Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Destination Deering Estate!

It's wedding season and I am thrilled to be showing off Rebecca and Vic's destination wedding photos as the kick of to my first of many blogs this season. Special thanks to Timothy Beckford of Timco Photography for taking these amazing shots. As usual Tim has out done himself.

I started working with Rebecca and Vic over a year and a half ago when they contacted me from Chicago. Rebecca wanted a waterfront wedding in a private and intimate environment. Deering Estate was a perfect fit for their dream destination wedding.

The best way I can describe the style of this wedding is Martha Stewart with a Latin Flair. Everything was a detail from the eclectic color scheme, to the invitations, to the adorable ribbon clad boxes of delicious pastellitos. The table numbers were wine labels tailored to the stationary concept and of course the wine bottles did double duty as both a table number and entree accompaniment.

The bouquets were just stunning! Bruce really went above and beyond with these special amaryllis creations.

Each dining table adorned a trio of vases in a market look including white roses, blue hydrangea, and bells of ireland. The tables were dressed in battenberg lace overlays and finished with light mahogany chivari chairs.

Now from the photos you would never know this, but dinner in the Richmond cottage, followed by dancing the night away in the Stone House was not our original plan. Like many Deering Estate brides, Rebecca had dreamed of having her entire reception on the courtyard, following her ceremony at Church of the Little Flower in Coral Gables. Early in the week, the weather report looked like it was going to be in our favor, however as the week progressed, the chances of rain kept increasing. Because Rebecca did not think a tented reception fit her vision, we decided to rent the Richmond Cottage in addition to the Stone House and in the event of rain, move dinner inside the cottage followed by dancing in the main house.

The morning of the wedding, there wasnt a cloud in the sky, we were confident the weather would hold out for this amazing couple and proceeded to set up on the courtyard. However, within a few hours, the black clouds began rolling in and we knew we had to move everything indoors. After making that call, I was off to the church to see Rebecca down the aisle and hoped she wouldnt be dissapointed about having to move things indoors. When I got to the church, Rebecca was radiant and just so thrilled to be getting married (not to mention in love with her fabulous bouquet of red velvet amaryllis). You could tell Rebecca and Vic enjoyed every moment of their ceremony and I couldnt wait to show her the Richmond Cottage, it was unbelievable! It looked like a dinner party in a beautiful historic bed and breakfast with an off the charts view of the bay.

Rebecca and Vic loved the reception and actually said they may have liked this set up better then the original plan. Who knew a rain plan could be so good?

By the time we were done looking around at all the reception details, the weather had cleared up and the bridal party was able to take photos outside and by the water. You cant beat the way the sky looks in South Florida after a bit of rain. Their pictures are truly spectacular!

In the end, the wedding was everything they dreamed about for the last year and a half and I am not sure it could have been any better even if the weather had been perfect.

Enjoy the photos!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Going Green is Chic and Stylish!

As many of you know, I love the latest trend of eco-friendly weddings, also commonly called green weddings. I was thrilled when Gloria and Richard came to me for wedding coordination and decor assistance, especially when they told me the wedding was going to be extremely earthy and eco-friendly.

Gloria actually designed and created her own wedding gown as well as her maid of honor's dress and the groom and groomsmen ties. I told her she should be on project runway and this was definitely not the first time she's heard this.

All of Gloria's stationary was made from recycled material including her fabulous programs made from recycled paper and cardboard complete with little stickers on the back reminding the guests to "please recycle".

Her personal flowers were seasonal organic blooms and perfect for her outdoor gazebo ceremony. The centerpieces at the reception were potted florals with little signs indicating "take me".

The ceremony music was played by Richard's sister and brother in law who did a duet of the beautiful song, "We are Man and Wife", by Michelle Featherstone. There wasnt a dry eye in the house.

I am so honored to have taken part in Gloria and Richard's special day. Special thanks to Amber Sycz, an amazing up and coming photographer who took these spectacular shots.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Mindy Weiss Book Signing Event and Expo!

I was recently asked to coordinate an event for Celebrity Wedding Planner, Mindy Weiss, who would be signing her fabulous new book at Books and Books in Coral Gables.

When I met with Debra, Cristina, and Emily at Books and Books, we were all on the same page and wanted to create a fun, wedding-like environment for the attendees.

We decided to invite some of the best wedding vendors in the area to showcase their talents, and instead of setting up traditional bridal expo style booths, we had each vendor display their services as they would at a wedding.

We set Mindy's lecture area like a wedding ceremony complete with chivari chairs and ceremony decor. Classical music was played throughout the event. After Mindy's lecture, we featured five of this seasons hottest bridal looks in a down the aisle fashion show. After the show, guests were free to mingle with the vendors and brides on the courtyard where the reception took place. The tables were beautifully decorated and featured a wedding inspired menu from The Cafe at Books and Books.

Mindy is such a genuinely nice person and I really enjoyed the time I had to speak with her (I loved hearing stories about her celebrity wedding clients!). Her lecture was great and everyone especially loved her Q&A session.

Here are some pictures from the event taken by Melissa Perez at Simply Captivating.

Special Thanks to:
Melissa Perez of Simply Captivating for photography
Maria and Omar at Bellisima Bridal for lending us the fabulous dresses for the fashion show
Anna Noriega and Angelica Fernandez for providing makeup and hair for the fashion show
David Turner Music for the live entertainment
Guillermo at National Flowers for the flowers and decor
Luis at Hitched Event Rentals for the chivari chairs and tables
Tish at Partybooths for the photobooth
Lisa and Bonnie at Paper Emporium for the fabulous menus and signs
Over the Top for the linens
Cake Designs by Edda for the cake samples and display cakes Bennett at B&B Cappuccino for the coffee cart

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I love everything about weddings, especially how different each one is. I love to create innovative and personal designs for my clients to make their weddings unique and fun with lots of "wow factor". As a previous bride myself I know first hand how stressful wedding planning can be and take pride in managing every detail of my clients special day so they can enjoy every minute.