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Aug 28

Rustic Elegance {HGE Shoot with Bradley James}

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Earlier this summer I had the pleasure of partnering with some pretty spectacular vendors to bring this Rustic Elegance editorial vision to life. The backdrop was no other than the incredible Hidden Vineyard Wedding Barn in Berrien Springs, Michigan where believe me, the service is just about as remarkable as the property and venue (we love you Susan and Kaye!) Join me today as I soak up this gorgeous shoot captured to perfection by Bradley James Photography. There were so many details throughout this project that reflected a high end luxury vibe meets rustic charm aesthetic. It’s definitely one for the HGE books wouldn’t you agree? Enjoy!

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Brit, our amazing model, is such a timeless beauty! Stace from The Gown Shop styled her to perfection.

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I had a ton of fun creating this very lush and jam-packed table runner centerpiece for our family style wood table. The goal was to have all sorts of purple shades throughout the entire piece but once I got started, a repetitive ombre vibe started to come to life. The romantic feel of the roses and clematis vine contrasted with the chunky artichokes and various succulents was totally yummy. If someone wants to hire me for their wedding and then have all of their tablescapes feature centerpieces like this, you know where to find me. Seriously.

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The gals at The Aerialist Press nailed the stationery for this project. Purple and plum letterpress, copper foil, the most beautiful fonts and embellishments, hand letterings on silk ribbon from Curlicue Designs; it was all too perfect for words and matched perfectly with the look I was after. Purple can be so lovely when done right!

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Purple never looked so good. A giant hug to all of the amazing people who made this happen (listed below!)

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Concept, design, and florals: Hey Gorgeous Events / Bridal gowns, accessories and styling: The Gown Shop Ann Arbor / Photography: Bradley James Photography / Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs / Cake and macarons: Sweet Heather Anne / Chandelier and end table: Fancy Fray / Rentals: The Rental Company / Venue: Hidden Vineyard Wedding Barn / Linens and pillows: Nuage Designs / Make up: Alexandra Nicole Make Up / Stationery: The Aerialist Press

Featured {Style Me Pretty}

Hooray! Not only was Monday an exciting day with the official reveal of the newly branded and totally gorgeous Hey Gorgeous Events look (you can read more about that over here) but our friends over at Style Me Pretty featured our Rustic Elegance editorial shoot from this past June. Various shades of rich purple, soft lavender, bronze and raw wood elements were some of my favorite details from this big project all tied together with loads and loads of pretty blooms. I can’t wait to share more of the details and photos with you all on Thursday morning along with a full list of the incredible people who poured their hearts into the endeavor. Check back then, and finally, a BIG thank you to everyone for your love and sweet words on Monday’s post!

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Stay gorgeous, blogettes! Xoxo

Aug 25

The New Hey Gorgeous Events!

Today is a beautiful day, friends! I’m so thrilled to reveal the new and improved Hey Gorgeous Events brand. It’s been a little something that’s been in the works since last Christmas when I felt like my business (and I) had both grown up and out grown what my brand looked like before. Was anything wrong with my look before? No. But I knew that to attract and secure the clientele I so crave, the events I dream of and to be true to the HGE aesthetic and magic, the look, feel and online presence of this business I’ve built over the past five years, would need to change. And it would need to reflect the personable, unique, high end, magical, and boutique brand that I’m privileged to call my own. With that I have this:

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I owe so much to Kathryn Duckett of Creme Brands who is the genius behind the new look. I contacted Kathryn in January to help me switch over my website to Squarespace (majorly in part to Squarespace’s functionality and great customer service) and remember clearly telling her I had a two week deadline. My goal was to whip out a new calligraphy logo, switch my content over to Squarespace and then quietly relaunch the new logo sometime in mid-February. Easy peasy. But then Kathryn encouraged me to do a ton of thinking and searching and digging into what my business is all about. The things I’ve worked hours for, the things I shed blood, sweat and tears over, the things I have dreamt and strived and hoped for. Kathryn was a cheerleader, an artist, and a friend when I needed it. She was kind, creative, patient and reassuring when I doubted my decisions. She was monumental in creating this new look that feels like home.

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Some of you have asked or may be wondering; is Hey Gorgeous changing? The short answer is yes with a little bit of no. My goal with HGE from day one has been to be a small but powerful boutique business with a roster of weddings and clients that’s representative of quality over quantity. I’ve never wanted a staff of 10, a year with 20 plus weddings or the opportunity to plan events outside of weddings. My core has always been right where it is today; or right on track rather, with where it is I’m heading. That feels really good. I’ll continue to take a limited amount of contracts per year, offering only full service planning, design and florals. I’ll also continue to conceptualize and design a number of editorial productions each season, along with cultivating the growing sister brand to HGE, the Trouvaille Workshop (which also relaunched today with a gorgeous new look thanks to Kathryn. Check it out over here!)

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Every decision I’ve made, good and bad, has gotten me where I am in this moment. And I’m as happy as I can be (see photo above by Jen Lynne). Thank you to EVERYONE for your love and support over the years.

You’re so loved xo

Aug 12

Ellen + Pat {HGE Wedding with Bradley James Photography}

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Oh goodness. I’m so excited to share this wedding with you today, friends. Yesterday I shared our feature over on Snippet and Ink and today I’m diving into all of the details from Ellen and Pat’s Grand Rapids Downtown Market wedding. The couple hired me on the last day of January earlier this year to plan their May 2nd wedding. Yes, you read that right. May 2nd. In under just 12 weeks we put this incredible celebration together and I have to say it’s easily one of my favorites. Sometimes when there is less time to ponder over options during the wedding planning process, you have to act on your gut instinct and make decisions faster. Booking vendors and approving designs was a breeze with Ellen and Pat because everything circled back to their core values and their biggest goal; a beautiful day with meaningful details that didn’t outshine the love they wanted their guests to experience. And that’s just what they got.

Enjoy the gorgeous photos from Bradley James Photography. Ellen and Pat, we love you both!

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All of the gorgeous paper was done by the talented Val Marie Paper. Ellen and Pat are minimalists through and through so the simple yet elegant design we chose for the invites was perfect. We did custom wrap labels instead of calligraphy and added in Michigan themed and neutral colored vintage stamps for a fun touch. The programs, menus and escort cards all carried through the simplistic aesthetic the couple so loves and embodies. Love that simple monogram, too!

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This bouquet is hands down one of my favorites. Since the wedding happened at the very beginning of the spring season I had access to some pretty spectacular florals like snowberry, white peony, cream garden roses, white clematis, white anemones and some pretty lovely scabiosa. Tied together with fresh bay leaves and clematis vine foliage it was so lush and textural. A cream colored raw muslin ribbon was wrapped around the stems and a necklace belonging to the bride’s late Mother was the final piece to create this beauty. Giving it to her that morning was such an honor.

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The greenhouse at the market is far too lovely for words. That climbing vine is spectacular.

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The ceremony was held outside in the market shed with very minimal decor. We used oversized bunches of bay and olive branch greens and clusters of white pillar candles tucked into industrial type lanterns of various sizes. At the alter where the couple said their vows we had a beautiful acrylic chandelier from Fancy Fray that I decorated with greens and fresh blooms like clematis. The chandelier was actually a small little surprise from yours truly and really was the finishing touch to the sleek and modern space that on it’s own is a pretty cool backdrop to say ‘I Do’ in front of.

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A table of mixed beverages awaited guests as they came upstairs for dinner post ceremony.

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This shot. Seriously.

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And that wall! After grabbing a signature drink of choice, guests were able to find their escord card. The escort card was set up on the market space’s wall adorned with the same pieces of raw muslin fabric from around Ellen’s bouquet and escort cards fastened to them. The ribbon pooled at the bottom of the wall with a few pillar candles in the mix. An oversized floral arrangement sat in the corner of the display to soften things up a little and add a natural pop of green.

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Farmhouse tables for the win!

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And why not have your first dance to Beyonce’s ‘Love On Top’?

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Ellen and Pat, you two are a joy. Enjoy each other for the rest of your lives.

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Photography: Bradley James Photography / Planning, design, florals and execution: Hey Gorgeous Events / Venue: Grand Rapids Downtown Market / Officiant: Gust Bassianotis / Dress: Badgley Mischka via Renee Austin Wedding / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman via Zappos / Earrings: Kate Spade / Suits: Jos A Bank / Shirt: Kenneth Cole / Tie: Skinny Tie / Stationery: Val Marie Paper / Rentals: Cascade Rental Center, Refunction Junktion Vintage Rentals / Music: Adrian Butler / Catering and wedding cake: The Amway Grand / Linens: La Tavola Linens / Chandelier: Fancy Fray

 

Aug 11

Featured {Snippet and Ink}

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Happy Monday, friends! I’m so thrilled to see Ellen and Pat’s Grand Rapids Downtown Market wedding over on the absolutely stunning and one and only Snippet and Ink blog today. In less than 12 weeks we planned this gorgeous and simplified event that is one of my favorites to date. Brad and Sam were on hand to capture it all and you won’t want to miss it! Check back here tomorrow for a full post on the soiree along with details behind the big day and the design decisions the beautiful bride and I made together. Between those magnolia garlands and the bride’s garden inspired bouquet, to her amazing ($300!) gown and airy greenhouse portraits, this was one for the books! Xo