Category Archives: CL Events

New Year and a New Site

Have you wondered where we have been? To be honest I have been posting on the new site and forget I left you all hanging here! Yes, I am so excited to announce that we have a new website! One of the most exciting things is that now our blog in on that site! Head over to www.christinaleighevents.com and let us know what you think! You can learn more about me, visit the blog, check out our galleries and contact us from the site! You can even see our recent Tweets, latest Pins and our Facebook feed! This wouldn’t have been possible without wonderful web designer, Brock Nunn! We look forward to seeing you on our new page! Happy 2012!

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Win Wedding Photos Wednesday

I usually don’t do this kind of thing, but this time I couldn’t resist. My friend, Aaron, is currently serving our country over in Afghanistan and has a chance to win wedding photos when he returns from being on duty. All you have to do is visit the Photographic Memories Facebook page HERE, like their page then click on Aaron and Amanda’s picture, HERE, and like it. That’s it. Two clicks and you’ve given the gift of wedding photos to one of our very own who is giving his time to serve out country. So in the spirt of the holidays please take a few seconds to slow down and vote for Aaron and Amanda. Thank you!

 

 

 

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Happy Follow Friday!

Happy Friday! I am so excited I can hardly stand it! I have been chatting with my awesome, did I say awesome, web designer (who’s also the husband of a dear Theta sister) Brock Nunn who is putting my webpage up on my hosting site today! While it’s not 100% ready for me to let you see all of the fun details and pages I can tell you all of the latest buzz is on our Facebook page! Not only can you find the latest news (and sneak peek pictures) on our website launch, but you can chat with brides about Christina Leigh Events, follow blog posts, see industry buzz and link to all of our social media sites like Twitter. You can also find our contact information for your latest event. So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to our Facebook page and like away! Don’t forget to tell you friends to head over for Facebook Follow Friday too!

 

 

 

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Meet Me Monday: The Proposal

I told you last week that I would share my proposal story with you, so here we go!

It was Friday, October 28 and I was preparing for a super fun client halloween party. Blair was headed to Pennsylvania for business and was going to stop though Tulsa about 11:00 to have lunch with me and the girls from the office. Needless to say I got a phone call about 9:15 to ask if I didn’t mind picking him up, his morning meeting got canceled and he got on an earlier flight. He told me a friend of ours, that we went to college with, was on the flight to come into town for the homecoming game. He said our friend got a rental car, so Blair rode with him to TU so he would be closer to my office. (We met in college, you can read that here.) Needless to say I was a little irritated that he came in to town early and didn’t give me a heads up to rearrange my plans to get him. He told me not to rush, but just to let him know when I was close to campus (one reason I love this man; he is patient with my work schedule). As I got close to campus he told me that he ran into some Thetas, and since he had his bags they invited him in to the house so I needed to go there to get him. I told him I was almost there and asked if he could come out and get in my car, but he persuaded me to come me for a minute. (If I hadn’t been in a hurry and wasn’t thinking about the girls in the house that would want to say hi and chat I may have figured out something was fishy… but I didn’t.) I parked my car in front of the house and hurried to the door. As I knocked on the door it opened, which was odd… low and behold there was Blair – standing alone. I think I may have given him the irritated “get your bags, let’s go” look while saying hiiiii…, but he just smiled and gave he a big hug. He told me that he loved me and he had missed me, then reminded me we were standing in the first place we ever met nearly 5 years earlier. He also said he knew then there was something about me. Before I could get my bearings the man of my dreams was on his knee asking me if I would marry him! I think I may have said “are you serious?!” He held out the ring box, wide open with a perfect ring, and said “Christina.” Stunned and shocked that he actually pulled off a surprise without me catching on (I despise surprises and am sometimes nosey to avoid them) I said, “YES!” and he put my new shiny ring on my finger! We were engaged, I had a fiance and so many questions; does my mom know you’re here, do you really have a business meeting in Pennsylvania.. oh my gosh!

Needless to say there was no early meeting that was canceled and no meeting out of town, there was no friend of ours on the plane (he caught a taxi) and he went up the the Theta house and knocked on the door by himself. Since he has the best luck my Great Grand Little, Lauren, opened the door and because she knew me didn’t question him when he said “Can I come inside to proposed to my girlfriend, she’s on her way here.” He knew if he had a big speech I would have figured it out, and he knew to catch me off guard while I was thinking about putting on the perfect event for work. He had known he was going to propose on October 25 for an entire year! October 25, 2010 was the first time we talked about spending forever together, this guy remembers it all! He asked my mom for permission two weeks before and she didn’t say a word! He thought about everything! He even stalked my PinterestGirls Best Friends” board for the perfect ring and Bailey Banks & Biddle helped him put the perfect setting and stone together!

Our weekend was full of fun celebrations with the girls in the Zinke office, my family, our friends and the homecoming football game at our alma mater! Yes, he even went with me to set up, and clean up, my fun client Halloween party! I am so excited to marry the most amazing man and my soul mate on September 15, 2012. God is so good and knows what He is doing every step of the way!  I can’t wait to share our wedding journey with you all; next week I go dress shopping!

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Meet Me Monday: Christina & Her Fiance Blair

For two and a half years I have been faithfully blogging on Zinke Design, and while I am so thankful for the experience I am so happy to have a new blog and company! I figured half of you may not really know who I am, or what I do, so I thought I would share. Will that be ok?

So this is me… My name is Christina Leigh Clayton and I own Christina Leigh Events. I love the sun and the soft colors of the spring. I’m not a fan of pop, I only drink water… and soy chai lattes. I love peonies, ranunculus, parrot tulips and soft texture flowers.  I love my family. I think snow looks best on a postcard, or looking at it out my window from the fireplace. I love Jesus. I have a degree in Communications from The University of Tulsa, I was a cheerleader in college. I want a mini goldendoodle and a great dane. I started buying wedding magazines with my allowance in fifth grade. I am OCD and color code everything. I am a Kappa Alpha Theta. I would be lost without my calendar. I love all of my brides… and their moms… and their soon to be moms. I’m a designer, planner and coordinator. I’ll be your best friend, help you pick out a dress, walk you through one of the best times of your life. I’ll think like a 13 year old to throw the best Bat/Bar Mitzvah you’ve ever been to. I love holiday parties and representing your brand. I am an event planner, I love what I do, and I would love to help plan, design and produce your next event!

If you’re getting to know me I thought I would introduce you to my soon to be Mr. also; meet Blair! I have walked so many brides though the wedding process and it has been so much fun! A little over a month ago I became a bride myself, and I am so excited to share my journey with you all. I’ll begin with how we re-met! It was April 10, 2010, I was at contestants day for Miss Oklahoma and got a phone call from a friend that a group was going to dinner and I should come. She also told me that Blair was in town. — Rewind four years. I remembered Blair from college; he played football and I cheered. The first time I ever met him was in the Kappa Alpha Theta house at TU. He was doing a class project with my Big, Sarah, and she briefly introduced us. — Of course I remembered the 6’6″ tall, sweet southern gentleman from Texas. I hadn’t been to dinner with a group of friends in awhile so I went. Being the sweet man Blair is, he offered me his chair so that I didn’t have to sit on the end. We ended up chatting for awhile and then we all headed to stop number two. We spoke there for awhile and then I called an early night and headed home. A couple of days later I sent Blair a Facebook message to say it was great to see him and I hoped he had a great trip back home. The message was the beginning of a never ending chain of messages. Needless to say, I’m glad I sent that message. 🙂 Next week I’ll be back to share our proposal story.

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A Food Inspired Fall Wedding

I know Thanksgiving was just last week, but I had a migraine so bad that I didn’t get to enjoy a big Thanksgiving feast. While my hips are thanking me for the lack of added inches my mind is still thinking of all that sounds scrumptious! Instead of feeding my tummy I’m feeding my eyes today with this food inspired fall wedding. Doesn’t this vanilla roasted fruit bruschetta look amazing! It is the perfect color palate for a fabulous fall wedding. The trees in this yard make the perfect aisle; I am in love with the color orange on the leaves. This bouquet has the perfect blend of fun texture and fall inspired color, and Monique Lhuillier picked the most amazing coral color for this bridesmaid dress. Go simple with the invitation and linens; a piece of twine will go a long way as a subtle detail. Don’t forget to have your photographer snap some quite pictures of you and your new groom to remember the fabulous fall day.

Images via: The Kitchn, The American Legacy, One Man’s Rubbish is Another’s Art, Style Me Pretty, Pinterest, Monique Lhiullier

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Engage!11 – Day 3

Day 3 of Engage!11 – Cayman Islands definitely did not disappoint!

The morning began with David Beahm, confetti, a light up baton and a lesson on not to look back unless we wanted to go that way. His presentation was full of gratitude and he reminded us that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. He encouraged us to write down our goals and wants, not just dream about them. “A goal without a plan is just a wish, and a wish is just a fairy tale.”

Event planner, therapist, rent a friend, counselor, producer, director, schlepper and highly sought after Mindy Weiss was up next. She reminded us how we are all responsible for making people’s memories, how similar we all were when it came to our clients and she even taught us some of her office lingo. WAB (We Are Blessed), ILWG (In Love With the Groom) and 5MTG (5 Minutes To Go) were favorites among many.

The next hour was full of great advice from an esteemed Media Panel. Michelle Rago was the facilitator and had great tips on thinking ahead  and knowing your story. The panel consisted of Rebecca Crumley of The Knot, Shira Savada of Martha Stewart Weddings, Harmony Walton of The Bridal Bar and the new Jete Fete, Media Consultant Jill Meister and Angela Desveaux of WedLuxe. The ladies educated attendees of editorial content, editorial calendars and submission processes.

After a quick break the grand dame of cake design – Sylvia Weinstock took the front of the room. She spoke of the importance of taking care of your employees, never working for free and loving what you do. It was clear in the images she brought to show us the love she has for her work; and it is simply stunning, absolutely one-of-a-kind.

Designer and Owner of Ceci New York, Ceci Johnson was next to the stage. She first introduced us to images of her 2 month old little boy (she looks incredible for having a newborn) and began her presentation on the importance of how you build a luxury brand. Her points included; You are your brand, Finding your signature style, Having a strong visual statement, Carrying through and Sweat + Sacrifice = Success.

Business Consultant Sean Low spoke on the the importance of what your business sells and delivers. You can see the recap of his full presentation on his blog: HERE.

The Party Goddess – Marley Majcher took the stage next with a lesson on running your business smart. She touched on “forget me not’s,” how to be mindful of your time and how to better keep track of your expenses.

Ed Libby of Ed Libby & Company concluded the Engage!11 sessions with the importance of using all five senses to design an event. Ed Libby is an incredible artist and sketches the entire event as part of his design process.

We had a few hours to relax and get ready for the closing gala and Jo-Anne Brown of Celebrations, and her team, only had a few hours to transform the room we were in. When the doors opened for the evening it was absolutely incredible. Shades of plum, lime and jute that set the theme all week were throughout the room. Raj Tents installed a beautiful tent in the ballroom that housed the desserts. Once Randy Fenoli and Sylvia Weinstock opened the dance floor the DJ’s did not stop spinning records. It was an incredible evening of networking, great food, dancing and fun. All too soon the final song played and Engage!11 was over.

It was a week I will never forget. I met so many incredible industry professionals I wouldn’t have other wise – all thanks to Kathryn Arce, Rebecca Grinnals and their team at Engaging Concepts. These ladies had a true vision and are passionate about attendees “engaging” through a wonderful luxury wedding business summit. I can not say thank you enough, but thank you ladies. It is now my personal goal to attend one Engage! conference per year (if not both of them)!

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