Thursday, January 19

Surprise it’s a wedding… Not a Holiday Soirée!

Imagine you get an invitation to a Holiday Soiree’  and when you arrive you realize that it’s actually a Wedding!

We initially met with Shante and Eric early in September to plan what we thought was an all black Holiday Soirée. As we discussed details during the consultation, Shante confided, “We’re really getting married and no one knows.” It was a secret just between the two of them!

Cascade, located in Hamden, Connecticut, was the perfect venue to use for this Top Secret Wedding!

When the guests first arrived, they were ushered downstairs to what they assumed was an all black Holiday Soirée. Meanwhile, upstairs in the main ballroom, the site was already set up for the wedding ceremony. But, before we informed the guests, we had to finally let the bridal party in on the secret. With the exception of the Maid of Honor, the bridal party knew nothing about the wedding. I told you this was a surprise! The ladies assumed they were chosen to be “hostesses” for the evening and the gents just thought they were there to party.

The ladies were directed to the bridal suite where they were greeted with beautiful single Calla Lily stem bouquets and Shante’s gown hanging in the window as if to say, “Guess what’s about to go down?”

The gents were greeted with Calla Lily boutonnieres. It was such an awesome sight to see them screech with shock, love and happiness for Shante & Eric.

Shante Group2


As the bridal party was being told why they were actually there, the guests were looking at the video we put together for the special occasion. Check it out below!

Finally, all the guests were escorted upstairs to the ballroom for the ceremony, still in shock and awe that they were about to witness Shante’ and Eric say, “I do.”  It was such a beautiful ceremony. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place.  DJ Bigg Mann of Hot 93.7FM had them dancing all night long! The Bride, Shante’ surprised her Groom, Eric with an awesome Groom’s cake of his favorite team the Pittsburgh Steelers.

This Wedding definitely took us out of the traditional norm of coordinating a Wedding, and we loved every moment of it!

Tuesday, May 05

Who What Where How

Welcome to Upscale Events official blog!! We thought it would be best to get a few questions out-of-the-way….

Question number ONE…Who is Upscale Events?
We are an awesome team, who are also Husband [Torrance] & Wife [Erika], who actually LOVE to work together, who LOVE to plan events!!

Erika and Torrance

Question number TWO…What type of event do you plan?
We started with Weddings which are very detailed!! Then we were asked to do a Bridal showers, Birthday parties and then it just progressed to ALL things to celebrate small or big!!! In the last couple years weʼve added Corporate and working with a lot of Non-Profits which are dear to us!!

Question number THREE…Where do you plan events, do you just stay in Connecticut?
We have planned events ALL over Connecticut and out of state From Massachusetts, NYC, NJ, Maryland and Atlanta. No events are too far for us!!

Question number FOUR…How much for your services?
Every event we produce requires special attention and we take that into account when we sit with you for a consultation. Once we know what your vision is, we provide a personalized quote, you sign on the dotted line, and start ASAP!!

There is so much more to Upscale Events than these 4 answers..Follow our Blog and you will find out!!

Photo Credits:
Matthew Wagner Photography
Michele Wade Photo Photography
Worthy Visual Arts