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y Grandmother Louise knew she’d found a keeper; smart, funny, sincere and loyal, my Grandfather John was everything she felt she’d ever need in a husband. So after accidentally swallowing a small but lovely diamond ring he’d buried deep in a piece of his Mom’s cherry pie, she decided she could forgive the man for his short-sighted and ill-timed foray into proposal-mania. “I just knew he was the one for me, so it didn’t matter”, she said, up until her death at 89 many years ago. Nowadays, such an action could be considered pedestrian, even passé by many young couples waiting to take that first step into matrimony. Certainly, they did nothing for the digestive tract, and at worst, presented a choking hazard and perhaps a trip to the emergency room for the prospective brides. continued on page 7



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“These wedding proposals include choreographed dancing, movie theater trailers, adorable little puppets and even graffiti street art,” said Jamie Munroe, editor at “Some of these wedding proposals are extremely moving, and it’s hard not to tear up at the amount of effort and creativity shown by these lovestruck individuals.” Creative wedding proposals have become a cottage industry unto themselves. Seemingly overnight, companies have formed that are dedicated solely to the exercise of aiding men (and quite a few women too, nowadays) in asking for their partner’s hand in marriage. And it’s not just the men who feel the need to go create a noteworthy story of their engagement. Many women have begun to expect lavish, dramatic proposals that offer a unique alternative to the bended-knee proposition of marriage many of us heard stories of as children. With every passing year, men scramble to outdo one another by trying increasingly more elaborate means of popping the question. In February of 2013, motorcyclist Hector “Tank” Martinez, aided by over 100 of his closest biker friends, staged an elaborate proposal on the eastbound portion of the San Bernardino (10) Freeway in West Covina. The bikers stopped traffic for two to five minutes, doing donuts and wheelies across the interstate as pink smoke plumed from Hector’s bike while he dropped to one knee and proposed to Paige Hernandez who, amid the noise, confusion and traffic, happily accepted his brazen, if ill-timed proposal. From extreme flash mob, skywriting and Twitter proposals to goldplated letter concealing lockets with tiny, printed messages that say “marry me” inside, the initial steps to get to the altar have become as intricate, detailed and unique as the wedding itself. Gone are the days when a young man would quietly slip the musician at a favorite restaurant an extra $20 for a serenade along with his proposal. With trends being what they are now, you’re more likely to find the ring presented on a dessert cart, as an offering amongst the Tiramisu, chocolate cake, and assorted cheesecakes, with the entire restaurant in on the caper.


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The new millennium has wrought a plethora of fascinating, daring and some downright dangerous and foolhardy attempts to seal the deal when it comes to a couple’s love. According to, a man in China proposed to his beloved on that country’s Valentine’s Day accompanied by 48 people dressed as dancing carrots. Speaking into a microphone to his intended, the man waxed poetic on the happiness he’d shared with her over the past 6 months and courageously popped the question, as the crowd chanted “Marry Him, Marry Him.” Considering the three weeks it took to coordinate the stunt, including choreographing the human props dressed as vegetables, and at a cost of $15,000, it’s fortunate for our Far East friend that his proposal was accepted. Women, too, are becoming more proactive and have found exciting and fun ways to nudge their men toward the altar. One young lady was ready to settle down with her boyfriend, a Nintendo fan, and designed an adorable box with a Mario theme and tiny slips of paper, one which said “Be My Player 2?” above two slips of paper, which said “Player One – Ready” with a woman’s engagement ring, and “Player Two – Press Start” with a man’s engagement ring. In New Hampshire, a young man named Sid Carter staged what he’s dubbed “The Proposal,” using custom-made Muppets from New York’s FAO Schwartz’s Muppet Whatnot Workshop. The custom-made Muppets were utilized in a self-produced movie trailer he was given special permission to play at the end of actual movie trailers. Using the Muppets to represent him and Sara, Sid’s trailer portrayed the two, their burgeoning attraction and eventually blossoming romance with a wonderful love song playing in the background. Truly a sweet and two-hanky video to watch, Sid’s trailer shows us the touching and amazing lengths people will go to, to keep those we wish to spend eternity with in our lives. Not particularly creative or handy? Don’t despair. There’s a unique proposal for every personality. For the intellectual couple, you can hollow out a copy of one of her favorite novels to hide your precious gem offering, write a short story with you and she as the subject, then leave it around casually for her to find. Or create a word search or crossword puzzle with the words “Will you marry me” hidden and pretend to need assistance in solving it. No matter how intricate, expensive or simple the proposal, keep in mind that it is but one step on the road to the oneness that is marriage and commitment. While it may be amusing and exciting to recall the moment of engagement, the important, overriding emotion and memory should recollect the love and feelings of closeness that special proposal brought. ■



LOVE OVER TIME PASADENA MUSEUM OF HISTORY SHOWCASES WEDDING GOWNS FROM 1850 TO 1950 BY REBECCA KUZINS marriage may be expected to endure until “death do us part,” but a wedding dress has a far shorter shelf life. Most brides wear their gowns only once — on their wedding day —and a few years later their gowns, like their other clothes, have fallen out of fashion. An exhibit now on display at the Pasadena Museum of History illustrates the changing fads and fashions of wedding gowns. “I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot,” featuring 42 gowns worn between 1850 and 1950. This exhibit, on view through July 14, is the first of two shows; the second exhibit, featuring gowns from 1950 to the present day, will be presented from Aug. 2 through Oct. 2. The museum has combed its 3,000-piece costume and textile collection to select the wedding gowns. Four curators, including two volunteers, spent two years researching and photographing the 70 gowns in the collection before choosing the dresses. In addition to the gowns, the exhibit chronicles the evolution of Pasadena wedding ceremonies with vintage wedding photographs, news clippings and gifts presented to brewer


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Wedding dress and headpiece with veil, 1935. Satin, net and faux orange blossoms. Worn by Wilma Maguire.



On her wedding day in 1901, Susie Markham wore a gown made of silk chiffon and silk satin lace, with pearls knit on the sleeves and bust. continued from page 11

Adolphus and Lilly Busch on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1911. The couple moved to Pasadena in 1904 and bought a mansion on Orange Grove Avenue’s Millionaires Row, where they spent their winters. The words “wedding gown” conjure images of a long white dress. But the oldest dress in the exhibit belies this stereotype. On the day of her wedding to George Bingham in 1859, Lottie Bell Mathewson wore a silk taffeta gown, with alternating horizontal woven strips in shades of salmon and blue gray. Her dress featured a wide hoop skirt, common to 1850s wedding gowns, and originally had a bustle in the back. Lottie’s son, George Bingham Jr., was an architect with the Pasadena-based firm of Marston, Van Pelt and Maybury. Most of the gowns in the exhibit are in more conventional shades of white and beige. White became the desired color in 1840, when Queen Victoria garnered worldwide attention by wearing a white lace dress with a long train at her wedding to Prince Albert. Victorian-era gowns were elaborate creations, with hoops and numerous crinolines worn underneath the dress to create a


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TOP: Two dresses from the 1850s. The wedding gown on the right was worn by Lottie Bell Mathewson in 1858 and featured a voluminous skirt and alternating salmon and blue gray horizontal stripes. On the left is a going-away dress worn by Philena Ella Quinby in 1861. BELOW: The gown and shoes from Dorothy Underwood's 1924 wedding reflect the more liberated styles of the flapper era.


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voluminous look and tiny, wasp waists that often required the bride to wear corsets and other undergarments. By the 1890s, the sleeves of wedding gowns had ballooned to enormous proportions. At the beginning of the 20th century, brides were covered from head to toe in layers of lace and silk, with high collars held in place by bones, long sleeves and gloves to hide their arms and corsets that pushed the hips backward and the bust forward. The 1901 dress worn by Susie Markham exemplifies this trend. Her floor-length beige gown is made of silk chiffon and silk satin lace and features a pleated chiffon bodice overlain with lace, as well as individually hand-knit pearls on the sleeves and bust. Susie was the niece of Henry Harrison Markham, governor of California from 1891 to 1895 and a founder of the Pasadena Public Library. In the 1920s, wedding dresses shed their modesty to reflect the more liberated flapper era. Gowns were shorter and, in contrast to earlier styles, deemphasized bust lines and narrow waists, eliminating the need for tight corsets. Dorothy Underwood was married in 1924 in a cream-colored silk gown adorned with fake pearls and beads. She wore matching colored shoes made of leather, wood and satin and decorated with faux orange blossoms. In addition to Underwood’s gown, the exhibit features several other dresses from the 1920s, as well as the sweeping, body-conscious gowns of 1930s. continued on page 17




Wedding dress and tiara (without veil), 1958. Shantung silk, lace, appliqué, faux seed pearls and beads. Worn by Roberta Bryant.

Two-piece suit, circa 1940s. Wool crepe and beads.

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During World War II, when silk and other materials were rationed, wedding gowns were made of less expensive fabrics, and some brides wore two-piece suits instead of the traditional dress. However, Sally Stanton Rubsaman, the 1941 Rose Queen, wore a more intricate dress with a hoop skirt when she was married at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on June 29, 1944. The dress, she recalled, “was purchased at J. W. Robinsons for $100 — a tidy sum, as my father thought, to be spent, rather frivolously in war time!” By the 1950s, Rosie the Riveter of the war years was back in the home, and the cult of femininity and modesty had returned to the wedding

ceremony. Wedding gowns once again sported huge skirts, worn with crinolines underneath, exaggerated bosoms and small, corseted waists. ■ The Pasadena History Museum is at 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at the museum store, $7 general admission, $6 students and seniors, free for members and children under 12. For more information, call 626-577-1660 or visit the Web site at ARROYO WEDDINGS | 17



asy summer glam and high style is the name of the game for weddings in 2013. Whether the intended look is minimalist or daring, today’s wedding trends offer something for every bride — of every age. Unique touches such as crystal encrusted barrettes and head bands leave a bride feeling beautiful with minimal fuss and maintenance, and a sweeping updo can accentuate a slender neck and delicate cheekbones. In addition, hair styles that gently frame the face have been trending of late. Try a fishtail braid or pull the hair back and secure with an antique or vintage hair clip for a smart, sophisticated look that’s always flattering.


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For the fair-skinned bride, subtle bronzing contoured on the cheeks, and a pale, nearly nude lip color can set off a dramatic eye-shadow blended evenly across the lower lid in smoky and vibrant hues. For the African-American bride, bold, eye-catching colors on the eyes and lips such as a metallic gold or bronze create an exotic and alluring palette. According to many experts specializing in hair and makeup for weddings, accessories can be almost as important as that perfect bridal gown. Bringing synergy to the delicate balance between glamour and simplicity, a wellplaced bejeweled or antique headband or barrette is a must-have for showing off a sleek wedding ‘do. But don’t be afraid to stay true to your own sense of style, take risks or embrace simplicity and the natural look. According to Francine Cohen, owner of Frantastics and a beauty salon and makeup artist for more than 20 years, “Old Hollywood glamour is making a comeback for 2013 weddings too, with beaded barrettes and headbands — and even feathered and lace hair accessories adding an ultra-feminine touch without appearing fussy or old-fashioned.” Brides are also enjoying new twists on classic updo’s. No longer relegated to the still-classic French knot, updo’s can now be modernized with soft, cascading, romantic waves in the front, jeweled pins, or even a braid across the crown, according to A twisty, side-swept or curly updo offers a creative alternative to the vintage updo, and fishtail braids and pin curls are also a popular choice for a more romantic, fresh look. Pile hair high on the head for a dramatic top knot and pair with vivid colors on the eyes and lips. A casually swept-back chignon makes a chic and polished statement. But remember to make the eyes and lips “pop” audaciously to complete the look. “The hair is the starting points,” said professional hairstylist Don Nelson. “Once you know how you are doing your hair then move on to the makeup.” For the creative bride, consider running a strand of pearls around and thru a bun or knot for a bit of old — and new — flair. Colored hair extensions and two-toned streaks throughout the hair have become an attractive choice for the bride who wants an edgier look and an asymmetrical bob gives the modern bride a sophisticated, couture appearance. But wedding glamour and style isn’t all about makeup and hair. Head coverings have also evolved to include new, hipper versions of classic styles. Elaborate headpieces are a stylish option, including tulle, floral and bow 20 | ARROYO WEDDINGS

headpieces. Anglophiles and royal watchers have fallen in love with the Fascinator — a trendy alternative to the traditional veil, but don’t forget the tried-and-true, such as the traditional Birdcage veil, the Cathedral, Blusher, Fingertip and Communion veils. Additionally, the bouffant and waltz veil are still in popular use and add flair and drama to contemporary weddings. Preparation and financial planning are critical to a successful wedding. Once you’ve made up your budget, stick to it. There are plenty of ways to avoid paying exorbitant prices for items you’ll only wear on your special day, so do your research in advance to avoid being tempted to pay full price for accessories at bridal stores that can be found for a fraction of the cost through other channels. Vintage clothing stores or costume shops are an exciting alternative to costly bridal shops. Be sure to enlist the aid of the staff for what you’re looking for. A friendly shop girl will often keep an eye out on your behalf for a coveted item, so ingratiate yourself with the salespeople and be appreciative — regardless of how harried and frustrated you feel. Try back often if at first you don’t see what you want. Many vintage clothing and accessory stores get multiple deliveries per week, so don’t miss out because you’ve assumed that they’ll never have that hard-to-find antique hair-pin, headband or barrette. You may want to also consider surfing the Internet, including visiting sites such as Craigslist or eBay for amazing deals on previously worn bridal fare and accessories. Most brides only wear them once and are happy to have you repurpose them in exchange for a much lower price than you’ll find at highend bridal shops. After your wedding, you can recoup some of your financial losses by responding in kind with your own gently used items. Plus, it can be exciting to imagine the story behind the item and the occasion when buying previously used accessories. Regardless of which type of wedding you prefer, take advantage of the myriad of options available for today’s bride. Not only can you have your (wedding) cake and eat it too, but you’ll still be camera-ready and wellcoiffed for the pictures that commemorate that special day! ■ ARROYO WEDDINGS | 21



Bridal Checklist from

ARROYO WEDDINGS This is our suggested checklist and timetable for the months and weeks leading up to your special day. Check off the important tasks as you go! 9-12 months before your wedding ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____

Determine the type of wedding you want to have. Set your budget. Choose your wedding date. Announce your engagement in local newspapers. Compose your guest list. Reserve your reception site. Choose your wedding attendants. Select your wedding gown, shoes and accessories. Shop for and order bridesmaid’s dresses. Interview vendors: Caterer’s, musicians, florists, photographers, videographers, limousines and bakers.

8-6 months before your wedding ____ ____ ____ ____ ____

Hire your vendors. Order your cake. Shop for wedding rings. Plan your honeymoon. Select and order your wedding invitations.

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Finalize contracts & arrangements with all of your vendors. Register at bridal gift registries. Send out save-the-dates. Help in the search for mother & mother-in-law dresses. Plan the rehearsal dinner. Book room block at a hotel for out of town guests. Make hotel reservations for your wedding night. Select and make appointments with make-up artist and hairdresser. Begin addressing invitations & announcements. Buy gifts for your bridesmaids.

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Hold a luncheon for your bridesmaids. Finalize honeymoon plans and verify passports & visas.

1 month before your wedding ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____

Have final fitting for your gown. Finalize menu and plans with caterer & reception venue. Organize the reception seating plan and make out place cards. Review plans with photographer & videographer. Confirm vendor agreements for time and place. Confirm limo or other transportation needed. Confirm deliveries with florist. Confirm cake delivery. Begin writing thank you notes. Get your wedding license. Pick up wedding rings. Pack for honeymoon.

1 week before your wedding ____ ____ ____

Give the caterer the final number of guests. Make out the final checks for all your vendors. Arrange for wedding gifts to be taken home from reception.

1 day before your wedding ____ ____ ____

Take time to relax! Enjoy a massage, manicure & pedicure! Enjoy your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner with family & friends! Turn in early for a great night’s sleep.

Your wedding day Savor every moment! Laugh off any slight glitches…. 1 month after your wedding

2 months before your wedding ____ ____ ____ ____

Create any maps to include in invitations. Mail wedding invitations. Have photography session for formal portraits. Select music for the ceremony and reception.


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Mail wedding announcements to the local newspaper. Take your gown to the cleaners for cleaning and packaging. Obtain certified copies of your marriage license. Change your name and address on accounts and documents. Keep up with the thank you notes!


ARROYO WEDDING RESOURCE DIRECTORY 58 FACETS JEWELRY If you want something uniquely you, 58 Facets Jewelry will work with you to custom design your wedding and engagement rings in 14k or 18k gold, platinum or even palladium. Our GIA Graduate Gemologist and Diamond Grader will find the perfect diamond to match your perfect mate. We make custom Wedding Bands from any precious metal in 7 days or less. We offer full upgrade service on all diamonds we sell. We buy jewelry & gold. 36 W. Main Street Alhambra, 91801 (626) 569-7289

CARNELIAN SALON “Be the change you wish to see in the world” At Carnelian Salon our mission is to provide our clients with individualized consultations for their specific cut and color needs, based on their hair type, face shape, skin tone, & lifestyle. Special occasion looks and styles are also our specialty. Our professional staff works together as a team and believes no one should ever leave unsatisfied. Call for a complementary consultation. 350 S. Lake Suite116 Pasadena (626) 795-5555

BALDWIN JEWELERS Located in beautiful Sierra Madre, Baldwin Jewelers has been designing and making one of a kind jewelry pieces for all of life’s special occasions. From simple solitaire and 3-stone rings to ornate, antique style rings, we are ready to help you select or design an exquisite ring. Fourth generation European craftsman and GIA certified jeweler will help you choose from a large selection of white and fancy colored diamonds, to designing a truly one of a kind piece. Let us make the ring of your dreams. Visit us at 15 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre (626) 355-5771

CASTLE GREEN You have just discovered the ideal setting for your wedding, special celebration or film project. We invite you to explore the most unique landmark in Southern California, where sophistication meets history in an eclectic mix of mystery and beauty. Relax in the Moorish,Turkish and Victorian salons. Dance in the Palm terrace ballroom or take a stroll in the lush, private gardens. Come join us for a memorable occasion. Call for a private tour (626) 793-0359 or visit

BRIDAL SHOWCASE If you’re planning a wedding, a bridal show is the place to start. Bridal Showplace offers everything you need to plan your perfect wedding under one roof. Sample cake and catered foods, preview live music and entertainment, get pampered with a beauty makeover and spa massage, see the latest fashions for the entire bridal party, learn the latest wedding trends, talk to the experts, get free wedding planners and magazines, and win door prizes. For more, visit

CHEVEUX SALON IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU AT CHEVEUX Your wedding promises to be one of most memorable and documented days of your life--look your absolute best in person and on film! Pasadena Weekly’s Best Local Makeup Artist, Michael David Gallego of San Marino’s Cheveux Hair and Makeup focuses on designer haircuts, professional color and exquisite photo-ready makeup. Come experience the skill and personal service that makes the Cheveux experience unique. Wedding packages are available upon request. 2516 Huntington Dr. San Marino, 91108 (626) 285-2600

CAKE SENSATIONS Your special day will soon be here, let us help you in making all your dreams come true with a wedding cake designed and created just for you. We welcome you to our world of cakes. As you visit with us I hope that we can answer many of your questions. We have a variety of menu options; and samples in our showroom. We are here to make your special day unforgettable. 811 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena. (626) 799-6799

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venue.The historic Thursday Club is ideal for the couple wanting a charming setting amidst ancient Oak trees and beautiful flowers.The Mediterranean style clubhouse offers a full-size kitchen for your culinary team, his and hers restrooms for guests, and a brides dressing room. The Thursday Club offers free ample parking in its large attached lot. Best of all, the private courtyard with a picturesque fountain is a favorite spot for exchanging vows, hosting a reception or dinner and dancing under the twinkling stars. Inside the main room, guests can enjoy a sit down meal and dance if the temperature turns chilly. Located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley, the Thursday Club is centrally located off the 2, 210 and 134 freeways. To reserve a tour of the property and gather additional information about booking your wedding, please contact our private events director, Jeanie Kay (818) 378-3142, or contact MADELINE GARDEN Located within the Historical Building Green Plaza. Built same year as Pasadena City Hall, Madeline’s enchanting KISS BISTRO, WINE BAR BISTRO, SONG/DANCE STAGE combined with mystique of Einstein, 1940s Naval Headquarters, Manhattan Project, underground tunnels offer a unique mélange for the ultimate, memorable wedding day. Private parties, high teas compliment a bridal shower, baby shower, or a special girlfriends meeting. On site event coordinator promises “dreams come true.” 1030 East Green Street, Pasadena CA 91106 (626) 795-5599 or (626) 795-5501 MAGIC CLEANERS Preserve the cherished memories of your wedding by preserving your wedding gown. The food is gone, the guests are gone. You have beautiful photos to help you remember your special day and now with your gown preserved you’ll have it as a beautiful reminder. You may want to preserve your wedding gown for your own memories of for your daughter or maybe even a grand-daughter to wear in the future. We look forward to servicing you. 89 No. Lake Ave Pasadena (626) 833-4511 continued on page 24





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generations of designing and manufacturing of fine jewelry. We believe your jewelry should be beautiful and unique as your special love. Look for the famous clock in front of our store. 518 South Myrtle Ave Monrovia, CA (626)301-0303 THE SCOTT PAVILION ON RAYMOND Located in the heart of Old Pasadena, the beautiful newly renovated Scott Pavilion on Raymond, with seating capacity up to 250, offers the perfect setting for your next celebration or event. Additional meeting rooms and a spacious, shaded patio are also available for your convenience. For more information please contact Raul Martinez / Judy Starlight at (626) 685-6706 or visit THREE SISTERS CATHERING We offer award-winning classical and ethnic cuisine to match any budget and any size event throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Greater Los Angeles area. Our experienced catering staff and Chefs will work closely with you to create a memorable event for you and your guests. We offer: •Full service on-site or off-site Catering •Experienced Catering Staff •Event Planning and Venue Design •Weddings, Corporate and Social Events Let Three Sisters Catering create a truly memorable event for you!

(626) 429-6402 TRATTORIA NEAPOLIS Named one of LA’s 12 Hottest New Restaurants by Zagat, let award-winning Chef Bryant Wigger from Trattoria Neapolis create your custom event. Select from beautiful, feefree spaces that accommodate seated events from 20 to 50 guests or more for cocktail style celebrations. From bridal showers in our atrium style Garden Room to rehearsal dinners in our private Wine Room, Neapolis provides the perfect setting, service and menu selection for your special occasion. Visit or contact our events manager at (626) 792-3000. UNIVERSITY OF LAVERNE The Wedding and Event Planning Certification program offered by University of La Verne Extended Learning is for those seeking an exciting career in this glamorous and fast-growing field.The program covers negotiating and creating contracts, etiquette, flowers, music, day-of services, industry business practices and application, and marketing. Students enrolled in this interactive program can participate in hands-on learning experiences while earning an internationally recognized certification. Graduates will also receive customized internship opportunities. 1950 Third Street, La Verne (909) 5933511

WANG PLASTIC SURGERY & MED SPA With over 15 years of solid experience, Dr. Stewart Wang is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon known for his harmonious and natural looking facial rejuvenation, laser body contouring, and breast enhancement procedures. Amplified by unparalleled artistic vision and highly skilled hands, a solid surgical foundation attained from U.S.C., Dr. Wang is dedicated to providing impeccable and individualized cosmetic plastic surgery and non-invasive aesthetic procedures of the highest standards. Please for more information. 76 N. Hudson Ave Suite 100, Pasadena (626) 796-6680 440 N. Mountain Ave. Suite 307, Upland (909) 985-6030 ZO SKIN HEALTH PASADENA Dr. Zein Obagi developed Obagi NuDerm®. His latest creations ZO® Skin Health & ZO Medical® feature unique delivery systems and exclusive formulations to allow everyone to achieve clear, healthy, and visible results on skin, without the downtime. Sandra Obagi, MBA & Esthetician of 19 years works alongside her father. Result orientated facials, peels, Botox® & other cosmetic injections are also provided! Get natural and beautiful results! Medical services provided by Dr. Obagi trained doctors. 120 S. Lake Ave. Pasadena (626) 7950067 ARROYO WEDDINGS | 25




June 2 Sunday

Crowne Plaza Resort 12021 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove 11am – 3pm Pre-register and tickets are just $7 at the door and bring a friend for free!

June 9 Sunday

Long Beach Convention Center 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach 11am – 3pm Tickets are $10 at the door or $5 if you pre-register or purchase tickets on-line.

June 9 Sunday

OC Fair Event Center 935 Arlington (Entrance Gate), Costa Mesa 10am – 4pm Tickets are $10 at the door

June 23 Sunday

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July 14 Sunday

July 24 Wednesday

July 27-28 Sat & Sun

The Legendary Park Plaza L.A. 607 Park View St., Los Angeles 6pm - 10pm Tickets are free when brides and grooms register online at

July 28 Sunday

Hyatt Regency 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach 11am – 4pm Tickets are $7 at the door or pre-register to save $1

July 28 Sunday

The Grand Event Center 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach 11am – 3pm $5 admission at the door

August 3 Saturday

Marriott Courtyard 9619 Mariposa Rd., Hesperia 10am – 4pm Tickets are $3 at the door

August 11 Sunday

The Ritz Carlton 4375 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey 11am – 4pm Tickets are $50.00 per couple for Bride & Groom

August 11 Sunday

Hyatt Regency 12021 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove 11am – 3pm Pre-register and tickets are just $7 at the door and bring a friend for free!

August 18 Sunday

Palos Verdes Country Club 3301 Vía Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates Starts at 6:30pm Tickets are $7 at the door or pre-register to save $2! LA Convention Center 1200 L.A. Live Way, Los Angeles 10am – 4pm Tickets are $10 at the door


Hyatt Westlake Plaza 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village 11am – 3pm Tickets are $8 at the door or pre-register to save $2 The Queen Mary 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach 11am – 4pm Tickets are $7 at the door or pre-register to save $1 South Coast Winery Resort 34843 Rancho California Rd., Temecula 11am – 3pm for tickets

September 8 LA Marriott Sunday 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank 11am – 4pm Tickets are $7 at the door or pre-register to save $1 September 22 Marriott Hotel Sunday 4700 Airport Plaza, Long Beach 11am – 4pm Tickets are $7 at the door or pre-register to save $1

September 29 Hyatt Regency Sunday 24500 Town Center Dr., Valencia 10am – 4pm Tickets are $8 at the door or pre-register to save $4 online October 6 Sunday

Knotts Berry Farm Resort Hotel 7675 Crescent Ave., Buena Park 11am – 4pm Tickets are $7 at the door or pre-register to save $1

October 13 Sunday

Hilton Hotel 225 W. Valley Blvd., San Gab riel 11am – 3pm for tickets

October 13 Sunday

Promenade Mall 40820 Winchester Rd., Temecula 11am – 4pm Free to the public

October 16 Wednesday

Sunset Hills Country Club 4155 Erbes Rd., Thousand Oaks Starts at 6pm Complimentary Admission

October 20 Sunday

Radisson Hotel 2200 E. Holt Blvd., Ontario 11am – 4pm Tickets are $10 at the door

November 3 Sunday

Hilton Hotel 168 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena 11am – 4pm Tickets are $7 at the door or pre-register to save $1

November 23 Westin Bonaventure Hotel Saturday 404 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles Starts at 12pm Tickets are $10 at the door November 24 Anaheim Convention Center Sunday 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim Starts at 12pm Tickets are $10 at the door