Laura + Zach

October 14

I have known Laura’s family for many years (and even had the privilege of helping her older sister Elizabeth with her wedding), so you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to help plan Laura’s wedding. Laura is such a warm and gracious person, one of those people you just want to do anything and everything for. She was an absolute joy to work with because she appreciated every small detail that I showed her, was open to so many ideas, but also knew what she liked.

Zach and Laura were with married on a cool autumn day in October at her home church. Even with a wedding day weather forecast of rain and thunderstorms, you would never have known the skies were gray given both of their excited, happy and unfazed demeanors. After the ceremony the rain did stop for a few hours, giving the wedding party time to gallivant around Holmdene Manor and Downtown Grand Rapids before they had to arrive at the beautiful Ballroom at McKay Tower to greet guests. Instead of the traditional receiving line after the ceremony or going from table to table at the reception, Laura and Zach incorporated a different way to greet their guests. All four parents were there in the foyer to greet guests the moment they reached the ballroom. Once inside the ballroom, Laura and Zach spent a few minutes with each guest, greeting and hugging him/her, making sure each guest felt special and appreciated. It was the sweetest thing ever and so inline with the character of Zach and Laura.

A color palette of soft pinks and peaches were accented with dusty gray blues and ivory. We brought in gold and silver tones, which kept things interesting, but still remaining polished eclectic.

During the spring and summer months I normally have a full garden to cut from, but by October there is less to work with. Thankfully, I was still able to use dahlia, zinnias, sedum and tons of foraged greenery, giving her flowers a romantic and whimsical style.

We had a custom monogram designed that we incorporated in the hand letterpress invitations and the place cards.

With a grand ballroom backdrop, the family style meal created a warm and intimate atmosphere, starting the flow of comfortable conversation and giving guests a chance to talk and interact. The rocking dueling pianos made sure the dance floor was full all night.

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Ceremony | Thornapple Covenant Church
Reception Venue | The Ballroom at McKay
Design, Planning & Coordination | JS Weddings & Events
Photographer | Kate Morrow
Floral Designer | JS Weddings & Events
Hair + Makeup | Tanaz
Catering | Kangaroo Kitchen
Bakery | Cakabakery
Paper Goods | Freshly Squeezed
Band | Main Street Dueling Pianos
Shuttle | Affordable Limo

Sarah + Matt

January 28

Winter weddings and the couples that get married during these months are quickly becoming my favorite. I think there is some something so special about a couple that gets married during, what many consider, the coldest and dreariest part of the year (at least for us folks in Michigan). While many couples choose to get married when the weather is warm and when nature is in its full colorful glory, what many don’t realize is that the winter holds its own glorious beauty. Fresh fallen snow covering the ground, the glistening of frost on the trees, and the chill that fills the air. It takes a special couple to realize that winter is a magical time to get married.

Enter Sarah and Matt. These two were amazing. They truly were so much fun to work with when it came to planning the details of their wedding. They knew what was important to them and what they wanted. When it came to the design, Sarah gave me her style: industrial rustic glam. With a color palette of navy blue, gold and white, we played up the glam factor but still kept things modern and classic. Sarah gave me free range with the flowers, so I got to play with some wonderful flowers that I don’t normally get to design with. I’m still dying over those feathery fringed tulips and dramatic anemone.

Add in some glam with sequins, some custom suits designed by the Bride, and a killer band, you have a fabulous winter wedding.

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Ceremony | City Flats Holland
Reception Venue | Baker Loft Events
Design, Planning & Coordination | JS Weddings & Events
Photographer | The MittenTog
Floral Designer | JS Weddings & Events
Hair + Makeup | Pomp & Artistry
Bridesmaids Dresses | Rent The Runway
Suits | Trunk Club
Ceremony + Reception Musicians | Brena Band
Officiant | Friend
Catering | Gilmore Collection
Bakery | Sprinkles Donut Shop
Shuttle | Affordable Limo
Rentals | Special Occasions

Strawberry Rosé Sangria

At the beginning of July I had the pleasure of throwing my best friend (and fellow employee) an engagement party for her and her fiancé. More about that event in a later post, I promise. One of the drinks I served was quite a hit and it seemed perfect to share with you for when you need something to sip on during these hot summer days.

JS Weddings and Events, a Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer. A refreshing drink for those warm summer days. Strawberry Rose Sangria.

Strawberry Rosé Sangria

Ingredients:
1 (750 ml) bottle rosé wine
1 cup strawberry vodka
1 ½ cups citrus soda (I really like Fresca)
1 cup pink grapefruit juice
10 fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

Instructions:
1. In a large pitcher, combine wine, vodka, juice, and half of the strawberries.
2. Refrigerate for an hour (can be refrigerated for up to 6).
3. Just before serving, add the soda, the rest of strawberries, and stir gently.
4. Serve over ice with strawberry garnish.

Yields: 1 Gallon

For a printable PDF, click here

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Amy and Logan

August 24, 2016

There’s something about vaulted cathedral ceilings and romantic city ballrooms. From a Cathedral’s tolling bells high in their towers, to the resounding pipe organs echoing through the sanctuary, to a ballroom’s grand marble staircase, to the ornate panels and moldings with magnificent columns… I was made for these kind of architectural details.

It’s not every day that a friend hires you to help plan her wedding and design her flowers, but when Amy asked me for my help, I as beyond honored and immediately on board! I feel like I have been friends with Amy for decades, but in truth, we’ve only been friends for a little over 6 years. She’s just one of those people that is full of warmth, kindness, and nonstop laughter and makes you feel welcomed the moment you meet her.

For those of you that don’t know this, Amy is an incredibly talented graphic designer. She works for a small firm in Chicago but she also does freelance work. She has impeccable style and taste, so you can imagine my excitement to see what she would design for her invitations and paper goods.

With in a chic and modern color palette, and lush and romantic blooms, and details only a designer would plan, you have a gorgeous downtown Grand Rapids city wedding.

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CeremonyVenue | Cathedral of St. Andrew
Reception Venue | City Flats Ballroom
Design, Planning & Coordination | JS Weddings & Events
Photographer | Jamie Geysbeek
Floral Designer | JS Weddings & Events
Hair + Makeup | Parlour at City Flats
DJ | Jon Vredenburg
Transportation | GR Trolley Co
Paper Goods | AEO Design
Bakery | The Cakabakery

Spring Has Sprung

Spring is here and I could not be more ready for it. Winter in Michigan is always tough for me: the wedding season is over and I seem to wilt without the sunshine. Thankfully, this year I got go on a few international sunny holidays and I had a January wedding to keep me focused on a task. That being said, I am so glad that spring has arrived. I’ve been spending more time outside, soaking in the sunshine, and getting my hands dirty. This will be the second year that I will be transforming more of the garden into a cutting garden, and I’m eager to start digging. Since the last frost has not yet come and gone, it means I can really only clean up the beds and cut back old growth. But guys, the time is coming and I can not wait to show you what is in the works over here! Until then, here is what’s popping up so far!

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