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With only 3 months left in 2016, event planners and excited brides-to-be are looking ahead to next year’s newest and most exciting trends! We gathered OC’s top wedding professionals all in one place, Hotel Irvine, for a boutique-style bridal event showcasing the most promising designs for 2017!
Hotel Irvine featured their gorgeous “backyard,” a 10k square foot lawn in the heart of OC! Floral designers brought their A-game, competing in a contest judged by the Hotel Irvine team. The Blooming Branch, with their gorgeous orchid and silver-clad tablescape, was awarded the winning nod with a weekend stay at Hotel Irvine!
Casablanca Bridal Flagship Salon unveiled stunning bridal gowns for 2017, and Victor Paul Salon (thank you Joshua, Rochelle and Selina), Pure Beauty by Danielle ensured our lovely models were runway ready. White Flite surprised the crowd with a dove release after the fashion show! Grooms sampled scotch while Brides sipped champagne and browsed a wide variety of vendors. Lavish Candy treated us to a decadent Donut Bar…perhaps one of our favorite 2017 trends! Flawless Faces treated the ladies to lashes & braids at their table. I need to give a special shout-out to Martin & Kris with Waveform Events! They arrived early, worked outside in the hot temperatures and never complained! Trust me: these are exactly the type of professionals you want around on your big day!
Christopher Todd Studios, Happy Photos and Sipper Photography were on-hand to capture all the fun! I’m so pleased with the way it all turned out! Thank you to Stephanie & the fabulous team at Hotel Irvine! 2017 trends are set to impress event planners, couples and guests alike!
Venue: Hotel Irvine
Coordinator: Events by Cori
Bridal Fashion: Casablanca Bridal Flagship Salon
Cakes: Plumeria Cake Studio
Doves: White Flite
Gift Registry: Bloomingdales Fashion Island
Officiants: Reverend Brent
Specialty: Lavish Candy
Tuxedos: Friar Tux
Videography: Godfather Films
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Mix classic and chic Pottery Barn designs with wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, live music and some of the top wedding professionals in south Orange County…it’s our Summer Soirée Bridal Registry Event! I adore the staff at Pottery Barn Mission Viejo: professional, personable and experts in their field! Our talented team of wedding professionals was on-hand to answer questions from engaged couples regarding wedding coordination, floral design, invitations & stationery, photography and entertainment. It is with great pride that I introduce and showcase this top notch team!
Coordinator: Events by Cori
Photography: Wheeland Photography
Floral Design: The Tangled Vine
Sweets: Donna B’s Bakery
Invitations & Stationery: Elizabeth King Designs
Live Music: Kalama Brothers
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Our Fall Fashion Show at Casablanca Bridal Flagship Salon served as vital prep for 2016 Brides and eye-candy for white gown lovers everywhere. I always look forward to this chance to revel in the latest dress trends to emerge from the runways, and this year’s offerings did not disappoint. From languid, lingerie-inspired to bare shouldered with a generous dose of sparkle, this season is full of interesting new designs for brides-to-be to covet. A huge Thank You to the creative team of wedding professionals who assisted in this event…this would not have been possible without your time and talents.
Coordinator: Events by Cori
Venue: Casablanca Bridal Flagship
Photography: Davello Photography
Floral Design: The Tangled Vine
Desserts: Plumeria Cake Studio
Hair: Lois Kinsey Beauty
Makeup: Makeup & Hair by Trang Do
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Our first Bridal Open House of the year is always reason for excitement. I love meeting excited new Brides-to-be, many of whom got engaged over the holiday season. And of course, it’s exciting to unveil the hottest new trends for the upcoming event season guaranteed to make your event stand out as a unforgettable bespoke celebration. On Sunday 2/28, we gathered a hand-selected group of the top wedding professionals in Orange County and a record-setting number of engaged couples excited about their big day for an afternoon of pampering and planning at Mission Viejo Country Club. I’d like to extend a special “thank you” to Janet from Wheeland Photography for capturing the day on film!
A huge Thank You to our contributing vendors for your role in making this event a success!
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This couple, this venue, a palpable love and a clear vision…Devin & Brian’s celebration was rich with all the things that matter most. Every aspect of their big day celebrated a classic charm, which never goes out of style. Their chosen venue, The Casino San Clemente, is a seaside landmark steeped in history. You can still feel remnants of the days when Hollywood celebrities danced the night away to big band tunes under the stars. Devin & Brian embraced this vintage glamour with thoughtful wedding details and movie-star style. Guests checked in at the ticket window, and received their program (designed to look like a movie ticket) and seating assignment. The tables were named after favorite Alfred Hitchcock movies! Both families got involved and offered help in making the day special…from a relative providing metal stars that were hung on the stage behind the sweetheart table, to a team effort in putting together wedding favors, the collaboration was a wonderful union of two families. Devin & Brian kept things fun with a game of ‘corn hole’ on monogrammed boards, a photo booth and a cigar bar on the terrace. Inside, Iva Lee’s Catering offered up signature cocktails and a 2-course dinner. For dessert, guests enjoyed french macaroons and a gorgeous custom cake by Merely Sweets! When Brian surprised his bride with a guitar solo and special song, every person in the room knew…this is the real deal. Devin & Brian: we wish you a lifetime of happiness. May your love be as timeless as your celebration!
Coordinator: Events by Cori
Venue: The Casino San Clemente
Photography: Melanie Osorio Photography
Catering: Iva Lee’s
Quartet: Diana Parmeter
DJ: Vox DJ’s
Flowers: Louis Gardens Florist
Dessert: Merely Sweets
Videography: Vantage Point Productions
Rentals: Sundrop Vintage Rentals
Hair & Makeup: Beauty and the Beach
Photo Booth: Photo Booths are Fun
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An intimate gathering of friends & family surrounded by crashing waves and warm ocean breezes…this is the stuff wedding dreams are made of. But it’s the small intimate touches, not the nuts-and-bolts of a well planned wedding, that make for the most touching of affairs. The celebration of Mina & Kelvin was steeped in personality and simple, yet chic elegance. Their choices were a wonderful reflection of the relaxed coastal feel of the gorgeous venue at the Pacific Edge Hotel, and a comfortable setting in which to relish having the most important people in their lives together under one roof. Ohana Photographers captured the magic of the day.
Mina & Kelvin: Wishing you many more days as happy as this one, many more occasions for celebration, and a lifetime of love and laughter.
This beautiful celebration could not have been possible without the hard work of this creative team…thank you!
Coordinator: Events by Cori
Venue: Pacific Edge Hotel
Photography: Ohana Photographers
Music: Danny Maika
Hair&Makeup: Echou Makeup
Florist: In Flower
Cake: Plumeria Cake Studio
Letter artist: Letter Sparrow
Rentals: Studio Vintage Rentals
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Hard to believe it has been a year since this dashing couple said “I do!” Their special day was recently featured on the Borrowed & Blue blog, and we were reminded of all the heartfelt details we adored. Held at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point CA, the couple wanted a beach-inspired celebration that reflected their fun-loving personalities. The thought and effort that they put into crafting a memorable celebration for their closest friends and family was evident from the incredibly meaningful gifts chosen for their parents and bridal party, to the fun choice of gourmet doughnuts instead of traditional cake. I still remember those doughnuts very fondly! Ashley Williams Photography did such a stunning job capturing everything from the big moments to the tiny details.
Jessica explained it all best. Please enjoy some insights from the stunning bride…
“When beginning this crazy ride, we weren’t too specific with what we wanted, but had some broad strokes of a vision. We wanted to be close to the ocean, to keep things intimate, to have the boys in suits, the gals in black, but most of all we wanted to have a really fun party.
After hunting up and down the coast of Southern California, we discovered the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. The modern, sharp architecture up against the stunning Harbor meant we got to keep décor simple and really let the venue do the talking. As San Diego natives and Los Angeles locals, the beach is a definite constant. That being said, we did decide to stray away from a barefoot on the sand wedding, and instead used the ocean as inspiration for the day.
We kept our colors simple — blues, dark greenery, black and cream, and pulled from the elements of the beach and the venue to bring it all together. Beach stones, driftwood, candlelight, and a suspended whale skeleton above the head table brought it full circle. Instead of table numbers, our guests sat a tables named after various beaches from our lives. I walked down the aisle to Van Morrison with a bouquet wrapped in lace. The lace was a keepsake from a bouquet I caught at Sean’s cousin’s wedding, our first year of dating.
We also wanted to include ways to remember my older sister, Meagan, who passed away. A bridesmaid bouquet and stain-glass candleholder was placed on the first chair of the bride’s side. We wanted to make sure she had a good seat to the show. I also had a bracelet of hers broken up into (4) pins — 1 on my bouquet, and the other 3 given to amazing women in my life to wear in her honor.
We asked my Uncle Gary to officiate the ceremony (an idea we shamelessly stole from a cousin of mine), where we shared vows that we had written together. He told the story of how we met, read quotes from throughout history, and saved a quote dear to our hearts for last: “I want a marriage more beautiful than my wedding.” As an event producer, this was my mantra throughout the wedding planning process. As beautiful and fun as planning such a special day is, I wanted to make sure I didn’t lose sight of the purpose. I didn’t want planning our wedding to feel like work, and I didn’t want to get so caught up in making everything perfect that I was missing the big picture. So, when I spelled my new last name wrong on our Save the Dates, I sent them anyways. I shed some minor tears, but we decided to travel this whole journey to have a marriage, not just a wedding. If he could forgive me for the spelling typo, I figured I could and should get over it, too.
At the end of the day, our wedding was filled with romance and laughter, but most of all it felt sacred to who we are. We watched the sunset over the water, toasted our beautiful family and friends, and danced the night away. Our guests were happy and full — we couldn’t have imagined a better day.” -Jessica
Meet the Team:
Event Planning & Design: Events by Cori
Photography: Ashley Williams Photography
Venue: Ocean Institute
Cinematographers: Honest Films
DJ: California DJ’s
Catering: The Sundried Tomato
Florist: My Flower Affair
Hair & Makeup: Vow Studio 101
Invitations & Caligraphy: Birch & Main Letterpress
Photo Booths: Optic Booth
Rentals: Signature Party Rentals
Hotel Accommodations: Laguna Cliffs Marriott
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With one look, it’s pretty easy to understand why Casa Romantica Cultural Centers & Gardens in San Clemente is one of my favorite venues! Steeped in history and classic spanish charm, simple and rustic weddings pair very easily with this space. This gorgeous bluff-top estate shines on its own! I loved working with this sweet couple, Michelle & Jake. Their big day was filled with beauty, loving family & friends, and some of my favorite wedding vendors in Orange County!
The couple kept things refreshingly simple, yet included a few thoughtful details and personal touches to lend an intimate feel to the affair. The bride spent the morning surrounded by best friends, mimosas flowing, donning adorable robes! Such a great idea: it won’t mess up freshly done hair and makeup, and makes a bridesmaids gift that they might actually wear again!
The grooms party spent the day in congratulatory toasts! Koman Photography captured the moments, incorporating all the details on film.
Jeff Tackett with OC Wedding Officiants is an absolute pro. San Clemente weather, known to be rather spectacular, cooperated, offering a comfortable cloud cover and a colorful sunset. The Beach Flower celebrated peony season with this beautiful bouquet!
After the ceremony, guests were treated to a beautiful meal in the courtyard, catered by Iva Lee’s Restaurant. Iva Lee’s (one of the preferred vendors at Casa Romantica) offers upscale cajun cuisine. Guests dined on bourbon braised short ribs, seared salmon, creamy risotto and herbed vegetables.
Jennifer at Plumeria Cake Studio kept guests smiling with a custom dessert buffet and gorgeous textured buttercream cake featuring fresh roses, peonies and freesia.
Inside the Casa Romantica estate, Orange Box Photo Booth captured guests getting wacky. Outside, the couple offered a cigar bar down on the point, while Kevin Miso kept the crowd dancing. He played guitar for the ceremony, offered some acoustic cocktail hour entertainment, and DJ’d the dace party at the reception!
A beautiful celebration of love for a vibrant and happy young couple. Thank you for letting me be a part of your day! I wish you all the happiness in the world!
Coordinator: Events by Cori
Photography: Koman Photography
Officiant: Jeff Tackett
Floral Design: The Beach Flower
Catering Iva Lee’s
Cake: Plumeria Cake Studio
Entertaiment: Kevin Miso
Ice Carving: Carving Ice
Photo Booth: Orange Box Photo Booth
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Venue: Plaza de Magdalena
- Planner: Platinum Weddings by Kerrie
- Caterer and Bar: Sundried Tomato American Bistros & Catering
- Photograper: Brett Hickman Photo
- Videographer: Perryfield Films
- Florist: Floral Occasions
- Stationery: Jen Simpson Design
- Linens: Luxe Linen
- Vintage Furniture/Glassware: Sundrop Vintage
- Chargers: Something Borrowed Party Rentals
- Entertainment: Hey Mister DJ
- Lighting : 3J Events
- Favors: Plumeria Cake Studio