Get Ready for NYE with Specialty Cocktail Inspiration!

Can you believe that 2017 is right around the corner? While 2016 has been incredible, we can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for Madison Sanders Events. As we approach New Year’s Eve, it is only appropriate to take a moment to toast to all of our brides, grooms and their family members who have trusted our team with the details of their wedding day.

No matter how you plan to ring in the New Year or what you’re raising a glass to from your 2016, no toast is complete without a festive cocktail in hand! 

Hosting at home this year? Greet your guests with a hand-lettered plexiglass menu plus a stocked bar cart like this one we found on Oh So Beautiful Paper! And what to you serve your party people? We’ve compiled some of our favorite signature cocktails perfectly fit for welcoming 2017! Enjoy!

Try something seasonal and refreshing like the Pomegranate Rose Gin Fizz!  Dress up your cocktail with festive gold glassware, like this Pearl Place DOF Set from Kate Spade...she never disappoints!
Try something seasonal and refreshing like the Pomegranate Rose Gin Fizz!  Dress up your cocktail with festive gold glassware, like this Pearl Place DOF Set from Kate Spade…she never disappoints!
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Can you say, “Pop Fizz Clink”? NYE is the perfect time to join the #ChampagneCampaign! Why not dress up your standard bubbly with some Champagne Chantilly Shooters?
These will be a festive touch to your Signature Cocktail on New Year's Eve, all you need now is that sparkling dress! These cocktails are a crowd pleaser, so prepare double the guest count! We can't thank Style Me Pretty enough for this delicious French Pear Martini Signature Cocktail recipe.
These will be a festive touch to your Signature Cocktail on New Year’s Eve, all you need now is that sparkling dress! These cocktails are a crowd pleaser, so prepare double the guest count! We can’t thank Style Me Pretty enough for this delicious French Pear Martini Signature Cocktail recipe.

Still want more? We’ve been busy pinning!

Check out our Pinterest Board for even more libation inspiration!

 

XOXO & Happy New Year’s from Madison Sanders Events!

Spruce Up Your Holiday Table

It is probably no surprise to you that we absolutely love the holiday season here at Madison Sanders Events. Considering that we are experts in the celebration department, this time of year rolls around and we can’t get enough! From outings to see the lights at the Country Club Plaza, to enjoying a glass of wine around the dinner table with friends and family… we believer that you should always celebrate in style. One of our favorite things? We love to play with the style of our table settings so that our guests can feel that special dose of care and hospitality when joining us for a meal. 

This year you might be hosting a dinner for 40+ guests or maybe you are keeping it more intimate and celebrating with your new spouse.  Either way, we have come up with some fun ideas on how to “spruce” up your holiday table scape.  With 2017 on the horizon and greenery being a top trend, we are already incorporating the evergreen details into our designs. With this mix of metallics and the warmth of candlelight, your guests are sure to be impressed!

Images linked clockwise beginning at top left : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Need a few simple ideas to enhance your winter gatherings? Look no further!

Dine in style with this Emory Gold 20-Piece Flatware Set | Who doesn’t love pretty wrapping? Enjoy these Gift Wrapping Ideas 

Sip on some Moscow Mule Spiced Hot Chocolate | Pick up this Faux-Fur Tree Skirt 

Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

XOXO, The Madison Sanders Events Team

BEST of the BEST!

Today we are THRILLED to announce that Madison Sanders Events has been recognized for the second year in a row as one of Kansas City’s Best Wedding Planners by The Knot Magazine. This is truly an honor as this award is determined by Kansas City’s brides, grooms and families that have recently celebrated a wedding. Thank you to all who have taken the time to write a review of our services! We are so grateful!

Now let’s pop the bubbly and get to celebrating!

Xoxo, Madison

MSE Newlywed Series : Cory & Erica

Here at Madison Sanders Events we place high priority on allowing our couples to be truly present with one another during their engagement…wedding planning should be fun, should feel special, celebratory and stress-free. It is always our hope that, with our help, couples can spend time talking about their future spent together in marriage instead of logistics and details regarding the wedding. We pride ourselves in wedding planning and event design with a focus on the beauty of marriage! The first year of marriage can be full of both joys and tough lessons learned and we feel so fortunate to get to stay in touch and “cheer on” our couples as they embark on that next chapter!

Meet Newlywed Mr. & Mrs. : Erica & Cory

We are Cory and Erica Thomason. We grew up in Liberty, MO and have come back to settle down in KC near the airport. I (Cory) am a freelance graphic designer/videographer (who periodically films weddings for fellow Madison Sanders Events couples!) and Erica is a teacher at a small private Christian school as well as an Assistant Youth Pastor at Liberty Christian Fellowship.

How long were you engaged before your wedding and do you wish it had been longer/shorter?

We were engaged for 11 months before we got married. We met in high school and dated for 5 years before getting engaged, so we wanted to be engaged no more than a year. That amount of time was just right for us. It allowed us to finish up our senior year of college, gave us plenty of time to plan and figure out vendors, and enjoy the time of engagement without feeling too rushed. 

What do you wish you would have known while planning your wedding? What advice do you have to give brides/grooms currently planning a wedding?

Don’t stress out, and don’t wait until the last minute. It may feel like there are tons of details and a million things to get figured out, but we promise, those details will work themselves out over time. Also, don’t let things pile up. Engagement is too important of a time to talk about life and the future marriage to miss it freaking out about flower arrangements or where your aunt is going to sit. At the end of the day, you’re going to be married, and that’s what matters. 

What does life look like for you as a couple now that the wedding is behind you?

At this point, life is pretty…normal? You spend all this time planning out what life is going to look like when you are married and dreaming together, and then all of the sudden you’re actually married and you just…do life together! It’s such a weird feeling how normal it is. People talk about marriage as if it would be a fairy tale, and it IS incredible. But, incredible in that day-in, day-out, you get to spend time with your best friend in all the most boring, mundane parts of life and those moments become your joy. 

Do you have a favorite date idea to share with other newlyweds?

Explore Kansas City! It has so much more depth than people ever give it credit for. Go get some tacos and a drink at Taco Republic and take in the sunset at our favorite overlook in KC- The Scout in Penn Valley Park. 

What goals do you have for the next 5 years?

We’ve got the normal goals like to get all of our college debt paid off, buy a new car (the 1999 CRV is getting a little creaky), and learn how to ACTUALLY cook…not just reheat things. We went to Europe for our honeymoon and fell in love with international travel, so we want to save as much money as we can to see different parts of the world…until someday when a couple of kids make those plane tickets a bit too expensive. 

Wedding Film Wednesday : Kevin + Sara

We first met Sara when she was the maid of honor for another MSE bride in the summer of 2015. When she called that following Fall to share that she and Kevin were engaged to be married, we knew we’d do whatever we could to ensure we were available for her date! Kevin and Sara are incredibly kind, loving and two of the strongest people we know. They are driven, successful and value their family members and their friends more than anything.

We worked with these two to plan their entire wedding from A to Z – selecting vendors, locations, design aesthetic and more. We share with our MSE couples that their original vision for the wedding day will evolve over the planning process…and how the day turns out is exactly what it was meant to be. Every detail of Sara and Kevin’s wedding day was selected with intention and was a true reflection of who they are and what they enjoy.

We can’t describe how much we love these two and how much it meant to be trusted with the details of their day. Kevin and Sara… Thank you! We wish you all the best!

Thank you to the fabulous vendor team that made this day possible!

Country Club of Missouri, Catherine Rhodes Photography, Cory Thomason, Victorian Gardens, DJ Ashton Martin, Great Cakes KC, Altar Bridal, The Broadway Hotel, Celebration Limousine, The Clip Joint South, Little Yellow Leaf, Sincerely Design Co.

MSE Newlywed Series : Libby & Kevin

Here at Madison Sanders Events we place high priority on allowing our couples to be truly present with one another during their engagement…wedding planning should be fun, should feel special, celebratory and stress-free. It is always our hope that, with our help, couples can spend time talking about their future spent together in marriage instead of logistics and details regarding the wedding. We pride ourselves in wedding planning and event design with a focus on the beauty of marriage! The first year of marriage can be full of both joys and tough lessons learned and we feel so fortunate to get to stay in touch and “cheer on” our couples as they embark on that next chapter! All images below by Heather Brulez Photography, www.heatherbrulez.com.

Meet Newlywed Mr. & Mrs., Libby & Kevin.

My name is Libby and my husband’s name is Kevin. In December of 2015 we became Mr. & Mrs. Starr! We live in Kansas City and have many friends and family nearby. I am a speech-language pathologist at a school and Kevin is in dental sales.

How long were you engaged before your wedding?

We were engaged for 8 months before our wedding…it wasn’t too long or too short.

What do you wish you would have known while planning your wedding? What advice do you have to give to brides and grooms currently in the planning process?

My advice is to try to fall somewhere in the middle of being a complete control freak and needing constant advice on decisions for the wedding day. Have an opinion, but not so many that you frustrate those that are planning with you. Make sure you are nice to those who are helping you! This includes your planner, vendors, family and friends. We were so lucky to have so much support along the way!

Describe your wedding to us in your own words. What details did you love the most?

Our wedding was first and foremost a celebration of our relationship and love. We could feel the excitement and support from everyone who attended and especially those who had watched us grow up together.

Some of the things that made our wedding special to us were our personal written vows, Kevin’s comedic bridal party introductions and the meaningful toasts presented by our family members. Our wedding design would not have been possible without my mom. We like very similar styles but she is the one who makes an idea come to life . We loved our elegant floral arrangements (by Beco Flowers) and our displays. The barn itself was beautiful as it sat upon the hill with lights and music coming from indoors.

What does life look like for you as a couple now that the wedding is behind you?

Our life now looks like a “normal life”…which is so very refreshing after planning a wedding. While life is not always a picnic or an epic party, it is our life together and that’s the most important thing. It feels great to go to work and come home to each other. We enjoy being at home, but also continue to have fun with our friends and spend time with our families.

Featured on E NEWS, Brides, ABC News, Us Weekly and more – Nikki & Tyler’s Wedding Sneak Peak

What a fun treat to see our clients, Nikki Ferrell and Tyler VanLoo’s wedding images featured on E News, Brides, ABC News, Us Weekly, Glamour and more ! We were so honored to serve as the wedding planning team selected to make their celebration a reality. Thank you, Nikki & Tyler, for trusting us with the details of your day!

Images by Alea Lovely. As always, it takes an incredibly talented and dedicated village to execute each wedding! Thank you to Alea Lovely, Adam Hanly, The Grand Ballroom at the Kansas City Convention Center, Brancato’s Catering, Village Gardens, Platinum KC, Ultrapom Event Rental, Veronica Couture Veils, Lindsay Marie Design, Heidi Bowles, Christy Hansen, St. John’s United Methodist, McLain’s Bakery, Harvest Productions, Bella Bridesmaids, Aramark, Custom Limousine and Trolleys, Shine Wedding Invitations, Minted.

Congratulations to the happy couple! We wish you all the best as you begin your marriage together!

 

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Featured on Style Me Pretty!

Mondays can feel totally lame…or, when you wake up to one of your favorite Spring weddings featured on Style Me Pretty, they can feel awesome! Be sure to pop over to SMP today to see Jillian and Brent’s wedding full of GORGEOUS details and STUNNING cherry blossoms! You won’t regret it! Props to the incredible vendor team that made this day absolutely perfect for our bride and groom : Photography: Alea Lovely | Cinematography: Creative Films | Event Planning: Madison Sanders Events | Floral Design: Beco Flowers | Cake: Classic Cakes | Invitations: Announce This Design | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo –  Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: Olive Events | Makeup: Mary Shalee – Mary Morrison | Hair: Mikayla Crane – White Carpet Bride | Lighting: Platinum Productions | Band: The Patrick Lentz Band | Favors:Andre’s Confiserie Suisse | Venue: The Brass on Baltimore | Photo Booth:The Photo Bus KC | Rentals: BBJ | Rentals: Ultrapom | Rentals: All Season’s Event Rental

Image by Alea Lovely
Image by Alea Lovely

Memorial Day Weekend Wedding Film : Sara & Brian

They say that Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kick off to summer and we feel so lucky that we were able to kick it off in the most celebratory way with bride and groom, Sara & Brian! The new Mr. and Mrs. Otte wanted nothing more than a relaxed and joy-filled weekend to celebrate their love with family and friend. The week leading up to their wedding brought daily torrential downpours and our team was armed and ready with “Plan B” for photography and transportation. But at the ceremony rehearsal a prayer was said for gorgeous sunshine on Saturday (despite a gloomy forecast)…and sure enough, Saturday’s clouds parted to bring sunshine and clear skies for Sara & Brian. It was amazing! Enjoy this beautiful film by Cory Thomason highlighting the couple’s day…we think you’ll have a hard time containing your smiles. 

Preparing for Your Engagement Photos with Photographer, Alea Lovely

Hi friends! Today we are excited to bring you a fun little one-on-one interview we had with KC-based photographer, Alea Lovely. We have had the honor of working with Alea in several capacities and with many different Madison Sanders Events’ couples. She is SO talented! You might also recognize her work from yesterday’s feature on Style Me Pretty with MSE couple, Nikki and Tyler. Without further ado…the interview (and some pretty images from Nikki & Tyler’s engagement session!):

MSE : What locations make for the best engagement photos?

Alea : Anything with natural light and open space is good in my book! I feel that the engagement session should be more focused on the couple than the background. I have shot portraits of couples all over the world – Joshua Tree Park, Tulum, Mexico, Hong Kong, Portugal, Puerto Rico, etc – and my favorites have been those locations where we have been immersed in nature with the gorgeous natural light and scenery that compliment the couple.

MSE : What should a couple consider when scheduling their engagement photos with their photographer?

Alea: Timing – Shooting an hour before sunset is my preference because any photographer knows that that is when you have the best light. Lighting is everything when it comes to beautiful portraits.  

Clothing- Many times couples will ask me what to wear for an engagement session and I think the simpler, the better. Pastels and solid colors tend to work well. You want for the people in the image to be the focus, not necessarily the attire.  This is also a time to really have the couple’s personal style shine.

MSE: What tips do you have for couples to make the most of their engagement session?

Alea: It may sound silly, but maybe consider having a glass of wine before our session!? Haha! But in all seriousness you need to feel relaxed and trust your photographer. Allow them to truly capture YOU and let your personalities shine. If you are too nervous or too contrived it will show in your photos. If you can come feeling confident that the photographer is doing the best job they can and you are having fun, more of your true personality will show in the photos. Many times people think they need to imitate something they have seen another couple do or something they’ve seen on Pinterest…but again, they need to focus more on being THEMSELVES instead of trying to recreate something someone else has done. Have fun, be you!

Images in this post provided by Alea Lovely. Blush gown by Marlo Ford Gowns. White Gown is “Revolve” by Privacy Please.