20 July 2010

Brandon and Cameron

You may remember seeing Brandon and Cameron's engagement shots in an earlier post. I absolutely LOVED working with this family. I actually met Brandon, Cameron and Cameron's mom, Kurt as a referral from one of my sisters. It feels as if I have known them all forever.


Brandon is the Head Men's Tennis coach at IUPUI and Cameron is the Head Women's Tennis coach at IUPUI. The theme of their wedding was - of course - TENNIS. They used pro tennis players photos as the table numbers - which were a huge hit with all of the guests. There was so much love at this wedding ceremony and reception! Cameron's dad made it clear to everyone in attendance that we were all FAMILY.
Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Currie!

Venue:  The Indiana Roof Ballroom
Cake: Amazing Cakes of Indy
Stationer: Interprintations
Makeup Artist: Bridal Beauty by Blush
Photography: Sarah E Carter Photography
Florals: Kathy's Kloset
Wedding planner: e-vents: a wedding and event planning boutique

Thanks to everyone for making their day so fabulous!

07 July 2010

Sexy In The City – Presented By MBS Cosmetics and Studio



Hello Love-lies~
 Our dear friend, Sparkle Myers of Sparkle Cosmetics and Studio, is hosting another fabulous event at her Broad Ripple boutique. Brides - you don't want to miss this chance to chat with Sparkle and her team about your wedding day makeup.
Be sure to tell them we sent ya!
Erika
e-vents


You are invited to a special beauty event, “Sexy In The City”, hosted by MakeUp By Sparkle Cosmetics and Studio. This free event will be held in our contemporary Broad Ripple Village location on July 24th and 25th starting at noon on both days. All beauty mavens, fashionistas and makeup junkies are invited.

Why Should I Attend?
There will be free makeovers, product demonstrations and complementary samples for attendees in addition to refreshments. This is an educational opportunity to learn the correct ways to apply makeup and choose the perfect colors for your skin tone. We will also have Complementary “CND-Shellac” nail treatment and will answer questions about new trends in nail beauty. MBS Cosmetics is also offering a special discount of 10% off any product purchase during the event.

Who and What Should I Bring Along?
Bring your sister, bring your girlfriends, bring your best friend. Bring your beauty questions for our makeup and nail artists. Bring your love and passion for beauty. Come and get your makeup fix with other women who love trying the current colors of the moment and the upcoming trends for the fall.

Ok. I Am There. When Is It and Where?
Our “Sexy In The City” event will be held on July 24th and 25th at our new MakeUp By Sparkle Cosmetics and Studio in Broad Ripple Village. We have ample parking and you will definitely be treated like a celebrity while you are here. Our owner, Sparkle Myers and her team of artists are looking forward to making you beautiful, flawless and irresistible. For more information visit our website www.makeupbysparkle.com or just Google: beautiful, flawless, irresistible. See you there!!!

Saturday, July 24 (12–6PM)
Sunday, July 25 (12–5PM)
6214 Carrollton Avenue – Suite E Indianapolis, IN 46220
Phone 317.829.0420

03 July 2010

Brandon and Cameron .............Tennis, anyone?

Today is their big day......best wishes to them both and a lifetime of love. They are such a special couple and I have really enjoyed working with them on their wedding. Cameron's mom and dad are wonderful and have  two beautiful daughters. Be sure to check back later for pictures of their wonderful wedding!

Engagement photos: Sarah E Carter photography

01 July 2010

Flower Power from GetMarried.com

Another great article from our friends at GetMarried.com. .........




From wedding day to everyday, flowers make a tremendous impact not only on the look and feel of a room, but also on peoples' moods, attitudes and impressions. Check out this floral advice from a trifecta of lifestyle gurus, and bounce into bloom!

The Flower Factor is made up of a team of three of the country's leading lifestyle experts (also known as The Fleurtations); designer Kelli Ellis, relationship expert Christine Arylo and party expert, chef and author Jeanne Benedict. Their advice will take you well beyond wedding day for a life full of love, laughter, and flowers!



Love Blooms with relationship expert Christine Arylo

Chances are, when you were dating your spouse-to-be, you received flowers, because when you receive flowers, the doors of your heart swing open. When you give flowers, doors swing open in response. Expressing love and kindness through flowers helps a relationship grow over time. And research proves, as I always believed, that flower givers are thought of as caring and loving people who appreciate beauty.



What follows is my advice for building loving relationships, sending love spontaneously and instantly improving the mood of a loved one. Also there to help is your florist, who’s like that friend-in-the-know who has the best advice and the hottest tips, who you can always rely on to help you add that special touch.



Don’t go for the traditional or the trend. Choose what is meaningful to you.

There is a lot of pressure on brides to pick the ‘right’ everything. That ‘right’ everything can only come from one place… inside you. Get ideas from outside, but make choices on what’s inside. Work with your florist to pick flowers that mean something to you both, and the flower will last as long as the memory and the photos!



Don’t just give flowers to the “expected” people. Use flowers to open the hearts of all your special guests.

Flowers open hearts, and what a gift to give to the people who have chosen to spend this special day with you. Give the sentiment back. If it’s a destination wedding, place flowers in each of the guest’s rooms as a surprise. If it’s a one-night affair, pick a pretty but inexpensive flower and place it on every woman’s place setting.



Don’t think that just because he’s a guy he doesn't care about the flowers. Pick a flower that fits him.

Don’t make the decision on what flower he is going to wear. While he may not be super knowledgeable in the flower arena, don’t assume he doesn't care (biggest mistake brides make, is to take control of everything.) Even if the says he doesn't care about the flower he wears, he does, it’s on his body! Give him a few options and let him choose… even if he chooses the one you like the least.



Don’t assume your guy is a mind reader. If you want to receive flowers, even after your big day, tell him so (and explain why.)

A great marriage takes care, not hard work. And it never involves mind reading. If you are a woman who really enjoys receiving flowers, tell your man! Tell him what kind, and why they mean so much to you. Mind reading is a dangerous sport. Don’t do it! Ask for what you need, and usually you will get it.



Don’t wait for someone to give you flowers to feel the love.

Do make flowers a daily part of your self-love practice, even after you are married.

It’s a fact that the amount of love you have in your life starts with the amount of love you have for yourself. Self-love isn’t something you have, it’s a practice you either keep in your life or don’t… and flowers are a fabulous, inexpensive and super effective way to keep the self-love going. You don’t have to wait for your husband or finance’ to give flowers to you, you can buy them yourself.



Beyond Wedding Flowers with Kelli Ellis

Like your wardrobe, iPod playlist and even your refrigerator door, your home is a reflection of who you are, which is particularly important to consider now that you will be sharing your style with your soul mate. As a designer (and a bride-to-be this July), I believe your living space should reflect both of your senses of style and personalities. Flowers are an easy and versatile way to decorate your home together, plus a Harvard study showed that having flowers in the home decreases anxiety and provides bursts of energy that last well into the day. Since you’re surely having flowers at your wedding, keep the floral décor going as you set up your home together.

Have a special, personal touch at your wedding table. Ask your florist to fill a favorite or sentimental vase with flowers for your big day.

Remember your wedding every day by keeping an arrangement or bud vase of your bouquet flowers in your foyer or on your kitchen table in your new home.

As you set up home together, experiment with flowers. Create a “wow factor” with flowers that are bold to add drama to a room, or add flowers that match a color to add depth to a room.

Pick one “go-to” room in your house as a place to relax and unwind together. Choose fragrant flowers for this room to immediately “take you away from it all” and focus on each other.

Care and Feeding: Just like a relationship, flowers need care and feeding. Start by getting the freshest flowers from your florist. Keep the container filled with water and the flower food that was provided, and follow the instructions on the packet. Replace the water when it gets cloudy, and if possible, re-cut the stems one or two inches with a sharp knife. Immediately put the flowers back into the water. Keep your flowers in a cool spot away from direct sunlight and heat sources.



Petals for your Parties with Jeanne Benedict

Gorgeous florals are the ultimate compliment to your guests, letting them know you care enough them to surround them in beauty and scintillate their senses. We cherish celebratory times together – weddings and beyond – and flowers help create the memories we remember forever. Plus, a Rutgers University study says it best: Flowers create instant happiness, exactly the mood you want for a wedding party.



Whether you’re presenting flowers at your wedding or hosting friends in your new home, here are inspirations for creating events you’ll remember forever.

Here's a fun idea for an engagement party or bridal shower. Embellish place cards with a flower that represents each guest's personality at their place setting. You can find out about the meanings of certain flowers on AboutFlowers. Write a little note card that explains what the flower means, such as the elegance of a rose symbolizing the elegance of a specific person. Your guests will love the personal touch.

The current trends in bridal bouquets is absolutely fabulous! Garland bouquets are back with long flowing green botanicals and a hint of a metallic floral spray to give them shimmer. Fragrance is popular in today's bouquets such as Geranium leaves or roses. Whimsical accents on bouquets are big as well such as metallic threads with blossoms dangling from them to give the bouquet movement as the bride walks down the aisle. You local florist is a treasure trove of knowledge and will be able to help you pick the perfect bouquet for your perfect day!

Each bridesmaid is unique, so why not celebrate her individuality with specific flowers in her bouquet? If one of your colors is yellow, your fun-loving bridesmaid can carry a bouquet of yellow Gerbera Daisies, a traditional bridesmaid can carry yellow roses, and your exotic bridesmaid can carry yellow Cymbidium Orchids!

Once in your new home, when opening your doors for the first time or meeting new neighbors, flowers truly make homes and hearts feel warm. Find a florist in your new neighborhood with National Florist Directory and create a relationship that will grow over time.

Photo credit: Nathaniel Edmunds Photography

16 June 2010

POTTERY BARN COURSE





All participants will receive 10% off featured items.  CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED - so, register today!

21 May 2010

Orchard in Bloom 2010












I was so happy when Deborah Summers.ower of A Bride's Choice Florist asked me to help her with the  tabletop portion for her booth at Orchard in Bloom 2010.  This nationally recognized garden show is now in its 21st year! The Orchard School and Indy Parks partner for a wonderfully delicious show featured at Holliday Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. This year, they have decided to also showcase a  wedding tent -  Weddings in Bloom. Deborah did a beautiful job (as always) on the florals!

Extra special thanks to Jamee Bryant - Setting the Mood by Jamee and A Classic Party Rental for letting us use items for our display.

The stunning wedding gown was designed by Caren Lewis of Cc Elaine Bride Chic.

Our friend, Erin Hession of Erin Hession Photography, was gracious enough to take photos of every booth. Thanks, Erin!

Super special thanks to Jamee Hawk, my assistant. Thanks, Jamee!

Photos: Erin Hession Photography

20 May 2010

Becky and Dave - April 17, 2010


Ceremony Venue: All Souls Unitarian Church
Reception Venue:  Hillcrest Country Club
Catering: Hillcrest Country Cub
Reception Music: Track 7 DJ
Wedding Coordination: e-vents: a wedding and event planning boutique


22 April 2010

REVISIT for Earth Day : Green Wedding: Planning Your Eco-Friendly Celebration


Green weddings are definitely growing in popularity these days. If the bride and groom care deeply for the environment, then this is a perfect way to share your care with your wedding guests. Ways to go green? Keep the guest list small. Use recycled products for your invitations,etc. Have your ceremony in a park and use the natural surroundings as your decor. Give seedlings as favors or donate to a Green cause. Even if you don't go entirely green on your wedding day, find some way to save the environment!
My new friend, Leslie Henkel, publicist at Stewart, Tabori & Chang / Abrams Image was kind enough to send me two copies of the book Green Wedding: Planning Your Eco-Friendly Celebration byMireya Navarro. The book is full of great ideas on having a green wedding. I've been perusing on line and can not wait to get my copy which my brides can view in the e-vents library.
Here is a brief bit from the author:
Some environmentalists say the best green wedding is the one that doesn’t happen at all. Elope, they say. On a bicycle. But couples who stick to a more traditional approach can still plan the wedding of their dreams and do well by the environment. Green Wedding, an authoritative guide by New York Times Staff Writer Mireya Navarro, cuts through the green noise to help couples rethink every aspect of the big event, from the invitations and venue to the food and flowers, so that they stand against waste and excess. It features pioneering brides and grooms who already planned green weddings and share their experiences and lessons, with color pictures showing that green can be as gorgeous as it is responsible.
In light of the mammoth challenge posed by global warming, what can a wedding do? Would it really make a difference if couples served locally grown food or chose a venue that cut down on travel?
The answer is an absolute yes.
“This is a huge industry and every choice for a green wedding builds the momentum for an entire industry to shift practices,” said Audrey Peller, a manager with Global Footprint Network, an international non-profit organization that promotes sustainability.
Green Wedding presents ideas for making any celebration, not just a wedding or commitment ceremony, more sustainable, at any budget.
Green Wedding also tackles how to deal with consumer dilemmas, the new green etiquette and the occasional resistant guest. Yes, some loved ones may roll their eyes at the registry directing them to donate to help save the polar bear rather than to a new set of towels. But green weddings are inspiring friends and relatives to follow couples along a greener path.
And because environmental responsibility isn’t just a one-day affair, the book includes chapters on ecotourism honeymoons and on living green throughout married life.
I love that she also includes ecotourism honeymoons and on living green throughout married life.
Want your very own copy? Buy it here.

What ways did you or will you go green for your wedding? Have you recently been to a green wedding? I'd love to hear about it! Please leave a comment.

20 April 2010

2010 DeFabis Most Engaging Couple Contest - There's still time.............

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES


You must be engaged to be married

You must be planning your wedding for 2010 or 2011
You must be at least 18 years of age

FIRST PRIZE

2 - night stay at French Lick Resort & Casino, French Lick, IN

Dinner at 1875 Steakhouse

Fashion Engagement shoot with Joe DeFabis on the grounds of beautiful French Lick

(more prizes to be added later)

ONLINE ENTRY STARTS MARCH 1, 2010









21 March 2010

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Photos by: Jeremy Van Andel Photography

12 March 2010

FOTO FRIDAY - JUSTIN EVANS PHOTOGRAPHY





This Friday's featured photographer is Justin Evans of Justin Evans Photography.
My philosophy...
As a wedding photographer, I am privileged to capture the images that will serve as my clients' memories for the rest of their lives.  I strive to create classic, timeless imagery that captures the atmosphere and presence of your wedding day.  My goal is to put my clients at ease so they forget a camera is even in their presence.  This allows me to capture candid, photojournalistic style images that will dramatically tell your story. 

Justin was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about his business and a few fun questions. Be sure to visit his website here for more beautiful photos.

What inspired you to become a photographer?

I have always loved art and drawing, but when I discovered wedding photojournalism a few years ago, I was captivated by the raw storytelling aspect of it.  I used to enjoy taking pictures of objects and landscapes, but once I started photographing people, I never looked back! 


What services do you offer a bridal couple? 

My standard package includes unlimited wedding day coverage, digital negatives, and an online proof store.  I also offer Coffee Table Albums & Parent Albums, Proof Prints, and Engagement & Bridal Photo Sessions. 


How do you prepare the day of a wedding? Any special things you do?

In the days leading up to the wedding, I make sure all of my batteries have a fresh charge, touch base with my clients, pack up my camera gear, and organize my paperwork (itineraries, shot lists, contact information, etc.).  Many times I’ll even look through portfolios of other photographers to inspire and motivate me to take my craft to the next level.   


Who influences your work? Which photographers do you follow?

Zack Arias has been a huge inspiration and teacher for my lighting technique.  He always has good practical advice for both photographic technique and business.  

Paul Van Hoy II is my biggest photojournalistic inspiration.  He has an incredible eye for composition and capturing a moment.  


What is the best part of your job? 

I love that no two weddings are the same.  I’m always working in different environments and different people.  This makes the creative possibilities infinite!


What is your photography style? 

Most of the day, I shoot photojournalistic images.  When it comes to taking dramatic portraits, I use an editorial approach. 


What is the most unusual wedding photo request you  have had? 

During a wedding reception earlier this year, the DJ tricked everyone on the dance floor into having me take a series of shots that spelled Y.M.C.A. with their arms.  Of course, he played the song immediately following the pictures! 


What are your favorite shots to take?

I enjoy taking editorial style portraits of the bride and groom alone immediately following the ceremony.  It gives me a chance to be creative with lighting and different environments.  More importantly, it’s the happiest point of the day for the couple, so they are always beaming in the pictures.


Advice for a bridal couple?

On your wedding day, just have fun!  You’ve prepared months for this and when it comes, just let go and enjoy the ride.


Now some fun stuff:


You win a dream vacation……which do you prefer? Vegas or the Bahamas? 

Definitely Vegas!  I’ve been several times to see Elton John’s the Red Piano show and always have had a blast.  The restaurants and hotels are out of this world, and there is always something exciting happening.  


Favorite wedding cake flavor?

I may be a little boring, but you can’t go wrong with vanilla and buttercream icing!


Hobbies?

I love to play the piano and keyboards!  In fact, I play in a band and also at my local church.  I also enjoy hiking, biking, and just being outdoors!


Justin ~ Thanks so much for stopping by and answering questions about wedding photography. 


07 March 2010

ASK THE PLANNER SUNDAY: Something old........



Hi Erika~

I have a friend getting married soon. She is having trouble coming up with ideas for her Something Old.....please help!

Friend

 
Dear Friend~
They are so many wonderful options for your friend. For example:
  • A piece of jewelry from a special family member or friend. 
  • A piece of the wedding gowns of your mother and/or grandmother sewn into the inside of your gown. This can even be used as a hanky.
  • A button from your father and/or grandmother sewn into the hem of your gown.
  • An old love letter from your father to your mother tucked in your bridal purse.
  • A vintage ribbon tied to your bouquet. Even better - add a tiny photo charm with a loved one who has passed on. 
  • An antique car for the bridal transportation.
There are so many more wonderful options. Readers: what have you used or seen used. Please share. We would love to hear.

Erika

Photo credit: Times to Remember Photography

05 March 2010

FOTO FRIDAY - J Scott Photography


Today we are featuring, Jamie and Brandy Owens of J Scott Photography. J Scott is the photographer for one of my August brides and we couldn't be more thrilled.
This is such a cute description of them from their website:
J. Scott Photography is Jamie and Brandy Owens.  Jamie has a Fine Arts degree in Photography. Brandy’s degree is in Math. Jamie is from Southern Indiana.  Brandy is from Northern Indiana. Jamie loves sports.
Brandy hates sports. Jamie hates green beans. Brandy loves green beans. They played the “Odd Couple” theme at their wedding. Get the Picture?

 Be sure to visit their site for more beautiful photos. Trust me, you will not be disappointed!
You will find many of their photos gracing the pages of SOUTH - Indy's Southside magazine's Spring edition.

Photo Credit:  J Scott Photography

03 March 2010

SOUTH magazine


We are thrilled to be in the Spring edition of SOUTH - Indy's southside magazine. Jamie Owens of J. Scott Photography and the photographer for one of my bridal couples, Jessie and Brad was kind enough to refer e-vents: a wedding and event planning boutique to the editors of the magazine. It was so much fun sharing ideas of what brides are planning. The editors LOVED the idea of Jessie and Brad's vintage golf themed wedding. Don't they look adorable? If you are in the area, be sure to pick up a copy at most Southside locations of Barnes and Noble, Kroger and Marsh grocery stores. Who knows- maybe Jessie and Brad will autograph one for you.
Super special thanks to Crystal Haffner of Beauty by Crystal for the gorgeous makeup! Visit her here.

Photo credit:  J.Scott Photography

Another fabulous Get Married post


Red Carpet Ready--


Steal the secrets celebs use to walk the red carpet in style for your walk down the aisle here.

Juliana Lutzi, founder of PURE STYLE Girlfriends, shares her style secrets for creating the perfect foundation for your fabulous wedding day look.

Plump it Up: After you’ve applied your lip gloss or lipstick, use shimmery product like eye shadow or an eyebrow highlighter to make a small dot in the very center of your lips. Lightly blend to create natural looking shading that gives the illusion of fuller lips.

Make Sure Your Dress Stays Put: Stay Put double-sided fashion tape is surgical grade and is the perfect solution for slinky straps or a wandering neckline. Plus, it is pre-cut into convenient strips and fits perfectly in your purse for any emergency situations.

Get The Perfect Pair: The newest addition to the PURE STYLE Girlfriends line of products, Shape-a-Cup will give you the youthful shape of perky breasts, no matter what your age. Shape-a-Cup is a thin gel bra insert that simultaneously lifts and shapes your breasts. These comfortable inserts create a flawless look that is nothing short of perfect. This revolutionary design wraps upward to shape your breast from all angles.

Flawless Face: Using a gentle over-the-counter exfoliating pad, slough off dead skin cells all over your face and neck. Make sure to be careful around areas where your skin is thinner like underneath your eyes. Apply a light, moisturizing foundation using a foundation brush for the most luminous look possible.

For more on wedding gowns and fashion tips, Click Here

26 February 2010

Friday Photography Showcase



Every Friday, we will feature a very special Indiana wedding  photographer on our blog. While most hail from the Indianapolis area, there are MANY wonderful ones across our beautiful state. Most of whom will travel to take the best pictures of your wedding. From traditional photographers to candid photography, I am sure you will find one to suite your style.

For our very first feature, I am proud to introduce DeFabis Photography. I am so happy to be a sponsor for the DeFabis Photography's Most Engaging Couple of 2010 contest which begins on March 2, 2010. This is such a fun contest and the prizes are AMAZING. Be sure to head here for more details on how you can be a part of this contest!

DeFabis Photography host monthly Open House events so bridal couples can view his work and have a chance to talk with Joe about their specific wedding. Each Open House is on the first weekend of the month. The next one is on March 6, 2010 from 10am - 2pm. You can register here.

More about DeFabis Photography from their website:
If Indianapolis wedding photography is one of the most important considerations for your special day, DeFabis Photography’s Indianapolis wedding photography should be your first choice.



With a true dedication to providing clients with the utmost in beautiful imagery, Joe DeFabis and his associates create the most innovative wedding stories using The Wedding Book.



They masterfully blend today's most popular photographic styles to suit your needs. From exciting black and white photojournalistic images to romantic views that burst with color, your album will be just what you've always dreamed of. The quality is unmistakable.


Indianapolis wedding photographer, Joe DeFabis doesn’t just take the photographs, he tells your wedding story and The Wedding Book becomes an exquisite heirloom and a symbol of lasting beauty. Experience the innovation of DeFabis Photography’s wedding photography in capturing those subtle moments of your day for memories of a lifetime. For the best in elegant bridal photography, choose DeFabis Photography and you won't be disappointed.

23 February 2010

Inspiration Tuesday

Never Have I Fallen



Your lips speak soft sweetness

Your touch a cool caress

I am lost in your magic

My heart beats within your chest



I think of you each morning

And dream of you each night

I think of your arms being around me

And cannot express my delight



Never have I fallen

But I am quickly on my way

You hold a heart in your hands

That has never before been given away



- Rex A. Williams -
 
Photo: Heidi & Brad Ferrar

17 February 2010

Big Huge Labs


You've taken tons and tons of photos with your dear heart - both amateur and professionally done. You've sent the same old single stle photo to your friends and family. If you are looking to change it up a bit, then you should check out Big Huge Labs. They offer a large selection of layouts for your photos. I often use the mosaic version for my blog. It creates a collage with all of the photos I'd like to share in one simple display. I've just recently discovered the "Photo Booth" option. What a fun way to share the photos from your bridal shower, bachelorlette party or other special pre-wedding events. Your bridesmaids and friends will love receiving a single strip of the fun times.


Photo credit: Joy Marie Photography

16 February 2010

Inspiration Tuesday



What Is It That I Love?



If asked why I love her I would say

It’s the sway in her hips,

the thickness in her thighs.

It’s the lust in her lips,

the love in her eyes.

It’s the softness of her skin,

the silk in her hair.

It’s the twist in her walk;

it’s the sweetness in her talk.

It’s the way she loves me

that makes me love her each day.

That is what I would say.



- Justin Hutchins -
 
Photo: The Bride's Cafe 

15 February 2010

Linens, Linens everywhere........


Let's talk linens. Visit any rental company website and you will find tons of variaties of linens. From Bengaline to Crush to Imperial to Moire, you will find it all. It can be a little unsettling not knowing what each type is and why you may want to choose one over the other. You'll find a multitude of colors on each website.


 The best advice I can give to you is to visit your local rental company or order a swatch if you are ordering on line. Your idea of gold may not be the same as the linen company ships to you. Better to be safe than sorry. I offer several swatch books for my bridal couples to touch and feel. I still suggest visiting your linen rental company.

Imagine my delight when I was first invited to A Classic Party Rentals monthly open house!  There you can view their linens  and other rentals while enjoying tasty goodies from area caterers and  meet other vendors. If you missed an open house, they have even captured it on video "A Classic TV".  Best? They are offering  an appreciation gift - $10 off every $100 you spend if you register and attend the event.

More from their website:
Registration is now open for our next monthly open house event
Tuesday, March 2nd
5:30pm to 8pm
Enjoy delicious food and drink as you browse our showroom full of party ideas designed by Detail + Design and wonderful tasty treats from Thomas Caterers of Distinction as well as wine tasting from International Wine Market . Also a special thanks to BMG Event Productions for supplying the lighting, DJ Jim Cerone, Wedding Entertainment Director for providing our music, as well as Brand Photodesign and videographer - Roger Muller for agreeing to capture our event.
In addition, just for attending this event we would like to show our appreciation by giving you $10 OFF every $100 you spend with A Classic this holiday season. Just RSVP below and we will reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you there!

Be sure to R.S.V.P here for the March event.... I'll see you there!

Photo Credit: Sarah Carter Photography
Florals photos 3 & 4 created by A Bride's Choice Florist

13 February 2010

Best Chocolate in Town............

So, are you trying to find that something sweet and special for your valentine? If you waited until the few hours before to get started gift buying or just need an additional goody, then be sure to stop by Indianapolis' very  own - THE BEST CHOCOLATE IN TOWN.  The shop is located at 880 Mass Avenue - downtown Indianapolis. Not in the area? You can also order online here.
I was given my first taste as a birthday gift and have been a HUGE fan ever since.  My favorite: Pecan Turtle squares. Some of their other items include:

*Truffles-40 delicious and interesting flavors
*Caramels-Sea Salt (practically famous), Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate
*Toffee-Buttery Crunchy Toffee in almonds or no nuts at all
*Dipped Pretzels, Grahams, Oreos
*Peanut Butter and Coconut Bon Bons
*Chocolate Covered Popcorn
*Kangabars-Crispies, peanut butter, honey in milk chocolate
*Peanut Butter Crunch-this is habit forming
*Gelato- Provided by Gelato Da Vinci!
*Sugar-Free Chocolates!!!
 
From their website:
The Best Chocolate In Town, Inc. was founded in 1998 by Elizabeth Garber. Elizabeth brought her fine arts background and her love of chocolate together to create this specialty chocolate company. She and her staff promise to bring you premium quality chocolates as well as friendly service. All our chocolates are hand-made and hand-packed at our commercial kitchen and retail space on Mass Ave in Indianapolis. Not only can you find our chocolates online, you can find them in gourmet gift baskets, coffee houses and gourmet food shops. You can also find our truffles on the dessert menu at R Bistro, one of the top restaurants in Downtown Indianapolis. You can find our Dark Chocolate Guinness Truffles at the Chatterbox Jazz Club on Massachusetts Avenue as well.

They are opened today from 11-7pm and Sunday from 11-4.

Happy Valentine's Day 2010


What can I say? I LOVE Valentine's Day. It is probably my favorite non-religious holiday. My deep affection for the holiday dates way back to my childhood. I remember making Valentine's Day boxes. These cute little boxes held our Valentine's Day cards from classmates.  With white wrapping paper and decorated with red and pink construction hearts, these boxes held the most wonderful cards in the world. I also remember  receiving Valentine's Day cards and Chocolate Turtles in a heart shaped box from my father every year. I still miss this - after almost 15 years. You may think my husband and I go all out for Valentine's Day. We don't.  Our day is simple, we usually enjoy a wonderful dinner at home just enjoying the day and each other and our pups. I do believe that you should show the ones you love how you feel every day, but isn't it fun just to have this one extra special day of love? How will you enjoy your day?

10 February 2010

Great things happening for e-vents: a wedding and event planning boutique coming in March. Be on the look out for our brand new website and a super fantastic contest with Indy area wedding vendors!

09 February 2010

Inspiration Tuesday


A Special World



A special world for you and me

A special bond one cannot see

It wraps us up in its cocoon

And holds us fiercely in its womb.



Its fingers spread like fine spun gold

Gently nestling us to the fold

Like silken thread it holds us fast

Bonds like this are meant to last.



And though at times a thread may break

A new one forms in its wake

To bind us closer and keep us strong

In a special world, where we belong.



- Sheelagh Lennon -
 
Photo Credit: East Hill Photography

08 February 2010

Jeremy VanAndel Photography



I had the pleasure to work with Jeremy VanAndel a few weeks ago at my annual High Tea. Jeremy was a delight to work with. How would I describe his work? A blend of classic and artistic.  I love Jeremy's wit. You absolutely MUST follow him on Twitter and Face Book. Check back soon for photos from the High Tea.


Photo Credit: Jeremy Van Andel Photography

07 February 2010

PEARLS




Pearls appear to be showing up all over the place now - AGAIN. Traditional pearls are classic for weddings. Often, these are ones passed down from your mother or grandmother. What a beautiful way to include a bit of your family jewelry into your wedding day accessories. Now, we are seeing more trendy pearls making they way into wedding wear. The big chunky ones add a bit of hip, cool, chicness to your attire.

Here is a bit about different types of pearls from essortment.com:

There are a lot of different styles of pearls. Just because it's not the standard round white pearl, doesn't mean it's not a pearl. You have the round pearls, which range in different colors; baroque pearls, which are round-shaped or pear shaped. You never know what shape it's going to be. You have sea salt pearls and fresh water pearls and those are the one's that look like pearls. They are real funny yellow tint. They are natural pearls, they are just fresh water pearls, so they don't grow as round and they don't look as perfect as sea cultured pearls. Then you have the Tahitian pearls, which are grown only in Tahiti and they are black or silver. Some have a purple hue to them, but those are natural too. There are so many different colors and a variety of pearls out there and just because it's not a standard one, doesn't mean it is not a real one.
 
PHOTO CREDITS:
1 & 3 Carla Ten Eyck Photography
2. Jeremy Van Andel Photography
4. Times to Remember Photography

05 February 2010

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, HOLLY & WILL

THE COLOR OF LOVE



The Color Of Love: Red is the symbolic color of Valentine’s Day. But, whether you choose to marry on the holiday or not, incorporate this look into your day!

Valentine’s Day might be the most “commercially” romantic day of the year, but my guess is if you plan to wed in 2010 then your date takes the cake. So while you might not say “I Do” on this banner date, what if you want to incorporate hints of the holiday into your big day?

Red is not only the symbolic color of Valentine’s Day but certainly the most romantic color in the bridal palette, representing love in many languages. But the color can be overused and oversaturated at an event, so use it accordingly (and sparingly in some places) and your wedding day look will be engrained in guests’ minds for decades to come.

Before you accent your bouquet with Black Magic roses, consider all the options - you’d be surprised at just how many are out there.

Black Baccara
This rose is as close to black as you can get and as the bloom opens, the color extends from black to a deep blueberry and burgundy. Velvety in texture, this rose stands out – but beware, not for the faint of heart.

Black Beauty
There is really something alluring about near black buds. This hybrid rose is slightly smaller than the ‘Black Baccara’. An all around dark burgundy, sought after for its unique beauty.


Black Magic
Black Magic roses are a deep, deep red (think Ashlee Simpson’s wedding). Place these beauties next to Baccara and Beauty roses, and you can see that they are the lightest of the three, but a valid member of the dark rose family. If you love the idea of a mysterious ambiance but aren’t quite head over heels for something too dark, this is your flower.


Ruby Red
A cluster-like bloom of cheerful cherry red. This rose takes the cake if you want to celebrate with color, but still want that romantic rouge.

Cherry Parfait
Swirls of white petals with a broad cherry-red edge are sweet and delicate. Spring has sprung with these little ones!

Chrysler Imperial
This stunning beauty captivates people with a powerful rich rose fragrance matched with velvety red petals. Large headed full flowers are supported by straight stems and paired with dark matte-green leaves.



Hot Chocolate
These warm chocolate burnt-red and orange blooms grow in clusters and look fabulous in low and lush arrangements. Large and loose, they repeatedly flower throughout the year to compliment a romantic summer night gathering or a winter wedding. Almost good enough to eat – ahh, but most rose varieties are edible!

Lavaglut
Large overflowing clusters of deep velvety red seem to continually 'erupt' from a background of smooth green leaves, creating a look that is sure to wow!


Lover’s Lane
Even though the color is deeply saturated, this bloom is surprisingly bright thanks to its lightly colored reverse side. A striking example of the classic garden rose. Pluck in the earlier stage of blossoming to enjoy as it opens and settles into a stunning end result.

Scentimental
Uncommonly lovely, this is an absolutely unique rose. Its checkered red and white petals are one of a kind. Some are burgundy with white splashes and others cream and red combinations. Very little excess foliage allows for a rightful central focus.

Altissimo
A darling little bud of a flower, long lasting and single-petaled, consists of a cherry red hue with a yellow center. A very summery flower, perfect for the mason jar wedding or outdoor summer celebration.


These are just a select few of the coveted red rose varieties. With hundreds of other variations, including the Amore, Happy Hour, Temptation, Red Corvette, Rodeo, El Toro, Valentine, and Cherry Lady; sweethearts’ wedding options are truly endless.


“That which we call a rose; by any other name would smell as sweet.” – Shakespeare
 
 

 
Thanks to our friends from GetMarried.com for this post.....

Be sure to visit their website for more fabulous information. Are you watching the Get Married TV Show?
You should - it has tons of helpful hints for planning your wedding. Don't forget the Get Married magazine!  All e-vents: a wedding and event planning boutique brides ALWAYS receive the latest copy......

04 February 2010

Paloma's Nest


Every bride I know wants to find the perfect gift for the attendants, hostesses, etc. in their wedding.  You want something unique - not the typical gifts. You want something handcrafted. You want something GORGEOUS. Then, I would suggest you head straight over to Paloma's Nest and peruse her lovely assortment of handcrafted ceramic bowls and other items. I fell in LOVE with the bowls when I first saw the ring bearer bowl. What a special and different way to have your ring bearer carry your rings to the alter. Later you can use the bowl as jewelery holder on your dresser. I then started seeing her other lovely creations and thought these would be perfect girlfriend gifts!  Best? You can get them customized! Maybe you and your friends share a special word  or special song- use it on the bowl........  Trust me, they will adore you.

03 February 2010

KISS & TELL

One of Indy's finest makeup artist, Crystal Haffner of Beauty by Crystal, is hosting this super fun event to get your lips in tip top kissing shape for Valentine's Day!

When: Friday, February 12th  and Saturday, February 13, 2010
Where: Splash Salon
What: Lip Treatment make-up application
Cost: $35  - but wait, bring a friend who isn't a client already and receive a FREE lipstick!
Appointments ONLY.........

There are only 12 spots - so, make sure you call 317.340.4269 or email crystal@beautybycrystal.net  right away!

A bit about Crystal from her website:
Crystal got her start in make-up artistry while completing her degree at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California in 2000. Quickly gaining experience on Rodeo Drive with many luxury lines at Barney’s and Nieman Marcus, she took a job with Christian Dior in Chicago as traveling make-up artist for all Marshall Fields accounts. Upon her relocation to Indianapolis, Crystal kept her artistry honed as a freelancer. Her love for make-up then took her to Saks Fifth Avenue where she excelled as a sales consultant and artist for a make-up and skin care line. After her husband and she had their first son, Crystal formed Beauty by Crystal in the summer of 2005 and began doing what she loves as a full-time artist (and full-time mommy) in Indianapolis. With the experience of having worked with every major make-up and skin care line in the world, every skin color and skin type, you’ll find that Beauty by Crystal provides unparalleled skill and responsible pricing for in-home consultations, formal occasions, master classes, high fashion, runway, commercial and bridal make-up artistry needs. Some of Crystal's most recent clients have been the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, ESPN, FFA, and NCAA.

28 January 2010

Let them Eat Cake..........................

One of the best things about planning your wedding is the cake tasting. The thought of tasting tons of sugary, moist, sweetness is a dream come true for most brides and grooms. Do your research and find quality bakers in your area. Check around with other brides, visit bridal shows and check out bakers websites. Many bakers offer special days for brides only - where their shops are closed except for bridal appointments.  Make sure to grab your future groom (trust me - you won't have any problem getting him there) and let the tasting begin.

Many bridal couples have questions about the frosting types. Here's a little help for you.......

Ganache:
A rich creamy chocolate filling made of chocolate and cream, used for confections such as the filling of truffles




Fondant:


An icing made out of gelatin, confectioners sugar and water. A very smooth and maleable icing that dries hard. This icing is also called rolled fondant because it has to be rolled on to cakes.


Buttercream:


The most popular wedding cake icing is made of butter, confectionery sugar and milk.







Ganache Photo Credit: Dessert Deli Bakery
Buttercream Photo Credit:

Weddings by Tara Guerard


Looking for some wonderful wedding inspiration? Then, look no further than Weddings by Tara Guerard.
Many of you may have already experienced Southern Weddings: A New Look at the Old South by Tara Guerard. Her new book will not disappoint you.
From the inside flap:
With impeccable style and taste, premier event designer Tara Guerard takes us on a guided tour through twelve dream weddings. From a formal Southern soiree to an ocean island affair, Tara shares the tools and tricks of the trade she's learned from over a decade of working in the industry. Every chapter imparts fresh information using specific weddings as examples and inspiration.
Tara Guerard is a consummate entertainer and shows readers how they can plan their wedding, with topics ranging from choosing a venue to choosing colors; deciding on hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, or a formal sitdown meal; and decorating the altar, the table, or even the bride's shoes! By carefully selecting themes and masterfully integrating details, you will learn how to make one of life's most important celebrations infinitely memorable.

Beautifully designed pages and vibrant photography bring each wedding abundantly to life in this book that will bring hours of inspiration and pleasure.

Tara Guerard Recognized as the Southeast's premier event designer, Tara Guerard has earned a national reputation for her exceptional ability to create spectacular settings celebrating life's most anticipated occasions.


Clients across the United States- from celebrity hosts to hometown brides-seek out Tara for her signature graciousness infused with a decidedly modern flair. Since opening the doors of Soiree by Tara Guerard in Charleston, South Carolina, over a decade ago, Tara has been noted as a leading arbiter of entertaining and style. In 2005, she was selected as a Top 25 Trendsetter by Modern Bride Magazine. Soiree's work has also been featured by a wide range of media, including Elegant Bride, Food & Wine, Southern Accents, Southern Living, InStyle Weddings, Town & Country Weddings, and Martha Stewart Weddings. One of her events was featured on the Style Network.


In addition to her client work, Tara is a sought-after speaker for national forums on floral and event design. She has appeared before exclusive audiences at venues including the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, Nashville Lifestyles magazine's "Bridal Ball," and the Walters Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Tara lives in Charleston with her husband, Russell, and their young sons, Aiken and Myers. For additional information and to view a selection of Tara's events, please visit www.soireebytaraguerard.com.


Liz Banfield An accomplished editorial photographer, Liz Banfield's images can be seen in Martha Stewart Weddings, Elegant Bride, InStyle Weddings, Town & Country Weddings, Real Simple Family, Southern Accents, and Country Living. She travels the globe shooting fabulous weddings for stylish clients, and lifestyle images for clients like Target, where her photographs are displayed in stores worldwide. At home she enjoys documenting the lives of her two young children, Grier and Charlotte.

Be sure to get your copy today......As always, e-vents: a wedding and event planning boutique brides may borrow the book from our wedding library!

27 January 2010

Crate and Barrel Wedding Party in Indianapolis


When:  Every Sunday in February  (February 7th is booked)
Time: 9am  - 11am
What:  A private party for Brides featuring coffee, breakfast items, mimosas, presentations, demos, tour of the store and a SPECIAL GIFT just for YOU!!!!
R.S.V.P to 317.818.9900  - Tell them Erika from e-vents sent you!
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