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The Black List June 2011

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Book Worms Wed

It is a tradition in a particular family to hire me as their wedding planner.  Although I don’t really do weddings anymore, I made an exception for the family.

Just over eight weeks before the wedding, we made the bold decision to move the wedding, as the St. Paul venue was experiencing flooding and I couldn’t be sure that the repairs would be done in time for the wedding.

We quickly shifted to Spill the Wine and was extremely impressed by the level of service and their ability to do family style dinner service (not every caterer has the capability of doing this).

Despite working on a tight budget, the wedding turned out exactly as the clients wanted it.  La Vie Photography did a great job capturing the look put together by The Style Laboratory, Summer Harsh Botanical Artistry and Apres Party & Tent Rental, as well as the dancing to Instant Request.  And guests enjoyed pies and cakes from Country Cake Cupboard.

The book themed wedding started out with Save the Date “library cards” and the invitations were about telling their love story.

And they lived happily ever after.

Sticks and Stones

Last summer, Summer of Summer Harsh Botanical Artistry (this is a lot of summer in one sentence) and I were commiserating about stones.   The shape, size and color.  We both happened to have events integrating stone at that time.

I hadn’t seen any photos until Erica Loeks sent over images from the wedding – beautiful!

I love her use of succulents in the bridal bouquet, as it is unexpected.  The mix of texture creates a lot of visual interest.

Summer was mostly excited about the cupcake stands she was making out of vases and stone.  It turned out pretty well, don’t you think?

Thank you to Erica Loeks Photography for the beautiful images.

Something New to Crave

Although Crave Catering has been in operation just a little bit over a year now, last night was their debutante ball, as you will. 

Whenever a restaurant starts a catering division, it can be challenging from a branding and from a menu offering.  Execution is different and so is the audience.

With the building success of Crave restaurants, their clientele wanted to be able to have them increase the types and size of events they were able to execute.  And it would appear that the demand is there.

The launch party showcased sushi, paella station, crepe station and a dessert buffet.  I love that Crave Catering is able to offer a crepe station as quite a few caterers refuse to offer it.

With brand colors being a turquoise – aqua blue, white and gray, we took the design to reflect their “fresh vibrant events” tagline. 

Apres Party & Tent Rental did an amazing job with the decor and followed the design to a tee.  Not an easy achievement turning the Smile Network’s offices into an “event space”.  I love the gorgeous linens and all the white draping.  Not to mention the pretty white floor to cover the pinkish brown carpeting. Beautiful!

Thank you to Kelly Brown Weddings for capturing the look perfectly!

Sheree (from Apres), in the gray, cleans up nice!  She spent the whole day setting up and showed up at the party so elegant!

Just Bloomed provided gorgeous football mums attached to manzanita branches with origami cranes to hang over the sushi station.  And a vase with peonies and signage from Mi Mi Design complete the sushi table.

Don’t you love the ice columns from Ice Occasions?  They were lit up in aqua and Summer Harsh Botanical Artistry set a fun rose bowl with twirling orchids.

The milk and mini cookies signified a good night!