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Keep in mind…

POSTED BY Amanda

I’m re-posting my winter special! I’ve had a few of my brides tell me that people have asked them if it’s still on and YES it is! I’d love to help with your November or December 2007 wedding…

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I know! I spelled December wrong. I was working quickly when I made this, didn’t proof read, saved the picture file but not the edit-able file. Whoops. I look like an idiot…

In other news, a few weeks back I received a cute-as-a-button little save the date postcard from one of my ’08 gals. Thought I’d share:

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Yep, it’s backwards. I would have flipped it, but right now my programs on my computer are being a little fishy… hmm. We can deal, right? CUTE though. I love it! And yes, it’s on my fridge.
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Another weekend…

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So, my “season” has definately slowed down quite a bit. I hope that I get another bride or two before the year’s end… but if not, I still cannot believe how well this year has gone for me. It has definately been a BIG year.

My weekend was spent meeting with potential clients, watching my husband play bass, resting and going to the movies. Here’s my reccomendations:

Lars and The Real Girl- epically amazing. I loved every bit of this movie. Especially the singing. :)

Dan In Real Life- good. I love Steve Carell, so that sweetend the deal.

The Darjeeling Limited- better than I expected. I couldn’t get in the mood to see this one, even though I’d wanted to from the previews for a while. Someone told me it was “just ok” and because of that my expectations were low and I really ended up liking it.

Ok, those aren’t ALL from this exact weekend but…. Can you tell we see a lot of movies? It’s my husband’s favorite thing to do. Since we’re so busy and so often moving and shaking, it’s nice to just sit and BE together. I’m in for another long week without Josh around… he got a huge song package and has to start it sometime, right?

But- I booked 2 new brides! Yay! I love it when I get to add to the “family”. I really take my business so personally, it’s always a sigh of relief when, after meeting with couples or brides, I get the email or phone call telling me that they want to work with me! I really get wrapped into the details of weddings and am always so heart broken when I don’t get to see it come to fruition. The good part about that is I’ve only lost 3 weddings ever [meaning I met with them, or had a meeting set, and they didn’t book or it didn’t happen]. Only 2 went to other coordinators. I like that I can count them on one hand. It makes me feel like I’m doing something right!

Today is filled with more meetings and organizing… my freaky OCD side is creeping up on me! Here’s another couch photo for you…

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Wish me luck!!!

Okay, well, I had grandious visions for this arrangement and it didn’t exactly work out according to plan! I wanted to put mini balloons in the arrangement as well… super cute, right? Well, I’m scared of balloons but TRIED to work it out and they just kept popping on me. Over that, super quick. But, it came out really cute and really primary colored- just what we wanted!

This arrangement is actually a gift from my mom to the new owner, Lindsay. So, I made this technically for my mom, who was willing to come with me to the flower market at 2am this morning. It was a fun trip and this results are wonderful! Wish I had better pictures… I was depending on my mac for these ones [thank God for photo booth!].

Voila!

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Okay, these images are a bit creepy because my husband and I just noticed that they’re backwards. See how awkward my wedding rings look? Photobooth takes pictures like you’re looking in the mirror… so my hair is parted on the wrong side and my bangs are swept to the wrong side and what looks like my right hand is really my LEFT! Weird!!!

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And, a little extra arrangement for Mommy…
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Yep, this centerpiece was pretty HUGE! I got a great deal on flowers and I got to buy those blue roses that I was eyeing the last time I went! Very excited on that! All in all, I’m really happy how it turned out… even if I didn’t get the mini balloons in there. Sad face to that, but really, they were killing me with the creepy popping-in-my-hand action.

Yay!

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So, I’ve been tracking my blog. I haven’t really known who or how many “whos” have been reading my blog since I used myspace. Tragic. But, my web guy helped me find a way to track how many page views on my blog and all of that fun stuff. Really, I had no idea what to expect. Too bad my season is over right now- I’ll bet when I was more busy, IT was more busy. I think I told Allison of Flower Allie back in August that I got around 100 views per week on my blog. Well… I’ve been tracking for 1 week, and my blog has had 260 views! It peeked the day after Corin’s wedding when I put up all of her pictures, and has been pretty constistant at 25+ views per day. Crazy. I could never have imagined that! So… thanks to all of you who are reading and viewing and loving the blog! I really love having one, too. Sometimes I think I’m crazy for the stuff I write. Ha!

P.S. Guess who’s going to the LA flower market AGAIN tonight? My mom wants to bring a flower-loving friend of hers up with us, so it’s a girl’s night out! I’ll be making an arrangement for The Kid’s Gym grand opening in Rancho Santa Margarita [which is this Saturday]. A dear friend of our family is the new owner. I’ll snap some photos of it for you all… now that I know you’re out there!

My weakness is pro pics.

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So, back in June Ashley and Drew got married and the lovely Amanda Collins of the Jim Kennedy Team captured the whole day. It has taken me FOREVER [understandably, with the busy-ness of the season] to get these images and really, they are amazing. I’m so thrilled to have a copy of these. Ashley is so elegant and beautiful- and Drew ain’t so bad himself, but still, he’s terribly lucky!!!
Here are some of my favorites that Ashley passed along to me…

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Champagne grand entrance… loooove it!

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[That whole lounge area… my design!!]

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I may get killed for this

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But then again, it may be worth it. I snapped this at Corin and Jesse’s reception this weekend. I think my sister [assistant] looks great here. She may hate it, but to me, it’s worth 1000 words.

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Corin and Jesse 10.20.07!

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Whew. Photos are back. They aren’t GREAT, but you know, mine never are!
Corin and I had been working out the kinks in the plans for the past month. She had a few shake ups with her vendors and I think really they made her anxious when it came to the week-of, but all in all the wedding ran like a well-oiled machine. We didn’t have ONE problem the entire day! We really lucked out!

My assistant and I got to the church [the wedding was at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in La Habra, and the reception was in their hall as well] just before noon and by then, the chair covers and sashes were set, the tables were up and placed, and all of the flowers had been delivered… and we had a HUGE gift on our hands: a black trash bag FULL of rose petals. No, Corin didn’t order these. Jesse’s aunt was the florist for the wedding, but since Jesse and his family aren’t terribly close, his aunt wasn’t invited. In fact, she was one of the vendors that Corin was worried about because she was a bit out of the loop with the flowers. But, her “bonus bag” of petals really MADE the wedding. We put them everywhere. Really, the reception seemed to be dripping with petals. We had a ton of work to do, but THIS surprise made it so much better!

So, the work began and continued all the way up to her 3pm ceremony time, and that’s where we begin:
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I loved Corin’s wedding [even though I missed some pictures of it]. She had soo many elements, and I loved that. There were some traditional Catholic elements [which I think every church is different about requesting you encorperate or not], like the presentation of the bouquet to Mary, and greeting your guests with a sign of peace, and then there was the lasso tradition [which I think is associated with Mexican Catholic weddings- and I LOVE- I think it’s so beautiful]. They also did the unity candle. I really thought it was so beautiful. Here are some post ceremony shots and some sneak pics at the photographer’s pics in front of the church:

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And we luckily had a few moments before the room opened to the guests to sneak Corin and the girls in to view the reception all set up. She was BLOWN away with how beautiful this “blank space” came out! I’m telling you… it’s the rose petals! After that, it was off to Craig Park for her and the rest of the party to nab some of those “great sunset lighting” pictures with the ever-so-talented Stephanie Williams!

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The reception room details:

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Those are the splashes from the church that we placed on either side of the head table. And the runner you see here, as well as the one you’ll see on the cake table- they were both hand-made [painted] by Corin! This girl is the DIY queen!!!

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Oh, did I mention Corin also had extra centerpieces? We got 2 for the gift table, 2 for the buffet, and 1 for the guestbook table… I LOVE extra flowers!!!

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You know my feeling about cakes by now, right? I didn’t have one at my wedding… we did carmel apples [and that’s a whole different story, and was very “us” at the time…] but I really, really really LOVE cakes. They’re gorgeous. They’re such an expression of the couple. This DIY topper that Corin made, paired with the flowers provided for her… were amazing.
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Her chocolate napkins were menu-folded and we actually slipped the favors into the “pocket” [I pulled it out for the picture]:
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She made 1 menu card per table:
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And another shot of the full tables:
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See how the petals bring everything together??

Here’s a shot of the guest book table [this was just outside the reception room, in the hallway. What a great first impression it made!
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I accidentally loaded my film camera with black and white prior to Corin’s wedding and was stuck with it, so there are randomly gonna be some black and white shots, like this one of the guest book:
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And this one of the floral splashes:
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The bride and groom’s toasting glasses formed an interlocking heart:
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And this is the sweetheart table dripping with petals…
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Much later in the evening, we packed up the gifts and left that pretty table open for our options. Originally the bridesmaid bouquets were placed on the cake table, but after the cutting we moved them over to the empty gift table to be displayed [and also so the ‘maids wouldn’t forget them!].
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Before now I hadn’t really gotten into the detail of the bouquets. Each one had a monogram charm, which I love:
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And the bride’s, on her sweetheart table:
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Now that we’re back to color shots, just a few more room things… check out the twinkle lights behind Corin and Jesse’s table:
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Personalized napkins for the cake:
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A better shot of the favors:
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Her birdcage for cards:
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Me and the beautiful Corin:
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And she had SO many centerpieces [her sister took home 4] that she let me take one!
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Here’s where the floral splashes ended up, and I am sure the church was very thankful!
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Typically I try and keep my blogs pretty in order of the events, and etc. But since I had so many different rolls of film and cameras, they are in no sensical order what so ever. So, onto the order of events for the evening [and my apologies with the over-saturation of details prior to getting into the REAL stuff!!]. Corin’s dad hired this trio to come around during the cocktail hour. They were SO great:
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The grand entrance!
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And straight into speeches:
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Corin and her sister, Liza [Matron of Honor]:
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Their first dance as husband and wife!
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And their father/daughter [followed by grandmother/son] dance:
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Corin’s dad was SUCH a great dancer! He did this amazing little shuffle-salsa-step and was out there all night long!

Here’s a shot of the groom getting the party started with some VIP guests:
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And the whole party out there:
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She may be the bride, but she’ll always be the aunt:
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Into the bouquet toss. Here’s her fake-out:
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And, the real thing:
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Jesse going in for the garter:
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And to finish it up… the most IMPORTANT event of the night [and I’m sure what all of the guests look forward to]: the cutting of the cake!!
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No mess here, they were VERY sweet to one another!

A little candid one of the night:
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And, to conclude, a great shot of my fave element of the event. The full cake table:
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Wow! For how much potential there was to have things go wrong for Corin’s day, everything turned out so RIGHT. I loved it. She loved it. Everyone was so great to work with. She was so calm and relaxed, even though she’d previously been so rattled by all of her little pre-wedding scares! Yay Corin, it’s over and it was perfect!!! Enjoy your honeymoon you two, you deserve it!!!

Blog on hold.

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Just for a few more hours. You see, my digital camera is STILL missing it’s charger [and yes, this is my fault. Essentially I have to go to the Sony store and put in an order for it, and I just haven’t had the time..] and my good friend has been allowing me to borrow his camera for my late September and October weddings. But, with Corin’s [last night], he had taken his camera out of town with him. Killing me! Oh trust me, I know how selfish that sounds!

Anyway… 3 disposable cameras and 3 rolls of film later, I nabbed more than enough material for my blog. Well, so I think. I’m waiting for CVS to develop them. I dropped off my film at 9am and they told me 12pm… or, well… for SURE by 1pm. Typically blogging takes me a bit of time [few hours], so check back later tonight. Seriously though, we live in such an instant generation that it’s making me anxious to be without my photos! I just want to seeee them. Shooting with film is the death of me. :)

Hang in there, everyone. We’ve got a blog on the horizon! As for now, I’ll leave you with a “Sunday morning Amanda” photo taken with my laptop about… umm, 1 minute ago.

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And yes, I know my living room kicks ass. Haha!

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