Monday, February 11, 2013

Byran and Carolina 02.09.13


Byran and Carolina are out-of-towners who set their sights on a southwest Florida wedding.  With that they reserved the Hilton Marco Island as their destination for their celebration.  Byran met Carolina over ten years ago while they both attended the University of Alabama.  From his words, when he met her he knew she was special - sometimes, one just knows.

We worked with the Hilton's event coordinator Asha, who was so pleasant to work with.  The wedding day featured perfect weather, sunny blue skies with a slight constant breeze from the east.  The ceremony was held on the wide, white sand beachfront of the Hilton Marco Island, as Byran's father officiated the wedding and shared some excellent words of advice.  Byran knows music quite well, and chose special songs to create a wonderful mood for the ceremony.  Their hand written vows were exchanged as a backdrop of slow, rolling waves gently collided into the shore.

After the ceremony, all their guests joined the new couple for a champagne toast out right on the beach.  As Byran and Carolina continued their photo shoot with talented photographer Rhoda Parcon, the guests went up to the Hilton's penthouse level, with the celebration being held eleven floors upstairs, outside on the balcony overlooking the water.

Carolina chose tiffany blue and white to decorate with, and we provided tiffany blue uplighting to add to the ambiance.  Further, she designed a monogram recognizing their day.  A Sound Choice Entertainment provided these extra lighting choices, and we heard comments throughout the evening just how much the lighting enhanced the already gorgeous space..

Carolina and Byran danced their way into the reception to Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie" as their guests lined up on each side with lit sparklers in the air - what a great beginning.  Their first dance followed as they shared John Legend's "So High."  After toasts and a blessing, guests enjoyed a multi-station buffet dinner as their guests enjoyed the sunset and the beautiful view of the southern end of Marco Island.

Guests had a good time dancing and singing to "Sweet Home Alabama" chanting "Roll Tide Roll" at the chorus (Byran played football for the Crimson Tide).  The rest of the evening the guests enjoyed grooving to great music.  We want to thank them for allowing us to be part of their special day.  Congratulations Carolina and Byran!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Kevin and Kathryn 1.26.13

Kevin and Katie traveled from Canada to enjoy their wedding day in beautiful and warm Naples, Florida.  They picked a beautiful day for their outdoor ceremony at the beach at 8th Avenue South.  The weather was perfect.  Scott and I provided the setup for the ceremony including the sound system, microphones, the electrical power and the music.  The ceremony was coordinated by Catherine from A Beautiful Florida and performed by Bob Mitchell who is with the same company.  It's always great to work with professionals!  They chose Charlie McDonald as their photographer - he is always fun to work with.

Katie walked down the lawn aisle to Ben Harper's "Waiting On An Angel" escorted by both her Mother and her Father.  After the ceremony they chose Weezer's "Islands In The Sun" to walk out to --- perfect!

The cocktail hour and reception were both held at the Lakewood Country Club here in Naples, Florida.  It was a pleasure meeting and working with Beverly there and her upbeat staff.

The introduction of the Bridal Attendants was the first thing we did.  It was started a bit earlier than planned since it started to get cool outside after the sun went down.  Everyone came into the party dancing to "What I Like About You" by The Romantics.

Most everyone at the reception was also from Canada.  We've seen this before, where the bridal couple has one or two emcee's (friend(s) from the bridal party) for the night (other than the DJ) that emcee and lead the speeches and toasts.  Instead of their guest clinking glasses to get them to kiss, they had to come up to the podium and give the newly wedded couple some words of advice.  Then... they kissed!

The reception consisted of approximately 70 guests, all had a great sense of humor shown throughout the evening - and everyone enjoyed their celebration with Kevin & Katie!