Thirsty Thursday 3.2

4 Mar

Happy March Everyone!

It’s Lisa here, and for some reason, I couldnt help but think about an Indian wedding Occasions coordinated, Neelam and Guarav Patel. First off, it was beautiful! The food was yummy, the music was upbeat, tons of people, beautiful colorful saris…everything you can wish and hope for at a Hindu Wedding…but one thing that stood out, that I never heard of, was that their signature cocktail was a tamarind martini. Now, tamarind is a common spice in many Indian dishes, but I’ve never had it in a drink before…so what did I do??? I tried one…yes indeed!

This was such a unique and different cocktail, try it out soon!


2 oz Bombay Saphire or favorite gin
2 oz Tamarind juice (Goya best)
1 oz Liquor 43
Splash of Sour Mix


•Shake well and pour into Martini Glass


Thirsty Thursday 2.24

24 Feb

Who doesn’t love a margarita?? At your wedding or party though, you most likely want your signature drink to be something a little different than just a margarita….well here is a unique twist on a margarita, complete with the refreshing twist of cucumber and cilantro…If your wedding or event has a Fiesta theme or an more earthy, organic feel, we feel this drink would be perfect! For your fiesta theme, serve it in glow-in-the-dark margarita glasses with the traditional lime on the side…for your more natural feel, try mason jars with a sprig of cilantro. Soo delicious!

Cucumber and Cilantro Margarita

By RJ Bear, Surf & Sand Resort‘s Director of Food & Beverage

1 ½ oz. Hornitos Reposado
3 Thin Slices English Cucumber
Pinch Fresh Cilantro
½ oz. Agave Nectar
¼ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
½ oz. Sweet and Sour


1. Muddle cucumber with agave nectar and cilantro, add other ingredients and shake well.
2. Serve on the rocks.
3. Garnish with a slice of cucumber, a lime wheel and a cilantro leaf.

Top Bridesmaids Styles

24 Feb

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Wedding dress designer Cocoe Voci

18 Feb

A blog post from wedding dress designer, Cocoe Voci, about the history of wedding dresses. Enjoy!

Roots, heritage, ancestry…when we marry, these are among the things we hold dear. As a wedding is planned, the elements of the couple’s individual past begin to fuse with the promise of a collective future. Traditions and customs open the doors to history. The bride and groom who embrace these curious concepts become the richer for caring.

The Bridal Gown; Rich in Color…
Wedding dresses were as bright and colorful as the bride’s family could afford. Before the mid-1800s, brides opted for gowns dyed purple, red or even black as those colors signified wealth and prosperity. Many brides chose to wear blue dresses, because it was thought to bring good fortune, prosperity, faithful husbands and fertility.

Current brides choose a dress that reflects their personality, style and the formality of their wedding.

The White Gown…

A bride wore her best dress, of whatever color until 1840.
On February 10th, 1940, Queen Victoria impacted bridal fashion by wearing an all-white gown, a Honiton-lace veil and orange blossom wreath. The white bridal gown became a symbol of affluence with an aura of purity.

Today, white and its various shades are a symbol of celebration.

Thirsty Thursday! 2.17

17 Feb

At Occasions we believe that just like your wedding, favorite handbag, or shoes, nothing says YOU like your favorite libation…so we’re starting “Thirsty Thursdays,” highlighting different signature cocktails, wines, and champagnes. Use our ideas that we find for your signature cocktails for your wedding or event…or just use it for a Friday night. Whatever you decide, Cheers!!!!!

Since Lisa loves purple and anything mint julep (her mother is from the South), she wanted to share the recipe for a Blackberry Mint Julep from Martha This is slushy, refreshing, and seasonal in the summer! Also perfect if your event theme colors involve purple…Enjoy!!


Serves 4

* 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
* 1 pint blackberries
* 6 tablespoons sugar
* 1/2 cup bourbon
* 4 cups small ice cubes
* 4 sprigs mint, for garnishing


1. Roughly chop 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves.
2. Puree the mint, blackberries, and sugar in a blender. Press through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard seeds.
3. Rinse blender, then return puree to blender, and add bourbon and small ice cubes; blend until smooth. Divide mixture among 4 glasses. Garnish each with a mint sprig.

From Martha Stewart Living, July 2006

Wedding Photographers…coaching from Zachary Prez!

11 Feb

Hi to my photography associates!
Hope this email finds all of you well!
I wanted to share with you an event that is taking place at The Event Studio for Saturday February 12th for wedding photographers.
Here is the info and may all of you have a prosperous 2011!
Get SEO Coaching by Zach Prez – Limited Availability

I’m pleased to announce that Zach Prez, search engine specialist for photographers and author of 3 ebooks, will be hosting a personal coaching session at Occasions. In this intimate 2-hour class, Zach will cover everything a photographer needs to rank in search engines. You’ll walk away with an understanding of how search engines work, how to optimize pages/blogs/images, the best places for linking, and a plan for growth.

Register for $250 at
Space is limited to just 7 hopeful attendees

Included in the class are Zach’s three ebooks, a $104 value!

David Robertson, wedding photographer says “Zach Prez gave me the tools to be able to market my new found love of wedding photography to a whole new level. In just 2 months I’ve tripled my monthly web traffic. You simply can’t get this kind of REAL growth anywhere else.”

Hope to see you at the coaching.

Wedding traditions I’ll do without.

9 Feb

Lisa here, and you all know there are wedding traditions, steeped in etiquette, that I love….not putting your registry info in your invitation, asking for money for your wedding….but there are also wedding traditions I that I strongly encourage all brides to do without. 🙂

Garter Toss
I don’t want to see your underthings, neither does your grandma, nieces, nephews, mom, or dad…or anyone. Save that for the honeymoon! 🙂

I feel like a Bride should look like the most beautiful version of herself….and hey, some people really do wear up-do’s everyday, like a french twist, a bun, a ponytail….but those tight up-do’s with tight curls all pinned up, aqua-netted to the extreme that will not move even in a hurricane…..I’m just not a fan. I think the most beautiful brides are the ones with the long flowing wavy locks, or the side ponytail with a beautiful flower pinned in (like in the movie “The Hangover”) ….i just love it. It’s not too stuffy, it looks inviting, it looks like they would like to have a good time at their wedding…you want to look approachable, young, and full of enjoyment.. Ok, I know she doesn’t look happy, but she had a happy ending!!!

Being A Bridezilla
A Bride is GUARANTEED to lose her bridesmaids as friends, her husbands groomsmen as friends, and other friends not even in the wedding, if she acts like this…I mean why would you want to? It puts stress on your family, wedding party, your groom…I can guarantee anyone that acts like a Bridezilla will regret every moment of that behavior when all is said and done. Why would you want your wedding to be a ball of negative energy? Just don’t do it.

Expecting the Brides’ parents to pay for everything
I just feel it’s a litte archaic to expect this…the Brides’ parents don’t need to pay gobs of money for taking their daughter off their hands. This tradition came from when the Brides’ parents would give dowries to the grooms family…included in these dowries would be farm animals. And besides, it’s a little silly to EXPECT the Brides’ parents to do this. Usually, when someone is paying for the wedding, they feel like they have a say in every little detail of the wedding.

Same Ole’ vows

I saw this one on, and loved it! “For rich or for poor; in sickness and in health…” These vows are still fairly popular with couples today, however many are writing their own vows or having them written. It’s a great personal touch to write your own vows and to read something which truly comes from the heart rather than reciting the same promises that millions of other individuals have promised their new spouses. If you don’t like the idea of regurgitating the same old vows at your wedding, get rid of the tradition and write your own!”

Brides, at the end of the day, have a wedding that shows you and your groom’s personal tastes…I mean, Katy Perry and Russell Brand had a Hindu wedding in Mumbai, a 6 day celebration…and the funny part is that he is from England and she is from California…they got engaged in India, so it was perfect! They are also two fun loving, party types, and If you’ve ever attended a Indian wedding, its about food, fun, and mostly, beautiful tradition. Do something YOU for your wedding, something you won’t regret when you look back!!