Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Credits to Vernon T. Williams Photography

Thank you again Vernon T. Williams Photography for sharing these breathtaking photos of Lynn and Steven, whom got married on February 20, 2009 at Verandas in Manhattan Beach. Coordinator Kesha Knightly Hughes of Papillon Events was a very organized coordinator. Her input and suggestions were welcomed and helped us capture what the bride wanted. If you would like to see more of Vernon T. Williams work, please log on to www.vernont.com

Monday, April 27, 2009


We just wanted to say hello to everyone and let you know that our story
will be on ABC 7 tonight (April 27th) at the end of the 5 o'clock news - with Ric Romero.

The story is on our wedding and how we were able to pull it off in such a tough economy.

We are so excited and hope you will be able to watch it. If you are not in LA or not able to watch at 5 pm tonight, I was told that it will be online
1 hour after it airs. Below is the link to the ABC News page.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Custom decor

Add some crystals to your decor. Just a touch of elegance can add a whole lot to your decor. These crystal backdrops start at $200.00 and up.

These beautifully draped pillars were designed by Mars himself. They are elegantly draped by soft chiffon fabric and gathered at the top for a nice decorative finish. These elegant and stylish pillars are one of a kind. I made Amy (bride) these beautiful centerpieces of white hydrangeas, white cymbidium orchids, and dendrobium orchids, just to add more glamour to the event. I could have gotton away with a vase and manzanita branches or curly willow and it still would have looked breath taking. These pillars are available in many colors, and start at $25.00 a pillar.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Paper lanters used right.

I just LOVE paper lantern!!! Its the best filler.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Mellow Yellow

Tall centerpieces were in order, thanks to the space’s high ceilings. Tables alternated between large cylinder vases filled with oncidium and mokara orchids accented with lily grass and brown sunflowers and a trio of cylinder vases with submerged orchids and calla lilies.

Tiffany and Tyler’s guests enjoyed an outdoor cocktail hour during which sangria and margaritas were the signature sips.

The bright yellow color palette even found its way to the candy buffet! Guests scooped candies including jellybeans and other treats into Chinese take-out boxes.

Ivette's bouquet featured yellow and orange blooms, including craspedia, ranunculus, and spray roses.

all photos privided by www.theknot.com

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Working with one of the top videographers in the world

I don't want to even say much about Daniel Boswell of DV Artistry before I have you check out a wedding he video taped for one of our clients Jennifer Mae Fletke and Chris Watters(who is an amazing and wonderful couple. They are a couple you would love to be friends with.), on April 4th 2009, I must say, No wonder Jennifer and Chris HAD TO HAVE HIM!! Event DV Magazine calls him one of the top 25 videographers IN THE WORLD. He is also know for his same day editing. You get to surprise your guest with a recap video of what was filmed. Your guests get a glimpse and review of the wedding that was taken place only hours earlier. Unbelievable.

Friends and family each grabs a chair and gathers around dance floor area. They sit in suspense as cake is being passed around. They are thinking they are about to see a typical ,photo slide show, or maybe a homemade video montage. Daniel looks at his team giving the sign to start the video. This is what they saw.....


Table numbers I like

Sophia & Matt: A Traditional Wedding in Washington, DC
Each table had a black and white photo of the couple with a white table number printed on it.

Fall colors in Spring.

Hi Nancy - Thanks soooo much for making our wedding so beautiful. You and Mars were definitely my favorite vendors. <3 ADA & CHRIS

This is soo cute. I'm not a dog person, but if I was, I would so have my dog part of the wedding.

The bride wanted her ceremony clean, simple and elegant. Just a few petals and fabric swagging in white, was perfect.

I love the fact that the bride Ada choose colors that you might think are only appropriate for late summer or fall. She choose to go with a very clean white on white for the reception decor. With hints of burgundy and mango. Her reception was in a local museum, so the art surroundings where the primary decor.

Mars entertained the guest that night.

888-299-1888 :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

CNN: She bartered her way to a dream wedding

SANTA MONICA, California (CNN) -- Jennifer Mae Fletke and Chris Watters fell in love after meeting three years ago. But when they got ready to tie the knot, they faced the challenge of an expensive wedding in a shrinking economy.

Jennifer Mae Fletke and Chris Watters were wed this April and they bartered for their celebration.

1 of 3 "The economy is so overwhelming. How are we going to afford this?" Watters remembers saying.

However, his future wife was determined that a bad economy was not going to stop her from her dream wedding.

She decided to trade their skills and time for what they wanted.

Fletke and her future husband bartered the videotaping and editing services of their production company, Major Diamond Productions, for the goods and services they needed for their wedding and reception.

"It literally started with one phone call and then another, and then we put stuff on Craigslist," Fletke says.

They first turned to companies and people whose work they knew from videotaping weddings, because Fletke didn't want to compromise on the quality of the wedding. She found people were amazingly open to the idea of trading services.

Getting a videographer and photographer for the wedding was a bit of a challenge: What service could they trade to someone else in the same business?

Fletke's persistence paid off when she spoke to Daniel Boswell of DV Artistry.

"I called him back and said, 'We can be a shooter at one of your weddings or we can edit some stuff.' He said, 'You know what, I'm always double-booked.' "

In trade for professional photographs of special moments at their wedding, the couple will create a multimedia piece promoting some of the work Maya Meyers has done with at-risk girls. Documenting the girls' images and their stories is a passion of the photographer.

It wasn't nearly as hard for Fletke and Watters to find a wedding planner/event designer.

The event design firm of Flowers on Mars provides wedding coordination, flower arrangements and disc jockeys -- more items the couple needed for their wedding. Company owners Nancy Flores and Mars Resendiz needed assistance in promoting their business.

"It was something we really wanted to do and it costs a lot of money," Resendiz says. iReport: Are you doing anything special to survive economy?

Fletke pitched their skills for a trade. Resendiz gives her credit for her creative thinking.

"To stay on top of the economy, you really have to put yourself out there. You have to have the right tools to promote your company and your services," he said.

For Fletke, the biggest goal was to get the venue of her dreams. She first saw the Aldersgate Retreat and Cultural Center in Pacific Palisades, California, when a friend of hers was considering wedding locations about a year ago. Fletke knew then that it was the place she wanted to have her wedding.

She bargained her way into the retreat and reached a deal to hold her wedding there for about half the facility's usual price. In addition, they also got their out-of-town families and friends a phenomenal deal.

"It's hard for them [our family]. It's $200-$400 a night for a hotel in Santa Monica. We tried to make it convenient for everyone." For a four night stay at the retreat, the charge was $150 per person.

Although Fletke joked about walking down the aisle in jeans and a T-shirt, she knew she needed a wedding dress. With less than a week before her wedding, her luck continued.

The owner of Bridal Elegance was willing to let Fletke borrow a wedding dress from her collection. Fletke walked down the aisle with a wedding dress, a veil and a tiara. She got her "something borrowed" and a dress she describes as "magical" and fit for a princess.

The catering was also a last minute get for Fletke. She found Michael C. Events through some other vendors she successfully negotiated trades with. He put together the menu for the wedding complete with appetizers and the main course. As for the icing on the cake, Fletke bartered for that, too. She negotiated the trade with the owners of Nicely Iced by Chantell and Wildflour Cakes.

Despite the challenges brought on by the economy, Fletke and Watters found a way to have their dream wedding in April for a fraction of the cost.

"I think the big thing is something that I think would have cost about $40,000 has gotten down to probably about $3,000," Watters said.

But one expert in the wedding industry says not every couple will be able to get such deals.

"It's a perk of being in any industry," says Melissa Bauer, spokesperson for TheKnot.com, a wedding planning Web site. She notes that this couple could help the cake baker, the photographer or the venue market themselves, but other brides and grooms may not have skills a vendor could use.

Bauer says a past money-saving trend of having companies sponsor parts of weddings in trade for having their logos displayed "took some legitimacy" from the occasion and the trend didn't last long.

Fletke and Watters warn that anyone considering bartering for their wedding should know that it took a lot of hard work. Negotiating each trade took added time and extra effort.

But for them, it was still well worth it. Bartering opened new doors for them in their business, and in turn, they didn't have to settle for only what they could afford to pay cash for on one of the most important days of their lives.

"No matter what is going on in your life, there's always a solution. You can't be afraid to ask for what you need. You will hear a lot of no's, but you can make anything happen," Fletke said.

Also involved White Feathers Event, who helped with coordinating, Del Rey Party Rentals, who provided the dance floor, tables, chairs, and linens.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Shabby Shabby, and Ohhhhh soooo Chic. Perfect for Spring and Summer

I thought I would write a little something about the photos below, then I thought, you know, the photos speak for themselves. When you first take a glance, your like, WOW, this is beautiful!!! Yes they are. This has to be my favorite type of decor, for weddings, parities, showers, and even home decor. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. I sometimes get asked what colors can you use for this type of decor without having to use pink! Hmmm? There are tons of colors you can use to still have this fabulous chic look. Pale peach, lavender, black, light blues, like ice blue, pool, or Tiffany. You can use sage green, or pale lime. I love to use black as a accent color. Other colors you can use are champagne, creams, and ivory. The point is to use whites, or creams as a primary color. At least thats what I like to use. I tend to also use a lot of wood, ceramic, and mirrors for my decor. Pillows are always nice for the lounge areas. Tons of candles, a must. Crystal chandeliers, and tons of floral big blooms, like Peonies, cabbage and garden roses. Peony tulips, renanculas, tulips, dahlias, hydrangeas, and anemones, (white or light pink preferably)