Rosen Wedding 11.18.2017

Streamsong Resort

SRE Package: The Romance Package- Planning & day of coordination
Venue: Streamsong Resort
Photography: Finny Hill Photography
Florals & Rentals: Milly's Flowers
Catering & Bar: Streamsong Resort
Cake: Goldies Goldies Bakery
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates
Dress: The Perfect Dress Sarasota
Hair & Makeup: Lala Todorovic
Suit: Hugo Boss
Printing: Minuteman Press

Out of all the weddings I've planned so far, Evan & Stephanie's wedding planning process was definitely one of my favorites. Each session we had was full of laughs, good food (and wine) and jokes while planning and nailing down all the details of their big day. The overall goal for their wedding day was to have a formal and classy event while also having an absolute ball eating, drinking and partying with their closest friends and family. Streamsong Resort and their team were great to work with as well as each and every vendor who participated in making their day amazing. Finny Hill Photography was a blast (as usual) and worked hard to make the Bride and Groom feel relaxed and natural during their portraits and photos throughout the day- and man did those portraits turn out AMAZING! Stephanie wanted to go with a Gatsby inspired theme by using marble print that was partnered with white and gold wedding decor used throughout the ceremony and reception space. The bridesmaids stood out in their champagne bling gowns that paired perfectly with the men in their classic black tuxedos. After hours when the clubhouse went dark, Grant Hemond kept the dance floor full while Evan and Stephanie kept their guests entertained with glow sticks and light up glasses. After the formal sparkler exit the newly weds and their guests headed to the main resort rooftop bar to continue the party with their friends and family!

Evan & Stephanie's faces in the formal exit photos say it all- their wedding day was an absolute BLAST!

Dock Proposal 11.16.2017

The Dock.

Ben & Alessa met at Social Media Day at Fergs Live on 6/30/15 and felt an instant connection. That night they sat outside at what they now refer to as "the dock" for hours chatting about their lives and future ambitions. The night that Ben & Alessa met a red balloon from the event became a symbol they frequently used to represent their relationship and love. Fast forward two years to Sunday November 12th when Ben told me he wanted to propose to Alessa in only 4 days and needed my help to pull his thoughts and vision together. Ben knew that he wanted to propose on the dock that they frequently visit to relive the night they met, but didn't have any other plans for the proposal nailed down yet. That next day we met for the first of many planning sessions to begin to work through the details of the big day; how to get her to the dock and dressed nice, parking, timing, photo and video, engagement photos after and a surprise engagement party to end the night. After our first session a theme and overall vision for the proposal was developed.

At the beginning of the week, Ben and photographer Seamus worked together to draft an email from Seamus to Ben & Alessa requesting that they participate in a photoshoot on 11/16 at Fergs for an upcoming publication. The trap was set and Alessa gladly bit the bait and accepted the request to participate in the shoot! On the big day my sister in law and I made our way downtown to the dock to prep the area with over 50 candles and white rose petals to add to the romantic ambiance of the Florida sunset as well as 50 red balloons to symbolize Ben & Alessa's red balloon tradition. All week I could tell that Ben was rehearsing over and over the steps and timeline we had discussed so many times, but when the time came I reminded him that the way he proposed to Alessa was not nearly as important as the things he said in the moment. That afternoon Ben and Alessa got dressed up and headed downtown for their photoshoot. Seamus "conveniently" called to tell Ben that he was running a few minutes late so Ben made the decision to make a quick "pit stop" to the dock like they had done many times before.  With much excitement, photographer Seamus Payne, videographer Freddy Marshall and I hid in the bushes while waiting for Ben and Alessa to arrive at the dock at 5:45- right as the sun was about to set- to witness the big moment as he asked Alessa to spend forever with him as his wife.

"Kathleen made my entire proposal process a dream. Every loose end and major or minor logistical challenge I threw at her she was able to smooth out with ease. I really don't think I could have pulled off my proposal so smoothly without her help. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking to drop the question- you will thank her later!" -Ben

Throughout the weeks leading up to the engagement Ben shot a series of short clips of Alessa during their everyday lives and compiled them into a surprise video that would be used after the proposal at their engagement party. Trust me when I say there was not a dry eye in the room while the video made its big debeut! 

Vendors:
Setup & Design: Southern Romance Events
Ring: Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry
Photography: Seamus Payne
Videography: Freddy Marshall
Alessa's Dress: Goldmorning
Florals: ABC Events
 

Buitrago Wedding 11.4.2017

Ruskin Backyard Barn Wedding

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SRE Package: Day of coordination
Venue: Bride's parent's home
Photography: Benjamin Hewitt Photography
Videography: Cinemapure
Florals: 2 Birds Events
Catering: Family friends
Cake: The Average Cake & Publix
DJ: DJ by CJ
Dress: The White Magnolia Bridal Collection
Hair & Makeup: Lexi Wyatt & Dee Dee Cardenas
Suit: Express
Rentals: Fiesta Solutions & Brandon Rental

It's safe to say that Alejo & Tara's wedding day was straight out of a dream. I had the pleasure of helping plan and coordinate Tara's sister's backyard wedding on her family property in 2015, so of course I was thrilled to return on the property for Tara and Alejo's big day in November. Tara and Alejo are worship leaders within their local church and wished to have the entire congregation attend their ceremony while opting for a private family-style reception in their family's backyard and barn after. The bride and groom had a private first touch before the ceremony that even gave the vendors a wave of emotion. The ceremony took place in an open cattle field that had the perfect amount of brush, trees and greenery to make you feel like you were in a forrest. Tara surprised Alejo by not only saying her vows in english but also saying them in Spanish so his family and culture could be honored within the ceremony. After the ceremony all guests attended a cocktail hour on site, toasts to the bride and groom and a formal porporri exit with flowers the bride's mother had collected and dried over the years. The bride and groom took their golden hour portraits on site before joining their family and close friends for the reception- their portraits are STUNNING! The private reception took place in the family's backyard and barn and consisted of southern style food with a Columbian flare (for the groom and his family), dancing, sentimental toasts and a beautiful sparkler exit under a perfect fall night sky!

"It's mind blowing to me that the very home my dad built 22 years ago for my mother to raise my brother, little sister and I in, is now a home that has seen the weddings of the two little girls that grew up in it..." - Maid of Honor

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