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Central Florida Vendor Connections | The RW Events team meeting with new faces in the Central Florida wedding industry

Social Media + Marketing Manager

The primary function and purpose of this position is to develop, implement, and maintain a social media marketing plan for all RW Events brands. This is to include managing the blog, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, TikTok, as well as other platforms. The Social Media + Marketing Manager is a motivated, creative individual with a passion for connecting with past, current, and future clients.

Job Description

  • Develop brand awareness and online reputation
  • Implement an editorial calendar to manage content and plan specific campaigns
  • Manage all content related assets to include: print, web, and editorial features
  • Consistently design, publish, and manage relevant, original, high-quality content for all brands. This includes interacting with users and engaging in dialogue.
  • Design and create email marketing campaigns
  • Monitor effective benchmarks for measuring the impact of social media campaigns. Analyze, review, and report on effectiveness of campaigns in an effort to maximize results.
  • Research and analyze trends within our industry
  • Expand community outreach efforts through purposeful networking
  • Compile reports for managing ROI
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein
  • Evening and Weekend availability required

Qualifications

  • 2+ years of marketing experience
  • BA or BS degree in Graphic Design, Marketing or related field
  • Excellent communication skills: both verbal and written
  • Witty with a great sense of humor
  • Creative and self-motivated
  • Computer skills are a must
  • Knowledge of: WordPress, InDesign, Social Media Platforms, and SEO

Styled Shoots 101

Styled Shoots 101

We consider ourselves old pros at styled shoots, so it makes sense that we share some of our lessons learned and tips for success with our fellow creatives. An on brand styled shoot can win you clients and connect you to likeminded vendors, while a poorly executed shoot may alienate clients and vendors alike. We’re not ashamed to admit that we’ve taken in part in both! There are certainly styled shoots we’ve done in years past that we hope never see the light of day again. Here are our tips for creating a styled shoot that you’ll be proud of! 

The Theme

Choose a theme that’s reflective of your brand and appeals to your ideal client. Don’t get so caught up trying to be unique that you choose a theme that doesn’t truly match your style or that’s too difficult for you to execute. Start with one piece of inspiration and grow from there. Whether it’s a color, a flower, or a cool piece of furniture, trust your gut (not Pinterest!) and put together a cohesive idea.

The Team

A successful styled shoot is the sum of the vendors involved. When you’re selecting your vendor team, consider what the vendors will get out of participating in the shoot. For example, invite a florist who you know wants to try out a new arch that matches your shoot, or reach out to a bridal store you know is launching a new line. When you reach out to vendors for their work in particular, they’re more likely to consider accepting the invitation because they’ll know you’re not just inviting everyone in a vendor category and hoping someone says yes.

Acknowledge that different types of vendors have different costs, so cultivate your ask accordingly. If you’re asking a florist to deck out a staircase for a styled shoot, you should offer to cover at least a portion of the cost. If you’re asking a venue to use their location, consider setting up in one room and be sure to clean up after yourself. The way your treat your vendor team at a styled shoot will determine if they’ll want to work with you again.

The Day

Make shoot days fun by being organized, thoughtful and on time. Send all the vendors involved a timeline and floorplan so they have a clear expectation of the day. Provide water and/or snacks. Thank you notes and sweet treats go a long way too! Stick to your timeline and be respectful of everyone’s day.

Is there more that goes into planning the perfect styled shoot? Of course, but these are the most important things to remember: choose a theme you genuinely love, be intentional with your vendor list and acknowledge their contribution, keep shoot day organized and on time. You do all that and we promise you and your vendor team will be delighted!

Shout out to: Alex Gotawala Photography, The Chaos Coordinator, + In Bloom Florist for creating this whimsical shoot at Cypress Grove Estate House. 

Tablescaping

Behind the scenes

We spend so much time planning + prepping for our annual tablescape shoot. Typically, the team would design all of the tables (in-house) and work exclusively with one floral designer. COVID changed so much for us (in a good way), it allowed us to connect with so many professional willing to lend their talent. Here’s a snippet of the 2nd day of designing some gorgeous tablescapes. 

Shout out to Patrick with- Luxe Filmography for spending a few hours with us to capture these moment! 

Join us for a Holiday Centerpiece Workshop!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year ♪♫🎄

Come celebrate the season with us and create a holiday centerpiece! The workshop will be led by our bestie, Flowers by Lesley, at Luxmore. She’ll teach you all the tricks to making the perfect centerpiece for your holiday celebrations! Tickets are on sale now through December 18th, and limited space is available.

Oh, and don’t forget to wear your most festive holiday attire. The winner will receive a gift bundle from Miscellaneous Market!

A Day of Thanks

One of my absolute favorite holidays is Thanksgiving! That’s mainly due to the endless carbs and yummy desserts. It’s also a time to reflect on traditions, family time, good food, and gratitude. 

In the Cowart household, Thanksgiving has always been about comfort food, laugher, board games, a little retail therapy, and lots of hugs! It’s a comforting time for us knowing that we have so much to be thankful for. Afterall, we have each other 😊 Naturally, the Thanksgiving menu was a hot topic in our office the last couple of weeks. From favorite dishes, celebrity chefs and traditions. 

We learned that Dede + Alexis loves to eat (if someone else is cooking) and the rest of us has a fondness for comfort food. What’s on the menu for the Cowart family tomorrow: Smoked turkey, ham, dressing, maple glazed yams, mac-n-cheese, mashed potatoes, collard greens, green bean casserole, brussels sprouts, and desserts from our friends at Bakers Cottage Cakes. I’m not sure about you but the dinner time changes every year at our house and it’s always based on when the mac-n-cheese comes out the oven 😉

Although I love cookbooks for inspiration, I’ve never been one to stick to a certain recipe and often merge ingredients from a couple of options to mix things up a bit! The only recipe I don’t experience with is the brine for the turkey – I’ve perfected it over the years. Most of my cooking inspiration comes from Barefoot Contessa, Pioneer Woman, and Chrissy Teigen – It’s the perfect blend of sophisticated comfort foods with a little twist. 

While we’re on the topic of “comfort” foods, one tradition we hope to carry on for years to come is the after dinner naps! That Turkey coma is something serious and always leads to us piling up on the sofa (with ‘bad’ holiday movies in the background) to take a quick one-hour nap before we pull out the sweet potato pies.  

Check out some of the Thanksgiving traditions and favorite recipes from the team.

Love, Tamuel + The Cowart Family

Kimberly

What is your favorite thanksgiving dish and why – Creamy mac & cheese. I know, I know… so basic. But it’s delicious and reminds me of my cousin and I eating too much when we were kids 😜

Is there a Thanksgiving tradition you hope to carry on for years to come – Watching the Macy’s Parade while putting up the Christmas tree Thanksgiving morning.

What are you most thankful for in 2020 – Oh, gosh, where to start!? So many things, but the one that comes to mind first is my friend group. Living away from family can be hard, and they invited me to quarantine with them for three weeks this past spring. It was such a blessing to not be stuck at home alone for almost a month!

Celebrity chefs you channel when cooking – I actually don’t follow any. I just make it up as I go!

Any favorite recipes you care to share – Cherry cobbler: boxed vanilla cake mix combined with 1.5 sticks of melted butter. Crumble on top of cherry pie filling and bake ’til bubbly. Top with vanilla ice cream.

Maddie

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish and why –Dressing hands down! It’s the most complicated to make so we only have it around the holidays. 

Is there a Thanksgiving tradition you hope to carry on for years to come – Every year the week before Thanksgiving I help my mom and other coaches’ wives cook a huge meal for my dad’s basketball team. Typically, they travel out of state for a Thanksgiving tournament and don’t get to go home, so I love seeing everyone come together as a family and try new things.  

What are you most thankful for in 2020 – My health and extra time at home with my dog Sophie!

Celebrity chefs you channel when cooking – Does Chrissy Teigan count? That’s as far as my “celebrity chef” knowledge goes.  

Any favorite recipes you care to share – Dressing (family recipe from my Great Grandmother Niblett)

Ingredients 

  • 1 whole chicken, deboned
  • 10 eggs, 4 boiled and chopped and 6 raw
  • Bell pepper
  • Mushrooms
  • Sweet onion
  • Celery
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1 pan of cornbread, crumbled
  • 6 slices of bread, toasted and cubed
  • Chicken Broth…up to 32 oz container
  • salt/pepper can add sage/thyme (I don’t)

Directions 

  • Sauté sliced celery, mushrooms, onion, and bell pepper in 1 stick of butter.  Add to bowl when they are soft.  
  • Debone whole chicken in a big bowl.  
  • Boil 4 eggs, chop, and add to bowl.
  • Make cornbread and crumble in bowl.  
  • Toast bread and pull apart…add to bowl
  • Add both cans of soup to bowl.
  • Melt one stick of butter and add to bowl.  
  • Add chicken broth to make a little soupy.  
  • Add spices (salt/pepper/etc.)
  • Pour into greased baking dish.  Bake at 350 for 90 minutes or until set.  

 

Amaris

What is your favorite thanksgiving dish and why – My favorite thanksgiving dish is my Mom’s cornbread dressing. It was always the highlight of our time in the kitchen together. I’d bake the cornbread the night before and wake up bright and early on Thanksgiving day to help her prepare all the fixings. Cutting up onions and laughing through onion induced tears. The best part was being the taste tester right before it went into the oven. It’s my fondest Thanksgiving memory. Though she never shared the recipe, it’s etched in my heart and made with love every single year for our family and by request for her closest friends.

Is there a Thanksgiving tradition you hope to carry on for years to come – I’m not sure setting a menu with the family is a tradition, but, every year me and my siblings create the Thanksgiving menu together on what each person will make. We always joke that it’ll take 3 days before we get my youngest brothers dishes because he is always late (fashionably, of course). We’ve learned to not give him the important things. Dessert only!  Even when we’ve all moved to new places, It’s my hope that we’ll always come together as a family on Thanksgiving day with our children.

What are you most thankful for in 2020 – Whew! 2020 was a hell of a year!!! But I am so thankful for the time it’s given to really put things into prospective. It’s taught me that time is priceless and to cherish every single moment like it’s the last. To be present in all things and to value your friends and family. Oh, and to never take things for granted. Who knew toilet paper would be so scarce?! Ha!

Celebrity chefs you channel when cooking – Does my Grandma count as a celebrity chef?! 

Any favorite recipes you care to share – I’m the worst at sticking to recipes. Most of my favorite dishes are a hodgepodge of different recipes I’ve tried, tweaked and added my own flair to. Added more butter, a dash more of this or that. How do you measure wrist shakes of certain seasonings?! Three shakes of this, a pinch and a half of that… ok ok fine, here’s the one recipe I can kind of share with measurements 

My Peach Cobbler Recipe – Best served over two or three large scoops of vanilla bean ice cream. Tillamook Vanilla Bean is my fav

Ingredients 

Batter:

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of Sugar
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
    Filling:
  • 2 16oz cans of sliced peaches in syrup or fresh peaches peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
Directions 
 
  • Melt ½ stick of butter in a 13×9 glass pan
  • In a separate bowl, combine your batter ingredients (should be the consistency of pancake batter)
  • Pour your peaches into a large pot with the juice of one can.
  • Add your sugar and spices to taste
  • Bring to a boil, stirring constantly
  • Pour your batter over the melted butter
  • Spoon your peaches on top of the batter (DO NOT MIX)
  • Pour juice over the peaches ( not all of it or you’ll have a true mess in our oven)
  • Place in your oven at 355 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until crust is golden brown

Akili

What is your favorite thanksgiving dish and why – Macaroni and cheese! I only make it on the holidays and it’s the perfect main or side dish. 

Is there a Thanksgiving tradition you hope to carry on for years to come – Nope

What are you most thankful for in 2020 – My family and friends! Being forced to slow down in 2020 strengthened my relationships and reinforced who’s important in my life. 

Celebrity chefs you channel when cooking – I channel Chrissy Teigen. Like her I’m not a real chef but I can whip up a tasty meal! 

Any favorite recipes you care to share – Million Dollar Chicken. This always comes out perfectly roasted and the creme fraiche sauce is incredible! https://carnaldish.com/recipes/million-dollar-chicken/

Alexis

What is your favorite thanksgiving dish and why – Leftover Turkey sandwiches with pickles and cranberry on rye bread..mmm mmm good! WHY? The food always tastes better the day after. 

Is there a Thanksgiving tradition you hope to carry on for years to come –Thanksgiving Family Football game! 

What are you most thankful for in 2020 – How much we have learned and leaned on one another. I think 2020 brought out self-awareness of our own mental health and encouraged us to check in on those surrounding us. 🙂

Celebrity chefs you channel when cooking – Shopaholics, always buying way too much food. The Grocery store is my happy place!

Any favorite recipes you care to share – Store bought cranberries is my jam, just open up the can and pour it in the bowl, clearly I’m not a cook. 😉

In conclusion, we hope all of you have the very best time celebrating (virtually) with family and friends 🙂 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Picnic in the Park

We love a good picnic in the park. But when that picnic happens at Cypress Grove and includes a basket from Miscellaneous Market + food from Big City Catering, it becomes a GREAT picnic!

As summer came to an end, we hosted a contest and the lucky winners received a picnic in the park! The winners, Jay and Kelsie, were treated to a picnic lunch, dessert from Bakers Cottage Cakes, and a photo shoot!

Photos: Dani Nichol Photography

Want to host your perfect picnic in the park? Here are our tips! 

Make It Tasty and Cute

Include items that are best served cold, easy to eat with your hands, and Instagram worthy. Jay and Kelsie enjoyed charcuterie, fresh berry salad, sundried tomato and feta turnovers, and a seasonal fruit salad.

All the Pillows, All the Style

An uncomfortable set up guarantees your picnic won’t last for long. Keep it cute and comfy with a rug and lots of throw pillows for lounging. We chose this fun blue and yellow palette and by some magic, we perfectly matched the cake provided by Bakers Cottage!

This spread by Big City Catering looks so yummy!

In Good Company

Quarantine has taught us that ANYTHING can be fun with the right company. Whether you’re planning a romantic picnic for two or something for your squad, make sure your invitees are down to kick off their shoes and relax!

Don't Sweat It

We get it: picnics are meant to be outside, but we don’t like to sweat. If the temperature isn’t to your liking, bring your picnic indoors. Yes, fresh air is nice, but sometimes A/C is better.

We loved putting this contest together and have a feeling we may be planning a fall date night at Luxmore soon!

Wedding Tablescapes for Days

Not to brag, but we know how to design stunning wedding tablescapes. Styling is our jam, and as we prepped for fall wedding season, we decided to invite others to join us in a two-day style session! Wedding planners, photographers, florists, bakers, and calligraphers all brought their A-game and styled the day away with us! We showcased some of our favorite tables, chairs, and chargers, along with table settings from Treasury Rentals.

It was the perfect way to ease ourselves back into busy season and to see some new + familiar faces. We’re so grateful to all the vendors who joined us and we cannot resist sharing a few sneak peeks from the day with you!

Fern and Curl Designs styled blooms for two wedding tablescapes in front of the bay window. Her first design is perfect for fall and features resin floral favors by Rejoice and Blossom Art. On day two she partnered with Melanie Paige Events for a bright, organic look paired with our brand-new luxe chairs!

If anything, these two days showed us just how important flowers and greenery are for styling a beautiful tablescape! We’ve got to give a huge thank you to all of the vendors who joined us and we can’t wait to reveal more photos soon! We’ve been if we’ll do this again… The answer is yes, but give us a few months to recover, and buy new inventory 😉

Central Florida Vendor Connections | RW Coffee Shoppe

Central Florida Vendor Connections | The RW Events team meeting with new faces in the Central Florida wedding industry

We love connecting!

I’m not sure about you, but we love making authentic connections. We’re always looking for ways to stay connected to this amazing Central Florida wedding community. A couple of years ago we started an intimate networking series that we were too busy to keep up with. However, COVID has given us some time to reflect on the little things we’d like to accomplish… staying connected with our vendor partners and creating new Central Florida vendor connections was at the top of the list. 

Central Florida vendor connections | Akili, our brand manager, popped some champagne to share with our new vendor pals.
Central Florida Vendor Connections | Our office manager. Amaris, chatting with vendors in the Central Florida wedding industry.

We’re happy to say we’ve reworked and reintroduced The RW Coffee Shoppe. The entire goal of the networker is to authentically connect! To connect without judgments, rekindle old friendships, chat about business ideas, and spill the tea on what we’ve been up to. All while having a good time over mimosas, coffee, tea, and treats!

Sidebar: we’ve been practicing, and the coffee is pretty darn good now. For those of you that attended the inaugural Coffee Shoppe – thanks for being our guinea pigs, lol!

Our Gwen bookshelf, featuring champagne flutes and water goblets, assorted beverages, and "thank you" gifts for our new vendor pals.
Assorted pastries and fruit served at the RW Coffee Shoppe.
Central Florida Vendor Connections | The RW Events team meeting with new faces in the Central Florida wedding industry

If you’re open to a laid-back networking environment + looking to build stronger Central Florida vendor connections, we’d love for you to join us! The events are intimate, so be sure to reserve your spot soon! Click here to RSVP

Shout out to our girl, Ashley Jane Photography, for the pics! 

RW Events | We Love Our Clients!

This time last month, the RW Events team was in final prep mode for our first client appreciation event! The event took place just before school started as a last summer hoorah, and to thank our clients for trusting us with their events. Confirming vendors, sending out reminders, and finalizing all the little details was a major fête and our team pulled everything together flawlessly!

Custom balloon arches adorned the gazebo and front of the Estate House for the RW Events client appreciation event.

Our pals, Evelyn and Kerline (of Joie de Vie Events), helped Amaris man the welcome desk while Alecia and Megan got in on the fun 😉

We have the best vendor pals! Thanks so everyone that volunteered and sponsored!

From photo booths to caricature artists and specialty performers, we had a little something for everyone! Past and current clients also enjoyed carnival games + rides, tasty treats, and amazing giveaways from Miscellaneous Market and some of our vendor pals.

Custom photo backdrops, a caricature artist, and Jenga were just a few of the activities clients got to enjoy.
The giveaways from our shop were ah-mazing! SO many goodies from vendor pals were sponsored, too!

The day ended with a friendly game of tug-of-war between clients and the RW Events team! Can you guess who won?

The Estate House at Cypress Grove was the perfect location for our event. The green space became home to games, food trucks, and more! The RW Events team went up against clients in a tug-of-war to end the event.

We can’t wait for our next event!

Xoxo,
Kim

RW Chronicles // Happy Hour

Everyone knows Luxmore Grande is home to some of the most beautiful weddings Orlando features every year! While we love seeing vendors at weddings and events, nothing beats spending a night off with good company and specialty cocktails! After all, Happy Hour is the best hour! =)

   
But why limit happy to just an hour? We put our cocktail mixing skills to the test to create some killer cocktails fitting to match the crowd we were entertaining. Combine the Bad and Boujee with with our favorite Sassy Photobooth and Sasha’s “Madd Vybez” (see what I did there ?) and we were in for a night of fun! They say Happy Hour is where all the best decisions are made. So we chose to showcase some of our new inventory along with the RW Lookbook (keep your eyes peeled for the 2019 copy coming soon)!

   
Ah Happy Hour…For many it’s something looked forward to all day, as it’s tied directly with that triumphant feeling you get when you realize that the work day is in fact over. While we are all useful at work, we are irreplaceable at Happy Hour =)      

We hope to see you at our next one soon!

Special thanks to Flowers By Lesley, Madd Vybez, Sassy Photobooth and Ashley Jane Photography!

Xoxo,
Alecia

RW Chronicles // Vendor Game Night

The competition is on for Central Florida vendors!

Our team loves getting our friendors {“vendor friends” if you’re not familiar with event industry lingo smile emoticon} together to kick back and let loose whenever we can!  What better way to start off everyone’s busy fall season than with an eventful evening of games and cocktails at Luxmore Grande!

While we all consider ourselves creatives, being artistic is not quite the same thing…our attempts at Pictionary proved just that! We had no idea just how competitive this game would be, but my goodness did we have fun!

Playing pictionary with our vendor pals.
Playing pictionary with our vendor pals.

Special shout out to our MC for the evening, Justin, with Orlando DJ Group, who took off a night of hosting trivia around town to put our pop-culture knowledge to the test!

DJ Justin Kornaker hosting trivia!

Perhaps the most memorable moments came from our ever so talented lip-sync battle performers, Luxmore’s Got Talent Edition!

Luxmore Grande Estate | Lip Sync Battle

Getting together with friends new and old is something we strive to do. It’s an opportunity to see each other outside of a wedding or event and allows us to get to know vendors on a more personal level =)

WedAtelier // Educational Retreat

2018 has proven to be a busy year so far and we’re going full steam ahead this summer! Our owner + creative director, Tamuel, will be speaking at WedAtelier, an educational retreat for weddings professional, in August and we couldn’t be more excited for her!

If you don’t know, “WedAtelier is an intimate, boutique retreat experience for creatives and artisans in the wedding industry. We believe in the importance of taking time regularly to get away from the hustle and business of business and life to recharge and refuel your creativity. By combining our signature intimate environments and beautifully designed spaces with targeted learning for creatives in the wedding industry, we believe this experience fills a void in the education world. This event is about recharging and renewing your creative spirit, forming heart-level connections with other passionate entrepreneurs, and learning strategies to up-level your business.

Registration is only open through July 30th so be sure to secure your spot soon!

One & Only Bridal Fashion Show

This January Luxmore Grande had the pleasure to host a truly unique and trendy event in collaboration with Downtown Orlando’s One & Only Bridal Boutique. A team of amazing vendors including: Flowers by Lesley, Brides Be Beautiful, Gian Carlo Photography, and RW Events came together to create a night of pure fashion!


Members of the Central Florida Wedding Industry flooded to the estate to experience some of the newest bridal styles from One & Only Bridal, which recently opened its doors in the heart of Downtown near Lake Eola. Their motto, one we can all get behind – “Don’t Be Like the Rest of Them,” was the theme of the evening.

The owner of One & Only Bridal, Katherine, and her team sought to create an interactive experience to go hand-in-hand with the show. With RW Styling and Flowers by Lesley they were able to create various themed experiences in the estate, which each told a story based on the gowns showcased. It created a gallery effect that allowed individuals to view the scenes as a work of art and discuss the looks.

The models from the Modern Muse Modeling Agency were absolute show stoppers and Jasmine Doublette of Brides Be Beautiful went above and beyond to create a couture editorial look that captured the spirit of the event. The beauty, fashion, and of course edge were the perfect subjects for Gian Carlo’s moody and artistic photography style.

Photos: Gian Carlo Photography

Xoxo,
Lacie

The Downtown Wedding Stroll

Have you heard? The luxe wedding event of the Winter Park Wedding Stroll is coming to Downtown Orlando on June 3rd! A unique way to tour some of the most prestigious wedding venues in Downtown Orlando while mingling with many of Central Florida’s most renowned and celebrated wedding professionals, this event is a must-attend event for discerning couples planning their wedding. And guess what – RW Events will be there showcasing our stunning rentals =)

Tickets are on sale now and you can use code “rwstyle” to receive free standard tickets (code is not valid for VIP tickets)!

RW Chronicles :: Orlando Cares

With all the storms and fires happening across the county our team was thrilled when the opportunity arose for us to give back to some of those affected! Our team was able to pack meal kits that will be sent to hurricane victims with the Orlando Cares Hope for Puerto Rico disaster relief project. This event is taking place all month long so there’s still time to help out!

RW Chronicles | Orange Blossom Bride Party

This month we got to party with the ladies at Orange Blossom Bride as they celebrated the company’s one year anniversary! Orange Blossom Bride is owned by Amanda Schmidt – her philosophy behind the creation of the publication –

Orange Blossom Bride was created with the Central Florida bride in mind. Yes, there are many wedding websites with beautiful ideas and locations for your big day. The only problem: where are you going to find a breathtaking mountainous backdrop or a gorgeous wheat field that stretches for miles?

That’s not to say that Central Florida doesn’t have its own charms and uniqueness! In fact, many couples from around the world choose to come to Central Florida to exchange their vows. This website is dedicated to all the beauty that you can find in the gorgeous Sunshine State. Orange Blossom Bride is where you will find local venues, vendors, inspiration, and real weddings, along with great ideas and tips.

To join in the celebratory festivities, we created two custom lounges incorporating some of our fav pieces {like Leonard and Pistachio}!

A closer look at the details behind the design.

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Photos: Gian Carlo Photography

RW Chronicles | Florida Wedding Expo

Can you believe it – only four more days until our first bridal show of the year! The creative juices have been flowing in the RW Events office and we can’t wait to show off new pieces. Join us THIS Sunday, January 22nd at the Orange County Convention Center – we can’t wait to chat with you about your wedding! If you missed us last year here’s a peek at the display we did for the Premium Lounge ❤ Grab your tickets here before they’re sold out!

RW Chronicles | Spreading Holiday Cheer

Don’t you just love the holiday season!? Yummy food, singing carols, and sharing joyful moments with friends, family, and the community! This month we were honored to partner with the Orlando Union Rescue Mission to pamper 30 lovely ladies with treats, mini massages + manis, and a delicious meal.

About Orlando Union Rescue Mission :: The Orlando Union Rescue Mission is a Non-Profit, Faith based organization whose mission is to serve the homeless of Central Florida by supplying basic needs (including hot meals, safe shelter, and clean clothing) and rehabilitative services (including education, job training, Christian mentoring and case management) to help homeless men, women and families achieve self-sufficiency. The foundation of their work is Biblically based to bring people to know the Lord Jesus as their Savior.

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Photos: Gian Carlo

Thank you to all the vendors who donated + volunteered their services to make this event extra special!

RW Chronicles | Champagne + Couture

Last week the team got all dolled up for the Calvet Couture Fashion Show – they have some of the most AH-MAZING bridal dresses in town { aka: Hayley Paige designs, need I say more 😉 }. We had a blast clinking glasses with vendor pals and drooling over the stunning gowns!

Photo: Gian Carlo
Photo: Gian Carlo

RW Chronicles | Philanthropy

The RW gals love partnering with our vendor pals to help out the local community! Last month Cara + Shadow met up with Tuesday’s Together {a group of local industry professionals that meets each month for networking and community service} to help pack meals for Central Florida families. We’re so grateful to be part of such a wonderful group of creatives!

Feeding Children Everywhere

RW Chronicles | Meet Tamuel

Forensic accounting was oh, so, appealing throughout college. Upon graduation, not so much! In 2004, Tamuel left her corporate job and began the journey of designing and planning weddings. Her creative nature, forward-thinking, and determination branded her as a savvy entrepreneur. She is the President + Founder of RW Events, RW Style, Co-Owner of Luxmore Grande Estate, and Strategic Partner of Cypress Grove Estate House. The brands under Tamuel’s leadership have blossomed and become some of the most sought after when planning weddings (from intimate to luxurious) throughout Central Florida.

By day, she’s an entrepreneur, super boss, mentor and wedding designer. She has also perfected being a mommy to two astounding daughters, wife to her high school sweetheart, and a southern belle. In her spare time, Tamuel can be found traveling, cooking, antiquing, spoiling her fur baby, reading, and planning her next venture.

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In just a few short months, Mrs. Tamuel will be speaking at Behind the Veil: Wedding Planner Intensive, a workshop designed for wedding professionals, in gorgeous Charleston, SC! Sesssion #3 promises to be the most intense yet! A full day of hands-on learning (floral design/event production) followed by a full day of expert speakers. Jumpstart your event planning or design business by attending Behind the Veil!

RW Chronicles | One & Only Bridal Boutique

Our team prides itself on being in the know about up and coming vendors, including bridal salons – earlier this week the RW gals attended the One & Only Bridal Boutique grand opening in Downtown Orlando, and boy was it fun! We loved swooning over all the flowy, sparkly gowns and networking with current and new vendor pals!

One & Only Bridal BoutiqueSome of our favorites from their collection came from designers Alvina Valenta, Stella York, and Sophia Tolli.

One & Only Bridal Boutique

Photos: Gian Carlo

P.S. They’re hosting a trunk show from now through October 2nd for Stella York designs – be sure to schedule your appointment to see these gowns before they officially hit stores!

RW Chronicles | Planners in PJ’s

Cute PJ’s – ✔︎
Yummy Desserts & Treats – ✔︎
Pampering in a gorgeous Bridal Suite – ✔︎

“Coming off of a crazy busy engagement season and just prior to heading into wedding season, I wanted to pamper a group of planners that are near and dear to me. There was no doubt that Luxmore’s bridal suite was the perfect location with space for our vendor pals to set up hair & make up trials, bath bombs and spa items, revitalizing foot massages and of course, FLORAL CROWNS… because every girl deserves a crown! Treating these ladies to a relaxing night was super important and gave us all a great opportunity to catch up with some much needed girl time.”
– Courtney

Luxmore Grande | Planners in PJs

RW Chronicles | Picnic in the Park

Earlier this spring our team member, Cara {the sales manager at Cypress Grove}, hosted a luncheon for some of her vendor pals. It was a great way for vendors to take some time out from a busy wedding season to relax and enjoy the spring weather!

“Being an introverted extrovert, I knew I wanted to host something small but still fun. My office overlooks the gorgeous grand lawn at Cypress Grove Estate House, so a ‘Picnic in the Park’ was a perfect fit! Some of my vendor pals {new and old} came to spend the afternoon catching up, enjoying sandwiches and soda pop, playing games, and cooling off with some yummy Jeremiah’s Italian ice {this was a favorite among all the vendors}.

Picnic in the Park Networker

Soda Pop displayed in Porcelain White Tub

I kept things casual by using bench style seating and adding little pops of color with a gingham table runner + simple floral in milk glass vases. It turned out to be a fun and relaxed event!”

Lunch Display on Vintage Mini Farm Table

Picnic in the Park NetworkerSpecial thanks to A Chair Affair + Flowers by Lesley for sponsoring, and all the vendors that came out!

RW Chronicles | Game Night

Every now and then the RW team likes to get together for a little non-wedding related fun – last month that was hosting a game night in our “living room” {at Luxmore Grande Estate} with me as the game host. Boy oh boy was it a night I’ll never forget! Competitive spirit was in full affect! I wanted to invite vendors into a space that was comfy and allowed them to keep the business cards at home and let their hair down. It was all chit-chat and fun until the games began and then the teams were ready to throw down!

RW Events Team

RW Chronicles | Game NightWith team captains Rachel + Tamuel leading the black + gold squads, these vendors were ready to duke it out for the title of “ultimate game masters.” First up – wedding trivia!

A little friendly competition between our team captains ;-)
A little friendly competition between our team captains 😉

Gold proved to be a bit more knowledgeable about wedding traditions and national statistics, and then we moved on to “What’s in Your Purse, Wallet, and Pocket.” Let’s just say things got a little dangerous, lol {Don’t worry, Rachel is okay}! But again, the gold team pulled through for the win.

The night ended with a round of charades – the black team finally got their “act” together and came out with a win!

RW Chronicles | Charades

RWgamenight-182P.S. Our Seattle collection made an appearance at game night and was a big hit! Isn’t it adorable!?

Seattle Collection
Huge thanks to our friends at KT Crabb Photography for taking all these fun photos!

xoxo, Shadow

Happy Independence Day!

The ladies at RW Events are wishing you a very happy {and fun filled} 4th of July! We’re taking today off to celebrate with friends + family, eat lots of icecream, and enjoy all the fireworks! One of my favorite traditions for Independence day is roasting hotdogs and making smore’s over a bonfire – what are some of your favorite ways to celebrate July 4th?

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Photo: Old Pine Pictorial

RW Chronicles | The Premium Lounge

This past Sunday was a blast for our team – we participated in the Orlando Wedding Expo and got to meet SO many amazing couples planning their big day! Plus, we got to partner with some of the best vendors in Central Florida to sponsor the Premium Lounge

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One of our go-to florists, Flowers by Lesley, helped us dream up this stunning tablescape – complete with romantic candlelight, chargers, and gold flatware. We also incorporated a handful of small glass boxes {filled with moss + succulents} to add a modern touch.

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13221181_663972077090744_1769276315644438249_oIf you can’t tell, the RW gals are slightly obsessed {okay, super obsessed} with floral crowns, so Miss Lesley helped us setup a fun floral crown station!

13254749_663971690424116_666668620442934791_oThis social lounge! Our stylists mixed and matched a selection of new pieces from our inventory {including upholstered seating, side tables, and coffee tables} to create an elegant seating area for show attendees.

13217557_663971643757454_744105021123197284_oWhat’s a bridal show without some treats!? Big City Catering hosted a bacon bar featuring Applewood Smoked Bacon, BBQ Dry Rub Bacon, and Bacon with a Sweet Rum Glaze. Talk about delicious!

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Photos: Gian Carlo Photography

Favorite Friday | Our Team

You may not guess it from these photos of our team, but weddings are hard work! So when we get the chance to take a quick break and be a little silly, we take it! Not to worry, though – we don’t always run around like this 😉

RW Events Team
One of our couples had a killer photo booth, and they let our coordinators {Shadow + Rachel} play with some props before the wedding.

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RW Chronicles | Fashion Show

Our team at Luxmore Grande Estate was thrilled to host a bridal fashion show for Calvet Couture Bridal – I mean, who wouldn’t be excited about gathering with vendor pals, sipping a little bubbly, and swooning over gorgeous bridal gowns!? Models sashayed and twirled through the ballroom, showing off the intricate details of gowns from some of our favorite designers – Hayley Paige, Amsale, and Claire Pettibone.

Luxmore Bridal Fashion Show

Head over to the Luxmore Grande Estate Facebook page for some behind the scenes photos and a peek into the bridal suite!