Friday, July 13, 2012

End of Wedding Season | Maternity Leave

For those that don't know, my husband and I are expecting our first child (a baby boy!) due in August! This past weekend we wrapped up our final wedding of 2012! It feels unbelievably surreal to say that. Even though our season was relatively short compared to recent years, we completed 7 weddings in just 10 weeks all while I was pregnant. It was no easy feat, and I have to thank SO many people around me for their amazing support and assistance.

As I begin my maternity leave and get ready to hand over my trusty clipboard + wedding tote for bottles + a diaper bag, I can't help but look back on all of the incredible moments I've witnessed at the 40+ weddings I've been lucky to have been apart of. 

To my Clients - As I've said many times in the past, I am extremely lucky to have worked with soooo many amazing couples. Many of my brides have become very dear friends, and I am so grateful for that. Today, I am reflecting on this post I wrote nearly 1 year ago. These could not be more fitting words for how I feel about all of you. Seeing so many of you purchase your first homes, travel the world with your spouses, and become first time parents is what I love so much about my continued friendships with all of you. Please continue to keep in touch! 

To Meghan - Simply put, you ROCK! How can I ever thank you for all of your hard work and countless hours that we've spent together pulling off some amazing weddings?! I think we make one heck of a team! 

To Rob - THANK YOU for your unending support that has allowed me to do what I love for a living. There are no words to describe how grateful I am to have such a supportive husband. I love you! 

Lastly, to Baby Schmitt - Thank you for not surprising us with an unexpected appearance at a wedding ;) Mommy is SO ready to meet you and fill her days with lots of cuddles and play time together! Just a few more weeks baby boy!!! 

My official maternity leave begins this week and will extend through the end of the year and into early 2013. We are currently in the process of restructuring some of our service levels, but I do plan to be back for the spring/summer wedding season of 2013. Details regarding our new service levels are now available on our website.

Ok, now that I have cried through this post multiple times, I will wrap things up and just simply end this post with another huge THANK YOU! :)


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Real Weddings 2012 :: Kate & Bernie 5.26.12

Kate & Bernie's wedding day was filled with loads of bright colors...perfect for an early summer wedding! Kate and I started planning nearly 2 years before their big day, which gave us plenty of time to perfect all of the details. With the help of the fabulous Mocha Rose team, the flower arrangements were stunning and definitely one-of-a-kind!

Kate & Bernie's day started off with a spa treatment for Kate and her bridesmaids right onsite at Chestnut Ridge...not a bad way to start your wedding day, huh? The girls got ready in the spa, and the guys got ready next door at the Hampton Inn. Since everything was within walking distance to Chestnut Ridge, Kate & Bernie got lucky and didn't have to rent any transportation for the day...definitely a big bonus! 

May 26th was a HOT one, but that didn't stop the bridal party from setting out onto the golf course property to snag a few photos before the ceremony began. Kate & Bernie wanted to keep things traditional, so with the help of the couple's photographer, Leeann Marie, we kept the two of them separated until it was time to say "I Do". 

Kate & Bernie tied the knot inside the Crystal Terrace room at Chestnut Ridge. It was a short and sweet ceremony officiated by Rev. Mark DeNuzzio.

Following the ceremony, guests headed over to the London Ballroom (just steps away from where the ceremony had taken place) where they enjoyed a three-course sit down meal, some photo booth fun, an amazing dessert spread, and an evening full of dancing. No detail was overlooked. Kate even treated her guests to a few extra surprises - flip flops for the ladies and a cigar bar for the guys. Oh, and I can't forget the cake - Kate & Bernie's wedding cake was probably the most talked about cake ever. Kudos to Tammy from Cakes by Tammy for designing this gorgeous cake! :)

It was an awesome night, and we couldn't be more happy for this great couple! Congratulations again, Kate & Bernie!!

The Wedding Team

Wedding Planner Simply Perfect Weddings
Ceremony + Reception Venue Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort
Videographer Nate Sherer Video
Floral Designer Mocha Rose Floral Designs
Bakery Cakes by Tammy 
Photo Booth Photobooth Pittsburgh
Ceremony Musicians Steven Vance Strolling Violins
Rentals (Chiavari Chairs) All Occasions Party Rental

All photos courtesy of Leeann Marie Photography.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Real Weddings 2012 :: Emily & Eryk 4.28.12

Where do I start with Emily & Eryk's wedding?! I got to know Emily and her family very well over the course of our wedding planning and I am absolutely smitten with them! I first started off planning Emily's sisters' wedding (which will be debuted on the blog soon!), and after several months of planning Alison's wedding, Alison passed my name along to Emily. Emily and I hit it off right away, and before I knew it I was helping to plan both sisters' weddings just 2 months apart from each about a busy time in their household! ;) 

Emily & Eryk's wedding day started off with hair and makeup for the ladies at Emily's parents' home. We planned plenty of time for hair & makeup so the ladies could be fully pampered that morning. Following hair & makeup, Emily and her bridesmaids set out for a photo session around the family's property. It was a bit chilly and damp on their wedding day, but Emily was still smiling through it all and was seriously one of the most happy and cheerful brides I've seen :)

Emily & Eryk exchanged vows at St. John & Paul Catholic Church in Sewickley. Prior to the ceremony beginning, guests were treated with a variety of romantic music selections from harpist, Julia Ann Scott. Having the harpist play as guests arrived was a nice change from the traditional organ.

Following the nuptials, guests made their way downtown to the Omni William Penn for cocktails, dinner, and dancing. The Omni was the perfect location for Emily & Eryk's formal wedding reception. Guests enjoyed amazing cuisine, stunning decor, and not to mention an incredible dance set by In the Mood (I mean, just LOOK at that packed dance floor!). 

Emily & Eryk's wedding was the perfect kick off to our 2012 wedding season!

Congratulations again to Emily & Eryk!!

The Wedding Team

Wedding Planner Simply Perfect Weddings
Reception Venue Omni William Penn
Photographer Bellissima Photography
Floral Designer Karrie Hlista Designs
Transportation Amore Limousines
Stationery Purple Wagon Designs  

All photos courtesy of Bellissima Photography.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Cookie Table Favorites

It's all in the details, right?! Try adding a personal touch to the traditional cookie table with cute little signs to indicate the bride & groom's favorite cookies.

Photos above from Kate & Bernie's 5.26.12 wedding courtesy of Leeann Marie Photography - more to come soon!


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Latest Review :: Kate & Bernie 5.26.12

Kate & Bernie hired us for Complete Wedding Management, here's what they had to say about our services:

"I again just wanted to thank you so much for all the help in making our wedding day wonderful. I cannot imagine how the day would have ran without you and your team. I was able to fully enjoy my day without worrying about all the little details! Everything was perfect and it was honestly the best night of my life. Through the past 2 years you were a great help in making sure my day was just how I wanted it. So I just wanted to thank you again for making my day so wonderful." 

Photo courtesy of Leeann Marie Photography

Monday, June 4, 2012

Latest Review :: Emily & Eryk 4.28.12

Emily & Eryk hired us for Complete Wedding Management, here's what they had to say about our services: 

"Sumer, you were my wedding planning saint! The best thing I could have ever done was hire you! You made the wedding planning process a relaxing and fun experience! So many people would ask how I am so relaxed and I would tell them...I have an awesome wedding planner. Without you my day would not be what it was and it was truly the best day of my life! I don’t think I could ever thank you enough for helping create the magical day that I had been dreaming about since I was a little girl. I would recommend you to any bride and groom who was looking for some extra top quality help. I will miss emailing and meeting you but will stay in touch with Simply Perfect Weddings forever. And that is exactly what you made my wedding day… simply perfect!"

Photo courtesy of Bellissima

Monday, February 20, 2012

Featured :: Pittsburgh Weddings Magazine

So excited to share that another one of our fabulous 2011 weddings has been featured in Pittsburgh Weddings Magazine. Check out Laura & Zack's wedding in the January 2012 issue of Pittsburgh Weddings Magazine...on newsstands now!

Photo courtesy of Craig Photography.