I must confess to you, there are many days when the life of an event planner is rather charming. The monthly meetings of the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC-OC) definitely qualify as one of those “tough days in the office” (said with a wink).  I have served on the board for several years, providing an opportunity to meet and work with some of the finest venues in the area. Monthly meetings, held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, range from educational meetings for wedding consultants to wonderful celebrations of the latest trends at the best locations in Orange County.ABC-OC Events by Cori wedding planning

This month’s meeting was held at a new venue for Sundried Tomato Bistro in San Juan Capistrano called Plaza de Magdalena. The property is both spacious and elegant, as well as conveniently located. I adore the food at Sundried Tomato and have worked with Patti Pracht, the sales manager for weddings and outside catering, for years! In fact, we have an upcoming event at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point and they will be providing the catering for the rehearsal dinner.

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The team of sponsoring vendors and collaborators changes from month to month, but without fail, is a showcase of the top wedding industry professionals in the area! This month’s coordinator, Keri Underhill did an amazing job. Floral Occasions created a stunning scene with the arrangements and hanging succulent details.

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My friend Jennifer at Plumeria Cake Studio  provided the most adorable party favors: a perfectly packaged slice of cake! I was dreaming of Champagne Orange Cake with Vanilla Whipped Mousse filling that night.

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This month’s speakers included a panel of couples/newlyweds that spoke about their experiences finding vendors for the their big day.  It was very helpful to hear how they went about finding vendors. Some couples used the vendors their coordinator had recommended, while others used websites like The Knot, Wedding Wire and read Yelp reviews.

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Education and networking are the main objectives of ABC.  I make it a point to meet 2 new people at each meeting! The benefits of my membership have been numerous and rewarding: ongoing education, networking opportunities among industry peers, plus the fabulous soirees aren’t bad either.

A few months ago, we had the distinct pleasure of coordinating a styled photo shoot at the request of Casa Romantica Cultural Center & Gardens for their new brochure. Perched on a bluff overlooking the historic San Clemente Pier, the magnificent Casa Romantica is a living demonstration of California history, culture and ecology – a showplace for the region. A wedding or styled photo shoot here is a event planners dream come true! Perhaps even more exciting, I had complete creative freedom for the design and details! Seriously, someone pinch me :)

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Theme

The most successful styled photo shoots are bound by a clear vision and style inspiration.  I wanted the styling to reflect the timeless and authentic feel of this exquisite bluff-top estate….romantic, elegant and classic.

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Styled photo shoots are an exciting chance to inspire creativity and work with my favorite preferred vendors. These vendors are experts in their respective fields. Their collaboration and input was instrumental in the overall success of this project! I also wanted real couples as models for our photo shoot…I think you can feel that authenticity.

Photography/Videography

Bensten Photography was a natural choice.  I love working with this husband and wife team.  Not only are they fun and upbeat, they really understood my vision for this shoot and captured all the tiny details we spent months planning.

Steve Moses with Vantage Point Productions is one of my favorites..gorgeous work and so easy to work with!

Fashion

My first stop was at Casablanca Bridal Salon & Friar Tux to secure our show-stopping fashions. The handsome grooms donned Michael Kors 3piece suits with modern skinny ties. The bridal fashions showcased some of the hottest silhouettes in wedding dresses: trumpet and mermaid. Delicate lace and beading accented with gorgeous accessories provided by Styled by TC, the details were both simple and chic. Lauren from Design Visage provided professional makeup & hair styling.

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Floral Design

Meeting with Bonnie Peterson, owner of The Tangled Vine, is always a treat! Together, we designed our inspiration boards to include tones of soft peach, blush pinks and whites with lots of foliage for texture.  We gained artistic inspiration from a pair of gold rosette chairs that I purchased at the 2nd Treasure store in San Juan Capistrano.  I couldn’t wait to use these chairs for an elegant sweetheart table!

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Rentals

Signature Party Rentals is the exclusive rental company used at Casa Romantica.  They are also my favorite…easy choice!

While planning a styled photo shoot is a huge undertaking, one factor that makes it easier than a wedding is that you don’t need to rent tables and chair for hundreds!

For this project, we designed 4 vignettes. This was key in helping us with our rental orders, but also provided a basic ‘shot list’ for our photographers.

Vignette #1: 8ft farm table set for 8 guests in the Courtyard

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Vignette #2: Sweetheart Table  – Of course we have to utilize that view!

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Vignette #3: Cake Table

I love working with Jennifer at Plumeria Cake Studio.  She provides a sketch of the cake she’s planning, but the real thing always ends up looking even better!

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Vignette 4: Ceremony on Ocean Terrace

Sunset and a warm ocean breeze makes for an unforgettable vow ceremony. Dean Holbein from Ceremonies of Significance served as Officiant. Dean and his lovely wife have been married for an impressive 40 years!

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Catering

Christina from CarbonaraTrattoria  brought her chef de cuisine and did an amazing job on the food and signature cocktails! Peach Martini, Moscow Mules, artisan cheeses, beautiful canapés, along side Salmon and Vegetarian Pasta Penne.  We all shared a lovely meal after the shoot! Side perk!

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Paper Goods

Invitation Design Studio did an amazing job on the invitations, menus and sand dollar table numbers:

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Randy Tooker from Lake Forest Limo provided his 1939 Rolls Royce Packard, offering the bride and groom the most stylish of departures on their big day.

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An outstanding team, a clear vision, and LOADS of planning was all worthwhile! I am thrilled with the finished product and can’t wait to see Casa Romantica’s 2016 brochure featuring this shoot and all of the vendors who participated!

What a beautiful day for A Bridal Affair at the Dana Point Yacht Club. We had such a wonderful day with both brides and exhibitors and very special thanks to everyone who participated!

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What a beautiful event it was at the Casablanca Flagship Store in Newport Beach with our beautiful models and tons of excited brides! Thank you so much to all the help we received from Plumeria Cake Studio in providing the tasty treats for our guests, Joan Fuller Photography for capturing these beautiful shots and of course to Casablanca Bridal for continuing to dazzle us with your beautiful gowns!

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Cristina & Shawn were such a lovely couple to work with. We were thrilled to work at the Twin Oaks Estate location because of its whimsical gardens and beautiful layout- it was absolutely ideal for this fairytale couple. Thank you for having us Cristina & Shawn – we wish you much love and happiness!HochuliWeddingHochuli_wedding2

Wedding Coordinator: Events By Cori
Venue: Twin Oaks Garden Estate
Photography: Davello Photography
Cake: Cute Cakes
Florals: The Blooming Bud
Dress: The White Dress
Hair & Makeup by Dee at Swell Beauty
Invitations: Invitation Design Studio
Entertainment: Extreme DJ Service

 

Special thanks to all of the vendors that will be attending our Bridal Affair next week and donated raffle prizes to give to some very lucky brides!dpyc_prizes

Brides have the opportunity to win:

GRAND PRIZE: Dana Point Yacht Club                      Ceremony fee waived with a reception booking

Macy’s                                                                                     Kate Spade Cake & Knife Serving Set

Crate & Barrel                                                                       Wine Glasses, Cook Book, Cheese set (Value $100)

One HOPE Wine                                                                  Assorted bottles of Brut and Chardonnay

Friar Tux                                                                                One Free Suit or Tuxedo Rental Certificate

Plumeria Cake Studio                                                         $100.00 Off Your Cake Order

Chloe + Isabel by Jori’s Jewels                                         One pair of bridal earrings

The Event Consultants                                                       One Hour of overtime on regular priced DJ

Christiana Photography                                                     Complimentary Engagement session

Toka Family Chiropractic                                                  Certificate for 1 hour massage

Very special thanks to all the brides that attended our Pottery Barn Registry event last week! It was such a great experience and we loved being able to spend the day with some great OC vendors like Pottery Barn, Ceremony Magazine, Liz King Design, The Tangled Vine, Plumeria Cake Studio & OneHope Wine.PotteryBarn_event

We are so thrilled to be working with the best vendors in the industry and can’t wait to host another successful Bridal Affair at the Dana Point Yacht Club! Special thanks to Ceremony Magazine for featuring us on their blog last week!

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We are so excited about Jessica & Sean’s lovely wedding at the Ocean Institute getting featured on Borrowed & Blue! They were a wonderful couple to work with and we loved the ambiance of their venue with views of Dana Point Harbor and the Pacific Ocean!Jessica&Sean_cori

Venue| The Ocean Institute
Photography| Ashley Williams Photography
Cinematography| Honest Films
Bands & DJ| DJ Band Supply
Bridal Shops| The Bustle Bridal Boutique
Catering| Sundried Tomato
Florist| My Flower Affair
Hair & Makeup| Vow Studio 101 & Suzie Moldavon
Invitations & Calligraphy| Birch & Main Letterpress
Photo Booth| Optic Booth
Planners & Designers| Events by Cori
Tents, Rentals & Decor| Signature Party Rentals

 

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