Mr. & Mrs. Kyle & Kelsey Eckert

Kyle & Kelsey Eckert

This wedding was special for many reasons. I worked with the couple planning their wedding in Sioux Falls while they lived in Georgia! Only visiting Sioux Falls twice during their planning meant that our team was in charge of every detail- big & small! It was a beautiful day and we are so happy they used Serendipitous. The photography is done by Lauren at Picturesque.

The couple’s ceremony and reception took place at the Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Sioux Falls. The soft ivory colors along with pops of mint and blush were the perfect combination for this June wedding. The gorgeous florals were designed by The Flower Mill. The chairs were styled by Savvy Chair Covers.

The cake was made by Chef April and served to the guests. The overlays and chargers were from Simply Devine. DJ Matt Gappa from DJ Jer provided the music and lighting services to complete the ceremony & head table look. Invites were designed by Molly Meester Designs.

Shelon Artistry and Beauty by Blow did an amazing job with the bridal party’s hair and makeup.

Only able to see the couple a few times a year, the bridal party was ready for some fun with the newlyweds! Stellar Limousine chauffeured the wedding party around Downtown Sioux Falls while guests enjoyed cocktail hour at the Hilton.

June 25, 2016 was a perfect day. I had a lot of fun getting to know Kyle and Kelsey. Every detail and vendor helped make this a special wedding celebration.

XOXO, 

Loghin Welch

Event Planner

Blue Haven Barn Styled Shoot

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When I was asked to participate in the first ever styled shoot at Blue Haven Barn, I jumped on board immediately! This new event venue, located just west of Sioux Falls, is exceptional. I was excited to be able to put my creativity to work!

Nicole with Nicole Marie Photography and Amanda at Blue Haven Barn had started the idea of the shoot and I was happy to partner with them.

First, we needed a couple to model as our bride and groom. Megan, our intern, and her fiance Brock were a perfect choice.

We had some of the best vendors in the area making sure Megan & Brock looked their best for the shoot. Jodi Hunter with Bombshell Beauty did an amazing job with Megan’s custom airbrush makeup. Biz with Vanessen’s Hair Design paired with Jodi to complete Megan’s look by giving her a gorgeous up-do in Blue Haven’s bridal suite. The tux and dress were provided by the Bridal Gallery… the perfect pair.❤

While the magic was happening upstairs in the bride & groom suites, I was busy working with Prairie Lane Vintage Rentals, Ideal Wedding & Events, Molly Meester Designs, Flower Mill and The Cake Lady to design an array different table settings. Blue Haven provides silver chiavari chairs and gray barn wood tables with their rentals which adds a special touch.

The vintage silver pieces, place settings and furniture was provided by Prairie Lane. The napkins, glass chargers and champagne flutes were brought in by Ideal Wedding & Events. The flowers were designed by The Flower Mill and the paper products were designed by Molly Meester Designs. Anna, The Cake Lady, provided us with a beautiful naked cake complete with floral. (It tasted delicious, too!)

The icing on the cake was a visit by Vintage Occasions Limo! They brought a vintage limo to the shoot and the photos are STUNNING.

The dark night sky was the perfect photo opt for some romantic photos to end the evening. Prairie Lane’s vintage love seats and church pews made for a special add on!

XOXO, 

Loghin Welch 

Event Planner

10 Reasons to Hire a Planner

Why you should consider a wedding planner

As a wedding planner, I’ve seen and read SO many different blog and Pinterest posts about hiring a planner and what you NEED to do at your wedding. In reality, it is YOUR big day. If you want pizza instead of a sit down meal or a first look before the ceremony instead of a traditional first look down the aisle, then do it! After all it is your big day… And this is why I love my job! Decisions and ideas about “spicing” up your wedding and making it truly represent you as a couple are my favorite!

Of course as a planner myself, I would never tell a bride that they have to hire a planner if they want their wedding to run smoothly because it may not be for every couple and that is totally fine! However, I truly believe in the value of hiring a professional wedding planner for every couple!

Keep an open mind as I tell you some reasons why…

1. Its YOUR wedding day, you should be 100% present!

Your wedding day happens one day out of your whole life. Invest in a professional who can make sure you are freed from every responsibility except being fully present and taking in every moment of your big day. You will invest so much time and energy prepping for your wedding, so why not enjoy it?!

2. Your friends and family are (likely) not an event professional

This topic should be the most valuable because as a bride you should want your friends and family fully engaged in the day and not “working.” Your friends and family play a HUGE role during the wedding planning process, you should want them to enjoy themselves..

  • Personally, I think the most important role of the friends and family is to be an active witness of the marriage. Hiring a day-of wedding planner will let them be free of stress so they enjoy the day, too.
  • Your moms, aunts and friends should not have to run around all morning decorating and setting up, they should be by your side drinking coffee and getting pampered after all the help they have given you throughout the months prior.
  • A professional wedding planner knows how to manage an event and be the point of contact for all vendors. You want someone who is a professional to decorate and take on all the large AND small tasks that occur during your wedding day.

3. You want to hire the best vendors for your style and budget

Not only will your planner help with your decision processes, they will also make sure the person you choose to DJ, caterer, etc. fits your style, personality AND budget! After you book all of your vendors, your planner will take the stress away by asking the little questions and working with your vendors to make sure everything is in sync and ready to go without a hiccup!

4. The event manager at your venue is not your professional wedding planner

Many wedding venues say that they include a “wedding planner” or “event manager” in their contract. Typically, this is just the bride and groom’s main point of contact for all venue related questions and the person on staff day of. This person does not set up your decor, work with all your vendors, meet with your other professionals or making sure your wants fit into your budget.

This person will make sure the venue staff is doing what they are listed to do and make sure their is no damage done to the facility day of.

So, even though you may have an event manager at your venue, they do not substitute for a professional and experienced wedding planner. 

5. Your budget is critical, make sure you have the right person in charge of it

There is so much that goes into your wedding wants and needs that all cost money. Every couple’s budget is different. Make sure you get a professional wedding planner that can help you prioritize what is most important to you. Likely you have never thrown a big celebration like a wedding, so how you do exactly to know how to budget for a wedding? A professional planner will make sure your budget is just right for the two of you.

6. You already don’t have enough time for yourself, so you don’t have time to plan a wedding

Planning your big day is a lot of work. There are studies that show planning a wedding equals out to be a part time job! You want to make sure you are relaxed and enjoying your engagement and have time for work, hobbies and your social life, too! A planner takes a huge chunk of the planning off of your mind.

A planner’s job is more than just 8-5pm Monday through Friday. We will work with your schedule and make sure the daytime AND nighttime tasks get done to make sure the wedding is a fairytale to you.

7. You want your vision to come to life

Pinterest is a great tool to help you gather your visions and ideas and put them onto a board. Now, how do you make those come to life? A planner has some of the best resources and knowledge when it comes to DIY activities or rental options in your area! Brining your vision to life should be very important to you, make sure you have a professional on your team!

8. You are only one person

Unfortantely, we are human which means we can only be in one place at a time. This is why I HIGHLY recommend at least a day-of planner for EVERY couple.

Many couples have their ceremony and reception in two separate locations which means decor, guest book, gifts, etc. have to be transported and set up before any of the guests arrive at the cocktail hour. This means very strict time limits and limited access to both locations. A professional wedding planner has many events under their belt with juggling multiple locations and time crunches. You will be doing yourself a favor by hiring a day-of planner!

9. A planner will be your best friend throughout the planning process

Bride’s should have one professional they can call or text at anytime to share their new ideas or excitement with. You want most, if not all, of your hard work and details to be a surprise element to your friends and family. A professional wedding planner is a judge-free, unbiased best friend to share your wedding planning fun with. They will guide you in the right direction but never pressure you into anything.

One of the best feelings to me as a planner is knowing that my clients are excited for their big day and stress-free because they have invested in a professional wedding planner to help and guide them.

10. & I promise, your friends and family will thank you! 

The most rewarding feeling is going to be at 10p.m. on your wedding day when you can look around and see all of your friends and family that have been celebrating ALL day long because they didn’t have to worry about set up or managing vendors. I promise, it will be worth the money!🙂

All of these reasons are based on my experiences working with friends and clients that are trying to justify a wedding planner. The best feeling to me is after a wedding when a bride’s mom starts to cry because her daughter was so calm throughout the planning process and day of. Together they got to celebrate together all day long and the mom didn’t have to miss a thing. I want to touch as many brides as I possibly can so whether your budget is $10,000 or $75,000- call me and let’s chat!

XOXO, 

Loghin Welch

Event Planner

 

 

 

Joel & Rebecca McGregor 9.5.15

Mr. & Mrs. Joel & Rebecca McGregor

September 5, 2015

Joel & Rebecca are a very special couple. Their love story is so great & their love for each other is even greater. We were so thankful that we were chosen to plan their wedding day. Joel & Rebecca wanted all of their guests to be apart of the “bridal party.”

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Jessica was able to begin their planning but when maternity leave began, Loghin took over for the final details & day of tasks. The outdoor ceremony & reception were both at the Izaak Walton League.

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The reception decor was fun & unique. The couple decided to do a kissing menu along with some fun centerpiece overlays. Rebecca had made her beautiful centerpieces to match.

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Their ceremony decor was beautiful! Joel and his brother set up a stunning door entrance for guests to enter and his beautiful bride to make her grand entrance through. There was some adorable love quote signage as well to remind everyone the reason for this big day.

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Their cake was a beautiful, small circular cake with some fun detail. Candle light, bright flowers and a warm feel completed the room.

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We got to work beside some great vendors to make this day perfect for these two amazing people.

Planner: Jessica & Loghin, Serendipitous Events by Jessica

Photographer: Tory Stolen Photography

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Izaak Walton League 

Caterer: Chef Jeni & Company

DJ: Jay Williams

Rentals: ABC Rentals

Paper Products: Ally Vogel Art & Design

Sweets: Sugar’s Baked Goods

Justin & Megan Kockx Sept. 11, 2015

Mr. & Mrs. Justin & Megan Kockx 

September 11, 2015

Justin & Megan’s wedding day was perfect for many reasons. Megan got her one wish, which was to be able to walk down the aisle with her father by her side. Everything from the first look with her father to the father/daughter dance was very special to her and something she will cherish forever!

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Everything about this day was elegant. The bridesmaid dresses were the perfect color to match Justin & Megan’s decor and backdrops. The blush paired with the groomsmen’s navy tuxes were a stellar match.

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The ceremony was at Calico Skies Winery in Inwood, Iowa. This location added a beautiful backdrop to this elegant affair. The greenery of the lands matched perfect with the florals and dress apparel.

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The reception was at the Museum of Visual Materials in Downtown Sioux Falls. This venue added a simple touch of rustic along with some elegant decor that truly transformed the venue.

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Megan used her creative mind to think of some special touches for her ladies- complete with “Why I Love You” notes.

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& to top it all off, the send off!

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Cheers to forever, Mr. & Mrs. Kockx!

Planner: Loghin Welch, Serendipitous Events

Photographer: Jeff Sampson Photography

Videographer: AJ Production Company

Ceremony Venue: Calico Skies Winery

Reception Venue: Museum of Visual Materials

DJ: DJ Kor, Pinnacle Productions

Live Painting: Jillian Gunlicks; Jillian Artistry 

Cake: The Cake Lady

Hair & Makeup: Lacey Mae Hair & Makeup

Florals: Larry Kleinlein (From Omaha)

Chairs: Ideal Wedding & Events

Sequin Overlays/Runners: Simply Devine Wedding & Events

Harms Party of Two

Mr. & Mrs. Jake & Kristin Harms

August 1st, 2015

Jake and Kristin’s style showed through every detail and photo from their wedding day! Their big day was absolutely perfect and their love for one another shined.

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Working with this couple was fun, enjoyable and relaxing. We thought rustic, country and elegant!

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The Harm’s wedding day was filled with laughter and great company.

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Blake & Randa, friends of the couple, made a gorgeous Mr. & Mrs. sign to hang on the backdrop that paired well with the gold sequin, ivory linens and gold chargers.

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Chef April Austin designed the perfect cake for Jake & Kristin. The cake was a stunning, four-tiered, ivory cake with burlap, floral and natural woods.

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Their wedding day was complete with the friends and family they had surrounding them along with some of Sioux Falls’ finest wedding professionals. Kristin’s hair and makeup was designed by Angelique at Platinum Imagination while the bridesmaid’s hair and makeup was done by Shelon Surat and Jackie Hovorka.

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The Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown was the perfect setting for this amazing day. From the first dances to the farewell, fun was had by all.

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Cheers to this loving, happy couple!

Ceremony Venue: Christ Lutheran Church

Reception Venue: Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Sioux Falls

Planner & Coordinator: Loghin at Serendipitous Events

Photographer: Jeff Sampson Photography

Videographer: Brekan Peterson

DJ: Jason at Energy Event Group

Chair Covers: Savvy Sashes

Florist: Bridget at Meredith & Bridget’s Flower Shop

Overlays: Simply Devine

Paper Products: Andrea at Confetti Creative Co. 

Dresses: Sandra Rose 

Cake: Chef April Austin

Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Platinum Imagination

Bridesmaid’s Hair & Makeup: Shelon Surat & Jackie Hovorka

Party Bus: Stellar Limo 

XOXO, 

Loghin Welch, Event Planner

Ryan & Kia Pidde June 6, 2015

Ryan and Kia Pidde

Ryan and Kia’s wedding day was beautiful! Working with Kia was absolutely amazing. She knew what she wanted and trusted us with the small details and overall design. The outdoor ceremony matched with an elegant, classy indoor reception was perfect for their style.

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The overall details were elegant and perfected the look on the Mary W. Sommervold Hall stage at the Washington Pavilion in Downtown Sioux Falls.

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The unique flower balls and bouquets designed by Joyce from Elaborations by Joyce added a special touch.

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The sweet treats table from Hy-Vee Bakery was a definite hit. The gourmet cupcakes along with a stunning tiered cake satisfied everyones sweet tooth.

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Downtown Sioux Falls was the ideal place for their first look! It was a gorgeous setting for our special couple! Macaroons, a sweet couple and the downtown vibes… what more can we say!?

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The soft palette of the dresses were carefully selected to match the outdoor feel.

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The ceremony was at McKennan Park. The flower girls were pulled in a perfect, white wagon built by the bride’s father, Bruce. Their flower headpieces added a special touch. The music during the ceremony was provided by Christine Egan on violin and  Bryan Wehrkamp on guitar. Nikki Weller, sister-in-law of Kia, accompanied  with vocals.

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Cheers to Ryan & Kia!

XOXO, 

Loghin Welch, Event Planner

Photographer: Amy, A.Jo Fotografi

Planning & Design: Loghin Welch, Serendipitous Events

Floral: Elaborations by Joyce Naber

Reception Venue: Washington Pavilion

Ceremony Venue: McKennan Park

Outdoor Rentals: ABC Rentals

Sashes & Runners: Simply Devine

Band: Hegg Brothers

Bo and Maddie Jans

Bo and Maddie Jans

What a laid back couple.  Working with Maddie was an absolutely refreshing experience! She was really most excited about tying the knot with her best friend and let the details fall into place.  We opted for a ceremony and reception at Calico Skies Vineyard and Winery in Inwood, IA.  It was the perfect place for her neutral palette and vintage flair.

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Joyce from Elaborations by Joyce did a phenomenal job as always on the flowers.

The details of the entire day were so simple and elegant they really just made the room pop!

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We chose Janet Kennedy for our cake design and backing, as always the cake tasted as yummy as it looked!

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We just love their first look! It was a perfect day and a perfect setting!

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Look at those dresses. The soft muted palette was gorgeous with the bright white sky.

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The cigar bar was a must and who could resist!

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Cheers to the happy couple!

Wedding and Reception Venue: Calico Skies

Wedding Planner and Event Stylist: Serendipitous Events 

Cake: Cakes by Janet 

Flowers: Elaborations by Joyce

Catering: Tonys Catering

Photographer: Wes Eisenhauer Photography 

Wedding Hair and Makeup: The Beauty Room, Kat and Blush Hair Studio

June’s Summer Outfits

June 6th, 2015 was a great day at Serendipitous Events! I got to plan the amazing Weller/Pidde wedding and also get styled by Chelsea at Chelsea’s Boutique! This time I decided to get a rehearsal and a ceremony/day of outfit! The rehearsal outfit was so me and I LOVED it. Chelsea had this gorgeous denim-like dress that I immediately fell in love with. It is so comfy and cute which I can wear on many occasions. She recommended a large, flowered headband to pair with it… anyone who knows me knows that headbands are my all time fav! For the ceremony and day of, I decided to go with something summery and easy to work in. After Chelsea showed me a couple options, I loved the colors and look of this one! It was perfect for the outdoor ceremony and beautiful reception. Chelsea paired it with this gold necklace which completed the outfit! A big thank you to the ladies at Chelsea’s Boutique for making Jessica & I look great at all of our events!

– Loghin Welch, Event Planner

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Pictured; Intern Alexandra with Loghin

Working the Bump

Working the Bump!

If you haven’t heard yet, there are some big things happening here at Serendipitous Events! I am  expecting baby number 2 this August!

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IT’S A GIRL!

Events are rigorous and sometimes challenging without carrying a few extra pounds, so when you add a few donuts, a handful or three of chips, a few gallons of ice ream and a growing baby to the mix you really have to be prepared.  Bending over isn’t quite as easy and shimmying up a ladder takes a bit more work.  We always strive to keep a professional style, even with a growing baby in tow.  I stopped at Chelsea’s Boutique to find something to cover my growing belly and keep me in style.  I love that there are plenty of options no days rather than the “tent” my mother wore when she was pregnant with me.  You don’t have to buy maternity in order to fit your bump… I love that!

Chelsea had plenty of options ready for me to try on! She knew I was expecting and feeling pretty yucky at that point so she pulled things that would make me feel pretty and in style.  One dress in particular stood out immediately!

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I really loved the colors and styles of everything on the rack and tried them all, but one was perfect! The floral print dress was the one! It was just low enough to show a little skin, and long enough to cover the baby bump without making me nervous when I bent over (always a plus :))

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Chelsea had the perfect little drop earrings with a purple stone that was an exact match to the dress.

I felt pretty and confident! Thank you, Chelsea and Becky for always keeping our team in style!

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This is our Bride Arin and her Groom Nate! They are seriously adorable!

Cheers,

Jessica