For my internship, I worked with one of Celebrations’ special event planners. Alongside the planner, I oversaw the planning of a number of events from weddings to holiday parties, to tailgates for the University of Florida’s Alumni Association. I attended meetings with clients where we discussed details of their event, helped create food menus, and selected food, décor, and linen. In the office, we generated Banquet Event Orders and invoices based on the client’s selections, as well as developed floor plans for the event.
I also had the opportunity to work with one of Celebrations’ Catering Managers in overseeing how they organize their services to execute an event. This included the assignment of workers from event captains to servers, the flow of timing for set-up and breakdown, as well as getting to take part in a few deliveries.
The Plant Shoppe Florist has been a “Best of Weddings” winner by The Knot in 2014, 2015, and 2016. My time with them brought to light how floral can completely change the landscape of an event.
Betsy, the owner and lead floral designer, taught me all about floral from its proper care once it comes into the shop, as well as had me create a number of boutonnieres, corsages, centerpieces and arrangements for a variety of events. Betsy inspired creativity when teaching me how to make bridal bouquets, as well as when I sat in on meetings with clients when she would interpret their floral vision for their wedding.
When my time with The Plant Shoppe Florist was done, I had developed skills I would use in my later experiences such as knowing how to make a boutonniere on the fly when one breaks moments before walking down the aisle, and further, I left with a newfound love of floral design.
I volunteered with Keith Watson Events as event day set-up help. This included assisting in the set up of tables, chairs, linens, décor, centerpieces, pipe and draping, and up-lighting.
Some of the events that I assisted with the set-up of included weddings, birthday parties, set up of sorority houses for the University of Florida’s Rush Week, and the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation’s Noche de Gala.
Simply Gorgeous was a downtown boutique where I held my first job. Here, I served as an invitations consultant where I met with walk-ins or appointments looking to order invitations for their wedding or other special event.
We offered a number of invitation retailer’s products from classic choices offered by Carlson Craft and Birchcraft, to completely customizable Smock letterpress invitations. I worked with the client from selecting the invitation design, to assisting with wording prior to placing their order, as well as assembling invitations once they arrived at the shop.