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 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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