How to Choose a Stylist for Your Wedding

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Choosing a hair and make-up stylist for your wedding can be a daunting task, so I did quite a bit of research to help brides with this process and asked my colleagues in the wedding industry whether they had any recommendations. That was when I found Salon Nuuvo and the delightful owner, Raychel Harrison, the founder and artistic director. As she came highly recommended as one of the best in the industry, I decided to interview her to ask especially, how to avoid last minute disasters, which has been the concern of most of the brides I have worked with.

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Backyard weddings never looked this good!

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In the last post I wrote that having a backyard wedding could be one way to save quite a bit of money but received a few comments that the idea of a having a wedding in someone’s backyard didn’t actually conjure up exciting images so I decided to do a blog post showing just how magical a backyard wedding can be.

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I said YES!

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So…your partner proposed and you said… YES! and then reality hits you. HELP! Overwhelming details spinning through your mind furiously and you are wondering how you will actually pull this off followed by images of the dream wedding you have imagined maybe since you were a kid. If you and your partner decided on a long engagement you might not be panicking too much or if you are not surprised by the proposal and have secretly been planning under the radar, you have most likely thought about most of the details by now and are ready to jump into action. Continue reading I said YES!

Fun Pairings for Cocktails and Food Stations

Hamburger sliders and friesOne of the biggest challenges for any caterer or wedding/event planner is to find fun and unique ways to wow guests at an event so fish and chips with mini beersI have been looking around for inspiration for the next wedding we are both planning and catering and will share with you some fun beverage and appetizer pairings for cocktail hour and even for the main course that your guests will love! These appetizers are served a little differently than what we are used to seeing at events and this will work well whether you are having a formal black tie or casual backyard event. In fact imagine inviting your guests to a black tie wedding and then giving them fish and chips wrapped in paper with mini beer shots! So far we have had rave reviews.

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A Piece of Italy in Playa Del Rey

Wedding-cantalinis-Pvt ResA small and very delicious “taste” of Italy hides in plain sight on the main street as you drive through Playa Del Rey to the beach. Cantalini’s Salerno Beach is a cute little restaurant with an intimate ambiance and incredibly delicious food!

I am writing about them not just to introduce you to their food, but because we have recently partnered with the catering division to bring fabulous Italian cuisine to your event, home or office! Whether you are having a small intimate dinner at your home, a fundraiser, a wedding, an office meeting or year-end bash, we can provide you with authentic Italian fare that will have your guests raving for weeks!

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A Chuppah, Arbor or Arch?

chuppah rose colored and ligthsI have recently had inquiries about the difference between Chuppah’s Arches and Arbors so I thought it would be a good topic for a blog post as I am sure there are other couples asking the same questions.

The chuppah, like the one in the picture on the left is a tapestry attached to the tops of four poles. The word chuppah means covering or protection, and is intended as a roof or covering for the couple at their wedding. The “roof” consists of a cloth or sheet, sometimes a tallit which is a Jewish prayer shawl. The tallit could be stretched or supported over four poles, or manually held up by attendants to the ceremony. A chuppah symbolizes the home that the couple will build together. It is said that the couple’s ancestors are present at the chuppah ceremony.

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A little of this and a little of that…. event planning tips, recipes, how to’s and more….

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A few years ago I decided it was time for a change… I wanted a new career, reinvent myself and all those cliches… – I wanted to do what I loved every day and help people have a great experience when they celebrate personal milestones and especially weddings.

This all began when I started making lunch weekly for my local community and I suddenly realized that I can actually cook really well and after a while people started to ask me to cook for there events and were willing to pay me quite well! Who knew! This evolved into a catering business and THAT evolved into Wedding and Event Planning! I have done event planning for many years but more the corporate and non-profit/fundraising kind than personal parties but I love it all. I put my creativity into action and love to brainstorm with my clients to find unusual ways to make their event unique and special.

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