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We are in that time of year when tons of design is taking place.  We’ve been working a ton to update our social media and Pinterest is one we’ve been doing a lot with.

Check out some of our new boards here:
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YELLOW
GREEN
BLUE
PURPLE
BROWN & NATURAL
BLACK
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JEWEL TONE
PASTELS
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GOLD
METALLIC & SHINNY 
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PINK

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Designs and Floor Plans

Finally, we’re done with our Design & Production webpage.  Check our some of our favorite ideas that have been transformed for real life events.  We have everything from hanging cakes to Indian doorways… built by yours truly.  We also have unique floor plans and before and after photos.  This is one of our favorite processes of the planning venture – DESIGN!!!  We hope you enjoy and contact us for your next wedding or event.

DESIGN & PRODUCTION PORTFOLIO

Here is a sneak peak at a few of beloved creations.

Creating an Indian Wedding Menu

Indian weddings are full of multiple events. The most celebrated events with meals are the Mendhi party, Sangeet, Garba, and Wedding day. Within the wedding day, often times the host family will provide breakfast/brunch, lunch, cocktails appetizers, and the dinner menu. Depending on the entire wedding plan, couples and their families will host even more meals and events, prior and/or post wedding day in addition to the main ones I just listed.

Now, how does one decide on the menu so there is no overlap and guests are eating the same thing for every event? Start by selecting the region you want to serve foods from for the wedding dinner. If you’re South Indian, provide items that are traditional to the South Indian wedding cuisine. Often times, there are specific items that should be served for cultural reasons or that are traditional foods to encourage health, wealth and good fortune. Add in the next major meal food selections. If you are hosting a Sangeet and this is the next major meal, you might want to serve North Indian food. If you happen to host a Mendhi party at home, you could do a fusion brunch for the menu. You can always do a North Indian meal for one of the other events too. Be bold and consider serving a completely different cuisine for other events. Korean, Mediterranean, Mexican, or fusion selections give you lots of options. A vegetable fried rice stuffed samosa would be a yummy fusion appetizer.

Ethnic

For other menus such as breakfast/brunch, lunch, and cocktail hour, fill in the items that are good finger foods, popular items that everyone will know, and consider providing Indian sweets and snacks as other filler items.  Don’t be afraid to select non-Indian items such as fruit platters, veggie platters, or other popular items.  Bruschetta, mini sliders, tomato soup shooter and grilled cheese, kebabs of any kind, and shrimp cocktail are always go-to options.

Appetizers

If you are providing breakfast for overnight guests staying at a hotel, don’t feel you have to provide all Indian food.  Often times the hotel will have a great selection of breakfast items that everyone will eat, not to mention you probably have a food and beverage minimum you have to account for.  If you are worried about serving a few Indian breakfast items: add sambar, upma, idli, dosa’s, or various chutneys just to name a few.

Remember to work with an experienced caterer who is reputable and offers a lot of variety for food selections.

One last takeaway: if you choose to serve Indian desserts and your caterer doesn’t provide them, have your caterer order the Indian desserts and sweets from an outside dessert supplier for you.  Cheers to yummy Indian menus!

Tanya & Jay: Wedding on the bank of the Mississippi

Love planning and working on weddings for friends.  Jay was my gymnastic coach back in high school and thanks to social media, we’ve stayed in touch over the years.  He came to me with needs to plan his wedding to Tanya and of course I was on board to help.

Wanting an intimate celebration, the ceremony was held at the bride’s childhood home in St. Paul.  Set right off the Mississippi river, it was a perfect location.  The tent was placed in the front yard and we placed just enough sidewalls to mask some of the noise from cards driving by.  Guests enjoyed an afternoon tea with delectables before the ceremony.  The Father of the Bride and Tanya arrived in style on a tandem bike for the processional.  The ceremony was a beautiful commitment full of personal touches: a friend played the harp, Nikka the flower girl was Tanya’s parents dog, Jackson the ring bearer was Tanya and Jay’s dog, and the Officiant was a family friend.  After the “I DO,” Tanya and Jay escaped on the tandem bike, recessing their way down the river boulevard.

Guests were ushered to the back yard among the MOB’s picturesque gardens and landscaping.  They wandered among the gardens with a glass of champagne and heard toasts from the family.  The reception was held at the Highland Grill, one of the couple’s favorite dinning places.  We rented out the entire restaurant which was the perfect size for their intimate celebration.  Families sat in booths and tables and dined on a custom menu as Tanya and Jay wanted to maintain the family style experience.  The couple even provided a special dinner for the ring bearer who patiently sat outside the front door.  The evening ended just after dusk so the couple could ride their tandem bike home with Jackson.  A truly wonderful celebration with an old friend and cheers to me for gaining a new friend in Tanya!

Wedding Planner: Sunrise Styling, Anna Senrick
Ceremony Venue: Private residence; St. Paul, MN
Reception Venue: Highland Grill
Photographer: Cadence & Eli Photography
Catering & Desserts: Deco Catering
Linens & Rentals: Apres
Florist: Mother of the Bride’s Garden Club
Stationery: Sunrise Styling
Catering & Service: Hire A Host

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Lisa & Corey: Korean meets Caterer

After many years of working with Create Catering in Minneapolis, Chef Corey Meier has become a great friend outside of just working on weddings and events together.  After finding out and meeting his Korean fiancé, it become a no brainer that I would help plan his wedding.  With a love for books, the wedding was hosted at the JJ Hill Library.  Lisa didn’t have a clear vision on the style and décor, other than just wanting navy and green for her colors.  Trusting my creativity, I was given free range to design their wedding.

An intimate group of guests attended the ceremony which was styled with lanterns lining the aisle and framed by the columns in the library.  The reception linens were the French blue lattice, blue stripe, satin kiwi, and burlap runners.  Natural succulents, exotic green blooms, and white flowers were spread down the 65-person regal table in eco-friendly containers.  The Create Catering team provided a custom menu which was served family style to the guests.  They also provided the desserts of mini cupcakes, macaroons, and tartlets.  One of my favorite dessert displays – manzanita branches and succulents sat on top of an iron stand, wrapped in burlap, moss, and hanging succulents.  Wood boxes and books dressed the rest of the table to provide texture and dimension.

Additional guests were invited after dinner to dance and enjoy late night snacks among the up-lit dance floor.  The perfect end to a couple who put their trust in my design creativity and planning management.  It’s always wonderful to work with other event professionals on their special day!!!

Wedding Planner: Sunrise Styling, Anna Senrick
Venue: JJ Hill Library
Photographer: Kelly Brown Weddings
Catering & Desserts: Create Caterers
Beverages: Mintahoe
Linens rentals: Linen Effects
Florist: Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling
DJ: St. Cloud DJ
Lighting: AV For You
Stationery: Sunrise Styling
Hotel: St. Paul Hotel

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Minnesota Stadium Celebration

For the third year – I was able to help my Client in Edina host another theatrical event.  This year’s play theme was the new Vikings stadium.  Though we didn’t have gold and purple décor, we did incorporate a vibrant colors with an edgy flare and some sequined linens.  The food was another amazing feast provided by Create Catering.  Less snow this year, but I know the temp was colder than last year.  Cheers to repeat Clients and the new Vikings stadium.

Venue: Private Home, Edina, MN
Planner: Sunrise Styling
Caterer: Create Catering
Linens: Linen Effects
Rentals: Apres Party & Tent Rental
Floral: Sadie’s Couture Floral
Valet: Snap Valet
Movers: Matt’s Moving
Playwright: Jeffery Hatcher
Actors: Children’s Theatre

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Meghana & Tyson: India meets South Dakota Farm

My love of planning events that incorporate different cultures was a perfect match for Meghana and Tyson.  The couple wanted to do a traditional Indian ceremony with a reception full of glamour and hints of Indian décor at a location that was in the roots of the Groom’s childhood.  The 4 days of wedding events began with a welcome brunch at the Groom’s parents’ home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The 2nd day was a morning when all the ladies gathered for the Sangeet ceremony and got their Mehndi (henna) done, an Indian lunch, the rehearsal, and dinner at a local restaurant in Sioux Falls.  The wedding day began with wedding party photos around downtown Canton, SD followed by the ceremony at the Groom’s Uncle’s farm just outside Canton, SD.  A custom mandap was built by the Groom and his father and embellished with sari’s and floral by Sadie’s Couture Floral and Event Styling.  The ceremony was a mix of Indian and American traditions: Welcome, Homily, Jeelakarra Bellam, Mangalsutram, Talambralu, Saptapadi, prayer, exchange of vows and rings, and pronouncement.  Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres among the barns with a view of South Dakota farmland.  Dinner was served in the steel barn dressed with coral and tan linens, coral and pink flowers, gold and Indian accents, and lit with chandeliers and up-lighting.  A special thank you to Chef Dominique’s for creating an American-Indian cuisine… not too many Indian caterers (or restaurants) in Sioux Falls.  Meghana and Tyson danced into the night and sent their guests off the following day with at brunch.  I’m so honored to work with Meghana and Tyson and travel to South Dakota and create a fusion cultural (destination) wedding!

Wedding Planner: Anna Senrick
Venue: Private Farm in Canton, SD
Photographer: Bradley Hanson
Catering: Chef Dominique’s
Desserts: CH Patisserie
Linens & Décor rentals: Linen Effects
Florist: Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling
Mehndi: Mehndi Moments
DJ: St. Cloud DJ
Equipment rentals: ABC Rentals
Videography: Trndy Digital
Stationery: Sunrise Styling
Officiants: Indian, Dr. Divedi & American, Rich Merkouris
Hotel: Clubhouse Hotel & Suites

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