Thursday, November 11, 2010

Jacksonville Bridal Blast

Lines formed down the long hallways of the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Jacksonville last Sunday. What else could draw a crowd of girls as eager as these besides a….BRIDAL SHOW! Countless vendors ready to guide you in this overwhelming process we call wedding planning. The Jacksonville Bridal Blast took place last Sunday November 7th and Platinum Digital Video received the honor of filming all the action (click here for video).

As I answered questions to all the beautiful brides-to-be, Shena captured breathtaking shots of downtown Jacksonville, vendors, a fashion show featuring all the latest trends of the bridal world, and a grand prize giveaway. We much enjoyed introducing Platinum Digital Video to the Jacksonville wedding world and are excited for the opportunities that it may bring.

Nicole Leshin
Director of Public Relations
Platinum Digital Video

The Display by Unforgettable Events

Friday, November 5, 2010

Adventures at LOVE WEDD Bridal Boutique

LOVE WEDD bridal boutique is like no other concept I’ve ever heard. And believe me I googled it. It brings to Gainesville an idea of a one-stop-shop for all the best of the best wedding needs a couple could have for their big day. Whether it’s a last minute desperate search for a sanity-saving wedding planner or a beginning bride in search of any direction…AT ALL. This place is like a TO-DO list with all boxes checked just waiting to happen…haaaaapinessssss. To be involved in the concept is a huge honor

I arrived at 6:30pm just in time for some last minute prep (nail guns going, drills screeching). They were just putting up the sign that says Platinum Digital Video…loooooked awesome! I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the last minute adrenaline rush of getting a job done before a deadline. Literally, the boutique was transformed almost instantly into the most beautifully adorable bridal boutique my eyes had ever met. Shena and I were setting up her video and people started to fill the hallway with anticipation of the doors opening. I grabbed a mini cake from Dream Day Cakes, chatted with Melissa of Masterpiece Weddings, Matt from Verve Studios, and Kate from Sweetwater Branch Inn. All of them, equally wonderful and interesting people with such a refreshing perspective of the bridal world.

The doors opened and engaged couples flooded the room in search of well…anything! The possibilities are truly endless at LOVE WEDD and Platinum Digital Video looks forward to all new and exciting adventures that the boutique will bring.

Nicole Leshin
Director of Public Relations

Thursday, November 4, 2010

CARD Event at Sweetwater Inn

Tonight I forgot my video camera. I thought, well, since this is an event that I am invited to...I will just attend and enjoy it and relax...not work. But as the evening went on, I realized that this was the most important event I could have possibly brought my camera to and I was kicking myself for not documenting it. So I will do it now as best as I can with my words.

The event was the CARD (Center For Autism and Related Disabilities) reception at Sweetwater Inn Bed and Breakfast.  It was an event to thank donors and people who are close with the organization.  When I got there it was wonderful to see so many faces from over the past few years. Greg Valcante greeted me at the door. He is the director at CARD and one of the first people in Gainesville who helped me when my oldest daughter was diagnosed with Autism. I saw old friends, Caroline and Steve (Satchel) Raye of Satchel's Pizza who have donated generously to the organization. And Andrea Holbrook of Holbrook Travel, who has gone through this endeavor with me. She has also donated generously to CARD, along with her sister, Camilla Holbrook, who hosted the reception at her Bed and Breakfast.

The reception room was beautiful, decorated in warm, Fall colors. And the food for the event was incredible. There was a station for meat lovers...beef with steak sauce and scrumptious horseradish sauce. Then there were chicken enchilada's with fresh salsa on the side. There was warm artichoke spinach dip in a large heated silver serving dish along with fresh white and wheat sliced baguettes. At the veggie table were scrumptious crunchy spring rolls with sauce and roasted eggplant arranged so prettily that it was a shame to disturb the symmetry to taste it...but worth it.

I have to say that the highlight of the evening was when the mother of a child with autism got up and spoke about her journey with raising a son on the spectrum. As I heard her speak it was like she was telling my story and there was not a dry eye in the room when she was finished. She ended by saying that her son, like my daughter, is now not only speaking, but a chatterbox and he is doing really well in a "typical" kindergarten class...constantly overcoming difficulties and far surpassing expectations. Our children are brilliant little people, who happen to have autism in the way.

CARD thanked everyone who had helped over the years with the activities and events to raise money and awareness. CARD is anticipating a $42,000 cut in funding and so the focus on the evening was how to keep everything going even with the terrible budget cuts.

The answer for now is more volunteers and people who can give a little bit of time. Contact CARD to see what you can do to help. My follow up blog will include information on how to help...and volunteer information.

Shena Hays
Owner, Platinum Digital Video

GFCF Quiche with Oat Milk and Almond Cheese

I promise this is delicious, even with no cheese or heavy cream. I created it today and my son ate so much for dinner that there wasn...