Archive for October, 2009

Cathy and Ray – Orfila Winery – October 10, 2009

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

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A winery wedding! I was excited to coordinate their wedding at this venue – who doesn’t love wine? Cathy’s and Ray’s wedding had over 300 people in attendance. The ceremony was held at the historical, San Luis Rey Mission in Oceanside. Beautiful artwork, architecture, history, and the LONGEST aisle I’ve ever seen – it was standing room only! After the ceremony, the guests proceeded to Orfila Winery in Escondido. The cocktail hour and reception were held outside in the arbor and in a tent decorated with tiny, sparkling lights overlooking the gorgeous vineyards. What a view! The bartenders poured great wines from Orfila’s vineyard, while the staff circulated with delicious appetizers. Cathy’s father surprised her with a song that he wrote and sang for their father/daughter dance. It was so touching! Atmosphere DJ provided the dance tunes that kept the crowd rocking the rest of the night. Once again, Kendra Duerst was in the midst of the dancing crowd, capturing it all on camera. Joel from Pristine Visual caught all the key and spontaneous moments on video. Cheesy Photobooth was also a BIG hit. They provided scrapbooking materials for the guests to make their own pages with their pictures for the bridal couple’s memory book. Everytime I passed by the booth, there was a laughing line of guests offering boisterous encouragement to those posing in the photobooth. I’m sure Cathy and Ray will enjoy the creativeness of the book when they see it! Great wine, food, music, entertainment and cheers to a great couple! The only complaint was that the evening went too quickly!

Jessica and Mike – Calamigos Ranch – Malibu – October 4, 2009

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

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I am always excited to go to a new venue and couldn’t wait to see Calamigos Ranch. Jessica and Mike started planning their wedding well over a year ago and picked this beautiful location. It’s in the Malibu Canyon area and has the feeling you are entering an elegant ranch. A small lake, bridges, trees, hills and vineyards provided lots of photographic opportunites for Kendra Duerst, who was very excited to shoot at this location. Jen, April, and I headed up to their hotel early the morning of the big day. April did the make up for Jessica, her sister, and her mother. Jen steamed the wrinkles out of the bridesmaids’ dresses and we made sure that everyone ate and had plenty of water (or champagne) to drink. The ceremony was held outside in an area surrounded by trees. The reception area felt a little like a cozy lodge, with a large fireplace, comfy couches, and a continuous ‘waterfall’ running outside the windows. Lots of candles added to the ambiance. The dance floor was continuously packed with celebrating guests. As always, the evening passed too quickly!

Jenny Lee Bridal VIP Grand Opening – Newport Coast

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Last week I was invited to the grand opening of Jenny Lee Bridal in Newport Coast. I visited the shop about a month ago and at the time thought, “What a great location!” It is located in Crystal Cove, with a magnificent ocean view. The red carpet event featured Jenny’s bridal and evening collections, but the star of the evening was Jenny’s dog, Bebe. Bebe wore a specially designed pink ‘gown,’ complete with train! I am familiar with Jenny’s fabulous dresses from the Pelican Hills bridal photoshoot I assisted with last April. That fashion spread is in the current issue of OC Bride Magazine. Jenny also designs custom gowns for the bride with a vision of her perfect dress. Stop by and check out her elegant salon!

St Regis Bridal Fashion Shoot – Mon Amie – Kendra Duerst Photography

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

I assisted with the recent photoshoots at St Regis in Monarch Beach of the fabulous gowns from Mon Amie. Kendra Duerst organized a large group of make up artists, hair stylists, models, stylists, lighting crews, photography interns and others to make this happen. Shawna and Jennifer from Mon Amie transported a very large supply of gowns from their store for our models. They were very long days of shooting, but what magnificent shots! The St. Regis has so many beautiful areas for our models to show off the gowns. Friar Tux outfitted our ‘grooms’ in style and Jacque and Destiny from Mon Amie’s accessories dept added the most striking hair decorations and jewelry to accent the dresses. I can’t believe how beautiful our models looked!

Karie and Terry – Renaissance Club Sport Aliso Viejo – September 25, 2009

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

LUCK OF THE IRISH! Terry was listening to an Irish band play at a restaurant. Karie had met her girlfriends for drinks nearby. She was getting into her car to leave, but the music drew her inside the restaurant. She pulled her car back into a spot and went inside to hear the band. Each of them noticed the other right away, but figured they were there with dates….and the rest is fate. Terry proposed during a trip to Ireland while following the performances of the Irish band, The Fenians.

I couldn’t wait to coordinate the wedding day of Karie and Terry. Their wedding was going to be a traditional Catholic ceremony, with the unique addition of kilts for the groom and groomsmen. Ringbearer, Brandon, stole the show in his pint-sized kilt! Father Kerry Beaulieu, whom I’ve known for many years, officiated the ceremony. It took place at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach. After the ceremony, the guests proceeded down to the Renaissance Club Sport in Aliso Viejo for cocktails. Karie and Terry were transported in style by Randy from Lake Forest Limousine in a Rolls Royce Classic Packard. The reception was held in the Renaissance Room, which was decorated in navy blue to match the tartan, with the tables named after Counties in Ireland. Of course, the couple had The Fenians play at the reception and they rocked the house! The crowd’s dancing REALLY intensified whenever Irish songs were played. Of course, Photographer Kendra Duerst caught it all from start to finish. It was a wonderful night – one big Irish party!