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! Wheeland Photography www.wheelandphotography.com

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A huge Thank You to our contributing vendors for your role in making this event a success!

Venue

Mission Viejo Country Club

Media Sponsors

Ceremony Magazine

Orange County Bride Magazine

The Knot

The Wedding Guide

Beauty/Make-up

Bride Me Beautiful

Bridal Salon

Casablanca Bridal Flagship Salon

Cakes & Desserts

Plumeria Cake Studio

Entertainment/DJ

Kalama Brothers

Carcano DJ Audio Visual & Lighting

Classic Cut Mobile DJ Service

Del Lago Trio

Gift Registry

Pottery Barn

Williams-Sonoma

Health

Arbonne International

Florist/Floral Design

Hydrangea Bleu

The Tangled Vine

The Pink Daffodil

Invitations

Li-K Designs

Polkadot Weekend

Officiants/Clergy

Reverend Brent Edwards

Photography

Davello Photography

Wheeland Photography

Mariela Campbell Photography

Photobooth

Orange Box Photo Booth

Rentals

Elegant Wind Waves

Signature Party Rentals

Specialty

ONEHOPE Wine

Travel/Honeymoon

Creating Dream Vacations

Infinitee Travel

Tuxedos

Friar Tux

Wedding & Event Production

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There is something special about Southern California Winter…sunny and bright, with slight crisp to the air.  Together with Bonnie at The Tangled Vine, I have been daydreaming about a Holiday-inspired wedding photo shoot for quite a while now.  We wanted to create a look that celebrated the temperate California climate (our wedding and event season can last practically all year long!), while incorporating colors, textures and foliage that are unique to the holiday season. We envisioned elegance and sparkle, crisp and bright, with a warm cozy fire to make the whole scene glow.  Wheeland Photography expertly captured it all on film.

With the help of an all-star creative team, we achieved (and even surpassed) that vision! The Perfect Palette blog agreed!  We were thrilled to have our shoot featured on their website! I’m so pleased with the finished product…our Holiday-inspired styled photo shoot at Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club in San Clemente, CA is a celebration of everything beautiful about a winter wedding!

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Please join me in a round of applause for the creative team!

Coordinator: Events by Cori // eventsbycori.com
Florist: The Tangled Vine // thetangledvinedesigns.com
Photographer: Wheeland Photography // wheelandphotography.com
Rentals: Sundrop Vintage // sundropvintage.com
Stationary: Invitation Design Studio // www.invitationdesignstudio.com
Cake & Desserts: Plumeria Cake Studio // www.plumeriacakes.com
Car: Lake Forest Limousines // www.lakeforestlimos.com
Gown: Casablanca Bridal Flagship // casablancabridalflagship.com
Makeup & Hair: Beauty and the Beach // www.beautyandthebeach-oc.com
Jewelry: Petals & Stones // shoppetalsandstones.com
Videography: Vantage Point Productions // vantagepointcustomfilms.com

 

 

 

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!

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Creative Team:

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

Casa Romantica Wedding

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!

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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!

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The grooms party spent the day in congratulatory toasts! Koman Photography captured the moments, incorporating all the details on film.

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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!

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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.

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Jennifer at Plumeria Cake Studio kept guests smiling with a custom dessert buffet and gorgeous textured buttercream cake featuring fresh roses, peonies and freesia.

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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!

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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!

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Venue: Casa Romantica Cultural Center & Gardens

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

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!

What a joy it was to work with Amery & Zak for their beautiful beach wedding. The ceremony was held on a hill overlooking the ocean above Capistrano Beach. Reception was held at one of their favorite restaurants in the quaint part of San Juan Capistrano with an outdoor terrace for live music and dancing. We were so pleased to have been a part of this timeless and intimate outdoor wedding.

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Ceremony Venue: Pines Park, Capistrano Beach
Reception Venue: Ciao Pasta Trattoria, San Juan Capistrano www.ciaopasta.net
Photography: Matthew Morgan Photography www.matthewmorgan.net
Entertainment: Kevin Miso www.kevinmiso.com & www.betterweddingmusic.com

 

Phone: 949.322.1091 ● Email: cori@eventsbycori.com ● Web: Events by Cori

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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Phone: 949.322.1091 ● Email: cori@eventsbycori.com ● Web: Events by Cori

 

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Phone: 949.322.1091 ● Email: cori@eventsbycori.com ● Web: Events by Cori

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