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Hi my wedding lovers!!

As the time is close to our wedding we have been working in so many amazing things in our life’s and as well planning beautiful weddings for our clients! Today I want to share with you the experience of selecting my wedding dress.

So, let me tell you the true story behind choosing my wedding dress!! On January 24 I visit my friends at D’ Royal Bride  looking for ideas for my bridesmaids dresses, Andrea that is the Marketing Manager told me ” Zahíra, I will not Show you any bridesmaids dresses until you select a wedding dress for you” 🙂 (I was on negation to try a wedding dress because in my mind I want to be skinning to try a wedding dress) So, if this is you!! Do’t worry I understand you!! But Andrea was firm on what was the best as a bride!! (They are the expert) In been a Bride is so different when you plan your own wedding even if you are a expert like me.

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So, I walk to the second floor of the boutique and she told me ” Zahíra, I have the perfect dress for you!” When when she show me the dress I was in shock!! Because it was the dress that I wish to have for my wedding. I was in shock that she even choose that dress for me without knowing that was my dream dress. So, I was on negation again! I told her that I do’t wanted to try it the dress because if not fit me I will be so disappointed, but she insisted and I try it, and It fit me like it was made just for me! and then I felt instantly in love and emotional and So! So! Emotional!! It felt like that was my dress! and I started to cry like a girl!! And I swore that this never happen to me, I was thinking you know all my bride cry when they felt that the dress is the perfect one, but I was expected that that dosent happen to me, because I’m so many experience in wedding. But I was so wrong! I can describe the emotional feelings that I had at that time. So, Right in the spot I select my dress and I have to say that it experience has been the most beautiful experience as a Bride!

Here I share part of this experience with you! (Even you you don’t see in here my wedding dress because is a surprise I promise that I will share the pictures after the wedding the exact day that I select my beautiful wedding dress)

and before we continued to all the pictures of this experinces by Gabriel Gonzalez Photography  I wan to thanks the wonderful staff of D’ Royal Bride not for only make me feel like a beautiful bride and make this experience unique and special for me and for the amazing relationship that we have for over 11 years were they have been creating this same experience for our clients. Thanks to Andrea Santiago & Damaris for this beautiful experience.

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I love this picture!! Damaris (owner of D’Royal Bride) is showing me some trick for using my wedding dress!! I just love her!! She is so unique, Fashion Trend Setter and have an amazing and sophisticated personality that I personally admire so much.

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What about the experience of the groom? Usually weddings are focused about the experience of the bride but this is not the case of Leonardo Fifth Avenue. Few months ago we were on there new store and they created an amazing experience for JR.  Leonardo Cordero, CEO & Designer of the company personally took care of the groom attire and shared with us 8 tips on buy your tuxedo.

•Select your tuxedo within 6 to 8 months before the wedding.

•Make sure to understand the dress code which depends on the hour and the formality of the event.

•Dark colors are for the night and bright colors are for daytime events.

• If the bride is wearing a full wedding dress, make sure to wear a tuxedo.

•You have to decide from a Slim Fit or a Modern Fit. The fit will depend on your figure and posture.

•Buy or Rent? The groom can either buy or rent his tuxedo. For the groomsmen is best to rent, depending on the budget. This also gives uniformity to all of them.

•Attention to details! Need to wear formal jewelry, shoes, socks, accessories, square pocket etc…

•Vist Leonardo’s to buy or rent your trousseau.

 

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Hi Wedding Lovers!

Today I want to share a beautiful words with you to get you inspire to have a marriage more beautiful than your wedding, because that its my ultimate goal and I hope it’s your’s too.

Here is a beautiful inspiration form our friends at Proverbs 31 I usually read their post in Facebook but resently I buy there App and I love it so much because is for people like that are spiritual and not have so much time during the time but still is important to dedicate a time to God daily, So there App First 5  will help you to dedicate to God your first 5 minutes of the day, to you can start your day with a full heart and spirit.

So, today I was in FB posting some of Social Media post for Eventus by Zahira  and I read this beautiful message and I have to say this touch me in so many ways. I’m divorce so I know what docent’s work in a marriage, I know about failures and broken heart and I know that Marriage is about 2 people that are compromise in been together for the rest of there life, its about respect, its about love, faithfulness, its about honesty and commitment to love each other no matter what.   So this is why planning a wedding for me its not only to plan a beautiful event but most importantly to plan and encourage each other to have a Marriage more beautiful!

And todays writing at Proverbs 31 its all what I need it to read today!! I hove this Inspires you too on having a beautiful marriage that last for ever.

“Celebrate always…” (1 Thessalonians 5:16) Not just when we feel like it. Always.

This kind of celebration isn’t a well-planned party or inspired whimsy; this kind of celebration is a choice. It’s a deliberate barrage against ingratitude, a calculated attack on apathy.

To celebrate our spouse always means looking for what’s right rather than bemoaning what’s wrong. We focus on hope rather than wallow in disappointment; we acknowledge extraordinary grace in life’s ordinary grit.

To celebrate always is a daily decision to fan the flames of love in every season of the soul … ’til death do us part.

“I will love to know your advice on how to celebrate your spouse in new circumstance”

Happy Planning my Wedding Lovers!!

xo

Zahíra

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Choosing your florist

 Well, for me this one was difficult because for so many years we design and create beautiful décor for our weddings and for the past years we are working with amazing and talented florist’s to design the weddings of our clients. And if you are like me; I’m a bride and a wedding planner that is very hands on in this area, so choosing someone that can create the specific style that I want and that I can trust it was difficult because I have so many amazing collages that work with me in my daily basics, so choosing just one was a challenge. So for me it’s super important to have someone that I can be involve, that I can ask hundreds of times the same questions,  that I can make changes and give my personal ideas and even help in the design process without felling bad that this person will feel bad about it. Thanks Good I have the perfect Girl for me on this! And I know that together we will create the wedding of my dreams.

 

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Flowers are my weakness, everyone that knows me know that I’m not a simple girl when we talk about wedding decor and flowers, even that sometimes we have to create small and simple designs for our clients. My personal taste is that you will never have enough flowers on a wedding.  So when I was looking for a florist to work with me in this area at first I talk with JR  I told him that I wanted to make my own flower arrangements {What!!! First mistake that a bride can do on her wedding day, even if you have the experience to do it} So, this was his first reaction: {Zahíra, I want you to be the bride on your wedding day, not the florist & not the wedding planner. I just want you to be present on our wedding and that you enjoy the day as one of your clients} . So, that was the beginning of my journey to decide who will be creating one of the most important peace of my wedding. Like I say before it was a not easy task because we have so many talented colleges that we work in our daily basics.

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So first I think about my personality, Like any wedding planner for so many years in business I have something of a “Control freak” in my personality, I like to control and plan the outcomes in each of my events and my wedding is not the exception. So I need it someone that knows me and someone that have the patience and the love to work with me. Someone that understand my vision and give me the opportunity to be involve in the process. Then I think about the style that I wanted to create, I need it someone that can create the lavish wedding arrangements that I was looking for my wedding and after much thinking I decided to go with my dearly friend Patricia of Lorraine Flowers  and this process has been amazing and fun to work with her, she have the patience that needed, she guide me and she give me the freedom to be involve and co-create with her on one of  the most special day’s of my life. So think of what is really important for you. Try to meet with the florist and do a research of her style, Look for inspirations to demonstrate what you like and not like, Select the colors and flowers and be open to give the freedom to your florist to make her magic and always remember in all case commination is the key, be clear of your expectations and trust they can do an amazing work.

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So let me present you the Girl that will create my biggest dream!! Here name is Patricia and she has been in here family business seems she can remember, playing with flowers has been her life for over a decade

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So because Playing with flowers is something that we share here is a shooting that we create few weeks ago to share with you some behind the seances of our planning process.

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Here are some tips to consider when choosing your florist! 

Do your Homework before meeting a florist

Take some time to figure out what you like, and learn what it’s called, before you start talking to florists. There are two main things you’ll want to know: the names of flowers and floral terms, like types of bouquets (cascade, posy and biedermeier), arrangements and other details.

Let your venue influence your florals

Your wedding locale will greatly influence your floral decisions. If, for example, you’re marrying in a park, botanical garden or vineyard, the flowers can be kept to a minimum (meaning you can make a big impression with fewer flowers). Opt for arrangements that look like they belong: Clusters of wildflowers may look out of place in a formal ballroom the same way a glam grouping of all-white orchids wouldn’t seem right in a rustic setting. Keep in mind your table configuration too (round tables versus long farm tables), which can help influence the shape and style of your centerpieces.

 

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Talk to other couples or to your wedding planner about their florists

One of the best ways to find your florist is by word of mouth — ask for recommendations from newlyweds you know, read reviews and browse wedding magazines. If you’re working with a wedding planner or a wedding pro coordinator, they should have some suggestions of area florists. Set up appointments with a short list of florists, so you can connect in person and view a portfolio of their work. You’ll want to book someone six to eight months out. Florists book up fast, especially if you’re getting married in peak season (May to September), so start vetting them alongside some of your other professionals early in the process and lock one in as soon as you can.

All florist are not the same

This sounds strange, but what it means is there are different types of wedding pros who deal with flowers. Do you want someone who’ll not only make your arrangements but also help design the look of your reception tables and ceremony aisle? A florist designer is probably more your speed. Already have a planner or an eye for design? Then a regular florist will likely do the trick. Figure out which is the best fit — this will help you narrow your search and determine your budget (floral designers generally cost more than florists).

You Need to Show, Not Just Tell

Images are way more telling than words. Bring your inspirations boards, a bridesmaid dress fabric swatch and a photograph of your wedding gown. This will cue your florist in on the look you’re after from the start. Keep in mind: Your florist will totally appreciate snapshots that reflect your style, but don’t expect exact replicas of what lives on your inspiration board. Floral designers are just that — artists with a vision and a desire to create something one of a kind for your wedding. Communicate what you like about the centerpiece or archway, but be open to modifications and substitutions, especially when it comes to actual flowers. Maybe you’re attracted to an arrangement because you like the loose, deconstructed vibe, or maybe you just like the colors.

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Flowers Are a Big Chunk of Your Budget

Figure that 10 percent of the total wedding cost will go to flowers and décor — from the bouquets and boutonnieres to the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception details. At the start of your first meeting, put your budget on the table. Ask, “What great things can you do with $__________?” (Don’t spend time talking about $5,000 worth of flowers and then let your florist know your bottom line is $2,000.) If you love flowers and want a grand installation, or are dead-set on peonies in November, plan to spend more on flowers and less elsewhere. And don’t forget to account for extras, like setup and breakdown charges, taxes and tips.

Some Flowers Will Be Out of Season

Talk to your florist about what’s blooming when you’re set to wed and try to make those stems the mainstay of your arrangements. There are also lovely flowers available year-round. If you’re getting married during the hot summer months, or just outside where elements like wind and chill can come into play, you’ll need your flowers to be able to last.

Some Flowers Have Look-Alikes

If your favorite blooms won’t be in season (or you’ve just seen the price tag for your beloved lily of the valley), find substitutes that achieve the same style. Garden roses, which are available almost year-round, can often stand in for peonies, while hydrangeas can pose as sweet peas. And don’t forget the greens!

Certain Flowers Evoke Specific Styles

Yes, even your flowers can reflect your wedding style. Tighter bunches of traditional bridal blooms such as peonies and roses fit a classic vibe, while lush arrangements of soft, big blooms will take on a romantic note. Sleek architectural varieties in minimalist arrangements are more modern, and loose clusters of vibrant flowers mixed with greenery exude a rustic feel. Work with your florist to pick the style that matches the overall look of your day. Or break away from traditional centerpieces and experiment with floral alternatives, like feathers, fruits or even wheatgrass.

 

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Sure, that’s what you think of when you think wedding flowers, but there are other arrangements to consider too. All eyes will be on the altar when you say, “I do,” so use flowers frame the two of you. These amazing arrangements will be included in lots of the important photos, like your walk up and down the aisle and your first kiss. Don’t forget other arrangements, like boutonnieres, your escort card display and cocktail table clusters.

Your Florist Will Give You a Proposal

Have a second interview or follow-up discussion with your finalists to hash out details like exact flowers, cost of materials, and setup and breakdown costs. Have each florist put together a detailed proposal for your wedding, based on what you’ve told him about your vision and budget. If you’ve spoken about many different ideas, ask him to prepare a “high” best-case scenario and “low” bare-minimum proposal. You can always mix and create a mid-range package — perhaps you spend more on the centerpieces and pare down the bridesmaid bouquets. At this phase, you’re choosing from two or three florists, or you’ve figured out the one you want and are trying to zero in on how much it will cost. It’s super-important to be honest and up-front here with your budget. You won’t want to waste your time or theirs.

There Are Some Logistics Involved

Coordinate the delivery time of your bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres with your photographer’s arrival — you’ll want them to be worn and held in photos. When they arrive, remove any damaged blooms and place in vases to maintain freshness. And don’t leave them in the sun — direct sunlight will speed up the wilting process.

Keep Your Guests In Mind

Don’t let your flowers get in the way of a good time. Visualize your entire tablescape and choose centerpieces that are low or high enough to encourage conversation. You don’t want your tables to seem empty, but you also want your guests to have room to cut into their steak.

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I hope this tips and my own experience inspire you to find the perfect florist for you. Always remember communication, gratitude and chemistry is supper important, always be kind with all your vendors!!

Happy Planning my wedding lovers!!

Until the next one!

xoxo

Zahíra

 

Thanks to all our amazing and talented collaborators in this styling shoot!!

{Credits: Pictures: Jose Ruiz Photography  , Flowers: Lorraine Flowers , Fashion Stylist: Mr. Padró , Zahíra’s Dress: Lisa Thon , Location: La Concha Resort , Styling and Planning: Eventus by Zahira, Jewelry: Elaine Moreira }

 

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Hi Wedding Lovers!!

Today we are celebrating the 4th of July and our “meet-up anniversary” and to celebrate and be in the spirit of independence here 3 tips on how to maintain your unique personality and be independent and have a beautiful relationship.

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So, let me tell you a story.

Something that I learn few years ago was to love myself even with the things that I don’t like to much and this is a working progress for life. Like anyone else sometimes you can try to fit in to a relationship not only with your future husband, but with clients, with friends and with society in general just to be accepted and sometimes you can’t even notice that you can lose yourself along the way.

So I promise myself that I try my best to never again settle for less than I desever and to never again lose myself in any relationship. JR & I have a great balance on this and this is something that I really love of our relation.

I’m NOT!! an expert on relationships at all!! I have fail big time!! But I will share with you some of the things that I think are working and that know with have learned with our failures.

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3 tips on how to have authenticity and be independent and have a beautiful relation.

1. Embrace your personality: This is what I call “Be yourself”. I’m almost 35 and I have learn that you have to understand that you will change with time and your partner too. You will grow and you will love other things that maybe in the past you don’t like it and is the same with your partner. You will not be the same. For so much part of my life I always was afraid that people notice that I’m a little “needy” (Something that I don’t love about my personality) but I have learn to embrace my personality even with my flaw. When you know all your flaw’s but you know all of your virtues is something that people will notice, you will be more secure of who you are and your value and you will not need that anyone give you the value that you can give to yourself. So, I encourage you to be yourself, embrace who you are with all the good in you. Remember when you love yourself you will attract someone that Love you too. And talking about loving yourself, this is something that JR always remind me!! Sometimes we put always other people first and then we always put ourself for last and in some cases I believe this is good  but JR has teach me that he love me more when I take care of myself, when I love myself and I speak my mind, I ask for what I want without fear and when I love my body and all about me. And you may ask Why? Why? he can love you more when you love yourself and put yourself first and take care of you, I will explain you why: Is very simple BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE HAPPY PEOPLE, and when you take care of you most likely you are more happy and more positive, secure and all thouse feelings and actitudes are attractive and we all want to be surrounded by happy & positive people!! Like Andrey Hepburn say “Happy Girls are the Prettiest”

2. Have a time just for you: You have to make time to do all the things that you love. JR Love ride he’s bike and I know that this a time that he needs to be more productive at work, calm his mind and be happy. Me at the other hand he know that if I don’t do Yoga, go outside, lunch with friends or do my nails, I’m more happy, productive and I can be more relax so we know the importance of having some space to do things that we love and we enjoy. When you do things that you love and make you happy you are more happy in your relationship. So, I encourage you to go outside of your routine and do something that you enjoy and I promise that you will have new ideas, new topics of conversations with your partner but most important you will feel happy and happiness is contagious in a relationship.

3. Don’t Lose sight of your dreams: Dream define us. They make us what we are and give us something to strive for. Just because you enter a relationship does not mean you should sacrifice your dreams for them. In fact, the exact opposite is true. A truly good, loving relationship is based upon both parties having dreams and goals. A good partner is someone who is willing to allow his or her partner their dreams without naysaying or ridiculing them. Knowing mutual support is available if it is needed and the understanding hat both partners news space to strive for their dreams in the hallmark or a strong relationship. Something that I love of JR is that he support me in all my goals and dreams and I will always supper his dreams and goals too. So, I encorrage you to not lose your dreams. Keep Dreaming and accomplish your Goals.

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I hope this tips can inspires you to have a beautiful relationship with yourself and your partner and to create a marriage more beautiful than your wedding.

Happy 4th of July and Happy “meet-up anniversary” to us!!

xoxo

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