Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Knot Networking Party - San Antonio 2009

Ok, last post for the day!

Diamonds & Dreams has been chosen as this year's coordination firm for the Knot San Antonio Party. We could not be more excited and we're gearing up for a great party! WE've been scheming with our regional rep, Cindy Elley and Susan DiHarce from the Knot's corporate division and we've chosen the fabulous McNay Art Museum as the venue of choice.

September 29, 2009 is Party day and we've got such great plans already laid out! We have a ton of great vendors already lined up and just finetuning some of the details to make the date perfect.

We will also be gathering food gifts for our charity of choice, the SA Food Bank! Heather at the food bank has been incredible and we're looking forward to hitting our goal of 1/2 ton of food to help them with their annual goal! Partygoers....that's only 5 lbs of food per head! We can do it! :)

Watch out for photos as soon as party is over!!!

Kristie, Christine, Andrea, Jennifer...

Hi again!

Teresa Sandvig, with Elan Imaging is pretty fast at getting photos back to me of the events we share (thanks girl!) and they are always great shots! Look at the beautiful job she did with Kristie and Andrea...

Kristie & Robert (ceremony and reception at Southwest School of Art & Craft) and their family were a blast to work with! The wedding was amazing (yes, I cried) and Kristie and Robert make such a handsome couple....I have created a gallery on my website, if you want to see a few more!

Then we had Christine and Rick. This couple was stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan respectively/simultaneously and we did planning from very VERY AFAR! lol.....we wound up moving venues (the guest count grew!) and so we were able to play at the Menger Hotel for ceremony and then hopped over to Pat O'briens for a fun reception! Black, ivory, gold and soft pinks....We draped the Josephine room (pretty on its own but we love to enhance!) and gave it a much more elegant look! Crystal (sales mgr) at pat's was awesome to work with and was SOOOO flexible and Doreen at the Menger, is always eager to help as well!

Andrea and Daniel.....another UNIQUE couple....married at the Marquardt ranch in Boerne. They wanted "earthy" tones and a very relaxed day, so we opted for apple green and luscious chocolate and the venue could not have been any better! Their guests had a great time and the couple was so relaxed all weekend! Thanks to Mandy at the Marquardt for making us feel so welcome! And she's pretty good at hustling those processionals along too!

Next up, Jennifer and John...oh my gawd, these two were so much fun! I don't think there was anything they didn't want on their day! We incorporated 4 forms of travel (limo, chartered bus (trolley broke down!), double decker tourist bus and of course, a river barge)! Ceremony was at the UIW chapel and Weston Centre was their reception site. The couple are avid outdoorspeople, so everything we did was "nature" based... Casa Sol was the caterer of choice (wow did they pull off a great event!) and Signature Ice did a fabulous Double Ice Luge for us (cowboy boots, state of Texas and watermelon martinis rushing thru! yuuuuuuuummmmy!). We had jr dancers come in and entertain with some really great dancing (not folklorico, not flamenco, but true Mexican Folk dancing)....the kids...ranging in age from 7 yrs to 17yrs were absolutely flawless and the costumes amazing! The weston centre loved the set up so much, they have placed it on their website for the new virtual tour! A New Leaf and my buddy Margaret Dodson BUILT two 7' trees to enhance our venue (we needed nature INSIDE), and my roomies, Ambiance Floral and event design team, Gene Weston and Tony Ferro did all other florals.... Linens were by A Touch of Elegance out of New Braunfels and PHilip Thomas did the amazing photos and I have to tell you, he was really great to work with! Check out some of his work below!

Upcoming in 2009 we have: Julianne, Vanessa, Veronica, Sarah, Amy, Katie, Mary...these are proving to be some really great events too....will keep you posted as they occur! We're even getting to do a baby shower for one of our past clients...I love the baby showers!!

And we've booked into 2011 already! Life just doesn't get any better than this!

More randomness

Ok, let's see, next up was a couple of weddings we did and some more photos!

We recently did a very revised consulting/coordination wedding. As most of you know, we can handle any and all aspects of a wedding/event......from decor, to lighting, finding vendors for anything from linens to furnishings, running errands, etc.

We received a call from a bride stating she had almost everything under control, for a very small wedding, but she just didn't have time (nor the energy) to run her ranch AND a wedding on event day! Could we find her cake, chairs and tossing petals, a unity candle, flowers, ceremony music, clergy and then make sure all was set up/broken down on wedding day? She wanted to do everything else and.....feed her horses! lol

We did just that! Wedding was held in Boerne at the Gazebo in Main Plaza and the bride looked stunning and the small group then dined at Cypress Grill and all stayed at the adjoining hotel right in Boerne.......I didn't get any photos, but did snag this one from Rev. Garner of Moonstruck Weddings........she's such a fun pastor!! If you need clergy, call Carol, she is really FAB!!
Congratulations Kellie and Bradley.....and you know, she never did say if she fed those horses!

Random order

hello all!

I'm not posting this in any particular order, I just want to do it before I get run over by more business!!!

Let's see, first on my mind was one of my staff's recent wedding...Actually, Erin is more than staff, she's the mom to my granddaughter..Megan!

Erin and Ted had planned their event for november, but for personal reasons, decided to move their date up a bit (they'll have a big party later, but for now...let's get hitched!).

Erin's father, Jeff Landon and step mom, Terri Landon, hosted a grand event in their beautiful home and created a small oasis in their back yard. It was sweltering hot, but one thing for sure, civil ceremonies are QUICK and we were all grateful for that!

Erin's three daughters (Faith, Megan, and Kylie) were her attendants and Ted, fiance extraordinaire flew solo for the day! I tried to wrangle a few photos of "processional" but I gotta tell you, those kids are FAST! That's why I consult, I'm definitely NOT a photographer!

Anyway, here are a couple of photos of the couple on their day...congratulations TED/ERIN Manganello.....and new family...looking forward to a great reception in November!

Cake was from The Cake Shop (stone oak location) and I didn't taste it, but I did transport it and I have to tell smelled heavenly!!!

As always, Erin, you stole the show! You and the girls are beautiful! (you're cute too Ted!)

Adorn Brides Partnering with us!!

Hi all!!

Yes, yes, I know.....I'm slow as molasses keeping up with the blog...I apologize, but I do have some great news!

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Huh? You haven't heard of Adorn Brides? Well, let me introduce you!

As a consultant I love love love beautiful things...but as a human being entrenched in a pretty serious recession, I can't afford those beautiful things as readily anymore, (as I'm sure most of you can relate as well).

Well, it seems that Adorn Brides has come to the rescue for my clients (and hundreds of clients nationwide!). Adorn Brides RENT their beautiful EXPENSIVE diamond, pearl, and other precious gems for your big day (or anniversary or galas or whatever kind of celebration you have) at a FRACTION of the cost of buying! Hollywood stars have been doing this for years...its YOUR turn.

Can you imagine?? Their pieces are stunning.....nothing costume here. NO cubics, no crystals.....D I A M O N D S!! I love diamonds! :)

Anyway, we've partnered with Adorn in an attempt to help you save money and still look fabulous on wedding day.

Please mention our promo code (its in the coupon on the right hand corner of our blog) and the already low prices get dropped another 10% (hey, every percent you can save today is more money for something else on your day!).

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Happy shopping!