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!

Monday, January 4, 2016

New Years Nuptials

By Lisa; What better way to welcome in a new year than the celebration of a new couple.  That is exactly how the staff of Millie's Event Designs; spent New Year's Eve as we served as wedding coordinators for Emma Akerly and Brendan Daily.  The two were joined in holy matrimony at Cure' of Ars Catholic Church in Leawood, KS, with Father Larry Bowers serving as the celebrant.

On the thirty-first day of December 2015, at half past five, the family friends of Emma Akerly and Brendan Daily gathered for the sacrament of marriage uniting the new couple.  The church was all decorated with its festive decor as the season of Christmas continued.  Fr. Larry welcomed the couple to the altar as the organist played Trumpet Voluntary.  The sacred vows were woven into the traditional celebration of mass.  As a final touch, the couple presented flowers to Mary, the mother of Jesus as the soloist sang Ave Maria.  As the mass ended, Fr. Larry presented the couple for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Brendan Daily.  Emma and Brendan then received their guests as the left their pews and made their way to the site of the reception, the InterContinental Hotel in Kansas City.

The joining of Emma and Brendan's families included several special sentiments that honored their legacies.  Cure' of Ars is Emma's family parish and where her parents, Jeff and Jean, celebrated their own sacrament of marriage.  Around Emma's bouquet was a rosary from Brendan's grandmother Mariann Grothe.  Emma's wedding band belonged to her great grandmother Eva Hardee.  The pink carnations used were the favorite flower of Emma's grandmother Edna Akerly. And finally, the handkerchief in Emma's pocket was made from her new husband's baby bonnet.

As each guests arrived at the Rooftop Bar of the InterContinental Hotel they were treated to cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres.  At forty-five minutes past seven, the guests were chimed into the Rooftop Ballroom.  On their way, each guest picked up their very own petite champagne bottle with their assigned table number.  The menu included; shrimp bisque with chive and cheese crostini, seared halibut fillet with lemon beurre blanc, or filet mignon with bourbon jus, yukon mash, broccoli rabe and glazed young carrot.

Once the guests had been seated, it was time for DJ-Jon Bartlett with Remix DJ's;; to introduce the wedding party.  First to go were the two ushers, followed by the  four brides attendants, the five groomsmen, the matron of honor and the best man.  As the doors opened again, family and friends gave a standing ovation to the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Brendan Daily.  Before taking their seats of honor at the head table, Emma and Brendan performed the ceremonial cutting of the wedding cake and champagne toast.

DJ Jon then asked for the bride's father Jeff Akerly to come forward to welcome the guests.  This was followed by the bride's uncle Keith who gave the invocation.  As the guests were dinning on their chosen entrees, Jeff Akerly was again asked to come forward and give his sentimental "father of the bride" speech.  Next was matron of honor's toast followed by the best man toast.  Then DJ Jon proceeded with the couple's first dance, followed by the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances.  It was now time for the cake to be served and the opening of the dance floor to guests.

With midnight approaching the bride and groom left to make a quick wardrobe change and return with new year's top hats, tiaras and noise makers for their guests. As the countdown began, each guest was served a glass of champagne to ring in the New Year of 2016.  Confetti was streaming from above and fireworks displays across Kansas City could be seen from the Rooftop Ballroom as all welcomed the new couple to the new year!

If the New Year of 2016 finds you celebrating the sacrament of marriage, Millie's Event stands ready to assist you in the planning and day of coordination that will ensure that your special day is remembered fondly for many New Years to come!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

All-aboard the Hedges/Steenwyk Wedding Train

By Lisa; This past Saturday the 24th of October, at precisely 4:00 pm the nuptial train pulled into Kansas City's historic Union Station for Ahli Hedges and Mark Steenwyk to tie the knot before family and friends. Millie's Event Designs; was chosen as the day of conductor to insure safe passage for Ahli and Mark's wedding ceremony and reception.

The couple's ceremony exemplified their passions for books and trains. They said their "I do's" under beautiful book arch engineered by one of the groom's closest friends. The officiant, Stephanie Breaker a close friend to the bride, announced to the passengers for the first time Mr. and Mrs. Steenwyk. It was now time for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres being served in the "Dinning Car" as the couple, family and bridal party took some after ceremony photos at the station. The DJ came on the PA to inform passengers to take their seats as the bridal party was boarding the train.  Upon boarding, the new Mr. and Mrs. Steenwyk went straight back to the dinning car to cut the wedding cake and do a traditional wedding toast.

The buffet was opened for passengers to begin dinning on a three course meal prepared by Brancato's Cateering; As the dinning was coming to a close, the DJ spoke once again on the PA asking Mr. and Mrs. Steenwyk to come to the "Front Car" to have their first dance together as husband and wife. This was followed by the father/daughter dance (Ahli and her father), then mother/son dance (Mark and his mother).  The  conductors then came thru the train asking passengers for their "Dollar" tickets as the DJ was beginning the dollar dance with bride and groom. The train was picking up speed as the passengers enjoyed dancing from car to car to the music mix by DJ Connor.

Set up in the "Caboose" passengers could dine on the beautiful display of cupcakes made by; The Sweet Nook.  The train was right on schedule pulling back  into Union Station at 11:00 pm. The happy couple and their guests walked off the train and made their way into the starry Kansas City night.

When your find your special someone and are ready to take your train ride of a lifetime, contact Millie's Event Designs; to be your "Day of Conductor".  We will ensure that you and your special guests have a safe and entertaining passage to "happily ever after".
All Aboard!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Thank God I’m a Country Boy

By Lisa: It was picture perfect country day for third generation farmer Jake Tynon and new bride Ashley Vogel to start their new life together.  With over 200 friends and family gathered at Rosie’s Cabin outside of Fort Scott, Kansas, Jake and Ashley pledged their vows of love. The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Ryan Kaplin and Millie's Event Designs; was there to coordinate all the festivities.

Ceremony at Rosie's Cabin
The ceremonial pergola beside the pond was decorated with white hydrangeas and nosegay white roses accented with baby’s breath and surrounded with dark green foliage.  These were designed by local florist; Savannah Flory; On this beautiful afternoon in October, Ashley and Jake shared their vows as guests gathered around on hay bales or on the wide porch of Rosie’s cabin to watch.  The guests stood and applauded as Pastor Kaplin announced the couple for the first time as “Mr. and Mrs. Jake Tynon”

Mr. and Mrs. Jake Tynon

As the new couple and bridal party retreated to the pastures for pictures, the guests were treated to a country style cocktail hour with beer, wine and all kinds of homemade cookies.  At exactly 5:20pm, after a blessing by Pastor Kaplin, the guests made their way into the reception hall for the buffet style dinner.  The menu consisted of tender smoked BBQ brisket, al dente green beans and lots of home grown “sweet” corn with rolls and butter.  Constantly updated pictures of the wedding streamed across a big screen in the corner to make sure no one missed a moment of the event.

After the guests had been served, it was time to introduce the couple and their wedding party to the reception hall.  As the guests watched, the new couple cut their four-tiered wedding cake and made an intimate toast to one another.  They then shared their first dance together as husband and wife. 

After the couple and the wedding party had eaten, it was time to kick the festivities into high gear.  Father of the bride, Edgar Vogel gave a sentimental speech and toasted the new couple with chilled champagne that had been served to all guest tables.  This was followed by a dance with his daughter to “I Loved her First” by Heartland.  Next, Jake took the floor with his mom to the song “A Mother’s Song” by T. Carter music.

Cake and Champagne Toast

Next, the guests were invited to the dance floor and to indulge themselves on wedding cake or a chocolate groom’s cake.   The dancing was broken up only to allow for the single ladies in attendance to vie for the traditional bridal bouquet toss.  The single gentlemen all vied for the bride’s garter tossed by the groom.  All then danced into the starry country night in celebration of Jake and Ashley.

When you’ve found your sweetheart of a lifetime, be sure to contact Millie’s Event Designs; to coordinate all of Your wedding and reception related festivities.  We strive to make your day picture perfect in every way!

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!