A few months ago we received an invitation from the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island to come down and experience their property. They have been doing a number of destination weddings, and noticed that they were attracting a number of New York brides, so the decided to invite a few planners to come and check out the property! Um, how excited was I? So while Xochitl packed sweaters for the ABC conference in Indy, I packed my summer favorites and headed to Florida!
The flight from JFK to Jacksonville was nice and short. The hotel had arranged shuttles and cars for everyone, and we were on property in what seemed like a blink of an eye. I can not begin to explain to you the service and attention to detail that I experienced when I arrived. First of all, I was met (the way a couple getting married is greeted when they arrive on property) with champagne! I had a glass before I had even set foot in the hotel! Once inside, a wonderful gift bag awaited. I loved that it had a Sunblock with a “Hoping for Sun” tag along with an umbrella labeled “Prepared for Rain”. Awesome idea for anyone having a destination event!!
The view from my room!
Anastasia, the Catering Sales Manager at the Ritz, arranged for every area of the property to be set up and for us to see how each portion could be used. It was all gorgeous. Even Tropical Storm Ida couldn’t put a damper on the evening. Below is a photo of me and Ayal from In Any Event sitting under the ceremony set-up on the beach (Love the flip flops they handed out to all of us before we hit the sand!). For those brides that want an outdoor wedding, but might now want to get on the actual beach, you can always use their lawn for a ceremony. The first photo is of the area being set up (photo taken from my room) and the other photo is of the finished product. I loved the colors!
To showcase some of the other wonderful things that your guests would be able to see and experience if you choose this as your destination, Anastasia arranged for us to go out and see some local sites and sounds. One of the highlights was lunch at the The Ribault Club. A beautiful venue for anyone interested in having their event off-site. The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island offers off-site catering, and they provided our meal here, which was wonderful. Below is a set-up of the tent in the venue.
What stole the show? The giraffes at the White Oak Conservation Center! An awesome place where you can take your guests for a tour! When I showed Xochitl the photos, this one was what made her sad she couldn’t make the trip:)
The trip was wonderful and left me wanting to return to Amelia Island. For any bride looking for a destination where you will be met with a beautiful location and venue, fantastic service, and the most helpful staff I have ever seen, then this is a real contender ladies! It made me feel like it was a great destination, without many of the destination headaches!
Last but not least, this was the first course for one of our dinners, and now I want to have all my soups in a pumpkin!
I will post the professional photos soon so that you get a real sense of the property, but I was so excited that I couldn’t wait!
Early this summer we were able to be a part of Samantha & Andrew’s wedding day. I was so excited when I got a CD of pictures from their wedding day to share! Let me just say this, I love Samantha. She was the sweetest bride, had the greatest color palette (black, white, and hot pink) , and was getting married at one of my favorite venues…Studio 45o!
Samantha debated for a long time if they would wait until the aisle to see each other for the first time. Their desire for photos won out in the end, and they decided to meet up a little earlier that day, but the first meting was no less emotional. I love these photos! Thank you to Lina Jang for sending us these gorgeous photos.
It made sense that my sunny bride got a great sunny day (which as some of you might remember, was not that common at the start of the summer)! We choose to stick to the white and hot pink for the ceremony and make it a little more bright. Our pop of color was this bright pink custom runner from Original Runner Company with their monogram. We only had two alter pieces, but we made them count! Check out these awesome tree trunk arrangements that Jessy from Fleurs created.
I have been going CRAZY all week with excitement to share these amazing images from Roey Yohai of my client Rebekah’s wedding this past Saturday. While Salomé was busy a little further downtown with Marti the Opera singer, Mayra and I had our hands full uptown at Fort Tryon Park with the wedding on not just ONE but TWO opera singers… (Three opera singers all married on one day?! Crazy, hmm?)
Rebekah and Manuel had met years earlier while singing in an Opera together in Italy. She new that they wanted an intimate wedding of 60-70 guests. Rebekah initially came to us with another venue in mind, and was about to go to contract. After much discussion, I suggested she try out The New Leaf Cafe in Fort Tryon Park which would give her the look she and Manuel wanted for their day, but a little closer to the city and a bit easier on the budget as well. The bride got ready at the Soho Grand and Jessy of Fleurs provided her floral. The downtown location meant she and Manuel could get some city shots en route to the location. They met up near the meatpacking district for some downtown pics and prompted an ovation outside of Pastis!
Afterwards, they got in a car and headed up to the park for formal shots and some family pics in the park. How awesomely cute are her brothers and the flower girl? Love those pictures! We allowed a TON of time for pics and travel, which was great, because it was a rough day for getting around that day.
Ceremony and Reception pics coming soon, but for now, I’m going to leave you with my FAVORITE pic from the pre-ceremony.
I was so happy to get these photos from Jill from her wedding last month. Jill called us several months ago because she wanted to plan an elegant, but casual cocktail celebration for about 70 guests with ceremony on site. We realized that having a full service planner might be more than what she needed, so she opted to work with us as an hourly client. It was an awesome experience for us to get to know Jill, set her on the right path for their wedding and help her out as she and Brian navigated their way through this whole wedding planning thing! It was even more wonderful to see what an awesome time it seems was had by all! Here are some pics via her photographer, Aaron Almendral. The bride got ready at the Bryant Park Hotel, which is where the couple had their first meeting. I think all brides DREAM of getting this reaction from their groom on their wedding day.
We wanted to find her a great location to give her wedding the vibe that they were both looking for: elegant, but comfortable. We suggested Ramscale Studios, which they loved. The laid back couple saved money on limos and towncars and cabbed it over together instead! Even thought they wanted to watch their budget, Mayra suggested that they not scrimp on catering and set Jill up with Leslie at Marcey Brownstein Catering. With a wedding so heavy on cocktail food and with so few guests, service and quality are much more noticable! After that we didn’t see Jill for a couple of months until she was ready to talk decor: she didn’t want to overdue the decorations, since a large draw of the space was the amazing city view, but we outlined some key pieces that we thought she might need and she herself found these great lanterns. We weighed in on rental selections and event flow, and for floral, we directed her to the wonderful ladies at Root, Stock & Quade. Finally, a few weeks before the event, we sat down to talk about event flow and go over a checklist of last minute details. I think that Jill & Brian did a great job of editing what was important to them (setting, food, music, drink) and what wasn’t worth stressing out over and, well, it looks like a party I wouldn’t want to miss! Congratulations Jill & Brian!!! Much happiness to you both!
So, as I mentioned earlier, we had the pleasure of working on pop singer AK and DJ Danny Krivit’s wedding in September! It was a gorgeous brunch event held at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. I remember thinking it was unusual to have two people from the club scene choose to have a brunch reception, but they clearly knew their crowd: The sun was high overhead, but they never stopped dancing! They saved on ceremony flowers by using the backdrop of their amazing venue and kept costs in check by opting for the brunch.
The bride wanted the wedding to be fairly traditional, but also fun and colorful. We worked with Mel Furukawa (212.349.3225) to create this stunning escort card table and then picked up the same pink color on her linens! Because cocktails and dinner were in the same room, we needed to “turn the room around”. Photographer David Linder created a distraction by inviting guests outside for a massive guest portrait! Since every DJ on the planet would LOVE to spin at this wedding, they had their choice of the best: Johnny Dynell got the honors and his sign was a real inside joke for all the other DJ’s in attendance!
After the guests danced the afternoon away, they all ran outside to wish the happy couple well amid a stream of confetti before they got into their vintage getaway car! It was an amazing pleasure to work on this wedding- one of the most fun day’s of my work career!