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New website and blog up and running!!

We finally launched the new website and blog

Please visit us there from now on and be sure to update your Google readers and RSS feeds!

Thank you SO much for your patience…..we are SO excited about the launch!!

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Sneak peek at the new JCE!!

This is so way overdue that it is even embarrassing to blog about.  A clean, updated, and revamped website and blog have been in the works for a ridiculously long time……and now it’s finally almost done!!    I’m seriously so happy about it, I feel like dancing. 

We will be unveiling everything very very soon, but in the meantime, watch out for it, and please make sure to update your Google readers once we make the switch!

And now…..a sneak peek at our logo’s facelift:

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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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**Lauren and Simon**

Another fabulous wedding to add to the mix!  I met Lauren back in November, when she shared her wedding vision  with me that included a beautiful church ceremony (St. Monica’s), followed by a warm Italian villa feel reception at the Bel Air Bay Club, overlooking the sparkling Pacific Ocean.   She wanted to infuse the romance of Italy into her wedding with her colors, flowers, family-style dinner service, and mini limoncello bottle favors, and in doing so, she treated her guests to a mini-vacation for the evening.  Without further ado, below are some of my favorite shots of the day, by the fabulous Dave Richards!

 

The dashing groom, Simon, and the beautiful bride!  I absolutely loved her flowy dress and the shrug she wore over it was perfection! 

 

 

The very chic bridesmaids, clad in Priscilla of Boston dresses, along with their dashing Aussie groomsmen!

 

 

The bride’s all ivory bouquet filled with gardenias, orchids, hundrangea and callas, and the bridesmaids’ bouquets, with their cornflower blue hydrangea pop of color!

 

 

Some of the ceremony elements, which went along perfectly with the historic feel of the church.

 

 

Sealed with a kiss!

 

 

And now, on to the reception…..the escort card table with it’s AMAZINGLY huge and striking floral display by Greenleaf Studio, the in-house floral designer at the BABC.

 

 

A great table shot, with the sheer champagne overlays from La Tavola and  warm floral centerpieces.

 

 

A close-up of the yummy centerpieces with the sweet touches of kumquats, and the menus accented by a sprig of greenery.  This shot was taken by Dave’s fab second shooter, Adrienne Gunde:

 

 

The adorably sweet mini bottles of limoncello were a huge hit as the favors:

 

 

Their drool-worthy dessert table, done by none other than Vanilla Bake Shop!

 

Please visit Dave Richards’ blog  and Adrienne Gund’s blog for more pictures of this beautiful wedding!

Lauren and Simon – It was such a pleasure working with you on your wedding……it came together magically and I hope it was a day you will never forget!  Seeing your “Time of My Life” last dance moment brought back memories for me from my own wedding….I loved it!!

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Garden party love!!

I don’t entertain much…..I’m way too much of a neurotic “Martha Stewart” perfectionist, so even the smallest soiree always takes a huge amount of planning on my part.    The instant I suggest a BBQ or get-together at my house, I’m already agonizing over what menu to serve, what color scheme to use, what playlist to create…..which is why, in a typical year, I maybe host 4 parties total.   We decided one of this year’s family get-togethers would be a small “garden party” themed BBQ in honor of a holiday that should really happen every day…….Mother’s Day.

Below are a few pics shot by the hubs……please excuse the shadows, it turns out that shooting pictures at high-noon under a trellis, makes for weird shadowy shots.

 

 

It’s amazing what a few tin pails from the dollar section at Target, a flat of wheatgrass and a few bundles of gerber daisies can turn into!!

 

I’ve had these Martha Stewart paper eyelet lanterns sitting around for a while and I was SO excited to finally have a use for them!!

 

And finally, I’ll close with a TOTALLY faked shot me manning the BBQ…..I can cook, I can bake, but I’m a sad excuse for a grill-master, which is why the duties were actually handed off to the hubs and my brother!

 

Mom and Patti, you are both so worth the weekend of work it took to put this shin-dig together……..we adore you both and couldn’t thank you enough for all the little (and big) things you constantly do for us both.

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Beacoup and Wedding Paper Divas Giveaway winner!!

And the winner is…<insert drum roll here>…..blog reader Meghann, who is having a gorgeous Texan wedding, potentially full of Butterfly lace stationary and BBQ sauce favors!  Congrats to you Megahann!

Thank you to all participants and please look out for new giveaways to come soon!!

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Last chance to win $200 in gift certificates!!

Today is your last chance to enter to win $100 in gift certificates to Wedding Paper Divas AND $100 to Beau-coup.  Click here  for the original post for all of the rules and info…..we will be choosing a winner at random at 5pm PST today!!

Good luck everyone!!

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