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.

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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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