Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Congratulations Mark & Marika!

Memorial Day Weekend I had the honor of coordinating the wedding of Mark & Marika at the gorgeous Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara. The hotel is in downtown Santa Barbara and just has the perfect Santa Barbara feel to it--a mix of Spanish-Mediterranean-Californian chic that makes the town so popular with people all over the world.

Marika was so organized and wonderful to work with and the organic palette & decor she & her fiance Mark chose was simple and elegant. Mark was a fun and involved groom and added his humorous touch to the wedding by choosing the dramatic processional music, the streamers that were shot off after the ceremony (I had to load Co2 cartridges in them!) and the PG-13, er, "Kissing Couple" cake topper!

The 50 degree misty weather became the biggest challenge of the day, but with the help of the wonderful staff at the Canary, I was able to move the 100 guests from cocktail hour on the cold rooftop down into a warmer part of the hotel. A bit of a challenge as there was only one elevator to the rooftop that could handle 8 people at a time. Even in sunny Southern California where it is gorgeous almost 360 days of the year it was crucial that we have a "PLAN B". We used that Plan B, but thankfully, the ceremony was NOT rained out!

With the gorgeous venue, the top shelf bar, amazing dinner buffet, 7 piece band Entourage of deBois Productions, and even Hungarian folk dancing (many of Marika's family traveled from Hungary for the wedding) the evening was a P-A-R-T-Y!

I got to work with Alex of Blue Silver Photography again and as usual, he took stunning shots. A slide show highlight of the day can be found here.

A big hug and thank you to my wonderful assistant Erin for all of your hard work--I could not have done it with out you!

Congratulations, Mark & Marika! It was an honor to be a part of your very special day!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Pretty Pretty Pictures

It's almost 10pm on a Saturday night. I just drove the 180 mile round trip back from Santa Barbara from the rehearsal for a wedding I have tomorrow and I just printed out the paperwork. And had a glass of wine. And found that Justin & Caitie's May 3 wedding pictures are up on the photographer Lukas Van Dyke's blog. They're gorgeous and they make me smile. Enjoy!

And now I need to go to bed so I can handle the 2 hour drive and 12 hours on my feet tomorrow. Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

YouTube Tuesdays: Made of Honor

Yes, I saw Made of Honor. No, I am not ashamed to admit that. I love sappy romantic comedies ESPECIALLY if they have pretty weddings, pretty places, and pretty people. This movie had weddings, Scottish moores & castles, and Patrick Dempsey. It doesn't get any better that that for my $12.00. (well, it does, but Sex and the City the movie just hasn't opened in the theaters yet)

Please enjoy the trailer for Made of Honor. Brought to you by my TV boyfriend, Joel McHale of The Soup.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Wedding Season!

It's official. My wedding season has begun! As much as I love wrapping up a good wedding and putting that baby to bed, I honestly miss my clients when they are gone. It's kind of funny to see how O.V.E.R. IT a bride is the day after her wedding. On to new things--honeymoons, houses, vacations, babies, etc.

Last Saturday I had the privilege of coordinating Justin & Caitie's wedding for 300 guests at the First Christian Church of North Hollywood (Phyllis' Wedding from The Office was filmed there!) and the reception at the Masonic Temple in Pasadena. I can't wait to see the pictures from this one. Many of their friends and family from church pitched in and helped decorate the church and the ballroom and Caitie's mom Debbie put Martha to shame with the handmade and stunning invitations, programs, escort cards, and decorated candy jars. I don't think she slept through their whole engagement!! The reception had a vintage feel to it with pearl neclaces & satin gloves as part of the centerpieces and a wonderful swing band Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five . A friend taught a swing dance lesson and the guests were so enthusiastic about the it that they spilled off the dance floor and started pushing back the tables. Now that is what I call a good time!

We sent Justin and Caitie off to their honeymoon through an arch of sparklers. Congratulations, you two, it was a beautiful day full of love and I will miss you!

A big fat THANK YOU to my assistants Barb, Erin, Lina and Yuka for all of your hardwork--I could not have done it without you!