February Coordinator Luncheon: Officiant Panel at Scott’s Restaurant & Bar

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 – Scott’s Restaurant & Bar

Saying “I Do” with Great Officiants.

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

It was two days before Valentine’s Day and the bridal consultants of ABC-OC got prepared for wedding ceremonies with the sights of bright and beautiful springtime flowers by Three Petals, the sounds of classical music by the Los Angeles Quartet, and a content rich seminar. We learned from the top Wedding Officiants in the industry about all the ins and outs and do’s and dont’s of different types of religious, non-religious ceremonies, and everything about the marriage license process.

The Panel of Experts:

Alan Katz/Great Officiants | Reverend Clint Hufft | Rabbi Barry Tuchman | Father Brian Delvaux

The panel provided extremely insightful information. Some highlights include answers to the following questions:

– Do you know the difference between a public and a confidential marriage license? That if it’s public, anyone has access to the couple’s information like their mother’s maiden name?
– Do you know how long a marriage license is good for as it has an expiration date?
– Did you know a marriage license can be issued minutes before the ceremony but if it isn’t issued, the couple is not legally married?
– Have you witnessed the marriage license process? If not, our panel highly recommends it to get a real feel for it.
– Every wedding is different, just like every couple is different and no two ceremonies are the same?
– “I Do’s” were arrived at to show consent by both parties?

If you missed it, feel free to contact the panel if you need information for your couples. And contact Alan Katz to sit in on the confidential marriage licnese process with one of his couples.


New this year to ABC-OC – attend every event and receive a fabulous prize! Questions? Ask Kevin Covey or Lindsay Longacre.

In the words of Rabbi Barry, “An Ichad Moment is the ‘a ha!’ when all our energy is focused and everything is realized at that moment.” On behalf of everyone who attended, thank you Rabbi Barry and our panel for giving us that understanding of clarity in the importance of what we do for our couples.

A heart felt thank you to our sponsors:

Venue | Scott’s Restaurant & Bar | www.scottsrestaurantandbar.com
Music | Los Angeles Quartet |   www.LosAngelesQuartet.com
Florals | Three Petals | www.threepetals.com
Photography | Brian Leahy Photography | www.brianleahyphoto.com
Paper Products | Polka Dot Weekend | www.polkadotweekend.com
Sweets | Ditzie Cakes | www.ditziecakes.com
Linens | Fusion Linens | www.fusionlinens.com

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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 | 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.