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Mar 17 2016

Still obsessed with the baby garden shower from last year. I thought it was finally time to share the photos from Henry Photography
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MMJ Shower (14)A special thanks to….
Bleu and Fig for the beautiful catering
Blush Arrows for the cake that I died over
Nuage Designs: for the linens that inspired everything
Ink and Ivory: for the stationary that always is perfection

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

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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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!!!

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

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