Category Archives: 2011 WEDDING TRENDS

Bridal Show Tablescape

Classic Elegance was the Theme of our Tablescape for the Fall Bridal Fair at Dillards Franklin Park.  I opted for a timeless and classy color palate of Black and White, and
utilized patterned fabrics as accents.   Over the last couple of years we have seen this color scheme make a big appearance especially with accent colors such as apple green, pink, yellow, red and purple added to the mix.   However, for this particular event we opted to omit any additional color and stick with the sophisticated palate.

What I love about this particular color combination is that
it is very chic and elegant however by incorporating patterns such as the stripes and polka dots it now adds a bit of fun and playfulness to the table.

This  is the moodboard that I created which inspired our tablescape.

Our Set-up:

Anyone who has worked with us or that has seen us working an event,  knows that we almost always coordinate our wardrobe with the colors of the event.  With this being said, we felt it was only suiting to ask our wonderful friends over at Rent the Runway if that had anything that would coordinate with our scheme, and of course they did.  Kati is wearing  Frank TellStructured Skirt Dress and I am wearing Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti Charlotte Chiffon Combo Dress

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If you are intrested in seeing this tablescape in person we have it on dispay in our Design Studio.

Linens: Elite Events

Chair Covers: Wildflower Linens

Place Setting: Elite Events

Florals: Sharon Johnson Floral

Stationary: Elite Events

Kati & Nikki’s Dresses: Rent the Runway

Creative Design: Nikki with Elite Events

Grooms Cakes, Cake Pops & Cupcakes Ohhh My!

Most teachers look forward to June July & August so they can escape the classroom and enjoy vacation. This teacher looks forward saying goodbye to my little dancers for the summer and kicking into high gear at Elite Events. The past few months have been a whirlwind filled with touching love stories, beautiful destinations and magazine worthy details taken by our areas top photographers.

What captured me most took 8 months of physical and mental discipline to prepare for. I spent my winter fasting from home made pies, petit fours and birthday cakes just so I could truly appreciate the goodies that I knew would be waiting for me to sample at each event. THANKFULLY, I was not disappointed. The beautifully decorated and mind-blowing-amazing flavors that came from the kitchens of  Chef Hannah Alvarez owner of Butterfly and Kathy Shortridge owner of Kathy’s Kitchen: Home of Sweet Creations  made my winter fast worth doing all over again. I was seduced by monkey headed cake pops, Grand Mariner French Buttercream and well…my husband, who LOVED the Ohio State Grooms Cake Hannah and Kathy worked together to create (everyone knows the way to a mans heart is through his stomach!)

WARNING: The photos you are about to view will cause you to DROOL. Side effects include, cravings, oogling & increased appetite. Take a peek at these deliciously adorable treats at your own risk!


 Warmest Regards,


Kati & Bryan are Married~An Elite Event

Kati & Bryan are finally Married, and here are the photos to prove it :) As you all know our very own Event Coordinator Kati, was married a few weeks ago.  I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you a slide show that I put together of images from her fabulous photographer MARYWYAR.

The day could not have been any more PERFECT.  It was such a wonderful day, not just for Kati and Bryan but for me as well.  For the past 9 months I have been working side by side these 2 and assisting them bring their vision of their ideal wedding day to fruition.  The look on their faces when they saw everything come together was priceless, and something I will always remember.   The entire place was exactly what they had envisioned. Tailored,  Sophisticated and accented with gorgeous flowers.  Little elements referencing their love for their favorite band (Dave Mathews) surrounded them in a tasteful fashion, and made their event very unique and personal. 

It was my honor to not only guide you through your day but to actually be apart of it as well.  Much Love to you both as you being this wonderful new chapter of life together!

Head on over to Marys blog to see for yourself just how fabulous their day really was!




The Kardashian Details!!

I do not know about you, but when I am not working or with my family I love to indulge myself in a little reality TV.  What can I say it is a guilty pleasure of mine, and what reality TV show could be better than all of the various Kardashian shows? If you are like me and you happen to watch them as wel,l you probably already know that Kim’s lavish wedding is quickly approaching….. TODAY!!! I’m not sure about you but I could not be more excited!  In honor of  Kim’s fabulous nuptials I thoughts it would be the perfect time to do  a blog post on some of the detail we expect to see on her big day.

I cant wait to dish on the details!!

It all begins with the Engagement!

The Proposal
So how does one propose to Kim Kardashian? According to Kim via: her interview on the Tonight show:
 at the end of a “totally random day” Kim arrived home to what seemed to be an empty house. However, when she opened her bedroom door she found Kris waiting for her on bended knee, candles everywhere, and he’d spelled out “Will You Marry Me?” in red rose petals on her big white rug. Awww. How cute is that?!

And did Kim wait until “month two” to give him an answer? Of course not! She said yes without hesitation.

The Ring

Let’s first dish on that Fabulous ring of hers! The $2 million Kim Kardashian engagement ring sure turns a lot of heads! The 20.5 carat platinum ring features a 16.5-carat emerald cut center stone placed between two 2-carat trapezoids. The ring is specially designed by Lorraine Schwartz who is not only a jewelry designer but is also a friend of Kim’s. She worked hard to make the perfect Kim Kardashian engagement ring.

There are supposedly two passages of scripture inscribed on the ring. Each of these are special to each Kim and Kris. The Kim Kardashian engagement ring was shown off to the photographers shortly after the news was broke by Kim and Kris. It seems that she was very proud of her ring and who wouldn’t be happy to show of a $2 million dollar ring?

The Invitation

As we all know, nobody (royal families excluded) throws a wedding like a Kardashian,I’m not sure about you, but I  and E! News has obtained a copy of the holy grail invite, sent out, as per tradition, by Kris Jenner and step-papa extraordinaire Bruce.

And yes, you can finally mark your calendars: In addition to the all-important dress code, the invitation also finally reveals the official when and where of Kim and Kris Humphries’ I-dos…

I absolutelty LOVE her invitation!

The couple’s wedding invitations were designed by Lehr & Black, who also created invites for Kim’s sister Khloe and her husband Lamar Odom, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, and Fergie and Josh Duhamel, among others.
The invite, which arrived at guests’ homes housed inside its own box, is embellished with hundreds of jet black hematite crystals.
The couple got engaged in a most elaborate fashion on May 18, complete with a 20.5-carat engagement ring.
“It was everything I ever dreamt of and more,” Kardashian has said. “I think when you know … you know.”

Can I just say I LOVE her monogram and the  black hematite crystals, not a single detail was overlooked!

The Dress:
The Dress: Kim has reportedly already spoken with Vera Wang about designing her bridal gown. Kim wants something “simple and elegant,” according to Hollywood Life. As for the color? Given that her wedding color scheme is silver, cream, white and black, we’re betting Kim will go with a dress in classic white or cream.
The Guest List: Oh, you know. Just the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Fergie, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Snooki, and Kelly Osbourne, not to mention Kim’s gigantic fam. No biggie, right? (Okay, we are starting to see some similarities to the royal wedding here…)
The Ceremony: Stepdad Bruce Jenner will walk Kim down the aisle. Awww! But to pay homage to her late father, Kim will bring in some Armenian food and dance. Yum!
Similarities to Khloe’s Wedding: Yes, this deserves its own category. Kim’s dress will be designed by Vera Wang – the same design team who decked out Khloe’s wedding party. Celebrity event planner Donnie Brown also predicts Kim will have white roses from South America, red-velvet cupcakes and a flock of white doves unveiled at the end – just like Khloe. Let us also mention: The wedding will be televised.
The Bridesmaids: Okay, obviously Kim will have Khloe and Kourtney at her bootylicious backside when she becomes Mrs. Humphries. “I would assume that we would both be maids of honor,” Khloe tells People. Kourtney jokes:  ”We’re assuming, because otherwise there would be a war.” Actually, Kourtney’ probably isn’t joking.
Either way, here’s hoping everything goes according to plan! (Although Kim going all Bridezilla would be quite entertaining. And great for ratings. Yeah. We went there.)

The  Cake

When your Kim Kardashian where do you shop for your wedding cake.  With fabulous cake artisans located all over the Los Angeles area.

The Duchess of Reality TV and her beau, Kris Humphries, reportedly visited Hansen’s Cakes on July 29 for a cake tasting. The two eventually decided on a ten-tier white cake with chocolate-chip icing and black-and-white decorations for their August 20 wedding. But an insider revealed that despite the black-and-white design, “Kim wants it to resemble Prince William and Duchess Kate’s!” (In case you forgot about that cake, you can check it out here.)

Khloe has already said it’s “going to be royal wedding number two,” and indeed, considering her own 2009 wedding was watched by an estimated 3.2 million viewers on TV, Kim’s wedding could certainly pull in more.

The Flowers

While most of the details of Kim’s wedding are over-the-top and impractical for the average bride, her flower choices are down to earth. According to Life&Style, Kim’s “favorite flowers are gardenia, jasmine, and tuberose.” Kim also revealed that she loved Khloe’s all-white bouquet. (Khloe is Kim’s sister who married Lamar Odom in 2009.)

Maybe she will decide to select arranements including White anemones with black centers….somthing similar to these beauitful arrangements..

Their Registry

So what do 2 people who seem to have everything actually register for you might ask….

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries registered for wedding gifts at luxury goods store Gearys in Beverly Hills — and they want everything from a $43 butter spreader to a $6500 vase!


If you were wondering what to get Kim and Kris for their upcoming nuptials, HollywoodLife has found their registry! Among the items the couple are hoping to receive — Hermes dinnerware, Baccarat stemware and Buccellati flatware!

They definitely have expensive tastes! A Christofle sugar bowl on the list will set you back $710!

Other gifts include:

An Osiris Butter Spreader — $43

A Baccarat Missouri Candy Bowl — $375

A Cunill Galaxy Sterling Frame — $470

A Saint James Silver Baba Vacaro Bowl — $330

A Lalique Tourbillon Black Vase — $6500

A Baccarat Eye Large Vase — $950

A Baccarat Missouri Jam Jar — $380

A Baccarat Missouri Mustard Jar — $175

A Moser Bar Bowl — $140

A Lalique Black New York Clock — $1115

A Lalique Cactus Flacon #2 — $450

A Lalique Ingrid Black Vase — $4625

An Hermes Balcon Du Guadalquivir Black Bread & Butter Plate # 1 — $105

An Hermes Balcon Du Guadalquivir Black Bread Plate #4 — $105

A Buccellati Torchon Salad Serving Spoon — $880

A William Yeoward Country Martini Glass — $46



To celebrate her upcoming nuptials, Kim Kardashian has released a limited-edition fragrance, “Love” by Kim Kardashian.

Only 1,000 bottles have been produced—one for Kim to wear on her wedding day, 200 for her bridal shower, and 799 available for purchase. The cost? $100.

It’s described as a “soft, feminine scent” that “opens with top notes of sparkling red currant, pink freesia and star jasmine. A heart of French mimosa, rare Egyptian tuberose, and rose absolute orpur eases into a rich background of sensual musk, creamy sandalwood, and orris butter”.

“I used to think falling in love was the most incredible feeling,” said Kim Kardashian in a release. “But now I see there’s nothing more special than the enduring beauty of building a life with your other half and watching your love grow, each and every day.”

The best part is the packaging. The bottle itself is reminiscent of an engagement ring and is embellished with 450 sparkly stones. It’s presented in a case inspired by a ring box. And each bottle numbered and signed by Kim.

The Wedding Planner 

ET’s Samantha Harris talked to celebrity wedding planner Sharon Sacks about Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ upcoming wedding, and the wedding planner to the stars who has planned weddings for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, John Stamos, Khloe Kardashian and now Kim Kardashian, promises it will be beyond any of our wildest expectations.

 “Kim and Kris’s wedding is going to be the wedding of the century,” Sacks says.” There will be things happening at this wedding that have never happened before … ever. Wait and see, it will set the trends for the brides-to-be.”

And is Kim the typical bridezilla? According to Sacks, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

The Media Coverage


Kims Fairytail Wedding “a Kardashian Event” will air in a 2 part segment on October 9-10. 

I couldnt be happier for two people in LOVE, I wish the very best for Kim & Kris for a lifetime of happiness!

Shabby Chic Design

It is no doubt right now my favorite design style is shabby chic with a smattering of french country and cottage style mixed in. Although I would tend to say my personal style is more Modern, and simple with clean lines and stratigially placed statement pieces,I fell in love with the shabby chic style ever since I flipped through my first issue of Country Living magazine, oohing and ahhing over the beautiful, distressed finds. In fact, Target’s ‘Simply Shabby Chic’collection by Rachel Ashwell is a favorite ‘happy place’ of mine, and I could literally stand there admiring the countless sheets, comforters, curtains, throw pillows, and other beautiful shabby chic accents for an incredibly long time. There is something so beautiful about all the tiny imperfections. It is just beautiful. And, although the shabby chic style tends to incorporate lots of whites, creams, and ivories throughout, I like to throw in pops of color every so often just to keep things interesting. A splash of turquoise or hot pink can really brighten up a piece and make it your own.

You can imagine, then, how much I absolutely adore shabby chic wedding decor in particular, which combines a few of my favorite loves into one. Just follow our tried + true recipe: add one part shabby + equal parts chic, a handful of handmade, a dash of DIY and fluff until fabulous. It is perhaps the most imperfectly perfect style that exists. One of my favorite elements of shabby chic style within the wedding scene is how you can make a beautiful display out of a few key pieces. The key is to find soft palettes and hues to complement one another, and add a main focal point to make the display pop. The below shabby chic photo display  is just one example which has stolen my heart. It lends some serious inspiration making it easy to DIY, even if you feel clueless about how to style your own display. I think the most important point when creating a photo display is to add lots of personal touches. The more personalized it is, the better. This way, guests can get a glimpse into your love story simply by stopping by and taking a quick peek. When I was planning my wedding, I had no idea how many unique display ideas were out there; if I had, this is definitely one I would have chosen to incorporate into my decor. Take a peek at some of my favorite shabby chic finds that I have discovered, they would be the perfect addition into your wedding and afterward in your love nest…


Ifyou are interested in incorporating any of these elements into your next event drop us a line :)