An Elite Events Experience: Emily & Nate's Big Day!

Emily and Nate’s Wedding Day was nothing short of perfection.   I am sincerely honored and delighted to have been able to work side by side this couple for the last 20 months!  For those of you interested In the design process we go through with our full planning clients I hope you will enjoy this very detailed post or what we like to call the “Elite Events Experience!”   For those just interested in viewing all of the gorgeous images, feel free to skip along to the pictures :)

Emily and Nate are an adorable and super fun couple, who came to me in October 2009 looking for assistance with design & coordination for their wedding that was set to take place July 16, 2011. During our first consultation Emily Expressed a few things that she felt were fairly important to the significance of her wedding day.

1.  Food

  • She envisioned Lots of delicious food. Food doesn’t have to be fancy in order to taste good.
  • Would love to have Yuengling Beer one of Nate’s favorite Beers imported from Pennsylvania.

2.  Location

  • She desired a location that was convenient for her guests.  If possible she would like to have the ceremony and reception  in the same location. This location should be naturally beautiful without much additional decoration.

3.  Look and Feel

  •  The reception would have a intimate and romantic feel with romantic with simple eye catching statement centerpieces, accompanied with many details and personal touches.
  • She envisioned a fun yet classy environment where her guests could enjoy great food, drinks and atmosphere.
  • She loved the color purple

Taking all of these things into consideration, I hit the ground running and began researching some different options for Emily & Nate.  After touring several different venues all with a very different feel and design aesthetic we came upon the Toledo Museum of Arts Glass Pavilion. 

I can honestly say the moment Emily entered the Pavilion her decision was made.  Her face lit up and she could not stop smiling. While walking through the pavilion with Emily she shared with me her personal experiences with the museum through various classes she had taken there.  To be exact she described how much she LOVED glass blowing and what could be more perfect than the Glass Pavilion.  On Display at the Glass pavilion is one of Dale Chihuly’s famous glass chandelier pieces as well as a hot shop in which passer buyers can witness a glass blowing demonstration. 

From this moment on we had our Location for both the ceremony and reception as well as a possibly design direction.  With some images that Emily had provided me with and information I had gathered through various conceptual design meetings I began working on the Conceptual Design of Emily & Nate’s Wedding.

  • It begins with a color scheme.  Now that we had our ceremony and reception decided, I wanted to be sure the color scheme selected would complement the existing spaces and represent the fun, eye catching design Emily desired.  Emily & Nate are such a fun and sophisticated couple, I wanted their wedding to reflect their personal style!
  • Next, I worked to create a moodboard. This moodboard represented  elements in which Emily had expressed to me were of importance to her event. Images were carefully selected in order to achieve and  an overall cohesiveness that would lend itself beautifully to the Glass Pavilion. 

A moodboard is a type of poster design that may consist of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition in an effort to develop design concepts and to communicate to the client the overall & anticipated end result of a design. 

All of My Planning & Conceptual Design clients receive custom made moodboards tailored for their event.

Details about images selected for Moodboard:

  1. We envisioned a signature drink offered to guests as they entered the ceremony location: something cool and refreshing since the ceremony was being held outdoors. This particular drink also coordinated with her color scheme.  For Emily and Nate’s wedding we opted for a chilled white grape juice garnished with frozen grapes.
  2. Since the food was an important part of Emilys vision I thought I would show her some alternative food presentations.  TMA did a fabulous job with the presentation of all of the food for Emily and Nate’s wedding.
  3. This particular color combo translated beautifully in a suit and tie combo, and the vibrant purple calla lily pulls in the main color in a subtle way.  This was the inspiration behind Nate and his groomsmen’s apparel and flower selection.
  4. The purple envelope and silver ink look great together, something we contemplated during the invitation design.
  5. This image represented a nice inexpensive centerpiece option for our smaller cocktail tables. Instead of the purple water we opted to stay consistent with the other arrangements and use purple crushed glass and float a purple orchid in the place of a candle.
  6. At first we tossed around the idea of using a silver table runner, then decided on a gunmetal silver pin tuck overlay, which would be rested upon a deep purple floor length linen.
  7. This was a beautiful and unique inspiration for our ceremony isle decor
  8. I loved how this centerpiece made a statement, yet was very refined.  We made a few changes such as added some green grasses, placed the purple crushed glasses in side of the vases and flanked the arrangements with smaller floating orchids as well as led candlelight.
  9. Emily loves sweets. We were back and forth on whether or not to incorporate a sweets station at the reception, and decided to incorporate Emily and Nate’s favorite sweets in the guests welcome bags.

10.  A beautiful ceremony backdrop very similar to TMA’s.  Emily had mentioned early on she envisioned getting married under a chuppah.  After deciding on utilizing the streamline look of the white twigs and just various statement pops of color, we opted for a birch wedding arbor that our Florist swagged with a beautiful with fabric and strategically placed vibrant purple orchids.  In the back we had a beautiful crystal curtain that anchored the Bride and groom and reflected light marvelously.

11.  Embracing the hand blown glass design, Emily really wanted to give her guests a gift that they would enjoy receiving, and something that they would keep around for years to come.  She envisioned a hand blow glass ornament that coordinated with her color scheme.  After searching for several months of searching we finally found the perfect artist who offered to create custom pieces for us, that doubled as the guests escort cards!

12.   Emily’s girls were wearing beautiful purple dressed designed by Dessy. If an effort to incorporate the bow feature from Emily’s dress as well as the grey from the  men’s suites I selected a grey shoe that embraced both elements as an inspiration for a shoe option for the girls.

After the Moodboard was complete and approved by Emily & Nate we moved right along to selecting vendors who could carry out our vision as well as the designing the Save the Dates and Invitations. 

Embracing the Glass Pavilion and Dale Chihuly’s work I worked to create a custom graphic that resembled one of Dales famous glass chandeliers.

The inspiration:

  This graphic would then be translated into most of Emily & Nate’s wedding stationary such as: Save the Dates, Invitations, Custom Monogram, Wedding Programs, Table numbers, place cards, menu cards and even favor boxes.  Creating a custom graphic and or monogram helps to differentiate and personalize your event. 

Next we worked with a fabulous cake designer to create a wedding cake that reflected our theme. Emily was able to find the cutest cake toppers on Etsy of her family including her cats :)

Once we receive the final numbers we work with the Bride & Groom (Emily & Nate) to finalize and order the linens as well as sketch out the placement of the lines and coordinating centerpieces. 

The few weeks leading up to the Big Day we contact all vendors involved in the wedding and confirm all details as well as schedule arrival times. This information gets plugged into the wedding day timeline that we then send out to all vendors and bridal party members ensuring that everyone is on the same page and know exactly where to be, and when to be there :)

Day of wedding you can rest assured that all of your needs and desires will be met, as Elite Events has a “lady in waiting” there as your personal assistant. When providing event design for our full planning clients we will also have a team at the reception site receiving deliveries, greeting vendors, and setting up personal items. We stay until the conclusion of your event ensuring that all matters are taken care of and that you and your guests do not have to worry about a thing!

Thank you Mary Wyar Photography for these drop dead georgous photos!

 What’s fun without a fauxto booth?

Thank you to the wonderful vendors that made this dream wedding come true:

Ceremony & Reception: Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion
Event Design & Coordination: Elite Events Creative Design: Nikki Wolfe: Day of Coordination: Nikki Wolfe, Meg Straw & Michelle Moreau
Florist: Bartz Viviano :Ann Strickland
Video: Inspired Image Video
DJ: Decorative Sound
Cake: Petit Fours
Glass Ornaments: Verre de Mer (Etsy)
Bride’s Dress: Amsale
Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy
Groom & Groomsmen suits: Ticknor’s
Hair & Makeup: On Site Bridal by Ashlee Griggs

We love when our clients are happy! Thanks Emily & Nate for your kind words :)

I just wanted to thank you again for making our wedding such a wonderful experience. I always had full faith in your designs and ideas but everything completely exceeded my expectations. You (and your team) were all so kind and helpful. I really think our guests enjoyed themselves and that was our primary goal.  I can’t thank you enough for everything! Much love, Emily (& Nate too)

Your Vision, Your Style, Your Day….. We make it Happen!

Inspirationally Yours,

Nikki

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