congratulations mr and mrs chris starks

Let me tell you a little bit about the bride, Kelsey Kirkpatrick and her mom, Jane Haase. They are both originals and channeled all of their individuality and creativity towards the wedding planning and design. The overall theme was modern simplicity using Kelsey’s favorite color green throughout the whole design.

The wedding weekend started with each out-of-town guest receiving an unusual welcome basket, a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket filled with yummy treats and a weekend agenda. The groom’s parents hosted a fabulous rehearsal dinner at the Owensboro Country Club. Set outside, the theme was a beach party, South Carolina style. The food reflected a traditional Carolina BBQ, complete with the groom’s mom bringing in authentic sauces for the guests to taste. The evening would not be complete without the tunes of “shag beach music” playing in the background.

The wedding was to take place at The Grove, a beautiful outdoor area at Wesleyan College. The 400 guests would be greeted with innovative programs in the shaped of a fan. Carefully placed cones of flower petals and green sashes were put on the white chairs for the guests. A custom white flooring aisle runner was designed and utilizing the natural stage at The Grove, a green and white flowing backdrop graced the back columns. Completing the effect, were six large urns filled with green and white hydrangeas, white roses, orchids, Queens Anne Lace, Bells of Ireland and other assorted filler flowers.

Mother Nature unfortunately was working against us that day and 45 minutes before the ceremony was to start, it began to rain. As an ABC affiliate news reporter and producer, Kelsey is used to having the spotlight on her and she handles herself with grace and ease. She took this minor setback in stride and we implemented our rain plan, which was to marry at the Country Club. So in our limo and Trolley we moved the wedding party and family to the club. The guests were wonderful and flexible to the change, not even rain was going to take away from this wedding day – and 30 minutes later, Chris and Kelsey were taking their vows.

As guests moved to the reception, Welborn Weddings & Events (who designed the entire wedding day!!!) assured that the Riverpark Center was reflecting the overall modern theme using green, black and white. As guests entered from the outside patio, the glow of white Chinese lanterns lit their way into the inside reception area. Round tables with white floor length linens and a sheer black striped overlay were enhanced with unique centerpieces. Multiple modern shaped vases held green orchids and candles which were carefully arranged on a green palm leaf. Tall gathering tables in green, moiré satin finish with a black, satin chair tie allowed guests a place to eat and comfortably talk.

A separate room (that was later converted into the dancing area with the band) was uniquely designed with multiple food stations for the gourmet feast. A specially designed “tornado” was centered in the room with multiple uplights and pin spots for an extra touch. Guests dined on Chinese food (complete with chopsticks and Chinese takeout boxes), carving stations, liquor injected chocolate covered strawberries and other unique delicacies. The two ice sculptures held shrimp and sushi for the guests to taste. In keeping with the modernism, guests dined on white and black square plates.

Finally the ultimate cake was custom designed, with two separate coconut cakes on either side (a groom’s cake if you will) showcased on a custom made interwoven, natural leaf table topper. Behind the cakes a wall was constructed that had shelving for candles and mirrors to catch the light. This was a perfect and distinctive backdrop to a very, very original reception.

It will be a day to remember for the guests and the family of Chris and Kelsey. They are a truly blessed couple with so much love and friendship. And due to the professionalism and quick acting on all the parts of the vendors – this wedding will be cherished forever.

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congratulations mr and mrs dave mcdermott

I remember when I first met Dave and Virginia (whom I fondly like to call V). It was fifteen months ago and they were determined to have their reception at V’s family home in Hanson, Kentucky (The Corpus’s). This meant a lot of work for her parents in regards to landscaping and remodeling, but they had a plan and stuck to it. Likewise, V was a bride who knew exactly what she wanted and her impeccable tastes showed through every aspect and every detail.The wedding weekend was an interesting blend of Australians (Dave’s family) and Filipino’s (V’s family) and a smattering of Americans. We began the weekend with a Welcome Dinner hosted by The Aussies but combining Kentucky home BBQ. Held on the family tennis courts, we had a Blue Grass Band entertaining the guests as they arrived. The tables were adorned in chocolate linen, with custom made placemats that defined some fun Australian Slang for the Americans. Dave also made a mixed CD for the guests of Australian music to take home. The evening was relaxed and comfortable and as the sun went down, the Chinese lanterns glowed romantically above.

The wedding day colors were a mix of purple and rich lavender and ornate orchids at every turn. Trust me, V knows her orchids. Dendrobiums and Vandaceous orchids were flown in from Hawaii and other parts of the U.S. and orchids from her mother’s garden were used in decor. The wedding was held at a small intimate church for the 160 guests and the altar was flanked with tall columns and glass vases with orchids. The clear vases had a subtle uplight to create a glowing effect.

As the guests arrived at the reception, they were greeted with servers passing champagne (and full bar), a sushi chef preparing delicates, passed mini puff pastries, smoked salmon on toast points, oysters on the half shell and additional yummy hors d’oeuvres. With the harpist playing in the background, the ladies were offered flip-flops as favors so they could be comfortable walking the grounds. Instead of hosting cards, a large creative poster was made and placed on easels for the guests to locate their seats.The cake was creatively showcased underneath a tree for the guests to view from the pre-dinner area. A “ribbon” tent flowed down from the tree and draped casually around the cake, highlighting the square cut and orchids.

The reception tables were rounds using full length crushed lavender satin table clothes, with satin napkins and matching chair ties. Each place setting had a custom menu with the guests name on it. A mixture of tall clear vases and smaller clear bubble bowl centerpieces with orchids and calla lilies were used to create a mixed effect at the reception. The bride loves squares – so we incorporated the white square china plates and rectangle plates for dessert.

For the guys – to relax later – there was a custom “cigar bar” down by the lake with four couches and a custom glowing coffee table. Although we still draped the couches with lavender color, it was still very much a ‘blokes’s area’.

This wedding was a wonderful blend of international and local guests and truly one of my most memorable weddings as a planner. The fact that later on in the evening the clear, beautiful skies turned to quarter-size hail and pouring rain didn’t deter these guests or this couple from having a great time! Impromptu sing-along at the piano and dancing from an ipod, with a fully stocked bar kept the party going. And as the forklore goes, raining on your wedding day is good luck. Which the guests all got to witness with a double rainbow! For more fabulous pics…please click here!

If anyone has planned a wedding at a personal residence, you know this event couldn’t be pulled off alone. So my deepest thanks and gratitude goes out to the best vendors anyone could work with. And of course, the hosts of the party Drs. Roberto and Primilina Corpus, for opening their home to everyone.

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congratulations mr and mrs jason grabert

Jason and Brittany had a beautiful wedding at the O’ Day Discover Lodge at Burdette Park. Utilizing the skills of their family, they designed their own decorations for their big event. Jason and his dad, Steve, custom built a wonderful arbor out of birch. Truly unique, this was the focal point for the outdoor ceremony and where they did the “sand ceremony” in place of the unity candle.The reception was decorated with a classic simplicity theme, using Brittany’s favorite colors of yellow and pink. However, she incorporated personal touches. For instance, her aunt made a beautiful wreath that decorated the enormous fireplace. And not only did they have a yummy white and strawberry cake, but also incorporated Jason’s favorite, new york style cheesecakes as the groom’s cake. And their guests loved it!! Another focal point was the mini-arbor (also custom built by Jason and his Dad to exactly match the ceremony arbor). This was a perfect place to put a cloth basket to collect all the money gift envelopes. Finally, the guests were inspired by a custom aisle runner that was painted by family with their names and wedding date. We love those unique touches!

It was a great day for them as they shared their love with their family and friends. Even the slight rain after the ceremony did not deter them from having fun and getting pictures. As Brittany said, “This is a one-time only dress – now let’s get the photos”! Now THAT is a champion bride.

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