Archive for November, 2009

**Nora and Amir**

My dad taught me at an early age that one should never ever stop learning….and I am so lucky to have a job where this is possible quite often.  In the years that I have been blessed with being able to plan and coordinate weddings, I have gotten to see and learn about SO many amazing customs and traditions of dozens and dozens of different cultures.   This is why I jumped up and down when I met Nora back in January and she told me about the plans for her Persian/Egyptian wedding.  Not only one culture I hadn’t gotten to work with, but a medley of tradition that I would get to immerse myself in!!   Nora had decided on the very elegant Westin South Coast as the venue for her burgandy and gold wedding, and had already hired a great photography/videography combo team to document the day.

Here are a few of my favorite shots of their day, by the very talented videographer/photographer, Daniel Boswell, from Imagique:

 

Nora putting on the finishing touches of her entire bridal look.  She opted not to have official bridesmaids, but her besties coordinated with different colored jewel-toned dresses, and acted as her faux bridal party.  They all looked magnificent together!

 

 

A great shot of the intricate detailing on her dress and veil:

 

 

And while the girls prettied up, Amir was hard at work getting ready as well:

 

 

I couldn’t get enough of Nora’s striking bouquet, one of the many AMAZING florals of the day by Jen K Floral Design:

 

 

Nora and Amir opted to have a first look before the ceremony, followed by a slew of fantastical shots, including this one!

 

 

The unbelievably gorgeous ceremony setup, all decor by Jen K Floral Design, was only made more magnificent by the traditional Sofreh:

 

 

 

 

 

Their zaffa (grand entrance) was led by belly dancers with candelabras on their heads!

 

During the reception, the guests were treated to a multitude of special stations, one of which was this lush fruit and ice display:

 

The decor was breathtaking!

 

 

I’ll end the post with a shot of their beautiful cakes……this one, from Rossmoor Bakery, literally takes the cake!!

 

Please visit Imagique’s blog for more amazing pictures of the day!

Nora and Amir – Your wedding was such a beautiful mix of tradition, customs and love…..I was so happy and blessed to be a part of it!   Nora, I will forever covet your amazing hair!!  Have a magical life together, you two!

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“What My Marriage Counselor Never Told Me”

And now, a soapbox moment from your friendly neighborhood wedding coordinator 🙂

As we plan, prepare and coordinate the important aspects of our wedding day in the months leading up to the big day, I think it’s also super important to focus on the meaning behind the day:  THE ACTUAL MARRIAGE.   The wedding is one day, and while for most of us it will be one of the best days of our lives, we need to remember that there are a lifetime of days to follow.  So as we focus on the plans for the wedding (the dress, the flowers, the venue, the bling!!), we should also take a moment to focus on the plans for the partnership that we are cementing on that day.   

For those of you who are religious, I know that many priests, rabbis and other clergy will gladly (or in some cases this is actually mandatory) offer up pre-marital counseling for an engaged couple…..this is a great option if you have access to someone like this.  For those that don’t, I’ve stumbled upon a quick 2-hour (painless!) seminar that will at the very least give you a jump-start into the type of conversations and dialogue that should be happening before the big day.  It is called “What My Marriage Counselor Never Told Me,” and it is being offered THIS SATURDAY, at 11am at the LAX Renaissance Hotel.  Tickets are $15 a person, or $25 a couple, which is a mere drop in the bucket when you consider the potential benefits it has to a soon-to-be-wed couple.

I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to the seminar leader, Ashida Onrae, on many occasions, and she is one dynamic and passionate lady.    I can say with certainty that you will not be bored, and will hopefully even learn something about yourselves or your partner.  You can purchase tickets and find more information on Ashida’s site: http://www.ashidaonrae.com

Here is to the happily ever after…..and forever!!

                                                                                                                                                                          Photo credit: Evoke Photography

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