Friday, October 29, 2010

Foto Friday

Welcome to
Foto Friday
Today we are featuring

We love working with Theresa... which is why we became SO excited to find out that she recently photographed our newest Bride and Groom's Engagement Session!
These Pictures of Sarah and Chad are STUNNING,
and we are truly honored to plan their July 2011 wedding! 

Theresa is professional, creative, and so sweet... we look forward to working with her again soon!
Here are a few of our favorite images from Sarah and Chad's E-Session, enjoy!

Check out Theresa's website to get... INSPIRED

Theresa NeSmith Photography
(813) 469-4021

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Kimberly Photography Sneak Peak: Mr and Mrs Richards - 10.10.10

kimberlyphotographyllc.blogspot.comKimberly's Slide Sneaks Blog: Mr and Mrs Richards - 10.10.10: "This month has been filled with amazing weddings and Julie and Matt's is no exception. With amazing details, her stunning dress, the first ..."

Pro Tip Thursday

Welcome to
Pro Tip Thursday
This Week we are featuring the Amazing...
with professional advice on: Fall into Change

"Fall is here and I couldn't be more excited...not only is it my favorite season, but for hair that means change!! Especially hair color, if you're brave enough! As a stylist for 10 years now, I've taken many ladies from blonde to red to brown to back blonde again and know how hard change can be sometimes on the going in side, but on the coming out side how fun it can be too!!

So here's some helpful tips for stepping out of your comfort zone and making those changes!!!

For you dark ladies out there that may need a switch, consider adding a few bright red peices in your dark to give that fall feel. If you need to keep your hair professional for work, ask your stylist to place the brighter pieces where they can be hidden by your part.

For the blondies out there who are brave enough to step out of there box, darken it up! A rich chocolaty brown or an auburn brown with some hints of red is always fun for fall If you still want dimension, ask your stylist to leave out a few lighter peices for around your face. This will give you a brighter feel.

If you're a blonde bombshell and not willing to take your blondes to dark, that's perfectly alright. There are a few ways to feel like you had a change without going dramatically different. For this fall Buttery Blondes are the hit. If you have bright light highlights, platinum blonde hair, or just an all over very light blonde color...consider toning down those blondes with a more slightly butter golden blonde. A toner is a simple process your stylist can do that goes over the blonde you already are wearing!

Whatever your preference, fall is a time of change and whatever color you decide to change to, embrace it! Don't fight it, if you love it everyone else will too!!!


Holly Nazario
Artistic Coordinator/Master Stylist
Collective Creations

Monday, October 25, 2010

Julie and Matt's Wedding

Congratulations Julie and Matt Richards!
We feel honored to have been a part of your special day, we LOVE you both!

Thanks to our amazing vendors who made this day possible:

And a HUGE thank you to our amazing Confetti Assistants,
we truly appreciate ALL of your hard work!!
Laurie Cushing
Lauren Nurczynski
Jen Koerlin

Ideas We Love

Welcome to
"Ideas We Love"
This week our FRESH idea to keep you inspired is...
Pillows... Pillows... Pillows

We LOVE these adorable pillows! You can add a fresh new decor element just by placing unique pillows around your Reception. We have seen pillows placed on lounge furniture, head tables, gift or sign in tables, and even on ceremony seating. You can use pillows that are personalized, with graphic designs or patterns, or simply to match your color scheme. 
So go have FUN adding a splash of color AND originality to your wedding!



Friday, October 22, 2010

Foto Friday

Welcome to
Foto Friday
This week we are Featuring

Here are a few of her stunning pics! Latina is so sweet, we are truly excited to work with her for
Michelle and Derek's upcoming wedding at The Vinoy on November 6th!

Please check out her website to get... INSPIRED

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pro Tip Thursday

Welcome to
Pro Tip Thursday
This week we are featuring one of our Favorite Wedding Officiants...


In my 43 years of experience serving as both a christian Pastor and Bishop and presently serving within the wedding industry, I have the opportunity to see how different today's "future brides" have changed in just the past three years. In today's down-turned economy, these brides-to-be have put much more emphasis on the cost factors involved with the planning of their wedding. These future brides are busy creating a more streamlined budget and leaving out things they formerly considered an acceptable extravagant notion and now realize that expenditure is not really necessary for their wedding needs. They are closely examining the cost factors related to their ceremony and reception venues, their wedding gowns, types and choices of their reception entertainment, their wedding party gifts (if applicable)
and flower costs as well as the invitations and mailings.

The national average cost of a wedding these days is approximately $28,000. In cities like Miami, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, San francisco, and Boston, those prices are at least doubled. In the central Suncoast area of Florida, such as the Tampa Bay region, the prices range from $18,000 to $26, 500. However, many frugal minded brides, following the breakdown of services and costs shown here, can duplicate a very lovely wedding between $7,000. up to $12, 500. A big difference!

Today's frugal-minded bride has learned through price comparison shopping and careful bargaining with wedding vendors, that holding her reception at 1:00 p.m. in the early afternoon will allow her (within proper ettiquette standards) to serve inexpensive foods dishes like "finger Foods", chocolate strawberries, melons, cheese dishes, even pizza along with her wedding cake as well as beer, wine and soda. Entertainment for the small reception can be a musician, recorded Ipod music, a CD machine or a D.J.

For a full and standard reception, the "open Bar" during the cocktail hour can be serving Beer, wine and soda also. The toasts can be with a sweet tasty champagne. The open bar can be open during the cocktail hour only and then re-opened during the reception. Towards the end of the reception (1 hour before closing) the beer and wine is discontinued and is now serving only soda, coffee and tea. After all, supposedly your guests have attended to celebrate your marriage, not to get drunk - right !?

In choosing a weekday evening (Mon. - Thur.) the venue fee will be much more affordable than Friday evening and Saturday day and evening. Sunday is also costly. Choosing a Friday, Saturday or Sunday morning time period (9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. will also be more affordable than the afternoon or evenings, such as 3:00 p.m. until midnight.
 Just imagine how much the couple saved by using the information mentioned here.

However, planning a wedding with just you and your beloved can be mind boggling. I recommend hiring a wedding event coordinator to give you room to breathe, knowing that a real wedding professional will be handling all your headaches and problems, leaving you free to be with your loved one.
You'll be glad you did!

Rt. Rev. + Ronald Turcot, D.D.
Tampa Wedding Officiants

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Ideas We Love

Welcome to
"Ideas We Love"
This week our FRESH idea to keep you inspired is...
Index Tabs and Welcome Bags

We LOVE these "Index Invitations" on
and think they would be a GREAT way to present your guests with Wedding Weekend 
information inside your welcome bags. 
You could have a tab for each event and each day,
and a different tab for Local Attractions/Dining Guides/Maps etc.
They come in any color and design style,
so you could easily have them printed to match your wedding color theme.
They are SUPER cute and a great way to welcome your guests!

Imagine these hanging on the side of your welcome bag. We feel as though welcome bags are SUPER important! You certainly want to give your wedding guests a very warm “thank you” for taking the time (and the expense) of traveling to participate in your special day.
Here are a few “must have” basics for your wedding welcome bag contents:

~ A cute bag or basket
~ A liquid or two
~ Some snacks
~ A schedule of events with directions
~ A cute and clever little keepsake favor

Here are some great welcome bag pics to keep you inspired
AND a great article to help you with more ideas on what your Welcome Bag should contain:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Foto Friday

Welcome to
Foto Friday
Today we are featuring

Here are a few of Liz's amazing images from her "Bombshell Experience"! 
I just recently had the opportunity to work with Liz on a FUN photoshoot with MMD Events,
where I even had a few Prego shots taken.
It was so much fun hanging out with "The Girls" and getting to see liz's work first hand.
She is incredibly down to earth and talented!!

Please check out her website to get... INSPIRED

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pro Tip Thursday

Welcome to
Pro Tip Thursday
This Week we are featuring the

Quick Tip #8: What's in Your Lipstick?

We put lipstick on everyday and rarely think about what we may be consuming with every bite we take throughout the day. But what is really going into our body? The cosmetic industry will not tell you that some of the ingredients used in its products are health hazards. Products from lipsticks are going to be absorbed into your body as you moisten your lips throughout the day, and especially when you eat.

The bottom line is to pay attention to the ingredients on any cosmetic label.
If your lipsticks have these toxic chemicals in them consider finding an alternative:

artificial colors
artificial fragrances
synthetic preservatives
mineral oil
sodium lauryl
sodium sulfate

Some cosmetic companies that I have found to have the least amount of chemicals are:

* M.A.C Cosmetics
* Bare Faced Mineral Cosmetics Natural Lipstick
* BioElements LycoPlex Lipstick (Papaya)
* Afterglow Cosmetics lipsticks
* Coastal Classic Creations lipsticks
* Cosmic Tree Essentials Lip Care Confections Lipstick
* Elusyion Vegan Mineral Lipstick
* Gourmet Body Treats Lipsticks
* Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Lipstick
* Inika Mineral Cosmetics Mineral Lipstick
* Raw Natural Beauty, Raw Color Primal Pigments Pure Botanical Lipstick
* Zosimos Botanicals
* CARGO Cosmetics Plant Love Botanical Lipstick
* Gabriel Cosmetics Lipsticks
* Bare Minerals 100% Natural Lipcolor

We all love lipstick!
We just need to do our research before supporting companies who produce harmful products.

Jess Waldrop
Artistic Coordinator/Lead Makeup Artist

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ideas We Love

Welcome to
"Ideas We Love"
This week our FRESH idea to keep you inspired is...

We LOVE this adorable NEW idea for a guest book! This wooden jigsaw puzzle cut entirely free hand creates a uniquely designed guest book. Guests sign the back of puzzle pieces and then the puzzle is a keepsake that will last forever!
 If you are looking for "something different" then here is your answer,
these puzzles are so cute!!

Please visit their Etsy page for further details:

Friday, October 8, 2010

Foto Friday

Welcome to
Foto Friday
This week we are Featuring

Here are a few FUN images from our bride and groom's recent E-Session in Ybor!
Courtney and Rich are planning a unique wedding at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts
with a lovely ceremony at the Vinoy Tea Garden this April.
We LOVE this cute couple and we are so excited about their big day!

We also LOVE working with the Limelight Team! Michael and Rebecca are so sincere, so sweet, and Brilliantly Talented! We feel so honored to work with them on this wedding.

Please check out their website to get... INSPIRED

Rebecca Zoumberos, CPP
Limelight Photography
Follow her on Twitter! LimelightRZ
Find them on Facebook!
Florida Phone: 813.926.4290
Toll Free Phone: 877.926.4791

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Pro Tip Thursday

Welcome to
Pro Tip Thursday
This week we are featuring the COOLEST Wedding Officiant...
With Couple Tips from "his" Experience:

"Weddings, unfortunately for some, are more stressful than necessary. There is a lot to do in planning, coordinating family and getting through the day... but the stress can be lessened in a few ways. Here are 3 tips I've learned over the years of officiating weddings that I believe can make one of the best days of your life even better."

1. When choosing an officiant, choose one that best fits your personalities and style. I would say this is one of the most vital, if not the most vital piece in regards to your ceremony. DJ's can play the wrong music, the weather can turn bad, and the party will still go on and you'll get over it. But if the officiant isn't in tune with you as a couple and understand what you want for your ceremony the wedding will be lacking. The officiant in many ways sets the tone for the whole day. That person holds the key piece in their hands, putting you two together. Don't settle for someone who doesn't meet your expectations and fit your personalities simply because you are in a hurry to complete your details.

2. Relax and enjoy the day. As much as you plan and your wedding planner plans, the fact is things will go wrong and not everything will be "perfect." But that's ok. Embrace it. Let the 6 year old ring barer or flower girl run off the stage or start singing during the ceremony. It's ok. Those things are part of the fun. Part of the celebration. These things provide great stories for later. Otherwise, it would just be boring. The wedding day is supposed to be fun and celebratory, not stuffy.

3. Enjoy the process. The wedding day is obviously one of the greatest days in your life, but the planning process should be too. There's so many memories and beautiful moments in those months leading up to the "big day." Don't get so lost in the details and stress of planning that you miss those moments and memories.

Jason Sowell

Monday, October 4, 2010

Ideas We Love

Welcome to
"Ideas We Love"
This week our FRESH idea to keep you inspired is...
Fleur de Sel Caramels

We LOVE these adorable Caramels!
 They are simple, charming, and the perfect small treat for anyone with a taste for something sweet...
and in this case, a little salty. They are the quintessential wedding or party favor.
Superfine Bakery ( in Studio City, California
provides these delicious, chewy fleur de sel caramel.

"Got a beach wedding coming up? Order several hundred caramels unboxed and place them loosely in a large clam shell for a striking ocean water-like visual on a dessert table, or put three in a small shell at each place setting for a sweet favor. Or order them boxed in clear pillow boxes as guest favors. If you'd like to try before you buy (or just have a need for sweet treat), feel free to order just one box and indulge."

For further details, please visit: