Feb 02 2016

I frequently get asked by my clients for bridal party gift ideas. The bridesmaids I usually find easier to give suggestions for than the groomsmen. A few months ago I was introduced to the website Groovy Groomsmen Gifts. They have a lot of really great items and all most all of them can be monogrammed. My husband received a Neck Tie Marshal and I was thoroughly impressed by the quality. Here are a few of their products…

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Your Buddy’s Buddies- $34.99

 

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Travel Marvel- $77.99

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Flask It In a Casket- $29.99

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All in One Sinful Products Case- $44.99

If you are still looking for a gift, be sure to check them out. They are currently offering free monogramming and shipping!!

I know I sound like a broken record, but seriously ya’ll, I can’t believe how blessed I am. I feel like I was just making the year-end-review for 2014 and it was amazing. Now here I am doing 2015 and it was equally tremendous.

We had a wonderful year full of friends and family. One of my favorite highlights was moving into our new home.
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I love Ohio and most likely will always live in the O-H, but oh my goodness does my heart love to travel.
We started the year with a trip to Texas, where were were able to say goodbye to my sweet grandpa for the last time.
In May, Kinsey and I got some alone time visiting New Orleans, a city that neither of us had ever been to. I would go back for Cafe Du Monte alone.
I was able to attend the Trouville Workshop in Chicago. I walked away with new business goals, inspiration, and a little community of ladies.
I did a quick day trip to Nashville with our 2016 bride, Bryanna. We had so much fun! We ate more than we worked, but good gosh was it good. I cannot wait for another destination wedding in 2016
I was able to go to California for my grandpa’s funeral and spend a well needed week with my family. The photo below shows my first time using a selfie stick and I’m not going to lie, I didn’t hate it.
Kinsey, the kids, and I ended the year with a trip to Disney and Siesta Keys. The trips are going to be hard to beat but I’m ready to start planning for 2016!
TRAVEL (1)I wish I could put into text how happy my heart is with the growth this little business of mine has made. MMJ started out as a dream in my teenage years and now not only is it a reality, but it is surpassing anything I could have dreamt of. So thankful to all of my couples who bring me so much joy and fulfillment.
couples (1)We also had a few fun parties to plan! We started off with Everhart Advisor’s Muirfield Tournment party, then my very own Vivienne’s 1st birthday, at the end of the summer I did a garden baby shower that may go down in the books as one of my favorites, and ended with a special 4 year old’s Halloween birthday party.
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I’m a slow blogger, we all know that, but this post is a gem I’ve been waiting to post until today. Looking at a New Years Eve wedding in July doesn’t give you the same giddiness as it does at the end of the year. Casie and Brett hired me way back in 2014! We had a long planning period but their day was filled with so many small details, the time was to our advantage. I love working with them. Casie’s style was similar to mine, it made it extra fun! Mint, Pink, Black/White stripes, gold, and glitter makes my planner heart go pitter padder.New Years Eve Wedding, MMJ Events, Columbus Ohio weddingStyle and Story, this dress shot is incredible. You always have me in awe of your work. New Years Eve Wedding, MMJ Events,  Columbus Ohio weddingObsessed with these earrings.New Years Eve Wedding, MMJ Events, Columbus Ohio weddingNew Years Eve Wedding, MMJ Events, Posy, Columbus Ohio weddingNew Years Eve Wedding, MMJ Events, Posy, Columbus Ohio weddingCasieandBrett-284New Years Eve Wedding, MMJ Events, Posy, Style Story CreativeCasie is a teacher. Her class made her a message chain, how cute is that!?!New Years Eve Wedding, MMJ Events, Columbus Ohio Wedding, Style Story CreativeNew Years Eve Wedding, MMJ Events, Posy, Columbus Ohio weddingLoved the transformation we were able to pull off at the Columbus Downtown Hilton. The ceremony lighting was perfection. The draping and candles added to the romantic look. New Years Eve Wedding, MMJ Events, Posy, Columbus Ohio weddingNew Years Eve Wedding, MMJ Events, Columbus Ohio weddingSeriously one of my favorite wedding details ever. I had the idea of mini pocket watches for a NYE wedding. It took a little time, but that special NYE client finally came along and I got to make this a reality. Unchaining and tagging these little one’s from China wasn’t really a party but the small details are worth the time friends. New Years Eve Wedding, MMJ Events, Posy, Columbus Ohio weddingNew Years Eve Wedding, MMJ Events, Posy, Columbus Ohio weddingNew Years Eve Wedding, MMJ Events, Posy, Columbus Ohio weddingCasie and her mom collected clocks for all the tables. Having a countdown at every table made the it extra fun for guests. Posy did a phenomenal job on the florals. The centerpieces were the perfect mix of glam and romance. Another labor of love…the bow tie napkins. Black for the guests and black and white stripe for the head table on a gold glitter linen gave the perfect festive look that we were going for. CasieandBrett-610New Years Eve Wedding, MMJ Events, Posy, Columbus Ohio weddingNew Years Eve Wedding, MMJ Events, Posy, Columbus Ohio weddingNew Years Eve Wedding, MMJ Events, Posy, Columbus Ohio weddingThis wedding was extra special since it was the final one of what was a crazy year. Having Vivienne in the middle of a full season was exhausting but I survived. I had to bust a move in celebrating an incredible year. Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 10.14.51 PMCasieandBrett-992CasieandBrett-1028CasieandBrett-1045It’s not New Years without a balloon drop, and this picture is everything!

Happy Anniversary Casie and Brett and Happy 2016 my friends, may it be the best one yet. xo

Nov 24 2015

Not a day that goes by that I am not grateful for my job. Even on the stressful days, when dealing with bridezilla moments, and when my feet are so swollen from a wedding day I can hardly walk on them, it’s all worth it! I feel so honored when clients choose MMJ for what is one of the most important days of their life. That feeling was no exception when it came to Hannah and Dan.
After doing this for 6 years, I don’t get very nervous at consults anymore. But I remember meeting Hannah and Dan and being super nervous. Maybe it was because we weren’t meeting in my office so I felt out of my element or maybe it was because deep down I knew how badly I wanted to be apart of their day. Regardless, I left feeling like I blew it. So when I got the text that they wanted to move forward you know I was doing my squealing happy dance. Wedding-0005Hannah and Dan decided to get married on Fourth of July. If you know me, I love myself a holiday! Any chance to theme or decorate, I’m all in. A holiday wedding is no exception.
Wedding-0124 PicMonkey CollageWedding-0012Wedding-0240PicMonkey Collage2Wedding-0799Hannah shared with me early on in the planning process that her mother had passed away. She told me how she sees butterflies frequently and feels it’s from her mom. We did a butterfly release at the ceremony to honor her mother, as well as having her locket attached to her bouquet. As her aunts released the butterflies, one single butterfly decided not to join it’s friends and instead flew over to Hannah and landed on her bouquet! Goosebumps, right?! It was such a beautiful moment to witness.
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Oct 13 2015

If you love glam and lovely details, this post will have you hitting your pin button my friends. The planning process for Tara and Ryan was so fun. A magic happens when a client is willing to let go and trust you with their vision.

Tara was a referral from my past couple Shelly and James. Little did I know when booking this wedding that I was about to begin a cherished friendship.

Thank you Style and Story for capturing all of the gorgeousness on their big day.

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Did I mention that everyone in this wedding was stunning?
Tara&Ryan-564Tara&Ryan-599Tara&Ryan-633Tara&Ryan-981Tara grew up at The Lake’s country club. Having the wedding at the club was for her coming full circle. The tent was pretty, but we knew we wanted to add some glam. We ended up swapping out the clubs fans for chandeliers. Tara wanted a romantic style, without it being too girlie for Ryan. She also had a love for black that she wanted to incorporate. Tara&Ryan-480

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You know how I love myself a room reveal :) Tara&Ryan-688brettel4Tara&Ryan-528Tara&Ryan-522Tara&Ryan-679Tara&Ryan-417The escort mirror was one of my favorite details of the wedding. The mirror itself is a stand out piece, but when you add the natural lighting and the beautiful swag of florals created by Posy, it was stunning. Tara&Ryan-418Brettel2

I cannot possibly describe in text how amazing Tara and Ryan’s cake was. It’s hard to tell in a photo, but it was the largest cake I had seen. Scarlett at Miam continues to blow me away with her sugar flowers. I mean seriously, those are made of sugar!
Tara&Ryan-495brettel5We choose a less traditional guest book. Guests wrote their well wishes on mini cards that they inserted in an envelope on a custom made board created by Ink and Ivory.Tara&Ryan-899Brettel6Two of the many reason’s I adore Tara….she always makes me laugh. Like when I pitched the marquee B. Her first thought was “yeah that’s cute, B like Bar” LOL “um no, B like Brettell, your new last name”. We laughed so hard on the phone people were staring at me in the store.

Reason #2, her love for donuts. Krispy Kreme’s were the perfect favor to celebrate their sweet day. And now her love of donuts has spread into a little tradition of her bringing donuts to my kids when she’s in town from NY. Lucas has even offered her some of his “tons of money” in exchange for a donut.
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Thank you Ryan and Tara for making me fall in love with my job all over again. Wishing you, Ryan, and Henry a happily ever after.

P.S. Tara, thank you for bringing laughter into my day and being my bachelor, mermaid, donut, nacho, inappropriate, loving polly pocket bride. xo

Jul 23 2015

When I first met with Jacquilyn about planning her wedding I had no idea what an experience I was in for. Her wedding to Tom was going to have bigger details than any other wedding I had done, but I was up for the challenge. 500 guest invite count…check. Hanging floral installation over the dance floor…check. Not one but two bands…check. Hedge wall display…check. The list goes on and I loved every minute of it.

Tom and Jacquilyn live in Chicago so I worked closely with Jacquilyn’s mother Vera as well. I’ve been lucky to have a lot of super sweet mother/daughter planning duos. Jacquilyn and Vera were no exception. One of my favorite small details of the wedding was that Jacquilyn used her parent’s cake topper on a small anniversary cake next to hers. Those small meaningful details are the best.

This was my second Macedonian wedding I have planned, and I can’t tell you how fun they are! The dancing and the cultural traditions are amazing. It was hard for my girls and I to not jump in with the party.

As stunning and fun as this day was, nothing was more beautiful than seeing these two commit their lives to each other. I am beyond thankful to have been trusted to be apart of such a lovely wedding. Much love and happiness to you J and T
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May 22 2015

A little later than promised, but here is part two of Kirstin and Ian’s Montreal wedding. I love every single shot of them together, it was hard to choose which to post. I do wish I had more detailed shots to share with you. I’ve never had a reveal like Kirstin’s. We had worked so hard on the design and her reaction was the BEST! Ian joked she didn’t even cry that hard during the ceremony hehe.
Dancing on the terrace with the lights and fireworks was like a dream. There is nothing better than seeing a years worth of hard work come together.
I’m so grateful to have been apart of their special day. And I’m thrilled to say Ian and Kirstin will be giving Vivienne a new girlfriend this October. We cannot wait to meet Baby Sophia Biever!!

I had to laugh when posting this first picture. The photographer knew I was the wedding planner but he didn’t know we had become such good friends. He had to think it was so odd that I was jumping on the bed with the ladies. 
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Apr 29 2015

This blog post has taken me months to write. The thought of putting this couple, this wedding, and this friendship into words was overwhelming. So, I decided to break the post up into two parts. Part one: the introduction, travel, and friendship. Part two: the wedding with all the pretty details. Here we go….

The first time Kirstin and Ian walked into my office I thought, holy good looking couple. They are the most adorable real life barbie and ken ever! They told me how they met on match.com and all about their first date. The details were adorable. Kirstin also told me the second she saw my website she knew I was the one (very flattering), but she went on to tell me all about these gut feelings she has and when she knows she knows. Now that we have been friends for 2 years, I can attest that this is true.

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While having a cocktail after dress shopping, we began to talk.  Without getting too personal and sappy, all I can say is I gained a life long friend that week. If you follow my work or my blog, then you know I tend to become friends with a lot of my brides.  This friendship was different. It was as if God specifically had our paths cross for a reason. I will forever be grateful for our relationship.

I got a call one day from Kirstin and she told me that they  decided to change their wedding plans from Columbus to Montreal Canada. Then came the best part – they wanted ME to still be their planner! MMJ destination wedding…check! I was beyond excited.

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Fast forward a few months and bam I’m pregnant with ms. vivi.  She is due 3.5 weeks before the wedding. Since planning is part of my job you would think that I would have planned better. Kinsey and I had been trying for a second baby for awhile. We decided to no longer “plan” and when it happens it happens. After being disappointed that I may have to uncheck my destination wedding goal box, and more importantly missing my friend’s wedding, my uber supportive husband assured me that we would make it work.

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And to think her passport photo is good for 7 years haha. There was no way of getting the passport expedited in time (cue crying hormonal planner).  But Kinsey came in with the win by getting a signed letter from Congressman Tiberi who had it mailed within 24 hours. Tiberi officially has my vote forever!

After lots of planning, a birth, the drama of Vivi’s passport (she could be the youngest baby ever to get a passport), we were off to Canada!!

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IMG_4890We stayed at two of the most amazing hotels. First hotel Zero, which I loved. The modern feel made me want to bring their decorator back to the states with me. The second, The Auberge du Vieux-Port (took me 4 months to learn how to pronounce it properly). The character of this hotel cannot be explained. Have you ever had a moments that as it’s happening you know it’ll be a memory forever? I had that. I was lying on the bed starring at my new beautiful baby girl sleeping and all of a sudden I hear a violin. I open the window to hear a man playing in the street. I keep the window open, laid back in my bed, and thought this is like a movie! I definitely said a little prayer, thanking the Lord for all that he has blessed me with.

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IMG_4969Kinsey and I had such a great time meeting Kirstin and Ian’s loved ones, walking the streets of old port Montreal, taking a tour of Notre Dome Basilica, and eating lots of yummy food (I had my first tasting of Poutine).

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I can’t wait to share the details and images of their beautiful wedding next week!!!

Mar 11 2015

This soft and romantic wedding at Darby House back in June was so beautiful. Adrienne and Ryan knew exactly what they wanted. I’m thankful that they trusted me to bring their vision to life. I loved every little detail. Candles upon candle upon candles, a cigar bar, ceremony water-station, a live painting artists, and stunning draping everywhere. The details couldn’t have been more perfect. I wish this sweet couple all the joy and happiness in the world. xo -M

Enjoy the pretty captured by Red Gallery Photography

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red-gallery-photography 37 red-gallery-photography 66 red-gallery-photography 67 red-gallery-photography 71Want to see more?!? Check out Adrienne and Ryan’s adorable video from Picture the Love

Jan 02 2015

The title of this post couldn’t be any more perfect. 2014 brought so much joy to my life both professionally and personally. I cannot wait to see what is in store in 2015! Happy New Year my loves and thank you for the support! xo -M

We worked with 8 amazing couples this year! We also had our first destination wedding in Montreal Canada. Making it a goal to do another one soon.

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We had 5 fun events including two events for Pure Barre Columbus, a bohemian bridal shower, a ONEderland birthday party, and an OSU corporate party for Everhart Advisors. Small events with lots of details makes me a happy planner.eventsThe biggest joy in 2014 was welcoming our baby girl Vivienne Grace Jolliff. As soon as I think my heart cannot hold any more love and happiness, June 12th came along and proved me wrong.

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Having a baby in the middle of wedding season caused a lot of extra stress in the Jolliff household but thankfully my husband took it like a champ and we conquered as a team. We made sure to fill the gaps with lots of fun. A babymoon in Mexico, our annual trip to the fair, swims, fishing, our trip to Canada, small group, an engagement, fun with friends, a 2 week visit from Jojo, zoo trips, celebrated 5 years of marriage, our little man turned 3, and we bought and built what is to be our new family home!

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2015 has it’s work cut out but I have a feeling it’s going to be fabulous!!

Happy New Year!!!