January 2017: Love and Money: The State of the Wedding Industry

What a way to kick off the new year!  January’s all member meeting really got our wheels turning learning about the state of the industry.  Our speaker Liene Stevens showed off her expertise by describing what our couples are looking for and at while planning their weddings. Did you know that fresh flowers relax people and help to close 30% more sales? And who knew the average wedding hires approximately 43 vendors to work with them on their special day?

Speaking of vendors, this night’s sponsors truly put together a super chic event for us to enjoy.  The rustic tables provided by Signature Party Rentals filled the room with such elegance.  OC Pixie delivered an enchanting new way to photo booth with their magic mirror and fun props.  The dinner served by The Mission Viejo Country Club was amazing, as expected.  And the donut wall created by Lavish Candy gave us a fun treat to enjoy on the way home.  Learning about the state of the industry was truly inspiring, motivating…and delicious.  Wishing you all successful 2017!

Thank you to all of our sponsors.

Planner:  Erika’s Elegance

Venue: Mission Viejo Country Club

Photographer: Jack Randall Photography

Videographer: Le Reve Films

Florist: Hydrangea Bleu

Stationery: Jen Simpson

Linens: On Call Event Rentals

Dessert: Lavish Candy

Entertainment/Lighting: Carcano DJ Audio Visual & Lighting

Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

Photobooth: OC Pixie

 

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

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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:

http://www.theemotionpicturestudio.com/orange-county-weddings/oc-abc-april-meeting/

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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

 

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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
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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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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

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Best New or Refreshed Venue: Estate on 2nd 

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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*

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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

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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