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    Tuesday, December 25, 2012
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    Sunday, June 24, 2012
  5. Leaders, Never Followers!
    Saturday, May 05, 2012
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    Monday, December 26, 2011
  7. New Website & Tons of Thanks!
    Monday, February 28, 2011
  8. Brit Milah, Aventura, FL
    Wednesday, December 22, 2010
  9. Traditions! Classic Design!
    Wednesday, November 17, 2010
  10. Michi & Brandon Marshall's Wedding at The Paris Theater, Miami Beach
    Tuesday, October 05, 2010

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News and Rustic-Modern-Chic Wedding

Our big news is that Jose Graterol won the Spotlight Award for "Floral Designer of the Year" in Las Vegas, March 2013, in a juried, talent-based competition sponsored by Event Solutions!

Here is a recent wedding which Jose Graterol designed and produced in Ocala, FL, in the horse country area!  It incorporates the fashionable rustic--chic-modern vibes that are very popular today!  

The production was incredible, with over 100 team members coming together to produce the wedding in over 1 week!  The earth was moved to level the land for the tent, and we even dodged a hurricane!

Many thanks to Momentum Event Planning, Andreina Reyna & Charlie Hernandez Paris, Kirby Rentals, PSID Group, Fernando Arcay Catering, Nuage Designs, Patty Nash Photography and the entire team from Jose Graterol Designs for making this event truly stunning!!  

Contact us on 305-788-0562 to discuss any upcoming events!


Modern Elegance at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort!

Jose Graterol was hired to design a modern masterpiece recently for a bride and groom in The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort & Spa! 

The Chuppah magically floated overhead.  White Hydrangeas made the ceremony lush and architectural.

The Place Card Centerpiece was dramatic, artistic, and stunning! 

Custom-designed tall centerpieces anchored the ballroom.  The table linens made their Miami debut here, too!

Custom-made White Royal tables without linens were specified, with a collection of beautifully designed flowers.  Cohesion was achieved with black-and-white dining chairs, black water glasses, grey linen hemstitch napkins, and mirrors strategically used in the floral designs, too!  

The food was divine!  Watermelon and Feta Cheese Napoleons with a Balsamic Glaze were the colorful and imaginative "Amuse Bouche!"

The designs for the bar arrangements were modern, tailored and exuberant!  

The dress was created by Anna Maier Ulla Maija from Ever After in Miami.  Hair is by Marlene from Oribe. Make up is by Beverly Fink.  Groom's Tuxedo is from Zegna.

The handmade, ruffled wedding cake with its cake table were perfect in the room!  

Utopia Video has just launched the video:

Many thanks to our expert and passionate team members:  

Planner Sara Renee Events  Photographer Sharone Amit,  

Lighting, Draping by PSID,

Linens by Nuage Designs,

Wedding Dress by Ever After,

class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 20px; " face="Tahoma">Venue and Dance Floor, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort,

A heartfelt "Thank You" goes to Victoria Chase, Director of Social Catering for her expertise and support!  

Chef Antonio Bachour is a true talent!  

The Event Designer and Floral Designer, Tables, Napkins, Containers are all provided by Jose Graterol Designs, .  305-788-0562 is our number to call for your next uniquely custom-designed event!

Finalist for Event Solutions! Plus News!!

We have GREAT News!  Jose Graterol is now a Finalist for Floral Designer of the Year from Event Solutions, a National organization for the event industry!  

We need everyone's  VOTE! prior to January 16, 2013 to receive this coveted award!  The link to vote is here:

This collage highlights the Launch Party which Jose Graterol Designed for the new magazine, Modern Luxury Brides South Florida & The Caribbean!  Top Chef Michael Mina was cooking at a food station at the Turnberry Isle Miami Resort, and Jon McLaughlin gave a wonderful concert there, too!  More than 650 people were in awe with Jose's designs!   From the entrance with the "Towers of Cymbidium Orchids" to the ballroom with the "Wows" of Jose's suspended Rose Balls, exciting Bar Arrangements with hand-blown white rods, to the exuberant seating arrangements, Jose impressed the crowd at every turn!  Jose Graterol's work and expertise are featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Modern Luxury Brides, South Florida & The Caribbean, on page 82!  

Jose Graterol Designs also recently collaborated with Patty Nash Photography, House of Films Videography, Carolina Herrera at Bal Harbour Shops, Iris More Jewelry Designs, Lilian Designs Invitations, P.S.I.D. Lighting, Deisy Rodriguez Makeup, Virgin Farms Flowers, on a Dsynrgy produced, exciting photo-shoot at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort on Miami Beach!  

Victoria Chase, Director of Social Catering at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, did a wonderful interview for our group!

Here is one of the end-result Inspiration Boards created by Patty Nash Photography! This serves as our new ad in Spring 2013 Modern Luxury Brides South Florida & The Caribbean too!  

The table is Jose's "infinity" table since it can be custom-designed endlessly by changing the finishes for the top and pedestal!  

The Carolina Herrera Bridal Gown is straight off the 2013 Runway Show!  The wedding dress is available at the new Carolina Herrera boutique in Bal Harbour Shops!

The Christian Louboutin shoes are courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops!

Every detail is considered and addressed in the photo shoot, as well as in each of Jose Graterol Designs' events, too!  The entire setting including chairs, table, vases, containers are custom-designed by Jose Graterol!  

Call us on 305-788-0562 to discuss your upcoming special event!  

Steve & Jose


Design Studio: Showroom Soiree!

We recently held a D(Sign) party at our newly appointed "Imaginarium" or design studio!  We coined the term "imaginarium" because your imagination can be magnified infinitely in a model space, and you can be transported to another place with all of our special containers, candleholders, furniture, accessories, and pieces which Jose Graterol has custom-designed for the events!

The entry piece shows the true inventiveness and artistry of Jose Graterol's designs!

Unique Hydrangeas, Orchids, Peonies were provided by The Farm Agency,  

Roses were provided by

Innovative catering was provided by Lyon + Lyon Catering,  They also had chef demonstrations during the evening, too!

Samm Mapp sang great jazz numbers for the crowd!  

Velati Candles, provided many candles for our event, including those hanging in our tree, too!

JM Lighting and Fabric used his own unique draping and great moving lights to enhance the space!  

Mokafe provided delicious coffee drinks, too!  They can be reached on:

We are so proud of our new design studio!  "Original, organized, exciting" are a few comments we have received from visitors!  It captures the spirit of-- and highlights-- Jose Graterol's design talents!

Patty Nash of Nash Weddings,  took all of the photos on the wall and in this blog!  She has great eyes for the best shots...and the unique ability to capture reality from the best perspective!

For your own personal tour of our space, call us on 305-788-0562...

Steve & Jose

Leaders, Never Followers!

Jose Graterol Designs is looked upon as an Industry Leader for custom-tailored event designs!! 

Jose's videos on have been viewed by more than 540,000 people around the world!

Lately, we have become aware that vendors from right here in South Florida, as well as around the world, are copying Jose's arrangements, Chuppah designs, event designs and even his custom-designed tables, containers and centerpieces!  Jose and Steve recently attended an industry show in Las Vegas where Preston Bailey gave a presentation about his own success. When he was asked about people copying his arrangements, he said that he hoped he "inspired many people to create."  We feel the same way, inspirational...but not direct copies!! Preston Bailey said that people can only copy what you have made in the past, not what is in your head or ideas for the future!  We all know that adage "Imitation is the Best form of flattery!"

Here is a 9' High entry arrangement that Jose "Dreamed up", right on the spot, during the set up of an amazing birthday party we did this season.

This birthday party was all black, white flowers, silver accents!  Elegant and chic!

Jose designed unique lamps and lamp shades for some centerpieces! Floor length mirrors, a Mirror stage set, Cocktail Tables, all of the draping, lighting, floral arrangements and linens were designed and specified by Jose Graterol for this event, too!  The Black-Twinkle dance floor was imported from Orlando!  The room was sparkling and striking!
Patty Nash Photography took amazing decor shots for us!  Check out her work on !

The linens were custom-made for Jose Graterol by Over the Top, Ft. Lauderdale, FL,  

The lighting and custom draping is from Jose Martinez,  
Turnberry Ocean Colony, Sunny Isles Beach, FL, was the venue for this unforgettable night! A special "Thank You" goes out to the staff at Turnberry Ocean Colony for their support!
Bubble Miami, and Nuage Designs, provided the chairs.

The dessert room was luxurious and spectacular!  Contrasting colors, textures, flower types and a custom mirror made the setting extra special!

Jose Graterol designs events infusing your personality and his infinite creativity! Unlike other floral designers, Jose is not "married" to a singular style! Every design, every event, every arrangement is made to incorporate your personality into it!  That's why we never repeat arrangements, parties or weddings!  

When you are ready to have Jose help you design your unforgettable special event, call us on 305-788-0562!

Steve & Jose

Acqualina Resort Wedding!

Jose Graterol Designs, had the best time working on this wedding!  The bride and groom were as detail-oriented as Jose Graterol, so he attended to every design aspect!  The weather prediction was for rain, so a clear tent was constructed to protect everyone from the elements.  Saturday was warm, then rainy, and our production team added all the finishing touches to what was deemed the BEST wedding at the hotel!  The Acqualina Resort's, , workers came into the tent provided by just to peruse its pure beauty!  Susan Wesselhoft was extremely helpful in her role as hotel liaison and Director of Catering.  Jose Graterol designed the wedding based on the dreams and desires of the bride and groom:  sophisticated, elegant, organic, orchids, purple, succulents, modern and unique...all rolled up into an amazing night!  The planner, Mariel Ruiz with was great!  Patty Nash of provided her photography expertise for this wedding!
3,600 White Roses with deep Purple Orchids along with stunning Manzanita branches with orchid plants hanging in natural formations created the backdrop for the ceremony and d.j. during the reception.  Vision djs, supplied his own color-coordinated screen to the reception!

The bride's bouquet was a unique piece of floral art!

The Place Card display was unique and provided an idea of what the reception was going to show~

The reception was breathtaking!!

A special "Thank You!!" goes out to Jose Martinez of J.M. Lighting and Fabric Design for his amazing work on this wedding!  Todo Dulces provided the cake,

If you want a custom-designed event made especially for you, then contact us!  We never repeat events or arrangements!  Also, we are not an event or flower factory and do not sign more than one client per day!  Jose Graterol is with you every step of the way!  

Keep up to date with us on Facebook, too!
Steve & Jose 305-788-0562

New Website & Tons of Thanks!

We are pleased to announce our New & Improved Website,
We hope you will view it and leave comments for us!  Please share it with your friends, contacts, families, clients!  

Of course, we have to extend our heartfelt "Thank You!!!" to many people and businesses who have made our new website possible!  We share our contacts with the world and are happy to refer each one of you!  You may visit the website and/or Facebook page of each of our contacts!

Christopher Vazquez is our talented artist-web designer who is able to meld the images, ideas and copy into an amazing format to convey our messages!

Nicole Henry, who granted us permission to incorporate her meaningful tracks as our music options!

Photographers:  We appreciate your images showcasing Jose Graterol's vision and talent in each event! 
Catalina Ayubi, Sharon Eliasi, Gastelbondo Photography, InFocus Studios, Roy Llera, Alain Martinez, Pep Menendez, Munoz Photographers, Steven Arrow

Planners:  We are grateful you choose to work with us!  
Victoria Chase, Cymbidium Events, The Event Production, Flornaments Planners, Forever Events

Vendors:  We and our clients believe you are the best at what you do!
BubbleMiami, Mayela Camacho,, Granada Printing, Jose at JM Lighting & Fabric, Panache Linens, Niki at Papery & Cakery,  Christian V. Siriano, Tina's Original Cakes

Venues: Our clients, along with our guidance, have chosen you for countless reasons!
Bath Club, Brazilian Court, Fairmont Turnberry Resort, Four Seasons Miami, Indian Creek Country Club, Mandarin Oriental Miami, Mar-a-Lago, Paris Theater, Safra Temple, Viceroy Miami, and many private locations, too!

Call us to arrange an appointment and discuss your upcoming event!

Steve & Jose


Brit Milah, Aventura, FL

For this Brit Milah, Ivonne & Pierina of Flornaments Planners asked me to help them with a Green and White Garden themed Brit Milah.  It was held in the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center in Aventura, FL,  The room used many unusual size and configurations for the tables:  long rectangular acrylic tables, tall acrylic barstool-height tables, 36" Round Tables, 72" Square tables, too!  There was a central lounge area with a grand centerpiece!  Moss bunny rabbits in two sizes played among Moss Balls, Cymbidium Orchids, and Topiary Trees!  Mokafe Shop (on Facebook) provided delicious coffees with their eagle coffee maker!  Frida Getzel made fabulously divine desserts with acrylic displays,
Bubble Miami provided the Tufted bar, white benches, and clear acrylic chairs,

If you need any arrangements, ideas or want to discuss your upcoming event, call us on 305-788-0562

Jose & Steve

Traditions! Classic Design!

Jose Graterol is often asked if he can produce Classic arrangements, Classic Floral Designs, Classic events.  The answer is a resounding "Yes!"  Most floral designers begin with classic and traditional style design.  The challenge is to branch out into uncharted waters of design or modern design which cannot be placed into a single style or category.  So, in this blog, we reach into our photography records to showcase Jose's traditional styles, some with a modern twist and some strictly classic!  

For this event in Palm Beach, Jose combined traditional elements and floral arrangements in keeping with the architectural style to create a memorable party produced by Rafanelli Events, 

Jose states "Every floral designer can produce traditional arrangements.  But, not every traditional floral designer can invent modern and progressive arrangements."

Jose also recently produced impressive, traditional-with-a-twist floral designs for a wedding at Vizcaya, the winter home for James Deering.  Its  architecture and natural, lush gardens provide a stunning backdrop for special events!  Thank you to Cristina and Gloria of Cymbidium Events,  for choosing Jose Graterol Designs!

Low and high arrangements mixed Spanish traditional elements with a nod to the modern elements, too!

For an event in Washington, D.C., Jose copied the still life painting in the dining room!  He combined fruit and flowers in the arrangement.  That is a real art and very difficult!

In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we leave you with a traditional table setting with a buffet piece on the buffet.  This is Jose Graterol's design, purely interpreted in the colors of the season!  

We wish everyone a beautiful Thanksgiving!  We have so much to be thankful for this year!  

Call us if we can help you out for upcoming holiday decorating, Christmas/Hanukkah/Thanksgiving/New Year's or any upcoming event!

Steve & Jose, 305-788-0562

Michi & Brandon Marshall's Wedding at The Paris Theater, Miami Beach

Jose Graterol Designs, was delighted to have been chosen to work on the Floral Designs for Michi & Brandon Marshall's wedding in July 2010.  It was held at The Paris, an Art Deco Theater in South Beach! 
We were so excited to work on this event, as it was challenging on many issues.  Jose designed a dramatic "movie-set" atmosphere! 16' long Manzanita branches with countless magnolia blossoms were suspended over the bride and groom!  The aisle treatment showcased Jose's new container designs which gave the effect of hydrangeas floating in the air, just above the grey carpeting. The Kelly chair, provided by BubbleMiami, made the ceremony seem even more dramatic, as chairs were nearly invisible.

The personal flowers were very colorful, as everyone carried fuchsia, red, and all the variations.  Jose's new signature brooches were used on the bride's bouquet.  Jose also incorporated a chic black wrap for the bride's bouquet to coordinate with her dress! Then, the groom's boutonnière had four flowers from Michi's bouquet and a piece of her brooch incorporated into it, too!   The bridesmaids had similar brooches in their bouquets. The decorative brooches can be worn throughout life to remember this incredible wedding!

Michi's dress is designed by Christian V. Siriano, the winner of Project Runway, the hit cable series on fashion design!  

This wedding really was a wonderful group effort!  Michi Marshall, the bride, designed the event. Her vision for the event was implemented and produced by Charlie Venturi of Liveit Productions, Jose Graterol specified the floor layouts, and the decor.    Breck Bouchard of the Bond Group, along with Charlie Venturi, and close friends, Kathy Lee, Ian Grutman were the wedding planners. They made the wedding day complete!

Jose Graterol & Steve Levine hired the ultra-talented photographer, Sharon Eliasi, to photograph the decor for us. Manolo Doreste of InFocus Photography,  shot the wedding for the Marshalls.  We knew that we would be too busy to take photos while we were changing the theater for the dinner reception!  All of the containers were designed by Jose Graterol, too!  

White flowers were used at the 9'H Entry centerpiece and the ceremony.  After the wedding ceremony, the lighting in the entry changed to hot pink, so the flowers absorbed the light and seemed to change colors!  Jose Graterol is brilliant when it comes to floral design, creativity and ideas!  

The Bar arrangement was a real work of art!   
Red, fuchsia, hot pink, lavender flowers were used at the dinner reception.  The entire event was stellar!   Mirrors were used on top of the tables to reflect the flowers and lighting!  The caterer was Lyon + Lyon,  
Spandex from Panache,  was used on the tables to create a clean look for the base.  4'H Red Roses and Fuchsia Phalaenopsis Orchids seemed to be floating and fluttering above the guest's heads!  The cake had fun touches, too!  Boyz ll Men, were the guest performers, too!  ESSENCE magazine is also featuring this wedding,

Call us on 305.788.0562 to discuss your next event!

Steve & Jose
Jose Graterol Designs

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