One of our favorite parts of the party planning process is getting to know the couple’s story and getting to infuse those details into the celebration. For our Artful Engagement Party at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, our couple had a beloved dog that we just had to incorporate into the design.
Images via Kelly Sweet Photography
Fleur Detroit created these beautiful floral dogs for the occasion. They were inspired by the designs of Preston Bailey and were an instant hit with the guests! A thoughtful personal detail with a unique design treatment that creates a talking point (and photo opportunity!) is always a hit in our book.
There is something so chic about winter weddings! We love how the deeper color palettes contrast so beautifully with the crisp white of the falling snow. This season we are particularly loving deep red, aubergine accents, rich pattern and texture, and metallic accents. These elements paired with a magical winter setting are absolutely stunning. Now that the winter season and holiday parties are in full swing, here are a few of our favorite winter styles!
As a bride, you can never go wrong with Oscar de la Renta. We love the “Hope” gown from the Fall 2017 collection – a white sleeveless v neck silk mikado trumpet gown with satin bow detail. Because this dress is sleeveless we suggest purchasing a silk wrap or (faux) fur cover up…this will be especially useful for outdoor photos and departing the party at the end of the evening. You might also consider a gown that features a cape like the Oscar Hensley gown. Just look at the detail of the White and silver jewel neck trellis embroidered tulle hi-low cape! This style is incredibly chic and would photograph beautifully in a picturesque snowy landscape. A long sleeve lace gown is timeless and will never go out of style. This one is truly a stunner! Can you tell we adore this entire collection?!
In the winter months, we of course recommend having your wedding party wear long dresses. The Henrietta Dress from BHLDN would be stunning for the bridesmaids. The deep Oxblood color is perfect for the snowy season and would look divine beside the crisp white of your bridal gown. Plus the style is super flattering with the billowy sleeves and waist defining sash.
The gentleman will look incredibly dapper in a slim fit suit with great fabric and expert tailoring. This Burberry Jacket in a silk woven Jacquard would be a great option paired with a classic white shirt and a classic slim tie. Don’t forget comfortable (and stylish!) dress shoes, cool cuff links and a great boutonniere with a pop of red floral or greenery.
Instead of the standard white dress for your flower girl, we love this cap sleeved striped design embellished with ruby red roses at the waist! Pair with tights, scalloped flats and a wintery floral crown, and she will truly feel special as she walks down the aisle. If you are taking outdoor photos, help the girls stay warm with an adorable furry stole or wrap!
Last but most certainly not least, if you are searching for something to wear for a dear friend or family members wedding, we recommend a dress with an interesting pattern like this wintery floral design. This dress from Lela Rose would be fabulous! (Lela offers some of the best styles for special occasions). If you are looking for a floor length gown or long sleeve option, we love this and this. Don’t forget a great clutch to hold all of your essentials throughout the evening.
Alicia recently shared her top wedding planning tips in The Knot Michigan’s Fall/Winter 2016 issue! (Perfect timing now that is engagement season!) Click here to read the full “Ask the Expert” Q&A. From planning an event on a tight timeline or budget, to her favorite moment at a wedding, Alicia’s advice will help you plan your dream day!
Can you believe December is here?! We love this time of year as the magic of the holiday season begins to fill the air. We are anxiously awaiting another snowfall here in Northern Michigan but meanwhile we will be daydreaming of winter weddings in picturesque locales. Here are a few of our favorite winter destinations!
Image via Robin Proctor Photography
The Little Nell, the acclaimed five star and five diamond ski resort in Aspen, would make the perfect backdrop for winter nuptials! It is the only hotel with ski-in, ski-out access to Aspen Mountain. Guests can take a gondola ride up the mountain to The Wedding Deck at the property, which many say is the most stunning site for a ceremony in all of Colorado.
Image via Beth Helmstetter Events
Our friends at Beth Helmstetter Events created this gorgeous ceremony at Amangani – the luxury resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Bonus: The skiing here is supposed to be some of the best in the Rockies! You’ll likely want to extend your celebration to encompass the entire weekend so you can plan fun outings to take in the scenery with your loved ones.
Image via Wandermelon
We planned Paula & Matt’s wedding at the Four Seasons Vail and the property was spectacular! (We can’t wait to plan a return trip!) From the pristine mountain views to the lovely accommodations, this location should go on the top of your list if considering a winter destination wedding!
Image via The Ranch at Rock Creek
The Ranch at Rock Creek is a 19th century homestead nestled in the picturesque valley of Philipsburg, Montana. With accommodations ranging from one bedroom suites to five bedroom houses, this historic property offers unique styles of lodging for all of your guests. The ranch is known for hosting luxurious, one of a kind events. You can customize a weekend itinerary filled with guided outdoor activities, delicious meals and merriment! We love the gorgeous sleigh pictured above – perfect for a winter wedding photo op!
Image via Borrowed and Blue
Moving to the East Coast, we are swooning over the Bedford Post Inn. Located in the heart of Westchester County in Bedford New York, this eight-room luxurious inn is intimate and romantic. This setting would be idyllic in the winter months!
Image via Rainbow Room
Last but most certainly not least is the legendary Rainbow Room in NYC (65 stories on top of the the landmark Rockefeller Center!) We love this quintessentially New York venue – perfect for a sophisticated, metropolitan celebration. Just imagine overlooking the city with the snow falling…so dreamy!
To follow up on Caroline & Brian’s feature on Carats & Cake last week, we wanted to give you a behind the scenes look at their wedding weekend in Mullett Lake! It was a gorgeous weekend and we were thrilled to be able to celebrate two beautiful people (inside and out!) as they tied the knot before their loved ones in this special place.
Caroline & Brian’s waterside ceremony space overlooking Mullett Lake sure was stunning!
The Event Theory Team begins to construct the Reception Tent.
Meanwhile, we continue to prep and coordinate with vendors in Oh-mee, our Mobile HQ!
Our world in a nutshell – boxes upon boxes, each filled with decor, candle pieces and chandeliers for the big day! As you can tell we are frequent Amazon Prime users!
Mulletts in Mullett Lake 😉 Plus a visit from ADIM’s littlest event planner…Grady!
Once the tent structure is completed, the perimeter and ceiling draping begins!
Looking across the street from our waterside ceremony space toward Caroline & Brian’s cottage and the reception tent!
Lish and Todd from Event Theory prepare dinner for the dream team after a long day of set up!
Caroline & Brian’s wedding day is here…set up at the ceremony site is under way!
Meanwhile, tables in the dining portion of the tent are dressed with linens and ready to be adorned with floral, candles and place settings.
We adore C&B’s custom napkins. They were pressed and placed at each guest’s seat along with an individual wooden cheese board.
Tana’s brain child – the darling patisserie filled with hundreds of treats from the talented ladies at Bella e Dolce!
Sound Check with Elan Artists!
The chairs are set in the lawn and the greenery accents are placed for the ceremony! The decor was kept rather simple at the ceremony to allow guests to absorb the beauty of the lake and the exchanging of Caroline & Brian’s vows.
The guests have arrived and the ceremony has begun! Our talented documentarians capture the special moment that Caroline & Brian become Mr. and Mrs!
The reception is ready for guests and before we know it the party is in full swing!
Celebrating with both of our lovely Mullett Lake Brides – Caitlin and Caroline! We are so thankful to be a part of the Mullett Lake tradition and creating magic with such wonderful families!
Special thanks to the dream team of vendors who made this day unforgettable!