Inspired by Katie & Tine

I'm an avid fan of both Katie Elfers' and Tine Hofmann's work. While reading their blogs, I came across a gorgeous lavender bouquet that Katie made for Tine that inspired me to do this board. Tine, I hope you like my interpretation of "french country." Bouquet by Katie Elfers and photograph of the bouquet by Tine of TM Photography.


10 Bridesmaids Dresses under $100

Cute dresses that won't break the bank & your bridesmaids might actually want to wear again...

Top Row (left to right)
Pink strapless by JS Boutique - Nordstrom - $88
"Juliet" Orange silk chiffon by JCrew - $69.99
(other colors available)
"Hannah" Yellow strapless by Plenty Frock - Nordstrom - $92
"Sophia" Blue silk chiffon by JCrew - $49.99-$69.99
(other colors available)
Green strapless by Adriana Pappell - Nordstrom - $99

Bottom Row (left to right)
Aqua halter by Calvin Klein - Nordstrom - $79
Black & Cream silk chiffon by Democray - Nordstrom - $60
Steel Gray halter by Maggy London - Nordstrom - $55-$89
(other colors available)
Red v-neck with lace detail by Anne Klein - Macys - $98
Brown halter by Maggy London - Nordstrom - $74


Lindsay & Keith's Slideshow

April from Bluebird is simply fabulous. She captured the essence of Lindsay & Keith's day perfectly. I particularly love the photos of Linds with her dad. Such a sweet man. Linsdsay... I'm sad it's all over - I'm gonna miss chatting with you!

#5 - 5 Rehearsal Dinner Dresses under $50

This last one is a bit bohemian and funky but I like the contrast. It's $44.55 from Macys by INC.


#4 - 5 Rehearsal Dinner Dresses under $50

Fun, flirty & feminine... add some cute heels, pearls & a clutch for the perfect ensemble. This one is $44.40 from Macy's by Max & Cleo.


#3 - 5 Rehearsal Dinner Dresses under $50

Day 3 and perhaps my favorite so far. I love the detail around the middle of this dress. Again, another find from at exactly $50.00 by R&M Richards.


#2 - 5 Rehearsal Dinner Dresses under $50

I love this dress in either color. And it's just within our threshold at $49.99 from


5 Rehearsal Dinner Dresses under $50 (#1)

In today's economy - we are all trying to save where we can... so we've come up with some challenges for ourselves. The first challenge is finding 5 rehearsal dinner dresses for under $50.00 each. Each day for the next 5 days - we'll post a dress under $50 that would be perfect for a rehearsal dinner. Look for another cost savings challenge after this one - 10 Bridesmaids dresses under $100.

Here's the first one - from White House Black Market - $47.99 (on sale of course!). Check out the WHBM for others just slightly above our target price as well.


Lindsey & Keith's Trailer - WOW

Matt Pine posted a trailer of Lindsey & Keith's video. He is truly amazing & so incredible to work with. I can't wait to work with him again. Matt, the trailer is fabulous, I can't wait to see the rest. And you can add "I made the wedding planner cry (ok, tear up) to your list...

Check out the trailer on Lifetime's blog here.


BrideFace Open House - Feb 15th

Calling all brides... here's a chance to experience what a make-up artist can do you for you. Let the talented women of BrideFace give you a makeover & enjoy a few drinks as well! You'll love your look & have a great time with Nancy's staff too... Take advantage this great opportunity!

Here are the details... rsvp to Nancy using the link below or via email

Sunday, February 15, 2009
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: The Bridal Studio
714 Madison
Covington, KY


Lindsey & Keith - Sneak Peek

I've been stalking April's blog (gotta love Google reader!) and I was so excited to see these images this morning. April suggested the Contemporary Arts Center to Lindsey a few weeks before the wedding & the setting is amazing. I cannot wait to see the rest of the images. Lindsey hired an all-star staff of vendors as well - we had almost as much fun as the guests. The team included Nancy from BrideFace, Matt from Lifetime Video, and of course April from Bluebird. Head over to April's blog to see larger images. Lindsey pulled off the old hollywood glamour / starlet look effortlessly. She is simply stunning.


Lindsay & Nance - 1.10.09

What a great pic that April from Bluebird Photography captured from this past weekend! And yes, Nance (BrideFace) is matching the lipstick to the lily in Lindsey's bouquet. Can't wait to see more shots from this amazing day!


Custom Invitations

I was browsing some of my favorite blogs to look for inspiration for today's blog entry and I stumbled upon a site with modern, fun invites... handled with care. Then I realized that the owner of the site is none other than Amanda S. one of our brides from this past summer. Take a minute to check out her work here. I posted a few of my favorites below, I really adore the birth announcement.


Thomas & Sarah - Engagement Party

I posted an inspiration board last for the engagement party we hosted on Friday. I thought I'd post some photos of the night. Congratulations Thomas & Sarah - can't wait for 9.9.09!

And of course, a picture of the happy couple...


Find us on Facebook...

It took us awhile, but we're finally on Facebook. Search for "cincy event planning" and become a fan. We've imported our blog to our page as well. Lindsay and I are both on Facebook as well - if you haven't found us yet, send us note to say hey!


Feature Couple - Lindsay & Keith

Lindsay & Keith are getting married one week from today. I love all of the retro glam ideas Lindsay has for the big day. It's all going to come together beautifully. Here is one of my favorite e-pics from the fabulous BlueBird Photography. Seriously, how great is her coat?

One more pic to share - the Save the Date. Love it. See more of Lindsay & Keith's details on their wedding webpage here. Can't wait for next week you two!


Happy New Year!

A big thanks to our clients for making 2008 the most successful year for CEP to date! 2009 should be another exciting year for us. In the works for our blog this year... a weekly blog post (hopefully more frequently) featuring the following: upcoming weddings, couple profiles, favorite vendor profiles, inspiration boards, planning advice and of course photos / videos of all of our events.

I thought I'd share the inspiration board for an upcoming engagement party I'm planning for my little brother & his fiancee Sarah. Ok, so he's nearly 30, and much bigger than me, but he'll always be "little" brother to me! They are driving cross-country from California to Cincy right now... can't wait to see them both!