Saturday, December 31, 2011
A Look Back - 2011
I'm always amazed at all that we cram into one single year. As I look back over the 2011 calendar, I am again amazed at all that we were fortunate to be a part of and experience in the past year. This list gets longer and longer every year...so my apologies for the lengthy post.
First, we want to say thank you to our clients for trusting us with your weddings and special events! We truly enjoyed working with each and every one of you.
Now, here's a quick trip down memory lane!...
I was lucky enough to accompany Kristy Eckert from Capital Style on Good Day Columbus to talk about wedding planning and the latest issue of Capital Style Bride.
We were hard at work wrapping up the final details for Cakes For A Cause 2011 all month long.
Style Me Pretty featured Ashley & Andrew's July wedding on their Little Black Book Blog!
Cakes For A Cause took place March 1st at the Mid Ohio Foodbank in Grove City. Thanks to the generosity of our bakers, donors and guests we were able to raise enough provide over 16,000 meals which fed 14 people for an entire year!
We partnered with Amy from C Studios to do an Inspiration to Reality shoot for Style Me Pretty where we brought a readers inspiration board to life! Our shoot was titled "My Modern Clementine". Take a look at the images from our shoot here.
Allison and Parker were married at the Westin in a beautiful military ceremony at the Westin. Columbus.
The Wedding Skills Workshop held it's popular Flower Rescue Workshop at Flowers On Orchard Lane.
The search for our new studio began this month as well! We had no idea it would take 6 months to find our new home.
We were up at the crack of dawn to watch and celebrate the Royal Wedding! What a fun experience that was and what an impact social media has on the world today! We tweeted live as we watched the big event unfold across the pond!
I was so honored and humbled to be awarded and named one of Business First's Forty under 40 for 2011!
Amy & Bob were married in a lovely spring inspired wedding at North Bank Park near the river! We loved working with Nathan from Imagen Photography in Cleveland!
Kaci & Garrett were married this month and had a beautiful green and navy inspired wedding at the exclusive Muirfield Village Golf Club!
I attended engage!11 at the Grand Del Mar in San Diego, CA. This was my third engage! and it is one of my favorite industry events to attend. Being surrounded by the best of the best in the wedding industry does wonders for a business!
Alex and Kevin were married in a very unique wedding at the Columbus Museum of Art. Alex wore a stunning RED wedding gown. We also enjoyed working with the Ely Bros for the very first time! Their wedding has been featured in Columbus Monthly and the just released Capital Style Bride!
We attended the Jeni's Ice Cream book release party at the Wexner Center for the Arts!
Lesley & Matt tied the knot in Marion Ohio in the latter part of June. They had a lovely church ceremony surrounded by 400 of their closed friends and family. A reception at home was the order for the day and it was truly one of our best tented events yet! The tent layout and surroundings were just gorgeous! Style Me Pretty featured their wedding thanks to the pretty pictures from Annie Sturgis and awesome videography by Studio Z!
Wish Upon A Wedding granted a wedding wish for Jonathan & Alyssa on July 18th in Cleveland, Ohio. You can read more about their story here and see their wedding feature here and here on Style Me Pretty! Thank you to CoreyAnn Photography and Moonstruck Productions for capturing their special day. Sadly, Jon lost his battle to cancer in mid November.
Kanika & Shaneen said "I Do" in two ceremonies at the end of the month. Their Sihk wedding ceremony was held at the Renaissance Columbus. Their second, non denominational, ceremony was held in the North Courtyard at COSI followed by a reception under the stars in a clear tent on the English Plaza. Amanda Julca was our event photographer and Steve at Studio Z captured the every moment of the day. You can see them here and here!
On July 31st we officially said goodbye to our studio at 15 W 1st Ave, our home for the last 3 years. The search still continues for our new home!
Shawna & Mac were married at the Ohio Statehouse in a gorgeous formal wedding! We loved working with Christa Kimble as our photographer! You can see the pretty wedding photos here! Shawna is Mandy's younger sister who you might remember seeing on our website and blog in 2009!
We officially launched our sister company Oh So Lovely! Oh So Lovely is wedding day coordination company that specializes in wedding weekend and wedding day coordination services. You can follow Amanda and her planning adventures on twitter and on the Oh So Lovely Facebook page!
Liron & Jeremy were married at traditional ceremony Tifereth Israel. You can see pictures from the big day here on the Oh So Lovely Facebook page!
We had a great time working on a Modern City photoshoot with some of our favorite vendors in Cleveland, Ohio. Amy and my team made the drive up and we set up the shoot on the side of the road at the Superior Viaduct. A blog post with these images is coming very soon!
Our friend Amy from C Studios asked us to help style a fashion shoot for Big Rock Little Rooster and Romona Keveza at the end of the month! You know how much we love Amy and just look at how these images turned out! STUNNING!
We launched the new and very much improved Bliss Wedding & Event Design Website! Please visit the new site at blisseventco.com
Rebekah & John were married in a super sweet ceremony on the West Terrace at Franklin Park Conservatory. A reception full of good food and lots of dancing immediately followed in the Atrium and Zen Terrace! We were so fortunate to work with the talented Simon Yao on this wedding! You can see a few images from the big day here on his Facebook page!
Jessica & Ben were married in a fun Japanese, movie premier inspired mix of a wedding!
The Short North Civic Association's Home & Garden Tour's Preview Event was held at the Harrison Park Community center! I think this was one of our best preview events ever!
Rachel & Jeff were married in a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony at Tifereth Israel followed by a modern reception at the Columbus Museum of Art! I can't wait to share images from this wedding. Kitty Maer was our photographer for the big day!
Our draping project of the Goodale Park Gazebo came to an end this month. We were the "wedding planner" hired by the Columbus Parks & Rec department and the Friends of Goodale Park to help dress up the gazebo while the fountain was under construction and experiencing a little delay for completion. We had a great time hanging beautiful white drapes each weekend for the weddings this summer in the park.
Sarah & Joe were married in a fall festival inspired wedding at the Venue at Smith Brothers. I can't wait to share the gorgeous images created by Amy at C Studios!
I attended the NYC Bridal Market for the very first time with our friends from CT and FL! What a great experience to see all of the new bridal gowns for 2012 right on the runway. We had a private viewing with THE Romona Keveza! We attended the famous Martha Stewart Weddings party and the Knot Party at the NYC Public Library!
As soon as we returned from Bridal Market, it was time for our photo shoot with Capital Style Bride! Our glam, city photo shoot is featured in their winter issue on news stands now! You'll see our model/bride on the cover!
I attended engage!11 Grand Cayman for the 2nd time! It was a life changing, business changing trip! I'm so excited to begin implementing all of the fun new things that I've been inspired by my friends and collegues in the wedding industry!
Finally! We found a new home for our studio! 35 E 5th Ave is our new studio address and we're so excited!!
We found out that we have been awarded the Knot Best of Weddings for 2012 as an Editor's Pick! This makes 3 in a row!
We were also excited to be included as one of Junebug Wedding's World's Best Wedding Planners and Designers! This is such a prestigious group of celebrities and professionals, I'm so honored to be accepted as one of them!
We spent the rest of December working on the studio, planning with our 2012 clients and getting geared up for a really fantastic 2012!
Happy New Year! Look out 2012! The Bliss Girls and Oh So Lovely Ladies are coming your way!