Breakers’ Dream Maker: Donna Newman
Breakers’ Dream Maker: Donna Newman

Her diverse client list includes Katherine Heigl, Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh, but celebrity wedding photographer Donna Newman says some of her favorite clients are Breakers’ brides and grooms.

 

Donna Newman

 

“I’ve been photographing weddings for 15 years now,” Donna says, “Prior to becoming a photographer I was a model with the Ford Agency and making the switch to photography felt very natural.”

 

Enjoy a few of Donna’s favorite images from events at The Breakers…

 

Donna Newman

 

Q: What is it like photographing an event at The Breakers?
A: The Breakers is truly like none other. I’ve photographed weddings all over and without being biased I can truly say that The Breakers is truly one of a kind. They take care of their clients from start to finish and make it their mission to deliver stunning events that are stress free. And of course, The Breakers is a truly picture perfect location.

 

Donna Newman

 

Q: Where does your inspiration come from?
A: I try to approach each wedding with a fresh perspective. I pull my inspiration from my clients’ energy on the day and try to document the true emotions and natural moments as they unfold in an elegant and artistic manner – all of this in real time.

 

Donna Newman

 

Q: What’s in: What hot new trend do you see emerging for weddings?
A: We’ve noticed that many of our clients are having a Thursday night “Welcome Dinner” for their closest family and friends. This is a more intimate setting than the rehearsal dinner where couples tend to invite a broader range of guests.

 

Donna Newman

 

Q: What is the most important reason your clients cite for choosing The Breakers?
A: It’s one of the most picturesque hotels – period. Many of our clients also have fond memories of The Breakers as children.

 

Donna Newman

 

Q: Give us three of your favorite weddings must-dos.
A: Hire a planner. Build some cushion time into your schedule. Trust the experts!

 

Donna Newman

 

Q: How does The Breakers’ history and architecture inspire your photography?
A: The Breakers takes us to an era of elegance and timelessness… the ideal backdrop for a wedding. It makes our job fulfilling and enjoyable.

 

Donna Newman

 

Q: What’s the most important piece of advice you can offer a bride and groom?
A: Relax and live the day!

 

Donna Newman

 

Q: How does a wedding at The Breakers differ from those at other venues?
A: Breakers weddings have an element of southern charm and hospitality, which puts their guests at ease and creates a weekend of wonderful memories.

 

Donna Newman
305.401.9691
donna@donnanewman.com
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Her diverse client list includes Katherine Heigl, Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh, but celebrity wedding photographer Donna Newman says some of her favorite clients are Breakers’ brides and grooms.     “I’ve been photographing weddings for 15 years now,” Donna says, “Prior to becoming a photographer I was a model with the Ford Agency and [...]

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo
Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

With tremendous growth in the last five years, The Planning Company has gone from exclusively offering coordination, to the full-service special event firm we know and love today.

 

Trina Chaney-Hoo runs a creative team, specializing in graphic design, logistics, event styling and operations. Trina’s motto for her company: “Together we bring something to the table that no other planners in the area offer.”

 

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

 

“I am always striving to create an ‘experience’ for my clients,” Trina says, “It starts the moment your guests hear about your event until they return home. It’s the attention to detail that make the experience.”

 

Event planning wasn’t always her vision, but her first career wasn’t far off. After earning her degree from Johnson and Wales University, Trina spent time in Miami managing restaurants serving in positions in both corporate and social catering.

 

“Both of these roles were key in developing my skills and helping me discover where it is that I truly belonged,” Trina recalls. “I often found myself suggesting things that had not been done, getting frustrated by the limitations of the environment, and always wanting to go far beyond the boundaries of my job to create a special experience for my clients.”

 

Q: What is it like planning event at The Breakers?
A: The Breakers is an event planner’s dream! You get the best of all worlds … from an endless selection of amazing event spaces with breathtaking views, to impeccable level of service, and food presentations that will be sure to woo even the biggest foodie!

 

Q: Where does your inspiration come from?
A: There is constant stimulation around us. I get inspired by things that go unnoticed by most…a combination of unexpected textures that could be infused into décor elements or a scent that evokes a certain feeling that I want to recreate for an event that I am planning.

 

Enjoy some of Trina’s favorite images from events at The Breakers…

 

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

 

Q: What’s in: What hot new wedding trends do you see emerging?
A: My favorite: Custom maps!

 

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

 

Other great trends…
• Whimsical Bouquets
• Bridal Fascinators
• Over-The-Top Video Save-The-Date Videos
• Transforming Unexpected Wedding Locations – (i.e. a cave, a barn, a sugar mill, an ancient ruins)
• Gourmet Food Trucks with Custom Paint Job To Coordinate with Wedding Decor
• Unique Entertainment – Various Live Ensembles for Each Portion of the Event

 

Q: What’s out: Any trends you could leave behind?
A: We haven’t done any of the above for a LONG time…
• Bouquet Toss
• Boring Wedding Bands
• The Bridal March
• Table Favors
• Sign In Books

 

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

 

Q: If you weren’t a wedding planner, what would you be doing?
A: If I weren’t a wedding planner, I would either be living a minimalist life on a tropical island… or I would be a world-renowned photographer.

 

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

 

Q: What advice would you give to a bride who wants a traditional wedding with a modern twist?
A: I would create a list of the traditional elements that were important to her and the groom, and then create the rest to be a perfect reflection of their personalities and how they want their friends and family to see them as a couple.

 

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

 

Q: Give us three of your favorite wedding must-dos.
A: 1. Special love notes and little unexpected surprises for each other throughout the wedding day. It is priceless to see the look on a bride’s face when she come back from hair and makeup to find a handwritten love note on the bed from her groom. Or for the bride to write something special on the mirror in her shade of lipstick for the groom to find when he goes in to get dressed.
2. A complete transformation of your honeymoon suite!! (The perfect ending to the evening when the bride and groom are finally alone for the first time.)
3. A special thank you to your parents, orchestrated to arrive when you are away on your honeymoon.

 

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

 

Q: The Breakers has an immense history and some amazing architecture — How would you use this to inspire you and your events at the hotel?
A: When we create an inspiration palate for an event, one of the key elements is absolutely the location! With an array of spaces to offer, the Breakers is the perfect place to host an entire week of activity without ever having to leave. Guests are intrigued by the history and grandeur of the property, so it would be a mistake not to allow them to “experience” The Breakers for all that it has to offer.

 

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

 

Q: What’s the most important piece of advice you can offer a bride and groom?
A: I advise our couples to enjoy the process of planning their wedding, but most importantly, to sit back and allow us to take over all of the details. It’s what we do best and we ensure them that we never forget who’s wedding it is!

 

Our goal is to always create an unforgettable experience that will stand out in the minds of your guests and that they will walk away knowing your “signature style” as a couple.

 

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

 

Q: How does a wedding at The Breakers differ from those at other venues?
A: The service at The Breakers is unparalleled by any other venue. From the catering managers, to the housekeeping staff, to the doormen – they deliver a consistently amazing experience and continually find a way of outdoing themselves!

 

The Planning Company
Trina S. Chaney-Hoo
561.310.0555
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With tremendous growth in the last five years, The Planning Company has gone from exclusively offering coordination, to the full-service special event firm we know and love today.   Trina Chaney-Hoo runs a creative team, specializing in graphic design, logistics, event styling and operations. Trina’s motto for her company: “Together we bring something to the [...]

Breakers Dream Makers: The Zanadu Group
Breakers Dream Makers: The Zanadu Group

Zanadu Group began in 1985 as an entertainment company, providing interactive performances and specialty acts for all types of events – from halftime shows to galas. Today, Zanadu is a team of extraordinary event planners, defined by the memorable moments, dynamic performances and the seamless productions they create.

 

“While broadening our focus, we are proud of the fact that our passion for the innovative has elevated us to not only be the best in the field of event production, but has also driven us to consistently transform our bride’s unique personal style and vision into an unforgettable experience,” says founder Cheryl Beitler. “And then take it one step further!”

 

The Zanadu Group

 

“The key ingredient to the Zanadu philosophy is our belief that each event and every client is a labor of love, personalized through high energy, uncompromising dedication to service, and a customized brand of perfection,” says Dale Flam (right), who Cheryl calls the ‘Dream Weaver’ on the scene.

 

Q: What is it like planning an event at The Breakers?
A: When an event takes place at The Breakers, it’s already starting out with the most magnificent destination venue – one that defines perfection on so many levels. We feel especially fortunate when we’re coordinating a celebration here because we know that, not only will it provide a fabulous setting, we also know that we will have the support of the Catering Department and the entire staff behind the scenes. Everyone involved has one goal in mind: to create a beautiful and flawless event that will produce the memories of a lifetime.

 

Enjoy a few images from Cheryl and Dale’s events at The Breakers…

 

The Zanadu Group

 

Q: Where does your inspiration come from?
A: Inspiration can come in so many forms and be translated in just as many ways. Quite simply, we tell our brides to follow their hearts – whether it’s whimsical, romantic, or of an era in which they imagine themselves. Inspiration can also be defined as passion for many; something that stirs them emotionally, such as color, textures, or even the love they’ve found within their families.

 

The Zanadu Group

 

Q: How does The Breakers history and architecture inspire you and your events at the hotel?
A: We have heard it said often: Location, location, location! The venue you select will make a statement the moment your guests read it on your invitation. It speaks to how you define romance and the lifestyle that you envision for yourselves. It says casual, beach chic or baroque opulence. It speaks of your vision for the perfect once-in-a-lifetime event. And The Breakers says it all.

 

The Zanadu Group

 

Q. Can you share some tips for selecting the perfect wedding elements?
• Invitations: There is a saying that you only get one chance to make a first impression. We believe your invitation is that first impression and can become the “common thread” found in every key element of your wedding – whether it’s an image of a palm tree, your monogram, or colors and visual details – and it should continue until the last guest leaves.

 

• Gown: Don’t be afraid to try on different styles. The one that you’ve always thought would be “perfect” may not be as flattering as you had hoped. You’ll know it the moment you look at yourself in the mirror.

 

• Entertainment: If people are the heart of an event, the entertainment is its soul. If you know the genre and “vibe” that you want to create for you and your guests, both heart and soul will be merged to create the perfect sensory experience.

 

The Zanadu Group

 

Q: What’s the most important piece of advice you can offer a bride and groom?
A: That their wedding day is their day – that of the bride and groom – and they should not be afraid to express their opinions or vision when making their plans. We always tell our brides and their families that they should be comfortable with every vendor they choose because they and we are going to be sharing the most special day in their lives – a day that took a lifetime for their two families to create.

 

The Zanadu Group
954.986.9488
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Breakers’ Dream Maker: David Beahm
Breakers’ Dream Maker: David Beahm

Known for his inventive work and trademark over-the-top flower creations, David Beahm is one of America’s top event designers. David has designed countless weddings for celebrities and corporate clients like Victoria’s Secret Beauty, Christian Dior, and Louis Vuitton – and his events are often the most talked-about parties in New York.

 

“I moved to NYC in 1995 to pursue a career on the stage and was subsequently side-tracked by special events,” David says. “Six years after arriving in the Big Apple, I was tapped to design the ‘Wedding of the Century.’ Since then, I’m proud that my company is sought after to produce events worldwide.”

 

Breakers’ Dream Maker: David Beahm
Photo by Films by Francesco

 

With a mother in the arts and his father in the hotel and restaurant business, a passion for being creative was in David’s blood.

 

“I have been a florist, photographer, waiter, sous chef, wine sommelier, actor, singer, dancer, and taught music for five years,” David laughs. “I started wiring flowers for bridal bouquets in my Godparents’ flower shop by the time I was fourteen.”

 

And in case you were wondering, that ‘Wedding of the Century’ is none other than the sensation matrimony of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas!

 

Q: Where does your inspiration come from?
A: While my heart and passion live amongst the flowers themselves – my inspiration with a potential client almost always beings with a “fabric Rorschach test!” This is a technique I developed over the years to help my clients verbalize their personal style – a task that can be very overwhelming for a bride or groom.

 

So much about a client’s personal style can be gleaned from their reaction to a variety of fabrics: Did the client respond to a heavily embroidered taffeta? If so, I might follow the path of vintage roses and peonies on gilded pedestals for a traditional, elegant aesthetic. Did the client think the new contemporary fabric with a graphic print was fabulous? That may yield an evening that employs monobotanical explosions of white phalaenopsis orchids poised atop custom Plexiglas pedestals.

 

Enjoy some of David’s favorite images from events his team has designed…

 

Breakers’ Dream Maker: David Beahm
Photo by Brandon Lata Fellici Studio & Sean Lata

 

Q: What’s in: What hot new trend do you see emerging for 2012 weddings?
A: The return of tulle! I know some of my colleagues would shudder at the thought – ‘Did he say tulle?!’ Yes, I said tulle! No, your wedding does not need to look like an overly frothy confection from the 80s. When it is properly used, implemented into the décor, tulle can create a dramatic statement that hearkens back to the late 10s early 20s when romance ruled.

 

I recently had the opportunity to create a bouquet for a fabulous bride who was not afraid to think outside the box. With all the confidence of Grace Kelly, our beautiful lady skillfully floated a 15’ long bouquet of hand-wired, fragrant stephanotis, roses, hyacinth and gardenias complete with ribbons of love-knots enveloped in a cloud of white tulle (below). It was stunning and unforgettable.

 

Breakers’ Dream Maker: David Beahm
Photo by Gruber Photographers

 

Q: What’s out: Any trends you could leave behind?
A: Without a doubt – the sweetheart table. You and your new husband or wife are going to be up-and-about all night – dancing, cutting the cake, taking pictures, and visiting with your guests. I regret that an empty table is a bit of a sad sight. We implore our couples to have a head table for the bridal party or a table for the two families to come together over dinner. With this approach, if you need to make an escape throughout the evening, it is not nearly as obvious to your guests and your presence is not so keenly missed.

 

Q: What advice would you give to a bride who wants a traditional wedding with a modern twist?
A: My advice to this bride would be to embrace her traditional aesthetic – there is absolutely nothing wrong with tradition! However, she should also consider “moments” during the celebration where she can create something fun and unexpected for her guests that is also a reflection of her and her groom. Is her escort card table a delectable floral creation that’s completely over-the-top? Does she switch into a fabulous colorful gown for dancing? In addition to wedding cake – does she have a candy and dessert bar filled with her and her husband’s favorite sweets? The possibilities are endless…

 

Breakers’ Dream Maker: David Beahm
Photo by Brandon Lata Fellici Studio & Sean Lata

 

Q: Give us three of your favorite weddings must-dos.
A: 1. Honor your guests’ presence. They are not obligated to attend your wedding and many of them are taking a precious night (or even a weekend) off to celebrate you. Make it a priority to spend at least a moment with each guest to thank them for being an important part of your special day.

 

2. Pamper and care for yourself prior to the big day. With all the planning and logistics – sometimes the most well adjusted client forgets to take a moment to breathe. I have been known to coax a bride out of my office directly to an acupuncturist or reflexologist to refocus their energy the week of the wedding.

 

3. Trust your team. From venue to flowers and band to videographer – you should have hired your wedding team because you believe in and trust the quality of their work. On the flip side of that (we, as your artists) want to make sure all of your dreams are realized. Our goal is to live up to our reputation for quality all the while honoring your vision as our client. Micromanagement on the day of your wedding only serves to make you more anxious when you should be enjoying the experience. Allow your team to do what they do best – create magic!

 

Breakers’ Dream Maker: David Beahm
Photo by Christian Oth Studio NY

 

Q: The Breakers has an immense history and some amazing architecture – How would you use this to inspire you and your events at the hotel?
A: Starting my business in New York, I’ve learned over the years that you can embrace an immaculate and intricately decorated venue in one of two ways…

 

1. Embrace and enhance the existing décor. If you are being married in The Circle, honor the sophisticated interiors with a flowery ceremonial space draped in luxurious swaths of diaphanous fabric. Surround the space with gilded and crystal candelabrum and the romantic glow of candlelight. Traditional whites, creams and pastels should abound.
2. Juxtapose the existing décor with a completely opposing aesthetic. If your reception is in the Mediterranean Ballroom, fill the space with sleek, modern lounge furniture, avant-garde floral creations, and funky textiles. Utilize professional lighting to draw focus to magnificent décor focal points and keep the energy of the room going. Don’t be afraid to celebrate with a splash of joyous color!

 

Breakers’ Dream Maker: David Beahm
Photo by Christian Oth Studio NY

 

Q: What’s the most important piece of advice you can offer a bride and groom?
A: There is an inordinate amount of time and energy that goes into the planning and details of a wedding: from where Aunt Molly is going to sit – to the ribbon used to tie the programs. However, Murphy’s Law even applies to weddings: something WILL go awry at the last minute. It could be that the limos are late, or your makeup artist drops red lipstick on that gorgeous white dress.

 

Here’s the thing we try to remind our couples – no matter what goes askew on the big day, the only thing that really matters is that you and your partner are together in love and joy to commit to each other for a lifetime. At the end of the day, doesn’t that mean a whole lot more than whether or not the Best Man shows up in wrong tux? And after all, that’s why you hire an amazing planning team to solve such silly problems!

 

Breakers’ Dream Maker: David Beahm
Photo by Brian Dorsey Studios

 

Q: How does a wedding at The Breakers differ from those at other venues?
A: A venue, no matter how beautiful (and indeed The Breakers is oh-so beautiful) is only as good as its representatives. I have worked in many, many hotels and resorts over the years and my favorite properties also happen to have the very best in terms of service. The Catering and Sales team at The Breakers are advocates for the couple and are constantly thinking outside of the box to make each and every event different and special. That is an amenity indeed.

 

David Beahm Design
529 West 20th St., Suite 11 West
New York, NY 10011
(212) 279-1344
Contact: Christina Matteucci, Executive Director
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Breakers’ Dream Maker: Heather Lowenthal
Breakers’ Dream Maker: Heather Lowenthal

It started with Posh Paper, a boutique paper company, in 2003. Today, Heather Lowenthal and her Posh Parties clan are known throughout South Florida as the Posh Party Girls.

 

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Heather Lowenthal

 

“I like to think I built the business through the details. In the beginning, I specialized in everything from invitations and save the dates to favors, gift bags and all of the special touches that make a party personalized,” Heather says. “The relationships that I made with premier hotels and vendors throughout South Florida, including the very exclusive Breakers hotel in Palm Beach, allowed me to take the business to the next level.”

 

Q: What’s the most important piece of advice you can offer a bride and groom?
A: Don’t stress about planning your wedding – embrace it. Enjoy every moment of your planning process and your entire wedding weekend. This is the kick-off event to a lifetime of love & happiness together!

 

Q: What is it like planning an event at The Breakers?
A: Amazing! Everyone is so wonderful from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. The staff goes above and beyond to make planning an event both fun and memorable at the same time. It is a pleasure to work with such outstanding people at such a first-class organization, and I consider myself an extension to their entire professional team.

 

Enjoy some of Heather’s favorite images from her events at The Breakers…

 

Breakers’ Dream Makers: Heather Lowenthal

 

Q: Where does your inspiration come from?
A: For me daily inspiration goes beyond being entrenched into today’s wedding business. I get inspiration from everything from home decorating magazines to songs I hear on the radio. I like to be inspired by the little things, which we can incorporate into the perfect party.

 

Breakers’ Dream Makers: Heather Lowenthal

 

Q: What is the most important reason your clients cite for choosing The Breakers?
A: The most common response I get from my clients is: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! You can’t beat Palm Beach any time of year, and The Breakers is a premier destination.

 

Breakers’ Dream Makers: Heather Lowenthal

 

Q: Give us three of your favorite weddings must-dos.
A: 1. Have a blast – this is your wedding! Planning your wedding should be fun, enjoy each step of the way
2. Make each decision count. Take your time in choosing your A-Team for your wedding – you will be happy in the end. And of course, hire a planner!
3. Make it personal. Adding personal touches along with way and creating a wow factor for your guests will differentiate your wedding from the next. This can be achieved through the cuisine, the décor and all of the little details that go a long way.

 

Breakers’ Dream Makers: Heather Lowenthal

 

Q: How does The Breakers history and architecture inspire you and your events at
the hotel?

A: I think the Breakers represents timeless glamour – whether you want to have the most classic affair or a trendy contemporary one. There are so many different rooms and areas throughout the hotel that lend themselves to such a wide variety of design; the possibilities are endless! It will make a memorable place to return to for years to come.

 

Breakers’ Dream Makers: Heather Lowenthal

 

Q: How does a wedding at The Breakers differ from those at other venues?
A: The level of service and quality is above and beyond. You truly can be stress-free and enjoy your wedding weekend without a worry.

 

Posh Parties & Paper
Heather Lowenthall
561.302.0702
heather@poshpartiesonline.com
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