Sunday, February 28, 2010

UNIQUE Wedding: Erin & Kyle

Erin & Kyle wanted a classic, traditional wedding. The bridesmaids and groomsmen wore red and their style was very simple. Even Erin's dress had a clean, traditional style. The ceremony took place at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Clearwater. Since the church is already so beautiful, the only additions, were a few red pew bows and some swagged white fabric. As Erin walked down the aisle, she carried a family brooch on the base of her bouquet. Utilizing a white and red color scheme, with gold accents, we created a simple style in the reception, that took place at the Holiday Inn Harbourside. White linens and chaircovers with red napkins and sashes, provided by Custom Linens, kept the room looking clean. Gold chargers and red hurricanes created the traditional feel that Erin & Kyle wanted. When she first met with FH Weddings, she told them that she only wanted to use classic roses as her flower of choice. Bouquets consisting of red and white roses and piles of red rose petals accented the entire reception venue. To celebrate the romance between Erin & Kyle, candlelight was everywhere, and light filled the space. Erin and Kyle are serious Florida Gator fans, so in addition to the delicious cake from Chef Nelson, they also chose to do a Gator groom's cake. We had Erin give us lots of Gator "stuff," so that we could decorate the whole table, to really capture their fan-dom! Erin, Kyle, and their guests enjoyed the sounds of Frank Lebano and partied all night!

A special "thank you" to Medley of Memories Photography, who captured all of these great shots!

Erin & Kyle, we know you two are going to have a long and happy life together. Enjoy it!

Images courtesy of Medley of Memories Photography.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Check back to see all the highlights of Erin & Kyle's classic wedding with Florida Gator touches!

Image courtesy of Medley of Memories Photography.

Fabulous Finds: UNIQUE Ring Pillows

For the bride who wants something UNIQUE for her rings to rest on, we found these fantastic ring pillows by 5eizen. Each pillow is an original design, and they can even customize your pillow to match your wedding. This is just a sampling of all of the amazing designs that they offer! They've covered every color and captured every taste! You will literally have to pick your chin up off the floor after you see their designs! They are truly breathtaking!

This is Staci's personal favorite...can you guess why? :)

5eizen is also giving back, by offering 10% of all their profits in January and February to the Red Cross, in support of the relief efforts in Haiti. So, don't wait! Order your's today!

And, be sure to mention that you saw the designs on the UNIQUE blog!

All images and designs courtesy of 5eizen.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Southern Wedding Style!

Unique Event Design welcomes our intern and guest blogger, Allie Sparks!

When I say “Southern wedding” I’m not talking about a wedding that happens to take place below the Mason-Dixon Line, I’m talking about a wedding that holds true to Southern traditions. For example, there is a “stand in” bride at the rehearsal, sweet tea is most definitely served at the reception, the groom gets his own cake (and it’s probably red velvet), and the wedding is most likely NOT on a Saturday during college football season. While planning my own Southern wedding, I have found so many wonderful Southern ideas that I wish I could get married 3 or 4 times (to the same wonderful man, of course!).

Having your ceremony under an old oak tree, is not only a gorgeous setting, but symbolizes the couple taking roots, growing together, and having their love last forever.

The oak tree creates a beautiful backdrop and needs very little d├ęcor. If you choose, hang chandeliers or paper lanterns from the branches to create a romantic or whimsical feel. Some natural floral arrangements to compliment the beauty of the location, and add a touch of color.

A plantation house, like this one located in Vacherie, Louisiana, not only has history; it’s has a classic, historical beauty that sets the tone and feel of your whole wedding.

It's not hard to find a plantation house in the South to have your wedding; most of them have been restored and are now Bed & Breakfasts or historic landmarks. Having the reception on the lawn just screams "Southern," and with some pretty garden chairs and good food, the old plantation house can add the story of your wedding to its rich history.

The Gulf Coast beaches also provide great spots for a simple chic wedding celebration, like this one at Jekyll Island Club Hotel in Jekyll Island, Georgia. The driftwood on the beach creates an organic, rustic feel.

It’s all about the food at a Southern wedding. Anything fried or sweet (or both) will do! Fried chicken, BBQ, fried green tomatoes, etc are all known as traditional Southern foods. Southerners LOVE their sweet tea and cola, and many brides are now including homemade pies at their reception.

Another fun Southern trend is the potato or grits martini bar (I’m doing this for my own wedding). We, Southerners love our starches, and serving the potatoes in the martini glasses are a modern touch and add so much fun! The Southern grits bar is also very popular being that we like grits at breakfast in the morning or with shrimp for dinner. I went to a wedding a few years ago in Destin, Florida and they had a BBQ pulled pork martini bar – to this day, it’s the best thing I’ve ever eaten!

Oh, how there is nothing that I love more, than a seersucker suit! It looks so clean and crisp and gentlemanly. I considered having the guys wear them for my own wedding, but since we’re having a traditional church ceremony, we decided to go with tan linen suits to keep a more traditional feel. (See, this is where I wish I had 2 or 3 more weddings of my own)

Also, check out the accessories at – this tie pattern is one of my favorites and the headband would be such a cute bridesmaid gift!

No matter what Southern traditions you decide to incorporate into your wedding, the key is to keep it personal!

Good luck on planning your Southern wedding y’all!

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Kiss & Tell: Julie & Adam

We received these super sweet comments from newlyweds, Julie & Adam!

"I cannot say enough good things about Staci. We were initially on the fence about whether or not we needed a coordinator since our venue came with one, but it was one of the best decisions we made. I honestly don't know what we would have done without her! We hired her for just DOC, but she did SO much more than that. Admittedly, I'm a bit neurotic and I was worried if my 'vision' would turn out but it did and then some. She made all these little touches throughout our reception site that just made it look amazing. We got so many compliments from guests about what a beautiful wedding it was and especially about our cake table, which was all her idea! She did an amazing job, both with organization, handling vendors, keeping me sane and calm, decorating and make our vision come to life. Hire her now!!! I promise you won't be disappointed!"

Julie & Adam, we consider it an honor to be a part of your special day! We wish you two all the best!

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Friday, February 19, 2010

A Sunset Seaside Cocktail Reception

Unique Event Design was asked to design a Sunset Seaside Cocktail Reception, utilizing a purple and orange color scheme. This color scheme was pulled from the shades seen during a setting sun. Instead of the typical reception, this couple is more into the cocktail party feel. It's modern, tropical, and sophisticated! The perfect look for your beach wedding design!

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mystical Madness with the Association of Bridal Consultants!

What a great way to start off 2010! Unique Event Design attended the Association of Bridal Consultants January Networking Meeting, which took place at the Treasure Island Yacht and Country Club. We enjoyed a mystical setting with a color scheme of deep purple and green, and exotic arrangements and draping, courtesy of Flowers by Design. Connie Duglin, of course, provided all of the very textural linens, while Premiere Entertainment did a fabulous job of providing all of the lighting effects and a soundtrack, which sounded like it was straight out of the movie Avatar. It created the perfect background to networking and chatting with other ABC members and guests. A special treat for all of the guests was the entertainment provided by The Wise Guys. We had three characters enticing the attendees - one posing as a leafy plant, another as a tropical flower, and a stone bust that was alive! To document this fantastic event, BG Pictures was snapping away, while JJ Video was capturing all of the highlights. It was truly a fun event combined with a great educational presentation by Elise Enloe and Elisa Delgardio about time management and organization.

Take a look! Does it give you any ideas for the design and entertainment for your wedding? It is mystical, don't you think?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Vendor Feature: Anglo Couture

Unique Event Design was honored to be invited to the VIP debut of Anglo Couture's 2010 bridal collection! Yes, all of the Tampa Bay area brides-to-be heard right! We've got couture bridal fashion right here in your backyard! Designer, Vicky Anglo, is originally from Athens, Greece. Between her father being a sculptor and her education in Fashion Design, she was destined to be a designer!

"At Anglo Couture, we only use the most luxurious and finest quality, 100% silk duchess satin, chiffon and organza as base in the making of our wedding gowns. Our gowns are lined with the same silk material as we believe that our brides should feel as good as they look in their Anglo Couture gown. We accent our wedding gowns with a variety of all imported French Silk flowers, Chantilly and Alencon Laces. Anglo Couture doesn't use the standard measurement chart. Our measurement chart is designed to create an imperative fit for our gowns. Each of our gowns is made by order, we only cut and construct one dress at a time. Vicky is diligent about fit and we make sure that we get all the specific measurements from each bride. Anglo Couture is recognized for our European Elegance"

Check out the video highlights of the high style fashion show.

Anglo Couture Show 2010 by JJvideofilm from JJvideoFilm on Vimeo.

Here's just a sneak peek of all of the incredible fashion that you can find at Anglo Couture.

Also, Angle Couture is hosting their first Trunk Show March 19th - 21st at the Intercontinental Hotel in Tampa (4860 West Kennedy Blvd). During the show Tampa brides can view the entire Fall 2010 collection and place orders. Each bride will have the VIP treatment, by working with Vicky directly.

Space is limited, so you must make an appointment by calling 727-526-5800.

Video courtesy of JJVideo. Designs courtesy of Anglo Couture. Photos courtesy of Carrie Wildes Photography.