Posts Tagged ‘Kendra Duerst’

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!

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!

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

Sunday, 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

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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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

Sunday, 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!