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!