Archive for January, 2010

Wedding Ceremony at Peterloon Estate

One of the fun things about building our new wedding venue directory on the blog is that it’s forcing me to revisit some of our past weddings and events that I never got around to blogging. Which is why today I’m going way back to last May to revisit Emily and Chad’s wedding at the beautiful Peterloon Estate in Indian Hill. All of the images are courtesy of Blaine and Bethany Photography. Blaine and Bethany are based in Oregon but travel worldwide; Emily and Chad first met them at a friend’s destination wedding in Mexico.

Wedding Ceremony at Peterloon

The ceremony took place in the sunken garden to the side of the historic home, with dinner under a backyard tent and dancing inside. The florals were created by Dennis Buttelwerth and a friend handmade the table runners for each table. All of the rentals came from Alleen Company, and the evening was catered by La Petite Pierre. The wedding cake came from Cincinnati State’s Bakery Hill and the cupcakes came from Emily’s friend and bridesmaid, Sara, owner of SugarSugar Cupcakes.

Wedding Reception at Peterloon

Peterloon is truly stunning, and the house and grounds provide many unique backdrops for photos! To see more from Emily and Chad’s day, check out their slideshow on Blaine and Bethany’s website.

Wedding Reception at Peterloon

Planning your Wedding Menu

January 18, 2010

Wedding BuffetA common question I get from clients is whether or not they have to choose strictly from the menu list their caterer provides. In many cases, they might want something that’s a bit different: perhaps a different preparation of salmon than the choices listed, or another entree choice that isn’t listed at all. In some cases, there may be more specific requirements that need to be addressed, if the bride, groom, or any of their guests require a gluten-free or vegan meal.

Most of the time, when a caterer provides you with menus to choose from, they are not telling you that those items are the only things they can prepare, but that those are the more popular items they have prepared and served over the years. It makes sense for them from a time standpoint to not create a personalized menu for every potential client, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ask for one! While many of their clients will be happy to choose from the basic menus presented, if you want something different, your caterer will be happy to work with you on a custom menu, tailored to your needs and tastes. In short: don’t be afraid to ask for something that isn’t initially presented. Your caterer will probably be excited to work on something new!

Some other notes on planning your menu: Keep in mind, when providing meal choices for your guests, you don’t need to give every option under the sun. You aren’t running a restaurant, and if a guest requires a vegan or vegetarian meal, they will let you know, even if it’s not listed as an option. (Same goes for those with various food allergies). Keep your invitation response card uncluttered by just listing the main entree choices (2-3 at most).

When it comes to making the final choices, many people will want to weigh in. Your sister might think you’re crazy for not choosing the Pecan Crusted Chicken she loved at the tasting, your mother-in-law to-be might insist upon a Steak and Lobster duet and your grandmother might give you the side-eye if you tell her you’ve opted for a buffet over a plated meal. Try not to let the stress of other people’s opinions get to you… in the end, you can’t please everyone, and you have to remember it’s your wedding. While you don’t want to go too over the top choosing items that the majority of guests might not eat (e.g., only serving veal), in the end you should choose what you like. You deserve to enjoy your meal!

Photo credit: Wedding buffet items catered by La Petite Pierre, Photographed by Paul Ludwig Photographiques, from a May 2008 wedding.

Cincinnati Wedding Venues

January 16, 2010

Several of our current clients have mentioned they first found us by searching for photos of their venue and coming across our blog. We’re working on making it easier to quickly find posts that are related to the wedding venue you’re considering. Now at the top of the page, you can select “Venues” and view a drop-down list of options. Choose the venue, and you’ll see a list of links to previous posts featuring weddings and events held there. We’re just getting started on pulling this together, so there are only a few for now, but there will be much more to come! We’re also working on creating blog posts of weddings we worked on before we were in the “blogging zone”, so you’ll have even more pictures to see and information to read. In the meantime, if you have any questions about a specific ceremony or reception venue, please don’t hesitate to contact us – we would love to hear from you.

Manor House Wedding Photos

This past June (yes, I’m that behind on recaps!) Leah and Johnathan were married at the beautiful Manor House in Mason, Ohio. Leah chose bright and bold gerber daisies for her decor and mixed-and-matched her bridesmaids’ and flower girls’ dresses to add even more color to the day. Leah and her mother DIY’d many aspects of the day, from the centerpieces to the invitations, programs and more, and it all looked beautiful. They opted to hire a florist (A Gathering of Flowers) for the bouquets and boutonnieres. The bouquets matched perfectly with the centerpieces, and much stress was saved by passing along that task to a professional!

Manor House Wedding Photos

Moondance Heavenly Desserts provided the gluten-free cake that Leah & Johnathan cut, and the Bonbonerie provided the cake that was served to the guests without gluten issues. Bill Proud officiated the ceremony and Greg Lee provided the entertainment for the cocktail hour and reception. All photography by Tammy Bryan.

Manor House Wedding Photos

Interested in having your wedding at The Manor House? Contact Sherri Cornell, and please let her know we sent you!

Aviva Events in Cincinnati Wedding Magazine and Knot Ohio MagazineThe Winter 2010 issue of Cincinnati Wedding and the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of The Knot – Ohio are currently available on newsstands, and we’re excited to be featured in each! Pick up a copy at your local bookstore / grocery store / drugstore and check out the following articles that feature Aviva Events:


  • “Just Married: Ericka and Darrick”: Ericka and Darrick’s Newport Aquarium wedding is featured on page 78.
  • “Tech Support: The Latest Ways for Tech-Savvy Brides to Upgrade the Wedding Planning Process”. I give tips and suggestions on how my clients are using technology in their wedding plans, including how some are using Facebook as a means to to bring together their wedding party. Page 32.
  • “Problem Solved: Area Bridal Experts Answer your Wedding Planning Questions”: I answer questions regarding first steps, non-white wedding gowns and if and when to send save-the-dates, starting on page 44.
  • Our new ad is on page 46! Thank you to Kristen at Poeme for the new design – we love it!


  • “Best of Weddings”: We are so honored to have been voted one of the “Best” Cincinnati wedding planners for 2010! See the full list of “best” vendors, as voted by local brides, starting on page 16.
  • “Just Between Us: Ohio’s top planners share their juiciest info”: I share my “secret weapon”, and two very “Cincinnati” locations. Unfortunately there are two misquotes in this section, so here are my notes of correction: Wiedemann Hill Mansion is actually located in Newport, just across the river from Cincinnati (hence the great view), and Skyline Chili does not (despite its name) overlook the Cincinnati skyline… although it’s a short walk to to the river and a classic Cincinnati destination for sure. My sister held her rehearsal dinner at Skyline in 2008, and everyone had a fabulous time! Read more on page 30.
  • “Party Notebook”: The Knot recaps the market party we produced in August at Greenacres Arts Center. Page 32.
  • “Just Married: Jody & Brian”: The Knot recaps Jody and Brian’s spring wedding at the French House, with photos by TM Photography. Page 43.
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