Thursday, December 22, 2011

happy holidays!

'Tis the season! We're surely enjoying our time with good friends and family, and hope you are, too. Make this holiday season a memorable one and be safe out there! Hug, Kiss, Love, and be Merry... Happy Holidays from the Bellz & Whistlez family. . . .(click for full post)

Friday, December 9, 2011

M+J's wedding photos by Chaz Cruz :: hotel maya

2012 wedding projects are underway, but before I blog about upcoming projects, I want to share May+John's wedding photos captured by Chaz Cruz Photography. The Hotel Maya is one little gorgeous gem in Long Beach. The backdrop, which is the bay, along with the Latin flavored decor that fills the space, created the perfect atmosphere for stunning, fun, and intimate photos.

May and John asked us to help coordinate their wedding almost a year ago. It was such a pleasure working with these two -- they're such a great team, quickly tackling every task and being so proactive in the process. They even worked up the design on their own. The wedding turned out to be one super successful event -- we were about 20 min. ahead of schedule, which allowed the bride and groom plenty of time to chat with their guests. This intimate wedding, which consisted of 120 really close family and friends, goes down as one of the most love-filled events of 2011--my heart warms every time I think about M+J's wedding day. Everyone's eyes were on the happy couple, with smiles and laughs filling the air. It felt as though everyone in the room knew each other, and as a result, it was bittersweet to see the night end. Thank you to a great vendor team!

Ceremony: St. Anthony's Catholic Church (Long Beach, CA)
Reception: Hotel Maya (Long Beach, CA)
Coordination: Bellz & Whistlez
Invitations/Paper Details: Juliegie Santos
Photography: Chaz Cruz Photography
Videography: Well Spun Weddings
Florist: Bella Blooms (Orange County, CA)
Cake: Rosmoor Pastries
DJ: Streamline Events
Photobooth: Sparkle Photobooths
Chairs: Chiavari Chairs 4 Rent
Linen: Stephanie's Linens
Hair: Jessica deBen
Makeup: Kailani Blue

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filipino banderitas

B&W helped come up with the reception design for a 10-yr wedding renewal in the Philippines, which is taking place next week, and I wanted to share a teaser shot of the Filipino banderitas I made. I used real lace and created a template in order to trim them accordingly. Banners or flags are easy DIY projects that make a visual impact. These 40+ ft banderitas will be hung at the reception. Can't wait to see!

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Friday, November 25, 2011

cherry blossom baby shower invitations

It's baby season, and we would like to congratulate Windy & Chris on their blessing! Windy requested a simple, modern, cherry blossom themed invitation using pink, graphite, and white. We used all metallic stock, with the exception of the cotton white layer, and couldn't be happier with the results.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

happy thanksgiving!

It's been a great year so far, and we are extremely thankful for those who have helped us throughout our journey. Bellz & Whistlez has been blessed with the support from our family, friends, clients, vendors, and YOU, our readers and fans! Be appreciative of your loved ones and really spend some good, quality time together today... and don't forget to feast up in preparation of the biggest shopping day of the year! >> gobble gobble . . .(click for full post)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

E+R's engagement photos by trailbrook photography

Love is kind. Friendship is unconditional. Affection is contagious. All three I see in these intimate engagement photos by two of San Diego's über talented (and extremely nice) tag team photographers, Stan and Jeannette Liu of Trailbrook Photography. I thought I knew SD in and out, but I don't even recognize most of these backdrops -- awesome! Eileen + Ryan are getting married next February, and we are excited to be assisting in the design+invitations+coordination for this special day. I met with Eileen a few months ago, and she is one smart, super sweet, naturally gorgeous, and hard working bride. I have yet to meet Ryan, but have heard lots of great things about him. So far, the creative design ideas we've been bouncing off each other are right in tune with their personalities and overall vision, and I'm anxious to knock 'em all out already!

Here's a sneak peek of this beautiful couple's e-session. They make taking photos look so easy! I spy a couple in scrubs?!

To see more photos by Trailbrook, click here.

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