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Green with Envy! – Wedding Reception at Lake Mary Events Center

Wedding Reception - Lake Mary Events Center; A Flair for AffairsI just had to share a few images of this fabulously stylish reception from last weekend. This apple green and brown color theme is not exactly new, but it’s still quite popular; and this reception was exceptionally chic! It exemplifies how a few simple details, such as custom graphics, granny smith apples and cymbidium orchids, can deliver a huge, dramatic impact!

My very talented bride designed her own invitations, custom favors and table signage. The same brown and green motif was also incorporated into the cake design (cake by Karen Alvarez) and the graphic for the video screen. It’s easy to see how these signature details were instrumental in tying event decor together.

The major splurge for the reception decor was a lighting package by Kaleidoscope Productions; they provided perimeter and accent lighting throughout ballroom which glowed apple green most of the evening, but also changed periodically to enhance the mood of special dances and draw attention to the cutting of the cake, etc.

I also must say a few words about the beautiful Lake Mary Events Center. The Events Center has so much to offer! It’s a state of the art events venue with a tastefully appointed interior and lovely lake front views. Wedding ceremonies can be accommodated outdoors as well as indoors. The Events Center has a spacious Grand Ballroom with a dark wood dance floor and a small stage, a large Rotunda, flexible pre-function space, meeting and conference rooms, and dressing rooms. It is well designed and provides a “comfortable flow” – meaning everything is convenient and easily accessible – which is important to every event. Be sure to consider it for your next event!
© 2008 E. Delgardio All Rights Reserved / Photos by E. Delgardio

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10 2008

Eventworld 2008


The Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida was the host hotel for ISES Eventworld 2008 on August 21-23.

What a blast! Hundreds of ISES members from around the globe attended EW this year, and experienced a variety of educational offerings, networking opportunities and well-deserved recognition for their work.

As I mentioned last week, I was really excited about this conference for a number of reasons… For starters, this was my first time attending Eventworld, and I was looking forward to catching up with old friends and making new acquaintances. Not to mention that I was all hyped up about the Esprit Awards and the Spirit of Excellence Awards. In addition to that, the Vinoy is one of my all time favorite hotels! It’s a historic hotel (c. 1925) that boasts beautiful views of the St. Pete Pier and waterfront, incredible cuisine and luxurious amenities (like fabulously comfy beds!)

Well, unfortunately, our “Gala at the Grove” ( 2007 ABC Gala) event did not garner the coveted Esprit Award – but we are still happy that our event and team received worldwide recognition as nominees, and it was truly an honor to be in such distinguished company. And sadly (sigh) despite our best efforts, our Orlando Chapter did not take home a Spirit of Excellence Award… Yet, we are quite proud that Orlando’s own David DeLoach was sworn in as President of ISES International. (This marks the third time that a Past-President from the ISES Orlando Chapter has served as International President.)

Following the Esprit Awards on Saturday evening, we enjoyed a fabulous dinner reception in the Vinoy Grand Ballroom. You can see from the photos that the ballroom decor had a whimsical & elegant black and white theme, and the lighting was quite stunning. I had the good fortune of sharing this event experience with my friend and associate Kerline Doctuer PBC. And to our delight, we were seated alongside Sasha Souza MBC – an accomplished and well respected member of both ISES and ABC. Sasha spoke candidly with Kerline and I about many issues that we face as planners, blogging and her involvement as Events Chairperson with The SEARCH Foundation (Special Events Assistance & Resources with a Caring Heart). (Perhaps more on Sasha in a future post…)

All in all, it was a wonderful conference, and an especially memorable evening.

© 2008 E. Delgardio All Rights Reserved. Image courtesy of Elisa Delgardio. Shown: Eddie Diaz, Christine Logan, J. Michael Hicks, Awny Khashoggi, Richard Streitler, Kerline Doctuer

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08 2008

Wedding Weather (More Cool Tools…!)

A Customized Weather Forcast for Your Wedding Date
This information courtesy of www.weather.com

… We (The Weather Channel) have taken 30 years worth of data for your location and date to give you an idea of what you might expect based on past weather conditions. This information is what experts at The Weather Channel have used to plan their own weddings and is the best indicator of conditions this far in advance of your special day. An actual weather forecast is available 10 days in advance of your wedding, which gives you time to make any last-minute adjustments.

While you can get monthly and daily averages and records for your location in our Set the Date feature, your best bet is to create a “My Wedding Weather” page. This personalized page will automatically update with the latest weather data as your wedding day draws nearer. Here’s an overview of what you’ll see on this page and when:

  • More than 10 days away: averages and records, as well as actual weather from the past 3 years
  • 10 days away: your Wedding Day Forecast, including high and low temperatures, chance of precipitation, and more
  • 48 hours away: an hour-by-hour forecast so you can plan accordingly and make any necessary last minute changes …

How cool is that!?!

Source: Weather.com / The Wedding Channel

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08 2008

Cool Tools for Brides & Planners

Wedding Mapper.com

Looking for a great way to get everyone to the church on time? A wedding map makes it easy to communicate detailed information about your wedding and the local area to a large number of people. By sharing your wedding map with guests and your wedding vendors you can ensure no one gets lost on the big day. In addition to listing the key locations, such as the ceremony and reception, you can also easily…

  • Add restaurants, spas, parks, and your favorite local attractions to your wedding map
  • Add photos and custom descriptions make your wedding map more personalized
  • Store vendor contact information, hidden from guests, on your wedding map to keep everything in one place.
  • Create a printed version of your wedding map to enclose with your invitations or create a custom URL for an map that’s viewable online.

Visit the Wedding Mapper website to take advantage of this terrific service – it’s FREE!

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08 2008
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