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Monday, June 24th, 2013

 

Last Years Workshop was a HUGE Success! We had an amazing group of planners in our workshop and I still stay in contact with them. Many of them have started their business and have strived in their first year! Many have developed new ways to market their business and are seeing great results since last August. One planner in particular worked as an intern with my company after the workshop and got offered an amazing job opportunity as a lead event manager in an large, reputable event production company.  Another planner who attended the workshop boosted up her company and now has 3 times the amount of clients she did when she attended and has been published in over a dozen magazines and wedding blogs. I am so proud of all of the accomplishments of the planners in the last 2 years so you can imagine my excitement for this years workshop. Please feel free to call me or email me should you have any further questions. I look forward to a fantastic and memorable workshop this year.

Dates: Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 and Thursday, August 22nd 2013

Location: Miami Lakes, Florida (the exact address will be sent to you after the application has been submitted)

Times: 9am – 5pm Wednesday and Thursday

Day 1: The Business and Design Concepts Wednesday, August 21st 2013

(Breakfast and Lunch will be provided)

* Understanding Your Role as a Wedding  Planner

* Knowing the Business. Establishing your Target Market, and Setting Company Goals

* Networking, Advertising, Research, and Investing Your Time

* Business Showcase, Developing your Website, and the World of Blogging

* How to work with the Bride and Groom throughout the Planning Process

* Grasping Inspirations, Themes, and Designing Unique Events

* Interactive Storyboard Development- team activity

* Guest Speaker

Day 2: All About the BIG day! Thursday, August 22nd 2013

(breakfast and lunch will be provided)

* Managing Vendor Teams

* Timelines and Production Schedules

* Bride Getting Ready Suite  and How to keep a Calm and Happy Bride

* Importance of Bridal Beauty with Guest Speaker and Guru, Gloria Pelo

* Details, Details, Details

* Plan, Set Up, and Coordination of a Ceremony and Reception

* Design, Decor, and Tablescapes

* Design Presentations with two of Miami’s Premier Designer and Guest Speaker

* Presentation of Inspirational Story Boards

* Q& A with Jackie Ohh… and some of the Best Planners in South Florida

Workshop Venue and Travel

For Information for travel and accommodations, please email stephanie@jackieohhevents.com

Pricing

Includes 2 full day Workshop and interactive  learning, breakfast and lunch on both days and all materials needed for interactive storyboard team activity. The cost of the two day workshop is $495.00.

Next Steps

To attend the Workshop, Please email me at Jackie@JackieOhhEvents.com and include: Your Full Name, Your Company Name and Website (if applicable) and Your Contact Number.

I will respond to you with confirmation of your email and you will receive an invoice shortly after.  The invoice will have payment instructions. Once I have received payment, you will receive a welcome email along with a workshop worksheet. It’s a simple work sheet to fill out so that I can get to know you a little better. Closer to the date, you will receive an email with our schedule of events and important information and directions. Please contact the office at 305.231.1230 or me cell 786.295.1641 if  you have any questions or if you have a group interested in the workshop.

I am  very much looking forward to this workshop and the chance to show you the wonderful world of being a Wedding Planner. See you in August!

Your registration is only secure once we receive both your registration form and your payment.

Please register early – seating is very limited.

 

Welcome to the BlogSite of Jackie Ohh… Events

Friday, June 14th, 2013
What Stands Between the Unimaginable and Reality is…

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I invite you to experience A Little Piece of Heaven with Jackie Ohh… Events. Explore the unique world that I have created where imagination and inspiration come to life. I have posted 6 new weddings that I have been holding back for the launch of the new site, I hope you enjoy viewing them.

I will be posting new, never seen before weddings and events that I have done in the recent past. Please come back and visit us often as there will continuously be new blog posts with amazing wedding pictures, great stories, and helpful tools and advice.  Now that my website and blog are in one, I will be updating the blog more than ever before.

I’d like to thank the many people who have come together to make this blogsite possible. Eva and Elena from Dynamic Design Online, Im speechless! Leo I’m so excited about the video- THANK YOU! RayRay, Thank you brotha! Martha, my Munchkin, Thank you for the pics of ME! Love them! To all of those who inspire me, thank you for being so true; It’s such an amazing feeling to know I have you all in my life. To my family and friends and especially my husband, thank you for supporting me and putting up with me. I hope you know how much you ALL mean to me. Thank you a million times over!

Hugs,

Jackie Ohh…

D.I.S.T.U.R.B.I.A on Wisteria Lane

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

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MEET THE BIRTHDAY GIRLS! TWO OF MY FAVORITE GIRLS IN THE WORLD, MY SISTERS, JESSICA AND STEPHANIE!

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I never post anything of my own, hence, after soooo many times of people asking me to post my wedding, I have yet to do it.  I have to post this one though! O.M.G. I kind out out did myself on a birthday party for my two little girls. My daddy agrees with me LOL.

MAS, Miami Art Space was the venue of choice for this grande party. It had to be a space that I could transform and that had multiple function areas in order for my vision to come to life. This was a special event for me as we were celebrating the birthdays of my two little sisters.  It was so hard coming up with a theme that was going to be exciting just by saying the theme and one that would be totally unique! I didn’t want to do anything ANYONE has EVER done before. I typically get these crazy ideas at the strangest times. This theme was born on 826 while I was driving to the Mandarin Oriental to meet a client. =)

Soooo many people have asked me how the heck did I come up with this theme? My answer is easy: If you know my sisters, Jessie is adorable and very girly. She’s studious and loves to learn about everything. She’s a homebody like me  but has a wild side too when we get a little champagne in her lol. More than anything, she loves things primped and perfect like a street lined with white, picket fenced houses. The only street I could think of was “Wisteria Lane”. It fit her perfectly!

Steph aka Toooootsie! is ALL over the place lol. She is such a character and always is having a great time. She’s a clown and constantly making everyone laugh. She LOVES to shop, talk on the phone, PARTYING, and pretty much anything that involves having a good time, yeah- she is pretty much all over the place. One of my favorite songs and movies for that matter is Disturbia, so I thought, perfect, “Disturbia” is perfect to describe Steph.

Since they are so different, Steph is the Disturbia is Jessie’s Wisteria Lane, hence the theme, Disturbia on Wisteria Lane. Thank you so much to Martha, Jesus, and Marlene at UDS Photo for joining the craziness and documenting it all. Awesome – <3 U!

So, I welcome you to explore both of my baby sisters’ Birthday BASH!  Enjoy!

…  I’d like to introduce you to the characters of Disturbia…

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The character in the middle picture of the top row greeted each of our guests at the Step and Repeat  as they walked into Wisteria Lane. He’s such a an amazing person and his character fit him well as he joked around with all of our guests. They got to take pictures with him at the S&R. The rest of the characters came out in the Disturbia After Party. Crazzzzzzzzzy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so so so thankful to Rick Interian and his design team at Avant Gardens!!!! WOW is all I can say. Ricki has been doing events with me for years. It’s come to a point where I don’t even have to tell him what I like… although I ALWAYS make sure to tell him in which I get the rolling of the eyes lol. I guess that is what happens when you’ve been working with somebody so long that you are more like family than co-workers. =) We had two meetings and did one walk thru. Told him what I was envisioning and thats it! Love him!  This entrance piece was so perfect. it was primped and girly, and oh so suburbia looking. Welcome to Wisteria Lane everybody (well, 250 family and friends).

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Speaking of family and friends… here are a couple of pics of our specials guests. The first to the left is our friends/family and oh so talented hair and mani/pedi genius’ at Elements Salon Studio. Albert custom designed the outfits the girls were wearing and Juan Carlos did their amazing hair styles ~ Geee-Nius! Cheers Friends!

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As stated above, Wisteria Lane was designed to be frilly and girly, and well, perfect! jeje. An oversized peacock fence was the back drop to one of the semi-circle bars from Room Service Rentals. The high bistro rectangle and small cocktail rounds were dressed in plum dupioni linens with fuchsia and plum overlays that consisted of organza cut outs in circular patterns (from AB Covers). The design was paired with black chairs/stools and plum colored cushions for some pizzaz. Small furntiure groupings were strategically placed throughout the outside area to invite guests to sit for a while and chat with some friends.

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Anyone who knows me, KNOWS I’m all about the lighting – it’s the key element to ANY event. My buddy Dan from Uplyte is so amazing. He too knows me so well its scary. The space was lit in bright pinks and soft and stark patterns for that little bit of funk to illustrate my idea of Wisteria Lane.  Ricki designed some oh-so-funky florals to accent the tables and to make the first part of the event tailored and complete! Thanks friends!!!!!!

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Here are some pictures of our family and some friends at the party.

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In speaking with my design team, I wanted to do something different with the display of our fantastic stations. I knew Jorge Mena was going to do something super tasty and fun so I wanted to present it in a way that matched the uniqueness of our event. Well… here it is- floating stations. Thankfully our vendors like to push the envelope a bit cause this was no walk in the park but we got it done and it was the talk of the party. It can not be easy serving on a station that can sway back and forth like a swing lol. Mena Catering prepared mini entree’s for the evening that were both passed and at the stations. For example, tomato bisque with grilled goat cheese sandwiches, martini’s glasses with puffy white rice, picadillo, a fried quail egg, and chopped platanitos…just to name a few =)  I’m getting hungry reliving our menu.

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The transition room!!!!!! I felt that since I had basically two events in one that I needed a room which was somewhat neutral and different to be in between the first and latter half of the evening. Therefore, I used gallery one as what it is- a gallery of fine art and an Aroma Espresso Coffee Station – who can live without coffee?. On the main wall of the gallery, we hung ornate, distressed silver mirrors along with canvases of pictures of my sisters done by Martha Ramirez of UDS which guests could write their Happy Birthday wishes to the girls. Juan Carlos Navas, a renown artist and very close friend, showcased these two pieces of amazing art he created for my sisters. They were then featured in his solo show in Wynwood in November 2010.  In the center of the room hung a chandelier of white feathers which if you paid attention to the details in the blog, My youngest sister’s skirt was almost the same… that was not a coincidence ;). Ricki and his team hung hundreds of white, pink, and purple butterflies throughout the ceiling ALL meeting up at the center of this chandelier. It was breathtaking! We invited all of the guests into the room, turned off the lights, and sang happy birthday to my babies. Confetti Blast and to Disturbia after party. The best part was that not many guests were expecting another room since it was draped off.

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Rosie Cunil (from Elegant Temptations) another amazing artist, designed these two cakes for my sisters. She also designed each and every one of these mini parfait desserts that were displayed on yet another floating station. Incredible! I cannot event tell you what a hit this was! The cake to the left was Jessie’s as she was turning 25. The cake was pink and whispie. It was made to be a girly garden -ike scene with beautiful sugar butterflies and a white picket fence surrounding the acrylic base it was sitting in. Inside that acrylic box, Rosie made it look like sand with tiny Crystal accents. OMG adorable. AND Stephanie’s cake, was dark and psychedelic. The wings of the butterflies were transformed into funky shapes that turned this cake into something deliciously disturbing. Her acrylic box was a mirrored replica of the design on the cake but inside the box was water pearls in deep plums to give the cake that dark and mysterious feel. I am always blown away by my friend and the way she transforms my themes into a piece of art. Needless to say, we had cake for weeks!

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This is D.I.S.T.U.R.B.I.A!!!!!

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Where do I start? This after party was so amazing. We combined black tables with the white furniture to add a bit of contrast to our all white room. I didn’t feel that Disturbia was dark and disturbing. I always looked at it as having elements of funk, girly-goth, and absolutely Nuts! Ricki designed floral pieces with deep red flowers to bring in the essence of girly-goth and the black vases he used were perfect for the space! Silver candle pedestals and candelabras were placed around the lounges. Uplyte showcased  their water wall for the first time at this event. This was a show all on it’s own. Check out my sister’s expressions when they saw it for the first time… priceless!

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As guests walked in, the waterfall would read “Happy Birthday Jessica & Stepahnie 03.20.10” then after a little bit of dancing it read “Disturbia on Wisteria Lane”. Loved it ! Thank you Dan I know it was beyond a pain in the neck to get it in there but you always amaze me. For that and much more, Im always extremely grateful.

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All of our bars inside Disturbia were made of Ice. It was such an incredible addition to our event. The guests loved it and on a side note, it kept us cool when there were tons of people dancing club style!

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Any party where you are planning to dance until the wee hours of the morning needs a shoe valet. What girl did not go nuts when she saw this? Thankfully the munchkin took a picture of it the way we set it up cause it didn’t look like this 4 minutes after we opened the doors lol. Gotta Love Old Navy =).

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Here are some pictures of the decor in different phases of LED light changes. Lighting is key. There has to be room for lighting in your event budget as it sets the tine for the type of party you are going to have.

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We are very lucky to have a great group of friend that knows how to party. At midnight we did the Hora Loca and that was a crazy hour I’ll never forget!

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Some Industry Peeps who were there to celebrate my sisters with me. Martha and Jesus from UDS, Ricki from AVant Gardens and  Rosie Cunil from Elegant Temptations – Love you guys!

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Michael Sarysz rocked the beats!!!!!!! The guests loved him! AND we had a surprise performance from

none other than artist, Felipe Biatti. Thanks friend!

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thank you so very much to my beautiful sisters and my parents for trusting me so much with this party (not that you really had a choice lol just kidding ). Throughout the planning I hardly got asked any questions other than what should I wear? lol They know I can throw a great party! To my friends, Martha and Jesus from UDS Photo, Ricki Interian and his design Team and Avant Gardens, Dan and his crew from UPLYTE, Rosie Cunil from Elegant Temptations, Diana Lozano from Circx, Michael Sarsyz from Sarz Entertainment,Jorge Mena and everyone at Mena Catering, Aroma Espresso, MAC Parking, Mandy at Room Service Rentals, AB Cover Designers, Juan Carlos Navas and Elements Salon, Quintin Quintero fro Channel, and everyone who was such an important part of planning and executing this grande event. I will forever be grateful for all the hard work. it was party my family and I will never forget. Heck, the guests are still raving about the party!

Alicia and David

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

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Alicia and David chose the beautiful Biltmore Hotel for their destination wedding. Some of the guests were local but for the majority of them, they had to travel across the world in order to join the bride and groom on such a special day. Alicia’s Mom, Catalina lives in South Florida and she was able to help Alicia alot in her planning. The wedding was very colorful and really focused on what Alicia loves, Italian, garden elegance. Sometimes it is very difficult to put together the inspirations that the bride has for her wedding but with a little bit of creativity, we can accomplish anything. Typically Italian means tuscan and Garden translates to English Garden. As a bride, it is so important to convey your ideas, likes, dislikes, etc to your design team as we hold the key to what the wedding will end up looking like. Alicia knew exactly what she wanted and was very eloquent in telling us everything about what she loved and how she pictures her wedding. Join me as I walk you through Alicia and David’s wedding day.

Thank you very very very much to Rodrigo Varela for such great images! Please click HERE and check out his work!

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Rodrigo caught Alicia chatting with one of her bridesmaids right before she got dressed. I love this picture as it is says so much about the reality of the wedding day. Everyone is soooo excited about the wedding the bride’s phone typically is ringing all day long. Thankfully, it is always with good wishes for her day and a lot of “I can’t wait to see you later”. Kathryn Parrish designed her bouquet. I am a huge fan of flowers in any color however when working with bright color palettes you have to be sure that is done perfectly and this is one of those examples. It has to be one of my favorite bouquets of 2010. Genius Kate! <3

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Meet David, the groom and his groomsmen. Right after the “first glance” is a great time to take pictures with your bridal party. Many times, the available light is not good for pictures after a ceremony at sunset. You can get the best of both worlds by doing it before the ceremony. Not to mention you cut your “post wedding pictures” list at least half if not knock it out all before the wedding. It allows you to enjoy your cocktail hour and say hello for the few hundred guests that have made it a long way to be with you on your wedding day.

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Isn’t she lovely? Alicia is so sweet! She was all smiles- always! Love it!  Although Alicia was a classic bride- she decided on a slim A-ine lace gown, wore her hair in a simple bun, and her pearl jewelry was simple and delicate, her colorful bouquet really pulled her look together. So many brides are afraid of color with their bouquets, but it can be such an amazing enhancement to your overall look. I would always advise our clients that their bouquet is not only a reflection of the wedding but an accessory to your overall look.

Alicia and David’s first look, so cute and so emotional! This has to be one of my favorite moments in the day. You know that these two have been envisioning this for many months, sometimes, even years and it finally gets to be the time! The time where they see each other for the first time on what will be the most important day in their lives. I always try to get a great peak at their special moment, many times I find myself wiping off a tear or two, but it hits a soft side in everyone!

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If you are considering seeing your bride or groom before the wedding ceremony, I would strongly suggest it. So many brides ask me if it “takes away the moment when your walking down the aisle and your groom sees you for the first time”. Many photographers like Rodrigo Varela spend a lot of time setting up this moment to make it as special as if he was seeing you for the first time walking down the aisle. It definitely comes down to personal preference but some of the greatest pictures have ever seen are from the first glance.

The Ceremony! WOW!!!!!!! This canopy was even more breathtaking in person.

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Pink and Purple phalaenopsis orchids and roses, antique green and ivory hydrangeas, curly willow, and green foliage made of this amazing canopy inspired by Alicia’s love of the whispie garden motif. Candles in mason jars hung from the inside of the structure. Although we started when there was still sunlight, candles can still add the essence of romance down the aisle. We strategically time the ceremony to start in the daylight but end in dusk. It makes for a great experience for your guests as they sit and watch you marry your soulmate.

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Mr. and Mrs. Castro!  … and let the party begin ….

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As you can see Alicia and David’s colors are slate grey, hot pink, purple, plum, and green. The giant floral arrangement sat on a pewter candelabra. Mini lamp shades sat at the base of the table to add candlelight to the table scape. More and more we are trying to add candle light to tables without using the usual floating candle in a cylinder. The linen we chose was a dark pewter linen that would match perfectly with the shades of purple on the table. A glass silver beaded charger was placed a every seat. The napkin was folded in a way to form a pocket in the size of the menu. Catalina purchased small angel ornaments in italy when she was last there. She brought them back and wanted to use them somewhere in the tables. We put them on each napkin so that it would add another detail to the cymbidium orchid that adorned each plate.

Advice: We always request the catering captains to keep the chargers on the tables thru dessert (unless we are using rectablge or sqaure plates. It’s the best way to make the most of the money spent of this accessory.

Mixing these colors in the flowers made for a great centerpiece to reflect the whispie garden feel. Monochromatic flowers are much more modern, so mixing the flowers and the colors combined with the loose mechanics of the arrangement makes this the perfect look for the wedding.

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As another sweet and sentimental detail, tent cards were placed on the table that read: “In gratitude for our blessing we have made a donation to the building fund of the Mano Amiga School is Zipaquira, Columbia. It was towards this very special school that Alicia’s late grandmother, Adiela Bernate de Uribe, devoted her efforts for many years.” Donations to charities in lue of favors is a growing trend. It’s a great way to show how thankful you are for the many blessings you have received. It is also a great way to inform your guests about your favorite charity.

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Some of the details of the wedding. An after dinner lounge was placed on the Southwest Terrace of the Alhmabra Ballroom.

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The cake was in line with our theme and the bride surprised her groom with a grooms cake to look like a box of cigars. Todo Dulces did a great job in replicating an actual box Alicia provided them with.

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Catalina surprised her daughter and new son with mariachi’s. In their family, there is No special event that lacks this musical entertainment. They played for about 20 minutes and the guests then danced the night away!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thank you so much for taking the journey thru the many details of Alicia and David’s Wedding, A special thank you goes to first and foremost, my amazing team, I love you girls! ,The Biltmore Hotel, Dave Clavette, Bruce Barbaree and Dbeorah Howard, Rodrigo Varela, Kathryn Parrish and the Parrish Design Team, DJ Ubi Merrero, Alan Andai from AA Musicians, Todo Dulces, and all of the other vendors and people who came together to make this wedding flawless.


Stephanie & Josh

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

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Talk about a wedding with true style and unique elements! It was something straight out of “Style Me Pretty“. Stephanie and Josh’s wedding was inspired by the ornate and whispie designs of MacKenzie Childs. The black and white checkered pattern, burnt ivories, funky patterns, and unique elements (which is a reflection of each design she creates) was the perfect style combination for this wedding.  MacKenzie Childs has the most amazing way of designing everything from furniture to china making each piece a one of a kind hand made collectible. Stephanie’s Mom, Chris is a phenomenal interior designer with a great love for MacKenzie Childs; Working along side her was such a great experience for me. Welcome to a wedding that we will ALL never forget. From our 5-course wine pairing menu consisted of 45 plates per person and hand picked wines from all over the world to our experience through the. I hope you enjoy the blog as I walk you threw this one of kind wedding experience.

Amy Hill, thank you so very much for all of these great images! As always it was a great pleasure working along side with you on this wedding. Please visit her website by clicking HERE.

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Meet Stephanie and Josh! They are the cutest! Stephanie is smiling next her flower girl which was 6 going on 36 years old. She was such a little funny adult. The flower girl came up to me in the middle of the getting ready and said, “Jackie, I don’t think I want a big wedding. I want to marry a wealthy business man who will not want a big wedding.”  How do you not laugh at that? Josh is sitting with their two dogs who were part of the getting ready process- they hung out with the boys in the guest house. =) The bridesmaids and moms got ready in the main house – in the master bedroom which by the way had the cutest Christmas tree by the bed! Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil. =)

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Stephanie’s mom is a true design genius! Her house is beyond amazing. He design style is amazing and so unique! It seriously belongs in a magazine. We didn’t have to do much to the home, but Chris decked it out for the holidays as she always does. Valet greeted the guests at the front gate of the home and the ceremony was slated to take place just a few feet away. All of the guests were escorted to the family room as it poured down rain about 10 minutes before we were about to start. The craziest thing is that every weather channel and website said it was going to be a beautiful day and a clear evening. A beautiful day it was however the evening – not so much! I remember standing outside getting ready for the processional when I heard “it’s raining” through my ear phones. The first thing I thought to myself was “get upstairs and calm the bride and her mom down”. I ran upstairs to keep the gang calm and they were having a blast- laughing the rain away! It was great!

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We moved the guests back out to the ceremony once the rain had stopped (and we had cleaned off the chairs) but with out luck, it started raining again. This happened about 4 times before we prepared to do the ceremony in the family room. As soon as we were about to start, the rain cleared, we took out a ton of umbrellas just in case we had another little surprise and we went on with the ceremony. The aisle runner was soaked but the bride laughed it off and did not let it get to her. My type of bride! As you can see Alisha and I were soaked and trying to make the best out of the situation. We were so happy we got the bride down the aisle. Now to our air-conditioned tent- Phew!

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Giant flocked Christmas Trees were placed around the outside of the home and inside the tent. The largest of the trees was our place card tree. Chris found a small company that would be able to make these very unique place cards. Each one was one of a kind as a hand made clay piece was added to each place card for guests to keep and put on their Christmas tree.  The sounds of one of my favorite Singers Don Juceam and his Swing Orchestra from Tampa Florida played as the guests walked into the tent. All of the tables were dressed in black and white. The center pieces were tall iron bird cages with custom platforms for pillar candles. White and yellow flowers were placed at the base of the arrangements to finish off the table scape. The amount of stemware and flatware was impressive as we have a 5 course wine pairing menu. It was the most extensive menu I had ever seen! Each course had at least three small bites of different items all within the Italian flairs. Absolutely delisio-s0!

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A Little Lady and the Tramp Moment that Amy Hill Captured. Below is a picture of a line up of one our courses about to be serve to the guests. Looks yummy huh? Any time you can get creative and unique- go for it! The menu is such a great way to make your wedding memorable. If your wedding is at a hotel or with a caterer, do not settle for something in a pre-set menu provided to you. Ask  to sit with the catering manager or the chef and explore your options in making the wedding more reflective of you and your fiance. The time you put into this will really pay off. Your guests will love how different the menu was and it will be yet another thing they keep talking about far after the wedding is over. This couple really enjoyed the various flavors of a great Italian menu so we put all of their favorite things in mini plates and served them throughout the evening. there were more than 45 plates per person! Wow! Talk about a lot of rentals. I was the lucky one who went through all of the racks of rentals to make sure it was all there. It took me more than 2 hours to go through it all.

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Go G-A-T-O-R-S! Talk about Gator Fans! The parents of the bride go to every single Gators game home or away. Our wedding planning was revolved around their season schedule. At the wedding there were so many tuxedo shirts that had the Gators logo on the back of their shirts – how cute is that?  The guests partied the night away to the sounds of a great DJ but they were real party animals. We had such a great time watching them. The rain could not stop this wedding from bring an absolute blast! Im so happy I was able to be part of it. I would not have changed a thing! Well, a clear evening would have been a good bonus =)

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Thank you very much to Chris, Stephanie, and Josh. It was so great working with you on your very special day. Amy Hill thank you again for the amazing pics! Don Juceam Florida’s Own Frank Sinatra is beyond amazing! He has the most amazing voice- you would think ood Ole rank was singing right infront of you. Flowers- Rick Interian and Avant Gardens. Absolutely awesome Ricki!  Rentals: Panache Classic Party Rentals and Over the Top. Individual Table Cakes from Mishas. Table Cake Plates from McCkenzie Childs.

Janet & Tony

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

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Meet the Newlyweds, Mr, and Mrs. Tony and Janet Rivas! I have been so blessed to have the best clients, and here is yet another. It’s no secret I love love love the details, Janet does too so it was a match met in heaven. From the getting ready to the take home sweets, this bride made sure to add a unique aspect to each aspect of her wedding. Thank you very much to Alain Martinez for these great images. It was an awesome experience working along side with you on the day of the wedding. We knew it was going to be a special one, and that it was. Ray Roman from Ray Roman Films captured all of the magical moments of that day, I can’t wait to see the video!

Enjoy the pics and the details of this great wedding! Click HERE to see Alain’s Blog entry: Janet and Tony are Hitched!

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The bride’s overall look is such a gigantic part of the wedding day. There are times when we spend more time on her dress, hair, make up, and accessories than on the timeline of the event. This was such an easy task for Janet as she has an impeccable sense of style. Her look from her head to her feet was perfectly chosen for the overall feel of this wedding. She looked gor-geeee-ous! Wow! Thank you very much to my DIVA Gloria Pelo and her team Focus on Brides by Gloria Pelo for a fantastic job!The bridesmaids dresses were chosen by Janet after searching and searching through couture magazines. She found the perfect dress that she knew her girls would love and that reflected her personal style of course =).

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The ceremony was so romantic, it was held at the beautiful St. Theresa Church of the Little Flower in Coral Gables. Shortly after the couple exchanged vows, more than 260 of their closest friends and family headed to the Epic Hotel in Brickell. A special thank you to Ivette Davalos for making my job so easy. It is so wonderful working along great catering managers. They allow us to really focus on the client and all of the details of the wedding.

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I love when the bride and groom are not afraid of color. Janet and Tony’s theme as lush fall colors such as butter cream, espresso, mango, olive and pistachio green, yellow, and a hint of  deep red. Some may ask, how can you use so many colors within one event and still have it look elegant and classic? Easy! In the linens, use one solid color such as in this wedding,a butter creme table cloth was used to dress the table. Janet wanted the table to have more “pizzaz” so AB Cover Designers custom made this ruffle linen for her tables. It was gorgeous and it really did add that lsh factor Janet was looking for.

Using a linens with one color really balances all of the colors in the centerpiece and accents on the table.  In the centerpiece, we brought in her colors using colors the greens, mango orange, yellow, and the hint of red. Then, in your chairs, you can use mahogany as did Janet to bring that dark, romance to the ballroom. The linens had a small ribbon in espresso to tie in the color in the chairs. Charger plates are a really great way to make the table look complete. The glass chargers were a great option here as they correlated with the glass trumpet vases used in the centerpieces. Any other favors or extra decor on the table should match your overall color scheme in order to continue with the look of the table.

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Janet’s Mom surprised the couple with this great ice sculpture that was the centerpiece of the table card table. Many times we re-use tables if they will be seen by the guests various times throughout the wedding. Not only is the place card table typically the first grande table scape the guests get to see, but it is a great way to re-use a table without spending the extra money on decor. Therefore, many times, the couple has a take home favor (typically edible) that we display on the pace card table if the guests pass this table on the way home. Mini cupcakes and sweets were placed on this table as a sweet something for guests to have as they left the wedding. So cute!

The cake is also a way to add texture and creative aspects to your wedding decor. Janet and Tony chose a simple color such as ivory for their cake however added floral appliqués to match her gown and a little bling just for some fun.

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A special thank you  Janet and Tony who trusted their wedding in my hands. It was such a pleasure to have worked along side them in the months leading up to the wedding and specially on the day of the wedding. A Huge thank you  to all of the vendors involved in making this wedding such a success. My Team of course Jessie and Alisha for Jackie Ohh Events – I am so blessed to have you on my team, you’re the best! Alain Martinez Photography, Ray and Jessica Roman for Ray Roman Films, Gloria Pelo, Ivette Davalos and her staff at the Epic Hotel, Ana de Castro and AB Cover Designers, Tipica Tropical Band, Miami Ice Man, and Cake Designs by Eddas.

Decor Trends with Jackie Ohh…

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

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I am so excited to be introducing this new feature to my blog. Decor Trends with Jackie Ohh… will reveal the most recent decor trends in the wedding and event industry.  A couple of weeks ago Avant Gardens, Parrish Designs, and Jackie Ohh… Events put together these designs to illustrate the hottest upcoming trends. Thank you to Bruce Barbaree and the Biltmore Hotel for allowing us to do our photoshoot. Enjoy!  WE hope we’ve inspired YOU.

Thank you to Martha, Janet, and Mayleen from UDS Photo for all of the time they took taking the beautiful pictures below. Thank you to Ray and Jessica Roman for Ray Roman Films for shooting the details and giving us a great reason to get this done after so many months of talking about it lol. Awesome work guys! =0)

Bright color combinations make a BOLD statement in the design and decor of your event. The modern color combo of black and white is a great palette to start with. There are endless “pop” colors you can use to make your design unique. Yellow is a huge trend in color this season. It can be paired with slate grey, lime green, fuchsia, orange, turquoise etc.. Rick Interian and his design team at Avant Gardens put together this amazing design, talk about setting a trend. He used odd shapes and various textures throughout the table to make the overall design all about the details!  All of the wire used in the design was hand-wired by one of their top designers; from the over-sized round structure to the napkin rings that can also be used as corsages, a true piece of art!! WoW WoW!!! Ricki, this is a true masterpiece and one of my favorites ever! Thank YOU.

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Advice from Rick Interian: “Being in the business for 20 years, I find that every wedding is unique as each bride and groom.  Don’t be afraid to express who you are and make a statement on your special day! “

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Location: Bruce’s Banyan Tree at Biltmore Hotel; Designer : Rick Interian and the Design Team at Avant Gardens; Linen Rentals: Leyani; and Furniture Rentals: Bubble Miami. Thank you all so much!

Another HOT trend this season is all about Nature. Many times, Less is truly more. “Going Green”  has been a growing trend in which couples opt to use natural elements and very little floral elements in their decor. Bringing the natural elements of earth to a grande table design is something that Kathryn Parrish for Parrish Designs mastered. It was so amazing to see Kathyrn and her Design Team putting each of these natural branches together to make this modern masterpiece. The mix between the drift wood, textured ceramic containers, butterflies, and flowers with the elaborate rosette linen is the perfect combination in making this design beautifully perfect. Thank YOU!

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Advice from Kathryn Parrish: “This centerpiece is for the bride who wants an interesting, organic and whimsical look. Manzanita and willow braches are a common site to see at weddings, so these branches add uniqueness. In addition, the butterflies are an unexpected element of beauty and delicacy. Your guests are sure to be wowed.”

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Location: Alhambra Ballroom at Biltmore Hotel; Designer : Kathryn Parrish and the Design Team at Parrish Designs; Linen and Chair Rentals: Nuage Designs. Thank you all so much!

A Note from Jackie Ohh… : You know they say, You are only as good as your team. Im the luckiest person in the world to be able to work with such great vendors. We rely on each other so much and it is not often that we take the time to thank them. THANK YOU!!!!!!!