Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Cheryl Moana Marie: Intimate Island Destination Wedding

On September 28, 2012

After a lot of hard work, collaboration, conference calls and flights, I’m finally back from Kaua’i, Hawaii, where I planned the most beautiful island wedding for Antonio Sabato, Jr. and his gorgeous wife, Cheryl Moana Marie.  People.com announced their nuptials earlier this week and exclusively revealed some of their stunning wedding photos today; check ‘em […]

11 Years in the Making

On September 2, 2012

About this time 11 years ago, I had some very close friends shove me off the ledge and into business ownership.  I was just a scared youngster fresh out of college with a natural talent and a dream who was afraid to fail, but my drive and passion for bringing dreams to reality took over.  […]

Top 10 Overdone Wedding Trends 2012 Edition

On June 29, 2012

Every week, countless brides arrive at my blog by searching “overdone wedding trends”.  Since I’m always discussing this exact topic with other wedding professionals, I thought I would dedicate two posts to the topic.  The next one will illustrate alternatives to the following 10 Most Overdone Wedding Trends: 1. OVERSIZED WEDDING CAKES I love a […]

Once in a Blue Moon Wellness Retreat

On May 7, 2012

I can finally announce that J Squared Events has been contracted as the exclusive Retreat Manager for Sense of Self, Inc.’s Wellness Retreats! Founded by Michelle Booker, philantropist, entrepreneur, mother of two gorgeous children and NFL wife, Sense of Self, Inc. is a fabulous organization whose workshops, retreats and S.O.S. Wellness Centers serve as guides […]

Message in a Bottle Invitations

On May 2, 2012

I’ve had several beach brides for whom I’ve planned and designed weddings tell me that their guests are still in awe of the Message in a Bottle invitations they received!  If I do say so myself, they are pretty fabulous.  On top of being stunning, guests appreciate the time and creativity involved…and they’re fun!  You only get […]

With This Bing I Thee Wed – Specialty Cocktail Tuesday

On March 27, 2012

Bing Cherry season has arrived!  To celebrate the short but sweet six week season of bing cherry bliss, mix up a fresh Bing Cherry Margarita.  Cheers! Ingredients: – 2 ounces Tequila – 5 sweet Bing Cherries – 1/2 lime – 1/2 ounce agave nectar – 1 cup crushed ice Tools Needed: muddler, cocktail shaker To […]

8 Questions to ask a Band or DJ before hiring them

On March 11, 2012

Although DJs and bands are often relatively small wedding expenses, their contribution is one of the largest!  Every couple imagines their wedding reception being the most talked about party of the year…in a good way!  Whether a band or DJ will provide the entertainment, the following questions are key. For outdoor ceremonies and/or receptions without […]

Marry Me Martini – Specialty Cocktail Tuesday

On March 6, 2012

The Brazilian Acai Berry Martini {aka The Marry Me Martini} is the perfect specialty cocktail to serve at your island destination wedding.What You Need: 1.5 oz. MonaVie acai berry juice 1.5 oz. ZYR Russian Vodka 1 oz. white grape juice Juice from 1/4 tangerine, plus a slice for garnish How To Make It: In a […]

Specialty Cocktail Tuesday

On March 1, 2012

I’m a huge fan of specialty cocktails at a wedding for 3 reasons: they’re a great way to save money without your guests realizing it fun(ny), creative names and colors are an easy way to advance your theme and spark conversation amongst guests taste testing different cocktails prior to choosing the right one:) All of […]

Ask Jon’ette: What is the protocol for bridal shower invites?

On February 13, 2012

Today’s question comes via Twitter: “What is bridal shower protocol for getting invited?  My husband and I have known the groom for over 10 years, but I wasn’t invited to the bridal shower.” I went on to find out from this person that they are not actually friends with the bride, although she invited the […]