Thursday, January 29, 2009

Paper Source Weddings 2009

For all the people out there that's as addicted to Paper Source as I am, there are a few upcoming events at all Paper Source stores!

Complimentary Creative Wedding Demos ~ February 21, 2009
11:30 am - Announcing the Big Day
12:45 pm - Inspired Invitations
2:00 pm - Tasteful Tabletop D├ęcor
Exclusive Event: The Wedding Suite ~ March 5, 2009
6:30 - 9 PM (seats limited to 15)
$35 per person ~ Sign up with a friend and receive $5 off each seat!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Special E

I'm very excited to have discovered a company that offers this service for all the brides and grooms out there! Quoting from the company's website, ' Special E is a green service that rescues leftovers from meetings, conferences, parties, weddings, and special events, then recycle them in ways that help our planet and people in need.' 

After your event, the company will come and pick up the left over food and deliver it to food banks, soup kitchens, shelters to feed the hungry and homeless. Floral arrangements or centerpieces will be delivered to hospitals or nursing homes. Empty cans and soda will be recycled and proceeds goes to abused and abandoned pets. The list goes on what the company can rescue and put to good use. 

What this company offers is amazing! As a planner, I usually stay late into the night to oversee the break down and clean up of the event. There has been times where I delivered left over flowers to nursing homes because I couldn't stand to see the beautiful, fresh flowers getting thrown away. Some venues already allow couples to pack the left over, this company offers that extra step of delivering the food to the people in need. There's so many hungry people out there, wouldn't it be great if we put everything you planned to use and help the less fortunate? 

There is a fee associated with their service and you would need to fill out a form to determine the exact amount. I know if everyone do what they can do help save the planet, we'll be leaving a better place for the next generation. I encourage couples to plan ahead and work this into their budget!

Sunday, January 25, 2009


Wishing everyone a HAPPY and PROSPEROUS New Year!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Another Etsy find!

I always have a soft spot for adorable creatures. I know this isn't really wedding related but hey, I can't help but share. Hope it brightens your rainy day. 

Made by Katie from Skunkboy Creatures!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

It's a New Day!

Taking the words right from

My favorite moment

Not a single arrest

Photos courtesy of USAToday

Monday, January 5, 2009

Angel & Jonathan's Wedding

The first time I met Angel and Jon at the local Coffee Bean, and they began describing their wedding vision, I WAS EXCITED ~ the unique and mysterious venue (The Houdini Estate), ceremony by a enchanting well, follow by the reception in the gardens. Angel wanted all the luxury of a ballroom but in a garden setting. I was up for the challenge and I am so happy how everything turn out. Angel & Jon's wedding was truly a memorable event! Thanks to Emi from Evoke Photography for all the beautiful images!

Angel's custom made gown was gorgeous! Layers and layers of tulle ~ she looked like she was floating on a cloud.

Here are her fabulous bridesmaids in their cute PJs helping her dress.

I love the beautiful portrait of the lovely Angel

Christine Saunders from The Spiraled Stem was the genius behind all the beautiful floral. Even though the setting is garden-like, Angel wanted clean and modern lines throughout. Christine was able to stick to the blue and yellow pallet of Angel & Jon's Alma mater, and added a little pink throughout. Christine used tulips and mini callas, for clean lines and added hydrangeas to the bridesmaids' bouquet to soften the look.

To include their Chinese heritage, Angel and Jon had a friend designed a logo which was the combination of their Chinese last names. It was featured on their wedding website, invites, photobooth pictures, etc (not a good picture but their logo is on the stamp). Angel also attached a Chinese double happiness charm to their invites.

First look ~ so cute and sweet!

The estate was filled bridges, stone paths, waterfall...all perfect photo-opt locations!
Here's a great view of the ceremony (and the enchanting well) from the steps leading up to the helipad on the estate.

The centerpieces were trio of graduated-height tall glass vases with alternating pink (cymbidium orchids) and yellow (mini callas) color schemes.

Another amazing detail was their cake from Susina Bakery. The pastry chef delivered the cake and literally built the cake as the guests were enjoying their meal. I love the plexiglas and the glowing votives beneath the cake. Adorning the cake was custom made cake topper of Angel and Jon's Wii characters (the pastry chef had to build a stand within the cake to hold the 2lb weight!)

Here's a view as the sun was setting ~ pin-spots, color washes against the trees, string lanterns, gold chiavari chairs, beautiful blue satin linen...I think Angel's vision of elegance was perfectly executed.

Cute photobooth picture of the happy couple! You can see their unique logo a little better on the bottom.
Angel and Jon, I had a wonderful time working with you in planning your wedding. We had some challenges (the logistic of the venue was crazy! One way in, one way out ~ with the team of vendors we needed, it took a lot of coordinating!) but I think in the end, that's what made your wedding spectacular!