Hey Gorgeous, The Blog


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

Jul 18

Oh, Hello!

Hi friends! I hope you’ve been having a beautiful and eventful summer so far. I type this little blog post from the comfort of a king sized bed in the middle of Seattle, almost a dozen hotel ice buckets surrounding me, filled with fresh flowers. This summer has been an absolute whirlwind of busyness but it’s been a good busyness. A filled to the brim type of hustle that has enlightened me in more ways than I could ever imagine. The rest of my summer is filled with three more incredible events, some big editorial projects, a few speaking engagements, much needed time away with Andrew, and of course lots of fun little surprises tucked in a long the way. But first, I wanted to check in and say hello and let you know there are a few posts coming soon to the blog including a special giveaway in the next few weeks (and the full post from Ellen and Pat’s Grand Rapids downtown market wedding coming soon). Remember to make a little time for yourself this summer to just relax and be present in all that’s going on around you.


I just adore this photo of Ellen and Pat from their May 2nd wedding captured perfectly by Bradley James Photography. Guys, I loved this wedding and the simplicity behind planning, designing and executing it all in less than 12 weeks. I think you’ll love it as much as I do when I share the entire event. Happy Friday, friends xoxo

Jun 25

Trouvaille Workshop Day Two Afternoon


If you’re just joining us pull up a chair and get cozy! There’s so much more to share today from April’s Trouvaille!

The afternoon of Day Two at the workshop was full of goodness; things like chargers, linens, menus, rentals, candles, centerpieces and all of the other wonderful pieces that help create really stunning event tablescapes were aplenty. My favourite type of educational workshop is the kind that involves hands on learning and interaction with other creatives and professionals so the afternoon session (and truthfully most of the workshop itself) was completely designed around this foundation of learning. In small teams all the attendees were to built a complete tablescape starting with just a base foundation as inspiration, which in this case involved absolutely stellar couture linens from Nuage Designs.

The goal was to create four very unique tablescapes using predetermined items all at different price points which we then reviewed and discussed at length as one big group. I loved talking through pricing with the attendees, hearing from our rental expert Robyn Allison of The Rental Company on how a professional rental company operates, and of course see how the table design grew into something different from what I imagined once different creative forces came together. It truly takes a village to execute an event and this afternoon session illustrated that perfectly.


The incredible Laura of Laura Hooper Calligraphy penned all of the immaculate paper products used throughout the design sessions (spoiler alert, Laura may be making an appearance at Trouvaille this fall to teach the basics of hand lettering and calligraphy to the lucky attendees!) These sleek black menus with white ink calligraphy paired together with my favorite blush ruffle linen from Nuage Designs made for one gorgeous and totally feminine tablescape.


Here’s Robyn chatting a bit with the attendees about where her rentals come from, why they are priced the way they are and what we can do as planners, designers and florists to facilitate stronger vendor relationships. I just love Robyn. Not only is she a pleasure to work with but she really has some incredible inventory and competitive pricing.

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I just love seeing all these amazing women in action. Everyone brought so much to the metaphorical table.

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My sweet and very talented friend and Trouvaille Workshop speaker Alicia from Bows and Arrows helped me tackle the florals that afternoon and thank goodness she did; the tablescapes the girls created with the centerpieces Alicia whipped together were perfection. This navy and white Greek key linen paired together with the punchy gem tones was everyone’s favorite of the day. Bold colors and textures can be so good when done right don’t you think?


Once we were done with the design session for the afternoon, we headed back down to our session tables to listen to Robyn speak a bit more about the planner and rental company relationship. But first I had a little Hey Gorgeous Events experience to shower over these gals and I felt like I could burst if I had to wait any longer to do it. I brought out a little surprise Starbucks treat for each girl (I had gotten their drink orders ahead of time) complete with a monogrammed coffee sleeve made by my girl McKay over at Oatmeal Lace Design. I love treating myself to mid afternoon treats during my work day (whether it be an iced chai or a walk outside with Zoe) and I also love more than anything surprising people will small acts of joy and happiness so this was the perfect way to love on my attendees. Seeing their faces when I announced their drinks were ready for them was priceless.

So grateful for these photos! These epitomize the relationships I so want to have with not only my workshop attendees but my brides and grooms too. This here is my core, my purpose and the motivation behind all that I do.

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Oh and McKay can pretty much monogram anything your little heart desires! How sweet are these sleeves?


There are still a limited amount of tickets left for Trouvaille and I’ve decided to honor the early bird price until August 1st! If you’re interested in coming to be a part of this intimate, comprehensive, personalized and hands on experience, then I would be delighted to have you this October! The new website for the Trouvaille Workshop will be launching in the next two weeks and there will be full details on the panel of speakers, the schedule of events, sponsors and suppliers and of course reviews from past attendees. And if you can’t wait until then you can snag your ticket here. Stay tuned for the third and final recap coming up later this week from Day Three!

Trouvaille Workshop Day One

Trouvaille Workshop Day Two Morning

Trouvaille Workshop Day Three (coming soon)

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Photography: Bradley James Photography / Venue: The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel / Table concepts: Hey Gorgeous Events / Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Linens, napkins and napkin accessories: Nuage Designs / Rentals and chiavari chairs: The Rental Company / Coffee sleeves: Oatmeal Lace Design / Hairbands: Plum Pretty Sugar / Floral execution: Bows and Arrows / Rhi’s skirt: Bel & Beau / Rhi’s shoes: Target

Jun 24

Amber Housely Inspired

Hello Friends! Just wanted to pop in and let you know about an incredible speaking engagement I have coming up this fall. In September I am off to Nashville to my dear friend and colleague’s Amber Housely Inspired, a retreat for creative business women across all realms. Amber has created a really awesome and unique itinerary of events that I can’t wait to be a part of; from breakout sessions (I’m sharing on the ideal client experience) with hands on learning opportunities (there may be one that involves me teaching about blooms!) and endless amounts of networking and connecting time with like-minded women, it’s a retreat experience and lifestyle summit for creative women you won’t want to miss.



You can register now and save on the Early Bird Rate through to June 30th. Please feel free to use the code HEYGORG for a $200.00 discount applicable to your ticket. Registration is limited to only 30 people for close connections, relationship building and access to speakers and fellow attendees. Payment plans are also available if needed. You can email hello@amberyhousely.com to get more information. And check out this adorable inspiration board below for the retreat. I have the pleasure of designing a dinner based around this board, for all of the attendees to enjoy at Inspired.


Can’t wait to see you there! Xoxo