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Jamie + Ryan {HGE Wedding with Harrison Studio}

Goodness gracious. I’m not sure where to start with this one, my friends.

Jamie and Ryan had one of the loveliest (and most labor intensive) weddings last Labor Day weekend on the shores of Lake Michigan. Set against the bride’s parent’s beachfront property, complete with miles of white sand, blue water and soft green dune grass, this event was the stuff wedding dreams are made of. I’m thrilled to announce this event in all its splendor is featured in a five page spread via the national issue of The Knot out on new stands now. Pinch me, guys. And I’m even more overjoyed to finally be able to share this labor of love with you all. From the gorgeous bride’s killer gown, that amazing tent set up directly on the beach thanks to Fairytale Tents, all of the understated but lovely coral and peach florals my staff and I created, the driftwood arch made by the bride’s family, the dreamy images captured by my colleagues and friends, Ben and Laura of Harrison Studio, the soft seating lounge areas set in the sand; oh I could go on and on. But I’ll quit typing now and let the stunning imagery do the talking from here on out, deal?

Did I mention there was a 60% chance of thunderstorms all day the day of the event? Not one drop fell from the sky.


The day started out with the sweetest first look between the beautiful bride and dapper groom.


Halfway en route to the beach, was a pit stop station to ensure guest’s comfort during the event.


The bouquets were made up entirely of huge, oversized, and fluffy looking florals with no greens as per the bride’s request. A selection of orange Free Spirit roses, David Austin garden roses in ivories and peaches and Michigan grown dahlias, made up the oversized bouquets. Paired together with the girl’s navy and polka dot Jenny Yoo gowns, the colors were downright delicious. Jamie has a love of monograms so we hired on McKay from Oatmeal Lace Design to embroider some grosgrain ribbon with every girl’s monogram to fasten around the stems of the bouquets.


The most perfect wedding ceremony; everyone’s toes in the sand just like the bride has always dreamed of.

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My dear friend, Laura Hooper was the creative genius behind the stationery and calligraphy. From the custom box mailer invitations, custom wedding map, gorgeous white ink calligraphy, custom flag stir sticks, menus, table numbers and programs, she went above and beyond to make sure her work tied together the Kate Spade meets nautical meets preppy vibe and design aesthetic we were after. The couple’s custom monogram (with nautical flags!) was a detail used throughout the event from the cocktail napkins to the Thank You cards the couple sent after the wedding.



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The simple but textural compote centerpieces were arranged in gold mercury glass stemmed bowls. We had to keep the centerpieces fairly small to allow room on the King’s Drape tables for the four course, family style tapas meal (which was absolutely amazing thanks to Hearthstone Catering). I also put a small touch of geranium leaf in each arrangement to soften them up a little and help lend to the preppy vibe Ryan really loves. And those dahlias! Can we talk about those dahlias for a second? Grown in Holland, Michigan they were literally picked off the stalk two days before the wedding for ultimate freshness. They stole the floral show that day would you agree?


Some other fun details incorporated into the event? Mini Tabasco sauces at each guest’s placesetting in honor of the bride’s love for spice. Also at each table was a bell to ring for those who wanted to toast to the couple or for those who wanted the bride and groom to embrace. I love an alternative to the tradition of clinking glasses, especially when it ties in with a wedding theme. The tablescape rentals from Special Events Rental were just perfect and so lovely.


Stripes and Swiss dots. Is there anything better?


Remember the rain forecast I mentioned above? Yeah this happened instead.


The couple actually had seven wedding cakes made by a family friend who owns Grand Finale Pastry and Cakes. Once the sunset and the lights came on in the tent, the couple cut their main wedding cake before letting guests decide which flavor of the seven they most wanted. You had to see this tent in person that night. Fairytale Tents did a stellar job with the draping and lights and you could see the lit up structure from miles down the beachstrip that evening.

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My team and I also placed hurricane vases and pillar candles in the sand randomly around the beach for am ambient glow post sunset. You can see this a bit in the above photo off to the left. Tied together with the bistro lights over the cocktail area lounges, the string lights in the tent and then of course the sparkler send off at midnight, I have to say this wedding ended with quite the bang. Happy bride and groom? Happy Rhi indeed.


Jamie and Ryan, it was such a pleasure being a part of your celebration. Thank you for trusting my team and I to pull off what I hope was your absolute dream big day. I wish you a lifetime of happiness, summer days on the water and more oyster than you can imagine. Below is an extensive e list of the vendors who helped pull this wedding off. I owe so much to everyone for their talents, hard work and dedication. This wedding was a logistical challenge, one that everyone handled so gracefully. You can also view more over on The Knot’s home page. Happy Monday, friends!

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Photography: Harrison Studio / Full planning, design, florals and direction: Hey Gorgeous Events / Paper and calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Hair and make up: Renue Salon / Bridesmaid’s gowns: Jenny Yoo Collection / Bride’s gown: Ever After / Lounge furniture: AFR Event Furnishings / Catering: The Hearthstone Bistro, Bar and Grill / Rentals: Special Events Rentals / Tent, lighting, flooring and draping: Fairytale Tents /Wood tables, mason jars and misc rentals: The Rental Co / Monogrammed ribbons: Oatmeal Lace Design / Cakes: Grand Finale Desserts and Pastries / Linens: I Do Linens and La Tavola Fine Linen Rentals / Videography: Wedit / Band: The Empty Pockets

Featured {Inspired By This}


Hello blogettes! I’m currently awaiting the arrival of buckets and buckets of blooms for Friday’s event (with more than 80 stems of gorgeous Cafe Au Lait dahlias in this order; can you say excited?) but needed to pop in and share a recent feature. Yesterday the sweet gals over at Be Inspired PR shared my recent Camping Inspired Couples Shower on their blog and it was so rewarding to see an event I planned in only six weeks come together so perfectly. You can check out more of the details here in this post and here in this one. This amazing couple finally gets hitched next month and I’m counting down the days until their big day. It’s going to be a wild ride! Stay cool in this crazy summer heat wave xoxo

Published {The Knot Michigan}

Guys, I nearly did cartwheels when I finally saw the latest issue of The Knot Michigan sitting on the shelves at Target this past weekend. The issue with my work published on the inside. See, a couple years ago Andrew and I made the move from Chicago to Michigan just three months after my second move back to the city (and only six months after our wedding; still with me here?) This big city girl was sick of moving and I remember sulking the entire drive here to Grand Rapids because I KNEW it was going to be so so hard to find my ideal client, the kind of client that I dream of working with, here in Michigan. I felt like the type of career and business I wanted so badly was further away from reality in Michigan and I couldn’t believe this would now be ‘home.’ Luckily I learned pretty quickly like with most things in life you can sulk about it and do nothing, or you can turn a negative into a positive and make it work for you. So I did just that. I decided I’d have to let Michigan learn to love me and what I have to offer. I’d have to try and set an example to show that quirky event design and full service event planning services are a must. With a small portfolio of events but all the gusto in the world to make it happen, I knew eventually things would fall into place. And they did.


If you pick up the latest issue of The Knot Michigan, you find a section in the middle called Tradition with a Twist. Guys, that is SO Hey Gorgeous isn’t it? Traditional with a twist. Playful with the pretty. Gorgeous with the unexpected. I had no clue what the story would be about prior to receiving my sneak peek copy but I love how they highlighted the juxtaposition-style of my florals and events. And seven pages? Of my work, blooms and my big old heart? HGE in print! To the editors at The Knot who told me I have something special to offer here in Michigan, thank you reigniting that fire in me that here in Michigan I am needed and understood. If you’re reading this and you’re in Michigan go grab a copy too. It’s really a gorgeous issue filled with amazing vendors and ideas from here in the Mitten.

Oh and the above double page spread is from our Little Black Dress Bridal Shower editorial. You can see more here. Amy Carroll shot the spread and did a wonderful job. Ashley from Lemon and Lavender created the lovely paper goods and I did the styling, concept and florals. Have a happy Tuesday, friends and go out there and do something wonderful! xoxo

Featured {The Everygirl}


Happy Thursday, blogettes! I’m so excited that my most recent editorial is featured on an incredible (non-wedding based) blog today! I’m such a fan of The Everygirl and shrieked a little when they told me the shoot would be up on their site today. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with a few talented chicks to bring the idea of a Valentine’s Day Friendship Fete to life, and after it was all said and done really think so many of us would love hosting or even attending this kind of night in. You know, one where you and your girlfriends could celebrate your friendships with one another! I’ll have more photos and details in a post next week here on the 14th but in the meantime I hope you too find the ideas used throughout the shoot as inspiration for your own celebration. Check out the feature here with more eye candy and tons of party planning tips from yours truly! All photos were taken by the talented Kelly Braman.

Featured {Style Me Pretty}


Today is a way good today thanks to the team over at Style Me Pretty for featuring Mary Beth and Tom’s Northern Michigan wedding. Working with these two was such a joy thanks to their remarkable personalities and genuine nature. Mary Beth was always game for anything and couldn’t have been more receptive to my ideas. And Tom was always willing to help, take on duties and give suggestions. I love when grooms are as hands on as Tom. Their wedding was a whirlwind day filled with endless amount of detail and some of the most memorable moments I’ll never forget. You can see more of their wedding in its entirety here and catch the post on the Little Black Book blog here. I’m off to a rental appointment this morning before some more client appointments this afternoon! Make it a good day, blogettes xoxo