Wednesday, June 21, 2017

May Showers Can’t Dampen Love in Liberty!

By Lisa;

Liberty Missouri’s historic Belvoir Winery; was the site for Haley Voutour and Kevin Clayton to say “I do" before family and friends on Friday, May 19, 2017. A close friend to the groom, Danny Duran, was the chosen officiate and he was proud to present for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Clayton. Millie's Event Designs was the official "day of" wedding coordinator on site providing guidance to the bridal party and vendors as the scheduled outdoor wedding was moved indoors due to spring thunderstorms.

At precisely 6:00 in the evening, the beautiful bride was escorted by her father down the aisle to the accompaniment of a string quartet to meet her beaming groom.  Beneath a floral arch, the couple exchanged their wedding vows and made their solemn promises to each other. The simple but elegant ceremony was followed by a lovely cocktail hour in the foyer where the string quartet softly played the songs of today while the guests were enjoying themselves. 

Then, at 7:30pm, the guests were belled into the beautiful ballroom for the reception dinner. The room was decorated with gorgeous flower arrangements from Flowers by Emily;
The wedding cake from the bride's chosen cake designer; Kay Benjamin of Take the Cake; 
was also on display. Once the guests had taken their seats, the bride and groom were introduced by the band, Funk Syndicate, and took their place at their "sweet heart" table as they dined on their entree of choice.  

As the guests were finishing their meal, it was now time to begin the reception events. The band brought Haley and Kevin to front of the room where they cut their wedding cake and performed a traditional champagne toast.  Next, bride's father to give a heartfelt speech. By the time he was finished, there wasn't a dry eye in the room. His speech was followed by speeches from the bride's sister and best man. Both shared with the audience their memorable moments with the bride and groom and left all searching for a tissue. 

Next, the newly christened couple found their way into each other’s arms for their first dance to the song; Have a Little Faith in Me, by John Hiatt (piano version).  The dances then continued with the father and the bride and the mother with the groom.  The dance floor was then opened to family and friends to dance the night away.  

As the reception was coming to a close, the guests were asked to line up outside to provide Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Clayton a "sparkling" sendoff.  As the couple walked down the steps and drove off into the night to begin their life together, the spring rains began to fall again.  However, no showers could dampen the spirit of matrimony in Liberty this evening.

At Millie’s Event Designs; we don’t let spring showers or any other inclement weather stand in the way of our efforts to deliver to you a perfect and seamless wedding event.  Call on us to guide your wedding day and give you the peace of mind that all is well, no matter what the weather!

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!