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PLANNER: Sarah Agee, Plum & Poppy, Zionsville, Ind., www.plumandpoppy.com, sarah@plumandpoppy.com
YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 5
PHOTOGRAPHY: Conforti Photography
BUSINESSES: Unique Heart Productions, Accent Floral Design, Marie Gabriel Couture, Jupiter and Juno, LGi Linens, A Classic Party Rental, Something Blue Stylists, Chippewa Hotel, Violet Vintage
WEDDING DATE: August 27, 2016
GUEST COUNT: 45

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INVOLVEMENT: Full consulting
THE COUPLE: Not only was I the wedding planner for this event, but this was also my wedding. My husband and I met online. It was my third day of online dating, so I got lucky to meet him so quickly. Planning my own wedding definitely impacted my choices and was a unique challenge. I wanted the event to be timeless, elegant, and to feel lavish.
INSPIRATION: Timeless elegance
“AHA” MOMENT: Deciding the floral elements should be lush and incorporate fruit, as well as have lots of candles present, really was the turning point and gave the wedding that extravagant feel.

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MOST UNIQUE DESIGN ELEMENT: The red grapes in our floral centerpieces not only added a deep jewel tone to our floral, but it added a lavish, decadent appeal.
COLOR PALETTE: Ivory, gold, jewel-tone floral
BUDGET: $30,000
STAFF HOURS: 150
PLANNING TIME: 6 months
CLIENT MEETINGS: Too many to count

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SET UP/STRIKE DETAILS: There were only two hours of set up time involved in this event.
REVENUE BREAKDOWN: 10% planning, 25% floral, 25% catering, 5% stationery, 5%
rentals, 15% photography, 10% videography, 5% details
BIGGEST CHALLENGE: I turned details of planning over to Beth McHugh, who works for my company, about two weeks before the wedding. Relinquishing control to another planner on the day of the event was one of the biggest challenges. Plus, it poured rain almost all day on the wedding. Since Mackinaw Island does not allow cars, transportation was tricky. We brought everyone by ferry to the island. On the wedding day, we had horse-drawn carriages transport guests to and from the ceremony.
LEARNINGS: It is in the details where the wedding design is perfected. I love flowers, nice paper products, and good linens. These things can change a wedding. Paper products are the first touches your guests get of your wedding, so it’s important that they be on brand with the rest of your wedding design. I love lush floral, so I wanted ample flowers. Linens can change a room, accompanied by the right chair. I brought in specialty linens and chiavari chairs to make the room look perfect. WPM

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