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

April Meeting: “Master’s Panel” at Balboa Bay Resort

April 8, 2014

by Bethany Thomas, Commemory Fine Art

ABC-OC Communications Chair

They have inspired us with their work and the award winning “Master’s Panel” inspired us with their insights as they each shared their knowledge and experience with us.

But first, the evening started in the foyer of the Balboa Bay Resort with the incredible sounds of the quartet by Scott Cummings Music.

The conversation was flowing and gaining momentum (and volume) as everyone reconnected on the building of the wedding season and the happenings of the last month.

Once inside, we were greeted to a room that was transformed to a beachy cool scene that could have been the set of a trendy talk show with the gorgeous lighting and stage decor thanks to Found Rentals.

In recognition of 17 years of service in the wedding industry in bouquet preservation for brides, Marianne Besseling of Nature’s Beauty received a custom painting created by Bethany Thomas of Commemory Fine Art as a retirement gift from ABC-OC. Created with dried roses and ranunculus flowers with quotes from her clients and fabric from a wedding dress, it was a wonderful homage to the service Marianne has provided to her clients with such care and dedication that she can treasure always.

What did you take away from the Masters? Their marketing insights? Their thoughts on social media? Managing expectations? Where they find inspiration?

Here are some memorable sound bites as takeaways from each of them.  –

  • “Social media, word of mouth, venues, knocking on every hotels door in the beginning, doing all the shows, sponsoring everything, not saying no to opportunities that come to get your name out there.”
  • “Stay true to who you are and your style.”
  • “You never know what connection will lead you to.”
  • “Be nice to everyone and good things will happen.”
  • “Find your village – the people that get you and are excited about you.”
  • “Let vendors shine and do what they do.”
  • “Expectations are unreal sometimes with social media like Pinterest. Break it down up front on how things will go.”
  • “Be open to ask for help.”
  • “Use SCORE – they are retired business owners that are generous. Get expertise from the experienced.”
  • “Invest in ABC and your peers. It’s an amazing network of talented people.”

Enjoy the artful images by master photographer, Frank Salas



The Masters:

Honored Occasions, Steve Shanahan
Victor Sizemore Photography, Victor Sizemore
Design Visage, Caren Lazarus
Found Rentals, Jeni Maus
Kristin Banta Events, Kristin Banta
Nisie’s Enchanted Florist, Nisie Vorachard
Plug Wedding Films, Dan Douglas
Wildflower Linens, Youngsong Martin
Reverend Clint Hufft

Please like and follow our incredible sponsors:

Venue | Balboa Bay Resort
Flowers | Nisie’s Enchanted Florist
Stationery| Li’K Designs
DJ and Lighting | Carcano DJ
Linens | Wildflower Linens
Rentals | Found Rentals
Photography | Frank Salas Photography
String Quartet | Scott Cummings Music
Dessert | Amazing Cake Creations

When’s the next meeting? Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 13th is the All-Member Educational Meeting, at The Ranch Saloon 6:00pm-9:00pm. The topic is, “From Overwhelmed to Unstoppable” by Renee Strauss.

To join ABC-OC and get on our email list click here.

December: Holiday Gala & Trendsetter Awards – St. Regis Monarch Beach

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

2013 Holiday Gala & Trendsetter Awards

Highlight Video by Plug Wedding Films

What a beautiful evening of glitz and glamour at the ABC-OC Holiday Trendsetter Gala hosted by the St. Regis Monarch Beach!

View the Highlight Video by Plug Wedding Films

Did you feel like a celebrity on the red carpet with the MK Magnets paparazzi taking your photo? Get yours here!

Tray-passed h’orsdeurves signature cocktails and sushi swirled around us as the anticipation began to build about what gorgeous delights were behind the big white doors.

But first, did you take part in the slomo video by Elysium Productions? Take a look at the face slapping, glitter throwing, body twirling action!

The doors opened and  Square Root Designs blew us all away with the rich, lush layers of florals and sparkle as far, high and deep as the eyes could see .

Everyone stayed on the dance floor with Undercover Live – thank you Geoge and the band, wow!

Have you tried UBER for your safe ride home from your next holiday party? Up to $50.00 off for new users. Ride must be in Orange County – uber.com/go/uberoc Offer expires January 31, 2014.

Special thank you to our co-chairs Kevin Covey and Lindsay Longacre for two years of incredible beauty, creativity and education. Stacey Gitten for leading the efforts of the Trendsetter Committee and giving detailed recognition to all the winners and sponsors to make this a successful event. And a big thank you to everyone involved in the evening and all who donated.  Please see all the incredible sponsors below.

Now, for the natural, real and fun images by Joel and his team at Studio EMP!

“We have some of the best wedding talent in the country, right here in Orange County. Tonight we celebrate that talent.”

2013 ABC-OC Trendsetter Award Winners

Photos of the winning concepts will be posted here after the OC Register has published the winner’s submission in February –

Award: Best New Idea or Concept

To: Commemory Fine Art’s Bethany Thomas:

For: Wedding Artwork Décor for Rental or Purchase | www.bethany-thomas.com

 

Award: Best Overall Theme/Thematic Follow-Through

To: LVL Weddings & Events | http://lvlevents.com

For: Bermuda Nautical Wedding

 

Award: Best Tablescape

To: Natalie Good of A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production

For: Romance & Blush at The St. Regis | http://agoodaffair.com

 

Award: Best Design Transformation of Space

To: Absolutely Fabulous Events| http://www.absofab.net

For: Transformation of a rustic space to a contemporary wedding reception with a high-end nightclub vibe

 

Award: Best Supporting Event

To: Platinum Weddings by Kerrie Underhill  | http://www.platinumweddingsbykerrie.com

For: A one-of-a-kind California Lovin’ Welcome Party for the books!

 

Award: Best New Memento

To: Chic Productions by Wendy Dahl | http://www.chicproductions.com 

For: Wine Bottle Time Capsules

 

Award: Best Captured Moment

To: Frank Salas Photography | http://www.franksalas.com

For: Will Always Be Daddy’s Little Girl

 

Award: Best New Venue

To: Center Club: REINVENTED | http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Center-Club

 

 

Award: New Member of the Year

To: Kellie Migliaccio of FormDecor Modern Furniture Rental | http://formdecor.com

 

Award: Joanie Scott Award

To: Natalie Vishny of Swellegant Events | http://www.swellegant.com

 

Award: Coordinator of the Year

To: Paula Laskelle of Champagne Taste | http://www.champagnetaste.com

 

Award: Elevation of Industry

To: Caren Lazarus of Design Visage | http://www.designvisage.com

 

Award: Trendsetter of the Year

To: Larrissa Rehder of Inviting Occasion | http://www.invitingoccasion.com

 

Trendsetter Committee

 

Esteemed Panel of Judges

  • Abby Capalbo, Managing Editor of Style Me Pretty | www.stylemepretty.com
  • Nicole Gregory, Editorial Lead for Celebrations in Orange County Register | www.ocregister.com
  • And Rebecca Grinnals & Kathryn Arce, Founders of Engaging Concepts and the Engage Conference | www.engage13.com

Event Sponsors

St. Regis Monarch BeachOC Register Magazine | Copper Willow Paper StudioStudio EMPSquare Root DesignsPlug FilmsOne Hope WeddingsAkioni SushiMK MagnetsElysium ProductionsSignature Party RentalsUndercover Live Hire Elegance Furniture Rental |  La Tavola LinenElevated Pulse Production |  and Yummy Cupcakes

Gift Bags

The award winners’ gift bags were supported by B Toffee Bella BallroomBleu Cotton PhotographyEvents CliqueFrank Salas Photography|  HotShot Awards & Engraving |  Il FornaioJack Randall PhotographyJessica Elizabeth Photo & CinemaKendra Scott JewelryMastro’s Steakhouse, |  Skybox Productions | Recycled Moments/Holly Schoenke | The Bruery | Center Club | Tustin Ranch Golf Course | Yummy Cupcakes | and ZinGiBer Publishing/Barbara Wallace Weddings

ABC-OC Blogger/Communications Chair | Bethany Thomas | Commemory Fine Art

Start the new year off on the right foot – register to attend the first ABC-OC event of the year at Bella Collina in San Clemente. Mark your calendar for January 14th. Look for the email coming soon. See you there!

Not a member yet? Join today and attend our events at our member rates.

 

January: Starting the New Year Off Right with Cindy Novotny

January 8, 2013 Educational Event at the Hilton Costa Mesa

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

Members and guests started the new year off with a motivational shot in the arm with guest speaker Cindy Novotny last Tuesday night at our kick-off meeting of the year at the Hilton Costa Mesa.

“Cindy was awesome! What a great kick start to the New Year!!” – Veronica T.

“Thoroughly enjoyed it all! Thanks Kevin and Lindsay and all of the committee! – Steve M.

“Great ABC event tonight featuring Cindy Novotny – totally worth the time and money!  Thank you Kevin, Lindsay and everyone else who helped make this event a success!” – Katherine H.

“The food amazing. Sushi really good. Pasta station. Mashed potato bar. Really good dessert. 80-90 people.

Here are some key takeaways that Cindy had for the group:

One-on-One Relationships with People. Getting to know people on a deeper level is so important. Stretch to go beyond the surface.

Social Media. We need to be careful about what we put out there. She gave an example of a planner she knows that tweeted about a bridezilla client of hers. It’s not the forum to vent about clients when prospective clients are reading. Also, be careful about how much information we put out there. Don’t give all our trade secrets away and have people think they can just do the service on their own.

Goal Setting. There’s nothing like getting what you want to accomplish on paper. Hold yourself responsible. If you don’t have a business plan, write down for example how many weddings or what kind of revenue you’d like to generate this year and how you are going to accomplish your goals.

The Relationsip Doesn’t End with the Wedding, Client or Not. Be sure to say thiank you to your clients with as simple as a thank you note. And even if a bride didn’t book you, follow up with them to see how their wedding and honeymoon were. You may find that they wish they booked you and will refer their friends and family to you for taking the time.

Keep Your Value. It’s easy to be taken advantage of by clients asking for a lower price. Hold your value. You’re worth it.


Thank you sponsors for your wonderful services!

Venue | Hilton Orange County Costa Mesa | www.hilton.com
DJ | Invisible Touch Events | www.invisibletouchevents.com
Florist | FlowerFusion  | www.flowerfusion.net
Sushi  | Akioni Catering | www.akioni.com
Paper Goods  | Cherish Paperie | www.cherishpaperie.com
Photography  | Happy Photos | www.happyphotos.com
Videography | Perryfield Films | www.perryfieldfilms.com

Mark your calendars for the next two ABC-OC events:

– Tuesday, February 12th at Scott’s Restaurant – For coordinators only, this will have an officiant’s panel

– Tuesday, March 12rh – This will be an open event. Venue TBD

Why Join ABC-OC? Take a look at this video by Perryfield Films recorded from this event, dedicated to our friend Tasos Tsirtsis:

Look for registration information via email and on our Facebook page. See you there!

Not a member yet? Join today and attend our events at our member rates.

October Coordinator Progressive Luncheon: OC Mart Mix at SOCO

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 – OC Mart Mix Courtyard at SOCO

DREAM. CREATE. IMAGINE. INSPIRE.

Making couple’s dreams come true is what we do. And this progressive luncheon was designed to deliver creative experiences for coordinators to draw inspiration for them.

The afternoon started with checking in at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity where the open and large space delighted the senses with cartoon characters we all knew and loved. As everyone moved the the courtyard to mingle outside, we strolled through B Bride and Design Visage where refreshing cocktails and h’dourves were served on this hot late summer day. Now available at B Bride is the Jenny Yoo collection of bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses with all the gorgeous accessories and talent to create a bride’s look like they had their very own personal stylist. A fun surprise was having DV artists give everyone a lip look for Fall that everyone really enjoyed.

The tables were designed for an afternoon tea with blush, ivory and white. Delicate lace linens provided by Wildflower Linen created a dreamy effect accented with the beautifully textured glass and tableware provided by Archive Vintage Rentals. The florals were filled with roses and orchids by White Sakuras. Eight randomly selected guests received the table art that complemented the decor in lieu of table numbers. Hand-painted by Bethany Thomas of Commemory Fine Art in the theme of the luncheon’s colors and names, the artwork became memorable keepsakes for guests to take home.

Culinary creations by Christopher Garren provided everyone with food combinations with the finest ingredients from scratch. Once especially delightful that so many raved about was his cucumber, onion and mint salad that was refreshing in a sweet and savory way. As everyone enjoyed lunch, the sounds of Marieve Herington Band and Dirty Sugar set the smooth sounds for new and old friends to catch up.

The afternoon concluded with a tour of Wildflower Linen by Youngsong Martin where our senses were filled with sumptuous colors, textures and delicious dessert – wedding cake varieties by Christopher Garren.

 

Special thanks to our hosts and sponsors –

Check-In Venue | Chuck Jones Center for Creativity | www.chuckjonescenter.org

Luncheon Venue | OC Mart Mix courtyard at SOCO | www.southcoastcollection.com

Catering | Christopher Garren | www.christophergarrens.com

Linens | Wildflower Linens | www.wildflowerlinens.com

Tabletop Rentals | Archive Vintage Rentals | www.archivevintagerentals.com

Hair and Makeup | Design Visage | www.designvisage.com

Bridal Accessories | B Bride | www.bbridestudio.com

Photography | Pure Love Photography | www.purelovephotography.com

Music | Marieve Herington Band | www.themarieveheringtonband.com

Music | Dirty Sugar | www.dirtysugarmusic.com

Florist | White Sakuras | www.whitesakuras.com

Table Art | Commemory Fine Art by Bethany | www.bethany-thomas.com

Paper Goods | Hot Shot Industries

July All-Member Meeting: Mastro’s Steakhouse

July 10, 2012 Event

by Bethany Thomas, Commemory Fine Art

The evening began behind in Costa Mesa by the Orange County Performing Arts Center at Mastro’s Steakhouse  in the Noguchi Garden. Most of us didn’t know such beauty existed in Costa Mesa let alone host a modern and California enriched wedding ceremony in this outdoor sculpture. Commissioned by Henry Segerstrom in 1979 and completed in 1982, Noguchi Garden is recognized as one of the country’s preeminent sculpture gardens and the most vital publicly accessible outdoor sculpture oasis in Southern California. Situated on 1.6 acres, the garden in its design symbolizes various geographical characteristics in California, incorporating indigenous plants and materials. Six principal elements comprise California Scenario: “Forest Walk,” “Land Use,” “Desert Land,” “Water Source,” “Water Use” and “Energy Fountain” captured beautifully by Ron and Gabrielle of Ron Levy Photography.

Owned by the Irvine Company, Mastro’s Steakhouse takes reservations for events in the Noguchi Garden and the site fee for the property is $500. The garden is open to the public so if you’d like to grab your Nook or meet a client there, feel free.

We were immersed in what family and friends would experience with a wedding hosted there, with a ceremony set up beneath the “Forest Walk,” champagne, delicious tray-passed h’orderves (the crab stuffed mushroom caps were a favorite) and cocktail reception with the cool sounds of Brian and Mike. The decor was bright and summery and the uber cool lounge furniture by Lounge Appeal was the perfect ensemble for guests to relax and chat.

For the second half of the event, our group of approximately 100 people were led through Mastro’s romantically lit ambiance where the impressive display of fine wines sparkled in what appeared to be the walls of the restaurant as we walked upstairs to a beautiful ensemble of lighting and decor. Without a doubt, a big highlight of the evening was the food. From the decadent mac and cheese to meticulously made sushi and let’s not forget the seafood tower with the largest shrimp I think I’ve ever seen (that disappeared in the blink of an eye).

John Goolsby of Godfather Films and California state coordinator and membership director for ABC reminded everyone about registration for this year’s annual ABC conference ‘Business of Brides’ themed ‘Diamonds & Denim’ November 11-13 in Denver. The cutoff for regular registration is September 15th. Late registration is an additional $90.00 after that.

Stacy Gitten of Hitching Post P.R. and Trendsetter Chair of the ABC-OC gala this winter gave an update about this year’s awards and updates to the nomination process. Stay tuned for communications about how and when to nominate for these prestigious awards. Be recognized for all your innovative work for your clients! For more information, visit the website at, http://abc-oc.net/trendsetters/

 

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Don’t miss the next event held on Tuesday September 11th at the Wyndham Orange County. We will have a panel of brides to get insights on their experiences and vendor selection process. Click here for the event calendar and bookmark it!

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hank You Sponsors!

Venue | Mastro’s Steakhouse & Noguchi Garden | www.mastrosrestaurants.com
Photographer | Ron Levy Photography | www.ronlevyphotography.com
Florist | Lei of Love | www.leioflove.com
Musicians | Brian & Mike www.brianstodart.com
Rentals | Lounge Appeal, Inc. | www.loungeappeal.com
Rentals | Baker Party Rentals | www.bakerrentals.com
Cake | Cakes by Joe | www.cakesbyjoe.blogspot.com
Linens | La Tavola Linen | www.latavolalinen.com
Paper Goods | Li’K Designs | www.li-kcustominvitations.com
DJ | Invisible Touch | www.invisibletouchdj.com
Photo Booth | The Fotomatic Photo Booth | www.thefotomatic.com

June Coordinator Luncheon: Five Crowns

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

Five Crowns, the host of the June ABC-OC coordinator luncheon, is a charming replica of one of England’s oldest country inns and a Corona del Mar landmark. The venue offers warm hospitality and cozy fireplaces set among authentic antiques and period paintings. We all enjoyed the sunlit Greenhouse and colorful English garden where the event took place. We experienced the award-winning food and wine, exceptional service and distinctive style that have made Five Crowns by Lawry’s a dining destination since 1965.

The theme of the event coordinated by Kerri Hatter Weddings & Events was inspired by the ferns in the greenhouse and the new herb garden where ceremonies take place. It was a gorgeous feast for the eyes where each element was hand-picked to complement each other. “Everything matches perfectly,” said Barbi Walters of Bluebirds PCH. From the blue and tan burlap linens by Designer Specialty Linens, to the florals by French Buckets – it all coordinated beautifully.

An unexpected detail were the thoughtful and creative gifts provided by Tasha with AmpersandInk Designs, the paper goods sponsor. Tasha packaged up a delightfully printed recipe/thank you card on seed paper with the avocado mash recipe that was served at Five Crowns. Behind the card was a wooden spreader with a perfectly ripe avocado in a crisp white bag!

There was so much helpful information provided at the event by the speakers. Here are just a few highlights –

John Goolsby | Godfather Films | ABC State Coordinator – The Association of Bridal Consultants ‘Business of Brides” national conference Nov. 11-13 in Denver, Colorado

Kevin Covey | Kevin’s Parties– Highlights from Engage!12 Summit like how to speak to ‘Millenials’ – “necessity vs. luxury.” Everything is necessary!

Laurel Mungo | Mon Amie Bridal Salon – How to be prepared for brides when emergencies happen. Like how to fix a torn gown in a pinch to getting lipstick and wine stains out of the dress. Laurel encourages all planners to get a tour of their 20,000 square foot salon to see all the designers available at the salon and to meet their expert team of consultants.

Friar Tux – Bowties are coming back! 10 years ago they were worn 2% of the time. Now they are at 30% and rising! Plus, Friar Tux has a referral program just for planners.

 

Couples, their families and friends can enjoy a full-service experience at Five Crowns with the entire space giving everyone the feel that they are in a private English home. In the same space is SideDoor, an English style, neighborhood gastropub. And upstairs has private rooms where the bride and groom can get ready with their bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Thank you sponsors for your amazing services!

Venue | Five Crowns and Side Door | www.lawrysonline.com/five-crowns
Speaker & Bridal Gowns | Mon Amie Bridal Salon & Amy Michelson | www.monamie.com
Speaker | Friar Tux | www.friartux.com
Photography | Diandra Ann Photography | www.diandraann.com
Florist |  French Buckets | www.frenchbuckets.com
Linens | Designer Specialty Linens | www.designerspecialtylinens.com
Musicians | Del Lago Trio | www.dellagotrio.com
Paper Goods |  AmpersandInk Designs | www.ampersandinkdesigns.com

Don’t miss the July ABC-OC all member meeting on July 10th at Mastros Steakhouse South Coast Plaza. Register today.

February Coordinator Meeting: “The Bright Way to I Do”

by Bethany Thomas, Commemory Fine Art

The first ABC-OC coordinator luncheon of the year called “The Bright Way to I Do” illuminated many things that day. The first was a glowing hidden treasure in Laguna Beach called Hotel Seven4One on PCH just south of Forest Avenue. The Hotel Seven4One, a 12 room private address that guests can call their very own beach house while they host their guests and event in contemporary and thoughtfully designed spaces: the Euro-chic lobby lounge, urban courtyard, breathtaking sun deck, and relaxed yet totally wired guest rooms and suites. There was a real buzz about the one-way mirror in the master suite’s shower overlooking the ocean. You can see the manatees but they can’t see you!


Video Created by The Emotion Picture Studio: http://www.theemotionpicturestudio.com/

The brightness in spirit and mood were apparent as the coordinators were greeted by ABC-OC Co-Directors, Lindsay Longacre and Kevin Covey with lovely flutes of champagne and the light, mellow and hopeful sounds of singer, songwriter and acoustic guitar player Kevin Miso.

Calli Traub with The Event Company shed light on the importance of lighting to set the mood and give photographers a smile from ear to ear with a gorgeous landscape for their clients.  Yes, these shots are from Hotel Seven4One. An unbelievable transformation of the space with light and color. Photographer Kristina Lee agrees, “It’s so important to have great lighting like The Event Company provides. It makes my job much easier.”

The food was sensational and the desserts from A Wish and a Whisk melted in our mouths. The creativity of each delicious morsel was stunning to look at and a delight to the senses. It was hard to tell where the flowers from Empora Flora began and the desserts ended because they were so perfectly designed together. I heard many say things like, “what ooey goodness stuffed in that strawberry!?”

As you can tell from the beautiful detail shots from Kristina Lee Photography that it was Valentine’s Day. From the whimsical touches of the decor, florals, desserts, paper goods by Jessica Lam, music plus the reds and pinks everyone was wearing, love was in the air. The love of weddings, the friendship between members and comradery of creating beautiful memories for people’s union of love.

 

 

Thank you to all the sponsors who made this beautiful event, beautiful! Please visit their websites and ‘like’ their pages for more information and ongoing updates about their services:

Venue | Hotel Seven4One | www.hotelseven4one.com

Speaker | The Event Co. | www.eventcompanyoc.com

Video | The Emotion Picture Studio | http://www.theemotionpicturestudio.com/

Photography | Kristina Lee Photography | www.kristinaleephotography.com

Rentals | Signature Party Rentals | http://signatureparty.com/

Florist | Empora Flora | www.emporaflora.com

Papergoods | Jessica Lam | www.jesslam.com

Lighting | The Event Co. | www.eventcompanyoc.com

Music | Kevin Miso | www.kevinmiso.com

Dessert/Sweets | A Wish and a Whisk | www.awishandawhisk.com

2011 Annual Trendsetter Awards & Holiday Gala

by Bethany Thomas, Commemory Fine Art

In a word, the 2011 Third Annual ABC-OC Trendsetter Awards Gala on December 13th, 2011 at Disney’s Californian Hotel was sensational and spectacular. Okay, that’s two words but not nearly enough to describe the talent and fun had in one place celebrating literally the ‘trend setters’ in the wedding industry in Orange County.

Greeted by Jan Wilder of Flower Fusion on the step and repeat photographed by Studio EMP set the scene for the spectacular evening that was ahead for members and guests.

Members enjoyed cocktails and a wonderful selection of tray-passed hors d’oeuvres and live music as they greeted their friends and colleagues for the first time that evening at the welcome reception. And Mickey and Minnie were dressed in their holiday best to take photos with guests, taken by White Rabbit Photo Boutique!

 

Following the welcome reception, members were then invited into the ballroom where they were welcomed by a room filled with white twinkle lights, greens and golds with a splash of deep pink and red. The flowers were stunning yet creatively whimsical by Flowers by Cina. Beautifully rustic square tables by Classic Party Rentals provided intimate seating for guests.  Li’K Designs provided creative menus and programs for guests to follow the events of the evening.  Barker Décor Service provided a beckoning dance floor while the team at Our Wedding Dance showed everyone how they can look like Fred and Ginger with their graceful talent.

The premium accommodations, rich dining experience and service provided by Disney’s Californian Hotel provided was simply wonderful. Highlights included three cheese ravioli hearts, slow braised prime beef short rib and a romantic salad.

Lisa Moon, the association’s Co-Director of Administration recognized the ABC-OC 2011 Steering Committee for all of their hard work:

Stacey Gitten (Ambassador Chair), Kathy Jo Peterson (Trendsetter Chair), John Goolsby (Communications Chair), Michelle Tortuya (Co-Director Programs) and Kelly Feeney (Co-Director Communication) – many of whom’s faces were flawless thanks to make-up by Flawless Faces!

Following Lisa’s acknowledgements, Kathy Jo Peterson presented the 2011 Trendsetter Awards! Congratulations winners on your achievement –

Best New Food Concept, Presentation or Display | Catherine Joanne Cakes | www.catherinejoannecakes.com

 

Best New Concept | SoCal Officiant | www.socalofficiant.com

 

Best New Memento | Godfather Films | www.godfatherfilms.com

 

Best Introduction or Final | Once Upon a Time Weddings | www.onceuponatimeweddings.com

Best New Decor Under $50,000 | High Society Wedding & Event Planning | www.highsocietyeventplanning.com

Best New Decor Over $50,000 | LVL Weddings & Events | www.lvlevents.com

 

Best Captured Moment | Jim Kennedy Photography | www.jimkennedyphotographers.com

 

Members Choice | Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort/Waterfront Weddings | www.waterfrontresort.com

 

Trendsetter of the Year Honors Award | Barbara Wallace | www.bwallaceweddings.com

 

 

 

The celebration continued with decadent desserts featured at the creme brulee station and crepe station.  Brew Haha‘s coffee cart was on-demand with custom made cappucino and lattes to fire up guests energy level for Undercover Live Entertainment who provided a 7-person band offering guests hip, fresh, professional and exclusive live entertainment to dance the night away.

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all the sponsors who made the magical night possible by donating their products and services. Please visit their websites and ‘like’ their pages for more information:

Beverage | Adult Chocolate Milk | www.adultchocolatemilk.com

Coffee Service | Brew HaHa | www.brewhaha.com

Dance Floor | Barker Decor Service | www.barkerdecorservice.com

Entertainment | Undercover Live Entertainment | www.undercoverlive.com

DJ/Lighting | Invisible Touch | www.invisibletouchdj.com

Florals | Flowers by Cina | www.flowersbycina.com

Furniture | Classic Party Rentals | www.classicpartyrentals.com

Make-up | Flawless Faces | www.flawlessfacesinc.com

Programs | Li’K Designs | www.li-kcustominvitations.com

Photography | Studio EMP | www.studioemp.com

Photo Booth | White Rabbit Photo Boutique | www.whiterabbitphotoboutique.com

Venue | Disney’s Californian Hotel | www.disneyland.disney.go.com/grand-californian-hotel 

 

Trendsetter Award Swag Bag Sponsors:

Adult Chocolate Milk | www.adultchocolatemilk.com

Candee by Sandee | www.candeebysandee.com

Classic Party Rentals | www.classicpartyrentals.com

Commemory Fine Art | www.bethany-thomas.com

Disney Fairy Tale Weddings | www.disneyweddings.disney.go.com

El Adobe Capistrano | www.eladobedecapistrano.com

El Canito Cigar | www.thecigarrollers.net

Flower Fusion | www.flowerfusion.net

Itty Bitty Sweets | www.ittybittysweets.com

Kathy Joe Peterson Weddings & Events | www.weddingsbykathy.com

Mary Dann Weddings and Events | www.marydann.com

Our Wedding Dance | www.ourweddingdance.com

S&A Jewelry | www.safashions.com

Signature Events by Tania | www.signatureeventsbytania.com 

Trader Joes | www.traderjoes.com