first tooth and first words, first Halloween and first Christmas, buying a house …

And then moving to KC. My heart ached when they announced the move but I was stoked for their new beginning.

And the wedding, the reason you are all here, so let’s dive right in to the gorgeous details of the day.

The day was incredible. And I wish wish wish I could have seen every reaction and every moment in real life, but I didn’t. You see, a wedding planner’s worst nightmare came true on the Friday morning before their wedding. I developed the flu. For the next 36 hours, my time line and I lived in a bathroom while managing the day via texts, photos and phone calls.

Thank you to my awesome assistant, Megan and our amazing vendor team, and of course a bride who lives and breathes weddings that tried to convince me “Ash, I got this,” a bride who was more concerned that her wedding planner was ok than what time it was.

When I say my work has blessed me with the best clients who have become my friends and extended family, it’s an understatement.

Bridget is a classic bride- all sparkle all romance. This girl after my own heart had a love for Leonardo Dicaprio which flourished into a gold dipped feather Art Deco theme.

Bridget’s dear friend and college roommate, Taylor, who also has an affinity for wedding planning, created this handmade guestbook. It was perfect. So thoughtful and sentimental.

These gorgeous linens from An Affair to Remember were the most splendid addition to the equally amazing centerpieces she created. It pulled in the Art Deco theme with the sequined blush patterned underneath candlelit feather and floral decor.

Blake’s parents built this beautiful arbor that now has a home in the newlywed’s back yard. We originally planned to have the ceremony outside but a quickly approaching a storm had our vendor crew racing to reset the ceremony inside just in time.

Custom designed cake designed by the sweet Sugarbelle Cakery.

The crew got ready at the Magnolia Hotel – famous for its breathtaking chandeliers from the original Aladdin hotel in Las Vegas and the Cary Grant suite (did you know Cary Grant started the trend of putting chocolates on pillows?).

And our former pageant queen bride had her favorite hair stylist fly in for this classic updo! Emily Miller Hair and MakeUp Artist did Bridget’s make up as well as the hair and makeup for the gals in the bridal party.

And a first dance with your daddy? Of course!

And what wedding night is complete without a confetti grand exit?

And if these stunning photos by talented Amy Meyerott of Shadow + Light Photography don’t satisfy your every need then definitely watch this video by her stud muffin husband Andrew who documented the day … And I’m still crying. Song choice = perfect. Can’t wait for the vow renewal.

Their wedding was featured on The Inspired Bride

Beauty – Emily Miller Hair + Make Up and Rouge Beauty Bar
Dress – Couture Bride Las Vegas
Tuxes – Jos. A. Bank
Location- The Caramel Room
Cake – Sugarbelle Cakery
Florals + Rentals – An Affair to Remember 
DJ- Sounds Fun
Transportation – Best Transportation
Hotel – Magnolia Hotel
Officiant – Pastor Shay, The Crossing 
Invitations – Unique Moments 

Bridget + Blake are still in KC building their own house for their two beautiful daughters + their pup Hogan! And we are still connected at the hip. On their 2nd wedding anniversary, Bridget planned a surprise dinner for 2 on the Caramel Room Terrace and I SURPRISED them by serving that dinner! 

I L.O.V.E. a Winter Wedding

I L.O.V.E. a Winter Wedding

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same” – Flavia Weddn
In a nutshell, this is how I feel how Danielle and Billy Clark’s winter wedding. They showed up and I never wanted them to leave let alone have their wedding be here and over.
But it came and went and it was freaking awesome. And I can prove it.
So not only did we share a love of sparkle and winter weddings, but also Pitch Perfect… I received this text BEFORE 8 am the morning AFTER the wedding!
 And then they both got amazing jobs in Florida and moved right after the wedding. And now and we still talk almost every day.
Like I tell all my clients, basically once you sign that contract, you are stuck with me forever…
When Danielle and her sweet mama came to Signed Sealed Delivered Events last spring, we were nine months out and the organizational queen of numbers and all things wedding needed assistance and advice keeping them on budget, on track and bringing that Pinterest board to reality. Which we did with so much creative love. See our handmade bouquets and centerpieces!!!  
Our instructions were specific, no flowers! Lots of sparkle! We went a completely different direction from her Pinterest  board (see ours here) full of Christmas ornaments. The bouquet was a labor of love and built from brooches from family and friends at all of Danielle’s showers.
The reception was held at Bellecourt Place and Manor in Belleville, Illinois. The food there is delicious! The staff and management are friendly, hard working and very accommodating. It’s become a favorite venue of mine, but of course I am bias because I was born and raised in Bellevegas and I love tradition!
Back drop and chair covers rented from Grand Rental Station
This space was completely (all puns intended) transformed with the uplighting provided by Complete Weddings and Events Complete Weddings and Events also provided DJ services, photobooth, photography and videography.
I was in L.O.V.E. with the head table backdrop- all sequins and the LOVE letters that Danielle and Billy rented through Signed Sealed Delivered Events Handmade by my dad Stanimal because I couldn’t find the exact right set to buy… #ilovemydad   #myfatherthehero
The ceremony was held in the Bellecourt Place which is an old church on the same property as the Manor so super convenient for guests!
We served champagne as guests entered the ceremony!
Megs and Bobby right before go time
And my beautiful bride Danielle with proud daddy behind. Cue the tears! I love this pic! Danielle walked down the aisle to A Thousand Years… goosebumps!
All sparkles and uplighting for the ceremony Need an officiant for your wedding? Check out our friends at St. Louis Officiant! We did most pictures before hand which made for smooth sailing right into cocktail hour! And it took A LOT of coaxing( as it always does with my grooms), but we did do the FIRST LOOK before the ceremony which was so magical and heartfelt AND it took a lot of pressure off the ceremony because both Bill and Danielle got a chance to be just the two of them and relax before group photos in down town  Belleville and saying “I Do”.
Not going to lie, this will be my “framer” from this wedding. I have one from each wedding. Thanks to Mark and Caley for capturing them so perfectly! xoxo  
There was also a First Look of the ballroom! I was so glad my crew at Signed Sealed Delivered Events was present for this…it was really quite emotional.
The grand entrance for this wedding was so much fun! Bill and his groomsmen all played college football and some are college football coaches now. The party favors were rally towels that said Living the Dream that the guests waived as the bridal party entered the room. The football and Living The Dream was carried out through the planning (hence the planner and the name of her blog) and the wedding!
Yes we even played a little football during the reception …
All in all the entire evening was a success complete with Coldstone Creamery
An awesome party favor for guests!
A surprise cobalt blue dress…
And a sparkler send off…
Danielle and Billy, I can’t thank you enough not only for the opportunity to be a part of such an intimate moment of your lives, but also for being a part of my heart.
Your Wedding Planner
If you want to see more of this wedding, check out the video from Complete Weddings and Events
Nathan is an awesome videographer!!
PS some of the most beautiful wedding vows ever!
And yes I took a pic, I wanted to remember them always.
***some of these images are courtesy of Complete Weddings and Events (Mark and Caley rule!) but most are courtesy of my awesome iphone 6 with the sparkly case***