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!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Remembering my June Brides

By Lisa; "For they say when you marry in June you're a bride all your life."

Millie's Event Designs would like to send out happy thoughts to my June Brides. First, a Happy Anniversary to Sam and Allison Tapko who were married a year ago at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church. And, Best Wishes to Matt and Suzie Schmitz, who were married recently at Redemptorist Catholic Church.

When choosing a wedding planner Millie's Event Designs won't just be there to celebrate Your wedding, we will be there to celebrate your happily ever after each anniversary just like family!

Contact Millie's Event Designs; today and let us bring our family touch to your wedding!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Raise Your Glass…

By Lisa; The Wedding Celebration of Suzanne Victoria Hsieh and Matthew Thomas Schmitz took place on June 6, 2015, in the traditional cathedral setting of Redemptorist Catholic Church, Kansas City, Missouri.  The ceremony was officiated by Father Brian Johnson.  Millie's Event Designs was honored to be chosen as the bride’s wedding coordinator.

On a beautiful and warm Saturday afternoon in June, family and friends celebrated the wedding nuptials of Suzie Hsieh and Matt Schmitz.  The bow of the cello and the ivory keys of the piano played together the music of Bach, Pachelbel, and Morricone as the wedding party and bride walked down the aisle to the altar.  For the guests, the music sounded as if it was falling softly from the Heavens above.

The reception was held at The Terrace on Grand; beginning with a cocktail hour on the rooftop deck.  Guests were then belled down to the dinning room where the ceiling was lit with strings of little white lights and a star struck chandelier accented with white draping over the dance floor. Each guest found their seat and awaited the wedding party to begin the buffet style dinner. The menu was a Taste Signature salad with balsamic vinaigrette and ranch dressing. The main course was Marsala chicken and smoked brisket with garlic parmesan mashed potatoes garnished with roasted Italian herb vegetables.

After dinner the bride and groom were asked to come to the center of the dance floor by DJ Jon Bartlett with Remix DJ's; where they cut their three tier white icing cake decorated with green foliage around each tier. The cake table was surrounded with white, ivory and pale pink rose petals. The cake was custom made by cake artist Renea Feagin owner of Baked Expressions;

It was now time for the toasts, beginning with the bride’s father Dr. Wing Hsieh.  Dr. Hsieh took his place on the dance floor addressing family and friends with a heartfelt speech of life long memories of his daughter Suzie and a welcoming of his new son-n-law Matt. The toasts continued with the best man and then the maid of honor, the bride’s sister. After each speech the glasses were raised to toast the newly married couple Mr. and Mrs. Matt Schmitz.

Everyone's eyes were still on the dance floor as the newlyweds danced their first dance.  The bride’s parents strolled their way to the dance floor followed by the father/daughter and mother/son traditional dances.  Dr. Hsieh's parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary by showing everyone that they could still dance the polka.

No reception can be complete at The Terrace on Grand; without having your picture taken at sunset on the rooftop deck with the skyline of downtown Kansas City as your backdrop. Carson Swisher; was the photographer on site capturing that very moment for the bride and groom.

Every bride deserves a picturesque venue and celebration to create her lasting memories, contact Millie's Event Designs; today to begin your wedding journey.  

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Check Yes or No….

By Lisa; The wedding ceremony of Amber Lea Tierney and Nathan George Vaughan was held on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Father Richard Story officiated the ceremony. A reception followed at David and Anita Nigro's beautiful barn setting.  Millie's Event Designs was chosen as the wedding planer for this blessed affair;

Today's the day that Amber and Nathan celebrated their "peach" nuptials with family and friends.  The  first note Nathan passed to Amber he wrote; "Nothing would make me more happy than to tell the world we are together!" Relationship? Check yes or no. We are here today, because Amber checked YES!

The barn reception was turned into an elegant setting with crystal chandeliers hung from the celling along with strings of little white lights thanks to Landers Visions. The walls were draped in white curtains with accent lighting giving the venue a more romantic scene.

Once the guests entered the barn they were treated to cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.  The menu was artisan mac and cheese bar. Local and imported wedges and cheeses cubes. Seasonal fruits and berries, caesar salad, sliced baguettes and cracker breads. Grilled tenderloin with baby greens on egg washed rolls, dressed with herbed cream cheese.  Organic baby greens with feta, toasted nuts and berries dressed with raspberry vinaigrette. Sliced smoked salmon with capers, red onions and dill sour cream.  Sliced baguettes, lump crab Rangoon dip accompanied by triangles of crispy wontons.

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Vaughan made their grand entrance in front of family friends.  As they walked into the reception they made their way over to cut their cake and toast one another.  The night continued with a welcome toast from the bride's father, followed by a toast from the groom.

After the toasts it was then time for the first dances; bride and groom, father and daughter followed by the groom and his mother. The dance floor was open for all the guests to dance to the mix of DJ Nick Ridell.

As the guests departed they were provided one last "peach" treat to remember the day by. A cart full of peach preserves made by Grandma Black from the recipe from Great Grandma Bray.  All were asked to "spread the love" forward.

When your "tasty peach" comes along and you check YES, contact Millie's Event Designs; to plan your "fresh nuptials". We are here to help you celebrate and "Spread your Love"!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

"Married Love" by Kaitlin and Joseph

By Lisa;  Saturday, April 25, 2015 found family and friends celebrating the Nuptial Mass uniting Kaitlin Victoria Elizabeth Byrne & Joseph Anthony Privitera II at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.  Millie's Event Designs was on site as the wedding coordinator.

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon in downtown Kansas City for the grand ceremony joining these two lovely local families.  The bride was joined at the altar by her 13 bridesmaids and her groom was supported by his 13 groomsmen.  The maid of honor was Kaitlin's sister, Andreina Byrne.  Joseph chose his two brothers as his best men; Carl Privitera III and John Alex Privitera.

The couple chose the poem "Married Love" to illustrate their relationship as man and wife.
Married Love 
"You and I have so much love that it burns like a fire. In which we bake a lump of clay molded into a figure of you and a figure of me. Then we take both of them, and break them into pieces, and mix the pieces with water. And mold again a figure of you, and a figure of me.  I am in your clay.  You are in my clay. In life we share a single quilt.  In death we will share one bed."
                                                  by Kuan Tau-Sheng

After the ceremony and pictures it was off to Union Station to welcome family and friends to continue the celebration with a memorable reception. The dinner was a beautiful Italian buffet starting with appetizers of mozzarella and italian sausage arancini, classic tomato-basil bruschetta complemented with fresh baked rolls and butter. The salad was mixed baby greens and sliced cucumbers, grace tomatoes with Bermuda red onions topped with crouton and feta cheese. The entrees of sliced tender beef brisket in au jus and Boursin chicken roulade stuffed with spinach and Boursin cheese finished with a garlic herb sauce. * Accented with garlic whipped mashed potatoes, green beans and julienne red peppers tossed in olive oil. 

The cake by Rama Sola was as delicious as it was beautiful. This three tier artistic cake was personalized with K & J in silver surrounded by two eight foot tables of delightful homemade Italian cookies by Dianna Cascone.

There wasn't a dry eye after Kaitlin's father Ian Byrne of The Elders, wrote and sang Beautiful Girl to the new Mrs. Joseph Privitera.  The guests were treated to the sounds of the bands The Zero's along with The Elders; as they danced the night away.

The wedding season is fast upon us!  Don't wait, contact Millie's Event Designs; now to plan YOUR wedding extravaganza!