WHERE you will and won’t find help::the 5 W’s of wedding planning

Myth::Your reception hall “coordinator” will help you plan your wedding Truth:: I often hear brides say that they “don’t need an outside planner” because their venue has an on-site coordinator, and unfortunately, some brides find out too late that this is just not the case. The on-site coordinator is there to manage the services being provided by the reception hall,... View Article

real wedding::an anthropologie-inspired wedding at the veranda at the whitcomb

Back in June, this happy couple said “I Do” in beautiful Southwest Michigan.  Their intimate church ceremony was followed by an anthropologie-inspired reception at The Veranda @ The Whitcomb, where guests enjoyed a delicious meal form CK Catering and a band that kept them dancing all night long. One of my favorite things about this wedding was how unique everything... View Article

tuesday etsy love :: ‘something old & something new’ eco-friendly jewelry

‘Something Old & Something New‘ creates eco-friendly repurposed jewelry made from old clothes. Old clothes! I can think of a million ways to use these pretty little trinkets–you could wear it on your wedding day, gift it to bridesmaids to wear, buy it for yourself because it’s Tuesday, and yesterday was Monday (you deserve it.) I love that these pieces... View Article

WHY you should hire a professional::the 5 W’s of wedding planning

You may have noticed in the posts in this series, “The 5 W’s of Wedding Planning,” I have consistently mentioned professional planning, and there’s a reason for that… If you’ve already done any research on wedding planning in your local area, you’ve probably noticed that there is a large range in pricing, services and experience. It’s important to remember that—like... View Article

happy holidays from stella event design

Today is our last day in the office before taking off for Christmas break, so we want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! We hope you have a wonderful time with your family, fiance, and loved ones! We’ll be back in the office on January 2nd, but no worries—we’ll have new posts up all next week–so you... View Article

a cozy holiday entertaining idea

When the weather gets cold, I can’t help but start to think about tasty hot beverages. I don’t drink coffee, but I’m a huge fan of hot cocoa! Which got me thinking about the fun ways you could incorporate it into your holiday entertaining.  Start with some delicious gourmet hot chocolate, and then provide as many delicious garnishes as you... View Article

WHEN should you reach out for help::the 5 W’s of wedding planning

It’s never too early to ask for help. In Southwest Michigan, many of the most popular venues book their Saturday dates a year in advance, so it’s very common for couples to start planning 9-18 months out! So if you’ve just gotten engaged and are already feeling overwhelmed, reach out to a professional wedding planner. They can help you map... View Article

real wedding :: video :: a fall wedding at the veranda at the whitcomb

Laura and Joe tied the knot in October, on a beautiful fall day in Southwest Michigan. I (Jessica) designed their wedding, and Brittany coordinated it…I’ve been so excited to see the photos and video of their special day! The ceremony took place at St. Johns Catholic Parish with a reception at The Veranda at the Whitcomb in downtown St. Joseph.... View Article

WHO needs a wedding planner::the 5 W’s of wedding planning

As a professional wedding planner, of course I wish I could say that “if you are engaged, you absolutely, positively, MUST hire a wedding planner”…BUT, it just wouldn’t be true.  I also wish I could say that the list below is a definitive guide to determining if you need a wedding planner…but I can’t. What I can do, is let... View Article

faux-stache weddings:: love them or hate them?

Google “mustache wedding”…go ahead…we’ll wait here while you check it out! Over the last year or so, we’ve seen faux-staches make appearances at weddings. At first, it was in photo booths…they’re a cute prop. Just throw on a pair of glasses, a fake ‘stache on a stick and a bowtie, and you’ve got a ready-made photo booth alter-ego. Then, they... View Article