Lynn and Matthew's Beautiful Pink Nixon Library Wedding

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I just love cool couples, and Lynn and Matthew were exactly that.  They allowed themselves to be "in the moment" throughout their wedding day, and they enjoyed every detail... and so did we!  Congratulations, Lynn and Matthew! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.  Thanks to to Studio EMP for the wonderful photos.  

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A Swellegant Secret: Conscious Bean is the Perfect Finishing Detail for your Event

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A Swellegant Secret:  Conscious Bean.  I love when someone is incredibly passionate about their business, and this experience is just SO over the top fabulous, that I have to take the time to share!  As I write this at 5:48 AM, with no coffee in hand, I'm dreaming of Matthew and his crew showing up on my doorstep. If you're considering adding a memorable detail to your event, look no further.  Here's what Matthew says about Conscious Bean.  His description may be a bit long, but that's what happens when you're truly passionate about your business!

"Its the details that make an event truly special. The attention to the little things that really make you say wow. Recently I had the pleasure of working with a vendor who made me say wow. Simply the coolest, most amazing coffee service ever... Conscious Bean (but the owner refers to it as an organic pop up boutique cafe.) The attention to detail made Conscious Bean truly special. First off, the chrome equipment gleamed against the reclaimed dark hardwood bar. While the fresh ingredients floating in glass bottles brought life and warmth to the rich surface. The barista seemed very at home behind the iron framed bar. Like a craftsman behind his workbench he individually tailoring drinks to each guests desire. Every ingredient chosen with care and intention. The entire 53 drink menu had something for coffee and tea lovers, sweet tooths, those who don’t like coffee and even as a dairy bar for kids! The drinks were not only organic, but all the flavorings were homemade from true, genuine ingredients, free of chemicals and additives. The products were all biodegradable, reusable or renewable and if that wasn’t enough, the entire thing condenses down into a shiny black Toyota Prius! Yes, a Prius. The barista explained to me the special attention they pay to the water they use, but I was slightly mesmerized by his dashing smile, I digress.

 One way or another, I was genuinely impressed by definitively the coolest...coffee station, espresso stand, cappuccino cart, brew bar…whatever it is, whatever you choose to call Conscious Bean, it is truly fabulous. A shining testament to what is possible from honestly caring about the details. Their slogan is “The finest the earth has to offer.” the owner, Matthew Evilsizor said "We bring the best to your lips, so those lips will offer the same love to the world.” I found that very fitting. The mocha I had, literally warmed my soul. It was made with an organic whole milk in a glass bottle (how cool is that!) from Straus Creamery (they also offer and organic almond or hemp milk but the Straus milk made maybe the smoothest creamiest froth I’ve ever had), a rich but smooth espresso roasted like it was created specifically to be paired with the organic fair-trade dutched baking chocolate and raw cane sugar. Heaven in a cup, no whip cream need. The drink was well balanced. I could taste each delicious element of my glorious libation. I had to go back for another. Studying the menu I came across a Hug. Lets just say, I thought nothing could be better than the mocha, and I was wrong. If you haven’t yet been privy to Conscious Bean, you better get on it. Worth every penny and good to the last drop. Conscious Bean will make you say wow."

Gorgeous Couple + Gorgeous Day at The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel = Perfection

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Once Rachel saw the gorgeous view for her wedding at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, she knew it would be perfect for Oren and her!  Aaaahhhh... that view truly is one of a kind. They were so much in love, and had such a fun Bridal party, that we wanted to share a few photos to highlight their special day.

Check out Rachel's gorgeous dress!  Amazing.

Congratulations, once again, Rachel and Oren!  A lifetime of happiness to you.

Special thanks to :The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel and Michael and Anna Costa and all of the other incredible partners who made Rachel and Oren's wedding so special.

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Iconic Hollywood Meets 2014 =The Latest in Trend Setting Wedding Designs

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The latest wedding trends for 2014?  Take a look at creative brilliance at work at our latest photo shoot.   We hope it provides 2014 Inspiration for Wedding Couples.     It truly is all in the details.  Our "Art Begets Art" shoot was a collaboration of the Best of the Best of So Cal.  We received inspiration from fashion and art, and had an entire showroom to create some really cool work.    Take one detail from this shoot, and imagine YOUR possibilities! Behind the scenes?  What really happens at a photo shoot?  It was a bunch of creative brilliant talents working their magic on a huge deadline. The team created three incredible vignettes.   I marveled at the intricate details in what happens when the set takes place.  If you're in a creative field, you know the feeling... you want to make everything perfect.  If you're an analytical type, you'd really understand the logistics that it takes to put something like this together.

And, that, is what, at Swellegant, we do for fun.  

A special thanks to: Formdecor Furniture Rental,  Shawna Yamamoto, Jim Kennedy Photographers, La Tavola Fine Linen Rental,  Blush Bridal Couture, Design Visage, Friar Tux Shop, and Town and Country Rentals.


Endless Wedding Possibilities at the Island Hotel Newport Beach

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At this breathtaking white gala shoot at the Island Hotel, we all had fun arranging the perfect decor, the most wonderful food, and creating the perfect photo shoot.   It takes inredible work to put together all of the best partners in Orange County, and we're happy to work with the best! The Island Hotel Newport Beach for their beautiful venue

Bloombox Designs and www.invitingoccasion.com  for their creativity and partnership

Wildflower Linens for the beautiful chair covers

La Tavola Linens

Signature Party Rentals for the perfect linens

The Event Company Orange County for their incredible attention to detail with lighting

Girl Friday Designs for the invitation suite

Marshall Williams Photography for the stunning photographs

Christopher Todd Studios for photography

Stay tuned for more incredible work from the best in Orange County!

A Romantic Temecula Engagement Shoot to A Beautiful Newport Beach Wedding

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Engagement session in Temecula and Wedding in Newport Beach?  Yes, please! We loved planning with Lisa and Bill.  Their wedding ceremony took place  at the gorgeous  Our Lady Queen of Angels and their incredible one of a kind  transformation reception took place at  the Legion Hall in Newport Beach. WHO KNEW that this space had such a gorgeous water view?   Special thanks to DPS for making Lisa and Bill's vision into a reality.

Lisa and Bill... they're wonderful, wise, and have a great future ahead.

Special thanks to the wonderful Jo Distaso for these images.


Gorgeous Oceanfront San Clemente Wedding

Hidden spots in San Clemente create some of the most perfect beach front locations along the coast, and  Adri and Chase found a great hidden location known to so few.     We LOVED creating a one of a kind wedding for our friend and  industry colleague, Adri, and her uber cool husband, Chase.   The dream team was in full force on their wedding day. Special thanks to: Jason's Catering, Visions Entertainment, A Motion Video Production, Studio EMP, Signature Party Rentals, Now Flip This, Tustin Florist, and Sweet and Saucy Shoppe for everything!

Best 2013 Event Moments from Swellegant

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Time flies when you're having fun!   Beautiful Weddings.  Styled Shoots.   Mitzvahs.   Non-Profit,  Corporate Events,  Birthday Parties, and our first Annual LOVE reunion celebrating our past clients, we loved turning your  2013 moments into lifelong memories. Thanks to YOU, the best clients in the world.  It's tough to pick from all of the events of the year, so I'd like to share a few of my most meaningful and beautiful moments with you.

A very special thank you to all of my trusted partners in the industry, for making my job so easy.  Thanks to  Studio EMP, Jim Kennedy Photographers, Christopher Todd Studios, Jo Distaso, and Mayra Fiori Photography,  Christopher Scott Benoe,   and my IPHONE  for the beautiful photos.

Thank you to The Association of Bridal Consultants Orange County  for the honor of receiving the Joanie Scott Award for Drive, Dedication, and Passion to the Wedding Industry.

Cheers to 2014!  Looking forward to continuing turning your meaningful moments into lifelong memories.


Julia and Amit's Orange County Indian Fusion Wedding Featured in The Knot

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One of the greatest pleasures in my career is to be able to plan and coordinate multiple weddings within a family. I am so lucky to have worked with the Guth family for years. Julia and Amit are the perfect high school sweethearts, and they are making a beautiful life for themselves, now in New York. Remembering their spring wedding with pleasure, and proud to be featured in The Knot -- both online and in print -- for this gorgeous outdoor wedding. Check it out here for details! As always, I could never do it without my incredible vendor partners:

Studio EMPBloombox DesignsColettes EventsLisa NickersonForty One TwentyLake Forest LimoCapital Photo BoothDolce GelatoNordstrom Personal Shopper, and My Team at Swellegant.

Location provided by Coconut Rose.

Island Hotel Bat Mitzvah for the One and Only Halie Rose

The One and Only Halie Rose =  A Teenager who has it all together! It was our honor to help with the creation of a perfect evening for Halie Rose.  The combination of a wonderful family, incredible venue, and the best partners in the industry  made everything so super swellegant.

Check out the photos below for a little glimpse into Halie Rose' evening.

A Swellegant Brunch at Form Decor with Trendsetting Rental Furniture

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We were honored  to partner with  the uber cool Form Decor Warehouse to co- host a Swellegant Brunch to showcase potential vignettes for YOU, our favorite clients.  It was a great morning with the best in the industry, and, of course, there was a great photo bomb in the mix!  Special thanks to: Form DecorZov's Restaurants,  Christopher TODD Studios,  AVX Audio VisualCommemory Painted Textured MemoriesNight Owl ProductionsAs You Wish EventsThe Shop @ ShowReady for your partnership.

Sandra and Ilai~ A Gorgeous Summer Richard Nixon Library Wedding

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Sometimes, ONE photo can take your breath away. Julio Cesar Photography caught that image for Sandra and Ilai at The Richard Nixon Library at their gorgeous summer  wedding.   The  photo only took a few seconds,  and we we so happy to make sure that Sandra and Ilai were able to slip away into the final sunset of their day.

We wish Sandra and Ilai a  lifetime of happiness, and we're thankful for having the opportunity to work with them at every stage of their wedding planning process.  They were a beautiful, gracious couple ( Think Jackie O and JFK) who honored their families and their friends

Special thanks to our trusted industry partners:

Richard Nixon Library and BirthplaceJason's Catered EventsA Wish and a Whisk BakeryTustin Florist,, Oscar Payan Band, Visions EntertainmentLake Forest Limousine, Inc. Girl Friday Designs ,Design Visage

Stay tuned for something quite " Outside the Wedding Box"  on TV from Sandra and Ilai.  It will make you giggle, for sure.

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Eric's Monte Carlo Bar Mitzvah at The Westin South Coast Plaza

We had a fabulous time working with this incredible family to create a "one of a kind" unique Bar Mitzvah for the talented and brilliant Eric.  The  design allowed the adults to dine in elegance with beautiful draping and unique, elegant florals , while the young adults dined under a tented ceiling treatment.   When the dancing began, it didn't stop all night!  The cool seamless white dance floor with a customized logo wowed the guests. The colors of red, silver, and black were carried out in everything from the graphics to customized poker chip favors to the late night candy station.

Congratulations, Eric!  It was awesome being part of your weekend celebration

A special thanks to all of the wonderful vendors who made this event possible:

Congregation B'Nal IsraelGirl Friday DesignsGourmet CaterersNew Frontier CoffeeSignature Party RentalsYou Should Be DancingVisions entertainment,  Plug VideoWestin South Coast PlazaBloom Box DesignsRon Levy PhotographyCapital Photo BoothCandee by SandeeDesign Visage 

Catering Manager + Wedding Planner = Your Perfect Wedding Day

You’re engaged!  Congratulations!  First steps, of course, will be to spend time searching for the perfect venue and call a professional wedding planner.   Simple advice?  Call your wedding planner first, and then search for the perfect venue. When you find the perfect venue, your Catering Manager will be fabulous at providing the following:

  • A tour of the venue
  • A menu consultant and coordinator for everything related to food and beverage
  • Arranging and taking detailed notes at your menu tasting and giving you  great advice about menu selections
  • Detailing what’s called the BEO (Banquet Event Order) for everyone on staff at your venue
  • Creating room layouts and venue designs
  • Acting as the liason between venue, wedding planner, and you
  • Creating a cost breakdown for your financial commitments to venue
  • Providing a staff member to make sure that all venue details are carried out according to the Banquet Event Order

When you hire a Professional Wedding Planner, they will be fabulous at providing the following:

  • Assistance and advice with overall budget (venue is typically 50 -65% of total wedding budget
  • Tools to help move things along, including a personalized planning checklist for your wedding year and a list of preferred vendors.
  • The ability to relax and leave the vendor details to us- communication with your wedding vendors, review your vendor contracts, create a minute-to-minute wedding day timeline for them to follow, as well as specific load-in, load-out instructions.
  •  Complete orchestration of your wedding rehearsal and a final review with all wedding participants, including the officiant, bridal party and wedding couple.
  • A day-of-ceremony and reception packing list so that nothing gets missed
  • Reminders and instructions for Wedding Party so that they know exactly what is expected
  • Creation of Wedding Ceremony and Wedding Reception timeline
  • Providing a wide variety of Vendor Referrals, and many cases, discounts on many local vendors
  • Complete oversight of wedding ceremony and reception setup including personal items
  • Overall responsibility before, during, and after your wedding for all details

Catering Managers work hand in hand daily with Wedding Planners, and in doing so, we create a perfect environment for your perfect wedding.

A Sneak Preview of a Gorgeous Orange County Blended Indian and Western Wedding at the Santiago Canyon Mansion

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Here's a fabulous sneak preview of the gorgeous Orange County blended Indian and Western wedding at the Santiago Canyon mansion.   Julia and Amit, brilliant, gorgeous, and true soul mates, created an incredible day that will be remembered for a lifetime. Thanks to Forty One Twenty for their highlight video. Stay tuned for more to come.   See the video here!

Thank you so much to:

Studio EMP  for your incredible photography and partnership.

Bloombox Designs  for your beautiful designs and creative collaboration.

Colettes Events for the catering and collaboration.

Lisa Nickerson for the beautiful makeup.

Forty One Twenty for the beautiful video.

Lake Forest Limo for the perfection in transportation.

Capital Photo Booth for the fun, warm and professional photo booth.

Dolce Gelato for the best gelato in the universe.

My inside connection with my favorite Nordstrom Personal Shopper for the emergency last minute clothing additions for the groom.

And of course, the full service  planning and coordination by My Team at Swellegant.

Location provided by Coconut Rose.

Royal Purple and Gold Styled Shoot at the Island Hotel

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Our team had an awesome time at  The Island Hotel in Newport Beach creating a vision that hopefully, will inspire you to create your fabulous event.  Purple and gold inspirations created a beautiful swellegant look.Thank you to our vendor partners.

Inviting Occasion for the beautiful design

The Island Hotel for your fabulous location

Girl Friday Designs for invitation suite

Christopher Todd Studios for the beautiful photographs

Marshall Williams Photography for the stunning photographs

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Top 10 Moments YOU should have on your Wedding Day

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As a seasoned wedding planner who has been honored to be part of weddings for more than 10 years, I’ve love to share my Top 10 Moments YOU should have on your Wedding Day.

1)       A great breakfast with your wedding party and family.  Whether you’re getting your make-up done, or out for a round of golf, don’t forget to eat.  It’s going to be a long day!

2)      An exchange of card and/or gifts with each other.  Nothing feels better when you have a few jitters than when you have the words from your fiancée before the ceremony.

3)      A private first look with one another.  That moment trumps all others, and will allow you to be completely calm when the ceremony begins.   I’ve seen the very best photos of the day coming from that moment.

4)      A pre-ceremony toast or prayer with your bridal party.  Take a deep breath, raise your glass or bow your head, and take a moment to thank those closest to you.

5)      A great LONG walk down the aisle.  Look around at your venue, and choose the longest walk possible.  You only get to do this once.  Why not make it count?

6)      THE Kiss.  Make it matter.  Take your time.  Lips are a great thing to be celebrated.

7)      Your first dance.  Whether you love to dance, or hate to dance, it really doesn’t matter in this moment.  Get some dance lessons prior to your wedding, choose a timeless or meaningful song, and relish the moment.

8)      Thank you speech to your guests.  Take a quick moment to thank your family and friends at your cake cutting.  It is a wonderful time to thank those who made your big day possible.

9)      Your LAST dance.  Breathe.   Look around, and take in the last moments of your day.

10)   Your send off.  Sparklers?  Fireworks?  Confetti Blast?  Motorcycle or Rolls Royce?  Honeymoon clothes?  Personalize it and make it your own.

Bethany Thomas, an Inspiration who Creates Beautiful Art for Wedding Days

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Art begets Art, and I have recently been inspired by personalities, nature  and paintings.  (My husband likes when I am inspired by personalities, and nature rather than paintings, smile inserted here.)   When your wedding day has personalities, why not create something beautiful to turn your moments into memories?    Your wedding guests will LOVE looking at incredible art as part of your wedding day, and I have to give a huge Shout out to Bethany Thomas  who is an artist who knows how to personalize your wedding in a whole new way!    A trend-setting idea that can be a great element for any wedding, corporate, or non-profit event!  

It's the Start of Something New at a Wedding for Two! An Intimate Wedding in Laguna Beach

Congratulations to Rich and Michelle!  They're a match made in heaven. It is super special to plan an intimate ceremony and dinner for two, and this is the first time in my career that I have been asked to plan a wedding for two people with no other guests ( I signed as a witness for the ceremony).  Behind the scenes, it required  a lot of work!  (and happily so).

My friends have asked, "So, how to you plan a ceremony for two?"  What do two people really need to get married?  Here's my answer:  a lot!  Coordinating any event requires work and time, and that's why my team need to LOVE what they do.

Here's how it goes:  Hair and make up at 2,  photography at 3, first look at 4,  drive to the beach at 4:30,... etc, while all of the magic is happening behind the scenes....

Every wedding couple should have transportation,  flowers, a beautiful table, photography, an incredible place to stay, and,  of course, a beautiful sunset!  Great desserts should be, of course,  are the piece de resistance.

This is how we made the magic happen for Rich and Michelle:   We worked HARD and  have the best partners in the Orange County Wedding World,

including: Bloom Blox Designs

La Tavola Linens

The Island Hotel

Jo Distaso Photography

Ido Cam

Lake forest Limo

Congratulations and best wishes!