December 2016: Trendsetter Awards Gala

This year’s Trendsetter Awards Gala was fit for a princess.  What better way to end our year than an enchanted emerald evening at the Disneyland® Hotel.   Magical Cello music set the ambiance to our royal ball as we entered into the cocktail hour.  We enjoyed catching up with old friends and making new ones as we posed with Mickey and Minnie for photos, and enjoyed a silly moment with Joy Squad in their photo booth.  Kerrie Underhill and Kelsey Connelly really know how to plan and design a dazzling event that impresses from start to finish.   We congratulate all of this year’s winners on truly elevating the industry standard.

 

A special thank you to the Trendsetter Committee:

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As we entered the emerald soaked Disneyland® Grand Ballroom our eyes were met with floating centerpieces, cascading orchids, and elegant crystal chandeliers.  Flowers by Cina really knows how to transform a ballroom into a real life fairy tale.  Guests were treated like royalty and could even pose with Cinderella’s Crystal Coach.  We eagerly anticipated the announcement of award winners as the presentation started and our elegant dinner service began.  Pixie dust filled the room as each guest received an ice slipper filled with apple sorbet to cleanse their palates before the main course was served.  As the awards concluded The Young Guns Band got the party started on our custom dance floor provided by Chiavari Chair Rentals.   We danced until the clock struck midnight, and we had to return to reality. The evening was truly a testament to how Orange County Bridal Consultants are continually impressing other chapters across the nation.

 

Thank you to all of our Sponsors!

 

Our Swag Bag sponsors were:

 

The winners were:

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Best New Idea or Concept: Found Vintage Rentals
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Best New/Refreshed Venue: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings0082-ABC-Trendsetter-Event-Photography-Anaheim-CA

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Best New Memento: Stephanie Miller0206-ABC-Trendsetter-Event-Photography-Anaheim-CA

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Best Supporting Event: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings0082-ABC-Trendsetter-Event-Photography-Anaheim-CA

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Best Tablescape: Square Root0214-ABC-Trendsetter-Event-Photography-Anaheim-CA

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Transformation of Space under $50K: The Waterfront Resort, A Hilton Hotel0219-ABC-Trendsetter-Event-Photography-Anaheim-CA

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Transformation of Space over $50K: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings0082-ABC-Trendsetter-Event-Photography-Anaheim-CA

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Honored Member: Michelle Evinger, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddingsi-jj88gtf-xl

 

Joanie Scott: Kevin Coveyi-k352ccb-xl

 

Trendsetter of the Year: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Productioni-mgzq9jn-xl

 

Elevation of Industry: Jim Kennedyi-wkrxxch-xl

What a way to end the season.  Until next year!

 

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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

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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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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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Sensational Bridal Workshop

You are invited to a Sensational Bridal Luncheon Workshop.
Join a panel of wedding professionals as they share their knowledge, tips, and secrets for planning your wedding day. Be inspired, find your wedding style & have your questions answered.

Sponsored by
The Beverly Hills Hotel
& Linda Howard’s Sensational Celebrations

June 7, 2009 from 1 to 4 in the afternoon

The Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California

Featured Sponsors include:

Bloomingdale’s Bridal RegistryChameleon ChairsClassic Party Rentals

Green Bliss Eco SpaHidden GardenInside Weddings Magazine

Joseph Martin Hair SalonKirstie Kelly CollectionLa Tavola Linens

NancyKay’s ConfectionsProtravel International

Sensational CelebrationsThe Innovation Companies

Cost: $110 per person
To reserve your seat, please send a check asap to:
Sensational Celebrations
320 Homewood Road • Los Angeles, California 90049

For questions & credit card use, please call 310.472.5848 or email lhowar@aol.com

ABC-OC Members join Extreme Makeover Home Edition in helping to make a family’s dream come true!

On January 31st, several of our ABC-OC Members took part in helping a deserving, heroic family, chosen by Extreme Makeover Home Edition, in making their dream come true! Sharon Gall, with Once Upon a Time Weddings & Special Events, teamed up with a past Bride and Groom of hers, Shannon and Scott Cross, who also own SCHomes, for the week-long journey in Phelan, California of rebuilding the family’s home and building a brand-new Learning Center for the family’s passion of saving wild animals, “Forever Wild.” SCHomes was responsible for the building of the Learning Center and Sharon Gall was asked to assist with the VIP Tent. Joining this amazing week were these generous ABC-OC Members who donated all of their services: Victor Sizemore, Elysium Videography, Fusion Linens, Enchanted Florist, Square Root Designs and Christopher Garren’s Let Them Eat Cake.

You can catch this episode on Sunday, April 5th at 8:00pm on channel 7.

Way to go ABC-OC Members!

Must See Venue: Shorebreak Hotel

From Allison Howell of The Innovation Companies
This week I was privileged to get a sneak peek of the brand new Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach. This boutique hotel is a gem right off the sand of Surf City. Stacey Hofflich, the property’s fabulous Senior Catering Manager, was kind enough to take me on a tour of the space even though they are still under construction. Here’s a run down of the facts:

•Location: 500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach
Close to Main Street, shopping, dining, and the sand
•The Numbers: 157 guest rooms (39 are suites!), 2 board rooms, 3000 square foot ballroom, 1800 square feet of pre-function space
•Capacity: 200 seated in their swank ballroom with a dance floor, 230 without
•Food: Cuisine that pulls inspiration from all 22 countries of the Mediterranean
•Decor: Cool ocean tones. Many rooms and spaces have striking ocean views

This property is a must-see venue for brides and professionals alike. It has a modern feel incorporating luxury materials (lots of warm wood on the floors, walls, and ceilings). An open central courtyard and not-your-typical-ballroom make this venue a unique space for local and destination brides. Contact Stacey Hofflich for more info and set up a tour. You don’t want to miss it.

Stacey’s contact info:
shofflich@jdvhotels.com
949.373.2963

Also, keep your eyes peeled for info about the ABC-OC August Coordinator meeting at Shorebreak.

Photo courtesy of Shorebreak Hotel

The Aisle Submission Guidelines

The Aisle is a great communication tool that allows ABC-OC to connect with its members and people searching for qualified wedding professionals. Its purpose is share news and info about events, promote our members, and create anticipation for our events. We also use it to provide our members a place to showcase their latest work and find out about trends, news, and strategies for growing and improving their businesses.
The Aisle is made up of several categories of posts. Any ABC-OC member may submit an article or photo in the following categories:
Traditional Twists
3-4 paragraph posts about twists on wedding traditions (past submissions include bouquet toss alternatives, bridal processional ideas, etc.)
Tip of the Week
Short 3-4 Sentence posts about anything you have wisdom about. We’ve had advice about running your business, working with brides, getting room shots, checking your email, etc.
Snapshots
We feature images of our member’s most recent work every two weeks. Members may submit one photo per week (must included a caption and credit (including website) to any photographer or professional involved in the image).
Trends
3-4 paragraph posts about wedding trends (timelines, favors, stationery, and seasonal trends have been featured in the past)
Industry News
News about events, trends, or changes going on in the Wedding and Events industry
Member News
Posts congratulating our members on awards, publications, or accolades they’ve received. Members may submit news about themselves or other members.
Real Reels
A new category featuring video clips from our members’ recent weddings. Videos must be no longer than 7 minutes. Members can submit video by sending the html code.
Spotlight
A category that will tell a short story about a member based on an interview.
Inspiration Boards
Members can submit inspiration boards that include several photos surrounding a theme. Members may use
www.bridalcanvas.com or create their own collage. All photos should include create to photographers and professionals involved. We’d love to feature ABC-OC members’ work here but collages are not restricted to only members.
(see Kelly O’Shiro Events & Snippet and Ink for examples of what we’re looking for)

Policies:
•The ABC-OC blog will seek to promote its members fairly. All members will have the opportunity to submit articles for consideration in the following categories: Business Tips, Snapshots, Real Reels, and Trends. They will also be able to submit Industry and Member News items for ABC-OC to post at their discretion.
•ABC-OC will reserve the right to edit items before posting them on the blog.
•ABC-OC will reserve the right to edit or remove comments posted on the blog.
•ABC-OC will promote all participating vendors from upcoming or past meetings.
•Submissions for The Aisle should be sent to blog@abc-oc.net. Photos (with credit) are encouraged with all posts. Submissions should also include the website of the author.