December 2017: Trendsetter Gala, ‘Winter by the Sea”

Planning + Design:  Platinum Weddings by Kerrie + Kelsey Events

Venue, F&B:  Pasea Hotel & Spa

Event Design+Floral Decor:  Shawna Yamomoto

Flatware + Stemware:  Classic Event & Tent Rentals

Chairs:  Chameleon Chair Collection

Chargers:  BBJ Linen

Furniture + Specialty Rentals: Rrivre Works

Linens:  Wildflower Linen

Draping:  NFP Events

Lighting:  Amber Event Production

Cocktail Hour Entertainment:  Invisible Touch

Band:  Rembrandt Band

Variety Entertainment:  Artists Creating Entertainment

Photographer:  Frank Salas

Cinematographer:  Hoo Films

Live Feed Video Coverage:  Godfather Films

Graphic Design + Paper Details:  Wiley Valentine

Beauty:  Flawless Faces

Balloon Décor:  Balloonzilla

October 2017: La Dolce Vita

Wine tasting with Wine Warehouse, dancing to the music of Tino Productions, and indulging in fun food stations provided by the Arroyo Trabuco Country Club is how we spent the night under the stars at our October event.  There was plenty to keep us entertained throughout the night including a Magician and Photo Booth.  Bistro lighting completed the rustic chic look of the garden area, and to go olive oil favors completed the night.

A special thank you to all of our Sponsors!

Venue: Arroyo Trabuco Country Club

Event Planner: The Lynden Lane

Florist: Elegant by Design

Furniture and Tabletop Rentals: Adore Folklore

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens

Photo Booth: Social Light Photo

Entertainment: Tino Productions

Lighting: De-Lighted

Stationary: Honeycrisp Designs

Wine: Wine Warehouse

Videographer: Storytime Motions

Photographer: Kyle Simons





September 2017: Coordinators Only Mix and Mingle Luncheon

This month the coordinators were treated to a relaxing luncheon at the Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden.  The afternoon started out with light appetizers and a mimosa bar in the gazebo (a historic structure from Disneyland).   Once seated in the quaint outdoor seating area we enjoyed casual conversations with our peers and enjoyed the rustic atmosphere and table settings designed by Events by Cori and Roger’s GardenPlumeria Cake Studio hid the dessert table well by disguising it as a succulent display.  We couldn’t believe our eyes they were actually desserts!  What a way to end the afternoon.

A special thank you to our Sponsors!

Event Planner: Events by Cori

Venue: Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden

Florals: Roger’s Gardens Floral Studio

Videography: Le Reve Films

Dessert Display: Plumeria Cake Studio

Stationary: Elizabeth King Designs

Photography: Kelly Waterman Photography



August 2017: Mermaid Meets Earth

Happy August!  Our members were invited to The 1912 where Leilani Weddings created an evening of mystical surprises. Members had the opportunity to hang out with real live Mermaids while enjoying the sounds under the sea with harpist, Wendy Smith. With our amazing sponsors: DJ and Lighting by DJ Sota Entertainment, rentals by Out Of The Dust Rentals, Florals by Flowers by Coley, Bubble Machine by ATB, paper goods by Copper Willow, and LED Art by AbsoFab Events, they truly transformed the room for us to feel like we were real mermaids and merman. Members were able to head over to Diamond Beauty Hair and Makeup to glam up like mystical mermaids for the full effect!

Of course, a big thank you to 24 Carrots who created an amazing Mermaid dinner.

A Special Thank You to our Sponsors!

Planning and Design: Leilani Weddings
Venue: The 1912
Florist: Flowers by Coley
Photography: Photos by Chloe Atnip
LED Art: AbsoFab Events
Videographer: Hadley Studios
Bubble Machine: Above the Top
Harpist: Wendy Smith
DJ and Lighting: DJ Sota Entertainment
Beauty Bar: Diamond Beauty Hair and Makeup
Catering and Bar: 24 Carrots
Rentals: Out Of The Dust Rentals
Paper Goods: Copper Willow
Mermaids: HB Mermaids

July 2017: Top Five Finance Tips That Everyone Should Know

This July our members were invited to an evening filled with color, love, music and friends! K.Sage Events created a one-of-a-kind “Contemporary Frida Kahlo” event. Guests were greeted at the entrance with signature cocktails and sangria. Passed appetizers and stations were accompanied by Oak Creek Golf Club, and consisted of traditional Hispanic food with a modern twist. As guests enjoyed the cocktail hour, they went on a journey through our color story of bright pops of pinks, oranges, greens, and blooms!

Our Rental collaboration from Baker Party RentalsBBJ Linens, and Sweet Salvage Rentals made the triple combo threat! Guests took in the beautifully curated lounges, decor, linens, and furniture rentals as they mingled. As the sun set, guests were invited to our sit down dinner reception placed under hanging bistro lights and the summer stars.

With much anticipation, we were introduced to our special guest speaker, Paco De Leon. Finance tips have never been so comedic, entertaining, and helpful! Our entire group laughed, cheered, and connected with our speaker who shared 5 invaluable finance tips that everyone should know. As our presenter concluded, our plated meal began with a grilled napalms salad, and followed by a mole chicken roulade.

The night only had just began, as our guests were treated to live music by Undercover Live Entertainment. Everyone made their way to the dance floor, or to the fully themed dessert bar by Jay’s Catering. We ended the night with a raffle for custom gift baskets made by Tinsel and Bow and give-aways from Oak Creek Golf Club. Everyone left with memories and anticipation for our next members meeting!

A special thank you to all of our sponsors!

Coordination and Design: K.Sage Events
Venue: Oak Creek Golf Club
Photography: Ashley Paige Photography

Videography: The Emotion Picture Studio
Floral: The Flower Story
Photobooth: Flip Booth LA
Dessert Display: Jay’s Catering
Dj/Emcee: Soundwave Productions
Live Music: Undercover Live Entertainment
Lounge Rentals: Sweet Salvage Rentals
Furniture Rentals: Baker Party Rentals
Linen Rentals:  BBJ Linens
Stationary: Darla Marie Designs
Psychic:Party Psychic
Favors: Tinsel & Bow 
Hair & Make-Up: Pure beauty by danielle
Jewlery: Purpose Jewlery
Bridal Dress Shop: Mary Me Bridal
Bridal Dress Designer: Tara Lauren

Guest Speaker: Paco De Leon


June 2017: Coordinator Only Floral Design Lesson

It was an amazing summer afternoon. Attendees were met with flowers galore as they entered Square Roots.  Strawberry Champagne Mojitos and Mimosa Sangria were offered to guests as soon as they arrived. Both drinks were created by Mike of OC Bar Service and infused with fruit, yummy!  There was cool jazz pumping in the background with the infamous DJ Alex from Extreme DJs on the turntables.  Guests mingled with one as they took tours with David and Alex in the Square Root Irvine location to see where all the fabulousness (I know this is not a true word) and magic takes place.

Chef Azmin of Sapphire Catering laid out a wonderful spread of fine cuisine that burst with flavor.  Not only was it beautifully laid out, he was able to share different types of cultural cuisine.  And a bonus was the display of spices that he uses!  This was a rare treat to look behind the scenes of an amazing chef!

After mixing and eating a little, the guests were able to make a marvelous Bouquet Box from Square Root’s brand new Bouquet Bar.  They had a team of members on site to help walk through creating a small arrangement to be added to a box with chocolates, candles, mints and more. The stationery by Fawn Lettering and the awesome textured linens from GBS Linens and the rentals from BEL Events definitely put an over the top touch to the day’s events.

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Planning: Erika’s Elegance Weddings & Events

Photography: Chloe Atnip Photography

Venue and Floral Design:  Square Root Design

Paper Goods and Signage: Fawn Lettering

Entertainment: Extreme DJ Service

Rentals: BEL Events

Catering: Sapphire Catering

Bar Service: OC Bar Service

Tenting/Draping: NFP Events

Gift Box: Bouquet Bar

Wedding Dress: Mary Me Bridal

Hair and Makeup: Vanity Belle

Model: Brianna Del Grande

Linens: GBS Linens

May 2017: Blooms and Bellinis

What more could a wedding professional want than a bellini and a lovely evening at 7 Degrees in Laguna Beach to end a work day?  Lucky for our ABC members, that’s what they got to experience in May.  The night started with a cocktail hour on the roof where a fortune teller was there to predict some prosperous fortune (and business) for onlookers.  Found Vintage amazed us all by transforming the space into a shabby chic masterpiece!

Guests were later led downstairs, where they were guided to different tables, away from longtime friends and towards new ones.  There were members from each line of business assigned to each table, including photographers, planners, venue managers, etc.  It offered us the chance the branch out and network with individuals we might not have met otherwise.  The Sugar Philosophers and The Pie Lady lived up their hype as well, creating enchanting and delicious desserts for all those sweet tooths’ out there.  Keith J. Laverty outdid himself with amazing floral designs for each table.  What really won the crowd over was when he told everyone, the flowers were up for grabs!  There was even a wall in the back for guests to create their own bouquets.  I guess April showers really did bring those May flowers!

A Special Thank You to our Sponsors!

Design and Planning: The Lynden Lane Company

Venue: 7 Degrees

Floral: Keith J. Laverty

Design and Paper Goods: Katie O’Brien

Music: The Replicas Music

Desserts: The Sugar Philosophers and The Pie Lady

Linens: La Tavola

Rentals: Found Vintage and Classic Party Rentals

Photography and Videography: Lin & Jirsa




April 2017: ABChella

April was all about feeling the vibe and enjoying the sweet sounds of the calming ocean at Ole Hanson Beach Club.  Lucky members became stars of the evening after receiving flower crowns made by The Crown Collective.  The casual atmosphere encouraged everyone to make new friends, while of course catching up with old pals.  Food stations and butler passed items were a huge hit! The pretzel bar and make your own cocktail station were never left alone.  Vox DJ played some great tunes, while Abfab Events provided a little silent DJing for the event. What a great way to kick off wedding season!

A Special Thank you to All of our Sponsors!

Planning and Design: Leilani Weddings 

Venue: Ole Hanson Beach Club

Catering and Bar: 24 Carrots

Florist: Jenny B. Floral Design

Rentals and Decor:  Jake Duke Rentals

Lounge: Sundrop Vintage

Entertainment: Vox DJs

Photography: Mark Martinez Photography

Videography:  Kalet Productions

Lighting and Photobooth: Vox DJs 

Stationary: Honeycrisp Designs

Linens:  Wild Flower Linen

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Balloon Decor:  Balloonzilla

Silent disco: Abfab Events

Popsicles: Front Porch Pops

Flower Crowns: The Crown Collective

Henna: Henna by Rachana

Macrame Swings:  Macramama

Valet: American Limo

Hoop Dancer: Candace Rivera




March: Bigger Vision, Bigger Challenge: Obstacles No More! With Pina De Rosa

This month our members were treated to a lovely evening designed by Cori Sponagle from Events by Cori.  The Old Ranch Country Club was the perfect venue for such an inspirational night and styled photo shoot.  The views were spectacular as we enjoyed cocktails and appetizers on the patio near the majestic pergola.

As the sun was setting, guests were taking advantage of the beautiful sight by snapping a few pictures before heading into the reception.  We were treated to a creatively plated salad just as our speaker, Pina De Rosa began telling us of her life’s journey.  She was full of wonderful suggestions on how to overcome obstacles and how to be your best self.  “The power of your mind is a spectacular thing…if we put our minds to it, we can stretch just a little farther than before.”  De Rosa proved this with a fun exercise that got the whole room on their feet.  We all stretched our arms to the limit, but then with the power of our mind were able to stretch just a little further.  After that, it was time to stretch our stomachs as the kitchen served up a delicious duo plate.  Throughout dinner, Waveform Events was there to set the mood with both tunes and lighting.  As the evening was winding down, guests sought out the cappuccino provided by Cappuccino Man.  With caffeine in one hand and car keys in the other,  everyone left fuller, happier, and with a bigger vision for tomorrow.

A Special Thank you to All of our Sponsors!

Speaker: Pina De Rosa

Event Planner:  Events by Cori

Venue: Old Ranch Country Club

Photographer: Wheeland Photography

Videographer: Vantage Point Custom Films Productions

Entertainment, DJ, Lighting: Waveform Events

Stationary & Design: Elizabeth King Design

Floral Design: The Pink Daffodil

Sweets Table: Plumeria Cake Studio

Rentals: Sundrop Vintage

Tableware: Via La Roche

Linens: BBJ Linen

Live Music: Kevin Miso

Gourmet Coffee: Cappuccino Man

Specialty: Lake Forest Limousines

Wedding Gown: Casablanca Bridal Flagship Salon

Hair and Makeup: Flawless Faces




February 2017: Blue Valentine

We are so in love with our February Coordinator only event that was held at the Monarch Beach Resort.  This event started off with a styled shoot like none other.  You could definitely feel the romance in the air as the models roamed around the resort portraying realistic couples straight from a fairy tale.  Thankfully, our photographer Emma Hopp and videographer Emma Lynn were there to capture the shoot perfectly.

As guests headed down the majestic staircase onto the patio they were hypnotized by such a beautiful ocean view.  They sipped on signature cocktails and enjoyed passed hor dueveres that excited their palates for the soon to be served lunch.  Everyone caught up with friends and made new ones along the way.

Folklore Vintage provided such dreamy pieces for the table settings that perfectly complimented the florals provided by French Buckets.  During the luncheon we received great advice from the Stone Hill Tavern’s Sommelier and Wine Director Paul Coker.  Our DJ and MC for the event Jack Farmer created the perfect mood with his array of musical selections.    We ended the afternoon with a delightful treat from French’s Cupcake Bakery that was to die for.  In fact, Valentine’s Day has tough competition for our favorite February memory!

A special thank you to all of our sponsors!

Planner: K. Sage Events

Venue & Catering: Monarch Beach Resort

Photography: Emma Hopp Photography

Videography: Emma Lynn Cinema

Floral:  French Buckets

Dessert Display: Elan Sweets

Cupcakes: French’s Cupcake Bakery

DJ/Emcee: Jack Farmer

Rentals: Folklore Vintage

Photobooth: Capture Photobooths

Accessories: Marrow Fine

Sationary & Graphic Design: Arianna Nicole

Men’s Suite Designer:  Friar Tux

Bridal Dress Designer: Claire Pettibone

Hair & Makeup: Dolled Up OC