Tuesday, August 11, 2009

An intimate dinner party wedding

Saul and Melissa
June 20, 2009
Malibu, CA
(all photos courtesy of Michael Segal Photography)

Saul and Melissa's wedding took place at a private estate in Malibu, CA. They exchanged vows in front of an intimate gathering of friends and family on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific. Although the day started with rain showers, the clouds cleared in the afternoon just in time for the festivities to begin!
The couple had this custom platter made to commemorate the day. Their DIY programs doubled as fans to help keep guests cool in the summer sun.
The bride's romantic, lacy gown is by Claire Pettibone and matched the setting perfectly.

Tray passed hors d'Ĺ“uvres were served to guests both before the ceremony and during the cocktail hour. These delicious morsels were created by Jennifer Naylor Catering.

Classic Party Rentals provided two long wooden tables to create an intimate dinner party feel. The gorgeous flowers in a palette of white and green were created by Eric Haig Florals.

Vegan cupcakes as well as a variety of granitas were served for dessert.

These simple, yet chic tins were given to guests as favors. Each one contained a personal, hand written note written by the bride and groom.

The bluffs over Malibu provided a stunning backdrop for the couples' portraits. Photographer Michael Segal captured these stunning pictures.

Location: Private Malibu estate
Photography: Michael Segal
Florals: Erik Haig
Valet Parking: Valet of the Dolls
Bride's attire: Claire Pettibone

Monday, August 10, 2009

Why Hire a DOC?

I just finished reading a post over on Weddingbee.com (one of my favorite wedding blogs) and it made me so sad. This bee decided not to hire a DOC and is clearly regretting her decision.

It seems like I am hearing that a lot lately. People ask me, "If my venue comes with a coordinator, why do I need to hire a DOC?" Well, in my experience, the venue coordinator is usually there to oversee their aspect of your wedding day. Whether that only involves the site itself, or it also includes food, drink, rentals, etc....that leaves a lot of vendors and parts of your wedding day, for all intents and purposes, unsupervised. Who is going to set out those menus that you were up all night printing on your gocco? And what about the placecards, programs, DIY centerpeices? Also, who is going to be there to make sure that all the other vendors are there on time and ready go? The venue coordinator is usually too busy with their specific responsibilities to worry about all the other vendors involved. Not to mention, the venue coordinator usually leaves long before the reception is over. And that leaves your friends and family to stay and clean up at the end of a long day.

And I totally understand the thought that your family and friends are anxious to help and they'll all be there to help set up. However, most venues have strict times allotments for set up and tear down time. If you can't start setting up until 2 hours before the ceremony begins, when are your friendors (friends / vendors) going to change and get themselves ready for the wedding?

Believe me, when I was getting married, I also had that brief moment of....No, we can do this ourselves. And, our venue came with a coordinator! But, ultimately I have to practice what I preach. I hired someone to do all of those things. She was fantastic and never once did I worry what was happening over at the venue while I was at the hotel getting my hair and makeup done. I was able to relax, knowing that someone was in charge.

I really believe every single couple getting married deserves at least this one day off. Let someone else take the reins and giver yourself, and your friends and family a break:)

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Schedule Update

I need to give a big hug and thank you to all my past brides and grooms....word of mouth about Tealight has been spreading like wildfire and my year is starting to book up!

I am currently booked for the months of April and May, with limited dates available for June! So if you are interested in booking your 2009 wedding date, email me soon!

We have a winner!

Thanks you to all those who entered the Holiday Contest! I picked a winner on Christmas Eve .... the lovely Tanya who is getting married this September at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. She's a sweetheart and was soooo excited to win. And I cannot wait for her wedding, it's going to be beautiful!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tealight Weddings Holiday Contest!

Hello all! In celebration of the launch of the Tealight Weddings & Events website and blog we are giving one lucky couple $400 off of our Day of Coordination package! This package normally starts at $800 which means you can get our sevices for as low as $400! Click here to see what's included. All you need to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post and let me know your date and why you need a coordinator! If we are available for your date, your entry will be entered into a random drawing, with the winner announced on Christmas Day! This contest is limited to weddings taking place in Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange Counties. The deadline is midnight, December 24, 2008....so post your comment now!

p.s. Don't forget to include your email address so I can contact the winner!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Carolina Herrera Bridal Sample Sale!

For those of you still on the hunt for that perfect dress, check out the Carolina Herrera Sample Sale next weekend, Friday and Saturday December 5 & 6, 2008. If you thought you couldn't afford your dream, couture wedding gown, think again! These samples are from past and current collections and are between 30 - 75 % off! Appointments aren't necessary, but you can call to get your name on the list.

Carolina Herrera
8441 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 782-9090

Friday, November 21, 2008

Divine Design 2008 is almost here!

Looking for that perfect dress to wear to your bridal shower or rehearsal dinner? For the past few years I've been getting amazing deals at Divine Design and I am always amazed at how many people don't know about it. Divine Design is a 4-day sale featuring clothes, shoes, sunglasses, beauty products, etc. at 50%-90% off. Items are donated by top designers such as DKNY, Calvin Klein and Diane von Furstenberg. The proceeds benefit Project Angel Food which feeds people affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. It's a win-win!

The sale takes place December 4th through the 8th, with the savings growing each day. Tickets are $25, but they are also offering a $10 off coupon and a chance to win a 2009 Toyota Prius.