Paper Never Looked So Good!

As a girl wearing many hats at many times, I am so happy when a product and company comes along to make things easier for me. Easy, crafty and pretty – my kind of stuff! I’m browsing the beautiful paper lovelies at Minted and my wish list is growing by the second. Here are some of my favs:

Children’s Stationary

These adorable, customized (choose design, shape, style) paper products will keep my kiddos happy when writing.  My daughter loves to write lists, notes, and anything else she can come up with.  With Minted’s many options to choose from, she can get matching thank you cards, personalized stationary and envelopes.  So cool!  I’m a true believer in the lost art of the hand written note.  Since my children were able, I would have them at least draw a picture or write their name on a thank you card for any gifts received during birthdays and holidays.  Now, my daughter can fill out her own thank you cards and she truly enjoys it.  What a great way to keep that tradition going – using quality paper goods that make it more enjoyable.

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Mommy Calling Cards

Hello indeed!  How awesome are these handy dandy and utterly fantastic calling cards?  Completely useful when trying to arrange the playdates and meetings throughout the school year.  Clever and cute and definitely on my wish list!

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Minibook Save The Dates

Minibooks, it is truly like having a personalized website in your hands!  I love this idea and product.  Such a great way to share just a few important details about the big day.  Lots of designs to chose from and some coordinating products too.  This would be your guest’s first glimpse of what’s to come on your wedding day, so it definitely makes a statement!

 

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Kid’s Birthday Postcards

I really, really like getting cards in the mail, especially invitations.  I know on-line invitations sites are super convenient and easy and cheap and all of that and I get it!  I use it myself sometimes but for certain events, the E-Invitation system just doesn’t cut it.  On the other hand, pricey and difficult to make paper invitations are sometimes not the preferred choice either, so I was joyed to see these fabulous birthday postcards.  A perfect option when you want to send something in the mail that is stylish, affordable and fun.  Look at the back of the card – I love it!

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There are so many more goodies over at Minted that deserve taking a look – party decor, photo backdrops, cake plates, gifts, seasonal items and lots more.  Enjoy!

Colleen & Donny – Nixon Library

Such a fun and creative day for Colleen & Donny’s West Coast Reception at the Nixon Library!  Colleen called me and wanted help planning her 2nd reception for her and Donny’s West Coast family and friends.  They live on the East Coast and had a beautiful wedding and reception in New York and wanted to celebrate here with more of their loved ones.

This awesome pair had a theme in mind – Campaign/Running Mates/Red, White & Blue – and wanted to bring it all together on their special day by using things such as signs, campaign buttons and stickers, bold and big balloons in red/white/blue and much more.  Colleen did an amazing job putting together all the pieces and making the venue look elegant, stylish and fun!

Thanks to Colleen & Donny for being such a great couple to work with and celebrate with – congrats to you both!!

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Rock On Vendor Team:

Planning Coordination: The Charming Little Event Co.

Venue: Nixon Library

Catering: White House

Photographer: A + L Photo

Videographer: White Rose Production

DJ: Visions Entertainment

Florist: Reher’s Florist

Officiant: You May Kiss The Bride/Greg Mohr

Cake: Sweet Traders

Hair & Make-up: Betsy DiFrancesca

Who Loves Them Some Pinterest?!?

I am in love with the many uses of Pinterest.  Recipes – yep.  Organization – yep.  The latest fad in Coconut oil uses – yep.  Wedding related beauty – oh yep.

My sample pic below is from one of my favorite Pinners – Such Pretty Things – all that makes me smile!

Let’s be Pinterest friends!  Check out my newly updated boards and let me know what you think. Click here to join me!

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Here’s To A Charming New Year!

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Writing that 2012 was challenging would be a complete understatement.  However, along with those challenges came an abundance of blessings!  I feel so lucky to be doing what I love, along with the best of the best clients, vendors and our team.  It sounds like every Wedding Planner says this but I truly feel my couples are the BEST!!!  Not only working with these brides and grooms, but forming friendships that will endure.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us Plan, Design and Coordinate events with a fierce passion just like ours.  Here’s to a beautiful, blessed and happy new year.

Some 2012 highlights:

* Added Lana to our team to help with design elements and brother – she is good!

* Came back to my office space with some of the best women in the industry

* Honored to have been added to a few more venue preferred vendor lists – yay!

* Didn’t get a non-profit event that I spend the MOST hours prepping for, however, the experience gained was so beneficial that I felt as if I did get the work

* Proudly took my baby girl to first grade (I still cannot believe it). And took my baby boy to his last year of preschool before Kinder.

* Battled a scary and awful life situation for almost an entire year – thank you God for getting us all through it – and making me stronger at the end

* Worked at some of our favorite and new-to-us venues such as: Marriott Newport Beach, Peninsula Beverly Hills, Trump National Golf Club, Bella Collina

* Seriously, I have been so lucky and every day of the year had its own shareable moment.  Too bad I can’t list them all.

Happy New Year everyone!  We would love to help plan your wedding day so please e-mail or call us to get started!

Thank you Joy Ever After blog for the pretty 2013 image!

LOVE Photography Give-away

I’m so excited to share an opportunity brought to us all by Lisa Marie Figueroa. One lucky winner will get a LOVE photography session with Lisa – a prize valued over $500! What a great Valentine’s Day gift to give or receive!

Spread the love and tell friends, family, etc. Entries can be submitted by leaving love on our blog, Twitter or Facebook page.

Good luck and lots of love!

Katie & Sam, Huntington Beach Wedding

 

A stunning couple, gorgeous day to get married and the most charming, rustic venue.  All part of the beautiful wedding day of Katie & Sam on October 23, 2010.

Katie loved the feel of the Red Horse Barn and opted for a hand-made, comfy, and crafty design for the reception.  Found provided awesome vintage furniture pieces around the dance floor, the dessert & gift tables, and made SUCH a difference in the space.  Floral pieces  were mason jars collected by the bride, and her family and filled with wildflowers and tied with colored ribbon.

For dinner, guests were first treated to hot, fresh-made quesadillas and cocktails, then Taco Man served up the most delicious tacos along with yummy sides.

Dessert was fabulous – homemade cookies by Katie’s mom, and donuts served with cold milk.  The guests were truly enjoying this end of the night treat.

So great working with Hoffmann Photographer.  Thank you for the incredible images!

 

 

 

Thank you to all of the vendors:

Bartender: Sunseri’s

Caterer: Taco Man

DJ:Fly By Night

Florist: Debbie Neville

Photography:Hoffmann Photographer

Furniture Rentals:Found

ABC-OC October Vendor Fair at the Promenade & Gardens

Another successful and gorgeous event hosted by the Association of Bridal Consultants, Orange County.  Turnip Rose’s Promenade & Gardens provided the perfect setting for our second Vendor Fair of the year.  The service, food and location were fabulous and I highly recommend them for events.  Thanks to Maria Longhi for photographing the evening for us.

More pictures and information on the vendors is here.