Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ruby and Mikes Engagement Photos

Sorry for posting theses so late. Corinna Hoffman took some great photos of Mike and Ruby, one of my fabulous couples. Their wedding date is March 21, 2009. The ceremony and the reception will take place at the Jacksonville Zoo. I love how these photos give so many clues about the wedding.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

What comes first...

Photo by Red Ribbon Studio

Now that he has popped the question and you have spread the wonderful news; the confusion of what to do first creeps into mind. Well the first thing to do is set a wedding date, secondly decide if you feel you need a wedding coordinator or planner. Discuss with you planner the type of wedding you desire, if you have a theme in mind and your budget. If you have a specific place in mind that you absolutely must have your wedding and/or reception, your wedding date should be flexible. If you wedding date is not flexible you should begin visiting venues right away. The most popular venues book up quickly. Have your wedding coordinator set up appointments for you. A good wedding planner will have you visit venues based on your budget and style. This way you don't waste alot of time visiting places that just don't fit. Take lots of pictures (if the venue allows it), you can always refer to your pictures when making your final decision. Ask the catering or event manager if they have pictures of previous weddings. This will help you visualize if the venue is not set up for a wedding during your visit. If this is an outside venue be sure to ask what is the backup plan. Just in case of inclement weather always have a backup plan. Be sure to visit the back up plan. Make sure there is plenty of space. You don't want people climbing over each other to move around.
Here are some key questions to ask a during your visit:

1. Are there enough outlets for audio/visual equipment? Is the power supply sufficient for DJ and/or Band?

2. Does the venue provide a microphone?

3. Will the room accommodate the number of people comfortably?

4. Are outside caters allowed?

5. Can you provide your own alcohol? If you do what is the serving charge per person?

6. If there are any renovations scheduled during your date, or will be finished before your date?

7. Do they provide linens and glassware? Can the linen colors be changed? What is the fee?

8. Is there handicapped facilities? Can a bride fit into stalls wearing a wedding dress?

9. Will there be any staff present on your date?

10.Does the venue supply janitorial service? If not how much time do you have to clean up? Is the time included in your reception time frame?

11. What is the hourly fee if your ceremony and/or reception runs late?

12. What is your deposit amount? Late fees? Is your deposit refundable?

13. Is there a private room or place the bride and bridesmaid can change?

14. Is there a kitchen available? Can food be prepared and/or stored there?

15. Do you have enough time to view the contract and make a decision?

These are some of the key questions to ask your venue manager. Always inspect the cleanliness of the site and the site grounds. If there is anything that concerns you be sure to mention it. Be sure to get a business card or email address and phone number, you may have a question after you have left the site. If you have a planner/coordinator have them review your contracts before you sign them if the service is offered. Remember this is a happy occasion and you shouldn't stress. Have Fun!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

My future Phone

I have been drooling over the new Iphone. I was planning on buying it for Christmas for myself. I have never been too sure about unlocking phones and service plans. I am a Tmobile customer and I was not sure if it would work with my plan. I was so excited to here Tmobile is coming out with the G1...lol. Can't wait to get my hands on one.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Real Weddings: Rachel and Ariel

WOW! That is about how it sums it up! This wedding was so much fun to plan and Rachel and Ariel was a pleasure to work with. Scarlett Lillian did a fantastic job on the photos. She makes everything pop.

The wedding ceremony took place on the balcony at the Wyndham Riverwalk in Jacksonville. Kelley and her team of Kelley's Bloom Room did a great job on the decor for the ceremony and reception. I love working with them. She is great at understanding visions and making them come to life.

The ceremony was beautiful!

The reception was a fall fantasy theme. Her colors were Chocolate, Burnt orange and Ivory. Candle Apples played the part of the placecards and favors. Kai Alece's band provided the music for the night. You should have heard her sing "Purple Rain" and we actually got the groom to sing at the end..lol. The tree like centerpieces were decorated with orchids, roses and tealights. It was truly a magical night.

The first dance!

Edgewood Bakery did a knock-out job on the cake!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Love is in the air.... and ON AIR

We always want the swooning, romantic, OMG proposal. We even have professionals to help create the most memorable moment of our lives. For the guys it is all of that and the ultimate surprise. I think this weatherman hit all of the above. Check out the video I found on yahoo.
Emily Leonard is ABC morning anchor and Matt Laubhand is the CBS weatherman in Texas.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Every detail counts.

I can't tell you how many times brides round the end of the planning process and rather it be budget issues or that they are just tired of planning but they want to give up on the little details that make the wedding pop. Many venues have their own linens and where as it is easy to go with what they have it may not got with your decor. Would the white and black solid linens that the venue provide compare to the vintage lace and Charmeuse sage linens you could have ordered. Now yes, there is a major price difference between the two but it makes a major difference at your reception. If budget is the concern, this is where your planner steps in. Lighting, linens, chairs, napkins, monograms, etc. are just a few of the minor details that can be overlooked towards the end. Go for the wow factor.

Real Weddings:I proudly present Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo

This truly was my pleasure. Rachel first called me a little over a year ago. We met a Barnes and Noble in the Regency are of Jacksonville. We had our meeting and I presented what I had to offer. I do believe the next day she contacted me and stated she would love for me to be her wedding planner. We begin right away. About two weeks after I met her fiance, Ariel. I just thought they made the cutest couple. I can not state how easy it was to work with the two of them. Everything went smoothly, of course she did not chose the first vendor she met but she trusted my judgement and let me match her with a great team.

Wow, did the time fly! Ariel and Rachel were wed on the balcony at the Wyndham Riverwalk in Jacksonville, FL at 5 pm. It is amazing how close you get to your clients. With the hard work of some amazing vendors, their wedding and reception was a success. Scarlett Lillian took some great photos as usual. The couple and the guest danced the night away to Kai Alece and her band. To see the visions and ideas come together still takes my breath away. More pictures will be sure to come.

Real Weddings: Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Benn

Tiffany and Darien were married on September 20, 2008 at the Queens Harbour in Jacksonville, FL. They had an outdoor wedding ceremony at 6 pm followed by an indoor reception. I was a little worried about the weather earlier in the day. It had been raining all evening and most of the morning. The skies cleared up just enough to get through the ceremony and through the pictures. Kelley's Bloom Room did a fabulous job on the floral decor and her wedding arch.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Real Weddings:Congratulations Mark and Tracey! 06/07/08

Tracey and Mark Ebert were married on 06/07/08 at the First Christian Church on San Jose Blvd. The intimate reception was held at the River City Brewing Company.

Trish from Metro Custom Cakes provided this delicious Cake.