Monday, May 31, 2010

BizBash Florida!

Oh blog, how I have missed you! We've got alot to catch up on - weddings, events, tips, reviews, vendor features, fabulous finds, etc! So, without further adieu...

BizBash Magazine debuted their Florida expo in Fort Lauderdale. So we hopped a jet and headed down to see all the latest and greatest in event specialties, decor, etc. There was something *NEW* and innovative everywhere we turned! How about a donut station at your wedding? Or a DJ station made of ice? You want something truly special, how about a sweetheart table made of pave flowers? Or, glitter truffles for a blingy favor? Check it out!

*Disclaimer: I am in no way a photographer, so please do not hold it against me! :)

Obviously, the highlight of the event for me was hearing famed event designer, Colin Cowie, speak and of course, meeting him!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Wish Upon a Wedding

UNIQUE Event Design is so honored and excited to be a part of the Orlando chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding!
Wish Upon a Wedding is the world's first nonprofit wedding wish granting organization. Celebrating the courage, determination and spirit of these couples by granting their dream wedding wishes. Our hope is that chosen recipients can inspire other couples facing similar situations to find hope and strength.

Wish Upon a Wedding founder, Liz Guthrie, says that their mission is:
"To enrich lives by granting wedding wishes to terminally ill couples at locations throughout the United States, regardless of sexual orientation."

The Orlando chapter is hosting their official launch party on Thursday, May 27th from 6:00 - 8:30pm at Tavern on the Lake. DJ Rekka is going to be there, keeping the party going! You should definitely come out and support this phenomenal organization!

Images courtesy of
Wish Upon a Wedding.

Stacey & Mike's Engagement Photos

Stacey and Mike are a super fun couple! Their wedding is taking place in October at the Intercontinental Hotel in Tampa. They live in Texas and Louisiana, and came into town for their engagement session. Talented photographer, Phillip Lloyd, spent the day with them poking around St. Petersburg.

He did an amazing job capturing their fun, laid back personalities!

Images courtesy of Phillip Lloyd Photography.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

UNIQUE Dancing Shoes

UNIQUE brides don't want to wear traditional white heels beneath their wedding gown. They need something with a little more flair and personality!

To add just a touch, but nothing crazy to your bridal look, these Badgley Mischka Randall heels have a traditional gold color and shape, but the floral accent creates some interest.
These Stuart Weitzman Paigi Pumps are perfect for the girly girl that has some serious attitude and style!
Bling on your ears, around your neck, in your hair...why stop there? These Giuseppe Zanotti heels with their crystal accents look more like a piece of jewelry than a shoe!
These Badgley Mischka Ralph heels, are perfect for a 1920's/1930's vintage-inspired event. They will keep you dancing all night long!
For the bride with a traditional style and that wants to "wow," these Alexander McQueen red pumps are the ideal classic style, yet the red color is completely eye-catching.
Who said that flats have to be boring? These Kate Spade Naomi flats have a whimiscal and retro look. They're fun and comfy!For the offbeat bride, these Badgely Mischka Raven heels add a touch of edge to a traditional wedding gown. They showcase your wild side with the grey snakeskin accents.If black is one of your wedding colors, these Sergio Rossi heels are super simple, but have a fun circular pattern on the heel. All eyes will be on these shoes during the garter removal!
For something blue, the Badgeley Mischka Hyde heel captures the perfect combination of classic style and a modern flair.
Pick out some fun, stylish dancing shoes and have a blast!

Images courtesy of Zappos.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

UNIQUE Wedding: Aly & Eric

I had to make you wait for this one, and trust me, it's more than worth the wait!

Upon meeting with Aly and Eric, they explained to me that their style was simple and they wanted an outdoor, Sunday wedding that reflects it. "Lunch on the Lawn" became the theme for their wedding. What originally came to mind was green grass, sunshine, and pops of bright colors...perfect! Aly's dress was simple, but with a few touches of glam. The beading on her gown reflected the sunlight and made her sparkle. The bridesmaid's dresses became the inspiration for the color scheme of different shades of tangerine, lime green, and white. Eric, not trying to be out done, wanted to make sure that he had a pop of color in his ensemble. An orange tie was just the ticket, and it contrasted perfectly with his grey suit. Chinese lanterns of different sizes and colors were hung in the trees to add a bit of color, and tangerine sashes wrapped each of the white garden chairs. Fun floral arrangements hung from shepherd hooks along the aisle, which lead to the white gazebo where the couple was wed. Green apples worked as double duty, by anchoring the escort cards and giving the guests a refreshing snack during Cocktail Hour. During photos, the newlyweds headed over to a local marina and got some great shots next to the blue water. In addition to the Ceremony and Cocktail Hour, the Reception also took place outside, therefore warranting the label, "Lunch on the Lawn!" Crisp white linens sat atop the green grass. The adorable centerpieces (my personal favorite element of the wedding) consisted of sliced limes, green poms, and orange Gerber daisies, and they were a big hit with the guests! By the end of the event, there was not a single one left! Tangerine napkins were accented with a green pom, and to keep the touches of green consistent, we had a slice of lime in each water glass instead of lemon. Remember, it's all about the details! :) During Cocktail Hour, unbeknownst to the guests, we transformed the Ceremony gazebo into the housing for the cupcake tower, again, a huge hit! The tower sat below a glass and floral chandelier with orange Gerber daisies and green spider mums. Instead of your typical DJ, Aly and Eric opted for a more fun, relaxed approach by having a steel drum band perform for the duration of the event.

Aly and Eric, thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your special day together! It was such a joy getting to know you two through the process of planning your wedding. We wish you all the best for a long and happy life together!

Wedding Coordination: UNIQUE Event Design…of course!
Bartending, Catering, & Rentals: Delectables Catering
Cupcakes: Piece of Cake
Flowers: FH Weddings
Hair: Totally You
Music: Mello Vibes Entertainment
Officiate: Rev. Tom Green
Photography: Kimberly Photography
Limo: Skyline Limousine
Water Taxi: Tampa Water Taxi Co.
Venue: Davis Island Garden Club

Images courtesy of Kimberly Photography.