Monday, December 27, 2010

Sitting Pretty!

Besides the lovely new Mr. and Mrs., your wedding cake is the center of your reception. It has its own table, its own decor and its very own time for attention. You plan out every detail of your wedding but often the cake stand is overlooked. Many times the venue or your coordinator is scrambling around looking for milk cartons or blocks to add height to your cake. Otherwise it looks awfully small sitting on a 36' to 42" table.  Most bakers offer the traditional silver cake stand for rental or a deposit to ensure it will be returned.

Why not have your cake stand custom made and coordinate a design specifically for your cake. This gives your cake table a touch of style, uniqueness and elegance.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Anniversary to Cheryl and Joseph!

We would like to wish Cheryl and Joseph a Happy 2nd Anniversary. It seems like yesterday that we helped them with their after Christmas wedding at the Renaissance Resort: World Golf Village. Congratulations and we wish you many more to come!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

{Quick Advice} Wedding Make up

Okay, I have heard it a million times. I want to look natural, I want to look like myself...I can do my own makeup. Hmm, this is your wedding day, if you were looking like your everyday self would you be wearing a wedding gown. Special occasions call for a special look. You can have your makeup look natural but who else are you going to look like if not yourself.

I always suggest the bride hire a wedding make up artist. This is one of the times you should be pampered and relaxed. Have a trial run early that way you have the look you are trying to achieve.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Vendor Spotlight: A Fantasy in Flowers

Vendor Spotlight: A FANTASY IN FLOWERS

{Photography by Christy Whitehead}

Your name: Susan A. Kass

Company Name: A Fantasy in Flowers



Years in Business: 8 years

How did you get started? I have my degree from Tufts University. I started my career in the hospitality industry working for several Hyatt Hotels in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. My hotel background has really helped when working with meeting planners and Brides. I also managed a showroom in the Miami Merchandise Mart for a Women’s clothing line. This gave me great experience on the wholesale and buying end of the business. Buying the flower shop in 2003 seemed like a natural transition, but I had no idea how much I still had to learn about owning my own business. We are still a work in progress.

Best advice you can give to a bride? Trust your vendors. Once you have made the decision of who to use let them guide you. Our floral designers are artists and they need to have the space to be creative. Give us your vision, but try not to micromanage, You will be thrilled with the outcome.

What has been your strangest request? We have made all kinds of things out of flowers—a turkey, a giraffe, a cigarette, a tennis court, a snowman and even a spaceship. We’ve also been asked for an all black flower arrangement and one with no heads on flowers arrangement, just the stalks

Do you work with an assistant? I have 2 amazing floral artists; Amy Dwarika and Lealia Joyner. They are truly the talent behind my business. They are the ones that make “fantasy a reality.”

What would you say is your style? My personal style is really a bit edgy. I like modern mixed with a bit of romance. I definitely like things to be outside the box.

Who is the person you most admire? My Father. He was handsome, successful and loved his family dearly. He also had a very corny sense of humor which several of us have inherited!
Who is the person that inspired you? I am inspired by several amazing women throughout history; Jackie Kennedy-Onasis, Julia Childs, Coco Chanel and Evita Perron. All of these women had incredible style and were able to build business empires on their own at a time when women were supposed to be in the background.

What is your proudest moment in your business? My proudest moment is right now! In this terrible economy for small businesses we are still here! I employ 3 amazing people full time and have many weddings on the books for 2011. Things are moving in a great direction.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sneak Peek of Our Couples

 We would like to welcome Sonja and Jamar who will be getting married at the Embassy Suites on July 2, 2011. Sonja is in the Army and is currently stationed in Hawaii.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Vendor Spotlight: Paulina Perez

Your name: Paulina Perez

Company Name: Makeup by Paulina Perez



Years in Business: I have been doing makeup for over 10 years!

How did you get started? The entertainment business always interested me! When I was 16 a cosmetic company scouted me at a local modeling event and hired me to be their regional representative for their company (Hard Candy/Urban Decay). I had the time of my life! Then I went to college and studied broadcasting/Journlism. After I worked for TV for 2.5 years, I realized I didn’t want to be in front of the camera anymore and loved the behind the scenes aspect of it! I went back to my childhood roots….makeup! Little by little I started getting recognized and winning awards including Jacksonville, Florida’s #1 Makeup artist 2 consecutive years!

Best advice you can give to a bride: Enjoy EVERY SECOND! Why stress? Just think of it as the most beautiful romantic party you will ever attend!

Do you work with an assistant? I have two employees that I LOVE! I would not be able to handle all of work by myself! They are my angels!

What would you say is your style? I like to say I am romantic, with a splash of trendy, and a dash of fabulous stilettos!

Who is the person you most admire? My grandmother, for knowing how to be the glue of a big family…. And having been so great at it!

Who is the person that inspired you? My husband, he had so much faith in me… it made me feel empowering!

What is your proudest moment in your business? When I was the key artist for a makeup event in Puerto Rico. I had never even stepped foot in that country so it was amazing to have people anxiously waiting for me to do their makeup! Some of them follow me on twitter and facebook and have asked me when I’m coming back! It’s a pretty cool feeling!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

{Quick Advice} Wedding Videography

View ImageI get asked many times about Wedding Videography. Brides feel it is not a necessity because they are on a budget. Just like photography, your wedding dvd is as important. You want to be able to look back on your day. Photography captures your memories, your emotions and the overall wedding, but they don't recall what was said. Even if you don't hire a (professional) videographer for your entire day, you may still want to hire one for the ceremony. I don't mean Uncle don't want a shaky video. You'll want to capture the moment; With all the emotions running high, nerves and the whirlwind of the day, you don't remember your vows. When those rough days come in your marriage, and that thought floats through your mind..."Why did I get married?" Just pop in your wedding video and remember.

Happy Planning!

This is not one of our weddings but this is a local videograpgher!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Vendor Spotlight: Favors by Dorinda

Vendor Spotlight: Favors By Dorinda

Your name: Dorinda Duclos

Company Name: Favors by Dorinda




Years in Business: Since 1998 – 12 years

How did you get started? I started my business in 1998 when I decided I wanted to be a part of my children's life, not someone they said hello & goodbye to. After 20 years in the field of pharmacy, I decided I'd had enough. I was an art major in school and so my love of creating brought me to where I am today. My decision allowed me to be a stay at home mom as well as keeping myself in the business world. We just celebrated our 12th year in business in April.

Best advice you can give to a bride “Don’t let anyone tell you what you want!” As a bride about to take the biggest step of her life, she should have guidance, but never do something she truly does not want to do. It’s her day!

What has been your strangest request? That’s a good question. I don’t think I’ve ever had any really strange requests. I get a lot of strange questions though!! “How do you wrap the wrapper around the bar?” I think that one is pretty self-explanatory.

Do you work with an assistant? I work with my daughter, Alyssa. She is not just my assistant but also contributes to the creative end of the business. My son, Jonathan, is an artist who has also done some of the wrappers you see on my site. I suppose I should give my hubby some props, too. He’s my IT guy 

What would you say is your style? I’m very laid back. I let the bride lead me. She knows what she wants, I know how to design it. We work back & forth until it’s perfect. It should be a happy experience, not a stressful one.

Who is the person you most admire? I actually have two people. My Mom. The most incredible woman I have ever known. And my aunt Denyse, fighting MS & never giving up! Two very strong women I am fortunate to have in my life.

Personalized time capsule
Who is the person that inspired you? My grandmother, Rose Marie. She worked in the garment district in NYC. An incredibly talented woman in so many ways, she taught me about life and to never take it for granted.

What is your proudest moment in your business? Every moment is a proud moment for me. The looks on the faces of the brides or whomever the favors are for is priceless. It doesn’t get any better then that!

Friday, November 19, 2010

My Ten Favorite Wedding Movings

Bride Wars (2009) Poster

Father of the Bride

My Best Friends Wedding

Bride Wars

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The Wedding Crashers

Made of Honor

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I Do {But I Don't}
My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Sweet Home Alabama

27 Dresses

Runaway Bride

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

We now Present Mr. and Mrs. Ahmad Butler

It was the perfect day for Jessyca and Ahmad's wedding at the Main Library on October 9th. Their ceremony took place on the third floor. The wedding party carefully decended down the staircase and took their places. Both of Jessyca's parents escorted her to the alter. The ceremony was heartfelt and emotional as they exchanged their vows.
Their first dance as a married couple.

Their decor consisted of purple, crystals, hydrangeas.

I love grand exits with bubbles. They escaped in a limo and stayed at the Hyatt. A short time later the new Mr. and Mrs. Butlet were on their way to their new life in Japan.
The Recipe:
Wedding Planner: Made of Honor Weddings
Venue: Jacksonville Main Public Library
DJ: Y? Entertaiment
Linens: Royalty Events
Monogram: Ten23 Designs
Bartender: Catered Cocktails
Wedding Cake: Publix (Riverside)
Florist: Parker's Events
Limo: Michael Glover
Make up: Lindsey Wirth

Happy Planning!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Charger Plates-That Extra Touch

Charger plates adds a touch of elegance to your tables. Brides always ask what are they for or why do you need them. Chargers are larger plates that dress up your table. Traditionally they are removed prior to dinner being served, a newer trend is to let the chargers remain as sort of a large coaster for dinner plates and they are removed just before dessert is served.
 Charger plates comes in many colors and shapes and you can coordinate it to your theme. Napkins, menu cards or favors can be placed on the chargers. It gives the table a fuller effect and adds that extra detail that makes your event pop.

Happy Planning!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Your Planner has your back!

I recently had the pleasure of helping out fellow planner (Yes we do that). The family was very eager and anxious and kept coming to us for things that were already complete or were scheduled to be taken care of. You may think, hmm if it was "scheduled" to be done, then it wasn't done. Well, there are certain things that need to be done, at certain times such as flowers being set out, ice for the glasses, etc. If things are done too early then it will mess things up. Ice melts, flowers wilt, you get the picture.
You have hired your planner either for the day of or been with her from  the beginning, trust she will do what you hired her to do. Unfortunately there is always someone who messes it up for everyone and gives us a bad name. This is why you hire experience, knowledge, professionalism and always check references.
If you are constantly trying to micro-manage your planner she will not have time to take care of the important details. If you have hired a vendor we are not so sure about trust us, we are already all over it. We are not responsible for the vendors you hire but we have your back!

Insert your planner for Mr. T.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Nova Fashion Week: Elizabeth St John Couture- 10-23-2010

Here is a sneak peak from the Elizabeth St. John line. This was a charity fashion show for the Lupus Foundation. These gowns are not only beautiful but eco-friendly as well.

Photography by: Visceral Photography

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bridal DO's

Bridal hairstyles are beautiful and elegant. Your hairstyle can complete your entire look. Up, down, curly, straight, finding the right hairstyle for you is very important. If you don't have a regular stylist ask around. You do not want to do anything drastic to your hair  just prior to your wedding. There is nothing worse then waiting for your hair to grow back out because of a bad hair cut. If you are deciding to change your hair color, do it early.

Look for a hairstyle that compliments your face. If you decide to get hair extensions and never had them before, try it out before the day of your wedding to see how comfortable you are with wearing them. If you aren't use to having hair in your face try it out, there is nothing more distracting then watching a bride trying to get hair out of her face during the vows.

Beyonce' updo

Short bridal hairstyle
african-american loose hairstyle-

Thursday, October 21, 2010

That's Entertainment!

Local bellydancer: Xena
 A fun way to add flaire to your wedding is to bring in some entertainment. Belly dancers, ball room dancers, magicians, specialty bands are just a few examples of what you could choose. Choose your entertainment from your wedding theme, you hobbies or your personality.
Always check with your venue to make sure what you have planned is allowed and ask if you need any permits. If you have an older crowd you may want to include entertainment and exclude dancing. Another time to include entertainment is during dinner or if you schedule is tight. Whatever you choose have fun with it, think outside of the box.