Friday, February 25, 2011

Always Fabulous! Randi Hayes Martin

I finally met face to face Randi Hayes Martin at the Wish Upon a Wedding launch last month. Seems we have a few things in common, we are both proud Gleeks, and we both love weddings… Alwaysfab (as I knew her via Twitter) also owner and operator of Always Fabulous Events. Randi now has an additional title to her name, Event Planning Chair of wish Upon a Wedding –Philadelphia chapter. I urge you to read a few blogs back to this wonderful cause for more info.
The first thing you notice about Randi is her infectious smile & energy. For the past nine years, she has planned weddings, sweet sixteen, anniversary, retirement, birthday parties, bridal and baby showers. Since always being the “social director” of her friends and family, paying special and unique attention to detail, and loving it, she decided to make event planning a career. Starting with planning her friends wedding with a bridal party of 30! Also, which she was the Mistress of the ceremony. Of course the first question I asked was “who announced the bridal party!” Most memorable was a two part wedding of which there was an intimate ceremony in Cape May NJ, with a larger party months later.
Randi would also like to give a heads up and tell everyone too look out for the Wish Upon a Wedding Fundraiser coming in April, lots of fun in store for this wonderful cause. You can visit for upcoming details.
When I asked about a favorite venue, Randi suggests everyone to check out The Brossman Center, accommodating up to 300 people and also has a chapel for your ceremony.

On a personal note, also mother of two Roman and Ryan, and her husband Rudy, Randi is not just superwoman, but Fabulous! For more info please visit:

Monday, February 21, 2011

Heather Reed O'Mara - Photographer

Ever since Heather was a little girl she saw beauty and wanted to capture it forever in a picture. Moving on, as she matured into her 20’s to Denver she focused on the beauty of the west. Then taking a completely different view moving to Chicago to repaint the lines of the majestic architecture through her photography.

Heather puts her heart into what she does. You can certainly tell while she recalled realizing she photographed that “moment”….. While processing images from a wedding, she welled up after seeing a shot of the grooms stepfather, who was a big strapping jovial fella overcome with tears at this proud moment in church. Sadly, the grooms mother was unable to attend due to a serious but recoverable illness.

Heather’s goal is simple, making people happy and capturing key moments without being invasive, but, remembered.

Heather is looking forward to attending a lighting workshop in May, keeping up with the latest to bring you the best results she can.

Please visit Heather Reed O’Mara Photography at

For more information…

Del’s Groove looks forward to working with Heather in the future…

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Del's Groove RoCk's Merion Mercy Academy Father-Daughter Dance!

Del's Groove had the privilege for the second year in a row to perform for the Merion Mercy Academy Father Daughter Dance. The dance floor packed without the influence of liquid spirits, but the true mercy spirituality of these beautiful ladies. Merion Mercy academy's curriculum stresses global awareness and social responsibility and it certainly shows in their steps. Now, on to those wonderful Dad's that showed their daughters they could keep up, these guys rocked as much as their girls! A little side note, bandleader Emanuel Del Pizzo for the first time, was not the daddy at this dance. A bittersweet evening for him as him and his wife Teresa has four beautiful and talented daughters that have all graduated from MMA. Del's Groove was happy to have him back on the drums this year.
No suprise was The Drexelbrook's gorgeous attention to detail in their decor to the 600 place settings leaving nothing left out. CEO & General Manager along with his staff attended to the "Sip & Bid" table from the MMA Winter Wonderland Auction. I had a chance to chat with Domenick Savino before the gig and found out he had been at The Drexelbrook for 19 years, and he clued me in on some history of this venue I was unaware of.
To the lovely ladies of MMA, the staff, and last but not least, the dad's, thank you so much for having Del's Groove perform again for you. We have so much fun with you and you are all so blessed to have such awesome dads!!
For more information on MMA please visit
The Drexelbrook for all of your occasions
and for THE band to RoCk any event
See you soon!
Susan (Delsdiva)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Wish Upon a Wedding Launch - Philadelphia!

.........Wish Upon a Wedding Launch - Philadelphia Chapter was last evening and it was spectacular. I want to urge everyone to visit them at:

Do whatever you can to get involved, especially if you are in the business of weddings and any and all that goes with weddings. WUW is the world's first nonprofit wedding wish granting organization, providing weddings for terminally ill individuals.

Founding president Mark Kingsdorf presented the board members in the middle of this wonderful event along with a touching film setting the objective of WUW. Members, Christine Bergey, Gene Blum, Phyliss Jablonowski, Randi Martin, Suzanne Paquette, Ises Williams, Rebecca Drunkenmiller and Pat Ambrosius.

Special attention to mention the volunteer launch sponsors, expecially ones I have had the pleasure to meet for the first time and some I have had the honor to work along with, Ed Seiders of Branded Productions, Jim Buchakjian of Sagets Formal Wear, Sarah Morrison of All About Events, The Drexelbrook, and a special mention to Unique Concepts Studios - Paul Roebuck who took in his usual fashion, breathtaking photos, donating his time on his birthday!

That's what it takes.....people helping people, donate your time, donate funds. Take time out to learn more about WUW and see all the other wonderful hands behind the scenes and many sponsors. Once again at .

All the Best,