Centers of Attention

Is your wedding Pintrest board filled with ideas for centerpieces and event design? Centerpieces don't have to be  floral. Think seasonal and outside the box (or vase) to help keep costs down. Also consider your guests. The last thing you want is for a guest to pick up that giant expensive centerpiece and put it on the floor because they can't see each other across the table. Check out our Pintrest board "Centers of Attention" for more ideas. Here are a few of the centerpieces that came out of the collaboration of our clients and their floral designers. Check back periodically as we add new photos from recent events.

Caroline and James featured high and low centerpieces throughout the room. Photo courtesy of Foschi Photography
Caroline and James featured high centerpieces with the same flowers such as chocolate and peach roses, white hydrangea, and greenery in two different designs throughout the room. Both featured lots of candles. Photo courtesy of Foschi Photography
Elizabeth & Roger's wedding dinner was spread out over 3 rooms at a local restaurant. Roger's daughter was able to supply the flowers to a local florist who created lush arrangements for each table different for each room.
Elizabeth & Roger's wedding dinner was spread out over three rooms at their restaurant venue. Roger's daughter provided the flowers to a local florist who created lush arrangements for each table that reflected the location (indoors or out) and the decor in each room.
Alicia and David's centerpieces featured pastel flowers mixed with greenery in urns
Alicia and David's centerpieces featured pastel flowers mixed with greenery in black urns. Photo courtesy of Nicole Leigh Photography
BethAnn and Billy centerpieces were full on tall candelabras supplied by her florist. Please make sure that the glass for the votives are shatterproof as they'll get hot quick and could explode. Photo courtesy of The Artist Group
BethAnn and Billy's centerpieces were full of white hydrangea and pale blush roses with some greenery on tall candelabras supplied by her florist. NOTE: confirm with your florist that the glass for the votives in your arrangements are shatterproof as they'll get hot quick and could explode. Photo courtesy of The Artist Group
Explosions of tiny white dendrobium orchids fill hand painted vases at Khadijah and Khandar's reception. Photo courtesy of Ann Coen Photography
Explosions of tiny white dendrobium orchids fill hand painted vases at Khadijah and Khandar's "Journey to Love" reception. Photo courtesy of Ann Coen Photography
Caryn and Dan added the bling with strands of crystals hanging down from black candelabras filled with flowers. Photos courtesy of The Artist Group
Caryn and Dan added some bling with strands of crystals hanging down from black candelabras filled with roses, hydrangea, peonies, lilies, dendrobium orchids, and ferns. Photos courtesy of The Artist Group
Tall, lush spring flowers atop a glass vase were the highlight of Andrea and Walter's reception. Photo courtesy of John Arcara Photography
Andrea and Walter's reception featured tall, lush spring flowers showcasing three different colors of hydrangea, bright pink roses, light pink tea roses, white lilies, white stock, and white dendrobium orchids set atop a clear glass vase with pink crystals inside. The lit candles made the crystals glow at night. Photo courtesy of John Arcara Photography
Morgan and Craig's fall themed wedding featured jewel colored flowers on thin curved bases making it very easy for guests to see each other around the arrangement. Photo courtesy of Images by Berit.
Morgan and Craig's fall themed wedding featured an arrangement of jewel colored roses, hydrangea, and berries on thin curved bases making it very easy for guests to see each other across the table. Photo courtesy of Images by Berit.
Different sized silver Pimms cups were filled with pastel flowers for Allison and Bill's reception. Photo courtesy of Therese Marie Wagner
Different sized polished sterling silver Pimms cups were filled with white roses, pink tea roses, and pink and white peonies for Allison and Bill's reception. Photo courtesy of Therese Marie Wagner
Kim and Jon kept it very simple for their beach themed wedding. Small vessels filled with colorful flowers on top of woven napkin holders rimmed with ribbon and seashells. Photo courtesy of Elite Images.
Kim and Jon kept it very simple for their beach themed wedding. Small vessels in various sizes were filled with colorful flowers and arranged on top of an upside down woven napkin holder. Accents included striped ribbon, jute string, and seashells. You could definitely DIY this. Photo courtesy of Elite Digital Images.
The centerpiece displays at Brian and Mike's wedding were unique at each table. Rustic, elegant, and lush with plenty of texture and color. Photo courtesy of Images by Berit.
No two centerpiece displays at Brian and Mike's wedding were the same. The common thread featured rustic, elegant, lush displays with tons of color in the flowers. Texture was provided by adding moss and succulents. Photo courtesy of Images by Berit.
Dana and Cyril's wedding featured two different centerpieces. Shown here are the lanterns interspersed with lavendar and green flowers. The second arrangement featured thick pillar candles on various height pedestals also interspersed with flowers. Photo courtesy of The Artist Group.
Dana and Cyril's wedding featured two different centerpieces. Shown here are the varying in size lanterns interspersed with lavender and green flowers including lisianthus. The second arrangement featured thick pillar candles on pedestals of different heights that were also interspersed with flowers. Photo courtesy of The Artist Group.
Alison and Austen's New Year's Eve dinner featured the same candelabras that Caryn and Dan used. This time the arrangements were flowy and featured all pastel colors with more flowers at the base. Photo courtesy of John Arcara Photography.
Alison and Austen's New Year's Eve dinner featured the same candelabras that Caryn and Dan used. This time the arrangements were loose and flowing featuring pale pink roses, white tulips, white hydrangea, and white dendrobium orchids with more flowers at the base. Photo courtesy of John Arcara Photography.

Real Wedding – Dana & Joe

Dana and Joe came to All the Best with less than 3 months to plan their New Year's Eve wedding. They had two daughters so the venue had to be a hotel that was family friendly with room for their ceremony on site. View all of our All the Best Weddings & Celebrations REAL WEDDINGS on Pintrest.

Photos courtesy of Tony Yang Photography.

Venue & Catering:  Ocean Place Resort

Floral Design: Wonderland Floral Design (by referral only)

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Dana's dress was found in record time at a charity re-sale shop in NYC. Custom floral arch framed draping put in place to cover the exit sign behind it.
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Flower girls, including the couple's daughter, played with the aisle bows after the ceremony.
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Bride's bouquet consisted of her favorite long stem white calla lilies and peach roses.
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What better way to bring in the New Year and celebrate your marriage then with fireworks on the beach.

Let ’em Eat (Wedding) Cake!

All the Best says "Planning your event should be a piece of cake!" We think the best way to display that sentiment is to show you photos of some of our clients' wedding cakes and their unique cake toppers. Check out our Pintrest boards Cake! and Cake Toppers to see some more ideas. "To smash or not to smash?" That is the question.....

Brian and Mike chose not to use the cake supplied by their caterer. The 3 tiered yellow cake with chocolate raspberry ganache filling featured a custom made figure of their beloved dog Maisy. Cake by Mandolis Bakery. Photo courtesy of Images by Berit.
Brian and Mike's delicious three tiered yellow cake with chocolate ganache and fresh raspberry puree filling featured a handmade figure of their beloved dog Maisy. Swarovski crystals were added to the topper and Maisy's collar. The handmade and hand painted custom log cake stand (and the cake) was done by Mandolis Custom Cake Confectionary. Photo courtesy of Images by Berit.

 

Cheryl & Tom
Cheryl and Tom's cake featured the cutest penguins on top and edible snowflakes and crystals on each tier. The entire cake was dusted with edible glitter to give it the look of newly fallen snow glistening in the sunlight. Cake by A Sweet Memory. Photo courtesy of Trisha Brinkley Photography
LOVE the petaled sugar flower camellias on Jessica and Rich's cake. Photo courtesy of Endless Wave Studios.
LOVE the petaled sugar flower camellias on Jessica and Rich's cake. Photo courtesy of Endless Wave Studios.
The MoB made the cake for Rebecca and Jeff. Her brother laid down in the back of her dad's car to firmly hold the cake stand as they slowly drove to deliver it to their venue. Photo courtesy of Angelica Glass Photography
Rebecca and Jeff's cake was made with L O V E by her mom. Her brother laid down in the back of the car to firmly hold the cake stand as her dad S L O W L Y drove to their venue to make the special delivery. Photo courtesy of Angelica Glass Photography
Elaina and TJ had an "in" at Carlos Bakery for their wedding cake. Photo courtesy of Nicole Leigh Photography
Elaina and TJ had an "in" at the famous Cake Boss's Carlo's Bakery for their wedding cake. Photo courtesy of Nicole Leigh Photography
Johanna surprised Matt with a custom groom's cake. Matt gave up his kayak to buy Johanna her engagement ring. Photo courtesy of John Arcara Photography.
Johanna surprised Matt with a custom groom's cake. Matt gave up buying a kayak to buy Johanna her engagement ring. Photo courtesy of John Arcara Photography.
Kristen and Mike ordered their square tiered cake from Carlos Bakery. Guests enjoyed slices of cake with ice cream from the Penn State Creamery. Photo courtesy of John Arcara Photography
Kristen and Mike ordered their square tiered cake from Carlo's Bakery. Photo courtesy of John Arcara Photography.
Marissa and Aric decided to forego the big cake and did cupcakes arranged into their initials with a small cake for cutting instead. Photo courtesy of John Decker Photography
Marissa and Aric decided to forego the big cake and did cupcakes arranged into their initials with a small cake for cutting instead. The cake topper was her parents. Photo courtesy of John Decker Photography
Khadijah and Kandar's wedding theme was "journey to Love" Cake shaped and decorated like suitcases formed the beautiful wedding cake. A bride's cake was a purse. Photo courtesy of Ann Coen Photography
Khadijah and Khandar's wedding theme was "Journey to Love" Their custom five tier white and gold cake featured suitcases complete with luggage tags.  A bride's cake was a Louis Vitton bag. Photo courtesy of Ann Coen Photography
Kandar's groom's cake featured everything he loves from football to alcohol in its own custom case. Photo courtesy of Ann Coen Photography
Khandar's groom's cake featured his favorite things in its own edible custom trunk. Photo courtesy of Ann Coen Photography
Alix surprised John with a groom's cake made by a family friend that's a replica of his favorite guitar . Photo courtesy of Jason Meehan Photography
Alix surprised John with a groom's cake made by a family friend that's a replica of his favorite guitar (YES that's a cake!). Photo courtesy of Jason Meehan Photography.
Jen and Paulo wanted their cake from Carlos Bakery to have a woodgrain look with tropical flowers. They had an ice cream truck waiting outside as a surprise for their guests. Photo courtesy of Jeff Tisman Photography
Jen and Paulo wanted their cake from Carlo's Bakery to have a wood-grain look with tropical flowers in honor of their love of the beach and Paulo's love of surfing. Photo courtesy of Jeff Tisman Photography
Katie and Matt's cake featured their saying "All my Heart. All my Life" Photo courtesy of The Artist Group
Katie and Matt's cake featured their saying "All my Heart. All my Life" Photo courtesy of The Artist Group.
Rachel and John
Instead of putting their topper on the cake, Rachel and John chose to put it on the cake table and have the cake decorated with fresh flowers. When John smashed Rachel in the face the blue icing got all over her dress. It took almost 30 minutes to get it all off. Beware if using colored icing on your cake! Photo courtesy of The Studio Photographers

California Dreamin’ with the Fairmont Hotels

Growing up at the Jersey Shore I wanted to be the Beach Boys’ Surfer Girl. In the winter I was California Dreamin’ with the Mamas and the Pappas. I wanted to drive the Ventura Highway with America and wondered if I did know the way to San Jose with Dionne Warwick.

As winter rapidly approaches here on the East coast I am not dreaming of a white Christmas. I’m dreaming of the sunshine and warm breezes of southern California and the valleys and bays of northern California. Thinking of how to use this inspiration for event design I turned to the Fairmont Hotels in locations from San Francisco to San Diego. Beautiful, elegant, classic – words our brides use to describe the feel of their wedding day – that’s how you feel at a Fairmont Hotel. Herewith photos from each Fairmont Hotel in California with my own inspiration key words and photos from ATB events to match…….

Fairmont Hotels San Francisco
Fairmont Heritage Place at Ghirardelli Square & Fairmont San Francisco        INSPIRATION KEY WORDS: Chocolate, Cable Cars, Sophisticated Elegance
Chocolate Roses Cape May, NJ
Chocolate roses lined the aisle at this historic Catholic church in Cape May. Photo courtesy of Foschi Photography
Kristin and Adam
Road worthy trolley transported the bridal party to the Monmouth County park where Kristin and Adam said their vows in a barn and partied under a tent. Photo courtesy of Tony Yang Photography.
Kristiann and Nick's head table was GORGEOUS. Mercury glass candle sticks of varying heights interspersed with white floral arrangements on cake stands to give them just enough height. Photo courtesy of Jeff Tisman Photography.
Kristiann and Nick's elegant head table featured letterpress menus, Mercury glass candle sticks of varying heights interspersed with lush floral arrangements on cake stands to give them just enough height. Photo courtesy of Jeff Tisman Photography.
Claremont Club & Spa a Fairmont Hotel Berkeley, CA
Claremont Club & Spa a Fairmont Hotel in Berkeley, CA          INSPIRATION KEY WORDS:  Smart, Organic, Historic
Heather and Tim
Heather wanted all sustainable, recyclable materials for her wedding to Tim at his parents' estate in Colts Neck. Their wedding arbor was made with trees and vines from the property. The sand was from their favorite NJ and CA beaches. Photo courtesy of ADC Photography.
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Floral designer used local organic roses and peonies to create the custom sweetheart table under a canopy of muslin on a raised platform. Photo courtesy of The Studio Photographers.
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Julie and Mike were married at the historic Allaire State Park where the buildings date back to the 1800s. Photo courtesy of The Artist Group.
Fairmont San Jose
Fairmont San Jose        INSPIRATION KEY WORDS: Trend Setting, Tech Centered, Diversity, Sparkle & Shine
Alison and Austen
Alison and Austen used the most up to date lighting and video technologies for their New Year's Eve wedding turning a hotel ballroom into an upscale nightclub to party on well after midnight. Photo courtesy of John Arcara Photography
Dana and Cyril
Dana and Cyril's wedding highlighted the diversity of their backgrounds. Cyril set the trend with this pocket square boutonniere. Photo courtesy of The Artist Group
Brooke and Chris
Brooke wanted sparkle and shine everywhere when she married Chris. Sequined linens from CA linen company La Tavola helped set the mood. Photo courtesy of John Arcara Photography.
Fairmont Newport Beach
Farimont Newport Beach                            INSPIRATION KEY WORDS: Bringing the outside in
Brian-Mike
The event designer transformed the farm tables used for the head table into an outdoor garden that looks as if it is part of the landscape just beyond the windows. Photo courtesy of Images by Berit.
The Gables - Beach Haven
The fountain in the outdoor garden reception area was enhanced with a head full of flowers. Photo courtesy of clients.
Morgan-Craig
CA girl Morgan brought the outside in to the ceremony barn by using potted trees and fall colors to highlight her October wedding to NJ boy Craig. Photo courtesy of Images by Berit.
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica             INSPIRATION KEY WORDS: Athletic, Fun, Sunshine
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Caitlyn and Patrick and their bridal party rode bicycles from their wedding on the beach to their boathouse reception venue on the bay. Photo courtesy of clients.
Johann and Matt
Matt gave up getting a kayak in order to buy Johanna an engagement ring. Johanna paid tribute to him with this custom groom's cake. Photo courtesy of John Arcara Photography
Jen and Paulo
It stopped raining long enough on Jen and Paulo's wedding day to fulfill their wish of getting married "feet in the sand" even if the sand was on the bay and not the ocean as originally planned. Photo courtesy of Jeff Tisman Photography.
Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego
Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego                   INSPIRATION KEY WORDS: Rustic, Colorful, Geographically Diverse
Marissa-Aric
Marissa and Aric were married across the street from the ocean in Cape May. Bright yellow flowers on the huppah and in the girls bouquets were a focal point. Photo courtesy of John Decker Photography
Kristin-Adam
Cut logs and burlap enhance the rustic feel of Kristin and Adam's wedding reception. Photo courtesy of Tony Yang Photography
Christina and Louis
Christina and Louis's oceanfront wedding under a white tent featured pops of color from bright monochromatic flower arrangements. Photo courtesy of Jenifer Rutherford Photography

 


Sandals Emerald Bay Resort

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Do you play golf? Want an oceanfront resort with every amenity? Then Sandals Emerald Bay is the resort for you!

Located on Great Exuma in the Bahamas this resort was a Four Seasons before Sandals took it over, gave it a $20 million face lift, and opened it as Sandals Emerald Bay in January 2010 first as an all butler-suite resort and now as butler and club level rooms. SEB_Golf

Unlimited rounds at the Greg Norman designed 18 hole par 72 golf course at Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club are included for all Butler suite guests. Two rounds are included for club level guests. You may have seen the course on the Golf Channel's 2014 "Playing Lessons" or the 13th season of "Big Break."

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This resort is lush, luxurious, and well appointed. From the pool, to the beach, to the gardens. Relax and enjoy! Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort.

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What a place for a destination wedding! Choose from a variety of places for your ceremony, cocktail hour, and wedding reception. Host your guests for a welcome reception at the private pool at your Sandals Emerald Bay Royal Estate Love Nest.

GREAT EXUMA, BAHAMAS - SEPTEMBER 28: A general view of atmosphere during Day Two of the Sandals Emerald Bay Celebrity Getaway And Golf Weekend on September 28, 2013 at Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Sandals)
Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Sandals. Sandals Emerald Bay Royal Estate Love Nest.
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All non-motorized water sports are included! SCUBA diving during the day, paddle boards, sailing, wind surfing, kayaks, aqua-trykes, and snorkeling.

 

Picture yourself in a comfy lounge chair with an adult beverage on the silky white sand beach. Now CONTACT ME to book your reservation today!