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.

October 2010 Vendor Fair at the Promenade & Gardens

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It was all about the vendors on October 12th, 2010 at the Promenade & Gardens by Turnip Rose.  ABC-OC held its second Vendor Fair of the year, keeping it small and roomy for vendors and other members.  Guests were greeted to a specialty pomegranate martini upon arrival to the venue, and then received a quick self-tour of the interior.  Outside, we had entertainment provided by Celebrations Mobile DJ, Photobooth Pro, Epod, and Flip books Party Favors.  These were all a big hit.

An ice sculpture prominently displayed ABC’s logo with a hint of blue at the entrance to the gardens.  Vendors were ready to meet & greet our guests.

After some mingling and catching up, Turnip Rose staff announced a most delicious array of food stations, from pasta to Asian cuisine.  Delicious!

It was wonderful to see the support of the ABC-OC vendors, as well as members that came out to say hello.  Thank you to everyone who joined us for a night of mingling, networking and learning about the many talented members we have through ABC-OC.

Our donating vendors:

Venue: Promenade & Gardens

Favor: EPOD

Flowers: Flowers by Cina

Heaters: Signature Party Rentals

Ice Sculpture: Carving Ice

Linens: Fusion Linens

Music/DJ: Celebrations Mobile DJ

Paper goods: Sugar Press

Photography: Maria Longhi

Tables: Classic Party Rentals

Our participating vendors:

Ameriprise

Barbara Wallace

Buca Di Beppo – Anaheim

Calligraffiti

Carcano DJ

Carving Ice

Celebrations Mobile DJ

Classic Party Rentals

Designer Specialty Linens

Dove Canyon

Epod

Fantasy Florals

Flipbook Party Favors

Flower Fusion

Frank Salas

Friar Tux

Fusion Linens

Godfather Films

Good Shepherd Church

Green Effect

Hyatt Huntington Beach

Itty Bitty Sweets

Just a Bite Cake Pops

Live Beautifully Balanced

Margaret’s Cleaners

Nature’s Beauty

Photobooth Pro

Promenade & Gardens

Rohmer Video

Signature Party Rentals

So Cal Officiant

Studio EMP

Sugar Press

The Event Consultants

Vantage Point Productions

White Flight Dove Release