June ABC-OC Coordinators Meeting with Life:Styled Boutique Travel Concierge

June 10, 2014
By Bethany Thomas, Commemory Fine Art
ABC-OC Communications Chair

The afternoon in June was warm and cozy at the Beachcomber Cafe in Crystal Cove for ABC-OC coordinators to hear some great travel and concierge tips from the Life:Styled Group!

Life:Styled Group is a Los Angeles based boutique travel concierge ranging from personal and corporate travel, to full-scale concierge services and event facilitation. Life:Styled is able to provide premier travel services like preferred rates, amenities and perks as well as room upgrades and resort credits for their clients.

The coordinators experienced one of the beautiful lunches at a wonderful destination thanks to our sponsors…

Thank you sponsors for creating such a beautiful experience!

Venue | The Beachcomber Cafe at Crystal Cove
Coordination | A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production
Photography | KLK Photography
Entertainment | Del Lago Trio
Rentals | Found Vintage Rentals
Rentals | Signature Party Rentals
Flowers | Square Root Designs
Favors | Parchment Cookies

When’s the next meeting? Tuesday, July 8th, 2014: All-Member Meeting at the Civic Center, Newport Beach, 6pm-9pm.

TOPIC: Catering Manager Panel – See more at: http://abc-oc.net/event-calendar/upcoming-event/#sthash.D8xztEd9.dpuf

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June: Coordinator Beauty Luncheon

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 – Found Vintage Rentals

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

The June Coordinator Meeting was all about fashion by Leslie Christen, personal fashion stylist. Plus beauty tips and demonstrations by Design Visage!

Leslie encouraged everyone to ‘know your style’ and provided tips on wardrobe and shoe brands she trusts with some simple and insightful tips like having quality foundation pieces to accessorize with fun necklaces, blouses and shoes.

Caren Lazarus, Summer Giaquinta and the Design Visage team encouraged everyone to start with the right foundation as well – whether it’s the first application of hair product to the primer we use under our makeup…the foundation to long-lasting beauty for 12 hour days starts with great products. And they gave us so many brands and easy ideas. Like for your hair, volumizing powder, dry shampoo and pomade are must-haves!

Hosted by Found Vintage Rentals, Jeni Maus and her team gave us creatively cool venue with a crafted collage of furniture, decor and whimsical, lush florals by The Bloom of Time. There was just so much to see from Found, hear from the Anthony Garcia live music, and taste with a delicious lunch provided by Sundried Tomato Cafe.

Thank you to all the sponsors for making this event one to remember!

Venue | Found Vintage Rentals | www.foundrentals.com
Catering | Sundried Tomato | www.sundriedtomatocafe.com
Florals | The Bloom of Time | www.thebloomoftime.com
Photography | Studio EMP | www.studioemp.com
Live Music | Anthony Garcia | www.agarciaguitar.com
Personal Fashion Stylist | Leslie Christen | www.lesliechristenblog.com
Beauty | Design Visage | www.designvisage.com
Paper Goods | Calligraphy by Katrina | www.calligraphykatrina.com
Favor/Desserts | Patty’s Cakes and Desserts | www.pattys-cakes.com
Rentals | Classic Party Rentals OC | www.classicpartyrentals.com


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December Holiday Gala & Trendsetter Awards: Rancho Las Lomas

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

2012 Holiday Gala & Trendsetter Awards

“What a beautiful night it was at the ABC-OC Holiday Trendsetter Gala. Larrissa Rehder with Inviting Occasions and Jeni Maus with Found Vintage Rentals knocked it out of the ballpark with the cozy winter-lodge decor. Jeannie Lawrence and Kara Felton and Brett Lawrence with Rancho Las Lomas graciously hosted us while 24 Carrots Catering truly created a 5 star dining experience. Thanks to Gini Garner of Gini Garner Events for creating a beautiful gift tree and those that adorned the tree with gift cards for DJ Tasos who is battling cancer it was much appreciated!  A big thank you to all involved and who donated!  A shout out to  all our Trendsetter Award Winners and our Trendsetter of the year Jeni Maus with Found, our honored coordinator award to Sharon Gall, Once Upon a Time Weddings and Susan MacDonald our Joanie Scott recipient. Thank you to Lindsay Longacre, LVL Weddings & Events and Stacey Gitten, Hitching Post Public Relations, for making this a truly successful event!”

                        – Kevin Covey, ABC-OC Co-Chair, Kevin Covey Wedding & Event Coordination

Enjoy the glorious photography by Joseph Martinez Photography. Be sure to see the entire gallery at the bottom of the post…

Stacey Gitten of Hitching Post Public Relations said it best, “We have some of the best wedding talent in the country, right here in Orange County. Tonight was all about celebrating that talent.”

2012 ABC-OC Trendsetter Award Winners

Best New Idea or Concept
Plug Wedding Films – Dan Douglas & Matt Givot

Best New Food Concept, Presentation, or Display
24 Carrots Catering

Best New Memento
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings

Best Captured Moment
Frank Salas Photography

Best Tablescape
Kelsey Events

Best Overall Theme / Thematic Follow Through
Intertwined Events

Best Design Transformation of Space
by Kerri Hatter Weddings & Events

Members’ Choice
Chic Productions

New Member of the Year
Tim Espinosa Entertainment

Joanie Scott Award:
Coordinator of the Year

Sharon Gall, Once Upon a Time Weddings

Elevation of Industry
Wendy Dahl, Chic Productions

Trendsetter of the Year
Jeni Maus, Found Vintage Rentals

Trendsetter Committee


Trendsetter Awards’ Judges


Event Sponsors
Our event could not be possible without our generous sponsors:

24 Carrots Catering and Events | www.24carrots.com
Allison Kate Invitations and Stationery | www.allison-kate.com
Classic Party Rentals | www.classicpartyrentals.com
Elevated Pulse | www.elevatedpulsepro.com
Found Vintage Rentals | www.vintage-rentals.com
Godfather Films | www.godfatherfilms.com
Inviting Occasion | http://www.invitingoccasion.com/
Joe Martinez Photography | http://www.joseph-martinez.com/
Mi Media AV | www.mimediaproductions.com
Napa Valley Linens | www.nvlinens.com
OneHope Weddings | www.onehopeweddings.com
Pharmacie LA | www.pharmaciela.com
Venue and Lighting | Rancho Las Lomas | www.rancholaslomas.com
Shane Jordan Entertainment | http://jme.la
Special Parking Services
The Ticket Kitchen | www.theticketkitchen.com
Gift Card Tree for the Tsirtis Family Donated by Gini Garner www.ginigarnerevents.com

Swag Bag Donors
A sincere thank you to our generous donors who have made the award winners’ gift bags so fabulous (and envious):

Great Officiants, Alan Katz | www.greatofficiants.com
Bottega Louie | www.bottegalouie.com
Rock Me Up Makeup Studio & Spa, Britney Moya | www.rockmeup.com
Commemory Fine Art by Bethany Thomas | www.bethany-thomas.com
Copper Willow Paper Studio | www.copperwillow.com
Design Visage | www.designvisage.com
Erika’s Elegance, Erika Bowers | www.erikaselegance.com
FlowerFusion | www.flowerfusion.net
Hilton Costa Mesa
Godfather Films, John Goolsby | www.godfatherfilms.com
Mastro’s Steakhouse Costa Mesa
ONEHOPE Wine | www.onehopewine.com
Recycled Moments, Holly Schoenke
Superfine Bakery | www.superfinebakery.com
Ticket Chocolate | www.theticketkitchen.com
Two’s a Party | www.twosaparty.com
WineStraws | www.winestraws.com
ZinGiBer Publishing / Barbara Wallace Weddings | www.bwallaceweddings.com

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, with  world renown speaker, Cindy Novotny! Mark your calendar for January 8th. See you there!

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December Holiday Gala and 2010 Trendsetter Awards

by  Lisa Moon

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December 14, 2010 turned out to be a night to remember as members joined us at the prestigious Richard Nixon Library to honor fellow members for the 2010 Second Annual Trendsetter Awards Gala!

As members arrived they were greeted by Lauren Hillary who snapped photos of them dressed in their best attire.  Members then were able to enjoy specialty drinks and an impressive hors d’oeuvre display prepared by Jason’s Catered Events.  Members also enjoyed sipping on sparkling wine displayed in Custom Champagne Bottles provided by Moreno BHLV Sparkling Wine. To enhance the festivities of the welcome reception…Now Flip This provided a new twist to a photo booth…flip books!

Following the welcome reception, members were then invited into the Ballroom where they were welcomed by warm colors of champagne, gold and pink.  White Wedding Day Events linen was wonderfully accented with Art With Nature and The Blooming Branch’s beautiful floral designs along with Found Vintage Furniture and Invitation Design Studio’s creative menus and programs!  And to finish off the well dressed ballroom, Barker Décor Service provided a unique colored dance floor, Ice Bulb provided a fun ice sculpture and The Event Company provided an elegant backdrop for the stage, and enhanced lighting for the room.

To start the evening off DJ Tasos invited the ABC-OC Co-Directors

Lisa Moon, Michelle Tortuya and Kelly Feeney to the stage where they welcomed the members to this wonderful and exciting evening!  At this time the ABC-OC 2010 Steering Committee was appreciated and thanked for all of their hard work for the 2010 year:

Linda Ly (Communications Chair), George Taverna (Communications Subcommittee), Marianne Besseling (Ambassador Chair), Samuel Gonzalez (Ambassador Subcommittee) Stacey Gitten (Programs Chair), Lindsay Longacre (Programs Subcommittee), Natalie Vishney (Programs Subcommittee), Sandy Shirgaokar (Programs Subcommittee), Cori Sponagle (programs Subcommittee) and Tania Aguayo (Membership/ Database Chair).

To follow the welcome of the evening, Kathy Jo Peterson was then introduced to present the 2010 Trendsetter Awards!  At this time, Kathy Jo also recognized the judges who conducted blind judging to honor these trendsetter members.  Much thanks to our judges…Barbra Wallace, Jean Picard, Thea Lignos-Hargrove and Summer Watkins.  And the winners are…drum roll please…

Best New Concept, iDoCam

Best Overall Decor, Sharon Gall with Once Upon a Time Weddings

Best Tablescape, Larrissa Rehder with Inviting Occasion

Best New Momento, Lisa Moon with Lisa Moon Events

Best Captured Moment, Joel Maus with Studio EMP

Best Introduction, Nellie Mun, Pleasant Surprise Events

Best New Food Presentation, Michelle Tortuya with The Charming Little Event Company

Congratulations Trendsetters!!!

Following the Awards Ceremony, members enjoyed roasted corn chowder soup and a turkey entree served and prepared by Jason’s Catered Events.  What always follows dinner…dessert!!!

Members were introduced to new dessert concepts provided by Sensational Treats (nitrogen ice cream), Cake Walk Dessert ((Pie Pops and Cookies) and Dough A Deer Donuts (Mimi Donuts)…yummy!!

For the remainder of the evening…members enjoyed each others company dancing the evening away to Jordan Music Entertainment’s Band and Smoking Hand Rolled Cigars by El Canito Cigar Events! What a great way to end another fantastic ABC-OC year!

Special Thanks to Our Participating Vendors:

The Richard Nixon Library

Lauren Hillary Photography

Art With Nature

The Blooming Branch

Barker Décor Service

Found Vintage Rentals

Signature Party Rentals

White Wedding Day Events

The Event Company

DJ Tasos

Jordan Music Entertainment

Jason’s Catered Events

Cake Walk Desserts

Dough A Deer

Sensational Treats

Ice Bulb

El Canito Cigar Events

Now Flip This