Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A UNIQUE Location!

This is a very exciting blog post! If you've been following us on Facebook, you're already aware that we have recently found a UNIQUE studio location, on Central Avenue in Downtown St. Petersburg!

It has been alot of work so far, and we wanted to update you on our progress!

Step #1 - Find a UNIQUE location!

Step #2 - Put up a sign! :)

Step #3 - Paint!

(that's hubby working hard!)

Stay tuned for more studio updates!

Another UNIQUE Baby!

We were so excited to hear that one of our upcoming brides, Ally, gave birth to a beautiful son, Liam! A special thank you goes to the Mother of the Bride, for the evening photo text!

If you think these photos are cute, you should see him in person! He is sooooo adorable!

UNQUE Feature: Monica's Bridal Bouquet!

We like to keep up with MMD Events' "Bouquet of the Week," so you can imagine our surprise when we realized that the bouquet being featured was our own clients, Miss Monica who was married this month!

Is it not GORGEOUS?? Check out the post!

Image courtesy of MMD Events.


St. Petersburg, Florida – January 25, 2011 - WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce UNIQUE Event Design, LLC has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Wedding Planners!

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

UNIQUE Event Design,LLC stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud UNIQUE Event Design, LLC for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

We are happy to announce that UNIQUE Event Design, LLC is among the very best Wedding Planners within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

UNIQUEly Featured!

We were so humbled when Kimberly Romano with Kimberly Photography wanted to feature us on her website! She listed us under Vendors - Wedding Coordinators.

Thank you so much Kimberly! We really appreciate it, and we can't wait to work with you again soon!

Images courtesy of Kimberly Photography.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

UNIQUE Wedding: Kaara & Chris

Love, Love, LOVE the color scheme from Kaara & Chris' wedding! Can you guess why? Their black, white, & apple green color scheme and modern traditional style merged perfectly into a breathtaking wedding! I died, when Kaara mentioned her lime green peep-toe heels! Love a bride that can rock bright green shoes! These shoes were hiding beneath a classic ivory gown. The bride's bouquet was filled with ivory roses and green ivy, a reminder of the bride's sorority. I especially loved the bridesmaids' black dresses with a very interesting neckline. We contrasted the gowns with all white carnation bouquets. (we're bringing them back, baby!) The ceremony was all black & white. They chose to be married in Kaara's childhood church, which we embellished with two, large all baby's breath altar arrangements and a black & white damask aisle runner. No, the reception was not at Applebee's! In between the ceremony & reception, we had the limo make a pitstop at the local restaurant, since that's where the bride & groom originally met! In the Cocktail Hour, we added touches of green, with fuji mums strategically placed throughout an all black & white layout. The apple green truly splashed in the Reception. All of the guest linens were green with a black & white damask runner, with black chaircovers. Each placesetting had a black napkin with a wedding favor, a black & white cookie. They chose to do black & white cookies to represent how "ying" and "yang" they are (Chris is a city boy and Kaara is a country girl). Black lacquer cubes of white hydrangea with loops of green beargrass and floating candles adorned each guest table. We pinspotted each white centerpiece to make it pop in the dimly lit Ballroom. Instead of table numbers, each table was named a significant location to the bride & groom. The sweetheart table had an all black & white damask linen, lined with rectangular vases of white hygrangea, bear grass, and floating candles. as you can see, the florals were the perfect place to incorporate the modern touches that the bride was seeking. The cake was raised, and a trio of crystal candleholders hung above it. The cake was a modern design of vertical and horizontal lines with a green floral design. The cake stand was filled with green apples, and sat atop a black eyelash pintuck linen. The whole setup was backed by a line of white drape with amber lighting. The fabulous cake overlooked the diamond-shaped dance floor. Besides the ah-mazing decor, one of the most exciting parts of this wedding, was when the bride and groom performed their sorority & fraternity steps. WOW! I've never seen anything like this before. It is most definitely memorable! I can't wait for the video footage!!

Kaara & Chris, thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your wedding! It was such a joy getting to know you two, and I know there are great things in store for you! Best wishes for a long and happy life together!

Design & Coordination: UNIQUE Event Design...of course!
Lighting, Decor, & Rentals: MMD Events
Bartending, Catering, Reception Venue, & Hotel Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Tampa East
Florist: FH Weddings
Tuxedos: MW Tux
Videography: Tampa Wonderworks

Images courtesy of Robert McClory Photography.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A UNIQUE Surprise!

A friend of our's, who has recently gotten into cake baking, made us this sweet masterpiece to celebrate our new studio!

I can't bring myself to cut into it! :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Knot Best of Weddings 2011!

We are so excited to announce that we have been chosen as The Knot Best of Weddings 2011! We are so very honored and humbled by this award! Thank you to all of our clients!

Image courtesy of The Knot.

Club NACE!

What a way to celebrate the holidays! As you can see, we had such a great time at the NACE (National Association of Catering Executives) holiday party! Check out this recap!

clubNACE from VHVIDEO.COM on Vimeo.

Images courtesy of VHVideo and Vimeo.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Kiss & Tell: Rosemarie & J.P.

Rosemarie & J.P. had these kind words to say:

"Staci Mandikas, owner of Unique Event Design, provided us with "Day of Coordinating" package. However, she did SO much more than that. She recommended excellent vendors that I was SO happy with. She also helped me design the layout and decor for the reception and made wonderful suggestions that turned out looking so beautifully. On wedding day, she made sure all the little details that meant so much to me were taken care of.

She met with my vendors and provided much needed peace of mind especially during the week of the wedding. I am pretty hands on, and it was hard for me to give up the riegns, but I felt comfortable letting Staci take over, which allowed me to enjoy my wedding a whole lot more! Thank you Staci! "

Rosemarie & J.P., thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your wedding! It was such a joy getting to know you two and your family!

Image courtesy of Corey Conroy Photography.