Friday, November 13, 2009

REAL WEDDING ~ Kara and Kevin

Mr and Mrs. Floyd (that's me in the background)

The new Mr. and Mrs. Kara and Kevin Floyd celebrated their wedding day on Halloween, October 31, 2009. We were so happy to be a part of this amazing day full of surprises! Kara and Kevin enjoyed every little detail they created and it was incredible to see everything come together in the end. The couple had a beautiful church ceremony where the groom and his groomsmen entered the church to the sounds of Darth Vader's music and exited to the Beatles, "All You Need is Love". The Spartan Manor was decked out in festive Halloween decor that by the time the guests entered the ballroom it looked like an elegant haunted mansion. As the introductions were underway, each pair of the bridal party came out dancing to their own choregraphed routine. While Kara and Kevin were introduced to the theme music from, "Indiana Jones". Kevin even wore Indy's hat and Kara cracked the infamous whip! It was a great moment! The reception was full of fun and excitement! At cake cutting time, Kevin got to use his Freddy claws to cut the beautiful cake and feed Kara. Kevin's groom's cake was the mask of Jason from Friday the 13th. There were skeletons, vampires and carved pumpkins around the room and everyone had a blast dancing all night long. Another special moment was when Kara and her dad danced; they thru in a little surprise routine that was completely priceless! Being a part of this day for Kara and Kevin was so special. Their friends and family were all present to support them and the Best Man and Maid of Honor presented two heartfelt toasts about Kara and Kevin. To witness the love of these two individuals and see the love from their family and friends is what makes my job so completely satisfying. I am honored to have been a part of your day and wish you both much love forever and always.

You can view more preview photos at Waking Hours Photography blog at: http://wakinghoursphotography.blogspot.com/2009/11/kevin-and-kara.html

The Little White Book
Day of Wedding Coordinator: Us, of course!
Photographer: Waking Hours Photography
Videography: Tampa Wonderworks
Venue and Catering: Spartan Manor
Music: Grant Hemond and Associates
Flowers: Ibritz Flowers
Cake: Publix
Transportation: Olympus Limo
Hair and Makeup: Kylelynn Cosmetics


Happy November!

Happy November! We have been so busy these last couple of weeks, we haven't even had the chance to write about everything! We have been preparing for our next upcoming wedding and we are so excited about it! We have some FABULOUS designs that we can't wait to showcase and an amazing team of vendors! It is going to be AMAZING! Check back again soon!

TRENDS & STYLE ~ Inspirational Vision Boards


We love the richness of these colors (black with deep burgundy with touches of gold) and the overall appearance at this wedding from Seattle, Washington. Love the two hanging light fixtures and the Bride's Bouquet is GORGEOUS! What a FABULOUS wedding!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Inside the Wedding Planner's White Book













Amy ~ Britta (1st girl on the left)

This week for "Inside the Wedding Planner's White Book" we are featuring Not From a Box. Not From a Box, Inc. is the exclusive online destination for unique, stylish invitations. Amy and Britta take the time to hear your likes and dislikes about invitations and what you envision for your day. Then they work from there to create your custom designed wedding invitations, mitzvah invitations, Quinceanera invitations, Sweet 16 party invitations, and invitations for corporate and charity events. We know how important it is to have just the right invitation because this is the first introduction to your wedding or event. Not From a Box's designs get your guests excited to come to your wedding or event just from the uniqueness of the invitation. Because their invitations are not mass-produced, they have the freedom to design for each client based on their specific colors, event style and budget. That means that every one of their clients receives a custom-designed invitation package, one-on-one collaboration with graphic designers and event professionals, and ultimately, stylish one-of-a-kind invitations. Find out more about these two great ladies, who know how to make your day stand out from the rest!
What do you love most about weddings? BRITTA - I love the purpose of a wedding. The bringing of two families together for a celebration of love, hope and the future. AMY - I love the tradition of it. I love that so many people, over the course of thousands of years, have recited and pledged their love and devotion in the same ways, and in the same words as their ancestors and people of their same beliefs and religions. And regardless of what religion, it’s all about pledging love and devotion to each another.
How do you continue to challenge yourself in this industry? BRITTA - This industry is always changing, so I make it my business to know who is doing what and how did they get it. AMY - I approach this industry the same way I approach the management of a small business: never rest on your laurels. We don’t always know where or when the next client will come through the door, so I work hard each and every day so that I can continue to make a living at doing what I truly love to do.
What do you think is the most important thing each couple that works with you needs to know? BRITTA - That we are 100% here to provide amazing customer service, a beautiful product and tangible lasting memories. AMY - That regardless of how much or how little they are spending, my first priority is to give them a beautiful product and a stress-free experience.

The famous Bernard Pivot questionnaire:
What is your favorite word? BRITTA - Food AMY - Home
What is your least favorite word? BRITTA - No
AMY - Hate
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? BRITTA - Feeling 100% loved
AMY -Walking on the beach with my family, collecting seashells and hearing my children laugh (a little cliché, but completely true)
What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally? BRITTA - Feeling abandoned and misunderstood AMY - Negativity and complaining
What sound or noise do you love? BRITTA - Laughter
AMY - The Peruvian musicians that play in the Subway in NYC; it’s the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard.
What sound or noise do you hate? BRITTA - Screaming
AMY - Grinding Teeth
What is your favorite curse word? BRITTA - Shit
AMY - Shit. It’s just so versatile!
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? BRITTA - Acting
AMY -Journalism. I can be pretty nosey.
What profession would you not like to do? BRITTA - Wedding planner
AMY - Teacher. One of the hardest jobs in the world.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? BRITTA - Welcome home, your friends and family are waiting in the dining room for you.
AMY - “Thank you for doing my work, come in and stay as long as you like.”


You can visit Amy and Britta at www.notfromabox.com to view their galleries and see more of their gorgeous custom designed work!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

DETAILS MATTER ~ The Dos and Don'ts of Toasting



Depending on where you are in the planning process, it might seem early to think about who will be toasting you at the reception. But it’s best to give toast-makers ample time to write a speech. If you have a feeling there will be a few guests wanting to get on the mic, ask the best man or the maid of honor to find out who wants to speak. And if you prefer that some of those people not give toasts, have your point person explain that you and the groom are limiting the toasts to make time for dancing.
~Compliments of Real Simple Weddings

Thursday, October 22, 2009

SEMI Planner Pick ~ Godiva Chocolate Cake Wedding

SEMI Planner Pick ~ Godiva Milk Chocolate Wedding Cake filled with Dark Chocolate Ganache. This delicious wedding cake chocolate favor was inspired by renowned New York cake artist, Sylvia Weinstock! Godiva's Wedding Cake Chocolate Favors are sure to provide a fairytale ending for every guest. Their Couture Cakes are the best in wedding favors for the discerning eye and palate. Your guests will thank you for it!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

SEMI Planner Pick ~ Versailles Chair



If you are looking for something new and different to add to your wedding or event, check out the Versailles Chair!
We just love the look of the Versailles Chair and that is why we made this our SEMI Planner Pick! It adds just the right element of glitz and glamour to your event!


Real Wedding ~ Mr. and Mrs. Collier

This past Saturday, we had the honor of being a part of Ginny and Chase Collier's wedding day. It was an amazing day full of friends and family. They said their vows at the St. John's Episcopal Church and celebrated at an incredible private residence in Tampa. The guests enjoyed a live acoustic band, drinking, and fabulous food provided by Luigi's Catering and sushi provided by SOHO Sushi. Wright's Gourmet designed the wedding cake and also the groom's cake also known as the birthday cake. The day was made extra special as the guests sang, Happy Birthday to the groom because it was also his birthday. Aaron Lockwood Photography captured the most precious moments for Ginny and Chase! We can't wait to share the photos with you! It was amazing!

The Little White Book:
Day of Coordinator: Stonehouse Events & More, Inc. of course!
Photographer: Aaron Lockwood Photography
Rentals: PKS Rentals
Catering: Luigi's Catering
Catering: SoHo Sushi
Cake: Wright's Gourmet
Entertainment: Ben Bryan Band
Flowers: The Potting Shed
Transportation: Ambassador Limousines
Valet: VIP Parking
Hair and Makeup: Artistic Hair and Makeup

A big thank you to all of the wonderful vendors who made the day extra special!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

TRENDS & STYLE ~ Inspirational Vision Boards



We just LOVE this vision board for a beach wedding! The colors are just gorgeous and are a beautiful contrast to the neutral tones at the beach. Enjoy all of the fine details to this SUNTASTIC Wedding!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

SEMI Etiquette Tips ~ Invitation Don'ts

When getting ready to create your wedding invitations, remember this list of don'ts! You will not want to include any of this information on your wedding invitation.

The inclusion of "No Gifts", you can use the family grape vine to share this information with guests.
Bulletin board invitations - it is not a good idea to post an invitation on the bulletin board because it implies everyone is invited.
Dictating dress on the invitation, you can always add this to the reception invitation or response card.
Don't underestimate your time and how much additional time it takes to order your invitations.
Don't offend your guests by inviting them last minute.
Alcohol information is unnecessary to put on the invitation.


Information Courtesy of Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette, Fifth Edition

Monday, October 12, 2009

TRENDS & STYLES


Looking for a unique way to display your escort cards on your wedding day? We love the idea of "The Frame Up"! Display calligraphed names grouped according to table in frames. You can paint the frames in colors that fit in with your wedding color palette and assign each a table number. Just remember to get your RSVP's a few weeks earlier so you can give your calligrapher enough time or you may even be able to print them right off of your computer.

Photo credits Martha Stewart Weddings

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

SEMI Etiquette Tips ~ Choosing your Attendants

When you begin envisioning who will be in your bridal party, there are many things to consider. Here are some new rules for choosing your attendants and some helpful tips to make this process easier.

There is no required number of attendants. ~ You can have has many or as few as you would like. We recommend choosing the people that really mean a lot to you. Try asking yourself this question, if you looked at your life 5 years from now, would these individuals still play a significant role in your life?

It is not necessary to have an equal number of bridesmaids and groomsmen/ushers. ~ It is better to have all of the people you really want to stand up for you at the alter than trying to make it even. You can easily have the groomsmen escort 2 bridesmaids in the recessional or bridesmaids can walk alone or in pairs.

You can have 2 maids of honor, a maid and a matron of honor, or 2 best men. ~ Sometimes you have 2 people that you really want to have stand up for you. You can easily just have them share duties!

Brides and grooms can have attendants of the opposite sex. ~ Honor Attendant, is the modern term for an attendant of the opposite sex. Many brides and grooms seek to pay tribute to their closest friends or brothers or sisters by including them in the bridal party in this unique way.

These are just a few of the new rules for wedding attendants. We think the decision really comes down to the people who play a significant role in your life. We know they would be honored to be a part of your wedding day! Which makes the day that much more special!


Credit: Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette, Fifth Edition


Monday, October 5, 2009

Inside the Wedding Planner's White Book


This week for "Inside the Wedding Planner's White Book", we are excited to feature Voila Cinematic! Alex and Jocelyn are an amazing husband and wife team that help tell the story of your wedding day from the pre-wedding jitters to your last wave good-bye. Voila Cinematic specializes in luxury wedding films that perfectly capture the class and elegance of your special day. They edit your footage into a documentary style film that tells the story of your wedding day. Alex and Jocelyn work with you to create the wedding film that portrays perfectly the details of your wedding day but also captures the essence of you as a couple. At Voila Cinematic, Alex and Jocelyn believe that emotions should never stand still and nothing captures the sound of his voice as he says "I do", the way you move in your dress, or the music from your first dance like Voila Cinematic film. Find out more about this dynamic couple by reading more below!

What do you love most about weddings?
Alex: The first sight of the daughter and father. I know it should be the bride and groom but seeing the way a father looks at his daughter has changed my life. Now I have such a desire to have a daughter so that I can experience that emotion.

Jocelyn: Being able to spend the day with a group of people who are so happy and full of joy.

How do you continue to challenge yourself in this industry?
Alex: As a former student of film, I watch movies from a different perspective than most people. I study Hollywood films and try to figure out how I can achieve this look in my films. Also, I continually practice my craft by going to film seminars and reading blogs, books, and magazines. I also love to just go out and practice.

Jocelyn: I have always loved school and really valued the importance of education, so I think that I challenge myself by constantly trying to learn more about our industry and the couples that we work with each week.

What do you think is the most important thing each couple that works with you needs to know?
Alex: You will cry when you watch your film. You will feel the emotions. You will watch your film over and over again. We create stories of your day so that you will never forget.

Jocelyn: I think couples should know that I am obsessed with details. The more information I can have, the better.

The famous Bernard Pivot questionnaire:
  1. What is your favorite word?
    Alex: copious
    Jocelyn: joyful


  2. What is your least favorite word?
    Alex: moist, because my wife is not fond of it so neither am I.
    Jocelyn: Do I have to say it? Alex already said it above me. I despise that word.


  3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
    Alex: My wife and God
    Jocelyn: Watching Alex work and seeing the passion he has for his profession, my relationship with God, and great writing.


  4. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
    Alex: The word “videographer”
    Jocelyn: People who don’t have an original thought just stunt creativity.


  5. What sound or noise do you love?
    Alex: Good music
    Jocelyn: Laughter-because it’s contagious.


  6. What sound or noise do you hate?
    Alex: the vacuum cleaner
    Jocelyn: heavy metal music


  7. What is your favorite curse word?
    Alex: I never curse. I think it shows a lack of intelligence and creativity. It’s just offensive.
    Jocelyn: To be honest, I never cuss. My mom taught me that it wasn’t lady-like, and it just stuck. I like to say “Oh nuts!”


  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
    Alex: Baseball player or Hollywood film director
    Jocelyn: I would love to be a writer.


  9. What profession would you not like to do?
    Alex: Sewer maintenance
    Jocelyn: Phlebotomist, too much pressure!


  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
    Alex: “Good job my faithful and loving servant. You were a great father and a great husband and you loved people around you. Welcome home my son.”
    Jocelyn: “You loved well” and “ Your grandpa’s waiting to see you over there.”

Thank you Alex and Jocelyn! For more information about Voila Cinematic, visit their website at www.voilacinematic.com! You will be glad that you did!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Real Wedding Video Highlight


We are so thrilled to be able to share with you the video highlight from our wedding with Kim and Joe! What an amazing couple and family, we just loved working with them!

Our friends at Voila Cinematic captured their day just perfectly! Watch and you will be amazed at the story that video tells!

Find out more about Voila Cinematic at
www.voilacinematic.com!

Visit the link below to view Kim and Joe's wedding.

http://vimeo.com/6822784

Rob and Jen's Engagement Party





Engagement Parties are a great way to introduce two families that are going to be joined on the day, their children say "I Do". Recently, we were hired to help the parents of the groom plan an intimate engagement party for their son and soon to be daughter in law. Some of our top priorities were good food and good music. Luckily, our friends from the Alan C. Thomas Group, a Jazz Trio were available and happy to play their music for this party. Food being a high priority, we recruited Circles Bistro who is well known for their fabulous food and impeccable service! Plus, we added a few details of our own to make the event more special. We kept the decor clean and simple with black linens and white satin sashes. We used white hydrangeas as centerpieces and lots of candles. Using some photos of Rob and Jen, we designed a canvas with their photos and added meaningful words like: together, loving, happiness, adored and some others to enhance the reason for the day. With their initials being R and J, we took the first letter of each of their names and painted them white. Then we tied them together with a ribbon that read, "happily ever after". It was a perfect addition to the gift table! As the guests and family members arrived, they were handed a question either about Rob, Jen or them as a couple. They had to find the answer to their question before the end of the night. This was a great way to get the two families talking and learn more about this amazing couple! It was a lot of fun and later on in the evening, everyone enjoyed hearing the stories about these two individuals that will soon become man and wife. Engagement parties are a great introduction to the couple who is about to commit to each other for the rest of their lives and gives the guests an opportunity to learn more about them as a couple! Congratulations Rob and Jen! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of one of your special days!

Thank you to all of our amazing vendors who helped make this event over the top!

The Little White Book
Planner/Coordinator: Stonehouse Events & More, Inc.
Entertainment: Alan C. Thomas Group (www.alanthomasjazz.com)
Catering: Circles Bistro (www.circlesbistro.com)
Flowers: Events in Bloom (www.events-in-bloom.com)
Linens: Connie Duglin (www.connieduglinlinen.com)
Rentals: Coast to Coast Rentals (www.fastpartyrentals.com)

Inside the Wedding Planner's White Book

This week Inside the Wedding Planner's White Book, we are featuring Josh Walther with Inspire Entertainment. Inspire Entertainment provides a fresh approach to event production with their experienced DJ's great live musicians and creative lighting packages. Josh has been in the entertainment industry for more than 10 years and is an amazing DJ! He listens to your ideas and helps you layout the perfect music for your wedding and reception. Josh is meticulous in his set up and makes sure that everything looks clean and neat, he even takes the time to hide all of those unsightly cords! We just love him because he is so easy to work with and does an outstanding job keeping your guests happy on the dance floor all night long!

What do you love most about weddings? I love the creative process of working with the planner and vendors to create the perfect atmosphere.

How do you continue to challenge yourself in this industry? I set goals. I strive to be the best at everything I do.

What do you think is the most important thing each couple that works with you needs to know? That although I have done hundreds of weddings, I really want it to be exactly how THEY imagined. I don't have a specific formula that I follow. I will listen to their ideas and follow through with them. I will give my opinion if I think something will not work, but it is ultimately up to them.

The famous Bernard Pivot questionnaire:

What is your favorite word? YES
What is your least favorite word?
NO
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Music
What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Meanness and cruelty
What sound or noise do you love? the guitar or piano
What sound or noise do you hate? the sound of anything hot being poured.
What is your favorite curse word? bloody hell
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
probably a cake decorator/baker. That seems fun and I really like cake.
What profession would you not like to do? Telemarketer although I tried it in high school.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? I would like to hear him laugh at all the funny things that I have done or said!
For more information on Josh Walther and Inspire Entertainment, you can visit his website at www.inspiredj.com!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Inside the Wedding Planner's White Book

This week's featured vendor for "Inside the Wedding Planner's White Book" is photographer Jerry McGaghey with Jerry McGaghey Photography. Jerry is an amazing photographer! He is on top of his game and everywhere he needs to be at the wedding making sure he captures every moment you want! My brides love him because Jerry treats them like a RockStar and brings out their inner RockStar in front of the camera. His reputation of giving you the coolest damn wedding photos on the planet makes him one of the most in demand photographers in the country. RockStar Sexy is you...the bride and groom! Read below to learn more about Jerry McGaghey!

What do you love most about weddings?
The idea that this is the most important day in this couple's lives and they trust me to photograph it. Also, what other profession allows you to go out and party every Saturday.

How do you continue to challenge yourself in this industry?
I am a magazine addict. I buy at least two or three magazines a week (plus I have subscriptions to about five others) because I love looking at the different photographic styles and ad designs within to stay fresh and original. I like to organize get-togethers with other photographers to share knowledge and techniques. I also attend seminars of all sorts; photographic, business, artistic, you name it. I believe you must master your craft!

What do you think is the most important thing each couple that works with you needs to know?
That I am a perfectionist and I am very hard on myself to get incredible results for all of my couples. My goal is to make the couple cry when they see my work. I love when a client doesn't even need to meet me... they see the work and know that they MUST have me photograph their wedding too.

The famous Bernard Pivot questionnaire:

What is your favorite word?
Imagine
What is your least favorite word?
Immigration
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Clients that trust me to do my thing and feel that photographs are the most important thing to them.
What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
People that think that they can do your job... it's easy. And clients that treat me like a vendor.
What sound or noise do you love?
Laughter
What sound or noise do you hate?
An animal in pain or distress.
What is your favorite curse word? Motherf**ker
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Club DJ
What profession would you not like to do? Telemarketer
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Damn, I laughed soooo hard had that one thing you said!!


To view more of Jerry's work visit his website at http://www.weddingstampa.com/!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

LOCAL HAPPENINGS ~ It's a Weekend for Bridal Shows


If you are a bride and looking for a Bridal Show to attend be sure to stop by these two grand events!

Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club is hosting a Bridal Show this Sunday, September 20, 2009. You can follow the link below to find out more information about their Bridal show and registration information. http://www.clubcorp.com/club/scripts/library/view_document.asp?S=NAV&DID=16748&GRP=10&NS=PCH&MFCODE=TPGCC&SUBGRP=31
Plus, the Florida Signature Bridal Affair hosted by Perfect Wedding Guide is the perfect place to plan your wedding! Join them on September 20, 2009 at the Embassy Suites Tampa USF/ Near Busch Gardens to meet the top wedding professionals in Greater Tampa Bay. Doors are open between 12PM- 4PM, but arrive early and have a sneak preview of our Show Sponsors. Visit the link below to get more information and find out how to register!



Have fun!





Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Inside the Wedding Planner's White Book


This week featured on "Inside the Wedding Planner's White Book" is Julissa Mercado from Beauty Brought Out. Julissa is a hair and makeup artist who is absolutely top notch! Not only does she do an incredible job for her brides or models but she is extremely fast and efficient (which is another reason we love her). Julissa is very well organized and keeps the brides on schedule. She is a Licensed Cosmetologist and Esthetician, who graduated from the Pivot Point International in Chicago, Illinois. Julissa is experienced with all skin and hair types. Beauty Brought Out's mission statement is "Your Beauty Within, Will Be Brought Out" and we know for sure that she delivers. Read what Julissa had to say when we asked her our famous questions.


What do you love most about weddings? Knowing the bride feels and looks FABULOUS!
How do you continue to challenge yourself in this industry?
Trying to get my work into more wedding magazines
What do you think is the most important thing each couple that works with you needs to know?
I am reliable and I listen to the bride’s request.

The famous Bernard Pivot questionnaire:

What is your favorite word? FAITH
What is your least favorite word?
HATE
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Creatively: Colors and style; Spiritually: Having Faith; Emotionally; Positivity
What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Creatively: uuuummmmmm…. Pretty creative, so not sure; Spiritually: uuummmm…. Nothing here either; Emotionally; Negativity What sound or noise do you love?
Smooth Jazz
What sound or noise do you hate?
Drunk People
What is your favorite curse word?
Uuuummmm…. Is this appropriate? I don’t think this F*@# S;*#$& is… lol j/k
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Dermatology… God Willing within the next 3years…But I will always Free Lance… I LOVE my job!!!
What profession would you not like to do? Wedding Planning … hahaha
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? “You really are a Great Hair and Make-up Artist, you have touched many lives with the talent that I gave you”…. Not that I’ve thought about it or anything… lol


Thanks Julissa! You can find more information about Beauty Brought Out at www.beautybroughtout.com! We just love her and know you will too!

Friday, September 11, 2009

DETAILS MATTER ~ Monochromatic Flowers

The monochromatic color scheme is the most modern approach used today in flowers. This style uses the shades and tints of a singular color, whether it be a variety of flowers or a simple bouquet of the same flower.
The best way to use the monochromatic color scheme is to have the contrast with your other decor, for example if your table cloth is white (a standard color option) then by using a contrasting floral color; you would create a tremendous impact in the space with these bursts of color layed out around the room. You can be really creative with the design too! Of course, all flowers are beautiful but when you have this singular color in different shades and tints, it can be a really beautiful and powerful statement!

TRENDS & STYLE ~Inspirational Vision Boards~


We just love this vision for board for it's simplicity and elegance! You never know where you are going to find inspiration for your wedding and this Tuscan Tale offers a relaxing and casual atmosphere for you and your guests. You can just imagine yourself here at this wedding soaking in the sun and the fresh fruit and flowers scent. Your mouth just waters at the sight of the chocolate cake! Just by looking at these pictures you can just envision yourself there!
We would love to hear what you think about this Inspirational Vision Board, so please share your thoughts below by making a comment!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Inside the Wedding Planner's White Book


Cakes by Nomeda is our featured vendor this week of our "Inside the Wedding Planner's White Book". A native to Lithuania, a small European country on the Baltic Sea, Nomeda brought her mastery of the patisserie craft to the Tampa Bay area. Nomeda Baronas has been sculpting cakes for over twenty years that are unique not only in taste but in their appearance as well. She is a true artist who encourages her clients thoughts and ideas in selecting the flavors and design; making each cake an individual work of art designed specifically for the bride and groom. Besides translating her visions onto canvas with a paint brush, Nomeda has a talent with musical instruments and a gift for singing as well. We just love working with her! She is not only a talented cake designer but very dependable as well. I have had a groom comment right after the cutting of the cake to his guests, "that is good cake!" Nomeda truly creates FABULOUS cakes! Continue reading below to learn more about this incredibly talented lady, Nomeda!

What do you love most about weddings? It is always a happy occasion that brings two families and their traditions together.
How do you continue to challenge yourself in this industry? I don't remember the last time I said "no, I can't do this". When we get requests for unusual flavors and designs, I find the challenge inspiring. Finding new ways to create the perfect cake that is someone's vision, is very exciting.
What do you think is the most important thing each couple that works with you needs to know? We strive to make cakes that not only look fabulous, but taste fabulous as well. Whenever I attend one of our weddings, I always find it satisfying to see almost every plate empty after our cake has been served.

The famous Bernard Pivot questionnaire:

What is your favorite word? Friends
What is your least favorite word? Boring
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Peaceful, harmonious surroundings
What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Controlling people
What sound or noise do you love? Birds
What sound or noise do you hate? Yelling
What is your favorite curse word? We don't have them in Lithuania!
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Singer
What profession would you not like to do? Computer engineering
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Got Cake?

Cakes By Nomeda is located in the Tampa Bay area. For more information and to set up private consultation, please contact Chef Nomeda herself at 727-424-3104 or at info@cakesbynomeda.com. You can view more of Nomeda's beautiful cakes at www.cakesbynomeda.com. Enjoy!



Tuesday, September 1, 2009

TRENDS and STYLE ~ Inspirational Vision Boards


They say to create a vision board for what you want out of life and we say you can use them for your wedding too. We love the idea of inspirational vision boards; which are one of the latest and greatest in the bridal arena! You will see them popping up everywhere! Well, we came across this one and wanted to share it with you.
This was created by a bride whose theme was Vintage Glamour… that's right the 30-50s. Anything from black and white movies to the Oscar frenzy our wedding will be something to remember. We just LOVE it!

Monday, August 31, 2009

~SEMI Planner Pick~ Signature Fragrance for the Bride to Be!

A Signature Fragrance for the Bride to Be? ABSOLUTELY! How would you like to create your very own unique fragrance to remind you of your wedding day forever? Well, now it is possible! Urban Botanic are the makers of this incredible craze that is buzzing in the bridal arena. With a little guidance from a trained scent consultant, you can create a scent that you love, your friends will ask about, but only you can wear. The possibilities are endless. Create a scent based on your mood, the season, or even to project your attitude. Are you feeling energetic... optimistic... elegant... sexy? Anyone can make quality perfume, lotion, and other bath products. But only you can make a scent that's original, unique, and, well... YOU!

The most original part of creating your own signature fragrance is the absolutely engaging personality test that you take online at Urban Botanic Personality Test. This test is the first step to creating your signature scent. It has been scientifically developed to help guide you to your fragrance family. Are you fruity, floral, herby, leafy, woodsy or spicy? The test has six sections and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Just relax and choose the best answer that fits you.

After finding out your personal fragrance family, you engage in shopping for the "notes" or single scents you love that become the base for your creation. With a little guidance from a UB fragrance designer, you can batch yourself up a shower gel, bubble bath, lotion, or perfune in less than 2 hours. Prices range from $12.50 - $24.95 per product which allows this "luxury" to become affordable and FUN!


Plus, not only can you create a unique fragrance that will remind you of your special day forever, but you can reward your bridal attendants by allowing them to create their own signature fragrance as your thank you for their participation. A gift they will honestly cherish and become very fond of always!

We think it's a FABULOUS idea to have your own signature fragrance for your wedding day; which makes this a SEMI Planner Pick!

To view the whole article, check out the link below for more information!


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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Inside the Wedding Planner's White Book

This week we are excited to feature Jana Stall with Events in Bloom. Jana does floral artistry for weddings and special events. She is so creative and always pushing herself to the creativity limits with flowers. She is truly talented and loves what she does; it's inspiring! Here is what she had to say in our questionnaire.

What do you love most about weddings? Seeing the reception room put together, right before it starts.
How do you continue to challenge yourself in this industry? I am constantly looking for new designs/ideas/concepts for wedding flowers so I’m not producing the same items over and over.
What do you think is the most important thing each couple that works with you needs to know?
That I’m not just concerned about flowers, I want to help them make their wedding have a very cohesive look. I try to make each bride aware of other important elements that she needs to consider to make her day memorable.

The famous Bernard Pivot questionnaire:

What is your favorite word?
Discombobulated
What is your least favorite word?
Whatever If you have teenagers you will totally get that one!
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Having someone give me free reign to design whatever I want for their event.
What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
When a bride won’t think outside the box. A bride that is happy with what everyone else does and doesn’t want to make a wedding her own.
What sound or noise do you love?
Thunderstom
What sound or noise do you hate? Eating sounds. Chomping, slurping, smacking. Etc.
What is your favorite curse word? Bob Sagit
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Photographer or Graphic Designer
What profession would you not like to do?
The guy on the street corner holding a sign in a dog suit
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Thank you for enriching so many peoples lives.


Thanks Jana! You can view more of Jana's beautiful work at www.events-in-bloom.com!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

REAL WEDDING ~ PHOTOS













Foto di Amore (http://www.fotodiamore.com/) photographed our last wedding at Davis Island Garden Center and we think the photos speak for themselves! Here are some of our favorites from the day! We just love all of the details!!!


We are working on uploading the photos to our website, so please check back to see more at www.stonehouseevents.com!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Inside the Wedding Planner's White Book

This week our featured guest is Becky Johnson with Becky Johnson Studios. Becky is an accomplished photographer and her work speaks for itself . As an artist, her main desire is to capture the moments that speak to each and everyone of her clients from the first time you look at them to the fiftieth time you look at them. Read what she has to say in our interview below. Thanks Becky! You are amazing!


What do you love most about weddings?
I have been involved in photographing weddings for more than 15 years and it never gets old. I think the most enjoyable factor, is the energy of a wedding – the challenge that it presents as an artist. I have said and will continue to say, that weddings present the biggest challenges in the photographic world. It is a one-time chance to get something right. There are no re-takes, no pauses, no second chances. You rarely have “the perfect lighting” and sometimes not the perfect situation, but you know how to adapt and think on your feet. This is something that a photographer can only achieve through years of experience in shooting weddings. I love working with people and I think that having that gift works symbiotically with shooting well. Weddings are so chock full of folks from different cultures, ages and belief systems, that it really is a very energetic and dynamic event – and that is part of what makes it so much fun!

How do you continue to challenge yourself in this industry?
In the industry right now, let’s face it – there are a ton of everyday people, taking big risks – buying photographic equipment and taking the plunge because they really love photography. Many of them are turning to shooting weddings because they think the money is great – shoot a little on the weekends, maintain a full-time job on the weekdays and get that extra $500 a week. Truth is, the seasoned, full-time wedding photographer, could never make a proper living on charging $500 a wedding. These folks who do it to earn extra cash, may not have the proper insurances, carry back-up equipment or really have a clue as to how to properly shoot a wedding. I challenge my business by learning how to separate myself in my branding, marketing and shooting style. If you really look at wedding photography – beyond the price sheets, beyond the gimmicky sales pitches, taking all of that away – look at the substance of what you are buying. The art of it all. I have to challenge myself to always explore being a better artist than what I was yesterday, that is what will ultimately separate me from the crowd.

What do you think is the most important thing each couple that works with you needs to know?
THE single most important thing, is that this is an art. This is all by Becky Johnson and for my client. I am not a convenience store photographer – the gimmick of convenience is great, get in fast, pay a higher price, get out quick – all while the motor is still running. But a true artist – one who really cares about their craft – is not going to churn and spit out this labor of love like a convenience store purchase. Good work takes time. This is my craft. My passion. I do not hire a team of photographers and throw someone in the line up to the wolves the day of your wedding – you get me. I do not send my images off to an image edit warehouse – every image is edited with my style and only the way I see it, from capture to finish. I do not have some person 1000 miles away designing my albums – they cannot see a design the way I see a design. Only one person knows my client best, and that’s me. I’d rather shoot 25 weddings a year and know the people I call my clients, than churn out 150 weddings a year and treat my clients like a number. I feel that if I know my couples well enough, it gives my work a deeper meaning - and what you get as a service and product is more meaningful. It’s richer, more intimate and more personable. Isn’t that how your marriage is? So the one lasting purchase of your wedding, should reflect the same care and intimacy as the union itself.

Bernard Pivot's Famous Questionnaire
What is your favorite word? I can’t say I have one favorite word – but a few are; live, faith, love, strength
What is your least favorite word? hate
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Speaking about my business, when a client feels good about the images I produce for them.
What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally? People who place such little value on my service to them or the craft as a whole. That pertains to both consumers and professionals.
What sound or noise do you love? Absolutely, the fatty giggle gurgle of a baby.
What sound or noise do you hate? Chewing.
What is your favorite curse word? A word that is not allowed anywhere near a TV camera.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I always thought if I had to get another job, it would be a snake milker for Discovery Channel.
What profession would you not like to do? I wouldn’t want to be a chicken sexer.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Heaven exists and God would say, “Becky, you are funny, but you ain’t THAT funny.”


You can view of Becky Johnson's work at http://www.beckyjohnsonstudios.com/! Enjoy!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

TRENDS & STYLE ~ 2010 Wedding Forecast


Here are the top 10 wedding trends for 2010 from our friends at GetMarried.com!

1. Back to Basics ~ Events will focus on the attention to the details, the foundation of the event, not the drama or grandeur of the evening. Consider spending more on the lasting memories than the showmanship of the event. Spend a bit more than the average budget allotment on photography mediums rather than abundant floral. Or consider a bit of a longer stay on your honeymoon and a little less of a party at the reception and you’ll be grateful for your decision in the end.

2. Home Weddings Hit Home ~ Intimate and personal affairs in the backyard are bigger than ever. Going home incorporates the continued trend of personalizing the wedding day experience. Smaller size guest lists, more intimate settings, grass roots weddings, elegant and detail driven, but in no way small on what counts.

3. Buttercream on the Big Day ~ Fondant is falling behind, buttercream corners the market. Tools and techniques now allow for buttercream to look as smooth as fondant when applied by a skilled artist. You have the option of better flavor, more natural ingredients, and less costly cakes that no longer suffer or lack in design.

4. Favor Comeback ~ Personalized appreciation is back. The effect that an event has on the guests is more noticeable than ever before so the importance of a favor is felt more than ever. Be sure to appreciate to those in attendance - it’s not just an afterthought, omission, or generic item. Think local artisans, locally grown products, personal mementos, and on-the-spot print outs.

5. Nearby Destinations ~ Nearby destination weddings are taking flight over the exotic and far off locales. The ever popular destination wedding will remain but guests will get out of town by car (within driving distance) so couples can create a weekend, guests get an escape, but no one breaks the bank. Enjoying the US destination locations, spend within your own local economies, create a greener effect, experience undiscovered backyards, and stay sensible about cost while you’re at away.

6. Colors ~ Monochromatic palettes - this doesn’t mean muted colors, just single color bunches. Vibrant Colors: Orange, green, yellow, and pink. Metal Colors: Gold, silver, copper, and pewter. And black is definitely the new black. Break the rules and show off the darker side of your event.

7. Greener Conscience ~ Immerging will be the newest phase of eco-conscience: A better understanding of the gray shades of green. You will see more emphasis on the smaller changes that are less recognizable to the guest (i.e. cleaning green, composting, solar and LED lighting, no more oasis in floral arrangements, less catering waste). It’s no longer about making the event appear “organic” – it’s about understanding how things are made, disposed of, and where/when events take place. Learning to make better choices that are unseen by the guest are just as important as those tree-free invitations everyone is talking about.

8. Video Integration into Events ~ We’ve all seen the photo montages of your childhoods during dinner but the next phase in video at your event comes in several different forms. Video DJ’s are immerging, allowing your dance party to dance to the visuals of the music videos; ceremonies are being broadcast on screens for better viewing from the back; and time lapse photography is being shot and integrated into video for current day montages of you and your fiancé. Love to party? Set up crane camera and project the event as it unfolds on screens around the dance floor (budget permitting of course).

9. HD Video ~ Videographers have already gone hi-def. But next year all or most will make such a transition, making HD and even Blu Ray the norm in wedding videography. Upgrade now and appreciate the quality later. This also means smaller cameras on site and less intrusion into your event, all around a better (though more costly) option on the big day.

10. Visual Combinations ~ Professional grade still photo cameras like the Canon 5D Mark II DSLR are being released with HD video capabilities included. It is recommended to have both a videographer and a photographer at your wedding to capture every moment of the big day. Tech-savvy brides looking for a new experience, may like to experiment with a visual professional (videographer or photographer) who has this technology. In the future, you will begin to see an emergence of two-in-one companies. Companies like Engaging Films and Video Keepsakes of Beverly Hills in Los Angeles will shoot video and take stills, but use only one piece of technology.

You can view more great wedding tips and style trends at http://www.getmarried.com/!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

DETAILS MATTER ~ Wedding Flowers

Wedding flowers ~ We all know that flowers enhance our wedding day with their beauty, color and scent but did you also know they can be an ultra romantic language of love? During the Victorian era, The Language of Flowers created a language for lover's correspondence in which flowers replaced words. If you want to suffuse your wedding flowers with meaning and symbolism, peruse the list below of some of the most popular wedding flowers and decide which messages fit you and your fiance the most!

Anemone ~ expectation

Baby's Breath ~ innocence

Calla Lily ~ magnificent beauty

Carnation ~ pink (boldness), red (love), white (talent)

Chrysanthemum (or mum) ~ wealth, abundance, truth

Daffodil ~ regard

Daisy~ share your feelings

Dephinium ~ swiftness, lightness

Freesia ~ innocence

Gardenia ~ purity, joy

Hydrangea ~ understanding

Iris ~ a message of faith, wisdom

Lilac ~ love's first emotions

Lily ~ majesty, truth, honor

Lily of the Valley ~ happiness

Magnolia ~ love of nature

Orchid ~ love, beauty

Peony ~ bashfulness, the American spirit of ambition and determination

Rose ~ love, joy beauty

Stephanotis ~ marital happiness

Stock ~ lasting beauty

Sunflower ~ short-stemmed (adoration), long-stemmed (haughtiness)

Sweet Pea ~ pleasure

Tulip ~ love, passion


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

TRENDS and STYLE ~ Vera Wang's "Maid-to-Order"


Vera Wang's newest "Maid to Order" collection offers the perfect dresses for your bridesmaids! The "Maid-to-Order" collection brings a new sense of fashion and versatility to the tradition of the bridesmaid. With beautiful colors, rich textures and luxurious fabrics, your bridesmaids will be thrilled for the opportunity to walk down the aisle to stand up for you in their new Vera Wang dresses.
You can view the Vera Wang's Top Ten dresses from the "Maid-to-Order" collection online at: http://www.verawangonweddings.com/

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Inside the Wedding Planner's White Book with "Foto di Amore"


This week, Ben and Jaimee Ponce with Foto di Amore were selected for the newest feature on our blog, "Inside the Wedding Planner's White Book". This husband and wife team has been creating artistic and romantic photographs for over 7 years. Their unique style is intuitive, intimate, unobtrusive, candid and spontaneous. They have been recognized in The Knot magazine and Tampa Bay's Best magazine for their detailed and unique stories. They continually amaze us! See what they told us when we caught up with them for our "Inside the Wedding Planner's White Book"!


What do you love most about weddings? The relationships, Photographing the love and new beginnings between husband and wife, and also between new family and friends is truly a blessing and gives us inspiration in our own lives.

How do you continue to challenge yourself in this industry? My husband and I love to attend seminars. We always push ourselves to be current and know the trends, while infusing our style into this fast moving, yet timeless industry.

What do you think is the most important thing each couple that works with you needs to know? To be themselves, not focus on us, just have an incredible day and they will in turn have incredible photographs to cherish.

The famous Bernard Pivot Questionnaire
  1. What is your favorite word? Family

  2. What is your least favorite word? Time

  3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Traveling

  4. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Not moving forward, staying stagnant

  5. What sound or noise do you love? our children laughing

  6. What sound or noise do you hate? yelling

  7. What is your favorite curse word? I don’t curse

  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? ice skating

  9. What profession would you not like to do? truck driving

  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? You will spend eternity in a beautiful place with your family.

Visit www.fotodiamore.com to view more of their precious moments!