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Simple Elegance

1 Feb

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So simple and intimate, this wedding truly exhibits how a little can go
a very long way!

This Bride & Groom were sent to us by Katie O’ of Katie O’• Weddings & Events. Katie has a fantastic way of pairing couples that are a perfect fit for Party with Mia, Vanessa and Doug were no exception.

Their wedding was held in East Berne at Vanessa and Doug’s home. This was a first for us, being that we were not on location the day of the wedding – but Katie and her team did a great job transporting the decor and setting it up beautifully!

8M8A3462We cannot thank Chelsea Ahl of Chelsea Ahl Photography for the gorgeous images she captured of this day. You have to see her blog of Vanessa and Doug’s wedding, it’s so intimate it truly feels like you’re apart of their special day.
8M8A3918A succulent boutonniere for Doug, wrapped with raffia. Vanessa’s bouquet was warm and rustic, wrapped with burlap.

8M8A3417Bridesmaid bouquet: hydranges, roses and calla lillies.

IMG_9434The reception was so effective with a clean white look with subtle
hints of color and burlap texture.

This wedding looked like a ton of fun and a celebration
that was truly about the love for these two people!
Thanks for tuning in to this short but good one,
were headed off  to RPI for their BIG RED FREAKOUT  today.

Next up on the blog is an incredibly charming wedding at the Gideon Putnam.

Maria

Do you believe in magic?

23 Jan

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Where do I begin with today’s post?!
These beyond frigid temps have left me longing for the days of summer
and the backyard celebrations that took place in 2012.

Misha and Sergio’s wedding was unlike any other. Misha’s Aunt’s backyard was transformed into an enchanted oasis for wedding guests, every turn had a hint of charm. I must say all the personal touches by the Bride and her family really helped to complete this magical space.

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How awesomely bright is Misha’s bouquet?!

DSC_0452Exposed stems wrapped in burlap and lace, the epitome of rustic glamour.

bridesmaidbouquetHow’s this for a switch up? Misha’s bridesmaids carried all white bouquets against their pink dresses. We loved the contrast!

IMG_0864These hand painted signs were nailed to the trees, directing guests to different areas of the celebration!

ceremonyWe lined the pathway to the ceremony with branches and rose petals.
How adorable is this sign?!

DSC_0571_2We were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the bride walking down the aisle.

cocktailhourOozing charm, the large trees served as the perfect backdrop for cocktail hour!

DSC_0485Paper lanterns were hung along the ceiling of the tent with LED lights inside,
combined with the twinkle lights along outside… talk about romantic!

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Family style tables with our ivory pin tuck linens and burlap overlays
combine texture and elegance.
centerpiece2We had so much fun choosing a variety of containers for the small centerpieces. We tied mason jars with twine and wrapped buckets with burlap
to create truly unique vessels.

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The second style centerpiece’s were tall vases with branches,
orchids and hanging votives.

Clearly I had a really hard time choosing just a few great details from this wedding, but there were just too many to choose from.
Thanks for catching up with us today, stay warm!

Maria

{Love} is a journey, not a destination..

16 Jan

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This August wedding celebration for Sarah and Evan was so much fun! A great couple, introduced to us by the fabulous Katie O of Katie O • Weddings & Events, Sarah and Evan wanted the main focus of their nuptials to be about the journey that brought them to this great moment in their lives.

Talk about a theme – and we’re not talking passports and suitcases, just special locations and landmarks that helped shape their relationship into what is today. Pretty cool right? We thought so! Above is their seating chart which displays places they’ve been and landmarks of importance
such as Union College where the two met.
(Designed by Brittany, Life of the Party • Details & Design)

JP5_1180_EditTalk about a gorgeous bride! Sarah really wanted her bouquet to be bright and really pop! With Joe Elario of Joe Elario Photography on hand, there was no shortage of beautiful images of this great day.

JP5_0913_EditWhat is a beautiful bride without her maids? I particularly love the way the girl’s bright bouquets look against their navy dresses.
JP5_1394_Edit copyDetails from the ceremony, our metallic ceramic buckets filled with florals draped the sides of the pews.

JP5_2462_Edit2 copy2The reception was held at the fabulous Glen Sanders Mansion
(we’ll be there this Sunday, future brides be sure to check it out!).

Tall vases with a single floral hanging inside is a different approach to filling a vessel. Combined with our LED light disks underneath the vases,
these centerpieces really shined.
We helped complete the look of their beautiful cake
with some fresh roses and lillies.

IMG_0666Metallic placecards on navy ribbon were designed in the same style as
Evan & Sarah’s monogram(designed by a friend).
The monogram was repeated on goodie bags
and giant lollipops for the candy table!
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Above features some fun images from the reception, bright and exotic looking florals for the tables and even more appealing candy station.

Snow days like today make us long for our summer weddings, good thing we’ve got one left from Summer 2012 to share with you.Up next Misha & Sergio’s enchanted forest wedding celebration, thanks for reading!

Maria

Hats Off to the Bride to Be!

17 Oct

An incredibly intimate and super feminine bridal shower held during the height of Saratoga Racing season, doesn’t get better than that! I’ll be the first to admit we love over the top celebrations with more details than you can handle, but this event gets it SO right with just a little. Sometimes less really is more!

Each table centerpiece was a carved out straw hat filled with the summers most notable florals: hot pink roses, white hydrangeas and soft pink peonies. The straw hats could be used again at home for DIY centerpieces or worn,
that is if capless hats are your thing. ;)

This super feminine bridal shower was held in one of the upstairs banquet rooms at The Saratoga National, the combination of our hot pink details and the rooms natural mahogany look create the perfect balance for a summer celebration!

Even the favor is classic and simple, soft pink hand fans in matching sachets with a custom gift tag. We know that every bride is looking for a dream event on a budget, when you take the simple approach – the key is to choose decor that’s effective and memorable!

While we did not have the pleasure to decorate Aline & Christopher’s wedding celebration, we did design our bird cage to match their name treatment with their signature “lovebirds” for their wedding gifts! Rather than use faux birds we decided to make them out of paper for a more playful approach.

Just a small example of how at Party with Mia we can be involved as little or as much in your event, our goal is to enhance your vision, in whatever way possible!Hope you enjoyed this mini-post and are taking notes on how to create an event of your own using some of the suggestions we mentioned today!

Up next on the blog is Alicia’s super sweet Bridal Shower Celebration!

Sunflowers and sunshine

16 Oct

It’s crazy how fast time is flying by, we’ve got a lot to celebrate here at Party with Mia, with October being one of our busiest month’s to date. With so much going on we have regretfully fallen behind on the past event posts, but we’ll start to catch up this week with a wedding celebration from this past August!

Emily and Ruppert’s wedding was especially fun for us because it was held at The Crooked Lake House one of the most beautiful locations we have had the pleasure of decorating this summer. The happy couple could not have had a better day, the sun was shining and the ceremony was held by the water – PERFECTION!

The reception decor incorporated a lot of fantastic textures; raffia, burlap and moss just to name a few. The natural feel to this event was offset by pops of yellow and blue from the sunflowers and hydrangeas!

The wallpaper behind the escort card table could not have coordinated better!

Hi-top tables at cocktail hour featured
floating sunflowers and hydrangea centerpieces.

The silver chiavari chairs provided by The Crooked Lake House make all the difference, such a great way to dress up the reception and how convenient the venue can provide them for you!

With this summer’s most popular wedding trend being “Rustic” we decided it would be helpful to make our own burlap overlays. As seen above we made simple overlays with a white lace trim on each end.

Love the family style tuscan table for the bridal party and a close up of the lace detail on the over lays!

Love this combination of succulents, daisies and sunflowers!

A unique bridesmaid bouquet, the burlap bow
and stems of wheat we’re my favorite!

We’ll end this post with close up of this fearless Bride’s bouquet. It was such a fun risk she took deciding to go with a completely blue hydrangea bouquet. Looking forward to many more events
we have at The Crooked Lake House in 2013!

Up next a super stylish bridal shower :)

The party before the party!

19 Sep

A secret garden is all that came to mind as we hung these beautiful crystal lanterns on the patio of The Century House for this
fabulously detailed rehearsal dinner.

We loved the concept of this fun wedding kick off celebration and even more we loved how creative the Mother of the Groom was. Samantha came to us with such a great vision we couldn’t wait to be apart of it, not to mention how much work she put of her own into some pretty special personal touches.

How fun are these floral and color combinations?!

Albums and picture frames of the couple of honor, were scattered about the party. We were able to create a really fun space with our contemporary pink chairs and gold column table.

Carnation kissing balls added a touch of whimsy to the brick exterior.

We have previously shared photos of this fantastic little oasis, but here is a closer look at the space created at the entrance of the dinner. It featured our newly acquired white lounge furniture and pipe and drape.

Samantha provided us with these super chic frames of the couples engagement photos which lined the entrance way into the actual dinner.

Sign in table complete with bedazzled pens and adorable die cut cards for guests to leave a message for Kevin and Kate!

Insert amazing hand sewn goodness <here> The MOG out did herself with these fantastic handmade table runners and chair covers. One for every table and every last chair! Samantha even made the matching buttons with the couples initial, to add even more style to each chair.

While we certainly can’t take even half the credit for this event, we’re so glad Samantha added so many fabulous personal touches. It really made this a truly unique event and an even more special day for her and her family!

As always thanks for reading. Up next is our first of many fabulous weddings at The Crooked Lake House!

Love in Color

16 Aug

It’s been a busy week, meeting with potential Party with Mia couples for the upcoming year and we’re barely halfway through this wedding season. To our 2012 couples, thank you so much for making this year our best to date.
But you ain’t seen nothin’ yet ;)

Today’s post recaps a very fun and contemporary inspired wedding held in the library at The Hilton Garden in of Troy.

This wedding was all about color, drama and fun – three of our favorite ingredients for a fantastic event. This was only our second wedding at The Hilton and our first time designing the library. It truly a beautiful space for an event of around 100 people or less.

The sweetheart table featured three square centerpieces connected to create playful movement of diamond shapes.

Our pink cross hatch linens and our chocolate brown chair ties complimented the wood finish of the library perfectly!

Going a little backwards in this post, making our way from the reception
to the cocktail/lounge area.

How pretty is this floral printed vase?!

High top cocktail tables covered with spandex contour covers. Hello fabulous!

White pipe and drape with pink up lighting divided the formal reception
from the dance floor.

Adorable personalized candy bags – made by the Bride’s family!

Sparkles, sweets and plenty of it!

Placecard table, with pink daisy runner and carnation tree!

Kourtney’s bouquet: Hot pink peonies combined with various shades of pink roses!We’ll end with a shot of the beautiful couple and there adorable kids! Congratulations to Ron and Kourtney – thank you for letting us be
apart of such a fun celebration!

Up next on the blog is a rustic wedding celebration at Longfellows in Saratoga.

Anything but Ordinary

11 Jul


Norah and Noah’s end of May wedding celebration marks the official kick off of this summer season 2012, their wedding was a
Nate Maloney Production (brother of the bride) and held at Norah and Nate’s family house. With a great team of vendors on hand including Total Events and Matt Ramos Photography, we couldn’t think of a better way to start the summer.

Norah and Noah were married at St. Mary’s in Waterford, in my opinion one of the most beautiful churches in the area! We lined the pews with silver ceramic flower filled buckets. The buckets were brought to the reception after the ceremony and scattered around the tent.
 Altar floral pieces on metallic pedestals.

Look at these two – the new Mr. & Mrs. Noah Funiciello!

A close up of Norah’s bouquet. White roses, peonies and calla lillies. The stems were wrapped in lace from her mother’s wedding dress!

Bridesmaid’s bouquets.

Now to the reception details: As previously mentioned this wedding was held in the Maloney’s backyard where Total Events erected an impressive tent with all the bells and whistles!

Twinkle lights along with the beautiful silver chiavari chairs were provided by Total Events. We added some additional drapery to posts in and outside the tent.

 Ideally we had wanted to have the entire wedding set up outside – but mother nature had other plans for us! While she so graciously held the rain off for Norah & Noah’s special day she did us no favors with the wind. I think our decision to do their place card display in the house worked out for the best!
Placecards, designed by Brittany, were held in our satin covered boxes.
 Rather than use a traditional guest book Norah had the idea to use a tree where guests can “leaf” their thumbprints. Our graphic designer Brittany custom made this board for the couple, to remember the mark their guests had left!

Entrance we created for guests to walk through.

Our crystal vases with LED dishes underneath – a fun way to light up the night!
 The altar centerpieces were brought to the reception and used on the head table. Totally off subject here, but how delicious does that salad look?!

Their beautiful shimmering cake was baked by Coccadotts. The second of three centerpieces used were our crystal candle holders with small silver vases filled with roses. Another fun idea from the couple was to name each table after a bird, table names designed and printed by Brittany.

If weren’t already wishing you were a guest at this wedding,
this image probably seals the deal!

I really had a hard time choosing just a few of my favorite details of this wedding, Norah really let us take a lot of chances and it definitely paid off. We had a blast being apart of such an amazing event!

Up next is a very stylish bridal shower!

40 years in the making..

9 Jul

Hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July and weekend! We were very lucky with the weather around the capital district, showers threatened our bride and groom’s courtyard nuptials on saturday, but thankfully it held off!

I have to apologize for an error in our last post – we almost skipped over The Martuscello’s 40th Anniversary Surprise party!
How could I forget such a beautiful event?


The honored couple are great friends of my family, their daughter Tori is practically my third daughter. She’s even a great asset to the Party with Mia team when things get crazy! This party was thrown by Bea and Dan’s children – who’s thought process was that 40 years of marriage is quite an accomplishment, why wait 10 more years to celebrate!?

Tradition says that the color/theme for 40 years is Ruby – if you have followed events we’ve designed before, you know we love red, we might possibly be obsessed with red. Mostly because its daring and at the risk of being too risqué you don’t see it used that often. Luckily, we fear no hue!

This event was held at The Franklin Terrace Ballroom and the photos are courtesy of Jaclyn Damiano of  jbd photography. The rich black table cloths and black printed chair covers were provided by the terrace
and really made the red accents pop!

The head table sat the entire Martuscello family, we tried to keep it very warm with lots of candles. White rose petals were scattered down the center of the table. We replaced flowers on the head table with tree branches in vases and black decorative topiaries.

Floral centerpieces were alternated on tables along with with gold candle stands and red candles.Our red chargers were at each place setting.
 The Martuscello girls order 3 simple vanilla frosted cakes and enlisted our help to decorate them with fresh florals. I’d say it was a sweet solution.

Speaking of sweets, a custom candy bar complete with labels
is always a crowd pleaser.

Congratulations to the Martuscello family for such a wonderful achievement,
40 years it really is!
We want to know what their secret is, not only for a successful marriage but also for raising such wonderful children, who were a pleasure to work with!

Up next as promised will be Norah & Noah’s wedding.

Spring Soirée

2 Jul

Happy Monday! We’re playing catch up and also trying to distract you from your regularly scheduled work activities (you’re welcome).
Join us as we go back to April, to Jillian and Jim’s wedding.

Their  wedding was held at Saratoga National, with Matt Ramos Photography on hand to capture every flawless moment, sounds like a success story to me.

I have mentioned before how lucky I am to have brides that completely trust me and the work I do, but Jillian was like no other. So much that I contacted her a few weeks before just to make sure there was still a wedding! Obviously there was, but I can’t tell you how great it is to work with couples
who know we’re going to take good care of them ♥.

This beautiful tent at Saratoga National never gets old. On a sunny day there is nothing better! Some soft pink rose petals, a candle lit aisle with ivory rose bows completed this romantic vision.

A close up of the bridesmaids bouquets, soft roses with baby hydrangeas, wrapped with satin black ribbon.

Centerpieces were trumpet vases, with hanging crystals and floral dishes on top.

We love fondant infused cakes just as much as the next sweet tooth, but there is something so classic about a cake adorned with fresh flowers.

Our decorative tree was used to dress up the place card table and later brought in to compliment those delicious looking desserts. A great way to stretch your decorative dollar!  Just have to mention how much I love this image, thanks again Matt Ramos for making us look good!

This event was a great way of showing how a little bit can go a long way, it also helps when you have such great vendors to work with!

Up next is a Cinco de Mayo/Bar Mitzvah celebration, talk about a combo!

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