Sunday, November 8, 2009

Joet & Ralph....Take 2

Well after much begging Carmen submitted to my request and posted some amazing pictures of last Sunday's beauitful event for Joet & Ralph.
Thank you my friend, you did a beautiful job with the pictures.....AS USUAL!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Joet & Ralph.....Yay!

Wow. Where to begin? I've been looking forward to writing this entry since early this year when the planning began. I was totally honored to have Joet & Ralph trust me to plan this most special day in their lives. It's not often that a bride lets you have free reign to create something so important.
Joet was an easy bride to "get". She told me that she could put the whole event in my hands and never know anything and know she would totally love everything in the end. That's an awesome working relationship.
Once the location and date was nailed down (which was the hardest part, lol) , the only request was that it be different. So that's what we did. The ceremony and location both took place at the Douglas Entrance in Coral Gables. I've done several events there that all followed a common theme. Round tables, elegant and something that compliments the historic building. All stunning, all very fitting in that location.
But, Joet is not that kind of girl Lol
She wanted something Modern, glamorous and something that was not common for that room. She wanted people to walk in and know hands down they'd never seen anything like it.
I had my hands full.

For the ceremony and cocktail hour we went all white with hints of silver and purple.
The bride and groom were married by the fountain and their "altar" has 2 large displays of white flowers. Tall cylinder vases or purple vendela orchids lined the aisle.
The cocktail hour was all white.
The lounge the bride really wanted was setup with a white leather serpentine sofa, ottomans and coffee table. Purple and pale blue silk pillows were used to accent.
The sign-ing table was decked in a silver satin linen and adorned with an amazing white flower display in different white vases.

For the reception we came up with a pale, muted color palette

a big deciding factor was this cake the the bride fell in love with. We also brought in a little of the cocktail hour color (the purple) in to the reception to add a pop of color.

The layout at Douglas was done with all square and rectangular tables and received confused looks from all the vendors who walked in and said "Oh, this is different". Mission accomplished!
In the 4 corners of the room we put 24ft Royal tables. In between, a combination of four 60" squares and a 72" square.

For the head table we used a rectangular table and sat the bride and groom and the 6 members of the bridal party.
The tables were draped in an Ivory Fortuny linen, silver chiavari chairs, and silver beaded glass chargers satin ivory napkins. Each place setting had a custom made menu created by myself, tucked inside the napkin along with the favor, a cupcake in a box with custom label created to compliment the menu. A purple vendela orchid was also placed at each setting fro an extra touch.

Gil Sosa and his team of 10 created some amazing florals for the event. The Royal tables were accented with 2 large displays of calla lilies, hydrangea, purple dendrobium orchid, purple vendela orchids, curly willows branches and crystals. Additional vases of purple vendela orchids, green cymbidiums and small arrangements of mixed coordinating flowers were used in these tables as well.The 60" squares had a combination of 4 different vases containing all the different flowers that were used through out the event. The two 72" tables on each side of the room had an amazing display of casablanca lilies, calla lilies, hydrangea, purple dendrobium orchid, purple vendela orchids, white phalenopsis orchids, curly branches, silver wire swirls, 2-4ft crsytal strands and stood 10ft on top of the table. They were stunning!
The head tables was a little more simple but equally as beautiful.
The cake was set atop glass cubes contain orchids and surrounded with more orchids and ivory roses.

Ubi's Music & Lighting provided the purple up lights that went around the room and the pin spots that accented all the big arrangements, head table and cake. Lighting truly transforms any event so it comes highly recommended from this girl!

Joet was floored when she saw the room. She actually jumped up and down in her 3" fuschia heels :) Nothing could make me feel better!

The night went fabulously. The bride was glowing and the groom could not look more in love. Life is good!

Joet, the past 9 months have been so much fun. I honestly could not have asked for a better bride and I'm so glad that through it all I made a new friend. You are such a sweetheart and beautiful person and I'm honored that you trusted me with such an important day in your life. Alexis and I wish nothing but the best for you and Ralph as you embark on this new adventure may you only grow more in love everyday! Have an amazing time in Mexico. Love you!

A special thanks to all the vendors contributed to this event. Couldn't have done it without you!

and now for the important part!

Ceremony & Reception: Douglas Entrance, Coral Gables
Floral: Gil Sosa
Tables, Chairs, Linens etc.: Hitched Event Rentals
Music & Lighting: Ubi's Music and Lighting Productions
Caterer: Pepe Luzarraga Catering
Photographer: Studio by Carmen
Wedding Cake: Divine Delicacies
Cupcakes: Misha's