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  Wedding (vendor) LOVE!

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Hey CLE friends. Hope you are all enjoying this nice week. GO CAVS! The city is alive and electric and I am thrilled to see everyone wearing apparel and supporting our guys. We’ve come so far, we should be so proud!

I am still glowing and on cloud nine from all the fun Mr. C and I had on our wedding day and our trip abroad. Our big day was a magical collaboration of so many of our friends, family and TALENTED Cleveland creatives! We are so lucky to have such great friends in this city.

Today I wanted to give a bit of a shout out to some of the amazing CLE friends,  talented artists and all the love and creativity that made our day extra special. Please reach out to these vendors if you are looking for a very special, one-of-a-kind celebration!

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Food & Bar by Gatherings Kitchen : What can I say? She is my closest friend and ultimate foodie creative; Chef Ruth and her team at Gatherings Kitchen pulled off a non traditional cocktail party and dinner station feast including mini lobster rolls, tiny deviled quail egg hors doerves and a fresh make-your-own noodle bar filled with skewered coconut chicken, grilled shrimp and beef satay for our guests. Not only did “Gatherings” do the food, they outfitted quite the craft cocktail bar including strawberry-infused vodka tonics dressed with fresh basil  and many bottles of Vue Cliquot to cure our bubbly fix! Plus their bartenders were dressed to kill in french-inspired, black and white striped  tee’s…cest magifique! Thank you Gatherings Kitchen, we love you guys.

Sweet Tunes by Dj Goodwin : While Mr. C did have a big influence on the playlists, Dj Goodwin (Reena & Jody) took our party playlists to the next level! Their experience in the party biz allowed them to read the crowd and easily move them from a slow dance to a get-down-boogie boogie Beyonce hit in one fell swoop! Plus she was just too cute with her white and gold headsets jamming out as she played the evenings hits for our guests who were killing it on the dance floor. Thanks Dj Reena & Jody Goodwin. Cheers to many more dancing nigthts to ya!

Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 10.32.34 PMThe Coolest Cake by Cake Couture : Our creative, sylish and incredibly delicious cake masterpiece was made by my friend Cristina of Cake Couture. Thank you Cristina for making something so incredibly indulgent AND gorgeous. We hope you liked our spray painted little family toppers…we sure as heck LOVED your frosting and fondant!

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Cookies by Katie : My sister Katie is quite the talented baker and cookie decorator. Thank you Katie for “importing” the adorable mini black and white works of art all the way from Seattle. The were so “sweet!”

Photography by Suzuaran : Cleveland is very blessed to have a talented duo like Suzanne and Dan of Suzuaran Photography. The way they worked the room to capture the little details and special event happenings was so incredible. I remember having conversations with party guests and then noticing Suzanne looking over our shoulders capturing every smile, joke and hug, she has such a great eye for the details. After all the ceremony details were had, our guests were entertained with the custom photobooth that Dan had made. I’m telling you these two are quite the photo power house. Thank you Suzanne and Dan for capturing all of the love in the room…even when the temps went sky high.

Makeup by Jessica Herber Miller & Hair by Tiffani of Lov Lox : Thank you to these two lovely women who made me feel like a million bucks. Jessica not only arrived early but she came with a new lipstick I had inquired about. Thank you Jessica, I am loving my new coral Chanel color for summer. Tiffani showed up with homemade oat bars in hand and her fancy Curling iron in the other. She took my hair from standard low, side bun to an upsweep of choreographed swoops and curls. Thank you Tiffani for securing my hair with every last bobby pin known to man.

Live music by Baby Dayliner : When planning the event it was really important to us to have a great party, one that included a bit of live music. We knew just who we’d ask to perform and he accepted! Thank you Baby Dayliner for road tripping from NYC to spend the weekend in the 216 to perform at our wedding. We know you walked away with a handful of new fans that night. Keep on making new music, we can’t wait to hear what you have in store for us next.

Pretty flowers & my floral dress : Thank you to my sisters and friends who slaved over the flowers for the tables, bountenniers and bouquets. I know it was a lot to ask of everyone to whip out gorgeous florals but as expected they all turned out amazing. My dress also couldn’t have been more perfect for a spring wedding at an edgy gallery – florals meet vintage rock n roll. The dress fabric was from IKEA and my friend Lori used a vintage pattern to make my vision become reality. Thanks Lori, it couldn’t have happened without you!.

Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 10.26.42 PMCeremony backdrop “gems” :  I am so thankful for the chance meeting with Mandy of Craft Course Nashville two years ago while I was attending Alt Summit. Mandy and her partner Emily are the creative minds & makers behind many stunning window displays, event graphics and creative installations. Thank you Craft Course for making us some of your exquisite oversized gems for the backdrop of a perfect day. Mr C and I truly think they added such a special element to our day. Thank you.

Super Electric after party : We really didn’t want the party to end and so we moved our friends and family downstairs, outside and then back up to the party playhouse of the guys of Super Electric. Like pinball machines? Well this is the place for you. I even rode their slide in my wedding dress…still hoping someone caught a good pic.

The Westin & Uber : We would be remissed not to give a shout out to the Westin for the amazing accommodations for us, our family and friends. Not only were our accommodations great (the view!) the room service and staff were seriously top notch. Uber moved our party from place to place on time and in one swoop, gotta love those CLE Uber drivers. Thanks guys!

So what can I say but “Merci Beaucoup” to my amazing CLE creative friends and vendors. Our party was absolutely perfect because of you. We feel very blessed and lucky to have such talented friends in this city. For more photos visit our event hashtag #chairbenwed.

Thanks to @Lzone, @ksdamato & @deboestudio & @greendogwine for the great instagram images, you ladies rock!

  …Bring MAY flowers!

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Hey friends, hope your weekend, your Mother’s Day festivities and this fabulous spring-summer weekend has been good to you. These last few days we have been busy at our house prepping for our big party. Tons of cleaning, shopping and a bunch of spring gardening.

The other day when I stopped into Heinen’s (for the awesome salad bar) I noted all of the flowers were in bloom and ready for planting. Everything from faux-flourescent hanging plants to lots of herbs for the smaller kitchen gardens: they had something for every level of gardener.

It’s that time of year friends, the annual  “Celebrate Spring” event at all  Heinen’s locations. Even if you don’t have much of a green thumb introduce yourself to the ladies in the garden department and they can help you pick the perfect plants for your home spring planting project.

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I bought a few rosemary plants, some basil, a small container of mint (mojitos anyone?) and even got them planted over the weekend.

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So if you are in the planting mode AND you need some wine and cheese, swing into your local Heinen’s for a bit of spring fun.

I was invited to experience the “Celebrate Spring” flower happening at Heinen’s including a gift certificate to purchase a plant as part of their marketing efforts. Thanks for supporting the organization that allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Celebrate Creativity! Celebrate Mom’s!

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Hello & Happy Monday everyone. Wasn’t this weekend the best? We spent so much time outdoors soaking in the sun while doing yard work and prepping for summer. We also snuck in some crafting, time with friends, a few meals out, a 5k, some shopping and a few good naps. It was an incredible two days that I am so thankful for.

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Today I am proud to share with you an event I hosted to celebrate some very creative Mom’s right here in Cleveland. Sponsored by Pat Catan’s the baby brunch was held at the magical Borrow Rentals; a space filled with vintage furniture and one-of-a-kind party pieces.

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  A Modern Chic Wedding Soireé + ticket giveaway

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Hey friends, happy Monday! I hope you and a great weekend, with spring in the air things are really looking up.

We have been busy on so many projects both at work and at home (including prepping for our own upcoming nuptials) that we literally have been making time to go for walks, ride bikes and enjoy the change of season in the 216. It truly is the best time to enjoy our region.

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Speaking of nuptials I have a quick giveaway for anyone interested in all-things-chic-bridal. This Friday celebrate love, wedding and lots of great vendors at the annual Handpicked Bridal Event. This years gathering os the most select bridal and party vendors cn be found at MOCA friday from 5:30-9.

Would you or your friends like a free pair of tickets to this ultra chic show at a very swanky museum hot spot? Tweet me “@iheartclev I’d love a pair of tickets to the chic bridal & party show #handpicked2015” by Thursday April 30th at noon! Winner will be selected by random.org.

If you don’t win, don’t fret…you can buy your tickets here! Good luck all you brides, brides-to-be and/or just lovers of everything bridal!

  Calligraphy Workshop, May 2nd

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Hello friends. Was learning a new skill on your 2015 resolutions list? Well do I have a creative event to tell you about!

If you’ve always wanted to learn the fine art of calligraphy now is your chance. Calligraphy is a learned skill and requires a lot of patience and practice, but the end product is truly a work of art.

Next Saturday, May 2nd you have the opportunity to take a calligraphy workshop by Lindsey Buck of Hive Studio from Philadelphia. Lindsey’s stunning work has been featured in Anthropologie catalogs, UPPERCASE Magazine and blogs across the nation. She has taught many a workshop at Terrain; a very high-end nursery and garden lifestyle shop; (Terrain is cousin to Anthropologie & Urban Outfitters.)

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The workshop will include a two-hour, hands-on course on workshop, a calligraphy set including papers and your pen..and a light breakfast. Registration is $120 and you can sign up here. The workshop will be hosted at the studio of Christine Wisnieski, a graphic design and creativity studio. More information can be found here on  her blog.

This looks to be a lovely workshop. The perfect Saturday creative morning. I do hope some of you can attend. Enjoy!