Ivanna Alfonso is a South Florida wedding planner who has brought something new to her work by tapping into her art background. She creates customized bride and groom figures for the tops of wedding cakes.
“As a child I was very artistic and creative, always trying to make something or trying to sell something I had made,” Alfonso said. “I was extremely dedicated to using my talents and creative style whenever possible.
“This past November, we introduced our custom cake toppers and figures to the public. We started it as an idea and again put our creativity to the test as we spent months perfecting our figures until they were just right.”
Rather than generic bride and groom miniature dolls, Alfonso crafts sculptures that are whimsical likenesses of her clients, which adds a personal touch to the cakes.
The 24-year-old Alfonso, who lives in Miami Lakes, graduated from high school in 2005, got her AA degree from Miami Dade College, then transferred to Florida International University hoping to become an elementary school teacher. But after a year and a half she decided to try something different, changed her major and currently is finishing her degree in Hospitality Management and Event Planning.
But she already has launched her Oh My Gosh! Weddings and Events business and Custom Cake Toppers.
“I originally opened the business in 2008,” Alfonso said. “Both my sisters got married only one month apart, it was difficult to plan two weddings on a budget; every planner we looked at was extremely expensive and did not offer the packages we thought were helpful. After my sisters’ weddings I realized how much I enjoyed planning and helping them plan the most important day of their lives.”
Cassandra Lopez of Coral Gables was one of Alfonso’s clients, and thought the artist’s little figures were great.
“Ivanna’s custom wedding cake toppers are the perfect way to personalize yourself as a new couple,” Lopez said. “I was so happy to see how she brought our relationship to life by creating exact mini replicas of my husband and I. Needless to say our wedding cake was a real treat!”
Alfonso’s handmade products also are on eBay, Etsy and on her own website, and have been sold all over the country as well as Canada, Denmark and Australia. She also plans quinces, sweet 16s, birthdays, baby and bridal showers, graduations and other types of events.
Jennifer Henry, a recent bride in South Miami, was pleased with the outcome.
“OMG weddings planned and successfully executed my big day,” Henry said. “My husband and I were thrilled that we got a chance to really enjoy every second and not have to worry about any of the stresses because we had such an excellent planner. Ivanna’s charm and organization were a reflection of her work and we could not have been happier with the results.”
For more information, call 305-720-3869 or visit online at www.OMGWeddingsandEvents.com.