Crowning Celebration: Anna + Kevan

Maternity Leave has been full of joyous occasions, including that of our very own Crowning Celebrations' Anna's wedding to her high school sweetheart, Kevan! Check out this trailer from Fordham Footage.

Anna + Kevan | December 7, 2013 Sneak Peek | filmed by Fordham Footage

Event Coordination: Crowning Celebrations
Photography: Jennifer Mott Photography
Videography: Fordham Footage
Ceremony: Historic Church of Saint Patrick
Reception: The Secor Building
Catering and Bar: Registry Bistro
Dress: The Gown Shop Ann Arbor
Flowers: Lia Colapietro Design
Lighting and Decor: Magers Designs
Linens & Chiavari Chairs: Toledo Chiavari Chairs and I Do Chair Covers & Linens
Music: Decorative Sound
Desserts and Cake: Sugar Shack Specialty Sweets
Stationery: UpperCase Designs
Bridal Make-up: Bridal Make-up by Natalie



We loved working with this super cute couple this September! Can't wait to share the photos from Jennifer Mott Photography. Until then, savor this video trailer from Fordham Footage.

Leah and TJ | 9.7.13 Sneak Peek | filmed by Fordham Footage

Dress: Pronovias from Belle Amour Bridal
Church: Historic Saint Patrick



We're back! This summer season was fabulous! So fabulous that it really didn't allow too much time for blogging. But I want you to know we are still here and there is so much to share!

In addition to a wonderful spring and summer season, I am excited to share that I am going to be a "Mother of the Groom".... well, one day. I am expecting our first, a boy, in November. So one day, 20-something plus years later (or even later than that) I will be an "MOG"! Between feedings and naps I plan to share all this year's goodness and then some. 

In the meantime, here is a look at one of our June weddings that was featured in the Toledo City Paper's, City Weddings guide. More from this gorgeous wedding will be blogged. It will probably take a few posts just to get all the details shared. But we cannot say enough wonderful things about this couple. And it was so kind of them to share their great experience with us. Check it out! (and you can read the guide online here.)


Sneak Peak: Asher's Bar Mitzvah

Last night we celebrated "All About Asher" for Asher's Bar Mitzvah. Asher is a great kid and we LOVED working with his family!!! Here are a few sneak peaks of the room before Star Trax Entertainment lit the room up with non-stop fun!

Event Coordination & Design: Crowning Celebrations, Anna Malone
Event Location & Catering: Hilton Garden Inn, Perrysburg
Floral Design & Lighting: Keith Brooks Florist
Entertainment: Star Trax Entertainment, Paris
Stationery Design: UpperCase Designs
Professional Photography: Cara Jones (images provided her taken by Crowning Celebrations)
Videography & Video Montage: Inspired Image



If you don't know what Washi Tape is yet then check out these easy Washi Tape wedding ideas. Washi Tape is like a very-pretty-crafty-fun-decorating paper tape. Its the pretty cousin to ugly masking tape. 

Washi Tape is made of natural fibers like bamboo or hemp, but most commonly from the bark of native Japanese trees — the mulberry, the mitsumata shrub or the gampi tree. Washi Tapes can be as strong as duct tape! But its best known to be functional as well as pretty and an easy way to add to spruce up any wedding item.
(check out fun links below)

To buy, inspire & create check out these links:
Shop Etsy
Shop Koyal Wholesale - SALE on Washi Tape!



Did you see our fabulous 2012 events in the City Paper's Wedding Bells guide? 

Our fabulous couple Ashley and Andy made the front cover! And check out their gorgeous wedding inside the issue. Special thanks to Considering Lilies Photography, Jennifer Mott Photography and Grand Lubell Photography for capturing our couples!


Crowning Inspiration: GONE TO THE BIRDS!

Another 2013 trend is Birds.
Birdcages, birdcage veils, bird cake tops, birds on invites, birds in flowers, birds on charms.... these love birds are flying in and bringing good luck. Here are our favorite 
birdie finds on Etsy. Links below :) 

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Crowning Celebration: MEGAN & SCOTT

Our last wedding of 2012 was with a great family and it was a fun way to end the year. It was a pleasure to work with this MOB and her family a second time. Our first event with them in 2010 was at the Pinnacle celebrating Amanda and Scott
We were pleased to be the coordinators for Megan and Scott and see their wonderful friends and family celebrate at The Toledo Club

Here are images of super fun couple Megan and Scott and their beautiful winter wedding. We don't have to tell you they are fun - just check out their smiles and laughs in these photos! And thank you to ShutterLove Studio for capturing the day.

During the holidays, The Toledo Club has its annual Christmas Tree auction. For weeks proceeding the Christmas holiday, trees are contributed and dressed in their finest adornment, theme or creation to be auctioned. But if you are having a wedding there, your guests are in for a treat!


Crowning Inspiration: 2013 HEADPIECE TREND

One of the trends I reported for 2013 was texture: it's popping off bridal gowns, creating depth in bridal bouquets and even adding that extra touch to bridal hair with headpieces. 

Everything from tulle head scarves to headbands to forehead bands these adornments are playing on both Bohemian chic and vintage 1920's. Check out our favorites!

And of course we have to thank Anne Hathaway for pulling this off so beautifully in her tulle and embroidered satin custom Valentino gown!



Thank you to all our fabulous clients and to my fabulous team of ladies who make this job so much fun and our events so fabulous!
We were chosen by the editors at The Knot for Best of Weddings 2013!


Crowning Inspiration: UNITY IN GLASS

Looking for a creative alternative to the "Unity Candle"? We are so excited that one of our June couples are going to be creating a piece of art work and new family heirloom with Unity in Glass by artist Lee Ware. Unity in Glass captures the beauty and intimacy of a bride and groom’s unity ceremony for eternity in an elegant, hand-crafted glass sculpture. What could be more perfect for Toledo brides and grooms? Toledo IS the Glass Capitol, after all...

How does it work?
1. Go to the website and fill out the required forms and purchase the special glass chips.
2. Ceremoniously mix your glass chips like you would sand
3. Ship the glass chips back to the artist in the pre-paid box
From there artist Lee Ware creates your piece and ships it back to you.


Toledo Free Press Eventista: 2013 WEDDING TRENDS

In case you didn't catch my article on 2013 wedding trends - here are my top trends and inspiration boards!

Eventista: Hot wedding trends for 2013

Each year weddings get more trend-specific. But as the trends increase, the sizes of the weddings are decreasing. Doing more doesn’t necessarily mean spending more or inviting more. Wedding guest lists are being trimmed as carefully as the details are planned out. Here are some ways to create a fabulous 2013 celebration.
You can’t plan a 2013 wedding and not talk texture! It’s growing year after year and it’s bigger than ever. We have seen it in bridal bouquets that have a varying selection of flowers and uncommon greeneries to bridal gowns with appliques, rosettes and flowers that pop right off the fabric. Cakes are mimicking these fabrics with ruffled layers and large sugar petals cascading down. Modern patterns like chevron and polka dot are some of the most popular. They are gracing the papers of invitation suites and adding an extra punch to tablescape linens. We are seeing a hint of pattern on bridal gowns under traditional overlays like lace and they are also giving groom’s ties a playful look.
Color gives even the most traditional affair an added punch. Bridesmaids dresses are bright and festive. We are still seeing a trend toward variable design in each maid’s attire from gradual shades of ombre dresses to the same fabric in countless styles. The bride’s bouquet has strayed from all white and now includes a multitude of hues and colors. But probably the most noticeable color change this year is the blush-colored wedding gown. Bright white is a thing of the past as brides are choosing softer hues for their skin tones.
Kate Middleton’s lace-style gown still reigns, but with a new twist.
“We are seeing a different take on lace with the Guipure pattern. It’s a larger pattern and less traditional,” said Stacy Fork of The Gown Shop Ann Arbor.
Another trend, according to Fork is the horsehair-trimmed bridal veil.
“The stretch nylon that now adorns some of the most modern and romantic veils has been a top pick,” Fork said. “It definitely gives that extra wow factor to a veil versus just the standard tulle.”
Grooms are taking an active role in the planning. Not only are they attending meetings and playing a role in the decisions, they are adding in details of their own. From groom’s cakes and dessert bars to special signature beers and menu selections, grooms are finding their voice.
Vintage is not necessarily decorating with antiques and it’s often confused with shabby chic. Vintage is a style all its own and the vintage trend in 2013 is the roaring ’20s. Popular shows like “Downton Abbey” and movie “The Great Gatsby”
provide inspiration for wedding style and theme.
“Our clients are enamored with ‘nostalgic vibes’ that are unique to them,” said Heather Zeller, owner of La Boutique Nostalgie. “Shimmering candlelight, garden roses and hydrangeas, lace, birdcage veils and chandeliers in equal measure are popular, key elements in completing the vintage vision.”
One of the hottest wedding trends this year has gone to the birds — literally! The bird theme surfaced in 2012 and is taking flight in 2013. Birds are being seen on wedding invitations, on the top of cakes and they are bringing little accents like nests and twigs to centerpieces. Feathered accessories will also be popular on veils, purses and bridal sashes.
Incorporating yummy goodness you can only find street side will be the icing on the cake for your wedding guests with a food truck! “Late night snacks” or “afterthoughts” have been a hit of weddings for years with selections like mini-sliders, homemade doughnuts and pizza.
But for that crowd that parties hard and gets hungry, why not treat them to their favorite guilty pleasure with gourmet hot dog truck or ice cream truck?
Grab your issue of the Toledo Free Press Bridal Guide or see it here online!
 bouquets with texture and a variety of texture and color 
(our readers chose the bottom, second from the right as their favorite)

wedding cakes with chevron, rosettes, ruffles, lace and other textures 
(our readers chose the bottom center as their favorite!)

super fun chevron pattern

classic and traditional polka dot pattern

bridesmaids in blush and pinks

blush bridal gowns, Guirpur pattern lace, illusion necklines and horsehair trimmed veils

great gatsby inspired wedding

bird's the word with these fun touches

fun and foodie favorites: the food truck


Crowning Inspiration: 2013 CAKE TRENDS

Texture is one of 2013's hottest trends and its giving cakes a 
creative pallet for beautiful designs! 
Which is your favorite 2013 cake trend?


New Look! Photoshoot Fun!!!

We are starting 2013 off with a bang - including our new headshoots from
our photoshoot with Jennifer Mott Photography!
We had a lot of fun with our "bride" and model, Tristen, 
who wore a gorgeous bridal gown from
The Gown Shop Ann Arbor. Stacy from The Gown Shop also styled
our bride with a veil, jewelry and shoes!

Check out the website for more updates! www.crowningcelebrations.com 


Choices, Choices: 2013 trends

One trend that we LOVED so much in 2012 and continue to see in 2013 is texture. But there are two ways to display it this year: in bold brights or soft bohemian, vintage styles.
So which will you choose?
Pick one and let us know!
(click to enlarge)