September 2016 Coordinators Meeting: An Afternoon with Regina and Krista of Crosby & Jon and Archive Rentals

Simply Sweet Weddings and Events always puts together amazing events and this month’s meeting was no exception.  Our Coordinators were treated to a charming luncheon hosted at the quaint Five Crowns Restaurant & Steakhouse of Corona Del Mar.  Throughout the afternoon, guests couldn’t stop commenting on how stunning the ceremony location was put together.  Who doesn’t love lounge seating nestled into the traditional seating?  It was such a well-designed touch of romance thanks to Classic Party Rentals.   Bella Blooms filled the room with elegant pops of white, leaving our eyes to wander in all directions. Meanwhile, we visited old and new friends before sitting down to enjoy our speakers of the afternoon.


Running your own business is not an easy task.  Creative blocks prove to be a problem, such as not knowing if a paycheck will be coming in this month.  Regina and Krista from Crosby and Jon Design and Archive Rentals inspired us to  believe in ourselves and our creativity.  Their knowledge and helpful tips brought inspiration to us all with the simple reminder that saying “You’ve got this” helps to power through and grow our businesses.  Sometimes if the task seems difficult, you might just be doing things right.  Make sure to delegate and hire out to get the entire job done and remember that we can’t do everything ourselves.  Choosing jobs that bring value to your company helps to grow the big picture and you always want to be sure to get recognized for your work.  In conclusion, we can’t be afraid to raise our prices; we are worth every penny!


After the inspiring lecture it was time to enjoy the luncheon.  The delightful Five Crowns Restaurant & Steakhouse offered each guest a choice of prime rib, halibut or vegetarian entrée which was a real treat.  Each plate looked as wonderful as it tasted.  We ended the afternoon with a full plate of desserts provided by Mixed Bakery.  Everyone tried their best to taste every scrumptious bite before heading back to the office for the day where they were left wishing for more!


Thank you to all of our Sponsors!

Speakers:  Regina and Krista from Crosby and Jon Design and Archive Rentals

Coordination: Simply Sweet Weddings & Events

Venue: Five Crowns Restaurant & Steakhouse

Photography: Blue Sky’s Studio

Videography: Parallel Media Productions

Florist: Bella Blooms

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Entertainment: Steve Burdick Events

Desserts: Mixed Bakery

Stationary: Envelopments



August 2016: Summer Celebration

Ocean views, vintage rentals, and tons of smiles are just a few of the stunning sights that were seen at our August “celebration.”  That’s right, with the summer months dwindling down, it only seemed fit that we turn this month’s meeting into a party instead! 

Taking perfection to the next level, Green Apple Event Co. planned a stunning event, utilizing the talents of Archive Rentals, Ambiance AV, and Darla Marie Designs.  However, with the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa offering some of the most enchanting views on the coast, it’s not like this venue needed any assistance being beautiful. 

Our members mingled and laughed while sipping on their signature pineapple martinis, and after grabbing a few bites to eat, headed to cocktail tables fashioned by Flowers by Mae Mae and GBS LinensCool Haus was there to save the day when the sweet tooth takeover began.  Guests were given the choice of different cookies and ice cream flavors, thus creating a custom ice cream sandwich.  Now we all know that a party isn’t complete without proof that it happened and that’s where Booth & Bus Co. came in!  Members found some friends, grabbed some props, and piled in to the photo bus to remember this spectacular evening in a series of pictures.  As the photos printed and Undercover Live and Elevated Pulse called people to the dance floor, it was clear that the stress of these summer months was beginning to fade.  Now on to September…

A special thank you to all our sponsors!

Planning: Green Apple Event Co.

Venue and Catering: Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa

Specialty Rentals: Archive Rentals

Paper Goods: Darla Marie Deigns

Florist: Flowers by Mae Mae

Dessert: Cool Haus

Band: Undercover Live

DJ: Elevated Pulse

Lighting: Ambiance AV

Linens: GBS Linens

Photo Booth: Booth & Bus Co.

Photographer: Kristina Adams

Videographer: Mission Visual





















July 2016: What Makes the Best Wedding Pros, ‘The Best’

Usually when someone hears the word “casino,” they either picture dollar signs or a negative bank balance.  However, there was nothing negative about the Casino San Clemente at our meeting this July.  Upon arrival, guests were handed a signature cucumber cocktail as they mingled their way to the Patio of the Stars.  There, vintage furniture provided by FOUND created a stunning and welcoming atmosphere, only to be enhanced by The Pink Daffodil’s centerpieces and bouquets.  The ambiance of this stunning casino was perfectly paired with the musical styling’s of ­­­­­­­­­the Kalama Brothers.  Guests could even venture to the Rock Garden to see a beautiful ceremony set-up that FOUND had also fashioned. Between the décor and the shabby chic venue, our guests were in a wedding professional’s heaven.  There were even models in Casablanca Bridal wedding gowns floating around!

Later in the evening, everyone fled into the Ballroom, which was beautifully accented by a crystal chandelier and exquisite linens by La Tavola Fine LinenVive Entertainment, Inc. kept the vibe going by taking requests and even getting a birthday jingle started for Co-Director, Kerrie Underhill.   Kerrie then handed the floor over to long-time officiant, JP Reynolds, who reminded us all “what makes the best the best.”  After a few light hearted stories and helpful tips, dinner was served.  Iva Lee’s already wowed us at the cocktail hour with their Cauliflower Cakes, Zucchini Rolls, and Ginger Scented Chicken Sugar Cane Lollipops.  However, they really outdid themselves with the following courses of Thai Strawberry Watermelon Salad, Local Seabass, and Filet Mignon.  Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better,  Luisa Chocolatiere had been working in the West Wing to set up a buffet of chocolate covered strawberries, pretzels, Oreos, the list goes on.  They were so delightful that a few marshmallows might have “accidentally” fallen into some purses before heading home.

Ultimately, the evening had to come to an end, but not without some Cupid Shuffling on the dance floor first.  During these busy summer months, it’s always nice to kick off your own shoes and bust out your favorite dance moves! Events by Cori, in addition to Jill Watson from the Casino San Clemente definitely gave us all a night to remember.

A huge thank you to all our Sponsors!

Venue: Casino San Clemente

Catering & Bar: Iva Lee’s

Planning: Events by Cori

Floral: The Pink Daffodil

Photography: Wheeland Photography

Video/Film: Vantage Point Productions

Lighting: Crown Five LLC

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen

Rentals: Signature Party Rental

Vintage Rentals: FOUND

Entertainment: Vive Entertainment, Inc.

Paper Goods: Polkadot Weekend

Dessert Station: Luisa Chocolatiere

Live Music: Kalama Brothers

Hair & Makeup: Flawless Faces, Inc.

Wedding Gowns: Casablanca Bridal

Limousine & Vintage Cars: Lake Forest Limousines

















June 2016: Delight the Senses at Montage Laguna Beach

There’s nothing quite like an ocean view and although this Earth is primarily water, it’s safe to say The Montage Laguna Beach offers one of the best in the world!  Our Coordinators were reminded of this at our June luncheon.  However, our sight wasn’t our only sense getting spoiled.  It didn’t take long for our members to notice the scent in the air, and no, we’re not talking about the ocean.  Pastiche Perfumes was there promoting their amazing fragrance bar.  Guests were able to choose from an array of different scents and combine their favorites, thus creating their own custom fragrance.

As our members were spritzing their new perfumes, tray passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne were making their way throughout the lawn.  Our taste buds were in heaven, but it didn’t stop there!  Once we were welcomed into the luncheon, Chef Craig Strong of The Montage Laguna Beach was there to answer questions on trendy dishes and explain just what we were going to be dining on.  The description alone was enough to make us weak in the knees, but the actual taste was beyond expectations. 

If there’s one thing we’ve learned at our meetings, it’s that you can never have too much dessert and Sweet Lady Jane was there to take our senses over the top!  Everyone collected a delicious treat (or two or three) and brought them back to their table adorned with fabulous linens provided by Mikasa Fine Linens.  They were a “touch” of perfection.  And of course, DJ Chris Rox was there to set the mood and provide the tunes.

Thus, our five senses got a work out this day, but what would one of our meetings be without the sixth sense, a sense of humor.  A huge thank you to all our members who continue to laugh, enjoy, and most importantly make connections!

A special thank you to all our Sponsors!

Venue: The Montage Laguna Beach

Planner: Nicole Marie Events

Photography: Jeremy Lucero Photography

Videography: Mission Visual

Florals: Nisie’s Enchanted Florist

Dessert Buffet: Sweet Lady Jane

Entertainment: DJ Chris Rox

Stationary: Sugar Press

Linens: Mikasa Fine Linens

Perfume Bar: Pastiche Perfume


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May 2016: An Evening Under the Stars

Lion, tigers, and bears…more like cheese, wine, and mingling oh my! This month’s meeting was held at the fabulous Rancho Las Lomas Resort and Zoological Garden on May 10th.  As guests handed their cars over to the valet, a few zebras made an appearance, but let it be known they were not the only “party animals” in attendance.  

Kelsey Events outdid themselves once again, bringing together some of the best vendors in the business to give us this year’s most social event yet.  While we usually host a phenomenal speaker of some sort, this month focused on just getting to know one another!  And we all know there’s no better way to mingle than over wine and delicious cheese arrays provided by 24 Carrots Catering & Events

To add a little entertainment to the evening, guests were handed a fill-in-the-blank game, where the answers were actually names of your fellow guests.  Thus, while everyone was on the hunt for those who can quote “Father of the Bride” or who have spent over ten years in the industry, business cards and crazy stories were exchanged.   When guests weren’t racing to get their games filled out, they were either lounging on the classic furniture provided by Found Vintage Rentals or busting out their best dance moves to music performed by Undercover Live Entertainment.  Overall, there were laughs, there were introductions, but most importantly there was a candy bar by Hollywood Candy Girls!  It was the perfect cap to such a sweet night!

A special thank you to all our Sponsors!

Venue: Rancho Las Lomas Resort and Zoological Garden

Planner: Kelsey Events

Catering: 24 Carrots Catering & Events

Paper Goods: Wiley Valentine

Florist: Posh Peony

Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

Photography: Happy Photos

Videography: Expressionary Films

Music: Undercover Live Entertainment

Photo Booth: Lucas Jeanne Events

Candy Bar: Hollywood Candy Girls

Valet: Special Parking Services

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April 2016: Making PR Your Priority

A night at the museum? Don’t mind if we do! Except unlike a normal visit to Bower’s Museum, signature pineapple martinis and delightful appetizers filled our fists instead of a brochure. We were greeted, per usual, by a familiar face, a name tag and an open bar. The first hour was used to mingle, form connections, reminisce on the good times, and of course, satisfy our appetite. Once the cocktail hour in the Huang Sculpture Garden was nearing an end, the doors to Bower’s Great Hall opened and guests began taking their seats.

Yellow tulips in square glass vases arranged by Flawless Flowers served as the centerpieces, atop clear, acrylic tables with textured, navy runners provided by GBS Linens. This contemporary design with a pop of color was met by some history with ancient artifacts lining the walls of the museum. Leila Lewis took to the stage to discuss PR tips and the power of positivity. She stressed on the importance of working with your fellows vendors, especially when it comes to publicity. She opened the floor for questions and once that was finished, we dined on the impeccable catering of Patina Restaurant Group. Finally, we capped off the night in the back courtyard with some cappuccino from Brew Ha Ha. It was such an exciting evening, even the mummies in Bower’s new exhibit were coming to life!

A special thank you to all of our Sponsors!

Speaker: Leila Lewis

Planner: Erika’s Elegance Weddings and Events

Venue: Bowers Museum

Catering: Patina Restaurant Group

Florist: Flawless Flowers

Music: Del Lago Trio

Paper Goods: Rebecca Calagna Events

Linens: GBS Linens

Coffee Station: Brew Ha Ha

Rentals: Absolutely Fabulous! Events and Productions

DJ: Scratch Weddings

Videographer: The Emotion Picture Studio

Photographer: Brian LaBrada Photography

Be sure to check out the video from The Emotion Picture Studio:


March 2016: Branding You

The Estate on 2nd, winner of Trendsetter’s “Best New or Refreshed Venue”, opened their doors to us as we hosted our third meeting of the year. Upon arrival at this gorgeous location, guests were led upstairs to a cocktail hour. Music by Undercover Live set the mood as we networked and mingled over sangria and delicious paella whipped up by Jay’s Catering.

As the evening progressed, it was time to migrate downstairs where guests were welcomed by a shabby chic display of farm tables topped with rustic centerpieces involving some of our favorites for weddings, succulents. As we took our seats, we were introduced to the shining “Star” of the soiree, world-renowned wedding photographer and branding genius, Jasmine Star. This creative entrepreneur taught us a thing or two (or twenty) about “keeping it real” and how to market yourself on social media without spending a penny. With our minds enlightened and our goals set, it was time to quench our appetite. Thus, Jay’s Catering wowed us again with an extravagant buffet complete with a meat carving station. From then on, the rest of the night was ours to wine, dine and build connections with newfound friends

Thank you to all of our Sponsors:

Speaker:  Jasmine Star

Planning: Green Apple Event Co

Venue: The Estate on 2nd

Catering: Jays

Rentals: Sundrop Vintage

Paper Goods: Fabulously Unique Designs

Linens: Mod Mix Studio

Flowers: Sweet Sage

Music: Undercover Live

DJ/Lighting: Ampersand Event Co

Photography: Victoria Johansson Photography

Videography: Hoo Films





February 2016: Coordinator Meeting

Our thriving chapter has definitely set out to ‘Raise the Bar’ in 2016, and the gathering of Coordinator and Planners for our February Coordinator luncheon was proof of this. Guests were welcomed to a completely beautiful Spring-hued setting at Fig & Olive, with gorgeous warm and sunny weather to match. Everyone mixed and mingled and sipped on refreshing sparkling wine ‘piscines’ as the afternoon got underway. Once seated, a delicious first course salad was brought out and our esteemed panel of wedding professionals kicked off a candid conversation on how to be the best Planner and Coordinator partner possible. A great big thank you to our panel members: Jessica Claire (Jessica Claire Photography), Julie Hill (Elysium Productions), and Patty Burns (Montage Laguna Beach) moderated by Co-Director Kerrie Underhill (Platinum Weddings by Kerrie). After a lively and informative discussion our main course was devoured followed by a sweet treat. All in all a gorgeous afternoon among friends and peers!

Thank you to all of our sponsors!
Venue, Food and Beverage: Fig and Olive
Planning: Kelsey Events
Florist: The Blooming Bud
Stationery: Wiley Valentine
Linens: Luxe Linen
Entertainment: Undercover Live
Photography: Davello Photography
Videography: The Yodsukars



January 2016: Networking Event

We certainly started the year off right at Pacific Hills Banquet and Catering .  Their gorgeous ballroom was dressed in the Pantone colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity.  Wildflower linens really showed off these colors coordinating table linens and chivari chair covers fit for a princess.  Dave’s Flowers provided centerpieces that perfectly complimented the event’s color scheme.  The overall look was exquisite.

Instead of our traditional speed networking, we decided to mix things up with assigned seating, and networking at your table during dinner service.  This allowed each table to make multiple connections using industry related questions to spark the conversations. Everyone met new people, enjoyed great food, and ended the night with the perfect array of desserts from Drive Me Cookie.

Looking forward to a successful 2016.

Thank you to all of our sponsors!

Venue, Food & Beverage: Pacific Hills Banquet & Catering 
Planning: Kelsey Events
Photographer: Mark Martinez Photography
Florals: Dave’s Flowers
Linens: Wildflower Linen
Lounge Furniture: Absolutely Fabulous! Events
DJ: Extreme DJ
Stationary: Ampersand Ink
Dessert: Drive Me Cookie 



December 2015: Holiday Gala and Trendsetter Awards at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort

It should come as no surprise that the Trendsetter Awards are our favorite night of the year. Not only does it give us an excuse to dress up and dance the night away, but it gives us the opportunity to recognize those we admire most, our friends and fellow vendors.

The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach served as the perfect venue to celebrate our unbelievable year and we extend our warmest congratulations to everyone on setting a new standard of excellence in 2015.  Kerrie Underhill along side AOO Events really out did themselves this year and we send a special thank you to them for creating such a stunning gala for us!

Here is the highlight video from Godfather Films:

Association of Bridal Consultants – Orange County 2015 Trendsetter Awards Gala Highlight Film from Godfather Films on Vimeo.

The Trendsetter Committee:
Shashona Reynolds, Mastro’s Steakhouse
Sheena Mehta, Westin South Coast Plaza

Sophia Caramanoff, Les Belles Affaires
Courtney Urquiza, InStyle Events Co.
Carmen Fuentes: Expressionary Events

Jessica Tijan: Tustin Ranch Golf Club


Panel of Judges

Amy Squires, Wedding Chicks

Beth Helmstetter, Beth Helmstetter Events

Kristin Banta, Kristin Banta Events

Congratulations to all our winners of the 7th Annual Trendsetter Awards.  Photos taken by Lucero Photography

All Winners


Once the dresses were zipped and the bow ties were straightened, guests embarked upon the lovely venue to be entranced by glitter and gold. As old friends captured pictures in the festive photo booth provided by Joy Squad, new connections formed while waiting in line for the signature drinks. Once the doors to the ballroom opened and guests were taking their seats at their stunning tables, the awards ceremony was upon us. The winners accepted their glass trophy and incredible swag bag in the center of the custom dance floor, with a custom black and gold logo by TMMPRO. Meanwhile, square wooden boxes filled with gourmet cheeseburgers and French fries were delivered to our tables and although it was hard, everyone was able to make room for the next course: Root beer floats. How could you not, right? Once all the categories were announced, Society Music and Sound got everyone to the dance floor with their renditions of both classic and new hit songs. They then handed the night over to Invisible Touch, who brought down the house in spectacular fashion. It is can definitely be said that there was no finer way to end the year. 2016, you have a lot to live up to!

Relive this amazing night through the incredible photos below by Lucero Photography:


2015 Trendsetter Winners

Best Captured Moment: Lin & Jisra PhotographyABCGala2015-151

Best Design Transformation of Space Over $50,000: A Good Affair Wedding and Event Production2

Best Design Transformation of Space Under $50,000:  Platinum Weddings By Kerrie 3

Best New Idea or Concept: Luxury DJs 4

Best New Memento: Water Tree Events


Best New or Refreshed Venue: Estate on 2nd 



Best Overall Theme/Thematic Follow-Through: Heather Hoesch LVL Weddings

Best Overall Theme Trendsetter 2015

Best Tablescape: A Good Affair Wedding and Event Production 8

Elevation of Industry: Lindsay Longacre, LVL Weddings and Events elevation of industry

Trendsetter of the Year: 24 Carrots Catering and Events24 carrots

Joanie Scott Award: Laurie Davies joanie scott

Member of the Year: Erika Bowerscoordinator of year

Swag Bag Sponsors:

Center Club* Conscious Bean* Delovely Details* Frank Salas Studios* Happy Photos* Hilton Costa Mesa* Hollywood Candy Girls* HotShot Awards & Engraving* ll Fornaio* Left Coast Brewery* Mammoth Mountain Ski Area & Resort* Mastro’s Steakhouse* Red O Restaurant* Tustin Ranch Golf Club* The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar* What a Betty* Simply Sweet Cakery*


A Special Thank You to All of Our Sponsors!

Executive Producer & Event Design: AOO Events

Planner: Kerrie Underhill

Floral Design: AOO Florals

Venue, Food and Beverage: Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort

Draping: Amber Event Production

Rental Furniture: Glam Events

Linens: GBS Linens

Chargers: BBJ Linen

Dance Floor: TMMPRO

Lighting and DJ: Invisible Touch

Entertainment: Society Music and Sound

Audio Visual: Encore Events Technologies

Acapella Group: These Guys

Stationary & Graphic Designs: Honeycrisp Designs

Wood Etching: Happily Ever Etched

Photo Booth: Joy Squad

Beauty: Vanity Belle Beauty Boutique

Balloon Decor: Balloonzilla

Cogu Bar: Mad and Ovel

Dessert Buffet: Mixed Bakery

Photographer: Lucero Photography

Videographer: Godfather Films