Rustic Fall Orchard Wedding : Sarah + Ross

We had the privilege of working with Sarah and Ross to create their lovely fall wedding held at Cider Hill Family Orchard. What a treat it was to work at this intimate barn venue among all of the gorgeous fall colors and scents.  The apples were ripe for picking and the camp fire was burning for guests to enjoy.  What a fun day this was!  Thank you to Mary Verett for capturing the day in photos.

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Thank you to the great team that made this event such a success!

Photographer: Mary Verett Photography

Venue: Cider Hill Family Orchard

Florist: Hitched

Caterer: Jack Stack BBQ

Bartending: Top Shelf

Cake: FouCakes

Planner: Madi Sanders with Soirée Event Designs

 

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Vendor Feature : Olive Events

We love to show love for the great vendors that help make our events a success for our brides and grooms! Today we’re showcasing the talents of Olive Events Catering!  We’re sure that after this read…your mouth will be watering!

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Soirée: When did you get started in your business and how did it begin?

Olive Events Catering: 2008. I went to culinary school and dabbled in catering while working at a local restaurant. I loved that every event was different – new location, new clients, new menus!

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Soirée: What does the process look like for clients who work with you?

Olive Events Catering: Client relations is key to the success of our business. We host a private tasting for our clients and really get to know them. We have a greater understanding of what the most important aspects of the event are. When we meet one on one we can create the perfect event, start to finish.

Soirée: Describe your favorite wedding style.

Olive Events Catering: Our favorite wedding style is when the Bride and Groom use family traditions in unique modern ways. A recent Bride and her family love pies, so we baked hundreds of petite pies in several varieties including, Bourbon Pecan, Nectarine and Plum, Chocolate Silk and Apple.

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Soirée: What is your favorite season of the year and why?

Olive Events Catering: My favorite wedding season is Fall. There is nothing prettier than an outdoor Fall wedding reception. People are excited when the season changes – pumpkins, apples, twigs, leaves, vibrant colors.

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Soirée: Favorite reception cocktail?

Olive Events Catering: Seasonal cocktails that include infused liquors and herbs. We love Meyer lemon infused vodka with lavender syrup and thyme sprigs.

Soirée: What is quote you live by?

Olive Events Catering: “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing” – Dale Carnegie

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Soirée: What is your favorite part of a wedding? Ceremony or reception? Why?

Olive Events Catering: Believe it or not, our favorite part of the wedding is the ceremony. We are sentimental old softies 🙂 !!!

 

A BIG thank you to Olive Events for letting us feature them today! We love having the opportunity to collaborate together and they always do a phenomenal job with our clients!

 

-Soirée Event Designs

Enchanted Masquerade Inspiration Shoot

We are so excited to announce that today our work was featured on 100 Layer Cake! We worked with some incredible vendors to pull off a fabulous shoot and we couldn’t be more pleased with the result.  Be sure to check it out here : http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2014/10/28/enchanted-masquerade-wedding-party-halloween-inspiration/

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A big thank you goes to Cassandra Castaneda Photography, Be Chic Bride, Bella Bridesmaids, Altar Bridal, Olive Events Catering, Indie Olive Press, Poppy & Clover Floral Design, Emmy-Ray, Belvoir Winery and Mary Verett Photography!

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Inspired by : Fall Colors of Kansas City

One thing we can’t deny here in Kansas City are the INCREDIBLE colors we get to see during the Autumn season.  This year they’ve been absolutely stunning and with the Fall-themed weddings we’ve done this month…we’re loving color schemes with an emphasis on those traditional fall colors more than ever!  Today we’ve gathered some inspiration photos we love that pull of the fall color palette so well.  Enjoy!

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-Soirée Event Designs

Kansas City Venue Spotlight : The Gallery Event Space

With so many great venues in the KC area, we’ve decided to highlight a few of our favorites as a part of a new series, “Kansas City VENUE Spotlight”! Today, our intern Loree is sharing with us information on the incredible Gallery Event Space.
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The Gallery Event Space is a classic and timeless venue for any seasonal wedding. It has unique features such as floor to ceiling windows and a balcony that is overlooking the Power and Light District of Kansas City.
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This incredible space can accommodate up to 400 seated guests and 600 guests in a cocktail style. The venue offers LED lighting around the ceiling with customized color options. The Gallery Event Space has 9,000 square feet to offer and will include certain features to help make your event more successful. Some of those features include: round banquet tables, cocktail tables, and portable bars.
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House chairs, standard black and white linens, china, silverware, and bar glassware are also included. Some of the other great items they will provide are skirted staging, projectors and the screen, wireless microphones, lapel microphones, and the house sound system. The Gallery Event Space will even provide onsite catering and the Lounge Package to all those who book an event with them.  To help make the event seamless, an Event Planner will also be provided to help with all the finer details.
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This venue has endless opportunities and, with their dedicated team of professionals, they are committed to making your vision a reality. The Gallery Event Space was awarded by The Knot Magazine as “One of the Top Wedding Venues in Kansas City for 2014,” and with their help you too can create the perfect event.
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For more information on The Gallery Event Space please contact Jessica Mullen, Event and Wedding Coordinator, at Jessica@thegalleryeventspace.com or by phone at 816-877-8312.
We love working at the Gallery! See one of Soirée Event Designs weddings held at the gallery this past May here.
-Loree, Soirée Event Designs Fall Intern
Photos in this post came from Kansas City Power and Light and Tracy Routh Photography.

Vendor Feature : Be Chic Bride

One of the coolest parts of our job?  Connecting with other fabulous wedding vendors in Kansas City! There is nothing more fun than having a client fall in love with a vendor that you have suggested for them and we are so lucky to work with some of Kansas City’s best.  Mikayla and Breanna of Be Chic Bride are one of our very talented hair and makeup artists that focus specifically on brides and bridal parties!

Let’s get to know them, shall we?

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Soirée : How many years have you been in business and how did you get started?

Be Chic Bride : We have been in business for 7 years. Growing up in a family of all girls, we’ve always had plenty of “models” to practice hair and makeup on. But after having worked for a few years for another business in this same field, we felt it was time for us to make it our own. We started BeChic with the idea of truly letting the bride be pampered on her wedding day. We want our brides to not have to worry about going to a salon, late appointments before them, traffic, getting a stylist who maybe doesn’t do wedding hair or makeup every day, being apart from your bridal party while you are getting all glammed up, etc.  Our passion in the beauty industry is specific to weddings. We LOVE them! We love everything about them.  (Truth be told, I’m pretty sure we have about 5 “vow renewal” ceremonies planned on Pinterest. Now if we can only talk our husbands into spending a few hundred thousand dollars…)

Our team of hand-picked stylists do all of our trainings throughout the year on hair and makeup education that specifically relates to anything a bride might need for her wedding day look. Plainly said, we know what works, what lasts and what’s gonna make that camera love every angle of you! After all, a bride spends a good portion of her budget on photography and videography (and that GORGEOUS frock!), so why wouldn’t you want to “complete the package” with professional hair and makeup??

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Soirée : What does the process look like for brides that work with you?

Be Chic Bride : Where it really all begins for each bride with us is their trial run. We want to hear all about her wedding. What she has envisioned for her wedding day look since she was 5, what the flowers are going to be, the colors, the DRESS, how she and her Mr. met, what unique touches they will have to their day that maybe only the two of them will understand, the list goes on and on.

This is the bride’s opportunity to really find out what flawless look compliments everything about them, their style and will inevitably knock their groom’s socks off! We do find sometimes that a bride will come in with certain pictures that are on all ends of the “spectrum”, if you will. She gets to try them all out and see what looks best on her. And more often than not, a bride will end up choosing a look she didn’t think she would.

After a bride’s trial, if she chooses to book with us, we go over the contract and specifics for her big day. From then on, we make sure we are available to whatever she may need before her wedding day.

When the amazing day is finally here, we are always on time to wherever the bride has decided that everyone is getting ready. This is the fun part! We get to meet all her best friends, sisters, mom(s) and sometimes (if we’re lucky) we even get to meet the Mr.!

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Soirée : Describe your favorite wedding style.

Be Chic Bride :

Mikayla: Oh gosh. While we’re sisters and a lot of our style ends up being very similar, I would have to say that I am a hopeless romantic. So something very traditional with lots of shabby chic florals and definitely some braids goin’ on somewhere. (Although, my own wedding was 1940’s old Hollywood complete with white dinner jackets, bowties, red-carpet, period-inspired bridesmaids gowns and some good ‘ole Frank Sinatra. I do LOVE a red lip!)

Breanna: Wedding styles are always changing and it is so fun to get to see when a bride jumps out of the “Midwest box” and does something modern. I love a runway-style gown with lots of sleek, artistic lines. The loft setting for a ceremony or reception has to be my favorite.  (But if Ikea ever starts doing weddings, I’m TOTALLY there!)

Soirée : Favorite Reception Cocktail?

Be Chic Bride : Hmm…. This is a hard one. We don’t usually stay for the wedding ceremony or reception so we don’t typically get to try the “signature drink”.  Something very sweet though. We both have a BAD sweet tooth!

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Soirée : What is your favorite part of a wedding?

Be Chic Bride :  Ahhh! SO MANY!!!

The part where Dad looks at his little girl all dressed and ready to begin a new family and realizes she’s all grown up and ready to be someone’s wife.

When the groom sees his bride for the first time coming toward him ready to give him her everything.

A mom gushing about how much she loves her new son-in-law and how she is so blessed that her daughter found a wonderful man, and how she can’t wait to see them grow together.

Soirée : What is a quote you live by?

Be Chic Bride :  It’s hard to pick even just a couple! 1)   Love the Lord your God with all your Heart, Soul and Mind. 2)   “Never promise more than you can deliver. But always deliver more than you promised”- Lou Holtz

 

Thank you so much Mikayla and Breanna for letting us gush on you for our readers! We love y’all!

-Soirée Event Designs

Kansas City Wedding at the Midland : Chelsea and Andrew

A wedding day can be very bittersweet for a wedding planner.  On Chelsea and Andrew’s wedding day I was thrilled that they were beginning this next chapter of their lives together, but I was also so sad that it meant the conclusion of my time serving them!

Their February wedding brought beautiful sunshine and an incredible party!  Freeland Photography captured each moment so beautifully as you will see in the photos below.  Chelsea and Andrew Karle, thank you for letting me play a small part in this wonderful day! – Madi Sanders

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Planner : Madi Sanders with Soirée Event Designs

Photographer : Freeland Photography

Venue : The Midland Theatre

Florist : Beco Flowers

Catering : Brancato’s

Cake : Great Cakes Kansas City

Rentals : All Seasons Event Rental

Band : Patrick Lentz Band

Hotel : Crowne Plaza Downtown

 

Modern Indian Bridal Inspiration Shoot

With interest in honoring tradition while expressing modern taste, we wanted to showcase the perfect juxtaposition of Indian bridal elegance paired with a contemporary black and white palette. The importance of bright color in the attire and accessories was able to stand out against floral arrangements and garlands composed of of whites and creams. The beautiful Amigoni Winery located in the heart of Kansas City served as a beautiful slate for this vision to come to life.

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Planning And Coordination: Madi Sanders With Soirée Event Designs

Photographer: Paper Crane Photo

Hair & Makeup: Be Chic Bride

Florist: Emmy Ray

Rentals: Ultra Pom Rentals

Calligraphy: Madi Sanders

Cake: CakeGirl

Venue: Amigoni Winery

 

“Why Every Girl Should Hire a Wedding Planner” according to Kansas City bride, Heather Jacques

Here at Soirée Event Designs we get a lot of inquiries from brides who are totally capable of handling most of their wedding planning.  They are organized, have a vision for their day and have many family members and friends ready to help out in any way they might need. Soon after diving into their planning they come to the conclusion that planning a wedding can actually take a lot of their time and it can start to feel like a second job amongst their already busy schedules.  That’s where we come in. We want to be able to allow brides the time to celebrate their engagements and their upcoming marriage with full confidence that the wedding will be planned beautifully and according to their vision.  

Today one of our sweet brides, Heather Jacques, is sharing her input on why she has chosen to hire Soirée Event Designs to help her execute her vision for the wedding day and why she thinks every girl should consider doing the same.

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From Heather:

I think every girl dreams of the day they will be engaged and all the special moments their “big day” might hold. For me, I loved to dream and envision that magical moment that I prayed would happen someday.

Ryan and I got engaged on October 18, 2013. I loved being engaged but all the sudden I felt nervous, unprepared, unorganized  and unable to attain those hopes and dreams I had created in my head…because now it was REALLY happening. Decisions are easier made when they aren’t really real. 🙂

After only being engaged for two days, I knew that we needed a planner of some type. It was my Dad’s extra push that led us to a consultation with Madi Sanders from Soirée Event Designs. To be honest I was fearful of our first meeting. Would she be able to get a sense of my style? Would she understand the look we were going for our big day? Would she push ideas onto us? All the unknowns were floating around in my head.

But let me tell you what. I am so thankful for that day in October when my mom and I sat down with Madi. It was one of those moments when you meet someone and it all seems to good to be true. She was energetic, full of ideas (even better than my own!), organized and truly passionate about her job. We had an instant connection. So much so that immediately I could trust her with our BIG DAY.
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It’s only December and we’ve only met a handful of times but our wedding day is becoming so much of what I had envisioned with Madi’s help. She takes our ideas, finds vendors that have the perfect fit and all the while, is totally open to the things we want to do. If we have a dream, Madi makes it happen. I’ve been so pleased and stress-free (are you happy mr. right?). I’ve taken no time from my day job to make any boring vendor calls (which Madi adores), I haven’t had to schedule one meetings and most importantly, I get to choose how much we are involved. It has truly been the perfect fit for us.

Thinking of all the great things Madi is helping us do now, I am so happy knowing Ryan and I have had no stress or pressures and have really gotten to enjoy being an engaged couple. What’s even more exciting is that during our rehearsal and on the BIG DAY my mom, dad and bridesmaids get to sit back and take in the day with me instead of running around setting things up, organizing and coordinating people when are to start. I am so thankful we all get to enjoy that special day together!

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This process has been an enjoyable, exciting time and I definitely owe it all to Madi at Soirée Events Designs helping us achieve our wishes while listening to our special wants and needs and finding a way to make them all happen. We are blessed to be walking this journey with such a delightful person.

Heather and Ryan will be married on September 27, 2014 here in Kansas City.  We are so pleased to be helping them throughout this process and are so thankful that they are entrusting us with this special celebration. If you are interested in learning more about how we can help you to see your wedding dreams come to life, please contact us at info@soireeeventdesigns.com for a complimentary consultation.

-Soirée Event Designs
All images from Ryan and Heather’s engagement session by Jeni Lewis of AOH Photography.

Feeling Pin-spired : Winter Wedding

We’re excited to bring you a new monthly series, Soirée Event Designs’ “Feeling Pin-Spired”! Like what you see?  Have something you think would be a great fit into our winter wedding inspiration?  Share in the comments below!pinspired_winterweddings

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1) Candlelight makes any winter gathering feel warm and cozy! Image via Borrowed and Blue.

2) The Jenny Yoo Aidan convertible dress will accommodate any bridesmaid body type. This neutral Charcoal Luxe Chiffon is perfect for a winter palette and can be purchased at Bella Bridesmaids Kansas City.  Image via Jenny Yoo.

3) Invitations are the first impression for any big event.  Impress your guests with hand-lettered paper goods and simple wooden place cards. Image via Under Consideration.

4) White florals are the perfect winter bloom when accented with rich, merlot tones.  Image via 100 Layer Cake.

5) Wow your guests (and your groom!) as you walk down the aisle. Winter is the best time to pull out the glam and glitz and illusion gowns are on trend this season.  Image via Wedding Inspirasi.

6) Carefully crafted place settings spread the feeling of warm hospitality to your guests!  Gold accents and florals help to keep your winter wedding feeling elegant. Image via 100 Layer Cake.

7) No cake topper?  Not crazy about flowers on your cake?  Throw in some winter charm with frosted pinecones! Image via Wedding Wire.

8) Don’t let the cold temperatures deter you from taking outdoor photos! A fur stole and hugs from your groom will keep you cozy! Image via Style Me Pretty.

Images complied by Danielle Suarez, Owner.
Post created and written by Madi Sanders, Lead Wedding Coordinator.