Saturday, August 23, 2008

ABC State Meeting

This weekend I am enjoying networking and educational sessions at the 2008 Florida State Meeting for the Association of Bridal Consultants. The meeting is being held in St. Petersburg, FL, and while a friend and I had to battle Fay on the roads yesterday to get here, I must say it is nice to see some blue skies after our week of tropical weather.

Topics covered today included "Overcoming Tentaphobia","Branding Professionalism", and "Contracts for Non-lawyers."

The "tentaphobia" session was one of my favorites. While I don't personally feel that I suffer from "tentaphobia", as I absolutely LOVE tented events, I did however learn some things I didn't know about specific pricing issues. Did you know it can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000 just to air-condition a tent? Just something to think about when planning that outdoor wedding!

This evening we had a cute cocktail reception out by the hotel pool (colors were hot pink and green, so of course I loved it!) and I received an "award" for being one of our Northeast Florida Local Networking Group Co-Directors (that's a mouthful, isn't it?)

More fun sessions are coming tomorrow, and we get started waaaay too early, so it's off to bed, but hopefully I'll remember to take some pictures tomorrow!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Real Wedding: Jen and Mike

Jen came to me about two months ago with a unique situation. She's a pilot in the Navy, planning a wedding, and about to go on a work-up for three weeks. Problem: She and her fiance Mike wanted to get married in August, but hadn't pinned down any of the details yet. Yikes!

Fortunately, everything came together beautifully. After I helped Jen scout out quite a few locations, from Amelia Island all the way down to St. Augustine, she finally decided on the newly opened White Room Loft.

Jen and Mike had a beautiful ceremony in the Lightner Courtyard, and continuted the celebration up in the loft.

Flowers were by Flowers by Shirley, and Cake was created by Defore's Cake Design.

Thanks so much to Nate Deremer of Deremer Studios for capturing it all!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Vote for Corinna!

Today, I'm recruiting votes for one of my favorite photographers, Corinna Hoffman, for the exciting contest offered by Scarlett Lillian! (another one of my favorite photographers!)

See the contest and vote for Corinna at Scarlett's blog!

This is the fun picture that Corinna submitted to the contest -- isn't it adorable?

Good luck Corinna!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

We're in the Library!

Elizabeth Anne Designs has included Flaire Weddings and Events in The Library, a fabulous listing of top-notch wedding vendors. This is a wonderful wedding blog and they have linked to many of the top wedding planning and design firms in the country!

View the posting here.

We are so proud to have been included.

Please visit their Reviews page and leave Flaire Weddings and Events some love!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Professional Pictures...... of Me! =)

Recently, I decided I needed to update my website, blog, and other marketing materials with some pictures of myself, just to personalize them a bit more.

One of my favorite wedding photographers, Agnes Lopez, also has a studio where she focuses on portraits for actors, models, and business owners, called Pose Well Studios.

What's so wonderful about her services is that she also includes hair and makeup with each session!

I am so pleased with the results, and while many of you may have seen the shot I've put here on the blog, or perhaps the one on my website and Facebook page, I wanted the opportunity to show off a few others.

Agnes did a wonderful job. I thought my makeup was great as well, thanks to the fabulous Jackie Neal.

Let me know what you think!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Pink and Brown -- Cherry Blossoms!

I was inspired to create this inspiration board when I saw these Cherry Blossom Chopsticks from Event Blossom. We carry the entire Event Blossom line, and their favors are so cute and unique!

The Pink and Brown color scheme is so hot right now, and this is a fun way to tie all the elements together. I would mix in hot pink and pastel pink, to give the event space some depth.

Here is the board -- Sources listed below.

Chopsticks – event blossom
Cake – crazed asian weddings
Invite – Sakura,

Lanters – Japanese Wedding Favors

Linens – Wildflower Linen

Centerpieces – Leigh Miller Photography

Chuppah – Wedding Bee