Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year! {2010}

Let's ring in the new year with warm wishes and lots of love!
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Monday, December 28, 2009

wedding forecast by JM :: trend in flowerless bouquets


"Seeing a trend in creative flowerless bouquets"
We at B&W love hand made wedding details. We've blogged about products sold on Etsy.com, an accessible outlet for originality, uniqueness and customization. But there are other wonderful artists who have set up shop on their own; it's just a matter of finding these gems through creative searches online. With Charmae’s recent posts on PrinceDesign UK and winter wedding essentials, I thought it would be perfect to incorporate my blog about trends in flowerless bouquets that I discovered on the web.






Photo source (top – bottom): SilverSixPence.com.au, PamelasParasols.com, PrincessLasertron.com, PrincessLasertron.com, Jim Kennedy Photography

With shifts to the more modern approach and brides' yearn to have her big day purely original and personal, choosing the perfect bouquet is as important as choosing the dress. Imagine the statement you’ll make as you walk down with a non-floral, non-traditional bouquet and the compliments you’ll receive when flaunted in your photography session. There is a wide range of elegant sans-botanical alternatives to fresh flowers. The possibilities are endless and the result will be timeless.

The advantages to the flowerless bouquet are that it will not be susceptible to wilting, drying or fading AND you'll be doing your part as a “green” bride, enjoying the fact that you've spent money on something you can keep forever or even reuse. It can be used for several purposes after your big day: throw it in a vase as a centerpiece for your dining table, place it on bookcase shelf in your living room, display it like an art piece and hang it on your wall, or even pass it on to another bride as a tradition. Regardless of what you do, its versatility will make it an absolute conversation piece and special keepsake, and its ability to outlive real flowers will give you more opportunities to use it over and over.

Here are some categorized ideas for non-floral bouquets.

Butterflies

Photo source: MarthaStewart.com

Buttons & things






Photo source: PrincessLasertron.com

Feathers

Photo source: Jim Kennedy Photography

Photo source: Christine Chang Photography

Photo source: Croska via Etsy.com

Photo source: Croska via Etsy.com

Linen

Photo source: SilverSixPence.com.au

Photo source: CountryLiving.com

Photo source: Milkpod Studio

Photo source: Croska via Etsy.com

Photo source: PrincessLasertron.com

Parasols

Photo source: PamelasParasols.com

Photo source: PamelasParasols.com

Photo source: LadiesEmporium.com

Photo source: LadiesEmporium.com

Seashells

Photo source: ApiNing.com
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Friday, December 25, 2009

merry christmas!

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas. Be jolly!

From The B&W Team {Charmae, Janissa, Cyril and Christy} . . .(click for full post)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

bellz and whistlez makes The Knot's "Best of Weddings 2010" list!

NEWS!!: And the results are in…(drum roll, please!)…Bellz & Whistlez makes The Knot's (Southern California) Best of Weddings 2010 list for Event Planning (San Diego)! We received the exciting news just yesterday, when one of our brides congratulated us via e-mail. We simply thought someone had listed us on The Knot's website and shared a great testimonial, but quickly realized it was the actual printed publication! If you don't already know, The Knot is the largest wedding publication in the U.S.. It's one of the best places to find wedding resources within your locale and features plenty of phenomenal events. This is our first coveted award, and we are so humbled to have been chosen to represent Southern California, particularly San Diego, our home town. What a great Christmas present to the team at B&W and it makes us even more excited for what's to come.



In 2001, B&W started out designing paper goods, and in 2006, evolved to providing three main services: design, invitations, and coordination. So to receive such an award in three years of doing event planning, it confirms our hard work is definitely paying off. Thank you to the best team I could have ever assembled, Cyril Nierva, Janissa Mendoza, and Christy Nierva, and thank you to the brides and grooms who have allowed us the opportunity to showcase our talents. And to the readers and fans of this blog and B&W, we appreciate you just as much! Thank you. What a wonderful way to wrap up 2009. - Charmae

For inquiries, please e-mail B&W at info@bellzandwhistlez.com. We are close to finalizing our list of events for 2010, so if you need a designer, invitations, or coordination, please e-mail us with your event details. We'd love to help you create a one-of-a-kind event with all the bellz and whistlez!




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Monday, December 21, 2009

vintage+modern+apple green wedding photos

Happy Holidays! We've been busy here, with all the shopping, hosting dinners, vendor meetings, client appointments, and invitation projects! Sorry for not being around like we usually are. On the bright side, here are some wedding photos from the vintage+modern+apple green wedding we had the privilege of designing and coordinating! From beginning to end, B&W got to help concept this vintage inspired wedding, adding custom sewn runners, rad letterpress invitations, whimsical cupcake tower design, uber cool centerpieces by Bella Blooms using real apples, and lots of matching details...all coordinating perfectly with the quaint, backyard orange-grove garden of the Heritage Museum in Orange County. This must have been the most tear-jerking reception we've been to, and Erica and Dave put their hearts into all the planning of their big, memorable wedding day. Janissa did an awesome job of managing the timeline to the minute -- BRAVO! Enjoy the fab photos taken by the oh-so-talented AND sweet, Molly Jane from Molly Jane Photography (Orange County).























These bring me back to a beautiful day in the OC...oh, I'd love to do this wedding all over again...
















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