my life

{ zootopia themed birthday style shoot | event photography }

Pops of bold colors and animal prints set the stage for this “city meets safari” ZOOTOPIA style birthday photo shoot, with décor by the creative team at the Special Event Resource + Design Group.

Working with a lime, purple, and orange palette, and mostly paper décor… from the lanterns, to the flowers and paper mache animals and masks, the tables featured silk petal overlays, festive glassware and multi-colored napkins fastened with a variety of wooden animal rings.

Styled by Joriann Maye for Chris Joriann Photography, and coordinated by Lauren Daversa Events, the style event took place at The Club at Evergrene.

Ghost chiavari’s and silver hammered chargers, from Superior Party Rentals, and lighting design by Illumene completed the look.

The fabulous themed cake and sweets were created by Jennifer Johnson of Johnson’s Custom Cakes, Wellington for an epic dessert table, which centered around custom signage, and a commissioned painting of the mythical Zootopia world was created by Live Event Art by Gayle.

décor + linens: special event resource + design group
event coordinator: lauren daversa events
cake + sweet: johnson’s custom cakes, wellington
rentals: superior party rental, jupiter
lighting design: illumene
canvas paintings + signage: event art by gayle
venue: the club at evergrene, palm beach gardens
event catering manager: daniel pompile
face painting: cat llydon
invites + printables: time to fly designs

{special thanks to frank, tim, jessica, and the evergrene club staff for your extra assistance}

{ wordless wednesdays }

“Kierra’s Marshmallow Bunny – HoPpY SpRiNg!!!”

{ kierra maye | lil’ bo peep style shoot| halloween photography }

Halloween is always a favorite holiday. This year’s Lil’ Bo Peep costume was extra special to my daughter Kierra, since the style shoot begged for some live accessories!!! This one was captured on location at a private sheep farm in Caloosa. (Thank you Miles, for your warm hospitality!)

Even Tyla swapped her bark for “baaaa” and got in on the fun, dressed as a little lamb!

venue: private caloosa sheep farm
dress, eyelet pantaloons + hat: designs by gayle
pink wig: cosplay
crook: princess paradise
doggie costume: home-goods

{ kierra maye | 9th birthday luau | photography }

Creating Kierra’s 9th Birthday Luau, with tropical décor by both MB Custom Florals, Special Event Resource + Design Group, Art by Gayle, and fabulous sweets by Johnson’s Custom Cakes was super fun!

The event took place at the Palm Beach Gardens Aquatic Complex, as the young guests were looking forward to a day of waterpark fun. Unfortunately, the Labor Day storm quickly re-routed the party indoors, but still there were crafts, face painting, and fun games.. like the aloha hop, tiki toss, and limbo to fill the day, along w. a Hawaiian themed lunch and yummy desserts!!!

Special thanks to Jennifer Johnson, Marjorie Bennett, Kimberly + Andrew Farah, and Gayle and Frank Pulice for sharing their creative talents. You Rock!!!

Venue: Palm Beach Gardens Aquatic Complex
Cake + Sweets: Johnson’s Custom Cakes
Table + Space Décor: MB Custom Florals
Tiki God Décor: Special Event Resource + Design Group
Banners + Signage + Face Painting + Favors: Art by Gayle
Food Design: Roman Pavilions Catering

{ kierra maye | downton abbey – 1920’s style | first holy communion photography }

My daughter, Kierra’s first holy communion celebration was truly a blast from the past, complete with a 1920’s “Downton Abbey style” communion ensemble.

The custom full length veil, and antique lace/brooch headpiece and hair jewelry by Bacio Bacio of Wellington, was edged with fabulous vintage beadwork, and took her vintage gown back almost a century in time.

We went with an English Garden theme, with decor by MB Custom Florals. The table, mixed lace + burlap with aged silver + mercury glass filled with bright assorted florals. Above it all, a ficus tree dripping in spanish moss, featured a hanging crystal chandelier.

The fabulous three-tiered communion cake, was created by Jennifer Johnson for Johnson’s Custom Cakes. Beneath the silver fondant rosary beads, were layers of white chocolate macadamia cake topped w.iced roses of varying shades, to compliment the dried lavender bouquet.

Following the ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens, an intimate gathering of family and friends celebrated with an afternoon garden brunch.

veil/headpiece/hair jewels: bacio bacio bridal salon, wellington
vintage dress: decades, los angeles
florals + decor: mb custom florals
cake: johnson’s custom cakes
male model (kierra’s bff): nicholas mitaro
location: nanny + pa’s english garden

{ frozen themed style shoot | frozen birthday ball | photography }

If you have heard “LET IT GO” way too many times, you know that all things “FROZEN” are all the rage throughout the world!!!

This FROZEN Themed Style Shoot/Birthday Ball was a collaboration of the most amazingly creative vendors, who, inspired from the hit Disney film, truly turned this winter fairytale into a well styled reality.

The triple tiered fondant cake by Sugar Chef, featured drifting snow, snowflakes and rhinestones was a focal point.

Marjorie Bennett and her uh-mazing team at MB Custom Florals created a magical space of glittering snowscapes, complete with a white branched fur couch installation, and a to to-die-for royal table incorporating florals w. snowy scenes of Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kirstoff + Sven, nestled in crystal globes.

Each setting featured custom place cards, w. blue glass chargers, matching goblets, glass napkin rings, sparkling linens and Louix XVI Ghost Chairs, all courtesy of Atlas Party Rental. Then, professional lighting design by Illumene, brought the Evergrene Club ballroom to life.

Highlight was the winter inspired “Dessert Table” undoubtedly the yummiest eye-popping spread ever, created and installed by the pastry chef extraordinaire Annie R. from K-Tering Desserts.

Eventually, dozens of little princesses were invited to enjoy the creations, including the birthday girl, wearing a stunning gown designed by Sasha Krasnova, and Lisette Maiorisi of Bless the Dress.

As the film played on a large screen in the background and snowflake projections danced on the walls, the children played games like “Pin-the-Nose on Olaf,” designed snowlake art, had their nails painted in glittery blues, and their hair snowed, they took turns at the portrait station, danced amongst the giant falling silver balloons, oh, and of course ate all the yummy sweets.

Gift opening on Elsa’s Throne was fun too, as the birthday girl sat with each guest, she gave them each their thank you gifts, which included silver/diamond snowflake necklaces in little tiffany boxes, crystal snowflake wands, “melted snow”, and take-out dessert boxes.

Special heartfelt thank you’s to all of the fabulous “vendors I love” who I work with throughout each year, and who come together every fall to help me create and style the most incredible fantasy worlds… Marjorie and your team, who stayed up till the wee hours to create this spectacular room, you are the best!!!! Annie from K-tering Desserts, who came all to the way from Miami to create your magic… Jenn from Sugar Chef for the beautiful cake… Heather from Atlas Rentals who sent over trucks filled w. linens, chairs, goblets, chargers and more… Shannon from Illumene, who even though he was away on vacation, still sent over staff to do their wonderful lighting, and even hunted down a branch projection just for this occasion. U all rock!!! Big thank you to Kelly for shooting alongside me and to Jessica for all her help. AnaMaja for setting up a great portrait station and working with all the little supermodels in training. And last but not least, To Nanny + Pa, for all of the millions of little + big things they helped with.

florals + décor: mb custom florals
party rentals: atlas party rental, boynton beach
lighting: illumene, miami
cake: sugar chef, delray beach
dessert table: k-terring, miami
elsa gown: sasha krasnova + lisette maiorisi for bless the dress
elsa + olaf canvas art: portraits by gayle

venue: evergrene club, palm beach gardens
manager: joseph hailey jr.
event coordinator: joriann maye
invites/programs/place cards/banners: time to fly designs

{ spa party | get posh day spa | lantana | kierra’s 7th birthday }

A spa party, celebrating my daughter Kierra’s 7th birthday, was recently held at Get Posh! Day Spa for Girls in Lantana. The girls, donned matching purple robes, and were treated to a day of pampering, including facials, makeovers, + hair styling.

The orchid + black zebra spa decor, lovingly created by Camden Gardens Florals, set the perfect theme. The girl’s snacked on tea sandwiches, fruit, and confections between treatments, and even got to create their own flavored lip gloss. Once the makeovers were complete, the girls toasted sparkling fruit punch, had cake, opened gifts, then all took a turn on the karaoke stage at being fabulous little divas!!!

venue: get posh day spa for girls, lantana
florals + decor: cary for camden gardens floral
spa pops + confections: fontainbleu, miami pastry chefs
invites + graphic design + signage: mommy
cake + cupcakes: papa frankie + mommy
spa fruit bouquet: nanny gayle