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custom stationery for an upcoming wedding in sw michigan

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I love getting invitations from our clients—it makes me all the more excited about their upcoming weddings! Brittany+Hachem, who are tying the knot on September 19th, are both graphic designers, so of course I was extra excited to see what they came up with for their wedding stationery! My first peek was the Save the Dates for their destination wedding. Too cute! I absolutely love the fun approach they took—so appropriate for the fun and modern wedding they are planning!

Last month, I received the invitation, and I enclosed a snippet of it, above, but the tri fold invitation is absolutely amazing—they did a fantastic job of keeping everything cohesive and consistent in the style. The “dancing kids” image was used on the invitation, on the back of the envelopes, as well as the Response cards! They tied in their monogram throughout the inviation, even including it on their mailing labels! This couple did a great job of choosing details and decor that fit with their style, and I can’t wait to see it all come together on the 19th!

love it:: a unique getaway

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Limos, vintage cars, trolleys…they’re all great, but can you really beat this unique (and scenic) getaway?  The couple fled their ceremony via a helicopter! Check out some awesome aerial shots of this fun getaway on the Coastline Studios Blog! Also, check out the brides dress, the back detail and train are absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to see the video footage from this wedding!

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Check out the Kelly Powers Photography Blog for a recap of our July 18th wedding, Lisa+Bart, at the Blue Dress Barn. I’ll post some pics soon, but if you’re impatient (like me) head over there RIGHT NOW!

Also, I’ve been blogging at the April Foster Events Blog this week, and here is a little recap

Monday:: Thinking Outside of the Card Box

Tuesday:: Sharing Your Budget

Wednesday:: Capturing the Moment with Photos

Thursday:: Stylish Vases From Ikea

bride2be university::a unique approach to planning your wedding

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For all of you out there who are engaged and want to make the most out of learning all you can to make your wedding fabulous, I’m so excited to announce the launch of Bride2Be University!

Bride2Be University is a unique, one of a kind program for brides on any budget. Presented in workshop-style “classes,” Bride2Be University will offer everything from classes on the basics of jump starting your wedding planning to beginner ballroom dance, so you can knock the socks off of your guests! Each class is presented by an industry professional. So check out the Fall/Winter Class Schedule and join us at The Veranda at the Whitcomb for an amazing night of learning and fun (and delicious refreshments!) All classes are under $20, making them a fit for any budget!

Check out the website for more information!

B2BU classes are currently scheduled in St. Joseph, Michigan. If you’d like to see B2BU come to your area, contact us at info@bride2beuniversity.com!

this week:: guest blogging at april foster events + more!

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Happy Monday! This week we have some exciting happenings—I’ll be guest blogging for the fabulous April Foster Events Blog, so be sure to stop in and check out the posts throughout the week! We’ll also have some fun posts from our event assistant Brittany to share, and will be posting daily here as well! Plus, I have a really exciting announcement for Michigan brides regarding a new project we’re launching and will be breaking the news on that in the next few days—so stay tuned!

your wedding reception::dancing

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Dancing has been a huge part of my life since I was young.  Throughout high school I spent countless hours in dance class, was on competitive dance teams and even now I’m likely to bust a move down the aisle of any given store.  It’s no wonder I’ve thought a lot about how dancing can be incorporated into weddings. 

Without music there is no dancing.  Given that fact, the first consideration for any bride who wants dancing at her wedding is who will provide the music.  The option for most brides is either a live band or a DJ.  Some brides have a very strong preference for one or the other.  Whatever your preference, be sure to check out their references and even better, see if you can arrange to watch them perform at one of their wedding gigs.  Think about the type of music you would like played at your wedding.  This should help in determining who you hire.  Take time to discuss with the band leader or DJ specific songs you would like played and any songs you do not want played.  Even address your expectation of dress.  If you don’t want them to show up in jeans and t-shirts, tell them.  Finally, plan ahead, book early and get all costs and expectations in writing.

Once you’ve got the music in place it’s time to think about DANCING!  Usually the bride and groom kick the dancing off with their first dance as husband and wife.  You may even consider taking a few lessons prior to your wedding so that you “look good” for your first dance as Mr. and Mrs.  There are many entertaining and ingenious ways to get your guests excited about dancing.  While you may enjoy a traditional wedding waltz for your first dance, many couples are changing the tempo mid-dance and busting out Michael Jackson type moves.  Google wedding dances on you-tube for some very funny and entertaining ideas.  Your guests will love the element of surprise.

You can also get your wedding party involved by choreographing a dance involving the bridesmaids and groomsmen. You’ll have a blast dancing together before the wedding and your guests will enjoy lots of laughs as they watch many of the groomsmen give their first ever dance performance.  Seriously, it’s a great way to get everyone on the dance floor.

It’s your wedding day……dance like no one’s watching!

*Photos courtesy of Stella Event Design

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curtain call marathon::august 30th in st. joseph

You may remember seeing the first video that captured our May Curtain Call shoot here, or seeing some behind the scenes photos here, but you really can’t appreciate how fun this type of shoot is until you’ve done it!

We’re teaming up again with LVL Photography & Ben Pancoast Photography for a marathon curtain call shoot on Saturday, August 30th in St. Joseph! For a cost of only $200 you can join in the fun with 2 photographers, 2 great locations, a professional hair stylist and all of your fun & amazing images on a cd for you to print and use as you like! If you’re interested in joining us, you can hold your spot for $100 and should email me at jessica@stellaeventdesign.com as soon as possible! Below, check out Part 2 of the video highlighting the curtain call shoot in May, shot by All Star Productions!

Curtain Call (part 2) from All Star Productions on Vimeo.

sneak peek::a beach wedding in southwest michigan

We’ve been planning with Jessica+Bryan for the last 4 months, and this weekend we finally got to see the beautiful results come to fruition at their beach wedding! Full-Service weddings are fun for me, because we get to start with scratch, and for Jessica+Bryan a huge part of their wedding was finding the perfect locations! They wanted to be near the lake and celebrate outdoors with their closest friends and family! The ceremony was held at a local beach in Southwest Michigan and the reception was at The Veranda at the Whitcomb on the bluff in St. Joseph! (check out the picture of the sunset from the Veranda—beautiful!) Jessica wanted every aspect of her wedding to reflect the water and a tropical feeling, from the 3 shades of blue we used in the linens, to the multi-hued blue programs (doubling as fans), to the centerpieces of tropical birds of paradise.
mackcollage3Sand and shells were incorporated throughout the day, from the centerpieces to the sand & shell covered cupcakes! I absolutely loved how natural and bright and fun this wedding was, and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day! Thank you Jess+Bryan for letting us be a part of your special day, and have a wonderful time in Costa Rica!

MORE MICHIGAN WEDDINGS BY STELLA EVENT DESIGN:

Megan+Greg at Mill Creek Barns in Watervliet, Southwest Michigan

Lisa+Bart at the Blue Dress Barn in Millburg, Southwest Michigan

Yana+Brannon at Shadowland Pavilion and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan

Kate+Mitch at Shadowland Pavilion and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan

Stefanie+Jim at Santaniello’s and Weko Beach in Bridgman, Michigan

wedding beauty::mary kay virtual makeover

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I feel a little intimidated at those mall makeup counters.  I always feel like I get pushed towards certain looks and there’s never an opportunity to just try on a bunch of different colors, which is what I really want to do. So if you’re looking for the perfect makeup for your wedding, you may be feeling the same way.

Check out the Mary Kay Virtual Makeover. I had one of those makeover computer programs when I was a kid and they always turned out looking absolutely ridiculous, but I tried this one out myself and it absolutely looks like real makeup—no one would ever know it was computer generated! Just load a picture of yourself (wearing foundation) and you can start trying out new looks. You can even try different up-dos and add accessories to give you that perfect bridal look!

Plus you can order online and there’s a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so if that lipstick doesn’t look as good as you expected, you can always return it or exchange it before your big day!

curtain call::captured in high def

Curtain Call (part 1) from All Star Productions on Vimeo.

In May, we did the first Curtain Call photo shoot! Three great photographers: Leda, Justin & Ben hit the streets, beaches and alleys of Southwest Michigan with a newlywed couple (literally, one week married!) to capture some amazing shots you just couldn’t do on your wedding day. Kim Owen & her son Jordan of All Star Productions came along to capture the fun, and the video they created is amazing & completely sums up this fun experience!

We have a Curtain Call Marathon coming up on August 30th, so if this is something you’re interested in, contact me at jessica@stellaeventdesign.com. The cost is $200 and includes a professional hair stylist, photos in 2 amazing locations and all of your digital negatives (ie. you get a cd of your pictures and print what you want, when you want!)

Kim has another video still in the works to capture the rest of our day, so stay tuned!