A Weekend Full of Love

This past weekend I had the pleasure of working not one, but two weddings at one of my favorite event venues in Orange County. The Aliso Viejo Conference Center is an absolutely beautiful location for a wedding. It has a large ballroom full of windows that overlook a well maintained golf course, and the food that they prepare and serve on site is amazing. (Especially the ever popular pistachio crusted chicken)

Here are some photos that I took at each wedding:


Congratulations to both of the happy couples, and job well done to the all the staff at the Aliso Viejo Conference Center!!

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Picking Your First Dance Song

Picking the song that will play for your first dance is a challenging task for many couples. There is a lot to consider…do you go light and funny, do you opt for a traditional classic, or do you go for something sweet and romantic that is sure to leave not a dry eye in the house? Whatever direction you choose just remember to stay true to who you are as a couple and pick a tune that means something to you both, because for years to come whenever you hear that song I guarantee it will bring you back to that special moment.

Here are some of my favorite classics to help you get the ideas flowing:

  • Lonestar: Amazed
  • Plain White T’s: 1,2,3,4
  • Jason Mraz: I’m Yours
  • Michael Buble: Everything
  • Etta James: At Last
  • Tim McGraw & Faith Hill: It’s Your Love

So snuggle up with your sweetie and start listening to all your favorites. I promise that one will eventually come to you, and when you hear it you both will know that it is the perfect choice for you big day.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

This is one of my favorite holidays!! I love all the pink everywhere, and how girly and romantic everything is.

The trend that I saw this year however was a lot of DIY cards and gifts. A simple and budget friendly gift to give is some fresh baked cookies. Here is a picture of some of the yummy pink sugar cookies that I decided to share with some of my friends today.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! And thank you to my husband who surprised me with flowers and jewelry. (He is a very great, and very smart man).

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The best things come in small packages…

February is one of my favorite months of the year. It is a month where the focus is often on planning small intimate events. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love planning a big soiree, but there is truly something special about a simple event like a romantic dinner for two.





When planning for a small event take these small bites into consideration:

  • If planning on a small group, keep your guests in mind and really embrace the opportunity to make every detail personalized to each individual, all while keeping within the overall theme of your event.
  • Don’t skimp on the food and drink because you think you have a small group. It is always better to have leftovers than to run out during your party.
  • Keep the music on softly in the background. It will always seem louder with a small group, and you do not want to drown out the conversation.

So think small this month and enjoy your simply sweet events!

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Time for a Superbowl Party!

Are you ready for some football? With the Superbowl right around the corner, here are some tips to help you plan for a fun and casual event:

  • Plan ahead and send your evite or paper invitation out early. There are usually a lot of Superbowl parties going on for people to choose from, so if you want a good turn out you better spread the word in advance.
  • It has been my experience that people like to munch during sporting events, so I recommend keeping the menu limited to a variety of finger food style selections. Think crock pot pulled pork sliders, mini homemade pizza bites, pita chips with hummus, tortilla chips and salsa, individual mini bags of popcorn….you get the idea.
  • Don’t forget the dessert! The hottest thing that I have seen this year is football themed cake pops. They are affordable (or easy to make for you baking beauties) and I have the perfect cake pop baker for those of you that would like to order some. Just let me know! You can see a sample of her work at my superbowl party below. Thank you to Stacey’s Cake Pops!!
  • Have fun with the decorations and get creative! There are a variety of color schemes to choose from. You can go with colors from the one or both of the teams that are playing, or you can go with more traditional colors by pulling from the referee and field. For example, get a small pallet of wheat grass to use as a centerpiece on the buffet. It is not only festive, but it is actually edible too.





Just remember that the most important thing is to not only make sure that your guests have a good time, but make sure that you have fun as well. You should enjoy your time with your guests, so as long as you plan it all out in advance there is no reason you can’t kick back and watch the game too!

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Just a few questions…

Still searching for that perfect venue for your big day? Here are a few questions that might help you decide if a venue is the right place for you:

  • How many weddings are done at the location in a day? If more than one, how is the timing and event location set up so that the Bridal party and guests do not run into each other?
  • If the event location is outdoors, what is the back up plan for bad weather? When is the latest that the decision can be made to go with “Plan B” for set up?
  • Are there any restrictions on where photos can be taken on the property?
  • If the guests arrive early, is there a “pre-event” area that they can wait in while the contracted event space is still getting the finishing touches?
  • Is there a dressing room or lounge where the Bridal party can hide out as guests are arriving? How early before the event start time does the Bridal party have access to the area?
  • If catering is provided by the venue, how flexible is the menu? Can an outside caterer be brought in?

The list can go on and on, but don’t worry, most venues will give you a general information packet that will answer a good majority of the questions that you may have. If ever in doubt, don’t be afraid to ask the venue what questions other Brides have asked that they feel you might find helpful.

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Starting Your Wedding Venue Search

You’re engaged! That special day that you have dreamed about since you were a little girl is finally within your sights. So now that you have your prince charming, and you have announced your love to the world, it is time to find the perfect location for you to celebrate with your family and friends. So here are a few tips and suggestions that I think will help get you started in the right direction:

♥ Decide what kind of wedding style that you want. Will it be an elegant black tie affair, a casual backyard gathering, or something in between?

♥ Decide if you want to hold the wedding in the area that you live in or if you want a location that is in a new place and would feel more like a destination wedding.

♥ Determine a budget that you want to stay within (and stick to it!)

♥ Put together a rough guest list to help you determine what your guest count could be at its highest point.

Once you have those four things down then you are ready to start looking at locations. Make sure the venue matches the answers on your list above and if it doesn’t then move on to the next one.

Stay tuned for tips on what questions to ask your venue!

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Brooke + Leila are here!

I had such a blast working with Kerri to make her vision of a peacock themed baby shower come to life. I used beautiful jewel tones and cymbidium orchids to decorate the space for the event. We had accents of peacock feathers in the centerpieces and of course in the mom-to-be’s corsage. All of the ladies had a great time and they brought Kerri & Adam some amazing gifts including tons of adorable little outfits that matched our mom-to-be’s fashionista style.

Since the shower Kerri has given birth to beautiful twin girls named Brooke & Leila. Mom, Dad and baby girls are doing great and I can’t wait to help plan their first birthday party!

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