Tuesday, May 26, 2009


How did I not know about Ban.Do? While looking for the perfect accessories for Isabelle, whom I lovingly refer to as my "bohemian" bride, I stumbled across so many versatile pieces! Jen + Jamie, owners/designers for Ban.Do, are both Los Angeles stylists with a definite eye for style and gorgeous uniqueness. Enjoy!


At 6am sharp Brennda and I will be off on a jet plane to the beautiful island of Kauai. I will do my best to post while there! As I finish up last minute details, check and triple check the itinerary and timeline, I started thinking about my negligence in posting about destination weddings!

So here's a few tips I always like to share. I think I will focus on the "last minute" details such as the few I will be dealing with today:

Hopefully you've been fortunate enough to interview your vendors ahead of time, whether via telephone, Skype or in person and should be feeling confident about the team you've choosen. Constant correspondence with your vendors is key. During the last weeks leading up to your wedding, be sure to get your itinerary and vendor contact list together. I ALWAYS put together a list of the vendors we will be using and distribute that list to each and every vendor. Your caterer, florists, lighting company and officiant will greatly appreciate it, trust me! The last thing your vendors want to do is chase you around during your wedding or reception to ask questions.

Customize your itinerary with your photographer. He/She will have their own schedule they will be following. You are guaranteed a much more cohesive day if everyone is on "the same page."

If you don't have an event planner or coordinator, ask your band or DJ to keep things moving on schedule. These are one of the FIRST people who should receive your itinerary. Your musical group will be instrumental in keeping the reception flowing in a timely manner. They will cue you for your first dance, cake cutting, etc.

Schedule your appointment to apply for your marriage license before you leave. Each state and country has specific policies and procedures. Be sure to look into it as soon as you decide to have a destination wedding!

With airlines changing their policies regarding baggage on what seems a weekly basis, it would benefit you to look into luggage costs. If you will be taking over several items that you didn't want to chance shipping, make sure you're at your 50lb per bag and are prepared to pay extra if you go over the weight maximum.
Delegate someone to get your rentals (i.e linens) returned should they need to be shipped and ask that this person square up any details the next day.
I suppose the point is make yourself a list and check it twice....or five times! A little organization and a lot of due diligence will ensure a smooth wedding and enable you to love every moment. Remember, you're getting married! Keep in perspective what the big picture is and enjoy each and every moment. You won't be getting that moment back, so go with the flow, trust the team of vendors you've hired and be loved. Happy Planning!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

{ AMAZING GIVEAWAY } Wedding Paper Divas

I had to share with you an amazing giveaway The Wedding Paper Diva's, one of our beautiful sponsors, is having this month. Wedding Paper Divas has partnered with The Islands of the Bahamas for a phenomenal honeymoon giveaway. When I say phenomenal, I mean phenomenal. How does round trip airfare, a beach suite that includes breakfast every morning, couples massages just to name a few sound? Kamalame Cay, an exclusive private island hideaway, is located just off the coast of the Andros.

Contest ends June 12, 2009, good luck!

Thursday, May 21, 2009


We're so excited to share with you images from our new sponsor Siegel's Portrait Design!

Lee + Rick have a beautiful reputation in our industry as kind, attentive, talented and simply wonderful in their craft! We had such a hard time choosing pictures to share, however here are a few that we absolutely adore.

Brennda, Andrea + I cannot wait to work with Rick + Lee on 10.10.09. This great team will be capturing my beautiful bride Sabrina and her soon-to-be husband Cory at the Granite Bay Country Club. Please wander over to Siegel's beautiful website and blog to view their talent and you'll experience the loveliness we speak of. Welcome Lee + Rick!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

{ GETTING MARRIED } Kelleigh + Adam

O my goodness, how gorgeous are these photos from Penny Sylvia Photography! This is Kelleigh + Adam, two of our clients who are tieing the knot at a private estate on Lake Tahoe this summer. Gorgeous, gorgeous gorgeous! Penny's work never ceases to amaze me. We are so excited to be working with her this year. It's so easy to fall in love with her work and with her the moment you meet her!

When we first met Kelleigh and her equally gorgeous mother, we were instantly excited by their enthusiasum. These two have definitely not lost sight of the "big picture" this will be a wedding full of love for their entire family. They have done such a phenomenal job with her wedding, talk about organized! I was so impressed!

Congratulations Kelleigh + Adam, we're so excited for your wedding and to share your day!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

{ WEDDING WORKSHOP } Real Weddings Magazine

Andrea and I will be at the gorgeous Citizen Hotel this Sunday, May 17th teaching at a wedding workshop for Real Weddings Magazine. We're very excited to meet you all and give you tips on "Getting Organized + Staying Organized." Hope to see you there!

{ STEPHANIE JAMES COUTURE } O my, we're in love!

We just love finding designers who truly, clearly have a passion for their craft! When you look at the designs, the detail and the gorgeousness that is Stephanie James Couture you can't help but fall in love! Please have a look at her fabulous gowns (and accessories too) inspired by her favorite era's of the 30's, 40's & 50's. Did I mention we're in love?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

{ SPECIALTY LINENS } & details

I am off to the serene and downright beautiful area of Napa Ca today (just might have to drag the Deputy with me today)! I am on the hunt for the PERFECT linen for my equally beautiful clients Rebecca and Ryan who will be tying the knot at R.H. Phillips Winery. Rebecca has chosen a blue palette with endless crystal accents. Martha Andrews is working with me side by side to create this stunning wedding. I promise to post photos of my gorgeous couple soon.....

So before I leave for the day, I was thinking how so many of you don't realize how many magnificent specialty linens are out there! For the budget savvy, over the top glamorous, or just serenely simple bride...the possibilities are endless with a little or a lot of imagination. All that follow are by the amazing La Tavola!
If you already know you can't afford a kings drape or a full 132" round in your favorite specialty linen, utilize the ivory or colored linen and accent it with a stunning overlay (above & below).

This gorgeous paring of white and ivory took my breath away. Simple, gorgeous and serene!

Go for it with color! Shown here for my clients that will take risks. Go bold, especially for an outdoor event or reception. No secret that green and pink are my favorite colors to play with, how amazing is this custom round cap? I just works! Notice how the cushions also tie in?

Details, details! Everything from you linens to your flatware, it's all in the details! Happy Planning everyone! I hope this little entry sparks your creative minds....

Monday, May 11, 2009

{ FIREFLY EVENTS } Plan your bachelor/bachelorette party!

FireFly Events is up and running! Looking for a fun, funky & creative way to celebrate the last days of singlehood? Check out this great company that specializes in customized bachelora nd bachelorette parties. We're talking paint balling, bungee jumping, ATV trips, cruises, cocktail parties and even a "pin up girl" boudoir shoot...the sky's the limit! FireFly Events will even plan a weekend getaway with a full itinerary of pure fun! Be sure to check them out....they are available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

{ VERA WANG } Spring 2010

Really, is there anything that needs to be said? I'm so in love!