Not quite back into the “work mode” … we’re definitely taking things outdoors today!  The sun is shining, 85 degrees – ok, so it’s a bit humid! – and we’re working from the rooftop!  Not bad for a Tuesday!

Enjoy the weather!

Have an exceptional day!

Eve

What an amazing experience!  From the very first evening we arrived, we were pampered and experienced the “Luxury Included” that Sandals is known for.  This “Jewel of the South” is truly that … a unique resort set in a 500 acre nature reserve, along a 2 mile long alabaster beach with blue waters as far as the eye can see.  The lush tropical foliage and natural wildlife – such as my amazing experience with the peacock! – are fantastic.  But, you really need to see it to truly appreciate it.

During our stay, we were able to experience and see many of the details that the new Weddings by Martha Stewart at Sandals has to offer.  Martha has designed 7 unique and fabulous wedding experiences for Sandals’ brides and grooms.  Everything from a “Seaside Serenade” theme – featuring muted aquas and corals – to a “Chic and Natural” theme – featuring a simplistic, natural tablesetting incorporating river rock and natural elements.  Our first evening we were “guests” at a wedding dinner with beautiful orchids and white linens.  The china and glassware were beautiful, as were the custom-designed, orchid=graced menus.  Needless to say, the dinner itself was amazing – seafood puff pastry and beef tenderloin to name just a few courses!

The next day we toured the resort and were treated to a viewing of many of the incredible wedding venues.  They all were unique, and all were beautiful.  The ceremony decor was beautiful as well … and each coordinated with the “wedding experience” theme that was chosen.  (We were even lucky enough to see a real wedding with a gorgeous bride!)  At lunchtime, we viewed a complete “Seaside Serenade” tabletop setting – gorgeous!  And, so refreshing!  Perfect for this island setting!

Last night’s dinner was also truly fabulous – a candlelit dinner on the beach – an example of what a typical Rehearsal Dinner would be here at Sandals.  We were treated to a steel drum band and a bonfire on the beach.  (Though marshmallows were promised for our next visit … and for future guest bonfires!)  It was a perfect evening – a half moon, tons of stars, and clear skies.  And, while I shared the evening with the Eve-nts Girls and other bridal consultants, I could only imagine what it would have been like to share it with the one you love … it was so romantic.

A “shout out” goes to our hosts: Natalee, the Wedding Manager – a woman who truly loves to create romance and make couples’ dreams come true; Glendon, the Sales Manager, who is eager to please his guests’ every whim; and Patrick Drake, the General Manager, who is responsible for the amazing staff at the Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Resort.

Whether it’s a destination wedding, an anniversary celebration or a much-needed vacation, you will certainly enjoy this exceptional resort!

So, as we get ready to board the place …

Whatever you do, make it exceptional!

Eve

Another day in paradise!  Started the morning with a blended coffee from the Cafe de Paris, while strolling on the piazza. Could there be a better way to begin the day?!  A surprise encounter with a peacock answered that question.  He was so beautiful!  Amazing!

Each Thursday, the French village beach is transformed into the Village Fete, a huge beachside Jamaican party, featuring Jerk BBQ, beach volleyball and watersports.  Of course, the party isn’t complete without some Reggae music and cocktails!  I was amazed by what was offered and how much fun the day was.  Not bad for a “typical” Thursday!

We return to Minneapolis tomorrow … wonder if there will be a steel drum band playing in my office???


We made it!  And, was it worth the wait!  The Sandals Whitehouse European Resort is all that we had imagined and all that we had hoped for!  The European-style resort is beautiful – tropical flowers, peacocks, beautiful sandy beaches and amazing blue water as far as the eye can see.  The staff greeted us with champagne cocktails and have treated us like royalty ever since.  Sarah and Steph are eagerly exploring the Resort’s pools and beaches as I write this.  Off to join them for some sun and an “umbrella” drink!

Inspired by a fabulous spring (unusual in Minnesota!), a love of fresh herbs, outdoor entertaining and a mixture of the rustic and casual with the elegant, we designed this tabletop for the 2010 WAMSO “Settings of Note” Luncheon. On a cold, rainy day, ladies gathered at the International Market Square to bid on entire tabletops or elements of each table. On this day especially, our tabletop provided a sense of peace, serenity and all that springtime had to offer – and the herbs smelled AMAZING! We used elegant Monique Lhuillier Ruben d’Or china and Atelier crystal, and mixed it with fabulous outdoor hanging lanterns, a moss runner and tons of pots containing a variety of plants and herbs. Painted, distressed terra cotta pots, planted with fresh herbs, served as placecards for guests.  Fun, Fresh and Fabulous!  Enjoy!

I love cherry blossoms!  They are symbols of good fortune, emblems of love, affection and spring.  What a wonderful way to celebrate spring – especially because they are so delicate and elegant. This week is the peak of the blossoming of the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., so I decided what a perfect time to blog about incorporating something that you love, that is symbolic or special into your wedding or event.

The use of your favorite item or symbol doesn’t have to be over-the-top.  It can be as subtle or as lavish as you like.  Here, I have decided to show you a few ways to incorporate cherry blossoms into a wedding.  It can be through invitations, a cake, the use of the blossoms in bouquets, favors … or something as elegant as using the colors of blush pink, ivory/white and brown in your wedding gown.  I have assisted a bride with a Monique Lhuillier gown to reflect the cherry blossom season … she wore a blush ball gown, with an ivory lace halter vest, and a beautiful chocolate brown sash – gorgeous!

We often encourage and assist our couples in finding a theme or motif that is special to them or reflective of their personalities – something that makes them unique – subtly carrying it through to all aspects of the wedding.  This allows the wedding celebration to be cohesive from beginning to end, and allows the guests to feel connected to the wedding at all times – from the invitations through the favors.

Find that one thing that you are inspired by and allow it to help make your wedding yours.

The last weekend in February we were thrilled to be able to plan and design a fabulous intimate destination wedding (with 8 guests) for a very special couple in the Big Easy.  We often say, “Whether it’s an intimate gathering or lavish affair, EVE Events is dedicated to celebrating it in a distinctive, sophisticated and memorable fashion.”  This was the perfect opportunity for us to really be creative and shine!  And we truly enjoyed it.  We were able to bring all the elements and charm of New Orleans into various aspects of the city.  The wedding was held at a romantic, historic mansion, full of charm, with distinctive, dramatic gates, brick walkways and a gazebo.  The signature gates of the city were reflected in the gatefold invitations that we made, and the local “flavors” of the city were represented in the products used in the welcome amenities.  The colors of sky blue, ivory and light peach were integrated throughout the event; the ivory and light peach, the accent colors, were used to intimate the warmth of candlelight.

Photos provided by Priscialla Wannamaker Photographer, Benachi House and the bride and groom.

We were able to include some fun surprises for the bride and groom … such as a visit by the amazing violinist Amanda Shaw, who strolled up the front walkway performing “Lovers’ Waltz.”  She then broke into one of her signature Cajun tunes, “Dance a Carre.”  Check her out at www.amandashaw.com.

For additional photos and information about the wedding, check out the Benachi House and Gardens’ website.

After a celebratory, exquisite, amazing dinner at Emeril’s Delmonico Restaurant, the bride and groom continued the party in the French Quarter, where the fun continued into the wee hours of the morning.  We wish them the very best and a long and happy life together!

With love,

Eve, Sarah and Stephanie

Check out these videos from Rihanna’s First Birthday party!!!

These fabulous videos were done by 7Rendered Design

Enjoy!

Eve, Sarah and Stephanie

The Spring/Summer 2010 Minnesota Bride issue is finally out on the stands everywhere, and we are so pleased to announce that one of our favorite brides and grooms is featured in the Real Weddings section.  Meredith and Paul were married in April 2009 at Breck School, followed by a beautiful reception at Windows on Minnesota.  Their wedding photos are featured on our website on our Weddings page … and now are featured in Minnesota Bride!  It’s very exciting!  To see their wedding feature, follow this link:  Meredith and Paul’s Wedding – or go to www.mnbride.com and look in the Real Weddings features.

They have an amazing story to go with a fabulous wedding!  We wish them well … many hugs and kisses and best wishes for a lifetime of happiness and love!

With love,

Eve, Sarah and Steph

A child’s first birthday … one of life’s first major milestones … it simply MUST be celebrated!  For this special birthday party, elegance and whimsy were the key – pink, aqua and yellow, lace and ribbons, feathers and jewels.  A Tea Party to rival that of Alice in Wonderland’s …

This whimsical, elegant tea party was truly amazing!  While we knew from the start that the theme was going to be incredibly fun, we didn’t know how truly fabulous this special birthday party was going to be until we had finished the set up and had the chance to step back and take it all in.  We knew each piece was perfect, as it was very carefully chosen to express a certain element of the overall theme, but together, they created a masterpiece.  We were thrilled with the outcome!

Every element of this little girl’s first birthday celebration was carefully chosen to reflect her and her family.  Handmade invitations, custom china and specially wrapped amenities were just some of the details that made this event truly shine.  The 4 “mini cakes” by the fabulous Robin Martin at Gateaux were to die for!  They reflected elements and patterns in the china, the linens or the invitations.  She always does an amazing job, and this was no exception.

The challenge, of course, was keeping children of this age occupied so the parents could enjoy themselves as well.  We created a “dress up” area, stocked with tutus and butterfly wings for the girls and fedoras and ties for the boys (these served as the kids’ amenities).  In addition, facepainters and caricature artists entertained guests, as did Alice herself, telling stories and serving tea.

Dinner was served family-style, at long tables, for a much more intimate feel.  And of course, Design Cuisine did not disappoint.  After dinner, the dessert/candy buffet, with items specifically chosen in the colors of the party, was open … and the older kids devoured it!  Adults received beautifully wrapped tins of dessert tea as amenities.  And, Liz Banfield and 7Rendered captured it all in photos and on video, so the clients can relive it, and share it with their daughter when she is older!

Happy Birthday! Wishing you much love,

Eve, Sarah and Steph