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Nov 13 2014

Let me tell you something friends, when one of the owners of the blow out bar contacts you for a consultation you spend waaaay more time doing your hair than usual. On the day of the consultation the pressure for me to have fabulous hair seemed to be greater than booking the event. Lucky for me I was hired, and, as far as the hair goes, it was meah.

Kristin and John had an insanely gorgeous wedding on September 20th in Staten Island. Although she already had a planner for her wedding, I was so happy to be able to plan and design her bridal shower. When Kristin, her sister Kailen and I sat down to discuss ideas I quickly realized that this was not going to be the typical pink and fluffy bridal shower.  The style they wanted was Caribbean. Now I know what you are thinking…floral shirts and coconuts. I did too at first, but trust me, you can make ANY theme chic.

The details of the event were so fun to plan.  The guests got a little taste of what was to come when they received their box invitations by the talented Ink and Ivory. The day of the event Posy went above and beyond with the brightest florals I have ever seen (and I’ve been to the Caribbean).  A unique mix of vases were scattered down our long guest tables. At each place setting sat a wood-drift charge with bamboo-patterned silverware, a bright pink napkin topped with a wooden floral piece, which was also in their invitation box. Bamboo fencing was tied along the iron rod perimeter of the patio and lanterns were hung from the ceiling to help transform the area a little more. Each guest was gifted with an Illume soap bar.  The branding of these soaps are oh so lovely, and, since every smell was divine, we ended up getting them all.

We created two drink bars for Kristin’s two favorite cocktails; a bloody mary and a mimosa. The mimosa bar held a mixture of fruits in wooden bowls with a variety of juices for guests who wanted to mix up the traditional cocktail. The bloody mary bar was new for me since it is a cocktail that I have yet to try. I did my research and I quickly realized people put weird stuff in their bloody mary. Am I the only one who would prefer my shrimp to be in cocktail sauce and not IN my cocktail? But I did what every good planner would do and I gave the guests a variety of fixings.

Joseph brought some island music to our Caribbean affair with his steel drums. If you want to hear a quick snip of his fantastic playing you can take a peak of the video on our Instagram. The chophouse did an incredible job with the Caribbean inspired food: Florida rock lobster quesadillas, mango jalapeño calamari, sugar can shrimp skewers, Jamaican jerk chicken, and the list goes on. Not only was it delicious but also had an impeccable presentation.

I have a feeling this will go down as one of my favorite designs of MMJ. Thank you Kristin and Kailen for allowing me to be apart of such a special day. xo

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Sep 25 2014

During my first consult with Kim and her mother Kathy I realized that the wedding was going to be shortly after the arrival of our little Vivienne. I wasn’t sure I wanted to add on any more work during that time. However, within minutes of meeting them I knew I wanted to help with Kim and Patrick’s special day. Kim and Kathy are two of the most genuinely sweet people I’ve ever met. Their enthusiasm over every detail was infectious.
The small details are my favorite in any wedding. Patrick and Kim love attending concerts. so a concert inspired Columbus poster for their “guest book” and a customized CD of all their favorite songs as favors was a perfect way to add a personalized touch. Kim’s arrow tattoo also inspired a lot of the small details. From all their stationary and welcome bags, to their custom lounge, the arrow made subtle appearances. Last but not least, a paper flower wall by Posy was an insanely gorgeous backdrop for their vows.
Kim, thank you for being so fun and adorable. I wish you and Patrick an infinite amount of happiness. xo -M

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Aug 26 2014

It is rare that I go through a whole planning year without meeting my couple face to face but with Jeff and Katie living out of state and a jam packet schedule that is what happened. I have to say I was a little nervous on rehearsal day but as soon as they stepped out of the car it was like we had met a hundred times. They truly are the sweetest couple.

Their ceremony took place inside the barn at White Star Farms. Guests then ventured onto the patio for cocktails, appetizers, and some live music by the talented Shaw Brothers. Guests dined under cafe lights strung in the tent with gorgeous rustic decor. It truly was a beautiful day for a beautiful couple. I hope you enjoy all the rustic goodness captured by Aperture Photography.

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Jul 27 2014

If you know me then you know I am a girlie girl, but not to be confused with a priss (I can drive a four wheeler like a pro). Glitter, sparkle, bows, and fluff make me happy.  Kinsey knew he was in trouble when I was pregnant and I asked if they sold baby pajamas with tutus. Every day I get to play dress-up with vivi and I’m loving every minute of it.

I had been thinking about newborn photo ideas since she was in my belly, but when the photo shoot day arrived our house was total chaos.  Due in part to having a passport appointment before Kinsey’s work meeting, we were on a strict schedule and I answered the door in a robe, no makeup, and my hair half dried. In my head I was thinking, there is no way this session is going to turn out well.  I could not have been more wrong. Jenny Beck was beyond amazing! I wouldn’t have blamed her for walking out.  Instead, she shushed, rocked, and warmed my little lady to sleep and worked her magic.

Fast forward a week – I am in another chaotic situation at the Montreal airport and I get a sweet email from Jenny with a link to the photos.  In spite of two disastrous flight issues, as soon as I opened the link my heart stopped and everything was right again. No matter the situation and through all the chaos of life nothing can take away the ways in which God has blessed me. He has given me a supportive and loving husband and two beautiful, healthy children. So chaotic or not, life is good.

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Jul 17 2014

When I see the high traffic that comes through to the blog it makes me feel two things…#1 grateful to all those who take the time to follow #2 guilty for giving you nothing new to look at. The beautiful images I have coming your way from this summers weddings will hopefully make up for it.

In the meantime I would like to introduce to you my new little lady….Vivienne Grace. Our love was born on June 12th 2014 at 5:03 p.m. I am completely and utterly obsessed with her. How quickly I forget how small Lucas once was, how good it feels to snuggle a newborn, and that baby smell (can’t that bottle that up some how?)

Being born in the peak of wedding season was difficult but we made it work. Vivi attended 4 weddings, one of which was out of the country, by the time she was 3 weeks old. Maybe she’ll take over MMJ some day since she started so young hehe.

My girlfriend Ashley of Henry Photography had taken my birth photos of Lucas which you can see a few here. Vivi was a little sassy the day of and decided she was going to come and she was going to come QUICK! Ashley wasn’t able to make it to the hospital in time but I’m so thankful she was still able to still take these sweet shots.

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May 29 2014

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Today marks the last day of my twenties and we are exactly 2 weeks away from having our baby girl.  This realization has me working on my to-do list today and not the to-do list that I make every day for the things I need to get done that day but the list that I make and hardly ever check off.  Anyone else have 2 lists or is it just me?

Naturally, the first thing on my second to-do list is blog so here I am. Patrick and Whitney’s wedding was one of my favorites from last year. They were such a fun couple to work with. They had a vision but also let me have fun with some of my own ideas.

The couple and their wedding party both got ready at the Downtown Hilton.  The amazingly talented Benjmain James got some really great shots at the hotel. I love the one below of the guys.

Their beautiful ceremony took place at St. John the Baptist followed by a super fun reception at Station 67. You know I’m all about the personal details and this wedding was full of them! Here are some of my favorites….

Whitney and Patrick were both math majors at The Ohio State University. They came up with math equations that when solved was the table number. Guests didn’t really have to solve the equations because I’m pretty sure there are very few people that could. The idea was so unique, I loved it!!

A family tradition of Whitney’s was camping. I’ve only camped once but I’m pretty sure camping without s’mores is illegal, right? A custom-made s’mores bar was a must for the patio. This wasn’t an ordinary s’mores bar, we had a multitude of different flavor candies, marshmallows, and graham crackers. Some pink roasting sticks, a fun menu of flavor combinations the guests could create, and camping lanterns. The guests had the best time roasting their marshmallows in the pit lounge we created under the café lights.

There were so many small details it’s hard for me to not share them all. The last I’ll share is the favors. This was an area they were struggling to come up with something. Whitney ended up telling me that she trusted me and to pick something. Whitney and Patrick have a love for Chicago since they use to live there. You can’t really think of Chicago without thinking about Garrett’s popcorn (yum!). We over-nighted multiple gallons of the Chicago mix. We had our designer make cute labels for our gray and white stripe containers. I have to admit I ate an unhealthy amount of popcorn while filling these gems. They turned out to be perfection and the guests loved them as a late night snack.

Having Swagg as the band meant there was a whole lot of dancing and fun going on in the evening. We topped the night off with a lantern release, which turned out to be an adventure in itself.  And the night couldn’t be complete without the appearance of Whitney and Patrick’s fur baby, Stella. It truly was a fun and beautiful wedding; I was honored to have been apart of it.

 

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Church: St. John the Baptist
Reception: Station 67
Photography: Benjamin James Photography
Florals: Petals and Leaves
Rentals: Event Source
Catering: Two Caterers
Stationary: By Invitation Only
Band: Swagg

Apr 16 2014

I was uber excited to plan a wedding for LA based couple Chris and Kelly. They were so fun to work with and were extremely enthusiastic about their ideas for the décor. That being said, this put some extra pressure on me to make their vision into a reality. But the ooh’s, ahh’s, and hugs I got after the room reveal is what makes my job so amazing! They got married in what is my opinion, the most beautiful church,  Columbus, St. Joseph’s Cathedral. After the ceremony, the day continued at the elegant Brookside Country Club for a fabulous cocktail hour and reception. The weather threatened us with some rain, but with lots of prayer and positive thoughts, the skies kept clear. My absolute favorite design detail was the cake. The beautiful gold edging done by Cindy at Enticing Icing was perfection. Another highlight of the event was the best man’s speech, which included a blast from the Chris past. I was in charge of hiding his high school letterman jacket until the big reveal. Chris was shocked the best man was able to get his hands on it. The adorable picture at the end of Kelly wearing it is one of my favorites. I wish Chris and Kelly all the happiness in the world!

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Dec 31 2013

When thinking about 2013 I can’t help but think about all the happiness it brought to my life both professionally and personally. This was a year of blessings for sure!

January: I kicked off the year with a bridal show at the Franklin Park Conservatory. My younger sister who I hadn’t seen in a year came to visit, it was extra special to have her there with me.

February: We did a big 50th Birthday party for David at the Polaris Hilton. No 50th would be complete without an amazing 80’s cover band. Also in February I took some time to rest and relax before I officially kicked off the MMJ season. My husband and I went to Cabo and enjoyed some fun in the sun. My camel friend gave me a ride along the beach.

March: With less then 5 months of planning, we pulled off one of our biggest weddings of the year for Shelly and James Laurinaitis at the beautiful Ivory Room. You see more details here or in the Spring/Summer issue of the Knot magazine on stands January 6th.

 April: Although we didn’t have any events in April we were in full planning mode. My house looked like a store with all the design elements I had coming in for the summer ahead. I’m pretty sure my UPS man hates me :/
  May: On of my many dreams for MMJ came true when we had our first Bat Mitzvah. The purple umbra wonderland for Rebecca Hirsh was amazing! We are also thrilled to announce that it will be published in January 2014 in Occasions magazine! If you can’t wait until then you can check out more details here. I am now on pins and needles in anticipation for the next Mitzvah booking.

June: This has been our busiest month 2 years in a row. Gotta love a June weather in Columbus. We started off with Lindsay and Patricks wedding at Northbank Pavillion. Lindsay’s love for design and attention to detail made her such a fun bride to work with. The following day we had Aaron and Perrine’s wedding at Muirfield Village Country Club, photo below. Ending the month was Drew and Abigail’s small outdoor wedding which you check out here.

July: After such a busy month, I was ready to take some time off and relax with my little family. We went down to our families condo in Siesta Key’s and rested up. I came back rested and ready to tackle the rest of our season.

August: We had 2 beautiful weddings in August. Michelle and Phil had an art inspired wedding at the Columbus Museum of Art, you check out all the amazing details here. We also had our California couple Chris and Kelly who got married at the beautiful St. Joseph’s Cathedral and reception at Brookside Country Club, we will be blogging this soon.
September: Sometimes I want September to be skipped so that Lucas doesn’t get any bigger, but yet again a birthday came and we celebrated with a car theme party. You can check out my handsome little man here. I also had the best time planning the wedding of Patrick and Whitney. They had such a fun reception at Station 67. I just received their photos so a post will be coming your way in January.
October: One of my favorite small event’s this year was Lindsay’s Kate Spade inspired bridal shower. You can see all the polka dot and bow fun here. We were also able to help Katie and Warner with their I do’s at the lovely Bryn Du Mansion. My favorite part of October on a personal level is that we found out that we are expecting!!
 November: We had another lovely wedding for Michelle and Matt at Bryn Du Mansion. Ending our month was a Doc McStuffins 3rd birthday party for the adorable Aubri.

December: We had the sweetest snowflake shower for a dear friend with ornament making and a hot coco bar. Our family ended the year with the most amazing surprise. We opened our gender reveal box on Christmas morning and found out our little peanut is a girl!!!

I cannot wait to see what is in store for 2014. I know it’s going to be amazing with all our wonderful new clients, our first destination wedding, and the birth of our baby girl. Let’s go 2014, I’m ready!!!

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I had the privilege of meeting Michelle in high school 10 years ago (gah, how can I be that old?!).  I was thrilled when she called and told me of her and Phil’s engagement and her need for a planner. I knew we would have the best time working together. Is it allowed to be called work when you have that much fun? Even while putting this post together I texted Michelle to tell her she needs to have a wedding every year (hello Heidi Klum). Not only did we have a blast together but it was nice to get out of the box and have some fun with her style.

Now on to the details!!!! Michelle and Phil are both unique in their style. Michelle is the epitome of Hollywood glam. Our makeup artist agreed that Michelle could be placed in any decade and be stunning! We choose the Columbus Museum of Art to hold both the ceremony and reception. Having half of her guest flying in from Ireland, many of whom had never been to the states before, we knew we wanted to throw a good party.

One downside (if you can even call it that) was the hype of the Great Gatsby. Michelle and Phil wanted to have a Art Deco wedding. Art Deco truly is apart of their unique style so when the Great Gatsby came out all of a sudden Art Deco exploded on the wedding map and became not so unique. However, knowing that I was planning and designing for the uniqueness of my couple and not trying to copy a trend made it amazing.

We had small detail upon small detail which made this wedding what it was…AMAZING! old-school specialty cocktails, a jazz band, a raw seafood bar, champagne towers, homemade confetti poppers, a 2.5 hour cake design meeting, gold tickets, artist inspired table numbers, vintage matchboxes, the list goes on and on and on. Michelle made her bridesmaids jewelry and belts, I keep telling her she needs an etsy shop.

It’s usually the bride crying on her wedding day but Michelle got me with a reminder of our million inside jokes, the sweetest card EVER, and generous gifts. Hands down the best thing about doing Michelle and Phil’s wedding is the rekindling of our friendship. Michelle, I adore you! Thank you for letting me be apart of your special day.

It’s publication has yet to be announced but I can tell you it’s going to be fabulous!
Enjoy the details….

Photos: Benjamin James Photography

Dec 12 2013

With my career choice I think it is obvious that I have a soft spot for weddings, but to be honest it's more then that. I have a spot for marriage, for love, for fighters (because lets face it, marriage isn't easy), I have a spot for love stories, and history. We live in a society that seems to have forgot the value of marriage. People are getting married and divorced in 72 days, sometimes hours!!! It makes my heart sad but then people like Elouise and Doug come into my life and my heart becomes so joyful and inspired.

Elouise and Doug Myers are my husbands grandparents. They are in their early 90's, live together in their own home in Carrie Ohio, and just celebrated 72 years of marriage. Yes, that's right S-E-V-E-N-T-Y–T-W-O years!

Every time we go to Carey to visit, it's all I ever want to talk about with Elouise. She has to be sick of my questions by now, but I can't help it, I'm around 2 people whose story is as epic as the Notebook but only it's not a movie, it's real life.

I asked Elouise if I could interview her for the blog. I'm not sure if she even knows what a blog is but she said yes! And here it is…..

What was the cost of your engagement ring? $140

What was the total cost of your wedding? Approximately $60.00 We had punch and cake. No alcohol or dinner. This was during the depression and no one had much money for necessitates much less non-necessitates. Doug’s aunt made the cake, Aunt Babe. It was a small-tiered cake.

How many guests did you have? 150

Who made the invitations? I just used plain invitations and wrote out the information and addressed them.

How many bridesmaids did you have? We had 6 bridesmaids. Each bridesmaid wore a homemade moire taffeta dress. The best man and the groom rented a tux.

What about your wedding dress? My mother made the dress, it was princess style (after seeing photos of Elouise dress, I don't believe princess style then is what it is now). I carried a lace handkerchief made 50 years prior by my grandmother. I still have my dress, its all wrapped up at home.

How did Doug propose? Doug had a Ford and we talked it over in the car and decided to get married. I was 19 at the time so we waited a few months for my 20th birthday. 20 was the legal age to marry at that time. I turned 20 on the 2nd of November.

“Belling” was very popular at this time. All of our friends came to our door one night and made a lot of noise. We invited them in for a meal. Luckily my mother told me ahead time that they were planning this.
I remember another couple who was put into a wheelbarrow and taken to Monkey island just outside of the Columbus Zoo. They were left there and had to figure out a way to get home.

The wedding: We got married at Glenwood Methodist church and the reception was at our house.

After the wedding: We were married on November 29th 1941.  8 days later Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7th. Thus the US entered the Second World War and Doug immediately went into the army. He was gone for 3 months before I saw him again. The third time he left he was gone for a year and a half. We would communicate by letters.

Elouise and Doug's committment to each other inspires me on so many levels. Talking to my mother-in-law, she describes their love as something so special. She says as long as she can remember they have been extremely protective of each other. I feel so blessed to have heard their story and I can't wait to one day share it with my kids.

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