ABC Orlando Goes To Paris….Coco Chanel Style

ABC goes to Paris, Coco Chanel Style……well at least in decor …Our Association of Bridal Consultants meeting was held at the beautifully renovated Castle Hotel in June.  This meeting was all about membership at ABC and what that means to all of us.  Our speaker was Master Bridal Consultant Mark Kingsdorf.

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Our day started with  pink champagne to get us all in that Paris , Coco Chanel feel… everyone mingled.

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When  it was just about time to enter into the ballroom Paris style….we were welcomed by the music of Orlando DJ and Lighting, they amazed us with  the color scape of the room matching  perfectly the centerpieces unique to Flourish Productions.   As if that was not enough, Dogwood Blossoms let everyone know about the menu with her beautiful Paris themed cards.

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The menus let us know that we were having mixed field greens  with a pomegranate vinagrette.  Our main course consisted of Petit Filet and herb marinated shrimp with potato  croquettes.


You may ask yourself, how do the co directors coordinate these events, and make them look great?  Well it does take team work to get everything done.  However every planner always needs a fairy Godmother.  To co-director Rosie Moore, that was Diane Jensen of the Wedding Party this month.  She jumped in to help coordinate the  meeting event when it was needed. Diane was able to plan out the Coco Chanel Paris theme with Flourish Productions, the elegant linens from Over The Top  and Dogwood Blossoms for the menu.

Now can we talk desserts?  There were several different flavors of Pies on the beautiful pedestals  from A Chair Affair, who are avid ABC members.  Anytime you want to know what it feels like to be a member, call and ask them.  They have been members of ABC for many years and they can tell you the perks of membership.  Now did you get a look at these minis pies, P is for Pies made those.  Diane was able to secure these pies for the wedding professionals at the meeting to go nicely with the Coco Chanel theme. Thank you Diane!!!

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The ABC co-directors were so appreciative of all the wedding and event professionals that sponsored this meeting.

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This meeting was all about what it means to be an ABC member.  Being an ABC member gives you monthly education on the latest trends brought to you by the experts in the industry.  We can certainly have a good time at a networking party and meet other professionals and we can make a career out of it, because after all we are in a party atmosphere all the time.  However, being an ABC member gives you the best of both worlds, fun and education.  We have had some interesting topics such as,  how do wedding planners work with venue planners, tent weddings, marketing to get new clients,  wine pairing to educate your clients as they plan events and so much more. This coming month in October you will be hearing from an expert in the field of Themed Weddings, the lovely and talented Debra Shea.  If you have not bought your tickets yet, buy them here

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Flourish productions wanted to have a simple Coco Chanel look to give us the feeling of being in a quaint restaurant in Paris, coupled with the delicate lace linens  from Over The Top, this decor really captured the theme.  The chargers from a chair affair with the Bon Appetit menus from Dogwood Blossoms was eye-catching as each guest found their seat.

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Now no event would be the same without uplighting….Orlando DJ and Lighting provided us with pink uplights to match the theme of the event.   But here is the great part, as the dessert time came and the music got lively, so did our ballroom with the lights changing colors by patterns.  A great selling point for us planners to talk to clients about as they select professional dj and lighting companies.

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The photo credits for this meeting can be given to Rudy and Marta Photography! We had only Rudy at the meeting because his beautiful wife was too far along in pregnancy to be with us and we can certainly say congrats on the birth of their baby boy!

So that is our June meeting in a nutshell.  What does that mean for you ? Stay tuned next time to hear about wine pairing and what we can offer our clients.

If  you would like more information about becoming a member, please reach out to any of your ABC co-directors and we will be happy to help you get started in membership.  We will waive your registration fee if you ask us at any of our meetings.

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We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting October 22, 2015 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort at 11am where you can learn about themed weddings!  You don’t want to miss this one, there are some neat things to hear and learn about.

Themed Weddings and Events

Your ABC Co Directors

Allan Saltman of Allan Jay Images

Mark Kingsdorf of Mission Inn

Diane Jenson of The Wedding Party

Rosie Moore of 27 Miracles

Thank you to our team of wedding and event professionals who sponsored our meeting!

My ABC! Member Only Luncheon Tickets, Orlando | Eventbrite

Castle Hotel /Newly Renovated Venue

A Chair Affair /Chargers/Chivari Chairs- ABC Members

Flourish Productions  Floral/Decor

Rudy and Marta Photography /Photography -ABC Members

Dogwood Blossom Stationery  Menu Cards

Jerry Alicea Productions /Videography

Over the Top /Linens

Orlando DJ and Lighting DJ/MC/Uplighting

The Wedding Party  Décor/Coordination – ABC Member

Next Time You Feel Stressed About Planning Your Wedding..Think of Vikki


Today we want to bring you in her own words, the story of Vicki, a bride who had every reason to become a bridezilla. ,  Although she claims in her story she became one with her family, her family states otherwise.  They state that Vikki was calm and focused. As a bride, you want to enjoy the wedding process, it is a very special day.  Although your planner may have done hundreds of weddings, they too enjoy seeing your day finally arriving . As Rosie Moore always says, “I am sad to see the day have gone by so quickly.”  One thing she never says is,  it is a shame that she could not enjoy the day, because “when you do what you love, you never work a day in your life.

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Read as Vikki in her own words shares her story:

June 19th, 2013. That was the date my now husband got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Of course I said yes. June 22nd I had gotten my acceptance letter into Pharmacy School at the University of Florida. We decided we wanted to be married on December 13th, 2014. Okay, well I wanted to get married on that date. I have a thing about sequential numbers. Back to 2013, we moved to Orlando. Two small town kids moving to a big city. We knew no one, we knew nothing of the area, and we were just down right confused. School started for the both of us, my husband started his bachelors program for computer science and I was beginning my first professional year of my doctorates program. We thought we could plan a wedding on our own. We were so wrong. That’s when my husband started doing some homework, behind my back mind you. He saw how stressed I was with school, this move, this wedding planning, you name it. He started looking for wedding planners in the area and Rosie popped up. We met with Rosie; she listened to our completely vague description of our dream wedding.


After speaking with Rosie and getting to know her, she contacted us with more information on venues. I couldn’t believe how ‘easy’ it was to just pick some venues out and go see what the venues were like. Having Rosie with us at every visit helped take stress off of my shoulders. Rosie knew what questions to ask each venue, who knew all of this went into planning a wedding?! She worked with my rigorous school schedule and we communicated mostly via email or text message. I remember having an exam one day and then going to look at a venue the next. It felt like my professors had it out for me because they seemed to enjoy posting exam grades just as I was in the middle of a tour of the venue.


There were many tears shed through the process. Many words were said, tensions were high, and my husband and I just about called off our wedding. The stress of school was getting to me. Taking 18 credit hours a semester with next to no sleep and working was miserable. I never knew just how difficult this program was going to be and I certainly didn’t expect it to run my life like it had. Rosie was a shoulder to cry on. Rosie and her husband helped my husband and me through so much. We probably would have just called it quits if we didn’t have them.

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Let’s go ahead and fast forward to June 2014, six months from the wedding. Final exam schedules were posted. Just my luck, my first final exam (in my hardest class) was on my wedding day. I was destroyed. I already had the date set, I already sent out the invites to my out of state guests, and there was really no turning back. I tried everything in my power to not take the exam on my wedding day but to no avail. I knew it was going to be a tough semester; it was the hardest year in pharmacy school after all. I struggled through the semester both mentally and physically. Between packing on 40, yes forty, pounds since starting pharmacy school, I barely fit in my wedding dress. What time did I have to work out? I’m a stress eater and those carrots were not doing it for me.


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The day before the wedding. The wedding day was so close. My game plan was to get checked into the hotel and immediately study while waiting for my out of town bridesmaids to get there for the rehearsal dinner. In no way does this next statement reflect on the hotel or its staff, simply the people who stayed in the room I was to check into. I waited in an extremely crowded lounge with a million tiny little cheerleaders screaming and running around. I could not study. I sat there for the next 2 hours waiting to be checked in. My family started to arrive, and of course it meant they wanted to chat. Not a problem, but I needed to study.

Cumulative final that holds my entire future at 9am the next morning. Turns out the people who stayed in my suite prior to me decided they wanted to check out late. Rehearsal started at 5pm, it was now 4pm. I still had to get my luggage taken to the room and get changed for the event. I’m pretty sure I experienced my ‘Bridezilla’ moment prior to the rehearsal. My bridesmaids were all there and ready to go for the rehearsal at 5 on the dot. My father, bless his heart, was running around with my niece, also my flower girl, and a beer in his hand. He was not taking this seriously. My husband was running late. He swears I said 6pm. His groomsmen were hightailing it to get to the hotel. We started our rehearsal late, so more time I could have spent studying, but it was short, sweet, and to the point. Everyone knew what was expected of them, and we moved on to pizza.

After dinner I returned to my room to study. No Bachelorette party here, just me sitting at the desk reviewing notes and not catching up with my bridesmaids that I only ever get to see like twice a year. My mom and bridesmaids stayed with me in the hotel room that night.

18 At midnight my mom gave me a package that my husband had gotten me, I opened it and there was a note from him to me and a beautiful journey pendant necklace to wear as I walked down the aisle. A start to our new journey together. My nerves got the best of me. I had my little emotional breakdown in the bathroom at 6am. I was done with everything, I wanted to get this exam over with and enjoy my wedding. My mom brought me a light breakfast after my shower and drove me to meet with a friend who was driving me to my exam. I’m so thankful she drove down from Jacksonville to take me to my exam, she was taking the same exam and was actually staying at a nearby hotel and offered to take me so I could just focus on getting through the day without crying.7

I got to campus, a bundle full of emotions. I couldn’t believe it was my wedding day. I wore a ‘Bride’ sash and everything. My classmates were equally as excited for my wedding and congratulated me and wished me luck on this horrendous exam. I looked at the clock, 9am; it was time for the exam. The proctors handed out the exam. I took one look at it and wanted to cry even more. It was the hardest exam I had ever had to take in my entire life. About an hour to an hour and a half later I finished the exam. I knew I hadn’t done well on it but I prayed for at least a passing grade. I sat outside the door waiting for my friend to get out and we would be making our way back to the hotel.


I arrived at the hotel around 11:30am. The ceremony was to start at 3:30pm. I was greeted by my bridesmaids noshing on some light snacks and mimosas all around. My mom immediately gave me a mimosa and said it was time to get married. I immediately pushed the exam from my mind; I was not going to let anything ruin my day. My husband had arrived at the hotel and brought our puppy along with him; she missed her mommy and couldn’t be without me. She sat in my lap while I got my hair and makeup done. I enjoyed having my hair and makeup done by a woman I worked beside during my first year of pharmacy school; it was very casual and comfortable.


We hit a few snags. My dresses wasn’t pressed and neither were a few of the bridesmaids dresses and none of us knew how to use an iron on these types of materials. Normally I’m the biggest worry wort but I was the complete opposite of a ‘Bridezilla’. My dad’s girlfriend came to the rescue! She knew exactly what to do and immediately started grabbing irons from all of the rooms she could. She put my bridesmaids to work while I was getting into my dress. I’m not proud to admit it but it took 4 people to get me in that dress. I honestly did not think it was going to fit. I felt like an overstuffed sausage, but a gorgeous overstuffed sausage.

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I remember the photographer wanting to get solo shots of me in my dress before the wedding. I did not want my husband, or my family, to see me before the wedding so we got creative. We made sure my family was not going to be by the area we were going to and I donned a bathrobe over my wedding dress. We were taking pictures and I remember getting stares from other hotel guests and hearing the little girls go by asking if I was a princess. It was a great boost to my self-esteem. We got back to the room and the girls were getting ready. Some of the snowflake brooches I had gotten for the bridesmaid dresses were broken. I wasn’t going to let anything ruin my day. We had some super glue and we went to town on those brooches.

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The bouquets were delivered prior to the room prior to getting photos taken. We were missing a bouquet but Ashley, Rosie’s assistant, was on top of it! Everything was ready to go in time for the wedding. Ashley packed up my flip flops, classy I know, for me to change into after the ceremony. We loaded up into the van that was taking us to the ceremony site. I was 95% sure I wasn’t going to be able to get into the van. High heels and a bodice, it seemed impossible. Any who, I managed to get into the van. The driver initially took us to the wrong place and I was having a small panic attack. Or was it just that I couldn’t breathe? I can’t honestly remember. We were taken to the right spot and I hid behind the van even after being told not to get out. I had to get out. I was so nervous. My dad met me on the other side of the van. We were being signaled that we would be walking shortly. My bridesmaids went down the aisle, followed by my matron of honor, then my flower girl. I told my niece to toss the flower petals as she went but when she got to the end to just turn her basket upside down and drop the rest at the end, it’s what I did at her mother’s wedding when I was the flower girl. I heard the chuckles from the audience. It was time to walk down the aisle.

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The music started playing and my dad offered his arm. I was shaking. Excited but shaking. He told me it was going to be okay. That was probably the longest walk of my life. Trying to remember to smile, not cry, keep my head up, shoulders back, chest out, bouquet held at waist height, not trip, heel-toe, heel-toe, don’t trip, etc. We finally made it down to the end of the aisle, my dad handed me off to my husband.

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Here is Vikki today…almost a year married!

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Congratulations to Vikki and Chip as we so fondly call him, in your studies and in your marriage!

Photographer: Michael Anthony Photography

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Planning A Tented Wedding

Planning a tented wedding takes a lot of planning for sure.  Susan Southerland of Just Marry and Darrin Shiffril of Orlando Party Rentals shared their best practices with the wedding professionals at the Association of Bridal Consultants meeting at the quaint Celebration Golf Club, in beautiful Celebration, FL.



First of all to plan a tent wedding there are many considerations to think about, per Susan and Darrin, location, location , location! The weather, feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!! Yes, you will be if the correct amount of air conditioning is not reserved in the tent. Clear tents are trending with up lights to enhance the look.


Planning a tent wedding is costly, but when hiring the correct wedding specialists, they will walk you through every step that you need to be in compliance with permits, noise ordinance and decor to enhance the tent.


On May 21,  Celebration Golf decided to see just what we could do with a tent, so to plan we went with the help of many wedding professionals………….

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Now for The Association of Bridal Consultants, the evening started with a signature drink of white refreshing sangria to cool everyone off from the hot spring evening in Florida.  They had Passed Hors d’ oeuvres of Cold Smoked Shrimp Mousse on a Garlic Crostini and Minced Blackened Beef Tenderloin drizzled with Cajun Aioli.

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As the wedding professionals milled around they were able to see the beautiful grounds at Celebration Golf.  There are a few sites for doing their ceremonies.

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Some couples want the beauty of the outdoors,  but at the same time want to enjoy the coolness of the indoors, so the best way to satisfy that is a clear tent as provided by Darrin from Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals.  Darrin educated the planners on knowing the best times to use tents, types of tents and when air conditioning is needed vs heat and how to best cool the tent down. Look also at the beautiful chivari chairs provided here by Chair Affair, a perfect match for the outdoor garden theme.



Today we looked at a clear  tent open to air with beautiful up lighting for an evening of dancing under the stars.

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As the tour ended it was time to go inside the quaint ballroom perfect for a Southern or beach themed wedding.  The wedding professionals came in to the ballroom and were serenaded by music from White Rose Entertainment!  Their amber lights brought a nice warmth to the ballroom and the perimeters of the property.


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The centerpieces and linens provided by RJ Glamour and Innovation,  invited everyone in to a romantic setting where a feeling of coziness allowed the guests to relax and enjoy the night.

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As the guests were seated they were able to read what was being served for dinner on the beautiful menus designed by Anni Muniz of Anni Muniz Events, tempting the taste buds!


1st Course

 Chilled Tomato Gazpacho topped with a Cucumber Sour Cream and an Herbed Crouton


 2nd Course

Baby Spinach Salad topped with dried Cranberries, toasted Pine Nuts, and Crumbled Blue Cheese drizzled with a Bacon Herb Vinaigrette


 3rd Course

 Seared Grouper with Grape Tomato and Roasted Corn Relish


 4th Course

 Herb and Dijon Mustard crusted Rack of Lamb with Minted Lamb Jus and Spaghetti Squash Stuffed Tomato


Now one thing we want to point out, did you see the mismatched china from A Chair Affair?  This really set the tone for the evening, letting you know that you were going to be dining in style in all of the southern charm that Celebration Golf could provide.  What better way! And top that with some iced tea, you knew on this day that you were in the South! 0111_SY5_3111


Susan Southerland of Just Marry and Darrin Shiffrel of Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals educated the wedding professionals on all the ABC’s of planning a wedding or event in a tent.  So many things that have to be well thought of when planning a wedding or event in a tent.  Many people think it is a piece of cake, but as the professionals learned that night, planning a tent event, is strictly an event that to make it a success you need professionals to execute it.  The dynamic entertaining duo brought us stories of success, stories of nightmares they have heard of , how to plan these events, costs, permissions and so much more!

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We had a visit from our state coordinator Carmen Mesa from South Florida.  It is always a treat to get to hear what is happening at ABC on a bigger scale than what we here monthly at our meetings.  Carmen was able to touch on the many benefits of becoming an ABC member, what happens at our state conference and our national conference.  Carmen encouraged everyone to contact anyone of the co-directors for membership information.

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The sunset came shortly after as we were able to view it right through the picturesque windows in the ballroom.  This led straight to dessert time to the tunes of BB Kings, playing those jazz blues as we watched the chef attended bananas fosters a la mode station.


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As a special treat pastry chef Lucy Martin of Soffelle Confections, tempted us with some gourmet cupcakes to take home in our little bags of treats!

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As the wedding professionals bid their good byes,  they each received a little sweet treat from Lorraine owner of the Lake Nona Candy Company.

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For a quick wrap up of the evening, watch our video here by Bruce Reynolds of Treasured Moments

Thank you to our amazing team of vendors that made this night extra special!

Venue: Celebration Golf

Photo: Yanman Photography  

Video: Treasured Moments

Dessert: Sofelle Confections  

DJ/Uplighting White Rose Entertainment

Floral/Chivari Ballroom/Décor/Linen/Chargers in Ballroom/RJ Glamour

RJ Glamour and Innovation!/RJ_GLAM  

Chivari Chairs in Tent/China: Chair Affair

Tent: Orlando Wedding and PartyRentals

Candy Buffet: Lake Nona Candy Company

Lounge Furniture/Chivari Chairs in Ballroom: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals

Menus: Annie Muniz

Coordination: 27 Miracles

Speaker:  Susan Southerland Celebrity Wedding Planner

Speaker: Darrin Shiffrel /Orlando Wedding and PartyRentals

 You don’t want to miss the exciting monthly meetings bringing you something different and exciting every month….Watch us on facebook  Association of Bridal Consultants Central Florida East 

Until next month…don’t be a birdie on the side wondering what you will miss, because you may not get everything from a single tweet!0098_SY5_3108

If you woudl like to become an ABC Member, visit us at 

Your Co -Directors

Mark Kingsdorf/Mission Inn

Alan Saltman/Alan Jay Images

Diane Jenson/The Wedding Party

Rosie Moore/27 Miracles