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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Crazy for Cakes!

Wedding cakes can be a couple’s favorite part of planning. Cakes are often a focal point at the reception and can sometimes be the guest’s favorite part! Textured cakes, floral details, cake toppers and ribbon borders…. whatever you choose can add the perfect dose of personality to your event.  Today we’re exploring some fun and unique ideas for a decorated wedding cake that we think you’ll enjoy!

 

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A single tier can be just as beautiful as a large extravagant design! Metallics are growing in popularity and sugar flowers are always a good idea!  Image via.

 

 

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Stucco texture is a perfect fit for weddings that have a slight rustic feel.  Blooms placed among the tiers can add a special touch and a pop of color. Via Style Me Pretty.

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Texture can also be obtained with a sugar flower covering like this cake above!  A ribbon adds a classic and sophisticated touch. Image via.

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This lightly dusted blue two tier cake has minimal detail with the braided bottom and off centered hydrangea flower on top.  It is just the right about of decoration to fit with the theme of the event without going overboard!

 

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This gold and turquoise combination is accented nicely with pattern and border detail.  It is fun to carry the details of your invitations or table linens into the design of your cake! Image via.

 

 

 

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Simple yet dramatic. The petal tips highlighted in a beautiful purple catch your eye and give the simple cake a pop of color. Via Wedding Party App.

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Who said wedding cakes had to be a traditional shape? This sphere base is totally eye catching and would certainly make a statement on your display table! Via Wedding Me You.

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This cake has a simple base but an extravagant icy wonderland detail! Great for a wintertime wedding. Via Colin Cowie Weddings.

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This cake displays a whole lot of personality and doesn’t look like your traditional wedding cake. Via Love Wed Bliss

 

Needless to say, the possibilities are endless when it comes to the cake.  Explore your options, have fun with it…and make sure it tastes delicious for all of your guests to enjoy. Do you have a favorite of the cakes we’ve featured today? Do share in the comments below!

-Soirée Event Designs Team

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

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.

Soirée Event Designs featured on Jana Marie Photography Blog

We are so thankful for the kindness of Jana Marler, the talent behind Jana Marie Photography and the totally fun Banana Who? Photo Booth, for featuring an interview with our Lead Wedding Coordinator, Madi Sanders, on her blog today!  Be sure to stop by and read Jana’s post, here, to learn a little bit more about Madi and her background in the wedding industry as well as her advice for couples as they prepare for their wedding day!

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Images by Jana Marie Photography