Crowning Inspiration: Todayshow Modern Wedding - Shades of Purple

If you've been watching NBC's The Today Show for the past few weeks you know that today was the day for Melissa and Jeremy.

Designer guru Colin Cowie took the viewer's-pick venue on the Hudson River and created a beautiful and classic white and lavender wedding.

Here's an inspiration board I created on commercial break!

White linens are classic and easy to come by. Accent them with lavender flowers, napkins and glassware. Use glassware in different heights and styles, and compliment them with various shades of purple and white. This will give your table dimension and it won't
break the bank!

Add some height with purple Chinese lanterns in round and square. As the day progresses add some ambient lighting in purple and fuchsia to bring the party alive!


Crowning Inspiration: Top Fall Trends

Fall is here! And as the leaves change color, do be afraid to embrace it on your tablescapes!

And just because hints of burgundy and brown are in nature, doesn't mean you can't keep your table lush in vibrant color and full of eclectic accents.  Mix and match plates, centerpiece styles and containers, chargers and dishware.

Stay tuned for more fall trends!


Crowning Inspiration: Celebrating 1 - 100 Years Anniversary Gifts

My husband, John, and I are celebrating our fifth Wedding Anniversary this Friday, September 24th. In honor of our Anniversary, I thought I would post a list of traditional and modern Wedding Anniversary gifts. My husband and I try to follow the traditional gift. It's really fun and you have to get super creative sometimes!
From 1 to 100 ...

1st Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Paper
Modern Gifts: Clocks

2nd Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Cotton
Modern Gifts: China

3rd Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Leather
Modern Gifts: Crystal

4th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Fruit or Flowers
Modern Gifts: Appliances

5th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Wood
Modern Gifts: Silverware

6th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Candy or Iron
Modern Gifts: Wood

7th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Wool or Copper
Modern Gifts: Desk Sets

8th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Bronze or Pottery
Modern Gifts: Linens or Lace
9th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Pottery and Willow
Modern Gifts: Leather

10th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Tin or Aluminum
Modern Gifts:Diamond Jewelry

11th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Steel
Modern Gifts: Fashion Jewelry

12th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Silk or Linen
Modern Gifts: Pearls

13th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Lace
Modern Gifts: Textiles or Furs

14th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Ivory
Modern Gifts: Gold Jewelry

15th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Crystal
Modern Gifts: Watches

16th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Silver Holloware

17th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Furniture

18th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Porcelain

19th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Bronze

20th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: China
Modern Gifts: Platinum

21st Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Brass or Nikel

22nd Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Copper

23rd Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Silver Plate

24th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Musical Instruments

25th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Silver
Modern Gifts: Silver

26th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Original Pictures

27th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Sculpture

28th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Orchids

29th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Furniture

30th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Pearl
Modern Gifts: Diamond

31st Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Time Pieces

32nd Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Conveyances

33rd Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Amethyst

34th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Opal

35th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Coral
Modern Gifts: Jade

36th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Bone China

37th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Alabaster

38th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Beryl or Tourmaline

39th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Lace

40th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Ruby
Modern Gifts: Ruby

41st Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Land

42nd Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Improved Real Estate

43rd Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Travel

44th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Groceries

45th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Sapphire
Modern Gifts: Sapphire

46th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Original Poetry

47th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Books

48th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Optical Goods

49th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Luxuries

50th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Gold
Modern Gifts: Gold

51st Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Blue Sapphire

52nd Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Ruby

55th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Emerald
Modern Gifts: Emerald

60th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Yellow Diamond
Modern Gifts: Diamond

65th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Star Sapphire, Gray

67th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Star Sapphire, Purple

75th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Diamonds, Diamond Like Stones, Gold
Modern Gifts: Diamond, Gold

80th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Diamond, Pearl

85th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Diamond, Sapphire

90th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Diamond, Emerald

95th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Diamond, Ruby

100th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: 10K Diamond

Love is a gift that lasts a lifetime! I hope that I am lucky enough to celebrate 100 years with my love. Sure, a 10 carat diamond would be fabulous, but sharing 100 years with the love of my life would be the best gift I could ever receive!


Crowning Celebration: Sapphire Social - Junior Mixer

2010 Sapphire Ball – 50th Anniversary

Junior Mixer Event
Wednesday, September 22, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Table Forty4
610 Monroe Street (across from The Blarney)
If you’ve ever thought the Opera was for old people, then you’ve never been with this group. Several of Toledo’s most prestigious young professionals are having a pre-party of sorts – all in celebration of the Toledo Opera’s 50th Annual Sapphire Ball.

The free event, organized by the Sapphire Ball’s junior committee, caters towards Toledo’s 35-and-under crowd. Appetizers will be provided – and a signature Sapphire Ball drink will be unveiled and available at the cash bar.
And there’s more:
Opera tickets will be raffled off, as will two tickets to this year’s Sapphire Ball.
Several of the Sapphire Ball’s raffle and auction items will be on display – including a one-year lease on a Cadillac (courtesy of Taylor Cadillac).
Check out the top-notch evening wear with a fashion show provided by Sophie’s Sister. For guests age 35 and under, Sapphire Ball tickets will be available at a special rate of $175 each.

Thank you for your help spreading the word about this tremendous event hosted by the future business leaders of Toledo. We hope you’ll be able to join us.
About the Sapphire Ball:
The Toledo Opera’s 50th Anniversary Sapphire Ball
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Crown Plaza

· Raffle and silent auction items include a wine cellar comprised of donations from prominent area collectors, including a 1982 Chateau Lafitte-Rothschild (valued at more than $1500), a pearl and sapphire necklace designed by Lisa Barrow of Barrow Jewelers and more than 200 other items.
· Commemorative 50th anniversary dessert created and prepared by Wendy Kromer, pastry chef to Martha Stewart.
· Entertainment provided by Intrigue.
· Tickets are available by calling the Toledo Opera at (419) 255-SING (7464).


Crowning Celebration: Sapphire Social - Junior Mixer

Join us
Wednesday, September 22nd
from 5 - 7 p.m.
Table Forty4
Toledo, Ohio

No RSVP needed.
Table Forty4 will be offering complimentary appetizers
A signature drink will be available at the cash bar

Look for the Facebook page and "LIKE" the Sapphire Social!


Crowning and Cunning: Custom Louboutin's

One of my brides, Kelly, sent this to me this morning. Its so fabulous I just had to share:

Yes, accroding to W Magazine, shoe designer extraordinaire Christian Louboutin is now offering custom, made-to-order shoes.
How do you get these fabulous shoes,vous demandez? Well, fly to Paris, schedule an appointment to have a custom mold made and your very own, one of a kind Louboutins will be crafted just for you!


Crowning Inspiration: Dessy Collection Bridesmaids

Today's brides are more considerate and stylish than ever when it comes to choosing their bridesmaid's dresses. We all know that the dress goes far beyond wedding day. And brides feel good knowing their girl's gowns can be worn again and enjoyed at other functions.

I found the perfect ONE STOP SHOPPING site for bridesmaids dresses called The Dessy Group! You can even order custom vests and ties for the groomsmen, matching gowns for the flower girls, purses and accessories right down to matching flip-flops for dancing!
Viola! Finally, an easy and accessible shopping site.

The dresses come in all styles, fabrics, designs and colors! Swatches are available.
Still not convinced, then check out their Inspiration Style Boards:

For those of you who will be planning this weekend, this site is sure to have you hooked. If you create a board, be sure to share it on this blog or the Crowning Celebrations facebook page! We'd love to see your creative ideas!


Crowning Inspiration: Biodegradable Confetti

This Labor Day weekend Stephanie & Blake were married in a beautiful ceremony at St. Joe's Sylvania Church. We bent the rules a bit with biodegradable confetti.

Guests tossed confetti pieces and groomsmen shot off confetti streamer guns. It made for a spectacular scene! Here is a sneak peak thanks to a guest.
Can't wait for the images from Decisive Moment.
If you are interested in biodegradable confetti, contact me for a discount!


Crowning Inspiration: EcoChic BlumeBox

Looking for a Green way to dress up your table? I love these Birch-inspired boxes from Blume Box. And they are only $2.99!!!

Line these boxes down your table for a linear look. Or space them apart and angle them off centered. Tie ribbons or bows around them for extra dimension. Or the 4" cube (their smallest size) can be used at each setting as place cards with your guest's names on them.
and I simply love the little Bloombuds placecard holders!
Little touches like this get me so excited for the holidays!!!
To shop, click here.


Crowning Celebration: Stephanie & Blake

Ceremony: St. Joe's Sylvania
Reception: Toledo Country Club
Event Design & Coordination: Crowning Celebrations
Florist: Bartz Viviano Flowers & Gifts
Photography: Decisive Moment Photojournalism*
Tent: Toledo Tent
Linens & Chairs: Chair Covers & Linens, Michigan
Other rentals: Keith H. Brooks, Crowning Celebrations
Transportation: Tecumseh Trolley
Guest Shuttles: Birmingham Limo
Cocktail Music: Silveressence Trio
DJ: Mr. Entertainer
Cake: Thrush's
Cigar Roller: La Casa de la Havana
Invitations, Menues & Programs: William Arthur, Paula Brown Shop
Salon: Anva
Bridal Gown: Justin Alexander
Bridesmaid dresses: Calvin Klein
* all images shown above were taken by Crowning Celebrations. Rights Reserved.


Crowning and Captivating: Running of the Brides, Cleveland, Ohio 2010

Things here in the Crowning Celebrations office are busy, busy! And I realized I have not posted more images from last weekend's Running of the Brides in Cleveland, Ohio!
Check out Kelly and Kathleen as they race alongside other
fabulous brides to find the perfect dress!

 Yes, those are piles of wedding gowns - waist high!!!
 Check out another "running team" in colored tulled tiaras!
Notice the race numbers "91711" - the bride's wedding day. Very cute!
Our Toledo Free Press Bride, Kathellen Reynolds with her team! As she purchased the dress, the cashier got on the PA and announced that "Kathleen found her wedding dress!" and everyone cheered!
Crowning Celebrations bride, Kelly Childress, and her bridesmaids found a beautiful white gown with a black sash and pearl and crystal broach for a steal! Love their shirts! Kelly and her girls then found their way to Saks' shoe department - a girl after my own heart! Congrats Kelly - can't wait for your wedding day!!!!