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Parties: Niajah is a Big Girl Now

SO, uhhhm lean in…

It is totally okay to be super duper girlie and want a super duper girlie Sweet 16 AND have JunePlumm Events plan it for you. This is what Niajah wanted and THIS is what Niajah got. I LOVED that Niajah and her mom, Natasha, were not afraid to be frilly and girlie and pink and FUN! It’s even more awesome that I learned that New Jersey has an entire music scene that I was not ready for but I can dig! (someone slide me a mix tape please). Anyway, take a look at some of the highlights of this Super Sweet 16 wonderfully captured by Amy Anaiz Photography. Just wait till you see how STUNNING Niajah looked:

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I can’t take all the credit for this event. I have to thank the following for coming through on a day where it seems traffic stopped…LITERALLY:

 

See you at the next Fete!

 

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: Kingston Bridal Week

Most of you know I am a JAMAICAN, born and bred and I love all things about my country. So when I heard about this Kingston’s very first Bridal Week I was overjoyed and excited and immediately started packing. Well sad to say I forgot to FIRST check the calender and when I did, I realized I had an event scheduled that same weekend…I was heart broken.

The weekend has come and gone and from what I have seen it looks to have been an amazing success. Everything from bridal wear to invites to gorgeous florals were on display. Guests of Kingston’s Bridal Week were also treated to delicious tasty delights during this inaugural event which took place at The Wyndham Hotel in Kingston…and did I mention it was in Jamaica. I mean can you say win WIN. Needless to say JunePlumm Events is NOT missing it next year.  But, until then here are a few shots from the premier event:

Can’t wait for next year.
photos courtesy of The Gleaner & Live Stush & Tai Flora

Planning: Reason #103 Why You Should Hire a Planner

I have been very busy the last few weeks and have now had the opportunity to relax and come up for air. Just in time to share this real life planning story with you. I am in the beginning stages of planning a milestone birthday party in which the client has already selected the venue. NO PROBLEM. But I suggest let me be present when we review the final details of the contract so we know what you are signing and you are not fooled by any of the language. NO PROBLEM.

Read the exchange of communication below…

In-house (Venue) Event Planner: We will happily take care of all of your planning needs. Linens, Bar, Catering and Table decor for $x,xxx.xx including all applicable taxes.

JunePlumm Events: Gives Venue a MAJOR side-eye

Client: WOW, that sounds fantastic. What kind of table decor would you provide for my event. I am having a 60th birthday celebration and I want it to be really elegant but not overly stuffy and I LOVE flowers.

Venue: Well, for the head table we recommend a few roses and baby’s breath. For the guest tables we highly recommend, balloons and a balloon weight. And we will HAPPILY take care of all the strenuous work of setting it up for you.

JunePlumm Events: Looks at Venue (with more side-eye) “BALLOONS!” … “A FEW ROSES!”

JunePlumm Events: Looks at Client…”HELL NO”

Venue: Looks at Client: ” Balloons can be very classy. Besides this is ONLY a party not a wedding. No need to waste your money on flowers.

PROBLEM!

Your event is never “ONLY” this or that. Each event should be special and treated as such. Just because it isn’t a wedding doesn’t mean you can’t put some oomph into it, especially if it is within your budget and you are specifically looking for certain touches.

If this is you, I suggest you:

  • Hire a Planner ( if you don’t already have one)
  • Say thanks but no thanks and find another venue
  • Tell the venue manager that you will have your own decor and hire a florist or a designer to create the look you are going for. 

Don’t forget to ask the venue how this will impact the overall cost. Since they are not providing balloons and a balloon weight I suppose you should be able to get the cost of the materials (balloons and helium) deducted from your bill…say $75 bucks. Oh and let’s not forget the balloon weights… say another $28.  The only thing they should say at this point is …NO PROBLEM!

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.

2011 Was (is) the Bomb!

2011 was a good year…correction it was (is) a GREAT year! I had the opportunity to work with some amazing clients on some of their most special events. Also, I have been the happiest (personally) I have been in many MANY years (despite some not happy occasions). Therefore I wanted to take a moment to publicly acknowledge some of the highlights of my year. Believe me this post would have been a mile longer than it already is so I decided to keep it short (kinda) and only list my top 10 (in no particular order).

1.  Ana an Co.    
FINALLY receiving professional pictures from one of our 2010 Events in Canada. Upon a return trip to Canada I was able to meet up with my former client and friend Analiza who took me out for the MOST AMAZING SEAFOOD MEAL EVER!!!!!!!. We were able to catch up on life after the wedding, her successes, her family and what’s in store for the Posadas’s in the near future (crossing fingers for them). And she was gracious enough to give me the pics from her wedding that I never received from the photographer ( grrrrrrr). When I finally sat to review the professional pics I stumbled upon this little cutie and fell in love. Oh…and guess what, she has since hired JunePumm Events AGAIN for a 2012 Event. yippeeee!

We were hired by the daughter of this amazing couple to plan a 50th Wedding Celebration that her parents deserved. For their party wish list they only wanted 2 things 1) Drinking AND 2) Dancing. And drink and dance they did…LOTS of it! 
Reary and Bob’s story of how they married and how they spent the past 50 years is so inspiring. You can tell they are in love and that love permeated through the entire room. There were more hugs and kisses in that room than all of my other events combined. It was an amazing feeling. I left the room feeling like a kid leaving home for college for the first time. I knew I had to go but not sure I was ready to leave BUT I knew I will see them again. 
Moral of this event: You are NEVER too old to have a GOOD time! 

3.  Team JasLo  
Jasmine is a photographer (and a very good one) and after my first meeting I was determined to work with her professionally. Never did I imagine that our first professional working relationship would be that of planner (me) / client (her). Jasmine did an amazing job on her Rainbow Wedding but needed someone to help her in the home stretch. Enter JunePlumm Events. My biggest challenge of the planning process was getting my bride to let go and let me take over the stress and details. BUT she did and had a GREAT time at her wedding ( yayyyyy #T9).  Aloysius and Jasmine is that rare great couple you read about in books because of how they compliment and balance each other VERY well. I am blessed to have met them and look forward to a long friendship. Now…back to resuming my plot to work with her as planner/photographer.

 4.  Casino Royale: Autasia’s Sweet 16
Every time I sat down to talk with Veronica (Ronnie) and Autasia it was 75% laughter and 25% business. I think Ronnie has missed her calling and should have been a comedian. Together we planned a Royale Casino-themed Sweet 16 for a well rounded, uber fabulous, 16 year old fashionista who was every bit deserving of this fabulous affair with flair. And I had a great time doing it. I miss them terribly, especially Ronnie’s commentary of which I will NOT repeat on my blog…let’s just say you had to be there. LOL. Even months after her event I continue to tell Ronnie that she is stuck with me now and I am saving a space on my planning calender to plan her wedding. Now THAT will be an EXTRA EXTRA Special even that i will NOT miss!

5.  Rumble in the Jungle  
Shevon and Kevin’s Jungle themed baby shower.  Planning was smooth sailing however we did experience a little bump in the road when mommy went into early and very traumatic labor. For a minute there we wasn’t even sure if the event would happen on the scheduled date. But it did and the new mommy of a CUUUUUUTE baby boy sashayed into her baby shower in her fabulous shoes and excitement ( and I’m sure a little pain) plastered on her face. She was so grateful for the event and even daddy was pleasantly surprised with what he saw (whew…I was worried for a minute).

6.  La CirQue: Lacquasia’s Sweet 16
Sigh SO many good memories with this family.  To date this has been JunePumm Events most popular event. There has been so many positive reactions to the pictures and the theme that I am still shocked. In hindsight, maybe MTV should have been called… LOL. 
Mom (Natasha) is AH-mazing and deserves an award for being mother of the year. Daughter (Laquasia) is sweet as pie and she too deserved every bit of this celebration. I had an amazing time working with this team of strong, smart and beautiful women so much that the hardest part of planning was the fact that it is now over. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat because they are just great to work with.

Talk about the little wedding that could. First the wedding was scheduled on the date of a major hurricane and had to be rescheduled to two weeks later. THEN two days before the rescheduled date we found out the venue closed down. BUT with all the DRAMA that we went through the event turned out better than ever. And seeing the smiles on my clients face when they were FINALLY able to celebrate was victory! I had a LARGE glass of bubbly when I reached home after this one. Whew!

8.  Team MarJay  
If a destructive car accident on the highway that detained many of our bridal party wasn’t enough, we also had to deal with rain for an outdoor wedding and cocktail hour. Le sigh! But one…no…two monkey don’t stop no show.  The show went on well into the night. Marcia and J.J’s wedding turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. Fun, Festive and Full of Laughs. I can’t wait to see the professional pictures from this wedding because Marcia made an absolutely stunning bride.

9.  FINALLY taking my promo shots. I have had this on my to-do list with my photographer (Justin ifill-Forbes Photgraphy) for about 2 years now and I finally got around to setting aside some time to get it done. I tell you, this shoot gave me more respect for models. Standing, smiling and frolicing in the hot Brooklyn sun for 4 hours is NOT my idea of fun and easy work. I mean who really frolic’s these days? well I guess I did…and I am glad becuase it made for some really great shots THANKS JUSTIN! I promise I wil be a lot less whiny for the next shoot *bbm big grin*

10.  Having the opportunity to experience more amazing moments with YOU in 2012! BRING IT ON BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Parties: Wedding Crasher’s Brooklyn Style!

Attention Brides…if you are in the NYC area here is a awesome event for you to check out THIS WEEKEND! The event is called Wedding Crashers and it features loads of vendors from my very own Brooklyn. Vendors, from photographers,, videographers, caterers and stationers and the list goes on. The event will be held from 11:00am to 4:00pm at the super cool The Bell House followed by an after party and one of my favorite Brooklyn venues The Green Building.

For more details on this Sunday’s event check out The Brooklyn Based Blog Here.
See ya there!

Parties: The Wedding Salon – Novemeber 2010

I had to pleasure of attending The Wedding Salon yesterday ( 11-15-10) held at The Manhattan Center Studios on 34th street in Manhattan. I have attended many other Wedding Salons in the past because I just love to meet all the vendors, sample the goodies and see the gorgeous tablescapes. now this year it seemed a bit smaller and not as many vendors as before BUT I did have a great time especially experiencing it with a newbie ( my 2011 bride).
Some of my stand out faves were the violinist/aerialist (amazing) , the Tequila Avion (delish) and Shawn Rabideau (uber sweet)
In case you missed it, here are a few of the sights you would have seen:

violinist/aerialist

The room

Bloomingdale’s Registry display

Shawn Rabideau & 2011 bride-to-be

Photos courtesy of my BBerry, hope you enjoyed:)