October 2016: Beer and Wine Fall Harvest

Fall: A time when pumpkin patches are around every corner, Halloween candy haunts you in the grocery, and ABC members are racing to finish their Trendsetter submissions.  But what better way to celebrate harvest time than with some beer and wine?


Erika’s Elegance Weddings & Events hit a “hole in one” with this October meeting held at Tustin Ranch Golf Club.  She called on Sweet Salvage to provide the most stunning and festive vintage rentals to lounge on during some outdoor mingling.  However, as we all know, one can’t stay sitting for long when food is in sight, especially when it has a perfectly paired drink to go with it!  The Tustin Ranch Pretzels and Bitburger German Pilsner were a huge hit, as was the Smoked Salmon Tartar and Champagne.  With a drink in one hand, an appetizer in the other, and the musical styling’s of Don Covel Entertainment in your ear, it was hard to imagine this meeting could get any better….but it did!


Members eventually found their way indoors where some more fabulous food pairings were waiting.  As small plates and glasses began to fill everyone’s hands again, the tables adorned with GBS Linens were put to good use.  Meanwhile, it didn’t take long for everyone to spot Frank Salas Photography’s fun photo booth.  How could we miss it with all the creative props he provided?  He was also there to capture the laughs and smiles on the dance floor, which wasn’t hard thanks to Visions Entertainment and Steve Burdick Entertainment who were dishing out some of their favorite tunes on the turn tables.


With this being the last meeting of the year, members were reminded about the Trendsetter Gala, which will be held at the Disneyland® Hotel in Anaheim on December 13th.  Although everyone was looking forward to that celebration, this one was far from over. The Pie Hole was there to put the cherry on top of a wonderful night.   Yet, most surprising of all would have to be our honorary vendor, Mother Nature who spoiled us all with perfect weather.  Thank you to everyone who came out and we can’t wait to see you dressed to the nines in December!

Thank you to all of our Sponsors!

Venue: Tustin Ranch

Event Planner: Erika’s Elegance Wedding & Events

Florist: The Pink Daffodil

Tables/Chairs/Heaters/Lighting: Apex Tent and Party

Stationary: Jen Simpson Design

Photography: Frank Salas Photography

Videography: Godfather Films

Desserts:  The Pie Hole

Vintage Rentals: Sweet Salvage

Entertainment:  Visions Entertainment

Entertainment: Steve Burdick Entertainment

Photobooth:  Frank Salas Photography

Linens: GBS Linens

Entertainment: Don Covel Entertainment

Signage:  Ollie + Elle

Coffee:  Coffee Catering LA




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



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

Rentals: ChiavariChairRentals.com

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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





October 2015: Creative Planner Day

Kendra Scott replaced “diamonds” as our so-called best friend this month, when they opened their doors to our Event Planners, allowing each person to customize their own piece of jewelry. With mimosas and pastries in hand, a convenient touch screen display at their Color Bar made it a synch to create unique pieces tailored to individual personalities and styles.

Donned with our new favorite accessories, we sashayed over to the Red O Restaurant for a patio luncheon. La Tavola Fine Linens created a chic, yet casual atmosphere with their beautiful floral linens, while The Blooming Bud perfectly complimented the affair with quaint centerpieces. Chips, salsa, and of course, margaritas also dressed the table and later, along with various entrees served as a delicious addition to our stomachs.

As if that wasn’t enough, we finished off the event with an exclusive calligraphy lesson by Jill Velez of Copper Willow. Equipped with the proper tools to learn the lovely art of decorative hand writing, everyone was able to put ink to paper and give it a try. After seeing the result, I feel some of us will just leave this art to the experts. This event was truly an experience, one that created friendships, good memories, and even some future jewelry designers or calligraphists.

Thank you to all of our sponsors!

Venue and Catering: Red O Restaurant

Planning: A Good Affair

Photography: Ashley Kelemen

Videography: Emotion Picture Studio

Florist: The Blooming Bud

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens

Stationary: Honeycrisp Designs

Favors: Mixed Bakery

Entertainment: Geoff Maddox Entertainment

Special Thanks to: Kendra Scott

Special Thanks to: Copper Willow

Special Thanks to: Wedding Chicks

Love the video from The Emotion Picture Studios

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July: Wedding Coordinator Panel

Kelsey Events put on an amazing July meeting. Breathtaking views, signature drinks, and exquisite décor certainly created a night to remember. As we set our eyes on the venue we were immediately immersed into the amazing architecture of the Santiago Canyon Estate. Casual mingling among friends poolside seamlessly turned into an elegant dinner under the stars.

Upon arrival to the upper level our eyes wandered from the enchanting table settings, to the stunning floral arrangements, to the dessert table. The lounge style seating for our speakers was perfectly put together in all white with pops of fuchsia. The tropical centerpieces with Magenta Phaleonopsis Orchids and Ti Leaves completed the event’s overall look.

It’s always inspiring to hear success stories from our peers. All three speakers are considered some of the top Event Planners in the industry.  Their success in business goes hand in hand with their love for their clients. Brooke Keegan emphasized having great relationships with your vendors to ensure a flawless event.  While Lindsay Longacre’s leaderships skills have helped her build a strong event company that offers training for aspiring event planners.  Since entering the industry in 2004 Wendy Dahl not only runs a successful event company but also coaches wedding professionals.  All of the speakers enlightened the group with their past experience and how it contributed to their achievements over the years. From making the decision to join the industry, to where they are now has been quite the journey for each of them. It was truly an honor to hear each of their stories.

Jason’s Catering provided a delectable menu that certainly did not disappoint. The hearty portions were delicious. The dessert table by Pacific Patisserie Bakery had so many choices it was hard to decide which ones to bite into. Brew Ha Ha’s gourmet coffee station with fresh beignets really hit the spot at the end of the night.

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

Coordination: Kelsey Events
Venue: Santiago Vineyard Estate
Catering: Jason’s Catering
Photography: Allison Maggin Photography
Lighting and DJ: Extreme DJ
Flowers: Flowers by Cina
Bakery: Pacific Patisserie Bakery
Coffee Station: Brew Ha Ha Catering
Greenery: Green Effect
Linens: Something Borrowed Party Rentals
Specialty Furniture Rentals: AFR Event Furnishing
Rentals: ATB Party Rentals
Stationary: Jasmin Michelle Designs

Speakers for the Event:

Brooke Keegan: Brooke Keegan Weddings & Events

Lindsay Longacre: LVL Events

Wendy Dahl: Chic Productions


June: “I Do: How To’s”

Our June coordinator’s luncheon at the Colony House was a fabulous way to start the summer.  Not only did we have top notch vendors filling the room with a fresh summer citrus palette and relaxed atmosphere, we also had some expert presenters teach us a thing or two about how to improve and sharpen our planning skills.

Lavender’s flowers was the key to the event design.  Starting with shades of white, she pulled in tangerine, grapefruit and blood orange citrus along with foraged greenery and added a variety of texture.  24 Carrots created a menu that incorporated the design:  avocado and mixed green citrus salad with a meyer lemon vinaigrette, citrus mixers for the mimosa bar and a white chocolate citrus cake to finish the meal.  Each vendor’s interpretation of the design complimented one another and the outcome was perfection.

During the breakout sessions, we were dazzled by napkin folds, quick makeup fixes on our brides, how to create an emergency boutonniere,  phone lenses for better pictures at events and some of us caught on to tying a bow tie.  We have to give the award for creativity (and courage) to the 24 Carrot rappers who taught us to set a “table with flare.” Thank you so much for sharing your time and knowledge with us.

Thank you to all of the vendor sponsors and presenters.  Each of you are so appreciated:

Venue:  The Colony House – http://colonyhouseanaheim.com/

Planner:  Table7 Events – http://www.table-seven.com/

Caterer:  24 Carrots – http://24carrots.com/

Photographer:  Studio EMP – http://studioemp.com/

Videographer:  Lunch Pail Pictures – http://lunchpailpictures.com/

Furniture:  Found Vintage Rentals – http://www.foundrentals.com/

Stationary:  Sparkle Pony Press – http://sparkle-pony.myshopify.com/

Florist and Event Design:  Lavender’s Flowers – http://www.lavendersfloral.com/

Linens:  GBS Linens – http://www.gbslinens.com/

Dishes:  Dish Wish Events – http://www.dishwishevents.com/

Entertainment:  Scott Cummings Music – http://www.scottcummingsmusic.com/

Men’s Accessories:  Friar Tux – https://www.friartux.com/

Makeup:  Flawless Faces – http://www.flawlessfacesinc.com/home

Thank you Lunch Pail Events for the video you made of the event. ABC OC June 2015 video

May: Light Up Your Event

If you love cars this was the event to hit. Crevier Classic Cars hosted a wonderful evening of fast cars and fun atmosphere.  This venue is the home of many classic cars that belong to owners from around the world.  What an amazing site, and nice change of scenery for most who attended.

The tone of the evening was set from the moment you walked into the venue.  From beginning to end Vox DJ’s didn’t miss a beat.  Splashes of colors and light up centerpieces really tied the theme of the night together.

Elite AVs presentation on lighting events really showed how the mood of an event can be changed in an instant. The amazing events they have done left the attendees in awe.

Food and beverage for the evening was provided by All Above Catering, Sunseri’s (bar and beverage) and desserts were provided by Chef Molly.  It was such a delight to have so many options available throughout the evening.

The over the top service provided by all of the vendors really created an evening to remember.

Thank you to all of our sponsors!

Venue: Crevier Classic Cars http://www.crevierclassiccars.com

Coordination and Catering: All Above Catering  https://www.aboveallcatering.com

Photography: Chloe Atnip Photography  http://www.photosbychloe.com

Florist: Flower Fusion http://flowerfusion.net/orange-county-wedding-flower

Entertainment: VOX DJs http://www.voxdjs.com

Lighting: Elite AV

Bar and Beverage: Sunseri’s http://www.sunseris.com

Dessert: Chef Molly  http://www.chefmolly.com