Dance, Dream and Inspire to Help Local Foster Children

Dance, Dream and Inspire to Help Local Foster Children

What do Disney, dancing, and helping local foster children have in common? YOU can be a part of an amazing night this November at Dance, Dream, and Inspire — an annual “Dancing with the Stars” style event that raises funds for Community Based Care of Central Florida. Community Based Care provides all sorts of resources for local foster youth – from training new foster parents, mentorships, providing adoptive homes for foster youth transitioning to adoption, providing school supplies, helping foster teens get jobs, and reducing homelessness.

Did you know?

  • On any given day in the U.S. there are around 428,000 children in foster care.
  • Community Based Care of Central Florida provides services to about 3,000 children each day.

Over the past couple years, I have been involved with CBCCF in a variety of capacities and have been trained in mentorship, received a foster care certification, and have helped to plan events like their annual graduation party for foster teens and last year’s Dance, Dream and Inspire event. The impact and reach Community Based Care has in changing the trajectory of these kids lives has honestly blown me away. I encourage everyone who sees this post to visit their website and consider whether there is a way you can get involved with your time, talents, or resources. Step one is to get informed. Have you ever heard someone say they can’t “unsee” something? I’ve explained to others that this is something one can’t just ignore once you learn about local children (and teens!) being removed from their homes and in immediate need of resources, warm beds, school supplies, life skills, and most importantly, families to care for them.

One way you can get involved is to attend this year’s Dance, Dream and Inspire annual gala on November 11 at the Contemporary Resort at Disney. This is a ballroom dance competition that pairs local celebrities with professional dancers. This year’s “all-star” event will feature an unforgettable competition between past winners of this highly-entertaining and one-of-a-kind dance program. The evening is a semi-formal affair complete with dinner, open bar and a silent auction. The best part? You’ll be supporting the work of Community Based Care of Central Florida to protect and serve local children who are victim of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

I could go on and on, because this is such a worthy cause that I’m honored to help support! If you’re reading this and want to know more, please leave a comment or get in touch with me. And I really hope to see you November 11 at Dance, Dream and Inspire! 

Purple and Gold Classic Style | Deidra + Xan | Bella Collina

Classic Elegance with Purple and Gold Accents | Bella Collina

Deidra and Xan took style to the next level at their Bella Collina wedding. They incorporated many thoughtful details that made clear this union was a blending of two families, not only two people. Deidra’s daughter walked her down the aisle, and you could see the pride and happiness on her face as she escorted her mother into this happy moment. The ring bearer wore the cutest little fedora, in which the rings were tucked inside a silk bag. As he approached Xan at the end of the aisle, he took the hat off and offered up the rings. Such an adorable moment! Deidra’s gown was made complete with a Chanel brooch at the top of the zipper, and her hair was adorned with the most chic birdcage veil.

Bella Collina is a gem of a property in Monteverde, FL right outside of Orlando – there is really nothing like it! An Italian countryside feel complete with hills and a lake view makes it truly one of a kind in our area. This couple chose the atrium fountain as a ceremony location. Guests mingled by the reflection pool with signature cocktails before walking down to the lawn for the dinner and dancing reception. Bella Collina’s lower level lawn is perfect for outdoor receptions and offers multiple options for layout. Deidra and Xan chose accents of purple, gold, and mercury glass for their table settings, which gave an elegant and timeless look. Gold table overlays and chiavari chairs set the table foundation, with gold beaded chargers, purple napkins, and each guest had a silk bag of chocolate at their place setting.

Tina from Our DJ Rocks had everyone out of their seats – this was definitely a dancing crowd! Be sure to watch the video at the bottom of the post by Love and Lustre. The vows were perfect and the reception scenes make me want to go back to this wedding over and over! 

Venue // Bella Collina

Planner // Kristi, Tickled Pink 

Photography // Captured by Belinda

Video // Love and Lustre

DJ // Our DJ Rocks

Gown // The Collection Bridal

Hair and Makeup // LovelyLynnMUA

Cake // Michael Anthony Cakes

Floral // Dottie’s Florist

Lighting // GET LIT Productions

Chiavari Chairs and Chargers // A Chair Affair

Photo Booth // Instant Memories Photo Booth Rentals

Favors // The Sacred Olive

Weekend Inspiration: This Week’s Top Pinned Images

This Week’s Top Pinned Images

Summer seems to be flying by around here! With kids out of school we have had so much fun being together, out on adventures and playing with friends. The new school year is right around the corner though and while I love summer with my kids, part of me always looks forward to the routine of the school year and ramping up for fall wedding season. This week I’m sharing our top pinned Pinterest images. It’s fun to see what other pinners are looking for and repinning from our page and this week it appears that folks are in the mood for summertime color palettes (and maybe a little home redecorating!). 

This table setting works well for a more casual wedding reception or a summer dinner party. The touch of rosemary is always a hit in my book. Source unknown.

Gold and peachy coral wedding cake via Style Me Pretty. Total summer vibes! 

This was the original Ikea rug we had in our Tickled Pink office and one of the inspiration pics I used while shopping for that space. Still love the black, white, wood and lucite combo. Source

This dreamcatcher backdrop was previously posted on our Creative Backdrops post. Once upon a time, our lead planner Kristi made mini dreamcatchers as escort card holders for a lavender and copper styled shoot.

Pretty pastels in a wood box as featured on Sugar and Charm

Great Alternatives to a Sparkler Send Off

Sparkler Send Off Alternatives

Sparkler send off photos will always have a special place in our hearts, but not all venues allow them and sometimes it’s nice to change things up a bit, no? 

If sparklers are a must for you, here are a few recommendations to keep the end of the night running smoothly:

  • Delegate to someone the task of lining up your guests, passing out sparklers and the job of lighting them! If you’ve hired a coordinator, that’s their job 🙂
  • Unpack all those 10-pack boxes ahead of time, or let your coordinator know that needs to be done the night of. We have unwrapped zillions of sparklers during dinner or dancing. Just don’t wait until the end of the night to start unwrapping them!
  • Provide a tall bucket with sand or water for guests to deposit used sparklers, or see if your venue provides this. 
  • Be sure your photographer and videographer are ready for you to make your grand exit before you light sparklers! Your coordinator should know this, but if a friend or family member is in charge, they need to wait until the shot is all set up. No need to hurry and miss out on this important end of the night photo op! 

And now, our top picks for grand exit alternatives that you and your guests will love!

Binary Flips Photography

Bubble guns

No need to buy one for every guest. For an average size wedding, 4-6 of these will provide plenty of bubbles! 

Concept Photography

Ribbon wands like these or these (order one per guest)

Fiber optic wands or glow necklaces for everyone to wear

Photo by Cricket’s Photography

Foam glow sticks work well for your exit or during an upbeat party song during the reception

Photo by Captured by Belinda

Confetti poppers are one of my personal favorites! We most often use these during the last dance in lieu of a send off. Your coordinator and DJ/band can coordinate the best part of a song to shoot them off, and usually they are given to the bridal party only.

Do you have other ideas for non-sparkler send offs we should know about? Share them in the comments!

Care to Review? Leave Us Some Love!

Leave Us Some Love With Your Positive Reviews

Your wedding day may have come and gone, and we all are reliving every precious moment captured by photo and video. We hate to say goodbye to working with our clients when the planning fun is over! Each thank you note and email that arrives after a couple’s wedding is so special to us, as we’ve built a solid relationship throughout the months of planning your #bestdayever! Sometimes it’s the parents we hear from first, thrilled with how their child’s wedding day turned out and already missing the fun of planning out such a perfect day together. What you can do to send some love that will impact our future business and help new clients find us is to leave reviews on sites like Wedding Wire, The Knot and Facebook.

Why do reviews matter? Think back to when you got engaged. You may have initially heard of Tickled Pink from a past client of ours, or maybe from another wedding vendor. We bet you did a little research and looked around online to see if our company was reputable, if you liked the images we shared, etc. What helps new couples find us in the sea of other planners, and helps legitimize our business for those who don’t know us yet, is your review that shares what a great experience you had working with our team! Whether we worked together for full event planning or month-of coordination, your sister’s baby shower, your son’s first birthday, or your own child’s wedding, we hope you’ll stop by each of these sites to leave us some love. It’s so greatly appreciated! 

Quick tip: Write your review once and copy and paste it onto the remaining sites! 

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