01May

What a thrill and an honor to have Meg and Anthony’s destination wedding on Catalina Island featured in InsideWeddings.com with an article describing the details to this vibrant weekend!  Please click on link above to see beautiful photos from the wedding, read all about how the couple met, the touching story behind Meg’s mother’s attendance (who has since heartbreakingly passed) and the hidden message behind why the bride and groom chose blues and greens as their colors!

 

01May

Everyone loves a classic black or gray suit on a groom but the days where those are the only color choices are behind us!  Suit hues, tie patterns, socks designs, even boutonnieres and pocket napkins have evolved into fun, charismatic and colorful statement pieces that allow a groom to express himself on his special day just as uniquely and importantly as his bride.  There are no rules to how a husband-to-be should dress on his wedding day and these are perfect times to explore and enjoy individuality while thinking outside the classic convention of blacks and grays!

07Jul

Comedian Carol Leifer and her real estate broker partner Lori Wolf (now wife!) wanted to include their rescue dogs in their wedding. How to have them be a part of their IMG_4371special day without them being physically at the reception?! And so ….replicas of the adorable rescue pups were created by Rosebud Cakes/Los Angeles and added to this special 4-tiered chocolate confection with cream cheese frosting. Thousands of people have seen this special cake featured in Inside Weddings magazine – what an honor to have been part of the creative process! A delicious memory indeed!

 

13Dec

I am thrilled to have coordinated Carol and Lori Wolf’s (no relation) beautiful wedding!

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They are a truly special couple (with a fabulous son!) and an inspiration to all of us!!  Read the full article at People.com.

12Jul

Jean-Luc Godard said “A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order. “ I respectfully disagree. I believe the most successful events tell a story exactly in that order. My goal is to create that story using food, décor, music, entertainment and special details in a way that my clients will be able to relive and share their day like storytelling. Good photography and videography bring to life these events like books on tape!

Start with a cocktail hour and mingling or networking as the “beginning” in one room filled with unique visuals, food and décor. Move your guests to another room for the main presentation, lunch, dinner or party offering a new ambiance reflecting the host’s or company’s personal connection as representative of the “middle.” Everyone loves a happy ending…so use your last hour as a pièce de résistance with a surprise guest or live entertainment and delicious sweets to leave your guests wanting more!

All good things must come to an end… but let’s make sure there is a fabulous story to tell when it’s all said and done!

 

29Mar

Buffets have come a long way since they first became most popular in Las Vegas. Often viewed as a less elegant way of serving meals, “food stations” as I like to call them, are a great way to offer your guests creative and delicious choices during any special event.

In order to avoid lines and hungry people, consider having several tables that are “mirrored” (have the same offerings on each table), are double-sided (where guests can access food from both sides of the table), display full platters of selections (not just a few pieces that constantly need to be replenished every minute) and lastly, are professionally supervised so you never run out of meals or it looks picked over!

I, personally, like to have guest tables pre-set with silverware, water, wine glass, napkin and anything else that will allow your friends and family to walk the stations with just a plate. Nothing more inconvenient than having to fumble with utensils, a napkin and possibly a drink, along with a plate of food, before taking your seat.

Be creative with your presentation and don’t be afraid to use different vessels and dramatic florals to compliment your dishes. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts are all perfect meal choices for buffets.

“What happens in Vegas” can stay in Vegas because your birthday, wedding, bar/bat mitzvah or gala’s culinary stations will have your guests loving Los Angeles!

 

 

02Nov

One of my favorite parts about being an event coordinator is discussing color schemes with clients.  All white celebrations can certainly be elegant but it’s the bold and unexpected hue combinations that give guests a truly creative and lively experience!

Learn what speaks to you visually and build color partnerships from there.  Do you lean towards a rustic/woodsy feel?  Do bold Mexican fiesta colors make you smile or do watercolor pastel palettes appeal?  There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to colors for your event….just have fun with the myriad of choices!

20Jun

In my line of work, I am fortunate to meet and collaborate with people from different cultures and backgrounds.  I am genuinely interested in everyone’s story and look forward to getting to know my clients.  I never, however, anticipated the array of PETS I would encounter along the way! 

These past few months alone, I had the pleasure to warm up to Rocky the pig, Fuzzy the hairless cat and Lola the chicken!!  One client was lovely enough to give me fresh-laid eggs from their pet duck!!  I am always enthusiastic to discuss someone’s vision for table linens…but honestly…it now rivals the party animal I might meet!!

07May

A recent bride client was adamant about not wanting a traditional wedding structure to get married under.  No floral canopies, no fabric canopies and no four posts of any kind!  I had to create a ceremony site on an urban patio of a lovely L.A. restaurant surrounded by highrises?!  This was certainly a challenge…but the end result was absolutely stunning and unique!

I had a custom wood stage built and stained to match the mahogany wood chairs we used for guest seating.  Next, I re-printed a painting my bride’s mother painted, when she was alive, on a very large canvas to act as a backdrop.  The bride and groom were ultimately married in front of an incredible statement piece that was both beautiful and personal and wowed their friends and family!

20Dec

At the height of all that is social media, it would be nice for guests at a private party to think twice before they take that selfie or pic of the bride and groom in awkward embrace to post on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, etc.

Imagine the wedding couple who couldn’t invite everyone they would have liked to their special event and how they felt when photos of their nuptials were tagged all over Facebook having offended uninvited guests.  Or what about the 13 year old bar mitzvah boy with a large pimple he was hoping to have photo-shopped before being splashed all over the internet?!

It really is up to the hosts to share choice photos from their celebration as they see fit and on their timeline (no pun intended!).  Quick and simple…please ask before you post your photos and comments as tempting as it may be to indulge and be the “first” to document.  It’s a matter of common courtesy!

And yes…this is a pic of me I would hate to go viral!  xoy