Photographer Terry Gruber says he was practically born with a camera hanging around his neck. But photographing weddings — he says he didn’t find weddings, they found  him.

Terry Gruber

“I was shooting fashion, photographing a catbook, and working on features when my friends one by one got married,” says Terry.  “I practiced ‘guest wedding photography’ at each nuptial and made ironic captioned scrapbooks as wedding gifts. One of these albums made it into the hands of a wedding planner, and the rest is history.

Q: Where does your inspiration come from?
A: In response to the physical world, three of my senses trigger ideas:  Sight, smell and sound. Observation, intuition, premonition, books, movies, and museums also inspire me.

Enjoy a few of Terry’s favorite images for events at The Breakers…

Terry Gruber

Q: What is it like photographing event at The Breakers? How do you use this to inspire you and your events at the hotel?
A: Photographing at The Breakers is like taking a time machine to the Roaring 20’s.  The architecture is lush, the details are opulent and the craftsmanship and sheer scale of the venue is decadent. The first time I photographed at The Breakers I thought that something was wrong with my camera because I found I needed a much wider lens to include the environment. That had never happened in New York City.

Terry Gruber

Q: What’s in: What hot new wedding trends do you see emerging?
A: Trends are trendy. These are a few that Gruber has been an industry leader in promoting and I think are here to stay.

  • From the groom to the bride – Secret proposal photography
  • From the bride to the groom – Boudoir photography
  • For the couple – Engaging engagement photography sessions
  • From mom – Bridal shower photography

Terry Gruber

Q: What’s out: What wedding trend could you leave behind?
A: The garter removal has vanished.  I see fewer and fewer bouquet tosses, and groom’s cakes are a rarity. Photography  wise, most of the post production by numbers effects that are so trendy today to the detriment of pure photography.

Terry Gruber

Q: If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
A: After earning an MFA from Columbia Film School and making my thesis film with Martin Scorsese as my advisor, I would be on that road not taken.

Terry Gruber

Q: What advice would you give to a bride who wants a traditional wedding with a modern twist?
A: I would advise them to reverse it and do a modern wedding with a traditional twist!

Terry Gruber

Q: Give us three of your favorite wedding must-dos.
A: 1) No matter what is going on, take The Breakers bride and groom onto the beach at sunset.
2) Take the time to take a large group shot of everyone at the wedding.
3) Always find an ending shot to the story. There is nothing more satisfying in an album than a happy ending.

 Terry Gruber

Q: What’s the most important piece of advice you can offer a bride and groom?
A: Be authentic and true to yourself in every choice you make about your wedding.  Most importantly, look into each other’s eyes as often as possible so that your memories center on each other and trust me to tell that story in the context of the bigger picture of everyone else that swirled around you.

Terry Gruber

Q: How does a wedding at The Breakers differ from those at other venues? 
A: In two words: space and choices.  You can have a three day event at The Breakers and never entertain in the same space. You have the option of several outdoor areas for your ceremony and backup for a rain scenario.  You can have cocktails in the courtyard and move inside for the reception.  You can get married on the beach, party around the pool or have the Ocean Terrace for an intimate rehearsal dinner.  Borrow a golf cart and in 45 minutes you can shoot the bride and groom against so many colorful and interesting backgrounds.  The Breakers is the “Uber” venue!

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Her diverse client list includes Katherine Heigl, Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh, but celebrity wedding photographer Donna Newman says some of her favorite clients are Breakers’ brides and grooms.

Donna Newman

“I’ve been photographing weddings for 15 years now,” Donna says, “Prior to becoming a photographer I was a model with the Ford Agency and making the switch to photography felt very natural.”

Enjoy a few of Donna’s favorite images from events at The Breakers…

Donna Newman

Q: What is it like photographing an event at The Breakers?
A: The Breakers is truly like none other. I’ve photographed weddings all over and without being biased I can truly say that The Breakers is truly one of a kind. They take care of their clients from start to finish and make it their mission to deliver stunning events that are stress free. And of course, The Breakers is a truly picture perfect location.

Donna Newman

Q: Where does your inspiration come from?
A: I try to approach each wedding with a fresh perspective. I pull my inspiration from my clients’ energy on the day and try to document the true emotions and natural moments as they unfold in an elegant and artistic manner – all of this in real time.

Donna Newman

Q: What’s in: What hot new trend do you see emerging for weddings?
A: We’ve noticed that many of our clients are having a Thursday night “Welcome Dinner” for their closest family and friends. This is a more intimate setting than the rehearsal dinner where couples tend to invite a broader range of guests.

Donna Newman

Q: What is the most important reason your clients cite for choosing The Breakers?
A: It’s one of the most picturesque hotels – period. Many of our clients also have fond memories of The Breakers as children.

Donna Newman

Q: Give us three of your favorite weddings must-dos.
A: Hire a planner. Build some cushion time into your schedule. Trust the experts!

Donna Newman

Q: How does The Breakers’ history and architecture inspire your photography?
A: The Breakers takes us to an era of elegance and timelessness… the ideal backdrop for a wedding. It makes our job fulfilling and enjoyable.

Q: What’s the most important piece of advice you can offer a bride and groom?
A: Relax and live the day!

Donna Newman

Q: How does a wedding at The Breakers differ from those at other venues?
A: Breakers weddings have an element of southern charm and hospitality, which puts their guests at ease and creates a weekend of wonderful memories.

Donna Newman
305.401.9691
donna@donnanewman.com
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With tremendous growth in the last five years, The Planning Company has gone from exclusively offering coordination, to the full-service special event firm we know and love today.

Trina Chaney-Hoo runs a creative team, specializing in graphic design, logistics, event styling and operations. Trina’s motto for her company: “Together we bring something to the table that no other planners in the area offer.”

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

“I am always striving to create an ‘experience’ for my clients,” Trina says, “It starts the moment your guests hear about your event until they return home. It’s the attention to detail that make the experience.”

Event planning wasn’t always her vision, but her first career wasn’t far off. After earning her degree from Johnson and Wales University, Trina spent time in Miami managing restaurants serving in positions in both corporate and social catering.

“Both of these roles were key in developing my skills and helping me discover where it is that I truly belonged,” Trina recalls. “I often found myself suggesting things that had not been done, getting frustrated by the limitations of the environment, and always wanting to go far beyond the boundaries of my job to create a special experience for my clients.”

Q: What is it like planning event at The Breakers?
A: The Breakers is an event planner’s dream! You get the best of all worlds … from an endless selection of amazing event spaces with breathtaking views, to impeccable level of service, and food presentations that will be sure to woo even the biggest foodie!

Q: Where does your inspiration come from?
A: There is constant stimulation around us. I get inspired by things that go unnoticed by most…a combination of unexpected textures that could be infused into décor elements or a scent that evokes a certain feeling that I want to recreate for an event that I am planning.

Enjoy some of Trina’s favorite images from events at The Breakers…

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

Q: What’s in: What hot new wedding trends do you see emerging?
A: My favorite: Custom maps!

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

Other great trends…
• Whimsical Bouquets
• Bridal Fascinators
• Over-The-Top Video Save-The-Date Videos
• Transforming Unexpected Wedding Locations – (i.e. a cave, a barn, a sugar mill, an ancient ruins)
• Gourmet Food Trucks with Custom Paint Job To Coordinate with Wedding Decor
• Unique Entertainment – Various Live Ensembles for Each Portion of the Event

Q: What’s out: Any trends you could leave behind?
A: We haven’t done any of the above for a LONG time…
• Bouquet Toss
• Boring Wedding Bands
• The Bridal March
• Table Favors
• Sign In Books

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

Q: If you weren’t a wedding planner, what would you be doing?
A: If I weren’t a wedding planner, I would either be living a minimalist life on a tropical island… or I would be a world-renowned photographer.

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

Q: What advice would you give to a bride who wants a traditional wedding with a modern twist?
A: I would create a list of the traditional elements that were important to her and the groom, and then create the rest to be a perfect reflection of their personalities and how they want their friends and family to see them as a couple.

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

Q: Give us three of your favorite wedding must-dos.
A: 1. Special love notes and little unexpected surprises for each other throughout the wedding day. It is priceless to see the look on a bride’s face when she come back from hair and makeup to find a handwritten love note on the bed from her groom. Or for the bride to write something special on the mirror in her shade of lipstick for the groom to find when he goes in to get dressed.
2. A complete transformation of your honeymoon suite!! (The perfect ending to the evening when the bride and groom are finally alone for the first time.)
3. A special thank you to your parents, orchestrated to arrive when you are away on your honeymoon.

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

Q: The Breakers has an immense history and some amazing architecture — How would you use this to inspire you and your events at the hotel?
A: When we create an inspiration palate for an event, one of the key elements is absolutely the location! With an array of spaces to offer, the Breakers is the perfect place to host an entire week of activity without ever having to leave. Guests are intrigued by the history and grandeur of the property, so it would be a mistake not to allow them to “experience” The Breakers for all that it has to offer.

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

Q: What’s the most important piece of advice you can offer a bride and groom?
A: I advise our couples to enjoy the process of planning their wedding, but most importantly, to sit back and allow us to take over all of the details. It’s what we do best and we ensure them that we never forget who’s wedding it is!

Our goal is to always create an unforgettable experience that will stand out in the minds of your guests and that they will walk away knowing your “signature style” as a couple.

Breakers’ Dream Maker: Trina Chaney-Hoo

Q: How does a wedding at The Breakers differ from those at other venues?
A: The service at The Breakers is unparalleled by any other venue. From the catering managers, to the housekeeping staff, to the doormen – they deliver a consistently amazing experience and continually find a way of outdoing themselves!

The Planning Company
Trina S. Chaney-Hoo
561.601.1792
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Zanadu Group began in 1985 as an entertainment company, providing interactive performances and specialty acts for all types of events – from halftime shows to galas. Today, Zanadu is a team of extraordinary event planners, defined by the memorable moments, dynamic performances and the seamless productions they create.

“While broadening our focus, we are proud of the fact that our passion for the innovative has elevated us to not only be the best in the field of event production, but has also driven us to consistently transform our bride’s unique personal style and vision into an unforgettable experience,” says founder Cheryl Beitler. “And then take it one step further!”

The Zanadu Group

“The key ingredient to the Zanadu philosophy is our belief that each event and every client is a labor of love, personalized through high energy, uncompromising dedication to service, and a customized brand of perfection,” says Dale Flam (right), who Cheryl calls the ‘Dream Weaver’ on the scene.

Q: What is it like planning an event at The Breakers?
A: When an event takes place at The Breakers, it’s already starting out with the most magnificent destination venue – one that defines perfection on so many levels. We feel especially fortunate when we’re coordinating a celebration here because we know that, not only will it provide a fabulous setting, we also know that we will have the support of the Catering Department and the entire staff behind the scenes. Everyone involved has one goal in mind: to create a beautiful and flawless event that will produce the memories of a lifetime.

Enjoy a few images from Cheryl and Dale’s events at The Breakers…

The Zanadu Group

Q: Where does your inspiration come from?
A: Inspiration can come in so many forms and be translated in just as many ways. Quite simply, we tell our brides to follow their hearts – whether it’s whimsical, romantic, or of an era in which they imagine themselves. Inspiration can also be defined as passion for many; something that stirs them emotionally, such as color, textures, or even the love they’ve found within their families.

The Zanadu Group

Q: How does The Breakers history and architecture inspire you and your events at the hotel?
A: We have heard it said often: Location, location, location! The venue you select will make a statement the moment your guests read it on your invitation. It speaks to how you define romance and the lifestyle that you envision for yourselves. It says casual, beach chic or baroque opulence. It speaks of your vision for the perfect once-in-a-lifetime event. And The Breakers says it all.

The Zanadu Group

Q. Can you share some tips for selecting the perfect wedding elements?
• Invitations: There is a saying that you only get one chance to make a first impression. We believe your invitation is that first impression and can become the “common thread” found in every key element of your wedding – whether it’s an image of a palm tree, your monogram, or colors and visual details – and it should continue until the last guest leaves.

• Gown: Don’t be afraid to try on different styles. The one that you’ve always thought would be “perfect” may not be as flattering as you had hoped. You’ll know it the moment you look at yourself in the mirror.

• Entertainment: If people are the heart of an event, the entertainment is its soul. If you know the genre and “vibe” that you want to create for you and your guests, both heart and soul will be merged to create the perfect sensory experience.

The Zanadu Group

Q: What’s the most important piece of advice you can offer a bride and groom?
A: That their wedding day is their day – that of the bride and groom – and they should not be afraid to express their opinions or vision when making their plans. We always tell our brides and their families that they should be comfortable with every vendor they choose because they and we are going to be sharing the most special day in their lives – a day that took a lifetime for their two families to create.

The Zanadu Group
954.986.9488
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