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 Cott