Our *Surprise* Wedding

Our *Surprise* Wedding Yes, you read that right! The Jessica in Serendipitous Events by Jessica finally tied the knot! and it was a complete surprise to almost every single person who was invited! Nathan and I have been together for … Continue reading

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

A rainy, blissful wedding day

There are not a lot of times where a bride stay positive during an outdoor wedding ceremony in the rain. In May, we had the opportunity to work with a bride that was happy no matter what the weather forecast said. From the first planning session we had with her, she knew that her plan “B” would be umbrellas! Her ceremony was at the beautiful McKennan Park in Sioux Falls, SD. The reception was held right after at the Hilton Garden Inn located in Downtown Sioux Falls, SD.  “I remember sitting down at Kaladi’s with Justine for our initial consult. She taught me about my new love of the drink, London fogs (Earl Gery tea, coconut drink, and a splash of vanilla syrup). We instantly clicked. This is what planning is all about- finding people you mesh well with. I had many emotion-filled conversations with Justine, from the loss of her Dad to the joy of her wedding day. It was a joy to work with a bride who thought outside of the box. They had a band, an intimate wedding filled with flowers, and a room full of people surrounding them in love. Justine’s details were well planned out- from the donuts, to the vintage door she kept it simple and romantic. Serendipity at its finest!” – Jessica Kerher, Owner & Event Planner.

Justine and Austin have been together since high school. The music chosen for the wedding day were songs that reflected Justine & Austin as a couple. Molly Meester Designs did all of the invites, reserved cards, menu cards, and save the dates. Her little details really stood out and added a personal touch. One of our favorites was the symbol of a “fish” or “chicken” on the menu card to indicate what their guests would be eating.  The day was absolutely gorgeous and the spirits were high. Justine & Austin had a smile on their faces the whole day. One touch Justine added was a reading during the ceremony read by her brother, “For she fills our life with beautiful thoughts and wonderful surprises. Besides, I am not unkeen on shopping either. Now the Dinosaur and the Lovely Other Dinosaur are old. Look at them. Together they stand on the hill telling each other stories and feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs. And that, my friends, is how it is with love. Let us all be Dinosaurs and Lovely Other Dinosaurs together. For the sun is warm. And the world is a beautiful place.”

 

The photos turned out AMAZING thanks to our friends at Greg & LaRae Photography.

Event Planner: Serendipitous Events By Jessica

Florals: Elaborations by Joyce Naber

Dress: Sandra Rose in Tyndall, SD

Reception Venue: Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown SF

Ceremony Venue: McKennan Park

Rentals: Ideal Wedding & Events

Invitations: Molly Meester Designs  

Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Kat

– Loghin Welch, Intern

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A perspective from the Intern

Before I experienced my first wedding as an intern for Jessica at Serendipitous Events, I knew a lot went into planning weddings but didn’t understand everything. This past Saturday I helped with my first wedding in Sioux Falls, SD. The ceremony was at McKennan Park in the gardens. When we did the rehearsal everything was great- everything I expected to happened, happened. The next morning we woke up and went to the reception venue- Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Sioux Falls. We set up the venue for our bride the way she wanted and got everything ready for her. The flowers were beautiful, the venue was great, the decorations were awesome, and our bride had Flyboy donuts instead of cake- way cool!

After everything was good to go at the reception venue, we had a little break. We met an hour before the wedding at McKennan. Despite pouring rain, it gave up for a bit just in time for the ceremony. We wiped down all the chairs and began to seat our guests. The ceremony was beautiful and full of cute umbrellas. The Goodroad Band had a member there singing acoustically before heading to the reception to meet with the band.

There is so much that goes into a wedding and the day of that I didn’t realize. Being there gave me a whole new perspective. I love working with brides and seeing their faces when they walk in. Below is a sneak peak of a couple photos that were taken at the wedding by Greg & LaRae Photography.

 

Loghin Welch, Intern at Serendipitous Events

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DIY Painted Vases

Craving crafts? Turn up your favorite music, and have some fun creating these DIY Vases with your friends.

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Step 1:

Gather your supplies:

  • Wine or other glass bottles – you can be creative!
  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter
  • Spray paint
  • Paint brush
  • Cardboard or newspaper

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 Get more bang for your buck and save your old wine or glass bottles to make into colorful vases for your kitchen table, bedroom, or bathroom counter! Start by soaking bottles in warm water with dish soap and then peel labels off slowly.

DIY Disclaimer: Although glitter is a girl’s best friend, this gets very messy! I would recommend doing this DIY  outdoors, and wearing an old shirt. I did this inside, and got carried away and spray-painted a few things that were not part of the DIY…my dvd player is now partially blue…oops!

Step 2:

Lay out newspaper or cardboard to keep ground or table area clean from spray-paint and glitter.  Begin by spraying an even coat of spray paint to the wine bottles. Wait for paint to dry between layers otherwise the paint will run.

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 Step 3:

Once the spray paint is dry, paint Mod Podge over bottles to have a glossy finish.Mod Podge = amazing all in one craft glue and gloss. For glitter vases, paint Mod Podge over entire bottle and sprinkle on glitter before the Mod Podge dries. Have fun with this! You can create polka dots, chevron pattern, dip the bottom of the vase in glitter.

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Step 4:

Put fresh flowers in vases or use taper candles in wine bottles and create fun centerpieces for your tables!

Xo,

Kaitlin

Black Hills Wedding

On the other side of our gorgeously flat state is an area filled with rolling hills and country charm.  A place where people stick to their word.  A place where time is slow and people are friendly.  A pristine location for a tented reception and ceremony in a teeny tiny chapel with a small stream clear enough to drink from to separate the two.

Beyond all of the gorgeous details of the location were an amazing couple whom I have had the pleasure of knowing for many years! Beth and Bobby or <B2> were engaged in the most gorgeous location in Ireland while on a trip with Beth’s family.  How cool is that? Planning with Beth was a serious treat. She has a personality that would crack up even the crabbiest of people.  She is her own person with a plethora of unique ideas! Bobby just does what Beth tells him to do, I am kidding…sort of! Bobby was a life saver during the set up of this wedding! He wasn’t afraid to climb to the high peaks of the tent with a string of lights or to put flowers in vases.

The guests were constantly wondering whats next as the details were ever changing  .  Beth and Bobby went very non traditional from music (check out the stellar band) to the unity wine ceremony. I am so thrilled that they asked me to be a part of their amazing day.

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Venue: Beslers Cadillac Ranch
Tent: Dakota Equipment Rental
DJ: Tiki Man Entertainment 

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Wedding Wanderlust

Prague, Czech Republic is my absolute favorite city in the world. I love the culture of Prague; where East meets West, the beauty of cobblestone streets, European history lingers in the air, and having a glass of wine at noon is completely acceptable. There is something so special and beautifully unique about experiencing a world outside of our own…if you love traveling, why not bring the world to your wedding? Your guests can experience the world without jet-leg…well maybe…

If you are filled with wanderlust like myself, add adventure to your wedding reception with cultural cuisines and traditions from your favorite places around the world.

Your passport to a worldly wedding:

  • Passport themed invitations. Create your own passport stamp with your name and wedding date.

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  •  Use a large map as a guest book. Have guests pin their name to the location they traveled from. Plus,  you can use it as wall decor!

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  • Exchange travel experiences by having guests write travel advice and tips from their favorite food, attractions, hotels, etc. on Popsicle sticks and drop them in a jar. Voila! Your next trip is already planned.

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  •  Use a large chalkboard to write “cheers” in different languages and place it near the bar. Guests will have a good laugh attempting to “cheers” in numerous languages. Prost! Kippis! Skål! Chok dee! Na zdravi! No roc! Cheers!

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  • Have a dinner buffet or appetizer bar with traditional cuisine from various countries. Place labels in front of each dish with the name and country.  On a safer side, try a dessert bar filled with kuchen from Germany, cannoli from Italy, strudel from Vienna, and macaroons from France. I’ll take one of each, please and thank you!

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  • Have fun with party favors. Start by browsing through World Market with your wedding planner and a notepad to gather creative ideas. Make a goodie bag filled with sweets from various countries, “____ & ____’s Love is So Sweet.”

Guests will leave feeling like world travelers. Step aside Anthony Bourdain.

Eat Well, Travel Often.

–Kaitlin Anne–

Just in Case

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JUST in Case 

BIG surprise here, but I absolutely love the movie “The Wedding Planner.”  JLo, known as Mary Fiore, is the’ ultimate wedding planner. She is always on the ball and never misses a beat. From spray tans gone wrong to the father of the bride going missing (“The FOB is MIA.”), Mary always had a plan b, c, d, etc, and that’s what your wedding planner will do for you. Your wedding is one of the biggest moments in your life, and ideally things will go seamlessly, however; that is not always the case.

So just in case…make sure you hire your very own “Mary Fiore.” Your “Mary ” will make sure that there is a backup plan just in case the FOB goes MIA. A wedding planner will be a resource of knowledge, a balance between all the opinions surrounding you, a sounding board for decisions, a mediator, a therapist, and a stress reducer! From the planning process to the day of celebrations, your “Mary” will make it magical.

You’ve done all the steps to be proactive in avoiding any disasters but just in case you need to be reactive, make sure to have a wedding day survival kit.

Your wedding day survival kit essentials:

ImagePRE-CEREMONY: These special moments will be filled with tears of joy as you greet your friends and family in your beautiful bridal gown. Make sure to have Q-tips, eye-makeup remover and tissues for these moments. You could also opt for an under eye cream like Clinique All About Eyes to reduce redness and puffiness. Have your “Mary” or personal attendant keep a small beauty bag of makeup to freshen up after the tears and makeup smears.

POST-CEREMONY:  Time for the sewing kit. With all the posing and moving around, you’re bound to have a few small snags that will need a little TLC. Have a few band-aids just in case.

PRE-RECEPTION: You’ll most likely be giving and getting smooches from your new hubby so no bright lipstick now; a good alternative is Clinique Chubby Stick moisturizing and lightly tinted lip balm. Reapply makeup from your beauty bag. Freshen up with deodorant, a spritz of perfume, bobby pins, hair spray, and let the celebration begin!

Other things to have on hand:

  • Bottles of water (STAY hydrated!)
  • Healthy Snacks (It is a good idea to a keep small cooler filled with baby carrots, grapes, apples, and other healthy snacks to stay energized.)
  • Toothbrush with toothpaste, mouthwash, floss (no spinach teeth!)
  • Double sided tape.
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors
  • Nail clipper
  • Advil
  • Refreshing and hydrating face spray. Try Philosophy ‘hope springs eternal’ facial mist
  • If you have oily skin, try oil-absorbing wipes. Try Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets

Your bridal kit essentials will keep you calm and reassured you all the tools to fix any mishap..just in case. Happy Wedding Planning!

xo, Kaitlin Anne, Serendipitous Events

How To Pick Your Wedding Playlist

Some might think it is an easy task to find music for your special day, but it is not as easy as you think. Music makes you who you are, and shows off your personality. It is a perfect expression of who you are as an individual and in your relationship, infusing each moment with meaning.

Start Early. If you are an indecisive person, starting early would be a great idea. Starting a playlist four or five months before your event gives you time to listen to music sporadically and with fresh ears. It gives you space to scrap songs and put in new ones without being up until 3am.

Start With What You Know. If you are your other half are in love with a song, and have always thought it would be a perfect song for your wedding, than use it. If you have various other must haves picked out, it gives you a skeleton to build on. You can plan where the songs will be put and think of what should lean into and follow them. Filling in the gaps is a lot less stressful than finding hours and hours of music.

Start With Your Existing Music Collection. A lot of people try to search the “perfect wedding songs” but when doing that, they don’t mean as much to you as they should. Find the music that speaks to you the most, which means you probably already have it in your personal playlist. It doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t google “perfect wedding songs” but try to find the songs that mean the most to you , before you find something that isn’t important to you at all.

Break It Up. You should work with a few different lists, and try to have a different goal in mind for each list.

Pre ceremony: Just a short set of songs while people are entering and taking their seats. This is where you could make it very “you” and set the tone for the evening. It might not be very familiar to your friends and family , but would sound sweet and simple.

The aisle: This song choosing does not have to fit in with the rest of the music theme. It is a song that is so tied into that particular moment.

Cocktail hour: Chose music to how you feel after just getting married. Chose some upbeat music, that maybe won’t work for the dance floor.

Dinner: All the milder music could go here. You want a more relaxing feel when everyone is eating and talking. You don’t want the transition to your first slow dance song to be jarring.

Dance party: This could be the hardest part of picking music. You want the music to be personal, but play music that everyone is familiar with so your guests will dance at your wedding, and trust me, you want EVERYONE dancing at your wedding.

Ask For Suggestions, But Don’t Be Afraid To Ignore Them. You could do some crowd sourcing. You can include on your RSVP cards that read “I promise to dance if we play…” You might include songs that you might not have chosen yourself. By having your guests involved and hearing them say “this is my song” is a very good, satisfying feeling.

Don’t Be Afraid To Break Your Own Rules. If there is a song that was requested by one of your guests, and you know you would never play it, play it anyways. You don’t have to do that for everybody, but if it was a parent or grandparent , or someone really special to you, and you knew it was special to them, it is well worth it.

Nobody Cares About The Playlist As Much As You Do. When years pass, you might not remember what was played at that certain moment, the songs that do stick in your mind might not be the coolest. It is the songs that were playing when you looked over and realized the bride’s dad had happy tears streaming down his face, or when the newlyweds shouting along, bouncing up and down, murdering all the lyrics and laughing so hard. Choosing the playlist to your wedding can be personal expression of yourself, but in the end it really is just background music. It is the wedding that infuses the soundtrack with meaning, not the other way around.

Kyndra Fromelt, Intern at Serendipitous Events