Posted November 21, 2012 by Daniel Ginzburg
So many ways to say Thank You to all our FantaSea Folks – for another great year, for daily inspiration, for moments that make us laugh, that make us cry and that leave lasting impressions on all of us. We are incredibly blessed to have had a wonderful year with family, friends and associates. We witnessed our own families and friends Marry, welcome new children into this world and have been lucky enough to have been side by side with many of guests while they took their first steps to into a new life…almost on a weekly basis. To all of you, we Thank You and send you warm blessings for a Happy Thanksgiving.
Daniel: On behalf of all of us at FantaSea, we are grateful to you, our Customer, for allowing us to succeed in business over the past 33 years and allowing us to dream and plan for the next 33 years. Personally, I am grateful for the opportunity to be a Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Boss, Friend, Member of the World and the challenge of wearing all of these hats with humility, respect, love and care.
Stephanie: I am grateful for the warmth of friends that surrounds me all year long, for the humor that keeps me smiling and for the opportunity to share my life and workspace with my best friend everyday. I am grateful for Health and Happiness for my friends and family. I have to admit that being thankful for pecan pie is pretty on high on the list as well
Jasmine: I am thankful for the health and happiness of my family. My family welcomed a new addition this year with the birth of my nephew Noah. I am an official Auntie! It has been such a blessing to see the beginning of new life and to watch him grow. He has brought such joy to our family and especially my parents who are thrilled being grandparents.
Maureen: Happy Thanksgiving to all!
John: I give thanks for my incredible husband, amazing family and tremendous work environment. I am grateful that I can still pick up the phone and speak with my 90 year old parents and I am especially appreciative of the greatest thing that I learned from them: the most that we can ask for in life is just to love and be loved in return!
Tiffani: 2 new families all in the same year. My Family of Calls and my FantaSea Family. All that we deserve and dreamed. Thank you.
Alex: Uncle Al has much to be thankful for this year, as my twin Nephews would say “This is Living” The blessing of keeping the family strong & safe back East with the storms that devastated the area. My new wife Ashley who has shown me what true happiness really means, and for my new extended family at Fantasea that keeps me smiling daily. God has given me much to be thankful for this year!!!
Nancy: I am thankful for my family (both home and work), my friends, my clients whom I hope to dazzle, my health and my sense of humor I just wish I could cook!
Posted November 19, 2012 by Stephanie Ginzburg
Thanksgiving Day is the time we give thanks for everything we have and for our families. I do most of the cooking at home all year and here at FantaSea, but Thanksgiving is the day my wife Debi goes all out and takes control of the kitchen at home. She makes a great juicy turkey, candied yams, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy. But my favorite is her stuffing. It is rich, buttery and very savory. She takes pride in her cooking, and I work as her proud sous chef that day.
1 lb. butter
2 cups diced celery
2 cups diced onion
3 cups brown rice
2 boxes Mrs. Covington’s corn bread stuffing mix
2 cups chopped pecans
2 quarts chicken stock
Pre-heat the oven to 375. Boil brown rice ahead of time and set aside to cool. Heat chicken stock. In a large roasting pan melt butter, celery and onions. Sautee until translucent. Add cornbread stuffing mix and stir until it absorbs the butter. FOld in the brown rice. Add the chopped pecans and stir. Addthe chicken stock and allow to absorb. Cover with foil and place in the oven for 1 hour. Uncover and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Enjoy!
Posted November 13, 2012 by Tiffani Call
Wait a sec, no more Wedding day to look forward to?? *sniffles*
Our Wedding Weekend was absolutely blissful. The colors, linens, family, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, Yacht Cruise, Halloween Dinner and Honeymoon… All were overwhelmingly beautiful and surreal.
There were a couple hiccups that occurred the day of that only a trained Wedding eye would notice and of course the 3 hour drive made a couple family members a little hangry (hungry + angry = hangry) when they arrived, but all in all this was truly the experience we create for couples over and over again.
It was in fact… our turn to be married.
The Dandeana cruise started off the perfect week of events and can I just say my family was SUPER impressed with the level of luxury aboard the FantaSea flagship. My Mother in Law (feels good to say) couldn’t stop taking pictures of e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. No lie. With a great big smile on her face, which to me meant she was having the time of her life. She even mentioned to me that she remembers cruising at a family wedding a few years back but she knows it wasn’t with FantaSea cause our yachts are must nicer. Thanks Mom!
Ceremony made everyone cry, as planned. So many compliments about how involved in the Ceremony our children were. We exchanged vows with the kids as well as rings, turns out our Ceremony was about 40 minutes long. Felt like 15 minutes. Music was hand picked by yours truly which was another compliment I received from many. Email me for our playlist, which included songs from Bjork, Magnet, The Shins, Willy Wonka, The Muppets & Labyrinth Soundtracks. Cocktail Hour went by way too fast and we found ourselves chasing the sunset for those perfect lighting shots and went straight to family style dinner. We actually were able to eat the food!! I am so excited. Most couples are unable to eat, are too wound up to eat, too busy to eat and so on and so forth. Not us. The food was fabulous; we had Beef Brisket & Salmon with a fresh fruit salsa, home made tomato basil soup served with grilled cheese sandwiches & Yukon gold roasted potatoes. Beverages were a huge hit: Abuelitos Hot Chocolate, homemade horchata, PBR & Sangria.
Almost every single guest made a toast, which we expected and were able to pre-plan for. Our first dance was my husband and I to “Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog and than our children joined in and we waltzed in circles around the dance floor. Several family members complimented on this as well. My Maids of Honor decorated the get-away car, which was a surprise, and we got to drive around town being honked at all weekend, which made the magic last a little longer. Very appreciated. Way to go girls. It was all very thick with family and emotions and visually breathtaking, just as we wanted.
A couple shout outs to our Honeymoon Venue “Victoria’s Last Resort in Cambria”, the wickedest & coolest Bed & Breakfast in California hands down.
Also, our Vacation Rental “Abella Garden Inn in Arroyo Grande”. Gina the owner straight up bust a move on the dance floor with my father in law, can’t wait for the pictures to surface. It was an awesome touch to have all of our family under one roof with just us as opposed to a hotel where you run into your family much less. It had been about 3 years since I saw my Brother who lives in Texas and my Uncle’s who came from Tehachapi & Azusa. So them being around me constantly made my heart extra warm and fuzzy.
And now that it is all over, I am so sad! I am seriously suffering some post wedding blues. I am trying to remind myself that life can begin now and our Happily Ever After had the perfect start, but on my first day back to work I found myself extra congratulating new brides to be out of sheer jealousy. My husband insists we do this every year to help keep the love refreshed and renewed. I am considering it heavily.
With lots of love and butterflies…
Your faithful wedding planner,
Remember, keep calm and marry on.