Monday, November 7, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Customized Shoes!!!

Back in August, A Fantasy in Flowers located in Jacksonville, FL debuted their new line...of shoes. Yes you heard me shoes!!! You can now get handpainted wedding shoes created by the very talented Aimee Eason Dwarika. Your shoes can be based off your wedding theme or your wedding colors. Or it doesn't have to be for a wedding at all... just want some shoes that no one else has, here is your solution.

For more information on how to order your customizes shoes contact A Fantasy In Flowers. We featured them in our Vendor Spotlight previously click here to view their interview.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Cake to go!!!

Just when you thought you couldn't get any cuter then the mini dessert shooters. Remember those push ups ice of my favorites as a kid, well they found a cool new, fun way to serve dessert to your guest. You can use it as a favor so guest can eat it when they get home. Can't wait to see the delicious desserts people will put in these clear, plastic containers. What do you think?

Sunday, August 21, 2011


One important factor to consider when booking your vendors is to make sure they play nicely. Everyone is working for the same cause...YOU! There is no room for ego's or showboating.
(Disclosure: the instances are hypothetical and do not reflect professional vendors)
For Instance the photographer is hogging all of the couple's time and the videographer isn't getting the footage they need. Therefore your wedding video will not be as great as it could be... or vice versa


The DJ is not going by the timeline provided by the wedding coordinator and winds up mixing up the entire
wedding day and throwing everything off schedule.

Ask questions such as...have you worked with a wedding coordinator before? How much time do you need on the schedule...for set up...photographs...etc. ( just in case they need some alone time with bride and groom).

Just doing a little more inquiring can save you a whole lot of stress and drama on your wedding day.

Happy Planning

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!!

Happy Father's Day!!!!

Bride and Father
Photo by Alante Photography

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Vendor Spotlight: Pinto Carriage Works, LLC

Vendor Spotlight:
Pinto Carriage Works, LLC

Your name?

Nicole Pinto.

Company Name

Pinto Carriage Works, LLC



Years in Business

Since 2009

How did you get started?

I have always loved horses and for some reasons, carriages fascinated me. I felt like that was the ultimate test of trust, love and partnership between a horse and his driver. You have to have a very good relationship with your horse to have a safe and fun time for the both of you. The horse must learn to listen to his rider’s voice and rein guides alone to know how to navigate with the carriage. The horse must trust his driver and see him as a leader, so that if things go wrong, the horse looks to his driver for leadership rather than just reacting to the situation. Most horsemen that ride their horses have the reins, voice, seat and legs to guide their horse with. So, I felt like it was a challenge, one that we mastered beautifully.

Now, I was working full-time and found that I had little to no time for my horses. That wasn’t fair to them. I thought why not try to offer my driving skills as a service to others that way I can be with my horses and help someone else out. I picked special occasions like weddings and parties. It’s what we focus on exclusively. The nice thing about that is that we are always involved in a happy occasion, which just makes the whole thing that much more fulfilling. Each one of them is beautiful and we along with the horses fully enjoy them.

Best advice you can give to a bride

Think about what you want to remember about this day when you look back five years down the road. Relax and have fun. This is all about you and your love. You’re proclaiming to the world that you love someone. That is all that matters.

What has been your strangest request?

Strangest request for the carriage out of all of them was that we were requested to give rides at a Hawaiian luau. The horse had a lea on and we had grass skirts. It was fun but different.

Do you work with an assistant?

Yes, my husband accompanies me to all of our events. It is safer to have two handlers for the horses. Also, it is nice to have someone to help you in and out of the carriage.

What would you say is your style?

I would say that we are flexible. I try very hard to coordinate our carriage to the specific event. So, I would say that we are customizable elegance with a dash of fun.

Who is the person you most admire?

My parents as they have earned everything in their lives building up from nothing and will share what they have with others in need happily.

Who is the person that inspired you?

I would have to say my husband Mike. He has been my personal sounding board for ideas, fan club and support through all my work in making this business what it is today. Thanks, baby. I love you with all my heart.

What is your proudest moment in your business?

I would have to say our very first carriage ride. Our neighbor asked if we would be a surprise for his Prom date. We agreed and set about bringing this all together. We didn’t even have a trailer to haul everything. We had to borrow a trailer for the carriage. Our neighbor hauled the carriage and we hauled the horse. Everything came together perfectly. We came around the corner and his date screamed with excitement. Everyone was all smiles and laughter. It was wonderful making them so happy. From that moment on, I was hooked. I wanted to make more people happy.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Repost: Second Time Brides

Recently I spoke with a bride that is getting married for the second time around. Her family and friends have some strong opinions on what she should wear and how she should handle this wedding. Take a look at our previous post Second Time Brides here and see what we have to say about that touchy topic.