Kind Notes


We want to thank you so much for helping make our wedding such a wonderful and memorable occasion. Everyone says it was one of the best wedding they have ever been to. We could not have done it without you and your creative, beautiful ideas!

It was so wonderful getting to know you and we hope to keep in touch!

Tracy and Andrew Roberts



Thank you so much for making this the perfect wedding.

Thank you,
Stephani and Juan


Hi Barb,
Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you about the wedding. All I have to say is "WOW." The wedding was absolutely beautiful!! It looked liked something that should've been on the wedding channel. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job coordinating the wedding. You did a great job with suggesting all of the vendors. I was extremely impressed. I will recommend you to any of my friends who will be getting married in the future. Thanks again for all of your hard work and making my wedding an absolute dream!

Courtney and Luke


Hi Barb!!
We owe you a very big thank you! And it was gorgeous! Better than I ever imagined! And I don't know how I would have pulled it off without you!
You made everything so easy for me with Bo gone! I can't thank you enough!! And let me know if you need anything else as a wrap up! And hopefully this won't be the last time I hear from you!!!

Kristen and Bo


We just wanted to send you a quick note thanking you for making our special day absolutely perfect! All of our guests had a wonderful time and we received so many compliments about everything. You are an amazingly talented woman and a true professional. Thanks again for everything!

Jennifer and David


Hi Barb,

The wedding was absolutely wonderful! Larry and I really appreciate all of the hard work you put into the preparation and keeping everything on schedule. Everyone enjoyed themselves and thought that the wedding was beautiful and very well organized. My bridesmaids kept teasing me about me being so calm throughout the day. It was easy for me to stay that way because I knew you had everything under control! Thank you so much for everything.

Have a happy holiday!

Daina and Larry Troupe



I wanted to let you know that we had so much fun at the wedding and every person that attended loved the event. I received so many great compliments from our friends and family. All of the vendors were great, the flowers were beautiful and you were wonderful. I will recommend you to my friends, you have made planning my wedding stress free and exceeded my expectations. Please feel free to use us as a reference.

All my best,
Tim and Lynette McKee


Hi Barb,


Thank you for all of your help and for making our day a memorable one for not just us, but for our family as well!!


Tiffany and Rob Brown


Hi Barb,

Tim and I had such a wonderful time. We can't say enough how happy we were with every part of the wedding. There was nothing that went wrong and we have no complaints about anything. Tim was so impressed with you and how everything turned out. My mother was also so happy with everything. Thank you again. You made our very special day exactly how we wanted it. If you need to use us as a reference, please do and have them call me. I will be happy to give a reference. We will definitely keep in touch!

Lisa and Tim Hodgson



I wanted to thank you so much for an incredible job you did at my wedding. We had an amazing time and everything went perfectly. Thank you so much!

Lindsey and Matt Sandefur


Hi Barb:

We had a great honeymoon in Ireland, we had so much fun! We wanted to thank you again for making our wedding perfect! I can't wait to see all the pictures on the cd that Mitchell is going to send us. I think everything was great with the wedding. Keep in touch! I hope you are well. Please feel free to use me as a reference for any other brides, I have nothing but great things to say about Grande Occassions!

Talk to you soon,

Brooke and Michael Brunner


Hi Barb,

I loved the ceremony and reception. Everything went along smoothly. You did a great job thanks! I am so fortunate that the weather kept up for us. The honeymoon was great. Just got back yesterday and the weather was great for that too.

Did you see the photographers pictures? They came out very nice, especially the sunset ones! we love those. Thanks for everything, you really made it all go by very smoothly and on time.

Lauren and Jay Nordberg



Thanks for a great weekend! It was awesome and you really made our day special and stress free. Thank you Soooo much. Everything was perfect.
Obviously due to the weather, we would have preferred to have the ceremony outdoors but you and the team at the Don did a great job in making a quick adjustment. Thanks so much.

You and Luzma rocked! As did the staff at the Don, the flowers, the cake .... All great!

Greg and Becki Cohen


Hi Barb!!

We just got back! We had an amazing time!! We have gotten so many wonderful compliments about our wedding and all the beautiful details.
Chuck and I can't thank you enough!! We were so extremely happy with everything!! We will send you some pics! Thanks again for everything!!

Kathy & Chuck Privitera



Thank you so much for making our wedding perfect.....everyone was saying that it was the most beautiful wedding they had been to!!!! You did an amazing job......you're the best!

Kristi and Joe Moran



Thank you so much for all the work you did prior to and also the day of the wedding. Your attention to all the details made their wedding perfect.
Everything turned out just great!

Thanks again for everything,
Nancy Giroux
Mother of the Bride


We have been so busy the past few days getting me processed into the Navy system that we haven't had a chance to sit down and thank you for making our wedding day so incredible. It was so beautiful and we know that we couldn't have pulled that off without you! The beach was perfect lined with all those shells and the reception room looked AWESOME! It was definitely the greatest night of our life! You really made planning easy for Jeff and I, especially since we weren't able to be there to focus on the small details...you have been amazing to work with and we would recommend you to anyone who was planning on getting married in the Tampa area.

Here is a little something extra to express our gratitude! Please use it to pamper yourself between all of the weddings you are working on! The cookie cutters are from my bridal shower, I thougtht you could bake beach cookies with your kids.

Thanks again for all your hard work and dedication to making our wedding day so wonderful.

We'll definitely keep in touch with you...we are heading to San Diego soon!

Lauren & Jeff



Michael and I thank you with all our heart. You are amazing!

Summer and Michael


Barb and Luzma,

We just wanted to send our thanks for making our wedding day a dream come true!

Casey and Ryan Kennedy


Hi Barb & Luzma,

Although it’s been a few months since the wedding I need to let you know how pleased I was with the final result. The setting, the dinner, the reception, photography, everything, was just perfect. When ever anyone speaks of the wedding it is complimented to the hilt as a nice, classy event and has set the bar for future weddings. The flowers from the florist that you recommended were just as Casey expected, including the drapes and columns adding just the right touch. I would recommend the Marriott Waterside to anyone, especially with you heading up the event. The majority of the guests stayed for the entire week-end and enjoyed every moment of the wedding festivities. The dinner was out of this world with no complaints from any of the wedding guests. My husband and I were able to relax knowing that the attention to detail in regards to Casey and Ryans social event would leave a lasting impression with them, their friends, our friends and our relatives. The Rev. Darling did an exceptional job, especially with the unique wording and wedding ceremony the kids had decided on. I’m not sure if Casey has sent any of the wedding pictures to you but will make sure you receive some. Thanks, for helping make my daughters dream come true.

Selina Kuykendall
Mother of the Bride


Hi Barb,

I've been meaning to email you -- you did an awesome job!!!!! The feedback we've received has been...this set the bar for future family weddings & Chelsey's maid of honor is getting married in June in Kentucky. Her goal is for her guests to have as much fun at her wedding as they did at Chelsey's. The wedding ceremony was beautiful & the dinner/reception rocked!

I will be happy to recommend Cheral for her flowers, they are still beautiful in vases in my home. Desiree did an awesome job on the cake; it was beautiful & unique & tasted wonderful. With that being said, I am most impressed with our dj, George. He had very little direction from us, but played songs that kept people on the dance floor. I heard that tips were given to the bartender, but George was the heat & I should have thought to tip him. George did a GREAT job!!!

The food & service the Sheraton provided was excellent! The food & service at the Columbian for the rehearsal dinner was not. That was not under your control, but I would not recommend them.

Barb, you allowed me to enjoy my daughter's wedding & for that I thank you!!!!!! I'm sure I wasn't always easy to work with, but I thank you for tolerating me! Please feel free to use me as a recommendation!

Chelsey & Matt return from their honeymoon tomorrow. I so look forward to seeing them!

You are really good at what you do!!! I'm so glad we found you!

Pat Miller
Mother of the Bride


Hey Barb,

Thank you for the kind words and thank you so much for all the work you have done over the past year. Our wedding was a dream come true for both Melissa and I. Everything went smoothly, and everyone seemed to enjoy it, except for my Michael Jackson impression. The day was perfect, the food was delicious, and the dance floor was packed.

We were really impressed with the photographers. They were very professional and hard working.

We returned from our Honeymoon this past Sunday. It was a much needed relaxing vacation.

Thanks again for all your help. We will speak soon. If and when any of our local friends or family ever decide to wed, you will be the one we refer.

Melissa and Rick Batto


Hi Barb,

We miss you too! We have not stopped talking about the BEST DAY of our lives!! THANK you soo much . You are such a blessing!! You did a fantastic job and really went above and beyond in so many ways! You made the day so much fun for me and Jon!! Everyone was soo impressed. I have heard amazing things like "the best wedding ever", "the most fun"," the most beautiful ceremony " , and ON AND ON!! I had a BLAST.. as you could tell! I wish I could see it all again.. it went fast! Jon and I are doing great. We are back from Mexico and more in love than ever!

All the best,
your friend and Biggest fan!!


Hi Barb!!

We cannot thank you enough for all your help in planning and making our wedding day so enjoyable. Ron and I both enjoyed ourselves and were very pleased with the day!!

Thank you again for all your assistance through our engagement and on our wedding day! We couldn't have done it all without you. I will definitely send you pictures when I have some.


Take Care!
Leslie and Ron Smith


Barb and Luzma,

We wanted to THANK YOU so much for making the happiest day of our lives, also the most beautiful day to all of our guests. It was completely stress free for the both of us, the only time I was even nervous was when I heard the music start. Everything was amazing, the flowers, the food, the tables, it was gorgeous, we have even received Thank You notes from our guests!! Our Parents, loved you both, they thought you two were so sweet and helpful and friendly. I couldn't believe when I walked into the Reception, it was a dream come true! Everything about that day was PERFECT, not only for Justin and I but for our guests, our family is still talking about the wedding! The flowers that were used to represent where my grandparents would have been seated was such a wonderful touch, it made me feel like they were really there. Thank you for everything, even the little things.

Shawna and Justin Needham


Hi Barb,

The wedding was absolutely fabulous. Thank you so much for all your hard work.



Dear Barb,
Vito and I want to thank you for all you did to make Lisa and Jason's wedding weekend such a success. All of our guests had so much fun. I truly enjoyed the ceremony and reception because you were there. So many friends commented on how lovely the Yacht Club looked and on our attention to detail. The candy buffet was an enormous hit.

The entire weekend was magical. I will be in touch, but please know your decision about the cake was perfect. Thanks again for everything.

Nancy and Vito
Parents of the Bride


Hi Barb -

Well, the dust is nearly settled from Melissa & Brad's fantastic wedding! So sorry for this long delay - we had the local party on 8/11, which was a lot of fun also.

We cannot begin to thank you enough for everything that you did for us in Florida to make the wedding turn out beautiful. I remember laughing to myself way back when I saw that you would have an emergency kit with you - little did I know then that you would be sewing Melissa into her dress on her wedding day! I am all thumbs when it comes to sewing, so I was certainly appreciative that you had that.

We didn't have the beach wedding, but the back up ceremony and reception sites were outstanding. Renee had shown us the Horizon room on Friday for the original back up, and we did not like that so the ballroom was perfect. Melissa just kept saying that she was not going to get married in the lobby of a hotel, but for a back up it was absolutely beautiful.
The food was wonderfully delicious both nights. Your vendors were superb!! Cari did a great job with Melissa's hair and make up and I couldn't believe what she did for me. Tony - he probably thought he was walking into a lion's den that day with all of the commotion regarding the storm! We are all so happy with his photos - he didn't just have posed shots, but so many great, random shots - some absolutely gorgeous shots - he was just a pleasure to work with - even when he said a few times that he thought the storm was going to blow over - what an optimist, but it took some of the edge off. He just captured some wonderful, lasting memories. Cake - out of this world wonderful.
Cheryl's flowers - maybe I'm a little prejudiced, but those were the most beautiful I have ever seen - when I saw what Cheryl did with the part of my wedding dress for Melissa's bouquet, I teared up. The flowers on the stairs (even though they would probably have looked better out by the beach) were just stunning. The table arrangements with the linen napkins were beautiful also. I only wish I could have taken some of the flowers home - it was tough getting the 3 bouquets back home.

John and I just had a wonderful wedding weekend - it was so enjoyable to spend the weekend somewhat relaxing. It was actually quite pleasant being in the a/c as opposed to the outdoor beach venue, but it still would have been beautiful to see that - fortunately, Tony got some great shots of them on the beach at least.

We cannot thank you and Luzma enough - it was a distinct pleasure to work with you. If ever you need a reference, we would be happy to oblige. I actually feel that it turned out more beautiful than I could have imagined. You always took care of any of the bumps in the road for us, and helped make this a wonderful day to always remember.

Take care and we wish you continued success with your wonderful services that you provide.

Peggy Klopp
Mother of the Bride


Hi Barb…

Wanted to drop you an e mail just to say THANK YOU, and to tell you how beautiful everything was. Your vendors are to be commended, especially the florist!! How beautiful were those arrangements?

You did a wonderful job getting everyone where they were to be and a fabulous job placing the fans, candles etc, that Christine and I dropped on you!

Thanks again for everything, I know the wedding was everything Christine could have asked for!

Lynda Coyle
Mother of the Groom


Hello Barb,

Well we cant believe our wedding is over. We just returned home from Costa Rica last night. Had a wonderful time and got to see so many beautiful things. We both want to thank you for making a dream of ours come true. It was truly a day we will never forget. Everything went just the way Jim and I had imagined and we could not have asked for more.
Thank you to you both for helping us with every detail. I was stunned to see how everything turned out on the day of our wedding and how perfect it was. Also, you made my days up to the wedding stress free and a time I could enjoy with my family and friends. Thank you again and please keep in touch.

Jaclyn and Jim Royalty


Hi Barb,

Just got back from St. Lucia last night and we wanted to email you to immediately thank you for making sure our wedding was a great success. I did not worry about any of the details because I knew you would make sure that everything was in place and you did just that. My sister wanted me to say thank you on her behalf (especially for fixing the cake and making it look great). Everything was so very well organized. Again thank you to you and Luzma. That was one of the best experience of our lives. I am sad that I won't get to call you anymore. Take care of yourself and your beautiful children. Good luck with your fantastic business. Words can not express how much I appreciate you. Again, thanks a bunch for making my day stress free, exciting and eventful.

Rosemie and Lyle


Dear Barb and Luzma,

I just wanted to write a note to say "thank you" for all you did to make Valerie and Shaun's wedding absolutely wonderful! It was very difficult for me all these months. I was worried about every detail...like every "mother of the bride" you want your daughter's wedding to be perfect! As time started quickly approaching I was so stressed and nervous...so ovewhelmed! Even Friday at the rehearsal it was hard for me to relax but you guys pulled everthing together. Every detail was absolutely perfect!
Thank you for all the hard work because it was all we dreamed and hoped it would be! You helped to give Valerie the wedding she had set her heart on! Thank you for everything. You girls are the BEST!

Susan Waters
Mother of the Bride


Dear Barb,

How do I say "thank you" to the wedding planner "extraordinare"? Your performance at the wedding of my daughter Hilary Haynes to Matt Wynn on April 28, 2007 was flawless! You are the calm in the eye of the storm.

The event was wonderful because of your proffesionalism, eye for detail and organizational skills. Your assistant Luzma was also very helpful, sweet and skillful at her job.

I can highly recommend Grande Occasions to anyone looking for help in planning such an important event.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your part in making a memory that will last a lifetime for my family.

Betsi Rinaldi
Mother of the Bride


Hey Barb,

Everything turned out PERFECT. I have no idea that there would be so many details and "jobs" to do for our wedding that we only had 2 months to plan! Barb, came through, never getting stressed or over done! She was amazing from beginning to end!

Having it on the beach with extra activities made the work more and she came through without a problem!

Thanks for being there and making sure everything ran so smoothly. I don't think I would have changed a thing. Our guests were amazed and had the time of their lives.

One important success to mention was Barb's great industry connections that work to pull it all together. She found the perfect DJ, photographer, florist, hotel, caterer, hair artist, and, etc. All worked well together and loved working with her so they gave their all!

We have recommended her services to friends and will use her again in 10 years when we do it again!!! Our renewal of vows and 2nd reception on the beach will take place every 10 years and Barb is the one!!! Thanks for all of your time and grace.

Thanks Barb and Luzma!
Monica and David Lester


Thanks Barb and Luzma! Everything turned out gorgeous. I have had so many compliments on the colors and, of course, on our ceremony. I think having it indoors worked out very well. Thanks for being there and making sure everything ran so smoothly. I don't think I would have changed a thing. We'll e-mail you some pictures once they arrive.

Take care,
Karen and Russell


Hi Barbara,

It has been a while since Jessica and Jeff's wedding and I haven't taken the opportunity to thank you and Luzma for taking care of everthing for us. Jessicca was very happy with everything and feels she had the wedding of her dreams. I attached a few pictures for you.

Again, thanks for everything!

Beverly Thurston
Mother of the Bride


Hello Barb,

Hope all is well. Thanks a million for a great wedding day!!!! Everything was superb!! We greatly appreciate all you did to make it such a success.
Our guests said it was the most enjoyable and the best wedding they've been to. Most importantly we had a blast, and we are extremely grateful to you for a spectacular wedding celebration. You are exceptional and did a heck of a superior job. It wouldn't have been perfect without you.
You and Luzma were phenomenol and we couldn't have asked for more.
Thanks so very much!

Dr. and Mrs. Omoike


Hi Barb,
We are so excited! The wedding was absolutely perfect. Way better than we ever imagined. It was just like a fairy tale. Last week I was so ready for it to just be over, but wow, it flew by so quick. That is my only disappointment--that it ended so quickly! I could have danced all night (and I'm not usually much of a dancer.) The flowers were beautiful, the ceremony and reception were great, the DJ was awesome, and of course Gary and his wife were fabulous (people raved about him all night). I can't wait to see the pictures. I had to watch the video to really remember much of the ceremony. I was so nervous. Once we made it through that, the rest of the evening was so much fun, and relaxing.
I didn't worry about anything! All thanks to you. You really are the BEST and I am so grateful to have had you there to take care of everything! Although we won't be needing your services again, you will be highly recommended to all our friends!

Rachel and Omar


Barb and Luzma,
We cannot express how much it meant to us to have you guys there helping us along such a busy but exciting time in our lives. We appreciate all you did for us and will recommend you highly to anyone that is interested in planning a wedding. Thank you so much again for all of your help and advice. Take care and keep in touch.

Jorge and Amanda Parajon


Hi Barb,

We had such a wonderful time!! I will definetly send you pictures of the wedding! Rawley and I talked over and over how we wished we could rewind back to that Thursday and relive the whole weekend!! It was PERFECT!!
Thank you so much for everything!!! I could not have done any of it without you! :) I will be in touch soon! :)

Bethany Fox


Hey Barb -

Thank you so much for everything you and your assistant did for me and my family. I don't know how this event could have been pulled off without you. The wedding day was actually stress free (as much a humanly
possible) and for the first time I was able to just let everything go.
All in all, I think everything was beautiful and all the extra touches (the lighted palm trees) really made a difference. I was actually very happy with the way my arrangements looked. And there was nothing cookie-cutter about it....unlike the wedding down the hall. Even my father (who hated the idea of artificial everything) ended up impressed.
So thanks.

I can't believe I have nothing to email you about anymore. It's like this giant void in my time....and actually it's nice not to have to think about ) I can now get back to my life the way it used to be.
Anyway, if we ever have another wedding (kidding), or big party in Tampa, we will call you.

Thanks again,
Rachel Pantol



I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for capturing what I had imagined all of these years, and making it come to life.
Words can not express the amount of work you did to make all of this happen. Thank you, it was beautiful and I owe all that to you. I am very grateful that you came into my life and I always hope to keep in contact with you.

Much Love,
Jan Han



We just wanted to let you know we had such a wonderful "destination"
weekend! You did an amazing job taking care of all the details and we appreciate everything you did. Thank you for making our day so wonderful and for all of your hard work!

Karen Richardson
Mother of the Bride


Barbara - So very nice to meet you guys!
I can see why Brooke selected you and your company to handle her wedding. You absolutely gave me the confidence that you will make this a Very Special Wedding! I want to personally thank you for time spent with us and taking care of my Very Special Daughter. If you need anything please don't hesitate to call me.

Ken Williams


Dear Barb,

We just wanted to thank you for making our wedding the BEST wedding that we have been to! We certainly felt as though we were guests at our own wedding. We are lucky to have a friend like you in our lives. Our post marriage has brought us a new home which we will move into at the end of August as well as a baby that is due in February.


Dennis and Alison


Dear Barb,

You were absolutely amazing through everything! I could never thank you enough! You created something more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. I have been a bridesmaid several times and I have never seen everything run so smoothly. I was so calm and content just knowing you handled everything. I hope you are doing well and can't wait to see pictures of the new little one!

Katie and James Brannan


Dear Barb,

I want to thank you for your tireless efforts to make everything perfect for Katie's and James wedding . Everything came together wonderfully. It was evident that you cared very much about every aspect of the day. We greatly appreciated all you did.

Deborah Farr (Mother of the Bride)

Dear Barb,

Thank you so much for doing such a great job and allowing us to enjoy our special day. We appreciate everything you and Luzma did to make our day one we will always remember.

Erlie and Charles


Hi Barb,

I just wanted to let you know that we had an incredible time and the wedding turned out perfect! We could not have done it without you. Being a planner myself I knew that I was in good hands when I first met you.
You took care of every detail and I will be forever greatful for allowing me to enjoy one of the most important days of my life. Best wishes to you and the family. Please stay in touch.

Amy and David Zurich


Dear Barb,

Thank you so much for providing us with a wonderful, memorable wedding party. Our guests are still talking about it! We appreciate all of your hard work, assistance, support and guidance throughout the entire event, from start to finish. It was perfect! You did an amazing job and we just wanted to send our thanks to you for such a splendid event. Thanks again!

Take Care,
Christi and Dean



Just writing to say "Thank You" for all you did to help make my wedding day special. We really appreciate how you went out of your way to help us. We will always remember you.

Best Wishes,
Crystal and Lance


Words cannot express our thanks to you. You did an excellent job and we got a ton of compliments about the decorations and your service to keep everything flowing and organized. We couldn't ask for anyone better to help make our special day go smoothly. We will be recommending Grande Occasions to all of our friends and family for all their future events.

Thank you for the well wishes,
Naim and Connie

Dear Barb,

We want to express our deepest thanks for the amazing job you did to make our wedding day the best ever. We will recommend Grande Occasions to any and all of our friends for their wedding, reception, or party.
Our friends and family are still talking about how our reception was the best they've ever attended! Thanks for making our wedding day the memory of a lifetime!

Summer and David


Jeff and I want to do something really nice for you since you did a fabulous job with our wedding, it was perfect! All of our guests have told us that they had a great time and complimented you for doing a wonderful job on the ceremony and reception. I look back on our wedding pictures and they make me so happy. Thank you again for everything.

Carrie and Jeff Rozmaski




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