Spotlight on a Vendor/Christine MacPhail Harpist

Have you ever gone somewhere and you hear  soothing music but you are not quite sure what it is? Have you ever  watched a wedding in a movie and you see someone on a beach and in tha background you see this angelic vision of a harpist playing in the far background music that carries in the wind of the ocean breeze.  Well then you have heard the harp!!   Not too many people know the sounds of a harp.  A harp is a romantic instrument that you can’t help but fall in love with.  Today’s spotlight is on Christine MacPhail, she is a local harpist in Orlando.

Christine is well-known for her beautiful music.  She takes the time to listen to what her clients like and has even taken time to learn new music whenever she has the opportunity just for a client! That is dedication….There is nothing that Christine can’t play, she plays classical, Spanish, rock, Contemporary, the list is endless.  Take a look at her website she has a good number of songs that you can hear. 

Listen to this….

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I will say this for Christine, she made my little baby a cd of harp music to fall asleep to nightly and we interchanged it for a lullaby cd every once in awhile.  The last week we had the lullabies and we went back to playing the harp music and my baby’s first reaction , he looked at me and laughed and snuggled right up to mommy.  So if you are having an event and you need string music for a classical moment, call on Christine MacPhail. 

Visit her website:

Christine played at a wedding most recently and to her surprise the bride and groom had cocktail napkins made with her logo…

Thank you Christine for making our clients happy through your beautiful music.

Spotlight on a Vendor: Pilster Photography

There are so many types of photographers out there.  Those that do classic traditional photos, those that just snap everything in site as the day goes on and those that do the destination weddings and those that do the photojournalistic type of photography.  That is Chad Pilster. Here is what Chad says about his style:

Let us tell your story different!
Capturing moments with my camera has helped me discover more than I ever would have dreamed; driving me across the country; leading me to the love of my life; taking me to discover new places; leading me to new passions; taking me on adventures that I never could have imagined; allowing me to take risks and succeed; making me who I am today and helping to guide me to who I might be tomorrow.

For over 16 years people have invited me into their lives to tell their stories. Photography; my joy, my life, my love. It lets me share in your excitement, your love for each other, and the emotions that you have put into designing a unique day of your dreams.

As an award-winning photojournalist my work can be found in Seventeen Magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, USA Today, and more. Currently I am a member of the National Press Photographers Association, Association of Bridal Consultants and the Wedding Photojournalist Association.
In planning my own wedding it has brought a deep understanding to what brides and grooms must go through in researching, brainstorming, organizing and preparing for their big day. I hope to make others’ as special.

Based near Orlando, I am ready to go to do destination photography anywhere in the universe. Let me share your story with your friends, your family and the world. Contact us to start planning how we’ll capture this chapter in your life.

Here are some of the photos, but visit his blog for more outside the box thinking! Thank you Chad for the creativity you add!!

Angela Nuran Shoes and Brides Against Breast Cancer

You are probably asking yourself what does Shoe designer Angela Nuran have to do with Brides Against Breast Cancer?

27 Miracles was given the opportunity to sell Angela Nuran’s 2009 closeout Eternity Shoes. These shoes were formerly sold in salons for $225 and they are now available for purchase from 27 Miracles Wedding Consulting at a discounted rate. For each shoe that is purchased, a donation will be made to the Brides Against Breast Cancer

What a wonderful way to contribute to a good cause while enjoying comfortable shoes on the most important day of your life. Whether it is your wedding day or your wedding vow renewal or your Quinceanera or Sweet 16, you will love the way you feel in these shoes and you will also love the fact that part of the money spent is going towards the Brides Against Breast Cancer.

They come in Ivory or white/but in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month we are bringing them to you in color.  Pink!!

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What is Brides Against Breast Cancer?

27 Miracles Wedding Consulting supports Brides Against Breast Cancer.  Brides Against Breast Cancer is a program of the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation, whose mission is:

“To provide an opportunity for metastatic breast cancer patients’ dream or wish to be fulfilled by providing a special time of ‘Making Memories’ together with their families, a chance that might not have become a reality without the assistance of the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation.”

“To advance the awareness of breast cancer and to educate the public about the vast resources and support available to breast cancer patients and their families.”

Brides Against Breast Cancer

Brides Against Breast Cancer Nationwide “Tour of Gowns”

With more than 32 yearly shows, the “Tour of Gowns” provides brides-to-be with an opportunity to find their dream gown (at an incredible savings) while making wishes and dreams come true for women and men who are losing their fight against breast cancer.

The worldwide support of designers, manufacturers, bridal shops and individuals (who donate a most treasured possession) make possible the Nationwide Tour of Gowns sales. The proceeds from these events help bring a moment of joy into world of someone for whom a cure is too late.

Brides Against Breast Cancer

Barbie/Survivor of Breast Cancer/Her Own Testimony

When I was wondering what to write about for Breast Cancer Awareness Month I received an email from Barbie a breast cancer survivor. I asked her if she wnated to share her testimony as encouragement with some of our readers and she was honored to tell everyone about her experience.

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month…
…and I’m sure you can tell as everything from your junk mail, blenders and spatulas, office supplies, to even the NFL are turning pink!  It’s all good.
As the wife of a busy husband, and mom of three equally busy and very tall teenage boys….I try hard to control my nagging.  But October is different for me with this Breast Cancer Awareness thing, I’m about to “nag” YOU!  Here goes: my dear female colleagues and friends: have you had your mammogram this year?  If not, please take care of yourself, take a moment and make your appointment now!
And guys: I will ‘nag’ you too: love the ladies in your life and remind them as well.
Many of you know that I am a recent breast cancer survivor.  (It still feels strange to hear myself say that.)  I have no family history of cancer and have been religious about having a mammo every year for ages, no big deal. 
August 2008, I was happy, healthy and crazy busy like we all get, preparing details for a 2 week family cruise to Alaska, so I almost cancelled my annual appointment.  Thank God I didn’t, as I got “the call” two days later to come back for biopsy, etc.  Long story short, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, had a lumpectomy where they discovered it had spread through my lymph nodes, had a ‘port’ put in, had 6 months of chemo (lost hair, eyelashes, fingernails…) and 33 radiation treatments. If this can happen to me, dear friends, I don’t want it to happen to you!  I encourage you to make ~ and keep ~ your appointment!
It’s scary entering the world of cancer.  I didn’t sign up for this! But ya know, I wasn’t angry, scared-yes, but more determined to fight it.  The new, better perspective on life it gave me: what’s important and what’s not, was eye opening (baldness can do that to you!)  I decided that if God gave me 6 months…or 60 more years to live, I wanted to do it better, to focus on what lasts.  I am grateful for the lessons I learned along my cancer journey ~ but I hope my “nagging” will help you avoid having to learn these amazing lessons the same way I had to.
Ill step off my pink soapbox now ~ a few pics below to share ~
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Remembering Adriana Yanez/Lost Battle with Breast Cancer/But Left a Legacy Behind

Adriana Yanez of Deltona died on Feb. 20 after a battle with breast cancer. Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation granted her a wish: to reimburse a friend, who paid $2,000 to fly Yanez’s parents from Venezuela to Florida to be with her. Yanez died before the wish was granted.

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Orlando Sentinel Article, March 14th, 2010

Beverly Zaldivar slipped into six or seven wedding gowns before she found the “one” at the Brides Against Cancer’s nationwide Tour of Gowns in Orlando. She did not plan to spend that much on a dress, but the off-white Lila Couture was a steal at the discounted price of $559. Zaldivar was willing to splurge. After all, she never dreamed of trying on a wedding gown after a battle with breast cancer — one she thought she was going to loss.

“When I was going through chemotherapy, I sat down with my dogs and I told them mom is going.” Zaldivar, 55, said.

Zaldivar, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2000, is undergoing reconstruction on her right breast after it was removed. As a survivor, she said it was important she find a dress there for her Aug. 28 wedding in Spring Hill.

The money from the gown sales goes to the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation based in Portland, Ore. The nonprofit group grants wishes for men and women battling terminal breast cancer. In the U.S., a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes and a woman dies from the disease every 13 minutes, according to the nonprofit.

Many cancer patients ask to go to Orlando’s theme parks for one last family vacation, said Elise Enloe, the state coordinator for the Brides Against Breast Cancer. “They spend every last penny on their doctor’s appointments and day care [when] they have to go to chemotherapy. There’s nothing left for fun vacations,” she said.

The nonprofit has granted wishes to more than 60 people, according to their Web site.

Adriana Yanez of Deltona was one of them. A friend, also a single mom, decided to pay $2,000 to fly her parents from Venezuela to Central Florida after her health began to deteriorate rapidly and fund-raising was trickling in. “She really wanted her mom there. … She had no family here,” said Rosie Moore, another friend involved in the fund-raising.

But Yanez dreamed of paying back the money. Moore, a volunteer with the Tour of Gowns, connected her to the nonprofit. “It meant the world for her that someone was willing to help,” said Moore, a wedding planner from Windermere. Yanez, 44, lost her battle to cancer Feb. 20 before Making Moments could provide her the money. But her wish did not go unheard.

Making Memories plans to drop in the mail a check for her friend on Monday, said spokeswoman Erin Scharf.

The Tour of Gowns kicked off Friday at The University Club at 150 E. Central Blvd. More than 900 dresses were donated by designers, manufactures and stores. They are priced from $99 to $3,000, but most run between $700 and $1,500. Brides-to-be can still shop on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enloe expects about 80 to 100 women at the three-day event.

Danielle Damato, 33, drove from Ocala in search of a gown for her upcoming wedding. Like most women at the event, cancer has affected people in Damato’s life. Her friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her father had skin cancer removed from his head. And her mother, Patricia Damato, is battling lymphoma.

Patricia Damato, of Crystal River, said shopping for the dress with her daughter gives her a chance to look to a brighter future and “not to dwell” on her battle with cancer.

“I want to think of the future — her wedding. … I’d like to see Danielle give me a grandchild,” she said.

Zaldivar said the event also encourages the brides-to-be to care for their health. Zaldivar caught the breast cancer in its early stages after a self-examination.“Make sure you get your check-ups … depend on yourself,” she said.

Eloísa Ruano González can be reached at or 407-650-6673.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

27 Miracles being a supported of the Brides Against Breast Cancer wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that October is breast cancer awareness month, not that any other month is not, however it is the month selected to primarily empower women to get mammograms.  This is its 25th year promoting this education to men and women.  I say men, because someone in their life can be affected, sister, mother, aunt, cousin, daughter, friend.  Awareness and action saves Lives!  Most recently we lost a good friend and co-worker of mine to breast Cancer. But we also have a success story to share about someone who shared her testimony with us about surviving. Be on the lookout for the upcoming posts.

In the meantime the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website is located at

Spotlight on a Vendor Kevin Brewer of Brewer and Brewer Photo and Video

Thinking of not having a videographer for your wedding? Hmm wondering why is the bride laughing? Why is the minister so close to the groom? You will never know, because you can only go on recollection of the events and as the years go by, the story gets less and less remembered. But watch this link

Thank you Kevin of Brewer and Brewer