Wednesday, December 31, 2008

happy new year!

Wishing you and yours a prosperous 2009…

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

bellz&whistlez + seven-degrees

NEWS: I just got word that bellz&whistlez has been added to [seven-degrees]' preferred vendor list! This is BIG news! We are super excited, 'cause if you haven't familiarized yourself with this venue, it has to be one of the best premier art and event venues in Orange County. Tucked in the hills of Laguna Beach, the award-winning architecture makes the perfect setting for a modern wedding. They have state-of-the-art lighting, sound and media capabilities -- try (3) large video screens that drop from the ceilings, (8) plasma tv screens, and many hanging video fixtures -- NO one will miss your montage! If it looks familiar from previous blogs, yes, this is where Abe and I held our wedding. Their staff and designers are amazing, diligent, and oh so talented -- truly inspirational. If you just want to do something a little different, this is the place to have your wedding reception. Open cocktail hour with some lounge/house music, and you'll definitely invite your guests to a swank ambiance complete with a party feel. Some of you may have seen this venue on MTV's Laguna Beach show where they filmed the episode, "Fight the Landslide Fundraiser."

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Monday, December 29, 2008

sweet winter wedding {12.27.08}

Day-Of Coordination: It was to no surprise that the winter wedding we coordinated this past Saturday would turn out to be a wonderfully designed celebration. Cyril will post a reflection blog soon, but I just wanted to share that we were honored to have been part of Benny and Cheryl's sweet winter wedding. I found a few minutes to snap some photos (btw, I'm no pro; I can't wait to see Trailbrook's photos!). Take a look at their cake display -- i love the branches covered with hanging flowers, gems and votives! And I'm still swooning over the tall, orchid-sprayed, table centerpieces which were covered with strings of crystals, butterflies, a white boa and pretty votive holders -- great job FloralWorks!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

happy holidays!

We will be back on Monday, Dec 29! Have a safe and blessed holiday season and thanks for visiting us!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Our website is now up! Come check us out at! . . .(click for full post)

Friday, December 19, 2008

red velvet invitations

I've been designing custom stationery since 2001, and that includes weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, retirement parties, etc. At the time, I didn't realize I was shaping a career path. I am thankful I'm still doing this because I've always enjoyed creating art. Here is one of my older projects. It's actually a revisit to the original invitation, which I did in 2004. The shapes on the patterned tri-fold jacket are velvet! I love the texture. I mimicked the shapes and incorporated them into the main card and inserts. And the idea of the photo as a layer came from the couple -- I'm a fan of clients sharing their input.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

winter theme • creative board •

It's winter and although I tend to get cold easily, it doesn't stop me from thinking about winter weddings! We're coordinating a wedding at the end of the month and in the process of getting to know the couple, it makes sense why they chose to have a winter wedding -- they <3 the snow! I can't wait to see the winter-esque details that the couple have been planning all year long! In the meantime, I put together a winter themed creative board using ice blue, wine and silver. I don't think I've seen it in person, maybe that's why I put them together...:)

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

FREE bellz&whistlez holiday gift tags

'Tis the season and I wanted to give a little something away -- for FREE! They're modern and femme, and were designed with some good ol' TLC. Below are to two of the five holiday tags (*not to scale). Just download the file, print on cardstock, and cut along the dotted lines! ;)

Click HERE to download your FREE holiday gift tags! (*link no longer active as of 12-29-08)

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tradition, vintage, and red+black {08.04.07}

I was asked by a great friend, Maricel, to design, what would become a tradition of the Nguyen family, their family crest. It truly was an honor to take on such a delicate task. Maricel and Dr. Joe filled me in with their vision and mentioned it would be carried throughout their wedding details, so it was appropriate that it matched everything about them and also, their dream wedding reception! Maricel did a fabulous job designing their red+black, wine-themed wedding -- they are wine connoisseurs who fittingly held their ceremony and reception at a bed and breakfast deep in the hills of Temecula, CA. It was a hot day, but the outdoor ambiance, details, colors, and décor captured the essence of a vintage-inspired wedding.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

pink cake box

Since I mentioned Pink Cake Box, I thought I'd go ahead and blog about this awesome pastry boutique. The star behind PCB is Anne Heap, a graduate of the Pastry Arts at the French Culinary Art Institute in New York. Having only sold commercially for 4 years, she's about to be featured on The Art of Cakes 2: A Martha Stewart Wedding Special (airing on Style Network) and the Food Network Cake Challenge: Battle of the Brides (airing on the Food Network Channel). The catch is, for you Southern California brides, she only delivers within the New York, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Connecticut areas. :(

I can't help but admire and appreciate! Look at those groom cake ideas!

Photos are from

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

update {12.13.08}

We're going to launch the new web site next week! Hooray! Thanks for your patience!

For any inquiries, please send your e-mails to: (stationery and event design)
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fancy a cupcake

I've been to many weddings and yet, I've only seen a few cupcake set ups which were intended to replace the traditional wedding cake. I still love the idea! Why? Well, for one, miniature cakes look cute and two, you skip the cake-cutting service fee that some hotels charge! Take a look at these cupcake wrappers! Since you're already cutting cost on the cake, why not fancy up your cupcakes!

These wrappers are $45.99 for 50 on

I LOVE They have stunning designs and some of the most well crafted cakes ever! Imagine if those cupcakes were fancied with the white filigree wrapper above?

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chocolate & green {06.07.08}

Let me start off by saying Meryl and Joe are two of the sweetest people, and I'm so glad I got a chance to get to know them! I had the privilege of working on their beautiful invitations and details. Meryl and Joe chose green and chocolate brown as their colors and did a wonderful job of tying in their color scheme with their event. They also tied in a music theme to their vision, appropriately naming tables by favorite musicians. I wasn't able to see the final set up of the reception, but I did take a peek at the pictures online. I love the cookie station idea! ... and I should add, they had a friend make their money box out of a real drum set!

Date: 06.07.08
Ceremony: The Immaculata (USD), San Diego
Reception Venue: Admiral Kidd Club, San Diego
Photographer: Garrett Photography, San Diego
Videographer: NR3 Video Productions, San Diego
Invitations/Details: bellz&whistlez, Southern California
Florist: Tessilk Flowers, San Diego
DJ/Emcee: British Elite DJ, San Diego
Hair: Judy with Foxy Hair Designs, San Diego
Makeup: Marina with Foxy Hair Designs, San Diego

These photos were taken courtesy of Garrett Photography.

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update + news {12.03.08}

UPDATE: It's been a long and tedious process, but the site is near completion. I'm excited to launch the beautiful site built by Halogen Lab. Working on your own web site, plus writing all the content and then trying to pick only a few pictures to highlight each wedding is TOUGH! And on top of that, having to do it while working on 100 other projects seems impossible. With lots of patience and communication, the site is exactly where I want it to be...even though it's already the end of the year. No worries, I'm going to keep you posted with blog posts.

NEWS: On another note, our Scrabble-themed wedding has been getting crazy raves!

EVENTS: Looking forward to coordinating another amazing wedding on Dec 27! . . .(click for full post)

scrabble! scrabble! scrabble! {11.24.07}

Where do I start with this all out, Scrabble-themed wedding?! To start, Christy envisioned something different and out-of-the-box. We spelled out themes that would have worked well, but when you get proposed to on a Scrabble game board in front of a Scrabble-game-playing family, how could it go any other way? The wedding took place at Zosa Gardens, a beautiful bed and breakfast in Escondido that stretches 22 acres high in the hills. Christy and Francis were part of the creative process; it was great feeding off such a creative couple! Christy even customized her wedding dress and the barong tagalogs that the men wore. Just take a look at these pictures. Again, the focus was to incorporate personalized, hand made details; wish I could show everything! LOVE how cohesive this event turned out. That's how we, at bellz&whistlez, work! ;)

These photos were taken courtesy of Atrero Photography.

Date: 11.24.07
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Zosa Gardens, Escondido
Photographer: Atrero Photography, San Diego
Videographer: Epic Affair, San Diego
Design/Invitations/Coordination/Details: bellz&whistlez, Southern California
Engagement Portrait: Ricky Nierva, San Diego
Florist: Gemma Nierva, San Diego
DJ/Emcee: Soundstorm Entertainment, San Diego
Hair: Charmae Salazar, San Diego
Makeup: MaxCherie, San Diego

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