Tuesday, March 30, 2010

InFrame Bride Magazine | Creative Bride Contest


We here at A Day in May, Event Planning & Design are thrilled to be a judge for InFrame Bride Magazine's "She's Got It! Most Creative Bride Contest."

InFrame Bride Magazine is looking for the most creative wedding ideas. The rules are simple: you submit creative wedding ideas, encourage your family and friends to vote for your entry in the first round, and in the second round the judges (that's us!) select the best. There are virtually no limitations on the types of ideas that can be submitted—ideas may relate to favors, locations, honeymoons, themes, bridesmaid or groomsmen gifts, food or anything else you can come up with. The ideas simply have to somehow relate to a wedding.

There will be 3 contest winners... Photo Shoot: Abby Rose Photo & chance to be on the next cover of InFrame Bride; Weekend getaway: Grand Traverse Resort & Spa; Makeover: Design 1 Salon & Spa

Be sure to visit the contest site for more details and to submit your creative wedding ideas! Good luck!!

Sage and Style

Earlier this year we blogged about two of our favorite stylists and their fantastic sense of all things glamorous. This morning I received an email from Taryn announcing the launch of her new site Sage and Style. Be sure to check it daily for Taryn's expert advice- if you've always wanted a stylist, now's your chance!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Photo Feature | Marianne Taylor Photography

Growing old together.

Marianne Taylor Photography

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Photo Feature | Jules Bianchi Photography

Spring, spring come now here,
I'll pick your sweetest flowers
- Bouquet of colors!

Peter S. Quinn

Jules Bianchi Photography

Northern Michigan | Vintage Bridal Photoshoot

Before the snow melted here in the great North a group of incredibly talented wedding professionals got together for an afternoon photoshoot. Here's what we came up with... enjoy!

Here is a look at the team!
Location: Cherry Basket Farm
Photography: Cory Weber Photography
Art Direction: Hitch Design
Styling: A Day in May, Event Planning & Design
Costuming: Ella's of Traverse City
Hair and Make-up: Shari Stelzer of Grace Salon
Floral: Flowers by Marla Courtney Wood

Huge thanks to Cammie, Andy, Cory, Mike, Megan, Wendy, Shari and Marla for an awesome day of creative collaboration!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Ceci New York

One of my favorite design/decor elements to a wedding is the stationery. From the first glimpse at your wedding via your save the date or engagement announcement, you set the tone for your big day.

We use stationery for more than a way of communicating our clients information and details about their day, it's a part of their design and "brand" for their wedding. A great way to add a cohesive design element that can carry over through your printed pieces and overall event design are through monograms. They are still trending in 2010 but these are your grandmother's monograms...

Ceci New York was founded by Lisa "Ceci" Johnson. Her graphic design talents are award winning and the success of her company is proof of her unique gifts and products. Sought after by many luxury clientele Ceci approaches the design of all custom pieces, like the monograms above, one client at a time. Lisa gets to know her clients- their taste, what inspires them... sounds like someone we know!

For amazing eye candy and inspiration visit Ceci New York. And don't forget their fine stationery line- what a beautiful way to correspond!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Oscar Fashion

If you are addicted to beautiful gowns like I am, I bet you were watching the world's most "diverse" fashion show on Sunday night- the Oscars. Aside from honoring and paying credit to those fantastic films of 2009 it's the single most watched fashion event ever.

Here are some of my favorites and trend worthy gowns that are sure to inspire today's bride and her entourage!

Sandra Bullock in Marchesa, Cameron Diaz in Oscar de la Renta and Kate Winslet in YSL all glimmered in their gilded dresses. Metallics are here to stay and these ladies of the silver screen donned Oscar's favorite color.

Demi Moore in Atelier Versace, Anna Kendrick in Elie Saab Haute Couture and Diane Kruger in Chanel Haute Couture were each a vision. Feminine ruffles flattered each figure with exquisite fabric and layering- texture galor!

Vera Farmiga in Marchesa, Jennifer Lopez in Armani Privé and Zoe Saldana in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci gave way to form and function. Fantastic silhouettes.

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Dries van Noten, Kristin Stewart in Monique Lhuillier and Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab Haute Couture looked amazing in varying shades of blue. From printed to painted fabrics blue is a great color this season.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Chanel Haute Couture and Meryl Streep in Chris March took femininity to a whole other level. Perfect shapes and detailing for Mothers of the Bride or Groom or your sophisticated bride.

Bridal fashion made ready to wear? Miley Cyrus in Jenny Packham- from Packham's Spring/Summer 2010 collection.

Photos via People.com and Jenny Packham.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Kate & Brian, Part II

When chatting with Kate and Brian I knew that with them the best really was yet to come. But in the mean time, they wanted to throw one heck of a party for their friends and family who traveled from all over the country to be part of their Northern Michigan. For those who have never had the privilege of visiting Leland you'll find her tucked along the shore of Lake Michigan with North and South Manitou looking on... those famous sleeping bears.

I couldn't be more in love with today's post- Kate and Brian's wedding was the quintessential happy day. I think you'll agree with these fabulous images and insights to their day via Cory Weber Photography!

Kate's talent in the design industry paired with Brian's creative vision gave an uptown feel to this down home wedding. Guests dined on lovely season meal and shared to-die-for ice cream cake by Moomer's Ice Cream while Ron Getz and his band serenaded the newlyweds and their entourage into the evening.

I'm so blessed to say that we were able to be a part of their special day. To the Mr. and Mrs., congratulations on beauty inside and out. I look forward to what the world has in store for you next!

Thanks to Leland's Old Art Building, Meadowlark Farm, the Ron Getz Band, Catering by Kelly's, Moomer's Ice Cream, GJ's Rentals, Rabbi Chava Bahle, By the Bay Transportation, Cory Weber Photography and our team at A Day in May, Event Planning & Design!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Kate & Brian, Part I

Yesterday you saw the fabulous work of local photographer Cory Weber and today on A Day in May we have the oh-so-chic wedding of Kate and Brian!

Kate and I did not meet face to face until two months before the big day but I will never forget our introduction. As her mother-in-law said the day of her wedding, "Kate is a diamond in the rough, and we're so blessed Brian found her." Need I say more?

Brian and Kate both share a love of Northern Michigan. Kate having grown up in Suttons Bay and Brian having summered on the shores of Lake Leelanau. When it was time to plan their NYC meets Leland wedding Kate looked no further than Leland's Old Art Building. The white washed siding and beautifully imperfect interior played host to the colorful floral and guests that filled the room.

Every detail was perfect down the rain that filled the skies well after the I do's... they are the real deal friends! Enjoy!

Thanks again to Cory Weber Photography for sharing these images. More to come from Kate and Brian's big day!

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