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Tips to Ensure you Enjoy Your Wedding Day

Sep. 29th 2017

When you look back in 40 years, how do you want to remember your wedding. Do you want to remember it as one of the most enjoyable moments of your life? Me too. Here are some tips to help your day go off without a hitch.

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my axe.”— Abraham Lincoln


  1. Eat breakfast! Not just a yogurt, but a breakfast that is high in protein and complex carbs.

    Now I know that complex carbs aren’t part of the “wedding diet” but it isn’t going to make a difference on how your dress fits that day.

    For those that don’t know this, outside of being a wedding photographer, I’m also a Registered Nurse (RN) so its inherent in my nature to make sure your ok. It’s going to be a long day with lots of stuff going on and easy to forget to eat. Some couples barely have an opportunity to taste their dinner with all the activities. A hearty breakfast may be the only thing to get you through the day. Carbs and Proteins take a while to break down in your body and keep you going so think of them as and extended wedding day fuel source.


  1. Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready.

    No bride likes to be rushed on her wedding day. There is enough stress going on as is. You want to be able to relax, drink a mimosa and have a good time and share a few laughs with your bridesmaids all while being pampered.

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What is a Trunk Designer Show

Sep. 26th 2017

You could pick up a gown from each of the salons, I sent the photos to you in the COntent for web folder, okay. Thanks Lynn

 What is a Trunk Designer Show

A trunk show is when a specific designer comes to a bridal salon with his/her entire collection as well as preview the new collection that may not yet be in stores.

The bride has the privilege of meeting the person or representative who is behind the creative needle. Some salons giveaway prizes and gift bags.

An easy way to find out about wedding trunk shows is to call your local wedding salon or search on the bridal designer’s websites and the bridal salon websites.  Most designers and salons will have a current calendar of when and where their trunk shows will be held.

Some bridal salons have an incentive: if you buy the gown during the designer’s trunk show, they will give you a “trunk show” sale price.

Orange County Bride magazines – Recommends this fine Orange County Bridal Salons

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Colors and Trends For Your Wedding Invitations

Sep. 25th 2017

As fashion colors and styles transition from summer to fall/winter, you will have lotsof inspiration to draw upon for your wedding style. An appointment with a customwedding studio will reveal the unlimited options you have to announce your specialday with an extraordinary invitation that will set the tone and elicit an emotionalresponse from your guests.

Colors and trends that are shaping the wedding industry include the ever-popular blush tones that pair so well with metallic, black, gray, champagne and navy. Metallics in tones of silver, gold and rose gold will  continue to be popular this season. Adding a touch of refined glitter or reflective mirror cardstock take the look to a new level of elegance.Earthy tones of terra cotta, camel, toffee, prune, cognac and copper have emerged as popular colors for late 2016. Blues play an integral role in this season’s  color pallet  with  shades ranging  from navy, steel blue to teal.Popular invitation styles include delicate laser cuts, pocket styles, opaque white  ink  on dark colored cardstock. Invitations with embellishments such as lace, crystals, buckles,  metal  findings, floral accents, twine, etc. will show your unique style you’ve chosen for your wedding day. (714) 573-4603



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Why You Should ALWAYS Serve Cake At A Wedding

Sep. 23rd 2017

We recently came across a post that’s entire purpose was to eradicate the existence of cake at weddings. Yes, you read that correctly, a mass genocide of wedding cakes if you will. Some wrongs just have to be righted and so, in this post, I will explain exactly why you should always and forever serve cake at a wedding.

Liz made a good point in saying how irritating and not to mention unfair it is when someone tries to pass off their own bad experience as “good advice”. Is every wedding cake in the world delicious and moist as it should be? Probably not. Does that mean all wedding cake should get a bad rep and be eliminated as a timeless tradition? Absolutely not. That would be like saying because you leave a hair salon with a bad cut, color or manicure that you should never go to one again and they should all be eliminated. I mean really? You can not blame the whole for one small bad piece. As in everything, you have the good and you have the bad. It is outrageous to say that every wedding cake ever has been bad and that is just a fact of wedding cakes.

My first bit of advice is to do some research and make sure you’re getting what you want out of your wedding cake. Delicious wedding cakes do exist, you just have to be sure to find them. Checking reputation and doing a taste test yourself are great ways to ensure you will have a delicious cake at your wedding. My second bit of advice? Home bakers or smaller scale bakeries and cake artists may be more likely to yield a moist, delicious cake. I am not saying a large bakery cannot because that also would not be fair, but they are more likely to take on more orders and have the need to make their product further ahead of time and use straight commercial mix and shortening based frosting. Again, no matter where you are thinking of getting your wedding cake from, take the time to know what you’re getting before your special day.

Delicious wedding cakes do exist,  you just have to be sure to find them.


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8 Things to Know When Picking Outdoor Wedding Venues

Sep. 20th 2017

Outdoor wedding venues are beautiful; how do you know you’re finding the perfect one for your big day? Here are 8 things to know when picking your venue.

Outdoor wedding venues can be stunning and exceedingly romantic. They can also be sweaty and uncomfortable without the right planning.

Considering the average US wedding cost is around $26,000, you’ll want to be sure the day is well thought out so your big bucks don’t go to waste.

In this post, we’re covering the 8 most important factors to consider when planning your outdoor wedding.

8 Important Considerations for Outdoor Wedding Venues

They say that planning a wedding is all about the details. That said, don’t get so wrapped up in the details that you forget these key factors.

Weather & Wind

Consider the seasonality of your wedding at your location. At an Orange County beach, you have pretty great odds of having your wedding on a warm, breezy, sunny day year round. However, having an outdoor wedding requires you to prepare for imperfect weather.

You’ll want you and your guests to be comfortable with all that fancy attire on. Nobody likes the feeling of chattering teeth or their makeup melting off, so consider spending a little extra to create the optimal temperature at your outdoor wedding.

For a fall, winter, or evening wedding, supply heat lamps and blankets for your guests to cozy up with. For a hot day, supply ice cold water, fans, and shade for people to cool off. You can find a venue with plenty of tree cover, or find some sun umbrellas your guests can use to keep cool.

You also have to consider the possibility of wind. If you watched the wedding of Molly and Jason on The Bachelor, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.

Check weather forecasts for wind around the time of year of your wedding date. 0-7 mph winds won’t be very noticeable. 8-12 mph winds will leave you with a light, comfortable, and even romantic breeze. 13 mph and above, though, you’re headed for trouble.

If you anticipate some manageable wind at your venue, plan ahead by choosing attire for you and your wedding party that can handle it. We all love a Beyoncé fan to look our most glamorous, but chiffon whipping around and hair smacking into our eyes isn’t quite as cute.

Also, be sure floral arrangements, lighting, table linens, and other decoration is appropriately weighted down.

To keep your stress levels low, always have a backup plan should the weather go crazy on the day of your outdoor wedding.

It’s up to you, the venue, and your wedding planner to make the call on what the backup plan will be. It could be a quickly constructed tent or an indoor venue on the property.

Natural Beauty

The biggest upside to outdoor wedding venues is their natural beauty. You can even cut back on the cost of decorations by simply centering your ceremony and reception around the jaw-dropping views.

Just check in with your venue on how they prep the grounds for a wedding, (i.e. raking the leaves or sand, mowing the lawn, clearing dust, etc.) Many outdoor wedding venues include these tasks in the cost of the venue, but you may want to add in a little extra sprucing up for your special day.

Of course, when you’re outdoors, you should embrace the natural light. Your venue may look its most stunning at sunset, for example. Be sure to plan for some of your wedding photography around the most beautifully lit time of day.

Pay attention to the typical direction of the light during the time of your ceremony to ensure that you set it up in a way that won’t leave you, your officiant, or your guests blinded. At most venues, you’ll want to orient your ceremony so that the sun falls on your guests’ backs, and utilize your altar for shade for the main players.

After dark or in case of cloud cover, you’ll want to choose a wedding venue that supplies sufficient lighting or bring in some lights of your own. Outdoor wedding venues can look stunning with string lights, LED candles, romantic tent lighting, etc. that sets the tone of your wedding as well as keeps everyone safe.


Outdoor wedding venues require you to put a little extra attention to the noise control at your wedding.

During the ceremony, you’ll want to be sure you are heard above the noise of crashing winds, rustling leaves, city sounds, planes flying overhead, and so on. Depending on your venue and the number of guests, you may want to use media equipment such as standing, handheld, or clip-on microphones for the soon to be spouses an the officiant.

Your venue will likely have solutions to offer you. Your DJ or band may include ceremony and toasting microphones in their service package as well.

With both sound and lighting, you’ll need to inquire about electricity at your venue. Most outdoor wedding venues will have plenty of solutions to offer you. Others may require an extra expense and some creative thinking.

Don’t Forget Facilities

Every great wedding has a key necessity that you may not think of when caught up in planning the romantic and fun aspects. That necessity is, of course, restrooms.

Consider the number of guests you have and make sure the facilities are adequate. Roughly, you’ll want to have at least one nearby bathroom for each 25 guests.

Also, consider any guests with special needs such as wheelchairs and check to be sure the facilities can accommodate them.

If your venue does not have enough restrooms or the restrooms are too far away, you’ll want to rent facilities. For rentals, the way to go is wedding-worthy portable restroom trailers that are as good as a built-in restroom.

Of course, there are several different options depending on your budget. Even with a small budget, remember that this is a formal event and you should supply your guests with a respectable way to relieve themselves.

At the bare minimum, make sure the toilets are flushable. It’s also great to have facilities that feature sinks with mirrors for guests to touch up their makeup after tearing up at your beautiful vows or getting sweaty on the dance floor.

Be sure the restrooms are nearby enough to be convenient, but not uncomfortably close to where people are eating. Ideally, you’ll be able to conceal the restrooms around the side of a building or behind some trees.

For a nice touch, spruce up the bathrooms with some “wedding survival kits.” These could include things like band-aids, hairspray, and breath mints.

Seating is Key

You’ll want plenty of seating for your guests during the ceremony and reception. Find out if seating is supplied by your venue or if you’ll need to add seating to the rentals budget.

Adequate seating is key, especially since many people will be wearing uncomfortable shoes and want to take a load off between dances.

An outdoor space with a capacity of 150 doesn’t mean 150 people can comfortably sit, dance, and move around. You’ll want enough space around the chairs, not just an area of wall to wall seating.

Stay Grounded

An outdoor venue can present the challenge of stiletto-sinking grass, dirt, or sand.

You have several options to combat this problem: inform your guest ahead of time to wear wide heels, wedges, or flats. You can also provide guests with heel protectors which slip over thin heels and provide a clear, wider base that will keep your guests from sinking.

You can also place an overlay on the ground, especially for the aisle and the dance floor. This will help you avoid an embarrassing trip or fall, plus it can add a decorative elegance.

Mosquitos, Lizards, and Flies, Oh My!

Outdoor wedding venues mean there could be various critters that may disturb you and your guests during the ceremony.

Certain venues may experience a greater influx of pests at certain times of the year. Ask your prospective outdoor wedding venues about the critters they face and tips on how to manage them. Be clear that you want a realistic response, and be willing to reconsider your date or venue if the pests could get in the way of enjoying your special day.

Guidelines and Permits

The last thing you want to deal with on your wedding day is being blocked from enjoyment by violated permits.

A registered vendor should be able to handle all of this for you, but it never hurts to double check.

Many venues will have city or state restrictions on noise, photography, parking, trash removal, and so on. Plus, most venues have differing rules about vendors, catering, and bands, DJs, and policies on drinking and smoking.

Ask your prospective outdoor wedding venues about all of these guidelines you’ll have to abide by should you choose to go with them. Getting clear on these guidelines and handling any necessary permits ahead of time will help you avoid surprises on your big day.

Plan Ahead for Less Stress

With all of these different considerations planned for, you’ll be able to focus on what really matters for your wedding day: the person you’ve chosen to marry.

Remember to periodically stop and take in the beautiful day you’ve planned together.

If some unpredictables happen, don’t let it ruin the fun, embrace it and focus on feeling the love.

For more wedding trends, tips, and tricks, check out each new issue of Orange County Bride online or at Barnes & Noble stores.


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Sep. 19th 2017

“What do I do with my dress, afterwards?”  …Preserve it, of course!!

The age old question from brides around the country is, “what do I do with this gorgeous gown after the big day?” 

“Well, don’t leave it hanging in the closet,” urges Robin Bergman, owner of Infinity Bouquets. Storing it properly can help to defend against permanent damage from light, dust, humidity, and critters. So stay away from inexpensive, low quality cardboard boxes, Robin warns. But, preserving your gown will keep it pristine. Modern museums and now countless brides across the country are using Infinity Bouquet’s method to store all fine textiles.  And, it’s more affordable than you think, so protect your investment, she added.


Gown preservation has long been an avenue for brides in hope that a daughter would wear her gown in the future. Let’s be realistic, that is probably not going to happen. However, present day brides are finding themselves using pieces of mom’s gown to embellish their bouquets, create a hanky to hold, or simply to add to their own modern day gowns. Preserving your beautiful dress affords you the ability to access your gown at a moment’s notice without interfering with the process, ensuring that the finest of textiles never yellow or damage.

Visit: or call Robin at 877-373-9379

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Your are Invited Bridal Showplace Show Sept. 17 Sunday

Sep. 17th 2017

Engaged Couples, Family and Friends to
Plan Your Dream Wedding at the Luxurious Huntington Beach Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa Sunday, September 17, 2017 11am- Orange County Bride magazine

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First 50 Brides in line will get amazing SWAG bags
including a 500+ page Wedding Planner, Copy of Orange
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Las Vegas Gift Certificates and Coupons and more! Hyatt Huntington Beach CA show September 17 Sunday

What to Wear When Meeting the Parents

Sep. 12th 2017

For me, the holiday season is all about spending time with family. Since my husband and I have spent two married Christmases together, we have grown comfortable around each other’s families. While I am grateful for the relationship that I have with his parents now, in hindsight I remember being so nervous to meet them for the very first time. This time of year many relationships are taken to the next level – the holiday season is when most couples finally get to meet their significant other’s parents.

While these tips may be geared toward the holiday season, this list is useful year round, should you find yourself in a similar situation. So, here are a few helpful tips that I’ve learned when it comes to dressing to meet the parents…

What’s The Occasion?

Will you be attending a black tie affair or a casual family get together? It’s always best to find out where you’re going and what you’ll be doing before you start to plan your ensemble. During this time of year, it’s common for holiday parties to be a bit dressier than the average outing. I personally prefer to be overdressed than underdressed, especially when you’re unsure of the dress code.

Keep It Comfortable

There’s nothing worse than tugging at your clothes or stumbling over too high of heels all night. Since you generally don’t want to cause a scandal during your first parental encounter, I recommend keeping your hemline around knee length like this skirt from Paper Crown. Trust me when I say that choosing timeless over trendy is always appreciated in a family setting. It’s best to skip the plunging neckline and stilettos too!

Less Is More

In the beauty department that is! There is a time and a place for a bold smoky eye and a family gathering is usually not one of them. When in doubt, a minimal look is always best. You can’t go wrong with Lauren’s signature winged eyeliner paired with a classic red lip or nude gloss. As for your hair, skip the second-day hair and tame those tresses.

Be Yourself

The best piece of advice that I can give to you before you meet the parents is to just be yourself. Add pieces of your personality into your outfit – that locket you’ve worn since you were a little girl could turn out to be a great conversation starter! Choose a dress in a color that you love or even paint your nails your favorite shade of pink. You can tone down your everyday wardrobe for the sake of meeting the parents but you don’t have to water down your personality.

Remember: try not to freak out too much– chances are if your significant other loves you, their parents will too!

Do you have any tips on what to wear when meeting the parents?

We’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below!

Source:  and Written by Jessi Team LC

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TOP 3 Tips to Consider for Wedding Planning, Sunny Ravanbach

Sep. 11th 2017

When it comes to planning a wedding, White Lilac’s founder and president Sunny Ravanbach knows what is important, after all she has created once in a lifetime wedding and memorable parties in the OC area for such names as Louis Vuitton and Chanel, as well as a host of famous faces. Below are Sunnys top 3 tips to consider:

  1. “Discuss speeches with your bridesmaids and groomsmen ahead of time! This can help you eliminate loved ones running on, and those awkward drunk speeches!”


  1. “Schedule more time than you anticipate for your hair and makeup- even if it means paying your hair and makeup artist an extra hour! It’s of utmost importance you have time to relax and perfect your wedding day look with at least 30 minutes of much to do about nothing.”


  1. “Once you’ve hired your photographer make sure you give them a very clear list of your likes and dislikes. Please emphasize what’s most important to you: if you want family portraits be explicit – tell her/him who is most special – be vocal about which shots moments you want captured.”some tips from party planner to the stars, Sunny Ravanbach of White Lilac Events


Sunny Ravanback of White Lilac Inc Party event planner and designer CEO of company Shahs of Sunset, she has worked in the industry for over 15 years.

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Wedding Etiquette for 20-somethings

Sep. 6th 2017

Spring and summer weddings are approaching, and for many young adults, it will be their first time attending such a special occasion. If you haven’t been to a wedding before, you might have a few questions about what to expect. Derrick Valenti, wedding planner for the Warwick Allerton Chicago, offers advice for 20-somethings on how to navigate the wedding day like a pro.


Invitations & RSVP Etiquette

Receiving a wedding invitation is a kind gesture that comes with certain expectations of the recipient. It’s ok to RSVP ‘no’ if you’re unable to attend. However, if it’s a close friend, you should send the couple a card thanking them for the invitation and a gift.



At many weddings, guests are asked to sit on either side of the bride or the groom. However, be sure to check with a member of the family. Be respectful of your seating assignment at the reception. You may not know the other guests sharing your table, but this doesn’t give you permission to sit elsewhere.


Social Media & Photography

It’s natural for 20-somethings to share significant life events on social media. If you’re taking photos of the big day, it’s important to be conscious of the official wedding photographer.


The Open Bar

Many weddings offer an open bar at the reception venue, meaning you will not have to pay out-of-pocket for drinks. While an open bar is a definite wedding perk, you should proceed with caution. Act like you’re at a gala, not a college party.


Gift Giving

Don’t feel like you have to spend a lot of money on a wedding gift, but you also shouldn’t show up empty-handed. A nice card with a small check is a thoughtful present that won’t break the bank. If you don’t bring money, you should buy something on the registry.


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