Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
So what does she enjoy the most about her work? “What I love about working with my clients, is that I get to put together photographs from one of the happiest days of their lives. I have the honor to sort through their images and I get to pick and choose my favorites to tell their unique story from their day.” Taking a graphic or logo from invitations and using it is something she loves to do and it seems to set her books apart from her competitors and cookie-cutter templates.
So what can you expect if you work with Laura on creating the album of your wedding dreams? With photography as her background, the quality of the printed work is important to her as well as the binding and overall quality of the book. “I said before starting this business that I only wanted to do it if what I provided my clients was quality. I wanted to hand over a book that was exquisite inside and out. Not only am I confident in the storytelling of my design but the books themselves are simply gorgeous.”
Forget Me Not Design
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Just hearing the name, Ritz-Carlton, evokes imagery of grand, classic proportions. And the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is nothing short of this. Perhaps the ideal venue for your dream wedding? The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco as we know it today was completed after a four-year renovation in 1991. Since then, this Neo-Classical Nob Hill landmark has been impressing tourists, business travelers, celebrities and couples in their 336 luxury guest room hotel. So what it’s like to plan your wedding here?
Bonnie Crail, President of Crail Communications and press representative for The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, tells us that while they host only about 30 weddings a year, they take weddings very seriously saying, “It’s a seamless service experience”. You will also have your own Ritz-Carlton Wedding Specialist who'll coordinate your every need from floral arrangements, china, chairs and entertainment. Food is catered by their infamous kitchen lead by Chef Patrick Callarec, and you will no doubt receive five-star service in every area from staff to the linens you choose. Sound dreamy? It gets better.
Don’t think just because you’re on a budget or hosting a small, intimate wedding that you can’t host your wedding at a grand place like the Ritz-Carlton. Bonnie details us the many options you have here and we love options:
* The Terrace Courtyard works for up to 250 guests, complete with a white tent and palladium-style windows. And the Terrace Room can host a reception up to 120 with dancing and windows that look out onto its courtyard.
* The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom can host anywhere from 50 to 500. All it takes is the magic that the staff makes to move things around decorate accordingly.
* And for truly smaller, intimate ceremonies and receptions, the Consulate and Colonnade rooms host up to 50 while the Plaza and Diplomat rooms host up to 25.
Still thinking these options will break the bank? They might or they might not. Consider a Thursday, Friday or Sunday affair where pricing can be better negotiated. Bonnie tells us they often do Sunday luncheon weddings or Sunday ceremonies followed by a tea party. Get creative!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
No doubt, cupcakes are all the rage these days. Sift Cupcakery was born in 2008 after the owners weren’t able to find their dream cupcakes for their Sonoma wedding. Was delicious and whimsical looking too much to ask? With so many weddings planned in wine country, they opened their doors and voila! They now have 3 locations: Cotati, Napa and Santa Rosa.
Jordan, Wedding Coordinator for Sift, tells us that weddings are truly the reason they exist: “There isn’t any celebration we love more. We love working with the couples from start to finish, learning about their ideas to seeing the final product."
What can you expect from Sift? Fun, whimsical flavored cupcakes perfectly made for your special day. They can match any décor, theme or monogram for your wedding. They
deliver, set ‘em up, and will just love being a part of your special day.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Being a woman who has exceptionally finicky feet, I've found myself on one too many occasions breaking in to a cold sweat at the thought of having to pick out shoes for any occasion let alone for my hypothetical big day. I'd like to believe that I'm not the only one out there who can't wear a 5 inch heel but regardless of what you desire out of your bridal shoes, I've found the perfect site for all tastes and sizes.
Bridalshoes.com offers a huge assortment of quality and fashionable choices for a wide variety of brides out there. I've come across quite a few cheesy and cheap looking bridal shoes so it was refreshing to come across an abundance of awesome finds on one site, most of which I'd recommend to a friend. The prices are reasonable as well so you won't feel guilty buying your favorite pair and then kicking them off when the dancing starts.
Speaking of recommendations, I picked out a few awesome pairs of heels that if I could sport, I would wear in a heartbeat. Nina Ambert offers a stunning white satin, strappy open-toe sandal with a 3 1/2 heel for brides who want a classy yet look-at-me style.
Chinese Laundry offers a sassy ivory sandal adorned with a classic bow and a few flashy touches for the bride who wants the wow factor.
Alternatively, for those that can't or don't want to walk down the isle in treacherously high heels, they offer flats as well! This was the biggest selling point for me; elegant and flat don't typically belong together in the same sentence but bridalshoes.com offers a huge variety of small heels to flats. It's a dream come true for sensitive feet.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Glamour Closet is an elegant, boutique-like environment with outlet store price tags. They offer an incredible selection of unique, sophisticated and elegant gowns - all off the rack - including couture and well-known designers at 25 - 75% off retail prices. They work closely with designers and salons across the country and receive showroom floor and runway samples and excess inventory on an ongoing basis. So what this means for you is if you go once and don’t quite your dream dress, plan to go a few other times. No appointments are necessary, they provide one-on-one expert consultation with their style consultants, and luckily, photos are allowed!
So in between those 4am wake-up-calls to those one-day-only sample sales, visit Glamour Closet. It's one of the only ways to save money on your wedding without sacrificing designer quality or the shopping experience itself. They even like to say, “It’s a sample sale everyday!”
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
When we asked him ‘why weddings?’ he tells us, “I remember when the lightening bolt struck. I was at a friend's wedding, the ‘I want to do this’ moment. The energy, the family, the love. Weddings bring out so many emotions and they are a fascinating experience. I have been behind the camera many times with a tear streaking down; I can't help but sometimes getting wrapped up in it all.”
Todd tells us he looks at work from other photographers whom he respects and admires for inspiration. He loves the outdoors and is equally fascinated with urban landscape. He also stresses that constant education is critical explaining, “Technology is changing so fast, and photographers have to stay ahead of the curve. I attend several workshops a year, sometimes wedding related, but most of the time not. Yet I find applying knowledge learned from photographing landscapes or action sports leads to wonderful wedding images.”
Why Todd? “My clients can expect 100% satisfaction, professionalism and a good-natured human being. Style is important but so is a personal connection with each other. I let my brides know that, ‘Hey, I've got it covered. Of all the things you're going to worry about, photography isn't one of them.’ Grooms? Just buy them a beer and they're good.”
To view more of Todd’s beautiful work, visit:
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Ladies, for inspiration and to perhaps meet a couple of your dream vendors face-to-face, head down to the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco for Modern Bridal's Modern Luxury Weddings bridal faire a week from today. Yes, it will be over the top (Monique Lhullier and Vera Wang dresses will be on the bridal runway), but these luxury-type bridal faires are a great way to see things you like and even get creative ideas for your Big Day. Bring a note pad!
For more information, visit www.modernluxuryweddings.com or, if you've made up your pretty li'l mind already and just needed a reminder, RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Modern Bridal Fair
Tickets: $20 (a steal for such an event)
Sunday, August 15
Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
600 Stockton Street
Friday, August 6, 2010
No doubt, Bridal Galleria is fabulously known for their trunk shows and this weekend begs a mention. Beginning yesterday, Vera Wang dresses are adorning their racks beginning at $2500. Of course, not all of us can afford such a price tag, but if you can, head down there stat. Or heck, go and oogle and get ideas for styles and trends as Vera clearly reigns. Call first for an appointment or book online at http://www.bridalgalleria.com/Contact.htm.
3 Embarcadero Ctr.
San Francisco, CA 94111
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
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