Meet the West Central Florida Team

The details DO matter! They come together to create a feeling that will not soon be forgotten. When your guests share about the fun they had at your wedding, they may not remember the exact song, the color of lighting, the entree you served, etc… but they will remember the awe when they first walked into the reception, the warmth they felt when you shared your first dance, the surge of energy they got when the band hit the stage, and the feeling of hope and romance as they watch you and your new spouse begin your new life together. They remember how they “felt” that night!

How do you want your guests to “feel” when leaving your wedding? Let us help you create and design the perfect details that your guests will remember for years to come!

  • Brandee Gaar

    OWNER, LEAD DESIGNER

     I am a party planner and I LOVE planning parties! I designed my first soiree at the age of 6 when I convinced my babysitter to help me plan and execute a surprise anniversary party for my parents complete with invitations (their closest neighborhood friends of course!), decor (balloons, streamers and a home-made banner), wine (Asti Spumante…will never forget!) and hors d’ oeuvres (pigs in the blanket if my memory serves). It was a great night! Since then, my love of event planning has grown and my taste for the details has matured (thankfully!).

    I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Business Administration /Hospitality Management and was blessed to be on the opening team of the prestigious Gaylord Palms Resort here in Orlando, FL. After 6 years of planning large scale corporate events I decided to follow my passion for planning weddings…and so became Blush!

    Weddings excite a special emotion that gives me a high like no other event! I love everything about the process of planning a wedding. Hearing the engagement story (and how nervous he was), how he (or often she) picked the perfect ring, what their vision for the perfect day is and of course meeting the excited family members anxious to help in any way they can! My 2 favorite moments on the big day…the moment he sees his bride for the first time (sometimes during the first look, sometimes the moment she steps into the aisle) and the moment I get to preview the reception space with my newly married couple! I love seeing their eyes as they take in all of the details we have meticulously planned for so long and hearing my favorite expression “It’s so much better than I imagined!”.

    I am a mother to 3 stunningly beautiful little girls…Emma, Hannah and Lilly and wife to the love of my life, Ira. They are my biggest fans and I am blessed to get to live each day with them by my side!

  • Maria Balestriere

    SR PLANNER/COORDINATOR – WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA

    I am a born and raised Florida girl! I grew up in Ocala and moved to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida, where I received my bachelors degree. I started in the hospitality industry working at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center as a Conference Coordinator. It was an amazing experience and made the love I had for meeting & event planning even stronger. I went on to work for various companies such as the Laser Institute of America planning and executing conferences. I joined the Blush team in 2012 and love every second of it.

    I love EVERYTHING weddings! I love meeting my bride and groom, hearing about how they met and the proposal. Every couple has their own “story” and that is what makes every couple and every wedding unique.  I love the planning process and can’t wait to see the vision and hard work unfold on the wedding day.  No two weddings are the same. I love seeing and feeling the love in the room not only between the couple but from all of the family and friends who have been lucky enough to experience the journey of the couple thus far. The wedding isn’t the end but only the beginning of a beautiful marriage.

    As for myself, I have been extremely blessed to marry my college sweetheart, best friend, and love of my life.  We have been blessed with two amazing, beautiful children and I look forward to what our journey and our story holds for us in the future.

    “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible” ~Nora Ephron, When Harry Met Sally

  • Alexis Comas

    COORDINATOR – WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA

    As Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” That is what makes planning weddings so special. I attended the University of Central Florida, Rosen College of Hospitality Management where I received my bachelors degree. I began my journey with Blush as an assistant in 2014 and I knew wedding coordination was what I wanted to do ever since! My passion is helping my bride and groom plan their special day and start their happily ever after. I believe your wedding is one of the most memorable and special days of your life. I am dedicated to making your wedding a relaxed, yet exciting experience that will leave your guests talking about it for many years to come.