Monday, February 13, 2017

January Nuptials with Elegance and Style

Mr. & Mrs. John Devins
By Lisa; Saturday, January 28, 2017 was a gray but unseasonably warm day for winter in Kansas City.  That made it a picture perfect day for the Village Presbyterian Church to host the wedding of Miss Tierney Weed and Mr. John Devins.  Under the direction of Reverend Tom Are, Tierney and John were united in holy matrimony in front of family and friends at six o’clock sharp.  Millie’s Event Designs; was onsite as the “day of coordinator” to ensure that all the day’s activities went according to the timeline outlined by the couple’s families.

The newly minted Mr. and Mrs. John Devins, along with their bridal party were then sent off from the church to the reception by family and friends waving black and gold shimmering wands.  While the bridal party bus traveled about Kansas City, the guests made their way over to the Indian Hills Country Club; for cocktails and dinner.  The guests were treated upon arrival by a lighted ice sculpture of a capital "D" that was surrounded by the newlywed’s signature drinks.

As the cocktail hour ended, the doors were opened to the ballroom and each guest made their way to their assigned tables. The room’s beautiful decor was accented by the aroma of the fresh flowers arranged in center pieces of various vases and heights by Maple Lane Designs;  The tables featured cream colored floor length table linens and each place setting had a gold charter plate with a tuxedo folded cream colored napkin that held the menu card.

Indian Hills Country Club
The dinner consisted of Indian Hills Signature Salad; organic mixed greens, sliced pear, toasted almonds, crumbled blue chases, balsamic vinaigrette.  The entree' was roasted beef tenderloin and almond-brown sugar crusted salmon with winter squash risotto, roasted asparagus, cabernet-veal reduction and maple dijon cream.  After the guests were seated and the bridal party arrived to take their places at the head table, the band “Lost Wax”; introduced the new bride and groom. The newlyweds entered the ballroom and proceeded to the center of the dance floor to cut of their beautiful tiered wedding cake and make their champagne toast of love to one another.  Then father of the bride, Andy Weed, welcomed everyone and gave a very personal family blessing.  

Ellie Weed, John Devins, Tierney Devins, Mary and Andy Weed

As the last table was being served their entree', it was then time to begin evening’s festivities. Beaming father Andy Weed began the toasts with a very heartfelt speech and then introduced his other daughter, Ellie Weed as she stood to give her maid of honor speech. This was followed by the best man speech from the groom's brother, Will Devins.  The band then asked for Tierney and her father to come to dance floor for the traditional father and daughter dance.  This was followed by the groom and his mother.  Then it was time for Mr. and Mrs. John Devins to have their first dance as a married couple.  The dance floor was then turned over to “Lost Wax” and the guests to join in the fun.  For those guests who needed a little energy pick me up, a desert lounge was opened featuring an elegant confections beignet bar, cheesecake creations, and an indoor s'mores roasting station.After the stylish dinner, dancing and desert, the evening concluded with the guests lining up and blowing bubbles as the newlyweds were whisked away to begin their new life together.

After you and your families have outlined the perfect day for an ELEGANT wedding and reception, have great peace of mind as Millie’s Event Designs; “day of coordination” services execute your plans with STYLE!


Friday, January 6, 2017

New Year’s Nuptials with Kansas City Style!

By Lisa; As the warming sun set on Saturday, December 31, 2016, family and friends gathered at Kansas City’s St. Elizabeth Catholic Church to celebrate the New Year’s Eve nuptial mass of Margaret Allen Straeter and Scott Henry Schoenfeld. With Father Andrew Strobl officiating, and the church still beautifully decorated for the Christmas season, the couple could not have picked a more perfect setting to begin their new life together.  As the couple’s wedding coordinator, Millie’s Event Designs was ever ready to ensure the evening’s events came together seamlessly from the old year into the New Year. 
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Schoenfeld

After the ceremony, guests were treated to additional celebration and merriment at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art;  Once there, everyone enjoyed an open bar cocktail hour with passed appetizers of spinach and brie tart and crab cake with lemon basil aioli. The guests along with the bridal party then toasted the entrance of the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Scott Schoenfeld.  The couple’s first stop was the wedding cake table in the center of the museum, where they did their ceremonial cutting of the cake from McLain’s Bakery;   Next, this New Year’s couple offered each other a traditional champagne toast.  The cocktail buffets were then open for everyone to enjoy the beef tenderloin mini sandwiches with dill havarti and pickled onions, grilled salmon with salsa verde, and Rosemary-lemon chicken skewers. These were accompanied by roasted seasonal vegetables with balsamic reduction and baked brie with berries and lavosh. 

Designed by McLain's Bakery

Michael Beers Band
Once everyone had a chance to go through the buffet, it was time for the evening’s toast and dances. Mr. Bill Straeter, father of the bride, invited their guests to gather around the dance floor where he delivered a toast directly from the heart for his daughter and new son-in-law.  The toast was followed by the couple’s first dance as husband and wife and then by the traditional father/daughter dance the mother/son dances.  The floor was then opened up for all to dance into the New Year to the sounds of the Michael Beers Band;  As the party moved closer to midnight hour, guests were treated to cookies and given New Year's party hats, tiaras and noise makers to celebrate the end of 2016 and the beginning of a prosperous 2017.  The happy couple was last seen as they made their way into a waiting limousine to begin the New Year and their New Life together. 

Whether you are planning your own New Year’s Nuptials or just planning to begin your New Life together, contact Millie's Event Designs; where we are ever ready to seamlessly coordinate your special event in grand style.

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!