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 Linen. Vive 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