Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gainesville Wedding Expo Recap

We had such a great time at the Real Gainesville Expo this past Sunday! We always LOVE, LOVE, LOVE meeting new brides, and their energy is amazing!
Here is our super team before the show started:

We also love hanging out with our favorite vendors! Having a chance to hang out and chat is always nice!

Erinn and Amanda with Kari who was helping out Unique Designs:

Melissa and Amanda from Powers Photography

Erinn and Susan of Powers Photography
Celebrations Catering provided a delicious vendor lunch for all of us, and Susan Powers and I got to take a breather together.

And plus, we think that bigger is better, so making our booth taller was so FUN! We really just had a blast, can't you tell?

*Photos via Celebrations Catering, Jemma Coleman Photography, and Amanda from SWOONOVERIT

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Some Friendly Competition

We always love a little competition here at MasterPiece, especially when it's a husband and wife doing it for charity!

Photography 35 is in the spirit of giving and have created a fun fall competition for anyone who is interested! They have both chosen their favorite charities and are going against each other to see who can raise the most money! Until October 24th, their normal $150 session fee will be changed to a $25 donation to either the Children's Miracle Network or the Children's Home Society.

We're throwing out our support for both Angel and Gregg, but it's up to you to decide who you want to support! Hurry up and don't miss this exciting opportunity to give back to those in need and have a beautiful family portrait taken!

And don't forget that you can track the contest on Photography 35's facebook page!

Monday, September 28, 2009

A PJ Party!

We have so much fun at MasterPiece Weddings. And I mean that! And after a hard week, I decided that even though we had client appointments, we should have a PJ party at the office. Our clients were asked to wear their PJs to their appointments (and they did!) and we worked as usual, but in comfort (and style... well, a style of of own). 

So when Stewart from Powers Photography found out we were having a Pajama Party he ran over with a camera.... 

You are invited to the MasterPiece Weddings Pajama Party!

First, we decided to try to get some work done... don't we look serious!

 Wouldn't you like to hire Ninja Wedding Planners? Or maybe that's Kung Fu?

Fierce Right!?!?!

We never miss the opportunity to have a few laughs, so the funny faces started to make their appearance:

Watch out, the MasterPiece girls are wild and crazy pillow fighters!

And then sometimes, PJ Parties take a turn and get a little out of control...

We had so much fun and loved taking a break from real life clothes and getting to work in something comfy.

So, next time we throw a party, we better see you there! Thanks Stewart for taking such awesome pictures!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Inspiration

Happy Friday! Today we are sending some inspiration your way with our intern Melissa's very first inspiration board! We just love the blues and browns with the natural details. What do you think?

(chocolates)(brides and bridesmaids)(napkins)(table bamboo decorations)(invitations)(tree centerpiece)(shoes)(boutonniere)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ahoy There! A Pirate Post.

A few Bridal Shows ago, we had the opportunity to run in to some fun pirates. Yes, PIRATES! We were so enjoying their company and they told us all about The Black Raven Pirate Ship adventures in St. Augustine, Florida.
The Black Raven Pirate Ship is a high entertainment and educational cruise for young children and adults. Depending on what kind of program you are looking to book, the Black Raven offers it all. Everything from weddings, kid birthday parties, to 21 and up parties full of skits, gambling, and music.
If you are getting married in the area, how fun would a rehearsal dinner of after party be for your wedding day? It's so different and your guests would always remember how fun it was!
Sounds super fun, right? The MasterPiece Weddings team wants to plan a fun trip towards the end of the year. Whose in for a night of pirate fun!?
*All images from The Black Raven website

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gainesville Wedding Expo

Don't forget that we will be heading to the Gainesville Wedding Expo this Sunday to chat with brides-to-be about how awesome we are! You are not going to want to miss the opportunity to mingle with Gainesville's exclusive wedding vendors and see the fabulous dresses from Jay's Bridal. You can pre-purchase your tickets here. See you Sunday!

MasterPiece Weddings Certification Course!

It's that time of year again! MasterPiece Weddings is holding a certification course October 3rd and 4th and we want you there! If you are interested in becoming a wedding planner, you don't want to miss it!

This class is a two day course, basically it is a very intense, but enjoyable, two days filled with everything you need to know about planning an event. It is like having a degree in event planning with a major in wedding planning. We feel that you could walk out of the class with enough knowledge to plan and direct a wedding on your own, or for a company without a second thought – and if you are already in the industry, it will give you the credentials as well as the some tricks to the trade, and how to work with a difficult client, and meet and exceed the needs of your current clients.

It is a fun weekend, filled with tons of information that will be super valuable to you whether or not you decide to pursue a career in this industry. We talk about how to handle those simple but unique details to suit most extravagant request, the proper way to cut a wedding cake, dressing a bride, working with vendors, how to acquire contacts, receive referrals, how to work with a client, how to acclimate to new location, how to start a business, and A LOT MORE! This course has been approved through the Department of Education in Florida, and we are very excited to bring it back to Gainesville.

For more details, please visit our sister website:

Be A Planner

or e-mail Melissa at:


And don't forget to check out our most recent class recap here!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Kate White Photography Special

We recently met with Kate & Ryan from Kate White Photography. We are so excited to announce that they will be offering special packages for all MasterPiece Weddings clients! Check out their photos, how fun are they?
To see all of their special MasterPiece Weddings Packages click here. Don't forget to check out their website as well as their blog!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Social Media Soiree Recap!

Remember our Social Media Workshop we were promoting last week? Well if you weren't there, you totally missed out! The workshop was a huge success and we are so thankful Leah from Celebrations let us use Cafe C's awesome venue! Our topics included blogger tips and how to set up a company blog, learning how to tweet, and learning how to utilize facebook for your business. Overwhelming? Yes, but totally fun and worth it!
Just look at everyone hard at work!
Jarad & Lauren of G-Nys Entertainment
Amy of A'vie Weddings & Events, Kristin from Footstone Photography, and our very own Melissa of MasterPiece Weddings
And we even took some time to mingle and discuss what we've learned...
Dawn from Party Time Rentals, Ana Soler from Golden Ocala and Stewart Powers from Powers Photography:
Jeremiah and Jena from AP Limo:
Betsy from The Plant Shoppe and Becky from Eric Redmond Music Kristin from Footstone Photography and Intern Erinn from MasterPiece Weddings
We have already seen so many people take advantage of what they've learned...check out what they have been working on!
G-Nys Entertainment on Facebook
The Plant Shoppe on Facebook
The Gator Cater
Keep an eye out for these vendors on facebook, blogger, and twitter! They are taking social media by storm!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Gainesville Wedding Expo

We have another bridal show coming up! Jay's Bridal is hosting The Gainesville Bridal Show and you don't want to miss it! Tons of premiere vendors will have booths set up with goodies, prizes, and super fun displays! The Gainesville Wedding Expo will take place at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from 12 PM to 5 PM. You can pre-purchase your tickets here. Don't forget to stay and see the NEWEST 2010 wedding fashions in a fashion show by Jay’s Bridal. The Fashion Show will open it's doors at 1:30 PM and start at 2 PM. You won't want to miss this incredible show! So go purchase your tickets and come see us! We are so excited and can't wait to meet you!

Friday Inspiration

We have these super fun clients that we just couldn't resist making an inspiration board for! Jen & Tony are so outgoing and are planning an outrageously fun wedding. Food stations, dessert bars, and plans to dance the night away are just a few of our favorite details. Their colors are black, white, and a light blue. We think the colors fit them perfectly as a couple.
What do you think?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday Inspiration

We are so excited to be coordinating a Cambodian wedding in the Spring. Erinn in our office put together this board for our client and we think it is super fun! The colors, although bright, just pull together so nicely!

What do you think?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bridal Show Mania!

We had such a great time at the Bridal Show on Sunday! We met some fabulous engaged brides and grooms, and we also got the chance to chat with brides that we are currently working with!

But first there is set up and getting ready... and Leah snapped this one of me flat ironing my hair in my compact... the gloriousness that is being a wedding vendor!

The vendors all had bets on if my shoes would stay on all day... they did! AHEM!

Our booth looked so fun with the lanterns hanging from the ceiling (thank you Intern Melissa!) and Erinn, Intern Melissa and I had so much fun chatting with everyone!

(Erinn on left, Intern Melissa on Right)
{I had to get a better picture of the laterns... LOVE THEM}
{MasterPiece Stress Relief, served up Martini Style!}
{and of course, every bride had to receive 101 Reasons why we are Awesometastic!}

And our neighbors ROCKED! We had Celebrations Catering on one side, and The Plant Shoppe on the other, we all used green to accent our booths (totally planned!) And it was a blast!

{Celebrations and Cafe C/Villa East)

{Plant Shoppe}

Then, I had the fabulous opportunity to give away a $2500 Planning Package to one lucky couple! So I got on stage (with my cute shoes on) and Maria and Josh are our newest clients! They won! Yayyy!

{Proof the cute shoes stayed on alllllll day!}
{Meet Maria, our newest client!}

We'll see you on the 27th at The Performing Arts Center for The Real Gainesville Bridal EXPO!

Images taken by: Me, Leah from Celebrations, Betsy from the Plant Shoppe and TJM Studios (he took the good ones!)
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