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Flowers Anyone?

Posted April 12, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team

Being the “Do It Yourself” fanatic that I am, I recently decided to boost my DIY knowledge and attend flower school in Los Angeles. After searching through the numerous options available based on my schedule at FantaSea and as a full time mother of four, I chose the Los Angeles Flower School of Design run by Michael Gaffney.

World renowned floral designer Michael Gaffney teaches flower design from the ground up. Once upon a time, Michael Gaffney worked away in a cubicle on Wall Street. Overworked and uninspired, he didn’t really know how unsatisfied he was until one day, on a visit to his Midwest hometown, he stepped into a flower shop.

“I realized how much flowers can affect a person. They’re part of every stage of life – birth, death, weddings, funerals, memories, romance. And I saw how good designs make a stronger impact. Suddenly, I wanted to be part of that. I saw floral design as a way to help people renew, recover, express sympathy, fall in love, and share friendship. And in doing that, I understood that I could actually make a good living, doing something I love, while adding beauty and flair to events that touch people’s lives.”

Michael’s floral designs have graced a wide spectrum of occasions, from a simple first date bouquet to grand wedding arrangements; from movie sets to haute couture fashion shows, and everything in between. “I came to see myself as an artist for people’s emotions. I made a good living, yes, but my art made other people happy. It was remarkably satisfying. And flowers, of course, grow and bloom, but they don’t last forever. They disappear. It’s a medium that’s both dynamic and ethereal. You’re always being called on to create something new, but it won’t last either. And that’s okay. That’s what makes every bouquet, every event special. It’s like working every single day with the best things in life – flowers, certainly, together with energy, creativity, reinvention, renewal.”

Michael, with the help of two beautiful assistants, Kim and Erika are truly hands on. Standing over your shoulder, insisting on perfection and making you re-work anything that is not Star quality is a huge help. Keeping with the FantaSea motto, I’m still learning  everyday, and teaching new lessons everyday. How else do you stay on top of trends, pass educated information on to your clients and learn a new talent? You open your world to learning new lessons. I’ll be sharing my experiences week by week and will showcase the designs that we create in class on Facebook, Flickr and Pinterest.

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What’s Happening in Marina del Rey?

Posted April 4, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team

If you haven’t ventured into Marina del Rey lately, you may be surprised at all the cool things going on. FantaSea Yachts & Yacht Club is proud to have been a member of the coastal community for the past 33 years and is always excited to witness the new and exciting things that pop up. Thanks to our wonderful Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau for their efforts in spreading the word and keeping us all updated.

  • “Beach Eats” returns to Marina Beach today and will run every Thursday from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Come enjoy Food Truck Paradise! Featured trucks tonight include Slammin SlidersKomodo, Holy Aioli, Rolln Loyster, CityDogs, Sweet Arleens and The Grilled Cheese Truck. We gotta say….Perfect for the casual cool Wedding Rehearsal crowd coming our way each Thursday.
  • The Marina del Rey Farmer’s Market will officially begin April 25 and will be held Thursday mornings from 9:00am – 2:00pm – also at Marina Beach.
  • Paiche, the highly anticipated new Peruvian restaurant from acclaimed chef Ricardo Zarate, will open April 12.
  • The Marina del Rey’s Summer Concert Series returns to Burton Chase Park this July.
  • The Hilton Garden Inn will open May 1 and is now accepting reservations.
  • “Hop on Hop off” (the popular city sightseeing tour operated by Starline) will also make it’s Marina del Rey debut May 1. Service will begin at Fisherman’s Village, travel along Admiralty way by FantaSea Yachts, then to Venice Beach and Santa Monica, where it connects to other LA routes.

When you do come down, come on in a say hello to the FantaSea Family – we are here to serve you!

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FantaSea Spotlight – Alex Mackiewicz

Posted February 28, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team

Ashley and Alex Mackiewicz

Ashley and Alex Mackiewicz

Most of you know Alex as the charming Special Events Producer, known for a keen sense of care for his clients, a good laugh and easy conversation. Planning an event with him feels like sitting down to a chat with an old friend. Well, it’s been said that behind every good man is a good woman. This rings true for Alex. Last weekend, while most of us missed Alex and the Saturday bag of bagels, he was on a mission of kindness and service with his wife Ashley and 40 generous volunteers. Ashley, who serves as the Young Adult Ministries Coordinator for Bel Air Presbyterian Church was on a planned mission with The Foundry to build a house for a family of 8, including 6 kids under the age of 10. The Foundry is a thriving community of young adults whose mission is to connect together in fellowship, worship and growth through small groups that serve with talents and passions. We applaud Alex and Ashley and the gang over at The Foundry for such nice work and for reminding us that we all have more room to help others in any way we can.

Tecate, Mexico

Tecate, Mexico

The Foundry - Annual Mexico Weekend, February 2013

The Foundry - Annual Mexico Weekend, February 2013

The Foundry - Tecate, Mexico

Alex Mackiewicz, FantaSea Yachts Special Event Producer

Alex Mackiewicz, FantaSea Yachts Special Event Producer

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