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Liz+Mark’s wedding was one we will not forget. Liz +Mark came to us after reading an article Liz’s mom read in The Broadripple Gazette about our company.
Liz’s family was relatively new to the area and Liz+Mark were really busy professionals. We were thrilled to join in their wedding planning. Thus began a great friendship and lots of planning time. I love Liz. She is pretty, sooo smart and an IU Hoosier. In fact, unbeknownst to us, Liz’s mom and I attended IU together, lived next door to each other in different sororities and knew the same people. Liz also was a member of her mom’s sorority and shared in our love of Bloomington. Mark is a great guy too. Mark is a FABULOUS baseball player and fan! A graduate of DePauw, we shared stories about his alma mater and baseball. We loved helping Liz+Mark with vendor referral, design of their wedding, all of their invitations and coordination.
Their wedding was held at the United Methodist Church on North Meridian on a sunny afternoon. Prior to the wedding, we “trollied” for pictures with my new friends, “Jesse and Gina, Evansville’s renowned photographers” around town. One of our pictures was at the Eiteljorg under a statue with an umbrella-just for fun. A few raindrops came right after our pose, but we didn’t think a thing about it. The sky began to get gray; just before the wedding. Near the end of the ceremony the weather changed. With no real warning, we needed that umbrella! Rain poured hard and it poured fast.
Everyone was onboard the trolley headed for downtown. We arrived at Union Station. The entire wedding party was dodging the showers to get into the Crowne Plaza/Union Station for the reception. As soon as we arrived all of the lights went out. No problem, we had LOTS of beautiful candles burning and were ready for the guests. Soon the Crowne had the lights were back on, the music was playing and lots of laughter filled the room. It became a perfe
Later we were looking out the windows at some beautiful downtown city scape with drops of rain glistening like jewels on the windows,thinking about this beautiful couple and their beautiful dayct evening; just like the day had been.
Here are some great tips from one of our best resources www.marthastewartweddings.com
For a Religious Ceremony
Any clergy person who officiates will want the couple’s interests to be deep-seated and to extend beyond the architecture of the church. If the couple practices the same religion and are members of a church or synagogue, then the choice of officiate is probably clear. Someone who is not a member of a church or synagogue can find a clergy person by calling local churches and a religion’s national headquarters for referrals.
What to Ask
During the first meeting with a religious officiate, start by asking questions about his or her approach to the service and what the ceremony will entail — whether there will be a speech or a sermon, and whether the couple can offer input on the subject. Should the couple choose to add some personal touches to the ceremony, such as writing their own vows, they can ask the officiate for suggestions and advice.
Religious Officiate Budget
If either the bride or groom is a member of the congregation, the couple may not need to pay a fee to be married by a clergy person. It is appropriate, however, to give him or her a gift of appreciation and gratitude. For nonmembers, the fee for a religious officiate can range from $100 to $250, especially if there are prenuptial meetings. Payment is expected for all of the officiate’s travel expenses. Sometimes the fee for having the wedding at a house of worship is taken in the form of a donation, which can range from $50 to $1,000. It is customary for the best man to hand over the payment immediately after the ceremony.
For an Interfaith Marriage
Not too long ago, it was nearly impossible to find an ordained officiate to perform an interfaith ceremony. Today, although there are some hurdles, the climate for an interfaith ceremony is much warmer. Many clergy will perform this type of ceremony alone, or with an officiate of another faith. Couples who are met with resistance from within their own religions can turn to a third, more liberal religion, such as the Unitarian Universalist Association, which is supportive of interfaith marriages across any lines, regardless of whether the bride or groom is a member of its church. Some couples choose to celebrate their vows in the tradition of both religions and have two ceremonies, in which case only the date of one and one signature will appear on the official wedding certificate.
For a Civil Ceremony
A nonreligious ceremony can be just as expressive as a religious one. If it has been cleared with the officiate, the couple may write their own vows and incorporate readings, music, and themes into the ceremony. Exactly who qualifies to be a certified officiate varies from state to state, so be sure to check with the local marriage-license bureau for its rules. Some government officials may perform weddings outside government offices, but the rules for this also vary widely, so check with the local government to find out what is permissible.
The cost of having a judge, a county clerk, or another government official perform the ceremony depends on the locality. The fee may vary if the officiate goes to the site, or if the ceremony takes place at a city hall. As for a religious service, it is customary for the best man to hand over payment after the ceremony.
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What’s the best RX prescription for happily ever after? Two doctors falling in love!
What a great experience to work with Drs. Fred and Yelena Makori on their wedding. We first met Yelena and her mother a year prior to the wedding. Yelena and Fred were so busy working on their medical residencies and living apart. It was trying times, but they had one thing to really look forward to; their marriage.
It was so much fun to partner with Yelena and her mom, working from a distance, on a a big day back here in Indy. Regular calls and lots of our coordination services were just the right prescription for this busy bride. We tried to make all of her planning “appointments” easy and get lots done in big “doses”.
We were thrilled to help Yelena not only with the coordination services, but design too. Both the ceremony and reception were held at the Marriott North. Yelena had chosen beautiful white linens and chair covers accented with black satin. We added gold chargers, lots of golden mercury glass candlelight and beautiful pale pink posies for a romantic and elegant look.
We were able to incorporate a lot of personalization into the wedding; especially with Fred’s Kenyan (Africa) background. I so admired Fred and his family. Leaving Kenya and coming to the USA to live and to work had a lot of challenges; not one challenge that Fred nor his family would not overcome. What a story, what a family! <3
We wanted everyone to have a good time. We added spices and flavors to the food, made sure the music was familiar to the guests and fantastic, plus provided a great venue for all those travelling out-of-state and out of county. Our guests loved every minute. The DJ played many unfamiliar tunes to us, but really familiar to our guests. It was fun to hear and feel the beat of the drums as the DJ called out the music that everyone loved to dance to and enjoy- a great prescription. The late night dessert bar was pink and perfect as well. Tiny bites of pastries and cups of fluff lured guests to enjoy one more moment of this grand and unforgettable day.
We are so happy for Yelena and Fred. They made us so very proud of them and we hope we made them so very happy!
Coordination and Design: Kim King Smith Events
Venue: Marriott North http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-rooms/indno-indianapolis-marriott-north/
Stationery: Kim King Smith Events/Carlson Craft
Did you ever wish you were brave enough to go pursue your dream? Maybe a dream that wouldn’t be easy and others claimed was not attainable? Did you ever have a best friend that shared the same dream and wanted more for you than they did for themselves?
This is Jordan+Clark. Two dreamers that had fallen in love, long before they knew it, went throughout high school together, off to college- forget college, and off to NYC! Jordan+ Clark are dreamers and what is great is that they live their dreams and share them with those that they love. Jordan + Clark are brave creative and willing to sacrifice for a dream, a dream to work and succeed. They did and they have.
Jordan+ Clark met during the summer of their 8th grade year. Jordan’s cousin introduced them, they became friends and Jordan+Clark developed a BIG crush. A crush that was bigger than church camp, and middle school days. Their crush led to them to dating throughout high school. Little did Jordan know the second boy she ever kissed would be her husband.
After high school they went on to Purdue University, Lafayette, IN. Jordan was a communications major and Clark is a construction management major, completing his degree. Jordan+Clark had BIG dreams to live in the Big Apple. They wanted to give it a whirl in NYC and they did. It wasn’t easy in NYC. Remember, dreams never are. Prices were high, living conditions were small and the two had to struggle. They knew what they wanted, survived and succeeded.
The hills of Indiana kept calling them home and soon they were back at Purdue to complete their degrees and prepare for the biggest day of their lives; their wedding.
Their wedding couldn’t be the norm. That wasn’t them. It had to be beautiful, romantic and memorable like this couple. We chose Laurel Hall for its history, beauty and magic. What a romantic setting what a great story. Jordan wanted all the femininity of lace and flowers plus candles. She loved sheer pinks and pearls. We loved her decision and made sure everything was just as she wanted. An elegant vintage wedding with all of the timeless, classic details. Jordan’s dress was breathtaking and she looked gorgeous in it. It was designed by Pronovias. Clark’s tuxedo with black bow tie made for an elegant affair. Guests loved the rich woods, stained and leaded glass, plus private gardens of the estate. We loved the intimacy, character and romance of the day.
Funny, how things all happen at once. Jordan could have graduated the day of her wedding and walked for her diploma. She walked for an MRS instead and got the BA in the mail. What a joyous occasion. Two people who had been in love forever were now walking down the aisle to happily ever after.
The runway report is in and lace is the new look! Its intricate beauty has captivated queens and starlets since Queen Victoria, and today it
is making a classy comeback with modern cuts and details. If you are looking for something very romantic and soft, lace is a beautiful material for a timeless wedding. It is ultrafeminine, classic, and romantic. Interested in adding a one of a kind detail to your dress? Lace capelets have the look of old Hollywood glam and can be wornover a lace gown. This little added coverage over a strapless gown is a greatvintage or two-in-one look, especially if you are on a budget! Lace is atimeless material, and some go so far as to makelace the theme of their decor. Check out some of these lace accents!
Our Bride and Groom, Kimberly and Anthony Denning could not have chosen a better
day to express their love; Their October wedding day was a perfect Autumn day with just
the lots of sun and bursts of blue skies. ……At last!
They both had a distinct vision of what they
wanted and we provided it! Anthony and Kimberly chose a ”Fall Sunset” theme with beautiful jewel tones of magenta, amber, coral and plums.
The former military couple met at their sons ballgames. Soon, Anthony became a “winner” with Kimberly. Next, they became engaged and the wedding planning began! After months of planning each detail, their big day finally arrived. What a wonderful group of people to work with! As family and friends gathered together to witness Kimberly and Anthony exchange their vows at University United Methodist Church we were fortunate enough to meet them all and enjoy their many talents. Anthony’s brother, Josh Denning, tours the world as a vocalist and gave an amazing rendition of . Julliard trained keyboardist Dr. Virginia Jefferson and her daughter, NYC entertainment attorney, Ms. Virginia Jefferson offered the ceremony music.
We will NEVER forget Kimberly coming down the aisle to “At Last”. All eyes were on the bride as she walked through the thousands of rose petals, making her way to the altar.
After the ceremony, guests travelled to the Embassy Suites for the reception. The ballroom at the Embassy Suites North was filled with hundreds of different shaped colored vases in the Bride’s palette of magenta, amber, plum, and gold. Kimberly ventured all over Indy to collect the unique and colorful vases that accented the tables. Each of the vases was unique in size and shape- allowing for her vision of a spectacular sunset look. We loved the accents of custom eggplant linens, gold chargers and colored votives glowing throughout the evening.
The dance floor was never empty and once Kimberly changed into her lighter, ’dance ready’ dress, she was in step doing the Electric Slide
with her minister. Dr. Moore’s smooth moves captured everyone on the dance floor, as they followed him step by step- Electric Sliding.
Kimberly, a former US Army Police Officer and her husband,Anthony a former US Air Force Dental Hygienist share a love for good food , and travel. Their goal is to explore the globe together. They are looking forward to travelling all around the world in the upcoming years.
Kimberly and Anthony were married- ”At Last”
Coordination: Kim King Smith, Kim King Smith Events, llc www.kimkingsmithevents.com
Photography: Tony Valainis Photography www.tonyvalainis.com
Floral: Jim Sims, Kim King Smith Events Floral Division www.kimkingsmithevents.com
Venue: Embassy Suites North Hotel www.embassysuites.hilton.com
Church: University United Methodist Church www.uumc.org
Emcee: Mr. Smooth, Jerry Wade DJ Service www.wtlc.com
Cake: Parcha Sweets www.parchasweets.com
Makeup: Make up by Sparkle www.makeupbysparkle.com/
Linens: Party Time Rentals www.partytimerentals.com/
Wedding Gown: Bridal Superstore, Dayton, Ohio
To those of us in the wedding industry, hiring a planner to help with a wedding seems to be common knowledge. It’s only when discussing the topic with family and friends that I realize people sometimes don’t fully grasp the importance of one.
Haven’t we all heard a story or two where something didn’t go right at a wedding? It happens all the time no matter who is in charge, but the key is how those problems are managed. When a planner is not involved, is there someone designated to solve the issue of the caterer setting up in the wrong area? Who is making sure the gifts and cards are being accounted for? Or how about someone to find the cake knife and server when they disappear just minutes before its time to cut the cake? Most of the time the answer is no. Friends and family are left scrambling to solve these mishaps while also trying to enjoy the wedding as guests.
Almost every couple these days is working within a budget, but everyone seems to think they can save on costs by “doing it themselves.” So they will invest in a great photographer to capture the moments and details, a floral designer is hired to make everything look pretty and money is spent on linens, favors and a dessert bar. However, when it comes to getting a professional wedding coordinator to pull together all those details, often times couples decide to skimp on that. A slew of money is spent in planning, but come wedding day, the execution of everything is pawned off on an aunt, family friend, catering manager, or bridesmaid. Paying to bring someone on board who knows what they are doing puts the day at ease no matter the scale of the wedding. Even if there are beautiful decor elements and photos to capture it all, if the bride and groom and their guests didn’t fully enjoy it, that’s what will be remembered.
Don’t forget “you get what you pay for,” and a wedding planner is no exception. Planners that actually service brides as a business and not as a hobby are indispensable and will typically charge a minimum of $2500 depending on wedding location, size, and tasks at hand. Anything less may indicate inexperience. Do the research; check out some of these blogs who have credible vendor directories and list wedding planners all across the US.
Not convinced? Below are accounts from actual brides who didn’t hire the right professionals! Don’t let this happen to someone you love.
1. Transportation nightmare: The shuttle may forget to stop at one of the hotels and leave guests behind before the ceremony is about to start… so now what?
2. Stranded at the altar: The couple may forget to designate someone to cue the musicians to know when the wedding party and bride should walk down the aisle. The groom and guests wait while nothing happens, but the same song plays over and over again.
3. Family Feud: Family members, who are helping run the day, may have a different vision than the bride and groom. With no third party mediator offering an unbiased opinion, the disagreements may escalate leaving the couple less than enthused about their wedding day.
4. Communication Meltdown: The bar tab may exceed the allotted budget, but no one checks in with the bartender so drinks are continuing to be served leaving the newlyweds with an unexpected bill at the end of the night.
5. Budget Blunders: Most couples overspend on their budget and waste a lot of time researching vendors within their price point. Planners are used to working within the confines of a budget, they do it every day. They already know which photographer is going to be in your price range and which caterer will give you the most for your money.
We are absolutely humbled and thrilled to announce that we have been chosen among the nations best wedding professionals to receive a WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award. Wedding Wire is an affiliate of Martha Stewart. The recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Kim King Smith Events stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year. Thank you to our beautiful brides, grooms and their families for giving us the opportunity to serve them. We contribute our successes to the partnerships formed to create a great team of vendors for all of our brides. Our work ethic and dedication to our clients adds tremendous value to our work and we take pride in everything that we do. We could not be more thrilled about this wonderful honor and cannot wait for 2011 to serve our princesses and create even more royal occasions.
This Saturday and Sunday the Perfect Wedding Guide presents its Winter Bridal Show. Held at the historic and grand Scottish Rite, just north of the Circle on Meridian. There is free parking and tickets may be purchased at the door or online at www.indianapolis.perfectweddingguide.com.
This is a great time to vist with wedding professionals and check out the new trends. We are very excited to be a part of this two day show and invite you to join us. Please make sure to stop by our booth and receive a special gift-while supplies last!
Alli and Colin make me smile! They were so happy, so sweet! We were delighted to assist them with their wedding, It was urban chic at its best. Held at the marvelous Mavris Center, it had a lot of urban elements we loved. The loft hosted a very intimate and sweet ceremony, the rooftop a fun and fabulous cocktail hour with the reception being clean lined, urban chic. We won’t forget the lively dancing and laughter, the gorgeous palette of fuchsia, lime and cornflower, the streams of electric blue lights, the dear families and friends or the bright lights of the city shining down on this very special couple.