Tariq & Camille- Fort Myers, Florida

Have you heard of La Casa Toscana?

It’s a BRAND new venue in Fort Myers, FL. We are so excited to be opening this space to the public.

This venue has been a private event venue for the owner’s children. We had the pleasure to not only plan Tariq & Camille’s wedding this winter in Fort Myers, Florida but also Tariq’s older sisters wedding a few years ago.

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LOVE STORY

A few years ago, we were hired to plan Tariq’s older sister’s wedding at the same location. This event was breathtaking. So, after Tariq and Camille got engaged, we knew this was going to be an unforgettable event!

Camille got a message from Tariq’s sister on Instagram. This was a SET UP! Niza has been following Camille online and knew she was just the kind of person her brother needed. So, after an online introduction the two decided to meet.

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A BLIND DATE

Tariq was living in Florida and Camille in Virginia. The long distance did not stop them! After their first date they knew that this was something different.

It wasn’t long until they were engaged and planning their event at La Casa Toscana.

Their ceremony was outdoor under the gazebo on property. They chose dark brown chairs to contrast the beautiful whites and blushes tones of the wedding.

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COCKTAILS & DINNER

The ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour on the lawn. The guest’s then moved to the dinner where they ate under the verandas and danced under the stars.

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DANCING

Tariq & Camille’s wedding day was one of the best events we have had the pleasure to be a part of. This event was filled so many languages! French & Spanish were spoken more than English and we could not have been happier see such a blend of cultures.

The love between the couple and their families was evident in every conversation. Both families wanted to honor their faith and belief in God and the love they showed every single vendor and guest is something everyone could feel. What a beautiful event.

After all these years and experiencing this amazing family, how they treat everyone no matter what. We are so excited that this beautiful space is now available to the public!

What a GEM this is to everyone who gets the pleasure of coming into contact with it.

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Contributors

VIDEOGRAPHER

Diego Stuart Films

PHOTOGRAPHER

Hunter Ryan Photography

VENUE

La Casa Toscana

FLOWERS

Leroy French Flowers

RENTALS + DECOR

Taylor Rentals

ENTERTAINMENT

DJ Gil Blake

WEDDING CAKE

In Love & Food

WEDDING PLANNER

Mostly Becky Weddings & Events

FAVORS + GIFTS

Le Macaron

HONEYMOON

The Cove

CATERER

Friscos



And this GORGEOUS wedding was PUBLISHED in SOUTHERN BRIDE! We couldn’t be more excited to share it with you all!

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Matt & Kelsey Downtown Marriott- Des Moines, Iowa

Weddings crashers are real!

Seriously, have you guys ever experienced them? Maybe not like Vince Vaughn, but real wedding crashers? In our 10 years, we have had 2 scenarios. ..that we know of!

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Kelsey & Matt celebrated in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa. The Downtown Marriott hosted their event, and we had SO much fun! Kelsey & Matt are one of those couples, that after you meet them, you’re like… dang… I wish we were friends!

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Serious! You know those kinds of people? The ones that are out doing things, enjoying life, adventuring together. These two nailed it.

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After Kelsey called me we later found out that we had mutual friends. Needless to say, I was pumped! The chances of us becoming ACTUAL friends was getting closer and closer.

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Kelsey & Matt were married in August at Capitol Hill Lutheran Church in Des Moines. The reception was held at Downtown Marriott.

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But, I guess I wasn’t the only who could feel this amazing couples energy! We had a WEDDING CRASHER during their dance.

I mean, I don’t blame them!

Flocka Flocka  showed up!

Flocka Flocka showed up!

Kelsey & Matt had a beautiful fun day in Des Moines. We were honored to be a part of it!

Contributors:

Ceremony Venue Capital Hill Lutheran Church

Reception Venue Downtown Marriott

Photographer Aly Caroll Photography

Floral Shelly Sarver Designs

Wedding Cake Loritas

Catering Downtown Marriott

Wedding Dress Schaffer

Wedding Planning Mostly Becky Weddings

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A Penny Story

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8 years ago, I stood in my sister's apartment bathroom at Iowa State University and told her something CRAZY! (Yes, we definitely go to the bathroom together). 

I told her, that Mostly Becky was going to help bring awareness to those who have been enslaved by human trafficking.

She asked, "How?"

The truth is I had no idea. Do you ever have an idea like that? You know something is going to happen, but all the details to this epiphany don't seem to matter.

That was me! 

But, want to know the even CRAZIER thing? I wasn't making ANY MONEY with Mostly Becky, yet. 

Actually, we had barely launched our website. So, I told my sister standing in the bathroom that day I had NO CLUE how I was going to make that happen, but one day, this company (that felt like a fake company) was going to make a BIG difference. 

As time went on, I would search for organizations that seemed to support and do great things for those enslaved in sex trafficking. 

I would read about it, go to conferences and listen to how important it was bring awareness. 

BUT, EVERY TIME I WANTED TO TAKE ACTION. I knew it wasn't right. 

Now, I sound even crazier right? 

Well, I did nothing. In the meantime. Mostly Becky continued to grow and we started making money! (Yes, finally, we were KINDA a real business). 

Fast-forward to 2014. I was back visiting my alma mater and I sat in the coffee shop with an old friend. She looked over at me and said, "See that over there? The picture of a penny made of a tons of real pennies?" 

It was hanging on the wall right above the trash can. It was gorgeous. She continued, "Kendall started something pretty cool called The Penny Story." She collects pennies then makes bracelets and sells them. They're really cute! But, want to know what is ever cooler? All the proceeds go to help  bring awareness to sex trafficking!" 

MY. JAW. DROPPED. 

I immediately looked her up on Instagram, which led me to her website. 

That moment, I knew that THIS WAS IT! 

In 2018, I reached out to Kendall asking her if she had time to speak with me. This moment, was one that actually scared me. And I don’t scare easily. I wish I could tell you exactly why I was so afraid of this moment. Maybe, I felt ashamed that it has taken me so long to get to this place. Or maybe I was afraid of big of a blessing this could turn into. I wasn’t sure I was ready to face either.

But, Kendall received my request with so much grace. We set up a time to chat over the phone. And a few moments after speaking with her, I quickly realized that this was EXACTLY what I had been waiting for. And little did I know.

Mostly Becky was EXACTLY what she had been waiting for.

We created a plan, and in 2018 Mostly Becky Weddings & Events joined The Penny Story. We proudly donate 10% of our proceeds to this amazing movement.

And for Christmas this year the Mostly Becky team got their very own Penny Bracelets!



WHY YOU ASK?

Well, we wanted to give YOU the opportunity to help someone who cannot repay you.

Won’t you join us?

You can read more about The Penny Story, their amazing founder, and what the Penny is doing all across the world here.

We’re praying for you friend! Thank you for sharing in this with us!

XoXo