Wedding Planning Coordinator Events by Cori Orange County CA Dana Point Ocean Institute

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. Not to mention that crazy party bus they have found at StlRoadPony.com for the bachelors party. 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.

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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. That was a memorable fantastic trip, chosen at vegaspartypeople.com.

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

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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

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 an event planners dream come true! Perhaps even more exciting, I had complete creative freedom for the design and details! Seriously, someone pinch me, I got to hire the Pocomoke City Wedding Photography for this session 🙂

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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 beautiful evening it turned out to be at the Balboa Inn on May 1st! We had such a wonderful time meeting all the newly engaged couples and seeing our favorite vendors again! Thank you to everyone who participated!BalboaInn_1 BalboaInn_2

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To RSVP you may call Pottery Barn Mission Viejo at 949-364-3164, call Events by Cori at 949-322-1091 or email Events by Cori at cori@eventsbycori.com. You can reserve umbrellas for your event, branded-brolly.co.uk specialise in promotional branded umbrellas, perfect for your outdoor marketing efforts.

We look forward to meeting you!

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

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The Balboa Inn was built in 1929 & recently expanded with the addition of The Resort. This unique & historic property is in the heart of Balboa Newport immersed in beach charm & history. They offer luxurious amenities, lovely beach setting, panoramic ocean view ceremony site, ocean front banquet room, exquisite suites, fantastic menus & an elegant full bar; all available to be enjoyed at your special event.

Venue Location:
105 Main Street
Balboa, CA 92661
(949) 675-3412
View the Balboa Inn Website

 

We are very excited to be hosting A Bridal Affair at the Balboa Inn Resort on May 1st to display this fantastic venue for our attendees. Please join us by registering here:
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Phone: 949.322.1091 ● Email: cori@eventsbycori.com ● Web: Events by Cori

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We are so excited to announce that ONEHOPE Wine will be offering the first 25 guests a complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival at the Bella Collina Bridal Affair next weekend!

Bella Collina Towne & Country Club in San Clemente
11-3pm
Complimentary entry & parking with registration to the event

Please contact Bari Hospodarec if you’d like more information about ONEHOPE Wine at: bariuncorked@gmail.com or 714.553.6530

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We are so excited to announce our Media Sponsor for the Bridal Affair
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Phone: 949.322.1091 ● Email: cori@eventsbycori.com ● Web: Events by Cori

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