Vintage Halloween Bash

October 29, 2009

Just in time for Halloween… Tuesday night, a few colleagues and I got all dressed up and  attended a fabulous networking event, that took place at Franklin Canyon Park. The perfect setting to host this “Vintage Halloween Bash”!

Here are a few detail shots from the event. Enjoy!

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Vendors that showcased at this event:

Meg Perotti Photography, Yelena Johnson of The Stylish Soiree, Carissa Jones of JL Designs and Events, Nethanial Neubauer of Contemporary Catering, Melody Brandon of Sweet and Saucy Shop, Shay Scott at IS Vodka, Katrina of Calligraphy Katrina and Maison du Papier, Shae Mint Photo Lounge, Desiree at Wildflower Linen, and DJ Crash of Crash Entertainment

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Carnival Themed Baby Shower

October 20, 2009

We couldn’t of asked for a more beautiful day for Joeleen and Miguel’s baby shower. We had the perfect weather, food, entertainment and company.  Throughout the day, guests played water balloon toss, ring toss, bean bag toss, and balloon dart throw. They also took home carnival Polaroid picture frames from the Carnival Picture Station and candy and treats from the Sweet’s Bar.

Here is a gallery of pictures from the day:

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Pictures courtesy of : Forever True Photography


Wedding Planner Necessity, Not A Luxury

October 15, 2009

Please read this fabulous article written by the amazing author of “Inspired by this”,  Leila Khalil.

jlo“For some reason I think its common knowledge… I mean haven’t we all heard from someone, stories at some point of things that didn’t go right at a wedding.  They happen at every single wedding no matter who is in charge. I know brides are working with a budget- especially these days but everyone seems to think they can save on costs by “doing it themselves”.  I have an idea… Lets invest in a great photographer to capture the moments and the details, lets hire a floral designer to make everything look pretty, lets spend money on linens, favors, and a dessert bar but when it comes to getting a professional wedding coordinator to pull together all the details I just mentioned so all of them work in harmony.. lets skimp on that? Lets invest all of that but then on the wedding day as a bride you can worry or pawn it off on an aunt, mom, or wedding party member (which lets be quite frank-they will be way more frazzled than you). Just to be clear.. I am not saying  I am against DIY. I’m not! I like that style BUT I am a huge advocate of bringing someone on board who knows what they are doing to put things at ease no matter the scale of the wedding.
After being in the wedding industry and planning or attending as many weddings as I have, I’ve seen it first hand time and time again.  However, the experience I had several weeks ago at a friend’s wedding was so unbelievable.

I now feel it is my duty to share. She got married at private estate and decided to go with the venue coordinator/catering liaison because they ensured her they would take care of everything she needed on her wedding day. Ummm…, NO!  I’m mean I was so upset with the way this catering /venue representative  treated the bride and the extreme lack of poise, class, and knowledge that I am going to list for you some specifics of the disaster that ensued:

You may want to hire a wedding planner or else:

1. Your “day of  stand in coordinator ” could forget to place an order which then leaves it all in the hands of the bride on the day of her rehearsal so that she and her  parents are 30 minutes late.

2. Your “day of stand in coordinator” could decide to make a change on one of your vendor contracts leaving you to pay the difference for their error and then when the vendor calls you the morning of your wedding to tell you and you verify it with your “coordinator” they may say, “you are ruining their day?” Really?? Who says that to a bride?

3. Your “day of  stand in coordinator” may forget to send the shuttle to one of the hotels and leave 30 guests behind minutes before your ceremony is about to start. Then when confronted with this situation may say “ I don’t give a f***k. Tell them all to take cabs! I am not starting this ceremony late!” OMG!!!!

4. Your “day of stand in coordinator” may not really know how to run a real ceremony and forget to cue wedding party or heaven forbid the musicians to know when the bride should walk down the aisle! What a disaster that can be as the guests all wait while nothing happens but the same song plays over and over again. Oh also they may forget to remove the ribbon that blocks off the center aisle so guests don’t go through it, but when its time for the ceremony procession to start its wise of them to remove it so that a guest from the second row doesn’t have to run in her heels sinking in the grass all the way to the back of the aisle and remove the ribbon seconds before the wedding party walk through while photo and video are rolling.

5. Your “ day of stand in coordinator” who in this case is also the venue coordinator and caterer- might run out of certain types of food and wine because of poor planning AND not even offer a certain dish that is listed on the menu and just tells guests “ Oh, we don’t have that tonight- I’ll just give you a plate of mashed potatoes and veggies instead”.

Can you believe that these elements really did happen all at one wedding? And these were just the highlights? Do you have any stories of your own?

One piece of advice: You get what you pay for! SO when you don’t pay for a friend who is helping you out as your “day of stand in coordinator” OR you find one that is only a couple hundred dollars…. guess what- it may not be that good of an outcome.

I have written this as an ode to all the professional wedding and event planners out there. There is a huge difference between a venue coordinator and a legitimate wedding planner. They have their responsibilities and strengths and wedding planners that actually service brides as a business and not as a hobby are indispensable. Do  your research OR you can also check out some of these blogs who have credible vendor directories and recommendations for wedding planners in your area.

Hollar to all planners who know their stuff. You are fabulous and deserve  big props but most importantly you deserve to be paid and respected. You help facilitate one of the most memorable days in a couples’ life.
Thank You!!”


Misa’s Flowers

October 9, 2009

misa's bouquetBack in August, I was asked to create flowers for Misa’s intimate, 40 guest wedding, at the Westlake Village Inn. Here are some pictures from her beautiful wedding in the Wine Cellar.

Misa's centerpieces

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Pictures courtesy of: Kimberlee Miller Photography


Sneek Peek to Joeleen’s Carnival Themed Baby Shower

October 5, 2009

cupcakes


You’re Engaged… Now What???

October 1, 2009

This post is in honor of one of my girlfriend’s who recently got engaged. Congratulations Karina!!!

You  just got engaged and now what? You’ve probably just hit up the local Barnes and Noble and Borders for a stack of wedding magazines. Am I right?  While you’re there you have to pick up a fabulous magazine called, “The Bride and Bloom” it’s full of wedding ideas and inspirations. Your next step is to get organized.  I highly recommend creating a notebook with the following:

A 2  inch binder

A Notebook  Hole Puncher

A mini RSVP pen, by Pentel, that you can attach to your binder

A mini calculator

Dividers labeled with specific categories (caterer, rentals, florist etc)

Clear Protector Sheets for important documents

Extra lined paper, for notes, in the back of each section

 

Once you have your notebook in order, the next step would be to discuss your budget and guest count with your family members and your fiancee. Once that step is completed, it’s time for you to hire a wedding planner, so she/he can assist you in finding a location and amazing vendors.

Good luck and with your wedding planning and please know that I am here for any questions that you may have! 🙂