Monday, October 25, 2010

grace+myhkro's wedding photos by bauman photography {10.9.10}

It's early in the week, and while we recover from this weekend's event, I want to share a special wedding that B&W was privileged to assist a few weeks ago {Oct 09, 2010}. Janissa, one of our coordinators, mentioned that her cousin, Myhkro was getting married to Grace and wanted to make sure their day was perfect, stress free, and memorable. G+M selected our Gold package (1-month coordination) to ensure they received professional help to prepare a flawless time line. Janissa handled the 1-month preparations with ease, while G+M continued to fine tune all the details and design for their big day. It's always a treat to see what a bride and groom have designed for their guests, especially when it's executed well -- and we were lucky to have been able to experience a ballroom that was put together nicely. From full pipe and drape (floor to ceiling) by Concepts Event Design, to satin underlays, damask runners, and dressed chairs by Dreams do Come True, Bisco Florals came in to drop perfect floral touches like pomander balls, a cascade of hydrangeas along the cake, and modern vases filled with meticulously arranged centerpieces to complete the Solstice Ballroom at Hotel Solamar in Downtown, San Diego. Luckily, G+M contracted the talented Bauman Photography team to capture these details and memories, and here, I present their story! Enjoy!

For dinner events at a hotel, the normal schedule begins with a cocktail hour at 5PM, followed by a dinner at 6PM. When Janissa presented the outline to me with the last item to take place at 8:35PM, I sort of looked up and wondered if I was seeing things. Blessing, toast, first dance, parent dances, .... ?? We can open the dance floor at 8:35PM? It's true, we did it and earlier than planned! We conquered something that isn't normally seen with large hotel weddings. By 8:30PM, the garter had been tossed, and the first song for open dancing played. Two photobooths (San Diego Photobooths and A Little Scene Flip Books) kept the guests entertained, while folks mingled, danced, AND got to spend time with the couple. After I got home, I reflected about the success of such a flawless itinerary. This is what I concluded: 1) I'm already aware, but... keep your outline simple, 2) select 2-3 pretty solid public speakers to deliver impactful, short toasts, and 3) by ending the outline early, it means more time for the couple to connect with guests and enjoy the rest of the evening, so they can't say they didn't get the chance to chat with family and friends. Genius!

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