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Special Events

Excited to be speaking on two topics near and dear to my heart at The Special Event in New Orleans Jan 2010: Non Profit Events and Marketing. Hope to see everyone there.

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Barbados – Day Three

Our final day of touring the island started with St. James Parish Church, a truly idyllic location for a ceremony and also part of the National Trust Heritage sites. Then off to a tour of the lovely Fisherpond Great House. The unique location is nestled amoungst the sugarcane fields and is truly magnificent sitting in the thick of the tall blades. It is a special place and Rain Chandler who lives there with her husband John Chandler – the Preston Bailey of Barbados, has taken great care of the property. She told delightful stories of guest, which have included both Prince Harry and William and Helen Mirren. We didn’t stay for lunch but i hope in future travels i will get to partake in her famed Sunday brunch. The grounds here are so lush and filled with every tropical flower you can think of.

I think my most favorite location and last stop on the trip was to the Synagogue, which sits dead center in the heart of downtown and is probably the most unexpected gem of a site. It dates back to the 17th century and is one of the oldest synagogues in the Western Hemisphere.

Lunch again was delightful and scenic as we overlooked the ocean at Champers. Here is where i couldn’t resist a piece of Bajan art as i purchased a small colorful painting from a local artist named Vinca.

This was a wonderful tour and i have to say it is an ideal location for an island wedding with so much culture, famed restaurants and unique venues. i look forward to opportunities to bring clients here. i know they will love it too!!!

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Barbados – Day Two

Day two on our trip to Barbados started with a drive the the atlantic side of the island. We meet with several planners and officials from the goverment at the Crane Resport to talk about the inn and outs of ceremonies in Barbados. The briefing was very informative. If we were wondering whether or not we could get a selection of linens and decor, all our concerns were laid to rest when in the room we found a sample setup for a reception. it was beautiful and very appreciated.

The Tour of the Crane was very inspiring and breathtaking. The color of the ocean here was like nothing i have ever seen. there are a number of perfect locations for a wedding ceremony on the property. they also have a brand new ballroom that is perfect for an indoor reception.

The drive to Huntes Gardens took us by Harrismith Beach and an abandoned house that sits on a cliff. the entrepreneur in me is thinking about getting investors together to buy it and turn it into a spectacular venue. Lunch at Huntes Gardens was a special treat. The place is relatively new but looks like it has been there for years. Mr. Hunt, who is quite a character has taken special care in putting togehter the gardens, which were lush and beautiful. A rehearsal dinner for 12 would be ideal in this little piece of heaven on earth.

And finally we toured the St. Nicholas Abbey, which is another fabulous location for a wedding or rehearsal dinner. The distillery is rather unique and you can have custom rum bottles made. the rum pepper, which is a spice was so good, i had to buy a bottle. Larry the new owner and architect has restored it very well. he said it isn’t haunted but other members of my group think otherwise. But the mysterious chiming of the clock, not on the hour or half hour, let us to think otherwise.

The day ended with another delightful dinner at the Tides Restaraunt and Gallery. I have the say the food the whole time has been extremely good. And the gallery helped fuel my new love of Bajan artists. I knew that before the trip is over i would be buying a piece -stayed tuned to the next blog to learn more.

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Crave Cupcakes

Had a great tour of Crave Cupcakes with Brad. They are building a great market for weddings and events. Your guests will love them YUMMY. http://www.cravecupcakes.com/contact.html

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Crave Cupcakes

Had a great tour of Crave Cupcakes with Brad. They are building a great market for weddings and events. Your guests will love them YUMMY. http://www.cravecupcakes.com/contact.html

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Three Glorious Day in Barbados – West Indies

Thank you to the Barbados Tourism Authority for hosting the VIP Wedding Planner Trip. Over the next couple days I will be blogging quite a bit about the locations, restaurants and people that I visited with. The first picture is from the front of the Only 5 Star Diamond Resort on the Island called Sandy Lane, which was also where Tiger Woods got married. This is an unbelievable piece of heaven on earth. Cecily who is the Catering Manager hosted the loveliest and scrumptous opening buffet breakfast for the group. Still dreaming about the fish and the smoothies.

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Three Glorious Day in Barbados – West Indies

Thank you to the Barbados Tourism Authority for hosting the VIP Wedding Planner Trip. Over the next couple days I will be blogging quite a bit about the locations, restaurants and people that I visited with. The first picture is from the front of the Only 5 Star Diamond Resort on the Island called Sandy Lane, which was also where Tiger Woods got married. This is an unbelievable piece of heaven on earth. Cecily who is the Catering Manager hosted the loveliest and scrumptous opening buffet breakfast for the group. Still dreaming about the fish and the smoothies.

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Oprah Show!

Debbie Elias of Elias Events is set to appear on The Oprah Show tomorrow via SKYPE technology. Although not directly related to Wedding Planning, it will be fun to be on the show.

More on when it airs.

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