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Wedding Spread for SCENE Magazine

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Sarasota Wedding Planning | No Comments

I loved staging this beautiful wedding spread for the January issue of SCENE Magazine!

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Ritz-Carlton, Members Beach Club Wedding

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Ritz-Carlton Sarasota Weddings | No Comments

I was thrilled to be selected as the planner for this wedding held on New Year’s Day.  The tabletops were gorgeous and the couple was super nice!!

Photos courtesy of Cliff Roles

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Read more here:  http://newyorksocialdiary.com/guest-diary/2015/my-Sarasota

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Annie & Owen’s Wedding at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Marie Selby Botanical Gardens | No Comments

This beautiful bohemian inspired wedding, with vintage touches, was held under a clear tent on the lawn at Selby Gardens.

Photos Courtesy of: Binary Flips Photography

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Our surprise entertainer was DiVine, the Living Vine.

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Our surprise entertainer was DiVine, the Living Vine.

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Saks Fifth Avenue Grand Opening at UTC

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Saks Fifth Avenue at UTC | No Comments

It was very exciting to plan, and coordinate, the entertainment for the grand opening of the beautiful new Saks store. sarasota fl event planners

Beautiful ten-foot high models, attired in ‘old school Saks’ held the ribbon for the cutting.

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We were so fortunate to have the fabulous String Theory music ensemble, complete with dancers on opening day.

They performed at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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The strings of the beautiful harp went hundreds of feet to the second level creating a canopy of music throughout the store.

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We had beautiful dancers from the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, in the windows, the night of the Grand Opening pre-party

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Tamera and Bryant’s Five-Year Wedding Vow Renewal at Powel Crosley Estate

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Powel Crosley Estate | No Comments

What a beautiful family!  Tami, and Bryant, celebrated their five-year vow renewal with their children as attendants…it was magnificent…and complete with fireworks!

Photos Courtesy of Naomi Chokr

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Lisa and Tom’s Wedding at the Powel Crosley Estate

Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 in Powel Crosley Estate | No Comments

This beautiful wedding ceremony was held on the steps of the loggia.  Cocktails were in the Great Room and dinner and dancing followed under a fabulous clear tent.

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Lise and Taylor’s Wedding at The Oaks Club, Osprey, Florida

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in The Oaks Club | No Comments

Just before the ceremony we switched to the rain plan…gorgeous setting on the staircase of the club’s foyer.   Cocktails were in the ballroom followed by dinner/dancing in a tent on the croquet lawn.  Photos courtesy Ashley-Caroline.com.

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The First Look

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Such a fun program

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Rain plans don’t get more gorgeous than this!

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Amina and Brian’s Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Wedding

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Ritz-Carlton Sarasota Weddings | No Comments

Amina’s beautiful Vera Wang couture bridal gown was breathtaking!

Ceremony/Cocktail Reception was held on the lawn.  Dinner and dancing followed in the Healing Garden.

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Amina totally rocked this gorgeous dress!

 

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The decor was very Art Deco. Super glamorous!

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Beautiful seating assignment display on a seven foot tall mirror.

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Zaffa: Belly dancers, in honor of Amina's Egyptian heritage, led the couple into the reception.

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Wedding Planning Tips from Maria Brady of Choreographed Events

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Sarasota Wedding Planning | No Comments

As seen on Sarasota Magazine’s blog.

Ask the Expert: Five Wedding Planning Tips from Maria Brady of Choreographed Events

Five Sarasota wedding planning tips from Maria Brady of Choreographed Events.

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If you think of your wedding as a production, then Maria Brady of Choreographed Events is your director.  Maria spent years producing large theatrical stage performances before she began planning weddings and other social events; here are her top five wedding-planning tips for brides to be.

Consider Your Guests.
“Making sure guests feel welcome, and comfortable, is rule number one! As you plan each aspect of your event, mentally walk yourself through it as if you are a guest. Will there be water available at the ceremony?  Adequate seating during the cocktail hour? Will you provide table assignments, for dinner, so guests aren’t left wondering where to sit?  Are you planning an ‘ice breaker’ for out of town guests who don’t know anyone else?”

Work with Your Space
“Your venue dictates the tone of your wedding… every space has a voice. Select  your space very carefully,  based on the atmosphere you want to create, and plan your decor accordingly. I never fight the architecture or  work against the aura of a space.”

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Don’t Disregard Lighting
“I tell my clients that if they don’t consider lighting, when planning an event,  they are missing the boat. Not only does lighting create romance, and ambiance, it can also change the tone throughout the evening and ensure that your night is never static.   Start with one kind of lighting during the cocktail reception, dim the lights for dinner and transition into dancing.  As your party amps up, the right lighting will keep the energy going.  And, of course, you can never have enough candles.”

It’s All About Timing.
“Many people ignore a key factor that makes or breaks a party: timing.  In order to keep guests engaged, you must create a timeline that will keep your party in motion.  A well choreographed event has a distinct beginning, middle and end… with no downtime. Start your ceremony on time.  Move right to the cocktail reception and after 45 minutes start inviting guests to be seated for dinner.  Never let so much time pass that guests are looking at their watches wondering what is going to happen next.”

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Relax and Enjoy
“Hire vendors you trust so that even if you tend to be a bit obsessive about the details, you’ll know everything is being properly taken care of.   The goal is to enjoy your wedding as a guest.  You want to be at your best on the day of your wedding, so let go and have a fabulous time!”

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