Friday, February 29, 2008

Regina + Richard, to-be-wed

Regina and Richard have such a fantastic style as a couple- their wedding in April is going to be the perfect blend of unique elements and personal touches. I am very much looking forward to it! They headed out with Sarah K. Chen this week for an engagement shoot in LA, and I had to share a few of the pictures with you; as I'm sure you will agree, they are fantastic!

They brought their adorable pooch along for the shoot

The light in this one is so ethereal- such a neat effect!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Jean + Chris at Calamigos Ranch, Malibu

Winter weddings always have such a magical feel to them, and Jean and Chris' was no exception. I couldn't tell what was sparkling more- the dazzling lights strung seemingly all over Calamigos; or Jean, who put the term 'Princess Bride' to shame with her gorgeous glittering dress, twinkling eyes, and never-ending smile. I was so lucky to have been a part of their Big Day which was filled with such love and warmth. After initially meeting with the couple I knew that their families were bound to be special people each and every one of them, and they sure were! From the skies clearing just in time for the ceremony and not one droplet coming down until the reception was in full swing, to Jean and Chris being surrounded by all their guests on the dance floor as they basked in the moment, it was an evening filled with special memories and much happiness. Congratulations, you two!

A special thanks to the following fabulous team:

Sarak K. Chen, Photographer (check out her pictures from the day, below)
Robert with HD Invision, Videographer
Jim with Honored Occasions, DJ and charismatic MC
Penny of Penny's Flowers
All the wonderful folks over at Calamigos Ranch

The big reveal

Jean came prepared with the most fabulous white shawl

Mr. + Mrs.!

Taking a moment to relax before their grand entrance

Friday, February 22, 2008

Rain, rain go away

I have been doing my 'no rain dance' big time this past week in an effort to keep the skies bright and shiny for Saturday's wedding in Malibu, and I think my efforts are paying off. Just in case any of you out there find yourself in a similar predicament for your own wedding, never fear; the folks over at Bella Umbrella have got your back! Check out their ADORABLE umbrellas, parasols, and pagodas. They have a wide variety of colors and designs, both for rent and for purchase. A few of my favorites from their website:

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

It's Live!

My new website, that is. It all came together sooner than I expected! CLICK HERE to check it out; and don't forget to let me know what you think:)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Coming to a computer screen near you VERY soon...

I have some fantastic news- my new website is thisclose to being ready for launching. I love it; and I know you are going to as well! Stay tuned in the next week for the big reveal. Until then, here is a (tiny) teaser:

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Ashley + Cort, to-be-wed

I always get excited when I see my client's pictures come up on my favorite photographer's blogs. This time, it was the talented Michael Norwood, who headed out to the Mission Inn with Ashley and Cort last weekend. I thought it was great that they chose to shoot at the Mission Inn. Not only does it provide a variety of gorgeous picture locations, but it has a very different feel than the St. Regis Monarch Beach, where their wedding will be held this July. Here are my favorites of the teasers Michael posted:

Friday, February 15, 2008

More proof of Wildflower's fabulousness

Lauren Hilary was on hand at the ABC-OC meeting (see post from Wednesday), and she captured some amazing pictures that are too good not to share. Hope this adds some inspiration to your Friday! Click here to view the slideshow.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Wildflower Linen: Setting the bar high for event decor

Yesterday I attended a 'Coordinators Only' meeting for the Association of Bridal Consultants OC Chapter. I knew it was going to be a fantastic one, as the topic was 'Color Trends and Combinations' and it was being hosted by Wildflower Linen. Wildflower has a reputation (and rightfully so) for creating some of the most luxurious and unique table and chair linens out there; so it was bound to be an inspiring afternoon that would send me on my way with endless creative ideas. I brought my camera along so you can witness the beauty that is Wildflower Linen:

The first thing you see when you walk into the studio, is a fantastic blinged-out 'W' on a fabric covered wall treatment. I love that even the walls are gorgeous !

More of the gorgeous showroom displays

This chair treatment was my favorite- so modern, clean, and chic!

Wildflower has taken chairs to a whole new level- they are literally works of art.

There was a tabletop display set up in the main showroom with an emphasis on the color platinum, which is huge this year. The florals are by Square Root- so lush!

Classic Party Rentals contributed the placesetting items and stemware, which really completed the whole 'Platinum Decadence' look

Youngsong Martin, who is the owner and creative genius behind Wildflower, was gracious enough to present her take on color trends for the year. She provided look boards with linen samples to emphasize her points; above is the 'Black is Back' board, as I dubbed it. Black and white mixed with bling will be big, according to her.

Another look board included inspiration from Africa- but not in a jungley way. More emphasis will be on the colors of the earth, as well as the textures and prints.

Last but not least, plaids are back to be incorporated in a more sophisticated 'Classic Chateau' palette; think cigar bar and textured linens with simple floral arrangements.

There were five different designs on display at each of the tables we sat at for lunch. I happened to sit at my favorite table, which presented a gorgeous black and white floral print linen with elegant yellow and black centerpieces. Very mod!

There was also a bright lilac/pinkish hued table, with dazzling orchids...

An eye-catching table with an orange and blue palette; very unique...

And a more natural table, with more subdued green linens and centerpieces incorporating succulents among other varying earthy flowers and plants.

Here is a sneak peek at the linens lining the walls in the showroom; you really must get out there to see them all yourselves. It is unreal- like a dream playground for event professionals!

See- even the walls are stunning!

Love these one-of a kind hi-boy linens. I was talking with a fellow planner, and we agreed that you could really wear most of the linens Wildflower offers, if you truly wanted to!

As if all the inspiration wasn't enough, we each got to take home an adorable mini-cupcake from Dots Cupcakes (perfect for favors; they even have a wide variety of boxes that you can choose from to give them in).