COLOR CODED - Choosing Your Wedding Color Palette

COLOR CODED - Choosing Your Wedding Color Palette

Whether it's dusty rose, mauve, yellow, orange or green - this article is filled with inspiration for everything from your wedding ceremony backdrop to your centerpieces. Some of Toledo's top wedding professionals teamed up to showcase unique wedding color palettes and are sharing ideas on how you can include these hues into your own wedding details.

"She's Been Scooped Up" Bridal Shower

"She's Been Scooped Up" Bridal Shower

When it came time to help plan and design Mandy's bridal shower I knew I wanted something colorful and bubbly – just like her personality! I presented a “She's Been Scooped Up” theme to some of the ladies and after seeing their initial reactions we knew this would be the perfect route to go for a theme! The bridal shower was scheduled in April making it the perfect time to work around a pastel color palette.

A Festive 4th of July Outdoor Engagement Party

A Festive 4th of July Outdoor Engagement Party

Red, white and you! There are major patriotic vibes happening at this outdoor engagement party. This couple wanted their celebration to be reflective of the special family memories close to their hearts, specifically those of their favorite summer holiday. The occasion called for two decorated photo walls and was brought to life with bright flowers, a deliciously fresh menu, and an American classic: a snow cone machine! All of these personal details made the engagement party on the 4th of July a night the bride and groom will never forget.

Celebrate Galentine's Day with a Good Old-Fashioned Slumber Party

If you celebrate Valentine’s Day at all than you’d probably agree that the holiday is about more than just the love of your partner, it’s also the perfect opportunity to celebrate your best friends, sisters, pets, parents, and anyone you care about. It’s a fun opportunity to spoil those people you love with something a little extra sweet. This is exactly what we had in mind when we put together a Galentine’s Sleepover - except until like when we were ten - this version is filled with bubbly!

As always, AC Photography captured every detail so beautifully.

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Details are important with any party but the best thing about hosting a girls night in is that your friends are going to love anything you have planned. After all, that’s why your best friends to begin with - right?! We kept it simple with a selection of Rom-Coms (although truth be told - we ended up watching true crime documentaries instead!), popcorn, and a Nail Polish station.

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Chantel at Glass City Cupcakes whipped up the most adorable assortment of sugar cookies that were perfect for our sleepover theme this Valentine’s Day. Some resemble glasses of bubbly while others featured a fun play on the Netflix logo by using Chick Flicks in it’s place.


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As you can see, our miniature Goldendoodle Brody gets to enjoy all of the perks of any party we’re hosting at our house.

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday to break the rules with a little dessert before dinner but it’s always a nice gesture to offer your guests something a little more substantial. Charcuterie boards were pre-set on the tables and paired with Red Wine Mules.

We styled our eat-in kitchen area with an assortment of balloons and a tablescape featuring florals from Hafner Florist.

Most of the items pictured below were picked up from our local Homegoods store. If pink plates and champagne coupes aren’t something you’d use often in your home - be sure to hit up the After Valentine’s Day Sales this year so you’ll have them stocked up ahead of next season. With the low prices you’re sure to get, you won’t have to feel bad if you end up only pulling them out to use once or twice a year.


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Cyndi wasn’t lying when she said Girls Just Want To Have Fun. Whether it’s Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or any other holiday or not - having a girls night in was fun when we were younger and it can be just as fun now. Drinking champagne in your jammies and vegging out while you relax with your girlfriends is just got for the soul. I hope you enjoyed all of the details from this good old-fashioned slumber party.

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Feminine Friendsgiving + Wine Tasting Party

As Seen In: Mingle Magazine (holiday edition - 2018) available for sale at Barnes and Noble

Featured online by Inspired By This

If you get as excited for the holiday season as I do then you will love this wine-tasting backyard Friendsgiving party filled with feminine details. Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones and give thanks, and a Friendsgiving party is the perfect excuse to do so on more than one occasion and for a more casual get together with your girlfriends. I was inspired to start planning an intimate party for my friends where we could congregate and celebrate our friendships as well as our favorite season. With the Autumn leaves beginning to change color, I knew a backyard soirée was the way to go.

The foundation of the décor was a color palette which included an assortment of pinks, creams, oranges, and burgundy’s. I felt this was the perfect non-traditional mix of colors to set the scene for this Autumn party. One of my favorite features was a custom-built wine tasting display with curated wines from Martha Stewart Wine Co. The contrasting shades of wine against the white board was strikingly beautiful and lent itself perfectly to the party’s color palette.

Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Celebration by Event Prep Photographer by Amanda Collins Photography

Written By: IBT Girls

“Any party that greets us with a glass of wine gets an A+ in our book! But seriously, how great is this custom display bearing wines of different colored varietals; red, white, rosé! Guests could take their pick as they entered this feminine Friendsgiving and wine tasting in one. After all, what’s Friendsgiving without wine? So wine-not combine them in a creative way. And when we say creative, we mean it. The Event Prep designed the backyard dinner beautifully with seasonal florals, a cozy lounge to sit at-complete with a fringe chandelier hanging from a tree-and a decadent dessert bar. It surely was a treat to all who attended, and to all of us who can draw from it inspiration for our own Friendsgivings!”

Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep
Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep
Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep
Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep
Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep
Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep
Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep
Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep

An array of charcuterie boards were paired with different wine samples from the wine tasting display that sat atop a vintage dresser and was draped with a cozy fall blanket. The wine glasses had custom labels on the front to let guest knows which type of wine they’d be sampling. If a guest was interested in trying a wider selection- we also had wine flights available on wood paddles in the most darling miniature wine glasses. The custom wine glasses were created using a Cricut via Michaels.

Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep
Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep
Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep
Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep
Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep
Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep
Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep
Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep
Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep
Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep
Feminine Friendsgiving and Wine Tasting Party by The Event Prep

Industrial Chic Styled Shoot Featured on Glittery Bride

Industrial Chic Styled Shoot Featured on Glittery Bride

This industrial chic inspired wedding shoot took place in ‘The Armory’ – one of the City’s newest wedding venues on the top floor and rooftop of The Fleetwood Building, part of “Hensville” in downtown, Toledo’s Warehouse District. This venue is complete with brick walls, industrial chandeliers and a panoramic view overlooking the nationally recognized Fifth Third Field home of the Toledo Mudhens.

The natural light pouring into the The Armory made a romantic glow upon the greenery and floral’s spread throughout the room. Our Bride’s lace A-Line Essence of Australia gown brought together the soft elegance with the industrial ambiance. The guest tables were complete with varying floral centerpieces, gold chargers, subtle succulents and garden roses. The head table was dressed with a lace table runner complimented by green garland and succulents. Near a corner window, overlooking Toledo’s iconic Anthony Wayne Bridge, beautiful natural light blanketed an antique dresser covered in a delicious display of cupcakes and a 3 tier serenity blue cake.

On the rooftop deck, overlooking the stadium, was a perfectly placed floral arch surrounded by gold chiavari chairs and a stunning view of the skyline against the Maumee River. It is a perfect place for a ceremony! - Glittery Bride

Kurt & Elicia Seeley's Wedding - Sneak Peek Photos Courtesy of Brittany Sidwell Photography

Kurt & Elicia Seeley's Wedding - Sneak Peek Photos Courtesy of Brittany Sidwell Photography

This past weekend I had the joy of working with Elicia and Kurt Seeley for their wedding at So Serene in Wapakoneta, Ohio. The wedding was filled with so many personal details, heartfelt moments, and the most obvious amount of love shared between our bride and groom.  Their photographer, Brittany Sidwell Photography, has blessed us with some sneak peeks and I just couldn't wait to share!  I'll be sure to share more when the full gallery is complete. In the mean time- enjoy all of these swoon worthy details! Wedding Coordination - Cassandra Clair of Event Prep

A Stylish Fourth of July Celebration

A Stylish Fourth of July Celebration

Why would we veer from tradition when a Fourth of July BBQ is the perfect way to celebration our nation’s independence?! Especially when it can look as good as this one! Cassandra Clair of The Event Prep went above and beyond for her gathering, but in a way that is ultra easy to recreate for your own celebration! With festive cocktail recipes like Peach Kombucha Sangria and Rosemary Lemonade, plus a Bourbon Float to boot, you’ll be singing this party’s praises all summer long. And don’t forget to whip up these patriotic popsicles while you’re at it! - As Seen On Inspired By This

A Charming Fourth of July Party

A Charming Fourth of July Party

As Seen On Black Twine and Featured in the Summer Edition of MINGLE Magazine.

Maybe we don’t always put too much thought into it, but The Fourth of July is truly a unique holiday. All in one, we give thanks for our independence, we honor those who fought and continue to fight for our freedom and we celebrate a future in which our children can grow up, freely follow their hearts and boldly chase their dreams. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow represented all at once. With that as my inspiration, I set out to plan a party that captures the timelessness and charm of the holiday. What better place to start than my own backyard!

Now, having a backyard celebration doesn’t mean you’re beholden to hot dogs and paper plates. For this party design, my goal was to combine feminine elegance with vintage Americana to create a timeless sophisticated look that can easily be recreated by any host or hostess. 

Chicas De Mayo - Inspiration for the Perfect Fiesta Bridal Shower or Soiree!

Chicas De Mayo - Inspiration for the Perfect Fiesta Bridal Shower or Soiree!

There are few things I love more than a dining al fresco and enjoying a few cocktails with your besties. Here in the Midwest, Cinco De Mayo seems to always signal the break of wintery weather, and believe me, it’s cause for celebration! 

Colorful florals and a beautiful tablescape helped to create a bridal shower that was both festive and elegant.  Traditional Mexican Talavera Tiles served as the main source of inspiration for the design of this party and similar prints  were incorporated throughout the stationary suite, photo booth and drool worthy dessert display.