Saturday, October 22, 2016

Something old, something new, Kansas City style!

By Lisa; Last Saturday evening, The Brass on Baltimore was the site for the wedding nuptials and reception for Bethany Brunker and Michael Rounds. Millie's Event Designs was the chosen “Day of Coordinator” to bring it all together;

Saturday’s ceremony was performed by the bride’s uncle, Reverend Matt Whitacre, in the spacious first floor meeting room of the former Kansas City Club.  The guests then left this beautiful 1920's iconic venue to go to The Brass on Baltimore; rooftop dining room for the reception that immediately followed the ceremony. While the family and the bridal party were downstairs taking memorable photos, their guests was treated to cocktails and an antipasto spread along with a view of the Kansas City skyline as the sun was beginning set.

As the cocktail reception came to a close, each guest was asked to take their seats as they waited for the introduction of the bridal party and the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rounds. Once the bride and groom were introduced, they made their way to the dance floor to have their first dance as husband and wife. The newlyweds then joined their bridal party at the head table.  The DJ then announced the buffet was now open beginning with the head table, then family and then guest tables one at a time. The Italian menu served was a chopped salad tossed with creamy Italian dressing, two entree's; chicken spiedini topped with Amogio (olive oil, lemon, garlic and Italian herbs) and baked lasagna topped with your choice between their two famous homemade sauces; marinara and alfredo. The authentic Italian cuisine was catered by Kansas City's own Garozzo's Catering;

When the newlyweds had finished their meal, they made their way over to the dessert table where they cut their beautiful three tier wedding cake and had their traditional Champagne toasts. The guests then directed their attention towards the dance floor as the bride's father, Don Brunker spoke from the heart to his daughter Bethany, now Mrs. Michael Rounds. After he had finished there wasn't a dry eye in the room. Next, traditional speeches were given by the best man and the maid of honor. The evening then continued as all the single ladies gathered on the dance floor to catch the bride's bouquet. Once the ladies had exited the dance floor, it was now time for the garter toss to all the single men. The young man who caught the garter with assistance from dad was smiling from ear to ear. It was now time to open the dance floor to all the guests. 

To end the special evening, the couple were treated to a final send off by their immediate family and close friends who were blowing bubbles as the couple exited the venue and stepped into their chauffeured limousine to drive off into the starry Kansas City night.

From Kansas City’s historic venues to dining halls with a view of the modern Kansas City skyline, let Millie’s Event Designs bring your special day together, beautifully, seamlessly and effortlessly for you and your guests!  

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Spectacular Day and Sparkling Evening

By Lisa; On a spectacular Saturday, September the 3rd, in Kansas City, Missouri, Visitation Catholic Church hosted the beautiful wedding nuptials of Matthew Thomas Moorman and Elizabeth "Libby" Nell Keenan. Father Don Farnan officiated the ceremony and the wedding and following reception was coordinated by Lisa Jones of Millie's Event Designs;

Congratulations to the newly married
Mr. and Mrs. Matt Moorman
The Guild, Kansas City's extraordinary event venue; was the site for the over 200 family and friends that attended the sit-down dinner reception. The tables were decorated with beautiful custom centerpieces designed by Maple Lane Designs; As the guests arrived they were treated to cocktails in a lovely garden area behind the main building. Upon the arrival of the bridal party, it was time to escort the guests into the dinning room and present the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Moorman.  The guests were treated to the delectable dishes of upscale caterer, KCMO PB&J; The first course waiting on the tables was generous helpings of baba ganoush with sourdough bread.  The second course was a baby spinach and brie salad topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, tossed in a vinaigrette.  The entree' was YaYa's campo lingo chicken, served with white cheddar potato gratin, fresno chiles, fresh garlic and caper berries finished with haricots verts.  The wedding cake was a white layer cake with creme chantilly and berries.  There was also a traditional groom's cake that was chocolate buttercream cake with cappuccino tiramisu mousse.  It was topped off with sculptured icing in the form of fresh BBQ chicken wings.

Once each table had been served their entree', it was time for Patrick Lentz, of the Patrick Lentz band to introduce the father of the bride, Joe Keenan to come up and give the traditional toast to his beautiful daughter. This was followed by the first husband and wife dance for the newlyweds. After the traditional father and daughter dance and the mother and son dance, the dance floor was opened to the guests to begin dancing to hit tunes and sounds of the Patrick Lentz Band;

At the stroke of midnight, the guests formed two lines between the exit and a 1954 Bentley that was waiting for the couple.  The guests lit the way in a dazzling array of light as each had a large wedding sparkler.  The 1954 Bentley then whisked off with Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Moorman to their Happily Ever After.

Mr.s and Mrs. Matt Moorman
Guests lighting the way to their happily ever after!
For a seamless big day from rehearsal and wedding through reception and sendoff, turn to Millie's Events Designs and we will light the way to your Happily Ever After!

Monday, July 25, 2016

DC Couple Celebrates KC Nuptials

By Lisa: St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Kansas City, Missouri was the scene as Washington D.C. couple Leah Marie Fowler and Jason Michael Whitaker came home to celebrate the sacrament of holy matrimony with family and friends.  It was a beautiful sunny afternoon on July 9, 2016 as the ceremony began promptly at 2pm under the direction of Father Don Farnan.  Millie’s Event Designs; was on site as the chosen "day of" wedding coordinator.

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Whitaker
St. Thomas More Catholic Church

The church was brightly lit as the sun was shining through the stain glass.  Each pew decorated with large white hydrangeas knotted with satin ribbon each one tied into an oversize bow.  The bride looked exquisite in her white lace, beaded off the shoulder gown.  She wore a floor length netted vail that complemented her fanned out train.  The bridesmaids wore chiffon powder blue floor length gowns, each one having its own unique neckline styling. Upon the exchange of vows, Father Farnan then blessed their marriage and presented the couple to family and friends for the first time as “Mr. and Mrs. Jason Whitaker.” The guests celebrated outside the church with bubbles to send off the happy couple to their reception in downtown Kansas City at the Kansas City Convention Center;

As guests arrived at the Convention Center, they were greeted with a lovely cocktail reception.  Both guests and the new couple were entertained by custom caricatures drawn by artist, Eileen McCoy;  Promptly at 6:45pm, the guests were ushered into their assigned tables in the adjoining ballroom.  Each table was beautifully decorated by Maple Lane Designs; with tall clear cylinder vases that showed off the beautiful nosegay and large white hydrangea blooms that were complemented with white roses blended with dark greenery. The wedding party was then announced by the band leader Chris Baker of Musivo Live; to join guests, family and friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Whitaker were all smiles as they entered the ballroom.  Upon entry, they made their way over to the dance floor where they cut their beautiful wedding cake and shared their traditional champagne toast.  Brian Fowler, the father of the bride, then welcomed all and gave the blessing prior to dinner.  The buffet lines were then opened beginning with the head table, followed by family, and then guests.  Once everyone was seated again and finishing their meals, it was now time for the traditional wedding toasts.  Brain Fowler again took center stage, this time with Leah and Jason by his side, where he made a memorable and heartfelt toast.  With sentimental tears in their eyes, the guests raised their glasses to toast the newlyweds.  Brian then presented the couple one more time as they took center stage for their first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Jason Whitaker.  Their dance was then followed by Brian and Leah and then Jason and his mother.  Afterwards, the dance floor was opened for everyone to show off their dance moves to the sounds of Musivo Live. 

As the reception was coming to a close and after some brief thundershowers that brightened the Kansas City night sky, the guests were move out to the patio for one final sendoff.  The skies were brightened once again as the guests formed two lines and each held spectacular wedding sparklers forming a tunnel of light for Jason and Leah to make their exit.

Congratulations to Jason and Leah, the new Mr. and Mrs. Whitaker.  Thank you for choosing Millie's Event Designs; as your "day of" wedding coordinator!  We tremendously enjoyed helping make every moment of your big day seamless and effortless.

When your big day comes, we hope you will chose Millie’s Event Designs;  as your “day of” coordinator and let us make your event seamless and effortless so you and your loved ones can truly enjoy a timeless and memorable day!

Monday, June 27, 2016

"Pitch Perfect" Soccer Style!

By Lisa; When playing the beautiful game of soccer, you can always appreciate the field or “pitch” that is green and well groomed.  The ball gets a true bounce and you can always put your best foot into a shot on goal.  On Saturday June 25, 2016, two soccer hearts found their perfect “match”!  Ashley Mauck and Cameron Zimmerman, both alums of Baker University and their Wildcat soccer programs, said “I do” in front of family and friends at Impact Church in Overland Park, Kansas. 

The day began with the wedding party taking a trip up to Children’s Mercy Park for pictures in and around where Kansas City’s Sporting KC plays their home soccer games.  Upon returning to Impact Church, the couple continuing taking pictures with their families.  Then, promptly at four o’clock, the wedding began.  With Pastor Bill Rose officiating, the ceremony was highlighted by the couple’s construction of a Unity Cross that will be placed in their home to remind them of their solemn vows to one another.

At the conclusion of the vows, the newly christened Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Zimmerman and their wedding party were showered with confetti as they made their way to the limousine for a short trip to their reception at Leawood’s “The Lodge at Ironwoods”.  Once all the guests had arrived and taken their seats, the wedding party was introduced by DJ Jeremy of Icon Pro DJ Entertainment; and took their seats at the head table. 
After a blessing by the Bride’s Father, Larry Mauck, the bride and groom and guests were released by table to the buffet.  A sumptuous Italian dinner was provided by Garozzo’s;  consisting of chicken spiedini, pasta shells in alfredo sauce, penne with Italian sausage, salad, bread and grated parmesan cheese.

As dinner was winding down, it was time for the traditional wedding toasts.  The first toast by Best Man Andy Griffin recalled how he and Cameron had been both soccer teammates and roommates at Baker and how Cameron had found the perfect teammate in Ashley.  The second toast by Maid of Honor and sister of the bride Morgan Mauck recalled the joys of sisterhood and how Ashley had found the perfect brother-in-law in Cameron.  The final toast by the Father of the Bride, recalled how the family had come to know Cameron and how happy they were to welcome him and his family into their family.

Shortly after the toasts, it was time for the new couple to share their first bites of wedding cake and to treat the guests to both cake and delectable cupcakes for dessert.  The couple then moved on to their first dance together, the traditional bride and father dance and groom and mother dance.  After the dances, DJ Jeremy was the emcee for a wonderfully entertaining “scavenger hunt” game!  With tables competing against one another to find the everyday objects called out by Jeremy, the game was fun filled for young and old alike. 
To end the traditional wedding reception activities, all the single ladies lined up to catch a beautiful bouquet tossed by Ashley.  When the single men lined up to catch the garter, they were surprised to find it wrapped around a small soccer ball that Cameroon launched into the crowd.  Now it was time for the guests to dance there way late into the evening and enjoy this wonderful celebration of Cameron and Ashley’s pitch perfect day!

Lisa and all the staff at Millie’s Event Designs; were honored to be chosen as the wedding day coordinator for Cameron and Ashley.  They and their families had the perfect game plan for an enjoyable celebration and we were pleased to execute their design from start to finish. 

When the time comes for you to celebrate your special day with family and friends, you can rely on Millie’s Event Designs; to work diligently with you to plan the details of the day and then execute those plans while you have the time of you life!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Love is in the Air...

By Lisa; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Redemptorist Catholic Church was the site this past Saturday for a Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.   The ceremony uniting Allison Elizabeth Donahue and Tucker Lee Noyes was officiated by Fr. Don Farnan began promptly at 1:30 in the afternoon.  Millie's Event Designs was on site as the chosen "day of coordinator" or “wedding sitter” as we like to call it!

Mr. & Mrs. Tucker Noyes

Mr. & Mrs. Tucker Noyes on the Trolley
Spring time in Kansas City is one of the most beautiful times of the year.  The flowers are blooming and fountains destined to romance the senses are being turned on for summer.  Such was the case last Saturday in the beautiful Redemptorist Cathedral with Allie and Tucker saying “I do” in front of family and friends.  After being presented for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Tucker Noyes by Fr. Farnan, the couple was seamlessly whisked off to a waiting Trolley; that would take them and the wedding party around Kansas City to pose for pictures; in front of other Kansas City landmarks.

While the wedding party was taking pictures, the guests made their way over to the Hilton President Hotel for a lovely cocktail hour on the Mezzanine. As the cocktail reception was coming to a close the bridal party rejoined the guests precisely as planned and enjoyed one last drink with them before heading upstairs to the Grand Ballroom.  

Escort card table
As the guests came off the elevator they were greeted with a glass of champagne with a scroll attached that had each guest’s name and table number.  The ballroom was decorated in oversized centerpieces, with nosegay of beautiful hot pink and vibrant orange roses complimented with white hydrangeas and long daffodils filled with dark greenery. White tea light candles in glass cylinders of different heights completed the overall look of each table;

The bride and groom welcomed each guest as they stood at their head table. The bride then gave the blessing prior to the salads being served. The first course was a Blue Salad (mixed greens with blueberries, apple and blue cheese crumbles) with a choice between Blueberry Lavender Vinaigrette or Champagne Honey Vinaigrette dressing. The second course was an entree of Herb crusted tenderloin with Fresh herbs served with Red Wine Reduction, French green beans with caramelized shallots and roasted garlic upon gold whipped potatoes. A grand four-tiered Wedding Cake; was served for desert along with a groom’s cake picturing the James Naismith Court at Kansas University


Right on cue, after the last table was served, it was now time for the ceremonial toasts. The Father of the bride - Rick Donahue began the ritual, followed by the Maid of honor - Sarah Donahue and the Best man - Spencer Glenn. The toasts were immediately followed by Allie and Tucker cutting the wedding cake and traditional champagne toast.

Hilton President Hotel KC
The Patrick Lentz Band was on stage to announce the first dance of the Wedding couple - Allie and Tucker, then Father/Bride and ending with Mother/Groom. The dance floor was then opened and the wedding cake plus the groom’s cake was served.  After a few dances the single ladies gathered around to see which one would catch the tonight’s bridal bouquet.  Now it was time to have some fun with the sorority and fraternity dances as the new couple and guests celebrated late into the evening.
Cake by; Mclains Bakery
Flowers by; Blue Bouquet

After you have meticulously planned for your wedding day, sit back and enjoy the festivities as Millie’s Event Designs’; day of coordinator/wedding sitter ensures that your big day starts promptly, and moves seamlessly and right on cue, precisely as you planned it!