Sextons of Fun | Kailey and Corey’s Wedding

We’re so excited to introduce you to one of our former clients, Kailey, and to recount the story of her beautiful (and oh-so-much-fun) summer wedding two years ago!

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On June 3, 2017, Kailey Miller became Kailey Sexton* when she married her hilarious now-husband, Corey. Their gorgeous, tropical-meets-modern-glam wedding took place right here in Winter Park, FL – the bride’s hometown – and even the Central Florida heat and summer thunderstorms could not ruin this stunning day. The bride and her family chose Overeasy Events to make their vision for the weekend a reality and we’re thrilled that we were able to do just that.

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Kailey writes, “Hiring Lora to help with the planning and coordination of my wedding was one of the best decisions we made. She helped me sort through my ideas to create my perfect wedding day. She met with us on many occasions to make sure she really understood my vision and then guided me through the process of bringing my ideas together. She thought of details I would never have considered and so, when the wedding day came, I had nothing to worry about besides marrying my husband!”

Kailey’s vision included luxurious pops of rose gold, as much greenery as could fit into each space, and the comfort and charm of Park Avenue and Winter Park where she’s spent the majority of her life. We really wanted all of these components to highlight another incredibly unique aspect of this wedding – the wedding gown designed and handmade by the bride herself!

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Kailey’s love of playful florals and soft, gray-purple hues mixed with her affinity towards a modern twist in décor and accents made for a stunning day at both the Women’s Club of Winter Park (ceremony) and the Winter Park Community Center (reception). We helped Kailey and her family to select complementary vendors such as Porch Therapy for the florals and Tara McGovern for the photography because it’s important to take into account how your vendors will enhance one another to assist in creating the exact event “vibe” that you desire!

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Kailey’s ceremony was a tremendous celebration of her love for Corey, his love for her, and their mutual love and faith in the Lord. There was not a dry eye in the audience as they sang their first worship song as a married couple and recited their vows. Then, after some fun pictures on Park Ave’s picturesque brick roads, the couple and their crew made their way to the reception for an absolutely delicious dinner buffet, thanks to Cuisiniers, and scrumptious desserts, thanks to P is for Pie. Kailey opted for some non-traditional entertainment and hired Orlando Dueling Pianos so that guests could dance to an upbeat mix of classics and new favorites after dinner. Not surprisingly, the guests didn’t leave the dance floor until it was time for the newlyweds to make their grand exit for the evening, which wouldn’t have been complete without glowing peacock rings – a favor that highlighted Winter Park’s majestic mascot!

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Kailey’s mom, Lucia, had this to say about working with us on her daughter’s special day: “We had such a high level of comfort working with Lora. It helped to make our daughter’s wedding day much more relaxed. Just knowing that she and her staff were taking care of the details so we could be focused on enjoying the day.”

We were honored to serve as Kailey’s planner, crisis manager, stylist, and more throughout her wedding planning process and during the weekend of her big day!

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*If you recognize Kailey’s name, it may be because we worked so well together that we decided to bring her onboard our Overeasy Events team last year! Look for her when you’re planning your next event!

Lego Love | Sam & Michael’s Wedding

We were honored to be a part of Sam and Michael’s wedding at East End Market a few weeks ago along with their other fabulous vendors (see below). We’ve teamed up with photographer + friendor (friend-vendor!) Steven Miller to recap their special day for you all!

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One of our favorite things about both Sam and Michael is just how laid back and casual they both are. It can feel somewhat chaotic to be getting prepped and ready for a wedding at East End Market during a busy Saturday, but these two are very go-with-the-flow and were ultimately focused on ensuring that their families and friends had an amazing time at their celebration (spoiler alert: they did!). One of the coolest parts about getting married at East End Market (or holding any event there, for that matter) is that there are a multitude of locations to take pictures before, during, and after. Depending on what types of backgrounds you prefer, there is really something for everyone!

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Sam and Michael hosted their wedding in the Audubon Ballroom at East End Market, which was perfect for the amount of guests and provided plenty of space for laughing, dancing, and eating. It provided the perfect transitional space to move from the ceremony to the reception smoothly. Steven also remarked that they “LOVED that Sam and Michael wanted to get married at East End Market, which is such an eco-friendly venue here in Orlando; just our kind of style!”.

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Sam and Michael are unique by today’s ‘wedding standards’ because they preferred to keep things beautifully simple. They included their friends and family heavily throughout the day and let us talk about a group of people who were helpful, focused, and fun to be around! Steven mentioned that he hoped it wouldn’t be the last time he got to photograph them (hint, hint?!). Their day also stands out due to the personalized details that they chose to incorporate; things like their processional music selection, table decor, and even their “lego selves”, which truly expressed their fun personalities!

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Steven Miller was kind to comment on his partnership with our Overeasy Events team throughout the course of this wedding day. He said, “Overeasy was crucial in making sure that our couple and their plans stayed on schedule, making our day much easier!  We could instead focus on more creative ideas for photos rather than constantly checking the time!  They were also a great go-to option for any questions we had!” We LOVE working with your team, too, Steven!

 

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To view even more stunning pictures from Sam and Michael’s big day, check out Steven Miller’s post here.

Vendors

East End Market Wedding Photographers: Steven and Megan from Steven Miller Photography

Orlando Wedding Ceremony & Reception APEX at East End Market

East End Market Wedding Planner:  Overeasy Events

Bridal Wedding HairDolce Vita Salon

Orlando Wedding Make-upMake-up By Meghann

Orlando Wedding Floral ArrangementsPorch Therapy and Southern Blooms

Wedding Cake DesignersPublix Bakery

Orlando Wedding CateringCuisiniers Catering

 

 

Don’t Sweat It | Summer Event Planning

The heat of summer is upon us (isn’t it always?)! Here are 3 tips for summer event planning so that you won’t have to sweat it – figuratively of course, because we’ll all be sweating!

  1. Send Invites Early. The conventional wisdom around sending out invites for an event says anywhere between 3-6 weeks, depending on what type of event you’re planning. For summer events, though, it may be best to err on the side of caution since folks tend to travel and plan their vacations in advance. If you want the majority of your guest list to attend, make sure to give plenty of advance notice.
  2. Consider the Weather. In Florida, we’re constantly thinking about the weather, which is helpful when we’re considering our event planning timeline and logistics. Something to think about is the time needed for setup and breakdown of an event — are these scheduled times right in the middle of a daily afternoon shower? It’s likely going to be very hot for most, if not all, of your event. Have you planned for fans, shade for guests, plenty of water, and an indoor rain contingency plan if you’re hosting guests outside?
  3. Think Through Theme. I know that summer screams “beach bash” and “tropical luau”, but not every summer shindig needs to revolve around palm trees and water. Not that those things aren’t great! They certainly are. But, think outside of the box with me for just a minute. What about a carnival, a cruise-inspired celebration, an under the sea party, or a Midsummer Nights Dream fairytale event? The options are endless!

Certainly, there are more than just 3 tips to any successful event (starting with hiring a trusted event planner!), but this is a start! Let us know what your best summer event planning tips and tricks are, too!

 

Best Man or Man’s Best Friend?| Pets and Event Planning

We’ve all seen the photos on Pinterest — Cute labradoodle wearing tutu and dainty flower crown carries ring box down the aisle and doesn’t even stop to lick adoring guests along the way. 

If you’re imagining a wedding (or any celebration for that matter!) that includes your furry friends, here are some creative ways to incorporate them into your event that you may not have considered.

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Maybe your pet doesn’t quite understand the concept of petiquette well to attend the celebration itself and, you know, that’s okay – we can’t all have a beautiful wedding with well-trained animals to boot (we can guarantee you that beautiful wedding, though)! Instead of inviting Rover to the ceremony, invite guests to the ceremony using Rover!

Save-the-dates and invitations are great ways to feature a beloved animal that only capture their very best side. Whether it’s a photo or a drawing, guests are sure to be drawn to your furry (or scaly — no judgement) friends. A wonderful example are these custom save-the-dates by the talented Lindsay Sacco, a local artist and owner of Sacco Studios. Check out her Etsy shop for more! If you love what you see, let Lindsay know that you’re an Overeasy Events customer for a 10% discount. 

Follow Sacco Studios on social media:

Instagram – @saccostudios
Twitter – @saccostudios
Pinterest – @saccostudios

Other ways to incorporate animals on paper include event-musts like the seating chart, the welcome sign, the program, or even a paper fan in the shape of little Luna’s kitten face (for those outdoor weddings)! If you want your pet to be more of the theme than just a small detail, this could be a great way to highlight them “from afar”. The question to ask yourself here is “how prominently do I want my pet to be featured?”.

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This isn’t necessarily a “new” idea, but maybe you didn’t realize that you could give your pet(s) the invite without giving them any responsibility! Best of both worlds for that puppy that just won’t sit still with your groomsmen for the entire ceremony. Designate a couple of friends or family members as the ‘pet handlers’ and have them process down the aisle before your wedding party with your pet(s). Guests will get the chance to ooh and aah over your babies, but those babies won’t get in trouble for slobbering all over the rings (because they didn’t need to carry them)! Once the animals have made it down the aisle, they’re escorted to the back of the venue or out of the venue completely by their handlers and you don’t need to worry about whether or not they’re causing mischief while you’re saying “I do”!

Pets in Pictures

If your pet is lucky enough to warrant an invite to the day-of celebration, they could always sneak into a few pictures before or after the main event. Just make sure to let your photographer know ahead of time so that they can plan accordingly. Likely, you won’t want them in every single shot, so make sure there is someone waiting to bring them to and from the photo shoot.

If you don’t want to worry about your animal(s) during the big day, that’s okay too! It does not make you a bad fur-parent. Perhaps including your creatures in your Engagement photos would be a better idea or creating a totally separate shoot to focus on your little family. If the idea of a first look doesn’t appeal to you and you’re okay with seeing your partner all dressed up before the real deal, you could ask your photographer to take some “dress rehearsal” pictures and bring your pet along. That way, when you look back, it will seem like they were there on the big day (when really, they were snoozing happily at a Doggie Daycare).

Pets in Place Settings

If all-pet-everything sounds a little bit over the top to you, maybe incorporating your animal(s) into something slightly less visible, like a guests’ place card, is for you! Little Fido’s face sure would look nice next to your Aunt-at-table-12’s name. This smaller detail ensures that each and every guest knows just how important Fido is, but it allows you to go in a non-Fido direction, thematically (because gray-blue florals and succulents are the real theme!).

Another adorable way to spotlight the little cuties is to order custom linens for each place setting! This is certainly a pricier option than something like name cards, but the impact is greater, too. These cocktail napkins, by locally owned Lettermade, would be stunning on any tablescape and could be created to complement your color scheme. They’d even double as a sweet favor if you wanted them to!

Follow Lettermade on social media:

Instagram – @shoplettermade
Twitter – @shoplettermade
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Photographer: Lacey Irving (@laceyirvinglifestyle)

Party Favor Pets

If cocktail napkins aren’t your cup of tea, there are any number of ways to feature your fur baby in the form of a favor! Personalized cookies are a fairly common, delicious way of doing just that, but here are some other ideas for pet-related guest gifts: luggage tags, printed cups, stickers, or even a pop socket! Make sure to order a few extra because you know you’ll want to treat yourself to this favor, too!

Do you have other ideas for incorporating man’s best friend into a celebration?! Let us know – we’d love to hear about them! 

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10 Minutes Is All We Need | An #OvereasyDateNight

When was the last time you went out for a date night? A real dress-up-signature-cocktail-photo-op date night. We’re talking anything from a good ol’ fashioned ladies night to a romantic date with your bae (do people still use that term?!). If your answer was any date that you could remember (Valentine’s Day doesn’t count!), you’re winning at life! Congratulations. If, like most of us, your answer was something like, “when was the last time I went out for anything remotely like a ‘date night’?” then read on!

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We had a unique opportunity to create our Overeasy Date Night concept when East End Market, our beloved home, announced that they were going to be hosting an event called Evening Exchange (#EvEx). This (genius) concept brought locals together to experience the magic of East End’s vendors – crafts, cuisine, cocktails, and more! Since we’re proud to call East End home, we decided that we wanted to offer guests a special opportunity to learn more about our event planning services as well. How could we help guests to see what event planning is all about in just a few minutes? Light bulb moment – the #OvereasyDateNight was born.

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It’s really pretty simple, actually. We were determined to help guests unplug and unwind in a beautiful, elegant environment to mirror that one-of-a-kind date night feeling: no stress, delicious food, a flirty cocktail, and a picture to prove that you got dressed up and left the house! All of that, for free, in 10 minutes. And guess what?! We loved it. You loved it. Everyone loved it! We had young married couples, best friends, and everyone in between sign up to participate in our first Overeasy Date Night. Thanks to our incredible vendor partners (listed below), we were able to provide guests with a few luxurious moments to forget about work, anxiety, school, and anything else that might have been on their minds when they arrived. All they had to worry about was the decision between a glass of bubbly or the signature cocktail of the evening, something tasty and mysterious called Pretty in Pink.

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The Overeasy Events team

The best part? There was no catch. Sure, guests heard a little bit more about Overeasy Events – who we are, what we can offer – but they were under no obligation to sign on any dotted line! Instead, we were able to show them, firsthand, what’s most important to us as doers, dreamers, and designers: a celebration that left guests leaving with a smile.

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To our dear friendors (friend + vendors, obviously): THANK YOU! You all made this night incredibly beautiful, delicious, and fun. You added the pops of color, the personalized details, and some laughs along the way. Event planning would be lackluster without the partners whose details come together to build the party of peoples’ dreams!

Decor + Tablescape Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals

Florals: Little Wild Bloom

Light Bite + Cocktails: Cuisiniers Catering

Hand Lettering Name Cards: Lettering by Lee Ann

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Overeasy’s fearless leader, Lora, and the creative genius behind Little Wild Bloom, Stephanie 

Wishing you’d taken part in the fun in March? No need to fret – we’re going to do it again! In fact, East End Market is going to be hosting an Evening Exchange on the third Friday of each month so hopefully we’ll get to see you all on April 19 at our second #OvereasyDateNight. This month, we’re trying something else – a scavenger hunt! No reservation necessary, just come to our studio on the second floor when you arrive to participate! We look forward to meeting you!

For folks who choose to come and participate in this #OvereasyDateNight Scavenger Hunt and share the fun on social media, we’ll be selecting a winner at random to receive a giveaway basket filled with goodies!

Last month’s giveaway basket!

The Dreamer Behind Overeasy Events | Lora DeLorenzo

Compassionate. Innovative. Attentive. These are all words used to describe Overeasy Events’ Owner and Founder, Lora DeLorenzo. Lora prefers titles like Designer, Dreamer, and Doer to her more formal roles, though, which is easy to understand when you sit down to get to know her. Lora’s love for hospitality stems from her childhood, spent cooking with her great grandmother in their Italian kitchen. She went on to study at Johnson and Wales University and even completed the second level Wine Certificate Program through the International Sommelier Guild. These culinary experiences led Lora to operate a 100-seat, full-service restaurant and bar on Lake Eola before launching Overeasy Events.

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Lora DeLorenzo at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, one of her favorite venues for planning events!

Lora has also dedicated a great deal of her time and energy to local philanthropy and volunteer work. She is passionate about assisting children and families in need and in 2004, Lora co-founded the Bridges of Light Foundation, an organization focused on education, nurturing and mentoring at risk youth in the Central Florida community. She has volunteered for over 15 years and serves as an advisory board member for Rock and Wrap it Up!, and anti-poverty think tank that has recognition from the White House with a Point of Light Award and a recipient of numerous EPA distinctions.  After attending the first Evening of Hope Gala in 2010, Lora connected as a committee member with The Faine House (in partnership with Children’s Home Society) promoting positive cultural, cognitive, emotional and social support necessary for empowering teens to become confident, productive adults.

Overeasy Events was born in August 2013 as a full service event planning and design company. This is not your mother’s wedding planner! Lora’s long history of strong customer service, an eye for beauty and elegance, and strong leadership have led to countless productive partnerships with other local vendors and a small, dynamic team that creates nothing short of magic in Central Florida and beyond. Lora says that the freedom to be creative by growing skills she’s learned in the hospitality industry combined with a lifetime of passion for events with her large, Italian family have truly inspired her to do this work.

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The Italian Incorvia clan from Sicily, Italy

Not surprisingly, one of Lora’s team members says that she “always keeps the client’s best interest in mind – doing her best to bring their vision to life while keeping them grounded.” Her daughter, Nicolette, says that she is best known for her personalization and attention to detail when working with a client and adds, “There is something to be said for creative, intelligent women who will make you feel unique and excited about your event planning process”.

Lora says that her favorite parts of creating events are those that have a positive impact on her clients’ happiness – she loves seeing the joy in each guest attending the celebrations. She thrives under the pressure to exceed every client expectation and make those who didn’t attend wish they had!

Nobody will work harder than Lora and her team to create an incredible event; no detail will be overlooked the client will be able to actually enjoy the event that they’ve spent so much time dreaming up. –Kailey Sexton, Overeasy Events Lead Event Coordinator

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The DeLorenzo Family

Outside of work at Overeasy Events, some of Lora’s favorite things are her children, her sweet English Bulldogs, entertaining friends, and traveling. We were excited to learn a little bit more about these things:

  • What are some things that most folks don’t know about Lora? She is extremely proud of her kids’ accomplishments: Jordan was drafted out of college in the 12th round to pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals and won two championships and Nicolette was named Valedictorian in high school and is now preparing to graduate from Wake Forest in May!
  • If Lora could have lunch with one person, living or dead, who would that be? Prince! She’s seen one live concert and says it was absolutely amazing! His musical talents and the way he brought the crowd into the show was incredible. She’d love to ask questions about the 80s and 90s and hopes he’d throw an impromptu concert at the end of lunch!
  • If Lora could travel anywhere, where would she go? She loves the islands. She says that the beauty and serenity of the ocean, saltwater, and sunshine are calming to her and dreams of visiting the Maldives because it looks so peaceful. She travels to the Caribbean each year and tries to visit a new location!
  • What are some of Lora’s sources of inspiration? Lora says that networking and connecting with fellow women in the event industry community are her favorite places to share and receive inspiration for up-to-the minute event ideas! She loves browsing BizBash (top 3 event planning blogs you should follow) for dramatic visions and memorable moments. She considers that publication an ‘event planner’s bible’. Social media is the perfect outlet to stay up to date on what designers around the world are creating – check out the Overeasy Events Instagram at @overeasy_events.
  • What is one of the best events Lora has ever attended? She admits that that’s a tough question! She loves themed events like a friend’s wedding in New Orleans, an annual tailgate party to support their Buffalo Bills, and the MTV awards when they were hosted in Miami!

We so enjoyed getting to know more about Overeasy Events creative powerhouse, Lora. It is evident that she and her team will work tirelessly to ensure that your wedding day, milestone, or corporate event are as easy and seamless for you as possible. A great planner like Lora and Overeasy Events will make all the difference!

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Charlie and Flash DeLorenzo