From the monthly archives: "January 2012"

On December 19th, the Jersey Shore chapter of the ABC gathered for ‘Food and Flowers,’ an open table discussion with the talent behind Flowerful Events, an award-winning event production company and member of Grace Ormonde’s Platinum List.

The event was coordinated by Jersey Shore ABC’s newest directors, Adam and Kristin Polhemus of Bella Bridal Consultants.  Michael and Kristina Valdmaa of Flowerful Events were so gracious to lend their gorgeous 9,000 square-foot studio, and everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the assortment of hors d’oeuvres and wines as they mixed and mingled.

After a festive cocktail, attendees took part in an informative and enlightening conversation headed by Michael Valdmaa.  Discussions of trends, inspiration, pricing structure, challenges, and opportunities within the industry ensued, as well as a lighting lesson from Section One Audio Visual and floral design tips and tricks from Flowerful Events.

Meanwhile, Feuza Reis of Feuza Reis Photography beautifully captured the decor and conversation.  Guests sipped on delectable coffee provided by Cupa Cabana Espresso & Coffee Catering.  The event was successful in contributing to the knowledge and expertise that helps ABC members stand out from the rest.  We look forward to seeing you at the next Jersey Shore local networking group meeting!

If you are a wedding professional in the Jersey Shore area, contact Kristin and Adam to learn how you can benefit from being a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants: info@bellabridalconsultants.com

 

Photography: Feuza Reis, Feuza Reis Photography

Florals: Flowerful Events

Lighting: Section One Audio Visual

Coffee Bar: Cupa Cabana Espresso & Coffee Catering

Coordination: Bella Bridal Consultants

Today our Member Spotlight features Dorinda Duclos, owner and lead designer of Favors by Dorinda, personalized candy bar wrapper favors and custom candy cakes. Dorinda shares with us some background on how she got started in the industry and narrates some details from one of her recent events!

Chocolate and art have always been my passion, so I combined the two to add sweetness to any beautiful occasion.

Favors by Dorinda was born in April 1998.  As an art major in school, my love for creating was never far away.  After a 20 year career in pharmacy, the arts called once again.  Active in many organizations throughout the wedding industry, as well as a social media expert, you’ll often find me on Facebook & Twitter, chatting away about today’s trends, what’s in, what’s out and what’s coming up.

I’m married to an incredible man, Neil, who supports me no matter what crazy idea I happen to come up with. I’m a proud mom of two wonderful children, Jonathan and Alyssa.  This is what I truly live for and my family inspires me to keep moving forward, making my dreams always come true.

Our Royal Wedding ~ Lady Rebecca & Sir Jonathan
“Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today. Mawwiage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam within a dweam. And wove, twue wove, wiww fowwow you fowevah and evah… So tweasuwe youw wove” ~ Princess Bride

On Friday, September 16, 2011, my son, Jonathan, married the love of his life, Rebecca. I can honestly say that it was the most amazing wedding (short of mine lol) that I have ever experienced. It was a medieval wedding. The men wore tabards and swords, the women dressed as medieval princesses (especially my daughter, Alyssa). Even the guests dressed for the occasion! And yes, the parents did, too! We all got into the festivities, including a fire show, a juggler & a flutist. The entertainment was amazing.

A special thank you goes out to Agnieshka Burke of Pumpkin Coach Events, who brought this event to life. She did an amazing job the day of the wedding, never missing a beat and making sure that everything was perfect!

We’d also like to thank Dominick from The Bethwood in Totowa, NJ. Without his willingness to make dreams come true, we couldn’t have had this wonderful day. The entire staff at The Bethwood was professional, kind and always smiling! They made it very easy for the guests to truly enjoy everything that was happening around them.

I had the honor of making the candy bar wrapper favors & mintbooks for Jon & Becky, using Jon’s artwork as the background.

As a special surprise for the bride and groom, my husband and I commissioned Robert Calabrese of Robert Edward Woodworking to create a dragon statue that would be the base for a castle cake we asked Sabrina Kuratana, owner of a cake dream, to make for us. They blew us away! The dragon is amazing, carved of wood, perched over the castle, guarding the happy couple. The cake is incredible, too beautiful to cut! But cut we did!! Wow! The cake was so delicious…a chocolate cake with mocha filling. I know where my next big occasion cake is coming from :) .

So I’ve shared some of the hi-lights of this magical day but the most important part was watching my son and his new wife. The glow from their faces, the sparkle in their eyes, truly showed how very much they love each other. And after all, isn’t that what it’s all about…

Congratulations to Jonathan & Rebecca ~ Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness, laughter and most of all Love!

Event Planning: Agnieshka Burke of Pumpkin Coach Events, http://www.pumpkincoachevents.com

Location: The Bethwood, http://www.thebethwood.com/

Custom Dragon Statue: Robert Calabrese of Robert Edward Woodworking, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Robert-Edward-Woodworking/130564263634282

Cake: Sabrina Kuratana of A Cake Dream, http://www.acakedream.com/

Favors: Favors by Dorinda http://www.favorsbydorinda.com/

http://favorsbydorinda.blogspot.com/2011/09/our-royal-wedding-lady-rebecca-sir.html

PUMPKIN COACH EVENTS was created by ABC Member, Agnieshka Burke, out of passion for beauty, style and everything bridal. Meticulous with detail and very methodical in solving problems Agnieshka has worked for many years in the NYC world of fashion, as a costume designer for Broadway Cares fundraisers and off-Broadway shows, as an art director in publishing, and assisting with high profile diplomatic events. She graduated summa cum laude from the highly regarded Fashion Institute of Technology and has a Bridal Gown Design certificate from the Parsons School of Design in NYC. For many years she combined her passion for artistic creation with her natural ability to multitask and organize.

Agnieshka resides in Short Hills, NJ with her stuntman husband and two kids who, even though don’t get paid for doing stunts, still do them every single day (because it’s in their blood)

Pumpkin Coach Events has been awarded the prestigious Bride’s choice award 2012 by the Wedding Wire.

Check out Agnieshka’s Masquerade-themed wedding featured in NJ Bride!

For Caryn Whitman and Edwin Whitney, a couple drawn together by their love of adventure and flair for the dramatic, it was certainly time for the “happily ever after” in their life story. After the couple became engaged in October 2007 and decided on a destination wedding, Caryn’s mother became ill and passed away in May 2008. A little more than a year later, Edwin’s father suffered the same fate.

It was a difficult time for both. “We finally decided it was time to bring some joy back into our family’s lives and have a proper wedding celebration,” Caryn says. Not wanting to settle for a traditional celebration, the couple decided to throw a lavish Venetian masquerade ball at Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury. “Caryn and Ed had their minds made up about creating a one-of-a-kind wedding that would stand out. The masquerade theme perfectly captured their personalities,” says event planner Agnieshka Burke of Pumpkin Coach Designs.

Representing the couple’s different religious backgrounds and extensive travels, the ceremony blended Jewish and Catholic traditions, and incorporated other cultural customs such as the Buddhist practice of the gentle ringing of bells and an Apache prayer. Caryn walked down the aisle to Igor Presnyakov’s acoustic version of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” carrying a handmade bouquet crafted from more than 100 of her mother’s antique brooches. “I was able to feel a sense that my mom was with me every step,” Caryn says.

Guests were invited to this magical evening with custom-designed, gilded paper scrolls and were asked to play the part by wearing Venetian masquerade masks that were placed at each table setting.

Centerpieces were embellished with white ostrich feathers and pearls, which mirrored the feather-and-crystal cake topper and the bride’s one-of-a-kind headpiece.

Jugglers, contortionists, a girl in a bubble, stilt walkers and fire eaters entertained guests as they ate, drank and danced. As an added bonus, party goers were serenaded by the bride’s father and sister, and even Caryn ventured into the spotlight to perform a rap song she reworked especially for Edwin.

And as for the reviews? Raves all around. “We had so much fun. We couldn’t have asked for a better day,” Caryn says. Now that’s a happy ending. After a honeymoon to South Africa and Mauritius, they split their time between Asbury Park and Manhattan.

Resources:

Photographer: Kate Connolly Photography, Long Branch, 732-483-6768; kateconnollyweddings.com

CEREMONY & RECEPTION: Shadowbrook, Shrewsbury, 732-747-0200; shadowbrook.com

EVENT PLANNER: Agnieshka Burke, Pumpkin Coach Events, 908-209-3375; pumpkincoachevents.com

BRIDE’S GOWNS: Monique Lhuillier and Pnina Tornai from Kleinfeld, NYC, 646-633-4300; kleinfeldbridal.com

BRIDE’S OSTRICH SHRUG: Theweddingdresser.com

BRIDE’S HEADPIECE: Cha-Cha’s House of Ill Repute, Brooklyn, 212-420-7450; chachashouse.com

BRIDE’S MASK: Gothic Renaissance, NYC, 212-780-9558; gothicrenaissance.com

GROOM’S MASK: Etsy.com/shop/theartofthemask.com

HAIR: Mallory Zenner, Salon Concrete, Red Bank, 732-219-6558; salonconcrete.com

MAKEUP: Joey Alvarez; joeyalvarez.com

MAID OF HONOR GOWN & ALTERATIONS: Antoinette Rose Bridal, Brick, 732-477-3477; antoinetterose.com

ENTERTAINMENT: Flambeaux Fire, 651-387-2236; flambeauxfire.com

HUPPAH DESIGN: Flowerful Events, 800-640-1930; flowerfulevents.com

BAND: Mission Dance, Freehold, 888-214-4570; missiondance.com

KETUBAH: Annaabramzon.com

LIMO & SHUTTLE BUS: Fancylimos.com

 http://www.newjerseybride.com/articles/a-masquerade-ball


Isis Petrie Williams, Co-Director of the South Jersey ABC,  is the opitimy of a New York state of mind. Excited by hustle and bustle and always up for a good challenge, she is not a “girly” girl and is most confident in a pair of jeans and uggs. She believes that it is crucial to be comfortable in your OWN skin and POSH Events wants their clients to know that this holds true for their events as well.

Isis owes her success in life to a quote she heard during her 5th grade commencement speach ” Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Til your good is better and your better is best”(Tim Duncan) and truly lives by the mantra to treat people the way you want to be treated.

On New Years Eve Isis married the man who dances with her anywhere, even when there is no music and she is a mother to the greatest toddler superhero ever. As Isis says, “I am truly honored to live my dream.”


We are proud to share with you one of Isis’ recent events!

While the world was a “buzz” for the nuptials of a certain celebrity couple who’s marriage only lasted 72 days, at POSH we were celebrating an amazing couple of our own. 

 Stacy and Michael were married in a beautiful ceremony in front of 225 of their closest family and friends at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey. As they stood under the Ketubah and exchanged vows, the room filled with an overwhelming amount of love and admiration for the two friends, classmates and partners. Stacy and Mike are just “that” couple, intelligent, compassionate and beautiful from the inside out.

The couple planned their wedding with their guests in mind as they hosted a weekend of festivities, with immaculate attention to detail. Guests were invited to attend the welcome reception the evening before the wedding at the host hotel. The next day, guests were taken to the Aquarium where they were greeted by a lush, romantic oasis of florals, courtesy of Eventricity.  After the ceremony, guests were led to cocktails in a space which totally romanticized their surroundings with fish “floating” in the space.  The sounds of EBE’s band “London”, led guest straight into a night of dancing, laughter and love!

Wedding Planner: POSH Events www.posheventsllc.com

Ceremony/Reception Venue: Adventure Aquarium  http://www.adventureaquarium.com/

Photographer: Marie Labbancz Photography http://www.artoflove.com/

Floral Design: Eventricity http://www.eventricity.net/

Band: EBE London http://www.ebetalent.com/london-dance-band

Transportation: A-1 Limousine www.a1limo.com

Hair/makeup: Bernard’s Salon & Spa http://www.ebetalent.com/london-dance-band

 

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Want to feature your company on our ‘Member Spotlight’ and share some details from a fab wedding or event that you have brought to life? We would love to share it! Submit your stories and photos to Marketing@newjerseyabc.com

Title: ABC North NJ LNG – Kick Off 2012 and Benefit Your Business with Video Marketing!
Location: McLoone’s Boat House
Link out: Click here
Description: On Wednesday, January 25th, the ABC NJ North LNG invites you to join them for an event that will benefit your business tremendously and help kick off the new year!

Thinking of ways to stand apart from your competition?

You’re on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and you blog consistently. Now what?

It’s time to think outside-the-box and start implementing video marketing as a distinctive and unique approach to your marketing efforts.

Inspire to be different!

Damon Dietz, President and Owner of Absolute Media Productions will share how video marketing will increase your visibility, company perception, and your profits!

In this session, Damon will give you the tools you need to boost your marketing efforts with video, including:

• How to use video to engage your customers
• How to create free/low cost video for your website {and then promote with social media}.
• How video can enhance your SEO and increase your visibility within Google
• Plus: We’ll reveal the number one thing you can do TODAY to get started with video marketing

This can’t miss event will be held at one of New Jersey’s newest venues, McLoone’s Boathouse, which is located in West Orange, NJ. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and guests can enjoy a fabulous site tour of this amazing venue.

Don’t miss out on this incredible event!

Date: January 25th, 2012

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: McLoone’s Boathouse – 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange, NJ 07052

Price: ABC Members: $25.00

Non ABC Members: $30.00
Start Time: 07:00
Date: 2012-01-25


On Wednesday, January 25th, the ABC NJ North LNG invites you to join them for an event that will benefit your business tremendously and help kick off the new year!

Thinking of ways to stand apart from your competition?

You’re on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and you blog consistently. Now what?

It’s time to think outside-the-box and start implementing video marketing as a distinctive and unique approach to your marketing efforts.

Inspire to be different!

Damon Dietz, President and Owner of Absolute Media Productions will share how video marketing will increase your visibility, company perception, and your profits!

In this session, Damon will give you the tools you need to boost your marketing efforts with video, including:

• How to use video to engage your customers
• How to create free/low cost video for your website {and then promote with social media}.
• How video can enhance your SEO and increase your visibility within Google
• Plus: We’ll reveal the number one thing you can do TODAY to get started with video marketing

This can’t miss event will be held at one of New Jersey’s newest venues, McLoone’s Boathouse, which is located in West Orange, NJ. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and guests can enjoy a fabulous site tour of this amazing venue.

Don’t miss out on this incredible event!

Date: January 25th, 2012

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: McLoone’s Boathouse – 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange, NJ 07052

Price: ABC Members: $25.00

Non ABC Members: $30.00

Click here to register today!