Thursday, October 30, 2014

Planning your Rehearsal Dinner

By now, you are probably well on your way to planning your best day ever.  The coordinator has been called in, the venue selected, the photographer chosen, and all the details are falling into place.  All of a sudden, it dawns on you that you have not given any thought to the rehearsal. 

How to plan a rehearsal dinner by Posh-itively Perfect Events

What is a “rehearsal” anyway?
A rehearsal is a “practice run” for the big day.  This lets everyone in your bridal party and those in your family who will walk down the aisle know where to go, who they will go with, and when they will walk before it’s “show time”. 

Traditionally, the rehearsal takes place the night before the wedding. However, today many couples are opting for the rehearsal to take place a couple of nights in advance. The benefit of doing it this way is that it allows you to get any last minute matters taken care of the night before the wedding, and you can also get a good night’s sleep.

The rehearsal usually takes place at the wedding ceremony site and is typically facilitated by the Wedding Coordinator.

The Rehearsal Dinner…or Brunch…or Lunch – whatever you choose… or nothing at all!
The time of your rehearsal will most likely dictate what type of gathering you will have afterwards – brunch, lunch, or dinner.  Some couples choose not to have a gathering at all, and that’s okay too. 

If you do arrange for one, it can be a fun way to bring both families and your closest friends together to get to know each other a little better before your wedding.  It’s the pre-party to the big party! 

Choosing a location for the gathering after your rehearsal
There are really no rules when it comes to where the rehearsal “dinner” will take place.  It can be a fun and casual theme or an elegant affair.  Above all, it should reflect your personalities.  The only tip to consider is this: the nature of the pre-wedding festivities should not overshadow the big day itself.    For example, your gathering can take place in a cute and quaint community clubhouse, a private room in a restaurant, a backyard barbeque, or whatever suits you best. 

Who to invite
Let’s start with the bridal party, include the parents and grandparents.  If you have identified specific individuals to seat your grandparents and guests, they should be included as well. And don’t forget the Officiant! 

As a courtesy, others to consider would be out of town guests and spouses/significant others of the bridal party. 

Remember that you can also use this occasion to recognize those who have helped in the planning process, and if you are giving gifts to your wedding party, this is a perfect time to do so! 

Most of all, no matter what…relax, have fun, and savor every single second of this exciting time.  Your wedding day will be here and over before you can blink your eyes!!!

Article provided by Posh-itively Perfect Events // Photo by Tiffany Amber Photography
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Urban DIY Los Angeles Wedding at The Carondelet House

"I can still remember that feeling I got walking into the front room of the Carondelet House on our initial visit. Looking over at Scott, I knew we finally agreed -- this was where we wanted to get married! From that day forward, planning our wedding became one of the most fun adventures Scott and I have had together. We spent countless hours scouring the millions of posts on Pinterest to help us find all the unique touches that would reflect our love for each other and our closest friends and family." -bride & groom

About their wedding: We wanted our guests to feel at home the moment they walked through the door and we planned out every detail to make sure they did. From wedding photos of our parents, grandparents, and siblings on the cake table to thank you notes at their place settings. We even used our mother's special cake recipes that we have had for every birthday, since childhood -- Strawberry for Scott and Banana for Me, with a marble cake in the middle. The most fun (and exhausting), though, was hand-making wine-bottle candles as favors for our guests. A project that quickly became a family event as they helped us save wine bottles, cut bottles and made trips to every Michael's store in the city for more wax. Now those candles sit in each of our relative's and friend's homes as a reminder not just of that day, but of our gratitude for their support.

Scott and I really wanted to make the day as meaningful as possible for each other. Not knowing what the other had picked out, Scott and I both ended up giving each other sentimental boxes and different representations of our time together. I gave him a journal with my favorite memories, as well as these great cufflinks with photos of his grandparents who had passed away on them. It almost made him cry, and he never cries. Scott gave me a set of pictures of the two of us. We each used this time as an opportunity to spend a priceless moment together before walking down the aisle.

We also wrote our entire ceremony (not just the vows), and Scott's brother performed it. We aren't religious so we wanted the ritual to reflect our personalities and relationship. We spent the months before the wedding compiling our favorite poems and vows that we pieced together for the ceremony. We also included hand-written letters to one another's parents to express our appreciation for them. I can't express how meaningful it was to go through the ceremony knowing that Scott and I had hand-picked every word -- together.

Our amazing wedding coordinator, designer and florist made sure all of our ideas came to life like magic. We will never forget sneaking to the back room to see the dinner all set up. It was amazing. The white flowers on the table surrounded by candles made the room glow. We both ran to get our parents so they could see the room untouched. My mom, who until then hadn't quite understood why we didn't want ice sculptures and a 7-tier cake, finally understood what we meant by an intimate and warm setting. We all had the same feeling on our wedding day that Scott and I had had the first day we walked in to Carondelet -- simple joy and wonder.

Vendors: Photographer: Lukas & Suzy VanDyke // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Dragon Inside // Makeup Artist: Emily Dawn Artistry // Hair Stylist: Emily Dawn Artistry // DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Emily Steffen // Floral Designer: Enchanted Garden Floral Design // Veils and headpieces: Happily Ever Borrowed // Event Planner: Orange Blossom Special Events // Invitation Designer: Orange Blossom Special Events // Cake Designer: Pretty Baked Goods // DJ: Red Shoe LA // Dress Designer: Reem Acra  // Event Venue: The Carondelet House // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Tie Bar // Dress Designer:Watters // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Janelle Marina Photography

Janelle of Janelle Marina Photography
San Bernardino County, CA |
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ABOUT HER: “Every person's life is a fairy tale, written by God's fingers.”
- Hans Christian Andersen. 

...and I want to capture them all through my lens!

I met my prince charming in high school and now we are married with two crazy little boys. My life is beautiful chaos full of Legos, soiled diapers, soccer practices and an occasional slow dance in the kitchen. When I'm not juggling being a wife, parenting, household chores and DIY projects, I get to escape in the serenity of other peoples love stories. I took a leap of faith back in 2011 to become a wedding photographer and I've been so blessed to be able to live my dream career while meeting awesome couples that are madly in love along the way! Best of all I get to share one of the most happiest days of their lives with them! Doesn't get any better than that!

ABOUT JANELLE MARINA PHOTOGRAPHYWedding Photography is such a big investment, you deserve more than just great photos -you should get thee best experience as well! I love getting to know my clients on a personal level so they are comfortable in front of my camera and their real emotions are portrayed in their photos. I'm a very easygoing goofy gal, but I take your wedding very seriously and do everything in my power to make this whole experience enjoyable, easy and stress free for you! I'd be honored to be the lucky photographer to capture your love story!

AREAS SERVINGWe are based in Southern California & available for travel!

DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE: Sweet blend of fine art & photojournalistic style. I love shooting beautiful outdoor weddings, there's something about the natural light that makes the sun kissed images look so romantic!
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