Photo Credits: Artz Photo, Jeff Kolodny Photography, Munoz Photography, Bill Peck Photography

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Island Chic! A tropical experience on 7-26-2008

It was truly an honor working with Beauty & Malik over the last few months as they prepared for their July celebration. Beauty (yes, that is the brides legal first name) was absolutely beautiful as she walked down the aisle to meet her groom. I remember when I first met with the couple at the beautiful Buena Vista Palace in March. They were such a fun loving couple and Beauty was determined to not overlook one single detail...she was not kidding. My bride who is of Haitian descent wanted to incorporate elements that paid homage to her heritage as well as the groom's heritage (Malik is from the Virgin Islands). It was truly a delight helping them come up with little details that would make their day uniquely theirs. Below are a few of the non-professional shots. The photographer, Bill Peck, will be forwarding photos as soon as they are available.

My Staff for the day was Frantz, Arlene and Elizabeth. As usual they made sure that every detail was attended to and thank heaven for them. I have to say my vendor team was truly an excellent one. Their professionalism and determination to make the day made the day a super one! At the end of the night the guests had nothing but great things to say about the wedding. Thank you to:

Venue: Buena Vista Palace (Angela Bachelor, Weddings Manager)

Photographer: Bill Peck Photography (Bill Peck)

Florals: Morning Glory Florals (Josephine Germer)

Videographer: A Moving Memory (James Flaskamp)

Entertainment: M.a.d.d. Vybez Entertainment (RaShall Mortimer & Sacha)

Cake: Cut the Cake (Julie Manning)

Chocolate Fountain: Chocolate Traditions ( Jill Sangster & Bill)

Officiant: Rev. Leroy Rose, III

Soloist: Mr. Kenneth Johnson

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Daytona is not just about the 500!

Last Thursday eight of my colleagues from the Association of Bridal Consultants and I set out on a 3 hour tour (sounds like the theme form Gilligan's Island, lol) of what Daytona has to offer for wedding and event venues. I was pleasantly surprised! I've lived in Central Florida for a little over 17 years and I had never been to the speedway! Well, I got a good taste of the speedway and two different sites which I now can refer my clients too.

Below are the photos with a brief description of our excursion.

STOP #1 The Daytona Speedway. Victory Lane Anyone? I would have never thought about hosting an event at the Daytona 500.

This is a great locale for weddings...yes weddings! There were several locations for that unique experience at the Speedway.

Row 1 - Ed Medici, Elise Enloe, Lynn Curran
Row 2- Kerline Docteur, Elisa Delgardio, Jennifer Bertling, Marcy Rodriguez, Andrea Cann & Creg Kennedy

ABC Members in the VIP Club lounge area. Birthday party? Bachelor Party? Hmmm...endless possibilities.

STOP #2: Tavern and Chapel in the Garden. This locale is a beautiful quaint chapel with beautiful garden areas for the wedding and the Tavern for the reception... all on the Halifax River. For the eccentric there is a unique train car that is great for showers, a grooms hangout prior to the ceremony or a great kids party.

This is one of the ceremony locations that faces the Halifax river.

One of the beautiful garden areas.

A glimpse of the train car that can be used for private functions or as a dressing area.

Stop# 3 The Shores Resort and Spa where we were able to view their beautiful outside wedding ceremony area and ballrooms. The shores hosted a beautiful lunch reception where we were able to see the talent of local area vendors.
Our lunch area. I loved these sugar cookies! The Pastry Studio placed these beautiful cookies at each place setting. We also had wonderful individual dessert cakes from this awesome local bakery.

Our luncheon was held in one of the ballrooms that overlooked the beach. The flowers were designed by a local florist at Details Flowers and Photography. Our linens were from BBJ Linen.

A fun time was had by all! It was a great day and it is always wonderful to sit with my colleagues and talk about the wonderful world of weddings. I look forward to bringing my next beach client to the Daytona area to look at the alternatives to a traditional setting.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Shoe-ture: Angela Nuran Shoes!

When you as the bride are planning your big day a big part of that is most definitely YOU. Your dress, hair, make-up, accessories and other details add to the excitement of the wedding. The shoes you wear are a MAJOR component of your attire. You want shoes that are cute and hopefully (although rarely) comfortable. Often times my clients end up switching out their shoes for either comfortable ballerina shoes, flats, a lower heel or flip-flops. Well ladies, how would you like to be able to dance the night away in comfortable shoes that you walked down the aisle in? It's not impossible...put the Stuart Weitzmans, Manolo Blahniks or Guisseppe's aside. Angela Nuran Shoes can knock all of the above out the water.

In March I met Angela Nuran Gokturk of Angela Nuran Shoes. We were both helping with the S. Florida Brides Against Breast Cancer gown sale. She made her shoes available to the brides to try on and purchase. Needless to say many of the brides left with a pair to match their Amsale, Reem Accra and Lazaro gowns. I fell in love with these beautiful yet very comfortable heels. Until you try one on, you won't understand how comfortable they are. And ladies I am sure many of you are questioning the components of the shoe. Let me break it down for you:

  1. The heel: it can be as high as 3 1/2 inches tall,

  2. Superior padding and extremely comfortable,

  3. Feather light construction & flexible, non-slip suede sole,

  4. Swarovski crystal non snag buckle,

  5. Hook angle strap (in other words no fraying and realy easy to slip on and off),

  6. Comes in a variety of colors so you can match it with your gown and the gowns/dresses of your attendants and other women in your bridal party.

I spoke with Nuran and she told me that the shoes are being carried by some of the finest bridal salons across the country (S. Florida, NYC, Michigan and Texas) as well as in Canada. I'm hoping that the Collection or Solutions will soon carry the shoes here in Orlando. If not, you can always go online to the website