A Well-Designed Halloween Party Full of Spooky Surprises!

You’re never too old to partake in All Hallows’ Eve (let’s remember this amazing Halloween-inspired 75 th birthday party)! But that doesn’t mean you have to stick to the same boring old tricks. This year, Anna Lucia Events ditched the trite orange and black color palette for a more…elevated look. It’s just as scary and also twice as nice!

Set against the awesome industrial space of Saltblock Catering, in Tampa, FL, the event had a perfect blank canvas to work with. Exposed brick, concrete flooring and rafters across the ceiling gave way for many eerie surprises to pop up.

And while this was a very adult Halloween, there were no rules against playing with your cocktails! Saltblock Catering came up with some lively spirits ghoulishly announced on clear acrylic tombstones. Pick your poison!

If you dared take a walk around the event, you might run into ravens guarding their (rather chic) birdcages and delicious-looking red apple arrangements from 50Fifty Events. Not to mention the tragically beautiful floral arrangements (think shades of red with pop of black and beautifully dried accents) that were to die for!

Looking to take a seat? The space was outfitted with lounge areas made up of our Black Velvet High Back Sofas, Driftwood Nest Coffee Tables and Smoke Stone Stools alongside cocktail tables dressed in Black Metallic Forest and Black Velluto. A perfect pit stop to enjoy your Ghoulish Ginger Ale or Black-or- Blue- Caramel Apple. Poisoned? Perhaps, but deliciously worth the risk!

From the candelabras topped with skulls to the spiders hanging off the chandeliers, this is one spooky soiree we would not want to miss!

Planning & Design Anna Lucia Events | Photography Jacqui Cole Photography | Venue & Catering Saltblock Catering | Floral & Décor 50Fifty Events | Stationery & Signage Dogwood Blossom Stationery | Lighting & Awesome Haze Bay Stage Live | Draping Swag Decor | Furniture & Linens Nuage Designs | Bars & Accessories Bubble Miami | Rentals Events on the Loose | Rentals A Chair Affair

A Black and Purple Decor Palette to Inspire your Modern Wedding!

Do you feel that crisp in the air? We’re finally settling into fall in full swing and we couldn’t be more excited! With the changing temps come a change in event styles and color palettes – think: hue inspiration like Marsala – and Swoon Soiree captured that perfectly in this recent styled shoot!

Designing with a bold black and purple color palette in mind, Swoon Soiree put together this elegant shoot in inspire modern receptions all season long! Combining our Black Leather Rosette and Black Leather Dot linens as the base of two tablescapes, they brought in texturized seasonal fabrics to give the design that extra “oomph!”

We love how mirrored chargers and purple napkins brightened up the tablecloths, giving them a
distinguished look. Flowers, from The Flower Guy Bron, were blooming in shades of violet and plum with accents of sage and white to ground the design.

And wow, that cake! Commonwealth Cake Company really – well – took the cake on this one, their black, white and purple three-tiered masterpiece had an angular shape decorated with a baroque motif to imitate our Preston Bailey Collection White Iris.

Between the leather, the lace and the stunning color combination, we’re all in on this one for fall and winter weddings this year!

Planner / Stylist Swoon Soiree | Head Photographer SBM Portraits | 2nd Photographer New
Mindset Photography | Florals The Flower Guy Bron | Venue Upper Shirley Vineyards | Props / Lighting Mosaic Catering and Events | Jewelry Diamonds Direct | Makeup Regan Wolfrey | Hair Markia Robinson | Invitation Suite Secret Diary | Cake Commonwealth Cake Company | Live Singer Jocelyn Oldham | DJ Missing Music | Videographer William Renner | Linens Nuage Designs | Calligraphy Capital Calligraphy | Bridal Gown, Veil, Headpiece Urban Set Bride | Tuxedo Celebrity Bridal and Formals | Female Model Shanel Ashley | Male Model Devin Groves

Destination Weddings on the Emerald Coast with Incredible Designers Florals by the Sea

If you haven’t spent time in Florida’s Emerald Coast, you are missing out! From its turquoise waters to its sugar fine sand, the panhandle’s Gulf Coast beaches are really a sight to be seen. It’s not wonder that so many couples across the country choose this location as the backdrop for their “I Do’s,” (just see here and here if you don’t believe us). With paradise on our minds, we sat down with the incredible team behind Florals by the Sea, a wedding & event design firm local to the area, to chat about their inspiration and what it’s like to plan weddings in bliss. Read all about it…

Nuage Designs: Tell us your story. What is Florals by the Sea?
Florals by the Sea: Florals by the Sea is a full scale wedding & event design company that specializes in floral artistry and couture rental décor along the beautiful Emerald Coast. What makes our particular
company special is the fact that we are actually comprised of three individually talented designers, making us one of the largest design companies in the panhandle. From a professional standpoint, this allows for our company to expand the number of weddings we can execute each weekend, averaging 150 – 200 events annually. Most importantly, it gives us a huge advantage to the collaboration process of each and every event. While each designer is individually assigned to their clients, we also have the luxury of bouncing ideas off of each other behind the scenes, for we all have our own personal style and taste – which always trickles into each others inspiration one way or the other.

ND: Your designs always feel so fresh and unique, where does this inspiration come from?
FBTS: Again, having three designers definitely contributes to that, but personally speaking, it always starts with the client. As always, they’ve likely done their research and have a few design components of their own in regards to color palettes and style – but the fun part is taking their vision to the next level, for there are so many elements that go into the entire design process that most don’t even consider before walking through our doors. The inspiration really comes from everywhere, depending on what’s important to the client; anything from a floral swatch of a bridesmaid dress to the iridescence of an oyster shell to the label on a favorite bottle of rosé. We see it all! And that is where you guys come in. I always tell my clients to “never underestimate the power of a fabulous linen, for this is one of the greatest ways to make an individual statement, which is truly something everybody craves.”

ND: How does your setting in the Gulf Coast play into your weddings?
FBTS: Considering we have one of the most beautiful beaches in the nation, (if not the world) – it doesn’t come at surprise that people want the Gulf Coast to be the heart of their special day. That being said, a majority of our clientele is destination, which means tons of planning and communication via long distance. Most have been visiting since they were children, while others did a quick Google search, found a picture of a pretty beach and said, “Let’s go!” Regardless, it’s that ultimate view of crystal clear emerald waters and white sugar sands that wins them over every time. While we get clients from all over – a majority of them seem to come from the surrounding southern states, in which the Emerald Coast has been a part of their family for decades, before it was a booming wedding industry.

ND: How is the collaboration process with your clients? Where does the basis for their wedding begin?
FBTS: Because a majority of our clients are destination, upon booking, we always try to schedule an in-person consultation at some point in the planning process, for our meetings are actually quite interactive and fun. (Plus, it’s always a bonus if you get to personally meet your clients’ personality, which isn’t always the case with destination.) We pull all their inspiration up on the big screen, have all swatches and samples pulled and ready to display, and really just go where the meeting takes us. I can usually tell within the first five minutes which direction I need to gear the meeting towards. Some clients LOVE discussing every little detail, while others would rather trust the professionals to make the decisions for them, for it can get overwhelming if “decision making” isn’t your forte. After the initial consultation and design proposal, communication with the client practically stays in full swing up until the day of the event, for this is what we like to call “the perfecting period” in which we ensure every “t” is crossed as every “i” is dotted. Do brides change their minds? Of course they do. Does budget play a realistic role? Of course it does. But this is all part of the collaboration process from beginning to end. Not one detail is overlooked on our end, for we believe that proper preparation is key to a successful event.

ND: Do you ever find it difficult to push clients towards what they might see as an “edgy” design?
It’s as if you took the words right out of my mouth. While all girls love the idea of an “edgy” design concept, it’s rare that you actually cross paths with a client that is brave enough to go for it, and when they do – ultimate excitement. As designers, we are constantly looking for something new, something bold, something edgy – the next best thing – but it’s very important to remember, that while this may be our 500th+ wedding, this is still the clients first, so we have to be mindful of that. But insider note, all things aside, as simple the concept may be, I always try and find a place to put a little “edge” in there
somewhere and it usually ends up being one of their most memorable details.

ND: We know you are big on making sure everything is literally perfect at each event – why is that?
FBTS: Simply stated, Sally (the owner) has always said from day one – “In this industry, you do not get a “do-over”, therefore each event must be executed at 110% each time, every time.” It’s that extra attention to detail that truly brings us to the next level.

ND: What are some of your trademark styles?
FBTS: Oh, where do we begin? Of course we love fresh flowers and custom installations, for we are constantly drafting out new ideas to create unique, never-before- seen, design elements. We actually custom build quite a bit of pieces throughout each season to accommodate our crazy ideas. However, we also take serious pride in our signature lounge collections – for we LOVE incorporating decorative furniture and accessories into the mix. Just like a custom lighting and/or floral installation, unique pieces (including specialty linens!) are what truly make an event remarkable and memorable.

ND: What is your advice to couples coming to you with a “trendy” design in mind?
FBTS: Remember the key word timeless, for it should be in the back of your mind at all times. You want to be able to look back at your special day 10, 20, even 30+ years from now and still see all the beauty and love that was put into it. Event design is just like fashion – constantly evolving, eventually repeating – so if you even think for a second that something feels “trendy” then you’re likely not going to be wild about it later on down the road. It needs to feel substantial and whole.

ND: What is your favorite thing about designing weddings?
FBTS: The best, most rewarding part of our job is always the clients first reaction upon seeing their special day come to life. It’s right there in that moment that all the hard work, late nights, and time invested become 100% totally worth it. The feeling is indescribable, but also an instant reminder of why it is we do what we do.

ND: What trends do you see for the spring wedding season?
FBTS: I’m really hoping to see more depth and contrast come back into play. Especially being where we are – a lot of people crave that light, bright, clean feel, which will always be beautiful, but I’m starting to get the itch for some wild colors, textures and patterns. Something a little more dimensional.

And what more can we say other than “I Do!” to Florida’s Emerald Coast!

Photographer Credits Olimb Photography | Rae Leytham Photography Lacher’s Lens Photography | Paul Johnson PhotographyCaleb Shane Photography | Shannon Griffin Photography | Dear Wesleyann

A Bridesmaids Brunch for the Modern Bride!

The days leading up to your wedding can be as exciting as they are stressful, why not do a little celebrating with your bridal party leading up to the big day? Michelle, from Lemiga Events had just that thought when she put together this fun and chic bridesmaids brunch styled shoot! We were head over heels with the idea because…well, you know we love any reason to brunch!

Kicking the morning off at Atlanta’s Legacy Test Kitchen, these ladies who brunch were enticed by beautiful settings of quiche, waffles and the cutest individual cakes from Confection Perfection – one for each bridesmaid!

We love the modern table setting, a dark slate hue set by our Charcoal Velluto, whose velvet-inspired touch gave it a nice warm feeling. The accents, in shades of blush and rose gold, really brought a lovely feminine touch without going over the top. Add to that romantic flowers from Ginger Rose and we are over the moon. It’s the perfect color palette for a sophisticated, modern bride!

But the most fun had to be seeing the gorgeous dresses from Fabulous Frocks Bridal. Lace, tulle and
sequins to be had!

So, all in all, wedding party brunches leading up to the big day get a big thumbs up from us. They’re definitely something we can cheers to!

Photographer Noi Tran | Planning and Design Lemiga Events | Venue and Catering Legacy Test Kitchen | Floral Design Ginger Rose | Linen Nuage Designs | Dresses Fabulous Frocks Bridal
| Custom Gifts Love Charlie Grace Designs | Hair and Makeup Beaute By Marina | Stationery Foglio Press | Cakes Confection Perfection | Rentals Event Rentals Unlimited  | Place Settings Lenox | Accessories Elizabeth Bower

Jewel Tone Velvet Linens for Fall and Winter Weddings

There’s that special something in the air letting us know, Fall is right around the corner and Winter is coming right after! We’re ready to feel the temperatures drop and the indoors get extra cozy! To be honest, we love this time of year when it comes to designing weddings and events!

With that in mind, we are feeling gemstones, jewel tones and the soft touch of velvet for this wedding
season. Last winter we were all about Marsala, this year we are going the whole assortment of colors!

For those looking to lighten up, we found the perfect shade of Turquoise for the fall. It’s deep enough to sparkle like an Aquamarine and bright enough to warm us up too!

Paired with our natural wood Verona Chairs, the Turquoise Velluto has a rustic sensibility to it perfect for an outdoor fall wedding. Give it even more of a boho bride style by adding in pretty pink accents like these raw crystals. With floating candles and the softest touch of blush blooms, the Velluto fabric sets a perfect canvas for this design. Just like this setting, it’s a great way to bring cool fall feels to a tropical setting!

Now, for those looking to go all in on fall colors, we love a deep Ruby red like our Wine Velluto. It sets the mood for a lively holiday feast or a romantic wedding reception.

Paired with our French country-inspired linen Maison Dining Chairs, this color palette creates a rich
atmosphere for dinner guests, especially when set against beautiful blooming Bougainvillea!

Bring in more of those gorgeous jewel tones in purples and oranges across the tabletop and use copper toned accents to tie the look together!

So whatever your event is this season, bring in those fall feelings with an array of gemstone-hued linens in soft velvet-inspired fabrics to really amp up the party. Trust us, we know how to host a good one!

Photography Katie Lopez Photography | Florals Petal Productions | Tabletop Pieces Anthropologie | Chargers, Linens and Napkins, Chairs and Tables Nuage Designs

Destination Wedding Inspiration in Provence, France

Oh boy, you are in for a real treat today, all the way from Provence, France! It’s no surprise that we love a destination wedding (see here dreamy beachside nuptials in Tulum, Mexico) and this styled elopement from Cassie Cherneski of Flaire Weddings and Events is no exception!

First of all, Provence, you are gorgeous! The setting for this one, at the Abbaye Saint Eusebe was an
incredible location. From the elegantly simple ceremony inside the abbaye to the perfectly manicured
grounds where the table was set, the backdrop could not have felt more magical.

Dinner was set between the Cypress trees right at magic hour with the setting sun casting dreamy shadows across the grounds. Inspired by the natural palette of the region, with its medieval stone walls and fields of lavender abound, Cassie designed a centerpiece overflowing with pastel shades of lilac, blush and ivory accented with delicate greenery.

Our Lilac Velluto linen, with its soft velvet feel, set the base for the table with a wispy runner flowing in the wind, a nod to the linen textiles of France. And to give it a touch of modern sensibility driftwood chargers and black flatware, from The Treasury Rentals by Emily Grace Designs, were combined with romantic taper candles in assorted brass candlesticks.

And the lovely couple, the bride in her two-piece gown from Eddy K Italia and the groom in a perfectly
tailored suit, was the epitome of romance on this gorgeous day. We’ll definitely keep this one in mind as we gear up for fall, with this beautiful color palette and velvet inspiration on the brain!

Photography Alexandra Vonk Photography | Planning, Design and Styling Flaire Weddings | Venue Abbaye Saint Eusebe | Hair and Makeup Casey Powell Updo Guru | Rentals Treasury Rentals | Linens and Napkins Nuage Designs | Models Enjoy Models | Model Cindy Nolli | Stationery Olivia and Grace Paperie | Wedding Gown Eddy K Bridal 

Fall Wedding Inspiration at Central Park’s Belvedere Castle

With Labor Day behind us and fall right around the corner, we’re gathering our favorite chilly weather
inspiration and getting ready for Wedding season! We’re thinking cool colors and a city setting (much like this one) but this time right in the heart of Central Park.

This beautiful styled shoot, designed by Michelle Elaine Weddings, is one that just takes our breath away! This styled shoot was set at Central Park’s gorgeous Belvedere Castle and is the perfect New York City romance!

The elegant simplicity of this tabletop, set with our Silver Web overlay, is the perfect contrast to the
evergreen park setting! Paired with delicate tabletop pieces from La Terrine and pretty flowers in a nude
color palette, from Designs by Ahn, it creates a dreamy place for newlyweds to share a seat.

We love the antiqued silver accents and how they pair so nicely with the Lovely Bride wedding gown with
its dainty lace edge! And to top it all off, a delicious trio of macarons, from Macarons by Paulin, were the
perfect sweet treat to this photoshoot.

What a delicious way to kick off wedding season in New York City! And if you’re still looking for more,
here’s one more NYC wedding at Lincoln Center!

Location  Belvedere Castle, Central Park | Photography Stephanie Sunderland | Coordination, Styling & Design Michelle Elaine Weddings | Hair & Make Up Victoria Elizabeth Make Up | Stationery & Calligraphy Crafted By Anamarie | Flowers Designs By Ahn | Macarons Macarons By Paulin | Videography NST Pictures | Jewelry Catherine Angiel | Table Top Rentals La Terrine | Wedding Dress Lovely Bride | Suit or Tuxedo Sene Studios

Inspirational Tips for a Timeless All White Wedding Design!

There’s something so timeless about a wedding designed with an all-white palette. The look, while classic for weddings can also be great for modern weddings and boho weddings too! So long as you make sure that you aren’t letting it fall a little…flat…all-white décor can set the tone for unique wedding accents and beautiful wedding flowers.

In the spirit of embracing a fresh white palette and seeing what kind of great wedding ideas can come from it, we’ve put together some of our top styling tips for an all-white wedding design! Scroll through to see what our team has to share and get inspired for your wedding!

White can be a great base for your event, use it across your tabletops to unify the space but consider mixing the styles and textures on different tables to add an interesting dimension to the room. If you have an overlay in the mix, consider using a solid linen to complement the other design.

If you prefer a uniform linen look, play with the tabletop accents instead! White linens can be a blank slate for patterned china, elaborate menu cards, napkins in elegant designs and bright colors and innovative floral arrangements. Or if you’re feeling really bold, how about bright red taper candles down the table? Let your creativity flow!

And it’s not just on the tabletop where you can have some fun, adding a diverse assortment of chairs to the décor elevates your wedding look without much effort. Consider specialty chair rentals or using chair covers for chiavari chairs in the mix. Combining a furniture piece, like our Ivory Sky Sofa, with chairs can also create an intimate dining experience for guests.

If you’re going for a minimalist modern wedding look, we love optic white accents! Consider using high-gloss pieces, like white acrylic vases or white acrylic chairs, to add an element of shine.

For a more boho wedding feel, white and wood are a perfect match. Wood can soften bright whites giving the night a rustic and romantic feel. Extra points for mixing in flickering candles and oversized crystals with this one!

If you’re looking to go on-trend, find rose gold accents to mix with your white tabletop. We’re very much into metallic rose gold chairs or shiny rose gold glassware for a simple but sophisticated combination this
season! A touch of rose gold on your dinner plates or chargers can add just the right amount of metallic.

Our all-time favorite piece of advice, no matter what wedding theme you’re going for, all-white décor is
timeless! You can take it through the seasons, use it indoors or outdoors and no matter what your venue. So have some fun with it, we promise you’ll come up with a beautiful all-white wedding design every time!

Photography Katie Lopez Photography | Florals Petal Productions | Stationery Stephanie Marion from Emme Events | Chargers, Linens, Napkins and Furniture Nuage Designs | Plates Anthropologie 

Colorful Wedding Inspiration for a Beach Wedding!

Beach weddings in Florida never fail to delight us! Whether it’s a destination wedding on Florida’s Atlantic Coast or a local’s Gulf Coast wedding, they are always guaranteed to be gorgeous and this Florals by the Sea affair is no exception!

The beachside vows set a beautiful backdrop for this wedding! Guests were seated on wooden benches
lined up right on the sand, accented with glass hurricane candle lanterns, that directed straight to the
beautiful ceremony space. The ceremony’s flower arrangement in bright shades of coral was tempered by soft cream and sea green colored flowers and accented by sheer curtains blowing romantically in the ocean breeze.

From the “I Do’s” on Rosemary Beach, we went straight to the reception! We love how this party brought in bold, colorful design accents to brighten up wooden tables and chair elements. The tables were set with a combination of our Royal Papel Chino pattern in runners and high top linens scattered throughout the venue.

The real magic was happening with the incredible arrangements on the tabletops! Bringing in shades of
coral, fuchsia, orange and blush pink, Sally LaCourse of Florals by the Sea created a bright setting! We love how the flowers are set throughout in an assortment of glass vases and mixed in with natural elements like twine-wrapped candleholders and pieces of driftwood.

And as with any great wedding, let there be cake! This naked-style cake from Confections on the Coast was a perfect sweet treat to end the night. The sugar flowers were made to match the wedding florals and they pulled it off deliciously!

From it’s bright colors to its sugar sand, this is definitely another gorgeous wedding on Florida’s gorgeous Emerald Gulf Coast!

Designer Sally LaCourse of Florals by the Sea | Photography Caleb Shane Photography | Coordination It’s a Shore Thing Wedding & Event Planning  | Venue Rosemary Beach, Florida | Catering Townsend Catering Company  | Cake Confections On The Coast | Rentals H & M Event Rentals | Custom Signs Casey Ligon

Napkin Designs to Elevate your Event Design!

You already know, it’s all about the details when it comes to designing an out-of- this-world event (case in point: stellar parties like Engage!2017)! If you’re looking around thinking, “I’ve got it covered, every little thing looks amazing,” then kudos to you! But, let us ask you one thing before you go…what do your napkins look like?

That’s the game-changer right there, an unexpected napkin to really surprise your wedding guests when
they sit down for dinner. You’ll know you’ve nailed it if your guests are wondering whether or not they’re
supposed to actually wipe their mouth with the napkin – which, by the way, yes they are! So, if you’re ready to take your tabletop design to the next level, scroll through to see just how to complement your event theme with a pretty little napkin!

For a Southern sensibility with a touch of Charleston Wedding charm, go for lace napkins against textured
cream-colored linens like the Parchment Tulle Wave, Gold Emma and Beige Velluto. Complete the look with the Ivory Athena Chairback and accent with furniture like our Vintage Wood Coffee table.

Credits: Virgil Bunao Photography, A Charleston Bride

Are you channeling a tropical climate or throwing a beach party? Whether you have a Fiji or Jamaica
wedding destination, have fun with a bright printed napkin! Pair it with bright colored linens like our Rust
Velluto, Lipstick Velluto or Palm Springs print. Give your guests a place to lounge using our Rose Gold Cage Side Table and midcentury modern inspired Walnut Chair.

Credits: Koparrazi Photography, J Group Events

If you’re dreaming of Tuscany, go for a rustic wedding style with linen-inspired fabrics. Add a napkin with an embroidered edge detail, perfect for folding in a napkin or tucking an olive branch. Pair it with delicately
gilded linens like our White Josephine and Birch Metallic. Bring in an exposed wood table, like our Maison
Dining Table with a runner in our Shell Tuscany. If you’re adding wedding lounge furniture, consider country inspired pieces like our Maison collection sofas.

Credits: Sowing Clover Photography, Lila Wilson Weddings

Go for color! Maybe you’re looking for bridal shower inspiration or afternoon brunch ideas, either one pairs
well with a blue and yellow palette. We love this blue paisley print napkin played against a geometric pattern, like the Yellow Papel Chino or Marigold Venetian. If you’re looking to go all blue it matches nicely with the Indigo Velluto. Keep the design fun with our White Mirage Chair and Iron Side Table!

Credits: Brklyn View Photography, Color Pop Events

To nail that modern wedding at an industrial loft look, mix shades of gray and silver with wood accents. Try
bringing in a soft abstract pattern on your napkin to pair with neutral linens. The Silver Metallic Faux Dupioni and Gray Western are great solids warmed up with metallic elements. If you want to bring in some pattern, the Grey Palomino has a nice ikat pattern! Bring in wood accents in furniture, like the Oak Chair or Silver Aspen Table with Cognac Croc Cover, to create a cozy atmosphere for guests.

Credits: Charleston Wine & Food Festival ,CB Events, Colbee Lynn Photography

 

Whatever your wedding style or event theme, there is a perfect napkin for you! From printed styles to bold
colors or even napkin décor, look around to make sure you make every detail count!

Pretty Outdoor Brunch Inspiration at Miami’s W Hotel

It’s a beautiful day at the W Hotel South Beach in Miami, FL! Don’t believe us? Just check out this gorgeous blush design set by The Creative Loft in their garden! We could hardly contain our excitement seeing this perfectly delicate yet deliciously lush setting, photographed by Alee Gleiber Photography, giving us major brunch inspiration (and you know how we love brunch!).

Atop this table for eight, set with our Rose Metallic Burlap linen, we were delighted by bright florals, from Primerose Florals, alongside aromatic sprigs of eucalyptus. Just look at those blooms bursting in bright corals and light pinks, a perfect color palette for an intimate brunch or wedding celebration!
We love the eclectic touch in the chairs, mixing some of our decorative Ivory Athena Chair backs and Gold Blossom Interlaces with timeless gold chiavari chairs.

And the setting could not have been any more perfect! The W South Beach hotel, a destination for weddings and events alike, set the scene with it’s palm trees strung with twinkling string lights, an ideal place to transition from brunch to dinner without missing a beat. There truly is nothing like a Miami celebration!

Wedding Photographer Alee Gleiberman Photography | Wedding Planner The Creative’s Loft
| Floral Designer Prime Rose Florals | Linens and Chair Covers Nuage Designs | Tables and chairs The Salvage Snob | Wedding Cake Earth and Sugar | Venue W Hotel South Beach

A Conversation with Masi Events: Miami Event Planners

Jessica and Michael Masi have got it all figured out. The married couple behind Miami based event-planning company Masi Events are charming brides and grooms, putting on stunning events and having so much fun doing it! Part of their success lies in the balance they’ve struck within their business roles; with Jessica as the creative director and Michael as the logistical mastermind they bring a lot to the table for prospective couples. We had the chance to sit down with Masi Events to find out more about what drives them and to see some really, really gorgeous events. Scroll through to learn more…

Nuage Designs: One of your very unique differentiators is that you’re a husband and wife team – how did that come to be? Did you work together elsewhere before starting Masi Events?

Masi Events: Michael and I come from two different backgrounds professionally. Early in my career I was working for another event planning firm mostly focused on corporate events and non-profit events. Michael was working for a recruitment company. I then started the company in 2008 mostly focused on weddings and social events. We then relocated to Miami in 2010 and it was a natural transition for Michael to come on board full time. He was already assisting me on weddings and events over the weekend and was really enjoying the work. Especially with the long hours it definitely made spending time together so much easier.

ND: What, in your opinion, is the best thing that you bring to your newly-engaged couples as a husband and wife duo?

ME: I think there is definitely a level of comfort to many newly-engaged couples, who see a married couple working together, being successful together, and having fun doing it.  We also can offer perspectives from both a male a female point of view, which more and more often now is needed, as grooms tend to be playing a much larger role in the planning process.

ND: Many clients comment on how you both balance each other out, how does that guide the roles each of you plays in the business?

ME: Definitely, we have different strengths given our professional and educational backgrounds. I am much more the creative, and Michael tends to be much more analytical.  We typically divide the vendor categories we are responsible for given our strengths, for example I will typically work with the Florist, Invitations and Linen Vendors, and Michael will work with Hotels, Venues and Logistical Planning. He makes the best, most detailed timelines! That is where his official title of “logistical mastermind” came to be. When you put it together our clients benefit greatly from to experience professionals with a knack for different things.  

ND: How is the collaboration process with your clients? Where does the basis for their wedding begin (mood board, conversation, color palette, etc)?

ME: We typically gather information from our clients organically finding out what their aesthetic is like and what has meaning to them. They sometimes have a very clear vision of what they are looking for and other times they need more guidance. Based on their ideas we put together a design board and once they approve it and it captures what they are looking for we then start the vendor selection process.

ND: What is your advice to couples that do come to you with a “trendy” design in mind?

ME: We always tell our couples to stay true to themselves. This will achieve the most timeless of designs and one that will resonate with them for years to come. If they are just following trends they will easily have regrets on their choices.

ND: Do you ever find it difficult to push clients away from “trends” and towards a more unique design?

ME: Yes, sometimes the more unique designs are ones that you might not necessarily have a photo of but it’s only a conceptual concept and you describe it and draw it out. This is where having trust in us comes to play because they might not be able to visualize it as much as seeing an exact photo of it.

ND: We hear that you show a lot of “vendor love” when recommending to clients (thank you!), why is that important to Masi Events?

ME: We find our relationships with our vendors are extremely important. We can only attribute our successes to each vendor that helps make it happen. If one of us succeeds we all do!

ND: What are some of Masi Events’ trademark styles?

ME: We love varied centerpieces in our designs. This creates a more dimensional event. We also find that our portfolio of weddings are so varied just because truly we try to achieve a unique experience and design each time that is reflective of our couples.

ND: If you could plan and design a party for anyone in the world, who would that be?

ME: We would love to plan and design an event for Queen Elizabeth. I think there is so much protocol and rich history there that it would be so fulfilling. She has seen it all and has been to so many events so to be able to amaze or surprise her would be very rewarding. But, we would also love to plan and design an event for Ana Wintour. She is so iconic and to be able to amaze or surprise her after attending so many events would be very fulfilling and rewarding. I’m slightly obsessed with the documentary the First Monday in May.

ND: What is your favorite thing about designing weddings?

ME: I love that it is never boring and never the same. It really is such a personal event for our client’s lives and one that we want them to cherish not only the wedding day but the entire planning experience. We are always honored each and every time a client invites us in this journey with them.

ND: Last one, because we have to pick your brain while we have you, what trends do you see for the fall wedding season? Any color palettes or themes that you’re dying to use?

ME: Some trends we are seeing is a focus on lounge furniture and varied seating for guests. Clients are less afraid of using color and being bold. I think you will see a more diverse color palette. We also see more of a focus on the tabletop setting with unique details down to the napkin and glassware.

With wedding season just around the corner, we can’t wait to see what Masi Events has in store for us! Stay tuned and follow along to catch some of their work on our Instagram.

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