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Orlando Launch Event for Wish Upon A Wedding

We’re counting down! Only 19 days until the Wish Upon A Wedding Launch Event which is aptly titled as “Give It Up For Love!”

This premier event is being held on Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at 6pm. WUW_Logo-OrlandoCentral Florida’s finest wedding and event professionals will be in attendance as well Orlando’s business elite!  You’re welcome to join us too – the more the merrier!  We want to get the word out about this fabulous organization and share information about how everyone can get involved to locally!  Wish Upon A Wedding anticipates granting dozens of wishes per year with the possibility of that number reaching into the hundreds.  Currently there are 18 Chapters across the US and the organization’s goal is to offer Wedding Wishes in every major city across the country.

This VIP event is taking place at Tavern on the Lake – located at 6996 Piazza Grande Avenue – Orlando FL, 32835 (Metrowest area)

For all the latest information, visit the Wish Upon A Wedding – Orlando Facebook page!

**Sponsorship opportunities are available

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Buy the Gown of Your Dreams and Help Grant a Wish

Save the Date!

Browse through hundreds of exquisite name brand and designer wedding gowns donated by manufacturers, retailers, salons and individuals – some valued at up to $8,000!  With prices starting at just $99 you’re sure to find an incredible deal!!

In addition to gowns, you will also find deeply discounted bridal jewelry, head pieces, veils and accessories!

VIP Night: Friday, March 12th 6-9pm Get VIP tickets & have first access to gowns!!

General Sale, Free Admission: Saturday March 13th 10-6pm and Sunday March 14th 10-2pm

Organized by: Association of Bridal Consultants | Location: University Club – 150 E. Central Blvd, Orlando

2010 BABC Gown Sale informationPre-register today!
www.BridesAgainstBreastCancer.org

Wedding on the Love Bus

In early December I was approached by colleague Debbe King (Project Manager Special Events, LYNX) regarding a very special project: She needed to plan a wedding for a couple who had requested to have their wedding on a LYNX bus. With the date rapidly approaching, I worked quickly and contacted a few other colleagues who graciously offered their services to help make the couple’s wedding wishes come true.

Love Bus

Love Bus

LYNX’ “Love Bus’’ became a wedding chapel for Tonja Willis and Tyrone Smaw, who chose the place they met to be the place they were married.

Love Bus Wedding

Love Bus Wedding

Tonja & Tyrone’s Wedding Story…

The ceremony took place on brisk and sunny December afternoon inside the “Love Bus’’ painted for LYNX by local artist Donna Dowless.  Minister Michel Alvin McWhorter performed the wedding with 20 guests seated in the bus parked in front of LYNX Central Station in downtown Orlando.

The interior of the bus was decorated by A Flair for Affairs and Cheryl’s Distinctive Creations to give it that ‘ceremony’ feel. “This was even better than I expected,’’ Willis said, after stepping out of the bus to a round of applause from passengers and wedding vendors at the downtown bus terminal. “I thought it would be a little different to get married in a bus, and it turned out really nice.’’

The couple met while riding LYNX for transportation to work. “I’m usually very shy, but as soon as I saw Tonja, I felt like I had to take a chance on getting to know her,’’ Smaw said. “We ended up talking the whole time ‘til I got off the bus. After I called her, we started using the bus to go on dates because neither one of us had a car, so it’s kind of like it was meant for us to get married here.’’

LYNX has never hosted a wedding on one of its buses. Chief Executive Officer Linda S. Watson agreed to do it on a one-time basis because “it had the right feel for the holiday season.’’ “The timing and situation made it a nice event for us to participate in,’’ she said. “We are happy to help Tyrone and Tonja get their married life started the way they hoped for and wish them great success in the years ahead.’’

Tonja's dress fitting at Modern Bridal

Tonja's dress fitting at Modern Bridal

Elisa Delgardio helped the couple by arranging flowers, photography, videography, a wedding cake and even the bride’s wedding gown. “This wedding would not have been possible without the support an incredible vendor team! Everyone I contacted jumped on board immediately and graciously donated their services. I think I was as overwhelmed and excited as the bride!”

Photo left: “LaVoria slipped Tonja into a white satin gown that was literally a perfect fit – like it was made for her! – and Tonja was overcome with tears of joy… It was really lovely.” -Elisa Delgardio

Tonja's wedding cake

The wedding cake and custom candles

A Flair for Affairs would like to acknowledge the generosity of the following companies:

aroma energie candles cakes by design inc Cheryls Distinctive Creations elegant imagery modern-bridal-shop Paul Duhon Video

ABC Luncheons and Events – Orlando 2009

Each month, I have the privilege and the pleasure of working with Kerline Docteur PBC to coordinate networking luncheons for Central Florida members of the Association of Bridal Consultants. The purpose of the luncheons is tri-fold:

ABC logo

First, monthly meetings bring ABC members and potential members (guests) together to build relationships.  Vendor relationships are essential to delivering the best products and services to our clients and facilitiating “team dynamics”.   

Second, the meetings provide a forum to educate our members.  We bring in speakers and create special programs to keep our members on the cutting edge of wedding and event design, as well as business and marketing trends.  

Third, it’s important to build the presence of ABC within our community.  ABC is an international association with a history that spans over 26 years.  With over 4,000 members located in all 50 states and in 27 countries, ABC’s  goals have always been to raise professional standards in the wedding industry and to make brides happy.  By developing an active Local Networking Group (LNG) we bring attention to the benefits of  ABC membership and showcase the professionalism of our members.    

This year (2009) shines brilliantly as one of our finest and most rewarding to date!  We have planned and coordinated nine luncheon events at venues throughout Central Florida.  In June, we held our third annual “Showers of Happiness” event to benefit Habitat for Humanity

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In July, we hosted a spectacular educational event entitled “Indian Weddings 101: Defining the Indian Wedding Experience“. For this particular event, we had engaged local Indian Wedding experts to explain the elements and cultural traditions of Hindu, Sikh and Muslim weddings. (Click on these images to see more fabulous pictures of this event, posted on the ABC Florida  website.)

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Shown left:  Akshar Patel, Kerline Docteur, Elisa Delgardio and Remmal Karamsadkar

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