Amazing People

First, I wanted to share a video with you all that I hope will put a smile on your face.  Unfortunately, I have no idea how to rotate the video!

I think my daughter is pretty awesome.  🙂

So in this business I meet a lot of amazing people.  I have met great entrepreneurs who are inspiring such as Kate Dunbar of Petite Reve Chocolates.  She started with a business idea and is preparing to open a storefront (Petite Reve Cafe) in Ventura!  Amazing!  I congratulate her on her accomplishments and I appreciate her support of my business as well.

Not only are my vendors fantastic but my clients are great people too.  A few weeks ago I was asked to coordinate a fundraising event for a sweet little girl named Nina Fredeen. 

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I had no idea how much this little girl would touch my heart and I have yet to meet her.  When I see pictures of her on her mother’s blog (, I see my daughter and I hear my daughter’s laughter in Nina’s.  It breaks my heart that we will not be lucky enough to see this young girl grow up to be a fantastic woman.  Confused?  Well, Nina has an inoperable tumor on her brain stem (DPIG).  It’s rare and it is found in children between the ages of 6 and 9.  The fundraising event we’re planning is tentatively a 2 day event on 11 and 12 March 2011.  We’re going to plan a benefit dinner and a golf tournament.  Both events require that the participants pay a fee but the money will be donated to the family to help pay for funeral expenses and any money remaining will be used to help the family pay for daily expenses.  I can’t even begin to imagine what this family is going through right now.  We are currently looking for donations for our silent auction.  If you’re interested, please email me at  No donation is too small.  If you’re interested in making a financial contribution, you can also email me and I’ll send you the information.  Our goal is to raise $15,000.

During the planning process of this fundraising event, the women I have been working with – Crystal, Sharon and Larisa – have been amazing.  I can see how much this family means to them and it makes me want to work even harder for them.  I want to help them celebrate Nina’s life through this event and allow family and new/old friends the opportunity to support the family.  I have also met some amazing businesses who have opened up their hearts to help us: Austin and Dara of Austin & Dara Photography, Predrag from Elings Park in Santa Barbara, Peter Duffy of Photon Concepts, Ruben Reye of Pueblo Del Ray Funeral Services, Kathy Ackley from Fess Parker Double Tree Resort, Rich Nahas from Glen Annie Golf Club, Glenn Novack from Event Rents, Elizabeth Jamond from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Ellen Gilbert from the Santa Barbara Polo Clubhouse, Meredith Moore from the Museum of Natural History, and Daniele Rose from Lavender & Twine

Thank you to everyone for being so wonderful and truly amazing.  I am lucky to work with such amazing people and getting to know each of them.


February 1, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Charity. Leave a comment.

Gowns…I love Wedding Gowns

I love wedding gowns which probably suits me since I am in the wedding industry.  🙂  I love Vera Wang gowns but who doesn’t?  Looking through a bridal magazine, I found a new designer (new to me, at least) called Pronovias.  Stunning gowns.  Check them out at  I think you’ll love their wide selection of gowns from sleek and simple to dramatic.  I would have loved to wear a super dramatic gown such as the Aire in the Pronovias Dream Collection but I definitely don’t have the guts or the body to wear the dress.  I know there are a lot of brides out there who do and can pull it off.

Lately I’ve been thinking about owning my own bridal salon one day.  It’s definitely further down the road but I would love to be able to sell designer gowns to brides who can’t afford designer gown prices.  I know there are businesses out there that are like that but are there businesses that can buy a gown from a bride who doesn’t want to keep it under their bed or in the back of their closet?  There are charities that accept donations of gowns but some brides don’t want to donate the dress because they paid thousands for their dream dress.  At the same time, the brides don’t want to have the dress collect dust.  So, who would be the one to take the dress off of their hands?  I would love to do that one day.  Just going to keep dreaming until I have the opportunity to make that a reality.

 For now, I’m going to just keep looking at magazines at the beautiful dresses to get inspired and also attend trunk shows.  I’d love to share my finds with brides who are interested in finding their dream dress.  I love a good deal and I think I’m a pretty good shopper.  One of the many services I can provide to my brides when they hire me to be a part of their planning team.

January 10, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Happy Belated New Year!

I know…I’m about 6 days late on wishing everyone a happy new year.  It’s been a busy time with moving to a new home and trying to take care of business and personal things.  Everyone knows how that goes.  Well, this year I’m hoping to really be inspired with new and unique wedding designs so that I can help others make their dream wedding a reality! 

In our new home, I get an office!  I’m super excited and I have been thinking about ways to create an environment that will allow me to be organized, creative, and to keep me on track with my 2011 goals.

My husband introduced me to a great site called Stumble Upon.  What a great way to get inspired!  I think I could definitely spend hours online looking at the fun and creative ideas people have at their weddings.

Here is a great wedding with some adorable details. – a sample picture is below.

I wish you all a happy, loving, and wonderful new year filled with all the things that inspire you.  I’d love to hear about what your goals for 2011 are and what inspires you.

January 7, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Wedding. Leave a comment.

It’s a Beautiful Day

It’s a beautiful day and I hope you all had a great weekend.  I was finally able to figure out how to change my password (thanks, Molly!) on this Blog which will hopefully mean more posts! 

Belle Journee

Belle Journee was a successful event even though it was an overcast day.  The venue looked absolutely amazing because of all of the vendor booths and the displays that were presented by Ventura Rental Party Center.  I love those ladies there!  They are so creative and friendly…they make my job easy.

Look for some pictures on our Facebook page ( and soon to be posted on our website.  Thank you to Lavender & Twine for the wonderful pictures.

What’s Next?!

Our next big event is decorating the gazebo at the Ojai Film Festival on 6 November for the No More Nylons Women in Business Social!  Thanks, Jodi for asking me to do this challenge.  I’m still coming up with some ideas and I’m hoping to have my inspiration board together soon.

Calling all engaged couples!

We’re looking for 5 engaged couples to be a part of our next photoshoot which is a Tuscan Wedding!  It’ll take place at the Su Nido Inn in Ojai and it’ll be a mock wedding.  We hope you’ll enter our “model” contest at  Submissions must be received on the website no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, 7 November.  We look forward to seeing your pictures and hearing about how you met your soulmate!  For information on how to enter and the great prizes you’ll receive, visit the website!

Until next time…

October 25, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Belle Journee – An Intimate Gathering

We’re coordinating a Bridal Show at the Museum of Ventura County on Sunday, 17 October 2010 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.  The price includes admission to the show and museum as well as a museum donation.  To register as a bride, visit our website and click on Calendar of Events.  If you’re a vendor and are interested in participating, please email us at

August 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Charity, Other Events, Venue, Wedding. Leave a comment.

Vintage Themed Wedding

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted something but it’s been busy and as you can see below, the results of the planning and great work of all my vendors speak for themselves.  Thank you to all of the vendors for a great event!

Location – Acacia Mansion, Ojai
Photographer – Lavender & Twine
Florist – Dream Maker Floral
Desserts – Petite Reve Chocolates
Dress – California & Main
Veil – Camarillo Bridal
Jewelry – Girly Girl Designs
Make Up – V Valenz
Hair – Mitra
Suit – Bob Kildee Clothing
Pocket Mirror Favors – Madison Craft
Bride/Groom Hangers – Making Things Special
Rentals – Party Pleasers

August 12, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Dessert, Mansion, Venue, Wedding. Leave a comment.

Picnic Shoot Sneak Peek

Here’s a sneak peek at our picnic photoshoot!

Simple, yet romantic

Bouquet & Boutonniere: Dream Maker Floral, Picnic Blanket: An Enlightened Event, Photography: Lavender & Twine, Dress: Forever 21, Location: Charter Oaks Park, Camarillo

June 23, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Wedding. 1 comment.

Vote Now!

It’s a new day!  I’ve entered my daughter into a Parenting Magazine photo contest and I need your help in voting for her.  Will you please take a minute to vote?  Thank you!

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June 16, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Wonderful Venue

I attended a Women in Business social last night at the Acacia Mansion in Ojai, CA.  What a beautiful home!  It is a very affordable place to have a wedding – both ceremony and reception.  The best part is that you can have your bridal party stay at the house as well because the home has room for up to 7 couples.  This location accommodates up to 150 guests.  My favorite part is the barn with saloon.  There are also horses and chickens!!!

If you’re already married but want a stay-cation, rent a room at this beautiful place.  You won’t regret it!

June 11, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Mansion, Venue, Wedding. Leave a comment.

1st Birthday

My daughter is turning 1 in less than 2 months!  How fast time flies.  So, I’m planning her big birthday party and trying to not make it overly extravagent.  Catering will be done by one of the vendors I work with – Fresh & Fabulous.  Magda makes awesome food and I’m excited to see what she’s going to be offering as options.

The color scheme?  Abby Cadabby colors! 

I love this tutu outfit and I’m debating whether or not my daughter will actually wear it.  I know it would look super cute on her though!


Finally, my wonderful brother will be designing cupcake toppers! Well, I’ll be the one who gets to print them out and cut them but he’ll design them.  These toppers are being used for inspiration.

Well, that’s all I have for now.  I love planning…

June 2, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Other Events. Leave a comment.

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