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A Guest Post from our Friends at Zola!

You’re engaged; congratulations! Once the initial shock has worn off, it’s time to get serious about wedding planning. There are so many things to consider – the venue, how many guests, the dress, the list goes on and on! Before you get too overwhelmed, my best piece of advice would be to hire a wedding planner.According to a survey conducted by online registry Zola, approximately 20% of couples regretted not hiring a wedding planner. Even though hiring a planner is...

Questions to Ask Your Caterer

As planners, we are asked so many questions by our couples during planning, but sometimes we like to offer advice before it’s asked (or you even think to ask!). We assembled some of our top questions to ask your caterer during an initial catering meeting or tasting. These questions will keep the lines of communication clear and help to avoid any ‘I didn’t know that’ moments right before or during your wedding reception. This list is...

Real Wedding: Allison and Matt

When we met Allison and Matt they had decided on the barn at Strawberry Farms Golf Club for their wedding day- a sweet, rustic venue with tons of character. The couple held their intimate ceremony outside in front of only their closest family and friends, surrounded by blush and lavendar florals by The Bloom of Time. They continued their rustic celebration with cornhole boards during cocktail hour. The rustic theme carried on into their reception with vintage books and antiques,...

Real Wedding: Jenn and Bryan Part 3: Welcome Home Celebration

Jenn & Bryan celebrated their I Do’s with an intimate wedding in Maui, but they wanted to celebrate with all their family and friends back home in Orange County. We decided to theme the event Bringing Hawaii Home to help recreate some of the touches of Hawaii and allow the guests to feel like they were a part of their special day; all while hosting a ridiculously fun celebration full of dancing. To start, Lovely Paper Things...

Jenn and Bryan’s Wedding Weekend Part 1: Pineapple Inspired Rehearsal Dinner

For Jenn and Bryan’s Maui rehearsal dinner we wanted to achieve a modern spin on tropical using some of Hawaii’s local favorites, especially the famous pineapple. We did not want to overshadow their wedding so we kept the centerpieces simple with the focal point being the pineapple accented by elephant leaves and other local, tropical greens. Our favorite touch to the evening was the custom pineapple napkin favors created by Letter Craft. The guests enjoyed live...

Sam & Mike, Whetstone Winery Elopement

After many wedding planning attempts, Sam and Mike went back and forth on dates and locations and were engaged for over two years when a night out to dinner with friends changed everything. They were exhausted from all of the attempts at planning and trying to make everyone involved happy. They were out to dinner with some friends who told them they were headed out to Napa the following weekend to celebrate their anniversary. Fast forward to...

Real Wedding: Sara and Dave, Featured on Style Me Pretty

I may have said it before, but the greatest compliment is a referral, and it reminds me why I do what I do. These two attorney’s were a referral from past clients and we immediately hit it off. Sara and Dave wanted their wedding to be a meaningful celebration where their friends and family could truly enjoy the best of sunny So Cal. We happened upon their dream wedding venue- Cielo Farms Winery– entirely by accident....

Top 3 Bride & Groom Must-Have Accessories

Your wedding day fashion doesn’t stop just at ‘the dress’ and the best fitting tux. Brides and grooms, take notes on some of our favorite his and hers accessories for your wedding day. (Hint: these also make great bridal party gifts!) Ladies first:   1. Bridal Party Robes & Outfits- Plum Pretty Sugar continues to set the standard for these pretty robes, wearable lingerie and accessories. Your maids will thank you for something they’ll actually use again,...

5 Things You Would Never Think To Ask a Wedding Planner

So, you’re engaged. Congratulations! And you’ve decided to hire a wedding planner. Kudos!! But who? And how do you differentiate? Leafing through magazines, scrolling through blogs, chatting with friends — each planner is different in their style, business and personality. All of which must jive with you and your fiancé, your wedding, and your budget. There are lots of questions to ask when interviewing your potential wedding planner before hiring them, like: • How do you...

Best Man, Best Behavior

Oh boy, do we have a treat for you today on our blog. When guest writer Josh Womack first reached out to me I was excited not only because he is from my hometown of Cleveland but because he understands the importance of a heartfelt yet humorous toast at a weddings.  I have seen first hand the anxiety on the best men and maid of honors faces when giving them the two minute warning.   I have...

Real Wedding: Lisa and Andrew featured on Style Unveiled

Lisa and Andrew were married at gorgeous Montage Laguna Beach. Lisa and Andrew wanted a elegant, black tie affair with breathtaking ocean views for their jewish ceremony and this is exactly what they got.  We loved everything about this wedding from the ombre centerpieces, surprise Dodgers groom cake and custom gobo on the dance floor. This beautiful Montage Laguna Beach wedding was also featured on Style Unveiled and photos were taken by Scott Nelson Photography.  ...

Real Wedding: Nicole and Joey featured on Green Wedding Shoes

Nicole and Joey’s Smog Shoppe wedding was one of a kind. Between their two frenchies who acted as ring bearers, embroidered table numbers and the escort cards + display, 7″ vinyl records as favors this wedding was a complete representation of these two love birds. You can find more gorgeous details of this wedding on Green Wedding Shoes. Thanks to Brandon Kidd Photography for the gorgeous photos and congrats to Nicole + Joey!   Photography: Brandon Kidd Photography //...

Real Wedding: Brittany and Duncan

In honor of Memorial Day, I wanted to share Brittany and Duncan’s gorgeous Carlsbad military wedding.  Being married to someone in the service,  Memorial Day takes on a new meaning for me as I am sure it does for Brittany and Duncan.  Having lived apart for two years,  making multiple weekend red eye flights, countless Skype calls and deployments these two embody the commitment and sacrifice required in military families. Duncan and Brittany wanted to celebrate their vows in San Diego with a...

Real Wedding: Lindsay and John Bermuda Themed Wedding featured on The Knot

Lindsay and John were never fans of big formal weddings and the most important part of their wedding was to make sure it reflected each of them.   Lindsay grew up with her grandparents living in Bermuda and when she took John to Bermuda for the first time he feel in love with it too so they decided to have a bermuda themed wedding,  bermuda suits and all! With the help of event designer Lindye Galloway,...

Real Wedding: Kristin and Matt

One of the reasons I love my job so much is because I get to work with couples like Kristin & Matt.  From the moment I met them, I knew their wedding was not only going to be beautiful, but it would reflect their love for the outdoors, their family and friends and their outgoing personalities.  To bring in the outdoors they choose Rancho Las Lomas and every table number was an engraved piece of wood...

Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Coming off a 5 day silent meditative retreat in beautiful Big Sur not only prepared me for the new year but allowed me to reflect on many things in my life including LVL and what it means to me.  There is something to be said for forcing yourself to quite the mind and allow for mindful reflection and solitude. The one feeling that kept popping up in those moments of silence was GRATITUDE. GRATITUDE for the...

Real Wedding: Jessica and Chad – Featured on Style Me Pretty

When it came to planning their wedding, Jessica and Chad knew they wanted to make it resemble them as a couple, down to the littlest details.  As a collector and lover of all things rustic and vintage, Olympia’s Valley Estate was the perfect setting for their wedding.  Nestled inside a working dairy and organic produce farm, this property had everything they wanted and then some.  All the signs below were made and painted by the groom.  As...

Love Tour, A Boutique Bridal Bash: San Francisco Cavallo Point

We are so excited to share the first Wedding Love Tour in Northern California! On this rare sunny February day, Cavallo Point showed off its stunning views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Special thanks to our fabulous team: Cavallo Point, Kathleen Deery Design, Janae Shields Photography, Weddings on Film, Boutique Wedding DJs, Iron Horse Vineyards, And Something Blue, Christina Choi Cosmetics, Wine Country Party Rentals, Milk Glass Vintage Rentals, Purple Monkey Photo Booth...

Real Wedding: Jordan & Maria

Maria and Jordan tied the knot at the Santa Clara Mission Church with their reception held at the Palmdale Estates in Fremont, California.  Both of these locations were ideal for hosting their 350 person guest list. We loved their traditional church ceremony followed by their reception’s earthy and rustic details. Check out this gorgeous couple’s wedding as they run away in love together, captured by Soo Photography. Planner: Kimberly at LVL Weddings & Events  // Ceremony: Santa...

Venue Spotlight: The Winery San Francisco

With LVL’s expansion into the Northern California we wanted to spotlight some great venues. Today’s venue spotlight is The Winery SF located on Treasure Island. The venue’s backdrop is the breathtaking San Francisco skyline. As you walk through the doors you are surrounded by never ending wine barrels and beautiful tall ceilings.   One of the reasons we love this venue is the mix of the city with a winery twist. With the best of both...

Support a Fallen Warrior

The recent helicopter crash on August 6th in Afghanistan came as a huge shock and unprecedented tragedy to our Country. We can not even imagine the loss the family, friends and teammates of these men are facing. A friend of ours lost his brother on that Operation and his SEAL teammates are raising money for all of the families who lost someone in the crash. In particular, they are looking to offset funeral costs and start a significant...

Esquire Photography gets up close and personal with LVL

My friend and colleague David with Esquire Photography asked me to be a part of this amazing project he is creating to help bride and grooms plan their wedding. Being in front of the camera is not my forte, I usually let my bride and grooms handle that but hopefully this offers you some insight on how to make the most of your wedding day.

Do You Have The Ultimate Wedding Disaster Story?

I’m normally not into reality wedding shows but this one is positive and I told our friends at We Tv I would share it with our readers!! Do You Have The Ultimate Wedding Disaster Story? Did you suffer a wedding disaster that put a damper on your big day? Does your wedding video play like a blooper reel? Do you wish you could do it all over again and have the wedding you originally dreamed of?...

I Do {How To's} Candy Buffets

From Left to right; Designed by LVL Weddings & Events, Candee by Sandee and Inviting Occasion. We’ve all heard of the saying, “Like a Kid in a Candy Store,” and when presented with a table full of your favorite, delicious treats don’t you just get down right excited like a little kid? We sure do and so do our clients.   In the past few years  my clients have really jumped on the candy station band wagon...

I Do {How To’s} Candy Buffets

From Left to right; Designed by LVL Weddings & Events, Candee by Sandee and Inviting Occasion. We’ve all heard of the saying, “Like a Kid in a Candy Store,” and when presented with a table full of your favorite, delicious treats don’t you just get down right excited like a little kid? We sure do and so do our clients.   In the past few years  my clients have really jumped on the candy station band wagon...

I DO {How To's} The After-Party Guide

Gone are the days of having just a small reception and sending your guests home when it comes to celebrate your new marriage. These days couples really want to treat their guests and keep the celebration going so more and more couples are adding after-parties to their reception. And any bride will tell you that the reception does flies by; so why does the last dance have to signal the end of the celebration? Well, it...

I DO {How To’s} The After-Party Guide

Gone are the days of having just a small reception and sending your guests home when it comes to celebrate your new marriage. These days couples really want to treat their guests and keep the celebration going so more and more couples are adding after-parties to their reception. And any bride will tell you that the reception does flies by; so why does the last dance have to signal the end of the celebration? Well, it...

I Do {How To's}: Picking Your All Star Team!

If you have already begun the process of looking for vendors to assist with your wedding, then you know how overwhelming it can be. Hands down this is the #1 mistake my clients make when planning their wedding. The reason for this is because if you pick one unprofessional, unreliable,  unexperienced wedding vendor it can ruin your whole day. So here are some tips on how to avoid this. #1. Hire a knowledgeable and experienced wedding...

I Do {How To’s}: Picking Your All Star Team!

If you have already begun the process of looking for vendors to assist with your wedding, then you know how overwhelming it can be. Hands down this is the #1 mistake my clients make when planning their wedding. The reason for this is because if you pick one unprofessional, unreliable,  unexperienced wedding vendor it can ruin your whole day. So here are some tips on how to avoid this. #1. Hire a knowledgeable and experienced wedding...

I Do {How To's}: Why "Day Of Coordinator" is More Than Just the Day Of…

One of the services LVL Weddings & Events offers is our Day of Coordination Package. But it’s a common misconception that couples believe our service will only include the actual day of their wedding. Day of Coordinators do a lot more than show up on the day of your wedding and we’re here to give you a little more information on what Day of Coordination involves. Brides who choose our Day of  Package are often hands-on...

I Do {How To’s}: Why “Day Of Coordinator” is More Than Just the Day Of…

One of the services LVL Weddings & Events offers is our Day of Coordination Package. But it’s a common misconception that couples believe our service will only include the actual day of their wedding. Day of Coordinators do a lot more than show up on the day of your wedding and we’re here to give you a little more information on what Day of Coordination involves. Brides who choose our Day of  Package are often hands-on...

We are so Grateful!

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced LVL Weddings & Events has been selected to receive the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™ for Wedding Planners! Thanks to all of my clients out there who posted such wonderful reviews which you can see at http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/lvl-events-newport-beach/2600e3da7405bbba.html

Trendy Orange County Wedding Professionals: Where Are You??

If you are a wedding professional in Orange County then you need to read this!!  Association of Bridal Consultants Orange County is hosting its very first 2009 Trendsetter Awards and we want you to be a part of it. Read below for more details!!  To apply please click here and if you have any questions please email lindsay longacre at [email protected]  We hope to see you in December.

The Bond of Brotherhood

About 10 months ago my brother approached me to help plan his fraternity’s (The Stag Club) 100 Year Anniversary. I knew this centennial celebration would be a challenge for me not only because I was now under the strict direction of my big brother but my expertise lies in wedding planning not golf tournaments and keg stands. To my surprise we were flooded with rsvp’s from all over the world, the farthest traveler coming from Japan! ...

weddings 4 africa {attention all couples}

the very talented amanda lynn photography made me aware of this amazing cause. check it out. if you are a couple planning a wedding stop and think about this… you have an amazing opportunity to win a fabulous dream wedding (seriously), but more importantly, to be a part of heart 4 africa which is an organization whose mission is being: … “dedicated to helping africa’s orphaned children in their most vulnerable state by providing food, clothing,...

Not Your Average Limo

Big Woody Tours is a very unique limo bus that is unlike anything you have ever seen!  Woody is a converted school bus with a custom living room style interior that can accommodate up to 21 guests.  It is perfect for large wedding parties and for anyone having a beach theme wedding.  Visit their web site at www.bigwoodytours.com to view photos and testimonials and contact Devin at 949-335-8170 for availability and booking information.  Trust me you will be in great...

Bella Blooms

Leanna and Melanie, co-owners of Bella Blooms are simply amamzing!! Their attention to detail and personal touch leaves their client feeling like the arrangement was designed exclusively for them. After all, isn’t that why we give people flowers to begin with? Whether its delivering fresh cut flowers to your door, or designing that “perfect” arrangement for your wedding; Bella Blooms is simply the best!

LVL Events Receives Bride's Choice Award from Wedding Wire

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced that LVL Events has won the 2009 Bride’s Choice Awards™! In its inaugural year, the Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and honors vendors from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellent quality of service, responsiveness, professionalism, value of cost and flexibility. This year’s recipients represent the top three percent of WeddingWire’s vendor community, which includes over 100,000 wedding vendors from across the US. Unlike other awards in which winners...

LVL Events Receives Bride’s Choice Award from Wedding Wire

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced that LVL Events has won the 2009 Bride’s Choice Awards™! In its inaugural year, the Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and honors vendors from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellent quality of service, responsiveness, professionalism, value of cost and flexibility. This year’s recipients represent the top three percent of WeddingWire’s vendor community, which includes over 100,000 wedding vendors from across the US. Unlike other awards in which winners...

Green Leaf Designs

Green Leaf Designs is a full service floral company, serving the Orange County and Los Angeles areas since 2001. They specialize in wedding and event floral designs and offer beautiful floral arrangements at affordable prices.

The Dresser: Bridal Couture

The Dresser is located in the heart of Historic District in Fullerton. It is a quaint bridal boutique with tons of character and a great selection of couture bridal gowns. The Dresser stylists work individually with brides to help them choose the dress of their dreams with a personal touch! They have great customer service which is key for me!! You will definitely be in good hands. The Dresser: Bridal Couture112-A West Commonwealth Ave.Fullerton, [email protected]://www.thedresseronline.com/

Great Bridesmaids Gift Idea

Many brides struggle to find the right gift to give to their bridesmaids. I came across these modern, sophisticated beach style totes which are a great gift idea. Halsea also offers a wide selection of travel essentials from wallets to roller bags. These items are available in three coordinating prints, and a total of six color options. To view the collection please visit http://www.halsea.com/ You can visit the Halsea Shop at 409 31st Street, Newport Beach,...

What's in SEASON?

I found this article in the knot and thought it was a great break down of flowers for this fall wedding season! SeptemberHydrangea: blue, green, whiteRose: white, red, pink, yellowDahlia: yellow, orange, red, brownSunflower: yellow and brownBlack-eyed Susan: yellow and brownCoreopsis: yellow October Amaranthus: orange, brown, goldChrysanthemum: gold, orange, white, redAster: white, purpleFall leaves: Poplar, Sycamore, Oak, Elm, Maple NovemberWheat Wax flower: white, pink, purpleOrchid (in Hawaii): yellow, white, greenStephanotis: white Anthurium (in Hawaii): white, red,...

What’s in SEASON?

I found this article in the knot and thought it was a great break down of flowers for this fall wedding season! SeptemberHydrangea: blue, green, whiteRose: white, red, pink, yellowDahlia: yellow, orange, red, brownSunflower: yellow and brownBlack-eyed Susan: yellow and brownCoreopsis: yellow October Amaranthus: orange, brown, goldChrysanthemum: gold, orange, white, redAster: white, purpleFall leaves: Poplar, Sycamore, Oak, Elm, Maple NovemberWheat Wax flower: white, pink, purpleOrchid (in Hawaii): yellow, white, greenStephanotis: white Anthurium (in Hawaii): white, red,...

Get Your Dose of Daily Candy

This is possibly one of the best online newsletters around. I am a dedicated reader and wanted to share it with all of you. The thing I love about it, is no one can pay for a feature so it is totally unbiased. I have found some really great ideas from weddings to personal stylists to makeup secrets! DailyCandy, a free daily e-mail newsletter and website, is the insider’s guide to what’s hot, new, and undiscovered...

Welcome to LVL Events Wedding and Events Blog!

The reason I decided to pursue event planning is because assisting my clients plan on of the most memorable days of their lives brings me true happiness. I remember someone once telling me if you love what you do then you will never have to work a day in your life and that is how I feel! I wanted to be able to share my passion for events with you so I decided to start my...

LVL Events Website is Live

LVL Events is now live! Thanks to Back Pocket Web Design my new and improved website now up and running. Amy Kenny, Owner of Back Pocket Design has been such a pleasure to work with. I wanted to make sure to share with you how amazing she is because it is really hard to find a good web designer who really listens to you. I hope you enjoy my webiste and look forward to hearing your...