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Celebrating the Bees and their Buzz on Earth Month

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By Stephanie Taylor

Determined to stand out and stand up for a cause, Beatrice Mulawarman set out to pick a unique name when starting her wedding planning agency.  Bee the Buzz Event is the first and only green wedding planning agency in Minnesota.

Mulawarman’s goal is to help couples start their new life with an awareness of the world they live in.  Bee the Buzz Event aims to create beautiful, sustainable events that positively impact the environment. Like bees, known for the ability to help their “sister” bees find food through social interaction, Bee the Buzz Event strives to help its “sisters” plan the greatest day of their lives with a sustainable twist.

“We would like to make a difference in not only a great celebration of a new beginning but also in the world where the couple will live in,” she says.

Bee the Buzz Event combines rental and re-usable items with the elegance and regality of wedding planning. The company minimizes paper use by utilizing as much technology as possible and donates a portion of its proceeds to plant trees around Minnesota. It also offers a donation program to senior centers or non-profit organizations.

Bee the Buzz Event kicks off every April, which is Earth Month, with a booking incentive for a very lucky few. The month started off as “Global Clean-up Month” in 1968 and became Earth Month officially in 1970, is dedicated to environmental service and awareness. Issues such as the dying honeybee population, pollution and climate change are at the forefront of discussion across the nation.

Bee the Buzz Event seeks to assist in mitigating these problems and to support the preservation of the environment through its one-of-a-kind, sustainable weddings.  Mulawarman and her team will continue to spread the buzz about environment conservation efforts, making a difference one wedding at a time.

“Bees do a little dance at the end (of their search for food) to point out that food is nearby,” Mulawarman says. “We also do a little quiet dance ourselves when seeing our “sister” is having the greatest time of her life.”

The tradition has always been to have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Bee the Buzz Event suggests adding something green to that list too. Be sure to check back on the blog for tips on how to make your big day a sustainable event!

Sources

http://www.nrdc.org/wildlife/animals/bees.asp

http://www.greenbrideguide.com/

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/10/1005_041005_honeybees.html

http://www.scienceillustrated.com/nature/2011/08/endangered-bees-under-scrutiny

http://www.earthday.org/2013/

Erin and John – 1950s Polka Dot -Inspired DIY Wedding

Get ready for a super cute, super creative Do-It-Yourself wedding! We hand-picked every wedding that got featured on our blog, and we thought this would be a great inspiration to you all. The bride and her mother really took D-I-Y  projects to a whole other level. Erin, the bride, hand-sewn all of the bouquets, boutonnieres and flower centerpieces, while Paula, the mother of the bride, did all of the decorations, including a one-of-a-kind cake topper (which is a collaboration with her husband). To this day, I am still in awe at how much of their personal touches really made the look of this wedding.  One bridesmaid said to me that Erin “styled” her outfit. No wonder that each color combination and style blend perfectly to create this 1950s Polka Dot Inspired wedding. Erin even had the perfect shade of red lipstick!

This mother-daughter duo had no doubt created a fantastic do-it-yourself wedding. On top of being super creative, Paula is one of the best clients I have ever had. She was detail-oriented and was a very good communicator. I had the greatest pleasure working with her! Be sure to read how they came up with this wedding style on Paula’s commentary at the end of this page! I love how they thought about the “green” aspects of styling a wedding. Kudos to them!

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The wedding was held at Theodore Wirth Chalet on a chilly October day. It may look a little overcast from the outside but it was very festive in the inside!

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Erin styled her husband and her bridal party in a such chic color combination. The men had matching polka-dot bow ties and suspenders. The bridesmaids were perfectly mis-matched! All together = gorgeous.

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This is the bridal bouquet that Erin made herself – such a beautiful art!

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Paula styled the items for the fire place. From matching painted mason jars to the twinkle lights to the bunting flags, every single item that was up on that mantel was thought of carefully and executed in superb precision.

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Every single of the detail here was lovingly made by the mother of the bride.

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One centerpiece per table? Of course, not! We have 3 different shapes of vases that made every table is unique from one to the other!

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These details are the stars of the wedding. From the conversation starter on every table to the family tree to the cake topper (seriously, how cute is that?), they thought of everything (including a few shawls that were available to the guests – which is not pictured – just in case the weather got really cold)!

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A few words from the mother of the bride:

“Erin & John met about 6 years ago when a mutual friend introduced them to each other while Erin was visiting in Iowa.  The friend was determined that the two of them would be perfect for each other!  After their very brief introduction, neither of them was overly impressed initially, but soon after becoming friends, they began to date – surviving a long-distance relationship for a part of that time – and have been together ever since. John proposed during a weekend trip that he planned for Erin’s birthday to Duluth in the fall of 2010.

Erin has always loved vintage styles – clothing, jewelry, furniture, architecture.  She has been ‘crafty’ her entire life and has become passionate about anything that she can DIY.  Cooking, nutrition, environmental sustainability, and local sourcing for food and goods have become increasingly important to both John and Erin.  When it came time to planning their wedding, they agreed that they would try to incorporate as much of these beliefs as was possible.

The theme of the wedding came about largely because we were trying to do everything as simple, natural, DIY, vintage, and personal as possible.  Before looking for her wedding dress, Erin had already decided she wanted something vintage (preferably from the 50s/60s era, something that would be recycled, something that someone else had loved and could be brought to life again). While shopping at Andrea’s Vintage Bridal, we just happened to discover this dress amongst the hundreds that were in the shop.  Ironically, the dress fit her perfectly and required very little in alterations.  Erin has had a long-standing love of polka dots, and when she decided on this particular dress, the polka-dot theme took on a life of its own – reflected in the groom/groomsmen’s bow ties and suspenders, the ribbons on the bridesmaids dresses, the cake, the papers used in the wall decor – even the little colorful stones used on the tables were referred to as ‘glass polka dots’.

The over all color scheme was chosen because blues and greens are long time favorite colors for both John and Erin – but also because of the blues and greens that organically appear in nature. All of the flowers – from the table arrangements, to the boutonnieres, to the bridal and attendants’ bouquets were hand-crafted from wool felt.  Nearly all of the embroidery was done personally by Erin, or the few close friends that helped come to her rescue as the wedding date came closer!  After the wedding, the flowers were given as given as gifts to wedding attendants, family, and friends, so they will continue to be used as time goes on.”

Venue: Theodore Wirth Chalet

Catering: Prom Catering

Photography: Becca Dilley Photography

DJ: Midwest Sound

Day-of Coordination: Bee The Buzz Event

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Cheers!

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Audrey and Alex – Rustic Bohemian

This rustic bohemian wedding took place at the bride’s father residence and then at Spill The Wine restaurant for the fun reception. We followed to the T every wish that Audrey wanted: flowers, flowers, flowers but nothing stuffy and leave things naturally. The restaurant has big bold prints that did not really fit into the style of this wedding. So we prepped variety of vintage bottles with twines and hanged them on the brick wall across the whole restaurant. The result … I think the bride’s testimonial at the end says it all.

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Venue: Spill The Wine

Flowers: Luna Vinca

Event Decor: Bee The Buzz Event

Photography: Bailey Aro Photography

Favors, Cupcakes, Other Pretty Things: Bride & Bride’s Sister

From the bride:

“Alex and I chose Spill the Wine because the atmosphere there really matched with what we were looking for from a venue. Nothing too over the top, just somewhere comfortable where the two of us could celebrate our big day with our friends and family. The rustic-bohemian feel of our wedding was inspired by my personal love for the outdoors and simplicity. I did a lot of DIY touches that really showed how easy-going and casual Alex and I are. We wanted to show our guests that we are a fun, simple couple and that going big and bold is not necessarily the only way to show your love for one another.”

Bride’s Testimonial:

“Bea, Alex and I want to thank you for everything you did to make our day the best day ever! You are so amazing, creative, and fun to work with. You were so easily able to see my vision and help me make it happen. The reception space looked absolutely stunning and we were getting compliments all night long. Thanks times one million for being so helpful and flexible. Your help made our day so much easier. You are the best! ~ Audrey and Alex”

We wish you both a beyond. beautiful. extraordinary. marriage!

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Vince and Emily – Perfect Pine Cones Wedding

Vince & Emily’s wedding was one of the best weddings in 2012. It warmed my heart every time I remembered the journey of planning their wedding. They were always kind in words and in gestures.  They were always respectful. They were everything that a wedding planner could ask for!  Their personalities were translated into a gorgeous wedding filled with love from friends and family.  Emily’s sister, Allison, did all of the pine cones decor, including the wreaths, invitations, place cards and the wish tree.  It was not an easy task but Allison did it gracefully and the result was breathtaking. As I look back to this wedding, I am humbled and honored to be chosen by these two beautiful souls. Their wedding is the essence of Bee The Buzz Event or B.B. E. which also stands for Beyond. Beautiful. Extraordinary.

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Ceremony: Wesley Church – downtown Minneapolis

Reception: Columbia Manor

Catering: Prom Catering

Photography: The Love Project

Videography: Sacred Light Studio

Bakery: Pattiserrie Margo

Flowers: Luna Vinca

Vince and Emily Wedding Highlights Film from SacredLightStudios, LLC on Vimeo.

Vince & Emily Testimonial:

I would highly recommend Bee the Buzz Event. My happy wife and I are originally from Minnesota but we currently live in California. We wanted to have our wedding in Minnesota. I did a lot of searching for a wedding planner and was most comfortable with Bea at Bee the Buzz Event. Regardless if you live in Minnesota, or out of state, having Bea as a wedding planner has so many upsides. She was able to be flexible and showed professionalism with the vendors. On the wedding day, she made it easy to only focus on each other and made sure the day went perfectly at the ceremony and the reception. I would refer her to a friend in a heart beat, and use her again for any future parties/events that we have in the future. Thank you so so much Bea!

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Chic, Minnesota-Sourced Holiday Fashion Gifts for under $100

For those of you who are still looking for the perfect locally sourced holiday gifts without breaking the bank,  I have hand-picked these 5 Holiday Fashion Gifts  for you, your girlfriend or that special someone.

1. Nelle – Tuxedo Cherub $95

The first time I learned about Nelle handbags was when the owner of this company had her wedding day featured on Minnesota Bride. I was intrigued by her wedding style and found out that she was a handbag designer (no wonder!). Her collections had graced countless magazines across the country but this clutch is one that I thought would go perfectly with any little black dress. The pink hand-dyed ruffles are just enough added touch of softness that says “I’m a girly girl and am proud of that!”. This style comes in various colors. www.nellehandbags.com

Nelle Handbags – Tuxedo Cherub

2. 10,000 Lakes Scarf in Cream $62

For the man in your life – with style.  This one is a perfect blend of style and nod to our beloved state.  Also comes in purple. www.pierpointhicks.com

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3. Leather Passport Wallet $95

J.W. Hulme is a St. Paul-based company that has crafted classic leather bags, lugage and accessories for over a century. This classic red is perfect for that Holiday travel – wherever your heart takes you. www.jwhulmeco.com

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4. PEARLS Earrings $30

They named it Pearls but the earrings were actually made out of wood and acrylic. I just thought they were cute and at $30/pair they can make anyone’s day brighter! Different colors are available. www.silvercocoon.com

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5. Wrap Vest with Bow $99

What I like about this vest is the versatility of it. You can mix and match any way you like it, because it is such a classic. Check out the Ariel Simone shop by Adrienne Yancy at Etsy. She was one of the designers featured at Minnesota Fashion Week back in September 2012.

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I hope these pretties inspire you =)

Happy Holidays!

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Winter Grey Wedding – Inspiration

It has been snowing non-stop here in the Winter Wonderland. I thought a new inspiration of a classic winter grey with just a touch of maroon would be appropriate – especially for a destination wedding in England or Scotland.

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Beautiful Wedding Backdrops

Go away linen swags and floral arches … hello Oak Tree (with a gorgeous chandelier, of course),  old armoire and reclaimed wood!

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Also … bricks, lilies and cranes (keep scrolling down)

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