Wednesday, December 28, 2011

REAL WEDDING | Mr. and Mrs. Couch







2011 was a FABULOUS year of weddings for Stonehouse Events!  We are so blessed to have been able to share in so many couple's wedding day and thankful for the opportunity to help make their wedding day dreams come true!  We have more to post but we are so excited to share Amanda and Mike's wedding because it was our last one of the year!  Amanda and Mike were such an AMAZING couple to work with!  From the moment, I met Amanda I just loved her!  The one word that comes to mind when I think of her is LOVELY.  She just exudes it!  When I met Mike, I knew they were a perfect pair!  He is such a kind and thoughtful man and just perfect for Amanda.  Their style was elegant and romantic.  With the backdrop of Avila Golf and Country Club, their wedding was sure to be Fabulous!  We used a purple and gold palette with touches of bright pink and lots of candles!  With their last name being Couch, we were sure to include it in the details!  Her table numbers all rested on a couch and their cake topper was a small couch with Mr. & Mrs. sitting on top of it.   For her guest book, she selected the Family Tree, where the guests use their thumbprints to make leaves and then sign their name.  As a favor, Amanda and Mike handed out Honey jars because they like to call each other Honey.  They also received a letter from the President and First Lady congratulating them on their wedding and also a signed photograph from Mickey and Minnie.  Her floral arrangements were ABSOLUTELY STUNNING from the bouquet to the centerpieces!  Their ceremony was so special and romantic!  Josh with Inspire Entertainment kept the guests dancing all night while everyone celebrated Amanda and Mike!  It was a WONDERFUL, FLAWLESS day!    


Inside the Wedding Planner's White Book
Coordinator/Planner: Stonehouse Events
Photographer: Tina Sargeant Photography
Videographer: Rising Sky Productions
Location for Ceremony and Reception: Avila Golf and Country Club
Cake: Cakes by Nomeda
Entertainment: Inspire Entertainment
Harpist: Jessica Cardwell
Florist: Artistry Design Group 
Chair Rentals: Signature Event Rentals
Linens: Connie Duglin 
Hair: Mystic Hair Salon
Makeup: Annelis Diaz


A big Thank you to my Amazing Team of Vendors!  You helped make their day PERFECT!


Love, 
Cindy Stonehouse

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

SEMI Wishes you Merry Christmas!


We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and getting ready for Christmas with their family and friends.  We are so excited for all of our newlyweds getting ready to share their first Christmas married and hope they enjoy this wonderful gathering of family and friends!  We are equally excited for all of the new couples who will be getting engaged in the next couple of weeks!  We can't wait to hear all about how he proposed!  This is truly the MOST wonderful time of the year!

The holiday season is also a great time to begin making plans and goals for the New Year a head!  Which is exactly what we have been doing!  We will be unveiling our new logo for Stonehouse Events and a new website in January (if everything goes according to plan)!  We are also working on some FABULOUS events and weddings beginning in January!  Looking forward to a FANTASTIC New Year!

Happy Holidays from Stonehouse Events!  

2011

Cindy Stonehouse

Saturday, November 12, 2011

REAL WEDDING ~ LORRAINE AND MATT ~ Featured on Style Me Pretty Florida Blog

Lorraine and Matt got married at the stunning Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota, Florida and their wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty Florida's blog too!  The Powel Crosley in Sarasota, Florida is one of my favorite venues!  I just adored Lorraine and Matt and their lovely families!  Lorraine had such fabulous taste and I just loved her style!  Her guest book was so unique, it was a picture puzzle where the guests signed the individual pieces. So creative!  Follow the link below so you can see more of the gorgeous details and photos captured by Carrie Wildes Photography!  


http://www.stylemepretty.com/florida-weddings/2011/09/15/powel-crosley-estate-wedding-by-stonehouse-events-more-inc/




Here are some of my favorite photos from the day!






INSIDE THE WEDDING PLANNER'S WHITE BOOK


Here are some of the professionals who helped make their day flawless!



Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Stonehouse Events & More, Inc. (AKA Stonehouse Events)
Photographer: Carrie Wildes Photography
Florals: Redman Steele Florist
Ceremony and Reception location: Powel Crosley Estate, Sarasota, Florida
Entertainment: Inspire Entertainment
Linens: BBJ
Catering: FETE Catering & Ballroom at Polo Grill
Cake: Pasteries by Design
Hair and Makeup: Colours by Linny


Happy Planning!


Cindy Stonehouse




REAL WEDDING ~ Featured on Style Me Pretty ~ Jennifer & George

We've had an AMAZING year with some of the most GORGEOUS weddings!  Finally, we're finally able to share them with you!  We are so thankful to each and everyone of our BEAUTIFUL couples and we're so excited to reveal their FABULOUS weddings!  Four of our weddings were featured on some well known wedding Blogs such as: Style Me Pretty Florida (2 weddings!), Every Last Detail and Grace Ormonde's Wedding Style Magazine!  What a Year!! 


The first wedding we are sharing showed up on Style Me Pretty's Florida wedding blog! Jennifer and George were one of my favorite couples!  Jennifer's smile could light up any room and George was very handsome too, clearly a Perfect Pair!  Their wedding reception took place at the St. Pete Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Their wedding ceremony was held at St. Raphael's Catholic Church.  The day was full of love and surprises!  The bride's mother had several surprises planned for her daughter; it was so fun to witness Jennifer's amazement at every turn!  First, the lighting in the room with the bride and groom's monogram on the wall (also known as a Gobo) and one of the last surprises was the horse and buggy that carried them off into the night!  The band, Synchronicity kept the party going all night long!  The bride and groom said, Eat, Drink and Be Married and they certainly did!  We were brought in for the day of and offered additional assistance with the design and decor to help make their day flawless!  Here is one of our favorite images of the floor plan we did, THANKS TO LAUREN PAULINE PHOTOGRAPHY!






Here is the link to view more images from this absolutely STUNNING wedding on Style Me Pretty Florida blog:


http://www.stylemepretty.com/florida-weddings/2011/09/08/museum-of-fine-arts-wedding-by-stonehouse-events-more-inc/


INSIDE THE WEDDING PLANNER'S WHITE BOOK


Here are some of the professionals who helped make their day flawless!


Planner/Coordinator: Stonehouse Events & More, Inc. (AKA Stonehouse Events)
Photographer: Lauren Pauline Photography
Florals & Design: Redman Steele Florist
Ceremony Location:  St. Raphael Catholic Church
Reception Location: St. Pete Museum of Art
Lighting: Bay Stage Lighting
Entertainment: Praise Band, Meredith Coffman and Synchronicity 
Catering & Cake: Olympia Catering
Stationary: Not From a Box
Transportation: Ambassador Limousine
Valet: Courtesy Valet
Candy Table: Bethsabe 
Hair & Makeup:  J. Con Salon, NaNash and Shirley George


Until the next one!


Cindy Stonehouse











Friday, August 19, 2011

KEY INGREDIENTS TO A SAVE THE DATE!

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings
The Save the Date is the first introduction to your guests about your upcoming wedding.  There are so many fun and creative ways to express yourself with your save the date but you will want to remember to include these key ingredients.


DATE - Naturally, this is one of the most important pieces on the save the date!

SOON TO BE BRIDE and GROOM-  Your name and your fiance's name.  You will want to include both of your last names as well so everyone knows exactly who is getting married and from what side of the family!

LOCATION -  You want to include the city and state.  In the event of a destination wedding, your guests will want to know if they need to start thinking of travel arrangements!  

WEDDING WEBSITE -  This is one of other most important pieces to include on your save the date! The website serves as a great communication tool for your guests throughout the rest of your planning days, so please be sure it is visible!  They can visit the site periodically to find nearby hotels you may have arranged for room blocks and your wedding registry plus, hear about your personal LOVE story of how you met and how he proposed.  You can include some fun survey's like where you should go on your honeymoon or what song should you play for your first dance.  With so many free templates available, it only takes a little bit of time to create a website that is reflective of you two as a couple.  One of my favorites is www.mywedding.com, click Free Websites to get started! 

LAST BUT NOT LEAST - the famous line, Formal Invitation to Follow!


Best Wishes Always!

Cindy Stonehouse





Friday, August 12, 2011

10 Commandments of Marriage


I was reading through one of my magazines this morning and came across this piece on What Every Husband Should Know.  As a wedding planner, I know how much time it takes to plan a wedding and everything that goes into the wedding day.  However, I know that it takes EVERY DAY to keep the marriage going.  So I wanted to share this with you and may you always remember, "The 10 Commandments of Marriage".

1.  The children come first.  If there are no children, your wife comes first.
2.  Be kind.  A cruel word, once said, cannot be unsaid.
3.  Your wife is always the most beautiful woman you've ever seen.
4.  Your wife is always the best S*X you've ever had.
5.  Everything is your fault.  Learn to embrace this.
6.  When your wife says "fine", it means she is not happy.
7.  Don't seek to change each other, seek to accept each other.
8.  Let the past stay in the past.  Your marriage is about today and tomorrow.
9.  Your wedding anniversary and your wife's birthday are the most important days of the year.
10. Laugh. A lot. Laugh with her. Laugh at yourself.


Enjoy!  Best wishes always!

Cindy Stonehouse


As seen in Wedding magazine,  June * July 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

SEMI Planner Pick ~ Mosiacs



Mosiacs!  We LOVE this idea!  For a guest book picture frame idea, one of my fabulous brides created this mosiac made up of photos of her, the groom and both of their families.  It was a STUNNING piece for all of the guests to enjoy!


Also, thanks to Inside Weddings Summer 2011 magazine, we found Andrew Miller Arts (www.andrewmillerarts.com), who creates these gorgeous mosaics everyday made up of your wedding day photos, baby photos, and more.  You can visit his website at: http://andrewmillerarts.com to view more of his spectacular work!


Happy Planning!


Much love,


Cindy 



Friday, June 3, 2011

REAL WEDDING ~ Kristy and Bobby


  















We have been enjoying a busy wedding season!  Unfortunately, we have been a bit behind on sharing some of our favorite details!  In February, we had the pleasure of helping Kristy and Bobby create the wedding day of their dreams!  

With the casual elegance of the beach, we transformed the outdoor space to an inviting atmosphere for drinks, food and fun!  We had a Tiki Bar complete with the couples two signature drinks the Classic Margarita and Coconut Paradise.  We had Food Stations for the guests to enjoy as well; keeping with the casual beach feeling.   For the guest book, Kristy got black rocks for the guests to sign and place in a decorative container that will later on be displayed in their house.  The melodic sounds of the steel drums playing for the ceremony and the cocktail hour just completed the overall feeling.  

One of my favorite moments of the wedding were the bridesmaid toasts.  They created a story board of how Kristy and Bobby met and their journey toward becoming man and wife.  It was super CUTE and everyone really enjoyed it!

Sending Love & Hugs,

Cindy

Thanks to my amazing team of vendors!

My Little White Book
Planner/Coordinator: Stonehouse Events
Photography: Life Long Studios
Videography: Voila Cinematic
Caterer: Catering by Design 
Cake: Cakes by Nomeda; 
Bar: UDream Events
Flowers: Events in Bloom
Music: Grant Hemond and Associates
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Joe Braccio, steel drums
Lighting: Tampa Lights
Bamboo Arch: A Tailored Event
Makeup & Hair: Beauty Brought Out
Linens: Connie Duglin 


Friday, May 27, 2011

Solutions Bridal Designer House ~ Orlando



We are so excited to be featured on the Solutions Bridal Designer House, The Bridal Closet blog this week!  You can view it on the link below:


Recently, we had the opportunity to visit with Gina Ward at Solutions Bridal Designer House in Orlando, Florida.  Gina is such an amazing person and full of knowledge!  Her Couture bridal line includes: Kenneth Pool, Rivini, Anne Barge and Badgley Mischka to name a few favorites.  For the bridesmaids, they offer Amsale, The Dessy Group and Jim Hjelm, plus a few other fabulous designers.  Solutions Bridal also offers gorgeous handcrafted accessories to embellish any collection and customize the dress.  What we love about Gina and her company is the intimate atmosphere they created and their philosophy on helping the bride find a perfect dress for her.  They take the time with each client to really understand their unique needs and help capture the feelings they are trying to express on their wedding day.  


Additionally, for the bride who wants the Royal Treatment, they have created the LUX experience.  The salon is reserved exclusively for you and your closest family and friends.  They customize the private experience with a personal stylist, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and desserts!  What a wonderful way to go Bridal Gown Shopping!  This is almost a MUST-HAVE for every bride!   Of course, there are a limited number of  LUX appointments and the reservation is $300.  You can email: gina@solutionsbridal.com to begin customizing your experience!  


Please tell Gina we said Hello and that you found on her the Stonehouse Events blog!


Sending love & hugs!


Cindy 






Saturday, May 7, 2011

Wedding Day for Kelsea and Tyler!

March 13, 2011

We had the pleasure of helping Kelsea and Tyler plan their wedding day!  Kelsea had so many wonderful ideas that she wanted to incorporate into her day to make it personal and special and we couldn't wait to help her bring it all together!  


Some of my favorite moments from Kelsea and Tyler's day were some of the more difficult details to put together!  We created the perfect moment for Kelsea and Tyler to see each other for the first time before the ceremony.  Complete with flowers and candles, Tyler was reading a love note written by Kelsea when suddenly she appeared.  It was a very touching moment between the two full of excitement and emotion.  Also, Kelsea wrote their LOVE STORY that we lighted with luminaries along the walkway for the guests to read.  Another one that I loved...when it ended was the Wishing Lanterns!  They were so beautiful after we got them lit (which was not easy!) and set them off into the night sky!  It was a true team effort but well worth it in the end!  You can view them on the link provided by the photographer: Jason Mize Photography  




Thank you to the AMAZING team of vendors who helped make the day PERFECT! 


Coordinator: Stonehouse Events, of course!
Photographer: Jason Mize Photography
DJ: RJ Vida, The Production Crew
Location: Postcard Inn
Florist: Events in Bloom
Photobooth: Snapshoot Photobooth
Videography: No Off Switch


Love & Hugs,


Cindy





Friday, April 29, 2011

The Royal Wedding Starts on Time!



It is a glorious day for Prince William and Kate Middleton to become husband and wife.  Their ceremony was beautiful and I was one of many who actually got up to watch the Royal Wedding at 4:00 a.m. (our time) and 9:00 a.m. (their time).  The wedding was set to begin at 11:00 a.m. and the general guests began arriving two hours before the ceremony start time.  The biggest thing I noticed was that the bride, Kate Middleton arrived at 11:00 a.m. on the dot and the ceremony started on time!  


Starting the ceremony on time is critical.  Because of the magnitude of this wedding, guests began to arrive two and three hours ahead of the ceremony start time.  Beginning the ceremony on time is very important.  Plus, it is polite and respectful to not keep your guests waiting.  


This was one of the biggest things I noticed as a wedding planner because everyone had to be given a timeline and had to stick to it.  Every car was scheduled to arrive at a certain time and did.  Every person involved in the processional had to be dressed and ready at that specific time because waiting was not an option.  


As a wedding planner, there are two critical items that I know to be true... every vendor involved with getting the bridal party and parents ready and to the church was a true professional and the timeline was communicated effectively to everyone and they understood that being late was not an option.  


So when you are planning your own wedding, please keep this in mind.  Do you have a team of professionals on your side helping you and your bridal party be on time?  Or do they lack the experience to handle the job in a timely fashion and end up keeping your guests waiting?  Because even if you are not having a Royal Wedding, you can still be Fashionably on time just like the Royal Wedding!


Best Wishes to All!


Cindy   






   

Monday, February 14, 2011

Unveiling Our Valentine's Day Surprise!!

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!  This is one of my favorite holidays because it is all about LOVE!!  We love LOVE and today we are unveiling our Valentine's Day Surprise...  


It is a LOVE story 
AND it's  featured on Grace Ormonde's website!  




Click on the link below to see more of their photos from the wedding and read their love story! 

 

Jennifer Hsiung and David Shoemaker's wedding has been one of my all time favorites for so many reasons!  I loved working with them.  They are a beautiful couple, not only on the outside but on the inside as well.  Meetings with them were always fun because we would end up just laughing!  Their ceremony is still one of my favorites because of how intimate and sentimental it was.  The reception was a genuine celebration joining these two wonderful families.  I loved how David, the groom took the time to address every single guest who attended the wedding with a story or memory of them.  It was a beautiful day full of lasting memories, even for me!  Jennifer and David are an example of two people who are destined to be together and today, Valentine's Day was the PERFECT day to share their amazing LOVE Story!          


We are so thankful for the incredible team of vendors who helped make this day happen.  We want to say a special thank you to Brian and Brianna with Divine Light Photography who captured this absolutely AMAZING wedding!

Happy Valentine's Day!  We are thankful for all of the LOVE Stories that we have the pleasure to take part in and we look forward to sharing more!  


Love and Hugs,


Cindy


Special Thanks to my Fabulous Team of Vendors

Photographer: Divine Light Photography (www.dlweddings.com)
Wedding Planning/Coordinator: us! :)
Venue: Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL (www.tampamuseum.org)
Caterer: Mise En Place (www.miseonline.com)
Cake: Chocolate Pi (www.chocpi.com)
Florist: Redman Steele Florist (www.redmansteeleflorist.com)
D├ęcor:  Grand Events of Tampa (www.grandevent.com)
Stationary: Paper Presence (www.paper-presence.com)
DJ: DJ Carl (www.djcarl.com)
Videographer: Voila Cinematic (www.voilacinematic.com)
Hair and makeup : Abby Griffith, Mint Hair Lounge