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 

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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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September 2015: Havana Nights

Our Havana Nights soiree was a blast, ending our summer on a high note. Located in Huntington Beach, Venue by Three Petals definitely knows how to throw a celebration. The lavish area was filled with tropical colors, making this one HOT ending to our busy summer. The light up bar invited guests to try their themed drink of the evening. Cuban food stations and tray passed delights were a plenty throughout the beautiful space. Sprinkles Cupcakes served ice cream for dessert, while Urban Espresso offered wonderful coffees and espressos perfectly capping off the night.

The dance floor did not stay empty long thanks to Visions Entertainment who provided the music and lighting for the event. El Canito Cigars really played up the theme with their cigar bar stationed on the patio. If that wasn’t enough to keep you entertained, Vox DJ’s had fun props to pose with in their photo booth and Water Tree Events provided a Video Dare Booth… The question is, did you dare to try it out?

The “plus one” was a nice touch as guests loved being able to bring their significant other and friends to the party, adding a whole new level of networking. It’s no surprise that this “meeting” was one of the highest in attendance. It’s safe to say, there was no better way to conclude our summer!

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

Planner:  Simply Sweet Weddings and Events

Planner: Platinum Weddings by Kerrie

Photographer:  Joan Fuller Photography

Videography and Video Dare Booth: Water Tree Events

Florist: Three Petals

Stationary: Honeycrisp Designs

Dessert: Sprinkles

DJ & Lighting: Visions Entertainment

Linens, Lounge Furniture & Draping: Chiavari Chair Rentals

Photobooth: Vox DJ’s

Coffee Bar: Urban Espresso Catering

Cigar Bar: El Canito Cigars

Beauty: Erica Pennings

Love our Orange County Videography

ABC OC Havana Night Highlight Video from Water Tree Events Videography on Vimeo.

Photography by Joan Fuller Photography
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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

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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

 

Giving Back to the Community: Brides Against Breast Cancer

This month was special as we partnered with Brides Against Breast Cancer (BABC) by hosting a fundraising event honoring those that have been impacted by cancer. Erika’s Elegance Weddings and Events put on an incredibly touching evening that highlighted this organization. The Red Horse Barn was a perfect backdrop for our evening as we enjoyed Summit Event Catering and the sounds of Larry by Fly by Night DJs. As we finished dinner and the venue was lit in pink (of course) by Elevated Pulse, we enjoyed a fashion show sponsored by Mon Amie Bridal Salon with MD Hair and Makeup providing their services for our models. Each of our models had a personal connection with someone affected by cancer. Our vendors all did a terrific job coming together to give back to this impactful cause and in addition Katherine Hoggard with Impact Favors educated us on how we and our clients can make a difference at our events by donating to meaningful causes and then passing it on to others in hopes of making an even bigger impact. Videographer Greg Fiske put together a heartfelt video for the event featuring our very own members. Our MC for the evening Tracy from Flawless Weddings and Events shared with us her personal connection to cancer by sharing the story of her mother’s battle.

It was eye opening to see that almost everyone in attendance that evening has known someone touched by cancer in some way. Brides Against Breast Cancer (BABC) is a non-profit organization that raises funds to ensure those battling cancer and their family have the resources and information they will need for their journey. Each year BABC tours the country with their “Nationwide Tour of Gowns”. The funds raised during the tour make it possible to provide the support needed to thousands of children and adults impacted by cancer. During our ABC event we were able to raise $1,161 for the organization. The donations will fund over 20 hours of FREE support for people affected by cancer. Other ways you may consider helping are to donate a wedding gown, volunteer for the organization, host a BABC fundraising event, become a BABC sponsor, participate in their Pink Envelope Project, or Be an Advocate.

It was such a pleasure for our organization to come together with Brides Against Breast Cancer (BABC), give back to those battling cancer and to learn what we can do in the future to an impact in assisiting BABC.

Thank you to Hilton Huntington Beach, Mastro’s and One Hope Wine for donating our raffle prizes and thank you to all the sponors for a meaningful and memorable evening.

A very special thank you to all of our vendors and sponsors for the evening.
Island Bar and Beverage
Mon Amie
Summit Catering
Sweet Traders
Fly By Night DJ
Erika’s Elegance Weddings and Events
Portobello Junction
M&D Hair and Make-up
The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel
Elevated Pulse
OC Events
Fund With Photo
Mastro’s Steakhouse
Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
Signature Party Rentals
Red Horse Barn
Fiske Film

 

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March: Overwhelmed By Such A Wonderful Event

Andrea Woolf guest speaker and author of “Ignite Your Life” lead March’s meeting with some helpful tips to calm ourselves when things seem to be a bit overwhelming. We all go through some stressful times planning events, and balancing our personal lives, but with her helpful insights we may be able to enjoy them more as well. The Hotel Irvine was gracious enough to host our event this month. Let’s hope our coordinator was not too overwhelmed during the planning process, because the event was seamless from beginning to end. The food stations were amazing. The desserts were consumed quite quickly and then to our surprise, ice cream bars were presented to cap off the night. Thank you to all of our sponsors! We couldn’t do it without you.

Guest Speaker: Andrea Woolf

Venue: Hotel Irvine

Coordination: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production

Photography: Luminaire Images

DJ and Lighting: Invisible Touch Entertainment

Dessert: Simply Sweet Cakery 

Linens: GBS Linens

Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Scott Cummings Music

Stationery: Paper Plane Paperie

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Florist: Floral Riot
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February: Coordinators Round Table Take Two

Marbella Country Club was the site of our 2nd Round Table with our Coordinators. The evening started with amazing appetizers, and a beautiful view. Elegant vintage decor adorned the cocktail area creating a welcoming start to the evening. Heading into the ballroom the music, lighting, and decor set the mood for an intimate dinner session with our coordinators.

Kerri Hatter hosted our evening of round table questions. It was a great way for everyone to partner with each other and come up with solutions to common problems that come up in the industry. Although we may all do things differently we are for the most part, on the same page when it comes to our clients. This is the Couple’s wedding. No matter how difficult the Mother of the Bride, or the Groom may be, it comes down to the Couple’s special day, and what they have hired us to do.

Thank you to all or our sponsors for the evening! We enjoyed every detail.

Marbella Country Club
Kelsey Events
Kylie Chevalier Photography
Luxury DJs
Three Petals
Luxe Linen
It’s All About The Cake
Fabulously Unique Designs

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2014 Trendsetter Awards Gala at The Island Hotel, Newport Beach

Event Date: Wednesday, 12.10.14

Congratulations to everyone on providing the very best the wedding industry can offer this year. On this night we celebrated with friends at one of the most beautiful properties in Orange County at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach.

Here is the highlight video from Hoo Films!

Special thank you to the Trendsetter Committee who produced such a beautiful gala for us –

Panel of Judges

Congratulations to all our winners of the 6th Annual Trendsetter Awards.  Photos taken by Brian Leahy Photography

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We started the evening with a signature cocktail poured through an ice luge, an interactive champagne bar by Night Owl Productions by Dolly Design Haus, photo booth by Viral Booth and slo-motion video booth by Lin and Jirsa Photography. When then moved into the holiday inspired ballroom where Keith Laverty, Flowers by Cina and Paradise Delight had a blast designing their own tables and Elevated Pulse made it look like it was snowing on the walls!  There was no doubt we were at the Gala for ABC Orange County with the gold logo on the dance floor and table full of swag bags for winners.  As we listened to the awards, we dined on an ensemble of  .  When the awards were over, Scott Cummings Music helped us keep the night alive with his ensemble dance band and we finished the night off with creative espresso drinks from Conscious Bean.

Relive this amazing night through the incredible photos below by Brian Leahy Photography. We can’t wait to see you next year!

Our 2014 Trendsetter Award Winners

Best Captured Moment: Frank Salas Photography

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Best Transformation of Space: Archive Vintage Rentals – “From Empty Field to Barn Wedding”

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Best New Idea or Concept: Disney Fairytale Weddings – “Cake Mapping”76-ABC-OCTrendsetters2014Photos-BrianLeahyPhoto-0290

 

Best New Memento: Steve Shanahan of Honored Occasions in collaboration with Mike McCaleb and Dan Douglas – Slow Mo Video Booth

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Best New Venue: Mary Lallande – The Loft on Pine

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Best Overall Theme / Thematic Follow Through – Kelsey Events: Kelsey Connelly Of Kelsey Events- Great Gatsby 1920’s Inspired
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Best Supporting Event: Natalie Good of A Good Affair– Showering Her with Love and Good Wishes

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Best Tablescape: Kelsey Connelly of Kelsey Events – Modern Garden Romance
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Joanie Scott Award Winner: Sharon Gall – Once Upon a Time Weddings

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Elevation of Industry: Wendy Dahl – Chic Productions

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Member of the Year: John Goolsby – Godfather Films

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Trendsetter of the Year: Alan Katz – Great Officiants

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Gift Bag Sponsors

Amazing goodies. Valued at over $4,000 for our winners! Thank you very much –

AislePlanner | Andrea’s Couture | Aroos Magazine | Bon Affair Sparkling Wine | Casa Romantica at Rancho Las Lomas | Casey’s Cupcakes | Conscious Bean | Crowbar Burger | Center Club | DoubleTree Santa Ana | Five Crowns | Flawless Faces | Frank Salas Photography | Friar Tux | Happy Photos | HotShot Awards & Engraving | Il Fornaio | LolliPics | Mastro’s Steakhouse | Orange County Wedding Dance | SCE Black Car Service | Scrumptious Wedding & Specialty Cakes | Sugar Paper LA | Tanya Shadoan | Taps Fish House | Tieks | Tustin Ranch Golf Club | Victoria’s Secret


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This was just a sampling – all of the photos are available here on Brian’s website!

Event Sponsors

Thank you so much to the sponsors who made the night an extraordinary celebration for everyone!

Venue | The Island Hotel
Coordination | Simply Sweet Weddings and LVL Events
Photography | Brian Leahy Photography
Videography | Hoo Films
Photobooth | Viral Booth
Slo-Motion Photography | Lin and Jirsa Photography
Calligraphy & Stationery | Calligraphy Katrina
Ice Sculpture | Carving Ice
Lighting / DJ / MC | Elevated Pulse Productions
Band | Scott Cummings Music
Florists | Keith Laverty, Flowers by Cina, Paradise Delight
Linens & Rentals | Mikasa Fine Linens, Signature Party Rentals, GBS Linens, Chiavari Chairs 4 Rent, ChiavariChairRentals.com, Baker Party Rentals, Classic Party Rentals, Glow Concepts Fine Linens
Coffee Cart | Conscious Bean
Cocktail Hour Music | Tim Espinosa
Champagne Bar | Night Owl Productions by Dolly Design Haus
Hair & Make-up | Design Visage

Start the new year off on the right foot – register to attend the first ABC-OC event of the year – details coming soon. Happy New Year everyone! It’s been more than a pleasure to blog for you for the last 4 years.

– Bethany Thomas, ABC-OC Communications Chair, Commemory Fine Art