Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Engage!10 Cayman Islands - Welcome Reception

For the Engage!10 Welcome Reception, I've decided to show everyone a prelude to one of my wedding collections that will debut later this year. Rustic-chic was the inspiration for this particular event  The focal point was this huge centerpiece specially designed and constructed for a buffet station.  I was extremely thrilled to use these gorgeous yellow blooms from the Laburnum tree, a part of the wide array of local fauna available here in the Cayman Islands. I am all for using locally-grown materials and making something fabulous out of it!!!

We've incorporate bamboos, willows and yellow blooms to make this 14 ft 3-tiered centerpiece.

A band of daisies was used to wrap around the middle tier. Lights streaming through the different tiers created a cool effect on this piece.

The table centerpieces were miniature versions of the focal piece with yellow Tulips, Laburnum blooms and bamboo accents.

4 lounge areas of bamboos canopies with comfortable lounge seating were available for all the attendees to relax and socialize in.

Bamboo lanterns were hung on each canopy to provide ambient lighting too!

Rustic chic decor + amazing Engage!10 attendees = ONE GREAT PARTY ON THE BEACH!!!

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Photos by: David Wolfe

Monday, June 14, 2010

Engage!10 - Wedding Luxury Summit in The Cayman Islands - Day 1

Engage!10 the JVB perspective.

Can I say I was a nervous wreck?Yes, I was, especially after finding out that Engage! was returning to our shores. Cayman Islands was lucky enough to be the venue for Engage!09 and now twice lucky to be the host nation again for Engage!10.

Engage! is the world's top luxury wedding conference spearheaded by the uber fabulous ladies of Engaging Concepts, Rebecca Grinnals & Kathryn Arce -- the most unbelievable team I know. The harmony and synergy they have together is indescribable. And they are also very trusting! This year they seemed to trust me more than ever. Our telephone calls were a lot less, and even when on island, they never saw any of the detail renderings for any of the events, only verbal overviews were given! But one thing was for sure, we need to top what was done from Engage!09 design-wise.

Here's the objective that my Celebrations team and I have to meet for Engage!10 and its illustrious attendees.
1. to design all of the Engage!10 events from day one to end
2. to design each and every event  that would surpass last year's -- impressive enough to wow all the Engage!10 attendees who are among the world's top wedding professionals!

So you can see where my fears stemmed from. However, with the reassuring trust that Rebecca Grinnals has given me and my team, I knew anything was possible.

Here's the amazing Rebecca Grinnals and myself with Celebrations' wedding planners, Juliette Heath and Amanda Wilson prior to registration.

Day 1

With butterflies in my stomach, Engage!10 started with a splash of color! Gorgeous  Nüage Design linens brought bright colours on the Cayman Welcome Lounge at the Ritz Carlton -- all in keeping with Engage!10 color palette of lemon yellow and blue.

We've complimented the linens with simple yet stylish floral arrangements like the one seen below:

Upon registering, all attendees were given this chic attendees' book made by Trisha Hay.  Love, love the patterns!

The  fabulous swag bags were filled with oooh so gorgeous treats!!!

At the registration area, upon seeing so many familiar faces from attendees/speakers from last year, I felt so warm and invigorated. One notable return speaker is the fashion director of Kleinfeld's and the host of the smash hit TV show, "Say Yes to the Dress"...the extremely fashionable, Randy Fenoli.  Here's a photo of the über talented, Randy with myself and Celebration's wedding planners, Amanda Wilson, Mary Ann Mehigan, Juliette Heath and Danika Bell.

Another notable return Engage! speaker is the brilliant Simon T. Bailey. He is such an inspiration!

Rebecca and I arranged the first sessions with casual lounge settings. Check out the fab swag bags again!

Here's a close up shot of one of the centerpieces that were used during the first session.

 Harmony Walton of the well-renowned wedding resource website Bridal Bar, Ali Phillips one of Chicago's Top Wedding Planners, media maven  Liene Stevens  of Think Splendid and  world-class photographer , Donna Von Bruening, kicked off Engage!10 Day 1 sessions with insights on how to get the most out of attending wedding conferences such as Engage!

Next to speak was Darcy Miller, the  Senior VP and Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings  She is so inspiring and overflowing with wit and knowledge.

Up next, the Welcome Party!!!

Photos by : David Wolfe & Melissa Wolfe

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

UK's Weddingtv + Celebrations + Cayman Islands = One Wonderful Project

I've got some great news to share! I've been working closely with UK's Weddingtv on a 1-hour long TV special on Cayman Islands as an ideal destination for all UK couples who are on the look-out for a Caribbean wedding. Celebrations has been lucky enough to have been chosen as the only wedding professional company that will be featured in the said show.

I've taken the awesome Weddingtv crew all over the island  the past few days showing them all the wonderful locations that the Cayman islands has for destination weddings.

Here's a photo of me at one of private villas in idyllic Rum Point and Simon, the Executive Producer of Weddingtv.

Seen below is a photo of Jack of Weddingtv shooting the intrepid photographer David Wolfe while he takes a photo of a couple during their Trash the Dress photo session.

Again, the Weddingtv crew shooting a wedding at Marriott Resort, Seven Mile Beach.

Can't wait to see the final video footage!!!! I will keep you all posted for the showing schedule!

Software Group Incentive Program - Day 6

The last event for this group is the one of the Chairman's event at Osetra Bay. With the elegant and chic location of Osetra Bay in mind, we've designed something really unusual yet stylish for this event.

To complement the X-shaped formation of the tables, we designed rows glass globes with flowers pierced through with  a bamboo pole brimming with flowers too. At the center is a layered centerpiece composed of hydrangeas, roses and callas.


Here's a close up photo of the composite that made this X-shaped centerpiece truly unique!



This whole experience has really sparked our imaginations and gave us a chance to showcase what we at Celebrations can offer to clients from all over the world to make their event a one-of-a-kind experience here in the Cayman Islands.

To our clients and partners, thank you so much for this wonderful experience!!! We'll forever be grateful.


the Celebrations Team