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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.


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


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.

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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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.

I wasn’t kidding…seriously…look at them! ADORABLE10527570_10104667605083915_919711417055124821_n

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.


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.


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!!


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.


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).


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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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.


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.


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!



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

Happy New Year!!!

Jan 01 2015

I’ve been so excited to show you the details of Ashley and Justin’s wedding this past June. Ashley was my dream client. She had great style, was easy going, and laughed a lot. I could do their wedding 100x over.View More: http://kellymaughan.pass.us/justinashley

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My favorite small detail of her wedding was her glass cake dome favors. Ashley lives in Arizona but I’m pretty sure she heard my squeal of excitement all the way over there when I found them.

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A lucite chuppah with candles on top, drapery and covered in flowers created the most beautiful chuppah I have ever seen. It was too pretty to use only during the ceremony so it became our custom lounge spot for cocktails hour and reception.
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Justin and Ashley were so supportive of me planning their wedding while pregnant and I can’t wait for this cute couple to have their own little Green’s.

Little Tree Studios did an amazing job on their video. Enjoy all the gorgeousness below…


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
















May 29 2014


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!!!