Bridal Affair Showcase

Hotel Irvine Wedding Trends for 2017

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!

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Vendor Team:

Venue: Hotel Irvine 

Coordinator: Events by Cori

Media Sponsors: Ceremony Magazine, OC Bride Magazine, The Knot, The Wedding Guide

Beauty: Flawless Faces, Pure Beauty by Danielle, Victor Paul Salon, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Waxing the City

Bridal Fashion: Casablanca Bridal Flagship Salon

Cakes: Plumeria Cake Studio

Doves: White Flite

Entertainment: Classic Cuts, Sound Wave Entertainment, Atmosphere Events, Waveform Events

Floral Design: In Focus Events, Lucas Jeanne Events, The Blooming Branch, The Pink Daffodil, The Tangled Vine

Gift Registry: Bloomingdales Fashion Island

Invitations: Li-K Designs, Polkadot Weekend

Officiants: Reverend Brent

Photography: Christoper TODD Studios, David & Tania Photography, Davello Photography, Happy Photos, Sipper Photography

Rentals: Elegant Wind Waves, Signature Party Rentals, Via La Roche Event Rentals

Specialty: Lavish Candy

Tuxedos: Friar Tux

Videography: Godfather Films

Weddings & Event Production: Events by Robin, Events by Cori

 

I am thrilled to finally share the details of this gorgeous shoot!  It keeps popping up everywhere!  From a beautiful feature on B.Loved blog to thoughtful details shared by Wedding Chicks, this is the party that keeps on giving! I couldn’t agree more…I adore the delicate and romantic touches brimming from every photo. The shoot is a perfect balance of whimsy and romance, youthful energy and timeless elegance. The hidden gem of Laguna Beach, Arabella Laguna, was a perfectly paired venue for this scene. Our success is a testament to the talents and creativity of our creative team. Our collaboration was a delight, and I couldn’t be more proud of the results!

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Coordinator // Events by Cori // Eventsbycori.com

Wedding Photographer // Wheeland Photography // wheelandphotography.com

Model // Kaitlyn Weathers // http://kaitlynweathers.com

Hair & Makeup // Flawless Faces // http://www.flawlessfacesinc.com

Bridal Gown // Casablanca Bridal // http://casablancabridal.com

Florist // The Tangled Vine // http://thetangledvinedesigns.com

Rentals // Sundrop Vintage // https://sundropvintage.com

Cake & Sweets // Plumeria Cake Studio // http://www.plumeriacakes.com

Stationary // Invitation Design Studio // http://www.invitationdesignstudio.com

Pink Diamond Ring // Paul Peterson Custom Designs // maxflyr@yahoo.com

Venue // Arabella Laguna // http://arabellalaguna.com

 

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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Limosine

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!

We were so excited about the amazing brides and vendors that attended our show on February 22nd, 2015 at the Bella Collina Country Club- very special thanks to Peter Leal Photography for taking these amazing action shots throughout the day!

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We are so excited to announce our Media Sponsor for the Bridal Affair
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Bella Collina Towne & Country Club:

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