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Feathers, Feathers Everywhere

Don't want to use flowers for your reception centerpieces? Want to try something different? Try using Ostrich Feathers. Yes, I said Ostrich Feathers. They are the hottest trend in weddings these days. They are gorgeous and elegant and every Bride-to-Be is looking for them.

This morning as I was doing my daily Internet browsing, I ran across a site that had a lot of information about Ostrich Feathers, Here is what they had to say:

There are three types of Ostrich Feathers that you can use: Drabs, Floss or Femina

Ostrich Drab Feathers are fluffy & light. They create a soft alluring atmosphere in any room & can be used in flower arrangements & craft projects.

Ostrich Floss Feather are good for a darker Victorian look. These are also perfect for shorter vases & ideal for the small party, decorating in the home or creating an elegant office look.

Ostrich Femina Feathers are a favorite for wedding decorations with a fuller appearance. These are very beautiful in vases & perfect for the elegant palm tree look.


Want to add a nice personal touch to your wedding reception? Try using a Gobo with your personalized monogram. This piece of eye candy will definitely get the attention of your guests. You can either design your own monogram or you can ask a lighting specialist to design one for you. Below are some Gobo pics from various lighting specialists.

Hydrangea Centerpieces

I absolutely love Hydrangeas. They are one of my favorite flowers and they bring such elegance to a room. During my daily Internet browsing, I ran across several pictures of Hydrangea Centerpieces that I wanted to share with you. Some are simple arrangements and some have very intricate detail. Enjoy!

The Norman's Trash The Dress Session

While in Jamaica, Monica and Rob decided to do a Trash The Dress Session at Dunns River Falls. The photoshoot went very well and Michael of Photoshop Jamaica did an excellent job. Below is one of the shots from the session.

For this shoot, Monica purchased a second wedding gown from David's Bridal. She was able to get this dress on sale and did not mind getting it wet.

The Norman's Caribbean Wedding

I finally accomplished my first destination wedding!!! Below are some pics from my sister's Caribbean Wedding held on the tropical beach of the Riu Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. This was a great experience and a lot of fun. All of the vendors were very helpful and great to work with. Special thanks to Tai Flora Florist, Photoshop Jamaica and all of the ladies who assisted with the set-up. Everyone did a marvelous job!

My sister purchased her veil and gown from Betsy Robinson's Bridal Shop in Pikesville, Maryland. This shop is absolutely amazing and they are great with customer service. I highly recommend them to any bride looking for bridal attire.

Monica ordered her bridal party silk flowers from a Canadian florist. This was definitely cheaper than purchasing real flowers and she will have them for years to come.

Tai Flora Florist in Ocho Rios, Jamaica supplied the Huppah. This was a Bride and Groom request and it looked amazing.

The chair flowers and sashes were supplied by my mother.

The bride and groom gave small bottles of Appleton Rum as their favors. Jamaica is known for having great Rum products.

The centerpieces were supplied by Tai Flora Florist. This florist was very great to work with and I highly recommend them to anyone getting married in Jamaica.
The Riu Resort supplied the wedding cake. We sent them a picture of a cake and they were able to duplicate it. This cake was delicious!
After the reception dinner, we moved the party to the beach for dancing, drinks and dessert.

TSA Designs

The Sophisticated Affair has a new edition, TSA Designs. We now design Programs, Invitations, Pageant Ad Pages, Autograph Cards and many more items. Below are some of our designs:

Bridal Shower Invite

Wedding Menu Card

Pageant Autograph Card

Good News!!!! We are a Pageant Sponsor!!

The Sophisticated Affair Event Planning has officially been accepted to be the Autograph Card sponsor for the Stop the Silence Ambassador Pageant: Stop the Silence Ambassador Pageant is a benefit competition to raise funds for Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse. While royally serving the community, the contestants will also promote the awareness of child sexual abuse. All proceeds (less administrative costs) will be donated to Stop the Silence.This pageant is directed by the lovely Mrs. LaQuisha Hall- Mrs. Maryland Galaxy 2009 and 1st Runner-Up Mrs. Galaxy 2009.

Caribbean Bridal Shower

On Saturday, June 27, 2009 The Sophisticated Affair Event Planning hosted a Caribbean Bridal Shower for my sister, Monica, at The Wickham Mansion in Baltimore, Maryland. The colors were Purple and Green and the menu consisted of Jerk Chicken, Stir Fried Cabbage, Crab Balls, Peas and Rice and Mango Punch. Special thanks to New Psalmist Caterers for providing us with a delicious menu. I highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a professional caterer. Monica and her fiance Rob, will be getting married in Ocho Rios, Jamaica on July 20, 2009.

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