Vendor Feature: Take Off Events

February 23 • 2017

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Planning a Maine wedding? Trust the team at Take Off Events to make your celebration everything that you envisioned, and more!

Owner, Courtney Weaver, is an event expert with a decade of experience under her belt. Her career began in 1997 organizing corporate and community events. In 1999 she coordinated her first wedding in San Francisco and she fell in love with the industry. Years down the road in Blue Hill, Courtney saw the need for event planners in the growing Maine wedding market and Take Off Events was born.

Today, Courtney and her talented team provide professional consultation and planning services. Take Off Events offers individualized packages catered to meeting each client’s specific needs. From theme design and complete coordination to consultation and day-of facilitation, this talented team does it all! They are dedicated to making every couple feel pampered and every celebration uniquely unforgettable.

See more from Take Off Events on their website and their Facebook page.

[Photos: top right Summer Street // bottom right Mark McCall]

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Summer wedding season will be here in the blink of an eye! In the spirit of the planning season, we’re revisiting our interview with  Sperry Tents. Today, Sperry Tents is known across New England for their impeccable products, elegant style and excellent customer service.

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L&L: The history of Sperry Tents.

SPERRY: Sperry’s journey began in 1980 when accomplished sail-maker Steve Sperry was faced with the challenge of hosting a family gathering.  Applying his creative eye and knowledge of fabrics, Steve hatched the plan to design the first ever Sperry Tent for the occasion.  Using hand-sewn panels of waterproof sailcloth and hand-milled spruce pine for center poles and perimeter poles, Sperry Tents was born.

Sperry Tents<br><a href=http://www.sperrytents.com target=_blank>image courtesy Sperry Tents</a>

L&L: Describe the range of tents that you offer.

SPERRY: Our authentic sailcloth tents are all manufactured in Rochester, Massachusetts, by the Sperry Tents originator. The same lightweight, waterproof sailcloth canvas has proven strong enough to stand up to the seas for decades.  With sizes ranging from as large as a 66ft x 126ft oval tent to as small as a 16ft round tent, we aim to accommodate any event size.  In addition to sailcloth tents, we offer an array of wedding and event amenities.  Our versatile flooring options offer limitless potential for event ideas and venue locations.  We also offer a wide variety of lighting options providing the signature Sperry glow of aesthetic ambiance and elegant décor.

L&L: What are the majority of your bookings? Weddings, private events, corporate functions, etc.?

SPERRY: About 90% of our bookings are for weddings.  The remaining 10% are made up of corporate events, benefits, and cocktail parties.

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L&L: How long does it take to put up a tent? With how many people?

SPERRY: One of Sperry’s core competencies that we pride ourselves on is our customer service.  Our friendly, professional staff is timely and efficient.  The number of people and the amount of time an installation takes can vary with the size of the event.  A common booking for us is a 46ft. x 125ft. tent with brushed nickel onion lanterns, perimeter lighting, side curtains, a bandstand and a dance floor, an event that six installers could complete in under four hours.

Sperry Tents interior<br><a href=http://www.sperrytents.com target=_blank>image courtesy Sperry Tents</a>

L&L: How far in advance do couples typically book with you? What does that process consist of?

SPERRY: Most of our clients book 8-12 months before their event date, while a smaller percentage book 6-8 months in advance. To get in touch with us clients have been using the online contact page on our recently remodeled website, as well as calling our sales office.

The booking process starts with a phone call to discuss event details including: location, number of guests, event space, and potential flooring and lighting options.  We follow up with a complementary site visit to introduce ourselves, measure the event space, and discuss all of the options for the event layout.  After the onsite consultation, we send an estimate and an individualized blueprint of the event.

Our representatives work closely with clients throughout the entire booking and planning process to ensure satisfaction.  Installation and breakdown appointments are fitted to work around your schedule, and an onsite attendant is always available at each event to answer any questions or offer suggestions.

Sperry Tents<br><a href=http://www.sperrytents.com target=_blank>image courtesy Sperry Tents</a>

L&L: How do most of your clients find you?

SPERRY: We have had the opportunity to work with a network of amazing clients, vendors, venues, and event specialists that have spread our message throughout the northeast.  In addition to referrals, we have remodeled our website with a blog page, new interactive features, and significantly increased our presence in social media.

Sperry Tents<br><a href=http://www.sperrytents.com target=_blank>image courtesy Sperry Tents</a>

L&L: Thank you for giving us an inside peek into Sperry Tents. If readers want to get in touch with you to inquire about your availability, what is the best way for them to reach you?

SPERRY: Call 1-877-SPERRYT or email us at info@sperrytentsseacoast.com. You can also use our “contact us” link on our website or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Espresso Dave’s Coffee Catering

Tell us a little bit about you & your business.

Espresso Dave’s celebrates its 22nd year in business providing espresso carts, specialty coffee bars at weddings, brunches, showers, after-parties, and special events. We’re based on the New Hampshire Seacoast and we love working with brides and grooms throughout New England.

Whether you’re serving a grand, multi-tiered wedding cake, cupcake tower or other specialty dessert, our cappuccinos and espressos will perfectly complement your reception’s final course.

Describe the range of services you offer.

We offer hand-crafted, hot, cold, iced and frozen espresso-based drinks including cappuccinos, espressos, lattes and mochaccinos. We also provide frozen fruit smoothie bars, hot chocolate bars, and Italian soda bars. And, we are the exclusive vendor for Beverage Toppers, the unique way to monogram drinks.

What is one thing you would say makes your business unique in the industry?

We are unique in the industry being the first fully mobile espresso caterer in the Northeast. We started Espresso Dave’s 22 years ago!

How far in advance to couples usually book you for their wedding day?

Most couples book our service a year in advance. However, we’re happy to try to accommodate last minute requests for espresso cart service.

How do most clients find you?

On the web and personal referrals.

 

Any additional information you think our readers would find valuable.

I’m also known as “Barista to the Stars”!  Our company is the preferred coffee service to many of the Hollywood productions done in Boston and around New England. We’ve served Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Adam Sandler, Steve Martin, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Cameron Diaz, Rob Lowe, Jason Segel, Kevin Bacon, and Matthew McConaughey, to name a few stars. We also were part of the winning team on TLC’s reality show, Four Weddings.

How can couples get in touch with you?

Call 888-221-9029 for a consultation or go to our website at www.espressodave.com/weddings where you’ll find an easy-to-use quote request form.

[Photo: Rick Bouthiette]

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Letter & Adore

Today we’re looking back on our interview with Helen of Letter & Adore, formerly Helen Handmade. We’re in love with Helen’s new brand and as always, in love with her amazing hand lettering work!

L&L: Tell us a little bit about you & your business.

I am Helen of Letter & Adore. Just before my own wedding in July 2014, I stumbled across the art of hand lettering and completely fell in love. Of course, I used my basic lettering skills (at the time) and created a number of signs for our wedding. As you can probably already tell, my business started shortly (2 weeks to be exact) after our wedding. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to create something special with my lettering for over 200 weddings across the world.

 L&L: Describe the range of services you offer.

I offer a wide range of products and services that involve hand lettering or calligraphy. From paper goods, to wood, to glass, I can hand letter on just about any surface.

L&L: What is one thing you would say makes your business unique in the industry?

Each wedding is what makes my business unique in the industry. My items are hand lettered and/or hand painted with the client in mind. No two items are exactly the same, just like the weddings I service. I enjoy hearing/reading each love story and incorporating intimate details to each project to reflect the couple.

 L&L: What are some of your favorite venues and vendors you enjoy working with in the area?

My husband and I just moved back to Maine in October so I’m still quite new to the wedding industry in Maine. However, I’ve been networking with a group of amazing wedding vendors (Maine Wedding Network) that I really hope to work with this summer.

 L&L: How far in advance do couples usually book you for their wedding day?

My lead time varies greatly based on the type of project. I would recommend booking 3-5 months in advance to reserve time on my calendar.

 L&L: How do most clients find you?

Most of my clients find me on Etsy as it is one of the largest online marketplace for couples planning a wedding.

L&L: What is the most memorable wedding you worked at and why?

It’s impossible to pick just one! The very first wedding globe guestbook I created for an NYC couple will always hold a special place in my heart. It was such a beautiful wedding and it was featured on Style Me Pretty. Last summer, a Chicago bride asked me to hand letter her menu to be printed on cloth napkins. That was such an exciting project because I got to try something completely new and different. I’ve also recently had the opportunity to paint a program sign which included Chinese elements as the groom is from China. I, too, am from China and it really reminded me of home and my roots.

 L&L: How can couples get in touch with you?

You can always reach me at helen@letterandadore.com or visit my website www.letterandadore.com. If you want to see all the current projects I’m working on, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@letterandadore).

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Vendor Feature: Marrero Events

January 26 • 2017

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Marrero Events

When it comes to celebrations, it’s no question why Marrero Events is considered one of the best in New England.

Owner Paula Marrero began her impressive career managing events for acclaimed Celebrity Chef Todd English in Boston, MA. In 2005 she decided to take her hospitality skills to new levels and move into the realm of weddings. Paula’s keen eye for detail and design, natural ease under pressure and years of experience have solidified Marrero Events impeccable reputation.

Paula and her team work tirelessly to give each couple a custom wedding planning experience. Planning packages include Day-Of Coordination, Month-Of and Full Wedding planning. Additional personal touches–such as unlimited consultations, meetings, candid advice, vendor referrals and overall support and guidance–prove that Marrero Events is here to go the extra mile.
See more of Paula’s work serving Boston, Cape Cod, New England and beyond on the Marrero Events website and Facebook page.

[Photos, left to right: Zev Fisher | Person + Killian]

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Today we’re looking back on our interview with beauty pro Janayna Lamas of Beauty by Jana Lamas. An expert with 23 years of experience, Janayna is well-versed in the latest makeup trends and timeless techniques that create a one-of-a-kind bridal beauty look.

L&L: Tell us a little bit about you & your business.

I started in retail working for prestigious brands like Estée Lauder, Christian Dior , Trish Mcevoy, Chanel and Laura Mercier. I also worked for Brazil’s national TV Globo as head makeup Artist for multiple TV shows and a Telenovela. I have received my training from one of the world most sought out Makeup College C| MU in Toronto, Canada. I am now a Boston based Makeup Artist working mostly with Brides “weddings” and special events.

 L&L: Describe the range of services you offer.

Weddings, fashion shoots, TV and head-shots. I also specialize in brow shaping.

L&L: What is one thing you would say makes your business unique in the industry?

For one thing , I am a one man show! Also, definitely my experience in the business my attention to detail and my ability to create a flawless look for every individual .

 L&L: What are some of your favorite venues and vendors you enjoy working with in the area?

There are so many great venues in our area, Boston Harbor Hotel, the Four Seasons, Taj and surrounding areas places like Castle Hill in Ipswich, The Mount in the Berkshire and more. My favorite hair stylist is Jennifer Tawa.

 L&L: How far in advance do couples usually book you for their wedding day?

They usually book 1 year ahead, but there are clients that book 6months in advance and even 1 month. It all depends on my availability.

 L&L: How do most clients find you?

By my website, janalamas.com, on Wedding Wire, from various people in the industry or by recommendation from past clients.

L&L: How can couples get in touch with you?

Definitely through my website, janalamas.com or my Wedding Wire page.

L&L: Any additional information you would like to share with our readers?

Have fun while planning your big day and do research to find the professionals that you want to be part of your day. Secure your date by a contract and definitely plan ahead, as the best goes first!

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