Proposal Planning: Andrew + Carol

Andrew + Carol have been together for over 3 years so finally Andrew decided to pop the question! He sought assistance from Orlando wedding coordinator, At Last for some help with his proposal + it ended up going off without a hitch. Huge thanks to Sivan Photography for coming out to snap some shots of Carol's amazing reaction.

Know someone thinking about an engagement?
Be sure to contact At Last Weddings today for your proposal planning.


Happy Holidays From At Last

We would like to wish all of our brides, grooms, friends + family an exciting + safe holiday!


Inspired by . . . Bobby Pins & Blush

Owner of Bobby Pins & Blush, Kara Sanchez, was thrilled to be involved in our "Inspired by..." vendor feature. With plenty of experience in the industry, Kara offers not only basic hair + makeup services but fun extras such as spray tanning. Here is our interview with Kara so you can learn a bit more about Bobby Pins & Blush...

Tell me about your company
We are an on-location hair and makeup company that specializes in brides and their parties. We also do photoshoots, mobile spray tanning, eyebrow design and tinting and various makeup lessons.
How did you both get started in the wedding industry?
When I was 14 I was asked to do a friend of my family's wedding makeup and I guess just like in the movie 27 Dresses when Katherine Heigel's character is bitten by the wedding bug when she helds the bride fix her dress at only 7 years old... that's how it was for me! I knew I loved being a part of that special day and have never tired of it, even 16 years later.
What sets you apart from your competition?
I think the biggest factor is quality and professionalism. Believe me, in my 10 years in the Orlando market, I have worked with several of my competitors at some point or another and sometimes when you bargain shop your beauty vendors... you definitely get what you pay for. It has taken year to perfect my team but in 2010 I can now say that I am proud to have 9 incredible hair and makeup artists that are as dedicated to perfection as I am.
What is the one question brides don't ask their hair and makeup artists that they should when hiring?
What products do you use for makeup and hair? I say this because I put a great deal of money in buying the top of the line cosmetics and hair products because quality always shows in HD and high pixel photos so I think if a makeup artist has a kit full of no-name brands or drugstore cosmetics than they should be giving you a heck of a deal on the service that they are providing regardless of experience.
Other than hair and makeup, what is the one service or product brides should not get married without?
Gosh... I can't pick one so my top 3 MUST HAVES for brides is a great skin care regimen leading up to the wedding because no amount of makeup can fake good skin so take the time to get your skin right before you get your close0up and another small, inexpensive items that has a huge impact is a great body moisturizer with either a tiny bit of oil of the slighest shimmer because under the professional flash your skin will just glow from head to toe and who doesn't want that?! It's a MUST for A-listers on the red carpets so it's a no brainer for you on the most important day of your life. And don't forget to get a professional eyebrow shaping right before the rehearsal and NOT with wax so your peepers look alive at your wedding!
What is the craziest request you have received from a bride?
I've had 2 and oddly enough, they both happened this year. My first was that my bride described her perfect bridal hairstyle as "peakcock like", yes, that's right my friend... my thoughts exactly and under normal circumstances I would have tried to talk her out of it but with the Russian language barrier, I was forced to give in and surprisingly she loved it and so did her family. It was 100% peacock like! The second was a few weeks ago and I was asked to do Cirque du Soleil style makeup and it needed to be waterproof since it would need to resist a diving mask and oxygen mouth guard for their underwater ceremony.
In your opinion, what is the most fabulous trend with weddings right now?
I would say there are a few... the unique headbands and hair pieces as opposed to tiaras. I also couldn't be more thrilled that birdcage veils and feathers are back!!! YAY!
Any special advice to brides when hiring a hair and makeup artist?
ALWAYS ask to see their portfolio. Every hair and makeup professional should have one to show you and an array of their work. I would also suggest doing a trial or at least meet with your artist for an engagement session so that you can see the quality of their work and equally as important, so you can see if your personalities click. You want to have your room filled with positive and kind individuals on your big day so personality is paramount.
Contact information
Kara Sanchez: Kara@FabulousFacesStudio.com www.FabulousFacesStudio.com BobbyPinsandBlush.blogspot.com


Five Fab Wedding Trends

Orlando wedding planner, At Last Weddings recently did a newsletter to it's clients + since it received such positive feedback, I decided to post one of the sections from it on Five Fab Wedding Trends. Brides are always looking for new + exciting ways to spruce up their wedding day + the At Last team has plenty of ideas! When your guests leave your wedding they are going to remember the unique + fun aspects so why not give them something they won't forget?! Check out some of our favorite ideas...

1. DIY Photobooths
Having a photobooth at your wedding is still a hot trend. However, rather than using a basic booth, consider putting a spin on things + making it yourself! We are avid believers in having 2-purpose wedding items since it saves time + money! A DIY photobooth is a great experience for your guests but can also act as your guestbook. There are tutorials all over the web to help you make one but feel free to contact your At Last coordinator for more information.
2. Live Entertainment
Having a band or performers is another great hit for weddings. DJs are absolutely fantastic + if that is your route, consider having a separate performance piece at your cocktail hour or at the beginning of the reception. There are many options, including steel drum bands, fire dancers, rock bands, flamenco performers + more! Just make sure you find something that fits your theme + more importantly, your budget.

3. Cootie Catcher Programs
Keep your guests entertained with handmade cootie catchers! It will certainly give them something interactive to do from when they arrive to the ceremony to when the processional begins. With a little time + patience, these budget-savvy programs are the way to go!
4. Caricaturist
Yet another way to WOW your guests is to feature a caricature artist at your cocktail hour + reception. It also doubles as two wedding must-haves. All of your guests will want to take part in this unique entertainment that they can also bring home with them.
5. Crossword Puzzles
Having a themed crossword puzzle is another way to keep your guests busy during that time before the bride + groom enter + it is a fantastic game that will get the whole table involved trying to figure out answers! Consider using personalized questions such as 'the place you first met' or 'the grooms favorite sport'. Contact your coordinator today on helpful hints in preparing a crossword.

Happy Wedding Planning!


E-session Featuring Tiffany + John

I just received some shots from one of Orlando wedding coordinator, At Last's fabulous couples, Tiffany + John. They had their engagement photos taken by Molly Dempsey Photography + they turned out wonderfully! I love it when a couple has a great time taking pictures together + it truly shows. Let's take a peek...

Big thanks to Molly for sending these over!


Celebrity Wedding Planner Donnie Brown

We had the great opportunity to sponsor + coordinate a special event... An Evening with Donnie Brown! For those of you who may not know, Donnie is one of the wedding planners on Style Networks, Whose Wedding Is It Anyway and recently wrote a book 'Donnie Brown Weddings From The Couture To The Cake'. Attendees saw his live presentation + received a book signing session with this fabulous planner. The event was hosted by Elegant Imagery and was beauitfully executed by the following sponsors:

Hilton Melbourne Beach
Events by Design
Al Dee Productions
Entertainment Connections
JJ Video Film
Your Wedding TV
Perfect Wedding Guide
Hot Rayz Limousines
The Invitation Lounge
Bobby Pins & Blush
Perfect Wedding Guide
A Chair Affair
Chic Furniture
Muse Gelato
Perfect Wedding Guide
Connie Duglin
Anna Cakes

Photos Courtesy of Photolocity.com + Elegant Imagery
Jaclyn with Donnie Brown

Visit At Last's Facebook page for more photos of
An Evening with Donnie Brown


Bridal Sweepstakes!

I'm always on the look out for fun contests + giveaways- who isnt'?! Today I found that Get Married is doing a sweepstakes for a Bride must- have item. Want be get in the running for a blinged out "Bride" tank top? Of course! It's so easy to sign up for, too! Go on Facebook and "like" the Get Married fan page. Go to the Sweepstakes tab and register. The contest expires in 2 days so make sure you sign up for the drawing today!

For more information on Get Married, visit getmarried.com. While you're there, visit the At Last advertisement under Central Florida Wedding Coordinators.


Jazz Up Your Bouquet

Here at Orlando wedding coordinator, At Last Wedding and Event Design we are always looking for fun wedding inspiration. I saw a blog post on Weddingbee that reminded me of how much I absolutely love fun + unique bouquets. The traditional bouquet is wonderfully beautiful, of course; however, I have seen many Brides who are opting out of the typical floral arrangement and going for something a bit more... different! Whether it is adding an heirloom brooch to your flowers or creating a completely different style out of buttons or feathers, find something that fits with your personality + special day. Check out some of these edgy bouquets:

Create your own with the help of Fancy Pants Weddings
This hand embroidered felt bouquet can be found on Etsy
Found on The Knot
Check out these popular feather bouquets from Etsy
This half + half bouquet found on DognBird styles vintage pins + flowers

Happy Wedding Planning!


Inspired by. . . Mike + Lauren Photography

Hello to all At Last couples! Who are we being "Inspired by" today? I present to you one of Central Florida's most talented husband + wife photography team- Mike + Lauren. Not only do I love them because they too use "+" signs in their name (wink!) but they are so beautifully creative + unique with their photography style. Check out this interview + some of these photos for a quick sneak peak into the life of Mike + Lauren Photography:
Tell me about your company
We are a husband and wife photography team located in Central Florida. We have been photographing weddings together as a team since 2007 but also running our own photography companies at the same time. This year, we decided to stop shooting independently and now we only book as a team and shoot as a team. We also traveled to England, United Kingdom to photograph our first wedding in Europe!
How did you both get started in the wedding industry?
In 2007 after photographing portraits and Mike working as a full-time commercial photographer, we began our introductions into the wedding industry; training under some of the best in the industry. We saw that a lot of what was offered in our home town was very traditional and we wanted to add spice and personality to wedding photos to create something we had only seen on the west coast or in other countries.

What sets you apart from your competition?
Us! We bring our own personal styles and mesh those with the clients to create something totally unique. Every single wedding we challenge ourselves to create images more stunning than the previous week. One of our favorite photographers said, "You don't have to be the best, just better than last week" - Jerry Ghionis. We totally feel that Jerry nailed it on the head! So with each client that books us and loves our work, we deliver images to them that always blow them away.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day?
Mike's would be the intimate photos between the couple. Mike is a very passionate person and he loves to showcase the couples passion in the camera. Lauren's favorite would be receptions. She LOVES to capture the first dance between the couple and she loves the party!

Why are you a wedding photographer?
Our answer? Because we LOVE working with people on the happiest day of their lives! We love being their to capture those amazing moments and guiding couples along to create ones that could slip by with all the stress of the wedding.
Other than a photographer, what is the one service or product brides should not get married without?
A wedding planner!

What is the best service or product that your company offers?
Two photographers that know each other better than anyone else. We've both had other photographers shoot for us when we were running our own photography companies. While we've hired some amazing photographers to assist us, there's nothing like having our spouse their who can just about read your mind. We know what the other is looking for and can make it happen so much faster than a person that is just hired for the day. Plus, we play off each other. So many times Lauren will crack a joke about Mike or vice versa and it just really helps loosen up the day.
What is the craziest request you have received from a bride?
Can you arrive at 6 am and starting photographing when I wake up?

In your opinion, what is the most fabulous trend with weddings right now?
Cool shoes! :)
Any special advice to brides when hiring a photographer?
Pick a photographer who's work you love and who's personality you love more!
Contact information:
Mike + Lauren
407.462.1199 - Lauren
407.462.1220 - Mike