Memories That Last a Lifetime: Mason Catering Wedding Expo


Flowers are a gentle reminder of the slivers of beauty that exist in the world. They come in all types of colors, styles, and sizes. These products of nature are a unique part of the Earth in which we live in. Flowers were a beautiful addition to the Mason Catering Wedding Expo that took place on March 25, 2017 at the Adria Hotel & Conference Center in Bayside, NY. Like a flower, each vendor there had their own uniqueness shining through. They all represented an integral component that makes up the sensational spirit of a wedding. Each of them are a part of the formula which makes the spectacular union between two lovers magical on their wedding day.

“We are natural born entertainers. We make people happy.”  Benny Hype said from GT HIFI, a Mason Catering sponsored entertainment duo making their place at the event.

The DJs have been entertaining party goers for over 20 years at bridal and baby showers, bar mitzvahs, clubs and graduations.

Nigel Alfred stated that he’s happy when the bride is happy. A photographer who has traveled the globe, Alfred has worked professionally at birthdays, maternity and newborn shoots, engagements and baby showers, but has a strong focus on weddings.

“Wedding photography was a great source for me to develop my work,” he said.

Once invested in mostly street art, photographer Ricky “Dean” Scott is passionate about making the day special for the bride.

He said that no bride should ever have to worry about her pictures on her day as he retold a story of getting wet in the rain to capture the bride’s special moment.

“It (Weddings) happens so many times and every time it takes my breathe away,” he remarked.

At this wonderful event, an array of entrepreneurs made up the community dedicated to making the best of a bride and groom’s nuptial. Also in attendance was Pottery Barn, a known venue for bedding, kitchenware and more; Pauline’s Treats, a specialization in traditional and vegan baked goods, YoDog Media, a media company focused on digital and print videography and photography, photo booth rentals, web design and logo design; M & V Limousines Ltd, the largest limo company in NY that provides luxury vehicles; Rose Sweet Designs, a custom candy company that provides catering for sip & teas, baby and bridal showers and christenings; IP Phone System, a phone company that provides computer phones, video phones, phone greetings and much more telecommunication services; Bigga soft drinks, a flagship brand of the Wisynco group that is the only soft drink made locally in Jamaica; and Orchid’s Flowers and Gifts, a family owned business that specializes in day of the wedding services.

Renee Giscombe of Orchids Flowers and Gifts provides everything a couple needs for the day of their wedding. Wait staff, make-up artists, limos, photographers, hair stylists, fresh florals, candy stations, and more.

“From soup to nuts, we do everything,” Giscombe said. Her mother Ruth and brother Leo also have their own entertainment businesses located next to each other in which they all work together as a family.

Garrick Mason brought this community of entrepreneurs together to celebrate and showcase the magic they create for matrimonial ceremonies. After migrating here from Jamaica 10 years ago, Mason has been in the catering business for six years and four months.

Delsha Monroe, administrator for Mason Catering Services, said their goal is to make every event a memorable one. They offer cooking, meal preparation, and catering services (wait staff, bartenders, plated/buffet service, tables, chairs etc.) for all events whether big or small.

Once an employee at Golden Krust, Mason saw a need for low cost business for food. He started Mason Catering with only $150 in his pocket.

“I can never stop. I have to keep going. I always try to go forward no matter what,” he said. With three kids to motivate him, Mason aspires to take his business nationally. Mason Catering is already in Texas, Florida and California.

“If you think about it, you got it in you. Before a tree blooms, it goes through changes,” he said.

Like the changes and evolution of a flower, the talent, drive and compassion of all these individuals work together in blossoming a forever memorable moment for those ready to say “I Do.” I was honored to meet all the unique individuals dedicated to making the beautiful moments of a wedding incredible.




Renee and Ruth Giscombe of Orchids Flowers and Gifts


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Nigel Alfred Photography


Rose Sweet Designs’ Candy and Cake Station


La Chocolate’s “Bag Lady” Exhibit Embraces Creativity & Female Empowerment

Chocolatier La Shawn Lukes of La Chocolate Lukes mixed in a blend of art, delicious cuisine, and female empowerment in the “Bag Lady” Photo Exhibit on Saturday night, March 28. I was able to attend this delightful event at the 739 Bar & Grill restaurant in Brooklyn during Women’s History Month. The vibe was cool and eclectic as a diverge sprinkle of attendees chatted, sipped on complementary wine, and immersed themselves in the creative energy emanating the place. This event was all due to a partnership between photography company La Delarosa. The entities merged to highlight the many struggles women face like being a single mother, sexuality, eating disorders, domestic abuse and greed. Delarosa said the series is a “Metamorphosis Through Photos” that shows women through their changes.

“Our goal is to bring awareness to everyday hurt that gets covered up by makeup, excuses, and vices like drugs and alcohol,” said Lukes in a press release. “What we don’t realize is those issues become baggage if they are not properly dealt with, and we all know excess baggage makes the journey difficult! This event will teach women how to give themselves permission to heal.”

All the photography featured at the event were on sale to attendees. Part of the proceeds go to a non-profit organization in NYC called Expecting Relief, a company dedicated to “ensuring providence for families in need.” This all started four years ago when Vanessa Bracetti and her sister were helping out a friend in dire need. Their friend ended up stealing from them after they showed her compassion. Understanding what she was going through, they decided to turn it into something positive. Bracetti said she always enjoyed helping others; she enjoys watching the reactions of people she’s given aid to.

This hybrid of creativity, philanthropy, and women empowerment was a marvelous thing to be a witness of. Entrepreneur La Shawn Lukes, who’s also a radio show host of Riddims & Views on PNC Radio, used her love for female growth to create one dynamic spectacle. I’m excited to see what else she has in store for us in the future.

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Vanessa Bracetti, Founder of Expecting Relief

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Nady Delarosa, Photographer for the Bag Lady Photo Series

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La Shawn Lukes, the lovely lady who put this whole event together

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Delicious treats from La Chocolate Lukes

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Shauna, PR personnel for the event and I