Meet Maddison

We’re so excited to introduce you to the creative Event Intern Maddison!  She has been with us since last summer and is continuing her internship this January!  Let’s learn a little more about Maddison:
Educational Background
Bachelors of Fine arts at Alfred University.

Prior Experience
I have been a waitress for 7 years at 4 different restaurants. I also work for a year with Art Force 5 which is an organization that teaches creativity over conflict  through non-violence workshops and community based art.

Hopes For The Internship
What I want to get most from working at PAD is work experience within a creative field. I am also excited to learn to work with clients and bringing their visions to life.

Favorite Thing About The Industry
My favorite thing about event planning is being able to make a clients dream into a reality and creating a day that they will hopefully never forget. 

Favorite Quote
“Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” — Hillary Clinton

Free Time Fun
In my free time I like to indulge in all things creative; Music, movies, podcasts, looking at other artists, what ever I can find. I am very blessed to be surrounded by amazing faculty and peers constantly making work and sharing their creativity and what inspires them with me.

Future Plans
My number one goal is to be able to travel in my life but other than that I am not sure what my future holds. I am interested in exploring with in the creative field and seeing what it has to offer me but it is important to find a way to give back and also to create a sustainable art practice.

Interesting Fact
I am obsessed with all things true crime, my guilty pleasure is the podcast My Favorite Murder











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Katie & Josh’s Shadow Lake Wedding

I am so honored to have worked with Katie & Josh on their fabulous Shadow Lake wedding this past August!  Katie came to me a year before their wedding, and we worked from the ground up to create their amazing day.  Right off the bat, Katie and Josh decided on a travel themed wedding.  Typically, our clients lean more toward a wedding style, but Katie and Josh were ready to go with this full out theme.  Here are some of my favorite parts that made their wedding travel-tastic:

{1} Paper Planes: Probably my favorite design moment of the day was the beautiful paper plane installation above the head table.  It spanned multiple banquet tables that were in the center of the room, which added a big impact to the dining space.  We purchased the paper to coordinate with their wedding stationery and created an ombre effect that transitioned from blush to cream.

{2} Table Locations: Rather than table numbers, we opted for table locations.  What made this even better was the corresponding seating chart that was designed to look like an airport arrival board.  We kept things seamless for the guests by still having a number, or rather a gate number.  The destinations at the gates were all over the globe.  Some were even in other worlds, like King’s Landing from Game of Thrones and Cloud City in Star Wars.

{3} Map Guest Book: We custom designed Katie & Josh’s map guest book.  It was definitely a hit with the guests.  We even had one attendee draw a sea monster in the ocean!  Katie and Josh now have it hung in their home.

{4} Vintage Accents: When your client directs musicals, you know you are definitely going to have some creative elements.  Katie was able to bring in some great vintage accents from the prop room, like binoculars, cameras, and suitcases.  Having these pieces added interest to the auxiliary tables, like the head table, gifts table, and bar.

{5} Cake Cutting: Katie & Josh had the perfect cake topper for a travel theme wedding, ‘Fly Away With Me’ in beautiful script.  Their DJ, Showcase Sound, even played Frank Sinatra’s ‘Come Fly With Me’ while they did the ceremonial cake cutting.

Beyond the travel theme, Katie & Josh’s wedding was simply wonderful.  Filled with so much love and personal touches, like Star Wars Ceremony Music, Ushers carrying lightsabers, and an impromptu a cappella performance.  Their wedding couldn’t have been more uniquely Katie and Josh!

Special thank you to the incredible team of vendors:

Photography by CR Photos
Ceremony at First Baptist Church of Penfield
Reception at Shadow Lake Golf & Racquet Club
DJ & Lighting by Showcase Sound
Fro Yo Bar by Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
Slow Mo Booth & Videography by OhDavidson Creative
Transportation by SS Limo
Makeup by Eva Jewel Makeup Artistry
Hair by Beautiful You/Katie Altobelli

Katie & Josh’s Wedding was featured in Rochester Bride & Groom’s Magazine!  Check it out:

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Jackie & David’s Woodcliff Wedding


I was lucky enough to be placed with Jackie & David after they won a fabulous wedding package with Rochester Wedding Magazine.  They are such a sweet and laid back couple, it was simply a pleasure to work with them!

In their winnings, The Woodcliff was a chosen wedding venue and made for an incredible setting for their wedding day.  But, like many events this summer, rain was a definite concern.  Luckily, we held off things a few minutes, and the sky opened up for a picturesque ceremony.  Here are some favorite notes from their day:

{1} Donut Favors:  Placed at each guest’s seat was a simple white box, with a custom thank you sticker.  Inside were the most delicious donuts from Ridge Donut Cafe.  We assembled these on site the day of the wedding, and let me tell you, it’s probably one of the most difficult jobs I’ve done.  These donuts smelled absolutely incredible!

{2} Geometric Accents:  In creating Jackie and David’s signature wedding style, we were inspired by geometric elements.  I love how it adds a modern twist to the traditional floral garden feel.  We incorporated these geometric pieces down the ceremony aisle, in the centerpieces, and hung them behind the sweetheart table.  They looked awesome with a tuck of floral inside.

{3} Tipped Succulents:  From the first meeting, we knew succulents were definitely going to be incorporated into the final wedding look.  Working with a modern edge, we had the florist tip the ends of the succulents in a metallic silver.  This added a unique element to a very popular wedding floral.

{4} Colored Backdrop:  To frame the wedding ceremony, we opted to use a fabric archway.  Often we use neutral tones, like white or ivory, for the fabric.  In this case, we had a silvery, dusty purple.  It worked well with the dusty color pallet, and made for a one of a kind ceremony backdrop.

{5} Lush Sweetheart Table:  Because the cocktail hour was in a separate location from the reception, we were given the opportunity to repurpose the ceremony florals into the reception space.  Using the archway garland and some bridesmaids bouquets, we put together a striking floral piece on the Bride & Groom’s sweetheart table.  This was probably my favorite design moment of the day, and even saved the couple a few hundred dollars!

Special thanks to Nick Dontonio Photography for sharing these beautiful photos with us!  See more of their work and this wedding here.

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