Temi & Ayo

Best. Day. Ever.

I may be biased on this one... but these two sweet souls have a special place in my heart. 

I met Temi one spring evening in a Starbucks coffee shop, we talked forever and I felt like I was talking to next president of the United States. Yet, I felt so connected to her. She is a passionate , strong willed beauty who knew exactly what she wanted out of her wedding celebration... and life for that matter. I felt so honored to even be considered on her big day. 

As we concluded our meeting, I remember thinking; "This woman is going to rule the world one day. I have  to do her wedding." (side note: she's not in politics.. she's a dentist LOL) 

The July celebration was set to be at The Hilton Easton, both ceremony and reception. And we were ecstatic about being a part of it. 

As we began the process of making Temi's dream day come to life.. I fell more and more in love with both them as a couple and with their wedding design. 

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I already mentioned how Temi had a vision for her big day. I knew the challenge of accomplishing her specific vision could only be completed by my girl Amrta Kenner over at Prema Designs. And girl.. did she deliver.

The ceremony was to die for. An aisle lined with romantic candles, candlabras,  acrylic columns and huge luxe centerpieces that were out of this world. Honestly, I jumped up and down when I walked into the room set up. I could not believe the size of these things. 

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Okay, I may be getting ahead of myself a bit. I failed to mention the other celebration that happened a few days before this one. This was actually their SECOND ceremony / reception. Two days before, Temi and Ayo celebrated with their closest friends and family in a traditional Nigerian ceremony and celebration. 

Another moment of honor, as I was invited to attend this as a guest. I was crying the entire ceremony. It was such an amazing experience.. and luckily Paul Woo with Wandering Woo Photography was there to capture these moments as well. Because honestly, I could share all my emotions and new experiences with you... but these pictures say it all. Paul captured it perfectly... to the point that when we got the pictures back, I was brought back to tears seeing all the emotions caught from the couple ,family, guests and their happiness. 

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The part in the ceremony that I lost it was when she was kneeling before her parents. So many traditions, so many emotions. It was unreal. One of the most beautiful child - parent moments I've ever witnessed. I. Was. Sobbing. 

Am I right? You're crying too aren't you? 

This epic evening held place at The Ohio State House, where Sophie Chase their venue coordinator handled all the fine details of the event. 

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Okay, so back to The Hilton Easton. Their ceremony kicked off with a surprise from the groom; a special guest. The bride had no idea that the famous Kevin Olusola from Pentatonix was there to surprise her by playing live at the ceremony. In fact, right before I opened the doors to the ceremony, the bride looked at me confused like; "what is this song? who is playing this?" It was all I could do to keep a straight face. 

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The rest of the evening seemed like a blur of infinate happiness. So many smiles, so much dancing and lots of happy tears. The party went well past 1:00 am .. no one wanted to leave. That is a sign of a great party! 

Rather than ranting on about my experience and excitement about this day.. I'm just going to let Paul Woo tell the story in pictures below. You'll understand. 

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One of the most epic moments of the evening was the room reveal. She was so happy. I am so thankful for for Prema Designs for creating the brides visions, and even more grateful to Paul Woo for capturing the reaction when she first saw it. 

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I revert back to my first point of this blog post. 

Best. Day. Ever. 

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Venue: The Hilton Easton

Floral Designer: Prema Designs 

Photographer: Wandering Woo Photography

Videography: Jonah Epps Video

Dress: Hayley Paige

Planning / Coordination : Perfectly Planned Weddings

Table for Two ...or a Few More

At the beginning of the month I had the pleasure of attending my first Open House! It was held at the Aladdin Event Center in Grove City and curated by Got Ya Covered Linens, Dashing Designs, LLC, and An Event to Remember. Party Pleasers cued the soundtrack for the evening while Simply Delicious, L.A. Catering, The Berwick, and Capital City Cakes were in attendance serving food and dessert samples.

First impression: totally a fan of the rose gold, blush, taupe and emerald palettes rounding out the tables.

Head Tuscan

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Tuscan head tables are a common choice at wedding receptions. I haven’t yet made up my mind if I prefer when the newlyweds sit here or at their own sweetheart table. One thing I love in particular about this table design was the 3D centerpiece by An Event to Remember. I loved the hanged glass ornaments; I haven’t seen this done before at a wedding!

Also, the arrangement sat on top of a silver charger that laid on an upside down pilsner vase which blew my mindddddd..yes to repurposing! Utilizing your resources in creative new ways is definitely always a great tool to have in your back pocket.

A floral arrangement sat atop amongst LED candles and branches. The florals and branches were faux silk (with a few real roses) but I imagine this could be done with fresh florals as well. I’m a fan of layered designs so I thought this look was pretty cool.

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Rounds

More centerpiece options by An Event to Remember featuring cube and hurricane vases with mini tree stumps, gel beads, and floating candles. I appreciate their uniqueness.

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Accessories

The Venetian Guipure lace runner and Wood Slice charger were another of my favorite items. These chargers aren’t priced too bad either! Again, I enjoy non-traditional pieces so this is perfect if your wedding style is earthy, reserved nature or maybe even Bohemian.

 

I typically don’t like chair sashes but I enjoyed these coverings. Simple but noticeable flare.

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Don’t you dare do a simple square napkin fold! Just kidding totally wouldn’t judge if you did :P

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Lighting

Uplighting is always a great alternative if you want to incorporate your wedding colors in your reception while keeping the tables a neutral color. Party Pleasers is an all encompassing company that features lighting packages in addition to entertainment. If you’re looking for a signature staple for your wedding, they also can project custom images with gobo lighting (so sorry I forgot to take a photo! ☹).

 

 

Chuppahs

I LOVE THESE! I’ve yet to see a detailed piece that included draping from the ceiling. Beautifully done.

Ceremony & Cocktail Space

The Aladdin Event Center in Grove City seats up to 200 guests and is equipped with two separate suites for bridal party accommodations.

 

All in all, I must say I was impressed and look forward to attending more vendor showcases in the future. If you’re in the midst of planning your big day, or simply want to check out some gorgeous wedding set ups I encourage you to attend one. One last note, make sure you sample the food to gauge potential vendors as well because after all….

 

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                  “A party without a                                       cake

is just a meeting.”

                                      - Julia Child

Mondays, Moons & Weddings

The first official week of February....we officially survived January!! It couldn’t have just been me who felt the Mondays of last month were everlasting into the New Year, but I’m not complaining! I saw someone post rather than regret, be grateful for the additional time to reflect, reassess and redirect.

I’m not one for new year resolutions, but I’ve certainly been doing the latter these last few days. Maybe it’s the energy in the air due to the Super Blue Blood Moon last week. Maybe it’s the excitement still bubbling over from completing our first wedding of the year (yay!) and our very first Styled Series (double yay!!) seminar and photoshoot.

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I can’t put my finger on it, but I’m rolling with the tide and refocusing for February as we round out January and kick off the month with two lovely brides. Wedding season is making an early guest appearance at Perfectly Planned…love doesn’t wait so why should we!

 

“You don’t need to be the tide to rise and fall, 
you don’t have to be a wave to touch the shore; 
just be a little sand-grain and feel them all” 
― 
Munia Khan

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Hailey Lauren Photography

Treats by Sommer's Cookie Co. yum!!! *hums These are one of my favoriteeee things*

The Other Side of the Aisle

Everyone is seated, the organ is blaring beautiful ceremonial music, my smiling family members litter the crowd, and I’m frickin freaking out because I’ve forgotten where I am for a moment and am momentarily convinced that there’s no way the bride, my cousin, will know when to walk down the aisle if I’m not there to cue her. She will wait behind the curtain forever, not knowing the proper time to step out onto the aisle, and we’ll all be waiting here forever in wedding purgatory aka the literal nightmare of a wedding planner.

Events, especially weddings, are living things. They need to have certain things to survive and , most importantly, thrive. The purpose of the event should be accomplished, like a marriage at a wedding or a dinner at a dinner party. The guests should both understand what to anticipate and also be happily surprised by fun quirks and unique touches. Guests know a marriage is going to take place, but do they know that there will be animals at the ceremony? (A trend I’m in full support of, by the way). Finally, the guests should feel how the event is supposed to make them feel. A fundraiser should inspire compassion and generosity, a dinner party should be conversational and effortless, and a wedding should be a reminder of love in every sense. The love of the couple, the love of their friends and family, and the love of having a good time and whipping out dance moves you probably shouldn’t.

This is why I wanted to become a wedding planner. I like making things look perfect, being creative, working with other awesome creative people, and making an atmosphere that can remind people of the best things in life in beautiful and unique ways. However, I am also an incurable control freak. This can be good! I like the responsibility of making sure something goes perfectly (possibly why I was attracted to working for Perfectly Planned…). However, this can also be bad. Like when you’re asked to be a bridesmaid in your cousin’s wedding and you have to resist the urge to take literally everything over. Even when everything is (without me???) running smoothly, looking beautiful, and well-organized, I want to take charge and whip out some Aisle Planner magic because that’s who I am and that’s what I do.

My cousin, Grace, planned her own wedding and I have to say, she kicked some serious butt. Bad weddings are all too common. Weird color schemes, long wait times for guests, bad food, no flow, awkward DJs, and a whole slew of other little things that can make guests say “yikes”. These weddings don’t usually involve a planner because it’s our job to have good taste, advice, recommendations, and to run eventually run the show so that everyone there can just be present in the moment. Grace is one of those brides that did pretty much everything and managed to avoid all of the above. Grace told me after the wedding that she wished she could have had someone to delegate the nitty-gritty-not-so-fun parts of planning, but was happy that she could make everything exactly as she wanted it.

The ceremony took place at King Avenue Methodist, the family’s church for years. My aunt and uncle, her parents, had their wedding there. The color scheme geniously fit in with the Scottish heritage of both families as well as the colors of the church. Burgundy, taupe, navy blue, blush, emerald green, and silver accents (which is quite the color scheme) were woven together perfectly. Everything was perfect, beautiful, well-organized, frickin classy, and the reception was a huge party where even my grandma got down and diggity.  I asked her what her favorite moment was and she told me this,

“I think the whole day was my favorite but if I had to pick one moment, it would be on the dance floor during one of the slower numbers near the end of the night. I just looked around at all of my favorite people on the same dance floor- smiling and talking and dance and drinking and having a great time. It was the reason for the whole day.”

From a planner’s perspective, these moments are what we live for. Color schemes, vendors, budgeting, etc. are what we’re great at, but helping to create these moments is why we do it in the first place.

xoxo Hannah

Arielle + Sebastian Coming August 2018

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Yup, you read that right. This cute couple comes accompanied with a fairytale namesake; Arielle & Sebastian. How ridiculously adorable! 

We are just over here cuddled up with our coffee on this rainy day gawking over these amazing images from Anna Markley Photography. This sweet engagement session is exactly what we needed to warm our souls this morning. 

After meeting with Arielle over a Starbucks, I instantly knew she was destined to be a PPW bride. First of all. She is getting married at one of our favorite venues to work at; Highline Car House. Her style is simple and chic. She must have mentioned the word 'simple' 15 times during out initial meeting. I was impressed. This girl knows what she wants... and she wants her wedding to be about LOVE. She wants the beauty of such a unique venue to shine through, she wants her guests to be in love with her love story as much as she is. Trust me. They will be. These two are just that perfect. 

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These two live in the Bay area. So I do not get to see them that much. But I wanted to share a few things I love about them. 

 

1. ANIMAL LOVERS

They are completely obsessed with their dog, and it makes me more obsessed with them! 

2. SHE'S PRETTY MUCH A GIRLBOSS

We all know I love a #girlboss. Arielle is a strong and confident soul with a career and endless motivation. She has an amazing #girlboss personality and I was immediately attracted to that. 

3. WHEN SHE SMILES, HE SMILES. 

My first time ever meeting Sebastian was an early morning floral consultation after the had both just got off a flight from Cali. Not exactly what a groom to be wants to be doing before he even has had his coffee. But I have to be honest, despite the fact we were talking about flowers, he was pretty excited about it. And by excited, I mean every time that Arielle smiled, laughed or got excited about an idea.. he'd look at her and smiled. A very interested, adoring smile. 

4. THEY ARE COOL. THEY ARE FUN. THEY ARE BADASS. 

See pic below. No further description needed. 

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Told you. 

 

Now enjoy some of the amazing images from Anna Markley Photography while we get to planning for these badass babes. 

Eventfully, 

Natasha 

We've Got An Extra Set of Hands!

Happy Friday Everyone!

We wanted to share with you the beginning of an exciting new stage to Perfectly Planned! Meet Kate! She is our newest assistant and we could not be more excited about all the great things she is bringing with her! She has an impressive background in planning and events while at the same time she has the most adorable personality that we just fell in love with! 

Kate will be joining the team remotely from Ashland University. She will be working hand in hand with me (Natasha) to gear up for our upcoming... and busy... wedding season! We are SO happy to have Kate on board for this season! Be on the lookout for some blogs from Kate herself and if you reach out to us asking about our services, Kate may very well be the one who responds! 

We have asked Kate a few questions so that our couples and future couples can get to know and adore her as much as we do! =) 

Meet Kate! 

 

Q: What were you doing before you decided to come aboard Perfectly Planned? 

I was taking classes for the spring semester of my junior year. I am a double major in hospitality management entrepreneurship. I am learning so many practical and real-world concepts in my courses this semester. I can't wait to learn more throughout the summer with Perfectly Planned! 

 

Q: Why weddings? 

I have adored weddings since I can remember.  It wasn't until I was in my freshman year of college that I realized I needed to make a career out of it. I am so blessed to have found a career that aligns with my passion. 

 

Q: Tell us about YOUR dream wedding? 

My dream wedding is filled with floral and natural elements. I love a clean color palette filled with whites and grays with splashes of colors of blues and greens. I feel most at home at the beach so a destination wedding is a must! There are so many gorgeous decor concepts out there and it truly allows you to be creative and make your wedding your own!

 

Q What are you most excited about with this opportunity at Perfectly Planned? 

I am so excited to dive into all of the aspects of wedding planning and truly get super familiar and comfortable with the processes. I am excited to get to know the staff and craft beautifully unique weddings for amazing couples. 

 

Q: Two truths and a lie. GO! 

  1. My university has the best dining hall in the country.
  2. I studied abroad in Germany my sophomore year. 
  3. I came into college with over 30 credits I earned during high school.

Courtney + Winley: A Garden Baby Shower // Columbus, Ohio // Stump

A few weeks back I was fortunate enough to co-host a shower with some of my good girlfriends, for one of my favorite girls.

Courtney, my girl, is one of my best friends. Since high school, she and I have had a deep connection unlike any other friendship. When I try to describe Courtney,  I get choked up.... Does anyone have that one friend who you truly believes deserves the WORLD? She is that friend for me.

 Courtney is such a good soul and she is always giving to others. She is the epitome of the saying "I've got your back", and is one of the most loyal humans I have ever met. She is honest, and sometimes her "come to Jesus" talks are not the easiest to hear... but somehow she makes you feel inspired by the flaw she points out. She truly inspires me to be a better me. I love you Court. 

So my Court, is having a baby girl! =) Winley will be here in a few short weeks. (I get goosebumps as I type this). I am SO happy for you Courtney.

All of the qualities I mentioned above, do not even touch the surface of how maternal she is. She's always been that way. She would be the one girl at the house party, drink in hand, cleaning up after everyone. She is the one person you tell when you're not feeling well, and then she prescribes 10 different remedies to try... and she checks on you hours later to see if you listened to her or not. When she comes over to your house, she straightens up without even noticing, or she gets in your car and wipes the dust off your dashboard. It's almost comical.... She unconsciously "straightens" my life up, not because she likes to point out my flaws, but because she's a lover. And she is going to be the BEST LOVER to Winley. 

My girlfriend Amber was the "hostess with the mostest" for this epic shower. She picked an amazing location in downtown Columbus. A cute little plant shop called Stump Columbus. I was lucky enough to style the event with flowers and candles and some cute detail touches. But if I am honest this place gave me a lot to work it.. it is adorable!!!! My good friend Ashley was there to capture the moments and brought a bomb mac and cheese, while my other friend Ashley and I  put our Type A personalities together and made a plan to execute this evening for your special girl. 

We were all honored to do this for Courtney. She is an amazing friend to all of us. Winley is so LOVED by all of her Aunties already. 

Enjoy these photos from Ashley West Photography and seriously consider STUMP for you next small event! 

Tea Inspired Bridal Shower for the Future Mrs. Beran

This past Saturday, I officially came out as an event designer!  This is a service that I have been grooming for a long time. If I'm honest, my grandmother, "Granny", groomed me for this at a young age. She was the ultimate designer. She displayed everything from tablescapes to bookshelves with great detail and flawlessness. A table was never complete without the right accessories and detail. Even if we were ordering in KFC, we ate it on fine china under fancy placemats. Design has always been a part of me. 

However, unlike my ability to plan a kickass event, I have been more hesitant to share my design talent with clients. And then I met Rita. =) 

Rita is the owner of one of the best floral and design companies in Columbus; Prema Designs. She is honestly like the sister I never had. We are the SAME human. It's bizarre. People who hang out with us think we've known each other for years.  We met only months ago. Sine we met, I have been interning and soaking in everything she has to offer. (not to mention we both love a good Mojito.. so I've also been drinking a lot of those!) 

So what does Rita and Prema Designs have to do with my new found confidence as an Event Designer? Well, simply put, she is the best teacher. She has taught me so much in the past couple of months.... but the most important thing she taught me is confidence in my design. 

As a result of a great mentor and friend, Perfectly Planned Weddings + Events now offers in-house floral and design!!!!! 

So, last Saturday was the PERFECT opportunity for displaying this new addition to the company. My good friend Lauren is getting married in July. She is by far one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. She is an amazing listener, awesome happy hour partner and always knows how to make me smile. Whenever I am around Lauren, its a happy time. 

As a result of how amazing Lauren is, lots of people wanted to throw her a shower. I was lucky enough to be apart of a great group of hosts here in Columbus. My Mother-in-Law , Pam and Lauren's Sister-in-Law, Charlotte put our heads together and came up with the perfect concept; A navy and gold tea theme held at New Albany Country Club. 

Here are a few highlights from the shower that I think made it so special: 

Games. 

Okay, so for those of you that do not know, my Mother-in-Law Pam is he ULTIMATE game-er. No, not video games, but PARTY games. She is known for her ability to bring people together for hours of laughter while playing the role of the party's real live game show host. She is amazing. 

Sadie Baby Sweets

If you're local here in Columbus and you don't know that name, you should! Rachel, the owner of Sadie Baby Sweets is a dream to work with. She brings your event to life with a beautifully displayed table full of handcrafted sweets that look too pretty to eat. Her treats also make for a good favor for guests to take home, so both your guests and their families will be talking about it for weeks to come. 

The Hanging Flower Wall

So, I had a vision... but unfortunately, I don't have the patience with a needle and thread like my Mother-in-Law. So she and Charlotte executed my vision beyond my expectations. I think having the floral wall backdrop was the PERFECT focal point for guests when they walked in the door.  It added dimension and brought in the centerpiece colors to the sweets table. 

Hats

The Brides future Mother-in-Law, Marilyn had a great idea to incorporate the fun element of hats to the shower. Such a cute idea. (my hat is not pictured.. I had one I swear!) 

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The Bride with her hosts. 

I end the shower recap talking about the photos. Lynn Leitch Photography did an amazing job at getting the detail shots I wanted. She was beyond amazing to work with. I felt very comfortable when she arrived, as she took charge and needed little direction from me. She was PERFECT. The pictures came out bette than I ever dreamed and I got them back within a day! I am very excited to work with Lynn again in the future!! 

Some Thank-Yous

Thank You to the staff at NACC. You were amazing. 

Thank you to my intern Ashlyn. You rocked it. 

Thank You to my Mother-in-Law for you support in this journey. You're my biggest fan. 

Thank You Charlotte for being so easy to collab with. Even if we did start a small kitchen fire. 

Thank You Rita for you guidance on floral design. 

Thank You Lauren for allowing me to be a small party of your wedding planning journey. Love you. 

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