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.