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!
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!
The 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!
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!.
Ceremony 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!