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Sunday
Mar292009

Cheers To Where's the Party

(part 6 of 9)


From The White Dress, we went to Where's the Party and were graciously welcomed by Candy Hirte, the owner and Stacey Mora, one of her amazing and knowledgeable consultants. Candy is friends with the family of one of my all time favorite brides, Christina (check out Christina & Dave's Ritz Carlton wedding here:

...and just a couple photos from their ocean front wedding below:and I can see why the two families are friends: Nice people attract nice people!


Walking into Where's The Party, I felt like a kid in a candy store. There was so much to look at, I had a hard time concentrating on all the savings and opportunities they were telling us about (like the $100.00 gift certificate that any Cheers To You client can use towards their invitation purchase) . I could have spent the rest of the afternoon at the store, perusing, shopping, looking at all of the delightful items, talk about party supplies & decor for every season and every reason. There is so much fun and new stuff, it makes you (ok, me) want to throw a party every day of the week!

Oh, they have the largest selection of invitations I've ever seen too :) Wall to wall, top to bottom, if you want it, Where's The Party will have it or create it for you. Service with a smile!

Sunday
Mar292009

Cheers To The White Dress

(part 5 of 9)


From Flower Fusion / Mon Amie, we were driven to The White Dress in Corona del Mar. Ok, now we are talking. This is my kind of store. The ladies there were so helpful and sweet and gave us the nicest tour. I can only imagine that they treat my brides the same way, they were genuine and fun and just down to earth.
I love that when a bride purchases her dress, they pop open a bottle of bubbly (Cheers To You!) and the bride writes a wish on the cork and drops in into one of the many cork vases they have throughout the store.
The White Dress bridal salon has Sue Wong dresses that are under $1000 and they are the only bridal boutique in O.C. that offers the Priscilla Boston line. If you go there, make an appointment with Colleen Whitson, she is one of the nicest bridal stylist in town!
They are also having a trunk show coming up, visit their website for details at www.thewhitedress.com

Saturday
Mar282009

Cheers To Flower Fusion

(part 4 of 9)


The owner of Jason Kenneth and I did lots of weddings over the years, including a wedding that I coordinated which appeared on TLC's A Wedding Show (see TLC video here and photos here), and here are a couple of my favorites from the day:When my friend Hadley moved to Las Vegas and sold his shop to Jan Wilder, I began working with her, it was such a smooth transition as Jan is a true professional. She changed the name to Flower Fusion, and redecorated the store, it's definitely worth dropping in and saying hello.

Check out one of the weddings Jan and I designed together when she first moved here:
Lauren and Josh at the Hyatt

and here are a few of my favorite floral pictures from one of my favorite couples, Lauren and Josh's wedding at the Hyatt Regency, Hungtington Beach Jan is an amazing wedding florist, her boutique salon is warm and welcoming, just like she is!
Check her out at www.flowerfusion.net

The White Dress is next, stay tuned...

Saturday
Mar282009

Cheers To Mon Amie


(part 3 of 9)


We arrived by limo at our first destination, Mon Amie, but apparently they forgot they had an appointment to show the 9 of us their salon before the store opened, so there were some blank stares going on the first few minutes. The store manager decided to give us a tour of the store, and wow, Mon Amie is HUGE. I have driven past the bridal salon 1000 times and even popped in there years ago (but then they started charging for visits so I didn't go back). They no longer charge for visits, but they do ask that you only go two times and then make your decision.
That being said, there is plenty to choose from, the selection is amazing. I know many brides have found their dream dresses at Mon Amie, and the consultants are very knowledgeable. Dresses start at around $2500 and go up from there. The back area of the store has the sale section with dresses under $1000. Their next trunk show is this weekend,
Platinum Trunk Show on March 27th - 29th, 2009

Their March madness sale includes a free Ralph Lauren tuxedo (to keep, not just to rent) with the purchase of a wedding gown. Check out their trunk show and visit their website for details www.monamie.com

Next post ... my friends at Flower Fusion (formerly Jason Kenneth Designs)

Saturday
Mar282009

Cheers To Sky's the Limit

(part 2 of 9)


Sky's the Limi Limousine Service (www.skysthelimitlimo.com) picked us up for our bridal salon tour. We had so much fun, how can you go wrong with 9 of the top wedding planners in Orange County, champagne, and early morning pastries, and a limo!

Sky's The Limit has a great selection of cars including:

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Limo
Lincoln Town Car
Custom Stretch Limousine
Custom Excursion
Excursion Super Stretch Limousine
and the white Chrysler 300c Stretch Limo which is the car we were chauffeured around town in:
The driver laid out the red carpet for the 9 of us and our day began...
See next post for our experience at Mon Amie

Saturday
Mar282009

Cheers To Bridal Tours

Cheers To Bridal Tours
(a nine part series)
(part 1 of 9)

Earlier this week a group of OC wedding coordinators got together for a day filled with wedding gowns, invitations, and more. We were escorted by limo throughout Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, yes, life can be rough. We had a private tour of four of of OC's most talked about wedding dress salons: Mon Amie, The White Dress, Erin Cole, and Jaclyn's Bridal.
We started off meeting by South Coast Plaza and Erin Dye of Upstage Cakes met us there. Erin is a new wedding cake baker in town,..new in town, but she has been in the business for years. Her prices start at $6 a slice and all cake prices include delivery.
She has an expansive array of flavors, amazing designs for both wedding and other occasion cakes, and from the few minutes we spent chatting, I'm guessing she is delightful to work with.
Check out her work at www.upstagecakes.blogspot.com

She brought us mini cakes in about 18 different flavors and styles, and don't think that we didn't eat (and enjoy) every bite!
Here are a couple photos of her work, with my favorite, the RED cake:See next post for information about the limo company that graciously drove us around town.

Friday
Mar272009

Cheers To LA Style


Today's wedding was submitted by Meghan Aileen Photography. Cyndie and Mark had a true California style wedding, complete with sparkling blue water and green palm trees. Their wedding was held at the luxurious Surf and Sand Hotel in Laguna Beach and their wedding coordinator, Marla of Cheers to You Events tells us the day was "a celebration of the love, affection, and friendship between the beautiful couple and their wonderful families. There wasn't a dry eye in the room during the toasts, dances, or when the groom serenaded the bride. Classic and genuine, from start to finish."

When asked what made this couple such fun to photograph, Meghan Aileen said they were "so considerate towards each other, and such a wonderful example of love."

Cyndie and Mark had a classic car for their wedding ... we love how the color of the ocean matches the car exactly! Now, that's dedication to the very last detail :)
It takes an entire team of fabulous wedding experts to pull off a wedding like this. If you love what you're seeing, their wedding day team consisted of: wedding coordinator Marla Lackey of Cheers to You Events, wedding cake by It's All About The Cake, DJ James Loram of Last Dance Entertainment, flowers by Karen Paliska, lighting by Invisible Touch, videography by Ashley Productions, transportation by Laguna Trolley, and gorgeous wedding photography by Meghan Aileen.

Thursday
Mar262009

Cheers To OC Wedding Pros

Cheers To THE OC WEDDING PROS!
After I heard Joe Brocadaro's name keep coming up I had to find him and find out about him. Thanks Facebook, for making the introduction so easy!

Joe is not just a fabulous photographer, but the founder of The OC Wedding Pros, a website for a "Unique Group of Wedding Professionals". Joe was kind enough to add me to his group, and I am thrilled to be part of it!

If you are looking for wedding photography at a reasonable price, check out Joe's work at:
Broccardo Photography and of course take a look at OC Wedding Pros.

Thursday
Mar262009

Cheers To You!


It's almost time... the results for the Best of the OC 2009 Wedding Planner are coming soon .... in the meantime, here are a sampling of the incredibly kind comments I received on the Fox website: You can see all 99 reviews here :

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Posted by: tmteachtv, 3/19/2009

Awesome awesome awesome service and smiles, always attention to detail. Great personality.

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Posted by: scordts, 3/18/2009

They did an awesome job at my wedding, everything went perfectly. Also Marla helped my wife put together the wedding of her dreams.

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Posted by: siggy123, 3/18/2009

Marla throws a grand party.

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Posted by: SteveAverill, 3/18/2009

Marla is the best! She is someone you can trust to do what she says she will and that is worth its weight in gold. Tasteful, elegant, fun! How can you go wrong?! Steve Averill

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Posted by: Bananasesigns, 3/18/2009

Marla is the ultimate professional. She listens and understands EXACTLY what you want and she gets is for you!

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Posted by: sunking9, 3/18/2009

Marla and Cheers To You ROCKS!!! Our wedding couldn't have run smoother or been more perfect!!!

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Posted by: Jasonuwp, 3/18/2009

Outstanding company with a great sense of personal touch and detail.

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Posted by: laaph, 3/18/2009

I have assisted Marla with many of her weddings, and she is very thorough. Marla's attention to detail is impeccable! She thinks of everything, and the end product is nothing short of spectacular. It is always a pleasure and joy to work with her, she is nothing less than amazing!

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Posted by: lindylou1142, 3/18/2009

Marla's AMAZING

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Posted by: kickstart420, 3/18/2009

I love the way Marla handles herself in the most stress full times!!

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Posted by: dadofthreee, 3/18/2009

Marla is the BOMB

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Posted by: acleventplanning, 3/18/2009

This is a wonderful, innovative company!

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Posted by: bokaemerle, 3/18/2009

Every detail was planned perfectly, VERY nice and easy to work with...

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Posted by: danatennis, 3/18/2009

they are simply the BEST....

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Posted by: shaneproductions, 3/18/2009

Marla is the best planner in Orange County! She loves her job and it shows with her exquisite intricacy in every event!

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Posted by: CakesandKisses, 3/18/2009

Absolutely fantastic service and elegant taste. Orange County has never had a better vendor.

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Posted by: John876, 3/18/2009

Great Owner, Very Professional!!

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Posted by: barbaralynn2001, 3/18/2009

Marla from "Cheers To You" was awesome! She is not only professional, she is a very nice person. It was truly a pleasure to have her be a part of our very special day with Alan and Jodi.

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Posted by: SHACKWORTH, 3/18/2009

Marla from Cheers to you helped us plan the wedding of our dreams! It was better than we ever imagined! We could not have done it without her! Plus she is a super sweet lady!

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Posted by: lamartinf, 3/18/2009

Marla is a professional. She works extremely well with clients to fully realize their vision of the most important day in their lives.

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Posted by: tmedina1, 3/18/2009

I used Cheers To You! for my wedding. Marla is the most patient and wonderful wedding coordinator. Every email that I sent her was responded back within a few minutes (There were over 500 emails sent throughout the planning process). She made the entire wedding planning process easy and organized. I have had several friends get married and each used wedding coordinators. They all agree with me, that she was the best of all of the coordinators.

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Posted by: kkaemerle, 3/18/2009

Marla is right on!!! She's incredibly organized and extremely creative.
A wonderful personality, very funny and fun (:

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Posted by: PegPat, 3/17/2009

Marla does such a great job, she makes it look easy. I know it's not so I give her lots of credit for that.

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Posted by: hardestbutton, 3/17/2009

Marla has a wonderfull personality, and a great sense of humor, two very important factors every planner should have!


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Posted by: TraciRomano, 3/17/2009

Marla is an extremely talented visionary in her field. Her company ,Cheers To You, " is world renowned!

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Posted by: bcpmike, 3/17/2009

Because Marla rocks. That's all you need to know.

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Posted by: csagehorn, 3/16/2009

Marla was incredible! When my husband and I met with Marla, we gave her a general idea what we wanted our wedding to feel like and the colors we liked and told her to run with it. I wasn't one of those brides that wanted to be involved in the details and I trusted Marla's instincts. She did everything from A-Z and did an incredible job. We couldn't have asked for anything better. Everything exceeded our expectations. We still talk about it today, nearly 3 years later and still hear from our friends what an amazing event it was.

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Posted by: snowchick711, 3/16/2009

Marla is not only loved by her couples who select her but all of us in the industry. Her attention to detail and organization is amazing, but the fact she does so with a smile makes everyone involved worry-free about their day. She is stellar!

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Posted by: starlet7931, 3/16/2009

Marla is so wonderful to work with. She is detailed, organized and takes pride in her work. I have worked with Marla on many weddings and events and everything always turns out flawless.

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Posted by: ebitari, 3/16/2009

Marla, was my wedding planner two years ago. She had awesome vendors and did a fabulous job coordinating the day of the wedding - everyone loved her. Her script of the wedding day was also very helpful. I could tell Marla was a great fit immediately I spoke to her on the phone. I had called some other wedding planners who were not a good fit - but once I found Marla I knew she would be an excellent wedding planner and help me execute my dream wedding and she did :-)

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Posted by: haydensmommy, 3/16/2009

Marla did the most amazing job with our wedding! I would recommend her to anyone!

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Posted by: jonathangood, 3/16/2009

Because she rocks!

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Posted by: whitneycometa, 3/16/2009

she is the best, and i love her.

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Posted by: cherylstaab, 3/16/2009

Marla is so attentive to every detail. She really gives you peace of mind as your big day approaches!

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Posted by: moburris, 3/16/2009

Working in the industry with Marla - she is always so professional - yet fun! She does wonderful events and always makes you feel like a friend! Keep up the great work!

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Posted by: mericleman, 3/16/2009

The owner is amazing!

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Posted by: mag00949, 3/16/2009

High quality wedding planning, excellent vendors, Marla is very talented!


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Posted by: DiamondBridal, 3/16/2009
Vote for Cheers To You!

Thursday
Mar192009

Cheers To Bleu!

The wonderful and talented Alison Cotton just sent me the album layout from one of our Hyatt Regency weddings. If you haven't met Alison, she is possibly the nicest person on the planet, and her husband, superstar Bleu Cotton, who we all know and love, is so much fun to work with. What an incredible wedding Jaymi and Trevor had, just look at how perfectly the Bleu Cotton team captured their beautiful day:











Cheers To You!

Monday
Mar162009

Cheers To You!

Cheers To You Events was nominated by MY FOX LA in the BEST WEDDING PLANNER in OC category. We would love YOUR vote!

http://myfoxla.cityvoter.com/cheers-to-you/biz/62459

Full Service Wedding Planning. Marla's weddings have been featured on TLC's A Wedding Story, Dr. Phil, and more. Marla was selected as having one of the Top 25 Jobs in Orange County, Summer 2007 ABC-OC Steering Committee Certified by the Guide, IWCA, ABC...

Visit http://myfoxla.cityvoter.com/cheers-to-you/biz/62459 for more information

* Cheers To You!
27762 Forbes Road Suite 16 Laguna Niguel CA 92677
Hours: Mon-Friday 8am-6pm | Sat by Appt only

Thursday
Mar052009

Cheers To Grand Del Mar

The Grand Del Mar ... WOW....not quite sure where to start. The 'Wedding Experience' was so amazing that I've been speechless for a week. Those who know me know that never happens!! First, I need to give credit where credit is due. Cheers the people that made it possible, Thank You is not even close to being enough, but it's a start....

The Wedding Experience Produced by The Grand Del Mar

Paige Levy (858) 314.202
www.thegranddelmar.com
Table Scape & Floral Designed by: Kathy Wright & Co.
Kathy Wright (619) 299.2520

www.kathywrightandco.com
Save the Dates, Invitations, & all printed materials by:
Invitation Factory Carol Smith (858) 456.7801
Guest Seating by: Chameleon Chairs
Rhonda Couchigian (562) 338.5101
Entertainment by: Wayne Foster Entertainment
Bonnie Foster (760) 603.8000 ext 18
Cocktail Reception Music by:
Brian Stodart (909) 844.2377
Wedding Gowns by: M Bridal Salon
Michelle Martin (858) 551.1718
www.mbridesalon.com
Florals at Gazebo and Addison by Jennifer Cole
Jennifer Cole (760 )815 8719
www.jennifercolefloral.com
Linen by: Wildflower Linens
Desiree Patterson (714) 522.2777
Charger Plates: Classic Party Rentals
(858) 496.9700
After Party Decor, Furniture, Canopies and Bar by: Rrivre Works Rrivre Davies (323) 985.4229
After Party Convections by: Epicurean Umbrella
Jennyfer Rodgers (323) 350.0953
After Party Donuts by: Party Donuts
Mike Hogan (858) 565.8600
After Party DJ: Tim Altbaum Productions
Tim Altbaum (619) 277.2408
Photography by: Boyd Harris Photography
Boyd Harris ( 858) 551.7004
Lighting by: Presentation Services
Abraham Bronzwaig (858)314.2096
www.psav.com

and now, a sample of the amazing 3 day experience that I was honored to be part of. The first day started by pulling up to valet, where I was greeted, checked in, and shown to my golf course view room. Waiting for me was the itinerary, a gift bag with hotel's signature bath soaps, lotions, and candle, and a Grand Del Mar robe, customized with my name. oThe first night consisted of a meet and greet, followed by a tour of the outdoor ceremony areas, and then the indoor 'chapel', where we were greeted by gospel singers, and then offered sangrias as we watched an incredible fashion show with dresses designed by M Bridal. and then it was cocktail hour, which was over the top with some of the best food I've ever had (and I've had a lot), both tray passed and stationery stations, and a solo guitarist/singer, that I had to do a double take to see if it was Jon Mayer.
After we were able to mingle and savor the appetizers, we were invited inside the ballroom for a five course wine pairing dinner. Check out this decor! The food was as beatiful as the table tops, and we had a sommelier on hand to teach us about each of the wines we were sampling. Just when we thought we were going to pop, we were invited to an after party complete with a DJ, candy bar, donut fry station. My San Diego wedding coordinator friends :)

The next morning we met for brunch, and were greeted by a server offering our choice of bloody marys or mimosas (or both) ... and we had a full brunch with an omelet station, waffle station, bagel bar, smoothie bar, and more!
After brunch, a few of us opted to go to Torry Pines beach for a nature hike, the sun came out just for us, and I'm pretty sure The Grand Del Mar was in charge of that too, as they didn't miss a beat.
After the walk, it was spa and massage time, talk about being pampered.
Around 5:30 we were asked to meet in one of the amazing ballrooms. When we arrived, we were told to split into groups for a Top Chef Challenge. I love to cook, so I was elected head chef, and I think my team put together the best scallop dish in the room, but we had some great competition, and a lot of fun and a lot of laughs, and we each received our own Grand Del Mar apron.
After the team building, we were driven to Addison, Southern California's only 5 Diamond Restaurant. Again we were treated to a 5 course wine pairing dinner. The sommelier was there and he autographed a bottle of HIS bottle of wine and presented it to me at dinner.
When I returned to my room, there was a second dessert waiting for me, and a bottle of sparkling water, etched with my name on the bottle. Beautiful!
When I finally left (and believe me, it was hard to leave), there was a basket of muffins in my car, a bottle of water, and a dvd with the highlights of the past three days waiting for me. See my website to view the video from Taylor Films.
A very very special thanks to Paige Levy at the Grand Del Mar for putting this together, and to the amazing team of vendors that she selected to make this experience unforgettable!

Cheers (and many, many thanks!) to all of you!

Thursday
Mar052009

Cheers To Shorebreak


On Tuesday I had a sneak peek of the brand new Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach. This boutique hotel is a gem right off the sand of Surf City. Stacey Hofflich, the property’s Senior Catering Manager, contacted me to show me this new property. Stacey has years of experience in the industry and took me on a hard hat tour, so much fun to experience the hotel from the (almost) ground up.
Shorebreak will be open and running in a couple months, so everything is fresh and new, and they are ready to book weddings and events now for the upcoming months. The hotel is new, fresh, and unlike any other. The views from the rooms, well, you need to see it to believe it.
If you don't need a wedding venue, at least stop in for dinner or a drink, the restaurant is steps from the ocean.
Quick facts about Shorebreak Hotel:

•Location: 500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach
Close to Main Street, shopping, dining, and the sand
•The Numbers: 157 guest rooms (39 are suites!), 2 board rooms, 3000 square foot ballroom, 1800 square feet of pre-function space
•Capacity: 200 seated in their swank ballroom with a dance floor, 230 without
•Food: Cuisine that pulls inspiration from all 22 countries of the Mediterranean
•Decor: Cool ocean tones. Many rooms and spaces have striking ocean views

Stacey’s contact info:
shofflich@jdvhotels.com
949.373.2963

Wednesday
Feb252009

Cheers To Charity

Thursday
Feb122009

Cheers To Social Media

...and many thanks to Steve Averill ~ Blogger at OCbizblog. Founder of Waxpoetix - Words that Spark Conversation.
I know Steve from OC Metro, the magazine publishers selected me as having one of the top 25 dream jobs (which I do).

I dropped Steve a line on Facebook and he gave me a very nice shoutout on Twitter.


and this from Facebook
Thanks Steve, your vote of confidence means the world to me and I look forward to lots more networking opportunites with you!

If you want to be a friend on Facebook, click HERE
If you want to follow me on Twitter, click HERE
If you want to follow Steve on Twitter, click HERE

Saturday
Feb072009

Cheers To Mom & Dad

Cheers to my wonderful parents, on their 50th wedding anniversary!


We had a wonderful family celebration at Antonellos Ristorante celebrating my parents 50th wedding anniversary. Lake Forest Limousines picked up my brother, his girlfriend, my husband, daughter and me, and we drove to my parents house and surprised them. I think they figured out that the limo was coming, but the didn't know that all of us would be there, waiting for them, with chilled bubbly and appetizers. We had an hour drive together before the party started, which was so much fun and such a treat for my parents (and for us too).

Grace Chuyn, from Sweet Gems made these amazing cookies:
I made the water bottle labels and the table decor:

Antonellos provided top notch service and incredible food. If you haven't eaten there, try it. It's a fabulous restaurant for rehearsal dinners, birthdays, and of course, anniversaries.

Cheers To You, Mom and Dad!!
Happy 50th!

Saturday
Feb072009

Cheers To Pelican Hill

The February ABC-OC meeting was held at Pelican Hill this month. What a treat for the wedding coordinators, and how fun it was to see some of my favorite people from the Ritz Carlton, St. Regis, and Surf & Sand, who now are working at the amazing Pelican Hill. We were treated to an lovely lunch and had a private tour of the venue and it's surrounding areas.
Enjoy these photos of our afternoon, compliments of Lauren Hillary.

click here: Pelican Hill

Thursday
Jan222009

Cheers To being a BIG

I'm heading out to a BIG event at Oakley tonight. It's for the BIG brothers and sisters of Orange County. If you are interested in learning more about the program, visit www.bigbrooc.org, or shoot me an email and I'll tell you about the amazing year I have had with Mia.

Saturday
Jan172009

Cheers To Coupons!

We hear you, and we get it ... the economy is in turmoil and wedding planning needs some creative budget strategies. We want you to have a beautiful celebration, so just mention the coupon below (if you didn't receive one in the mail) before your first wedding consultation and we will gladly discount the package of your choice.
We hope this little bit helps you as you continue planning your special event.
For more information on the different services Cheers To You Events offers, please visit our website "package" page.

New Clients Only

Saturday
Jan032009

Look who's talkin

Check out this great website:
http://www.whostalkin.com/