Halloween is just around the corner.
Here is some inspiration for your fall/Halloween themed wedding reception!
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The team at Illuminated Events would like to congratulate Nathan and Christine as they begin this journey together as man and wife! We caught up with Christine through an online interview after their honeymoon and this is what she had to say!
How did he propose?
"Nate proposed at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla. We were there on a family vacation and we had just checked into our room. He told me to open the window and when I turned around he was down on one knee. I was not expecting it at that moment so he definitely surprised me! He said he had to improvise because he thought our room was going to have a balcony and propose there but we got a room that didn't have one. The bellman showed up with our bags right after I said yes and I think he felt a little awkward for being there!"
What was the most exciting and/or challenging thing leading up to the wedding?
"The most challenging thing was designing all of the details. I'm a graphic design so I designed and assembled all of the elements of the wedding. I know my wedding party was really excited when they saw how detailed the invitations, programs, escort cards and signs were (not!). It took a few months to design and assemble everything but it was worth it since every element was custom made and just what I wanted."
What was the best part of your ceremony?
"The best part of the ceremony was marrying Nate! (cheesy!) I think the funniest part of the ceremony was tripping up the stairs. My dress had a lot of layers and my heel got caught in my underskirt while I was walking up the stairs. My parents tried to find my heel to fix it but their were so many layers it was impossible! There was a few minute pause during the procession where I had to rip my heel through the underskirt to get it out! By the time I made it up the stairs I was laughing so I'm not sure what everyone was thinking since most brides aren't usually laughing while walking down the aisle."
What was the best part of your reception?
"Our reception was a big party! Everybody had a fantastic time and got a little crazy! I would say Nate and mines highlight of the reception was our first dance. We took dance lessons and had a whole ballroom routine. I don't know if everyone else thought it was the best moment but Nate and I were really proud of ourselves for not messing up. It felt like we were on dancing with the stars! I think everyone had a great time dancing the Hora too. It was scary to get lifted up in the chairs since we ended up with chairs that had no arm rails. I almost slipped off a few times! I also didn't tell my parents that they would be put in the chairs too so it was great to see their reaction."
Where did you spend your honeymoon?
"Nate and I went to Canada for our honeymoon. We spent 10 days in Quebec City, Magog, and Montreal. It was nice to relax, walk around the cities, and eat and drink! The food was fantastic the whole trip and made it really enjoyable since we had been on a strict wedding diet. We did some city tours, rented a boat on a lake, got a couples massage, and biked to a waterfall. It was nice to think about something other than wedding planing!"
Is there anything else you would like to share about your wedding?
"I want to thank all of the great vendors who made the day possible! I am very picky when it comes to design elements and can be controlling so it was hard for me to trust that everyone would see my vision. My vision wouldn't have come to life if they didn't execute it exactly how I wanted and everyone exceeded expectations."
Congratulations Nathan and Christine!
Adding a tent over your ceremony or reception space can allow you to still have your dream wedding... rain or shine. You can either embed it into your plan from the beginning, so there is no worry. If you don't want a tent but think you will end up needing one, be sure to check with your venue and budget to make sure the setup will work. Talk with your coordinator about adding draping on the ceiling and side panels for added elegance.
Ask venue for a backup plan. Depending on the venue, they might already have a back up plan in place for inclement weather. Check with them when you're booking your venue to see what you can work out just in case!
If your ceremony is outside and you don't have any cover... just ask your guests to bring an umbrella or provide some for them. Be sure to talk to your photographer if it does rain so they know what the "necessary shots" are of you, your bridal party, venue, etc.
Switch the order of events. Check the hourly weather forecast for the day and check when the rain will start and end. If if looks like the weather will clear up, consider moving the cocktail hour prior to the ceremony!
Change the venue if it's really not going to work out. If you are doing a complete venue change, give yourself and your guests enough time to make changes in travel, transportation and lodging. Make a deadline of the last day to change the venue in case of rain so that all of your vendors can make the changes they may need to.
The #1 thing I took away from it was how important it is to stay up with the trends. Whether it be with social media, new technology within our industry or just staying on top of the trending color schemes on pantone. If you dont change along with your clientele you can and will lose them.
What I'm looking forward to next year is the wedding wire t-shirts! I want to make a quilt/blanket out of my collection! LOL. The giveaways are always fun and I enjoy them all year long."
When it comes to my weddings, I'm one of those people that will wake up in the middle of the night and make voice notes to myself of things to do the next day, what to remember, touch ups, people to call, etc. I get stressed behind the scenes so that I can be calm, cool and collected day of. I went to the "stress is optional" seminar with Dana Lin and since I've been back, I've used her method multiple times, and let me tell you, I've eliminated stressful situations. When I come into a stressful situation now I ask myself "Can I remove myself? Change the situation? Or change my way of thinking?" If I can, I do it and viola! Stressful situation, gone.
Next year I am most excited to see how the bonus seminars grow and expand. It was great to be a planner, but be able to go to a specialized floral class or learn more about venues, if I chose to. It's great to walk into a room for a floral class and the stage be FULL of flowers or walk into a room and the room be full with planners. It's always exciting to be in a space with thousands of colleagues in the same industry that you can share and expand your horizons/business."
The #1 thing that I took away from Wedding MBA was that you have to keep up with the millennials. Being one myself, I know that we are all caught up in instant gratification, young/fresh ideas, and making everything an experience for our friends. Something that stuck out to me was that it doesn't matter as much how long you've been in the business... it's all about your social media presence, reviews, and quick responses to clients.
Next year, I'm looking forward to attending more seminars about decor and trends. I'm excited to watch the trends we spoke about at Wedding MBA come to life here at our company!"
Especially when the husband pulls out all the stops to recreate a dream wedding reception for him and his wife to enjoy together on the beach for their tenth anniversary.
12 months before
This is the time to start looking for the perfect venue for your special day and planning who you want to attend. Go ahead scan away at your gift registry and get your engagement party planned.
Put together your total budget.
10 months before
Now you want to find your wedding officiant and the vendors you'll be working with. Think up a cute way to ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen to be part of your special day and find a photographer for creative engagement photos!
Before you make any deposits, check to see if your vendors offer insurance.
8 months before
If your wedding requires your guests to travel you will want to get arrangements made early. Find out the nearest hotels and best deals on transportation so they have plenty of time to save/pay for a trip. Check and see if there are any group rates to make it a little more affordable.
It's never too early to order your dress and now would be the perfect time. If you aren't doing your hair/makeup yourself you should be doing test run of what you want your wedding day look to be.
Hire and discuss with your wedding coordinator about ideas you may have for your wedding. If you're not looking to hire a professional wedding coordinator, appoint someone outside of your bridal party to coordinate your big day. You bridal party will be too busy doing their bridal party duties.
6 months before
If you're planning on leaving right after your wedding... don't forget to book the honeymoon in advance. The longer you wait, the more expensive your dream trip will be.
Go ahead and order your bridesmaids dresses and make sure everyone is comfortable with them. Unless you're paying for them, be cautious of your girls' budgets.
Don't forget to send out save the dates and to buy your wedding bands!
4 months before
Here is when you want to figure out what the groomsmen are wearing and decide on your hair and makeup for the big day.
Confirm all your orders with vendors and make all necessary payments.
If you can, attend pre-wedding counseling.
If you're going to have a rehearsal dinner, get that planned and paid for in advance if you can!
2 months before
Mail out your official invitations!
Start thinking about and writing your vows.
Figure out how you and your soon-to-be spouse are going to be getting around the day of. Check out limos, personal drivers, etc.
If there's any day of accessories you need go ahead and get them ready now!
6 weeks before
Apply for your marriage license and then get everything printed (menus, programs, table numbers, etc.)
1 month before
It's party time.
Have fun at your bridal shower and let loose at your bachelor(ette) party!
2 weeks before
Get into your dress for your final fitting.
Make sure to go over with your photographer every shot that you want the day of.
Review your playlist with the DJ and give him specific song cues if you have any.
1 week before
Get a final guest headcount and finalize the seating chart around it. If necessary, resolve meals for your vendors. Confirm all your reservations.
Take a little time to pamper yourself with facials, waxing, etc.
48 hours before
Wrap all your bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts to give to them.
Take care of your last minute beauty needs like getting a spray tan, hair cut/color, pedicure, manicure, etc.
Meet with your coordinator for a complete run through of your special day!
If you're planning on it, now is the time to have your rehearsal dinner to smooth through any kinks your special day might have.
Give out your bridal party gifts!
Let your wedding coordinator handle everything! Be sure to introduce them to all necessary vendors, site managers and special guests.
Then, officially tie the knot and live happily ever after!
If there are any rentals that need to be returned, appoint someone to handle them for you.
Write and send thank you notes!
Photography by Gallant Ho Photography
There are so many reasons to have a beach wedding. There's just something about the natural light and sound of the waves that creates an atmosphere that says there is nothing more important than the lifelong commitment taking place at that moment. Beach weddings are a contemporary spin on the traditional wedding that can be planned in many different ways. They can be large or small, charming, whimsical, classy, chic or any combination one can think of. The beach can offer a casual vibe, which allows you to relax and your guests to be comfortable as well. Their can be a platform set up for the wedding aisle or you can opt to walk on the sand and go for the sandal/barefoot route! Some couples will even provide a basket of sandals for their guests to use. Messy up-dos or loose flowing hair is a great choice for a bride and her bridal party since the beach breeze adds an exotic twist to any hair style. There are many aspects to putting together any wedding but with these particular ones it is always good to ask your wedding planner beforehand if there are any permits required.
We look forward to working with Orange County Beach Weddings on more weddings in the future!
At the ball, National Jewish Health honors two leaders in business and their community. These individuals show a commitment to giving back to their community. A trait that rings true throughout their whole lives, professional and personal. The 2015 Honorees were George Blanco, managing partner at Avant Advisory Group and Sunnie Kim, CEO at Hana Financial. Both honorees were given the Humanitarian Award.
Catina Lesavoy, Senior Associate Director of Special Events, recalls that her favorite part of the ball this year was the video that they create and play for the guests. "It paints a clear and relevant picture of why we do what we do, and the direct impact on the lives of our patients." She also wanted to do a shout out to the band, NightShift from Citrus College. "They were so fabulous and had everyone up on the dance floor all night long!"
The $400,000 raised this year will be spread across all of the lifesaving work that takes place at National Jewish Health. The money isn't restricted to any specific program, but goes where it is needed the most!
As John worked as an airline pilot he couldn't help but notice the pretty girl at the ticket counter. Eventually John was able to convince Tina to be his co-pilot through life and he wanted to make their background a big part of their special day!
Nicole recalls how complete she felt the moment she and her husband walked down the aisle together as husband and wife after their vows. Walking into their reception hall was an exhilarating moment for both of them. Finally seeing the "perfectly" finished product that they had both worked so hard to plan and pay for. In the end, they felt it was money well spent!
For their honeymoon, the decided on a stay-cation at the Sand and Sea Resort in Laguna Beach so they could be close to home and available to their children if needed. Their dedication to each other and their family is too sweet and we wish them a wonderful lifetime together as best friends
Austin & Carla were married 3 years ago after meeting in Human Anatomy class at Biola University. Austin was the distracting TA and Carla the student. Although they didn't talk much in school, they reconnected a year or so after he graduated and as they say, the rest was history.
Carla, our beautiful bride, recollected that her favorite moment of the wedding was the few moments they got to sneak away from the reception to take some pictures. So being able to do another shoot a couple years later, not only gave her an excuse to pull out her wedding dress, but reminded her how blessed she is to have Austin in her life.
Austin, our handsome groom, wanted to share with us a piece of advice to couples getting married.
"Marriage is a beautiful thing, but it definitely takes a lot of work. You have to be willing to compromise some things. Being a good spouse requires sacrifice.... Remember to always set aside time for each other and find time to do special things for one another."
We had such a great time getting to know Carla & Austin and reliving, recreating such a special day in their lives.
Christy shared with us the overwhelming feelings of joy her and her wife experienced after seeing the fruits of so much effort & planning that resulted in bringing together all their friends and family in one place, supporting their marriage. It meant the world to them and we are so happy we could be a part of that celebration.
After their wedding, Christy and Yoana went to the US Virgin Islands, St. John and St. Thomas and enjoyed the beautiful ocean views and in their words had "rum for days." Join me in congratulating this beautiful, fun loving couple once again on their life commitment to each other.
We wish you a life full of love and happiness!
Congratulations to Crystal & Ray!
Crystals' vision included a blingy winter wonderland theme for the ceremony and a wintery New York City landscape for the reception. Their venue, the Loft on Pine was a perfect blank space to create those looks.
For the ceremony, 2 winter wonderland trees stood on either side of the aisle, with beautiful silver textured votives illuminating the way to the alter. Crystal pieces and snow were scattered down the aisle as well.
The winter wonderland theme was tied together with a video wall showcasing a forest with steady snow fall as the couple said their "I do"s.
As the guests enjoyed the cocktail hour, the ceremony space was transformed into a wintery New York City landscape.
To continue with the wintery theme from the ceremony, the centerpieces were white sequined trees with crystals at the base.
One of my favorite details about the centerpieces were the picture frames that had a picture of Crystal and Ray when they were younger, which correlated to the table number!
Thanks to Jay's Catering, the guests dined on a delicious Italian buffet while the Dj and Emcee from Invisible Touch kept the guests entertained with a game and stories.
After dinner, the party picked up and club lighting created the mood to dance all night long until the ball dropped.
30 minutes till the clock struck midnight and we were able to use the video wall to broadcast a live feed from NYC of Ryan Seacrest's New Years Eve. No guests missed out on their New Year's Eve traditions as the clock counted down to a new year!
Prairie emailed me long before their wedding at the Cerritos Presbyterian Church. She wanted lighting that would give the church gymnasium a rustic chic feel. Immediately cafe lights popped into my head. Yes, it's true that cafe lights aren't used much indoors, but with the high ceilings I knew we would be able to achieve the look that she wanted. Thank you for allowing us to illuminate your special day with our lighting!