Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How to carry out your wedding theme

When you begin thinking about your wedding what do you visualize? Your colors, the flowers, your bridesmaids gown? Most likely, you see all the images that have been running in your mind since you were 4 years old. Those images may vary as you move through the process of planning your wedding. If you keep a journal of your thoughts, you can determine what you will and what you will not be willing to compromise on as your wedding elements take place. Deciding early on what parts of the wedding are most important will help you create a unified look.

To brand your wedding succesfully, it is always best to start with one element of your wedding that you are definately not willing to compromise on, such as your flowers or bridesmaids gowns, and develop from there. Example: If you have chosen pink and brown for you rwedding colors, but after looking at invitaions and their designs, you realize you MUST have the one with the green ribbon, you realize you are willing to make some adjustments in order to have that choice. If you can be more flexible with your fabrics, flowers and/or linens, for instance, you decide to make different choices in order to have that MUST have invitation.

Every element of your wedding shoulf tie back into your theme and the colors you have selected- even your wedding website (if you have one) If you want to improve your chances of matching your theme, try to choose a website service that allows you to select from a wide variety of schemes and templates. Or if you can take it one step further and work with a provider that will allow you to work with your own schemes like, you can match your colors exactly! You will also want to try to find imagery that ties in with your theme. For example, if your having a beach wedding, you may want to incorporate water or beach images into your website. If you are having a city wedding, you may want to have a skyline shot. Either way, if you can include images that include the two of you, you will not only carry the theme of your wedding through to your website but also add the personal touch that reflects the two of you and no one else.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Ana & Miguel's Wedding

Pre wedding pictures taken at Brand Library.

Wedding Ceremony and Reception location were at Castaways in Burbank.

Manzanita Trees were the focal point of the canterpieces.

Placecards/Favors doubled as holders for their guests pictures that were taken in the photobooth!
Photobooth provided by Socal Shutterbooth.

Thank You Ana and Miguel for letting me be a part of your special day! It was truely an amazing night that I hope neither of you will ever forget!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

New Couple

Well I am proud to Announce my New Couple.....Shayna and Dustin, they are getting married in June! I have been good friends to Shayna for about 10 yrs now. I knew she was close to getting engaged because she would ask me questions about my website and someother wedding questions. In January she approached me and let me know she was going to be getting married and needed my help. Of course I am going to help it's what I do! We visited venues (6) to be exact before finding THE ONE! The wedding is going to be held in Pasadena at Castle Green, it is a historical location. January has been a busy month of getting alot of the planning done. We were able to book the venue, book the photographer, schedule the meeting with the florist, the invitations are being made, the DJ is a friend so he is on board, ordered THE DRESS! Needless to say there has been alot going on plus I help another florist at his store a couple days a week. I love weddings and all the details that come along with them, I am glad I am able to be there for friends and make sure their day turns out just as they expect it to!


Melanie & Alex

Amber & Mauricio

Along with the Santa Barbara wedding I have 2 day of coming up. One in March the other the beginning of June. The funny thing about these two weddings is how they are kind of related to each other. The first one that is in March, I was referred to by the florist I worked with on the Santa Barbara wedding. So we had just been emailing wach other until last month when we met in person so I could get some of the wedding onfo from her and go over a few details. Well she is on Facebook, have I mentioned how much exposure I get from facebook! Anyway so I sent her a friend request so that she also could see my business page I have on there as well. As I was looking over her page I notice we went ot hte same high school and she graduated 3 yrs. after I was there. Such a small world! I am excited about this wedding because she is also having her reception at one of my favorite restaurants in Glendale that I used to frequent when I lived there, and now I get to go back.

The other wedding that is the beginning of June, I went to school with the groom. His sister and I are facebook friends, another connection. Ellie saw what I did for my business and she referred me to Amber and Mauricio. I just met with them a couple of weeks ago and can I mention how funny it is to be doing a wedding of someone you have not seen in 15 years let alone went to high school with. It's so funny, but I am glad that I am able to make their day go smoothly and they get to enjoy and savor all the festivities! I know the similarities are not real close but close enough that I thought it was worth mentioning!

Santa Barbara Wedding

It's been awhile since i've posted anything and so I thought I should catch you up on what i've been doing. I did a wedding with a florist vender of mine in Santa Barbara on Saturday January 2. You would think a wedding in January would be freezing cold, but this is California and well anything weather wise is possible. The weather had to be at least 75 if not 80 that day, it was gorgeous outside and a perfect day for a wedding. This wedding was a bit different because I was hired by the florist to do the coordinating. The florist was related to the groom getting married and they hired her to take care of the wedding, so in turn she hired me to help her out on the day of. I have never done something like this where I had not known the bride and groom, so it was a bit different for me but I welcome the challenge. I was able to email the bride and get the information I needed in order to put together the timeline of the days events. Everything went extremely smoothly and I was able to meet some new vendors like Sun-Dance Photography that took the pictures here and I thank Blendie for sharing them with me.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Wedding Updates

It's been awhile since I've posted, my other job ( working with my florist) has been keeping me busy and I just haven't had the time to blog. I have a wedding coming up next weekend that I am actually helping the florist to coordinate the wedding. I was hired by the florist and not the bride on this one. It's not as hard as I thought it would be not dealing with the bride directly but there is alot of time in getting the information I need to make the timeline back from the florist from the bride. I have never done this before so I will let you know how it works out after next weekend.
So March has gotten to be a bausy month for me, my June bride has moved up her date to March instead of June, and no she is not prego but her sister is and is due the week that my bride was supose to get married in June, so they choose to move their date up. I have to say that I was alittle afraid that Castaways was not going to allow them to change the date but, low and behold they said it was ok. the bride has also changed the size of the wedding and a few other things that Castaways was willing to go along with. So moral of this story even if you have a contract it doesn't hurt to ask and see what they say, it can work in your favor. Aside of that wedding I have another wedding in March the week after ceremony in Encino reception in Glendale. I just got a call from a bride for the first week of March also. March is looking to be the month to get married this year. Thanks to Facebook and being able to reconnect with some old friends, I may be doing a wedding for a high school friend in June, that would be great to be able after all this time to work on their wedding. So that is just a little update for what is going on with me and my business.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rancho Las Palmas Wedding

This Past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a friends wedding at the Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage ( Palm Springs), California. The resort was absolutely gorgeous as you can see by the picture. The weather was 95 and the wedding ceremony was a 4pm.

It was quite hot still at 4pm, the wedding ended up not starting until 4:30. The guest ended up finding some shade until the start of the ceremony. We were provided with hand fans to cool us off a bit, yet we were out in the full sun so it was still hot with the fans. The flowers were nice as well they used hydrangea and roses all white with rose petals that lined the aisle, they held up very well in the heat! That is a definate plus when dealing with hot weather is that your flowers hold and do not die as soon as you put them outside.

I did feel bad for the bride and groom since there was not an umbrella to block the sun from them, and being in a full tux and a gorgeous lace gown I would assume be very uncomfortable. Although the look on both of their faces only shows happiness and excitment!

The ceremony was not very long maybe 30 minutes, which was good for everyone since there were a lot of guests in suits with the jackets on. The poor men were just sweating the whole time, why not take the jacket off you may ask...well under the jacket is a wet dress shirt so the jacket was a nice cover. My husband included did not wear his jacket but was sweating through his shirt. You can see the bride as she comes back up the aisle that she was glistening also from being hot. Again look at her face, I don't think she minded.

After the ceremony was an hour cocktail hour on the greens while the bridal party took some pictures. The centerpieces on the tables were 3 red roses in a bud vase with a very nice beaded tablecloth covering. There we were able to get our fill of beverages and appetizers and by this time the sun had set behind the mountains and it cooled down a bit and made the evening more comfortable.
Follolwing the cocktail hour was the reception which was held at the resort on the terrace patio. Here again are the centerpieces also with fancy beaded tablecloths. The centerpieces were very nice, I would have liked to see them put on a pedestal with crystals hanging from them and they would reflect the light from the votive candles. They had a crystal chandalier which hung over the dance area and I feel it would have been incorporated nicely. The menu started off with a wedge salad, then to the chilean sea bass and a petit filet with potatoes and vegetables. Absolutely Delicious!!!

There was the traditional comments and toasts from the parents and best man and maid of honour. Then the dancing started....this wedding was mixed with american and armenian cultures. The Dj tried his best to mix up the music for both but not sure that was completely accomlished, but he gets an A for effort, despite introducing the wrong people for the first dance, (not good) he wasn't bad. The rest of the night went well as we get to the cutting of the cake which is my favorite part, this cake was unlike any wedding cake I have ever seen, it looked like the fondant was wrapped by hand in layers with perfect placement of the roses. It was a 3 layers cake one layer was chocolate the other was a white cake with fresh strawberries that I have to say in my all time favorite type of cake!

The night ended around 10 because of a noise ordinance the music had to be off by then, so the bride and groom invited everyone down to the lobby bar to continue drinks and association for the remainder of the evening! All in all there were a few things mainly at the cermony I would have done differently, but for the most part the bride and groom enjoyed themselves and in the end isn't that all that matters.