Thursday, June 30, 2011

Trying to call us??

If you call us please leave us a message if you are expecting us to return your call! Thank you! We do not always catch the missed calls but we always listen to our voice mails! Thank you!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Courtney + David... THE video

My Epic Motion debut! You can see my hand tying the flower strands at seconds 21-22 haha.

Oh wait, this isn't about me.... this is about the truly amazing video from Epic Motion and it is about one of my all time favorite couples, Courtney and David. I am still so thankful that I was able to be there on their wedding day.


If you are in the mood to smile continuously for about 5 and a half minutes.... WATCH THIS!

Courtney + David Highlight Reel from Epic Motion on Vimeo.

Want more Courtney and David?  Here are my original posts:
Post about the wedding
Post about the same day video edit from Epic Motion
Post about the fab pro pics from Mod4

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Kristen + Rory 6.11.11

My husband and I went to a wedding at the ever so wonderful Addison Oaks last was a pleasure being a guest at one of our favorite venues..I think Dan and Sam were super surprised to see me as a guest for once! The wedding was for our friend's Kristen and Rory and we had an amazing time. The wedding was beautiful. Kristen and Rory wanted a fun wedding and nothing but a celebration to celebrate the love they have for each other. The ceremony was full of laughter and tears and it was nothing short of special and I assume exactly what they envisioned this event to be.

The talented Lee and Stephanie Higginbottom from Remember films sent me the preview to check out! It was so nice meeting Stephanie at the wedding and I can't wait to work with them, hopefully in the near future!

Kristen + Rory's Preview - Addison Oaks from Lee Higginbottom on Vimeo.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Thoughts from a recent bride....

My friend from Chicago was recently married (see previous post).  After the wedding, this self-described budget bride wrote me a little note and said:

"Before I had a wedding of my own, I'll be honest with you, I thought the idea of having a wedding coordinator was a little ridiculous. Now that I have had a wedding, I really wish I would have had a coordinator on the day of my wedding. In the grand scheme of things, I think it is totally worth it to pay someone to take care of all the little things that first-time brides fail to anticipate."

Now, Jill and I aren't saying that everyone needs a day of coordinator.  Couples have been getting married for years with just the assistance of their family and friends.  But it doesn't hurt to have a helping hand around to do all those things that you didn't think of, don't want to do yourself, or don't want your family/friends to do because they are busy being guests at your wedding!

You'll be just as married, but we are willing to bet you will be less stressed and enjoy yourself so much more with Simplicity behind the scenes.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Gorgeous wedding... on a budget!

My very dear friends Jeff and Elizabeth got married this weekend in Chicago.  They really wanted to do a fun yet elegant wedding on a budget.  With their permission, I am posting a few of my own pictures as well as the basic budget for some of the items they purchased.  This just proves that you can splurge in the areas you want to, save in other areas, and create the perfect wedding!

Other than it being a little chilly and overcast for a June wedding, everything was fantastic.  The couple really infused their personality into the celebration and I think all the guests really appreciated that.  We felt like one big happy family of 80.

I promise to post some professional pictures of this wedding when I can... I was too busy having fun to take many pictures myself!  Thank you to Jeff and Elizabeth for inviting us, we had a blast!!!  ♥Shelly

Along the river

Ceremony location

Handsome best men

Beautiful ladies of honor

The happy couple

Congratulating the bride and groom

The restaurant

My husband and I enjoying ourselves

You know I love candy....

Here is the budget run down from the bride:
Nordstrom "reception" dress: $178
Forever 21 headband: $7
Shoes: $200 (bling)
Vintage watch from Etsy: $12
Earrings: borrowed
State park ceremony venue: FREE
Friend as officiant: FREE
Trumpet player: $100
iPod playlist during dinner: FREE
Flowers: $800 (they still look GREAT after two days)
Home made invitations, escort cards, table numbers and programs: $300
Horse carriage ride for bride and groom: $150
Candy table (including jars, scoops and bags): $200
Snapfish guest book: $20
Dinner/bar: was all about the food :)  ***
After party: cash bar at a venue with a free jazz ensemble

Attendance: 80

***The bride didn't disclose the amount spent on food and alcohol at the reception, but this restaurant has 4 course dinner options for as low as $35 per person.  Buffet options are even more affordable.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Heather + Matt 06.04.11

Heather and Matt live in SoCal, so this was another couple that I worked with over the phone/email until just days before their wedding.  I met them at Heather's parents house and knew instantly this was going to be a fun wedding!  The house smelled of the wonderful banana bread they had baked for their out of town guest hotel bags and the whole family was there getting ready for the big day.

The wedding colors were in the "peacock" range which, dear readers, you will remember is my favorite.  Everything was gooooorgeous.  The Parsonage did an incredible job on the flowers, linens, and other decor.  Aunt Sue and Heather worked on all the paper products and I dare say that these are my favorite table numbers of all time.  The Pine Knob Carriage House provided delicious food and a beautiful area for an outdoor ceremony, despite the fact we were all melting from the heat!

Now enjoy a few pictures from the wedding day.  To see more, visit us on Facebook.

There were several types of centerpieces using peonies, hydrangea and orchids.

Love love love these table numbers with the little purple crystals.

Cake, um... yum?

High centerpieces.

Sweetheart table.

Lanterns hanging outside in the ceremony pavilion.

Lovely setting for a ceremony.

DIY Programs.

Really cool signature mat... guests put their inked fingerprints on the tree for leaves and then signed it.  So cute (from Etsy).

More amazing flowers.

Simply awesome escort cards.

Mantel with bridesmaid bouquets and candles.

A wonderful time was had by all as RJ the DJ keep the floor packed all night.  I cannot wait to see the pro photos from Morgan, a professional photographer friend of the family.... I promise to post a few once I see them.

Thank you Heather and Matt for allowing me to be there on your wedding day.  You are an adorable couple with a fantastic family.  I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!!!  ♥Shelly

The team:
Day of Coordination-  Shelly from Simplicity
Ceremony and Reception Venue-  Pine Knob Carriage House
Photographer-  Morgan LaMare
DJ-  Ron Johnson from Night and Day Productions
Ceremony Music-  Cello and Violin from Panache
Photobooth-  Sean from Shutterbooth
Flowers, Linens, Decor-  The Parsonage
Cake- Lisa's Confection Connection
Officiant-  Mary, cousin of the bride
Limo-  Wilson Luxury Limo, driver Tori

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Deanna + Michael 10.16.10 Pro Pics

We first blogged about Deanna + Michael's wedding here! Well the very talented Steven Fox from Steven Fox Photography sent over a disc full of gorgeous images! Thank you so much Steven for these shots. We are very lucky to work with such amazing vendors....the entire team of vendors for this wedding was a group of true professionals with amazing talents!

Thank you again Steven for the chance to blog your talent and thank you Deanna + Michael again for letting us be a part of your beautiful wedding day xxoo, Jill

Invitations, Menus, Escort Cards, Programs, Bar Signs, Stir Sticks, Table Numbers:

Tifany from Gourmet Invitations
Getting Ready Venue: The Townsend Hotel
On site Hair and Makeup: Jen and Steph from Deux Adore
Limo: Blue Drive Transportation
Ceremony: Holy Name
Reception: Detroit Athletic Club

Cocktail Hour Music: The Panache Group
Floral, linens, chairs and Event Design: David, Nicole and team from Emerald City Designs
Photographers: Pre wedding and Ceremony: Johanna from Johanna Michele Studios
Reception: Steven from Steven Fox Photography
PhotoBooth: Shutterbooth
Entertainment: Killer Flamingos