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la stellina studio: custom invitation design

(La Stellina Studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan)

This weekend I got a chance to meet with Tara Berghuis of La Stellina studio. Tara is creating custom invitations for one of my 2009 couples, and so far the results have been amazing. I had already seen the mockups of my bride’s inviations, but this weekend I also got the chance to check out all of her samples, and I looked through 30+ invitations that were all gorgeous. Truthfully, I had to put the invitations down, or we never would have gotten through our meeting!

La Stellina is located in the Grand Rapids area, but Tara is also available to service out of town or out of state brides, and I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed by her pricing!

You can email Tara at for help with creating your unique wedding stationary.

Stay tuned for a Q+A to get to know Tara from La Stellina studio!

2010/2011 calendar

We have a talented and professional staff of 2 event planners, 1 event associate, and 4 event assistants, which allow us to assist with up to 3 events per weekend!  Dates that are no longer available to book additional events are denoted with an asterisk (*). Please contact us for more information on availability or to set up a complimentary consultation!

February 27 :: Formal wedding in St. Joseph

May 8 :: Barn wedding in Millburg
May 30 :: Beach wedding in St. Joseph

June 19 :: Beach wedding in St. Joseph*
June 19 :: Beach wedding in St. Joseph*
June 26 :: Beach wedding in South Haven*
June 27 :: Barn wedding in Watervliet*

July 24 :: Lake shore wedding in St. Joseph

August 7 :: Lake shore wedding in Montague*
August 7 :: Beach wedding in St. Joseph*
August 14 :: Beach wedding in St. Joseph*
August 14 :: Lake shore wedding in Holland*
August 20 :: Beach wedding in St. Joseph*
August 28 :: Country wedding in Three Oaks*
August 28 :: Wedding pending*

September 11 :: Barn wedding in Millburg

July 3 :: Barn wedding in Watervliet

wedding deals + bargains


Whether you’re on a $15,000 budget, a $50,000 budget, or a $150,000 budget, no one wants to spend more than they have to on wedding essentials. So if you’re heading out for some holiday shopping deals, don’t forget to pick up some great deals for your wedding, too!

If you’re providing the alcoohol for your wedding—which many of my brides are lucky to be able to do—you can save yourself a ton of money on beverage costs. If you’re considering offering a champagne toast for all of your guests, the peak time to buy is coming up! Keep your eye on the shelves and you’ll notice Champagne (and sparkling wine) takes a drastic plunge in price between Christmas and New Years Eve! So if you’re planning on stocking up on bubbly, head out during the holidays, stock your cart, and save yourself some much-needed money!

Stay tuned next week for a great book giveaway, just in time for holiday entertaining!

a grateful thanksgiving eve post

Tomorrow I’ll be busy mingling with family, enjoying delicious food, and even exchanging some early Christmas presents, so today I wanted to take the opportunity to share a few things I’m thankful for. After all, the food is great and Christmas presents are nice, but I think being thankful for everything we have is really “the reason for the season,” as cheesy as it may sound!

I’m thankful for my wonderful and supportive husband and family, for the opportunity I have to pursue my dream and build a business that I love. I’m thankful for all of the amazing couples I’ve had the chance to work with in the past, and for the amazing couples I get to assist in 2009. I’m thankful for the wonderful growth Stella Event Design has been blessed with in the last year and a half, and for all of the great things I know we have in our future. What are you grateful for?

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday! We will be out of the office Thanksgiving day through Sunday, and will return any emails and phone calls promptly on Monday!

2009 internship opportunities

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 December 19 and will be setting up interviews for early January.

friend us!

I was fed up with our standard business “fan page” on Facebook, so I created a new page that will be business-focused. Friend Us to see photos of recent weddings, blog feeds, connect with other brides and we’ll be adding discussion boards! Also, comment on the wall to let us know any topics you’d like to see us blog about, and submit questions regarding your own wedding! Friend Us!

party basics book winner!

Sorry about the delay on this—I was trying to figure out why I hadn’t heard from the winner of the book and realized the post never went live! Apologies!

The winner of the Party Basics for New Nesters book giveaway is comment #4, Amanda! Amanda, shoot me an email at Jessica (at) Stellaeventdesign (dot) com to claim your prize! Thanks to everyone who commented!

freebies: custom fragrance from love is blooming

I love free stuff! Check out the Love is Blooming Blog to comment and win a free custom fragrance set for your big day! There are so many fun and creative ways you can diy to make your wedding special—so while you’re crafting those custom invites and creating fabulous table numbers, take a few minutes to think about your wedding fragrance. Personally, I think it’s wonderful to do a new scent for your wedding—one that will always remind you of that special day! So why not create your own fragrance with these freebies from Urban Botanic!? Check out the blog for all the details and comment on your own favorite wedding diy to enter!

365 days ago…

(Mr+Mrs Pennington, Est. October 6, 2007)

I don’t normally post much information here on my personal life outside of wedding planning, but today we will bend the rules a bit (plus it’s wedding related!)

It’s official, today is my one year wedding anniversary! Brides-to-be should believe people when they tell you that the time will fly! We celebrated over the weekend with a wonderful mini-vacation and this week we are busy busy busy as we prepare to move next weekend! Or, should I say, as I prepare for Megan+Scott’s wedding on Saturday while my husband prepares to move us! What a good sport he is! Stella Event Design would not be possible without his love and support as I run around here like a crazy lady, doing what I love! So, today is my official Thank You to the hubby for putting up with his crazy wedding planning wife for a full 365 days!

Oh, and my very fabulous wedding present is a tiny Flip Video Mino, which takes up to 60 minutes of video, and snaps right into your computer to upload videos! I tried it out this weekend, and it’s amazing, so expect videos to come to the Stella Blog soon!

Also, posting will be light this week as we pack up the office and move out! I can’t wait until Saturday when the beautiful wedding of Megan+Scott takes place at the oh-so-adorable Morris Farms in Niles! Their historic meeting house is too cute for words, and is going to be a beautiful backdrop for their ceremony, so stay tuned!

*Photo copyright Ben Pancoast Photography

fun & funky cards winner!

The winner of the fun & funky pink cards is Jess, with comment #2! Please shoot me an email with your mailing info so I can get you your cards! Thanks to everyone who participated and commented for last week’s give aways—we’ll definitely be having more!