Monday, November 9, 2009

Come join us at the next AFWPi Networking mixer for wedding professionals!
Redesigning the website. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Industry Mixer at Ember

By Stephanie Ann

Alice Hu Photography and Mele Amore Event Planning!

Last Thursday, Alice Hu and Michelle Groom of Mele Amore Event Planning + Design threw a party with Ember Cafe and Music Club to highlight many vendors in the wedding industry. Alice Hu is a fantastic photographer/friend who asked me to take some pictures of their party to share with everyone. I couldn’t wait to be apart of it and had so much fun meeting new faces and making many new friends. For those of you who haven’t heard about Ember, it’s a great restaurant and  music club in Anaheim that is urban and chic all at the same time. Once a winery, it has been made into one of Anaheims newest sites for product weddings, product launches, and corporate parties. A definite must for anyone in the area who wants to try something fresh and new! While the night was dedicated to networking and mingling, it quickly ended up being a party of new friends and hopefully new business relationships. Thank you for letting me be a apart of it!!!!! Here are just a few pictures of what the night entailed.
Alice Hu and Michelle Groomdsc_0101alicetimmichelle
Ember also has amazing food and I highly recommend it!
Dresses were provided Mariposa. I am always in awe of the variety and fun styles that Mariposa Boutique has. mariposa
These cards, invites and favors are made in studio by the talented crew of Papeterie. paper
This absolutely beautiful cake was made by El Manjar Bakery. Delicious chocolate cake with caramel was served and devoured by me, myself and I!

Everyone was stunned at the gorgeous table settings which were provided by Classic Party Rentals with flowers by SYL Design.tables
Who doesn’t want a candy buffet at their wedding?! I know I would want one by Classic Candy Buffet.candy

Another picture of the gorgeous model wearing a Mariposa gown.dsc_0387

The other beautiful model, showing one of my favorite dresses from Mariposadsc_0155
Ember has the coolest furniture. I thought these couches were so great!

Just a few of the great people that came to enjoy the night …




The gang of Utterly Engaged who were so nice and helpful. Every bride needs to check out their site!dsc_0318

Here’s another quick thanks to all of the vendors who participated:
Peter Leal Photography
Global Trend Productions
Sean McCaululay
SYL Design Studio
American Limo
At Your Service Videography


Monday, September 14, 2009

Looking for Bride & Groom to marry at Weddings on Ice Bridal show

"Weddings On Ice" and the Ontario Reign Ice Hockey Team are in search for
that Special Bride and Groom to say their I DO's at Citizens Business Bank
Arena, during the first intermission of a professional hockey game on Sunday
February 28th, 2010 at 7:25 PM. Imagine how COOL it would it be to invite
150 of your friends, family and wedding guest to cheer you on with thousands
of cheering fans to give you Best Wishes! The entire ceremony will be shown
up on the giant JumbTron as you and your groom take the ice!

The Lucky Bride and Groom Selected will have use of the upstairs Beautiful
SkyBox area for their Reception! It can hold up to 150 guest! The room will
be completely decorated for your reception! Tickets are $25.00 per person
with an all you can eat buffet included! Of course this is our All you can
eat Hockey Game Day Menu! The $25 per guest includes entry to the game as
well! So for those engaged couples looking for something totally different
and Really COOL we are looking for you! Where else can you get a Wedding at
this Great Price with all the extras donated by our wonderful vendors from
Weddings On Ice! Coordination by ABC Wedding Coordinator Day of Event!

As a special gift to the Lucky Bride and Groom selected! You will receive
the following: Free Bridal Bouquet and Bootineer for the Groom! The Bridal
Party will also be included, up to 10 in the Bridal Party will be allowed on
the Ice. You will even have Floral Centerpieces Included for your Reception
in the Beautiful SkyBox room as well as complete wedding set up on the ice
including Stunning 8ft Crystal Trees all compliments of Weddings On Ice,
White Feathers Events, and Pastels Florist!

You do not need to skate to be on the Ice. Couples and their Wedding Party
will walk out onto a rubber backed carpeted runner to a large carpeted area
on the ice to say your I DO's. So Brides pick out that Beautiful Dress and
Grooms look for that awesome Tux!

Hair and Make up for the Bride compliments of Crowning Glory Lisa Schultz
"The Wedding Hair Dresser" Voted #1 on the KNOTT! Also Included is a one
night stay at a Preferred Ontario Reign Hotel in the Honeymoon Suite.TBA by
Ontario Reign not of Event!

Free Limousines Shuttle to your hotel immediately following the Game where
your friends and family will cheer you on your way! "Weddings On Ice" would
love to hear from you! To qualify for this amazing Wedding Package you must
read the following rules and guidelines to qualify. Bride and Groom will be
selected by the Ontario Reign and Wedding On Ice.

Free Wedding Cake provided by the Levy Restaurants and Catering! Bride and
Grooms tickets are Free(:

You also are able to upgrade your menu with Levy. They have an amazing Menu.
If you want Lobster flown in whatever your wishes are! They are here to make
your day even more special! Levy Catering Pricelist available upon request.

Weddings On Ice Couple will be announced on December 1st!!!!

To Enter tell us your story and why you should be picked to be our Weddings
On Ice couple. Please include your estimated guest list including your
Bridal Party. We have Special Wedding Favors being made just for your
Wedding. Compliments of the Ontario Reign and Weddings On Ice!

Looking forward to Celebrating your Special Day with YOU(:

Weddings On Ice & The Ontario Reign

Questions Regarding Weddings On Ice

Contact Kim Turcotte


Check out the Citizens Bank Arena and the Ontario Reign

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Networking Mixer for Wedding Professionals -- Register Here


Sunday, June 14, 2009

A simple Barn Wedding in New York

I found this blog about cool weddings on Being a horse lover I just loved this theme. Check out the cake. It was made by Lulu's Cake Boutique in New York. What a great story! The wedding took place in 2008. Check out more at

Simple Farm Fresh Wedding at the Blue Hill बर्न

Thursday, November 6, 2008
Christina and Andy live in Brooklyn, but spent many weekends traveling to the Hudson Valley and the Catskills for day hikes, long weekends, and fresh air. They also love good food and appreciate the chefs that use local, organic food. They found the perfect place about 50 minutes outside of Manhattan.

The Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant sits on grounds owned by the Rockefeller estate, not far from Manhattan, in Pocantico Hills. The surrounding farm produces all of the produce and food for the restaurant, and the restaurant's menu fluctuates, depending on what's available on the farm. They have a 22,000 square foot greenhouse where they grow all sorts of lettuce and other vegetables. It is the largest greenhouse that exists for the purpose of supplying organic produce for a restaurant in the entire country.

This wedding isn't necessarily IN a barn like the others this week, but there is a beautiful working barn there and a great farm setting, plus she has some great details, that I just had to share! Christina also documented her planning process on her blog, so to learn more details, please check it out!

Christina and Andy wanted a simple and heartfelt evening...and they succeeded. I hope you enjoy the photos and details of their farm fresh wedding as much as I did.

Thanks to Christina for letting me share this with you all! Photography by the talented Sarah Sloboda.

Blue Hill Wedding

A friend of Christina's, Tawana Schlegel, volunteered to be the floral designer. Christina showed her the inspirations (many from her blog) and told her that she wanted everything to be very simple with a "farm meets the forest" idea. She used kermit mums and white clover for the men, and the ladies had lady slipper orchids. Christina's bouquet was all white ranunculas (I love this flower!! ) They are so clean and fresh, but all of those petal layers add an element of lushness.

Blue Hill Wedding

Christina was planning to get married outside, but because of the rain, she had to switch plans. The day ended up feeling stormy and romantic indoors. Tawana (her floral designer) came to the rescue and found logs to place around the windows with flowers - so romantic!

Blue Hill Wedding

Christina downloaded silhouettes from a copyright free image site and made the escort cards herself. Christina made the animal table markers and many of the vessels (ceramic). Jenna Hein (who addressed their invitations) wrote the names on the place cards.

One of the couples favorites things to do was to go to Breezy Hill Orchard in the fall to pick apples. They couldn't think of anything better to send their guests home with, so they decided on a local fruit medley with a canvas tote as send-offs. The fruit was wrapped up in the burlap sacks. They attached mini Moo cards to each burlap bag. The cards had pictures of the couple with a message "Andy and Christina love you" on the back.

Blue Hill Wedding

From Christina "The food was heavenly. We really didn't know much about wine, but the Blue Hill sommelier did a wonderful job. We learned a lot about the food we served when we were designing the menu. The staff at Blue Hill was amazing." I love that they use the freshest ingredients the farm has to offer and will work to make sure your menu reflects you.

Blue Hill Wedding

Their cake was vanilla cake with a layer of dulce de leche and a buttercream frosting. Many of the guests went back for seconds! (Always a good sign) The cake was from Lulu's Cake Boutique. For the cake topper Christina found two horse models (an "Arabian" stallion and mare) that were marked with the year they were born. She put a little white paper posey by the ear of the mare to give it a little bit of "bride".

Blue Hill Wedding

The invitations. Gorgeous calligraphy by fellow Brooklyner Jenna Hein. (photos below taken by Christina)

Blue Hill Wedding

Her ring was custom made by Hannah Clark. His is a Marian Maurier band from the Clay Pot. Christina also made the ceramic piece to nestle them in moss.

Blue Hill Wedding

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Did something on your Wedding Day turn wedding bliss into a wedding disaster? Would you like a chance to do it all again? Send us a video clip of your nightmare in action, or just send us a clip telling your wedding disaster story, and you could win a complete wedding redo! You must be 18 years old to enter. The Deadline to enter is Wednesday, June 10 at 10am. Presented by


Submission Guidelines:
Video must be 2 minutes or shorter.
File formats accepted: wmv, mov, mpg, flv, 3gp, 3g2.
File size limit: 20 MB.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Media Opportunity for Wedding Vendors

By now, you may have heard about the buzz with Petals By Xavi and Sternberg Productions. Petals by Xavi has been selected to have our own TV show. Each episode will feature different weddings from start to finish, emphasizing on the coordination and design of the wedding at different venues and different design elements of the wedding.

We started filming March 27, 2009 and have to say, it was a huge success (enjoy a few pictures from the shoot below)! It was a long day starting with the Flower Market in LA and ending with a consultation party with several wedding couples at La Soie Bridal (in Tustin). It went so well, in fact, that the VP of development wants to feature different venues and vendors once a week. On this endeavor, we would love to feature you and your venue.

This is an opportunity to get all of your brides on tape, and an excellent opportunity to feature your venue/studio.  We are scheduling consultation parties once a week and would love to feature you. What this entails, is contacting your brides or having us contact them and let them know about the consultation party at your studio or your facility, we will set up about 4 tables with beautiful linens and centerpieces, let them know Sternberg Productions will be filming and schedule all the brides to come in either at the same time or in shifts of about 4 or so at a time.  Sternberg Productions will have their cameras rolling featuring your venue and the buzz of all the coming and going of your brides. It will create hype for your facility so we are encouraging you to invite your unbooked brides as well, basically sending the message that if they book with you and Petals By Xavi, they will have their wedding featured on TV. Cameras will be rolling at the consultation party so most brides at the “party” will be featured anyway, but individual airtime and featured weddings on TV is exclusively reserved for brides who obviously book with both your venue and Petals By Xavi.

Last week La Soie lined up 9 brides between 4pm-9pm who had not chosen a florist yet (and brought in some of our own brides for hype). The camera crew took shots of each individual bride’s consultation, the store manager was interviewed, they got footage of the brides trying on gowns, cameras featured La Soie and filmed our consultants doing floral consultations at the front of the store.  It was such an awesome experience; we are looking forward to sharing it with you!

All you would need to do is send out a blast e-mail to your booked and unbooked brides with the attached letter (Dear Bride and Groom) and a quick note like the one below and your phones will start ringing off the hook! Take a look at what one of the catering managers sent out to her couples this week:

Dear Wedding Couple,
One of our vendors has been selected to be on a series for TLC
television.  If you have not yet selected your florist they are great
and this would be an opportunity for you to have your wedding televised.
Valerie T. Lehman  |  Catering Manager
Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071, USA
P:213.612.1529  |  F:213.612.1573

The response she has already received has been overwhelming!
This is a great opportunity to showcase your venue, as we will be working hand-in-hand with you and your venue on the show. The more of your brides that book with Petals By Xavi, the more your venue will be featured on TV.
If you would be interested in being featured on the show, would like to set up a meeting for more details, or setting up a consultation party do not hesitate to give Petals by Xavi a call! (866) 551-2199

Need More Leads?

Unfortunately we are in a recession and we all have to scrimp and save and more importantly work harder to make less! Are you looking for more leads in Orange County or even Nationwide? Check out AFWPi -- The Association for Wedding Professionals International.

As you well know, it has been difficult to find a great networking group for the bridal industry in our area. Let me introduce you to AFWPi, an international bridal networking group. I have been a part of AFWPi since 2002. They have been servicing the bridal industry since 1994. In addition to the large amount of hits they get on their website, the owners are also bridal show producers attending numerous bridal shows through out the year, increasing the member’s exposure. They also produce a yearly conference for members only. I have attended conferences in places such as Jamaica , New Orleans , San Antonio , and Ventura in addition to participating in a bridal show in Ireland a few years ago. These networking opportunities are priceless!

Based in Sacramento , they have been starting up chapters in other cities nationwide over the past couple of years. The Orange County chapter is set to have our first meeting in March and I will be the Committee Leader. We will have monthly mixers on the last Wednesday of each month. The location will change monthly. If you are a restaurant, hotel, or golf course and would like to host a mixer, please contact me at (714) 970-6380. We would be happy to feature your facility.

Added benefits include bridal lists that the members receive consisting of up to 8000 leads nationwide. About 200 – 250 of those are in our immediate area. That comes out to be about .5 cents a lead. AFWPi also works very closely with several media companies and presents monthly media opportunities to its members. And because of the size of the organization they have been able to negotiate deals on many services that we as business owners use on a daily basis. Lots of leads, opportunities, and savings included with this membership!

If you are a facility or restaurant and are interested in in hosting a mixer you receive these benefits ....

Your name and location mailed out to over 1,000 of the areas wedding professionals in a 4 color invitation
The ability to have many wedding professionals tour your facility & taste your food!
The link to your page from AFWPi site for up to 3 years or more.

Check it out at

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

June Wine Special -- 2 Free Bottles

Host A Spring Wine Tasting
Get 2 Complimentary Bottles of Wine!

Throw open the doors. Throw open your heart and let your spirits soar! We’ve all survived a winter of unprecedented challenge and guess what? We’re here! We’ve made it through! We’re ready to celebrate.

Now is the time to invite friends and family to share a breath of springtime. Your Spring Wine Tasting Event can be just that! And, your we can show you how you can entertain up to 16 friends and family for just $59.

June ‘09 ONLY

Book Your Wine Tasting Todayand receive a Hospitality
Bottle of our Talmage Cellars Wine PLUS
a second complimentary bottle along with your
Host Tasting Sampler. Yours to Share at your Wine
Tasting or to Save and Savor Later.

The five-bottle Tasting Sampler (along with your
Hospitality Bottle AND a second complimentary
bottle of our Limited Edition Napa Valley Late
Harvest Dessert Wine retail value: $25.00) is only:
$59.00 plus tax & FREE Shipping(Retail Value: Over $145.00)

Plus, as the Host you can choose a host-only half priced item and/or receive host-only half or full case purchasing specials. With a half-case purchase, you receive another bottle of our Limited Edition Late Harvest Dessert Wine (Retail Value: $25.00. Limit one). And full-case purchasers receive another bottle of our Limited Edition Late Harvest Dessert Wine (retail value: $25.00) AND a Wine Aerator (retail value: $24.00) plus get your case shipped for FREE (limit one).

AFWPi OC Networking Mixer for Wedding Professionals

The Orange County chapter of AFWPi had it's kick off mixer at the Anaheim Hilton on April 29th. What a hit it was with Polynesian entertainment by Isle Entertainment and tasty polynesian style appetisers prepared by the chefs at the Hilton.
Anaheim Hilton Catering
European Ice Sculptures --
Anaheim Hilton Catering
Isle Entertainment

Check out the video at

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Weddings On Ice Event July 25th, 2009

Orange County Ca: Kim Turcotte has founded a cool concept. She calls it “Brides on Ice” (see the upcoming Orange County Bride Magazine ad coming soon). Jenny our model is not only gorgeous, she’s also a mean hockey player. We managed to create these images and withstand the potential of experiencing frost bite while doing it.



Photography and post by A. Michaels Photography

Weddings On Ice Event July 25th, 2009

So Cal Bridal Show April 26th, 2009

Come see visit all the vendors you need at the Great Bridal Expo in Anaheim, April 26th.

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Mother's Day Gift Baskets

Mothers. Grandmothers. The special friends who “mother” and nurture us deserve our special gestures of appreciation and thanks this Mother’s Day. Celebrate the moms in your life with a special gift of wine.

You can choose from a case of her favorite wine, select stemware to add sparkle to her table, Personalized Wine with a special image and message just for her, or go for a gift that reminds her how much you love her every month – Wine Club. And, to add to your choices we are offering two new baskets with all the colors and abundance of Spring!
Take a sip of Spring with our divine new wines. Our new wine releases for the month are, indeed, showstoppers! Each and every wine is a sensation.

Our Artisan Wines
The WineShop At Home family of exclusive, handcrafted wines represents a diverse selection of varietals, styles and regions. You can mix and match a case or two of your favorites to share with family and friends and begin to build your personal wine cellar. If you purchase a case from a Tasting or are a Wine Club Member, you will receive FREE Shipping. Choose from Red Wines, White Wines and Specialty Wines to create the perfect mixed case for her.
Artisan 5 Star Stemware
Our old-world production utilizes the skill of glass blowers and special forming techniques to bring you the very best for both your everyday and special occasion home tables. The brilliance and clarity of our crystal perfectly mirrors the color of your wine while its strength from thermo shock toughening provides resistance to scratching and breakage. Choose from Red Wine Stems, White Wine Stems, Sparkling Flutes and our Decanter to give her the ultimate in wine enjoyment this Mother's Day.
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Unlike most wine clubs we offer you plenty of choices each month. You decide which of our two clubs - Club Select or Club Elite - best suit your taste and budget. Love reds? No problem. We won’t ship you whites. Love both? You’re in luck! Come join us for as long as you like. You decide. Be the first when it comes to tasting new wine releases that debut in our Wine Club. Click here to find out about how to get your Mother exclusive wines delivered to her door every month.


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