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BRIDES TO BE March 4th Bride World Expo Sunday

Thursday, Mar. 1st 2018

BIGGEST SHOW of the year in Orange County – coming Sunday March 4th, 2018

at Sheraton Park Hotel
1855 S. Harbor Blvd. Anaheim CA 92802

Irises Designs will be showing their decorating trends and seasonal colors at Bride World expo at the Sheraton Park Hotel on Sunday, March 4th. Meet their decorators in person, find great inspiration, and shop up to 100 wedding professionals at the biggest and best Orange County bridal show and expo. ❤ Head to, click Register to Attend and use Promo Code 21WC54 to get 5 FREE ADMISSIONS!

Daniel + Arielle’s Real Wedding

Tuesday, Oct. 24th 2017

This Summer, Daniel and Arielle tied the knot and officially became Mr. & Mrs. It was a Cali-Country dream wedding at the stunning Giracci Vineyards and Farms. When we first arrived, a horse galloped along contently in the corral, boots worn by all (including the bride!) and wine barrels marked the entry down the aisle of the ceremony site. It was the perfect setting. Tucked away in Santiago Canyon is this hidden gem of a venue. The staff was incredibly sweet and flexible and went out of their way to make sure their wedding day was perfect.

Arielle, as sweet as can be, was never without a smile the whole day. She had her four sisters, one sis-in-law, and her childhood bestie as her bridal entourage and even more dear friends she wanted to add. It’s very telling of someone’s character with that many close friends.

We planned a First Look under the Pepper trees for just the two of them. The expression on Daniel’s face when he saw his bride for the first time was priceless! Both bursting with love and joy for each other.

Daniel surprised Ariel with a small statue of a man and woman riding horses and even the horses look in love. This gift was a replica of their wedding cake topper.

A heart-shaped wreath, suspended in the tree, hung above Daniel and Arielle as they said their vows. My favorite quote from Arielle’s personal vows was: “I’ve seen you at your best, and I’ve seen you at your worst, and I choose both”
After the ceremony, guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, lawn games like corn hole and a “kissing booth” photo booth hand built by Daniel.

The reception was held inside the big red barn. The room was lit with chandeliers and market lights, and accented with bright floral centerpieces elegantly on all white linens. There was no shortage of good food and people on the dance floor. The DJ kept the night going with line dancing mixed with some two-step and pop music. As a late night treat they had a donut stand where you could watch them make you a fresh made mini donut!

Big shout out to this amazing team of vendors:
Venue | Giracci Vineyards | @giraccivineyards
Coordinator | Queen Tut Events | @queentutevents
Catering | Canyon Catering | @canyoncatering
Rentals | Signature Party Rentals | @sigpartyrentals
Florist | Designs by Tricia | @designsbytricia
Hair & Makeup | Flawless Faces Inc. | @flawlessfacesinc
Officiant | Hrag Marganian
Dress Designer | Hayley Paige | @blushbyhayleypaige
Dress Store | Blush Bridal Coutoure | @blushbridalcouture
DJ | Silvertunes Entertainment | @silvertunesent
Videographer | Olivia Jane Artistry | @olivia_jane_
Photographer | Wheeland Photography | @wheelandphoto

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10 Must Have Items On Your Wedding Day Checklist

Wednesday, Oct. 18th 2017

From Colin Cowie’s website

Colin Cowie Weddings, is a contributor to Orange County Bride magazine

It’s so important for the bride to stay organized before the wedding- keep veils, under garments and jewelry together and on display.

If you have a nagging feeling that an important detail slipped through the cracks on your wedding day, don’t panic! We’ve got you covered with 10 of our must-have items you don’t want to forget and ways to remember them on your big day.

Your Bridal Accessories
These crystal beauties offer huge amounts of glamour in person and in photographs. Set them out somewhere prominent the night before so they don’t get lost in the shuffle.

Your Vows
Unless you’re really amazing at improv and public speaking, vows are an absolute must. Designate someone to hold them for you, like the groom, Maid of Honor or officiant.

Gorgeous Lingerie
You’d be amazed at how confident you feel when you have sexy, lace foundations under your wedding dress. Place them with your wedding dress the night before to keep your entire look together.

Your Ceremony Programs

Ceremony Programs keep guests informed and acknowledge those who have helped make your wedding day happen. Designate someone you trust to distribute them the morning of the ceremony, like your bridesmaid or close relatives of the groom.

Your Favorite Music
If guests are traveling more than 30 minutes to your wedding reception, you’ll want to keep the energy high! Give out CDs of your favorite music at the end of the ceremony or share a playlist prior to your wedding day.

Your Something Blue (And Green)
In addition to something blue, have cash on hand to tip for entertainment, reception staff and transportation. Decide beforehand who will be in charge of tips and plan the amounts ahead of time.

Your Props
Choosing your own props adds a personal touch to the day with gorgeous photos and extra-fun antics on the dance floor. Take the time to make sure you have a “Just Married” sign for photos post-ceremony and boas for the dance floor.

Your Makeup Regimen
After the tears of joy start flowing, you’re going to be itching to reapply your makeup! Designate a time with your MOH for a touchup before the reception starts.

Your Beauty Sleep
No one likes a sleepy bride or raccoon eyes, and both of these things will stress you out on your big day! The night before your wedding, relax and know no amount of stress will keep mishaps from occurring. You’ve got one magical day ahead of you!

–Keely-Shea Smith with Melissa Sullivan


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10 Things to Discuss Before Getting Married

Friday, Oct. 6th 2017

It’s always fun to discuss the excitement of your wedding plans, but what about the not-so-fun topics? Among these are your personal finances and how you plan to handle money matters as a couple.

Unfortunately, a survey of engaged couples by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling “revealed that 68 percent of respondents held negative attitudes toward discussing money with their fiancé, with 5 percent indicating the discussion would cause them to call off the wedding.”

That’s not good. Before you take a vow to share the rest of your life with your significant other, you should have the money talk to determine whether you’re on the same page.

  1. Share your philosophy on money

How do you feel about money? What are your thoughts on how financial affairs should be managed? You should also both disclose what you learned about money as a child to gain a better understanding of your respective views.

Perhaps you were raised by parents who were well off and you routinely live every day as if you had the income to support the lifestyle of your youth. If you fit the bill, marrying a saver could result in conflict. How will you work this out?

  1. Chat about credit reports and scores

After you’re married, you will continue to have your own credit file, but you may also share joint accounts — like credit cards, car loans and a mortgage. If your partner has bad credit, that will negatively affect the interest rate you get on joint accounts.

Discuss why your credit scores are high or low, and how you can go about improving a bad credit score.

  1. Disclose financial obligations

Is your money being spent in places that your partner is unaware of? Now’s the time to come clean and discuss all arrangements, such as charitable contributions to relatives, child support or alimony payments.

Other outstanding obligations, such as auto loans, student loans and credit card debt, should also be disclosed.

  1. Set goals

Do you have a list of short-term, mid-range or even long-term financial goals? Have you discussed them in detail with your mate? If not, put everything on the table and determine if you share common goals. At some point, the two of you will need to establish a set of your own.

  1. Budget

If you’re going to spend the rest of your life together, why not learn how to manage your money as a unit? Does one of you wing it while the other sits down each month and creates a detailed spending plan?

There’s no way around it: A budget is an absolute must, or you may find yourself coming up short month after month or, even worse, with a mountain of debt.

Need a little help? Planning an affordable wedding is a great way to get started. After all, do you really want to spend the next five or 10 years paying it off?

  1. Talk about children

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the cost of raising “a child born in 2012 is $241,080 for food, shelter and other necessities over the next 17 years, which translates to about $301,970 when adjusted for inflation.” Of course, there are ways to cut those costs in half.

That being said, are children in your plans? If so, have you developed a timeline and a plan of action to cover the costs associated with parenthood? Those figures above don’t include college, by the way.

  1. Plan for retirement

Assuming you’re together for the long haul, retirement savings will eventually be an important source of income in your household. Do both of you participate in retirement plans at work? If not, make sure that the working spouse is contributing to an IRA for the nonworking spouse.

And while you’re at it, it’s a good idea to look into life insurance policies, both private and employer-sponsored.

  1. Will you have joint or separate accounts?

This potentially sticky topic should also be hashed out before you tie the knot. While a marriage is indeed a union of two parties, some couples decide not to combine their finances and to maintain separate bank accounts.

There are also cases where it’s advisable to have a prenuptial agreement — for instance, when one partner is substantially wealthier than the other and has other heirs to consider. It will also save you a ton of time and money in the event that you divorce and go your separate ways.

  1. Share career plans

How do your career aspirations fit into the overall plans for the marriage? Perhaps one of you will take on a demanding job that will require the other to become a stay-at-home parent and rely solely on one income.

Or maybe you want to start a business, but may need to tap into savings to make ends meet during the startup phase.

Either way, money is involved and the topic needs to be discussed.

  1. What’s your backup plan?

When money gets tight in a marriage, fear or frustration can cause discord. That’s why it’s so important to establish and grow an emergency fund. What’s an ideal cushion? What are the rules for withdrawing funds from the account?

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12 Tips To Ensure Your Wedding Day is Better.

Tuesday, Oct. 3rd 2017


  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.

  1. Plan your “Getting Ready” attire accordingly


When getting hair and makeup done, consider wearing a robe, blouse, or dress shirt instead of a tank-top or something that has to be pulled over your fresh makeup and hair. These types of shirts are easily unbuttoned without doing any damage to hair and makeup.


  1. Grooms, make a list of all the things you need to do before Game Time!


Let’s be honest, the bride has every detail mapped out and bridesmaids are great at helping a bride remember everything that she needs. Grooms just kind of go with the flow and Groomsmen are really helpful in remembering to bring the beer, but less likely to make sure you have all the bases covered. Don’t be that groom forgot that really important thing.


  1. If you bought new shoes for the big day, the big day is probably not the best day to break in your new shoes.


 “I love it when my feet hurt” said no bride ever. Sore and painful feet can make you cranky. Nobody likes a cranky bride. Even if its just around the house a few times, walk around in the new shoes to stretch them out a bit. Your feet will thank you 10 hours later on the wedding day.

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Tips to Ensure you Enjoy Your Wedding Day

Friday, 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

Tuesday, 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.

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Colors and Trends For Your Wedding Invitations

Monday, 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

Saturday, 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

Wednesday, 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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