Friday, June 29, 2012

Our New Website

It's not secret that out new website is live. But unfortunately, it's still under construction. We hated to launch the site without it being 100% in tip top shape, but unfortunately it needed to be launched in order for some of the kinks and bugs to be worked out.

As we are excited to share the new look, but we want to let you know that it is still a work in progress. There is still additional content to be included as well as MANY more photos. We'll continue to update you as the progress continues, but in the meantime, what do you think?

Happy Friday!

XO- Zoë

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Importance of Teamwork and Hiring Great Event Professionals!

With every client we meet, we always love to know who your team of event professionals are. Why, you might ask? Because to us, there is nothing more important in creating an event than hiring stellar event professionals.

If a client has yet to complete their roster of professionals, we always LOVE to make recommendations! Why? No, we don't get commissions from referring other vendors and it doesn't mean they'll treat us to dinner, what it DOES mean and does give us? Peace of mind. Your vendors appreciate other professionals just as much as you, the client should.

Event day with a rockstar team of event professionals is like Christmas morning. Your vendors go into your event day excited and relaxed, knowing that regardless of what the day brings, they are working with a team that works well together and will do anything for each other.

So what does this mean for you? A stress-free event day and the peace of mind knowing that your vendors care as much about your event day as you do. That the quality of service and product they provide is fabulous and that you and your guests will be taken care of.

When creating your perfect team of event professionals ask other vendors. Ask them who they would choose if it was their big day and most likely you'll find, the more vendors you ask, the more certain names will continue to be presented. And if that's the case, you can't go wrong. Getting references from vendors that have the experience of working together will only result in a positive experience for you.

We stumbled upon this video from the fabulous Voila Cinematic of a wedding we were a part of last July. I think it's the perfect example of a group of event professionals working together to create a spectacular event. It was a big production, but the day could not have been more seamless and stress-free. This is the perfect example of event professionals providing an outstanding product and experience for their client.

Vendors Cut: Sandy Rule Events from Voila Cinematic on Vimeo.

So next time you're looking for a certain vendor, just ask! We're more than happy to help!

XO- Zoë

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Website {SNEAK PEEK}

We can hardly wait for the launch of our new website/blog! The ETA is set for sometime next week and we're counting down the minutes!

In the meantime, we thought we'd give you a snippet of our new home page... this was in the earlier in the designing stages so the real one will be slightly different. But in the meantime, we hope you enjoy this sneak peek!

Let us know what you think about our new website facelift! ;) Comments welcome. :)

XO - Zoë

Monday, June 18, 2012

{Coming Soon!} The Republican National Convention

We couldn't be more excited about the fast approaching, Republican National Convention that will be taking over Tampa Bay, August 27th-30th!

The excitement is certainly start to build around here regarding the convention and all that it can do to boost the economy for the small businesses in and around Tampa Bay. The Republican National Convention Committee on Arrangements and the Tampa Bay Host Committee are BIG small business advocates and we couldn't be more grateful!

“Having the Convention in Tampa Bay is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we are committed to ensuring the event is a major success and exceeds everyone’s expectations,” said Host Committee President and CEO Ken Jones. “Tampa Bay is one of the best kept secrets in America, and we will demonstrate that our region can compete and shine on a global stage as well as any major city in the world.”

We were thrilled to have been selected as one of three official florists in the Tampa Bay area as the official florists of the Republican National Convention. Additionally, we have also been selected as one of the florists for the Small Business Network with The Tampa Bay Host Committee!

We look forward to showcasing Tampa Bay and all that it has to offer! We could not be more proud of our city and we know all of the Convention visitors will love this place as much as we do!

Xo - Zoë

Friday, June 15, 2012

Kids Birthday Party Inspiration!

In search of some inspiration of my own for today's blog post, I stumbled upon a fun article on that I had to share.

The article gave inspiration for kids' birthday parties. Along with the fun themes, they provided several great DIY projects to add additional layers of details to the party.

Below are a few of our favorites from the article:

Baby's Sunshine Party

Campfire Treat

Mystical Mermaid

Pink Nutcracker Party

Such fun and cute ideas, a unique twist on the typical Princess or Cowboy Party. Click HERE to read the article. Happy Party Planning!!

XO- Zoë

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wedding Sneak Peek! {Taylor and Wesley - Boca Grande, FL}

We're so excited to share these beautiful images from Taylor and Wesley's Boca Grande April Wedding. The Ceremony was held at the Lighthouse United Methodist Church, followed by a tent on the croquet lawn at The Gasparilla Inn.

The forecast was rather ominous for the weekend, but a little early afternoon showers didn't rain on their parade! After the ceremony finished the weather completely cleared!

For Taylor and Wesley's wedding they embraced the vibrance of color that is ever-so present down in Boca Grande and went with a bright chartreuse green and hot pink/fuchsia color scheme, accented with touches of bling. We used a variety of gorgeous spring flowers including; tulips, peonies, roses, hydrangeas, cymbidium orchids and ranunculus. Other design elements included hot pink bougainvillea trees around the dance floor, off white leather couches accented with the brides patterned chartreuse green pillows complete with a floral chandelier over the center of the dance floor. We loved the added details of the bride including the straws, personalized drink flags and the sparkler signs.

We love this beautiful wedding! Thank you Taylor and Wesley for allowing us to be a part of your special day!!

A huge thank you to Lauren Pauline Photography for these beautiful photos!

XO - Zoë

Monday, June 11, 2012

Monogram Mania!

Whether you're newly married, single, or have been married for years, monogramming your personal items is a trend I don't will think ever go out of style. (And to be honest, I hope it doesn't!)

From stationary, to purses, to iPhone cases! Monogramming is all the craze! Check out a few of our favorite items below and get personalizing!

Images courtesy of DKM Accessories, The Palm Accessories and  The Stationary Studio

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Kind Words!

Hello Zoe,

I wanted to take the time to thank you, Ian, and your fabulous staff once again for all their hard work on my beautiful flowers. It was truly a pleasure working with you all, as everyone was very warm and friendly as well as amazingly talented, and that makes all the difference in the world! Our guests repeatedly told us that our wedding flowers were "like something out of a movie!" and "magazine-worthy." 

I wish you all much future success and happiness.

Thank you all so much!

Laura Bellar (Cooper!) 

Thank you Damon and Laura for letting us be a part of your fabulous day!! 

Monday, June 4, 2012

A Unique Option for Your Guests!

I recently had the pleasure of being a GUEST at a wedding! Hard to believe, right?! :) We get 'married' multiple times in a weekend, but don't always get the opportunity to be a guest.

I love going to weddings and who wouldn't?! With the recent wedding, as I looked at the Bride's registry trying to think of the perfect gift, I stumbled upon something BRILLIANT!

On her website, the bride offered a link to Traveler's Joy. This website was incredible and I wished it would have been around when I got married. Pretty much, it allows your guests to contribute to your honeymoon. Before you judge, no, it's not one of those tacky websites that's like, please contribute money here! BUT what it allows your guests to do is pay for different excursions, dinners, spa treatments, etc. My husband and I had a fun time looking at the website thinking of what we would want to do and would be a fun addition to what was to surely be an unforgettable vacation. What did we select? Their private tour of Venice, Italy.

I thought this was such a cool idea and just had to share. It was fun knowing that we were a part of making their honeymoon experience an incredible one. Don't get me wrong, I know the joys of receiving items off of your registry, but rather than just writing a check or getting a gift card, this is a fun alternative that the newlyweds will surely always remember!

Take a peek at their website I included above - you can look at what other couples have planned, and create a website of your own with the click of a button! 

Happy Honeymooning!

XO - Zoë