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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wedding Professional Wednesday: Greenery Productions

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of sitting with Tommy Murphy one of the creative forces behind Greenery Productions. It was a great day as we talked about the industry and the trends that we find in floral design and decor. I was also given a tour of the production area for not only the weddings division but the commercial division as well. So, with pleasure I present to you our 2nd Professional Spotlight: Greenery Productions.

Name: Tommy Murphy

Company: Greenery Productions, Inc.

Motto: Exceeding Expectations Every Time

Location: 2000 Universal Studios Plaza, Suite 750D

Number of Years in Business: 20


Blog Address:

Tell us a little about your business and the services you offer: Plant Interiorscape including maintenance; Holiday décor for corporate, residential and communities; Plant rental for commercials, production sets and events, Floral Design for corporate and social events including weddings, hotel or corporate weekly rotation and retail request. How did you get started? Linda Grier started the company by providing plant rental to Universal Studios for television sets and commercials. I began working at Greenery Productions June 2005 as the Sales & Marketing Manager. I was assigned accounts and soon realized there was a real need for specialty wedding floral and décor. Not only did we bring all our offerings to the next level, we created the buzz that Greenery Productions is an industry leader for weddings.

Any industry awards or recognition: Selected in 2006 as the floral and décor design team for the Knot Vendor Party for the Central Florida market and 2007 for the West coast market; numerous awards for holiday décor and interiorscape projects.

What is the inspiration you draw upon when producing your wedding floral design? I do a lot of research for floral that you don’t see everyday from within our industry, wedding magazines, event industry magazines and simply watching the trends from across the pond, to NY to our own backyard.

What are a few suggestions you would make to couples as they are looking for a floral designer for their special day? It is difficult and confusing to compare. Every design team sees things differently. If you see our work and we connect once you meet, then everything falls into place. We can provide a $25 centerpiece or a $500 centerpiece. A bouquet shouldn't be $350 unless it is filled with lily of the valley, stephanotis or gardenias. If it is, then you must have a really strong connection with the designer.

What professional organizations or networking are you a member of? Our company belongs to ISES (International Special Event Society, NACE, (National Association of Catering Executives) Association Bridal Consultants, Orlando Women’s League, National Interiorscape Network, Universal Orlando Foundation.

What are some of the newer trends you are seeing in design/decor and wedding florals? Eco-friendly is of course the BIG trend. For our industry you have to look a little deeper than the surface. What are we doing to minimize our carbon footprint? Creating more inviting settings rather than the traditional space.

What are your three favorite blogs besides the Joie de Vie blog?
Greenery Production's Blog
Unique Option's Blog
Preston Bailey's Blog

You can find more photos of Greenery Production's floral artistry on this slide show created by Central Florida photographer ABBY LIGA

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Happy Anniversary Senttia & Gino!

(shame on me...I started this blog entry, but somehow never published it!)

Two years ago, today at this very moment, I along with my staff were watching the last dance of one of our beautiful couples, Senttia & Gino. They were such a beautiful couple and it was truly a pleasure working with them. Sadly, many of the photo files I had from their wedding died when my hard drive crashed last fall. Fortunately, I had this photo in an old AOL email.
Happy Anniversary guys!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Real Wedding: Beauty & Malik 7-26-2008 Professional Shots

We had the pleasure of helping a wonderful couple from Tampa as they planned their beautiful wedding this past July. Beauty & Malik wanted to ensure that their guests who were traveling from all over the US, the Virgin Islands and Haiti would have a night to remember. We had previously published the non-professional pictures on the blog. I was truly excited when I opened my email Tuesday afternoon and had an inbox full of beautiful photos. Bill Peck was the photographer and he truly caught the essence of the day for the Island Chic themed soiree. Here are the photos for you to enjoy:

The ceremony and reception took place at the beautiful Buena Vista Palace hotel. The cake from Cut The Cake was phenomenal. The florals were all designed by Morning Glory Florals (Josephine Germer).

The program and favors were a few of the printed items we designed here at Joie de Vie. It was hilarious as my staff got together to assemble these beautiful favors which were truly a unique touch incorporating Beauty & Malik's heritage and family traditions.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Wedding Professional Wednesday: A Moment To Remember

One of the earliest weddings I coordinated was at the beautiful Leu Gardens. That was the first time that I worked with A Moment to Remember Video. A three year old company then, it was truly a pleasure to work with the new owners as they captured the moments on that important day for Jean and Emmanuella. Fast forward four years later it was a pleasure to chat with Joe Dorsey, the owner to talk about his company. They are the 2nd company we will highlight for our Wedding Professional Wednesday profile.
Name of your Company: A Moment to Remember Videography

Location: Orlando & Tampa
Number of Years in Business: 7 years. A Moment to Remember Video has been established since 2001

Staff: 3 owners and 1 part time staff person.


Tell us a little about your business and the services you offer: Professional, honest, non-cheesy, and reliable wedding videography servicing Tampa and Orlando.

How did you get started? I first started working in the industry in college at WOFL Fox 35. There, I, along with my partners honed our television skills and decided to head out on our own.

As far as the rewards go, we have earned various video production awards for a show we did for Children's Miracle Network. My company does a lot of corporate work as well. A Moment to Remember received the Knot's 2008 pick for the Best of Weddings Award.

What professional organizations or networking are you a member of? MCA-I (The Media Communications Association-International)

What is the inspiration you draw upon when producing your wedding videos? I try to be inspired by the music to set the tone for the edit. It determines the type of cuts I make.

What are a few suggestions you would make to couples as they are looking for a videographer to capture their wedding memories? Make sure you trust the person you're dealing with and that you have a good rapport with them. That is as important as almost anything else.

Take a moment to visit their website to see how they can capture the memories for your next event.