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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wedding Rentals: The Chiavari Chair

One of favorite chairs for any wedding is the Chiavari Chair. It screams elegance and swag. You can change out the chair cushions to coordinate with the colors of your wedding. They bring out that extra something and enhance your venue. They range from about $8 to $15 per chair but are well worth it. You can dress them up by adding a chair sash or they  look great with out them. They come in various colors such as walnut, black, white, bamboo, mahogany...even clear. The chairs you see below was from our previous photoshoot and were provided by Flaire Event Rentals located here in Jacksonville, FL.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Vendor Spotlight: OwlTrain Productions

OwlTrain Productions

Your name? Jared & Rebekah Rhodenizer

Company Name: OwlTrain Productions



Years in Business: 1

How did you get started?

I've been in the video production field for over 7 years. It is the career that I began with, and I have never changed. My passion for video led me to my first job for a large international marketing company based out of Jacksonville, Florida. I always wanted to own my own business, and after my wife and I got married, we decided this is something we wanted to do together.

Best advice you can give to a bride:

Research! Know what you want and understand what you're looking for. Don't settle for less than what you want. Look for a videographer that can give you something more than what everyone else has to offer. It's your special day and your video should show just how unique it actually is.

What has been your strangest request?

We haven’t really had any strange requests. We’ve seen a lot, but we usually see things that are different as funny and unique not strange.

Do you work with an assistant?

We don't have anyone on staff. My wife and I do everything with OwlTrain together. People are always astonished that two people create the services that we offer.

What would you say is your style?

If you're looking for the traditional, sappy, everything in slow motion wedding video, then whatever you do, don't book us! We feature videos that will actually entertain you, your family and your guests. Rest assured your day will be captured and turned into a beautiful production; however, we just don't do...."corny". Your wedding day will be transformed into something with the quality to air on national television. We feature a cinematic approach, then we mix it with a "reality video" style, and then we finally top it off by adding in some music video qualities. And to be quite honest, every video is completely different from the last one. Not only do we arrive before you and leave after you, but we're continually running our cameras to make sure that we capture every single thing that happens! The best way to describe it is to sit down and watch our samples videos. Watch at least the first 4 minutes of each video, and let us know what you think!

Who is the person you most admire?

My dad. He has been in traveling ministry for over 16 years, and through all of the hardships he encounters, he is still doing what he believes God wants him to do.

Who is the person that inspired you?

My mentor is Thomas Griffin. Living in a rural area doesn't always provide people experienced in the video production field. Thomas was my co-worker, and he didn't teach me everything, but he taught me most of what I know. I would bet to say that he is one of the best video/audio production people in the north Florida area.

What is your proudest moment in your business?

Every time we get an email from a bride that says how impressed and how happy they are with their wedding video, it makes us extremely proud. There's nothing more satisfying than someone who truly appreciates our work.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


We are very excited to be featured on the bWed Exclusive's Blog. Our beautiful photoshoot that we did back in February with the fantastic Gwendolynn Tundermann is being featured not only today but all week. Don't forget to visit the blog and leave some comments to show your support.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Quick Tip: Ladies First...{Name placement etiquette}

Well it is much easier then the pondering question of the chicken or the egg. Etiquette protocol indicates that the brides name proceeds the grooms on all material prior to the wedding.... Save the dates, invitations, programs, etc.

Once the couple are married and the bride takes her new husband's name her name will follow his name.

Why do you ask? Well according to tradition the brides family pays for the wedding, therefore they are the host.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Vendor Spotlight: Kimtasha Armstrong

Kimtasha K. Armstrong
Your name: Kimtasha K. Armstrong

Company name: Kimtasha - pro make-up artist
Years in business: 14 years as a professional make-up artist, and 6 years of having my own make-up business.

How did I get started? I started my make-up career with M.A.C cosmetics in Maui, Hawaii in 1997. I didn't have much make-up experience in the beginning but I always had a love for fashion and art, and make-up is the perfect blend of those two industries. I fell into the make-up artistry world, and I've been excited about it ever since.

Best advice you can give to a bride: My skincare advice is to take care of your skin and eat healthy. It's important to wash your face daily to remove make-up and dirt from your pores, and moisturizing your skin is equally as important for preparing your skin for a smooth make-up application. Also, If you have a healthy eating lifestyle, it will show in your skin. My make-up advice for the wedding day is less make-up is more! Have a look created that looks like you with your features complimented.

What has been your strangest request? The bride wanted to have big false eye lashes placed as bottom eyelashes. I talked her out of them :)

Do you work with an assistant? Sometimes, I hire an assistant when I have big wedding parties, and the client has a short timeframe to get ready on the wedding day.

What would you say is your style? I really don't have a particular style of make-up. Everyone is different and has unique features, and I focus on the art of make-up application to enhance each person's beauty. On some people, I may play up the eyes and apply false lashes and on other clients, I may create a stronger lip and do less on the eyes.

Who is the person you most admire? The person I most admire professionally is Pat McGrath. She is a tremendously amazing and talented internationally known make-up artist! I would love to work with her one day!

Who is the person that inspired you? Earlier in my career, I was inspired by the late Kevyn Aucoin... a celebrity make-up artist whose work was truly incredible. When I first started my make-up career, I purchased all of his make-up books and they helped me understand the true transformation and beauty of make-up artistry. Sam Fine was another celebrity make-up artist who inspired me. I was fortunate enough to assist him once during a make-up class in Atlanta, GA. He taught me how to master the art of blending different colors and foundations.

What is your proudest moment in your business? My proudest moment in my business is when a client loves her make-up so much that her eyes fill with tears of joy! My passion is to create a look that makes someone feel and look as beautiful outside as they are inside.

Below are some of my acknowledgements:

2011 The Knot Best of Weddings

2011 WeddingWire Bride's Choice

2010 WeddingWire Bride's Choice

2009 Best of Jax Make-up Artist

My work has been featured in:

Jacksonville Magazine

Jacksonville Luxury Living Magazine

Greater Jacksonville Wedding & Reception Services Magazine

Kimtasha's bio.

Weddings Print Film

Combine a love of beauty, the art of transformation with professional training and over thirteen years experience and the result is Kimtasha, pro make-up artist. Armed with an extensive array of tools and products for all skin tones and types, Kimtasha can be relied upon to bring creativity and versatility of range working locally or traveling to meet client needs in tv commercials, print work, to hundreds of brides. Beginning her career with M.A.C Cosmetics, her expertise has afforded her the privilege of working with actress Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, to assisting celebrity make-up artist Sam Fine. Whether it's make-up with an edge, pure glamour or simply enhancing the subtle glow of a bride, the mission is the capture beauty with the stoke of a brush.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!!!

Thank You For Everyone That Serves Our Country!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Low cost Wedding?

Stretch that Advertising DollarWeddings for less. I have been asked a million times why does it cost so much for one day? Well one giant reason is...its a lot of work. Another reason is... its not just one day. Many hours of prepping goes into executing a wedding where everything seems perfect.
I know you have seen all the books and the blogs claiming you can have it all for next to nothing. In some cases this may be true but if you read the fine print a little closer you will see...its cheaper because you are doing all the work YOURSELF or hiring amateurs that are just starting out, or students. Many vendors including myself start out cheap because you never realize the amount that goes into a wedding until you have work a wedding or ten. Yes, you did read correctly...including myself. I started out on the low end and with that I made my share of mistakes and ate a lot of ramen noodles. In order to run a successful, legit business cost goes up. Now getting back to the lost cost wedding tips; if you read these books, blogs and such it tells you to cut out all the vendors that help make your day stress free.
- They tell you hire a college student for your photographer.
-Cook yourself.
-Make your own invitations or go to Walmart and get the same invitations millions of other brides have used. -Buy a consignment dress or borrow one.
-Enlist your family and friends
As a wedding planner/coordinator/designer I am selling not only my services, but my experience, expertise, education, your overall experience from beginning to end. . My brides are stress free and get to enjoy their day without worrying about the big or little details. The bride and her family and friends get to enjoy the day and the memories without flooding them with a day of work.
In the background, emails are being sent, appointments are being made, timelines, ordering supplies, your vendors are working for you.
While the bride and her bridesmaids are off getting pampered with hair, make up and enjoying one another company. We are setting up your venue. When the vendors arrive and have questions about set up or time frames they come to us instead of bugging you. You have enough on your plate whether you are nervous or calm.
When the day is all finished and you are whisked away with your new husband. The reception is over and all your guest are heading home. We are cleaning up and gathering your belongings, making sure they get to the proper places. Your photographer is spending hours, even days editing your photographs.

So while it is possible to have a low cost wedding, its at a big expense. Ask the experts on how to keep your wedding at your budget.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mentioning the Unmentionables

Besides your shoes and your wedding dress, what you hide underneath is just as important. You want it to lift what is suppose to, tuck what it needs to...and give your gown the beautiful silhouette it deserves. Whatever you decide to put over your birthday suit you want it to fit and feel comfortable.
View ImageYou don't want to constantly tugging or pulling up your bra and if you are wearing a long line bra you don't want it to roll or bunch.
The style of your gown will depend on the type of undergarment you will need. For a slimmer form-fitting dress you may want to consider body shapers.
View ImageFor a fuller look,  you will want a crinoline slip. Be careful, some gowns already have them in the lining. You may also want to consider the weather. If you are having an outdoor ceremony in the summer you may not want to have all of that underneath your gown.

David's Bridal Full Length Control Slip
Whatever you chose make sure its perfect for the dress and for your body.

Happy Planning!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Inspiration Shoot! All Things Made of Honor

Okay so recently we just did an inspiration photoshoot with some great vendors. Gwendolyn Tundermann our last vendor spotlight was our fabulous photographer, which is very important. A beautiful design can look awlful if you don't have the right photographer. I wanted to do something to show our skills, and creativity. You don't always get to show that off when working on an event. I had three tablescapes in mind (well more then that but we had to break it down, more to come later) The first one. I wanted all things that are pink and fun. The centerpieces were proved by S & A Events. I love when a florist can take exactly what you describe and make it come to life. I wanted a centerpiece to mimic the bridal bouquet. We used several shades of pink and cream and set this design outside.

Filigree Flower in Fuchsia Napkin Ring

Our second design was inspired by our business and my favorite colors. Green and Black. We were going for a flirty, fun look with this one so in comes the feathers and lace. I was so pleased at how this one came out.

Now we come to our elegant, romantic look.We used slate grey, sangria and silver for this tablescape.  I fell in love with the slate grey rosette linens and I knew how I wanted to use it. Crystals, candlelight, roses and bling. I wanted a slightly different look then what we normally see on the chivarli chairs so I played with different looks until I came up with this one. The company I get my linens from were so wonderful they made the special rosettes you see on the back of the chairs from the actual linens.

Silver Crescent Napkin Ring

Where did we get the bling? I am glad you asked. We first heard about Remarkable Rhinestones while watching the David Tutera My Fair Weddings Show. He mentioned the company and I thought-Hmm it must be expensive, my second thought was I have to have them for my photoshoot. I had been searching for some type of bling napkin rings but could not find exactly what I wanted. I decided to call contact them and find out how much it would cost to use just a few. To my amazement it was not that expensive

Friday, May 6, 2011

Sample-On-Loan~The Dessy Group Wedding Gowns

Destination Bridal Style 1019Have you ever tried on regular clothing in a store...then went home and tried it on at home. It was a completely different feel and sometimes the clothes looked differently the second time around. The Dessy Group has some amazing Destination Wedding Gowns and they offer you to try on the sample gowns in the privacy of your own home for only $35 per gown. You simply ship the gown back with a prepaid provided.
What's the catch? Besides having to return the gown in two business...there is no catch. So now you are not feeling rushed or pressured.

Happy Planning! ;)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Congratulations to Prince William and Princess Catherine (Kate!!!)! 04-29-2011

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We all have grown up to the Disney stories of common girls finding their prince such as Cinderella and Snow white. I can still here the song "Someday my Prince will come" playing in the back of my mind. Kate has lived that dream for all of us. Prince William and Kate were married this morning in London. at the Westminster Abbey. Kate wore a beautiful gown, simple and elegant. It was designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander.  I believe it was just enough and not overdone. Her bouquet was created by Shane Connolly. a small bouquet that consisted of hyacinth, ivy, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and myrtle. The lily-of-valley represents the return of happiness; sweet William means gallantry; hyacinth is for the constancy of love. Ivy and myrtle represent both love and marriage. Myrtle is said to be the emblem of marriage.

The first kiss was quick but Prince William made up with a second more fitting kiss.

This was truly a joyous event...not everyday does one become a princess.

If you missed you can catch a recap here

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Leave It To the Professionals~ The Flowers!

I have written many blogs about hiring professional vendors for your wedding day. One reason is the simplest, we want you to enjoy your wedding day, not stress, and you and your family not to have to work on your wedding day. Enjoy the WOW factor of walking into a room and your vision is there...sometimes better. Before I get into it let me begin by saying I have nothing against DIY brides or DIY wedding projects. I think they add extra personality to the wedding. I made my own invitations and programs for my wedding, but it also ended up being rather expensive.

Now for the other reason. Professionals are professionals for a reason. We learn our trade. We have continued education and we have done many weddings to learn what not to do and what works.
I am by no means a florist, can I make a bouquet yes... but do I know how to care for it or how long before the wedding can I make it before it begins to wilt, no. I don't even know the temperature in which flowers do best.

I recently was setting up for a wedding and when we went to get the flowers to put them out we (all the vendors) were shocked and upset.

The flowers basically looked as if they melted but they were placed in the refrigerator and the temperature was too cold. This wedding I was not the planner or the coordinator but I couldn't put these out, I quickly gathered some flowers and do what planners do best...fixed it.
These beauties were sent from another planner, the day of the wedding this is what she found. So please think carefully when choosing your DIY projects. It may seem like you are saving money but in the long run it just causes stress and last minute scrambling.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!!!

Happy Easter!!!

In honor of Easter we just wanted to share our ideas for an Easter wedding. Colorful pastels flowers and linens. Tulips are a great Easter flower and yes they are in season.
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A great way to tell your guest where they are sitting is to put their names and table numbers on colored Easter eggs or something similar. It can also double as a favor.

For instructions for this DIY project click HERE
In the tradition of Easter you can also give your guest chocolate eggs or bunnies. Cookies shaped like Easter eggs or other Easter animals. Jelly beans or even the traditional candied almonds...they are shaped like eggs.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

How To Pick the Perfect Venue!

There are a few basic things to consider when selecting a wedding venue.

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First, pick locations that can accommodate your guests comfortably. If you plan on having 100 people attend your wedding, don't choose a location that can only fit 75 people, or one that can fit 100 people with no room for other wedding activities.

Research any location requirements.

Some venues require separately held event insurance or private security to be on site. Many locations outlaw certain decorating practices, or allow beer and wine to be served but not hard liquor.

Do your homework to avoid any last minute surprises about your venue. Review all contracts thoroughly and don't be afraid to ask questions. Failure to follow all contract policies can cause you to lose any event deposits or receive additional bills. Organize your entire wedding budget before shopping around for a venue. Don't tour locations that you cannot afford. Put deposit and full payment due dates on your calendar. Missing a payment date may result in losing your venue late in the game, or incurring costly late fees.

Book your wedding and reception venues early. Most venues suggest booking their space nine months to one year in advance. The closer you are to your wedding date the harder it is to find a suitable venue. Research venue locations online to read any site reviews. Consider writing your own review after your event to assist other people planning their weddings in the future.

Here's a list of questions you may want to ask. These questions are often overlooked and forgotten.

What is your maximum capacity for a seated event?

Do you allow music and alcohol on the premises? Are there any restrictions?

Are tables and chairs available at the venue?

Do you require us to work with your preferred vendors?

What time will we gain access to the location? When do we need to be out?

Is the location available the evening before to set up?

Are there any additional insurance requirements?

Do you allow additional d├ęcor? Are there any restrictions?

What initial deposit is required?

When is the balance due?

Following these guidelines can help you choose your venue a little easier.

Happy Planning

Blog by Lindzi Thomas

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patricks Day Wedding Inspiration

Happy St. Patricks Day!
Enjoy some St. Patty's Day Inspiration.

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Chiffon Strapless Rouched Bodice with Slim Floor Length A line Custom Made Cheap Green Bridesmaid Dress
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Photo by  Bella Weddings and Designs
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

{Real Weddings} Mr. and Mrs. Malner

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Malner!!

We would like to thank Mrs. Leah Malner for including us in her day. Leah and Michael were February 12, 2011 at the San Marco Preservation Hall. She had both her father and her stepfather give her away. Later they celebrated at the River City Brewing Company.