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A new event planning service, which will launch in March, seeks to get to know clients to build elegant events with a unique twist. Read on to learn more.

Crystal Corbin is no stranger to planning events. For five years, she worked as an event manager and marketing manager for various nonprofits, planning design and execute fundraisers as well as helping them with their social media presences.

Her love affair with planning weddings began five years ago with the first wedding she planned. In 2016 she decided to branch out to planning events on her own, and on March 11, her Fairfield, Ohio-based party planning and designing business, The Crystal Collection, will officially launch. The Crystal Collection will primarily work in Ohio, southern Michigan, and northern Kentucky, as well as destination events.

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The Crystal Collection plans and designs weddings, showers, “sophisticated” birthdays, and photo shoots. Corbin describes the feel of events planned by The Crystal Collection as “sensual” and “sexy,” explaining that the events have an aura that “align with intimacy and sensuality,” blending those aspects with sophistication and femininity. “We love all things burgundy, lace, and floral! Lots of floral!”

As the owner and lead designer of The Crystal Collection, Corbin hopes that potential clients understand the importance of having a planner, especially a good one who can execute your vision well. Planning an event is an enormous undertaking, and it can be stressful to organize every aspect, especially for someone untrained in event planning. Corbin knows that many people think event and wedding planners are expensive and not important enough to justify the cost, but that the work planners do is vital to any well-executed event. The Crystal Collection aims to provide customers with the feeling of planning their wedding with someone who wants to get to know them personally so they can have a unique event experience.

“With the Crystal Collection, we hope to provide a unique and intimate experience with planning their special days, whether it’s a birthday celebration or an engagement party,” Corbin says to explain what sets The Crystal Collection apart from other event planning businesses and why potential clients should choose her business. “All events are special. We bring a huge flare of design and appearance that compliments our client’s personality.”

Though The Crystal Collection won’t officially launch until March, its Instagram account and Facebook fanpage are up and running. To learn more, call (419) 699-9659.

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Three local ladies teamed up to provide stress-free event planning, styling and even a beautiful venue for events and photo shoots. Read on to learn more.

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Honey and Co. is run by Sarah Pugliese, Lily McEwan, and Amy Hildebrand.

Planning an event – or even finding the right event planner – can be daunting. That’s where Honey and Co. Events and Styling can help, as this team of three local women bring clients’ ideas to life while creating an atmosphere that’s stress-free, creative and fun.

Honey is co-owned by Sarah Pugliese, Lily McEwan, and Amy Hildebrand, “three Cincinnati-based stylists who get our kicks planning parties, styling photo shoots, and offering creative direction,” Pugliese explains. McEwan is involved with clients from the start, while Hildebrand and Pugliese work more behind the scenes and join in on the day of to execute the event. The Honey co-owners make it a point to meet with clients and get to know them before starting their working relationship. Pugliese says, “Once we meet with a client, and those sparks fly… it’s on.”

The Frock is an event space
The Frock is an event space for your events.

Pugliese, McEwan, and Hildebrand originally started Honey as a hobby. “We loved seeing our family members celebrate big life events, and enjoyed being involved with planning and executing,” Pugliese says.

They decided to take things to the next level and turn Honey into a business in 2013. They’ve since worked with hundreds of local clients – consumer and corporate alike – and have received press coverage in outlets such as Cincinnati Magazine, Wedding Row Kentucky, and Out + Outfit.

Services offered by Honey include planning, styling, curating, designing, day-of coordination, partial planning packages, and full planning packages. They plan parties, weddings, and other events. They even offer their own event space, The Frock, on Pike St. in Covington.

Opened in September 2015, The Frock is a studio and event space co-owned by Honey Events, Linger Flowers, and Lyell Photography. The space had been several different bars over 15 years before transforming into The Frock. “Everything about it lent itself to be a space for entertaining,” Pugliese says.

Finding the space was happenstance, and though they knew converting it would be a lot of work, they immediately knew it was a welcome challenge. The three businesses joined together to run the space because “we knew we wanted a shared studio space with businesses that hold aesthetics similar to ours, and were eager for a collaborative environment out of which to work and create,” Pugliese says. “Linger and Lyell were perfect fits for our vision.”

To learn more about Honey or The Frock, visit their website, www.honeyevents.co, or get social with them on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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When event planners throw an event, you know it’s going to be good. Learn more about the Details2Decor 7th Anniversary Party coming up this week and why you need to be there.

Owners of Details2Decor
Ethel Bonner an Starr Rivers, Owners of Details2Decor

As Marilyn Monroe would say, seven years is when you start to get the itch. That must be why Starr Rivers and Ethel Bonner, the owners of Details2Decor, are itching to have a fabulous night out to celebrate their seven years in business together.

They have quite a fun-filled event planned (what else would you expect from a couple of event planners, right?) on August 27 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. It begins at the Righteous Room Courtyard Lounge with sweet ant spicy treats, live DJ, half price happy hour cocktails, door prizes, a “D2D InstaGlam Fashion Cam” and swag brag bag.

After the event, the fun continues on Fountain Square—which is just about one block down from the Righteous Room—for a sizzling night of Salsa Dancing.

It’s free to attend this chic celebration, but if you want, you can opt to donate $7 to a cause that’s near and dear to them: the Penny-Manning Dare to Live Memorial Scholarship Fund. Click here to learn more about the event, the cause and RSVP!

Rivers and Bonner met five years ago, when they planned a 50th birthday celebration for a mutual friend. At the time, Rivers ran Starr Treatment, LLC, and Bonner ran Décor Plus, LLC. “After working together, we realized we just clicked – our skill sets are very complimentary,” says Bonner. “That’s why we’re the perfect marriage: Special event planning and decor at its best with Details2Decor,” adds Rivers.

Their mission is to provide full-service social and corporate events that empower, entertain and educate clients centered around their vision—the “Three Es,” as they call it.

Educational events help the Details2Decor team bring their Three Es to life. These events include their bridal classes in April through September. Their Spring Bling Series includes two classes: Breakfast & Bling and Tea & Tiaras. The Fall in Love Series also includes two classes: Bridal Beauty Basics and Wedding Dos and Don’ts. Details2Decor’s website has the scheduling details on these classes.

If you’ve ever planned an event, you know just how much time and work goes into making it successful from beginning to the end. So, why worry? For that special event or that big wedding day on your horizon, let Starr Treatment take care of the details and planning stresses. And, if you want impeccable décor and floral designs, let Décor Plus help you envision, enhance and enjoy the visual elements of your special day.

Details2Decor is located at 11427 Reed Hartman Highway #210 in Cincinnati. To learn more about them, call 855-323-4968, email them at info@details2decor.com or visit www.details2decor.com.

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A new production company launched to bring the best beats to your next bash. Read on for all the fine-tuned details.

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Whether you’re planning a business party, a fundraiser, back yard bash, or the concert of the year, you’ll want fun music. Ohio Valley Productions, founded in early 2015 by Anne Zimmerman, Dan Varner, Greg Harshfield, and Eric Miller, is your direct connection to national, regional and local acts to fit your vision for your event.

According to founding partner Greg Harshfield, Ohio Valley Productions was born from a dream of a music festival event on the east side of Cincinnati. Varner, frontman of the Dan Varner Band, Harshfield, an entrepreneur, and well-connected Miller, director of the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, realized that a business needed to be created to support such events.

The three realized that they had “similar dreams for a business that would bring together the many aspects of the entertainment industry and event production,” Harshfield says. Varner, Harshfield, and Miller brought in Anne Zimmerman, President of Zimmerman & Co. CPAs Inc., as the business consultant, and the four began brainstorming. “With Dan Varner’s incredible experience and the diverse skills of the other partners,” Harshfield says, “it became obvious that we had something magical that had real potential.”

Though based in Ohio, Ohio Valley Productions offers live entertainment services nationwide. No event is too large or small, Harshfield says, as Ohio Valley Productions brings live entertainment to every kind of event, including major concert events, corporate parties, festivals, fundraisers, and other special occasions. It produces its own event series as well as full event planning, management, talent, and venue resources for other events.

What sets Ohio Valley Productions apart, according to Harshfield, is dedication: “Entertainment is our passion, our purpose and our personal goal for every event that we are involved in. You won’t find the type of service that we provide anywhere else, or with more dedicated people. Ohio Valley Productions has a unique blend of professionals who are experts in their field, and we treat every event as if it was our only event.”

As a company only a few months old, the team behind Ohio Valley Productions has big plans. “As we work toward building the business and our debut events, we will begin to grow our reach into local venues, regional venues and beyond,” Harshfield says. “Connections to resources that can provide local, regional and national talent ensure that growth potential. Building the data behind the business is also key to the overall success, and we have that covered as well.”

Be sure to look out for their debut event, “Rockin’ the Rail,” on August 14 and 15 at Belterra Park. August 14 will feature acts such as multi-platinum headliner Lorrie Morgan. August 15 will feature the Dan Varner Band and Eric Paslay. Contact Ohio Valley Productions at Info@OhioValleyProductions.com or visit www.OhioValleyProductions.com to learn more.

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Click here to learn more about the certified wedding planners behind Elegant Whims and how they can make your big day dreams come true.

(left to right) Melinda Strobehn and Patti Davis, Co-Owners of Elegant Whims Certified Wedding Planners
(left to right) Melinda Strobehn and Patti Davis, Co-Owners of Elegant Whims Certified Wedding Planners (Photo by: Pottinger Photography)

Cincy Chic: What is Elegant Whims?
Patti Davis, Co-Owner of Elegant Whims Certified Wedding Planners: Elegant Whims Certified Wedding Planners was established by two cousins who believe that no bride and groom should experience the wedding day problems they did. We combine our creative talents, organizational skills, passion and sense of humor to provide a relaxed, enjoyable journey up to and including your wedding day. At Elegant Whims, we treat each couple and their family and friends as if they were family.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Elegant Whims?
Davis: I, along with my cousin Melinda Storbehn, have dreamed of owning our own business since we were children growing up in Michigan. Spending our time together playing dress-up, Barbies and having tea parties. When it was time to celebrate – birthdays, holidays or family gatherings, our mothers would always add that little “something extra” to the table seating that would transform it into a beautiful and enchanting affair. We learned at an early age that it’s in the details where memories are made. Today, we bring our unique strength and styles together, along with our appreciation of the details, to give each client that Elegant Whims Experience.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Elegant Whims?
Davis: It’s me and my cousin Melinda who co-own Elegant Whims together. Melinda is the CFO and has been happily married to her cousin Steve for 33 years. They have two children, two dogs and two cats. Some of her responsibilities including layout design for the ceremony and reception site, ensuring that the correct rental items are orders and working with clients on their budget.
I’m the CEO and have been married to my wonderful husband Rick for 36 years. We have two sons. A few of my responsibilities include client correspondence, timeline creation and posting to social media and advertising sites.

Cincy Chic: When did you launch Elegant Whims?
Davis: The State of Ohio officially recognized Elegant Whims as a business on February 14, 2012. Prior to the launch of Elegant Whims, we worked together planning and facilitating multiple weddings and events.

Cincy Chic: What do you enjoy most about running your business?
Davis: Everything! The first meeting with our clients is exciting because we have the opportunity to hear their story, the vision of their wedding and how Elegant Whims can help them. The planning process is like putting together a huge jigsaw puzzle. As each piece is put into place the total picture starts to emerge. As the day draws near, we watch out couples and their parents relax, enjoy and start to “see” the total picture of the wedding day vision coming together. Oftentimes, couples come to us with no idea of what to do next so it’s our joy to guide them and watch them joke and have fun at each vendor meeting.

On the wedding day Melinda’s favorite part is the excitement in both the bride’s and groom’s pre-ceremony rooms. The bride is relaxing and joking with her attendants and moms. There is talk about how to properly hold their bouquets, reminding them to walk slowly and smile. The groom and his groomsmen are usually laughing about shared stories as he gets ready for the next chapter in his life. My favorite part is getting the attendants and bride ready for the walk down the aisle – from fluffing the bride’s gown train to watch the groom’s face as she walks down the aisle toward him, it’s one of the most heartwarming experiences.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Elegant Whims?
Davis: Always! Elegant Whims is excited about many new things on our horizon. Because it is important to offer packages that will help many couples with different planning needs, we are in the process of restructuring and adding to our planning packages. We are always on the lookout for the next cutting edge trends happening on the east and west coasts. Continuing our education is important to us and we are currently working toward our Senior Certified Wedding Planner certification. Being a part of many networking groups helps us forge working relationships throughout the wedding industry.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Davis: We would love to invite readers to visit our website and don’t miss out on tips and trends by Elegant Whims on our blog. See the fun it is to plan your wedding with Elegant Whims by liking our Facebook page and share in our design ideas on Pinterest. And, of course, we are featuring on The Knot, Wedding Wire and Perfect Wedding Guide.

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From the Queen City to big time Berlin, this local lady has done it all when it comes to planning events. Learn more and see how you can join her at Dress for Success Cincinnati’s annual fashion show and luncheon.

Lindsey Huttenbauer and The Lindsey Baer Company
Lindsey Huttenbauer and The Lindsey Baer Company

Whether it’s a small outdoor gatherings or an international production with the world’s most luxurious brands — Lindsey Huttenbauer and The Lindsey Baer Company can help.

“We deliver the utmost in performance, professionalism and style,” explains Huttenbauer. “Years of professional experience in both fashion and luxury have provided a wealth of resources and creative capabilities.”

Huttenbauer’s credentials are quite comprehensive with more than 15 years of industry experience. “Building on my relationships from coast to coast and abroad, I am always working to unearth the next trend in entertaining,” she explains.

With a nod to her southern upbringing, Huttenbauer says her discerning eye helps her to develop polished yet refreshing vision. Huttenbauer founded The Lindsey Baer Company after working with some of the world’s most iconic and stylish luxury brands. Her rolodex includes Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Elle Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, reality television series Project Runway and even runway shows including Zac Posen and Marc Jacobs, all of which she says has taught her invaluable lessons along the way.

Huttenbauer doesn’t just stick to local events, either. She offers domestic and global planning services, with an expansive contact base in several cities including New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and even in the Caribbean. But it’s not always big budget events. Huttenbauer says whether it’s an inexpensive affair or a million dollar production, she gives every occasion the utmost detail. Using her social southern grace as well as her ability to excel under pressure, and you’ve got the ultimate planner on your side for a seamless and unforgettable affair.

Throughout her career, Huttenbauer says there are several events that have been among her favorites to produce. One of the things she most enjoys is putting on an event in an unfamiliar location because she has a limited amount of time to discover the city’s best venues, floral designers and more in a place she’s never been. “Learning and understanding different cultures and social practices is also fascinating and the contacts made along the way are invaluable,” explains Huttenbauer.

She says that one of her favorite events was the Conde Naste Traveler’s annual dinner during the international travel trade show ITB in Berlin. She joined forces with a local magazine editor and discovered Axica, a Frank Gehry designed space located between the Brandenburg Gate and the Adlon Hotel for an event guests truly enjoyed.

Another one of Huttenbauer’s favorites is planning weddings. “It is such a blissful period for my clients and their families and I am always honored to play a role in creating that perfect celebration,” she says.

But to be honest, she adds, she treats each event like they’re the ‘big day’ for her clients. “I love interpreting and fine-tuning a client’s vision and orchestrating the various components as they come to fruition,” she adds. “It’s like being the conductor of my own symphony. When everyone is prepared and well-versed in their roles, the end result is amazing. I was born to entertain and am grateful to have a career doing what I love.”

Want to see Huttenbauer’s orchestrating in action? Check out the annual Fashion Show and Luncheon for Dress for Success Cincinnati Sept. 10 at the Horseshoe Casino. Huttenbauer has served on the Board of Directors for the organization for the last five years and says that she’s honored to be the chair of the 2015 event.

Saks Fifth Avenue and Lafayette 148 New York will put on the fashion presentation and Lafayette 148 New York’s designer Edward Wilkerson will join the event for a personal appearance to showcase his newest collection for the anticipated 800+ guests.

To learn more about The Lindsey Baer Company, visit lindseybaer.com. You can also find out more information about the upcoming event for Dress for Success Cincinnati here.

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