Category Archives: Event Planning

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: Featured! Love on the Mainline

We are  happy to report that our “Love On the Mainline” wedding of Valerie and Tadj was featured today on one of our faves sites; Munaluchi Bride. Take a look and see how they met fell in love and their entire bridal process. 

Take a look and see HERE
And if you missed our original post on this Fun loving couple, you can find them HERE and HERE.

Parties: Bakst Memorial – Celebration of Life

I had the absolute pleasure to assist Carmen on a very important day albeit a sad one. Her husband, author Harold Bakst, passed away in February and Carmen was looking for Day of Assistant for a very special memorial in his honor. This was my first memorial and even though one would look at it as a sad occasion, the “party girl” in me looked at it as a celebration of life. 
I was in awe, just sitting back and hearing all of the family, friends and loved ones talk about Harold and how he has made such a huge impact on them and their lives. I have never met him but I can truly say being a part of this celebration has impacted my life.and a positive way. Complete with singers, musicians, poets, speeches, dedications and even a dove release; we started the celebration at Greenpoint Memorial Park and concluded at Il Fornetto Restaurant. But enough chatting, see for yourselves how we celebrated the life of Harold Bakst.

To help bring this celebration together, we partnered with:
THANK YOU!!!

Planning: An Amenity for the Rest of the Room

Have you considered providing your guests with a amenity basket for ladies and men’s Restroom?  In case this is on your agenda, here are some items to consider for it:

Courtesy of BizBash

Lotion/Gel:

  • Pretty scented one for the ladies room & a more manly type for the men’s room
  • Skin softening type of lotion
  • Antibacterial Gel
Sweets:
  • Gum
  • TIc Tac
  • Peppermint
Grooming/Beauty:
  • Nail file
  • Nail cutter
  • Clear nail polish ( can double to fix those nasty pantyhose runs)
  • Kleenex Tissues
  • Hair Pins
  • Lint Brush
  • Safety Pins
  • Body Spray (Male & Female)
  • Hair spray/Gel

Other:

  • Sewing kit
  • Condoms (we are all adults right)
  • Tampons / Panty liners / Pads
  • Dental Floss
  • GasX / Antacids / Aspirin 
  • Candles
  • Shout Wipes
What’s important to remember is do not go overboard to buying every little thing you kinda sorta maybe think you need. This is an additional expense and you have to consider your budget when planning this amenity. Keep it simple, and shop from your local drug store mini bins to get most of these items. And for your pretty smelling things, I’d try Bath and Body Works, there is always a sale, always a special and always a coupon. To take it up a notch, try personalizing your packaging with custom labels or wrapping items with a fabric or paper that compliments your event decor.
So, is this something that you are considering for your event?

Planning: Kingston Bridal Week

Just heard the news…

Kingston Bridal Week, Jamaica’s First on the island will be happening September 14-16, 2012. *insert excitement here* And it’s not just Bridal fashion, but a catering and wine show as well.

For more information on this event Follow Kingston Bridal Week on Twiitter HERE & The Jamaica Observer HERE.

And, check out their commercial:

Now to just pack my bags and figure out travel plans.

Planning: What I’m Pinning

Are you on Pinterest? JunePlumm Events is and I am LOVING IT. It took me a while to warm up to it but I have officially been bitten by the pinning bug and I am running with it. As an event planner I am constantly strolling the Internet for inspiration, information and whatever else and Pinterest gives me the best option to keep all my inspirations in one place.

For instance, look some of my recent pins.

From my “Gowns” board

From my “Gowns” board
From my “For The Home” board

From my “Green Inspirations” board

From my “Blue Inspirations” board

From my “Stationary” board

From my “Cool Photos” board
From my “De Islands” board
From my “Aisle Decor” board

From my “Beauty” board

From my “Little Ones” board

From my “Yummies” board

It’s not just about the weddings. If your on Pinterest follow JunePlumm Events we’d love to check your boards out as well.

Parties: Love On The Mainline

Have you voted for Munaluchi‘s HOTTEST COUPLE of 2012?

My clients “Team Tadjerie” aka Valerie & Tadj have been selected as one of 20 finalists in Munaluchi’s Hottest couple contest. As they should,  they are super duper hot… I mean fire hot, and I’m not just saying that because I have been working with them for almost a year now planning their wedding. I mean they live, sleep, eat and breathe the love they have for each other and it inspires me everyday to know that THIS kind of REAL Love is still exists. It’s wonderfult o be in their presence and I can’t wait to witness them exchange vows this July.

But don’t just take my word for it, read their submission and see for yourself (WARNING: be prepared for some serious sappiness…a tissue handy would be wise):


“With today’s modern technology, Facebook not even love is left to chance. Tadj and I had a mutual friend who felt that we were best suited for each other. Both of us were on facebook and it was our mutual friends’ way of introducing us. As neither of us lived in the same state, what a way to begin and to know each other. I monitored his every comment posted under my update status and he drooled over my uploaded photos. Since this brown sister is a beauty, Tadj wasted no time and dropped a message with phone number and the “call me anytime”…….I called him and this call would change my life forever. After much phone calls and facebook conversation, Tadj who lived in Florida decided to move to New York where I live, to be closer to me. On our first official date he came to my home to meet me. He notice where I lived and ask me how did I feel about living in an apartment under a train-line, I told him the constant running of the subway symbolizes the vibrancy of New York, it is always moving and never stopping except to pick up passengers – a bit like life- and riding the train a person has many destinations to choose from. He smile and held me close, and whispered I hope we can take that train together one day. It was on one of these train rides heading home that he once again whispered, can you ride this train with me forever. My heart sank. I knew what he meant! Now more so than ever I AM READY TO RIDE with my partner for life.”

“Loving You is Easy Because…: Tadj is the most resilient person that I know. Seven (7) years ago Tadj got shot and now holds a bullet lodge in his head unable to be surgically removed; he was told he has no more than two (2) years to live. He then and now continues to fight for life five years (5) later. He reminds me how strong he is, how determine he is, how forgiving he is, how inspiring he is and how he holds so much love for life and tons for the people around us, a gentle reminder of why we should cherish in the moment. I admire, adore and respect him for that and for this “loving him is EASY” in the now and forever. Val’s energy is positive, uplifting, and vibrant and her faith is steadfast and never fading. I deeply admire and respect her for her will to infinitely and genuinely extend a loving hand and heart to others – family, friend and even strangers. This coupled with the constant smile on her face, she is always a pleasure to be around 

and even more reason for me to live – she is indeed easy to love.”

(courtesy of Munaluchi Bridal Magazine – FB)
See… I told you HOT right! 
So if you agree with me that they are indeed to HOTTEST couple, go ahead and vote:
  • Go to Munaluchi’s Facebook Page  HERE ( shame on you if you aren’t already a fan…they are a fantastic bridal magazine for the bride that craves culture and style) 
  • click on the “Hot Couple Contest” button
  • make sure you accept the app
  • and look for Valerie & Tadj “Love on the Mainline. 
  • and click VOTE
  • complete these steps ( minus the accepting the hottest couple app) EVERYDAY until May 20th
  • and give yourselves a hug from me for helping to bring Team “Love on the Mainline” one step (or one vote) closer to winning the honeymoon of their dreams
Thanks in advance for your vote!

Pretty Little Things: Blooming Beauties

It’s spring time in New York, and aside from the weather being completely bipolar it is a great time for some pretty blooms. And because of this bipolar weather ( I’m not complaining) we are starting to see some of our favorite blooms peak earlier than usual. What I am mainly referring to are Cherry Blossoms. Typically we see the heights of these flowery beauties in mid April -May. BUT here we are in March and they are popping up all over the place and completely blanketing homeowners lawns.

Because of the color and fullness they are a favorite of mine for springtime weddings. Here’s why

I love that in a centerpiece it gives you a feel of having an outdoor wedding indoors. And let’s not stop there, cherry blossoms are great for your stationary, cakes as well as favors. So feel free to spread the spring time love throughout your wedding.

My stash from Biz Bash

Today I had the pleasure of attending Biz Bash in the city ( NYC). For those not familiar with Biz Bash, it is a trade show full or vendors in all areas catering to the special events arena. Vendors in linen, entertainment, catering, drapery…you name it, it was well represented. In addition, there are several seminars and awards specials. Unfortunately my time only allowed for me to attend the trade show but I am so glad I did or else I would have missed these:

NO…this is not a statue but it certainly looked like one.

 Inflate: Indoor/outdoor event space 

Twilight Fans look closely, this will be featured in the upcoming Twilight movie.

Bedazzle my Bon Bons. Can you say cute and deeeeeelish!

SO many awesome vendors now I have the task of sitting down and sorting through all the pamphlets, business cards and magazines… FUN!




All pictures courtesy of Camille of JunePlumm Events