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Taking Over Wedding Wednesdays at Jekyll Island!

Oh, yes.  It’s happening.

As we’ve mentioned– we are the coordinator of fabulous for the Jekyll Dream Wedding, and now we are taking over Jekyll Island’s Facebook Page on Wedding Wednesdays!  Each week, we’ll share behind the scenes interviews and showcases of the Dream Makers of the Say “I Do” Like a Millionaire Giveaway, gorgeous looks into the island and so much more!  Additionally, you’ll have a chance to have ‘Tinis with Terrica!  That’s right– I’ll be doing live Q+A each week with brides, grooms, mothers and more, each week!

 

So happy and blessed to have this opportunity and also to share our gorgeous home with everyone!  Journey on over to Facebook and “Like” Jekyll Island to join the fun!

 

P.S.– want the real behind the scenes looks, check out our photo album 🙂  Shout out to iMint Media for this awesome video!

Cathleen + Ashish | Jekyll Island Wedding Planner

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Working with Cathleen and Ashish was such a privilege and honor.  The two did such a wonderful job of combining their personalities, faiths and families for their wedding.  We came in to produce and coordinate their gorgeous Hindu-Christian wedding at the Jekyll Club’s Crane ornate Crane Cottage, which was filled with many beautiful ceremonies and traditions, vibrant colors, music and delicious foods!  Here are a few shots from some of the festivities courtesy of Jacksonville wedding photographer, Deanne Dunlop:

You can see more of the wedding details in their wedding video from Kinnetic Productions.

Their wedding was an absolute best– filled with so much fun and memories.  I think my favorite part of the entire day was the look on Ashish’s face when he got to see Cathleen’s post-wedding surprise for him:  an afterparty, with nothing but Taco bell to eat.  Taco Bell is one of Ashish’s favorite vices, the only problem was as Cathleen and I plotted this surprise in the weeks prior to the wedding, I had the WORSE Taco Bell cravings.  Subsequently, I ended up becoming the mayor of my local Taco Bell on Foursquare very quickly : )  Cathleen was such a sweet bride:  since their wedding day fell on my birthday, she gifted me with the bottom tier of her wedding cake.  A woman after my own heart!

EVENT TEAM:

Wedding Production (Coordination):  Cocktails + Details // Photographer:  Deanne Dunlop // Venue:  Crane Cottage at Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island // Hair and Makeup: Image Artisans // Bouquets:  Cottage Flowers // Decor and Florals:  Palloos Flowers

Say “I Do” Like a Millionaire Jekyll Island Dream Wedding Giveaway!

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We are SO excited to announce that we are one of the exclusive dream makers handling the wedding planning and production for The Jekyll Island Dream Wedding Giveaway presented with The Knot!

Known in the late 1800s as the exclusive playground of the Pulitzers, Rockefellers, Morgans and Vanderbilts – all members of the esteemed Jekyll Island ClubJekyll Island is now regarded as a premier wedding destination for couples from around the world. Starting today, romantic adults are invited to share their wedding dreams for a chance to walk down the aisle and “Say ‘I Do’ Like a Millionaire” on Jekyll Island in early 2012!

Valued at close to $75,000, no detail is overlooked!  One lucky couple will have the opportunity to work with us and our area’s greatest vendors as well as receive everything from the wedding dress to invitations and so much more!  The winning couple and their guests will first enjoy a lavish rehearsal dinner at the extraordinary Mistletoe Cottage, with event design and setup by Beachview Club Event Rentals and Design, floral décor provided by Judy Watson, of Tasteful Temptations, and local cuisine by Latitude 31 Waterfront Catering.

The couple will say their ‘I dos’ in the historic Faith Chapel. Following the ceremony, the newlyweds will celebrate their nuptials with invited guests at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s Crane Cottage, which Architectural Record in 1924 named “the most expensive and elegant winter home ever built on Jekyll Island.” The wedding party and guests will be treated to a delicious meal prepared by the renowned chefs of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Attendees also will get to dance the night away to music provided by legendary local band The Wharfratz.

 

The complete Dream Wedding Giveaway package includes:

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  • Luxury suite provided to winning couple for three nights at The Beachview Club Hotel
  • Amenity passes to enjoy Jekyll Island, including one round of golf for two, a pair of bicycles for touring the island’s 20 miles of bike paths, two passes to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, and historic tram tour passes for two to tour the island’s 240-acre Historic District and dip into its gilded era
  • Tours of all locations featured in Dream Wedding Weekend (Mistletoe Cottage, Faith Chapel, Crane Cottage)
  • Meetings with all participating Dream Wedding event partners including coordinator Cocktails + Details, to discuss details
  • Gown and tuxedo fittings with Lady in White, a bridal boutique and 2010 Top Pick by The Knot “Best of Weddings,” and Gentlemen’s Outfitters
  • Hair-and-makeup trial run for the bride with Image Artisans Salon & Day Spa
  • Engagement photography session on Jekyll Island with Brooke Roberts Photography
  • Meeting to select wedding invitation, program, reception card and response card (50 of each) from Mimi’s Stationery

 

Rehearsal Dinner for 50 Guests at Historic Mistletoe Cottage

  • Setup, lighting, linens and design provided by Beachview Club Event Rentals and Design
  • Centerpieces, buffet décor, glassware, china plates, flatware, chafing dishes, platters, service utensils, risers, groom’s cake and cookie favors – all decorated to suit color and theme – provided by Tasteful Temptations, an award-winning regional caterer
  • Wedding rehearsal direction and rehearsal dinner setup and coordination by Cocktails + Details
  • Noble Legacy champagne donated by Young International Beverages LLC
  • Entertainment provided by ACE Music and Arts singer/songwriter Eddie Pickett
  • Rehearsal dinner, including buffet-style low country boil and beer-and-wine bar Latitude 31? Waterfront Catering.

Wedding Ceremony for 50 Guests at Faith Chapel

  • Hair, makeup, manicure and pedicure for eight, plus massage for the bride, provided by Image Artisans Salon & Day Spa
  • Bride’s choice of Casablanca wedding gown, with alterations, veil and pair of Dyeables® or Touch Ups® wedding shoes, provided by Lady in White
  • Four tuxedo rentals and groomsman gifts provided by Gentlemen’s Outfitters
  • Officiant Stacia Mentus to preside over nuptials
  • String trio ceremony music provided by The String Group, a 2011 Top Pick by The Knot “Best of Weddings”
  • Flowers for bride, bridesmaids, groom and groomsmen provided by Tasteful Temptations
  • Wedding day production including event set up and coordination by Cocktails + Details
  • A custom island ride in style – in a 1940 Cadillac provided and chauffeured by Martin’s Vintage Rides – delivering the bride and groom from Faith Chapel to the wedding reception at Crane Cottage

 

Four-Hour Wedding Reception for 50 Guests at Crane Cottage

  • Four-hour premium open bar provided by the Jekyll Island Club Hotel
  • Assorted fresh fruit and selection of domestic and international cheeses for pre-reception provided by the Jekyll Island Club Hotel
  • Wedding dinner catered by the Jekyll Island Club Hotel
  • Noble Legacy champagne donated by Young International Beverages LLC
  • Entertainment provided by ACE Music and Arts four-piece band The Wharfratz
  • Setup, lighting, linens and design provided by Beachview Club Event Rentals and Design
  • Centerpieces, buffet décor, glassware, china plates, flatware, wedding cake and candy bars, plus monogrammed take-away boxes for guests, provided by Tasteful Temptations

 

Wedding Weekend Accommodations Provided by Jekyll Island Club Hotel

  • Thirteen, double occupancy, for two nights each

 

For full details about the Jekyll Island Dream Wedding Giveaway, Presented with The Knot, visit www.jekylldreamwedding.com. All entries must include an essay of up to 250 words about why the contestant dreams of being married on Jekyll Island. For a complete list of rules and regulations and to enter the inaugural Jekyll Island Dream Wedding Giveaway, visit www.jekylldreamwedding.com. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Aug. 31, 2011.

 

Good luck, luxelings!

Real Villa De Suenos Wedding :: St. Simons Island

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Working with Chris and Tania was an absolute joy!  They contacted us about planning their wedding on Saint Simons Island when the oil spill devastated the Gulf and their destination wedding plans.  Within about three months, we had plan an entire wedding which was drenched in green cymbidium orchids and other tropical florals, brilliant sapphire silk bridesmaids dresses, coastal cuisine, a live R&B band against the beautiful backdrop of Villa De Suenos— the gorgeous oceanfront property on Saint Simons Island’s East Beach.  You can also see more delicious images at Melanie and Bradford of La Dolce Vita Studio’s awesome blog.

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Event Team

Wedding Planning + Production (Coordination):  Cocktails + Details // Wedding Photography:  La Dolce Vita Studio // Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue:  Villa De Suenos
Catering + Flowers:  Straton Hall // Band:  Tangee Renee + the Club Visage Band // Rentals:  Beachview Tent Rentals // Hair and Makeup:  Image Artisans

Questions You Should Ask Your Destination Wedding Planner

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Planning a destination wedding is fun…but sometimes stressful.  There are many things to consider, including enlisting the help of a wedding planner for your destination wedding.  The planner of your choice or pool that you choose to interview could be one local to the area, local to you and has knowledge of the area or in another location with a familiarity of the area.  Take some time to configure a description of what you want for your wedding and wedding weekend.  Recognizing both US and international destination weddings can benefit greatly from a wedding planner, we’ll provide questions to help you choose your planner that suits your needs:

US Destination Weddings:

  1. Are you familiar with my venue/area that I would like to have my wedding?
  2. If the area has more than one location (in our instance—Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, Brunswick and Sea Island), could you tell me which would be better suited for my wedding?
  3. Based on the information about my wedding, do you have any suggestions about other venues?
  4. Are you able to assist me in finding vendors in my budget and event vision?
  5. Are you also able to assist in securing room blocks for my guests?
  6. Would you be able to help research and plan weekend activities, parties, etc. around the wedding?
  7. What is your communications/work method?  (This is important for when you are out of the area where you intend to marry.  Having an open communication plan helps the process go smoothly)

International Destination Weddings

  1. Are you familiar with my venue/area that I would like to have my wedding? Can you help us with the marriage requirements?
  2. Can you suggest any specials that would suit us at other properties in the area?
  3. Do you speak the language for where we intend to have our wedding? (This, albeit not mandatory, can be a huge help to you.  In some locations, English is the second language and some things get lost in translation.  Even having a planner that is familiar with colloquial languages and phrases can be of great assistance)
  4. Are you able to help us secure negotiated room blocks with our resort?
  5. Are you or someone in your firm able to assist our guests with travel reservations and requirements? (There is a double bonus for planners that have travel agent credentials, as you get to handle everything with one person.  If not, see if there is an agent in the company that can assist you so that your event can stay with one company with fluid communications)
  6. Would you be able to help research and plan weekend activities, parties, etc. around the wedding?
  7. If we want to ship items with us for the wedding (such as linens, décor, favors, etc.), are you able to assist with the international customs requirements?
  8. Are you able to travel with us for site visits/tours or production of the actual event?  (Again, this is a huge help for you—as your wedding planner will act as the liaison and advocate for your wedding.  While the coordinator at the resort will follow instructions in your file, keep in mind that most properties have about 10-20 weddings per day so your coordinator may be stretched thin.  Your wedding planner, however, is solely dedicated to your event and is able to fine tune the details to ensure that it goes off as you have planned, while you enjoy your vacation with family and friends)

Having these questions will help you flesh out details that are important to creating your event.  More likely than not, these answers will become apparent in conversation with the wedding planners you choose to interview.  Be an avid and detailed note taker, to ensure that you are comparing “apples-to-apples” in terms of experience, resources, services and pricing.  Of course, you should also feel secure and excited when working with your planner, so be sure to count the personal dynamic between the two of you as well. 

Check out this great post on Wedding Bee: Wedding Planners Are Your Friends or do research on great websites like Best Destination Wedding.

Village Inn + Pub | St. Simons Hotel + Wedding Venue

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The Village Inn and Pub is an award winning inn, featured in Southern Living Magazine, Coastal Living Magazine and more! Nestled under the ancient live oak trees and between the parks and the historic oceanfront Village, you will find the unique Inn on Saint Simons Island.  What makes the inn so unique and charming is that the owners restored the 1930 beach cottage and designed the Inn around it to integrate the architecture of the neighborhood and the facade of the cottage. The Inn was built around the existing giant live oaks that inhabit the Island and not one limb was removed or destroyed!

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You will step back in time when you enter the beach cottage reception area. It is there that you will start your adventure into the Island’s historic past. The Village Inn & Pub is reminiscent of the charming 1930’s style and grace.  No two guest rooms share the same floor plan, making each beautifully unique. Each room has its unique style that adds to the character of the Inn. The Beach Cottage serves as the main gatehouse and features an antique English Pub made of solid mahogany. You will also find the original stone fireplace and various antiques and treasures within. The small and intimate guesthouse and Inn is the perfect setting for your wedding, reunion, business meeting or any private function. A continental breakfast is served daily on the sun porch located in The Pub.  Rooms at the Inn can be obtained for as low as $99  and up during off-season and about $125 and up during the peak season.

Additionally, right across the street from the Village Inn and Pub is the Village Retreat: a quaint property with six rooms and pool.  You can also check into the Beach House located on nearby Beachview Drive boasting a jacuzzi tub, quick proximity to the beach and space for 10.

These accommodations are perfect if you are looking for an alternative to the traditional hotel block for your guests who travel for your St. Simons wedding.  It is nearby to the beach, shopping at the Village as well as the A.W. Jones Heritage Center and lighthouse for your wedding ceremony and reception.

See Terrica in Golden Isles Magazine at the Ocean Lodge

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Photo by Chris Moncus Photography

Some people love their jobs because it instills a  greater purpose or some philanthropic ideal.  I think that’s great.

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I love my job because I get to dress up, handed a martini and laugh with co-workers for a magazine spread. Trust me, that’s great, too.

The above photo is from the Swinging Summit feature in Golden Isles Magazine’s January/February issue (p. 49) on the area’s local wedding professionals.  It was an ode to the Oceans 11-Frank Sinatra Rat Pack era and was absolute, unadulterated fun!  At the second shoot, I was able to clink it up with other female wedding pros—the culinary creative Laura Justice of Tasteful Temptations Catering and uber-sweet photographer Sarah DeShaw at the gorgeous Ocean Lodge. Somehow, it looks like I played the femme fatale, but you know what they say about life imitating art, yes?

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If you’d like to hear more about the wonderful wedding photographers, caterers, DJs, and wedding planners in the St. Simons and Jekyll Island area, definitely check the article out.  It’s a great read with insight into our creative minds and collaborative dynamic of working together as a cohesive unit.

Vote for Beachview Tent Rentals in the Event Solutions Spotlight Awards!

 

 

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We are so proud to hear that local favorite, Beachview Tent Rentals has been nominated for an Event Solutions Spotlight Award. Those of us in the industry know what an honor this is—but for those who aren’t in the industry, in short: it’s a pretty big deal

If you’re former or current client of Beachview’s, a vendor that frequently works with them, or just an admirer of their work, please take the time (and spread the word!) to vote for them this year. Voting ends January 31st, so let’s work to get our fabulous, local rental company the worldwide recognition they so justly deserve!

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Some great samples of their work—go vote!

Real St. Simons Wedding :: Whitney + Ben

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We had the pleasure of working with Whitney + Ben for their beautiful, yet whimsical French countryside inspired wedding on St. Simons Island.  After a week long of festivities that included welcome parties, the couple exchanged vows at the Lovely Lane Chapel on St. Simons Island.  At the chiming of the hour, bridesmaids donned in black Audrey Hepburn-esque cocktail dresses walked down the aisle preceding Whitney’s arrival.

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Many from Ben’s family flew in from France to attend the wedding, so this served as a mini reunion for his family, as well as an opportunity for Whitney to meet her extended family.  The couple danced to “Zydeco Gris Gris” for their first dance, which kicked of the festivities New Orleans style.

Ben’s family is French, so much of the personal touches incorporated his French heritage, Whitney’s education in New Orleans and many of her own family traditions.  For example, Whitney’s maternal grandparents owned a blueberry and honey farm. Small jars of honey from the farm were given as additional favors and served a double purpose as escort cards.  Much of the menu included Coastal local favorites, as well as French and New Orleans inspired dishes like duck confit and shrimp étouffée.  Their signature drink was the “Golden Aisle“, a play on the wedding’s location (the Golden Isles) and wedding festivities, which consisted of Firefly (Sweet Tea Vodka) to represent the Georgia inspiration and Perrier, to combine the French.  Ben is also a graphic designer and designed all of the signage for the tables, bars, escort card tags, programs, and invitations which are inspired by an old Oak that sits outside of the St. Simons Casino.

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|Vendor Details|:

Wedding Coordinator: Cocktails + Details, St. Simons Island;
Caterer/Florist: Straton Hall, Jekyll Island;
PhotographerJason Travis, Atlanta;
Church: Lovely Lane Chapel, St. Simons Island;
Reception Venue: St. Simons Casino, St. Simons Island;
Linens:  Beachview Tent Rentals, Brunswick;
Band: Stringrays, St. Simons Island;
Transportation: St. Simons Trolley, St. Simons Island.

Dec 21 2010

Golden Isles Girls Night Out: Burlesque Event

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Earlier this month, we produced and co-hosted a Girls Night Out event with the Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons in honor of the new movie, Burlesque featuring Christina Aguilera and Cher.  This was the best must-attend party in the middle of the week!  The event was a great opportunity the ladies of the islands to let their hair down, get dressed up and party Cocktails + Details style!  Ladies walked the red carpet enjoyed tapas and special designer signature drinks (Dream and Breathless), which were a huge hit!  Chris Moncus served as our resident paparazzi for the evening, while Justin Henshaw of Island Sound provided the music that kept everyone on the dance floor.  James Grella and Jason Lavender of Image Artisans gave all of our ladies mini-makeovers prior to loading the ladies up for their royal transport over to a private screening of Burlesque.

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We had a fabulous time— it was a great chance to see old friends and meet new ones.  Another congratulations to Kristin Williams who won our ultimate swag bag giveaway which included beauty products, makeover and a vacation at the Casa Monica in St. Augustine, FL!  I just want to say thank you to all of the professionals that helped me pull off this event: Wendy, Chris, Justin, James + Jason—you guys were awesome and I appreciate you all so much.

Stay on the look out for next Girls’ Night Out event in February— we’re going inside the genie bottle, baby!