5.17.2011

FROM RUNWAY TO ROOM TO TABLETOP

FROM RUNWAY TO ROOM TO TABLETOP

While looking for design inspiration I often go back to my roots, interior design. A lot of trends in the event planning field evolve from trends found within the interior design and fashion industry. I am one who loves color, textiles and fashion! The best part of my job is when I can infuse elements from interiors and fashion into my special events.

While searching for fresh new blogs to follow I came across 2 different blogs written by 2 very talented and lovey ladies Erin from elements of style and For the love of design by Kelly Moore. I loved their segment from runway to room and from runway to tabletop so much that I've decided they were too good not share and have decided to mesh the two together so that you can see the original inspiration translated into 2 different mediums. Who knows maybe it will inspire you too :)


Fun Stripe from Marc Jacobs







4.28.2011

Ideas for a Royal Wedding Party from Elite Events

The Royal Wedding final Countdown

Almost 2,000 guests will file into Westminster Abbey tomorrow, to witness the marriage of
Price William to Miss. Catherine Middleton

In honor and preparation of this grandiose event we were asked by our favorite local news station NBC24 to come in and Share with them some of our "Elite" tips on
How to host a Royally Elegant Event

We were honored and beyond excited to share our ideas!

The 3 points that we discussed:
  1. How to Look like Royalty
  2. How to feel like Royalty
  3. How to treat your guests like Royalty
Please view the live taping below





1. How to look like Royalty!

One of the most discussed parts of any royal wedding is what exactly everyone will be wearing on their heads. Bridal Hats are the newest craze. The Bridal hats featured today were from Atlas Bridal. They provide a vgreat selection of headpieces to choose from. In spirit of the "Royal Wedding" we opted to feature a few Fascinators one that incorporated Flowers, Feathers and tulle. Depending on your personal style you can choose anything from a less is more approach with a simple feather and cageveil like what was shown on the segment or really make a statement with a large hat.

  • Hats aren’t just for the brides, guests can wear them too. The vintage piece that Kelly Heibreder was wearing was a fabulous vintage piece that we picked up from the Maumee Antique Mall


2. How to Feel like Royalty

A great way to really feel like a princess on your big day is to appointment a Lady in Waiting, which is a female personal assistant at a noble court, attending to a queen, a princess or other noblewoman. Because you want your closest friends and family to be relaxed and enjoy the days events we recommend hiring a wedding coordinator.

  • At Elite Events as part of our Day of Coordination Service we provide you with a “Lady in Waiting” Where one of us will stand by you as you get ready for your “big day”
  • We always come armed with our emergency kit, which can include anything from breath mints, to a sewing kit, a steamer down to dress socks. As well as tons of invaluable experience in the wedding industry.

3. Lastly and most importantly you want to treat your guests like royalty

What we created is a youthful take on what a royal wedding or event could look like.


We opted for a sapphire blue and gold color scheme pulling inspiration from the blue in kates ring and the gold that is used predominantly thought out buckham palace.
  1. Utilizing elegant linens and chair covers is a great way to set the tone for any event. The gorgeous linens and chair cover we displayed were provided to us by our friends at Wildflowerlinens.
  2. Bring in Fresh Flowers and create a STATEMENT centerpiece. The beautiful arrangement shown on todays news segment was created by our friends at Bartz Viviano. Ann does such an amazing job! What I loved about this particular piece is that it added just a bit of drama to our table scape still while appearing very ROYAL!
  3. DETAILS, DETAILS DETAILS!
    No matter how large or small of a gathering you have, it is the little details that help unify and differentiate your event.
  • For this particular occasion I custom designed Menu cards that coordinated with the "Royal Invitation" they can be placed at each place setting allowing each guest to know exactly what is going to be on the menu.
  • Keep in Mind the menu should look just as good as that 7 course meal will taste
  • How you display your napkin is another way you can be creative! We opted to use a fun napkin ring that was custom designed exclusively for Wildflower Linens to look exactly like Kate's engagement ring. How fun are they!!!! ( I wonder if her's is as big as the napkin ring? They did say it is a 18k Sapphire!
  • The final details to a regal place setting are your chargers and fine china. What I love about the ones shown below is that they work beautifully with the gold accents that we have thought-out our setting. This particular china was rented from Meredith Party Rentals.
After the news segment we headed downtown to The Toledo Club were we set our Royal Table for a Photoshoot with the fabulous Mary Wyar. The Toledo Club was the PERFECT setting for this ROYAL Table Scape, and Mary captured it's beauty wonderfully! These Photos are breathtaking!







A VERY special Thank you to all of my FABULOUS vendors that I am so lucky to work with on a regular basis.

Venue: The Toledo Club (Thanks Jenn)
Photographer: Mary Wyar
Flowers: Bartz Viviano (Special thanks to Ann, who always goes above and beyond! You are a creative genius)
Linens, napkins, napkin rings and chair covers: WildFlower Linens
Chairs: Central Park West
Chargers, China and Flatware: Meredith Party Rentals ( a special thanks to Michelle who actually let me use her own personal gold flatware set)
Crystal Glasses: A special Thank you to Karen Kerekes for allowing us to use her own personal and gorgeous crystal glasses.
Invitation, Menu, and table number: Designed by "yours truly" Nikki @ Elite Events
Bridal Facinator shown in picture is from Atlas Bridal and worn by our very own Kati Kerekes.

And a special Thanks To Kati for assisting me in pulling this concept on paper together to a beautiful reality!

And special thank you to the crew at NBC24 for inspiring us with this creation!


xoxooxox
Nikki


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4.18.2011

Spring accessories

Etsy Find Linden Lovebirds Handmade Shoe Clips

Do you have Spring fever yet? Check out these adorable handmade shoe clips by Etsy store Linden Lovebirds. Perfect addition to your wedding day shoes. They come in lots of colors to match your wedding day palette. Not only for you but great for your bridal party. A sweet stylish touch, these handmade wedding shoe clips are for sure the perfect accessory.

©2011 Linden Lovebirds

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4.14.2011

Classy County Venue

This past Sunday we had the pleasure of Accompanying Katie and David one of our fabulous couples on a site tour of their venue County Line Orchard. County Line is located in Hobart Indiana roughly 45 minutes outside of Chicago. This picturesque setting is the perfect backdrop for Katie and David's Classy Country wedding. I took a few pictures during our visit, I hope you enjoy!

Photography by Elite Events

Image 1: Tractor Pulled Wagon to transport guests to the ceremony site
Image 2: Within this beautiful Silo is the Bridal suite, (which has a balcony) and on the lower level, it is used as the main bar for events.
Image 3: View of the beautiful Chandelier in the bridal suite
Image 4: The beautiful ceremony site located in between the Orchards nestled within a cozy field
Image 5: Apple Orchard
Image 6: The backside of the Barn
Image 7: The bridal Suite located inside of the silo


I cant wait until July, this is going to be one FUN wedding!

xoxoxox
Nikki

4.06.2011

Bridal Showers: 10 Bridal Shower Ideas WE LOVE!

1. Send funky bridal shower invites

Skip the Evite for something with more panache. We love these ultra-modern pictogram


2. Make your own perfume bar

You read right -- set up a bar of oils and pretty perfume bottles so guests can craft their own signature scent! You can actually buy DIY perfume bar kits with customizable scent options and full instructions online


3. Set up a frozen yogurt buffet

Forget cupcakes. Rent a frozen yogurt machine and set out a buffet of fixings, from candies to cereal to fresh chopped fruit, for a shower dessert that’s delicious to eat and fun to create.



4. Create a colorful juice stand

Mimosas are tasty, but a whole bar of cocktails is a treat for the eyes and the taste buds. Set up a bevy of colorful beverages in vintage glass decanters. Stock them with fresh fruit and create small hanging signs to label each flavor.



5. Give out themed totes

Give your girls a gift they’ll actually use! Canvas totes are stylish and practical -- stuff them with extras that fit the party theme (think: bottles of wine, flower seed packets, or beach towels). You can even have them monogrammed in The Knot Shop.



6. Cheese up the menu

We're so over dainty tea sandwiches and petit fours. Consider filling up your menu with fondue and all the extras for dipping. Toothpick labels and a cute “Cheese Please!” sign will add to the fun.


7. Gift wrap the favors

Even if the take-away is something simple like cookies, dress them up by gift wrapping favors and arranging them at each place setting. Bonus: This simple touch makes for instant decor.



8. Play lawn games

Yes, toilet paper bride and bridal bingo are classics, but that doesn't mean they have to make an appearance. Instead, get physical with active party games like croquet, lawn darts, or badminton.


9. Add pretty hanging decor

Lose the stuffy floral centerpieces in favor of whimsical hanging decorations. Dress up the space with ribbon streamers, paper hearts, homemade banners, or fabric pennants.


10. Accessorize with stylish bridal shower labels

Instead of boring pink cups, trick out your party goods with pretty personalized labels. Stick 'em on everything from the wine bottles to the favor boxes. You can even create custom drink stirrers by wrapping two around a wooden stirrer or straw.








3.30.2011

McCall & Ben


Back in January I had the sincere pleasure of attending one of my closest friends wedding in Charleston, SC. McCall and I met back in 2006 when we both moved to California. McCall actually attended The Southern California Institute of Architecture with my husband. We decided to catch a movie one night together downtown, and the rest is history! We have been very close friends ever sense. McCall is the sweetest and most loving person I know. She is a incredible friend and I am so lucky to have her in my life. I cannot tell you how much joy it brings me to see her so happy. McCall and Bens wedding took place on Sullivan's Island at the Church of the Holy Cross. It was a beautiful intimate ceremony and reception.

Below are some detail photos that I was able to take. This was a first time ever visiting SC, and needless to say it was just as beautiful as McCall described.





Professional images courtesy of : B. Mullinax Photography