2014 Trendsetter Awards Gala at The Island Hotel, Newport Beach

Event Date: Wednesday, 12.10.14

Congratulations to everyone on providing the very best the wedding industry can offer this year. On this night we celebrated with friends at one of the most beautiful properties in Orange County at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach.

Here is the highlight video from Hoo Films!

Special thank you to the Trendsetter Committee who produced such a beautiful gala for us –

Panel of Judges

Congratulations to all our winners of the 6th Annual Trendsetter Awards.  Photos taken by Brian Leahy Photography

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We started the evening with a signature cocktail poured through an ice luge, an interactive champagne bar by Night Owl Productions by Dolly Design Haus, photo booth by Viral Booth and slo-motion video booth by Lin and Jirsa Photography. When then moved into the holiday inspired ballroom where Keith Laverty, Flowers by Cina and Paradise Delight had a blast designing their own tables and Elevated Pulse made it look like it was snowing on the walls!  There was no doubt we were at the Gala for ABC Orange County with the gold logo on the dance floor and table full of swag bags for winners.  As we listened to the awards, we dined on an ensemble of  .  When the awards were over, Scott Cummings Music helped us keep the night alive with his ensemble dance band and we finished the night off with creative espresso drinks from Conscious Bean.

Relive this amazing night through the incredible photos below by Brian Leahy Photography. We can’t wait to see you next year!

Our 2014 Trendsetter Award Winners

Best Captured Moment: Frank Salas Photography

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Best Transformation of Space: Archive Vintage Rentals – “From Empty Field to Barn Wedding”

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Best New Idea or Concept: Disney Fairytale Weddings – “Cake Mapping”76-ABC-OCTrendsetters2014Photos-BrianLeahyPhoto-0290

 

Best New Memento: Steve Shanahan of Honored Occasions in collaboration with Mike McCaleb and Dan Douglas – Slow Mo Video Booth

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Best New Venue: Mary Lallande – The Loft on Pine

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Best Overall Theme / Thematic Follow Through – Kelsey Events: Kelsey Connelly Of Kelsey Events- Great Gatsby 1920’s Inspired
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Best Supporting Event: Natalie Good of A Good Affair– Showering Her with Love and Good Wishes

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Best Tablescape: Kelsey Connelly of Kelsey Events – Modern Garden Romance
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Joanie Scott Award Winner: Sharon Gall – Once Upon a Time Weddings

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Elevation of Industry: Wendy Dahl – Chic Productions

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Member of the Year: John Goolsby – Godfather Films

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Trendsetter of the Year: Alan Katz – Great Officiants

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Gift Bag Sponsors

Amazing goodies. Valued at over $4,000 for our winners! Thank you very much –

AislePlanner | Andrea’s Couture | Aroos Magazine | Bon Affair Sparkling Wine | Casa Romantica at Rancho Las Lomas | Casey’s Cupcakes | Conscious Bean | Crowbar Burger | Center Club | DoubleTree Santa Ana | Five Crowns | Flawless Faces | Frank Salas Photography | Friar Tux | Happy Photos | HotShot Awards & Engraving | Il Fornaio | LolliPics | Mastro’s Steakhouse | Orange County Wedding Dance | SCE Black Car Service | Scrumptious Wedding & Specialty Cakes | Sugar Paper LA | Tanya Shadoan | Taps Fish House | Tieks | Tustin Ranch Golf Club | Victoria’s Secret


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This was just a sampling – all of the photos are available here on Brian’s website!

Event Sponsors

Thank you so much to the sponsors who made the night an extraordinary celebration for everyone!

Venue | The Island Hotel
Coordination | Simply Sweet Weddings and LVL Events
Photography | Brian Leahy Photography
Videography | Hoo Films
Photobooth | Viral Booth
Slo-Motion Photography | Lin and Jirsa Photography
Calligraphy & Stationery | Calligraphy Katrina
Ice Sculpture | Carving Ice
Lighting / DJ / MC | Elevated Pulse Productions
Band | Scott Cummings Music
Florists | Keith Laverty, Flowers by Cina, Paradise Delight
Linens & Rentals | Mikasa Fine Linens, Signature Party Rentals, GBS Linens, Chiavari Chairs 4 Rent, ChiavariChairRentals.com, Baker Party Rentals, Classic Party Rentals, Glow Concepts Fine Linens
Coffee Cart | Conscious Bean
Cocktail Hour Music | Tim Espinosa
Champagne Bar | Night Owl Productions by Dolly Design Haus
Hair & Make-up | Design Visage

Start the new year off on the right foot – register to attend the first ABC-OC event of the year – details coming soon. Happy New Year everyone! It’s been more than a pleasure to blog for you for the last 4 years.

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

December: Holiday Gala & Trendsetter Awards – St. Regis Monarch Beach

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

2013 Holiday Gala & Trendsetter Awards

Highlight Video by Plug Wedding Films

What a beautiful evening of glitz and glamour at the ABC-OC Holiday Trendsetter Gala hosted by the St. Regis Monarch Beach!

View the Highlight Video by Plug Wedding Films

Did you feel like a celebrity on the red carpet with the MK Magnets paparazzi taking your photo? Get yours here!

Tray-passed h’orsdeurves signature cocktails and sushi swirled around us as the anticipation began to build about what gorgeous delights were behind the big white doors.

But first, did you take part in the slomo video by Elysium Productions? Take a look at the face slapping, glitter throwing, body twirling action!

The doors opened and  Square Root Designs blew us all away with the rich, lush layers of florals and sparkle as far, high and deep as the eyes could see .

Everyone stayed on the dance floor with Undercover Live – thank you Geoge and the band, wow!

Have you tried UBER for your safe ride home from your next holiday party? Up to $50.00 off for new users. Ride must be in Orange County – uber.com/go/uberoc Offer expires January 31, 2014.

Special thank you to our co-chairs Kevin Covey and Lindsay Longacre for two years of incredible beauty, creativity and education. Stacey Gitten for leading the efforts of the Trendsetter Committee and giving detailed recognition to all the winners and sponsors to make this a successful event. And a big thank you to everyone involved in the evening and all who donated.  Please see all the incredible sponsors below.

Now, for the natural, real and fun images by Joel and his team at Studio EMP!

“We have some of the best wedding talent in the country, right here in Orange County. Tonight we celebrate that talent.”

2013 ABC-OC Trendsetter Award Winners

Photos of the winning concepts will be posted here after the OC Register has published the winner’s submission in February –

Award: Best New Idea or Concept

To: Commemory Fine Art’s Bethany Thomas:

For: Wedding Artwork Décor for Rental or Purchase | www.bethany-thomas.com

 

Award: Best Overall Theme/Thematic Follow-Through

To: LVL Weddings & Events | http://lvlevents.com

For: Bermuda Nautical Wedding

 

Award: Best Tablescape

To: Natalie Good of A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production

For: Romance & Blush at The St. Regis | http://agoodaffair.com

 

Award: Best Design Transformation of Space

To: Absolutely Fabulous Events| http://www.absofab.net

For: Transformation of a rustic space to a contemporary wedding reception with a high-end nightclub vibe

 

Award: Best Supporting Event

To: Platinum Weddings by Kerrie Underhill  | http://www.platinumweddingsbykerrie.com

For: A one-of-a-kind California Lovin’ Welcome Party for the books!

 

Award: Best New Memento

To: Chic Productions by Wendy Dahl | http://www.chicproductions.com 

For: Wine Bottle Time Capsules

 

Award: Best Captured Moment

To: Frank Salas Photography | http://www.franksalas.com

For: Will Always Be Daddy’s Little Girl

 

Award: Best New Venue

To: Center Club: REINVENTED | http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Center-Club

 

 

Award: New Member of the Year

To: Kellie Migliaccio of FormDecor Modern Furniture Rental | http://formdecor.com

 

Award: Joanie Scott Award

To: Natalie Vishny of Swellegant Events | http://www.swellegant.com

 

Award: Coordinator of the Year

To: Paula Laskelle of Champagne Taste | http://www.champagnetaste.com

 

Award: Elevation of Industry

To: Caren Lazarus of Design Visage | http://www.designvisage.com

 

Award: Trendsetter of the Year

To: Larrissa Rehder of Inviting Occasion | http://www.invitingoccasion.com

 

Trendsetter Committee

 

Esteemed Panel of Judges

  • Abby Capalbo, Managing Editor of Style Me Pretty | www.stylemepretty.com
  • Nicole Gregory, Editorial Lead for Celebrations in Orange County Register | www.ocregister.com
  • And Rebecca Grinnals & Kathryn Arce, Founders of Engaging Concepts and the Engage Conference | www.engage13.com

Event Sponsors

St. Regis Monarch BeachOC Register Magazine | Copper Willow Paper StudioStudio EMPSquare Root DesignsPlug FilmsOne Hope WeddingsAkioni SushiMK MagnetsElysium ProductionsSignature Party RentalsUndercover Live Hire Elegance Furniture Rental |  La Tavola LinenElevated Pulse Production |  and Yummy Cupcakes

Gift Bags

The award winners’ gift bags were supported by B Toffee Bella BallroomBleu Cotton PhotographyEvents CliqueFrank Salas Photography|  HotShot Awards & Engraving |  Il FornaioJack Randall PhotographyJessica Elizabeth Photo & CinemaKendra Scott JewelryMastro’s Steakhouse, |  Skybox Productions | Recycled Moments/Holly Schoenke | The Bruery | Center Club | Tustin Ranch Golf Course | Yummy Cupcakes | and ZinGiBer Publishing/Barbara Wallace Weddings

ABC-OC 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 of the year at Bella Collina in San Clemente. Mark your calendar for January 14th. Look for the email coming soon. See you there!

Not a member yet? Join today and attend our events at our member rates.

 

May Open Meeting: ‘Craft Cocktail Night’

Thursday, May 9, 2013 – The Villa San Juan Capistrano

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

There are so many gorgeous outdoor venues in Orange County for couples to choose from to host their wedding. The Villa San Juan Capistrano is without a doubt one of them.
 
From a recent bride’s perspective, “…the location is gorgeous, and our guests kept saying how the food was ‘the best they had ever had at a large event’ and how it was one of the best weddings ever. The staff’s personalities and attention to detail helped make the event go perfectly (and I’m not being nice — it actually went truly perfectly).  They are an absolute pleasure to work with. An added bonus: you’re across the street from the Mission San Juan Capistrano — so we headed over there for an hour pre-wedding for pictures. I encourage anyone to check out the venue — I walked in and it was love at first sight — it took about five minutes to know that it was perfect for us.  And everytime I went back, I noticed some other small detail that made me love it even more. The trains going by added charm — as did the mission bells, that ring at 4:28: a perfect start to a ceremony.  Huge thanks to everyone at the Villa for an unbelievable day we will never forget.”
 
From the photographer’s perspective, it’s a gem, “What an incredible and intimate venue! I can see how brides fall in love with this place! The perfect opportunity to take an amazing photo everywhere you look!” Christine Bentley of Christine Bentley Photography – the off-the-charts talented photographer of this event. Each photograph is a work of art, capturing the beautiful nooks and nuances of every detail.

Thank you sponsors for making the evening so memorable!

Venue | The Villa San Juan Capistrano | www.thevillasjc.com
Catering | Iva Lee’s | www.ivaleescatering.com
Cocktails | Pharmacie LA | www.pharmaciela.com
Dessert| Sweet & Saucy | www.sweetandsaucyshop.com
Florist | Floral Occasions and Whitney Rose Florals | www.floraloccasions.com
Linens | GBS Linens | www.gbslinens.com
Paper Goods | Copper Willow | www.copperwillow.com
Photographer | Christine Bentley | www.christinebentley.com
DJ & Lighting | Divel Entertainment | www.divelentertainment.com
Candy Station | Sensational Sweets | www.SSCandyandDessert.com
Rentals | Signature Party Rentals | www.signatureparty.com

Trendsetter Update from Stacey Gitten!

An esteemed panel of wedding industry experts will judge your entries!  We have secured An Editor of Style Me Pretty, the Editor in Chief of Modern Luxury’s Brides California and the fabulous duo who created the Engage! conference – Kathryn and Rebecca!

All of the rules, revised and new categories, and entry form are on our website: www.abc-oc.net/trendsetters It’s really easy! Complete the online entry form www.abc-oc.net/trendsetters/details  for each submission before November 12th. Include your image(s) or video clip, a description and a list of all participating vendors.

If you have any questions about the submission process or award categories, please contact Stacey at ABCTrendsetter@hitchingpostpr.com . And please save the date: The Fifth Annual ABC-OC Trendsetter Awards Gala will be on December 10, 2013 at the Casino in San Clemente.

 Look for registration information via email and on our Facebook page. See you there!

Not a member yet? Join today and attend our events at our member rates.

April Open Meeting: Chuck Jones by 24 Carrots

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 – Chuck Jones by 24 Carrots

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

You know the saying ‘if the walls could talk’? Then you probably heard what this cast of characters said about last week’s ABC-OC event at Chuck Jones by 24 Carrots 

“Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Mud. Brilliance. That’s all I can say. Sheer, unadulterated brilliance!” Wile E. Coyote

“The way I run this thing you’d think I knew something about it (24) Carrots are devine… You get a dozen for a dime, It’s maaaa-gic!” Bugs Bunny

“You know, it is possible to be too attractive. Do not come wiz me to ze Casbah – we shall make beautiful musicks togezzer right here!” Pepe Le Pew

Afterward, our own characters had this to say about the evening on our group Facebook page –

“I learned about two new categories and other changes about the Trendsetter Awards from Stacey Hofflich Gitten of Hitching Post Public Relations. I also learned all about fabrics from Rrivre Davies ….I am now doing bridal gown design. No more event film making for me,” Steve Moses

“I’m an animated person. To be surrounded by animated characters was wonderful. Even the shyest of people were animated just being there.” Alan Katz

“The flourless chocolate cake by 24 carrots was INCREDIBLE!” Katherine Hoggard

“The salad bar was fun and delicious!” Niloufar Sanai Gibson

“The Trendsetter categories and rules are now posted on our website at http://abc-oc.net/trendsetters. Entries will be accepted starting mid-May!” Stacey Gitten

 Thank you to our talented sponsors!

Venue | Chuck Jones by 24 Carrots | http://chuckjonesby24.com/
Catering: 24 Carrots Catering | www.24carrots.com
Speaker | Rrivre Davies | www.rrivreworks.com
Florals | Flowers Etc. | www.flowersetcweddings.com
Paper Designs | AmpersandInk | www.ampersandinkdesigns.com
Rentals: FormDécor | www.formdecor.com
Rentals | Signature Party Rentals | www.signatureparty.com
Linens | Designer Specialty Linens | www.designerspecialtylinens.com
Photography: Jacquelyn Rachel Photography | www.jacquelynrachel.com
Photo Booth & Videography | Godfather Films | www.godfatherfilms.com
Music | Dart DJ | www.dart-dj.com
Lighting and A/V | The Event Company | www.eventcompanyoc.com

 

Look for registration information via email and on our Facebook page. See you there!

Not a member yet? Join today and attend our events at our member rates.

 

April Social Meeting: St. Regis Monarch Beach

by Bethany Thomas, Commemory Fine Art

Raise your hand if you attended last week’s ABC-OC social event at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. Now keep your hand up if you expected a beautiful event based on the venue. Because your hand is still up – keep it up if your expectations were exceeded. We are willing to bet your hand is still in the air like these members –

  • “I had a fabulous time at the ABC event tonight!! This was my favorite flower and decor display!!! I loved it!! Thanks ABC for putting together the best event I have gone to in 6 years!!!”
  • “It was great to see all of the familiar faces and to meet all of the new ones at the St. Regis tonight!”
  • “As usual …first class all the way…great night.”

We were beyond thrilled with record-breaking attendance that had an exceptional experience thanks to the St. Regis staff and the ABC-OC board who brought in a variety of first-class companies to sponsor the event. From work-of-art floral and decor displays in the four corners of the ballrroom by, Enchanted Florist, tic-tock Couture Florals, White Lilac Inc., and Bloom Box to the deliciously prepared and stunning presentation of the food by St. Regis Monarch BeachItty Bitty Sweets,  Jay’s Catering, Hollywood Candy Girls, Simply Sweet Apples  and A Wish and a Whisk were delightful. Plus, the fashion show of bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and mother-of-the-bride gowns by Carolina Herrera, The White Dress and Andrea’s Couture.

Did you win one of the fabulous prizes? A parting gift are these gorgeous photos by Lauren Hillary of Jim Kennedy Photographers. And don’t miss connecting with the fabulous sponsors listed below – enjoy!

Want to be in the know about upcoming meetings? Be sure to add yourself to the email list. Click here and enter your email address in the “Join Our Mailing List” box.

Thank you to all the sponsors who made this social meeting an exceptional experience. Please visit their websites and ‘like’ their pages for more information and ongoing updates about their services:

Florals | Enchanted Florist | www.nisiesenchanted.com
Florals | tic-tock Couture Florals | www.ticktock.com
Florals | White Lilac Inc. | www.whitelilacinc.com
Florals | Bloom Box | www.bloomboxdesigns.com
Bridal Gowns | Carolina Herrera | www.carolinaherrera.com
Bridesmaid Dresses | The White Dress | www.thewhitedress.com
Mother of the Bride Gowns | Andrea’s Couture | www.andreascouture.com
Photography | Jim Kennedy Photography | www.jimkennedyphotographers.com
Videography | Plug Video | www.plugvideo.com
Linens | Fusion Linens | www.fusionlinens.com
Hire Elegance| www.hire-elegance.com
Hair & Make-up | Design Visage | www.designvisage.com
Hair & Make-up | St. Regis Monarch Beach | www.stregismb.com
Media | Ceremony Magazine | www.ceremonymagazine.com
Treats | Itty Bitty Sweets | www.ittybittysweets.com
Treats | Jay’s Catering | www.jayscatering.com
Venue & Food | St. Regis Monarch Beach | www.stregismb.com
Candy Buffet | Hollywood Candy Girls | www.hollywoodcandygirls.com
Candy Apples | Simply Sweet Apples | www.sinnfullysweetgourmettreats.com
Desserts | A Wish and a Whisk | www.awishandawhisk.com
Photo Booth  | The Photo Booth Specialists | www.thephotoboothspecialists.com
Furniture Rental | Signature Party Rental | www.signatureparty.com
Giveaway | Shinodas Design Center | www.shinodadesigncenter.net
Entertainment | Tim Espinoza | www.theelectricviolinist.com
DJ | Invisible Touch Music | www.invisibletouchevents.com
Love Note Pad | InStyle Event Company | www.instyeleventco.com

February Coordinator Meeting: “The Bright Way to I Do”

by Bethany Thomas, Commemory Fine Art

The first ABC-OC coordinator luncheon of the year called “The Bright Way to I Do” illuminated many things that day. The first was a glowing hidden treasure in Laguna Beach called Hotel Seven4One on PCH just south of Forest Avenue. The Hotel Seven4One, a 12 room private address that guests can call their very own beach house while they host their guests and event in contemporary and thoughtfully designed spaces: the Euro-chic lobby lounge, urban courtyard, breathtaking sun deck, and relaxed yet totally wired guest rooms and suites. There was a real buzz about the one-way mirror in the master suite’s shower overlooking the ocean. You can see the manatees but they can’t see you!


Video Created by The Emotion Picture Studio: http://www.theemotionpicturestudio.com/

The brightness in spirit and mood were apparent as the coordinators were greeted by ABC-OC Co-Directors, Lindsay Longacre and Kevin Covey with lovely flutes of champagne and the light, mellow and hopeful sounds of singer, songwriter and acoustic guitar player Kevin Miso.

Calli Traub with The Event Company shed light on the importance of lighting to set the mood and give photographers a smile from ear to ear with a gorgeous landscape for their clients.  Yes, these shots are from Hotel Seven4One. An unbelievable transformation of the space with light and color. Photographer Kristina Lee agrees, “It’s so important to have great lighting like The Event Company provides. It makes my job much easier.”

The food was sensational and the desserts from A Wish and a Whisk melted in our mouths. The creativity of each delicious morsel was stunning to look at and a delight to the senses. It was hard to tell where the flowers from Empora Flora began and the desserts ended because they were so perfectly designed together. I heard many say things like, “what ooey goodness stuffed in that strawberry!?”

As you can tell from the beautiful detail shots from Kristina Lee Photography that it was Valentine’s Day. From the whimsical touches of the decor, florals, desserts, paper goods by Jessica Lam, music plus the reds and pinks everyone was wearing, love was in the air. The love of weddings, the friendship between members and comradery of creating beautiful memories for people’s union of love.

 

 

Thank you to all the sponsors who made this beautiful event, beautiful! Please visit their websites and ‘like’ their pages for more information and ongoing updates about their services:

Venue | Hotel Seven4One | www.hotelseven4one.com

Speaker | The Event Co. | www.eventcompanyoc.com

Video | The Emotion Picture Studio | http://www.theemotionpicturestudio.com/

Photography | Kristina Lee Photography | www.kristinaleephotography.com

Rentals | Signature Party Rentals | http://signatureparty.com/

Florist | Empora Flora | www.emporaflora.com

Papergoods | Jessica Lam | www.jesslam.com

Lighting | The Event Co. | www.eventcompanyoc.com

Music | Kevin Miso | www.kevinmiso.com

Dessert/Sweets | A Wish and a Whisk | www.awishandawhisk.com

ABC-OC’s First Open Meeting 1.10.12

by Bethany Thomas, Commemory Fine Art

If someone was doing a keyword search on Google for the first ABC-OC open meeting of the year, the words they would enter are: welcoming, friendly, re-newed and rejuvenating. These words were repeated in many conversations I had personally or that I overheard. One in particular was a direct quote from Monique Matlock of The Knot, “I loved the event. It was one of the most rewarding ABC meetings I have EVER attended. And believe me I have been to MANY!”

Coordinated by ABC board member, Cori Sponagle and hosted by the Aliso Viejo Conference Center, the night began with the ‘old’ and new board members anxiously awaiting guests to arrive as this was the first impression for attendees to experience ABC-OC this year. Welcoming scents of candles burning was in the air as guests found their adorably designed name tags.

Guests were directed to walk around to back terrace to the sounds of Mister Piano Man, Hector Jimenez and the sights of beautiful round paper lanterns. So many new faces!

Following cocktails on the terrace, guests were invited into the ballroom.

Lisa Moon, the association’s outgoing Co-Director of Administration welcomed everyone and had each of the sponsors talk a little bit about themselves and what they donated that evening.

Lisa then passed the torch to her successor, Kevin Covey who gave a very important message about improvements to this year’s meetings and how important it is to join and attend.

The association is all about networking and learning from fellow wedding professionals. But it is also about setting standards and ethics for our industry. Guests may attend two meetings. At which point they must join ABC-OC if they would like to continue to participate. He then introduced the new Board/Steering Committee:

 

Ambassador Chair | Kelly Feeney of Disney Fairy Tale Weddings

Ambassador Subcommittee | Monique Matlock of The Knot, Jan Wilder of FlowerFusion and Heather Morgan of The Hotel Hanford

 

Trendsetter Awards Chair | Stacey Gitten of Hitching Post PR

Trendsetter Awards Subcommittee | Shashona Reynolds of Mastro’s Steakhouse and Alan Katz of SoCal Officiant

 

Co-Director of Programs | Lindsay Longacre of LVL Events

Programs Chair | Holly Schoenke of Simply Sweet Weddings

Programs Subcommittee | Gini Garner of Gini Garner Events, Cori Sponagle of Events by Cori, Courney Urquiza of InStyle Events Company, Kerri Hatter by Kerri Hatter Wedings & Events and Carolyn Leal of Ceremonies by Carolyn

 

Co-Director of Finance | John Goolsby of Godfather Films

Membership/Database | Erika Bowers of Erika’s Elegance

Communications Chair | Bethany Thomas of Commemory Fine Art

 

Dinner was delightful! The conference center made a pistachio crusted French chicken breast with herb beurre blanc, sauteed arugula and whipped potatoes. My neighbor to my right mentioned it was the best chicken he ever had at an event!

An unexpected highlight of the dinner was a video produced by Steve Moses and his team at Vantage Point Productions called ‘The Arrival’ based on how “The party starts when you arrive” at ABC-OC meetings. A fun and fresh look at the great time our meetings are with a great group of friends and colleagues. Watch it! You’ll be sure to see yourself or your friends if you attended last year’s event at Casa Romantica.

After dinner, the room next door awaited guests with the heart of night’s activities with ‘speed networking.’ It was invigorating to have the opportunity to meet every person and give each other a peek at what service we give to our clients and each other. Artists, DJ’s, florists, photographers, planners, sweets, venues, videographers and more – many of which met for the very first time. Monique with The Knot agrees, “The speed networking really forces you to spread out and talk with people you never chatted with before. I have to say at prior events, I am guilty of sitting with people I know and am most comfortable with and not always mingling like I should. I hope we do more of these types of events in the future…..I still feel there are some I didn’t connect with!”

It was exhilaratingly exhausting by the time it ended. Now when the next open meeting comes around on April 10th (joint with the San Diego chapter) we’ll all know each other!

Thank you to all the sponsors who made this exciting night possible by donating their products and services. Please visit their websites and ‘like’ their pages for more information and ongoing updates about their services:

Coffee Service | Brew HaHa | www.brewhaha.com

Entertainment | DJ Tasos | www.lsmentertainment.com

Florist | Pixies Petals | www.pixiespetals.com

Rentals | Signature Party Rentals | www.signatureparty.com   

Photography | Kate Noelle | www.katenoelle.com

Printing& Design | Kamka Designs | www.kamkadesigns.com

Sweets | Donna B’s Gourmet Cookies & Cakes | www.donnab.com

Venue | Aliso Viejo Conference Center | www.alisoviejoconferencecenter.com

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

 

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