Archive for February, 2009

Allyson and Michael’s wedding was my last wedding of 2008 and it was a true “Winter Wonderland” wedding – every detail was so gorgeous! Which is why I had such a difficult time picking photos from the many sent to me by their uber-talented photographer Neysa Ruhl for this blog post! But I think I’ve finally chosen my favorites, so away we go –

I first met with Allyson, Pam (Mother of the Bride) and Carly (sister and Maid of Honor) in December of 2007; they were referred to me by the wonderful Robyn Jones of the Hilton Netherland Plaza. (A year out may seem far to some people for “week-of coordination”, but with professional consultants “day of” and “week of” often starts at minimum a month out, and many of us offer unlimited email and phone contact throughout planning, starting from the moment you sign on). Allyson was so “on it” even that far out – she already had the majority of her major vendors booked, and I could already tell it was going to be a great night!

Austin Scarlett Wedding DressAs the planning went on, I learned all about The Dress. Allyson found and fell in love with a gown designed by Project Runway’s own Austin Scarlett! It was every bit as stunning as I expected it to be, and I love the fur stole Allyson added, it was the perfect touch for this winter wedding. Fast-forward to December of ’08 and I finally met Michael at our tie-down meeting with Robyn at the Hilton! The next week at the rehearsal I was dubbed “Agent Alison” (I’m sure something to do with my all-black attire and ever-present clipboard?) and we were at last able to get the celebration started. Many thanks to all of the vendors who worked so well as a team and helped the day go so smoothly…

My assistant Amanda started the day early with me as we picked up lunch at Servatii for the bridal party. When we arrived at the hotel, Kelly Ledford of CinciMakeup and Missi and Kelly from Allyson’s salon were already there working their magic. Your Chauffeur Limousine transported the bridal party in separate limos to the ceremony site: Norman Chapel at Spring Grove, where Kristen Sekowski and her team at Yellow Canary had just put up their finishing touches. Pro Art Music’s quartet greeted the guests with music as they arrived. Pastor Tammy Jo Reiser of Waynesville United Methodist Church officiated the ceremony, and a classic 1964 Rolls Royce awaited Allyson and Michael to whisk them off to their reception at the Hilton’s Continental Room. The cutting of the beautiful (and delicious!) cake from Dessertworks started off the reception and Fred Caldwell, owner of DJ Butlers and friend of Allyson’s family, kept everyone on the dance floor. Keeping with the time of year, Allyson & Michael provided small ornaments to all their guests as favors. Neysa Ruhl and her fabulous second shooter Karen were there to capture it all…

Allyson and Michael, Amanda and I had such fun working with you and your wonderful families! We hope you enjoyed your wedding as much as we did and then some! Congratulations!

Lucky Designs

February 12, 2009

Lucky Designs has a newly designed blog site – FILLED with tons of great ideas and inspiration. The Cincinnati-based designer started her “Lucky Me” blog after being inspired by the many blogs she turned to during her own wedding prep. Check out!

Lucky Designs is currently hosting a contest to win a FREE custom monogram! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment describing your favorite feature of the new blog by Friday, February 27th (midnight EST)! Click here for more.

I just got an e-mail from Patti Needham of Take-One Studio, letting me know about a new service they are offering, the “Bridal Bailout”. It is a stripped-down version of their fantastic wedding videos, for brides who know they want an excellent wedding video but are being cost-conscious due to the economy.

Patti’s description of their special offer: “We know the economy is hurting everyone right now and we would like to help out. So we are offering your clients our “Bridal Bailout”. A very simple concept. We will film a wedding with a 3 hour minimum for a single camera @ $200 per hour & two cameras at $300 per hour. Wedding will be filmed in widescreen format and delivered on 1 DVD. Of course we will definitely edit the wedding. It will have our name on it! :) But the editing will be a straight documentary. No special effects or music dub. It will be titled and the DVD will have chapters. Just think of us without all of the bells and whistles. Delivery of DVD to client will be in 3 – 4 weeks guaranteed!”

This is an amazing deal! I encourage you to check out Take One’s website and view the sample videos in the “Screening Room”. Please let her know we sent you :)

Come meet the lovely ladies of Brideface at The Bridal Studio on February 15th from 12-4. What a perfect opportunity to sample professional makeup, have some munchies and mimosas and hobnob with other brides. Nancy, Mollie, Jenny, Jasmine, and Penny will all be there showing off their skills!

Have you always wanted to see what you look like in false lashes? Dying to try a smoky eye? Toying with a retro look to go with that birdcage veil? Looking to pick up a few tricks or tips? Maybe you are just on the fence about whether you want to hire a pro for the Big Day. Here is your chance to play! Tell all your engaged friends that this is where they need to be.

Sunday, February 15th from noon to 4 at 714 Madison in Covington (direction available on The Bridal Studio’s website). RSVP to or on their Facebook page.

Hope to see you there!

The Newport Aquarium (Currents Ballroom) is hosting a free bridal open house on Sunday, February 22nd, from 3pm – 6pm. All future brides and their guests are invited to attend!

Each bride will receive a Currents remembrance gift…and be eligible for some great door prizes. You can sample complimentary hors d’ oeuvres from their exclusive caterer, Cuisine by Jean-Robert, and also enjoy a special wine tasting. Meet several of Newport Aquarium’s preferred vendors including florists, photographers, DJs & others.

If you are looking for that unique space, then you should attend this event! Currents Ballroom offers your guests an extraordinary experience they’ll never forget. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Cincinnati skyline and the Ohio River through their floor to ceiling windows or from their outdoor deck. Depending upon your desired setup, Currents can provide seating for up to 240 guests for dinner or up to 200 guests for dinner and dancing.

Interested attendees can RSVP by calling 859.815.1427 or emailing Margaret at

I will definitely be attending, and I hope to see you there!

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