It’s such a treat to design an event for my industry colleagues and friends at the Association of Bridal Consultants Orange County!  Last week, we gathered for lunch at Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens. It was a gorgeous setting, and offered a relaxing backdrop for us to slow down, sip Summer Bellinis, and really enjoy each others company, while we also spent the time in the Farmhouse, if you also own a farmhouse, you should read these 5 Farmhouse Bedroom Decor Ideas You’ll Love so you can enjoy spending time in a farmhouse as well. This beautiful luncheon could not have been possible without the talented creative team who made sure every detail was memorable! Opal & Christopher at Rogers Gardens are a dream to work with! Chef Mead impressed us all with Citrus Glazed Salmon Salad and Chopped Grilled Vegetable Salad with Chicken. And don’t be fooled by those succulents…they’re dessert! Jennifer at Plumeria Cake Studio surprised us all with succulent inspired cupcakes that were equally delicious and creative.  Kelly Waterman Photography was on hand to capture the day so beautifully.

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Event Design: Events by Cori

Venue: Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens

Florals: Rogers Gardens Floral Studio

Videography: Le Reve Films

Stationery: Elizabeth King Design

Cupcakes: Plumeria Cake Studio

Katie & Ernie at the Montage, Laguna Beach, July 2011

{Real Weddings} Down to Every Detail with Events by Cori…
When I first met Katie and Ernie, it was truly by chance.  Katie and I met at a bridal show, and like many brides she was thinking about the day her and Ernie would say their “I do’s”!  Thoughts were dancing through her head “A Stunning Location, Elegant Flowers, Simple Colors, Chic, Sweet, Intimate” … details… details and realized “we could probably use some help”.
A beautiful bride without a location? Date? Or plan to make her wedding dreams come true…

That is how Katie and I met, and their beautiful and unforgettable wedding day started to unfold.  Shortly after, I met Ernie, full of energy, ideas and affection for Katie, truly wanting her to have every wish fulfilled for their special day.  Inspired by this loving couple, I went into action knowing their wishes, price range and special touches to get this celebration & party started!


So many to choose from, but only one that captures your heart and ends the search.  One day, driving up the coast they happen upon the Montage in Laguna Beach, they step inside and fall in love.  This is one of the most stunning beachfront wedding locations in Orange County… casual elegance, perfect for the bride and groom to be!

Stunning isn't it? Wait until you see the Bride & Groom!

Speaking of the Bride… beautiful details for her and her wedding day.
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Katie.. the sweet and stunning bride photographed by Kendra, her amazing photographer {and one of my personal favorite’s and top recommendations} Her happiness captured just moments before the ceremony, and before we knew it, it was time to walk down the aisle.  Katie did not hesitate, “Oh, it’s time? Well then, lets go!”  She was so calm………
Ernie, on the other hand, was like a kid the night before Santa Claus comes to town.  Excited, and ready to start his life with Katie as his wife.  Then,  he saw his Bride, his happy feet turned to mush, and they had one of the most romantic ceremonies that they will set the tone for a long and happy life together.
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Talk about making a splash!  Katie & Ernie have many ahead of them.  Yes, what looks like what is about to happen above, actually happens. The wave crept up on all of us, and flooded the brides gown in sea water! These become the fun, memorable moments and stories… believe it or not!  While we had a moment in wet, sandy wedding dress, the brides lace organza quickly recovered. We shook the sand out, drove fast in a golf cart to let it air dry, and before you could say ” Welcome Mr & Mrs…”, she was dancing her first dance and no one was the wiser.

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While the bride and groom had a beautiful, sunset, wedding ceremony, that was the end of their traditions. No bouquet tosses in this wedding. Following dinner on the lawn overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the guests were guided to a indoor/outdoor lounge complete with white leather couches, colorfully lit cubes, and dance music.  Peter Leal, the assistant photographer for Kendra Weddings arranged guests in cool, sexy poses to complete a chic, beautiful, wedding.  Perfect for a  beautiful, cool couple in love.

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Last but least, Katie and I share a moment, a laugh and the real wedding day begins, with all the plans in place and fun for good measure as we have a lot to look forward to.  It was truly my pleasure to work with and be inspired by such a darling couple!

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