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mark your calendar::wedding networking event

So far I haven’t posted anything on this blog regarding the Southwest Michigan Wedding Network, but wanted to post a quick announcement for any area vendors who may be reading and did not receive the evite!

We will be hosting the first networking event in February and would love to see any area wedding vendors come out to join us for a night of networking!

The details

When: Wednesday, February 18 at 6:00pm
Where: The Whitcomb, West Living Room
What to Expect: We’ll have food and entertainment provided, professional headshots for anyone attending, and a chance to talk with local wedding vendors!

We’ve had a great response so far and look forward to seeing a lot of the local wedding vendors from the St. Joseph area! RSVP by emailing!

If you have any questions about the event or the SW MI Wedding Network please email!

vendor meet-up::amanda beeman

Friday I had the pleasure of meeting up for coffee with Amanda Beeman. Amanda recently relocated from the Detroit area, and will be the new Events Director at The Veranda at the Whitcomb. Amanda and I spent over three hours chatting about her past experience in events, her excitement for her new position, and her love for all things wedding.

Amanda has several years experience working in events, and is a newly wed herself, so I know she is going to be a joy for brides to work with and a huge asset to brides planning weddings at The Veranda at the Whitcomb. She was also nice enough to pass along a few pictures from the first wedding held at the Veranda at the Whitcomb! If you’re interested in hosting a wedding at The Veranda at the Whitcomb or just have questions, you can reach Amanda via email at!

It was a pleasure meeting you Amanda, and welcome to the area–I think you’ll love it once all this snow melts and you realize you are in a beautiful lake shore town!

faves of 08

As we start preparing for our 2009 wedding season, I thought it would be fun to look back at our lovely 2008 couples and their amazing weddings!

Over the next two weeks we’ll be featuring some of our favorite pictures, ideas and concepts used in our 2008 weddings along the lake shore! From fun color schemes and awesome favors  to rockin’ bands, we’ll fill you in on some of the things we loved about our ’08 wedding season!

*Photo Credits: (Top) LEFT: LVL photography RIGHT: Ben Pancoast Photography (Center) LEFT: Chad Bosma Photography RIGHT: Kelly Powers Photography (Bottom) LEFT: JK Photography RIGHT: LVL Photography

change is good!

As you can probably tell by the less than lengthy posting lately, 2009 is shaping up to be a very busy year for Stella Event Design and I’m excited to share some of the changes around here!

Big Change #1: After 2 years of balancing a full-time job in corporate America and my business, in 2009 I’m running Stella Event Design full-time, and focusing on building this business and giving our wonderful couples an amazing level of service. This is pretty much a dream come true, and definitely an exciting time at Stella Event Design!

Change #2: We’re getting a makeover! The logo is a sneak peak, and you’ll see our new look start to make its way throughout our website and blog! I’m also excited to spice up the blog soon with new features, more vendor spotlights, giveaways and more! I also look forward to sharing more about what I do here and what’s going on with the business, because I know there are a lot of gals (and guys) out there who are curious about working in this industry! So stay tuned, I promise it won’t be this sparse around here for long!

So, if I’ve gone from 1 job to 2, then why the craziness around here? I’m glad you asked! Besides working on all of our upcoming 2009 weddings, at the end of this month we’re participating in our first bridal show!  And, being our first show, it means a whole lot of work designing our booth from scratch! Of course, being the perfectionist that I am, I’m working like a crazy person to get the booth just right for our debut! So stay tuned and I’ll be sharing more details soon!

*Thanks to Tara at La Stellina Studios in Grand Rapids for our new logo design—we love it! You can contact Tara at Check out our previous post about La Stellina’s invitation designs here!

ever after wedding market

(Ever After Wedding Market)

If you’re looking for some fun and unique invitations, accessories and bridal party gifts for your wedding, then you have a new fun place to shop! Check out Ever After Wedding Market on 1000 Markets. It’s a lot like Etsy, but what I love about it is that everything is grouped into specific “Markets,” and everything in the Ever After Market is specifically for weddings!

And while you’re browsing 1000 Markets, check out the Luxe Market, too! You won’t be disappointed by all the pretty things–I had to tear myself away! Happy Shopping!

mark your calendar for wedding world 2009

It’s not too often you can talk to all of the area’s top wedding vendors in one place, so if you’re planning a wedding, then mark your calendar for January 31st for Wedding World 2009!

The bridal expo will be held at Upton Hall at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor from 12:00-3:00, with the fashion show to follow at 3:15! This will be our first bridal show and we’re excited to get to meet with so many brides, so be sure to stop by!

please excuse our dust

It’s a new year, and time for a fresh new look! As we roll out our new blog design, you may notice some changes, so please excuse our mess as we try out our new design! If you’re using a reader you won’t even notice the transition!

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and we ook forward to bringing our readers a new look, easier to use layout and more fun blog features in 2009!

2009 Internship::Deadline Approaching

A quick reminder that we will be accepting applications for our 2009 summer internship until Monday, January 5th. If you are looking for an opportunity to work hands-on in the event industry, get us your cover letter and resume ASAP!

Read the original post for all of the Internship Details! Please send resumes+cover letters to

happy holidays::out of office

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Our offices will be closed for the holidays through Monday, December 29th. We will return all emails and phone calls promptly on Tuesday, December 30th! We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!

2009 will be bringing lots of changes for us including a new look, new blog features, new office hours and lots more, so stay tuned!

2009 summer internship reminder

2009 Summer Internships

Stella Event Design is excited to announce we will be accepting 1-2 interns to assist us with our 2009 wedding season! The interns will assist with at least 5 events during the summer and will assist with tasks as needed during the rehearsal, ceremony and reception. This internship will offer hands-on experience in day-of event execution and you will work directly with our Lead Planner, Jessica Pennington and Event Assistant, Beth George.

What we’re looking for in the ideal candidate:
-Junior or Senior in a related field
-Previous coursework or hands-on experience in event planning is preferred
-Must be located in SW Michigan, West Michigan, or NW Indiana during the internship, or be willing to travel
-Must be available to work weekends (especially Fridays and Saturdays) as needed throughout the summer months, May-September, as well as some Thursdays and Sundays
-This is a part time Internship and is not paid.  Must apply towards college credit

You will be working directly with the bride and groom, as well as their family and guests, so you should be comfortable with people, outgoing and presentable. Wedding planning is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of hard work, so we’re looking for someone who wants to work hard in an incredibly rewarding job! If you’re not familiar with our company, please take some time to read through some of the real weddings on our blog to see what we do before applying! We love what we do, and we are excited to bring on interns who share the same enthusiasm!

If you would like to apply for our 2009 Internship, please send a cover letter and resume to intern (at) StellaEventDesign (dot) com with “2009 internship” in the subject line. Please do not call or mail resumes, and please do not submit information via the Contact page on our website. We will be accepting applications through January 5 and will be setting up interviews for early January.

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