Friday, October 9, 2015

Old Fashion Vows in Old Town Shawnee

By Lisa; Friday night, October 2, 2015, the turn-of-the century atmosphere of Old Town Shawnee provided a picturesque setting for the exchange of wedding vows between Jennifer Short and Jake DeBrabander.  With clear skies, no wind and sixty-five degrees, it was a picture perfect evening as family and friends gathered around the Old Town Shawnee gazebo to celebrate Jennifer and Jake’s special moment.  With bride’s maids dressed in gorgeous navy dresses, Jennifer made her way down the aisle to be presented for marriage by her father and mother, Bo and Caroline Short.  As Jake’s parents Mike and Mary DeBrabander watched from the front row, even Jake’s one-week old nephew joined the ceremony as the ring-bearer as he was gently carried forward by his father, one of Jake’s groomsmen.

Following a traditional exchange of vows and prayers, Jake and Jennifer shared the first kiss as man and wife and were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. DeBrabander.  From the Old Town Shawnee gazebo, family and friends strolled south through Old Town Shawnee to the town hall for the reception.  Once there, guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres and other treats until the bridal couple was ready to begin the festivities.  After cutting their beautiful three-tiered cake and exchanging toasts, the bride and groom along with the bridal party made their way to the scrumptious buffet prepared by caterer Pam Smith (Catering by Pam).The menu consisted of mouthwatering chicken marsala, succulent smoked brisket, cheesy au gratin potatoes, tender green beans and the always popular cheesy corn.
As the guests were finishing their dinner, it was time to begin the traditional dances.  With Connor from DJ Connections; orchestrating the dance floor, the bride and groom shared their first dance as husband and wife to the tune of Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley.  Afterwards, Jennifer and her father Bo took to the dance floor for the father-daughter dance.  Then it was Jake and Mary’s turn for the mother-son dance.  Then DJ Connor opened the dance floor to all.  The dancing was highlighted by the Anniversary Dance, which finishes with the longest married couple on the dance floor alone.  There was also the fun filled “money” dance where guests pay for the opportunity to share the dance floor with the bride or groom.

As the dancing continued, guests were served wedding cake with their choice of traditional white cake from the wedding cake’s first tier or delicious strawberry cake from the wedding cake’s second tier by Barbara Baird; The evening finished with the traditional tossing of the bridal bouquet by Jennifer and the bridal garter by Jake.  From there, the newly married Jennifer and Jake DeBrabander made their way into the starry Old Town Shawnee night to begin their “happily ever after”!

Millie’s Event Designs; was honored to serve as Jennifer and Jake’s wedding day coordinator in picturesque Old Town Shawnee on this picture perfect night for a traditional wedding ceremony.  When you have found your special someone and are ready to start planning for YOUR “happily ever after”, contact us to ensure that your special moment is picture perfect in every detail!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Walk Through Time...

By Lisa; Everyone has asked themselves at one time or another, where has time gone? For Makensie Davis and Curt McDonald, their time was on display this past weekend.  Makensie and Curt first met when they were sophomores in high school.  Fast forward ten years and this past Saturday, on September 19, 2015 the two were joined in Holy Matrimony.  The ceremony was performed before God, family and friends at St. John’s Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri by Reverend James Hoffman.  Millie’s Event Designs; as wedding planner and day of coordinator was there every step of the way to ensure that everyone had the time of their lives!

At the conclusion of the short but elegant ceremony, the couple and family posed for pictures before the newlyweds and their groomsmen, maids of honor and ushers boarded a bus to take pictures at other Kansas City landmarks on this beautifully perfect Saturday evening.  Meanwhile, the guests travelled over to the historic Hobbs building in Kansas City’s famous West Bottoms area to a reception at the “Feast of Fancy”; Once there, the guests were treated to a sunset courtyard cocktail reception and delicious passed appetizers.  As the seven o’clock hour approached, the guests began to find their assigned seats for the main reception.  Each of the 25 tables was identified by timely pictures of the bride and groom as they aged from their first birthday, through their first date at age 16, the high school prom, college and their engagement.  As the clock chimed seven, the Michael Beers Band; began to introduce groups of the wedding party who danced their way in to specifically chosen songs for the occasion.  The Band then announced Mr. and Mrs. Curt McDonald to a standing ovation. The couple made their way to the center dance floor where they cut their traditional wedding cake and toasted to their new life as husband and wife. The bride’s father, George Davis then gave the blessing and invited the guests to enjoy the evening’s fare of fine food and drinks. 

The buffet style dinner consisted of home-style mac and cheese, a three cheese and garganelli pasta topped with herbed bread crumbs. There was also seasonal roasted vegetable platter of green beans, cauliflower and roasted red peppers.  Other delicious dishes included imported Italian pasta tossed with basil pesto, tomatoes, and mozzarella as well as whipped garlic potatoes with herbs & rosemary.  The main course was chicken roasted whole then cut into portions or beef short ribs in a natural port wine sauce.  As the guests to continue to dine, once again the bride’s father George took center stage to give a sentimental toast to his daughter and new son-in-law.  After wiping away their timely tears of joy, the new couple danced their first dance to Alan Jackson’s, “Remember When”.  Their dance was followed by the traditional father and daughter dance then the mother and son dance.  The Michael Beers Band then opened the dance floor to all the guests who enjoyed dancing to a wide variety of tunes.  

At the close of the evening, after wedding cake had been served and the traditional toss of the bridal bouquet had occurred, it was time for the guests to bid farewell to the new couple.  As the guests line up inside and outside of the Hobbs building with colorful light sticks glowing in the perfect night, Curt and Makensie walked down the red carpet and were whisked away by chauffeur Percy in a timeless 1955 Bentley limousine.

Your wedding day should always be a special moment in time for you, your family and your friends.  At Millie's Event Designs; we can help you plan that unforgettable and timeless wedding of your dreams!  More importantly, we can execute your plans as the day of wedding coordinator so that everyone involved has the “Time of their Life!”  

Monday, September 14, 2015

Elegance and Class on a Perfect Summer Day!

By Lisa; On an absolute fantastic late summer Saturday afternoon, Katie Fields and Brad Wilkinson kicked off their wedded life with elegance and class.  Millie's Event Designs; was on site to make sure their day was just a perfect as the weather.

The ceremony was held in the The New Life City Church where family and friends where cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and elegant decor were awaiting. As cocktails were coming to a close, the guests were asked to take their seats, so  the wedding party could make their grand entrance.  Mr. and Mrs. Brad Wilkinson were introduced as they made their way to cut their one of kind, specially made just for them cake by designer Rama Sola. Then they picked up their champaign flutes to do a pictorial toast.  Brad then welcomed family and friends to this special occasion. He gave a very heartfelt thank you to Mr. and Mrs. David Fields (Katie's parents) for the beautiful reception. Dinner was served as the DJ announced for the head table to begin the buffet lines followed by the families and then friends.  The meal was provided by Blue Pot Cateering; with a delectable menu of; Mixed Greens, cucumbers, Grape Tomatoes, Shaved Carrots, and Herb Croutons with Green Goddess Dressing.  The main course was Cracked Pepper Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken Breast Served with Boursin Cheese Cream and Crispy Leek Garnish, Garlic Herbed Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans with Balsamic Onions, and White Cheddar Mac and Cheese. 
gathered to witness Katie and Brad exchange their wedding vows.  As the sun was setting, guests greeted the newly married couple as they walked a few doors up the street to site of the reception, The Monarch Room.

As the dinner came to a close, Katie's father David came up to give his toast for the couple.  When he finished, there wasn't a dry eye in the house as he welcomed Brad to the family.  The Best Man and the Maid of Honor then followed with memories and toasts of their own. It was now time for the first dance for the newly married couple and the guests expressed their sentiments with a standing ovation. Katie and her father David then took to the dance floor, followed by Brad and his mother.  The DJ then opened the dance floor as he announce the wedding cake was being served. Keeping with tradition, it was time for the bouquet toss. Katie's uncle Tom Fields who was the chosen florist, designed a very special toss bouquet. All the single ladies surrounded the bride as she tossed her bouquet in the air.  The beautiful arrangement was caught by Katie's lovely niece, who was part of her processional as the flower girl. 

The newlyweds and their guests then danced late into the beautiful summer night.  When you meet your perfect match and you want to celebrate your blessings with family and friends, contact Millie's Event Designs; and let us start your wedded life with elegance and class!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Old Traditions and New Venues

By Lisa; On the last Saturday in August of 2015 Brisa Ileana Izaguirre and Jake Brady Wolfe celebrated the sacrament of marriage at Our Lady of Sorrows, in Kansas City, MO.  Millie's Event was on hand as the couples' wedding coordinator to ensure the families enjoyed the day, while we took care of all the details.

Our Lady of Sorrows is one of Kansas City's older parishes just west of Crown Center.  It is also like stepping back into time with its ornate three-story sanctuary protected by marble alter rails.  The nuptial mass and ceremony was also rich in tradition by having the "Lasso and Coin" blessings.  "This Lasso symbolizes an infinite bond of love you share, may this lasso remind you to face life together courageously and to support one another as a couple binding you thorough the years."  The lasso was presented by the brides parents, placing one half over their daughter the other half over the groom.  Once the priest had said the blessing over the couple, the parents then removed the lasso as the ceremony continued. A Coin Exchange is a tradition that involves the gift of coins to the Bride.  These coins are a reminder of good stewardship for couples.  The couples will mutually support each other, their children and the world around them.  May God bless these coins that symbolize mutual support and responsibility.  The symbolism of these age old traditions is that of a bond between families and religion founded in faith, hope and future.

The reception was held on the scenic
15th floor of the Brass on Baltimore, in downtown Kansas City, MO.  As the guests arrived, they picked up their place card in the lobby of the Baltimore Club and were then escorted to the 15th floor. Upon departing the elevator, the guests were treated to an open bar and delicious hors d'oeuvres especially created by Delish catering; The guests were then asked to take their seats as the wedding party was introduced.  The Brides father, Jose Izaguirre, welcomed friends and family to the celebration of Brisa and Jake.  The bride and groom excused themselves from their head table as they had their first dance as husband and wife.  They then proceeded to cut the beautiful four tier wedding cake designed by Dolce Bakery; and make the traditional bride and groom champagne toast.  The bride's grandmother; Ida Mae Jordan, then gave a very sentimental blessing.  It was now time for dinner service to begin, starting with iceberg lettuce wedge topped with brunoise vegetables and a blue cheese wedge drizzled with creamy buttermilk dill dressing.  The entree' was a double roasted garlic chicken breast in an herbal jus and beef bistro filet with red wine demi-glace.  These were accompanied by parmesan and black peppercorn smashed potatoes and fresh green beans with caramelized shallot butter. Fresh rolls and whipped butter rounded out the meal.

As the guests were dinning on their delicious meal, the Maid of Honor made her way to the dance floor to give her heartfelt toast.  She was followed by the Best Man and then the bride's father, who gave a tearful, sentimental toast to the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wolfe. The evening continued with the traditional Father/Daughter; Mother/Son dances.  Before the dance floor was open, the DJ asked for all the single ladies to come forward for the bouquet toss and then it was time for all single gentlemen to circle around while the groom sling shot the bride's garter.  Once the tradition tosses were complete, it was time for the DJ to announce the wedding cake station was available; with each guests having a choice of vanilla, chocolate or carrot cake with vanilla or chocolate cream cheese icing.

As the guests were enjoying some late evening dancing to the music mix of DJ Kate; and photo booth fun, Delish catering; delivered a show stopping hot dog snack station with all the works.

Whether Your wedding plans call for old traditions or the newest venues in town, Millie's Event stands ready to coordinate and execute, so You and family can truly enjoy seeing Your big day come to fruition!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Something Old, Something New

By Lisa; "Upon this rock, I will build my church" Jesus said to Peter.  On August 8, 2015, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Kansas City, Kelly Reardon and Jon Nee stepped upon that rock to begin building their marriage.  Family and friends were gathered together as Kelly and Jon were united in holy matrimony in a traditional Catholic mass.  Millie's Event Designs; was chosen as the wedding planner for the couples blessed event.

The wedding party then stepped from the traditional church ceremony to a reception at the new and hip Gallery Event Space in the heart of Kansas City's Power and Light District. The reception space was beautifully decorated with flower center pieces consisting of white hydrangeas, deep vibrant and soft pink roses, complimented with bells of Ireland by;  Each table was draped with white linen table cloths to the floor accented with gray napkins.  Silver chargers at each place setting completed the classic look.  As the guests arrived to the reception, they were treated to cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

Soon it was time for the band, Lost Wax to introduce the wedding party to the 370 guests that had graciously made their way to their assigned tables.  Once the wedding party was seated at the head table, the blessing was given by the bride's father, Mr. Jay Reardon.  As the guests were enjoying their delicious entrees' the new Mr. and Mrs. Jon and Kelly Nee took center stage for the ceremonial cake cutting.  Then the band introduced Mr. Jay Reardon who gave the first of several sentimental toasts. Next the guests were treated to the dances of the bride and groom, father/daughter and mother/son to the music of the band Lost Wax;  After the special dances, the guests along with the bridal party danced into the late hours celebrating the marriage of Jon and Kelly Nee.

From the traditional to the new and hip, when you are ready to build YOUR wedding plans upon a rock solid foundation, contact Millie's Event Designs;

"Love, life and happiness.  May your troubles be few and your blessings plenty."

Monday, August 10, 2015

Sacred Ground for Sacred Vows

By Lisa; Sacred ground for sacred vows.  The skyline of Kansas City provided a picturesque backdrop to celebrate the wedding of Lauren VanDyke and Randy Weigand.  The wedding took place at the top of Kansas City's World War I Museum with Millie's Event as the wedding planner.

Saturday, August 1, 2015, was a warm and windy evening atop the WWI Museum at half past six, but that didn't seem to bother the family and friends that had gathered to celebrate the ceremony of Lauren and Randy.  The military museum holds a very dear spot in the hearts of both families given the service of Joseph VanDyke - pilot in the US Air Corps in WWII and Calvin E. Mock - 9th Armed Division US Army in WWII.  During the ceremony the bride's parents were asked to place a wreath around each lit candle in a glass cylinder etched with the names of their family members who had
passed during WWII.

 Mr. and Mrs. Randy Weigand made it official with a ceremonial kiss.  It was now time for family pictures and for the guests to make their way down to cocktail party. The couple then made their way downstairs and were introduced to family and friends by the lead guitar player from the band Kokomo. The couple then strolled thru the dinning room to cut their cake exchanging hugs and kisses along the way.  The guests were then treated to a buffet style pasta bar, salad and sushi bars.  These were top with delicious "to die for" desserts. During dinner the guests were entertained with a video montage of Lauren and Randy.  The bride's father then provided a heartfelt, emotional toast to his daughter. The best man then stepped forward to say a few words about his brother and the new beginning with Lauren. It was now time for the first dance and then the special dances, father/daughter and mother/son.  The guests then danced into the night to the musical talent of the band Kokomo.

When you are ready to take your sacred vows, look to Millie's Event to help you find your perfect wedding venue and then take you seamlessly through your sacred day!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

To the Moon and Back

By Lisa; August 1, 2015, the day Alyssa Vester and Brett Johnson celebrated the joys of matrimony at Kansas City's, The Little Theatre. This intimate, elegant ballroom, was the perfect setting for this young couple's wedding.  The charming promenade, and balcony that overlooks the main floor on five sides where the bride stood to toss her bouquet.  A truly romantic setting for a day they will remember forever #jazzedtobejohnson. This Austin, Texas couple engaged Millie's Event as their wedding planner to bring their dream wedding to life.

As the guests entered The Little Theatre, the ballroom was all lit up as the tables were decorated with white linen table cloths to the floor, pastel pink linen napkins accompanied by silver charges.  The center piece were flower arrangements consisting of pink roses, hydrangeas and hot pink gerber daisies designed exclusively by Maple Lane Designs; The couple exchanged their vows on a ceremonially stage adorned with soft pink and metallic silver helium filled balloons hanging high above the lighted chevon draping. After Alyssa and Brett sealed their wedding with a kiss.  The minister presented to the guests for the first time; Mr. and Mrs. Brett Johnson.

The reception offered the guests an opportunity to show their creative side with KC Flipbooks; a 3-D animated flip book  with series of pictures that varies gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion or some other change.

To the Moon and Back
Next it was time to cut the cakes.  The brides cake was a beautiful four tier decorated with white buttercream icing, silver dots accented with beautiful "Abraham Darby" Roses. Topped with the saying "To the Moon and Back".  The grooms cake was a large chocolate single tier, replicating the look of a Diet Coke can (this is the grooms drink of choice).

Drink of Choice
After toasts by the best man and maid of honor, the guests and families spent time visiting with the bride and groom.  Then, at the appointed hour, it was now time for the bride to toss her bouquet from the balcony high above as though she was Juliet calling out to her Romeo. The couple was now ready to be sent off in grand style with their guests lining up with sparklers lighting the way to the limo that would sweep them off into the night as Texas grad Brett "Lasso's the Moon".

Sealed with a Kiss

Congratulations Alyssa and Brett Johnson best wishes for a long and happy marriage, with many anniversaries to come.

When the time comes to plan your dream wedding, contact Millie's Event Designs;  and let us help you "Lasso the Moon" in grand style!