Beauty and the Bride

As a wedding professional do you often get asked by your brides what should I do for my make up and my hair on the wedding day?  Or do you think my make up looks good now so that I can do it myself on the wedding day?   My friend does hair and make up and we are going to save a ton of money because she is doing it for free, as you glance over at her friend’s make up that she is referring to in sky blue eye shadow with red lipstick and hair matted with hair spray (all you can think about is, we are stuck in an 80’s nightmare!) Those are the questions that can make any wedding professional look like a deer caught in headlights.  But it does not have to be that way.  Once you sign your bride up to work with you as your client, have a checklist of the things that you will go over with the bride for instance selection of photographer, videographer, dress shopping and all the other needed services, but most important  have a category on your planning forms called health and beauty.  This is where you can discuss with your bride about proper nutrition so that she has the energy that is needed on the day of, exercise to help her look the best that she can, skin care with a professional esthetician and lastly professional hair and make up that will make her look natural but beautiful on the day of the wedding.

The Association of Bridal Consultants had the pleasure of hosting their meeting at Marilyn Monroe Spa.  At this meeting we had an opportunity to hear from each person that works at the salon to explain the process of taking care of the bride’s skin, hair, and nails in order to prepare for the wedding day.  One of the take aways that stood out was to not wait for the week before to start planning the regime of hair, make up and skin.  The bride’s skin should start preparation almost simultaneous to the day after engagement so that it does not become an expensive last minute process. As a wedding professional, feel comfortable talking about these beauty tips.  Don’t forget to discuss teeth whitening and tips to maintain those pearly whites.  One of my personal favorites, if you have to have that cola or tea, use a straw and do not swish your drink in your mouth, use whitening toothpaste and whitening mouthwash.  Lastly if you are going to preach beauty, as a wedding professional don’t forget to check your own after all, our clients look up to us to be the best that we can be.

Thank you to our sponsors that made our meeting a success at Marilyn Monroe Spa.

Venue: Marilyn Monroe

Video: Treasured Moments

Photo: Captured By Elle

Floral: Peddles

Favors: Florida Candy Buffett

Linens: Connie Duglin

Dessert: Yogurtland

Chivari Chairs/Tables/Chargers: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals

Catering: Rock n Brews

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A Love that Lasts Forever….Gabby and Frank

What does it mean when you say a love that lasts forever?  Is it a love that lasts until the first fight? A love that lasts until one gets bored with the person they are with? Or is it a love that withstands the test of all times?  Let me share a love story that surpasses the fairytale romance of the wedding day.  For those that don’t know the story of Gabby and Frank, read their engagement blog here to see their story https://27miracles.com/2016/03/31/high-school-sweethearts-fall-in-love-gabby-and-frank/

Today, a man and a woman stand before God and their families to declare their love.  Neither of them have any idea what the future holds, but does anyone?  However that did not matter to either of them. They were best friends and they were in love.

If you recall in our engagement story, the Orlando wedding community joined together to give this deserving couple the wedding of their dreams.  With the many challenges that they faced financially for all the medical care that Gabby had to have, their would not be anything left to plan a wedding.

April 2, 2016 the day had arrived.  Thunderstorms were not going to keep this wedding from happening.  The day started out hot, muggy and stormy, but no one seemed to notice, all that mattered on this day was that hundreds of people were coming together to make a couple’s wedding dreams come true!

Gabby started her day getting her hair and make up done by Stylist Professor Maria Ivette Hernandez and her team of hair and make up artists as Gabby contemplated this day and her wedding dress 123-39 123-42

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123-57Gabby’s mom helped her in to her dress while her mother in law to be looked on..

123-52As Frank awaited the moment that he would see his bride….123-6 123-11It’s time for the wedding….Rings and bouquets are ready, the church is ready and the team of 27 Miracles planners and assistants were ready.

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First the mothers came in and lit the candles, it was a touching moment as they entered. to the song Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion.123-59 123-63 123-65 123-67Now it is time for the groom to enter accompanied by the best man and the officiant. The song that they selected was A Thousand Years- Christina Perri

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The ceremony has begun and as Officiant Marcus Moore,  takes the couple through the wedding ceremony…123-112 123-129 123-133The bride and groom share their own special vows…there was not a dry eye in the church, it was so moving..

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As they entered in to prayer and the ring ceremony they lit the unity candle, uniting their marriage to one another.

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Congratulations to Gabby and Frank as they take their special family pictures…

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The bridal party celebrated with Gabby and Frank as they know the struggles this couple went through…

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The reception was held at First Baptist Orlando Faith Hall, the catering was provided by Oley’s Catering, the decor by RJ glamour and Innovation.  The up lighting was provided by Roque Productions and Orlando DJ and Lighting.

Juan Carlos and Rigo Lugo of RJ Glamour and Innovation captured the Bride’s vision to the last detail.

123-360 123-362 123-368 123-371The cake a 4 tier Amaretto flavored cake was made  by Cut the Cake.  The bride had always dreamed of having a 4 tier cake that would be taller than she was when she was cutting it……..123-548Gabby and Frank, could not believe their eyes when they entered in to their dream wedding…123-377

As Gabby and Frank walked around the ballroom, they wanted to take it all in and not miss anything.  They started by the photo booth with Eddie from Just for You Photo Booths.

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Frank had a special person in his life that could not be there for him on his wedding day and that was his Godfather.  A special place setting was created for Frank’s Godfather in his memory as well as a picture collage placed on the gift table.

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It was time to let the guests inside the ballroom and get the festivities started.

123-406They had their first dance and you could feel their love was so strong as they danced together to How Will I Know by Sam Smith.

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123-438Gabby found her mother to be such a huge support for here she did not want to pass a moment to dance with her mother.

The happy couple had many well wishers as they toasted to their new life together.

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Before the night slipped away, Gabby wanted to thank all her guests and wedding professionals for making her dreams come true.

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The bride had always dreamed of a 4 tier simple white cake with flowers around it.  Sharon Haller of Cut the Cake captured the vision as the happy couple cut the cake.

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No one wanted the night to end, but it came to that time and yet another surprise, a chauffeured driven car from Southern Elegance Limousine to take them to a downtown Disney hotel for their honeymoon for a few days.

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123-622Today we keep Gabby in our prayers for health and Frank for strength as they embark on this journey together. Do not marry the person that you can live with, marry the person that you cannot live without.  Enjoy your love with the person you are with for tomorrow is never promised.  Take the example of Gabby and Frank, best friends in love,  riding the waves of life together.  Some days the waves are crashing high and they hold on to the boat of life a little tighter as they ride the wave, other days they can sit back and relax in the boat as they rock gently back and forth.

Thank you to all our wedding professionals that donated time and service to make Gabby and Frank’s wedding day special.

On the Wedding Day…
1. First Baptist Orlando/Venue for Ceremony and their staff
2. Faith Hall/Venue for Reception Robin and her staff
3. Wedding Officiant/Marcus Moore
4.RJ Glamour and Innovation/Decor/Linens/Floral/Chivari Chairs
5.Pianist at Ceremony/Teresa.
6.123 Photography
7. Treasured Moments Videography
8. Oley’s Kitchen/Catering
9.Orlando DJ and Lighting/Adam Rubman/Uplights,DJ and MC
10.Roque Productions/Andres Roque/Uplights/DJ and MC
11. Our Volunteer Catering Servers, Alyssa, Anderson, Krystin Lapage, Enrique, and Jose
12. UCF Wedding Planning Students Shaye Glover, Tony-Ann Walker, Harriett Whitcombe, Moriah Tate, Kelli Hanrahan
13. Wedding Coordinator:  Rosie Moore/27 Miracles                                                                       14.  Day of Wedding Planners: Diane Jenson( The Wedding Party), Alla Vinnikova, (ABC Member) Elizabeth Fontaine ( First Baptist Orlando and 27 Miracles)
15.Hair and Make up for Bride and Wedding Party: Professor Maria Ivette Hernandez, Eric Clark and her senior students at Florida Technical College
16. Dessert Station/Pastry Chef Students at Florida Technical College
17.Wedding Cake/ Cut The Cake/Sharon Haller
18.Southern Elegance Limousine/Miguel Hernandez
19. Photo Booth/Just for You/Eddie Lebron
20. Entertainment/Cirque Kalandra/Vitaly Vinnikova
Without this team none of this could have been accomplished! I don’t say this to boast of what we did, but of what a community of wedding professionals is capable of doing when they put their heart and mind to help someone in need. On Behalf of 27 Miracles We want to say thank you for being who you are! God Bless your businesses always.

 

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High School Sweethearts Fall In Love Gabby and Frank

Love stories are always great to read and talk about especially when there is a wedding to be planned.  That is the love story of Gabby and Frank, high school sweethearts that fell in love. You can see the love that they have for each other in the pictures as 123 Photography captures those moments.

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Gabby and Frank were the  typical high school sweethearts, until one day…..

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27 Miracles received a letter from Gabby that read like this:

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“Hello Rosie, thank you so much for taking the time to write back to me and ask me about my illness.  I spoke to Ivonne and was amazed by the incredible weddings you’ve done for others. So I am really excited that you wrote to me! I would love to explain my story to you.

In 2013 my fiancé and I were celebrating our second anniversary of dating,  when we got back home I became sick. It started with a cough and gradually turned into pneumonia and a virus.   The doctors gave me antibiotics but I did not get better.   I became paralyzed and wheelchair bound; I lost all my independence. I went from a normal 19 year old girl into someone that didn’t know what was happening; I felt lost. The doctors didn’t know what was happening.   They operated on my left lung to determine what was happening but still no answers.  The doctors kept saying the same thing, I just had a bad case of pneumonia.

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My health problems were overwhelming.   My mom and my fiancé became my caregivers.   I couldn’t do the simplest of things like brushing my teeth or combing my hair. I became oxygen dependent.  Many days I wanted to give up, but my faith kept reminding me to keep fighting. After a year of fighting, in December of 2013, I decided to get up on my own from the wheelchair.   As I got out of the wheel chair I blacked out and was rushed to the hospital.   While at the hospital, they ran tests and found fluid surrounding my heart.  The doctors decided that an emergency surgery to remove the fluid was necessary.   The doctors removed over 600cc of fluid inside and outside of my heart.  They stated that if I had waited two more hours, I would have passed away. The next day while in ICU,  I was told I had to have another surgery to figure out why my lungs weren’t capable of functioning on their own. They did surgery on my right lung this time.

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I felt drained, but I kept fighting, I needed answers.   I was diagnosed with three chronic autoimmune diseases. Dermatomyositis,  this  is a rare muscle disease that affects the heart and lungs, the breathing muscles, swallowing muscles and skeletal muscles.  This disease depending on the day, debilitates me to the point where some days I can walk, while others I am confined to the wheelchair.  I was also diagnosed with sjogrens syndrome, a chronic autoimmune condition characterized by degeneration of the salivary and lachrymal glands, causing dryness of the mouth and eyes.  This condition also affected my teeth; sadly I am missing most of my teeth.   The doctors also told me that I have pulmonary fibrosis, a respiratory disease in which scars are formed in the lung tissues, leading to serious breathing problems.  I am on chemotherapy medicine to control the diseases, prednisone and acthar gel injections as well. All these illnesses made the type 1 diabetes that I have had since age 8 worse.

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Despite all of this happening in my life, my fiancé proposed to me while in the hospital in front of my family and favorite nurses on December 13, 2013.  I didn’t know if I was going to live or die, I was  hanging on to my faith. Saying YES to him was without a doubt my desire,  he’s an amazing man and best friend.


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The doctors have told me that I have 3 to 5 years to live because of the pulmonary fibrosis and the other conditions involved make the pulmonary fibrosis worse.    My lung specialist stated that I have to be put on a lung transplant list.   It’s a scary thing for me, but also for my fiancé, my mother, my younger brother and the family.   There is a chance of rejection, but I truly believe God does things for a reason. I believe throughout my journey God made me  into the woman I am,  I see life differently,  I appreciate the little things.

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My goal is to marry the man of my dreams,  to walk to him and not be in a wheelchair, even though I don’t know if this illness and its complications will take me away from him. I just want  to  finally marry the one I love.   We have been engaged for two years and saving for a wedding has become impossible due to the medical bills.

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Getting in touch with you is amazing.   I truly believe God put Ivonne and you in my path for a reason.  I do have so many ideas in my mind, one example is dedicating the song “Mamas Song” by Carrie Underwood to my mother,  she’s been my rock through it all and dedicating a special song to my fiancé.

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I would love to do my wedding if possible around February because my birthday is on Valentines Day.  I don’t know how to sign the HIPAA form could you explain that to me. I don’t have an exact count on how many people will be there, but could I give you an estimate if possible? If my dream wedding is possible it would be a dream come true for me. Thank you again for taking the time to write to me! ”

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When 27 Miracles planner Rosie Moore received this letter, she was touched by Gabby’s story.  She spoke to a few wedding professionals who without even thinking, after she shared the story said count me in. There are many who are surprising the bride and groom with their services, so we shall have to keep everything a secret for now…but if you follow us on facebook , you will be sure to see many pictures of the beautiful day.

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On Saturday, April 2nd 2016 at 2:30pm, Gabby and Frank will be married with all of their friends and family at First Baptist Orlando Church.  The wedding professionals involved are all eager for this day to come so that they can give of themselves to make a bride’s dream come true.  There will be a private reception for friends and family after the ceremony. On this day  a community will join together to help make Gabby and Frank’s wedding dreams come true.  27 Miracles thanks all of the wedding professionals that have been involved in planning this blessed event.

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February 29 Leap Year!!!

According to the calendar today is February 29, 2016 known as leap year.  27 Miracles has their special for leap year today.  Call us today to take advantage of it 407-905-5454 as the offer expires today at midnight!

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Today is the day when you were in school that they would have Sadi Hawkins day .  See some of the traditions as written by columnist Bob Driver for the Clearwater Sun describes it.  Click the link for the full article.

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In olden days, Feb. 29 was also celebrated as Sadie Hawkins Day, the time when girls were permitted to ask the boys of their choice for a date or whatever else the girl might have in mind.

Sadie Hawkins was the invention of Al Capp, a brilliant cartoonist who for 40 years or so drew the comic strip Li’l Abner. In the strip, Sadie was the homeliest girl in Dogpatch. She never had a date or a boy friend. Finally, as she reached the desperate age of 35, her father decreed that on a given date every spinster in Dogpatch would be entitled to pursue any unmarried male of her choice. If by sundown she could drag him across the finish line, the man had to marry her.

Capp invented Sadie Hawkins in 1937, as one more colorful character in the Li’l Abner cast. By the early 1940s the idea of an annual Sadie Hawkins Day had swept the nation. Each February, hundreds of colleges and high schools held Sadie Hawkins dances and carnivals. At one point an estimated 40,000 events took place. A related tradition sprang up which decreed that every four years – on Feb. 29 – women were free to propose marriage to their sweeties. I’m not sure anyone knows how many weddings were generated by this Leap Year custom.

Read about some Leap Year Traditions below.  Click on the link to read the full article:

http://www.timeanddate.com/date/leap-day-february-29.html

Leap Day Traditions

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I do! Traditionally, women take the ring into their own hands and propose on Leap Day.

’Leap Day’ is February 29, which is an extra (intercalary) day added during a Leap Year, making the year 366 days long – and not 365 days, like a common (normal) year. Nearly every 4 years is a Leap Year in our modern Gregorian Calendar.

Ever since Leap Years were first introduced over 2000 years ago with the transition from the Roman Calendar to the Julian Calendar in 45 BCE (Before Common Era), Leap Day has been associated with age-old Leap Day traditions and folklore.

What is a Leap Year and when is the next one?

When and what is Leap Day?

Women propose to their men

According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Bridget struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every 4 years. This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar.

In some places, Leap Day has been known as “Bachelors’ Day” for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day. In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. During the middle ages there were laws governing this tradition.

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Valentine’s Day Countdown Day 5….A Scottish Romantic Wedding

When Kevin and Gillian, who are world travelers, decided that they wanted to have their wedding in Orlando, they contacted Rosie Moore, Master Bridal Consultant of 27 Miracles.  They had a vision of creating romance in their wedding with the traditions from Scotland.  They planned their wedding in the summer because they loved the warmth of Florida. She dreamed of having pinks, ivory, lace and peaches with a candy Buffett.  She wondered if it would all be possible planning from Scotland. She also wanted to incorporate Disney accents as she also loved Disney! She wondered if she could walk on a red carpet as she met her Prince at the Gazebo.  Would there be romantic music played as she walked down the aisle?   SO many things that she wondered…Let’s see how her day went…Did her Dreams come true?

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Every table was decorated with beautiful centerpieces and glass beaded chargers for royalty.  Each table had a picture of a place that the couple had been to before, from Thailand, Philipines to New York City, all around the world.  It made for interesting  conversations amongst the guests.

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Gillian’s day started with getting ready for the big day.  She did not want Kevin to see her getting ready, because in Scotland it was tradition that the groom not see the bride.  As she got ready, she awaited her limo to pick her up at her Villa and bring her to the romantic Celebration Golf where she had an intimate ceremony performed by Officiant Marcus Moore. The Groom and the best man were awaiting her arrival….

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But before Gillian’s grand entrance, her bridesmaids adorned the red carpet in traditional pink laced dresses that flowed in the summer breeze.

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It’s almost time for Gillian to take her walk on the red carpet..the flower girls prepare her entrance with petals on the red carpet…

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Kevin catches a glimpse of Gillian as she walks down the aisle and judging from his smile , he is definitely smitten with this Scottish beauty!

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Look at Dad! Happy to walk his daughter down the aisle as Gillian gets a glimpse of her Scottish Prince Charming!

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Dad is about ready to give his daughter away, but first one last kiss ….

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As the vows were exchanged, and a poem from Dr Seuss read…the happy couple was wed!

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Family time pictures!

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A few private moments at Downtown Celebration!

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Gillian wanted to be sure that she got pictures by the antique car that is at home right on Celebration Golf Property!

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Okay to break the news of the tent outside…Gillian  and Kevin, it is extremely hot today, the weather is not cooperating…the guests are hot….but…we have our back up..Ballroom reveal time!!!

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Okay all is good…let’s get this party started!!!

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First Dances…

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Guests joining in!

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Special toast time as is tradition in Scotland…

The toast is traditionally done by four speakers the father of the bride, then the groom replies back to the father of the bride,  then the best man and last the clergy/officiant as we continue in to the celebration!

 

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It’s time to catch the sunset!

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Now knowing that the bride and groom love Disney, the day would not be complete without a picture by the Minnie Mobile( Planner Elayna of 27 Miracles made sure she brought her fun car to work today!)

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It’s time to cut the cake! Time to start the tradition of feeding the cake to each other.  As you know the tradition of cake cutting and feeding signifies the husband providing for his wife financially always and the wife taking care of the husband and the family always, it signifies respect of the relationship that a hand will never touch the face of the woman or the man except to caress it.  Gillian and Kevin observed that time-honored tradition.

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Bouquet toss time!!! Who will catch it?

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It’s time to dance and sing!!!

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DJ Roque, shows the guests some moves…

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The last dance ending the night with  The Circassian Circle( a dance similar to square dancing in the states but to traditional Scottish music)  This group sure knew how to have fun enjoying the traditional dances of Scotland!

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From Gillian and Kevin: ” We had a great day, thanks for everything, it was perfect. The vendors all seemed to enjoy working also which was great and added to the day.”

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Our Wedding Professionals:

27 Miracles/Wedding Planners

123 Photography/Photography

RJ Glamour and Innovation/Linen/Decor/Flowers

Officiant/Marcus Moore

Celebration Golf/Venue

Southern Elegance Limousines/Transportation

Mel’s Beauty Box/Hair and Makeup

Roque Productions/Lighting/DJ/MC

Christine MacPhail/Harpist

Sweet Bliss/Candy Buffett

Party Flavors/Cake

Jerry Alicea Video Productions/Transformation Video

 

Through All of Time and Space Wedding of Jessica and Michael

Jessica and Michael planned their special wedding day to the theme of Time and Space. There were little details everywhere of their love and companionship forever through their themed wedding.

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Our prayers were answered for a clear day and low wind for Jessica and Michael’s wedding day. The night of the rehearsal the wind was so strong that the bride, her bridesmaids and Ramon who was wearing a kilt, were having a Marilyn Monroe moment, as the wind blew their skirts all over the place. But on the wedding day, perfect!

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Their wedding day arrived, beautiful as ever.  The white ceremony  chairs were set up with draped beads and long gladiolus on each chair along the inner side of the aisle. A set of tall drapery were set at the entrance marking the spectacular marching of the parents, grandparents, bridal party and bride and groom. They all walked with such ease, enjoying the moment and stood in their places just as we had rehearsed the night before (of course left hand over right and no bubble gum or cell phones).  Even the little ones were graceful and patient.

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Michael, the groom was moved and a bit misty but no comparison to the bride’s father who was really moved. A very emotional moment for the gentlemen. During their special vows, even the officiant was moved.  Thee are the kind of moments that one wishes for every couple, tears of joy and laughter!246 247 249 252

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Jessica and Michael were married in front of a beautiful iridescent drapery and had their sand ceremony with silver and blue sand intertwined as a signal of two lives coming together. After a tender ceremony, the kiss and some guests with tears of joy, the couple dashed out, as the bride wanted to do, without any accidents!

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Jessica and Michael got a quick peak at the ballroom to see it decorated before the guests came in! They loved their cake…..Through All of Time and Space

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They enjoyed dancing with their parents, friends and family and a great night was had by all….

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All in a day’s work and one more bride and groom satisfied …..By Elizabeth Fontaine/27 Miracles Wedding Planner and Ashley Bliss/27 Miracles Planner

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27 Miracles 

Nannuk Media

Emily Gilbert Photography

Omega DJ’s

Jonathan’s Flowers

BResort

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

27 Miracles Wedding Consulting
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