March All-Member Meeting: “Appy Hour” at Hotel Menage

March 11, 2014 at Hotel Menage
by ABC-OC Communications Chair, Bethany Thomas of Commemory Fine Art

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, check check check check.

Red Stamp, Google Drive, Animoto Video, Flipboard, what?…wow wow wow wow.

A specialty slushy yummy drink with a kick and hand made ice cream – both made with liquid nitrogen that are as entertaining to watch as they are as delicious to eat? Wow.

Dinner appetizers in all 4 corners of the room that were as fun as the apps we learned about during “Appy Hour” – Yum!

The apps were hand picked to help everyone sreamline our workflow, simplify our life and have fun doing it!

About Our Speaker, Jessica Bodas – Jessica, Jessica Bodas Photography, has been a wedding photographer for over seven years.  She loves photography and has recently challenged herself by switching predominantly to film photography.  What you might not know about her is that she is also a digital technology coach for Tustin Unified School District.  Since Jessica is in the wedding industry, her understanding firsthand of our challenges gave us fantastic insight into her knowledge of technology to help us all!

All the apps and information Jessica talked about have been skillfully put on this website by her for us – thanks Jessica!

Here is the highlight video from Lighthouse Studios, Password: abc

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Our Sponsors

Thank you to our talented and generous sponsors! Please like and follow them –

Venue | Hotel Menage
Coordination | A Good Affair
Speaker | Jessica Bodas | Jessica Bodas Photography
Entertainment | Just Imagine Entertainment
Photography | Bowtie and Bloom | Instagram: @bowtieandbloom
Videography | Lighthouse Studios
Florist | French Buckets | Instagram: @frenchbuckets
Stationery | Darla Marie Designs | Instagram @darlamariedesigns
Specialty Ice Cream and Frozen Cocktails |  Nitrodreams
Rentals | Classic Party Rentals | Instagram @classicpartyrentalsoc
Linens | Designer Specialty Linens | Instagram @dslinens

Don’t miss the next event on April 8th – it’s the “Master’s Panel” and sure to sell out. You can register here.

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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 |
Speaker & Bridal Gowns | Mon Amie Bridal Salon & Amy Michelson |
Speaker | Friar Tux |
Photography | Diandra Ann Photography |
Florist |  French Buckets |
Linens | Designer Specialty Linens |
Musicians | Del Lago Trio |
Paper Goods |  AmpersandInk Designs |

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