Friday, April 27, 2012

Sarah and Zach's Elegant Yacht Club Wedding

One of the best things about being a wedding planner is when you get to coordinate a wedding for a couple like Sarah and Zach.  The entire day, they were both stress-free and so happy - the ideal bride and groom that you can tell were just so excited to become man and wife.
The weather cleared up and gave them a beautiful wedding day at the Tampa Yacht Club on February 18th, with their ceremony overlooking the bay and their reception following in the ballroom.  Rev. Tom Greene officiated a very personal ceremony with touches of Jewish traditions such as the kiddush and the breaking of the glass under a bamboo chuppah.  The decor was classic and elegant, with pale colors of whites, ivory, peach, pale pink, and light green.  Sarah and Zach also added their own fun touches to really make the wedding represent them; their table numbers were quirky vintage animal prints and instead of a traditional wedding cake, they had an assortment of different cakes on unique platters and stands.  They also had a choreographed first dance that was one of the best I've seen and it was a total hit with their guests.  The dance floor was packed all night thanks to dj Doug Decker and everyone had a blast.  At the end of the night, the Tampa Yacht Club staff helped me execute a sparkler sendoff for the couple as they exited by boat to live happily every after.  It really did feel a bit like a fairy tale wedding, and I was so thrilled to have been a part of it.  Mr. and Mrs. Glaser, I wish you a long life and love and happiness and thank you for being such wonderful clients.
Coordination - Flawless Occasions, Shawna assisted by Kelly
Venue - Tampa Yacht Club
Officiant - Rev. Tom Greene
Photography - Stephen Anderson Photography
Florals - Botanica
Ceremony and Reception Music - Doug Decker, Grant Hemond and Associates
Cakes - Wright's Deli
Rentals (garden chairs, chivari chairs, bamboo chuppah) - Event Design
Guest Transportation - Jolley Trolley

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Rainbeau Wedding

Christie and Eric met at the Lowery Park Zoo while they were both spending the day with their young children. Their wedding day proved to be just as fun as the day they met. With 40 friends and family supporting them, the new Mr. and Mrs. Rainbeau walked down the aisle fittingly to "Somewhere over the Rainbow" played on steel drums with their children by their side as they created a new, beautiful blended family at the Holiday Inn Harbourside.
They celebrated afterwards with a tropical luncheon buffet in the Hemmingway Room, complete with a rainbow wedding cake and cupcakes by Sweets by Mindy. The staff at the Holiday Inn Harbourside did an excellent job so a big thank you goes out to Elizabeth and crew. I have known Christie for a few years now and was so honored when she asked me last summer to help her plan a casual, fun, and intimate spring wedding where they could celebrate their love. I wish you both a lifetime and happiness and thank you for allowing me to put together your special day.
Planning and Coordination -- Shawna, Flawless Occasions

Photography -- The fabulous Abbey Saxton

Wedding cake/cupcakes -- Sweets by Mindy

Ceremony and luncheon music - Lightning Jack Steel Drums

Monday, February 27, 2012

Best of the Knot!

We are so excited to announce that we won The Best of the Knot 2012! This is the second time we have won this award and it's a great honor especially because it is due in large part to the reviews of our wonderful clients.

We would like to thank everyone for supporting the Flawless Occasions team and allowing us to continue doing what we love for all of you.

Liz and Derek at the Vinoy

It's been way too long since we've updated the blog! Have you visited our facebook page? We are updating that much more frequently so please make sure you check us out there!

But I wanted to share this fabulous wedding we coordinated in October. Liz and Derek, their families, and all of their almost 200 guests traveled to St. Pete from all over the U.S. for this huge destination wedding. I worked mostly with Liz's mom, Maggie, and she was just a pleasure to plan with from afar. I would describe their style as tropical elegance, and their wonderful team of vendors helped pull off a fantastic wedding. Thanks especially to Debbie with The Brides' Bouquet and Craig from Grant Hemond and Associates.

These beautiful photos were taken by photographer Brian C. Idocks. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Flawless Features!!

Wow, what a great start to the fall we are having! In the past couple of weeks, we have been featured on TWO national wedding blogs for past weddings we have planned.

Wed Savvy
First, we were featured on for the fabulous wedding of Jackie and Tim at the Ringling in Sarasota. K&K Photography's work was highlighted as well as some descriptions of the cute details we helped the couple pull together. Check it out here!

Then, Courtney and Matt's wedding from this past Sunday was featured on the Florida Bride Magazine website. We were so excited to be notified by their photographer, Marissa Moss, and that her beautiful photos were given more exposure. Check it out here!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Meet Kelly!

You may have noticed an addition to our Flawless team lately and we wanted to formally introduce her. Kelly Brennan has been our fabulous intern since March of this year. We have been so lucky to have her with us for the past 7 months, assisting us with all of our spring and summer weddings.

Kelly is a local girl, born and raised in St. Petersburg. She is currently finishing up her degree in Public Relations at University of South Florida. She has been dancing and playing soccer since she was young. She has also always been interested in fashion and design which is why wedding planning appeals to her. Kelly says her favorite part of wedding coordination is the smile on a bride's face as she walks down the aisle.

We love Kelly because she's personable, she's always willing to go above and beyond, and she's a quick thinker. She also works well under pressure, staying calm and focused. One of Kelly's first gigs as an intern was at a wedding where we had to move 150 chairs to a different location in a short period time. Kelly, with her go-getter attitude, was literally carrying 5 chairs at a time while keeping a smile on her face the entire time. She's such a hard worker and does whatever it takes to make an event successful.

Kelly is being trained to be a full-time coordinator so you will surely be seeing more of her with the Flawless Occasions girls. We are so happy to have her on board!

(Photo credits: First photo, from our team photo shoot, photo by Simply Blue Studios; Bridal portrait, Kelly as a bridal fashion model at our first Brides' Night Out event, photo by Blue Lane Weddings)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Brides' Night Out at Nova 535

We threw our second Brides' Night Out event last Thursday, Sept. 15th, at Nova 535 in downtown St. Petersburg. What makes our Brides' Night Out events unique? Well, for one thing, they have a girls-night-out cocktail party feel as opposed to your traditional bridal show. Also, we select the vendors involved based on our past experiences with them to ensure that our brides and their guests are meeting the best and most reputable in the area. In many of the other larger scale bridal show expos, any "wedding vendor" can present themselves as long as they pay their fee... so you never know who you may be potentially booking. Our Brides' Night Out events let you mingle with awesome tested and true vendors in a social and comfortable setting.

A huge thank you to all of our vendors involved this time around, and an additional thank you to Carolina and Shem from Blue Lane Studios for providing some awesome photos from the night!

Brides' Night Out vendors:
Flawless Occasions, Nova535, The White Closet Bridal Co.,
Puff 'N Stuff Catering, Ambassador Limousines, ShutterBooth,
Chocolate Pi, Carrie Wildes Photography, Moberg Photography,
DJ Jaey, Room3307, Kyle Lynn Hair and Makeup,
The Bride's Bouquet, Stella and Dot, A Perfect Witness,
Tampa Wonderworks Films, Carters Florist, Paper Presence,
Hilton Bayfront, DJ Fresh, Beach Papery, Thirty-One Gifts,
Calligraphia By Melissa, Planet Beach Contempo, Orange Theory Fitness, Custom Linens