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A Look Back at 2012: The Bliss Wedding & Event Design Year in Review

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This is always one of my favorite posts to write of the year.  It’s so much fun to look back at all the wonderful people we met, clients we worked with and beautiful events we produced. 

Be sure to click on the links within the post they’re linked to fun images from our events and travels!  Here we go!

January 2012
I was fortunate to attend the Alt Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I attended alongside a few planner friends – Ali, Candice and Stephanie from various cities around the country.  Candice from Jubilee Events and I took a quick trip up to Park City for Sundance Film Festival.  It was amazing!  You can see a few of our snowy pics on my Instagram feed here.   If you ever have the chance to attend this film festival go! It was such a wonderful experience and I can’t wait to get back one of these days.

February 2012
We were asked to style two booths at the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show. I love the designs we came up with.  The first booth was a Sweet 16 party theme and the second booth was a 1st Birthday circus theme.  The milestone birthday themed and tied to areas and different history items in Columbus and tie into the Bicentennial of Columbus.  You can see the booths here and here

March 2012
It’s Cakes For A Cause was right around the corner so we were busy working on the sweetness of our 3rd year hosting this event.  We were also busy planning the beautiful details of our summer and fall weddings!

April 2012
Cakes For A Cause was April 5th at the Mid Ohio Foodbank again!  We were back and sweeter than ever!  We had a fantastic turnout and with the support of our family, friends and neighbors, we raised enough to feed 24 people for an entire year!  24 PEOPLE!   ps – mark you calendars for 2013 – Thursday, March 28 from 6-9pm!

Also this month I was featured in Special Event Magazine talking about our newest company – Oh So Lovely Events.  The girls of Oh So Lovely specialize in wedding day coordination

May 2012
This was different this year to be off for the month of May but we stayed busy planning our fall weddings and meeting with some wonderful new brides that we welcomed into the Bliss and Oh So Lovely Events family!

June 2012
On June 9th, Dick and Elise said “I do” at the Topiary Garden and celebrated with their guests at the Blue Stone.  

I also became an official member of the Ohio State University Hospitality Management Board!  As an Alum I’m so excited to be a part of this great group of professionals!

July 2012
This was a pretty busy month in the Bliss and Oh So Lovely Studio!  On July 28th we had 3 couples walk down the ailse!

Samantha and Teddy walked down the aisle at St Andrews in Upper Arlington and celebrated with their guests at Scioto Country Club.

Ania and Bill walked down the aisle at St Joseph Cathedral and celebrated with their guests at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Haley and Oliver walk down the aisle in a hay field in Northwest Columbus complete with english morning suits, top hats and tulips.  The moved to a neighboring field to celebrate with their guests under a beautiful high peak tent!

August 2012
We only had one wedding this month and oh my goodness was is a pretty one!  Lindsay and Kurt walk down the aisle at St Francis Assisi in Victorian Village and then celebrated with their guests at the Ohio Statehouse.   Ellysium Productions was on hand to film the same day edit film.  It’s one of our favorites!  

September 2012
Our fall was moving full steam ahead! 

We started the month with Sean & Stephanie’s wedding at Sean’s parent’s house in Delaware Ohio.  This was a gorgeous tented wedding that was so unique and true to Sean and Steph’s playful personalities!  
 
Every year we volunteer our services to the Short North Civic Association’s Home and Garden Tour.  This was my 11th year helping plan the preview event.  Seventh Son’s Brewing Company was our host for the night and it was so exciting to get a sneak peak of the great new location here in the Short North.  

Sarah & Dan walked down the aisle at St Brigid of Kildare and then celebrated with friends and family at Muirfiled Village Golf Club.  It was a great day, but mother nature was not very cooperative.  Cold temps, strong winds and a power outage made for an interesting evening.…but we were so prepared and the party went on and was just perfect!

October 2012
We were off for the month of October so I took advantage of a few days to run away to Walt Disney World with my little guysIt was such a fun trip to see the magic of Disney and what magical moments we created and will keep with us always.  This is one of the boys favorite photos from our trip.  That’s my dad and I diving the Living Seas in EPCOT.  They boys were beyond excited and I could actually hear the through the thick glass wall.  One of my favorite moments EVER.    

November 2012
Shannon and Benji were married on November 10th at St Joseph Cathedral and then celebrated with their guests at the Ohio Statehouse.  Their wedding had a little bit of Panamanian flair to it and was such a unqiue experience for everyone in attendance.   
  
November 17th was wedding day for Elizabeth and Johnny!  They said I do and celebrated with their families at Darby House in a heartfelt and intimate wedding.   

December 2012
We started the month with Emily and James‘ wedding at the Athletic Club of Columbus.  It was a beautiful Christmas inspired affair with fun touches like real live mistletoe.  This was their 2nd wedding in one week.  Their 1st wedding was earlier in the week in London England!

The day after Emily and James’ wedding I jetted off to engage!12 at the Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.  This is one of my favorite events to attend and this was my fifth engage! event.  I love visitng and engaging with my event friends for a few days.  I‘m always amazed and the ideas I come home with!  You can see my recap posts here and here!  

Tonight, Suzanne and Mike are tying the knot and celebrating their marriage and ringing in the new year all at once!  If you follow the Oh So Lovely instagram and twitter @ohsolovelyinc you can see a few images from their big day!

Whew!  What a year it was!  I’m so grateful for our amazing clients, vendor partners, friends and family.   I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for us and our clients.  

Have a Happy New Year!  I hope it’s a year filled with love, joy and peace!

xo
Kasey  
    

Recap Post: Engage!12 Day 1 – The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL

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Once or twice a year, I have the opportunity to attend engage!12 a Luxury Wedding Business Summit. Engage! is something I look forward to and is almost indescribable to those who ask – what is engage!12? and what do you learn? These are hard questions because it’s not that easy to describe the full experience. Rebecca and Kathyrn create an environment that fosters “engaging” round the clock. There’s a lot of networking, inspiring each other and creative thinking that goes on. When I return home, I always have new ideas and inspirations for the coming year. Honestly, my head is filled and I don’t know where to begin – well yes I do, but more of that later! (wink wink) We also are treated like VIP’s, which for anyone in the events industry is a treat because we’re usually the one’s doing the treating!

Here’s a quick recap of our Day 1 at the Breakers (by the way – the Breakers Weddings is getting a post all it’s own because they were so wonderful!): Upon arrival, anticipation grows as we wait to receive our swag bags. If you haven’t seen an engage!12 swagbag they are amazing! So thoughtfully crafted and assembled. They are in inspiration all they’re own. The ladies from Gifts For the Good Life are always surprising us. Mid-day we move on to the opening session. I am always so excited to see and hear Simon T. Bailey. His messages are always right on and he has impeccable timing for them. Our opening night party was filled with lots of southern fun. We were welcomed into a beautiful cleartop clearspan tent (sorry for the technical jargon) that was all decked out for the Boots ‘n Bowties welcome party. It was so nice to catch up with everyone that I hadn’t seen in a little over a year and meet some new industry friends! Here’s just a few of my favorite images from day one….

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Images courtesy of Elan Artists (they are awwweeessooommee too!)and http://www.scottclarkphoto.com and http://www.chellisemichaelphotography.com