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Danielle + Ryan

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Photo by Chrissy Napoli
The Beautiful Wedding Party! Photo by Rob Wynkoop

It was a happy day on July 18, 2015 for Danielle and Ryan. Their wedding was absolutely beautiful at the Barn at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. After weeks of rain here in western Pennsylvania, the weather cooperated in full sunny pleasure. Danielle wore a gorgeous layered gown with a striking turquoise ribbon. Her bridesmaids wore the same stunning turquoise color and the mothers wore soft pink and grey. Everywhere there was pink and turquoise. I loved the combination!

Daneille and Ryan Pick a Seat

This was definitely a wedding with a country feel! The Barn at the Botanic Garden is a rustic, true, original beam barn with gorgeous rafters. It’s been adapted for events but retains all of its unique charm. Danielle and Ryan had a tent next to the barn for extra seating. All the delicious food was by Nick Jordanoff of Hazelnut Catering.

Delicious appetizers by Hazelnut Catering
Delicious appetizers by Hazelnut Catering

Danielle’s aunt, Betty Jo Woodring did all of the flowers and they were stunning. Ball Mason jars filled with perfectly pink roses and baby’s breath, a touch of silver ribbon, and pine cones on a sliver of wood -love it! Pink boutonnieres for the men, bouquets of pink roses for the bride and bridesmaids. The contrast of bright turquoise with the soft pink was a perfect combination. The table numbers were on a booklet which asked the guests to share a memory of Danielle and Ryan.

Daneille and Ryan Centerpiece back some

I have to say something about the flower girl. Ms. Mckenzie was absolutely charming. I asked her to pose for a picture and she willingly obliged. There were over flowing tubs of flowers at the garden and I asked her to stand next to one of them. I think it’s a perfect backdrop for such a pretty girl.

Danielle and Ryan flower girl
Lovely Mckenzie

There were many more great touches to this wedding. Music by a local band, the Lava Game kept the action rolling. An awesome cookie table I raided several times had amazing thumbprint cookies. The s’mores bar was filled with different flavors of marshmallows including strawberry and caramel!- plus Reese’s cups, cookies and creme bars and of course graham crackers (including chocolate ones). And someone obviously made this s’mores bar for the bride and groom. Check it out!

Danielle and Ryan S'mores

Everything was perfect for this wedding. But the most spectacular of all was the bride and groom- Danielle and Ryan. I wish them the best!

Danielle and Ryan at the fireplace
Ryan and Danielle
Alicia and Dave
Alicia and Dave
Daneille and Ryan Centerpiece
Flowers by Betty Jo Woodring
Danielle and Ryan Barn Shot
The Barn at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden – Tents by Ambassador Tent Rental
Danielle and Ryan Strawberry Marshmallows
Strawberry Marshmallows and Reese Cups, Oh My!

Danielle’s gown, Mckenzie’s dress, and the Bridesmaid’s dresses were from David’s Bridal. Tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse. Flowers by Betty Jo Woodring. Catering by Nick Jordanoff of Hazelnut Catering. Music by the Lava Game. Venue is the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Tents by Ambassador Tent Rental.

 

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Outdoor Wedding? Things to Consider!

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Photo by Jessica Lubert Photography
Photo by Jessica Lubert Photography

Thinking of an outdoor wedding? There are many factors to take into consideration if you are choosing a barn or nature type setting vs. a hotel or banquet hall location. From our experience, here are the questions you need to ask yourself before making the final decision.

1. What time of year do you want to get married? If you live in an area where there are four distinct seasons, weather can have a huge effect on your wedding day. April or May, and September or October weddings can see the greatest temperature fluctuations. Plan on renting heaters if you are considering an unheated barn or your guests will not stay long after dinner. Baskets of warm blankets are also an option you may want to consider.

Sidewalls on a tent, ready to be released and rolled down in case of rain, are a must. Take home umbrellas can be the wedding favor for the guests, especially in April or early May. Check out the My Wedding Favors or Gracious Bridal links on our sidebar for some useful favor ideas.

2. You may have to rent everything. Unless you choose a venue that has its own tents, tables, chairs, dishes, cutlery, porta johns, and kitchen equipment, plan on renting all of these items. Keep in mind it costs more to have an outdoor wedding because in essence, you are re-creating a hall. The things you take for granted when you are indoors (including bathrooms) are not always available when you celebrate outdoors. Barns are usually not large enough on their own to include space for dinner and dancing. Tents are usually a necessary supplement to a barn unless it’s very large.

3. You have to plan for the worst weather. No matter what, you have to live in reality. If you want a June through August wedding, you need to plan for the heat. Spring or fall, plan for rain and chilly temps. If you are getting married next to a pond with no shade and it’s hot, provide parasols for your guests or have them under a tent. Or, offer colorful hand held fans, with ceremony details on them. Keep the ceremony to a comfortable length and have a water or lemonade table nearby. Make a rain plan just in case and don’t be afraid to implement it if the weather looks threatening.

4. Think about the physically challenged. Your grandmother, grandfather and elderly aunt may need a ride down to the pond or location of your ceremony (some outdoor venues have golf carts for this purpose). If the cocktail reception is longer than a five minute walk from the ceremony location, that’s another ride to take into consideration. Make sure there is sturdy seating for the elderly (chairs with arms are best; wooden chairs are not great!) and recruit assistants to be on standby to help those who need it.

5. There could be more rules to follow. In general, barns are next to neighbors who go to bed early. It is likely you will have a 10 or 11pm end time on your event vs. a hotel that will let you end much later. Set up times may be shorter too so you may have to adjust your decor, depending on when you can get in and when everything must be taken down.

Outdoor weddings can be beautiful. Nature is the perfect backdrop. Ask a planner or coordinator to help you think of all the options when considering a wedding under the stars, or tap the expertise of your venue coordinator. This way you will be prepared and ready for any weather or situation.

 

 

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Danina + Preston

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Danina and Preston. Photo by Electric Lime Studios
Danina and Preston. Photo by Electric Lime Studios

I met Danina one year ago when a friend of mine recommended me to her. She is a make up artist extraordinaire and owns her own business, Faces by Danina. Danina is super talented, an artist who can transform faces into works of art. She did my daughter’s make up for The Reception, the event we did at Cuttings last fall. I was impressed with her then and we began following each other on our social media sites.

It was my daughter who broke the news to me right after Christmas that Danina was engaged. We invited her to a bridal show with us and then bombarded her with questions about her wedding! I have to admit I could not contain my excitement over Danina and Preston’s wedding. I practically fell over myself to answer her questions and explain what I could help her with on her wedding day.

Photo by Electric Lime Studios
Photo by Electric Lime Studios

Danina and Preston are marrying in early fall at the Barn at Soergel Hollow. The venue is located in Evans City and honestly, I can’t wait. We met recently to discuss the details, and let’s just say, it will be one wonderful wedding.

Dan and Lindsey Thompson of Electric Lime Studios took these beautiful engagement photos. I know you’ll join me in showering the couple with heartfelt best wishes as they move forward in their wedding planning and their life together.

Photo by Electric Lime Studios
Photo by Electric Lime Studios
Photo by Electric Lime Studios
Photo by Electric Lime Studios
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A Beautiful Time at the Fairmont Pittsburgh

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The service at the Fairmont. Both days every was exemplary.
Ready to begin at the Fairmont. Both days, everything was exemplary.

My daughter had her work conference recently and I was fortunate enough to participate in the coordination of it. Michelene did a tremendous job planning everything. The conference was entitled “Strength in Numb3rs” and was for the Uzuri Think Tank at Robert Morris University.

My daughter Michelene and I at the conference.
My daughter Michelene and I at the conference.

The speakers and the break out sessions were focused on diversity in fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). The presentations were excellent and beautifully inspirational.

I cannot say enough about the Fairmont. They were superior in every aspect of their service and planning. We served a Pittsburgh style buffet on the first full day of the conference, complete with perogies, Primanti style sandwiches, Pittsburgh salad (with fries and cheese), and these delicious burnt almond cupcakes.

Burnt Almond Cupcakes with a creamy center. Delicious!
Burnt Almond Cupcakes with a creamy center. Delicious!

Cuttings Flower and Garden in Sewickley provided the stunning centerpieces, filled with fresh spring flowers. The entire room smelled heavenly as we entered for dinner on the first night.

Flowers from Cuttings in Sewickley
Flowers from Cuttings in Sewickley
The room was Stunning!
The room was Stunning!

If you are considering a conference or event in Pittsburgh, I encourage you to check with the Fairmont. The planners and wait staff could not do enough for us. To have an event where attendees talk about it long after it is over, is quite an accomplishment. I think this certainly was one of those events.

 

 

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Good Organizational Tips for Brides

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Did you get engaged over the holidays? Congratulations!
Photo by Steve Dalton Photography

If you recently became engaged, congratulations! Perhaps you have already picked out your dress, your bridesmaid’s dresses, and your venue. You are meeting with caterers, checking out favor ideas, and deciding what flowers you want to go with at your wedding.

Your happiness is important during the planning stages and up to, and including, your big day. Here are some tips you can implement to help you stay organized along the way.

1. Have a file or folder to keep all your planning notes and contracts in. Stay as organized as possible and utilize a multi slot accordian file, or at least, multiple folders with the headings of all possible categories of your wedding. Caterer, Bridesmaids, DJ, Venue, all will have different needs and in some cases, different contracts. Keeping track of your notes and paperwork will make your life easier.

2. Read the fine print. You have many things on your mind for your wedding and it’s important to have someone (a knowledgeable family friend or other neutral party) to look over the contracts, agreements, etc. that you will need to sign with your vendors. If you have questions, don’t be afraid to ask. Don’t sign on the dotted line until you understand your obligations.

3. Keep track of your budget. A small notebook or ledger pad will help you keep track of all your expenses. Set reminders on your cell phone, or a hanging wall calendar to keep track of when you are due for payments to your vendors. Don’t live in la la land with your credit card. Keep track of what you are spending.

4. The more you do ahead of time, the less stressed you will be. It’s true. If you wait until the last minute on key items, not only will you pay more, but you will be frazzled at the end. Do as much as you can ahead of time and you’ll see how much easier your life will be. Make decisions on your favors, dresses, shoes, honeymoon ahead of time and breathe easier.

5. Get help. Ask family or friends to help you with tasks that feel overwhelming. Consider hiring a coordinator to assist you in staying on track. Managing stress at this time is crucial and necessary for a happy bride and groom on their wedding day.

6. Maintain your relationship with your loved one. Spend time together, have dates, keep an open dialogue about what is going on during the wedding planning process. Don’t focus obsessively on your wedding; keep it in proportion to your life and make sure you have down time.

6. Keep it simple. If you have many ideas for your wedding day and are feeling anxiety, perhaps you’re trying to do too much. You can’t do everything. Put all your ideas down (even on a Pinterest board) and decide what you can reasonably afford, and what is unnecessary. In the long run, simplicity is really elegant and you can’t go wrong with it.

7. Use a wedding app to keep all of your information together. Share photos, track rsvp’s, even monitor your wedding day weather!

These simple organizational tips will help you stay focused for your wedding day. Remember, this is about you and your groom and the celebration of your union. Keep that in mind and all will go well!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to share below!

Photo by Zack Wilson Photography
Photo by Zack Wilson Photography
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Valentine’s Day Ideas

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Not sure about you but I LOVE Pinterest! While searching for the perfect idea to share with you today, I couldn’t pick just one. So here’s a medley of beautiful pins with a link to each website right underneath. Hope you are inspired to try one of these ideas for your Valentine’s Day!

Strawberry Heart Pie
Scrumptious Strawberry Heart Pie
A Valentine’s Day Surprise
Photobucket
Tissue Rosette Kissing Balls from Crepe Paper
Dah-Ling Cookies
Lemon Cake with Fresh Raspberries // Not Without Salt
Lemon Cake with Fresh Raspberries/Not Without Salt

 

valentine's day cocktail ideas
Valentine’s Day Cocktail Ideas
Loveheart Meringues
Love Heart Meringues

See, told you! So many great ideas! For more great Valentine’s Day ideas, click HERE to check out more of my Pinterest page!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KDE Offers “Wedding on a Budget” Class!

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Courtesy of Zack Wilson Photography
Courtesy of Zack Wilson Photography

Since time is running short to mail a check, please call the Findlay Township Recreation Department at 724-695-0500 x 246 to register for this class, or send a text to KDE at 412-498-1607. There is still time to attend!

Recently Engaged? Ready to start planning the wedding of your dreams and need some direction? Join Joanne Jamis Cain and Michelene Cain of Katherine’s Daughter Events for this informative class that will help you choose and manage your venue, caterer, florist, wedding attire and theme for your special day. Learn where you should spend money and where you can cut corners to make your day the most fabulous ever. 

If you are a newly engaged bride or just planning a wedding in the near future, take advantage of this opportunity. Katherine’s Daughter Events has partnered with Findlay Township Recreation to offer an evening class on “Wedding Planning on a Budget.”

This class is only two hours but yet covers many of the points necessary for a beautiful, yet reasonable wedding celebration. Held on Tuesday, February 24th, at the Findlay Township Activity Center, 310 Main Street, Imperial, PA. from 6:30- 8:30pm, the class is just $10. Please call 724-695-0500 x 246 today to reserve your spot or text KDE at 412-498-1607.

Event Cakes PGH will be providing delicious wedding cake for the evening snack. Dress casual and bring your questions for the Q & A period to follow the class. In case of inclement weather and/or cancellation, you will be contacted via the phone and email address you provide. 

Feel free to send us any questions through our contact tab that you would like addressed that evening. Share this post with other members of your family and brides We look forward to meeting you and your friends for this informative class!

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What Does A “Day of Wedding” Coordinator Do?

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The beautiful couple. Photo by Dalton Photography
The beautiful couple. Photo by Dalton Photography

We’re offering a $50 referral bonus this summer of 2015 to anyone who refers us to a bride for “day of wedding” coordination service!” Please use our handy contact tab above to send us a message. Thank you!

It’s easy for us to know exactly what to do on your wedding day. But we know this is not always clear up front. These days, your venue or caterer promises to make it all happen on your special day. That may be so. We want to provide a list of what we actually do for brides and grooms (and their families) on the Big Day. This is a good list to take to your venue or caterer. If they don’t do all or most of this, consider letting us help you.

Many brides tell us they do not want their own families setting up table decorations the morning of the wedding. We agree. The morning should be a relaxing time to get ready for what’s going to unfold!

Here’s a great list of what we really do:

2-3 Months Prior to Wedding Day

  • Meet with Bride and Groom at least twice to review all details and logistics planned for the wedding day
  • Touch base with all vendors in the month leading up to the wedding to confirm arrival time and any special needs (electrical, etc)
  • Go with Bride and Groom for their final walk through at the venue before the wedding day
  • Email all vendors a timeline the week of the wedding
  • Attend the rehearsal and coordinate all ceremony details with the officiant

Wedding Day:

Prior to Reception

  • Greet vendors and instruct them as to where to set up (i.e. band/DJ, florist, baker and caterer)
  • Make sure Cocktail Hour and Reception décor is set up according to plan
  • Make sure all flowers are set up according to floral order
  • Make sure reception décor is set up according to plan
  • For outdoor tents, make certain that lighting is arranged and working appropriately
  • Meet with catering staff to confirm food timeline
  • Arrange escort cards
  • Set up guest book, cake cutting utensils, and champagne flutes
  • Set up table numbers and menu cards
  • Set up any amenities baskets in guest restrooms
  • Set up favor table or place favors at individual seats
  • Assist catering and/or venue staff with remaining setup needs
  • Look over guest tables and head table to confirm they are set up properly
  • Review final set up before guest arrival

Ceremony Management

  • Ensure florist has delivered and set up all Ceremony floral arrangements
  • Distribute all flowers to remaining bridal party and family members
  • Set up programs and other Ceremony items i.e. guest book, unity candles, and send off items
  • Ensure that Ceremony musicians have arrived and direct them as to where to set up
  • Ensure that Ushers/Groomsmen arrive on time and are ready to escort guests
  • Ensure designated attendants arrive on time and are ready to pass out programs and assist with the guest book
  • Alert Ushers/Groomsmen as to when to begin escorting guests to their seats
  • Coordinate with the Ceremony officiator to determine signals or cues that will begin the Ceremony
  • Communicate a ‘Countdown to I Do’ with the wedding party members as the day progresses
  • Handle any emergencies that may arise
  • Line up the bridal party for their entrances down the aisle
  • Cue Ceremony musicians when bridal party is ready to begin processional
  • Gather family and bridal party for photos after the Ceremony
  • Transport items from the Ceremony location to the Reception venue and store any items not needed at the Reception (If needed)

Reception Management

  • Ensure proper flow of Cocktail Hour food and drinks
  • Encourage guests to take their seats at the appropriate time
  • Help guests locate their escort cards and dining tables
  • Locate Bride, Groom and wedding party and instruct them to stay to the side of main dining room until they receive cue for their introduction
  • Cue band, DJ or designated emcee when the majority of guests have found their tables and Bride and Groom are ready to be introduced
  • Cue band/DJ, photographer, videographer and immediate family members of the Bride and Groom when important events take place at reception (i.e. first dance, parent dances, cake cutting, and toasts)
  • Cue Father of the Bride, Best Man and Maid of Honor when they are about to be announced for toasts
  • Know the catering service’s schedule, and help ensure that guests are served at the appointed time
  • Distribute final payments/gratuities to vendors at the end of the night
  • Prevent and fix any problems that may arise during the event
  • Remain easily accessible through the entire event in case there are any details the Bride & Groom would like attended to
  • Collect gifts and personal décor items and ensure they reach the designated family member, room and/or vehicle
  • Coordinate Reception departure transportation and/or send off

Our fee for services is relatively small compared with what the true cost of a wedding is these days. Please check our services tab and if we can be of service to you, send us a note through our contact tab. We’ll respond within 24 hours.

Melissa and Steve
Melissa and Steve

 

 

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Free Gift for Brides!

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Katherine’s Daughter Events and Kata Banko Couture have joined together to make a sparkly New Year’s offer to brides. Book your wedding day coordination with KD Events and choose one of the beautiful hair flowers or ribbons below!

Natalie Hair wrap by Kata Banko
Natalie Hair wrap by Kata Banko
Greta Hair Ribbon by Kata Banko
Greta Hair Ribbon by Kata Banko
Monica Hair Flower by Kata Banko
Monica Hair Flower by Kata Banko
Arden Hair Wrap by Kata Banko
Arden Hair Wrap by Kata Banko
Allesandra Hair Wrap by Kata Banko
Allesandra Hair Wrap by Kata Banko

Kata Banko Couture is a local, Beaver County company and their products are offered by Glitter and Grit, Pittsburgh and Ribbon Bridal Salon, Beaver. These beautiful hair pieces would be fabulous even under a veil and would certainly add panache to your wedding attire.

Sign with Katherine’s Daughter Events by January 31 for your 2015 or 2016 wedding*, and choose your hair piece. Check out our services page on this website for all the info on how we can make your special day stress free! Then email us easily through our contact page and we promise to be in touch within 24 hours.

*For weddings booked with Katherine’s Daughter Events in the month of January 2015, held in 2015 or 2016, based on our availability. A  non refundable deposit of $250 is required for all weddings. Limited to the first ten brides who sign with us in the New Year so don’t delay! You do not need to have a definite date booked for your wedding if you’ve just become engaged.

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Contest Giveaway! Cuttings Flower and Garden

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Win this Holiday Tea Towel from Cuttings!
Win this Holiday Tea Towel from Cuttings!

We loved this tea towel the moment we laid eyes on it! Katherine’s Daughter Events and Cuttings Flower and Garden in Sewickley Pennsylvania have joined together for a fabulous giveaway. Win this awesome tea towel plus a $50 gift card to purchase anything else you’d like from their beautiful store!

It’s easy to enter. Sign up for our IDEAs! posts by entering your email address along our sidebar. That’s one entry. Comment below and tell us your favorite part of the holiday season. That’s two entries. Follow our Facebook link and comment there. Three entries! So easy to win!

Cross the last gifts off your list by visiting Cuttings. Beautiful ornaments and decorated trees, stylish gift and entertaining ideas, wall hangings, vintage finds you will not see anywhere else. Please go and check them out!

Cuttings Flower and Garden, 524 Locust Place, Sewickley PA. 412-741-7227

Christmas at Cuttings 3

Christmas at Cuttings 2

Cuttings at Christmas The Silver Room

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