Brandi + Mike = Engaged

I've been working with Brandi + Mike (ok, mostly Brandi) for many months now on their upcoming August wedding. Such a sweet couple - the fabulous Amanda Egan captured them perfectly! Seriously, how cute are they? I think my favorite might be the last one.


What to Wear Wednesday | Cincinnati Wedding Planners

Today's outfit is for an unofficial "event" - Meet the Parents/Meet the In-laws. The dress is young + fun but still conservative enough to please any future mother-in-law. Add the zebra print shoes and a few accessories and you have a near perfect mix of modern + sophisticated and dare I say a bit demure?

Dress - Anthropologie
Shoes - American Eagle for Payless
Earrings - Sam Moon
Headband - Forever 21

Total Cost - $128.29


fab friday finds - FREE Pottery Barn Wedding Decor Event | Cincinnati Wedding + Event Planners

Pottery Barn is hosing a free wedding decor event. A perfect way to get some new ideas. Class size is limited so you need to call your local store to sign-up and reserve a space. (Kenwood location- 513.794.0705) You'll receive 10% off any item featured and have a chance to register to win a Dream Wedding registry. Sounds like a fabulous afternoon to me!


Jenni + Michael = Married

After a morning of very heavy rain, the skies opened up to make sure that Jenni + Michael had a perfect wedding day. I loved working with this couple, who were so laid back and giddy in love. They just wanted to be married, and nothing could ruin their day. Jenni was quick with a shoulder shrug, or "whatever" when it came to making decisions. A truly relaxed bride, and it showed! The couple had an amazing ceremony and reception at Paul Brown Stadium. The city was the perfect backdrop for their sweet and romantic ceremony, and glowed for a fun night of dancing. The day was full of laughing and smiling. You guys have amazing families and an amazing wedding day to remember for a lifetime. Congratulations!

Check out the always talented Varland Photography for more photos.
A special thanks to the MANY other talented vendors who made sure this wedding day was a huge success. Lifetime Video, Shutterbooth, Party Pleasers, Robin Wood Florists, Tres Belle Cakes, Gallant Coach, and Heidi McKenna

Tools + Tips Thursday - Marriage License | Cincinnati + Dayton Wedding and Event Planners

One thing many of our couples nearly forget about is the marriage license. Not just applying for one, but actually remembering to bring it. We always include it on the checklist for our final meeting so we can bring it to the rehearsal. If it doesn't make it to the final meeting we put it on the rehearsal checklist. This makes just one last thing you have to remember on your wedding day! Also remember to ask your officiant if he/she is going to mail it or if you need to have someone else mail it for you - after all, you want to make sure everything is legal, right?

In Hamilton County, you can apply up to 60 days ahead of your date, but no worries if you wait until the last minute, the marriage license is issued the same day - there is no waiting period. To speed up the process, you can even fill out most of the information online before going in person. You can find out all you need to know about applying for a marriage license in Hamilton County here.


What to Wear Wednesday | Cincinnati Wedding Planners

I love the cut of this dress, the height of the shoes (hello fabulous legs!) + the shape of the earrings. This outfit would be perfect for a summer engagement photo shoot. I'm imagining some great shots with an urban backdrop.

Dress - Anthropologie
Shoes - DSW
Earrings - Sam Moon

Total - $135.40


fab friday finds - JCrew Flutter Flower Clutch

Modern + whimsical... this clutch is the perfect accessory for any outfit or as a fab gift for your bridesmaids. Two colors left... orange + lilac. Guess which one is my favorite?

Originally $128... now over 40% off... $69.99 @ JCrew


What to Wear Wednesday | Cincinnati Wedding Planners

Today's event? A backyard bbq couples shower. You could wear this as the bride or as a guest. I absolutely LOVE the vintage handbag. Pair this outfit with your favorite pair of hoops for a look that never goes out of style.

Total Cost: $92.79

Dress - Anthropologie
Shoes - Etienne Aigner via 6pm
Vintage Purse - Etsy
Hair Pins - Forever 21


Baseball Birthday Party | Cincinnati + Dayton Event Planners

Our little guy turns two today! Due to our vacation schedule we had his birthday this past Saturday. He loves baseball (well pretty much any sport with a ball!) so it seemed like the perfect theme to start the summer. We started with this invitation to set the tone for the day:

The menu included ballpark fare such as hot dogs, stadium brats, popcorn and of course peanuts. We also had mini Baby Ruth bars and cupcakes for dessert. I think my favorite thing were the favors though - rice krispy treats on sticks with a thank you note tagged to the stick. The note read "Thank you for making my birthday a hit! - Brady." The kids (+ adults!) loved them.

The only thing I would have changed is that we should have done cake before presents (like we usually do). Once Brady opened his Radiator Springs playmat + Mack loader with Lightning McQueen - he didn't want to do anything else.... so we had to bring his cupcake to him on his mat. He was way to busy having fun to slow down for cake.

I could have gone way overboard with this theme, but we had decided to stick to a small reasonable budget for his second birthday... the entire birthday (including invitations) cost less than $100. I think we ended up with a near perfect 2nd birthday!