Planner's Dining Club: Spring Equinox at The Foundry

We recently had the exciting opportunity to share our day with Banga Studios, showing them the behind-the-scenes look at who we are, what we do, and the involved day-of prep process of our most recent Planner’s Dining Club. We started the day in our home office, taking care of emails and wrapping up finishing touches with our personal assistant and cheerleader, Sadie. From there, we took to the streets to get our day started.

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I love what I do and only feel natural giving my all to my couples, but wedding planning and my work takes a toll on the body so it’s important to make time for my own self-care. I find acupuncture and massage is key to balancing it all and create time once a month to fit it in. Before or after an event is the perfect opportunity, so I headed to an acupuncture session on my way. It’s amazing how even a simple hour session can reinvigorate and recharge. After the session, I was eager to see our Planner’s Dinner come to life!

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The planning process is all about communication, and that doesn’t end on the day of. Continuing that conversation with each vendor, while giving everyone the flexibility and support they need in the hours before an event is huge. One of the most exciting aspects of my work is seeing it all come together and I get a thrill working with such incredible people.

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After hours of final decisions being made, skillful ladder climbing, practicing my stunts, and a whole lot of laughter, we were all ready to enjoy our Spring Equinox Planner’s Dining Club event. Thanks Banga Studios for documenting our day and giving us this unique experience!

Day-in-the-life Photos : Banga Studios

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Planner's Dining Club

At the end of a bitter cold winter, we were ready for Spring! We needed color, flowers, fresh food and some incredible people to help us celebrate. On the evening of the Spring equinox, we held our latest Planner’s Dining Club at The Foundry. It was one of our most collaborative dinners yet, with true industry professionals who we worked with to delight and inspire. And a huge shout out to The Hons Photo for catching every colorful moment!

When our caterer, Cedar Lakes Estate suggested The Foundry as a location, we knew it would be the perfect spot for this unique affair.  Many of the planners have worked with The Foundry before, so we wanted to be sure to highlight many of the spaces in new ways. We worked hard to emphasize the natural character of the space while dreaming big and bringing new ideas to life with bold installations. 

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In the design we wanted to be daring with color and allow the theme of spring to truly shine. Bourgeon made quite the statement with their floral tornado install. Each floral tornado was painted and filled with flowers before hung from the center of the main dining room. Color continued to be a key factor in the design though the invites, place cards, and gorgeous tapers. On the other hand, the floral aspects of the centerpieces were kept more neutral in palette to highlight the tornado of color above.

This leading design feature and the main event, the dinner, was held in the Foundry’s Green House. We really pushed the boundaries of the shape and size of the space, creating one large X shaped table with a floral install as a focal point. The living plants within the space contributed to the natural, spring vibes. The design inspiration started with the acrylic tables and artistic white chairs from RentQuest. Their artistic yet subtle design allowed the space to speak for itself and the floral tornado installation to shine.

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The food and drink was such an essential part of the evening, and we couldn’t have done it without Cedar Lakes Estate. They pulled out all the stops to brighten up the cold day and bring the sense of spring alive with their colorful and delicious food. With farmer’s market favorites and their signature 10’ Foraging Table, Cedar Lakes Estate pulled out all the stops for a quintessential springtime feast.

A custom Garden Martini bar allowed guests to design their own cocktail, using fresh juices and syrups, and gorgeous spring-time floral and herb garnishes. Every drink was unique and equally delicious. What a fabulous way to celebrate the bounty of spring!

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Our dinner was so fantastic, we couldn’t just end it there. As a way to fully utilize The Foundry’s incredible spaces, we hosted our first post-dinner dance party. The most amazing choreographed dance by Elan Artists got the party started. We couldn’t get enough of their custom costumes and elaborate dance moves. It was the perfect way to end the evening!

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Venue: The Foundry

Planner / Designer / Founder: Jove Meyer Events

Photographer: The Hons Photo

Caterer / Staff / Bar: Cedar Lakes Estate

Florist: Bourgeon

Lighting: Universal Light + Sound

Stationery: Fourteen Forty

Entertainment: Elan Artists

DJ: Eric Visa

Furniture Rentals: Rent Quest

Tabletop Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

The Planners Dining Club, founded in 2014 by Jove Meyer, is a private group of some of New York Cities best wedding planners. The mission of the Planners Dining Club is to foster community and camaraderie amongst wedding planners in New York City, while experiencing a restaurant and or caterers food and service first hand! Jove designs each event and collaborates with creative partners to bring a vision to life.

Couture to Cocktails with The Knot and Crate + Barrel

We were thrilled to plan this annual registry event put on by The Knot and Crate + Barrel, and even more thrilled to share it with you. Hundreds of engaged couples were invited to register for events and enjoy an evening full of style and wedding planning ideas. Enjoying the excitement and anticipation that comes with planning a wedding is one of the best parts of what we do. And to be able to witness so many couples come together for an event full of inspiration was so fun.  

Couples sipped cocktails, enjoyed passed apps and couldn’t help but strike a pose in the adorable photo booth. Various tablescape looks were highlighted to please all styles and tastes, for both home and the big day. Who doesn’t want to sip cocktails while putting together a fabulously fun wedding registry? Guests of the event were also able to shop for and try on wedding dresses, suits, and accessories while gathering ideas for all aspects of their big day. From flowers to music, drink and registries, inspiration was everywhere! Thanks to Scott Clark Photo for capturing all the inspiration, and all of the vendors who made the evening of wedding planning such a success!

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Sponsor + Organizer: The Knot

Venue: Crate + Barrel

Planner for The Knot: Jove Meyer Events

Planner for Crate + Barrel: Shannon Gail Events

Photographer: Scott Clark Photo

Florist: Bourgeon

Videographer: Love Brain Films

Band: Élan Artists

Caterer: Mary Giuliani Catering + Events

Rentals: Party Rental Ltd

Wedding Vendors: The Black Tux // Rent the Runway // Nina Shoes // Ariel Taub Veils

Photo Booth: We Love Photobooths

Hair: Sean Gallagher

Makeup: Rachael Ryan

 

DKNY Lenox Launch Party w/ The Knot

I was so honored to be asked to plan this years launch party of DKNY's new city inspired urban collection with Lenox in collaboration with The Knot and Macy's! It was an evening filled with newly engaged couples, live music, savory bites, sweet treats, libations, a photo booth, a flower crown station, makeup trials and tips and lots of fantastic giveaways!

The New DKNY Collection!

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The Delicious Bites!

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Beautiful Flowers and Details!

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Interactive Fun!

This evening could not have been possible without the FANTASTIC vendors who offered there time and talents to make it a great success!

Venue: Lenox Showroom

Planner:  Jove Meyer Events

Food: Saucy By Nature

Floral: The Wild Ivy

Photo Booth: We Love Photobooths

Desserts:  Baked By Melissa

Photography:  Brklyn View Photography

Makeup: SB Beauty

Live Entertainment: Elan Artists

Linens:  NUAGE Designs Inc.

Staffing: Superlative Staff + Events

Open House at the Green Building

Wednesday nights open house at The Green Building was so much fun! It was so nice to meet so many happy soon-to -be married couples! The Green Buildings updated event space is beautiful with more natural light and a stunning outdoor space including romantic hanging lights and a garden. We were delighted to be one of the featured vendors for the night, other vendors included Sugartown IndustriesNaturally DeliciousCustom Weddings by Jim, FLRL Design Co. and the talented photographer Max Flatow Photography!

Our table was styled with a few of our favorite vintage items such as our typewriter, camera, jewelry box and clock! The flowers were simple yet fun! We created a mix and match of various sized arrangements and displayed some additional flowers throughout the table. All couples went home with hand stamped goodies bags filled with salt water taffy!

Photo credit -  Max Flatow Photography

501 Union Open House #2

It was such a delight to be a part of the second open house at 501 Union recently! The beautiful event space based in Gowanus Brooklyn is nearly complete with only a few finishing touches left to go. We are thrilled to be one of their vendor partners and offer couples wedding planning and designing for their big days!

Our table was so much fun to design, we sourced vintage decor items including a camera and typewriter and also also spelled out I <3 U with salt water taffy, since love is so sweet :)

The space has come a long way in the past few months and at the open house they unveiled their new farm table which is stunningly chic and modern! The custom made chandeliers looked amazing as the sun began to set.

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There was rose for all to sip and a handful of talented vendors to chat with. The Wild Ivy provided beautiful flowers, Radish was serving scrumptious sweet and savory bites and Scratch Weddings were playing fab tunes!

All beautiful photos by the talented Khaki Bedford Photography 

501 Union's First Open House!

I am IN LOVE with 501 Union, the nearly completed new event space in Gowanus Brooklyn! From the stunning custom made chandeliers to the fabulous and unique wallpaper that fills each of the different rooms, 501 Union is bound to be one of the most popular event spaces in Brooklyn! (I said it first) The open house last night was an opportunity for newly engaged couples to come in and see the space and meet some pretty fantastic vendors to help plan their big day!

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I had SO MUCH FUN last night meeting so many wonderful couples and seeing all of the updates to the space! I designed a simple yet romantic table including a vintage polaroid camera, a vintage jewelry box and tiny vintage vases filled with budding peony. BIG THANKS to Patina Vintage Rentals for lending me their awesome blue typewriter, their vintage suitcase and stack of vintage books!

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I wanted to make sure that everyone who stopped by left with a little sweet and adorable goodie bag so I created just that! I used a brown recycled paper bags and stamped each of them (while watching the Bachelorette #TeamBrooks) with the cutest tandem bike, complete with a heart balloon, and added the quote "all you need is love" below it! Inside the bag was some delicious summery salt water taffies and my business card! I had so much fun making them and am so glad that so many people loved them!

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Jove Meyer Events

A BIG THANKS to JMB WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY for the fab photos of the night!

The Perfect Wedding Event!

I was honored to be a guest speaker at #ThePerfectWedding Event put on by the FAB Janine Just, Inc! It was a lovely evening of industry experts, delicious treats, beautiful dresses, shoes, jewelry and soon to be brides and a few soon to be grooms! I offered some simple advice to couples getting married  and for those of you who could not make it I have summarized it below. When planning a wedding I love to start the planning process with two simple but important lists: Must Haves and Must NOT Haves. I ask the couple to fill it out separately so they do not influence one another or write what they think the other would like them to write. I aim to make the wedding a reflection of the couple, not just one of them. I also emphasized planning a wedding that makes them happy, not planing to impress their guests.

Some wedding trends I am seeing and LOVING right now are Color blocking in flowers // Ombre (not just for hair, but dresses and design) // Blush gowns rather than traditional white // Mix and match bridesmaid dresses!

The sweet and southern Macey of Macey the Makeup Artist spoke next and gave some simple, yet practical, advice for makeup done right on a bride's big day!

Macey spoke about the rise of the clean and simple wedding look, which I LOVED! She could not say enough how important it was for a bride to feel like and look like herself on her wedding day.  Some trends she is seeing this season are  a smokey, plum-colored eye and soft lip color. She shared the three MUST HAVES for a bride on her BIG DAY! Powder with sponge //Lipgloss (gloss right before pictures!) // Mascara.

The last speaker of the night Urvi Tejani, the owner of Tejani Jewelry, where the event took place! She encouraged brides to make room in their budget for their jewelry and really requested brides come in sooner than later. She kept saying that jewelry should not be an afterthought for brides as it's the next thing people will see after the dress.

The FIRST NYC NotWedding

I had SO MUCH FUN being a part of the first NotWedding in NYC! I was honored to be the best man of the FABULOUS COUPLE! The NotWedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding. It was a wonderful + beautiful event filled with local + talented wedding vendors! It was such a UNIQUE EXPERIENCE for me to not be a wedding planner at a wedding but to be a guest! I enjoyed hanging out with the AMAZINGLY SWEET wedding party as we took photos, sipped on champagne and laughed a lot!

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Photo Credit // Authentic Photo // Jessica Oh Photography // Jean Spence Photography