Posted April 23, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team
Thank you to all who attended the FantaSea Yachts & Yacht Club April Shower last week, a delightful evening for the blushing Bride and her entourage. Guests were greeted with Raspberry and Strawberry Champagne Flutes, Lace Parasols for fun photos by Roxy, dined on delicious Hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Edward Valles and enjoyed the “fifty shades of pink” ambiance created in part by Elegant Designs. Look for photos on Facebook and Flickr by weeks end.
In Addition to the FantaSea Team, some of FantaSea’s select preferred resources were on hand to meet face to face with the many brides that they are working with. For those that could not attend, below are the fabulous folks that helped make our evening a huge success.
Entertainment: Rhythm City Entertainment
Linen and Lounge Furniture: Elegant Designs Specialty Linen
Event Lighting: The Perfect Event
Event Photographs: FantaSea Yachts Special Event Producer, Roxy Capella
Event Florals: buds by Stephanie Ginzburg
Wedding Cakes: Torrance Bakery
Hair and Makeup Artist: Design Visage
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.
Posted November 13, 2012 by Fantasea Yachts Team
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.