Thursday, December 30, 2010

OCBrides Teams up With Christmas 365 for a Holiday event for a good Cause!

OCBrides teamed up with Christmas 365 to have a joint Holiday function and help out families in need.  At the home of Kim Kimpel in Corona, there were 40 theme-decorated Christmas trees.  Some had product that was donated for the cause.







The house was open on weekends for over a month. On December 12th we joined the cause and featured Christmas tunes from Dijital Engagement.  Great food, wonderful music, fabulous people, and all for a fantastic cause.


 There was a huge room filled with toys and items for 12 adopted families in need! 

 Thank you all who attended and made this a joyous occasion.  And a very special Thank You to Holly Dolly Photography for joining the cause on 2 occasions to take such fabulous photos!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Classic Party Rentals Goes GREEN

Thanks to Mary Lallande, I was invited to the ISIS meeting this month at Classic Party Rentals.  The topic of the evening was "Going Green in the Wedding Industry".  I couldn't pass this up as I LOVE an organic party!


Classic Party Rentals is implementing their "SAVE" program.  Sustainable Applications for a Viable Environment initiative.  They are committed to leading the industry in environmental awareness and sustainable business practices.   Their rentable tables are made from sustainably harvested wood, the linens and carpets are made from sustainable natural fibers and the company is implementing energy saving practices within it's 34 locations.  They are in the process of developing best-in-industry “green events” for their clients.



Pumpkin Soup
Primal Alchemy Catering provided the fabulous organic food.  They served a type of Pumpkin (that I cannot pronounce) soup made from pumpkin grown from their own garden!  It was served in a shot glass and topped with a yummy maple flavored whip cream!  They had a wide array of cheeses, some that I had never had before. Primal Alchemy deals with local organic farmers whenever possible.  The Gluten Free Desserts were provided by Simply Sweet Bakery.  The salted caramels were the most popular. It was so wonderful to have good Gluten Free options!
Cheeses from Primal Alchemy
Gluten Free Chocolate!!
Holly Thach of Classic Party Rentals was the speaker for the evening. She told us how Classic is very committed to becoming a GREEN company and is taking baby steps to get there.  Her presentation included a few interesting facts including that it takes less energy to wash 14,000 glasses than it does to make one plastic cup that gets thrown away after one use!  Can you believe that?


Learn how you can work with Classic Party Rentals and make a substantial impact on our precious environment by visiting their SAVE program  page.

Thank you Mary for the invitation and for your awesome photos!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

An Evening with Four Quick Clicks

Last week I had the great opportunity tow work with David of Four Quick Clicks Photobooth rentals.  It was a fun evening.  Their photobooths were designed by the company owner, John Fitzpatrick.  They were built from the gorund up for comfort and versatility.  Quick Click booths are 48” wide, the widest and most comfortable photo booths in existence. They provide a full-width upholstered bench for your comfort, as well as
to allow more people to be in your photos.

Their photos look awesome because they use 10 Megapixel cameras and 600 dpi printers to produce rich, vibrant photos that capture excellent detail and color fidelity. They even add an invisible lamination layer that provides resistance to fading, finger-prints, water, ozone and dust.

The event was a Christmas party for Nutrilite at the Phoenix Club.  In addition to the photobooth there was a carnival complete with rides, fortune teller, entertainment, food, ink tattoo's, and much much more.  The guests just loved the photobooth experience with the large selection of props to choose from.  Some came back again and again!

They also have a standalone station that guests can create their own awesome photos with a wide selection of frames and fun things to add to the photos.
It was a great joy learning another area of the bridal industry!  Thank you Four Quick Clicks for this opportunity.  You can learn more about them at www.fourquickclicks.com

OCBrides mixer -- Save the Date -- Bring Your Brides for Great Raffles

January's mixer is going to be a bit different than usual and is sure to be lots of fun for vendors and brides alike!  It will be January 19th at the beautiful Anaheim White House Restaurant, in of course Anaheim. The owner, Bruno Serato would like the vendors to invite brides to this mixer.  The vendors get a raffle ticket for each bride they bring, and they have the chance to win dinner for two.  And even better .... the brides each get a raffle ticket and the chance to win a rehearsal dinner for 20 people!  How can your brides pass up this fantastic offer from Bruno?
West Wing in it's Glory

In case you haven't been to the restaurant, here is some history ...  the Anaheim White House is a landmark jewel that was once nestled quietly among an enormous orange grove in the early 20th century and is still Anaheim's most famous hidden treasure.

This beautiful historical landmark was skillfully
crafted by a gentleman named Dosithe Gervais in 1909. Over the years, the property was sold a couple of times to families who made it their home.   In 1978 Mrs. Anthony Bouch, an energetic woman in her 70's, purchased the home and aspired to open an antique store. After making $100,000 in renovations, however, her health failed and she was unable to fulfill her dream. Jim and Barbara Stovall purchased the home in 1981. They planned to build condominiums in its place, even hiring an architect to help with the design. But on the eve of the scheduled demolition, Barbara told her husband that she couldn't bear the thought of the home being destroyed. New plans were then drawn up, almost immediately, for the restoration of the home as "Thee White House Restaurant," which opened on New Year’s Eve of 1981.

Very few changes were made in the refurbishment project. The restoration was copied from original existing pieces, whenever possible. The interior of the home was restored with most rooms retaining their original size and shape. The brick fireplace in the library (now the main dining room) and many of the windows are original. Every effort has been made to retain the appearance of the home as it was in 1909.

Finally, in 1987, Italian immigrant Bruno Serato took over the ownership of the restaurant, which now features Northern Italian cuisine. His award-winning excellence and signature entrees befit the establishment, now Anaheim White House Restaurant, and his philosophy is simple: to treat each and every one of his patrons as a distinguished guests in his home. Simple as it may be, Anaheim's once "hidden treasure" is now recognized worldwide, and is now a "home" to many.

Numerous celebrities such as Danny De Vito, Andrea Bocelli and even former president Jimmy Carter have graced the home's threshold. Likewise, Anaheim White House has also graced catering events for many, including Madonna, and has even traveled as far as Bora Bora, to delight dinner guests with our magnificent fare.

Not only has it been a home to so many distinguished guests, but it is also a home to several awards of excellence. Anaheim White House garnered the DiRoNA award, a very prestigious award given to only a select few in all of North America; and also the highly coveted Golden Sceptre award, the highest honor award given by the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association. Their latest achieved is the Five Star Diamond Award awarded by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, Which boasts Donald Trump on the Board of Trustees. News of this cuisine extraordinaire has been the subject of numerous reviews in international publications in Italy and Japan.

From Anaheim to Bora Bora, from Jimmy Carter to Madonna, Bruno's simple philosophy along with the culinary talents under his direction has not only added to the success of this beautiful landmark, but it has made Anaheim White House a true legend on the international culinary map!

The completely new West Wing addition next to the Anaheim White House Restaurant offers No room fees with their lunch or dinner packages!  The new 1800 sq feet West Wing Banquet Hall is great for weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal shower, you name it!  See the West Wing photo above.

Come check it out!  We hope to see you and your brides at January's mixer!

Information taken from www.anaheimwhitehouse.com "About Us" page.  Please visit the website for more information on this remarkable restaurant.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Wish Upon a Wedding

Thanks to Alan Katz of So Cal Officiants Fun Wed, I got to attend the grand Blissful Wishes ball at the Ebell in LA on November 4th.  The theme was Vintage Hollywood.  It was so wonderful to see everyone dressed up at the event. 

Wish Upon a Wedding is the world's first nonprofit wish granting organization that provides weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation.

Everyone can make a difference and help this fantastic new non-profit organization by making Wedding Wishes come true, while raising crucial funding needed to sustain this new charity.  The event included a silent option with items from So Cal companies as well as the flowers on the dining tables.





Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Miss Quinceaneras Magazine Cover Girl Pageant

Last weekend I had the honor of being a judge for the Miss Quinceanera Magazine Covergirl Pageant.  What a treat that was for me.  15 girls around the age of 15 competed for 3 spots to be the covergirl for the 2011 magazine.  The event was held at Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel in Buena Park.


The event was carried out in three stages:  Casual Dress, Cocktail Dress, Evening Gown, and Finalists.  We were to judge them on Beauty, Presence, Confidence, Speech and Etiquette.

In the Casual stage the girls introduced themselves mentioning where they are from.  All were dressed in the official "Miss Cover Girl" t-shirt with black pants and high heels and carried a surprise accessory. 


In the second stage the girls appeared in co
cocktail dresses and explained why they wanted to be the quinceaneras magazine cover girl.

Just before intermission the current Miss Quinceaneras Magazine Cover Girl, Miss Priscilla  Lopez, sang a couple of songs.  What a beautiful and fantastic voice this young girl has!



In the third stage the girls appeared in their evening gowns and walked the runway.


There were also two extra prizes for Miss Photogenic, selected by the event photographer, and Miss Congeniality, selected by the contestants!


Eight candidates with the highest scores were selected to remain for the finalist round.  They answered questions that were asked randomly.  The questions were pre-selected and handed to the master of ceremonies who asked the questions of the contestants.




Congratulations to the three beautiful winners.  We all felt that they all were winners though!  I was truly honored to have been asked to be a judge in this wonderful contest.  Thank you Norma Capatanachi for giving me this great opportunity!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Planning Meeting for BenefitALL Charity Event in December



Greetings!

On Friday evening, October 8th, 2010 from 6 pm to 9 pm, we have invited some of the finest event coordinators and planners throughout Southern California to begin planning benefitall.   Ask your friends to join us, if they are also  interested in producing the largest single day of giving without barriers, ever held.  

Please refrain from circulating event details until you have attended the planning event and understand the ground-rules for this amazing event.   Avoiding confusion or mis-information is paramount to its success in the allocated time with the allocated resources.  Thank you for understanding. 

The notice is late, but our time is short and the need to get started is clear.  Thank you for trying to clear your calendar for us.  


Register Now for October 8th, Planning Kickoff!

I have had the pleasure to work with many of those invited and expected to attend.  Some I have not.   Either way, we will quickly 'sort through' the major areas of responsibility and begin to define and design the requirements and appropriate assignments.    Please, bring your laptops or notebooks and be prepared to actively listen and participate.  

What is benefitall?
On December 18th, 2010:  A day and place where all share their gifts with each other; seeing real, active charity at work.   All have needs, all have gifts; somewhere in this mass of giving people the answer to one's needs will be found. 

Every day: Charity, and active Giving:   a community of donations of all kinds to organizations of choice through purchase and participation in everyday and spectacular events. 
Prelminary web   click here.

Register Now for October 8th, Planning Kickoff!


Who is 'giving' this day? Everyone.   Examples:
Thousands of vendors participating in providing 10 Angel weddings; non-profit support for the event; Schools and educators providing scholarships; donors providing tents, trucks, volunteers and more....food, Angel Stadium...And on and on.  

What is the cost?  You must bring a gift...

What can be given?   What you have that others may need:  Smiles, hugs, subject area expertise, handshake, story telling, teddy bears, guidance, products and more.  All are equally respected, needed  and valid to make the day a success. 

What if I have no gift to give? 
Call or visit us; we'll help you find your gift.  Everyone has one. 

Register Now for October 8th, Planning Kickoff!

Who is involved: 
  1. 100 + charities & non-profits 
  2. 100+ small/ large businesses; many on site with answers to your everyday questions; or solutions to your problems. 
  3. 100's of school, community and similar organizations 
  4. 100's event artists, (event planners, caterers, bakers, florists, photographers, videographers, special 'effects' providers, musicians, artists, invitations, clothing, etc.)  
  5. Hundreds of sponsors, large corporations, businesses from around the country, who share the vision of unity and charity.  
  6. 10's of Collection Trucks for items such as food, clothing, furniture, sports, Christmas, music/arts, yard and other topics.   
  7. 10's of tents for hands-on assistance or answers to problems with your car, house, finances, legal, computer or other family or business  issues. 
  8. 10 selected Angel Brides who will receive their dream weddings. Southern California residents, businesses and providers;    

Register Now for October 8th, Planning Kickoff!
 
What are the requirements:  Registration is required; for services and businesses, verification will be required. 

What is in it for you?   Who are you?  The benefits are endless, beginning with just plain feeling good, seeing face to face people who can use, benefit from and appreciate your efforts, in a safe, honest, open and 'even' setting.  Then, figure in the exposure already beginning from the OC Register to NBC4 and beyond.... it will be huge. And, some of you will help make it huge!   That is YOUR gift to others!  

Advertising/PR has already started; NBC4; OCRegister and more on the docet!  We even have the OCCounty Clerk offering to officiate the evening weddings. 

Who is needed?  What kind of people are really needed at this first planning meeting?
  • Social Media, marketing and PR  (with single point of authorityl over releases for 'message' and security, compliance and insurance reasons)  
  • Financial, legal and related, especially focused to non-profits,  to ensure all in/out flow between and across the organizations and companies is consistent and accurately reflected, reported, and no unintentional violations of charters, etc occur. 
  • Event Artists:  bakers, caterers, florists, etc etc etc.    Each non-profit (or category of non-profit) will have its own tent with assigned 'event artists' to perform setup and comply with all event guidelines; tents, signage, floral, music, if any, etc.   Some will find their creations also used for the evening multiple-wedding event.  
  • Organizers, Organizers, Organizers....for outreach, for onsite efforts, etc...   a million things to be 'pulled together' due to the diverse audience and time allocation. 
  • FOLKS....to do online, data-entry, phone, handouts, visits, creating, etc.    to help define and document to help others later... 
  • Representatives to coordinate High School glee clubs, marching bands, ROTC, key clubs and similar; young folks whose families would like another way/day to share their pride and dreams while helping others.   Representatives to coordinate Girl & Boy Scouts & Clubs; YM/YWCAs and more; who would like to be exposed to a larger, safe community where they can learn, earn credits and further build a foundation for a better life.  
  • Outreach coordinators for crafters, tutors and mentors for youngsters.   
 
The list is endless as the day will be diverse.  Gifts will be large, small and everywhere in between.  Please help us create and share this wonderful day with our Southern California family.
 
Register Now for October 8th, Planning Kickoff! Share and tell others.  
We need you all...


Register Now for October 8th, Planning Kickoff BenefitAll

Thank you for your attention and response.  I look forward to seeing you Friday!

Where:
Jason's Restaurant & WIne Cellar
416 W. 4th Street
Downtown Santa Ana Historic & Arts District
Santa Ana, CA 92701


Parking in rear; in Parking structure  or in front:
Private Events:

Enter through front or rear entrance.

Sincerely,

Sharon Girulat
SG & Associates for BenefitAll
949.485.5098
 

Monday, October 4, 2010

OCBrides.com September 2010 Mixer at Heritage Museum

What great fun we had at the OC Brides.com mixer on September 15th. Check out the video. Country Garden Caterers did an absolutely awesome job with their mashed potato bar (darn we didn't get any photos of that) and make your own Oriental Chicken Salad.

Candace Chromy of Heritage Museum gave a nice speech and tour of the grounds and Sam Legaspi of Cantina Light Pictures gave an eye-opening speech on the state of the industry! Thanks so much Candace and Sam!

Everyone networked and got new connections that night. And let's face it, networking is the cheapest form of advertising these days. So check out the video below and be sure to come see us at the next one on October 20th at OC Custom Wine in Anaheim.




Go Back in time with Us at The Heritage Museum

Heritage Museum of Orange County's gracious historic plaza and lush green surroundings offer a unique setting for your wedding or reception. Created to preserve Orange County's rich cultural heritage, the museum has been designed to emulate a 19th century country estate. The secluded eleven and a half acres of the site offer privacy and versatility. Several Victorian buildings and a variety of beautiful gardens and natural settings provide lovely backdrops for your festivities and keepsake photographs.





 


Thank you to George (Flash) Fenton of Fenton Photography for the beautiful photos of the event!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Get More Brides Seminar Was a Hit!

Last week's Get More Brides Seminar by Rick Brewer was well attended and fantastic. We all learned some new tricks to get more business this year. And who couldn't use that right now, right?  With about 60 people in attendance it was definitely a hit!


A big thanks to Crowne Plaza Anaheim Resort for their wonderful service and hospitality!  We all learned a lot, enjoyed great food and met some new friends in the industry!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Stir Up Some Business ... Host a Mixer

By Mindy at Networkingeventfinders.com

Business is down, people are cautious; everybody’s waiting so see
what the economy will do before they commit to that marketing campaign or that advertising spread, etc. But still… you feel like your company

should be doing something.


Sponsor a “Networking Mixer!” After the observations of my Orange County, CA, editor, Marcie Taylor, I thought I should expand on this informal segment of the networking arena. You don’t need to involve a chamber or any other structured organization. All you need are refreshments, food, a large venue and people! (oh, yeah….nametags!)


As business owners and firms offering professional services look for ways to create interest, meet new people, and possibly help their clients, we’ve seen casual events spring up that are being hosted by
professional firms. For example, a bank or a legal firm may host a Happy Hour Mixer or Client-Appreciation Open house. Put the word “Networking” in the title and people‘s self-interest will be sparked. The sponsoring firm invites their clients and encourages them to bring others. All their associates are on hand as greeters to introduce clients to each other.


This is a social business event and there is no presentation other than the host at some point announcing to the crowd something like: “Welcome…I’m Mr. Prez of Jones & Associates, A CPA firm. Thank you for coming! Please eat, drink and be merry. If you have any questions about us, please don’t hesitate to ask…Enjoy the evening!


If you want to give a presentation on your company or a particular area of your expertise, that’s your prerogative, but that fact should be well communicated in the original invitation so your guests will not be caught unaware. You don’t want to be deemed a networking “Bait & Switch”.


Another option is to host a morning coffee & bagel type Meet & Greet in your office building or office park. The idea is to meet your neighbors get to know them & their business…maybe you can help each other? Perhaps this can work into a future mixer to involve clients, networking and future collaborations. The opportunities are
endless.


Sound like too much work? Share the responsibilities with another firm and have two sponsors. You have plenty of online resources, E-vites for managing the guest list & social media & your local Networking Guide to spread the word! Please be cognizant as to whether or not a Happy Hour is appropriate for your industry…I still can’t believe that the Girl Scouts are hosting a Happy Hour for a Chamber of Commerce in Nevada (I’m surprised
it’s not a Casino Night)…I would think a non-alcoholic breakfast would be a better fit, but that’s just me…

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remembering 9/11 and The World Trade Center



We all can remember where we were that tragic morning. I found I couldn't turn the television off for weeks. This is a one hour documentary. Please watch and always remember the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom!

PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN - 9/11 WTC TRIBUTE



Let us remember this day forever. God Bless the men and women who fight for our freedom and God Bless the USA!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Blood Diamonds

Diamonds are said to be highly valuable and anonymous.  A mere handful of  smuggled stones can support an entire army or fund a terrorist organization.  This is a dirty little secret in the diamond industry.  They are easy to smuggle into this country as there is no orafice or piece of equipment that you can't hide a diamond in. They are easier to smuggle than drugs.  There is no smell and no trace so the dogs can't identify the smugglers.  It is a smugglers dream.  Alquida has been linked to diamond smuggling. Diamonds are sought after by many criminals and theives.  Antwerp is the main destination of smuggled diamonds.  Statistics show that 60% of the world's diamonds are smuggled.  Dealers from around the world come to Antwerp to buy uncut diamonds some not knowing of the corruption attached.  A diamond is a diamond no matter where it comes from.  Thankfully, most diamonds are legitimate, however they have fueled a series of brutal wars across Africa, a country with a history of corruption!  These diamonds can make or break a nation.  There is so much armed conflict over these precious stones that amputees have become the symbol of the modern Sierra Leone area of the West African Coast.  Many die in the process of mining.



Diamond sales produce 75 billion dollars every year. Men in the Sierra Leone area may dig for up to 7 days only to find 1 small rock that will pay him only $7.  They hope to buy a house or a motorcar for their family some day.  These men sell the diamonds to stores that in some cases trade them for goods.  Sometimes the dealers may carry a million dollars worth in their pocket.  It is a very dangerous job. 



How can a simple pebble mean so much?  Most are sold legally but all it takes are a corrupt few and the diamond pipeline can be used to buy weapons for another war.  These gems are mined in African war zones and sold to buy guns and  finance conflicts, and thereby profit warlords and diamond companies across the world.  Whoever controls the diamonds controls the war.  Rebels force men, women and children to dig for diamonds at gunpoint.  Then the diamonds are smuggled into world markets.  Consumers don't know that the diamonds they cherish originated from a blood war. Rest assured, not all diamonds are blood diamonds.  This corruption is killing the diamond industry though.



To most people diamonds are worth millions symbolizing love, affection, wealth, and glamour.  They are emblems of love and romance.  So pure you can see right through them.  When the love and romance  is absent the stone becomes a pebble.


Taken from  Blood Diamond is a 2006 war film co-produced and directed by Edward Zwick starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou.  The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actor (DiCaprio) and Best Supporting Actor (Hounsou).

Upcoming Networking Mixer

We are looking forward to next week's networking mixer at the beautiful Heritage Museum.  Several new vendors are joining our team to create a wonderful event. 

Click here for tickets

DJ services by Matthew Beaumont
Flowers by Pastel's Florist
Photography by Fenton Photography
Candy Buffet by Two Sugar Mamma's
Catering by Country Garden Caterers
Linens by LA Chair Cover Rentals
Tables by Signature Party Rentals
Photobooth by Pics 4 my Party

We have some great raffle prizes for some lucky attendees to win too!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August 2010 Networking Mixer for Vendors



What an awesome mixer this was! The food was unbelievable. Jason went above and beyond on this one. Chris from silver Disc Entertainment did a fantastic job MC'ing the event. The cars were all such a hit, especially to the men. 4 quick Clicks set up a corporate style photo booth in front of one of the Ferraris and gave us some great photos in cardboard frames and Dawn harman did a wonderful job taking photographs of the evening! Check out the video. It sure was a lot of fun for all.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

OC Brides Networking Mixer July 2010 at Muzeo



What can I say? The frogs were the cutest little things. A huge "thanks" goes out to the Muzeo Museum in Anaheim for letting us all view the Celebration of colors Frog exhibit and the Delta Blues exhibit during our mixer. I know I put a lot of the frogs in this video but I couldn't resist. Dave Greenwood of Dijital Engagement did an awesome job as the DJ. I know he spent hours researching just what kind of Blues the Delta Blues is and downloaded the perfect music for the occasion! Thanks so much Dave! Tony of Tony Perez Photography took these awesome pics ... thank you Tony!

This location is something you MUST see. They have so many outdoor areas for events and they even have an outdoor Chapel. Most people don't know all this is included in this location. Patricia Davis gave our guests a nice tour. If you want to know how unique it really is as someone you know that attended. This location is truly a hidden gem. Check them out!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Need motivation! Have to get the new accounting system set up!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Cooperative Competition


by Rick Brewer -- Author  "How to Get More Brides"

Cooperating with the competition? What a Weird idea. In the 90’s the mantra was “crush your competition” or even “eliminate or annihilate your completion”. Fact is, that many companies have not only worked this process, but they have thrived because of it. In the Central Florida Area, where I live, (Orange, Seminole, Osceola and southern Lake County) there are 30,000 +/-marriage licenses issued each year. If half of those Brides booked your product or service, you would be able to handle all of them, let alone most of them. Very few could handle 1% (150 weddings). That being the case, you will always have competition. Good Competition is not a problem. 

When a Bride has a positive experience with one of your competitors, it lifts your industry. When they have a bad experience, that vendor needs to change very quickly or simply get out of the wedding business. The industry associations such as for photographers, videographers, wedding planners and more are designed to raise the bar to insure Great service is offered to all Bridal couples. 

One of the key components to cooperative competition is to find like thinking vendors in your Industry. Let’s take a photographer. Many photographers are owner/operators and are limited to what they can book. If they book one event a week, they are doing a lot (considering the back end time involved). Based upon that, they may have several brides asking for the same Saturday. Once they have that Saturday booked, it behooves them to send that Bride in a good direction towards someone they know and trust will do a great job. This will do two things: 
  1.  Help a friend who may return the favor 
  2.  Protect that Bride from A hobbyist who is only interested in her money, not a performing a great service. 

A Good adage to live by: “all things being equal, people do business with people they like and trust. All things not being equal, people still do business with People they like and trust” Get to know people who will like and trust you and search for those you can like and trust. It will do wonders for your business, and it never hurts to have a few more friends. 
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You can see Rick Brewer in an all day seminar, live, at the Crowne Plaza Anaheim September 14th.  Contact Cindy Lieber  for more info or stay tuned for an updated post!

 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

May Mixer at M Foscari



M Foscari Mediterranean restaurant was the site of the May mixer for wedding professionals. Maria provided a wonderful spread of pasta and meat dishes as well as a signature Sangria drink. Photos taken by Luminaire Images. Great job Molly!! Flowers provided by Blooms and Kisses. There were so many to raffle, it was quite a treat! And once again Ana brought her famous Chocolate Carmel Apples for the raffle. Alan Katz gave a great speech on I Do Don'ts!Thanks so much to everyone who made this an awesome event.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Grand Opening of The Wedding Pantry

Last night's grand opening of The Wedding Pantry in Tustin ROCKED!  There were some familiar faces and lots of new people to meet. The Hand Rolls and California Rolls were the best ever!  And the Tequila drink with Cilantro and Jalapeno was to die for.  They sure do know how to put on a fantastic party.  All you OC Brides out there must check out this location.  They have everything you need to plan your wedding!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

OCBrides.com Vendor Networking Mixer



May 19 6:30 - 8:30
Come meet and network with other wedding professionals.  In this economy networking is the cheapest form of advertising for your business.  Help your wedding business grow by attending this mixer and be sure to bring plenty of business cards so you can exchange information with others.

Spring into the Mediterranean with our host M Foscari
Acclaimed chef and restauranteur Maria Foscari proudly brings us a variety of tastes from the Mediterranean.  M Foscari is a mediterranean fusion restaurant rich in bright, savory and organic flavors.  M Foscari excites the palate with every bite.  So eat, drink, and crave M Foscari!  Located in Anaheim Hills Maria's creations include everything from raw, vegan, and vegetarian to the flavors of the Orient, the Mediterranean, India, and the  Mid East.  The banquet facility includes a beautiful outdoor patio with lush greenery and water feature.

Raffle prices welcome!  Please email Cindy@ocbrides.com for info


Featuring the creations of  M Foscari
DJ Services by DJ Todd
Photography by Luminaire Images
Flowers by Blooms and Kisses
Chocolate Carmel Apples by Berry Beautiful Creations
Guest Speakers:
           Alan Katz from So Cal Officiant   Topic:  I Do Dont's
           
           Sharon Girulat  Eyes on you Design  
                       Topic:  Opening of the new Eyes on You DesignCenter



Mixer is $10.00  Prepaid and $15.00 at the door.
Click here for tickets:  http://ocbrides-may-2010.eventbrite.com/


Check out video of previous mixers!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Free Attendance to the Bridal Show June 19th

mmcc productions

 Bridal Shows & Wedding Expos

 
June 19, 2010 - The Anaheim White House  
West Wing Banquet Hall

887 South Anaheim Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92805

 

   Red Carpet Bridal Show and Wedding Expo 11 am - 4 pm

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
$20,000 COMPLETE WEDDING TO BE GIVEN AWAY to one lucky couple
 
YOU MUST ATTEND TO WIN 

Plus Many More Prizes Will Be GIVEN AWAY


A Beautiful Historical Landmark
Owner and renown restaurateur Bruno Serato, is recognized for his award winning Northern Italian Cuisine and Impeccable Service.
  • Mr. Serato has been bestowed the exclusive "International Five Star Diamond Award" annually since 2004.
What people are saying... 

"The Anaheim White House certainly exudes romantic charm" "True romance...a little bit of heaven"

"It is a hidden treasure, now recognized worldwide, from local Southern California residents to many distinguished guests around the globe, including former President Carter and a long list of Hollywood Celebrities."
 

ANNOUNCEMENT
TO ALL BRIDES - 

And your Bridal Party...
Be our Guest at NO Charge on Saturday, June 19,2010 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Attend our fabulous Bridal Show and Wedding Expo at the...
EXQUISITE and ROMANTIC Anaheim White House 

The Anaheim White House is giving away a complete Wedding for 100 people  valued at $20,000 Plus many more prizes for your wedding day.
Bridal Fashion Show 
50 Top Bridal Industry Experts to assist you 
Visit our V.I.P. Lounge for private discussions with select vendors and receive Complimentary Champagne and Hors d' oeurves




Things We Love This Week

Named the King of Cakes by Modern Bride magazine, Ron Ben-Israel have been a favorite among celebrities and the style-conscious since 1993. A popular guest on TV, Ron often appears on Martha, the Late Show with David Letterman, and the Food Network. His cakes have been featured in The New York Times, New York magazine, In Style, and Vogue, among others.

Ron has received numerous gold medals and awards in culinary competitions, and shares his passion, techniques, and secrets with the students of the French Culinary Institute in New York.


Ron is a Master Pastry Instructor at the French Culinary Institute in New York City. His students there complete an intensive hands-on, six to nine months’ classic pastry program. In that professional setting, Ron teaches the fine points of cake decorating, and offers select students the possibility of working with him at the bakery.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Networking Mixer at Contempo in Irvine



Welcome to the Contempo Events Center, Southern California’s newest premiere wedding and reception venue. Backed with 27 years of experience and a commitment to excellence, their talented staff provides personalized "5 Star" service from start to finish to help meet all your event needs. When you step into their lobby, you will be met with Classic Event Atmosphere combined with a edgy modern contemporary twist.

They are specialists in helping you realize your idea of a perfect event. No hotel or resort can come close. This unique event facility was artfully crafted by a renowned designer of spectacular properties for Hollywood insiders and Business Superstars and has become a favorite choice for the rich and famous.

With added touches like complimentary parking (valet available), wireless internet capabilities, a chefs kitchen, theater, gym and presentation room, your guests will truly appreciate the carefully thought out conveniences this location offers.

Photography by A. Michaels Photography, catering by M Foscari, Dj by Music on the Move, and Photobooth by Party Booth!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Networking Mixer for Bridal Professionals

This month's networking mixer will be at the new OC Contempo in Irvine.


Southern California’s newest premiere wedding and reception venue. Backed with 27 years of experience and a commitment to excellence, their talented staff provides personalized "5 Star" service from start to finish to help meet all your event needs. When you step into the lobby, you will be met with Classic Event Atmosphere combined with a edgy modern contemporary twist.

Specializing in helping you realize your idea of a perfect event, no hotel or resort can come close. This unique event facility was artfully crafted by a renowned designer of spectacular properties for Hollywood insiders and Business Superstars and has become a favorite choice for the rich and famous.

With added touches like complimentary parking (valet available), wireless internet capabilities, a chefs kitchen, theater, gym and presentation room, your guests will truly appreciate the carefully thought out conveniences this location offers.

And a bit more about the event:




C.W. Originals will be raffling exhibitor booths for the April 25th Bridal Show at the Anaheim White House Event Center
Chocolate/Carmel Apples by Berry Beautiful Creations
Wine Tasting for 2 at M Foscari


Catering by M Foscari
DJ Services by Music on the Move
Photography by A. Michaels Photography
Linens by Glow Concepts
Pastries by Pacific Bakery

Photobooth by Party Booths
Limo by Plyocity Limousines
Featured Vendor -- As You Like Services

Guest Speaker -- Jennifer Canady      Topic:  Advertising on a Very Limited Budget!

Hope to see you there!!


Friday, March 26, 2010

Berry Beautiful Creations

Berry Beautiful Creations

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Posted in Vendors, Weddings

A few months back, I had the pleasure of meeting Ana Gonzalez from Berry Beautiful Creations at an AFWPI Mixer. I met her because as I was walking past one of the tables, I saw her apples and immediately fell in love with her product. They are the most creative, and pretty apples I’ve ever seen. And I thought to myself…”Oh…I need to meet the person that created these!” So, I took a moment to look over the apples, and I introduced myself to Ana.

Over these past few months, I’ve been communicating with Ana back and forth via e-mails and Facebook. And when she called upon me to photograph her apples, I was more than pleased. I just love how detailed each one of these apples are. Each one is hand decorated! I know she puts a lot of time into her artwork, and I can appreciate her dedication to her craft.

So here are just a few images from the product shoot we did this weekend:

Not only do these apples look beautiful, they taste GREAT too! Ana let me take a few home after the shoot and I just gobbled them up! These apples make wonderful gifts for weddings, showers, or any other special event you may have. They come in a variety of colors and Ana will work with you to go along with themes you may have.

For more information about these apples and more, please visit:
Ana Gonzalez
Berry Beautiful Creations
(909)630-4082

Post and photos courtesy of Lucy Manalo, Manalo Empire

Mardi Gras Networking Mixer at The White House Event Center

The White House Event Center is a fairly new venue for weddings and is surely a site to see.  No description can really do it justice.  you just have to see it to believe it! A one-half scale replica of the White House in Washington D.C., built in 1978 as a museum, now along with the West Wing provides one of the best facilities for banquets, corporate events, weddings, receptions, quinceaneras and school functions. This facility is located on a 10 acre site with ample parking.

Four different venues are available to meet a wide range of entertainment needs. The White House is well suited for large corporate events. The West Wing has a more intimate “night club” feel for social events. The Rose Garden provides a beautiful outdoor setting for weddings, quinceaneras and  outdoor dining.

The White House/ West Wing complex can accommodate capacities ranging from 100 to 800 guests. In addition the Adventure City theme park can be used for private events for families or transformed for teens at night for up to 3000 people. The Theme Park is located on the property and is available as a separate rental or included with one of the other venues. 

Our mixer for wedding professionals was surely a hit with a Mardi Gras theme.  Atmosphere Entertainment provided some awesome New Orleans tunes, Chef Anahita prepared traditional N'awlins grub, Country Garden Caterers poured some signature southern beverages such as the Mint Julep and Hurricane!  And Party Booths supplied the always fun photo booth with Mardi Gras props!  Thanks to all who helped make this event a success.


Oh, and I must mention that C.W. Originals gave away 6 exhibitor booths for their upcoming shows.  Can't beat that for the price of admission!  Be sure and come to our April mixer at the new Contempo in Irvine.  They will be raffling off more show booths then too!

Click on the Header above to see the slideshow.








Thursday, March 18, 2010

Launch Party for Contempo in Irvine

Friday, March 19th, was the launching of the new venue Contempo in Irvine.  What a beautiful event center this is in the middle of a business complex.  With it's contemporary look and feel this venue is going to be a hit!  We were invited to display our line of shoes and wine.  This will be the venue for our April Networking mixer for wedding professionals!  Come check it out.  for more info on the mixer contact cindy@ocbrides.com

Photos courtesy of A. Michaels Photography

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