Life is a special occasion

Real Weddings : Patty + Francois, Norton Museum of Art

Lauren Daversa Events started 2011 going over 100 MPH and I am only slowing down for a minute to write this post! I could not be more excited to share the first wedding of this new year, which belonged to the ridiculously good looking Patty + Francois - and by the way, I infused that sentence with a little essence of Zoolander.

So, Patty + Francois are not only beautiful but they are passionate about the world in which we live in - it's truly inspiring. When I first sat with Patty and her mother in August of 2010, we discussed one of their main goals for the wedding: a desire to be conscious of the carbon footprint it would leave behind. Carefully, invitations, food, decor, favors were all selected keeping their wished close to heart.

Only food from local sources was served at the wedding; the invitations were printed on recycled paper; fruit was used for centerpieces in lieu of flowers; the groom ventured out the day before the wedding and picked oranges right off of the tree, which we used for table number holders; the aisle was made of burlap which (by now) has probably been put to use in the families garden; and the couple made homemade granola for favors. I tasted was delicious!

Another very important detail for the wedding that Patty shared with me was the absolute necessity for an amazing band. Immediately I could only think of one man for the job, my fav, Mr. Jose Betancourt and his band! Simply put, they are the best. Jose had EVERYONE dancing...everyone!

Of course the staff at The Norton and the entire team from Lyon + Lyon were fabulous and the evening was just perfect. And on top of all this amazing-ness, it's always extra special to work so closely with a couple who have very strong personal beliefs and be able to reflect their beliefs into their wedding. Just an awesome wedding for a wonderful couple! Please enjoy the images shot by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography.

The Team
Event Planning & Styling: Lauren Daversa Events
Caterer: Lyon + Lyon
Hair & Make-Up: Team Beauti
First Look: Pan's Garden

L | D Finds : Kandee Johnson

Perfect! Simply perfect! I find everything that Kandee Johnson shares in this video to be just perfect. Not only am I am a huge fan of everything makeup related but I am also a huge fan of Kandee Johnson. So this video is pretty much a win-win for me. But for all my brides who are not enlisting the help of a professional makeup artist for the big day, please watch this video. Yes, it's a little long but it's filled with fabulous tips that you can use on your wedding day or whenever you need a little more va-voom with your makeup.

For more amazing tips, check out her You Tube page. It's filled with all things makeup! Enjoy!

Cole + Lisa

It was after hours one Tuesday evening when my office phone rang. As I try to always be available for my clients - hey, I work in a 24/7 business - I answered the call. 60 fantastic minutes later, following one fabulous conversation with a very cool mother-of-the-groom, I was officially planning a wedding for her son Cole and his bride to be, Lisa.

We moved very quickly and picked a venue, the always beautiful Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa and then turned to photography. Lisa and Cole fell in love with Focused on Forever and only a few weeks after their first call to Lauren Daversa Events, I am excited to share a few of the images from their engagement shoot.

Cole's family is just overflowing with talent. Cole is the mastermind behind Sports Mans Gold, his father started Italian Rose and his mother is the beauty + brains behind Legacy Farms, which also served as the picturesque location for the happy couple's e-shoot.

What can I say, this family is amazing! We clicked instantly. Cole + Lisa, I am so excited for your big day, which is only 9 months away! It's going to be an unbelievable wedding. Stay tuned...

Current Music : Gigi Shibabaw

2011 is set to be a record year for so many reasons: The Knot will nationally feature one of our amazing 2010 weddings as one of their "Real Weddings"; our new service for Platinum Brides will be unveiled following their fall weddings; our satellite office in New York will design three weddings in South Hampton, New York City, and Stockbridge; The Daversa Group welcomes our first two corporate clients; and, of course, we will remain as busy as every designing beautiful weddings and offering DOC for our fabulous 2011 brides!

As I review my travel itinerary for tomorrow's trip which takes me to the cold and snowy northeast, specifically, to my amazing hometown of New York, New York where I'll be meeting with a current bride + groom, a potential bride + groom and production company, I find myself enjoying the soothing sounds of Gigi Shibabaw and her infectious song, Gud Fella. Gigi is a very popular contemporary Ethiopian singer and her music is a unique fusion of tribal, jazz and R&B - and this is right up my alley! Her music would be a great addition to a special event or dinner party!