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rustic chic reception

7 Oct

Part of the reason I think September flew by was because I was planning this significant event for my brother and sister-in-law.  They got married on September 21 in Alberta, and as courtesy to all of the Grand Rapids, Michigan guests, we hosted an open-house-style reception for them the following Saturday there.  My mom, who has always had serious amounts of faith in my creativity and has been my biggest cheerleader in starting this business (hey, mom!), asked me to design it all!  Needless to say, I was excited because, as I’ve said before, event planning is my jam, and it was for my brother and his wife!  Actually, I’m still excited because now I get to show all of you!

Wedding Reception table design--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

The bride was game to be surprised with the look and was not interested in carrying over the design from the weekend before (although, I did ask!).  As I told you earlier, when I found this inspiration board, I knew it was the look we were going for.  I knew she liked a little rustic chic, and the groom loves his orange; he’s painted everything from his room to his Mustang in the vibrant hue.  But, I guess you could say it all started with the fabric.

Orange and teal table design and flowers--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

Isn’t it fantastic?!  Obviously, I ordered it right away and began pulling things from my home that would match.  Every throw pillow I own fit their scheme as well as multiple vases/containers I have.  I literally filled up the trunk of our car with just decor items.

As you may remember from Girl Bash, I created a dessert bar backdrop and wanted to use that in this event as well.  Having that backdrop can really pull a room together when you’re working with a blank slate and everything else is table height.  It brings the ceiling down and makes the room more cohesive.

DIY Wedding Backdrop-- created by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

That banner was simply perfect!  It is a custom piece and was SO much fun to design.  Hanging it definitely was a smashing final touch!

Everything about this day was a family affair.  My sister spray-painted dozens of sticks gold for me and created the chicken-wire photo frame that featured images from their wedding day.  Together we rolled bunches of silverware and tied with fabric pieces and stabbed pecks of apple favors with the awesome little thank you tags!

spray-painted sticks--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

teal wedding photo frame--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

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rustic chic apple favors--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

The favor table was beautiful.  Placed at the entrance, it gave guests a glimpse of what was to come with it’s zesty fabric runner and tipped over crate spilling the apple favors.  It featured a sign with a plane motif since the bride and groom did plenty of flying to see each other during their long-distance relationship.

Wedding Favor Table--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

wedding thank you sign--TheSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comApple Favors--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

Something I’ve seen and really loved at weddings (or any party, really), is a seating area.  It’s simply cozy!  This area allows for people to sit and chat in a more comfortable environment than the dining table and is a change of pace.  I used rustic crates and all my throw pillows to create a small seating area, and it was full the entire event (as you can see here)!

wedding flower centerpieces--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comWedding Seating Area--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

The ladies of the catering the school PTA catering that I used to work with did a fantastic job with the simple buffet menu and the dessert bar.

individual cheesecake, dessert bar styled by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.commini Cheesecake, dessert bar styled by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comDessert bar styled by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

Congratulations, again, to my brother and his beautiful wife!  It was an absolute joy to design and execute this and I can’t wait to see what’s next!


life, stuff, and crazy business

24 Sep

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve been here!  Between designing a fabulously awesome wedding reception for this weekend to brainstorming my brand and deciding what I want the most to researching and learning so much about blog design, I’ve been consciously neglecting writing.  Sorry to leave you hanging!  I’m so happy to have everyone who’s visited despite my slacking off!  I really appreciate you!

So, if you follow my Instagram (and I highly suggest you do–especially this weekend as I’ll be posting images from the party!), you may have seen a little of what I’ve been up to.  I love every bit of it!  Wedding design is my jam, guys.  Happy Tags for thank you favors--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comLove banner for dessert table--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

Make sure you check the sneak peeks out this weekend to see how it all comes together.  I’m so excited to bring the image in my head to life!

In addition to wedding design, I’ve been redesigning this little blog and really honing in on what I want to be about, etc.  Seriously?  This takes time.  It’s a safe bet to assume I’m learning patience.  Weird that this is what it took!  I honestly had no idea how much actually goes into a successful, gorgeously designed webpage/blog!  I mean, I knew it was time-consuming and a labor of love, but wow!  This is intense.

With that and focusing on making a brand I’m proud of, I’m getting new photos of myself for it tomorrow!  I’m really excited to get those heels immortalized in photos!  I’m a shoe fiend and don’t get to wear fun ones very often except on weekends, so this should be good.
headshot outfit idea--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comThese sound like they are going to be a blast, but I’m a little nervous (well, nervous-excited) to be in front of the camera for something so significant as this.

Anyway, I’ll wrap up this ramble, but just wanted to throw it out there that life is amazingly crazy and I’ve been working hard behind the scenes on a lot of things that will very soon be out here for you all to see.  Until then, I really appreciate your presence here and can’t wait to bring you more amazing content to inspire as well as a new look!


more for monday

9 Sep

standing in the rain; wedding planning--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comThat was me on Saturday, soaked from the knees down as the rain was drizzling sideways.   This, my friends, is the glamorous life of a wedding planner.  I love it.  This is when I remembered why I always, always bring a second outfit and was so thankful I had stuck with my gut that morning.   It was such an amazing experience to be working as part of the Bride’s Butler team and I got to meet two of my favorite photographers.  Day made, in my book.  

I actually can’t believe we’re in the full swing of September.  Last week was nutty around here, but delightfully so, and it was fabulous to be crazy busy for a week.

This week, I’m looking forward to focusing on a few things: new blog headshots: (thinking this would be a fabulous prop),

Oversized balloon--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com new branding work with this sure-to-be-helpful-and-amazing webinar by the ladies of Making Brands Happen2013 Make it Happen Webinar--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comand wedding design.  C+S get married next week!Oranges and Ribbons: Favors in the Making--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

Well, I’m off to a successful start so far, and looking forward to a successful week.  Note to all of us, courtesy of someone VERY close to me: “There’s something positive in everything, Anna.  Always look for it.”  Man, I love that guy.  Happy Monday!

latest project

20 Aug

Modern green and orange color palette--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comoh lovely day

This is the gorgeous inspiration for my latest event.  More will follow in the next little bit, but for now, I just wanted to share because I LOVE it and I’m SO excited about how everything in my head will turn out.  I’m thinking: amazing.

Also, how supercool is that chevron fabric?!  Can’t wait to get my hands on some.  I’ll be honest: I never really liked the fabric store as much as I think I might now!  Maybe I am related to my sister after all (Hey, M! Love ya!).

What do you think?  Are you as in love with it as I am?  For tomorrow’s Paper Poste, I even found an invitation suite that fits into this amazingly well!

girl bash

15 Aug

Over a month ago, I hosted a fantastic party in honor of the incredible women I have become friends with since moving a year ago.  If you follow me on Instagram, you would have gotten a peek into the gorgeousness while I was creating it.  I’ve finally been able to curate and edit the images, and I can’t wait for you to see them!  Enjoy the pretty!

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Girl Bash preview

12 Jul

Since I received the images from Girl Bash, I’ve been itching to show them off.  I know a few (at least!) of you are excited to see them, as well.  However, I want to do the images justice, so they will probably be a future post where I can take the time to get it right.

Don’t worry, though!  I have a few previews for you.  Overall, the night was a complete success.  I actually had someone tell me I was “glowing” when I talked to them about it the other day.  How fabulous is that?!  It’s true, though–I get so over the moon to do this!

Girl Bash by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comGirl Bash by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comGirl Bash by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comFavors by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comDesign & Styling: Spunky Sapphire Events

Bouquets/Floral Design: Spunky Sapphire Events (stems from Flowers by the Dozen)

Cake and Cake Pops: Rach’s Cakes



Girl Bash–the preview

18 Jun

I’ve been cooking up lots of goodness over here, and I wanted to show you a preview.  Remember my post on the inspiration for a girlfriend party?  I said I was definitely going to do one, and here’s the evidence!  Just sent these beauties out, and I’m excited to start pulling together all of the nitty-gritty goodness.  Of course, I’ll post everything so you can enjoy it, too!!!

girls' night out invitations by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comObviously, the invitees didn’t get the copy above that says “my address”, but you get the idea.  I’m so excited to get to show my appreciation to these incredible women, and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

I’m partnering up on this dessert evening with one of my friends, the extraordinary baker behind Rach’s Cakes.  Check out her work!

More to come on this Girl Bash. I have officially let the reins loose on my creativity!  yay (and probably yikes)!  But, who cares!  This is fun.



my new “office”

27 May

Hooray, everybody!!!  Happy MONDAY.  I am starting this week off just marvelously!  Wanna know why?  Well.

In honor of me living here for a year, I’ve been in the zone making this place my favorite place to be.  From the gallery wall I did last week to my new office space (aka–the girl cave), I’ve been tearing it up and I’m SO excited.  I guess you could say I’ve “rebranded” my space to reflect who I am these days–a little update, if you will.

The incredibly awesome project of the day:

bulletin board--by theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

office inspiration--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

a wedding planner's library--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com


Sounds probably a little bizarre, but now I feel like I can really accomplish some fabulous pretty things at that desk surrounded by inspiration.  Not a half-bad mini library either, and I’m sure it will grow!  Do you have any recommendations?

To add to my productive Monday, I did a little more business work (more on that later), got my oil changed, and successfully went to Target and bought only the stuff on my list!  <<that makes a successful day all by itself.

I’m feeling like this week is going to be pretty decent!  Make yours amazing!