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

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Joy and Matt's Magical Day

I have known this couple for several years ever since the groom and my husband met in law school. I was so flattered when, just days after their engagement, they hired me to be their wedding planner. I definitely grew closer to Joy as we worked together on the designing and planning of their special day, and I'm so happy that our friend Matt got to marry the girl of his dreams.

Joy wore a gorgeous gown from Demetrios and she and her bridesmaids were made even more beautiful by our friend Cari from Kyle Lynn Weddings.

The ceremony was held at the First United Methodist Church in downtown St. Petersburg, which you may recognize as the same church our former governer Charlie Crist was married in just a few years ago. Pastor David Miller did a wonderful job making the ceremony personal and sweet. The reception followed at the beautiful waterfront Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club. The food and service with both excellent and you can't beat the view of the sunset from their ballroom windows.

All of the lush flowers at the church and reception were made by Debbie at The Brides' Bouquet who we always enjoy working with. The couple chose to do all white and deep purple florals with roses, hydranga, and orchids. They had crisp white linens with champagne chair ties from A Linen Valley for a clean and elegant look. The cake was made by Chef Nelson and the couple had 4 different flavors including my favorite, red velvet. We created a cake stand with glass cylinder vases filled with purple gems and LED lights which really made the cake table pop as the sun went down. The mini wedding cake favor cookies were adorable and a big hit thanks to Amy from All the Buzz Cookies.

The guests all had an awesome time on the dance floor with the band Lucky Penny. It was a great party with lots of dancing. A big thank you goes out to Derek from One Point O Video and Cindy from Cindy M Brown Photography who is also a cousin of the groom. Just a few days after the wedding I received these great photos from Cindy - enjoy!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Danah and Aaron's Summer Wedding

Danah and I went to graduate school together but I had not spoken to her in several years. I was so thrilled when she reconnected with me after hearing I was working for a wedding planning company. Danah and Aaron were preparing for a cross country relocation, and with preparations for their move and busy work schedules, these young professionals needed assistance in planning and executing their big day.

On July 9th, they had a beautiful and intimate ceremony in front of family and a few close friends at Fred Ball Park in South Tampa, followed by a lovely dinner reception in the "Red Room" at the historic Columbia restaurant. Northside Florist created the soft white and light blue florals. Danah wore a JCrew wedding gown and a beautiful blue topaz necklace and earrings which coordinate with her bouquet.
The couple had an ordained friend perform the ceremony which made it extra personal, and they mixed in some Jewish traditions as well. It was a very sweet and laid back garden ceremony. The guests then enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Columbia complimented by a cupcake wedding cake made by The Cupcake Spot.

I got to work with Abbey Saxton Photography again and I'm so appreciative of the photos she sent over to share with us. She really captures those special moments and makes them shine just as they did on the day of. Danah and Aaron, I wish you the best in your marriage as you start your new life together in California. Mazol Tov!!