Does it feel like summer is moving too fast? Travel, like summer, is all about savoring the moment. Don’t worry. There is definitely still time to get away to places near and far. This month, we visit Japan, go on a family cruise to the Caribbean, and share why private jet charters are on the rise.
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
The secret is being able to draw out what the client really wants, according to Vida, who’s been an event planner for 30 years. “Come for an occasion and we’ll create the event” is their motto.
The team recently returned from New Orleans where they transformed the French Quarter into a “Big Bash in the Big Easy” for 300 guests of ad firm Agency 720 and Chevrolet.
The visionaries turned what was originally a ‘standard reception’ into a mind blowing extravaganza starting with a grand marshal marching band procession down Bourbon Street, and ending at the Wax Museum (aka voodoo dungeon), where partygoers mingled with voodoo priestesses, burlesque dancers, jesters, and big head characters. Voodoo doll makers, bone readers and a Zydeco band, as well as a lavish buffet, kept the revelers entertained through the night.
Corporate events are not their only specialty. It’s any creative challenge because “we have good events karma,” admits Vida. Thirty minutes after a chance meeting with celebrity wedding planner David Tutera at an LA mall, they got a plum assignment from his WE tv show “My Fair Wedding.” They had five days to create a Hollywood glamour-themed wedding for 150 guests. Not only did they pull off the extravagant soiree, but they also ended up catering for the crew.
While living in different states, the ladies are used to traveling the country for clients. Mona splits her time between events and her corporate work running the F1S Los Angeles office. Vida is based in her native Chicago. They’ll reconvene this summer for a big family trip to Lithuania to celebrate their roots.