By Marie Gilmore

Planning an event can be daunting but with one group of local professionals, years of experience in making dreams come true for couples, families and great celebrations makes event planning a breeze.

ABC Event Planning

Craig Beckinger worked in corporate America for more than 20 years planning events, catering meetings and occasions. When he ventured out to start his own business, he knew he wanted to be approachable and to take the stress out of event planning so that guests of honor could really enjoy their special day. His company, ABC Event Planning Inc. has planned events from 5-500 people and can take care of every detail from the carpet below the guests feet to the chandelier hanging from the ceiling to the Candy Bar for guest keepsake. And, he doesn’t do it alone, Beckinger has gathered a team of local specialties to help him make every event special.

Majestic Photography Makes Memories Last

Kevin King, owner of Majestic Photography loves to take amazing photos. Retired from the Air Force, King has a heart for the military and Veterans and has been in business full-time since 2009.

“I enjoy capturing peoples’ memories,” said King. “I’m a wedding and family portrait photographer.”

Photography packages start at $75 and headshot photos start at $150.

For details, visit or call 603-7520.

Southshore Uncorked

Steve and Kathy Lieberman were already successful realtors with ReMax South Shore Realty when they followed their dream and opened a winery and boutique offering custom wine making and custom labels in the heart of South Shore. The store, called Southshore uncorked is unique and brings high quality, handcrafted European style wine at affordable prices.

“Our events held in our winery include hosting wine clubs, special events i.e. open mic nights, jazz nights, private parties in our tasting/event room, as well as assisting our clients in the creation of their own handcrafted wine,” said Kathy.

The store offers wine making, in home supplies and private parties. Custom labels can also be created. Visit or call 649-9466 for full details.

Cater Tampa From White Glove to BBQ

Adam Harris loves to feed people. His infectious smile lights up any room when people are happy with the food he and his team make for them. He opened Cater Tampa and The Chateau, an events Venue in Brandon this year and has already made an impact with his custom Omelet stations and perfect appetizer presentations. He can cater events up to 50 people at his location or for any size from private home to giant event venue. For details and menus, visit or call 906-0222.

Fancy That Linens

Fancy That Specialty Linens is family owned and operated, and has been serving the Tampa Bay area since 2002. The company provides quality linens at affordable prices with outstanding customer service. The company is owned by Sue Williams who started as an employee and worked her way up to buying the business! “We have the knowledge and expertise needed to bring your vision to fruition,” she said. “By hiring us, there are no hidden fees or extra charges!

To see a full selection of linen colors offered, call 973-9990 or visit

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Marie Gilmore
Marie is the Managing Editor at the Osprey Observer. She covers news, transportation, education and likes to make a positive impact on the community and be 'in the know'!