Category Archives: invitations

Pantone Color of the Year for 2014 – Radiant Orchid!

Radiant Orchid


Day 1 of the 2014 Designer Challenge came with strategic selections of images that we wanted to portray as a vintage radiant orchid wedding. We decided to choose the above images for the following reasons. The bouquet that was chosen shows the radiant orchid that we were striving for in many different tones and a variety of beautiful flowers. We admire the above table setting because the tall vase with flowers blooming over the top set off the look of the overall setting. The table also shows wine glasses with radiant orchid napkins that stand tall and bring the whole piece together. Above we displayed creative decoration tags that show inspirational quotes and a farewell from the bride and groom that guests can take with them. The wedding cake brings elegance and a vintage look that will make heads turn to admire its stature. The ladder is used to display various flowers and a mirror to show the dinner menu in a creative, vintage style. We decided to choose the wedding dress because it’s a classical white dress, but it spiced up with the radiant orchid crinoline. Finally, we chose this style of wedding invitation because it is unique with it’s wooden look, as well as, portraying the vintage theme in advance to the guests of the wedding.

2014 Designer Challenge

Faith Love and Marriage October 6th 2012

Mr. & Mrs. Jeremy & Natalie Macke gave us the
pleasure of helping them through every aspect of their wedding as Full Planning
Clients. When we first met Natalie and her mother Monica they wanted to go over
the details of our contract very carefully, which was a good sign for us. We
knew right away that this was going to be a client who would
communicate to us exactly what they want and with that, we would be able to
guide them to the wedding of their dreams. Natalie is honest, humble and
beautiful inside and out, which made working for her and Jeremy not only
pleasurable but an honor. Since Faith is the cornerstone of their lives, we
wanted to make sure that guests felt that presence throughout the wedding. When looking through the photos below notice that Natalie and Jeremy are not just posing they are praying. You will see details such as crosses, bibles and tables named after bible verses. Our classic conservative couple used a color palate blending neutral champagnes with hues of greys then added an elegant touch of purples which we felt paired beautifully with the Toledo Country Clubs interior. From concept to completion you can see how we captured Natalie’s soft kind nature, Jeremy’s consistent commitment to her and their shared love for the outdoors all while telling their story of Faith Love & Marriage.


Venue: Toledo Country Club

Photography: Considering Lilies

Cake: Janes Cakes

Dress: Belle Amour Bridal

DJ: Decorative Sound

Harpist: Ginny Peterson

Event Coordination & Design: Elite Events

Florist: Elite Events

Stationary: Elite Events

My weekly Fav! Address Wrap's

I’m not sure about you, but personally I despise addressing envelopes :(   I do not know what it is, but I just simply do not like doing it.   Therefore, when I came across these little beauties, I was in LOVE! Granted they have been around for a while now, however I am still surprised how many people are reluctant to use them…..

Address Wraps

Address wraps give your envelopes a sophisticated, tailored look.  What I love about them: They are perfect for ANY color envelope, they are great for any event, you can coordinate the wrap to match the contents inside of the envelope :) and they are legible not to mention fun and something you can DO YOURSELF!

Address wraps work well on A2 sized envelopes allowing your center the recipients address on the front of the envelope and your return address will serve as a seal for your envelope flap on the back.

Here are some fun address wraps that I came across :)


Printable Holday Wrap Around Labels - You Pick the Style, Colors & Fonts


LOVE this striped envelope!!! reminds me of a candy cane!

Holiday Wrap Around Address Labels - Return Address - DIY Printable - For Christmas Xmas New Years Eve Holiday Greeting Cards



I’m not sure about you but I think I may be using address wraps to address my holiday cards this year :)

Interested in creating your own Address Wraps? Look no further here is a template that i found that can be totally customized!


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!

Domestic Diva Bridal Shower

Hosting a Bridal Shower for a bride-to-be that considers herself the next “Martha Stewart?” Host a Domestic Diva Shower!

Invite your guests to an afternoon of culinary activities. Send a festive invitation, like this one from wedding paper divas, and include a recipe card and instructions for every guest to bring their favorite recipe to share with the bride.

Focus your decorations around kitchen untensils-I absolutly love this silverware chandelier, and how easy to add some spoons, spatulas and wisks to your flower arrangements?!

Instead of your basic bridal shower games, challenge your guests to a cookie bake off. Have sugar cookies already baked (you could do basic circles, but it would be really cute if you did bride and grooms), and have bowls of colored royal icing and tons of sprinkles ready before your guests arrive. Have your guest of honor judge the final submissions-and dont forget to provide some celephane bags for your guests to bring the cookies home with them.

I have the perfect party favor for this shower! This adorable set of 4 measuring cups has clever and romantic phrases (a heap of love, a spoonful of affection, a dash of tenderness, a pinch of joy) are engraved on the handle of each measuring spoon. The traditional measurements are engraved on the backside of the handle. Perfect for the happy couple and for guests to remember their special day.