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Katie & David are Married~An Elite Event

Katie & David were married July 31, 2011 in a classy country outdoor wedding ceremony at the beautiful County Line Orchard located in Hobart, Indiana. 

This was a  special wedding for us here at Elite Events– don’t get me wrong, we become close with the majority of our clients however, when your planning a destination wedding there typically is several site visits, vendor meetings, conceptual design meetings, you get the picture. We end up spending a lot of time with our clients. When Katie & David came to me, they had 2 things: a photographer: Jp-Photography, and a vision.  They wanted a Classy Country Wedding! Instantly I was excited & intrigued.

When I asked Katie & David what style of wedding they wanted and how they envisioned their wedding day to look they both agreed, “Definitely UNIQUE. We envision our wedding day to be out in the country either in a barn or in a rustic setting, while still maintaining a elegant feel.”

Katie and David were married on one of the Hottest days of the year in one of the most beautiful and unique weddings we’ve ever had the fortune of being a part of.  Designed head-to-toe by Elite Events infusing Katie and David’s love for all things country, cows, sweets, and DETAILS this wedding was nothing short of perfection!

Their main inspiration for the entire wedding was the beautiful venue itself. The new Timber Frame Barn offers an amazing one of a kind event space and is nestled among a gorgeous apple orchard harvesting over 20 different kinds of apples.  Pulling inspiration from the colors found in the different apples harvested at the orchard as well as the Timber Frame Structure itself which was where Katie and Davids reception would be held, we had a design direction complete with color scheme. 

This is the moodboard that we created for Katie & David : It represents the overall feel and design direction of their wedding.

The bride wore a gorgeous yet simple gown. Her shoes could not have been any cuter or suiting for the theme, red cowboy boots! . The bridesmaids were in red colored tea length dresses.

Their ceremony took place in a field nestled within the gorgeous apple orchard. Guests were transported to the ceremony via a tractor pulled wagon.  Upon arriving to the to the beautiful ceremony site guests were greeted with a refreshment station featuring infused tea, lemonade and water.  Once guests helped themselves to the refreshments they were invited to be seated on beautiful natural wooden chairs. Another unique element were the custom made wooden benches that were used as reserved seating for the family.  Elle Musique (String Trio) Provided beautiful music setting the scene for a breathtaking ceremony.   One of my favorite elements of the ceremony were the programs.  Katie & David really wanted something unique yet fitting to their event.  Elite Events created custom dye cut programs shaped like an apple, that coordinated with the rest of their stationary which we also had the privilege of designing.  Tree stumps with Bronze lanterns and yellow mums lined the aisle,  The alter was flanked by a beautiful hand made wooden arch, with hanging lanterns and a gorgeous spray of flowers featuring orange tiger lilies, yellow no eye Gerber daisies, red alstroemeria and green hypericums. 

All the fine details of the day from every single bloom to the handmade signs labeling the food, favors and drinks, were carefully thought out and designed as a group effort by Elite Events, Katie & David.  Katie & David handmade the gorgeous chalkboard signs that were scattered around the reception, the table numbers that were created from pieces of natural wood and hand painted, complete with handmade napkin rings featuring a cow and wrapped with twine. Everything was just beautiful!

Their tablescapes will always be a favorite of mine– and I had so much fun seeing Katie & David’s vision come together. They had a mixture of round tables anchored by fruit wood chiavari chairs with beautiful floor length champagne pintuck linens as well as soft floor length ivory linens creating that natural and elegant feel without taking away from the space. Each place setting featured a mason jar mug that guests were asked to fill with their signature drink “blackberry sangria” and toast to them as husband and wife.  A apple red polyester linen napkin, tied with twine and accented with the brides favorite animal a cow, were placed at each setting. Candlelight was another important feature to Katie, with that being said each table featured either apples that were individually cored and held tea lights or mason jars filled featuring a floating candle.

My initial design sketch

The floral design was a collaboration with Kristina Lynn Floral. Kristina helped to make our visions a reality! As you will see below I worked with Katie & David and designed 3 different centerpieces.  Each centerpiece had unique elements that as a whole embraced the Classy Country Apply Orchard Theme seamsly.  I found wood boxes in 2 different sizes that were the perfect addition to the round tables,

  1. We used the smaller of the two boxes for the first arrangement, filled with a mix of flowers in shades of orange, red, green and yellows.  These accompanied with mason jars filled with coordinating flowers and flanked with fresh apples that were cored to hold tea lights completed the look of one of the tables. 
  2.  The second centerpiece was a tall centerpiece featuring a cylinder vase filled with bright red apples, topped with a beautiful arrangement featuring yellow daisies, red mini carnations, green spider mums, orange tiger lily, bear grass and curly willow that tea lights were suspended from.  This arrangement was flanked by floating candles in mason jars. 
  3. The third arrangement utilized the larger of the 2 wooden boxes and was composed of the same flowers found in the other arrangements just many more of them.  This centerpiece was also flanked by fresh apple tea lights.

 Candles were scattered all over in freshly cored apples and  and mason jars.

The simple and super tastey cake was created by Strongbow Bakery and featured fresh flowers and sat on top of a hand cut tree stump. Perhaps my favorite part of the wedding, Katie & David supplied two tables of sweets also baked by Strongbow Bakery complete with a Doughnut grooms cake made of County Lines Famous sugar Doughnuts, the tables also included  bags for guests to take the tasty treats home.

Katie & David we feel honored to have been a part of your wedding day! Best wishes for a fruitful and long lasting marriage!

A huge thank you to Jp-Photography for some of the beautiful images below! I simply cant wait to see the entire gallery! The images that you see without the JP watermark were taken by yours truely.

A very special thank you to Roxanne and the Staff at County Line Orchard, you were amazing to work with, thank you for all of your hard work! We look forward to working with you again!

First Look

I Have to Say it is a pretty good feeling when a Bride crys when they see their reception for the first time!
Love these pictures from their Unveiled Session
For more info on Katie and David’s Creative Elements feel free to see past posts regarding their custom designed Save the Dates, Invitaitons and engagement shoot!

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 :)

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!

Congratulations & Fabulous New Products!

Good Morning!!!! I hope you all had a fabulous 4th of July weekend! I am just returning from my long weekend in which I spent with my wonderful family at our home away from home up north! It was such a wonderful time, and exactly what I needed to re-charge my batteries!!


I have 2 things I wanted to blog about today.  First matter of business how about the Girls from Cake in a Cup!

Lori Jacobs and Dana Iliev were winners in last night’s episode of Cupcake Wars,a cooking competition show on the Food Network channel.

Lori and Dana competed against 3 other cupcake makers, last nights episode was themed after the art of film director Tim Burton.  We couldn’t be more proud of these ladies!!! We also also very proud that one of our very own brides will be serving up some Cake in a cup cupcakes next weekend at her wedding!!!

2nd thing I am super excited to blog about!!!! Fabulous new products from our friends at  WFL.

Wildflower Linens always has a way of stepping it up a notch, and have some of the most extraordinary products available.  Every piece in there collection whether it be linens, chair covers or even simple accessories, it utterly breathtaking! Their new chair backs and chair covers are nothing short of stunning! I just had to share!

  1. Gatsby Champagne Chiviari Chair back with trim
  2. Annette Silver floral Chiviari chair back
  3. Glimmer Lace Champagne Chair Backs
  4. Heather Pink Chiviari chair covers
  5. Hailey honeysuckle chiviari chair back
  6. Lauralyn white chiviari chair sleeve
  7. Lucy Moss Chiviari Chair sleeve with flowers
  8. Julietta Lavender Chameleon Chair Back
  9. Shimmer Turquoise Chair Back with coral flowers

If you are interested in any of these pieces for your own event, please let us know! We would be happy to set up a consultation for viewing.  They sure would be a beautiful detail for his and her chairs for a sweetheart table!

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