OC Bridal Show 2010

My second bridal show of the year (there are more to come)!!! My cousin, Valerie, came with me and we had a really good time. Like last time, I took a lot of flower pictures. I think flowers give an “oomph” to a wedding and it makes things fresh, elegant and colorful. Besides, what else was I going to document my visit to bridal shows otherwise? I highly recommend brides-to-be to go to bridal shows. Many vendors give discount which in turn helps in keeping with the budget.

Wedding invitations.

Centerpieces and bouquets.

ugh I look like a blown up balloon….but it’s ok…at least the bouquet was pretty!

Love the feathers!!!

Wedding location #15

This weekend has been another busy one ,1 location visit in Anaheim and a bridal show. I figured I might be getting all of my wedding location visits out of the way before I travel for my full time job. This location in Anaheim is quite small compared to what I’ve pictured on their website. It’s definitely a very nice venue for a small wedding and there is NO time limit, which is an added bonus. The one thing that bothered me about this venue is that it is located right in front of a street so if the ceremony takes place on the (fake) lawn then guests will hear the cars passing by.

Ceremony area….looks like the White House.

See what I mean by the street is Right there?

Reception hall.

I’ve been very lucky…..

I’ve been very lucky in my pursuit to become a wedding planner. I have to say that: 1. I was able to get business cards at a very very cheap price (Holla to Gordon and Lily!!! Thank you guys for hooking me up!),Β  2. I got a very good price for my website especially on the style that I want (which I haven’t come around to finishing it…but I swear I will).

So far for the year 2010, I have had several inquiries on wedding planning. Even though I don’t get booked on all of them, I feel very blessed that a lot of people are considering me. The most exciting and luckiest thing happening to me is that I got booked this year for 2 weddings! (OK it’s not much but it’s a start) And get this…both brides are well-known in the wedding industry! What an honor that they both believe in me!

My first wedding booking is with Katie B., she is an amazing makeup artist! She does makeup and style hair for weddings, photo shoots, television, fashion shows, commercials, music videos, pageants, appearances, etc. I highly recommend Katie as a makeup artist if you are getting married. She is the resident makeup artist and hair stylist for Celebrity Catwalk AND the lead makeup artist and hair stylist for Playboy Enterprises. And on top of all that, she has her own makeup line!!! The girl really does it all so when she called me last year to see if I can work on her wedding, I was speechless…I mean no I wasn’t speechless because I had to give her my answer which was YES! YES! YES! My first reaction was OH MY GOODNESS….this is going to give me so much exposure! Frankly, making a profit wasn’t my priority but mainly getting my name out there so what better way than with Katie B. We are now in the process of discussing her wedding and all the little details that will go into it. I won’t divulge any of her juicy secrets from the wedding because well I like to keep the privacy of my brides. πŸ˜‰ Once the wedding is done and over with, I will post pictures.

For now, you can enjoy her fantastic work on her website, facebook, and myspace. Below are some of Katie’s work on me πŸ™‚

My second booking and FIRST signed contract (official!!!) is with Thao Vu. I have been a fan, admirer and following Thao’s work and blog for years now. She is a very talented photographer and I feel that she captures the emotions perfectly in her photos. She does wedding, engagement, and family photography. Her work really shows her passion and dedication. Also her candid photos are to die for!!! Make sure to check out her work.

When I found out on Thao’s blog last year that she was engaged; first, I was very happy for her. It’s very weird but I felt happy like she was my friend. Maybe because after following her work for so long, I felt like I knew her and connected to her. Also, I bookmarked her website and blog πŸ˜€ Second, I was wondering how it will feel like to coordinate her wedding. Several weeks later (I swear someone must have heard me up there! Thank you Little Jesus!), Thao emailed me and asked me about my rates as a wedding planner. I was so excited and giddy that I gave her pricing based on another wedding planner (which were pretty hefty). After I sent it out, I cursed myself for not thinking it through!!! What a mistake! I haven’t heard from her for a long time and who could blame her after seeing the ridiculous prices I gave her. Of course, now that I am almost certified, I have a better idea what my prices are. Thank Goodness!!! Along the way (mad at myself because I missed out on this opportunity), I kept following her work and blog. Her fiance and her did a very cute engagement photos in New York and a DIY save-the-date card. They also created a wedding blog, which I think is SO clever!!! It gives their family and friends an update on where they are in the wedding planning process, where and when the ceremony and reception is, who their bridesmaids and groomsmen are.

A few weeks ago, Thao contacted me again to reconsider my prices!!!! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I received her email. I was like “this is my second chance at redemption”…and after several exchange of emails, I was hired!!!! So lucky to be booked by another bride who is in the industry which means more exposure!!! I met with Thao and her fiance last Sunday and everything went amazingly well. To tell you the truth, I was kind of surprised at myself because I brought up a lot of things that the couple didn’t think of. *Little pat on my back* So proud of myself…..all this studying really paid off!

Here you can see a photo of her engagement shoot and a few of her work. Really, these photos don’t do her justice, you really have to check out Thao’s website. Couples should definitely consider booking Thao for their engagement, wedding or any special occasion in their life.

On a more personal note, I received an A+ for my Unit C…yay!!!! Also I am almost done with Unit D (last one of the course), I should be receiving *crosses fingers* the certificate by next month. πŸ™‚ Of course, I will keep all of you updated on that.

Wedding location #14

Alright so the second location tour of the day took me to Huntington Beach. This location is a country club/golf club with lots of green in the area. I didn’t take a lot of pictures because I needed to get in and out in order to get to my third appointment for wedding invitations in Laguna Beach. Besides, with the sun coming out after a week long of rain, I couldn’t pass driving along PCH to get to Laguna beach. I am going to also post a couple of pictures from the website so you can have a taste at how a wedding would look like at this venue.

Ceremony area.

Reception area.

Tomorrow is a very special day for me as I will meet my bride and groom for their wedding in July! We are going to sign the contract. My 1st one as a wedding planner!!! I’m so excited!!!! I haven’t mentioned her name yet…I want to make sure it’s ok with her πŸ™‚

Wedding location #13

Uh oh…..is wedding location #13 means it’s bad luck??? Nah…..I’m not THAT superstitious. So today was a busy day, I had 3Β  places to go in 3 different cities and I had 30 min in between to get to each appointment….pfiou…good thing the rain stops on time for the weekend so I was able to take photos.

This venue totally reminds me of a rustic, old cowboy saloon!!! I felt like I needed cowboys boots, a hat and a drawl accent to go with the place. Mmmmmm…….to describe it better it has the feel of Frontierland at Disneyland! The view is absolutely gorgeous though if a couple decides to get married there.

See??? Gorgeous Orange County views!

Here are some western/cowboy like venue decorations.

Now, let’s get to serious business….here is the ceremony location. Can you imagine getting married here with the OC view in the background???

Reception location: sorry…couldn’t take too many pictures as a wedding was about to start but I’m sure you get the feeling of the place.

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