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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering September 11th!

Eleven years have gone by, but it still feels like yesterday!  Today we remember the many heroes and innocent lives lost on  Tuesday, September 11, 2001.


I was still working as a Benefits Consultant and was working in Naples, FL. I for one believe everything in life happens for a reason. Our client was a chain of hotels in Boca Raton and Naples. The clients' Health Insurance Company representative was in Naples instead of the World Trade Center that day because our benefits enrollment was delayed two weeks. His colleague took over his New York schedule that day - an assignment in the World Trade Center. Minutes before the plane struck he realized he had no cash and stepped out of the building to get cash from a nearby bank. That need for cash caused him to not be inside the building when the first plane struck at 8:45 a.m. Just the same, a fellow School of Business Industry graduate walked in for her first day of work in one of the Towers - she was fortunate enough to make it out unharmed. The stories of those who woke up late, got stuck in traffic, decided to call in sick could go on and on...yet sadly many did not have that story to tell.

Many lost their lives that day. Many became heroes that day. They are gone but definitely not forgotten. I've learned that no one is promised tomorrow: We must live, love and enjoy each day with purpose and with no regrets. We must also learn to cherish our family, our friends and our loved ones. Life is too short and quite unpredictable! Let's remember how important we are to each other!
Until next time,
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Monday, September 10, 2012

Real Wedding: Joane and Miller - The Estate of John's Lake



Plan a wedding in less than six weeks? Yes we can!

Meet Joane and Miller one of our Spring 2012 couples. We were given the challenge of pulling together a wedding for 60 guests at one of Orlando's newest wedding locales, The Estate of John's Lake! The Estate of Johns Lake has historic roots back as far as 1928. It sits on a sprawling 18 acres surrounded by beautiful oak trees, it's own resident Clydesdale horses, a race horse and beautiful John's Lake! The estate house is perfect for ceremonies and receptions.


This wedding was particularly near and dear as the bride is my niece! The pressure of planning only intensifies when it is a close friend or family member. With the help of an amazing team of wedding professionals we were able to plan the wedding for the bride and groom (who were both overseas) in a small window of time. Below are a few detail shots of the reception space.

We chose Navy, Green and Sedona as our color palette.  Jennifer with Over the Top Linens helped us select linens to match the locale.  Over the Top created two custom linens for our cake table and sweetheart table. We paired that with square tables and gold chiavari's from A Chair Affair.
The ceremony took place at a local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.  Guests were pleasantly surprised as they drove up to the private estate house.  Once the sun set, the beautiful custom lighting from Tagas Events, really set the tone for the reception.

 Jennyfer with the Sugar Suite, captured the essence of the night by designing a simple but very elegant cake with custom flowers to match our color palette.


 The invitations, which were in French, set the tone for the invited guests. 

The day came together in part because of some amazing professionals:
Coordinator: Joie de Vie Weddings – Kerline Docteur
Reception Location: The Estate of Johns Lake
Wedding Cake: The Sugar Suite – Jennyfer Mancino
Floral: Betina Paul
Lighting: Tagas Event & Production Services
Linens: Over the Top Linens – Jennifer Welsh
Chiavari Chairs and Rentals: A Chair Affair
Photography: Hollywood Photo & Video – Juan/Jerrabel

 Until next time,
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Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Spring 2013 Fashion Color Report: The Balancing Act


Fashion Week is here!  With the start of fashion week in New York comes one of my favorite reports: Pantone's Fashion Color Report for Spring 2013.  The theme for spring is The Balancing Act!  I personally love the theme as I realize many of us want to have balance and new ways to express ourselves.  The color palette has a mix of bright colors and neutrals.  Designers figured the mix of colors would provide versatility while being fashionable and practical. 

Leatrice Eisman ( executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®) says that, “The expression ‘balancing act’ is something we all relate to as we strive to find harmony in the frantic pace of our everyday lives...The same can be said for fashion as we look for balance between light and bright, classic and new. This season’s color palette emphasizes this need for balance, while at the same time allowing for individuality, self-expression and excitement.”

Designers like Tracy Reese (aka, the diva that designed the beautiful dress the First Lady of the United States wore for her address at the Democratic National Convention) have used the palette for their spring inspiration. In our wedding world, this color palette serves as inspiration for many design houses as they create beautiful gowns, dresses and accessories for your wedding day.  Rest assured you will be seeing this palette represented in your favorite local magazine.

To download the full report, click here. Pantone would love to know which color is your favorite.  My favorite is African Violet (purple is my favorite color).  I could see it paired with Alloy beautifully!  Below is the CMYK mix to help you achieve the colors!

Until next time,
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