Wednesday, September 30, 2009

brides against breast cancer

My husband and I recently made a donation to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on behalf of the American Cancer Society. This donation was made in support of one of my close girlfriends who is battling breast cancer and is participating in the MSABC walk on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, and the others who are also fighting this illness. Did you know that in America, every 2.5 minutes, someone is diagnosed with breast cancer?* It is my amazing girlfriend, who has shed light and opened my eyes to the reality of breast cancer; she has brought such an awareness to me, our friends, our families and even strangers. Her strength and endurance have captivated me and because of her, I went on a mission to find out current projects that are helping in the cause. My heart was completely filled with joy when one caught my attention -- Brides Against Breast Cancer, a fund raising program designed by Making Memories. If you've heard of "trashing the dress" photo sessions, hold on -- this may provide an alternative to what to do with your gown after the big day.

Above: Photos taken by Brandon Schmidt for FotoVitae at a BABC event
* Source:

"What am I supposed to do with my dress anyway?" There are few options: 1) preserve it, box it, and put it under the bed as a keepsake, 2) save it in hopes that your daughter will one day want to wear it, 3) do a "trash the dress" photo session and literally put it in the trash, 4) sell it at a yard sale or box it up for the Salvation Army, 5) leave it in a closet to turn yellow over time. But wait, there is another option that you might like. Did you know you can donate your dress to Brides Against Breast Cancer for a for some one who is looking to have her "Making Memories" wish granted? Yes, it's true! You can help in such a phenomenal cause. What the foundation does is accept new and worn gown donations, and then they hold public events where they sell the gowns at a much lower price. All the proceeds end up going to the Making Memories organization, where they are able to grant the wish of a terminally ill cancer patient. I know we can all help somehow, and this is one unique way of putting a smile on someone's face. Donate your dress!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

wedding forecast by JM :: Bridal Showplace Event {10.04.09}

Upcoming event if you're in the Southern California area this Sunday:

Bridal Showplace
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel
7675 Crescent Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90620
11AM – 4PM
$5 entrance fee
*free seminars, fashion show, gowns for sale, prizes
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UPDATE: wine+purple+love wedding {hotel del coronado + anthology}

Yesterday, I took the day off since Sunday was a working day for b&w. It was an extremely busy day: I coordinated the beautiful ceremony that took place at 3PM on the Windsor Lawn at the Hotel Del Coronado while Janissa had her hands full setting up the reception at Anthology in Downtown, San Diego. This was another day-of coordination project, where we facilitated the itinerary that was organized by the bride and groom. Here are a few teaser shots of the ceremony that I took. Shelley and Ted brilliantly chose to have a sparkling wine reception following the ceremony, so guests could indulge in delectable hors d'oeuvres prepared by Hotel Del. This was b&w's first time coordinating at the Hotel Del, and it was quite remarkable to see the patrons create an audience around the entire lawn. People LOVE weddings! ;) Not only were the guests treated to a mini reception following the ceremony, but when guests arrived at Anthology, they were invited to a wine serviced cocktail hour, hosted by the bride and groom. The couple loves wine and it was a great way to tie in their pastime. The night was carried on by jazz tunes from Danny Green Trio, followed by DJ Edgartronic, who provided the music for what would become a packed dance floor. We'll wait for the professional photos taken by the talented duo, Amy and Maurice from Theorie Photography. Congratulations, Mr & Mrs Ted Glennon!

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Friday, September 25, 2009

a dream about a chair

I had a dream last night. Abe and I were at our reception, but it looked nothing like 7.7.07. I remember bright bold turquoises, fuchsias, golds, and lots of printed fabrics.The lighting was a dim, blue hue. I was wearing a heavily sequined dress and draped along my shoulder was a sheer sash cascading with crystals. I think I was having my own beautiful, lavish Indian wedding. It was just magnificent! But my dream wasn't about me, nor was it on my husband. In the background, stood a shiny, blinding, gold piece of furniture. I gazed past a blurred me, and caught myself staring at the trim of what appeared to be our wedding throne -- two grandiose chairs that butted up next to each other, adorned with extravagantly carved out detailing or gilding.

So I got to thinking, and yes, I've seen it before, a couple's throne. It doesn't have to be lavish, like the one in my dream, but definitely a statement piece. A detail this small sets you apart from the guests. It's kind of like, "Hey, I'm the King and here's my Queen!" They're probably much more comfy than the typical reception chair, so comfy, you probably wouldn't mind sitting down most of the time. And you've got a beautiful decor piece that adds to your professional photos. So? What did I do...well, I looked for furniture pieces that my dream inspired me to find. This time, I looked for chairs that would fit well with a modernly designed reception. Pretty cool.

Above: Sophia chair by Reclaim The Throne via Etsy

Above: Toile Balloon chair via Neiman Marcus

Above: Carmella Accent chair via Neiman Marcus

Above: Melange chair via Neiman Marcus

Amazingly, you can rent chairs at a really good price. And it wouldn't hurt to ask your venue if they have any designer pieces laying around that you might be able to borrow.

Above: Jouquin chair by Reclaim The Throne via Etsy

Above: Tall mod chair (photo from Encore Events)

Above: Curly Slipper chair via Neiman Marcus

Above: Purple Medallion chair via Neiman Marcus
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

is that a paper gown?

Believe it or not, it is a gown solely made out of paper!

Photo source/credit: Alev Adil via Shutterfly . . .(click for full post)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

martha + paper

In Color Fanatic #004, I posted some thumbnails showing some paper decor. I won't argue the possibility of Martha Stewart being one of the best when it comes to paper decorations. Takes a DIY (do it yourself) bride and groom, but the results, like Martha's concepts below, could be stunning and cost effective. What's not to like about that?

I like the idea of printed paper runners, but it totally depends on what you're trying to achieve -- boils down to style and vision. For the cake below, I'd personally use that for an occasion other than a wedding, unless I'm known to make pop up decorations. Maybe the addition of fresh flowers or embellishments would help dress it up a little more.
Nonetheless, if all the elements are put together well, then you'll have succeeded in using paper as a theme.

Photo source: Martha Stewart Weddings
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Monday, September 21, 2009

wedding forecast by JM :: M Bride Fashion Event (San Diego)

"M Bride Fashion Event at the IVY Hotel"
What better way to start my day at the office by walking into the designated green room where swag bag assembly takes over the boardroom table, models are getting hair and makeup done, stylists scurrying, and accessories, footwear, and jewelry are amongst the piles of organized mess. Like a strong magnetic force, the corner of the room pulls me against my will, and then I find myself surrounded by racks of exquisite haute couture bridal gowns. This must be my heaven ;-). I wish I had my camera to photograph close ups of the meticulous detailing and impeccable craftsmanship. I just could not resist touching and admiring each and every single dress.

For the third year in a row, M Bride of La Jolla hosted their annual fashion show and bridal event at IVY Hotel. Featuring the latest collection by internationally renowned Ines Di Santo (left), her incredible designs were complemented by the décor done by Kathy Wright & Co. As one of the most anticipated events of the year, the show has gotten bigger and better over time. Animal printed linens, exotic centerpieces, gigantic floral arrangements accented by peacock feathers, all set on IVY’s rooftop during sunset created a fashion forward ambiance. With clear skies and the most killer views of Downtown San Diego, it was a perfect backdrop for what was promised to be an interesting show. With their graceful strides, the models made their way through the crowd as guests were taken by surprise by unexpected escorts. Literally speaking, “golden grooms” escorted the blushing brides. Painted in gold with tribal symbols, donning nothing more than a cheetah printed loincloth, and barefooted, these walking statues split everyone’s attention between their six-packs and the gorgeous gowns.

I loved how the models were interactive. They struck poses for me, took photos with guests, answered questions and never allowed for a dull moment. Ms. Di Santo made a personal appearance and both her and her daughter, Veronica, joined this special cocktail reception. Unfortunately, I could not snap a photo of Ms. Di Santo as it’s hotel policy for us employees. But it was a spectacular event indeed, and I hope that you will join me next year!

To see more photos of Ines Di Santo's gowns, click on photo below.

Above: photo from INSIDE Weddings; Ines Di Santo collection
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Friday, September 18, 2009

COLOR FANATIC: #004 Feeling Fresh

This is leaning on the simple side, but I'm still using texture to make for interesting elements. The colors are fresh and enlightening. I like the use of printed paper runners for the tablescape, I and also like how the cut of the bridesmaid and bride dresses complement one another. Using something like the single rose bud throughout the design is subtle, yet ties in the design.

Photo credit/sources {top to bottom, left to right}: tablescape by unknown, invitation by EvaPaul on Etsy, earrings posted by RelishBridal, Forever 21 cocktail dress, JCrew Sascha Taffeta bridal gown, flowers by Dellables, cake by MyKindOfPastryChef, clucth by ViaBella on Etsy, Christian Louboutin peach heels, tablescape by MarthaStewart
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

new toy :: bell & howell manual video camera

Check, check, check it out. During my adventure at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, I came across an awesome collector. This guy (I apologize for not getting his name) collected old cameras, projectors, Polaroids, old LowRider magazines (1970s) and prints dating all the way back to the early 1940s. I have a manual Nikon FM2 SLR, that I bought for my first photography class, and have babied it -- it's now a collectible and is still worth something. Funny thing is, the FM2 was manufactured in 1996, which is not that long ago in comparison to the Bell & Howell late 1950s camera I purchased! LOL. But yes, this Bell & Howell 8mm electric eye movie camera shoots with film and can be projected like the old time movies. The catch -- well, it only takes about 5 minutes of footage at a time. The cool thing is, some wedding photographers offer Super 8mm filming -- if you haven't seen Super 8mm filming, I posted two sample videos shared on YouTube. Abe and I had a portion of our engagement shot Super 8mm by our lovely photographer, Nicole Caldwell, which she incorporated into our engagement montage -- pretty, pretty cool. Note, these vintage cameras don't have audio, but the end result is the dated, grainy look that old movies had. Oh yes, this is a non-battery powered piece of art -- so just wind it up and start rolling. Last thing, I bought the camera for a whopping -- $28! I just need to get some film and maybe a projector...Exciting!

Here are two samples pulled from YouTube. Fantastic footage by Cake and Lemonade (film 1) and CaspersDaddy (film 2).

I also found some vintage late 1950s prints advertising cameras for $1 each. Just need to have mounted and hung in the house! Love 'em.

If you are interested in attending an antique road show/flea market, there is an event taking place this Sunday in Long Beach. Below is the flyer. Otherwise, if you're interested in the Rose Bowl Flea Market schedule, click here.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

STREET INSPIRED :: trip to Rose Bowl flea market {Pasadena}

Last Sunday, I made my first trip to the infamous Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, California. I've been bugging my husband to accompany me, but because I sometimes work weekends and the fact that this event only occurs on the 2nd Sunday of every month, trying to coordinate a day was just so complicated! But finally, the day came, and five minutes into the walk, I couldn't believe my eyes! This flea market boasts 2,000+ vendors and 20,000+ buyers, and is probably one of the best flea markets I've ever been to. Scattered throughout the antique & vintage section were thousands upon thousands of goodies -- from mid-1900s manual cameras, to an array of old, tattered luggages, to vintage paintings and prints -- I found myself repeating, "Oh my, this is amazing," every five minutes. The visitors aren't just locals from Los Angeles; many travel from nearby states, sometimes even cross country to see this spectacle. Seeing all the collectibles reminded me of being in a museum, but to be able to hold these things, in my hands, and barter for purchase was priceless.

Above: Myself in front of the Rose Bowl Flea Market

Above: fully functioning 8mm projector | only $65!!!

Above: vintage Louis Vuitton trunks and luggages; this guy had a huge collection of vintage pieces

Above: fully functioning Polaroid cameras

Above: antique silverware; the full case in the top right (mint & pink box) was selling for $2,500

I did walk away with a buy I couldn't pass up -- I'll post my new toy on another day, but in the meantime, take a look at some of the items for sale last Sunday. Unfortunately, my camera battery was dying, so I only managed to snap about ten photos ;(. Bummer.

If you want to make to Los Angeles one day, I highly recommend stopping by the Rose Bowl Flea Market on Sunday morning. It took us about 2 hours just to walk through the antique section, but we were fortunate to have experienced a really cool summer morning, with a slight overcast.

Above: mid-1900s cameras; all in working condition; a few 8mm cameras

Above: LIFE magazine collection for sale

Above: mound of boots

Above: vintage corner

Above: old crates and boxes
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