Hey Gorgeous, The Blog


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:


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.


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!)


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}


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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


Farmhouse tables for the win!

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


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}


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

Aug 4

Katie + Bryan {HGE Wedding with Jen and Jonah}

Katie and Bryan. Two souls meant to brave any storm. Together in harmony. Forever.

There are always stand out moments at each wedding that really stick out to me whether I’m in my groove working hard on logistics, setting up decor or directing my staff to the next task on the endless list of to do’s. They are the moments I remember months, even years, after all the guests have gone home and the thank you’s have been sent out. At Katie and Bryan’s wedding rehearsal, I remember one moment in particular where everyone was grouped together, from their 18 person bridal party to their families and friends who had travelled from far and wide to celebrate with them. The venue was filled with voices, laughter and chatter as the rehearsal unfolded, the bridesmaids in their winter jackets trying hard to warm up from the frigid winter weather, the groomsmen catching up like old friends often do.

Yet at the center of it all was Katie and Bryan holding hands and practicing the vows they would recite to one another the next day. Their officiant prompted them both to repeat after him, so softly that I had to step a couple feet closer to hear and make sure all was well. As the two exchanged their vows back and forth between one another, Katie wiped away a single tear as it fell from her eyes. She laughed a little as Bryan smiled sweetly at her. Together they stood there oblivious to the commotion around them, so very in love and ready to take that next big step in life. I immediately took a step back as to not intrude on that intimate and somewhat private moment of love and admiration.

Together in harmony. Even amongst the chaos there is always the center of the storm, so truly calm.

The wedding unfolded the next day on New Year’s Eve of 2013 set in downtown Cincinnati at the Contemporary Arts Center. It was a chilly winter and the sun set about an hour before the ceremony began but the day was so full of love and laughter I don’t think anyone noticed. Hundreds of peonies, thousands of yards of ribbon, the prettiest colors and texture, those shoes; Katie was a joy to plan and design with and well, I think even if you don’t personally know her, it’s fairly evident by her sweet nature illustrated through these gorgeous photographs by Jen and Jonah.

I introduce to you, one memorable way to ring in the new year, the wedding of Katie and Bryan. Enjoy.


That dress! So lovely and soft and so very Monique. It was if the gown was made for Katie.


I absolutely loved how Jen and Jonah captured these portraits of Katie getting ready. They feel so nostalgic and classic. Katie is a true beauty and radiated the entire day of her wedding. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, too but I would love to start working with more film photographers and clientele who appreciate the timelessness of film. Jen and Jonah you two are such visionaries. Let’s do it again soon :)


Katie’s bouquet was made up of romantic, soft, garden-inspired blooms like garden roses, quicksand roses, ivory and blush peony, sweetheart roses, fragrant stock, anemone and a touch of dusty miller to lend to the mint hue we incorporated throughout the wedding design. The colors in the bouquets worked perfectly in tandem with the colors of the girl’s gowns. I also threw in a bit of silver brunia to the bridesmaid’s bouquets to add a touch of gray.


Smitten On Paper knocked it out of the park with these gold foil, confetti design invitation suites.


Tables set for nearly 300 guests. My team at this wedding was absolutely killer.


And I have to end it here because you can catch more of this event over on Style Me Pretty where we were honored with a front page feature last week (be sure to watch the couple’s gorgeous wedding trailer from Studio 213 Films and check out the amazing ceiling installation we created for over the dance floor). And of course, a huge thank you to the amazing group of vendors who pulled this one off and created such an incredible day for two amazing people. Katie and Bryan, I love you guys. Thank you for the adventure. Xoxo  Tassels and noise horns: Stephanie Shives Studio

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Photography: Jen and Jonah / Videography: Studio 213 Films / Planning, design, florals and coordination: Hey Gorgeous Events / Cake: Maribelle Cakery / Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade / Catering: Funky’s Catering / Bride’s gown: Monique Lhuillier / Venue: Contemporary Arts Center / Rentals: All Occasions Event Rentals / Stationery: Smitten On Paper / Tassels and noise horns: Stephanie Shives Studio

Jul 31

Featured {Style Me Pretty}


Hi friends! Phew. Typing this post to you from Chapel Hill, North Carolina in the lovely lit living room of Lara’s, while the Southern Weddings gals work upstairs and I must say it feels good after yesterday’s big shoot, to dig into some work, emails and other tasks today. But first I have to tell you to hop on over to Style Me Pretty where you can finally see our 2013 New Year’s Eve bash in all its glory. Katie and Bryan were the sweetest couple with a love and admiration for one another that was truly inspiring; planning with these two for over a year was truly a pleasure. You can catch their engagement session here and their full wedding feature here. I’ll be sharing all of the gorgeous details and amazing story behind their event here on the blog next week so sit tight. Have a beautiful day! Xoxo