IDEAs!

Jessica + Jason, September 20, 2014

Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone

JessAndJason

You have to love a couple that is as warm and friendly as Jessica and Jason. The first time I met them, they smiled from ear to ear and gave me a big hug. They already had a wedding website and these are the words from their lovely welcome page: “Jason and Jess met in the winter of 1998 at Penn State – University Park.  They met through mutual friends and first faced off on the field of battle…..an epic snow covered game of King of the Hill (if memory serves, Jessica won)…..

Their lives took them on separate paths after college and in Februrary 2013, Jason reached out to Jess via Facebook as he was reconnecting with old friends.  They met up for a casual beer at the Sharp Edge in Pittsburgh… and have been pretty much inseparable ever since….and plan on keeping it that way.” I love it!

Jessica is a well organized bride. She had her thoughts down on paper. Here’s what she wrote- “Goal for having a Wedding Coordinator: I think Jason and I are pretty comfortable with the arrangements that have been made so far. Our biggest goal for having a wedding coordinator is to make sure our families can enjoy the day as much as possible without having to worry about little details.”

It is a great act of love on the part of a bride and groom to want their families to enjoy the day. And I view that as my goal- to take the “day of” details off their plates so they can live in the moment of their wedding day.

Out of respect for their privacy, I am not disclosing the wedding location but it is a beautiful, rustic setting amid trees and nature. The ceremony will be outdoors and the reception in a large hall nearby. A campfire and s’mores will wrap up the evening!

Follow this blog for more details on Jessica and Jason’s wedding! Sign up for our free newsletter (see sidebar) and receive great tips on special event and wedding planning!

Follow us on Facebook by clicking HERE!

Please follow and like us:
986
Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone

What Inspires You?

Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone

 

Mango Tables 2Inspiration can come in many shapes and forms. For some, it is a quote or saying. For others it is something more tangible.

Laura's PillowFor my latest client, a pillow was her inspiration for a color scheme. Yes, a pillow. Laura loved the colors on her eclectic throw pillow and we used them to create an event that was WOW!

Laura and I utilized these colors by having a big white tent, orange overlays on the tables, orange gerbera daisy centerpieces, and paper lanterns in turquoise, orange, lime green and white. This provided a stunning palate of color among the trees and beautiful backyard of Laura’s house.

Wait staff from White Glove Host Services passed delicious appetizers created by Sean Conley of Tallulah’s Catering. (I especially loved the wild mushroom and goat cheese strudel!) The guests dined on chicken with olives and lemon, salmon with tomato and chipotle, grilled vegetables, and roasted fingerling potatoes.

Many small touches were provided by the couple, such as air plants in glass balls, situated at every place setting. Chilled champagne awaited when you returned from the buffet line.

Mango Tables 3

The delicious white, chocolate and raspberry filled cake was provided by Oakmont Bakery. Sweet Bites provided the delicious cookies in shapes of hearts and compasses.

Cake by Oakmont Bakery
Cake by Oakmont Bakery

Here’s what Laura had to say about our service:  My life partner and I decided to get married within a week and throw a reception just 6 weeks later. Joanne helped us move quickly to pull together an exceptional event on a very tight schedule. She contacted and coordinated all the moving parts into a synchronized event. It was great peace of mind to know that she was there to handle everything so we could spend time with our guests and enjoy our special day!

Let us help you create the event of your dreams!

 

 

 

Please follow and like us:
986
Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone

Make Your Busy Life Easier!

Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone

Planning a wedding, graduation party, bridal or baby shower in the near future? We know some very talented people who are available to assist! For your next special occasion, consider hiring a great planner (like Katherine’s Daughter!) to help you with any or all phases of your happy day!

For instance, we know a great cookie baker:Photo courtesy of Sweet BitesPhoto courtesy of Sweet Bites

And a talented cake baker:Photo Courtesy of Cuttings Flower and GardenPhoto Courtesy of Cuttings Flower and Garden

And a gorgeous florist: Courtesy of Cuttings Flower and GardenPhoto Courtesy of Cuttings Flower and Garden

We can bring it all together and help you plan an event to remember!

Give us a call at 412-498-1607 or click on the contact tab above and enter your information! Let us help you enjoy your own event!

 

 

Please follow and like us:
986
Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone

A Perfect Day for a Wedding!

Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone
Riding in the Model T
Shaina and Rob – Riding in the Model T! Photo by Zack Wilson

It’s been one week since Shaina and Rob’s wedding and I am still in awe of what a beautiful day it was! Everything was perfect! From the gorgeous flowers by Cuttings, to the delicious food and the cookie table, to the wonderful details in so much of the day. I am waiting for Zack Wilson, the photographer to send me more pictures, but here’s a few great shots that my daughter Michelene and Zack captured that day! Let me know if I can assist YOU in your special day!

Welcome to the Reception! Photo by Michelene
Welcome to the Reception! Photo by Michelene
Their own special coaster! Photo by Michelene
Their own special coaster! Photo by Michelene
They were all gone by 8pm! Delicious cookies! Photo by Michelene
Delicious cookies! Photo by Michelene
Beautiful mercury glass vases filled with flowers! Photo by Michelene
Beautiful mercury glass vases filled with flowers! Photo by Michelene
Delicious cake by Ligo Cakes! Photo by Michelene
Delicious cake by Ligo Cakes! Photo by Michelene
Delicious Cheeses for the Cocktail Reception! Photo by Michelene
Delicious Cheeses for the Cocktail Reception! Photo by Michelene
Table Assignments flow in the breeze- Photo by Michelene
Table Assignments flow in the breeze- Photo by Michelene
Amazing Peonies from Cuttings! Photo by Michelene
Amazing Peonies and Hydrangeas from Cuttings! Photo by Michelene

 

The magnificent venue! Call me for the details! Photo by Cuttings
The magnificent venue! Call me for the details! Photo by Cuttings

 

Photo by Zack Wilson
Photo by Zack Wilson
All married and celebrating with lavender!
All married and celebrating with lavender! Photo by Zack Wilson

 

 

Please follow and like us:
986
Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone

Choosing Your Wedding Venue

Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone

Lewis Family Farms barn 2(1)

Picking a site for your wedding or special event is almost as important as the event itself. The venue you choose will say much about you so it should reflect your tastes and what you wish to experience on your big day!

I am going to focus on wedding sites for this post, but these suggestions can be applied to any special event like a landmark birthday party, non profit fundraiser, or anniversary celebration.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

1. In what time (or season) of the year do I want to be married?

2. What is my budget?

3. How many guests do I want to invite?

4. How much time do I have to devote to planning and managing my wedding?

5. What are my personal tastes and preferences?

The time of year you want to get married in is significant if you are thinking about an outdoor venue, such as a botanical garden or barn. There are challenges to hosting an event in those locations, especially in early spring (rain!) or early fall (brrr!). When the sun goes down at the end of the day, your choice of venue will need to have heat ready to go, even if it is just portable gas lanterns. I’ve worked outdoor weddings where many guests left early simply because it got too cold! Indoor locations have no worries about the weather but you can definitely have an outdoor event that is comfortable if you do your homework. Having a wedding planner is crucial when choosing a rustic venue so that all the bases can be covered!

Your budget will definitely have an impact on the venue you choose. Do some research on the locations of your choice and see where they fall with pricing. Hotel or country club weddings can run upwards of $100 per person, especially with an open bar. You can tailor a smaller venue, such as a boutique bed and breakfast or consider a (nice) church banquet hall to bring pricing more in line. Most venues will require you to use their food and beverage services. The exception to this may be barn venues which are sometimes more open to you bringing a favorite caterer.

Table at Cuttings

The guest count is important to your locale choice. Too many people squashed into a venue is no fun. There needs to be room for dancing and a good time. Alternately, you don’t want TOO big, because you want the room to be cozy. And remember, count on 15%-20% of your guest list to decline because no date is good for everyone! (Remember to send those SAVE THE DATE postcards at least six months in advance!)

How busy are you? Do you have time to devote to researching and creating your own decorations or flowers? Do you want to be at the venue the morning of your wedding or the night before hanging your own colorful pinwheels or laying tablecloths? I would rather see a bride who has a smaller wedding, thus affording herself availability of services that would do the decorating or any other readying for her. The bride and her family should have a morning of carefree serenity rather than dealing with the stress of managing or handling any last minute decorating or emergency issues.

What are your tastes? Do you love modern, traditional, or rustic? Based on your budget and how you answered the previous questions, a clear choice should emerge. Think calmly and patiently about your day. Envision yourself in your dress, with your groom, among your surroundings. What is your dream? List your options, the positive and the negative of each venue you’re thinking of. Make your choice and engage a planner to help you through all the details.

A wedding planner who is thoroughly knowledgeable about the indoor and outdoor venue options of your city or area is an asset and well worth the investment. Saving you countless hours of research and exhausting leg work, I can help you focus on what’s important and at what location those wishes can become a reality.

Michelene on Staircase

 Give me a call and let’s talk about your big day! 412-498-1607

Please follow and like us:
986
Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone

A Magical Evening!

Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone

Michelene at Cuttings

Something magical was in the air at Cuttings Flower and Garden on Friday night! The rain graciously stepped aside to allow us a few hours of uninterrupted tranquility. Many guests came, some stunned into silence as they witnessed Michelene’s beautiful vintage dress and Nicole’s contemporary gown from Glitter and Grit.

Nicole at CuttingsCuttings was a show stopper! Adorned in a bountiful abundance of tulips, cherry blossoms and pastel roses (to name a few!), Jim Price’s vintage house was aglow in magnificent splendor. Many guests stopped in to AHHH over the visual feast and sample wedding cake, food and wine and walk among the brides and one lucky groom!

My mother Katherine, the namesake for my events planning business, was there as well as many members of my wonderful circle of family and friends. Many thanks to the businesses that were a part of this event!

Cuttings Flower and Garden for Amazing floral and Artistic talents

Papier  for elegant menu and place cards

Glitter and Grit for sassy dresses!

Faces by Danina for fabulous talent with make up

Joe Indovina Photography and Jessica Lubert Photography for stunning photography

The Ultimate Pastry Shop for delicious wedding cake

Mosaic for dazzling linens

All Occasions Party Rental for spectacular place settings

Vivo Kitchen for yummy appetizers

The Winery at Wilcox for their wedding white

And many hugs and kisses to my models- Michelene, Nicole and of course the groom- Michael!

 

Michael The Reception Michelene on Staircase Michelene In Alley Smaller Table at Cuttings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please follow and like us:
986
Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone

The Reception- An Artistic Expression of the Bride and Groom

Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone
Photo by Christina Shields
Photo by Christina Shields

I am so excited to present an upcoming event- The Reception- An Artistic Expression of the Bride & Groom, to be held at Cuttings, 524 Locust Place, Sewickley, Pennsylvania on Friday, April 4 from 6-8 pm!

Nearly twenty years ago, I was the owner of Cappuccino City, a gourmet coffee shop in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. I met Jim Price, the owner of Cuttings Flower and Garden Mart, when we became active on the board of the Sewickley Chamber of Commerce.

Jim and I worked together on numerous events for the Chamber and stayed in touch, even after I sold my coffee shop in 2001. When I launched Katherine’s Daughter Events this past August, I had a vision for an evening event to promote both my business and the other wedding-related businesses in Sewickley. The first person I approached was Jim at Cuttings. Jim was so receptive to the idea and his staff took the veil (so to speak!) and ran with it! They created the idea of a wedding reception right within the cozy and beautiful walls of the vintage house where Cuttings resides!

The Reception | An Artistic Expression of the Bride and Groom will be held on the evening of Sewickley’s Gallery Walk, Friday, April 4, 2014 from 6-8PM at Cuttings (524 Locust Place, Sewickley). Numerous wedding services will be featured including Cuttings beautiful floral arrangements and bouquets, catering by Vivo Kitchen, stationery by Papier, wedding cake by The Ultimate Pastry Shop, make up by artist Danina DeBattista, wine sampling by the Winery at Wilcox, gowns by Glitter and Grit, and photography by Joe Indovina and Jessica Lubert.

Photo by Jessica Lubert
Photo by Jessica Lubert

There will be several brides featured at The Reception on April 4th.  My daughter, Michelene, will model her grandmother Katherine’s (yes, the namesake of my event business!) vintage wedding dress from 1953, modeled after Queen Elizabeth’s 1947 wedding dress. Three generations will be represented that evening, as Katherine will also be there for the unveiling! The dress, with its heavy satin underling, long sleeves and empire waist, has layers of beautiful antique lace. Also featured will be a Lindee Daniel bridal gown from Glitter and Grit. (see photo, top)

Please click HERE for the Reception link and click “JOIN” to rsvp for this event!

Please direct any inquiries to joannejamiscain@gmail.com or call 412.498.1607.

 

Please follow and like us:
986
Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone

Shaina + Rob

Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone

 

Photo by Zack Wilson Photography
Photo by Zack Wilson Photography

Meet Shaina and Rob! Their wedding date is June 7, 2014 and yours truly is blessed beyond measure to be their wedding planner.

Out of respect for their privacy, I am keeping their location a secret. But rest assured, it is a venue that goes right along with Shaina’s beautiful, traditional style.

By Confetti Direct
By Confetti Direct

The wedding colors are plum and a kiwi which I think is a striking combination. Shaina’s gown is a soft ivory. At the church, guests will do a lavender toss from paper cones made of pages from old books. I love this idea!

A strolling violin will serenade guests as they enjoy their wedding dinner. Everyone will dance underneath the stars in a lovely outdoor setting.

I am thrilled to be part of Shaina and Rob’s exciting day. Stay tuned for more details as we follow this couple down the wedding aisle!

 

Photo by Zack Wilson
Photo by Zack Wilson

 

 

 

Please follow and like us:
986
Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone

Farm Wedding Spotlight on Shared Acres

Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone

Jenn Shared Acres 2

What happens when you combine a beautiful fall day and some gorgeous brides? The answer is a stunning array of photos to inspire, delight and motivate us! Shared Acres Farm in Clinton Pennsylvania was the location- an owner operated CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) farm where the owners Dwayne and Renee Bauknight have created an oasis of peace and serenity.

Many thanks to Joe Indovina and Jesse Lubert, my photographers of the day! Also a big thank you to Elissa Edmunds, Michelene Cain, Deanna Messner and Jenn O’Brien, my brides who really gave their all for these absolutely beautiful photos!

Shared Acres Black Hair BrideflwerheaderBridesShared Acres Monkey SeeWedding PlanningJenn Shared AcresElissa with PumpkinWedding PlanningBride Dark Hair Shared Acres

Elissa with rustic background

Please follow and like us:
986
Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone