Amber and Johnny – The Grand, Long Beach – January 2009

September 13th, 2009

Amber and Johnny are the cutest young couple! They needed someone to direct their January 3, 2009 ceremony at Rosewood Church and the reception set up immediately following for 300 people at The Grand Event Center in Long Beach. So, their photographer, Kendra Duerst, referred them to me. I thought Amber’s mother, Robin, was a very brave woman for tackling a wedding of this size just a FEW days after the holidays, but it turned out fabulous! The wedding colors of black and red provided a very elegant theme to their day – what a gorgeous group of bridesmaids in their long, black gowns! Friar Tux dressed the guys in style and Rossmoor Pastries provided the beautiful cake. We were constantly restocking the very popular black, white and red themed candy station. Kids and adults alike were enjoying the sweets. Amber and Johnny’s day is one of the Real Weddings featured in the current issue of OC Bride Magazine. Click here to check it out!

Kim and Jim – St John Vianney Catholic Church -April 2008

September 9th, 2009

Cathy, Me, Kim, & Jim

Cathy, Me, Kim, & Jim

I am way behind on blogging about all the wonderful weddings with which I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved. So I thought I’d start from last year and work forward. Last year, my friend, Kim, announced that she and Jim were going to be married. It was going to be a small family wedding, so she was certain that she needed no help. After all, her Maid of Honor would be there to help her with everything, right? Wrong! Of course, I insisted that she needed ME! Bridesmaids are too busy being PART of the wedding, not overseeing the entire day. So, I finally convinced Kim to see it my way. Their ceremony was at the beautiful, quaint St John Vianney Catholic Church on Balboa Island. It is a tiny little jewel box of a church, tucked in between the shops on Marine Ave. Kim is a casual beach girl, so she chose white flip-flops to go with her formal gown from David’s Bridal. Jim’s family flew in from Texas for the week, so she let Jim’s nieces and nephews decorate her shoes with ‘wedding decorations’ and bling. They thought that was so cool -and so totally Kim! Kim also thought she’d do her own hair that day, but Cathy ended up styling Kim’s hair AND her Maid of Honor’s hair. After the ceremony and pictures, we all headed over to the yacht, The Spirit of Newport at American Yacht Charters in Newport Beach for a reception on the harbor. Kendra Duerst of Kendra Duerst Photography captured the beautiful ceremony and romantic dinner cruise around Newport Harbor. Kim’s ’small family wedding’ was very touching and elegant. And after it was all over – I got her to admit she was very happy that she had my help that day! P.S. Did I mention that Jim and Kim have a mutual love of golf?

Christina and Drew – Laguna Cliffs Marriott – September 2008

September 6th, 2009

Last April, I met Christina and her mother, Lois, at a photo shoot that Kendra Duerst was photographing at Casa Pazamor on the Balboa Peninsula. Kendra’s shots were to be used in the brochure that was being printed to promote Casa Pazamor as an event venue. Kendra had asked Christina and April to be her bridal models to display the home as a possible location for smaller weddings and receptions. We got to talking about Christina’s upcoming wedding and the need for someone to oversee the day’s events. The following month, I met with Christina, Drew, and Lois and was hired as the couple’s wedding coordinator. Christina and Drew are so cute, and I was very excited to assist them with their wedding day at the beautiful Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa. The ceremony and reception were both held outside, overlooking the ocean. Their seashell and ocean-inspired wedding theme complemented the romantic view. K.C. of VOX DJs kept the guests rocking! He was out on the floor leading the crowd to the moves of “Thriller” and the “Electric Slide.” Kendra Duerst was out on the floor dancing along with the guests, shooting with her fisheye lens from the ‘inside’ of the dance crowd. The couple departed at the end of the evening in a tunnel of sparklers held by their happy guests!

Pelican Hill Resort & OC Bride Magazine – April 2009

August 30th, 2009


A few months ago, I had the pleasure of assisting at a bridal fashion shoot at the elegant Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Coast. Kendra Duerst of Kendra Duerst Photography organized our team of 30+ to create this beautiful spread, which appears in the current issue of OC Bride Magazine. Stunning gowns from Jenny Lee Bridal, The White Dress, & Mon Amie were modeled by our beautiful bride models, Katie, Ani, and April. Denise Empey, Vanessa DeVore, Linda Burgos, and Michelle Talbott made up the fantastic beauty team of makeup artists and hairdressers, transforming our models into covergirls! Lake Forest Limousine provided the elegant limo seen in the shots. What a fun day we all had at this beautiful location overlooking the ocean. Pick up your copy today to see the entire spread!

Welcome to my blog!

May 1st, 2009

Welcome to my blog! I love all things wedding related…..I have been fortunate enough to work with so many wonderful people at photo shoots and weddings. I wanted to share some of these experiences with you.