Its that time of year again, FINALLY! I am so excited for engagement season. The wedding industry is ever-changing and we are seeing a big shift towards more intimate weddings, including elopements and smaller ceremonies. Why? Millenials are marrying later in life studies show and are prioritizing a little differently and we are ALL ABOUT IT! We are so thrilled that we had the opportunity to chat with Anesha Collins of Unashamed Imaging on all her inside tips of all things engagement and elopement.
Let me introduce you to Anesha of Unashamed Imaging
Anesha is a Central Florida photographer, cinematographer and one amazing boss babe! Anesha is an award winning professional with over 9 years of experience and the love of her business shines through her work and personality. Unashamed Imaging is for the client who is all about style and class and draws couples that are unashamedly them! Ready for an Unashamed experience, take a look at the full video below!
Anesha’s Favorites?? Reading, the ocean, movies and she’s a self proclaimed foodie!
Let’s start with some of our results you shared with us!
Reason Couples Want to Elope: 22% Intimacy 78% Expenses/Stress
Places to Elope: 43% Tropical 57% Mountains
First Look with an Elopement 45% Of Course, 55% Keep the Tradition
Should I Still Hire a Planner? 71% Yes 29% No
Wait, should I hire a local planner and photographer that I love? Or, should I hire where I am planning to elope? If photos are important, put your investment in someone you know, you have met prior to booking and trust! Your planner and photographer are with you all day! Ask what their travel fees and expenses are during your meeting. Communication is key!
Best locations for engagement shoots: (She has listed her fave 25 places on her blog, check it out!) Rollins College is so large and has so many options for couples! A couples story can be told beautifully there. Winter Garden and any area by water are the next go tos! Water is tranquil and I see alot of my couples wanting to be near overgrown trees and water. We discuss themes,locations, outfits etc with couples prior to the shoots, but 95% of my couples trust my professional opinion. Couples are provided a style guide through the process as well to help decide on colors, matching styles and what to avoid.
Favorite advice for a proposal shoot? PLAN AHEAD OF TIME! If you are hiring a photographer for your surprise proposal, be aware of things like weather and access to the area you are proposing at. For example, proposing at Disney may require more planning, security time, tickets etc. A photographer will use their “big lens” to be able to be far away but still capture the full picture and stay hidden. It is not about you as a photographer, but the moment for the couple. Best advice? Know what your significant other likes, what is important to them for that moment. Ask them in advance! YES, PLANNERS CAN HELP!
I don’t have a large budget, what is the best way to get the most bang for my photography buck? If budget is an issue, be okay with prioritizing and compromising with a package. There is a reason why things are priced the way they are. Get a quality photographer and photos! Skip the extras! Meet with your professionals and know what you are willing to negotiate on and what is most important to you. TIP: If you need to cut hours, it is better to get the beginning of your day captured (getting ready, first looks etc) rather than the last few hours of dancing.
You know what can really make or break your big day? WE DO!
I often share with clients that their guests will always remember if the food was good and if they danced at your wedding. I always encourage my couples that money is well spent if you have a DJ that has experience, reliable equipment, and can keep your guests dancing through the night.
PR Events had the amazing opportunity to meet with owner of White Rose Entertainment. Jeff Verschage has been in the industry for over 20 years and has performed over 6000 weddings in Central Florida. His amazing team is made up of 20 DJS, trained to ask the right questions and match the needs of the clients and their music profile to the right professional.
Catch the full video at the link below, but here are some of our favorite questions!
Why White Rose Entertainment? EXPERIENCE. When you are not sure or have a question, the White Rose team can help provide multiple options to guide the couple. WRE has trained DJs that understand the many details of a wedding and the important questions to ask you to ensure they do not miss a beat. Most importantly, these professionals do this EVERY WEEKEND and know how to properly perform a wedding.
How important is it to have a professional wedding DJ company? If you push play on a playlist, you lose opportunities to read the crowd. There is not a Master of Ceremonies (MC) to introduce the couple and you are lacking in every way. A professional wedding DJ understands what is supposed to happen. For example, before you have the Maid of Honor standing to make a toast, I need to check that the catering team has made it to all the tables with that champagne and the photographer is in position.If you are spending money on a photographer, it is worth it to spend the money on your entertainment to ensure those moments are being caught.My team is trained by me and have followed me for at least 6 months assisting on the day of wedding to do it the way I do, down to the words are scripted and how to read the music profile.
How do you keep the party going?
What makes a wedding dj good? If they play what you want to hear and makes you dance. I love to ask the crowd what it is that will make them get up and dance and then shout them out before the song plays. Soon, they will be hollering songs out. The other way is how we build the schedule. If we can get the guests standing during a special moment, they are already on the floor when we drop the music. Every guest came to have a good time.
How do you work with a planner?
On the day of, the planner is the single point of contact and I take my cues from them. It’s a partnership. The planner may grab the bride and groom, while we grab the parents for a toast to make sure everyone is board and ready to go. So many things change daily and momentarily throughout the day. I love being the person that the planner looks to to make things happen smoothly and instantly. Another reason why it’s important to have a two person team, one to keep the music and party going, while the other is behind the scenes, working out any kinks in the day. But, there are so many things that a planner does day of that the dj can’t do while keeping the guests and couple dancing.
KEEP, TOSS or UPDATE?!- This is the fun part of our series where we look at traditional wedding situations and decide if we would keep, toss or update it!
Private last dance– KEEP IT! The couple gets a private moment, and the couple have a chance to line up for the grand exit. It is personal preference whether you want it to be just the two of you or surrounded by all your friends and family.
Bouquet and Garter Toss– Update! 90% of your guest have a different vibe of what you like, so TELL US! We can give you ideas such as giving the bouquet to the longest married couple, or the garter just appears rather than taking it off, break away bouquets.
Photo booths-Keep It! It’s fun and can be doubled as a party favor.
Interactive Activities– Depends on your crowd, are they a personal and get to know each other crowd, or do they want to party? A professional wedding DJ will ask you the right questions about your family dynamics to get some of these ideas in your meeting
Live Bands/Entertainment- Keep! If you can afford it in your budget, it magnifies the night. DJs are great for to accompany live entertainment to pick up during slow times without a hard stop, and can be switched back and forth for breaks, dinner etc. Keep in mind that they should be added to rather than in place of DJs.
This love story is nothing short of breathtaking! These two filled their venue with their sweet love. An early day with a rehearsal at 7am for this Black Friday wedding was all worth the joy of seeing friends and family celebrate the love of these two sweethearts! We asked Jessica a few questions to highlight her big day!
What was your favorite part of your big day? My favorite part of the big day was seeing Jeff at the end of the aisle and the party that ensued after dinner! My side of the family all live in Michigan so getting to enjoy time with my family on our big day was a huge thing for both of us! Also, the food was absolutely amazing which is always a plus!
Why did you choose PR Events? Would you choose us again? I loved the idea of being able to customize and work with you on the things we did and did not need for the big day. We were working on a tight budget so being able to work with you on what we did and did not need helped make our big day perfect while helping to keep us within our budget!
What advice would you give other couples planning their wedding? Try and enjoy the chaos leading up to the big day. It’s so easy tobecome overwhelmed and let the stress overshadow how great the day itself will be. Things go wrong. It happens. Nobody will notice thethings that don’t go to plan other than you. Try and keep thestressing to a minimum!
What was your favorite part of the planning process? My favorite part of planning was being able to reach out with any questions (trust me I had a lot). Being the only person in my immediate family and friend group to get married in the last 30+ years it was nice being able to have Priscilla available to help whenever I wasn’t sure what to do!
” I heard about Priscilla from a friend who works in the wedding industry who highly recommended her. We were far from disappointed!”
Check out the beautiful Mr and Mrs Noles
Orlando Wedding Vendors
|Orlando Wedding Flowers||Porch Therapy|
|Orlando Wedding Venue||Casa Feliz|
|Orlando Wedding Rentals||Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals|
|Orlando Photography||Chantell Rae|
|Orlando Wedding Planner + Coordinator||PR Events|
I am so exited to highlight this styled shoot! It was such a fun and crazy night, with amazing vendors. This is evidence of what can happen when a team of creative professionals collaborate and create magic. Welcome to our sexy, classy, and sassy styled shoot… Chic and the City.
We got to work on a setting for this shoot, and fell in love with the industrial city of HUB 925. The urban loft was a goldmine for the professionals to bring the vision to life from the NYC themed invitations to the sultry dress and bridal accessories. This shoot was a production of what PR Events had envisioned for their client’s wedding night on the town.
From the planner: PR Events is a city glam inspired company that incorporates a perfect balance of classic elegance and modern flare. PR Events re branded after considering who our client is and what our core values are as a company. Just as a celebrity has a PR represent them throughout every aspect of their life, we strive to represent our clients throughout the entire process. They are our CELEBRITIES! I really wanted to show off our brand and style through this shoot. We started thinking about our client: trendy, busy city life, enjoys a craft beer or Cosmo, and tunes in to the details. Our shoot was inspired by our owner’s favorite character, Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. I wanted to show a private setting of a newlywed couple enjoying the late night city life with a few cocktails, where nothing else exists, but the two of them. They were truly the VIPs of the night, just like a PRE couple.
-Ever Thine, Ever Mine, Ever Ours
Styled Shoot Vendors
|Orlando Wedding Flowers||Lavender and Lace|
|Orlando Wedding Venue||HUB 925|
|Orlando Wedding Rentals||Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals|
|Orlando Photography/Videography||Sugarpop Productions|
|Orlando Wedding Planner + Coordinator||PR Events|
|Orlando Wedding Cake||Cut the Cake|
|Orlando Wedding Linens||Connie Duglin Linens|
|Orlando Wedding Bridal Boutique||The Bridal Finery|
|Orlando Wedding Makeup/Hair||Rebecca Alicea|
|Orlando Wedding Jewelry||Bay Hill Jewelers|
PR Events LOVES the busy cityscapes, but the feel of a hometown Park Ave is our must have, and thankfully our couples feel the same. The Winter Park Farmer’s Market is a favorite spot in the heart of Downtown Winter Park and one of our favorite Orlando wedding venues, so we had to share a few reception shots of our beautiful couple Megan and Roby.
Megan was a GEM throughout the wedding process and knew just how to create a simple and elegant beauty to the Farmer’s Market, adding in personal touches and “sweet” moments for their big day. Her colors were soft hints of grey, blues and white mixed with the elegance of the French country chairs, farm tables and eucalyptus garland runners. A little candlelight and perfection.
A hot summer day with a little rain, did not stop this sweet couple from having a perfect wedding. Our favorite? The ICE CREAM TRUCK! What better way to “treat” your guests then their choice of ice cream. Oh, and the sweetest best man speech? Each groomsmen gave our sweet bride a flower!
Thank you Mr and Mrs Williams for having us part of your big day!
Megan + Roby’s Vendors
|Orlando Wedding Flowers||Simply Roses|
|Orlando Wedding Venue||Winter Park Farmer’s Market|
|Orlando Wedding Caterer||Il Pescatore|
|Orlando Wedding Rentals||Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals|
|Orlando Ice Cream||Kelly’s Homemade Icecream|
|Orlando Photography||Emotive Photo|
|Orlando Wedding Planner + Coordinator||PR Events|
|Orlando Wedding DJ||Sound Sensation Entertainment|
Hello loves, I’m Priscilla Rose! Before I share about PR Events, let me share a little bit about the planner behind the brand. I am a NYC gal, carrying my city sass in my 5’1 stature and Jessica Simpson heels. I am lost without my daily planner and Starbucks, but I love winding down with football, movie marathons and a glass of wine. I run my business like I run my life, full of laughter, style, and personal connections with friends and family. And, some champagne and cake! My go-to love quote is: “Ever Thine, Ever Mine, Ever Ours – from the wise words of Beethoven (and Carrie Bradshaw!)
Let’s chat about PR Events. PR formally stands for Priscilla Rose Events, but also mirrors what PRE does for its clients, and that is “represents”. Much like a PR rep works for celebrities, PR Events represents our couples from consultation to implementation of design and planning. We ensure that our couples have the right information to make the right choices for them, and the style to do so with the sparkle their big day deserves. Coming from an education background, (6 years as middle school teacher) educating my clients is a huge part of my job. As the planner, I am the network and link between the couple and every other aspect of the wedding. So, let me share 3 ways a planner can personalize and educate their couple’s big day!
- Personal design & inspiration- One of the best parts of my job is helping you fine tune your big day. In a recent poll, 70% of Pinterest users claim that they have wedding-themed boards before they’re even engaged! Listen, you don’t need me (or any professional) to tell you your style, favorite colors and theme for the wedding you have been dreaming of. But, you do need someone to help clean up those ideas and give you a clean, cohesive look. What I do as a planner, is take a look at your photos and boards at our consultation and then create 2-3 vision boards of my own to help guide you through a focused look and style. Together, we go through the inspiration and give you the next few steps to make it a reality! PR Events offers design!
2. Guiding clients- Each couple and wedding is unique, which means so are their needs! Most engaged couples are Millennials, which means their wedding is the first real thousands of dollar commitment they will make as an adult. Because they don’t know what they don’t know, they’re not sure the costs of professionals, what to look for, or what questions to ask. A planner should help educate and lead the way to the right professionals and help prepare their clients for each meeting. PR Events has started a growing live series called the Real Talk with Real Professionals. Each month, we take on real topics and queions from engaged couples and answer them with real professionals in the industry, and of course drink champagne while we chat! The goal is to educate couples, alleviate their fear that they should know the answers and put real professionals in front of them at the same time! Visit Real Talk on the links at the end of the blog.
- Personalizing Professionals and Resources- Being in the industry, I constantly hear that clients feel overwhelmed, or they want to avoid becoming overwhelmed (planner please!). Therefore, my job is to help eliminate work for couples by cutting the corners I know I can and to give only what I need to. For example, if I have a couple who I know has a smaller budget, I will not put on their checklist to hire a calligrapher and order programs and menus. These are extra expenses that my client can eliminate unless I know that is a want for them. I need to know my couples and be able to customize general checklists, to-dos, and professional lists to them. I would hate for them to be overwhelmed with “extras” or feel like they are missing out on something that may not be in their budget. My job gives me the opportunity to work with amazing and local professionals each week. I know their personalities, strengths, costs, and clientele. The best way to personalize and educate is to show couples their options with wedding professionals. A planner can easily match and set up a meeting with a quick phone call with the quirky photographer that matches their budget needs and has their date available faster than the client can filter through the thousands of Central Florida photographers that pop up on a search engine. When speaking with my couples, I am already calcu
- lating who may be their best match. I also tell that professional the details of their day (their date, services needed, fun fact about the couple and their style). What better way to help personalize a big day?
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As soon as I met Loina Simon, I know she was my perfect bride. She has plenty of class, with a side of sass. Loina and I got to work on planning her big day almost a year out from her wedding in January. From bridesmaids dresses to finalizing her beautiful stands for her cupcake display, together we created a timeless look with a modern touch.
Loina and Avery tied the knot at the Ballroom at Church Street in Orlando. The venue was a perfect setting for their sophisticated elegance with a backdrop of beautiful stained glass and gorgeous chandeliers. Their blush and navy color palette was tied together with gold accents and as always, a bit of sparkle. And did we mention the cupcake display? The night was ended with plenty of friends and family on the dance floor in their beautiful sequin dresses. Timeless. Elegant. Fierce.
Of course, wonderful days are made by wonderful professionals, a moment at a time:
Venue- Ballroom at Church Street
Planner- Priscilla Rose Events
Video/Photo/Slow Mo Booth- Sugarpop Films
Flowers- Sarah Leung-Bluegrass Chic
DJ- DJ Dave
contact PR Events to help coordinate and design your special day!
In the wedding industry, many times we find that couples don’t know what they don’t know. If you have caught the Facebook live series that Priscilla Rose Events hosts with Embrace by Kara, you may have caught some information that will help make your big day a lot less stressful with advice from the pros! This mini blog series (Snapshots) will feature local wedding professionals that provides a little more insight into the wedding industry one company at a time. Sit back, grab your favorite drink (my go to is always a daiquiri) and read about some of the best and award winning wedding professionals in Central Florida.
Meet the Pros
Rebecca Alicea, Make Up Artist
Mood and Trends: Let’s FACE it, you have a picture perfect vision of what you want to look like for your wedding. With the help of the ever-growing use of Pinterest and Instagram, now more than ever brides have so many looks and trends to adhere to. **I want Beyoncé’s smoky eyes and T-Swifts red lip with a hint of Kate Hudson’s contour. Uhm, help!
How does a MUA want their brides to describe their desired looks?
Rebecca: The more details a Makeup Artist has from the bride and the bridal party, the better. COMMUNICATION is the key. Bring your Pinterest boards and what you like about each celebrity’s look. The key is tying in your look and theme of the big day to match what happens on your face. The first important item is to talk with your MUA about your routine. For example, if you absolutely hate the look of eyeliner under your eyes, your makeup artist needs to know. If you normally don’t wear makeup let your MUA know that as well. Bring any pictures of your desired look. Your makeup artist will ask you different questions as well to get to know your style and your skin type.
What are some trending looks for weddings?
Rebecca: The most requested trend that most brides ask for is a clean elegant look. For example: smokey eyes, simple eyeliner, pink/glossy lips with highlight and rosy cheeks.
Wedding TIP: You should book your wedding professionals as soon as possible, your deposit is what secures your date! Make sure you have scheduled for your makeup trials within 1-2 months before your wedding to ensure you have the look you envisioned, as well as the right supplies!
Let’s chat about makeup trials. What should brides expect during their makeup trials?
Rebecca: The trial is one of the most important; slightly overlooked to do for brides. The trial is the time you will try different looks for your big day. A trial meeting will actually be full application of makeup and playing with different looks (whether that’s having eyeliner or not or different eye shadow colors.) Also, the makeup artist will be discuss any allergies in advance. Typically, we will try 2-3 different looks based on what the bride has explained and photos she has brought in. Then we will
compare the parts (eyes from look #1, lips from look #2 etc.)
· Should they have anything that they bring with them? Yes, bring any photos/boards of the desire look you as the bride are seeking. Also, bring any of your jewelry you would be wearing, wear a white shirt and come with an open mind.
· How long does the trial take and can their bridal party be part of the makeup trial? Typically a trial can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours. Most of the time the trial is just for the bride, but there are occasions when the bridesmaids want a trial. In that case add an additional 30 to 45 minutes per person.
· How far in advance should they schedule their trials? Usually a trial is scheduled 1 to 2 months prior to the wedding date.
As a wedding planner, I will be the first to tell you the importance of a timeline. Yes, that 4-5 page agenda that dictates the day, so the couple is stress free and your MUA is there to make sure you do so looking flawless. How
does the MUA fit in the day? On the actual wedding day, what should the bride plan for as far as timeline?
Rebecca: The breakdown for getting ready is this:
Bride’s hair: One hour. This gives enough time to get it right and make any tweaks or changes from the trial run.
Bride’s makeup: 30 to 45 minutes, recreating the desire look that the Bride agreed on during the trial.
Bridesmaids’ hair: 30-45 minutes per person.
Bridesmaids’ makeup: 45 minutes per person.
What about touch ups? Yes, plan on a few minutes for that throughout the day, depending on your skin type. For instance if you have oily skin plan on adding powder to the oil spots or blotting the oil spots. Also, throughout the day (because of food being involved) lipstick should be touched up as well.
Wedding Tip: Prepare for the type of wedding you are having including the venue and weather. Ladies, we all know what our hair does on humid days! Let your MUA know the details of your day and ask them what they suggest as far as moisturizer, touch ups, and maintenance throughout the day. Also, keep in mind that you will have formal photos. Ask your MUA if they charge to stick around for touch ups. Usually, formal photos are during the guest’s cocktail hour!
The days leading up to your wedding can be stressful with last minute details and tying the loose ends together. (Unless you have a professional wedding planner that is!) The last thing a bride should have to worry about is their makeup. Let’s make sure we are taking care of our beautiful canvases ladies! What should a bride try to avoid before the wedding?
Rebecca: The makeup trial! Don’t skip this important step. Also, avoid tanning! If you desire that golden brown look for your wedding, it should be done 3-5 days prior to your big day. Facials need to be scheduled 2 weeks prior to your wedding. Remember that the wonderful thing about a trial is not to just get a look, but to test anything that touches your skin, especially things like self-applied tans or new lotions your skin is not familiar with.
· Are there any trends/makeups brides should avoid?
NO-Makeup look. Although, the “natural” look is very popular right now (thanks Kim K) the no makeup look still requires some makeup to look good and believe it or not, “natural”. If you go completely without anything on your face, you’ll just look washed-out and tired in your formal photos.
Sparkly smoky eyes glitter is a no-no!
Too-dewy skin – Too much shine though and you’ll run the risk of looking oily.
The too-tanned look Avoid using a darker foundation or piling on super dark bronzer.
Pink eye shadow Keep the rosy tones on your lips and cheeks
Finally, how should brides and bridal parties prep their canvases? Drink plenty of water that helps to hydrate the skin and it flushes toxins out of the body, Cleanse and Moisturize at least twice a day six months prior to the wedding day. Apply Sunscreen whenever you go outside. Eyebrows should be waxed 2-3 days prior to your wedding day. Exfoliate your lips (brush with toothbrush twice a week 2 weeks prior) and get plenty of sleep.