Keren Lifrak Blog A collection of writings from the Keren Lifrak blog. The Knot Magazine National Feature - Keren Lifrak Weddings <img src="" alt="The Knot National-Florida Luxe Weddings_Keren Lifrak" width="165" height="215" /> <p>When a client starts an article testimonial with: "Having the perfect planner could make all the differenece" on a national feature on <a title="Keren Lifrak Wedding Feature_The Knot Magazine_National" href="">The Knot Magazine's Luxe Wedding List</a>, there's just nothing left to say. Hapiness!!! We are so delighted. thank you Ashley and Jaime -- and thank you The Knot editors. To see the spread inside... click here <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 00:00:00 UTC Our New Promo Video and Testimonial - Keren Lifrak Weddings <p><iframe src="" width="425" height="350" frameborder="0"></iframe> </p> <p>We are proud to introduce to you our new promotional video and testimonial based on a wedding we did at the Ringling Museum last fall. The same wedding is expected to be featured in the Knot's Luxe Magazine this month!</p> Sun, 24 Jun 2012 00:00:00 UTC Designed for each other <p>Here is just one quick snapshot from Rietje and Sam's beautiful wedding at the <a title="Longboat Key Hilton Resort" href="" target="_blank">Longboat Key Hilton Resort</a> this past Saturday.</p> <p><img src="" alt="Sam & Rietje logo" width="400" height="533" /></p> <p> </p> <p>Despite having to move to the backup plan due to stormy weather, this bride & groom took it in stride and their love for one another brightened the day for all involved.</p> <p>So many gorgeous details (but what else would you expect from a talented pair of graphic artists?): birds galore - on the table numbers, custom napkins, and in the centerpieces, cheery teal blue & yellow accents, delicious mini-cupcakes, and so much more. Can't wait to share the photos by <a title="Mandy And Me Studio" href="" target="_blank">Mandy and Me Studio</a>!</p> <p>Congratulations Sam & Rietje! We loved being a part of your special day.</p> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 00:00:00 UTC "One" Jessi and Will by Keren Lifrak Weddings <p><img src="" alt="One" width="280" height="280" /></p> <p>Jessi and Will first met on a trip to the Middle East. It was only natural that world-music artist and friend of the family Yair Dalal's music would be played during the couple's walk on the aisle to their intimate, Moroccan style unification ceremony this afternoon in Venice. Photos to follow. </p> <p><a href=""></a>%uFEFF%uFEFF</p> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 00:00:00 UTC Brides Against Breast Cancer <p><img src="" alt="Brides against breast cancer - by Keren Lifrak" width="215" height="55" /></p> <p>The Cancer Support Community has recently purchased Brides Against Breast Cancer, an organization that arranges for bridal gowns to be donated and then sold off at bridal shows in order to support women with breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute's current statistics, 12.2 percent of women born in the United States today will develop breast cancer at some time in their lives so it behooves each and every one of us to support this cause. The first Dress Dash in Sarasota will take place on March 17, 2012 from 11:00 till 8:00 at the Cancer Support Community Florida Suncaost, 5481 Communications Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34240. If you recently got married and would like to donate your dress, or if you are about to be married and looking for a designer dress at a bargain price, visit <a title="Brides Against Breast Cancer" href=""></a> and see how you can help today.</p> <p>by Keren Lifrak</p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 00:00:00 UTC Mt Dora Bed and Breakfast- Keren Lifrak <p> </p> <p><img src="" alt="Mt. Dora Historic Inn - Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events" width="228" height="170" /></p> <p>As I always seek new locations for destinations weddings, a few weeks ago, we drove to Mt. Dora, FL. Mt. Dora is quite the antique and flea market mecca. I thought I would find interesting props for event decor as well as research the local hotels and venues. What I didn't expect is this quaint B&B that we stayed in. The Mount Dora Historic Inn. The interior design wasn't all that, with a 19th century feel to it but the real gem were Ana and Jim, the Inn-keeper -- and Jim's breakfasts - OMG!!! I didn’t see that one coming! Having worked in the restaurant business in New York when I was younger, I could tell that Jim was trained and Ana took extra care with her service and attention to details. Most importantly I could tell that Ana and Jim care deeply about their business and about the people you host at the Mount Dora Historic Inn. It was such a pleasure to chat with Ana and the other guests that we arrived at the antique extravaganza an hour later than we anticipated each morning, simple because Ana’s hosting and the guests conversations were so enjoyable. I'm looking forward to meeting the client who is interested in this type of Shabby Chic wedding so I can come back to Mt. Dora and the Historic Inn.</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 00:00:00 UTC Ringling November Wedding - by Keren Lifrak Wedding Design and Planning <p><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special events" width="352" height="800" /></p> <p><iframe src="" width="389" height="219"></iframe></p> <p>While I'm waiting for the "real" pictures from the Vue chicks for this magnificent 1920's November Wedding at the Ringling Museum, I borrowed this photos from Diva Productions, the video artists. I have one word for the record: FEATHERS. Seriously now, this was a super fun wedding to work on because the bride and groom trusted us so completely that we got to play around, show our true colors (yes, just like the Peacock!) and do what we do best plan and design events! More detailed pictures to come soon.</p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 00:00:00 UTC Ellie's Belly - Baby Shower <p><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Flowers floral design_Cat Penenga_Ellie P. Campbell" width="525" height="255" /></p> <p>A few weeks ago my dear friend Ellie had her baby shower. <a title="Ellie P. Campbell Photography" href="">Ellie</a> is a fabulous photographer and her talented sister had arranged her shower at one of our favorite girly spots -- Shoogie boogie's. Dana set up a really cute game where each one of he guests had to bring a baby picture of themselves. The guests had to full in a sheet and guess who was who. That kept us all busy for a while... i did the <a title="Keren Lifrak Flowers_Floral Design" href="">flowers</a> and <a title="Ellie's Belly - Cat Pennenga and Keren Lifrak" href="">Cat Pennenga</a> was of course on the camera. </p> <p>By Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events</p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 00:00:00 UTC Merry Meals at Selby Gardens' Lights in Bloom <p><img src="" alt="Merry Meals at Selby Gardens by Keren Lifrak" width="410" height="410" /></p> <p>One of the things we've implemented this year at "Lights in Bloom" -- Merry Meals! <a title="Merry Meals at Selby Gardens' Lights in Bloom by Keren Lifrak" href="">Selby Botanical Gardens'</a> holiday extravaganza, kids (and parents) will be able to enjoy "Merry Meals." Families that come to the garden to enjoy the holiday decoration and activities won't have to rush out after sunset to make it home for dinner. Now they can enjoy the celebration AND have dinner at the Lights in Bloom Cafe and Carriage House. Hot chocolate, grilled foods, spiced popcorn... and Merry Meals. Come on down... the more the merrier!</p> <p>-by Keren Lifrak Weddings and Special Events</p> <p> </p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:00:00 UTC "All Together Now" -- Chanukah and Kwanzaa join Christmas in bloom at Selby Gardens During "Lights in Bloom" <p><img src="" alt="Chanukah and Kwanzaa celebration at Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota - by Keren Lifrak" width="410" height="274" /></p> <p>Aside from fabulous private events and weddings, this year I've joined the development team at <a title="Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa this December at Selby Gardens - by Keren Lifrak" href="">Selby Gardens</a> and working on building their public events and sponsorships. Lights in Bloom, Selby's holiday light extravaganza will take place this holiday season December 16-23, 26 and 27. With the all inclusive spirit of the holiday, I've invited the <a title="Hanukkah at Selby Gardens during Lights in Bloom" href="">Jewish Federation</a> to partner with us and celebrate Chanukah at the gardens for the first time. Chabad of Sarasota and Bradenton will be there nightly to light the menorah, sing songs and play games. Similarly, the <a title="Kwanzaa at Selby Gardens' Lights in Bloom" href="">North Sarasota Library</a> is joining us in celebrating the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa for the first time. Dr. Lonnetta Gaines, artist in residence will join us for story telling, answering questions and education about this holiday on December 18th. All "holidays of lights" joining their light at Selby Gardens this December 2011.</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:00:00 UTC Let them Eat Cake! Ca d' Zan Cake <p><img src="" alt="Wedding Cake idea by Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events" width="410" height="564" /></p> <p>In two weeks Ashley and Jaime will celebrate this grand wedding at the Ringling Museum. One of my favorite features is something I came up with for this 1920's, peacock feathered extravaganza -- a cake that features the architectural details of the Ca d'Zan. I can only imagine what the real deal will look like... I for one can't wait!</p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 00:00:00 UTC The most beautiful crying bride... by Keren Lifrak Wedding Planning <p><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Wedding Planner_Sarasota Yacht Club Florida" width="410" height="272" /> While I'm anxiously waiting on the gorgeous photos from Kristen and Brett's Wedding at the Sarasota Yacht Club by the lovely CA photographer <a title="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events Planning and Design" href=""></a>, Florida earlier this month, I couldn't help posting this adorable picture of Kristen and her Dad, Greg as they make their way down the aisle! I'm not in the habit of posting sobbing pics but this one was simply cute!</p> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 00:00:00 UTC Wedding in Paradise... Starting from the end, by Keren Lifrak Weddings <p><img src="" alt="Misty_Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events" width="410" height="615" /><img src="" alt="Mist_Dusty_Keren Lifrak Beach Weddings" width="410" height="615" /><img src="" alt="Mist_Dust_Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events" width="410" height="273" />While the lovely and talented <a title="Ellie P. Campbell Phototgraphy" href="">Ellie P. Campbell</a> is working on the actual wedding photos, we are starting from the end, moving backwards! Misty wanted a "Trash the Dress" photo session the next morning which turned into this whole adorable shoot... which simply reminds me why Sarasota is such a paradise for destination weddings! To see more of this photo shoot, visit Ellie's blog.</p> <p> </p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 00:00:00 UTC "I Heart You" Wedding, Part 2 <div> <p><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events" width="410" height="615" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events" width="410" height="615" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_" width="410" height="615" /><img src="" alt="" width="410" height="615" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_" width="410" height="615" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_" width="410" height="615" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_" width="410" height="516" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_" width="410" height="615" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_" width="410" height="615" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_" width="416" height="303" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_" width="416" height="275" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_" width="416" height="277" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_" width="416" height="277" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_" width="416" height="277" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_" width="416" height="277" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_" width="416" height="277" /><img src="" alt="" width="416" height="262" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_" width="416" height="277" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_" width="416" height="277" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_" width="416" height="277" /></p> <br /> <p>Here's the promised "part 2" post of this lovely wedding at the Ca d'Zan Mansion, at the John and Mable Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL last month. Presented to you by Keren Lifrak Weddings and Special Events and the spectacularly romantic photography of Cat Pennenga Photography. Sugaaaar Ruuuuuush!</p> </div> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 00:00:00 UTC "I Heart You" - Sarasota Wedding Planner <p><img src="" alt="Keren_Lifrak_Weddings & Special Events_Planning" width="410" height="315" /></p> <p>Jennifer and Christian came to Sarasota to get married at the <a title="Wedding_Planners_Sarasota_Florida" href="">Ca d'Zan</a> from LA. Not only was it a super sweet wedding (literally... candy bar and all) but I couldn't have asked to work with sweeter people who deserved a perfect wedding. The couple works at Lionsgate (yes... that Lionsgate... "Mad Men" and all), and has impeccable taste!! Jennifer's Mom recruited all of grandma's vintage broaches to the occasion for her rehearsal bouquet and everything from Jenn's bridal version of "Over the Rainbow" shoes (that was played during the ceremony, naturally), to the vintage Rolls-Royce and catering by <a title="Wedding Catering - Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_Planner" href="">Treviso</a>. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have your pictures taken by the super talent Kitty Cat --<a title="Wedding planner, Sarasota - Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events, Ca d'zan, Ringling Museum" href=""> Cat Pennenga Photography</a> which just makes the memories so much sweeter! I can't wait to see the rest of it! Stay tuned.</p> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 00:00:00 UTC Pretty in Pink Bridal Shower, Wedding Planners SRQ <div> <p><img src="" alt="Bridal Shower Invitation_Sarasota Wedding Planning by Keren Lifrak" width="420" height="630" /><img src="" alt="Sarasota Wedding Planning by Keren Lifrak_Bridal Shower Flowers" width="420" height="630" /></p> <br /> <p><img src="" alt="Sarasota_Wedding Planners_Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events" width="320" height="450" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_Bridal Shower Table" width="400" height="267" /></p> <br /> <p><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_Florida_table napkins" width="420" height="630" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings and Special Events_favors" width="420" height="630" /></p> <br /> <p><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_Florida Garden" width="420" height="630" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Wedding Planning _Florida_Strawberry" width="420" height="630" /><img src="" alt="Sarasota Bridal Shower_Keren Lifrak Wedding Planners_Garden" width="400" height="267" /></p> <br /> <p><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events_Bridal Shower Planning" width="310" height="450" /></p> <br /> <p>Ashley is not much of a pink girl but with Peonies looking so good... how could anyone resist? Ever since <a title="Event Planners Sarasota, Keren Lifrak" href="">Shoogie Boogie's</a> opened its doors last year, I just had an itch to have a girly bridal shower there. The perfect girly getaway, right here in Sarasota, Florida. The elegant coral invitations were done at <a title="Wedding and bridal shower invitations - Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events" href="">The Paper Tree</a>, The shabby chic pink flags strands were custom sewn by <a title="bridal shower flags, Keren Lifrak Sarasota Wedding Planning" href="">Really Rosy</a>, Cake: <a title="Wedding Planners Sarasota" href="">Pastries by Design</a>, Flowers by <a title="Keren Lifrak Wedding Flowers, Sarasota, Florida" href="">Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events</a> of course... and once again, last but not least, absolutely gorgeous photos, taken by the super talented <a title="Bridal Shower Flowers by Keren Lifrak Weddings, Sarasota, Florida" href="">Cat Pennenga</a> who shares my love for modern vintage scenes. Thanks guys for making Ashley's Shower amazing!</p> </div> Sat, 28 May 2011 00:00:00 UTC Around the World - Keren Lifrak Event Planner <div> <p><img src="" alt="" width="410" height="546" /></p> <br /> <p>Fifth Third Bank held an appreciation event for Admiral Travel at the Sarasota Yacht Club. The theme was "Around the World," featuring 3 countries: India, Thailand and Spain. Tricky one: how do you design with such a contrasting color theme without it looking like a bad 80s movie? I don't usually like to mix all of these primary colors... but in this case, it worked. We ended up finding common colors that tied everything together in a way that worked. The bank provided these awesome tote bags made of recycled sales. How cool is that?!</p> </div> Tue, 24 May 2011 00:00:00 UTC Geena Davis Luncheon by Keren Lifrak Event Planner <object id="player_swf" width="385" height="319" class="mceItemMedia mceItemFlash" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="flashVars" value="player_id=a36590ed4e242bc8e10a219eb7da8687&services_url=" /><param name="src" value="" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" />" __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) "")); }" returntype="\"javascript\"" name="\"" name "\""> </object> <p>As a woman, I'm super pleased to enter this blurb in my blog. The Sarasota Film Festival honored actress Geena Davis this year with a special luncheon. Davis presented her groundbreaking study abut Gender in the Media and the "See Jane" project. The study is about recognizing the need to balance genders in movies and TV and her goal is to see changes in the industry in the next few years. Mark Famiglio, the SFF president, announced that the SFF and Geena Davis will partner up to get the program into the edcuation system, starting with Booker Middle School and Girls Inc. I can't wait to see what programs come out of this! I will never look at another G-rated movie the same again.</p> <p>(Video provide by Paul Videla of <a title="Geena Davis shines" href="" target="_blank">Bradenton Herald</a>)</p> Sun, 15 May 2011 00:00:00 UTC SFF 2011- Keren Lifrak Event Planner, SRQ Magazine <p><a title="Keren Lifrak Wedding and Event Planning" href=""><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Wedding Event Planner SFF 2011" width="410" height="273" /></a></p><br /> <p>photo: <a title="Keren Lifrak Event Planner_SFF2011" href="">Ellie P. Campbell Photography</a></p><br /> <p>Another season has gone by with the Sarasota Film Festival which kept me from blogging for a while. Geena Davis has come and gone as well as Christopher Plummer (with whom I had a really cool, random conversation with about travel, on the bar at Jean Georges in New York about 13 years ago... my life has come full circle, haha), as well as 8 successful events and I'm left with one big desire -- and that is to have a reeeaaaally long foot massage. Before I put to rest one more year of the festival planning, I would like to leave you with some event and wedding planning thoughts and design ideas that I contributed as a guest columnist to <a title="Keren Lifrak Wedding Planning Special Events Planner" href=""><strong>SRQ Magazine in their April 2011 issue</strong></a> . Rolling....action! oh, and more photos from the festival to be posted shortly... Thanks, Ellie for the fun photos!</p> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 00:00:00 UTC Sweet and smooth as a Creamsicle - Vue Photography <p><a title="Keren Lifrak Wedding Planning_Vue Photography" href=""><img src="" alt="Ashley_Jaime Engagement_Keren Lifrak Weddings and Special Events" width="410" height="615" /></a><a title="Ashley and Jaime Engagement_Keren Lifrak Wedding Planner"><img src="" alt="Jaime_Ashley Engagement photos Sarasota_Keren Lifrak Wedding Planning and Events" width="410" height="273" /></a><a title="Keren Lifrak Wedding Planning_Photo by Vue Photography" href=""><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings and Special Events" width="410" height="273" /></a></p><br /> <p> </p><br /> <p>You MUST check out the rest of Ashley and Jaime's engagement photos, taken by the truly magnificent Genya, owner of <a title="Ashley and Jaime Engagement Photos by Vue Photography" href="">Vue Photography</a> in Miami. What a fun shoot we had, discovering little nooks and crannies in Sarasota. Other than being scrumptiously whimsical and fun -- these seem like classics to me. She is never going to worry about her dress looking out of style... and the "<em>bicikleta" </em>in the background only adds old world charm. I'm psyched about this wedding!</p> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 00:00:00 UTC Le Macaron! by Keren Lifrak Wedding Planner <p><a title="Macaron Keren Lifrak wedding planners" href=""><img src="" alt="" width="400" /></a>Here we are, post Valentine's Day... and I though I would mention one of my favorite favors -- for a wedding or just to tell someone you love them this is a super sweet way to do so -- the Macaron! Crispy and fluffy Meringue on the outside and creamy almond paste on the inside. They come in almost any color and flavor you desire. Some have traced its French debut back to the arrival of Catherine de Medici's Italian pastry chefs whom she brought with her in 1533 upon marrying Henry II of France. If you happen to be in Paris you MUST stop at <a title="Laduree" href="">Laduree</a>, one of the most famous patisseries which offeres endless Macaron flavors. In Sarasota, Florida we have our local version at <a title="La Macaron Keren Lifrak Wedding Planners" href="">Le Macaron</a> on St Armand's Circle and they do justice to the little ol' Macaron. Delic!!!</p><br /> <p>Bon appetit... from Keren.</p> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 00:00:00 UTC Shoogie Boogie's by Keren Lifrak Wedding Planning <p><img src="" alt="Sarasota Wedding Planner Keren Lifrak" width="400" height="313" /></p><br /> <p>I discovered a sweet new cafe last week, a real girly haven. The Garden Room at <a title="Shoogie Boogie's" href="">Shoogie Boogie's</a> is a quaint, California style little cafe with an adorable outdoor patio. It's all about the details and Kathryn Kittinger, the owner of this cute joint understands that well. From the tiny designer flower holders, to the antique furniture, the white umbrellas that make you want to sit there in the sunshine for hours and the soaps and chocolates for sale. AND you must try the cucumber and Geranium sparkling water! It's so refreshing. Shoogie Boogie's is a perfect spot for a small intimate dinner party, a wedding, rehearsal wedding -- or romantic escape for two...</p> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 00:00:00 UTC Thanksgiving by Keren Lifrak Event Planning <p><img src="" alt="Event Planners Sarasota Thanksgiving Dinner Party " width="400" height="331" /></p><br /> <p><img src="" alt="Wedding Planners_Keren Lifrak Wedding & Special Events Thanksgiving " width="400" height="300" /></p><br /> <p>Other than great food, you don't need much to plan on making your Thanksgiving dinner party a smashing success. Some beautiful flowers and simple table accessories should do the trick. For Mary Miele (whose equally fabulous kitchen will be featured on HGTV soon), we created some large scale Sunflower and orange Rananculus arrangement in rustic brown urns for the kitchen and buffet tables. For the dinner tables we collected some beautiful drift wood which was placed on the long tables along with a series of low arrangements that included orange Roses, Rananculus, ornamental Kale, Hydrangeas and touches of Salal (we do live in Florida after all). Simple, elegant events. Happy Thanksgiving!</p><br /> <p>- Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events, Sarasota, FL</p> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:00:00 UTC Wedding Planning: Draping <p><img src="" alt="Wedding Planner and Designer Keren Lifrak" width="400" height="267" /></p><br /> <p>Once again, a little fabric goes a long way. Stephanie was on a budget for her wedding reception. She got married at the Sarasota Yacht Club, Florida. With stunning water views one doesn't need much to top that... However, the club is open to its members at all times. In order to create a subtle separation between the bar and dining room where the wedding guests were, our very own talented Daniel draped the entryway with a sheer fabric that added a festive and private feel -- enough to give people the idea "this is where the wedding is taking place."</p><br /> <p>-Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events</p> Sat, 20 Nov 2010 00:00:00 UTC Wedding Vintage-ized Save the Date Cards <p><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Wedding Planners_Lucky-Luxe" width="400" height="363" /></p><br /> <p>Those who know me, know that I'm a sucker for almost anything vintage. I recently was introduced to a fabulous invitation company called Lucky-Luxe based in Mississippi. Erin, the owner creates wonderfully authentic looking "vintage-ized" images of almost anything and turns them into lovely old fashioned looking postcards. We are currently working on Ashely and Jaime's Dave the Date cards from the Ca d'Zan mansion. I can't wait to see the final result!!!</p><br /> <p>- Keren Lifrak, wedding planner</p> Sat, 20 Nov 2010 00:00:00 UTC Keren Lifrak Flowers, a nice way to say thanks <p><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Wedding Planners_Flowers " width="400" height="300" /></p><br /> <p>Keren Lifrak Flowers, a nice way to say thanks -- any day.</p> Sat, 20 Nov 2010 00:00:00 UTC Girls Inc Event Designed by Keren Lifrak Weddings <p><img src="" alt="Wedding Planner Keren Lifrak _ Tent" width="425" height="319" /></p><br /> <p><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Flowers" width="300" height="400" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events" width="300" height="368" /></p><br /> <p>La Plage Bleue, a Girls Inc fundraiser took place last week on the beach at the Longboat Key Club. Despite the chilly fall weather, people enjoyed taking out their winter clothes and sat by the firepits enjoying the beautiful setting, smore sandwiches and cocktails. The amazing committee helped with all hands on deck to execute my vintage, French Riviera design plan for the event -- which showed that some fabric and props go along way! I had purchased blue and white nautical fabric and created beautiful custom tent draping as well as matching pillows for the lounge furniture. I used surf boards and white spandex boxes as a focal point and filled it in with nautical, vintage props by <a title="Props used by Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Event" href="">Sarasota Architectural Salvage</a>. Thank you Jesse!</p> Sat, 13 Nov 2010 00:00:00 UTC &quot;A Different View&quot; Wedding Videography <object width="400" height="240" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="src" value="" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="height=240&width=400&file=" /></object><br /> One of my favorite video trends is using the old 16mm or super 8 cameras to bring back that nostalgic look to the wedding video footage. I think that everyone gets a bit nostalgic at wedding (or at least some of us...). As a Dad looks at his daughter after giving her away, he remembers his little girl as she appeared on the lense of his camera 20 years ago on black and white or sepia tones with fuzzy looking interferances due to the quality of film back then. That's what some of these videographers do deliberately these days. I just love the effect it gives the footage -- makes you feel so warm inside. I've had the pleasure of working with Andy Jackson, owner of Portal Films. His works speaks for itself...<br /> -Keren Lifrak Mon, 18 Oct 2010 00:00:00 UTC Hot Stuff at the SRQ Hot List Party - by Keren <p>A space, is a space, is a space. It's amazing what one can do with a blank canvas like the Municipal Auditorium. The historic "gym" like building, known these days for it's monthly antique shows and other community gatherings, was transformed by the hands of Ashley Grant into a hip and chic party venue last Saturday night at SRQ Magazine's annual Hot List Party. Add some white drapings to devide the space into intimate rooms, place some colorful LED lights, throw in live art instalations, the martinis of course... and you've got yourself a hot party.</p><br /> <p>-Keren Lifrak</p> Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:00:00 UTC Romantic Wedding Venue in Portland, ME - by Keren <p><img src="" alt="Portland_Keren Lifrak Wedding Planners" width="400" height="650" /></p><br /> <p>If you happen to be traveling to the beautiful Portland, Maine and you are looking for a romantic, historic place to stay in, or a small wedding venue -- the sisters: Danforth Inn and Pomegranate Inn are more than perfection. Ashley and Jaime are getting married at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL in November 2011. However, Jaime's family is in Portland and that's where we the couple's engagement dinner last weekend. Leslie Cottrel, the owner and chef shares my passion for the fine thing in life and attention to detail and we were able to pull together a stylish, intimate dinner there for the family. A big thumbs-up for the Danforth Inn from Keren.</p> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 00:00:00 UTC Congratulations to the Wedding Show Winners! <p>Laurel Oak hosted a wedding show two Sundays ago. As I always like to help brides during this overwhelming process... and especially during this economy, we offered a few raffle items which included a discount on our complete wedding planning services, day of coordination and floral design items. The winners were: Jill Harrison, Kristen Treni, Reah Frank and Catie Pellegrino. Congratulations!!</p> Tue, 21 Sep 2010 00:00:00 UTC Lego Place Cards by Keren Lifrak on The Knot <p><img src="" alt="Wedding Planning Keren Lifrak " width="425" height="283" /><br />One of the editors at "The Knot" emailed me yesterday that they shared the wedding planning idea of the Lego Place Cards with their blog readers. Here it is again, from Tirsa and Brian's wedding at the Ringling Museum. It's retro, it's inexpensive and it's unique (just make sure they kids don't get their hands on it!).<br /><a href=""></a></p><br /> <p>Photo: <a title="Wedding Planners Sarasota Keren Lifrak" href="">Nina Sutherland Photography</a></p> Sat, 11 Sep 2010 00:00:00 UTC Wedding Planning Tip of the Week: Leather! <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><img src="" alt="Wedding Planners Blog Keren Lifrak" width="400" /></span></p><br /> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Photo: <a title="Sarasota Wedding Planners blog Keren Lifrak" href="" target="_blank">Ellie Campbell Photography</a></span></p><br /> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"> </p><br /> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>I met Talia, the owner of Green Apple Accessories through the Ring Corsage photoshoot. Talia crafts beautiful leather accessories such as hair pieces, shoe clips and more that I absolutely adore! The different styles would be a great customized touch to any wedding, especially if your favorite flower is out of season... My tip of the week is by Talia of <a title="Wedding Planner and design " href="">Green Apple Accessories</a>: </span><span>"The advantage of finding a simple timeless dress is that the bride can have fun with accessories. Try adding colored shoes to your dress for a bit of pop as you walk down the isle, or take notice of the ribbon used for the flower pieces. Maybe try polka dots or stripes for a little variety in texture. This is an area many times passed over that can add to the overall look of the day."</span></p> Mon, 06 Sep 2010 00:00:00 UTC Stacey and Ashley's Wedding by Keren Lifrak <p><br /><img src="" alt="Sarasota Wedding Planner Flowers 1" width="400" /><img src="" alt="Sarasota Wedding Planner Flowers 2" width="400" height="425" /><img src="" alt="Sarasota Wedding Planning and Flowers Ritz" width="400" /><img src="" alt="Sarasota Wedding Flowers by Keren Lifrak" width="400" /><img src="" alt="Sarasota Wedding Planner Flowers 3" width="400" height="640" /></p><br /> <p>Photos: <a title="Wedding Planners Blog Keren Lifrak" href="" target="_blank">Blonde Cow Photography</a></p><br /> <p>Stacey and Ashley's wedding at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota this summer was just as Stacey had discribed her vision "a dreamy, fairlytale forest." To achieve this we focused on thick bundles of curley willow both on the Chuppah and on the centerpieces and hung clsusters of hanging votives everywhere. The flowers were a mix of Hydrangeas, Phylanopsis Orchids, garden roses in ivory and blush and touches of vintage beads in gold and black. The mothers carried mini bouquets of Peonies with a black and white pattern ribbon and for the cocktail hour, simple yet stunning bouquets of coral peonies gave the tables the pop of color they needed.</p> Thu, 02 Sep 2010 00:00:00 UTC The Ring Corsage - a Great Wedding Idea <p>A couple of months ago I listed my latest trend "The Ring Corsage." One of the major national magazines is considering publishing it in their fashion section. With the help of <a href="">Ellie P. Campbell Photography</a> we shot a small spread to show a variety of corsages. While we're waiting to hear more... I'm posting the latest pictures on the blog to give some more ideas to you "out of the box" brides out there. From yours truly, Keren<strong>.</strong><br /><strong><br />Green: </strong>chrysanthemum with sage and green berries. Classic, organic and works with almost everything!<br /><strong><br />Yellow: </strong>chrysanthemum with an aqua ribbon and a clear button in the center adds a playful touch and a fun color combination.<br /><strong><br />Red:</strong> a classic, stunning red rose in full bloom with a whimsical blue and white striped ribbon.<br /><strong><br />Pink:</strong> a soft, elegant look with a velvet ribbon and cluster of black crystals.<br /><br /><img src="" alt="Ring Corsage - Keren Lifrak Weddings" width="400" /><img src="" alt="Pink corsage Keren Lifrak Wedding Flowers" width="400" /><img src="" alt="Keren Lifrak EWeddings and Special Events" width="275" height="413" /><img src="" alt="Red Ring Corsage by Keren Lifrak Weddings" width="275" height="413" /></p> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 00:00:00 UTC Relax Your Brain Before Your Big Wedding Day! <p>I visited my friend Nicoll Bacharach's business the other day and found myself having quite a unique experience -- a relaxing technique called "Brain Training." <a href=""></a>. While this method is mainly used for harmonizing and balancing the brain for those who are dealing with traumatic experiences, sleep issues, anxiety, and other life challenging issues, it is also used to simply reduce general stress. I thought to myself, what a great way to calm the mind before your wedding! <br /><br />The treatment takes place on a super comfy chair. Electrodes that read your brain waves are placed on your head (you don't feel a thing). They are processed through a computer and translated to lovely and intriguing sounds that are played back to you through ear-phones and re-align your brain wave pattern. Fascinating.<br /><br />As a wedding and event planner, I'm always faced with stressful situations during the planning process (all those moments that you are spared when you hire me :)). I always try to find new ways for my clients to relax and enjoy the several weeks prior to the big day. I thought I would share this one with you.</p><br /> <p><img src="" alt="Relax Your Brain Before Your Big Wedding Day" width="400" height="304" /></p> Sun, 22 Aug 2010 00:00:00 UTC Girls Inc - "La Plage Bleue" Beach Ball <p>I'm posting the new ad image that we came up with for the Girls Inc Beach Ball "La Plage Bleue" which will take place November 6th at the Longboat Key Club from 5:30-9pm. Tickets $75/$125. I'm chairing it, along with Monica Barth and Caryn Patterson and we have a fantastic committee and sponsors whom I'm so thankful for. Mark your calendars today!</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="400" /></p> Mon, 16 Aug 2010 00:00:00 UTC I wish I had an office like that! <p>I don't usually feature burger joints on my blog but this past weekend I was in Delray Beach, Florida and had lunch at "The Office." As a wedding planner and a designer -- what can I tell you, it was design at its finest and all about the DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS! A great dining <strong>experience</strong> is not just about the food or the service -- it's about all the elements combined and this restaurant knew how to do it just right. The napkins were folded to look like a man's shirt with the place for a cufflink, the menus and placemats had awesome jokes about office work (or not working...), the background to the banquettes looked like an office library with books and shelf art, the hostess stand looked like a stylish desk with built-in P.O. boxes, straight from "Ugly Betty," and the bathrooms could host the entire staff's coffee break "partee." Most importantly the burgers were cooked to perfection and were branded with "The Office" cattle stamp (is that what it's called?) alongside the best thin fries I've had in a long time. If you are ever on Atlantic Ave. in Delray, make sure you stop by for a bite or a drink. Now, I need to find an opportunity to throw an office party.</p><br /> <p> <img src="" alt="" width="400" /></p> Wed, 11 Aug 2010 00:00:00 UTC Angela's Tuscan 50th Birthday Party <p>Angela and Robert Smithson are masters of the art of living! I met Robert, owner of Trinity Printing at the Sarasota Film Festival. He asked me to help him plan his wife's 50th birthday party at their gorgeous Tuscan home.<br /><br />After I finished setting up the table, floral designs and got the staff ready, I had the pleasure of spending a good portion of the evening in my favorite spot of the house -- the kitchen, right next to the chef... and the dogs who were as excited as I was, I'm sure.<br /><br />After dinner, the guests got to share what is called a "friendship drink." A beautiful, wood-carved container with multiple spigots which served a carefully mixed concoction of Grappa, coffee, and sugar and finished with a citrus rind -- all lit up passed around the table. This "friendship drink" was invented in the cold, mountainous part of Italy to keep everyone warm. I just love learning new things in my life journeys. I will quote Mr. Armstrong on this one: "What a wonderful world!"</p><br /> <p><img src="" alt="" width="250" height="375" /></p> Tue, 03 Aug 2010 00:00:00 UTC A Wedding in Paris <p>Every girl's dream is to get married in Paris. Ok, maybe it's just my dream but since I already got married (in the most beautiful wild forest setting next to a stunning waterfall, if I might add!) I got to have the next best thing. My dear friend got married in Paris this last winter and I was honored to be a part of the pre-wedding celebration. What can I say, Parisian romance at its finest!<br /><br />One of my (many) favorite spots is Pont Des Artes, a small wooden pedestrian bridge across the Seine with a gorgeous view of the city where many couples tie the knot of their love... or lock the lock would be more appropriate (their version of ball and chain...hehe, this one can go on for ever!). Seriously, talk about a great way to annouce your love to the world... FOREVER.</p><br /> <p><img src="" alt="" width="432" height="287" /></p> Thu, 29 Jul 2010 00:00:00 UTC Pennenga Wedding Featured in the Knot <p><span style="color: #000000;">Cat and Greg's sweet and personal wedding story tying them to the Crosley Estate in Sarasota, FL -- and the beautiful photos of their utterly charming wedding -- has won us a feature in The Knot Magazine this season. Regina Mountjoy of <a href=""></a> in Colorado was a big part of this masterplan. Regina's vintage, eclectic yet worldly sense of style has captured these magnificant moments, Cat's vision and our floral and decor elements beautifully. Blog: <a href=""></a><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif'; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">.<span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: xx-small;"> My favorite thing about working with Cat and Greg on their wedding was that, aside from both of them being my friends, as artists they also possess a fantastic sense of style. It wasn't hard to enjoy the creative process, knowing that they will love the end results. Their down to earth, loving family and friends made the ceremony and entire event so moving and intimate. Everyone wanted to contribute. Cat's Mom made the lacey table runners and Greg's brother sang during the ceremony. One of my favorite touches was Cat's family's sepia photos from moments in their home at the Crosley Museum, accompanied by personal stories printed on cards that were casually placed on the dinner tables for guests to enjoy. To read the whole article go to The Knot 2010 on our press page: <a href=""></a>.</span></span></span></p><br /> <p><a title="Pennenga Wedding The Knot 2010" href=""><img src="" alt="" width="385" height="169" /></a></p> Tue, 20 Jul 2010 00:00:00 UTC Bloom wedding at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota <p>Photographer Kollene Carlsson of Blonde Cow Photography was kind enough to send a snippet photo of me working on Stacey and Ashley Bloom's centerpieces at the <a href="">Ritz Carlton in Sarasota</a> last weekend. What a tease! I can't wait to see the event photos. </p><br /> <p><img src="" alt="" width="400" /></p> Wed, 14 Jul 2010 00:00:00 UTC Flowers of Joy <p>I'm glad to report that we continue the tradition of recycling flowers and putting them to good use at the end of a function. Instead of tossing beautiful centerpieces in the dumpster, our team personally delivers them to hospitals and hospices to cheer up the residents. What a way to end an event... with another special event!</p><br /> <p> </p><br /> <p><img src="" alt="" width="400" /></p> Thu, 08 Jul 2010 00:00:00 UTC &quot;Thriller&quot; Performance by Fuzion <p>I never got to properly thank Fuzion Dance Artists for doing such a great job recreating Michael's Jackson's Thriller for the John Landis Tribute at the Sarasota Opera House during the SFF 2010. So here it is.... A big thank you! Well done.</p><br /> <p> <img src="" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> Wed, 30 Jun 2010 00:00:00 UTC Check out my latest trend: The Ring Corsage! <p>How many moms out there are too trendy for the old school, cumbersome corsage that drags your dress off the shoulder all night? I know I am. That's why I came up with a new trend -- as delicate and cute as a button corsage. The ring corsage is a fresh, elegant touch. It looks beautiful but not overbearing. It can also be a great touch to replace bridesmaids bouquets -- especially if you are on a tight budget.</p><br /> <p><img src="" alt="" width="286" height="190" /></p> Wed, 23 Jun 2010 00:00:00 UTC &quot;La Plage Bleue&quot;; GIRLS INC, Nov. 6th <p>Every year 'Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events' announces up to two charities for which we do pro bono work - whether it's consulting, planning or decor.<br /><br />This year, I am honored to be able to support a special cause. Girls Inc Sarasota is a local affiliate of a national non-profit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold. Girls Inc. fulfills its mission of empowering girls aged six and up to be self-confident, responsible and well-rounded individuals by delivering research-based, age-appropriate, after-school and summer educational and sports programs designed specifically for girls at the Girls Incorporated National Resource Center.<br /><br />"La Plage Bleu" will take place on November 6, 2010 at the Longboat Key Club. We are working on providing a relaxed, vintage beach atmosphere combined with some fun surprises. How can anyone pass that up, right?</p><br /> <p><img src="" alt="" width="269" height="241" /></p> Tue, 15 Jun 2010 00:00:00 UTC Sarasota Film Festival 2010 <p>The 2010 season ended with a bang when my friend and colleague Kim Miele called me to help out with the planning of the multiple events for <a href="">The Sarasota Film Festival</a>. It was a fantastic experience and I got to work with such a talented team, meet so many fabulous people -- not to mention moments with Stanley Tucci (Big Night... what an awesome movie!) and Patti Smith.<br /><br /><img src="" alt="Stanley Tucci" width="183" height="155" /><img src="" alt="" width="400" /></p> Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:00 UTC