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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Warmest thanks to the kind and lovely kathryn of snippet and ink for featuring an amorology wedding! We had so much fun creating all the little details for our "bird and groom" and it is so fun to have it showcased! We love snippet and ink! It is one of the most beautiful and inspiring bridal sites out there. Be prepared to spend hours here!

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Thursday, June 26, 2008
Warmest thanks to Ritzy bee for the mention and featuring a few of our weddings! Who doesn't love ritzy bee?

take the key and lock her up....

Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Okay, so you guys are all probably thinking this inspiration board is crazy! I just had to do something special for my convict bride to sure to see the letters below that inspired it all!
I was thinking we could incorporate some real fun elements like these earrings by crumpetcake

We could play the police for ambient background music..HA!
..and we definitely could thumb print everyone at the door as the guest book. Perfect! Little clocks would make excellent favors. Oh yes..I know you're following me..."Doing time", so appropriate. We would serve a fine meal of crusty breads and cute personalized labeled bottles of water of course! The stripes on this Preston + Sturgess cake just pulls it all together. For the exit...I'm thinking vintage POLICE car and handcuffs.

So, I have officially had my first wedding scam. Who knew there was such a thing? Planners beware! This is the email that I just received a couple days ago from a so called bride to be in Germany. Lot's of details in this first email as you can see...and it just got more detailed in the emails that followed.

My name is Kim Lohan, from Germany,Hamburg (Europe ).. I will be coming over to California with my Husband James Phillips who's French by nature but has actually naturalised in Germany. We'll be moving to the US to start a new life because my husband to be just got a job with the Coca-cola Co. in CA and i have made plans of opening my new kiddies fashion store in CA as soon as we are settled in. Just before then we will be getting married on the 7th of December , 2008 and we have decided to get married in THE STATES since we're moving on and we pretty know our new move would be wonderful. We will be needin' a good wedding planner to take care of our wedding event both ceremony and reception for our guests and our convenience because we require the best for the best memories fost on our wedding day. We prefer the ceremony and reception event to take place in a location and we are expecting at most 60 guests on the day of our occasion because most of our families in Europe and in the United Kingdom will be present for this wonderful occassion. Also, we would like you to know we prefer the reception and ceremony to take place in a location for the convenience of our guests and would love the ceremony to be in a garden setting and the reception in an indoor location in San Marcos ,CA or surrounding areas because the weather is unpredictable at this time of the year. We haven't made any venue reservations yet but we are sure the wedding planner can do that on on our behalf as we are looking for a customized wedding planning package that involves virtually every aspect of planning except the band which we are already making arrangements for. The total wedding budget is 25,000$US. Please let us know if you can help work with us for the success of our event and can help work within our budget as we're not opened to spending a dollar more than the above bidget? Thanks and God bless, kim

Here's the next one....

Hello Heather, Thanks for your response! We will definitely love to work with you!! Oh and we will understand if we are only able to have an indoor wedding in December because of the weather as we didn't realise this before and an evening event will be perfect indoors

Well i'm used to calling James my husband because we are getting married
and nothing's changing that fact 'cause we have come a long way together. My husband and i will be arriving Town on the 9th of November this year which is the only time we'll be available for a face to face consultation because we would like to finish our work here and also spend more time with our family and loved ones before coming as we might not be chanced to spend as much time with them.. we would like the ceremony and reception to take place in the same location.. Preferred time for ceremony is 6pm and no traditions or heritage involved. The budget is US$25000!

We are expecting nothing less than 55 guests and at most 65people..
Our preferred wedding style is formal. There'll be 3 bridesmaids including maid of honor, 3 groomsmen including the bestman and 2 flower girls. A ring bearer We don't have a color scheme yet. Six of our favorite colors are pink, orange, green, blue, violet and lemon. Hmm five colors i don't like are red, brown, grey, black and i dont know any other. We don't have any theme yet we can always make that out later. The preferred time for reception is 8:30pm. As for catering the seated/plated dinner is perfect. Our food preference is sea food. We would prefer a fruit cake with fresh or silk flowers incorporated in the design of the cake. No grooms cake required. The cake should be like 4 tiers Flowers should be included in the centrepieces.
We have a specific photography requirement but we don't know if they do such in the US that is to make every part of the wedding like a story, a story book photography. Please let us know if we can find this type of photographer? Our entertainment band will be coming in from Benin Republic , It's a french coupe de calien african band, they're marvelous.We will need the DJ to be present during the reception to provide background sounds.
An itinerary put together for the guests will help them alot for them to be able to make plans for the proper hotel rooms and costs before their arrival to the states to avoid any form of trouble with that in future. We'll be coming with the pastor of our church who will be the ceremony officiant on that day. Okay dear that's it for now, we hope you're able to make our event as wonderful as we've dreamed it would be.

The cost of your services is okay by us. We will like you to start planning as soon as possible..We'll be needing also your detailed contact information that your name to make deposit check payable and mailing instructions not a PO BOX to have it sent to you.
Have a pleasant day! Sincerely Kim

This just gets crazier!
Hello Heather

Great to read from you again! We're well pleased!! Well we are easy to get to know and as a matter of fact we are opened to be read like a book.
James and i met in Paris , in the year 1998 and that was how it all started. I travelled to Paris to see my grand ma and eventually met James in my grand ma's mansion, he was her personal accountant. To my surprise he spoke english very well unlike other french nationals around and he was the only other person i could talk to except my grand ma. He was nice enough to have me say a yes to an invitation for dinner after a few days that we've met and that was how he started getting closer to my heart and after my visit to my grand ma's i was back in Germany and James didnt stop calling me everytime to wish me well and tell me how much he missed me, he didnt give up on me even when there's so much distance between us and one day he promised to visit me in Germany which he did. This actually triggered my feelings for him and we started a relationship from there and got engaged in July 2002..
In February 2003 he got a job with the Coca-cola company in Hamburg as an Auditor and ever since we've been together as one. We share so many things in common and we love kids alot though we haven't started giving birth yet until after our marriage.
More about us, we are christians, well mannered, easy going, great sense of humour, peace loving, quite out going, we love flowers. We love to swim, dance, go out to the movies, love sports, James loves water skiing and i love skating.
We would also love to know more about you and your family, are you married, do you have any child? I hope this isn't prying though if it is then you don't have to answer.

Actually it was a friend of mine in Spain who just got married in New York that referred me to the Website i viewed your advert and eventually visited your website and to our surprise you got a great chance of working with us as your style is preferably intriguing.

Please let us know if this is pretty okay by you, we have attached a picture to this message for you to put a face with our e-mails. Have a pleasant day!

and here was my response after I realized what was really going on....
Dear Kim, sound like such a kind and honest person. To read more about me and my family go to

Hopefully, you'll learn more about me there...and we can begin our journey together making plans for your wedding. Can't wait! I'm glad one of your favorite colors is orange...because I have something perfect in mind for the bridal party to wear with sparkly silver cuffs. I think it would go great with a black and white theme and we could incorporate the use of sirens. What do you think?

see you soon!



My husband actually saved the day. He found out this was a scam when he googled the band. The scam is that they send a cashier's check for the deposit along with an extra $3000.00 deposit to be sent to the band in Africa. When the federal reserve discovers the check is a fraud, the "band" has been paid and I'm on the hook for the money.... I feel so bad for the other event planners that have already been taken advantage of. Has anyone heard of this?

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Thursday, June 19, 2008
Warmest thanks to Elizabeth Anne Designs for the mention and sharing Kirsten & Michael's wedding! This is a fun site for all you brides to be to browse through and spend some time on! We love it!

a little bird told us...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Just in case any of you haven't heard yet...the lovebirds and their wedding will be featured in the next issue of San Diego Style Weddings Magazine! We are so excited! Thank you again to Sara France for the beautiful photos and capturing every little last detail. I thought I would put the pictures in a collage because there were just too many I wanted to share. Warmest thanks to all of my other wonderful vendors and Alison & Eric for being so much fun!

vendor applause:
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
music: New Standard Jazz and Vox DJ's
vintage fabric birds: Pin cushion Princess
Photo Booth: Photoworks Interactive
Tent and Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Invitations: Chris Crosby
Vintage Car: Simply Elegant Limos
Florals: Twigg Botanicals
Cake: Michelle Coulon Dessertier
Videography: Benny Ek Media

sneak Peek: Kirsten & Michael

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

...some feather's, some fans, lots of cake and a little damask with a touch of opulence and a gorgeous bride, transformed this wedding in to a Marie Antoinette affair to remember! Many Thanks to
Jamie Hammond and Natalie Norton for being there to capture it all! for a few more take a look at the slideshow at:

The bride looked more lovely than ever and wore her mother's wedding gown, being so fitting that she was married on her parent's anniversary.

It was a beautiful evening and just how I had imagined it would be....perfect in every way...other than the phone call I received during the reception, from our neighbor, that our house was flooding and water was pouring into our neighbor's garage! Ugggh! Luckily, my husband was on hand to run home and assess the damage. Crazy to be somewhere so beautiful, while at home our house was being torn apart. So it goes sometimes! These pictures just brightened my day I thought I would share. More to come in my featured gallery soon!

vendor applause:
florals:twigg botanicals
wedding cake: CAKE
rentals & linens: Classic Party Rentals
mini cakes: Jen at Batter Bakery
DJ: Brandon Brown
Catering: L & D Evans Catering

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Thursday, June 12, 2008
Warmest Thanks to Joyful Weddings and Events for the mention. Be sure to stop by and take a look at some of their beautiful work as well!

In Reel Life: Kindsay & Erik

Check out this video clip sent over by Benny Ek Media from Kindsay & Erik's wedding! I love how it just brought everything to life again. Amazing job Benny! For those of you contemplating hiring a it! It is one of the things that you will treasure the rest of your life. There is nothing quite like the art of moving pictures. I can't wait to see the rest of the video and the is sure to be as beautiful as the bride and groom themselves!

Watch for more upcoming video clips from some of our more recent weddings!

sneak peek: Lauren & Russ

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Jamie Hammond photography delivers again! No, Jaime's baby is not quite here yet....but, Russ & Lauren's pictures are! Yeah! So quick on the turn around time Jaime! Here are a few images from the day that I thought I thought I would share from last week's wedding. I loved the dragonfly in Lauren's bouquet that mimicked the touches of dragonflies and butterflies throughout the reception. So pretty and feminine. I think this picture of Lauren's veil blowing in the breeze though is going to be one of my very favorites from the day. It reminds me of the romantic breeziness feel of the event and how all the butterflies in the tree were softly blowing with the wind.

The yellow against the crisp green bridesmaid dresses was a perfect compliment too. I kept wanting Rebecca (the maid of honor) to stand next to the yellow and cream tent...just because she looked so cute next to it! Here is a picture below to prove it!

The wish jar was also a lot of fun and a great alternative for a traditional sign-in book. The jar was quickly filled with notes from friends and loved ones offering advice and wishes (of course, on stamped dragonfly cards).

I will be adding a few more featured weddings to my website soon. Keep a lookout for more pictures from this one.

FAVORite Finds

Monday, June 2, 2008
Here are some of my new favorite finds by Estilo Weddings! I love the beautiful boxes filled with butterfly habitats and seed mats to create the perfect little garden. The tiny edible tins hold seeds that bloom into edible flowers. How perfect of a favor for a garden reception?

...and the little wood pencils. I have been searching all over for something like this that is so fun to use on the sign in table in lieu of typical pens. I love the texture and visual interest they provide!

What's in my file: Lauren & Russ

Sunday, June 1, 2008

So, I am a little late posting this file...Lauren & Russ were actually married yesterday but I thought it might still be fun to share my file. Things changed and evolved some in the planning process but these were some of our inspiration points. With Lauren's passion for art and love for Monet we initially began with a Monet art and flower garden theme complete with plein air artists painting throughout the event, the surroundings of the reception. Centerpieces were to be water bowls filled with floating flowers and lily pads. In the weeks that followed Lauren opted to focus more on the romantic side of Monet's gardens with dragonflies and butterflies. The colors turned from sage green and touches of yellow to more vibrant hues of spring green and lemon yellow with touches of white and cream.

It was a lovely day! From the warm weather and the location at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, the color palette, the gorgeous raj tents, the butterfly forest we created in the trees, the swarovski crystal dragonflies by estilo weddings, the simply stunning and romantic flowers by twigg botanicals, the delicious food, the harp music, jazz quartet, the chocolate truffle favor boxes and tasty cake by Michele was perfect! The bride herself said it was just as she had dreamed it would be. I couldn't hope for a better compliment. I always want each bride to feel like they got THEIR very own wedding, something that is as unique and special as them.

Looking forward to seeing how Benny the videographer and Jamie Hammond captured the day. I know they got some great shots. There was even actually a real monarch butterfly flying about throughout the reception...that I think Benny got on film. So fun to see that it was drawn to the garden we created for him..and of course Lauren & Russ! Pictures and footage soon to come!
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