Category Archives: Caribbean

Planning: 50 Shades of Marise – A Beautiful Birthday Party In Brooklyn

The first day I met Marise I was immediately attracted to her spirit and that infectious laugh of hers. So I was very excited to sit and chat with her one evening so she can tell me all about how she wanted to celebrate her 50th Birthday. She loves travel, Girl Scouts and designer bags…EMPHASIS on the designer bags. She wanted a black, white and blush black tie party that was fun and festive and showcased her love of… you guessed it, designer bags.

In lieu of having cut outs of purses all over the room we, with the help of LeTrice from LePenn Designs, incorporated some luxury paper with a designer finish, named her tables after her favorite designers and designed a logo so we can create stationary reminiscent of a designer logo bag (think Louis Vuitton with the LV all over the purse – if that makes any sense). Based on her wants, needs and desires we decided to host her Birthday party at Giando on the Water. She was sold on the view alone and the parking. If you know anything about Brooklyn, New York you know good parking and venues are unicorns in the hood. We spent over a year fine tuning the details and partnered with a vendor collective that worked beautifully together. I can’t wait to get the pictures back form Amy Anaiz Photography but for now take a peek at a few of my un-professionalphone photos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for more…

Parties: A Bollywood Destination Wedding In Jamaica

As a planner you often get lost in the hustle of the wedding day that you often miss some of the most important parts of the wedding.

  • The look on the brides face as the door to the chapel opens.
  • The smile on the littlest faces when they see a real life princess. 
  • The guests speculating on the style of the gown “she” is wearing. “I hear it’s a long slinky sexy gown with small details making it very very chic…you know that is her style”. “Well knowing her she is in a huge ballgown with bling EVERYWHERE”
  • The groom strut and high five all his “boys” when he gets his time to shine. 
  • The guests as they shift and squirm in their seat anxiously waiting and asking “is she here yet, is she hear yet?

So lucky me I had the opportunity to witness all the beauty and the excitement as a guest of a Bollywood style wedding in Ocho Rios Jamaica (Ochie for us yardies). Take a look at all the beauty that exudes from this Caribbean Destination Wedding of Trinidad’s own Candace + Jules #KissoonAndSushmita #RealUnityJamaica:

Her embroidered lace Maggie Sottero gown was GORG!!!!
Like a true Roman

The Bridesmaids dresses were the perfect accent.

Check dem nuh!
Custom logo seen on the flag, the dance floor and the glasses in the bar…LOVE

Colorful, Vibrant, Festive
Symbol of strength
The detailing on the cake was a perfect compliment

The View
The ceremony took place at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in Ochie while the reception was held at the Golden Cove Resort in Boscobel. I loved that the couple was not shy on showcasing their own culture complimented by the islands culture throughout the entire evening. Tassa band from Clarendon, Jamaica, Bollywood attire  in every brite and vibrant hue in the rainbow (I would show you mine but ahhhm..let’s just say NO), pan chicken, reggae, soca and a little bit of everything else to get guests moving on the custom dancefloor.  But the absolute highlight of the evening was taking in the love shared intimately between these two; Candace the Candy Coated Cutie and Jules The Roman, along with their closest family and friends. It was a memorable occasion and I am glad I was able to witness it…as a guest:) 

Professional Photography by Adrian McDonald

Parties: Marsha + Adetunji’s Jamaican and Nigerian Wedding

Last year (yes I said last year…don’t you DARE judge me) I watched a fabulous couple exchange I Do’s at NYC’s Landmark on the Park. A beautiful venue with superb architecture and a very helpful staff. Marsha (a Jamaican Bride) and Adetunji  (A Nigerian Groom – and I didn’t even have to look up the spelling of his name) wanted a fun, culturally rich event where guests can eat well, drink well and party WELL. With clothing changes and lots of culture in the room I think we were able to accomplish exactly what they were looking for.

Look at some of my favorite shots captured by Rick Messina Photography… LOVE THEM):



My favorite part of the wedding was definitely the culture. I love when couples embrace what is true and unique about their individual and couple selves. I learned a bit of Nigerian lingo as well as had fun infusing Jamaican patois in some of the signage for the reception.

As far as JunePlumm couples go, these two are my kinda peeps and I was so happy to be a partner in creating such a splendid night.

Shout out to these Fab vendors that helped to make it all worth it!

Event Planner: JunePlumm Events
Cinematography: Majestic Creative Films
DJ: Wale (groomsman) & Assistant
Cake: Fancy n Sweet
Florist: Marina Florist
Officiant: Pam Randaleman
Make-up: Vee Diddy

Parties: La Wedding Nouba

Every year I spend about 7-10 days with my girlfriends in Trinidad for Carnival. I love everything that is Trinidad Carnival. The music, the vibes, the costumes, the euphoric feeling of having not a care in the world. For only but a moment there is nothing to put a frown on your face because you are too busy having the time of your life with the best people in the world…FRIENDS.

This year I played Mas (masquerade) with YUMA (Young Upwardly Mobile Adults). The theme this year was Cirque and I had the pleasure of wearing the La Nouba costume. After every carnival I like to take my costumes and merge it with my other love…Weddings.

Aaaaaaaaaand…VOILA’! Here is my interpretation of La Nouba…wedding style.

This costume merged my love of bright colors and black and white stripes so it really was a no brainer on which costume I would choose for the 2014 season. This has easily been one of my top 3 costumes, and there are many so this deserves honorable mention. I can’t wait to see what bands bring for 2015. The excitement has set in already!

So what do you think, could you have a La Nouba Wedding? I TOTALLY would!

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Parties: The Destination Wedding of Natasha and Brendon

There is no better way to spend Sunday’s than perusing beautiful wedding eye candy. So today I want to share with you a VERY special wedding taken place in Tobago. The absolutely stunningly beautiful sister island to Trinidad and a MUST visit for you lovers and aficionado’s of beautiful beaches. This NY/NJ couple topped off the annual Trinidad and Tobago carnival festivities by saying I DO in front of friends and family members in Tobago. I’d say they had the time of their lives…

Tobago is a MUST visit

Isn’t she Stunning

*High Five* for a fantastic job planning your Destination Wedding Natasha. I wish you both many more days and nights of happiness.

For more pics from this beautiful Tobago wedding, check the Photographer’s Facebook Fan Page Here

Planning: Wrap with Burlap

I have always fancied burlap table covers for events. So much so that I am using it for an upcoming styled shoot. But did you know burlap can be used in other things:

Invitations:

Bows:

Favor Bags:

Cake Decor:
You will mostly find burlap in a natural color but this chic material can be found in many other colors too:
Burlap is typically a staple for many country/shabby chic affairs. But if you love it like I do but your not committed to the rustic country feel, step it up a notch. Skip the lace, mason jars, yarn and meadow flowers. Run…don’t walk to more modern chic pieces. Like metal balls, mirrored vases and lush flowers. You don’t need to fully commit to a theme to used a staple that you like. Make it your own by choosing your adornments carefully.
How do you feel about burlap?

Down De Isle: Who Let The Dogs Out – Caribbean Wedding Music

In keeping with our Down Di Aisle series in which we feature Caribbean inspired wedding and event information and details, we will be putting you on a to some tunes that you can play at your event to get your party started, keep the party going, get you down de aisle or just enhance the wedding mood.

Today we are sharing with you this song:

Who Let The Dogs Out“. I am sure you all have heard it and seen the video. BUT did you know that it before the Baha Men made this song popular it was originally a soca song co-written and recorded by Anslem Douglas.

Take a listen:

This is a GREAT song to keep your party going. Especially since it has so much cross over appeal, your Caribbean and Non-Caribbean guests will know exactly what to do. Get up, dance…and don’t forget bark.

NOTE: For you brides/grooms that love your pups and are including them in the wedding, why not preface their little strut down de aisle with Who Let The Dogs Out. *wink*

Down De Aisle: Sugar & Spice

I am a Caribbean girl so I may be a bit biased, but who doesn’t love a good Caribbean kick to their menu.  And even if you don’t want an all Caribbean dish you can make slight touches to your favorite foods to give it a good’ole island kick.   If this is what you are looking for just think Sugar and Spice. What do I mean:

Sugar
Mangoes are a very common staple amongst many of the Caribbean islands. There are so many kinds or mangoes and the fun is trying to taste them all ( good luck with that). They are great as a free standing fruit or as an added touch to your favorite dish. Ways to incorporate Mangoes into your event:
  • Salads/Salad dressing
  • Mini burgers: yes call it an island burger and add a mango salsa topping
  • Ice-Cream/sorbets: Offer an ice-cream/Sorbet bar at the end of the night 
  • Beverages: Not just for your soft bar. Have you ever had a mango martini – yummmm. Don’t forget to add a small sliver of mango to the glass
  • Cake Flavor or Filling

Spice
The islands are all about the rich and potent spices. Take Jamaica for instance, we jerk everything… and you can too. Your spice can vary depending on how tame or potent you want it to be. I for one love spicy food so I can take it like a man but your wedding guests may NOT be so spice friendly. Speak to your caterer or venue director and keep it medium or offer an array or spices so your guest can add what they please. Ways to add spices:

  • Any plated meat for your main course: chicken, beef, pork
  • Seafood: This is where having individual dipping choices may come in handy. Try grilled shrimp on skewers and have 3 choices of jerk dipping sauce (little spice, medium spice and so help me God)
  • Mini Sliders: Jerk burgers are may favorite and it can be a really great addition to your hors d’oeuvres ( or as an extra treat at the end of the night)
  • Mini Patties can also be a great addition to your hors d’oeuvres. you can offer chicken, beef or even veggie ( with little spice or  very spicy)
See how easy that is. Add a bit of Sugar and Spice and eeeeeverything will be nice.