We are thrilled to feature Overeasy Events as our Trendy Vendy! We’ve had the honor of working with Overeasy Events on numerous weddings & events, and we have nothing but rave reviews for this talented team! For this post we spoke with the owner, Lora DeLorenzo, as well as Amy Pontius, Overeasy’s creative director. Together they are a dynamic duo that strive to make a client’s vision come to life! From the planning to the design, Overeasy has it covered!
Lora’s impressive professional background extends to the culinary world and she even opened up her own restaurant on Orlando’s Lake Eola! Lora utilizes her culinary and professional knowledge to give clients a unique and easy-going experience! Amy, with her background in Art History, gets inspired from the styles of the past and incorporates them into more modern looks, creating the perfect design for any event!
Get to know Lora and her company, Overeasy Events!
Where does the name “Overeasy Events” come from? How did the company get its start?
Lora: “The name was created when a close friend was planning an event in NYC. We were chatting on the phone and she said “I just wish this event was OVER because it’s not EASY working on all these details and the PLANNING is so tedious!” I knew then I wanted to create a name and logo that symbolized stress free, fun events! Our logo is fun and colorful with champagne to represent that we are devoted to planning events that will be remembered long after it’s over, & what’s a celebration without champagne?!”
What services do you offer?
Amy: “We offer event planning and coordination services, as well as design and styling for any type of event! Our services are customizable to suit our client’s individual needs. We also specialize in creating unique, one-of-a-kind experiences at locally and nationally renowned culinary destinations.”
How did you get your start in the Wedding industry?
Lora: “Being in the hospitality industry for over 15 years, in addition to corporate and milestone events that I have planned and designed, it’s the emotional connection that drew me into the planning weddings. It’s so rewarding to present the bride with inspirational ideas and helping her decide on choosing the perfect linen or centerpiece style.”
Amy, how does your background in Art History translate into your designs? How does it help you design for clients?
“Styles of the past influence the present, and when you’re studying art history you learn about the culture, the time period, the artist, basically everything that goes into making this piece of art. My knowledge of art history has been a great asset in teaching myself how to take elements from the past and apply them to modern design.”
How would you describe your design style?
Amy: “I don’t think I have one certain style, but my favorite looks are combinations of different or contrasting styles like: glamorous and bohemian or rustic and traditional. It keeps things interesting.”
How do you keep up with the latest trends?
Lora: “The top bridal sites continue to amaze me with ever changing ways- everyday there is a new trend! Over 1 million people are employed in the wedding industry alone which shows how we need to stay relevant in today’s market. We search for inspiration online and utilize wedding apps to stay inspired on-the-go. It is wedding season after all! But of course, I still really enjoy sitting down with a great bridal magazine on a Sunday afternoon with my English Bulldog cuddled by my side.”
What sets Overeasy Events apart?
Lora: “Our mission is to transform the ordinary into extraordinary- to provide a stress-free, fun, event planning experience while creating an event that meets the needs of our client’s. We want to exceed client expectations and make those who didn’t attend, wish they had! The comforting sense of ‘ease’ is provided every step of the way. Our well-nurtured partner and vendor relationships, and our dynamic and capable team produce unique, inspired, and unforgettable events that help us stand out!”
What advice would you give brides during the design process?
Amy: “Stay true to your styles and taste and don’t compare your wedding to others. Pinterest has changed the game when it comes to finding ideas but it’s easy to get overwhelmed with how many ideas are out there. You might have an idea you love, then see something else and feel compelled to change your whole vision. Go with your instincts! Pick elements and styles that best match you and your partner because that’s what it’s all about!”
Fun facts about Amy and Lora!
•Went to culinary school at Johnson and Wales. Recently completed the second level wine certificate through the International Sommelier Guild
•Son was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals
•Daughter is on the Wake Forest Dance Team
•Has a passion for Philanthropy- worked with Rock and Wrap it up! which helps kids in low income families through food collected from sports & music events
•Has had chronic hiccups for the past 10 years that just recently ended (thank goodness!!!)
•Grandmother was from Austria, so she was raised with many Austrian/ Bavarian traditions, most notably, holiday traditions.
•She can make a pretty good schnitzel
•The Edelweiss is one of her favorite flowers
Take a look at Overeasy Event’s work in action!
Capture The Essence of Fall with these Trends!
There’s a reason why Autumn is known as “Wedding Season” to those in the special event biz. It’s the perfect time to have those romantic outdoor weddings and soak in the splendor of fall’s golden light and the crisp autumn air! Even with indoor wedding venues, you can fall in love with the season!
In this blog post, we’re going to talk about three of our favorite fall wedding trends that’ll make your wedding day or special event totally swoon-worthy!
Photos courtesy of: Cricket Photography, Sarah Bray, Jordan Weiland Photography, Sivan Photography
This may seem a little obvious, but the autumn hues we’re talking about are the deep greens and dark browns. We LOVE the rich tones! They’re unique in comparison to the traditional shades of orange and berry, and the color palette still creates a warm environment for guests. Here are some examples of these hues in action!
When it comes to a metallic tablescape, who says you have to choose? A chic way to get everything you want out of metallic décor is to mix & match styles! In addition to mixing metals, you could also consider mixing seating styles for an ultra-chic look!
Nothing says fall more than pieces of wood décor in rich shades! These include: Farm tables, French country chairs, and whiskey barrels, just to name a few.
The Bride of Frankenstein makes an appearance at the Quantum Leap Winery!
It’s that time of the year where there’s a chill in the air (except in Florida) and there’s Pumpkin-flavored everything- sure signs that fall is in full swing and that Halloween is right around the corner!
And hey! We have an early treat for you!
Each year, Michele Butler Events designs a photoshoot centered around Halloween and this time the theme was “The Bride of Frankenstein!” Que the lightning and scary music! The Quantum Leap Winery created the perfect back-drop for this shoot, giving the spine-tingling feeling of being in Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory. From the eerie décor, to the sinister-looking models, this shoot will fill you to the brim with fright!
Watch out for creepy crawlies as you sit in our clear chiavari chairs and sample wines in this spooky setting! Elmwood Forest Productions created a horror-noire style video with excerpts from the famous novel, capturing the ominous Frankenstein castle. Try not to get spooked!
Kristy’s Artistry Design Team
Over The Top Rental Linens
Lee Forrest Design LLC
Calvet Couture Bridal
Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
Modern Bridal Shop Orlando, Florida
Damon Tucci Photography
Michele Butler Events
Elmwood Forest Productions
& Models Ryan Breyer and Ashley Mercy
From the Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals team, we want to wish you all a Safe and Happy Halloween!
Jon & Sara
A bright Summer Wedding in the heart of Winter Park
Jon & Sara’s swoon-worthy wedding was everything a Summer wedding should be! From the beautiful floral bouquets, provided by Cloud 9 Wedding Flowers, to the gorgeous White Pipe and Drape backdrop behind the sweetheart table, every detail was bright, bold and centered around the style and personality of both Jon & Sara. An evening of toasts, dancing and celebrating the beautiful couple ended with countless takes in the photo booth! Take a peek inside their special day through these amazing photos…
Venue: Alfond Inn
Photography: Rudy & Marta Photography
Planner: Busy Bee Events & Design
Florist & Decor: Cloud 9 Wedding Flowers
Cake: Cut The Cake
DJ: Rhythm of the Night Entertainment
Photo Booth: Rudy & Marta Photography
Lurlie & Kyle
Lurlie & Kyle’s wedding was all about a tropical theme, pops of greenery and a whole lot of swoon-worthy details! Rebekkah with Runway Events took an blank canvas that was this gorgeous private residence and brought Lurlie & Kyle’s creative inspiration to life! Take a peek inside their special day through these amazing photos!
Venue: Private Residence
Photography: Marcoz and Miranda
Planning/Styling: Runway Events
Photo Booth: Get Loose In The Booth
Floral: Apopka Florist
Band: Thompson-Browne Band
Catering: Pig Floyds
Cake/Desserts: Clever Cookie
Transportation: EZ Transportation
Hair and Makeup: Shelby George
The date has been selected, the venue has been secured and the invitations have been sent. Your event is approaching and you cannot wait to let the celebration begin!
But wait – there is more planning to be done!
Tables, chairs, tents, dance floors, lighting and the list goes on and on. Where do you begin? And is it possible to enjoy the planning process? We say “YES!”
This is the perfect time to call a rental company! We suggest creating a list of questions and having the vision of your event in mind before you pick up the phone. Below are a few questions that may be helpful as you shop around for your rentals:
1. Are there new products that are not listed on your website yet?
Asking this question may reveal more options than a rental company’s website may initially reveal. New inventory may be exactly what you are looking for!
While you are discovering a rental company’s products, it is also encouraged to ask about any trends or products they recommend for your theme or venue! Their insight and expertise may help you bring more dimension to your wedding or event. Perhaps, the rental company may help you discover that lounge furniture in lieu of traditional cocktail tables may enhance the vision of your cocktail hour!
2. What packages do you offer and are they customizable?
Some companies may offer set packages that have all of the missing pieces for your event! However, you may need items that are not paired together in a set package. If this is the case, a customized package may be just what you need!
At Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals we create customized packages to ensure that every item ordered is needed for your event and that you receive the best discount available.
3. What logistics do I need to consider for the rentals I am interested in?
Do not fret! Asking this question to your potential rental company will help you rest assured that all details have been covered before the big day. Logistical details that may be important for your event may include: obtaining a permit for a tent, securing a rain back-up, locating all power outlets needed and creating ways to maximize your space.
4. What role do you play with set up & delivery?
There will be many things on your mind day of your event. We believe that your main priority should be to enjoy your time as much as possible! Therefore, we love to step in and take any worries about rentals off your mind.
We take pride in providing a timely and thoughtful delivery, set-up and pick-up for our clients! We understand how many details are being coordinated on the day of your event and it is our pleasure to take setting up rental items off of your to-do list.
5. Do you have a showroom?
Visiting a showroom may provide a necessary visual to feel confident in booking your rentals! This visit may also help you discover items or details that you haven’t thought of yet.
If you met a rental company at a bridal show or convention, you may ask if visiting their booth was enough or if there are more items to preview at their showroom.
It is important to note that some showrooms are only available by appointment only. We suggest contacting the rental company to schedule an appointment in advance and prepare a list of items that you are interested in.
These questions may start your list of questions or guide the conversation that helps bring your vision to life. But most of all, we would like to encourage you to not hesitate when asking questions to your rental company. Communication is key! It is crucial to cover all of the bases to ensure that your vision is understood and executed exactly as you imagine so you can walk into your event feeling confident and excited!
A Mexican Fiesta to remember!
Cue the mariachi band! Melissa + Jay’s vibrant wedding was one we certainly won’t forget and are so delighted to have been a part of. The ceremony was held at a private residence, where our sailcloth tent made its big debut, followed by a colorful reception, which took place in the serene The Springs of Longwood. Michele and Cathrina with Michele Butler Events never cease to amaze us with their keen eye for detail and ability to take an ordinary space and bring it to life!
Kaleidoscope Event Lighting left us all speechless with their layers of lighting inside our clear tent for the swoon-worthy reception.
Ben and his team brilliantly rigged the uplighting to the tent frame, so it not only illuminated the tent, but shone through the clear cover and washed the surrounding trees in color. The market lighting had a mix of colored and white bulbs to give it more of the street festival feel and moving lights on the dance floor.
– Michele Butler Events
Venue: The Springs
Photographer: Claire Pacelli Photography
Planner/Coordinator: Michele Butler Events
Caterer: Arthur’s Catering and Events
Linens: Over The Top Rental Linens
Floral Design: Lee Forrest Design
Lighting Design: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting
Entertainment: Power Entertainment DJ Service, and Peyton Entertainment Productions
Stationary Design: Dogwood Blossom Stationary + Invitation Studio
Cake: The Sugar Suite
Bride’s Gown: Calvet Couture Bridal Boutique
We feel so privileged to feature the Owner of Pavone Events and our dear friend, Andrea Pavone, as our Trendy Vendy this week! A boutique planning company specializing in personalized services and events, Andrea provides a wide range of services from planning and designing to budget review, management and vendor referrals. Andrea has been planning weddings and events in the Central Florida area for the last twelve years, working for Hilton Hotels and most recently the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Known for her expertise in the Indian Wedding market, she loves planning celebrations of all types and sizes. Since the start of her company in early Fall of 2015, she has worked closely with couples to create an occasion that’s exciting and combines both their style and personality.
Her website displays her logo, a peacock, which was chosen because of its significance to the Pavone name in Italian. She signs off on her ‘About’ page with the heartening quote, “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.” This quote is so fitting, because her passion for what she does is inspiring, and it’s evident in the way she talks about her company, her services, and her clients.
Without further ado, get to know Andrea and her company, Pavone Events!
When did you decide you wanted to start up your own business?
I decided I wanted to start my own business over seven years ago. I was working in hotels, planning events and all of my friends kept telling me that I should go out on my own. After twelve years with Hilton Hotels, I finally took the jump into owning my own company and doing what I love. I have had a lot of help and support form my friendors, family and friends.
What is your favorite part about planning weddings?
I love getting to know my couples and being a part of making their vision come to life. Whether we meet at the tail end of the planning process or I’m with them every step of the way, my clients are giving me the opportunity to do what I love. The best compliment I can get is a referral from a client or great feedback that they were happy with their event and our services.
How crucial is day of/month of planning?
The last month is usually the most stressful for our couples. I usually try to have the timelines done at least two weeks prior to the wedding day so they can enjoy the last two weeks of being engaged. Since planning is what we do we are able to guide our clients and make sure all the bases are covered.
How do you keep up with the latest wedding trends?
I follow a lot of different people and boards on social media. Reading articles and networking with some of my favorite vendors are other ways I find inspiration and keep up with the latest trends.
What sets Pavone Events apart?
We are a boutique planning company and I am personally present at all of my weddings. We will not do more than four events a month and we do not do back to back weddings.
How would you describe your style as a wedding planner?
I personally love the more timeless neutral tones, such as champagne, ivory, blush, and metallic. I want to help my couples bring THEIR style to life on their wedding day. I love working with clients on creating a design that fits their personality. Whether it’s a country wedding or a garden affair, we want to be a part of their special day.
What advice do you like to give to newly engaged Brides?
First and foremost, HIRE A PLANNER! I did, and it was the best decision I made. Enjoy your engagement and the planning process. Always remember the reason you are getting married – you love each other and want to spend the rest of your lives together, nothing else matters at the end of the day.
Fun Facts about Andrea:
- The largest wedding I planned was over 900 guests
- In 30 days, I was able to plan a wedding of 500 guests
- I have had a helicopter and an elephant in a wedding before. The bride arrived to the reception on the helicopter and the groom strolled in on the elephant!
- Being the oldest of seven siblings, I have learned to adapt to situations that may arise.
- Last year, I married my better half and hired a planner to do my wedding so I could show up and not have to worry about anything. Best thing I did.
- My husband and I are rebuilding a home, and I have been involved in coordinating all of the details from design to conception. It has been a labor of love.
We are thrilled to feature In Bloom Florist as our Trendy Vendy this week! In Bloom Florist is a family owned and operated florist located in Central Florida. With stores in Orlando and Heathrow/Lake Mary, they deliver to most of Central Florida. As a team, In Bloom Florist continues to exceed the expectations of their customers. We feel so privileged to work with a company like In Bloom, who’s level of extraordinary customer service and expertise sets them apart from the rest.
We had the opportunity to interview Janessa, the Director of Marketing at In Bloom. In our interview, Janessa shared everything from the heartwarming story behind the company, how they keep up with the latest trends, and everything in between!
In Bloom is a family owned and operated business. How cool! Can you tell us a little bit about that and the history behind In Bloom?
Yes, we are very proud to be family owned! In Bloom Florist has been owned and operated by native Orlandoan, John Kobylinski, and his wife Sally for more than 25 years. Flowers and plants have always had roots in John’s heart. He studied horticulture in college and started working at a local flower shop when he was 22. Sally grew-up in a family that was prominent in the floral industry in upstate New York for 2 generations. John & Sally met when she went to pick up her sister’s bridal floral from him at his local shop here in Orlando during Valentine’s Day weekend… could that story be any sweeter?
What sets In Bloom apart?
John has an innate ability to resolve any issue and go above and beyond for every customer. In a tough industry full of trend chasing, it can be challenging to find your voice in this business. But with In Bloom, John has found a way to remain true to the authentic foundation the shop is built on, while still showcasing their tailored, turn-key capabilities from each department. We are repositioning ourselves as a “Haute with Heart” design shop. We have the talent and the passion without the fuss! They are a local, family-run business first, but also understand the importance of global ideas and an expansive reach. GOTTA LOVE THAT COMBO!
“Offering savvy customers the freshest flowers with exceptional service… one bloom at a time.”
How long has In Bloom been in business?
25+ years, however, John has worked in floral for almost 40 years. Along with Sally’s familial history, the Kobylinski’s are now 5 generations strong in the floral game! In addition to that, our collective experience behind the design bench adds up to more than 240 years of design know-how and innovation.
What do you love most about working in the wedding industry?
We are family-run and love witnessing the growth of any family and creating personal stories behind every detail selected for each individual we work with. Our strategy is creating a narrative within the floral experience. Love is always in the air at In Bloom Florist. From the beautifully understated event to the most elaborate of designs, our events department has been helping couples build their floral visions for more than 10 years.
“In the end, it’s all about our couple’s vision and their story behind the flowers!”
How does In Bloom keep up with the latest trends in floral designs?
On a daily basis, we are all just trying to keep up with John and Sally’s innovative mindset! Floral is everywhere; fashion, art, music, pop-culture… we are listening to all of those channels. We actively pursue community trend-setters within all of those avenues to ensure we are prepared to align with a developing trend in the most organic way possible. John has fine-tuned his business model to have access to a larger variety and better quality of product than ever before. We showcase our designers creations on our Instagram feed and partner with industry innovators to challenge us to create more complex and thoughtful floral experiences. In addition to our amazing designers, we are blessed to have a strong behind-the-scenes team. Both of our lead event coordinators are the sweetest and most fearless ladies in town. They love what they do and will find a way to get any request executed beautifully! They are completely tuned into forecasting bridal trends and are well versed in what is happening within the marketplace.
What’s new with In Bloom?
Most recently we partnered with Solutions Bridal & Cat Lemus for two very different bridal marketing campaigns. These were perfect opportunities for us to display our forecasting capabilities regarding color trends, texture techniques and floral selection.
The In Bloom team is made up of…
Our in-house marketing team is a collection of professionals from the floral, beauty, fashion, entertainment and restaurant industries. All of these perspectives help to drive the quirky nature that is In Bloom Florist. Above all, we are surrounded by a team of designers that are the toughest broads and gents in the game. With ultimate vision and support from our lead designer, Erin, we like to think that we are growing into the local shop to watch. But the truth is we’ve always been here, quietly growing and servicing our clientele while focusing on what we love the most, customer service.
Check out some of In Bloom’s amazing work, featured in real weddings and styled shoots:
A Charming Winter Park Wedding
Ashley and Jason tied the knot at the Harry P. Leu Gardens and had their reception at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market. We were honored to be apart of this sweet couples’ ‘Best Day Ever.’ Their color scheme had gold, navy, and different shades of pink. Our gold chiavari chairs, gold beaded charger plates, and gold napkins complemented our navy blue linens. Ashley and Jason sat at our farm sweetheart table while they enjoyed the merriment and delicious food, catered by Cocktails Catering. Shortly thereafter, the newlyweds cut their gorgeous wedding cake, which stood on a table adorned with our blush sequin linen.
After hours of dancing and celebrating had ensued, each guest left with a box of Krispy Kreme donuts, sealed with a stamp that read, “A Sweet Ending to a New Beginning.”
Venue: Harry P. Leu Gardens/Winter Park Farmer’s Market
Photographer: Rudy and Marta Photography
Planner/Coordinator: Anna Christine Events
Floral: Flowers by Lesley
DJ: Our DJ Rocks
Caterer: Cocktails Catering
Cake: Cakes by Rian
Wedding Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies