Style Events, News & Gossip from Around the City

The first half of the year is almost over, but don’t fret! We still have 7 more months of 2014 and plenty of fun events left to cram into the fabulous lives we live here in the City Beautiful. In case you miss any of it, every month we’ll bring you all the highlights right here. Starting with the end of April, let’s take a look back on some of the fun we shared at several of our city’s most exciting events.

For those who are getting married soon, there was only one place to be on Tuesday, April 29th. From 6-9 pm, NORMAN’S at The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes created the ultimate wedding planning experience for brides by teaming up with the Orlando Perfect Wedding Guide to host an upscale wedding show like no other. Couples enjoyed a refreshing glass of wine on NORMAN’S terrace and a gorgeous sunset over Ritz-Carlton’s world-famous golf course as they met with various wedding vendors that promise to make sure your special day is memorable for all. Participating vendors included Tiffany & Co., Two Sweets Bakery, Grande Lakes Floral, Chalk Shop Events, VIP Wedding Transportation, Castaldo Studio, Solutions Bridal and many more.

On May 3rd, members of the community packed the Winter Park Country Club in celebration of the annual Kentucky Derby. Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Orlando, Derby on Park was a fantastic day full of casual elegance, delightful company and of course, plenty of fabulous hats! Multiple TV’s displayed throughout the indoor and outdoor event allowed guests to mingle and enjoy the festivities without having to miss a single moment of the racing action. Each guest received a private labeled bottle of either South African Merlot or Central Coast Chardonnay as a keepsake from the local Quantum Leap Winery. Tabacu provided 100 complimentary cigars and a fun fashion show featured awards for Women’s Best Dressed, Women’s Best Hat and Men’s Best Dressed. Prizes included $100 gift cards and gift baskets provided by Elle Vie. In addition to complimentary beer and wine, attendees also enjoyed 4 Rivers Smokehouse pulled pork, grilled chuck by John & Shirley’s Catering and Lobster grilled cheese sandwiches provided by Boston Lobster Feast Restaurant.

On Tuesday May 6th, David Yurman hosted a special in-store event to celebrate the unveiling of their new Orlando boutique in the Mall at Millenia. Friends and customers of David Yurman were treated to refreshing cocktails and exquisite hors d’oeuvres as they gathered in the new space. An expansion to 1,993 square-feet allows for a larger selection and a more unique, luxurious shopping experience for every customer. Numerous guests mingled and browsed through the signature gold and silver designs; diamond, pearl, and gemstone jewelry; and Swiss-crafted timepieces by one of America’s leading fine jewelry and luxury timepiece designers for men, women, and children. A portion of the proceeds from the successful evening benefited Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The wait for one of Orlando’s most beloved charity fundraisers was finally over on May 10th as hundreds gathered in Rosen Shingle Creek for the Runway To Hope Spring Fashion Soirée. Co-founders Mark and Josie NeJame established Runway to Hope in 2010 and it has since grown to become a truly signature fundraising event. Television personalities Brooke Burke-Charvet and Ross Matthews emceed the lovely evening which included a fashion show featuring more than 100 beautiful and brave children who are currently battling or have overcome cancer. The show proved to be the highlight of the evening is as dozens of national and local celebrities escorted these courageous, brave and wonderful children down the runway in an unforgettable display of true beauty and strength. It was impossible not to see the joy on Mark & Josie’s face or hear the passion in their voice as they took to the stage to address and thank the crowd for all their support. It’s not too late for you to donate to the cause either. Join all of us at Orlando Style in helping to support Runway To Hope’s mission and these amazing children by visiting www.runwaytohope.org.

Universal Studios Annual Mardi Gras Grand Celebration returned to Orlando in February and has kept the party going ever since with night after night of dazzling parades, more beads than your neck has room for and an amazing concert line-up of 20 different acts across every type of music genre. Nelly took to the stage on April 3rd while the English-Irish boy band The Wanted followed shortly after for their own exciting concert on the 10th. From pop to country to hip hop to rock, the concerts during Mardi Gras always offer an exciting mix of superstar performers, but that’s not all Mardi Gras has to offer! A magnificent Mardi Gras parade with incredible floats, vibrant costumes, towering stilt walkers, lively dancers and entertaining street performers proved that the spirit of Mardi Gras isn’t restricted to just the Big Easy. Guests were also sure to make their way to the French Quarter Courtyard for live music direct from New Orleans and authentic Cajun food like Spicy Jambalaya, Grilled Andouille Sausage, Shrimp Gumbo and more. The celebration continues this month with even more great music and Mardi Gras themed fun so make sure you don’t miss out on the party!

Celebrated as “Orlando’s most unique cultural experience,” the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival took place in and around Loch Haven Park from May 14th-27th for its 23rd annual event. The return of the 14-day festival drew in massive, diverse crowds as the Central Florida community together in celebration of the theatrical and performing arts. The festival included theater, music, dance and art and encompassed roughly 500 uncensored and non-juried performances, a lively outdoor stage, Visual Fringe and Kids Fringe. As the oldest US Fringe Festival, celebrating 23 years is a milestone for Orlando Fringe, which has been named “Best Festival” for eighteen consecutive years in Orlando, has now grown to be one of the largest in the US and has won many numerous local and regional awards. 100% of all box office ticket sales went directly to the artists and the Orlando Fringe participants.

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