Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Just received a few more photos from Jen Kroll Photography this afternoon. Thought I would share a few more details with you. Enjoy :)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
As promised, Jen of Jen Kroll Photography sent me some amazing photos from Saturday's wedding. It was an amazing day and I promise to give you a more detailed play-by-play in the next post. But, I must go to bed because I have a very early client meeting in the morning. So, I'll leave you with these amazing shots...
I'm so anxious to share photos of Saturday's wedding with you! Though the weather didn't cooperate, the evening was simply magical!
Jen Kroll just sent me an email to tell me to expect some lovely detail shots in my inbox this evening. I simply can't wait!
Do stay tuned!
I'm thrilled to announce that I have a new assistant! Jill has joined our staff and will have the ever-so-challenging task of keeping me organized and the office running smoothly.
Jill is a recent graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in fashion and textile design. Not only will she help put out the daily fires, she'll also be responsible for our design and concept boards since she's the only one in the office that can draw :) I'm thrilled to have someone on staff who can do that for us now!
Not only are we expanding our staff, but we've also just signed a lease on a new storage facility for all of our wares! CPA is thrilled at the thought of using the garage for its intended purpose again. And quite frankly, so am I.
Interested in some holiday party ideas? Then you'll have to check out this magazine. I was interviewed for an article entitled, 36 Perfect Holiday Party Ideas
Michigan Meetings + Events is a great publication. And if you're an event planner or aspiring event planner, you'll want to be sure to subscribe. The best part is that it's free.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
It's going to be a busy week in the office. Our beautiful bride, Liz, is getting married on Saturday and I can't wait to post photos of this amazing wedding and all of it's equally amazing details. The six page schedule of events is complete and after some fine tuning of the guest list and assigned seating we'll be ready to rock-n-roll.
We'll also be updating the website this week so do stay tuned! I'll be sure to post when the changes have been made. The new photos are spectacular and I can't wait for you to see them.
I'm also excited to report that we've hired a new accountant! Nicole will begin after Labor Day and we're all so excited. Though my dear husband is a darn good CPA (don't worry, I'll still continue to refer to him as such on the blog :) he's tired of working as the finance manager for a multi-million dollar company all day long and coming home to face the books of In Any Event at night. Can't say I blame him in the least. So, since I don't claim to be a worthy candidate for the job, we decided it would be best to hire an accountant to handle the day-to-day billing and bank reconciliation. As I've said, in the words of Martha Stewart, 'It's a good thing.'
Have a wonderful week!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Last week I told you about the great promo running at Bella Figura and how I was able to help. I also told you about the contest I was running to win the invitation pack I curated. Three people left comments and I've decided all three will receive the pack of invites! The winners are Aletha of Pearls Events, Holly of Holly Henderson Photography and Dawn of LaStoria Foto.
Incidentally, Dawn and her husband Bob own LaStoria Foto based in Chicago. We both have a dear friend in common, Jen Kroll. Bob is a world renowned photographer and just last year traveled to Paris to shoot the wedding of Eva Longoria and Tony Parker. I have heard the most amazing things about Bob and Dawn from Jen and I can't wait to meet both of them when Bob second shoots for Jen at a wedding In Any Event is producing this fall.
Thanks for commenting ladies! Your invitations are on the way!
Way to rock that new camera, Jen! Love you dear!
Allow me to introduce you to Resource One by Roberta Karsch , my favorite linen rental company. Their couture linens are simply fabulous. Their designs are cutting-edge and the materials they use are like none I've ever seen.
I've been using Resource One a lot lately. In part because their product is so unique which allows me to offer my clients the unexpected. They use a lot of trim, beading, fur, feathers, and pailettes on their linens. Their color pairings are scrumptious and the chair treatments they offer are unbelievable!
If you haven't heard of Resource One before, you just have to check their stuff out. I can't say they're the most economical linen company so be prepared to pay for the unique and cutting-edge designs. But I promise, it will be worth it!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Yours truly is featured on The Smart Planner today. How fun is that! About a month ago, Liene, owner of The Smart Planner, contacted me to see if I'd be willing to be profiled in her weekly, Meet the Planners, series. What an honor!
This amazing blog is dedicated to helping event planners grow and develop their businesses. Topics range from helpful hints to best practices to profiles of those who subscribe to her series. Her posts are insightful, thought provoking and motivational!
Thanks for asking me to participate, Liene!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Just wanted to give a quick 'Shout Out' to Alicia over at A Day in May. Alicia recently launched an event planning firm and in my opinion is a rising star! Alicia lives and works in the Traverse City area. She's got a background in art which will translate into strong event design. I've had a number of opportunities to talk to Alicia about the business and what her visions and dreams are. So much of what we want for our businesses are the same. Hence, the instant connection.
Alicia, best wishes to you as you pursue your dreams! Great work on the website and the blog!
Great news! The new walkie- talkies arrived today. My kids think they've hit the jack-pot and now have four new toys to play with. Little do they know not only will they never touch these things, I nearly spent their entire inheritance on them! Well, it wasn't that bad but good gracious I nearly had a heart attack when the bill arrived! Someone's making a whole lot of $$$ on these little technological wonders!
Monday, August 4, 2008
When I work with clients on color and color scheme, I often refer to my Pantone guide for inspiration. If you're wondering what a Pantone guide is, let me tell you. In simple terms, Pantone is a color system for selecting, specifying, and controlling color.
Friday, August 1, 2008
I love great gifts. I like to get them but I love to give them! So I got to thinking one day. What can I give my brides and their bridesmaids that will be pretty and practical at the same time? Then it dawned on me, what about a custom bag by my dear, dear, friend Jen of Handbags! That way the girls will all have something pretty to schlep their stuff in!
So, I called Jen one afternoon and asked her to design a bag for In Any Event that can be customized to each bride's color palette.
Jen rose to the occasion and designed an amazing bag for me!
Just yesterday I was reading Jen's blog and noticed she had posted a sneak peek at the August bride's bag. Aren't the fabrics fantastic? I always have the bride's new initials monogrammed on her bag so that it's a little different then her maids. This bag is still 'under-construction' (no strap, yet) but when they're all done, I'll have Jen take a photo and post the finished product.
Thanks for the beauitful bags, Jen. My brides love them and I can't wait to give these beauties away in August!
In my search for the perfect wax seal for a client, I happened upon this great company. And I just had to share this new find with you. Wax Works has perfected a faux-wax seal that is self-adhesive (!), doesn't crack like traditional wax and can be placed on the outside of an envelope and still mailed! That just makes me want to smile!
This seal comes in so many colors and styles and can even be customized to fit a specific theme. And the best part is you can get many of them for under $1 each. In the words of Martha Stewart, "That's a good thing."