When Comedians Get Married!

Michelle & Nima

January 1, 2018

Los Angeles, California

I mustache you a question! When your clients play “rock, paper, scissors,” during their wedding ceremony, you know you’re in for a real treat! I cannot begin to say how much fun I had being the wedding planner for Michelle & Nima’s La La Land wedding! These two comedians knew how to balance a beautiful wedding with fun, friends and family. From ALL of the guests donning fake mustaches for the ceremony and reception, to their grand entrance when they danced in dressed in costume as an elderly couple and treated us to a special dance, their wedding was a fun night for everyone!

Michelle wore a vintage wedding dress that she had made from two dresses, with hints of beautiful turquoise blue in the skirting, as well as her shoes. For Michelle’s bridal bouquet, I created a custom bouquet that had deep meaning for her.  Her vision was so special. Michelle wanted a bright and happy bouquet that incorporated some trinkets that belonged to her parents, who are no longer with us. I incorporated a couple of her father’s tie pins, a cufflink, and a photo of her parents into the handle of her bouquet. She also wanted her father’s tie to be incorporated and that was a little trickier, but I think it turned out beautifully on the base of the handle. She loved it and it was so special.

Being a comedian as well, Michelle and Nima let me join right in on the fun with a few off-the-wall photos. They were in such a beautiful location with a lot of fun photo opportunities! The persian food served throughout the evening was AMAZING and over the top with courses. The decor was beautiful, the dancing was fun and the party went on late into the night! I enjoyed this wedding so much!

Congratulations Michelle & Nima! I wish you many lifetimes of happiness, joy and fun together! Keep making each other laugh.


Wedding Planning & Event Design: https://jewelleventdesign.com

Photography: Kelly Balch Photography:  http://kellybalch.com

Stunning Floral Garden Romance!

Danielle & Nick / June 17, 2017

Ceremony Location: Chautauqua Park – Boulder, CO

Reception Location: St. Julien Hotel & Spa – Boulder, CO

Words cannot express the loveliness of this wedding! This is one of my all time favorite weddings, not only for the gorgeous decor and flowers, but the couple and family were amazing and so fun to plan with! What a wonderful group of people. Seeing this wedding come to life was one of the greatest joys I’ve had as a wedding planner. The whole day from beginning to end was flawless and perfectly executed.

Danielle was STUNNING in her made-for-her wedding dress and we could not get enough of her elegance. Nick was so handsome and the way that he looked at Danielle all day was so loving and wonderful to witness. They are such a cute and loving couple and it was so fun to watch them in all of their happiness on their special day. The flowers and design details by Design Works and Jewell Event Design were stunning. Hours of work and set up went into this wedding and no detail was left undone. The photos captured by Beth Photography are stunning and really captured every moment of this wedding. It was so difficult to narrow down all of the amazing photos for this blog! The ceremony was set in front of the gorgeous backdrop of the Flatirons in Boulder. The reception at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa was perfection. The guests enjoyed gourmet hors d’oeuvres followed by a delicious plated meal. The wedding cake provided by Intricate Icings out-shined many details and was designed to mimic the lace design in Danielle’s wedding dress. The live band Soul School provided a fun night of dancing, which had every guest dancing throughout the whole evening. This was a fun wedding and party!

Congratulations Danielle & Nick! I wish you every happiness in your journey together!

Wedding Planner & Event Design: Jewell Event Design

Florals & Event Design: Design Works

Venue: St. Julien Hotel & Spa

Ceremony Location: Chautauqua Park, Boulder, CO

Photographer: Beth Photography

Videography: All Digital Studios

Linens: Soiree Linen

Wedding Cake: Intricate Icings

Live Band: Soul School

DJ / Master of Ceremonies: DTP Events

Limousine Service: The Royal Ambassadors

Transportation Service: Ramblin’ Express

Ceremony Guitarist: Omar Villanueva

Floral Design by Jewell Event Design

A Sunny November Colorado Wedding!

Lisa & Charles

November 20, 2016

I like to refer to the wedding of Lisa & Charles as the “Smiles for Miles” wedding! It was such a pleasure working with these two and I have sincerely never seen two people smile so much on their wedding day, which is every wedding planners’ dream! It was a sunny, beautiful November day and every detail was perfect, including the bright and happy yellow sunflowers and florals that Lisa picked for her bridal bouquet! The romantic setting at Church Ranch Event Center was perfect for this couple and their guests. The food provided by Breadwinners Catering, and the delicious mini bundt cakes provided by The Bundt Shoppe were wonderful! The guests had a fun night of dancing provided by the fabulous Cameron at 5280 Mobile DJ, and every guest was out on the dance floor! Except for the guests that were making Smores by the fun outdoor firepit. The overall tone of this wedding was one of pure joy and fun! This laid back couple knew how to do it right!

The only thing not to be out-shined on this fabulous day was Lisa’s stunning smile! Congratulations Lisa & Charles!


Wedding Planner & Floral Design: Jewell Event Design 

Venue: Church Ranch Event Center

Photographer: All Digital Studios

DJ: 5280 Mobile DJ

Catering: Bread Winners

Bridal Hair & Makeup: Kim J Beauty

Desserts: The Bundt Shoppe

Modern Elegant Chic Colorado Wedding

Ellen & Taylor

July 9, 2016

Ceremony Location: Sacred Heart of Mary – Boulder

Reception Location: The Omni Interlocken Resort – Broomfield

I had such a fabulous time working with Ellen & Taylor on their memorable Colorado wedding! Ellen’s classic, elegant style and vision really came to life. This stunning wedding was modern elegant chic and really fit the couple. The gold elements mixed with white florals, greenery and shabby chic accents were beautiful. The day was perfect from start to finish. Following the grand ceremony at the Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Boulder, the guests enjoyed a beautiful evening under a gorgeous pavilion, plated meal service, and dancing with music provided by the fabulous 80’s band, The Goonies. The dessert bar was made elegant and delicious by an assortment of desserts by Kim & Jakes cakes that had the guests going back for more. My favorite element of their decor was the head table, which was a masterpiece, complete with a romantic sweetheart bench for two.

The only thing that outshined the details of this wedding were the beautiful bride and groom! Congratulations Ellen & Taylor!

Wedding & Event Planner: Jewell Event Design
Photographer: Cassidy Brooke Photography
Florist: Thorn Creek Flowers
Desserts: Kim & Jakes Cakes
Live Band: The Goonies
Venue: The Omni Interlocken Resort
Rentals: Allwell Rents
Linens: Chair Covers & Linens

Great Gatsby meets Fabulous!

Can you say FABULOUS? That word encompasses Shawn & Trey and their Great Gatsby themed wedding on July 31, 2016 at Grant Humphreys Mansion in Denver, Colorado. Great Gatsby came alive with extravagant centerpieces made with greenery, feathers and gold. The gold chargers, gold lined water and wine glasses, and gold napkins rings on black linens were something above classy. The bridal party and guests were dressed like they were straight out of the “Roaring 20’s!” Everyone joined in for this fun wedding theme done right! The cake by Gateuax Bakery was classic Great Gatsby style and was amazing, as were the stunning centerpieces by Amore Fiori Flowers. Everything from the ceremony, to the decor, to the music, to the feather boas provided for the guests, to the featured cocktails at the bar were high style!

Congratulations Shawn & Trey! You were wonderful and fun to work with! 

Wedding & Event Planner: Jewell Event Design
Venue: Grant Humphreys Mansion
Caterer: Greens Point Catering
Photographer: Photo Element Studio
Cake: Gateuax Bakery
Entertainment: Complete Music
Florist: Amore Fiori Flowers
Ceremony/Cocktail Musicians: Black Tie Piano / Linda Luchtenburg
Beverage Service: Party Liquor

The Difference Between A Wedding Planner And A Venue Coordinator

Happy Wednesday!

We’re in wedding planning mode again today – have you been following these super helpful posts in our Wedding Experts Planning Tips series? I do hope they’re making the planning process seem a little less daunting.

Today Andri of Always Andri Wedding Design shares a little insight into the BIG differences between a Wedding Planner and a Venue Coordinator.

Okay, over to Andri…

Kurt Boomer Photo via Style Me Pretty

In my last post, we discussed how to go about sourcing your ideal wedding venue and in your own search you may find yourself meeting many wedding coordinators at the venues you visit. If you’re wondering what the difference between a wedding planner and venue coordinator is, then let me enlighten you!

A lot of people think that the two roles are the same and that hiring a wedding planner is essentially the same as paying for the same service twice. In order to save you from finding out the hard way, let me just tell you right now that that’s entirely inaccurate! From the difference in our job descriptions to our involvement on the wedding day, the quickest way to explain why planners and coordinators are two separate entities is the fact that coordinators work for and are beholden to the venue; wedding planners work for you.Read more

Invitation Etiquette

Need help with the wording on your wedding invitations? We are here to help! Below is a guide to help answer any questions that you may have. We will also personally help you with recommendations on where to purchase your invitations, and proper etiquette based on the specifics of your event!

Help - Most Common Mistakes on Wordings / Verses

  • TIME
  • AND VS. TO


To be socially correct, all words should be spelled out on invitations, accessory cards and envelopes.


“Road” instead of “Rd.”

“Boulevard” instead of “Blvd.”

“Indiana” instead of “IN”


Honorifics may be abbreviated (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr., Military Ranks, ETC.)

“St.” or Sts.” may be used for “saint” or “saints”

Numerical time should use the abbreviations “A.M.” and “P.M.”

“Junior” or “Senior”, when used in a name, are correctly abbreviated “Jr.” or “Sr.” - they should always be separated from the last name by a comma.


Invitations require time to be spelled out, whereas numerals may be used on accessory cards.


  • Time should be spelled out
  • Time should never be capitalized
  • Time, on the hour, should be followed by “o’clock” (Note: lowercase and apostrophe)
  • Do not use “o’clock” if the time is not on the hour
  • Time, not on the hour, should be hyphenated.


“Two-Thirty” instead of “Two Thirty”

“Two Forty-Five” instead of “Two Forty Five”

  • Time should always be followed by “in the morning”, “noon”, “in the afternoon”, “in the evening”, or “midnight”

12:01 AM - 11:59 AM is morning

12:00 PM is noon

12:01 PM - 5:59 PM is afternoon

6:00 PM - 11:59 PM is evening

12:00 AM is midnight

Accessory Cards

  • Time may be spelled out, following the invitation rules above, or numerals may be used
  • When numerals are used, they should be followed by “a.m.” or “p.m.” (Note: lowercase and periods)
  • “Immediately” may be used as a substitute for time. The use of “immediately” and a time is redundant


“Reception immediately following ceremony” is correct, whereas “Reception immediately following ceremony at six o’clock in the evening” in incorrect


On the accessory cards, date and time formats should be consistent. If time is not provided, you may spell out the date, abbreviate it, or use a numerical date.


  • Date should be spelled out
  • Date should be preceded by the day of the week, spelled out
  • Day of the week and date should be separated by a comma
  • Year is printed on separate line and may be omitted, if desired
  • Month and year should not be separated by a comma


On Saturday, the Fifth of June

Two thousand and four

Accessory Cards

If time is used on the accessory card, be consistent with the date. In other words, when spelling out the time, spell out the date. If you used numerical time, use a numerical date. If time is not used, any of the following formats are acceptable:

On Saturday, The Fifth of June

On Saturday, June 5, 2004

On Saturday, June 5th

June 5, 2004


We often see the use of symbols to represent words. This is increasingly popular, yet remains a social faux pas.


“Mr. & Mrs.” instead of “Mr. and Mrs.”


Etiquette dictates the following protocol:

  • Names of people and places are always capitalized
  • “Corner”  as in “corner of Fifth and Main Streets” is not capitalized
  • When spelling out the year, capitalize the “T” in Two: Two thousand and eight
  • Sentences (or each new thought on an invitation) always begins with a capital letter


The do not belong on invitations or most accessory cards. They are appropriate on outer envelopes, R.S.V.P. envelopes, and at home cards.


Ask someone else to proofread your wording, paying close attention to proper nouns. Many common words are often misspelled, or misused.


“night” is better than “nite”

should it be “to” or “too”


Pronouns should be consistent throughout your invitations. If using first person pronouns (I, we, us, our, and me), use them everywhere. If using third person pronouns (them, they, their), use them everywhere.

DO NOT use punctuation at the end of a line, such as commas and periods, in your invitation wording.


When parents for both bride and groom are issuing the invitation, the word between the bride and groom’s names should be “and”, not “to”.


Mr. and Mrs. John Jones


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith

Request the honor of your presence

At the marriage of the children

Mary Anne


Richard Allen

When the invitations are issued by parent(s) of just the bride or just the groom, the word between the bride and groom’s names should be “to”, not “and”.


Mr. and Mrs. John Jones

Request the honor of your presence

At the marriage of their daughter

Mary Anne


Mr. Richard Allen Smith


  • Respond date should be two to four weeks before the wedding date.
  • Respond date should always be before the wedding date. You would be surprised how many people get these two dates switched.


  • Use the same ink color on your invitations and accessory cards.
  • Use the same typestyle on your invitations and accessory cards.
  • Use accessory cards that match your invitations.


Make sure you have filled out all necessary information for every item. Make sure you have ordered enough. It is much cheaper to order a few extra initially than it is to order a few extra later. If your wedding date is more than six months away, it is considerate to send save the date cards six to twelve months before the wedding and invitations four to six weeks before the wedding.