Happy Belated Anniversary, Marisa + James!

It hit me at this weekend’s wedding that it was already the end of October…  Which meant I had been so busy last week that I totally missed wishing Marisa + James a happy anniversary!!!  Of course I was at a wedding and without my laptop, so this post had to wait until after my wedding “hangover” passed yesterday in order to wish these two lovebirds a belated happy anniversary…  I can hardly believe it’s been a whole year since their Harbor Island wedding.  Marisa was so lovely and they were both so full of happiness on that day…  I just can’t help but grin when I see the photos!  And when I remember James’ dad’s speech: “You’re flying out to Hawaii tomorrow… Tomorrow night you’d best get to workin’ hard! We’re behind the curve on gettin’ grandchildren!”

Of course if you visit my site or my blog regularly you might recognize this photo, but I can’t help it… It’s one of my favorites from the day.

Happy Anniversary Marisa + James!!!  Wishing you another happy love-filled year!

See Marisa + James’ wedding blog post, gallery, and review!

Marisa+James’ Harbor Island San Diego 10*22*2011 Wedding Details:

I got to work with Diane’s Flowers this past Saturday and back in March for Michelle + Dave’s wedding and am looking forward to working again with Sutography in just two weeks! 🙂

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Marisa + James’ Harbor Island San Diego Wedding 10*22*2011

I met Marisa and James one day last June.  I was immediately struck by the way James lit up when he talked about his fiance, and I remember tweeting about how I was so excited about their wedding incorporating multicultural traditions (James is half Filipino, Marisa has Jewish roots, and they planned to incorporate wedding customs from both cultures into their ceremony), and about how much I loved them already!  I also was asked (for the first, but certainly not the last!) time if I use a headpiece during weddings a la Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner!  (For the record, I don’t!)

I was thrilled a few days later when Marisa called me to tell me they’d decided to hire me!  Over the next several months, we exchanged hundreds of phone calls and e-mails, I got to know them and their chihuahua Shorty, and because she wanted well-priced chair sashes, I met the girls of Classy Covers!  I feel so lucky to have gotten to know such an incredible couple (boy, I’m lucky – like I’ve said before, my couples are like my kids…  I love them all so much!).  Marisa’s even told me that she’d love to start coordinating weddings herself because of her experience working with me (I’m hoping to have her help me out at some of my weddings this year!!!). 🙂

Marisa and James got married last October at the Sheraton Harbor Island on a breezy cool but perfectly lit day!  Seriously days like this – a bit cloudy, but with filtered sunlight – are THE BEST for gorgeous wedding photographs, and of course Holly Sutor (of Sutography, and yes, we had a good laugh that Suter and Sutor were working together!) produced some beautiful ones!

First off, the details:

Shoes, photo by Sutography

Dress, photo by Sutography

Love this necklace and the pretty shot, photo by Sutography

Invitation, photo by Sutography

Welcome sign, photo by Sutography

Simple Programs designed by Events by Elisa, photo by Sutography

Cake by Eidelweiss, photo by Sutography

Guests signed this photo mat, photo by Sutography

Escort Cards arranged lovingly by Events by Elisa intern Rachael, photo by Sutography

Beautiful bouquet by Diane's Flowers Please, photo by Sutography

Bouquets, by Diane's Flowers Please, photo by Sutography

And our beautiful bride and handsome groom, and their super-fun wedding party (so much personality!):

Beautiful Marisa, photo by Sutography

Beautiful Marisa, photo by Sutography

Handsome James, photo by Sutography

Groomsmen with Attitude! Photo by Sutography

Work it, girls! Photo by Sutography

Such a cute shot! Photo by Sutography

I love when "formals" aren't so formal! Photo by Sutography

I love this little guy!  The ring bearer, photo by Sutography

The ceremony was non-denominational, but they incorporated elements from both Filipino and Jewish cultural traditions!  What you don’t see here is that the groom was choked up as he saw his bride walking down the aisle.  I was watching from behind-the-scenes with my intern Rachael, and both of us were getting teary too!

Pretty ceremony location, photo by Sutography

Flower girl and ring bearer walking together up the aisle, photo by Sutography

Walking up the aisle! Photo by Sutography

First kiss! Photo by Sutography

Married!  Photo by Sutography

As for the beautiful ballroom reception…  The photos speak for themselves!  Pretty purple accents and elegant lines…  I love receptions that suit their space and this one does perfectly!

Ballroom reception at the Sheraton, photo by Sutography

Cake by Eidelweiss, photo by Sutography

First Dance, photo by Sutography

Garter!  Photo by Sutography

These two families knew how to have a good time!!!  Almost every guest was on the dance floor for most of the night, Cha-cha sliding and rocking out to Love Shack…  All the speeches were excellent, too, and full of love.  But hands-down the speech I will never forget was the groom’s father’s.  “You’re flying out to Hawaii tomorrow,” he said. “Tomorrow night you’d best get to workin’ hard! We’re behind the curve on gettin’ grandchildren!”

I can’t speak directly to his request, of course, but I do know one thing: These two are so in love that it’s contagious!

Love! Photo by Sutography

<3! Photo by Sutography

Congratulations Marisa and James!  Wishing you two a lifetime of love and happiness!  And who knows?  Maybe you’ll see more of Marisa as a part of my event team in the future!

Marisa+James’ Harbor Island San Diego 10*22*2011 Wedding Details:

Lauren + Chris Vow Renewal 08*20*2011

Today is the first of many blogs I’ve been behind with writing!  I have so many great events and ideas to share with you from the last six months!

Lauren and Chris celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary with a vow renewal and a giant party!

The number 18 is a lucky one in Jewish tradition, as it’s associated with the Hebrew word for life (chai), and Lauren had just completed work on her art gallery in Liberty Station, so this was the perfect time for celebration!

Like E+D, Lauren + Chris asked that we please not feature their faces online, so this post will be mostly detail shots, but you like pretty things…  Right? 😉

Lauren and Chris contacted me in mid-July with an idea and a date.  In one month, we did the rest!

Being an artist, Lauren had a definite vision for the day.  She wanted a travel-inspired theme, with nods to her exhibition in the form of sparkly gold candles, silk flowers, and snow.  She chose all the rentals herself and created a world all her own!

For the ceremony itself, Anar Party Rentals provided the chuppah, which was placed on the lawn outside Lauren’s gallery.  Raphael’s Party Rentals provided the chairs, and we purchased luminaries to help create a festive feel.  The luminaries were also used to illuminate the path between the ceremony and reception!  We also lined the aisle to the chuppah with votive candles, which sparkled as the sun set!

Chuppah by Anar Party Rentals

The ceremony!

Lauren + Chris used the most beautiful carafe, a gift from friends, for their wine ceremony!

Wine ceremony carafe

Raphael’s Party Rentals built a gauzy etherial tent inside of an empty shell of a building nearby the art gallery.  Within the next year, this space will be transformed into more studios, galleries, and retail spaces.  But back in August, thanks to a generator and a team of event professionals, this was an otherworldly celebration space filled with twinkling lights!  Lauren created all of the centerpieces herself, using enormous, heavy brass candlesticks rented from Raphael’s.

Reception Space

Reception with Twinkle Lights by Raphael's Party Rentals!

And since we had a professional pianist as the night’s emcee, we had to have a piano.  A grand piano to be exact, provided by Greene Music.

The beautiful piano provided by Greene Music

My incredible team of assistants (thank you SO much Ryan, Rachael, Desiree, Daniel, and Paul!) had SO much to do, between putting together tables, distributing favors and place cards, setting up 120 luminaries, and scattering snow on the ground!

Scattered Snow on the floor of the reception!

Extraordinary Desserts did a gorgeous job with the rustic chocolate cake (flanked by my lanterns in the background and the cake serving set from my own wedding in the foreground!).

Cake by Extraordinary Desserts

And of course Iliana Morton captured all the details of the day!  Isn’t she amazing?

Ceremony Song

Favors by Chi Chocolat

I love this shot; rings on a piano!

Thank you to all the amazing vendors and again to my awesome team (I love you guys!!!!!).  And to Lauren + Chris, whose love for each other was resonant throughout our planning and their day, I raise my glass to 18 more amazing years!  Mazel tov and l’chaim!

Lauren + Chris 08*20*2011 Vow Renewal Details: