Life is a special occasion

Real Events : Behind The Scenes of LDE

The last few months have been on fire with the most amazing special events + weddings. I am incredibly blessed to be living my dream as the owner of a thriving event planning company. As The Daversa Group gears up for the Maker's Mark experience tent at Barrett-Jackson + Taste of the Nation and Lauren Daversa Events puts the finishing touches on our spring weddings at The Norton Museum of Art, Sole East, Chesterwood and Trump - I am pausing for a moment to enjoy the fun images Sara + Jason of Concept Photography shared with me from a recent Colony wedding on Palm Beach. Everything was outstanding, from the custom first look picnic I created to the final moments when the groom shared his air guitar skills as he rocked out to Rush's Limelight!!! Enjoy and be sure to check back for more photos!

Lauren Daversa Events and the happy couple, Krissy + Rob. The wedding was an amazing success!

Yes! It's Ben Bailey of Cash Cab! He grew up with the groom! Jason couldn't resist stepping in front of the lens for a pic!

Lauren Daversa Events + Rock With U who kept everyone on the dance floor all night!

Current Music : Luisito Quintero

It's no secret that life at Lauren Daversa Events has been moving ahead at full speed for quite some time. What most of my readers probably do not know is there is also a corporate division in this little company 'o' mine -The Daversa Group, which has also been moving ahead at lightening speed! Many people, actually, most people ask me at some point how do I keep it together. Besides being composed of pure, good ole' awesome-ness, LoL, I'd have to say music. Music is such a huge, HUGE part of my day. I can honestly say that I always have music on, where ever I am, whatever I am doing. That's one of the reasons why I like to take a few moments out and share what I'm currently grooving out to in the periodic Current Music posts.

Lately, I have really been into percussion. Just can't get enough of it. It it were up to me, I would enhance all of my events by pairing recorded music with live percussionists. It's just bad $ss - and Luisito Quintero is bad $ss! Born in Caracas, Venezuela, he traveled extensively with Oscar D’Leon and has worked with the late Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Richard Bona, Jack Dejonette, Willie Colon, George Benson, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Nuyorican Soul, and Masters at Work to name a few. Listen and love!!!

Featured LDE Wedding : Weddings Unveiled

I was ecstatic to receive an email from Kirstin at Weddings Unveiled Magazine sharing the good news that one of my 2010 weddings with Jessica Lorren Organic Photography was going to be featured on their blog Completely Unveiled. This was a truly gorgeous wedding for a really awesome bride and I was so happy to be a part of her special day.

Check out the post here

Real Celebrity Wedding: James Wieland + Jennifer Dalla Riva

It was a hot August day in 2009 when Lauren Daversa Events first met with WPTV-Channel 5 weatherman James Wieland and Palm Beach Post advertising rep Jennifer Dalla Riva to discuss plans for what I knew would be an unforgettable wedding celebration.

Almost two years + countless hours of meticulous planning later, I'm happy to announce the wedding was a complete success! Not only was James + Jennifer's wedding an extraordinarily significant moment in their lives, but in mine as well...and you can see why after viewing the breathtaking images shot by Shannon Mathis of Mi.Amore.Foto. With such grace, Shannon captured the overwhelming emotion and love the beautiful couple radiated the entire day.

James + Jennifer are so incredibly in love and their enthusiasm for each other and for the wedding never ended! I was honored to be chosen to plan the most special day in their lives and will remember this always. Enjoy Shannon's sneak peak, and be sure to check back for more of Shannon's work and Cabana Picture's trailer!

Signature Drink Club : The Melagrana

Wow...I am not proud to admit it but I've dropped the ball with my Signature Drink Club. It's been almost 8 months since an entry, and it's not because I've been out sampling all the featured drinks! Lauren Daversa Events has truly been blessed with being busy. No complaints here, however, the fun little ideas I used to be able to write about morning, noon and night have certainly suffered.

So great news...I've just discovered a new member of the club that will make up for the long absence: The Melagrana courtesy of Pulino's Bar & Pizzeria. Here is why I like this drink: one of the main ingredients is prosecco, and I just so happen to be prosecco's biggest fan. And then for a little twist, the drink features yuzu juice, Pama pomegranate liqueur and a splash of Tanqueray. Right on! Absolutely perfect for a signature drink. Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of Serious Eats