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SUGAR AND SPICE

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Nice and naughty too.

That’s what Issue No. 015 is all about. With all eyes on the Royal Wedding of William and Kate, we thought it would be fun to take your mind beyond the wedding day to think of your wedding

lends her expertise to pick out a few

night as husband and wife. Your wedding

flirty items for the sweet bride and some

may be sweet, but there’s nothing wrong

sexy things for the slightly naughty bride

with infusing a little spice in your

to wear on her wedding night. Our

wedding night.

honeymoon expert Katie picks out two destinations with two different flairs,

In this issue, you will find a wedding

whether you’re looking for something

style guide inspired by the designs of

enchanting or exotic. From the

Alexander McQueen, the design house

blushing bride to

responsible for creating Kate Middleton’s

the sexy maven,

stunning wedding dress. Brides are also

you’ll get plenty of

getting more playful with the themes

inspiration in this

in their wedding, like Susie and Dan’s

issue *wink*.

Mad Men inspired rooftop wedding in Las Vegas. If desserts are high on your

In every issue, we like

list (they are on ours!), you are in for a

to feature a Big Talent with Big Heart,

treat! From a hidden gem cupcake

a column reserved for a wedding

lounge to extraordinary cake designs,

professional who is actively doing

this issue will leave you wanting for

something to give back to the community

more. Alison from Faire Frou Frou, a

through his or her talents, whether it be

sexy upscale lingerie boutique that

a wedding planner, jewelry designer, or

celebrates anything feminine and flirty,

photographer, donating his or her time

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Q & A Y I FAT O R E N

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Features + Inspiration 08

WO R DS A R E N OT ENOUGH

a french inspiration shoot by Elizabeth Messina

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H I D D E N G E M : B R OW N B E T T Y D E SS E R TS

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HIDDEN GEM: CUPS

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LOV E SW E E T LOV E

a poodle, a picnic, and two people madly in love

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J U ST T H E T WO O F U S

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S U S I E & DA N

mad men - modern and fun

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KA L I & A DA M

stylish and charming

Cake + Shop + Style 92

R E D, O R A N G E , A N D Y E L LOW

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B LU S H A N D L AV E N D E R

erica o’brien

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A G I R L’ S G U I D E

to their wedding night

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C H O CO L AT E & P O L E DA N C I N G

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B L AC K , W H I T E A N D R E D

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F L AW L E SS FAC E S

makeup & hair

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KA M - I L-Y I N

perfume bar

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PITBULLS & POSIES

invitations & paper

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AND CONTRIBUTORS

YIFAT OREN

ELIZABETH MESSINA

JASMINE STAR

ANNABEL & DOROTHÉE

NANCY PARK

ALISON & GAIL

ASSOCIATES

KISS THE GROOM

BELATHEE PHOTOGRAPHY

SO HAPPI TOGETHER

FAIRE FROU FROU

event design & coordination

photog rapher

JASMINE STAR PHOTOGRAPHY

photog raphers

event design & coordination

boutique owners

LAURIE MURA

CAROLINE WINATA

BETSY THORLEIFSON

JORDAN PEISTER

JENI MAUS

BEKA & KIMBERLY

I BELIEVE IT’S CAKE

TINYWATER PHOTOGRAPHY

NINE CAKES

MINTWICH DESIGN

FOUND RENTALS

STYLED CREATIVE

cake designer

designer

owner

event design & coordination

BROOKE KEEGAN

MELODY BRANDON

NICOLE PALOUX

cake designer

photog rapher

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LANE DITTOE

KACEE GEOFFREY

JULIET DOUGLAS

photog rapher

makeup & hair stylist

GREEN ORCHID EVENTS

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event design & coordination

SWEET AND SAUCY SHOP

RED BALLOON

owner & cake designer

public relations


JULIE HARMSEN

CINDY PARK

MEGHAN & KATIE

NISIE VORACHARD

JACLYNE BREAULT

TORI & MYKA

photog rapher

FLORAL ELEMENTS

INTERTWINED EVENTS

HEAVENLY BLOOMS

SITTING IN A TREE

floral designer

event design & coordination

NISIE’S ENCHANTED FLORIST

floral designer

event design & coordination

LEILA KHALIL

floral designer

ALISON CONKLIN

ASHLEY WILLIAMS

GLORIA MCCUNE

JANE JEON

ELIZABETH & KARRIE

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A PICTURE LIFE

GRAND ENGANGEMENTS

POSH PAPERIE

BE INSPIRED PR

photog rapher

events planner

OLIVE HUE PAPER GOODS

stationer

wedding publicist

EURI & KENDRA

JOEL ECKMAN

ERICA O’BRIEN

JENINE CRAVATT

MATTHIEU MEYNIER

TESSA KIM

FLEURETICA

STUDIO EMP

CAKE DESIGN

CINEMATT

floral designers

photog rapher

cake designer

CUPCAKES COUTURE MANHATTAN BEACH

hair accessories designer

stationer

owner & cake designer

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DA L L AS S H AW FAS H IO N I L LU ST R ATOR, A RT IST, FAS H IO N ISTA, BUYER FO R A B O U T IQ U E , ST Y L E B LO G G E R U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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Please tell us a little about your a r t .

I am known for my fashion illust rat i o n s and also large canvas paintings, whi c h a re both inspired by the fashion industr y. I l i ve and work in fashion so it comes out i n a l l of my work. I work with a laundry l i st o f designers, sometimes developing s i m p l e illustrations for them or working wi t h t h e m on chic marketing and creative idea s fo r projects. I also have a blog where I s h a re my inspiration daily.

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How would you describe your st y l e?

Very casual glam. I am always in something very simple and classic w i t h a touch of color or a touch of sparkle.

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When did you start water-colori n g / painting for fashion?

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I have been drawing my whole l i fe but I began drawing specifically in fashion about 5 years ago when I m a d e a career change.

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Who or what are you inspired by the most?

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I am inspired by clothing and in te r i o r s essentially a glamorous lifestyle, wh i c h i s why I do what I do. I am always illust rat i n g clothing or creating a large piece fo r someone with an amazing space.

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W h at d o you love most about we d d i n g s? Working with brides a n d fa s h i o n?

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I a c t u a l l y just began this s e r v i ce b e c u ase many of my c l i e n t s we re asking me to do it. W h at I l ove about what I do for t h e b r i d e s i s it gives them a m o re st y l i sh way to preserve t h e i r d re ss . I have also been i l l u st rat i n g e ntire bridal parties fo r b r i d e s w hich has been such a h it . I f yo u have a bridal party t h at i s i n - t h e-know you just can’t g i ve a b e t te r gift.

W h at wo uld you tell a bride a b ou t h av i n g her gown painted by yo u ?

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2 t h i n g s : 1) that we work very c l o s e l y to g e ther on the illustrat i o n s , a n d 2 ) to book as early as p o ss i b l e.

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I hope to make every br i d e fe e l like a supermodel :) .

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Satisfying the

Senses BY Y I FAT O R E N

W

hen planning a wedding I aim to create an environment, an ambience that encompasses

and satisfies all five senses. Sight, smell, sound, taste and touch are all powerful instruments that will leave lasting effects on guests’ memories for years to come. When clearly thought out, the balanced combination of all five will create an unforgettable ambiance and add depth and dimension to the special day. Here are my tips and trends on how to engage the five senses when planning your wedding, or any special event for that matter. 1. Sight: The décor should obviously be beautiful with details that are visually interesting. I try not to dominate this sense with too much of a good thing, rather have beautiful elements for the guests to slowly discover. I often say “at the best parties you don’t see everything at once. The more time you spend in them, the more you discover.” This sense includes a wide array, like flowers and props, but also things like food presentation.

Think of the way everything is presented this evening, even the band/DJ’s sound equipment.

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choices, a very strong smelling centerpiece can even affect the way your wine will taste, can you imagine? 3. Sound: Music sets the entire tone of just about any environment. I can walk into my home and the music that is playing definitely will evoke certain feelings. I would say that unlike the olfactory statistic above, music has the strongest effect on my own memory. I assure you that people may or may not remember what kind of Champagne you served (not that I am a proponent of cheap Champagne by any means), but they will absolutely remember if the music was good, bad or mediocre. When making your music choices, remember that this is not a dinner party of six of your friends in the same age group. Your guest list likely has a variety of age ranges so be sure to include choices that are enjoyable for all and you can

2. Smell: Did you know this is the sense that has the

even time it so that the music for the older folk is

strongest effect on our memory? When you think

earlier in the evening and keep your old school rap

about happy moments in your life, your memory

for later. Flow is

most often recalls smell. To do this properly you

important. This

must think delicately, I mean, this is one area that

is an area where

can definitely go awry. Do use fragrant flowers like

I really like to

tuberoses, sweet peas, freesia and gardenias, but use

incorporate

them sparingly and fill in with less fragrant choices.

surprises

Other than the fact that some of your guests may

along the way

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manipulate the mood. I love interesting choices,

caterer or hotel catering department.

Don’t forget

ethnic ensembles and creating transitions with music.

libations. Your wine does not have to be uber expensive

At a recent Hawaiian themed birthday celebration,

but they ought to be paired well with the menu, a

the guests were lead to dinner with a conch blower,

sommelier will happily help you with this task.

ukulele, and fire dancers. The guests followed them into the celebration practically mesmerized. Do remember to monitor the sound, people need to hear

5. Touch: I am a very tactile person so naturally I love textures. This is probably one of the many reasons I just adore designing invitations, menus, escort cards,

themselves talk!

programs and just about 4. Taste: Being that I deem myself a foodie, this is

anything paper. Your

clearly at the top of my list of priorities. One of my

invitations set the tone,

favorite compliments when doing a wedding is, “I have

and the paper items at

never had food like this at a wedding!”

the wedding can provide

When most

people think of weddings, they don’t necessarily think

the sweetest details.

of a great culinary

The linens you choose

experience but rather

for the tables can be

“wedding food” or

silk or satin, but be sure

a “banquet meal”. It

to use cotton napkins, I

doesn’t have to be this

can’t bare the thought of

way. A great meal will

wiping my face with silk.

surely leave a lasting

My favorite is the ivory or white hemstitch napkins, they

impression and more

are timeless and classic.

importantly is really part of the overall ambiance. Whether serving a plated meal, family style of just heavy passed appetizers, your meal should be visually appealing with � lots of flavor, so be sure to conduct a tasting with your

Alas, I will say that a mindful balance is key. An abundance of flowers and a rockin’ band isn’t all that palatable with a mediocre meal. So, let the senses guide you along the way, you will surely create a masterpiece.

*All photos courtesy of Yifat Oren & Associates.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California for more than 12 years, Yifat Oren & Associates provides a full range of event services to a discerning clientele. Yifat and her team create exquisite events, masterfully produced and distinctively designed. Defined by grace and impeccable attention to detail, the company has garnered widespread praise from media, industry experts and high-profile clients.

With extensive experience in food styling, lighting and floral design, fabric treatment, space planning and technical production, Yifat Oren and her seasoned staff design and flawlessly manage every aspect of an event. Repeatedly acknowledged by her peers and the press as an innovator of industry trends, Yifat and her staff take pride in intently listening to each client and designing an event that underscores taste and individuality.

Have a question about your wedding? Email your questions to askyifat@utterlyengaged.com.

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SUSIE+DAN L A S V E G A S , N E VA DA

She

was

a

Web

Designer

from

Southern California and he was a Web Developer from Las Vegas. It was only natural that the two met online through a dating site. A long distance relationship was not what Susie had in mind, but true love often knows no bounds. Despite her initial hesitation, their online friendship grew and began to blossom into something more. After months of chatting online, they decided to meet in person. Susie went out to Vegas to hang out for the weekend and an hour into their first date, they both knew that there was no one else on the planet for either of them. U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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THEPROPOSAL Two months after their first date, Susie moved to Vegas to be closer to Dan. Susie knew that Dan was eventually going to propose because they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, she just didn’t know how long she’d have to wait. A year and a half after they first met, Dan popped the question. They were at the rooftop Mix Lounge, one of their favorite places in the city. On their way down, he waited until they had an elevator all to themselves and he got down on one knee and asked Susie to marry him. 32

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THECEREMONY Dan and Susie knew they didn’t want a traditional wedding, instead they wanted something more intimate and fun and something

that

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They had wanted a rooftop venue to add to the laid-back party vibe of their wedding, but six weeks before the ceremony, their first site went out of business. Some quick work by their wedding planner secured them another site a few miles off the strip.

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THERECEPTION The cocktail reception was held just inside from the terrace and carried out the Mad Men theme with retro furniture and props. Drinks were themed as well, guests could

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Instead of a cake, the couple offered a desert bar, decorated to fit the theme with one side modeled after a retro kitchen and the other side after a sleek mid-century modern bar or office, to represent the feminine and masculine.

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Dan’s sister, a pastry chef, made sugar cookies iced in aqua and blue as party favors. She cut heart and diamond patterns in them to match the invitations (that Susie designed herself!). Dan and Susie also found a way to channel the Mad Men theme with their guestbook. In lieu of a traditional guestbook, the couple set out an aqua vintage typewriter and a bulletin board. Guests were instructed to type notes to the couple and then tack them on the board. 44

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Guests were also encouraged to dress for the theme and Susie and Dan provided them with an accessory bar full of vintage gloves, handbags, ties, fedoras and other accessories for guests to complete their outfits. Their photographer set up a photo booth by the bar so guests could snap away pictures of themselves a lรก Mad Men. Dan and Susie now have hundred of photos of their guests from their special day that they will treasure always.

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THE CREDIT INVITATION & PRINTED MATERIALS Zee Studio (the bride)

THECREDIT

VENUE The Platinum Hotel & Spa WEDDING COORDINATOR Green Orchid Events PHOTOGRAPHER Julie Harmsen Photography FLORAL DESIGNER Fleuretica ACCESSORY BAR/PROP STYLING Fleuretica & Picture Perfect Events CAKE DESIGNER Sweet and Saucy Shop OFFICIANT Reverend Judy Irving RENTALS Somers Furniture ENTERTAINMENT The Flashdance TRANSPORTATION Lucky Transportation DRESS Pantora MAKE UP & HAIR Two Fishes Artisry JEWELRY Mercury Jane Designs BIRDCAGE VEIL & MINI HAT Petit Plume 48

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HIDDEN GEM

Founded in 2004, Brown Betty is named after their mother / grandmother, Elizabeth Ruth Hinton. Her dear friends and family call her Betty or Liz for short. Every S unday,

the

chi ldren

in

the

family

would go to visit Grandma Betty. And t h e r e ’d b e s o m e t h i n g a l r e a d y b a k e d waiting for them: hard tacks (a country word for biscuits), apple pies (always two at a time) or her famous poundcakes! It is their memory of that Grandma Betty’s love for her family and baking that Brown Betty Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Photographed by Laura Novak

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Brown Betty is owned and operated by Norrinda Brown, her sister Norrina, her mother Linda, and her grandmother Betty. With three generations of women, the family-run business is completely inspired infused in family history, with cupcakes that are names for women in the family like Betty’s Buttermilk Poundcake and Sallie’s Sourcream Poundcake, as well as the events that shaped those women and/ or old family sayings like Jean’s Road Trip and Hattie Don’t Play. All three stores in Philadelphia are also adorned with some of the family’s

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old black and white photographs, which feature all the women and their Supper Club days. All locations boast a vintage-modern decor and sensibility that speaks volumes to the unique story and foundation of the brand. Brown Betty Dessert Boutique specializes in nostalgia desserts including cakes, pies, cupcakes, nudies (naturally sweet cakes with no sugar added), pudding, and crumbles. Their cakes and cupcakes are made daily in micro-batched batters and frosted 52

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by hand. They prepare each cake using the finest ingredients, so that your cake is as moist and rich as possible when served. Grandmother Betty’s love for family and friends, and her love for sweets inspires and infuses the bakery everyday. Their passion and biggest reason for opening the dessert boutique is their hope that the desserts they create everyday from scratch will bring the same joy that Grandmother brought her children every Sunday, every day. U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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Nestled in the heart of La Jolla, California, is a local, friendly sweet spot to enjoy delicious organic treats and sweet beats coming from live DJs and retro jukebox. Sounds too good to be true? It’s not. You’ve just found Cups. Ever since they opened their doors on Black Friday 2009, they’ve had a loyal following that includes everyone from age 2 to 102 – men, women, tots, tweens and students – but they all come for different reasons. Some come for the sweets, others for the drinks, the music, the atmosphere or the free Wifi – and some come for all of the above. Because their cupcakes are made with the highest quality local, sustainable, organic ingredients, they have also attracted customers with more specific food restrictions – gluten free, vegan, dairy free, low glycemic. Along with this line, Cups also offers exotic, multi-layered desserts that are more like a slice of cake in a patisserie, which customers love, than a simple cupcake. Many of the cupcakes are filled with a surprise, and based on a familiar traditional dessert. For instance, the Brûlée J is filled with sweet custard and topped with caramelized sugar, and Death by Chocolate has a chocolate truffle on the inside, creating a melty, gooey center. With over 75 different flavors to choose from, it’s hard not to have several favorites at Cups. The inspiration behind Cups was to create a real dessert destination in La Jolla where guests can sit down and enjoy their dessert with a coffee, and not just take it to go. Cups Founder, Michelle Lerach, is also very passionate about learning and teaching her community, so part of her dream was to include a cooking school. With that, Cups Culinary was born. This intimate, hands-on cooking school, tucked away in the back, features state-of-the-art teaching kitchen for experienced cooks and beginners who want to learn how to cook both savories and sweets. Occasionally, you’ll find a private bridal shower cooking class or a cupcake decorating party there. Today, this organic, 3-Star Green Certified restaurant – the only bakery with this distinction in San Diego – has a full espresso bar, breakfast pastries, house- made ice cream, milk on tap, milkshakes and smoothies, in addition to their cupcakes. Their friendly staff can help you select the right blend from their selection of organic teas, or whip up a unique milkshake made from your choice of cupcake and house-made ice cream. In the summer, they have additional frozen treats, like Cups Crème – their delicious ice cream studded with some of their favorite cupcakes, like PB Cup, Brûlée J, Death by Chocolate, ice cream Cupwiches, chocolate-dipped frozen bananas, cotton candy and more.

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Now that cupcakes are more popular at weddings, Cups offers varieties from a tower of cupcakes, to the full, multi-tiered wedding cake, or a combination of both, all in a variety of flavors, baked fresh on the day of your wedding, decorated to match your style and theme. Brides & grooms love that they can satisfy not only their choice of flavors, but also every one of their wedding guests – no matter what their tastes & dietary restrictions are. Most weddings they cater feature at least five flavors! Growing a green business from scratch and receiving national acclaim for their green efforts is nothing to take lightly. And it’s no wonder because they are constantly updating their products and services at Cups. More inventive cooking classes are continually added to the class list. They recently started a free Foodie Movie day at Cups Culinary where foodie favorites are shown free of charge. Working with neighboring stores and restaurants, they’ve come up with new and fun offers, like the Summertime Cupcakes & Movie class for kids, where parents will receive 25% off their dinner that night at Whisknladle while their kids enjoy a movie and cupcake decorating, or their collaboration with Surf Diva to offer Teen Surf Nite, a teen party featuring surf flicks & cupcakes. You may also frequently find new menu items in their lounge that highlight the season’s best and their customers’ requests.

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planner & designer SO HAPPI TOGETHER

stationer OLIVE HUE PAPER GOODS

ямВoral designer FLORAL ELEMENTS

venue SLS HOTEL

hair & makeup stylist MONICA FOR THERESA HUANG HAIR & MAKEUP DESIGN

wardrobe stylist TOMATO WEDDINGS, VIVIAN 323.733.0105

cakes & desserts MY SWEET AND SAUCY SHOP

rentals CLASSIC PARTY RENTALS, CULVER CITY

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models ANAHI BUSTILLOS AND OWEN DE VRIES

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CHIFFON & ORGANZA DUNE GOWN jcrew.com

MAEVE PARADING HUES DRESS anthropologie.com

SEQUIN GARLAND HEELS anthropologie.com

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Big Talent with Big Heart usually highlights a wedding professional who is actively doing something to give back to the community through his or her talents, whether it be a wedding planner, jewelry designer, or photographer, donating his or her time and services to help those in need. But this time, it sheds light on the big hearts of a multitude of individuals in the wedding industry and beyond.

When the 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit Japan, causing a massive tsunami on March 11, 2011, the world stood still, numb and in shock. But not for long. On March 14, 2011, Lucia and Henny of Utterly Engaged and Lydia of Ever Ours responded to the disaster with a fundraising effort called For Japan With Love to raise money for Japan through ShelterBox. This disaster relief effort was based on their belief that every little bit counts. U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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They specifically chose ShelterBox because of what the organization stood for and did for those in need. ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. To spread awareness for the cause, they decided to spearhead a Bloggers Day of Silence. The idea was to join together in silence on Friday, March 18th, exactly one week 96

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after the earthquake and tsunami, in remembrance of the people affected by the Japan disaster. Bloggers were to communicate the day of silence by refraining from writing a blog post on March 18th, and to direct blog readers to donate to meet the initial goal of $5,500, enough to send five Shelter Boxes to Japan. On the first day of launching the campaign, 25 bloggers had committed to the Bloggers Day of Silence. However, by that Friday, the list had grown to over 1200 bloggers. The list included bloggers from all around the world, beyond the wedding industry, extending to lifestyle, fashion, food, and many more.


p h oto s by K i p Bee l m an

Within the first week, For Japan With Love had raised over $45,000. By March 31 st , the final amount raised through For Japan With Love was $66,733, which translates to 66 ShelterBoxes being sent and approximately 660 people receiving shelter.

Joanna and Jonathan of Encarnacion Photography offered portrait sessions at 50% off and donated 100% of the proceeds to For Japan With Love. They raised $3,000!

But the cause did not end there. For Japan With Love has inspired so many to take action to help Japan. Though their acts vary, the message was the same that every little helps. On March 27th, Chef Brandon of Delancey Seattle, a wood-fired pizzeria donated 100% of their pizza sales to support For Japan With Love effort. They raised $1,000 that day.

Photographer Kira Lauren set up a photo booth at her church and took pictures of each person that donated regardless of the amount. In the span of 20 minutes, they managed to raise $250.

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Cake pops by Sweet Lauren Cakes

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A group of San Francisco Bay Area wedding professionals – Jacin of Lovely Little Details, Yasmin of Floral Theory, Erin Taylor of Bustle Events, and Hazel of Blu Bungalow – were moved to continue the disaster relief effort in partnership with For Japan With Love and created a charity benefit on April 26. Through the Silent Auction and generous donations at the event, over 270 came and raised over $5,000 in one night. Guests also participated in Just One Crane, a project started by Emily of Absolutely Fobulous to demonstrate solidarity with Japan by folding paper cranes, as a message of hope and love. The goal is to fold 1,000 cranes to raise $1,000 for Save the Children Japan.


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Keith sharing his experience delivering ShelterBoxes

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Lynn of Satsuma Press organized Hearts + Hands, a community effort involving over 70 independent artists and studios to donate prizes to a raffle, and together they donated $8,700 to ShelterBox. She also assisted with the Silent Auction for the San Francisco Bay Area Charity Benefit.

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On behalf of For Japan With Love, we’d like to thank all the event sponsors and silent auction sponsors who’ve made the Benefit a successful event. For Japan With Love is truly a living proof that together we can make a difference and that with love, anything is possible.


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BAN.DO VOLUMINOUS SILK HEADBAND bhldn.com

PAVÉ STUD EARRINGS nordstrom.com

LACE-EDGED ROMPER bhldn.com

ARIELLA COLLECTION OPENWORK RING nordstrom.com

WHITE BY VERA WANG davidsbridal.com

FOR BRIDE: AUDREY BROOKE ESTALLE PUMP dsw.com

KELLEIGH GARTER woomi etsy shop

KIMMY BLUSH vincecamuto.com

AFTTERNOON CLOUD STRAPLESS DRESS betseyjohnson.com

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“Seeing you across the table made me realize I’m the luckiest man alive.”

WOOD + FIRE Soft white balsa wood, pinecone floral and birch wood coasters, contrasted with soft candle light in cut glass vessels and votives creates a warm and romantic setting for this table for two.

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I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz, or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off. I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

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VENDORS CEREMONY & RECEPTION LOCATION

Battery Gardens, New York, NY www.batterygardens.com PHOTOGRAPHER

Unusually Fine, Brooklyn, NY www.unusuallyfine.com INVITATION & PAPER DESIGNER

Seamless Paperie (the bride), Astoria, NY www.seamlesspaperie.com FLORAL DESIGNER

Blossom and Branch, Brooklyn, NY www.blossomandbranch.com RENTALS (chairs, tables, linens, silverware, glassware)

Classic Party Rentals, New York, NY www.classicpartyrentals.com CAKE DESIGNER

Cupcake Stop, Brooklyn, NY www.cupcakestop.com CEREMONY & RECEPTION MUSIC

Absolute Entertainment absolute4entertainment.com/index.htm

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CREDITS Styling & Coordination INTERTWINED EVENTS

Photog raphy A P I C T U R E L I F E P H OTO G R A P H Y

Venue A N A H E I M N AT U R E C E N T E R

Floral Design H E AV E N LY B LO O M S

Stationery Design MINTWICH DESIGN

Rentals FOUND

Hair & Makeup Stylist K AC E E G E O F F R E Y

Cake Designer CUPCAKES COUTURE

Bridal Hairpiece TESSA KIM

Bridal Gown OUMA

Bridal Shoes NINA

Bridal Floral Robe PLUM PRETTY SUGAR

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W hen opposites attract they compliment and balance each other out. When it’s a right match, it’s a good fit like yin and yang. Beka and Kimberly from the brilliant minds of Styled Creative were inspired from the layers and textures of the movie “Black Swan” and the refined chicness of Chanel. Combining these two elements, you get a style that is sophisticated and rich in details; much like every love story out there.

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PINK DRESS:

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TULLE DRESS:

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FLORAL DESIGN: DRESS FORMS:

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Franklin

Square Boutique PR:

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JANE TRAN DECO FEATHER CLIP bhldn.com

GRADUAL BEADED EARRINGS forever21.com

UNDREST CHANTILLY ROMPER

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VERA WANG ESTELLE verawang.com

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B E L AT H É E P H OTO G R A P H Y

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any famous love stories begin in old Europe and many great tales begin in a forest. Inspired by French Chateaus with acres of land and are engulfed by never ending forests, this wedding is all about living in such a grand estate but bringing the look outside. The pink and

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photog raphy AG I P H OTO

floral desig n N I S I E ’ S E N CHANTED FLORIST

vintage rentals FO U N D

invitations P OS H PA P E RIE

cake SW E E T & SAUCY SHOP

linens W I L D F LOW ER LINENS

rentals C L ASS I C PA RTY RENTALS

bridal gown I N E S D I SA NTO

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F O R T H E B A C HELOR & BA CHELORETTE

chocolate making a h t i w of side

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DANCING One of our clients Caitlin was responsible for creating a fabulous party for her close friend Kendall. She brought us TONS of enthusiasm and a lot of questions. Here’s a little taste of what we helped her put together.


What type of activities did you choose for your bachelorette party? And why? Chocolate Making & Pole Dancing. I chose these because the price was reasonable. Also, because the bride is pretty conservative and I thought these activities would be fun without being too “naughty�.

What was the best part of your bachelorette party? I think everyone really liked the chocolate making. It was something different and the chocolate molds were hilarious.

If you had to organize the bachelorette party again, would you do anything different? I would have had firefly book EVERYTHING from A-Z. I booked the limo and the dinner reservations separately

{ } If you’re interested in

some of the activities

Caitlin and Kendall did,

check out our website: www.fireflygroupevents.com

and, consequently, those were the only things that did NOT go smoothly.

What advice would you give to others booking a bachelorette party? Use Firefly! It relieved so much stress! Everything was very organized!

How did organizing your bachelorette party through a party planner help your event? James had creative ideas and great advice. It was my first time planning a bachelorette party so I needed some guidance.


Sugar and spice and everything nice. When it comes to planning honeymoons, justlike your wedding day, it’s important to remember that it ref lects the two of you. Some couples prefer the sof ter and sweeter aspects of honeymoons, while others are not afraid to admit that they want the honeymoon to be full of heat and spice. So here are some recommendations – one to satisfy the sweet and another for the spice. Feel free to contact me at askkatie@utterlyengaged.com if you need help planning your honeymoon!

Katie


MYSTIQUE RESORT, IN SANTORINI, GREECE For the sweethearts, the Mystique Resort in Santorini, Greece, immediately came to mind. With the traditional Greek island design, the resort sits on cliffs and offers the most astounding views. However, the reason why Mystique is the perfect choice for the sweet honeymooners is the fact that each suite opens up to a sea-facing breathtaking view so you can be guaranteed gorgeous mornings. Each suite is styled ever so simply but with a pure, clean and crisp feel.

SUGAR

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W KOH SAMUI, IN KOH SAMUI, THAILAND For the spicy lovers, the perfect destination would be Thailand, not only because of their spicy cuisine, but because of the hot, tropical charm that it offers. The W Koh Samui is completely sexy. Every villa has a private pool, which gives each couple their own private playground. The W Koh Samui offers the most spectacular views and the water of the Gulf of Thailand is right at your toes.


WHAT TO WEAR Along with the serenity of the resort, the perfect outfit and accessories for Santorini would include the following: plunge pool!

Garnish With Mint Top, ModCloth.com. Laughing Gull One-piece, Anthropologie.


Wise Walker Sandals, $148, Anthropologie.

A Clean Slate Shorts, ModCloth.com.

Lily Lace Ivory Beaded Purse, ShopRuche.com.


WHAT TO WEAR To spice up your wardrobe and fit perfectly with the W Koh Samui and Thailand, here are a few hot numbers.

Plaited Cayenne Sandals, Anthropologie.com.

Plunging Halter Maillot, Anthropologie.com.


Lace lingerie, Forever21.com.

Walkin’ After Midnight Dress, ModCloth.com.


LOVE n SEAN + L O C AT I O N

HOW DID THEY MEET

34 & 30

“Ashley met Sean the first week of her freshman year at Chapman University in Old Towne Orange, CA. They dated for a brief 6 months and spent the next 7 years growing up. When they reconnected, 4 years after the break up, they remained friends, but she always thought he was so dreamy. After 3 years of friendship, her best friend & future bridesmaid said to both of them “Why aren’t you dating? You’re perfect for each other.” A week later Sean held Ahsley’s hand and vowed to never let go. ”

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HOW DID YOU BLEND YOUR INTEREST & HOBBIES in your new home? Sean’s pretty handy, so Ashley was elated when he hung her guitars and greatgrandfather’s banjo on the wall. They’re always ready for a living room concert when instruments are in reach. Sean built their headboard out of the remains of his old bed from his bachelor pad- it was rigged to the ceiling on a pulley system. Ashley wishes they had it that way now! Instead of hiding their hobbies, they put them on display. Hanging your surfboards is cheaper than buying art!

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We love the old built-ins and archways. Newer homes and apartments lack those elements of character. Ashely also loves that we have a yard it’s a hot commodity in Los Angeles. Also, the bedroom because it looks out on a black walnut tree that enables a secluded feel.

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Reminders what it’s all about, love. A little romance goes a long way. Ashley loves that Sean allows her to keep their bedroom pink (one of his many compromises) as it makes their bedroom super romantic. That’s where the magic happens, right? ;)

ANY advice to newlyweds CREATING THEIR “LOVE NEST”? Patience. Compromise is key. There were many times, in the building of our love nest, where Ashley wanted to put her foot down and said “my way or the highway,” but the elements that Sean brought to the table, are truly her favorite parts of their home . Shhh.. don’t tell him she said that!

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faces on the red carpet, by the colors of the bride’s wedding day, and any pretty color palettes I come across! my biggest accomplishment is opening up a successful Makeup

Studio and Skincare Lounge and training an amazing team of makeup artists and hair stylists. We recently won “Best of Weddings 2011” from the knot.com and the Bride’s Choice Awards 2011 from the wedding wire. my worst fear is having to go back to work in a cubicle. I

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my name is Courtney of KA-MIL-YIN (sounds like chameleon.) i’ve been doing it for about 3 years. i’m good at making custom and personalized fragrances,

favors, and gifts. my work environment is our home studio and client event

locations. my work is inspired by great products and beautiful packaging

by Jo Malon and Lollia. I also get inspiration from creative brides, wedding bloggers, and Japanese art and design. Businesswise, my husband and business partner has been a major motivator for me. Also my friend Leila Khalil has been a great source of inspiration and support for me! my biggest accomplishment is creating the popular Perfume Bar

Party for Southern California and DIY Perfume Bar Kits for those who want to save money or live out of state!

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and Posies came into my life 2 years ago and I couldn’t be happier! I’m good at wrangling paper! my work environment is shared with one sweet husband and

two sweet pups. Come on by, he’ll build you something while we play with paper! my work is inspired by love, nature, found objects, treasures,

and textures. my biggest accomplishment is landing my hubs on Myspace

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our names are Tori and Myka of Sitting in a Tree. we’ve been doing it for 1.5 years. we’re good at designing, styling, and planning your next

event. We become inspired by homes, fashion, color, a couple’s story, you name it! Great events have great style. our work environment is our homes, your home, a café, Tori’s

garage. We like to wander around the city and beaches looking for inspiration to draw from. our work is inspired by wallpaper, colors, clothing, flea

markets, and love. We are a perfect blend of vintage and modern. our biggest accomplishment is starting our own business! It’s

been a crazy, fun-filled ride and we can’t wait to see where it takes us next. our worst fear is heights...ha! Our worst fear is giving up on a

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