Mobile Catering

Thursday, August 26, 2010

What could be more "LA" than food trucks? The city of angels is beaming with more food trucks than you can sink your teeth into, why not book one (or two) to cater your wedding appetizer/cocktail hour? It's fun, fast and a surefire hit with your guests!

This option is not just for the off-beat bride. Pictured below is an actual picture my brother took of the ever crowded Kogi BBQ, one example of an eclectic prelude to a funky-classy-culturally diverse wedding he recently attended. For approximately $1000 + 15% non-refundable service charge & travel fees, if applicable, one can rent the tantalizing Korean/Mexican Fusion food truck.

From gourmet ice cream sandwiches (choose your own cookie and ice cream combo) @coolhaus to to adobo pan de sal sliders @manilamachine, the possibilties are endless! Most major cities throughout the US are capitalizing on this meals on wheels trend, i'm sure there's an alternative wedding caterer out there to spark your interest, if not satisfy your fix.




Photo Credits: Bobby Torres, Weburbanist.

The Artform Studio Salon

Monday, August 16, 2010

Adjacent to Japantown and the Los Angeles Artist District is every guy and gal's secret weapon- The Artform Studio Salon. Owner Sherry Younge and her team work out of a spacious industrial loft building and the common denominator behind their vast menu of services is personalized attention and consistently delivering unique, quality work that speaks for itself. Sherry has a way of taking something plain or classic and putting her own edgy twist on it. She's been doing my up-do's since I was lead singer of the band Children of the Sun circa 2004 and there has been no one else I've trusted more to hook up my coif when it comes to looking fly at special events, especially at my own wedding. If you're interested in a new look or want a bridal hair/make-up trial, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment, let the team at The Artform Studio Salon do what they do best, you won't be disappointed!

701 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 613-1050

Photo credits (pictured above): Kheyli Tristen Torres

Below is a recent interview with Sherry Younge, along with photos of the Artform Studio Salon team's work.

Enamor Events: How long have you been doing hair, where did you train?
Sherry: I have been doing hair for 13 years and make up for 6 years. I trained at Carlton Hair International where I first started and through the years I have trained at Vidal Sassoon and Redken in New York.

Enamor Events: What projects have you worked on?
Sherry: Projects for wigs, hair, and make up that I have worked on as well as my team, Noriko Latour and Shamika McElroy did a 70's era movie, "Black Dynamite, a feature film and their Public Service Announcements to keep kids off drugs. We also did a music video for Adrian Younge and the Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra called "Shot Me in the Heart."

A 50's era short film where Sherri Silva, Noriko Latour and I did wigs, hair, and make up styling was called the "Splendorettes." Where we recently shot in Catalina Island at the Avalon Theatre.

Avante garde short films called "Evolution" where my team and I did hair and make up styling and Diablo where we made hair pieces, hair and make up. Noriko Latour one of my collegues at the salon who did Special Effects make up.

I've have done hair and make up for TV Commercials for Ditech.com, the General Insurance, and BMW.

As far as press junkets, Noriko Latour and I did make up for Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, and Scott Sanders for Black Dynamite and I assisted make up artist Scott Barnes for "Le Divorce" for Kate Hudson.

I have done wig styling and hair styling for theatrical productions such as "Sweeney Todd" and "Maria, Maria, Maria."

Wedding hair and make up for some of our brides and bride's maids photographs have made it on bridal magazines. My team and I have traveled to Santa Barbara, Malibu, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, San Diego, San Jose, Las Vegas, and Honolulu.

I have worked with Kasil and It jeans company doing hair and make up for their catalogs.

Hairstyling for Bloomingdale's prom fashion show.

Our own projects at the Artform Studio salon on Era photo shoot parties where we do era specific hair and make up styling for 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's.

Enamor Events: What are you passionate about?
Sherry: Hair is what I'm most passionate about and then Make up is icing on my cake.

Enamor Events: What other specialties/services do you provide?
Sherry: The Artform Studio salon team provides services such as facial waxing, facials, minx nails, eye lash extensions, Brazilian Blow outs, Yuko Japanese hair straightening, hair extensions, hair relaxing, hair cuts, hair color and highlights.

Enamor Events: What do you think sets you and your team apart from other salons?
Sherry: We are an international team of Filipina, Japanese, African American, and Caucasian women where we are knowledgeable in all hair types.

Enamor Events: What can brides/bridesmaids expect from you?
Sherry: Professionalism, puntuctuality, and perfection.

Enamor Events: How much does an in home appointment cost?
Sherry: We set our standard prices with travel fees and parking fees.

Enamor Events: What else does The Artform Studio Salon have going on?
Sherry: We currently host a children's party called Baby Get Down where we have a mini service menu of nail art, face painting, hair styling, make up touch ups, and massage. 10% of proceeds go to your school of choice. We donate your bags of clothing to a woman and children health center for discounts on our ERA photo shoot parties.


Heartbeat of the City

Friday, August 13, 2010

I always thought rooftop parties were cool. Not that i've been to all that many, but something about watching the sun set, enjoying the twinkle of the city skyline with some good music and great company. Why not bring that intimate urban backdrop to your wedding?

Here are 9 of Los Angeles' finest rooftop ceremony/reception venues.

Photo credits in order of appearance:

Anduz Hotel - West Hollywood
The London Hotel (Shannon Lott)
Los Angeles Athletic Club
Oviatt Penthouse
Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire (Blue Silver Photo)
Cafe Pinot
Park Plaza Hotel
Thompson Hotel - Beverly Hills (StyleMePretty)
Studio 724 (Reflections Event and Floral Design)



 









Boy or Girl?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Being a pregnant wedding planner, I've been pondering whether there are any parallels to having a wedding and having a baby. Sure, both events involve lots of planning and anticipation- at one point the bride and groom need to set their date (even if they are going to elope) and decide on the venue, but an expectant couple doesn't "have" to find out the sex of their baby prior to it's birth, the element of surprise is one that they can choose to experience or take advantage of the latest technology and find out around the twenty week ultrasound. We are opting for the latter although I give a huge kudos to those who actually wait until their baby is born.
Eversince I found out I was preggers, aside from watching my tummy expand (and missing sushi), I've been day dreaming about whether I'll have a boy or girl. I know what it's like to have a girl, my lil' girl is all grown up, she's fourteen now and about to enter high school! A lil' boy would be a nice change, but a baby in our lives nonetheless is a blessing and would be new to all of us; we would be happy either way. We can only hope for a healthy baby!

At the moment, I'm totally melting over all this cute lil' baby stuff! These are my current faves from Etsy sellers: Nursing cover by my friend Oti: shopForEvaEva, Baby wrap by: LoveyDuds, Monkey baby beanie by: CiteFuzz & Onesie vest by: RockNRags



On one of my MANY google searches, I came across various old wives tales and different cultural insights on gender prediction. God is the only one who knows what's in my womb and we will find out shortly. Currently I am 15 and a half weeks pregnant and we are very interested in finding out what the gender of our baby is during our upcoming ultrasound (gender determination is recommended sometime between 16 to 20 wks), so we can better prepare for the baby's needs rather than end up with a bunch of unisex outfits.

Have you heard about the gender tales are floating out there? I realize these notions are for entertainment purposes, however I thought I'd share some of the following ideas of the ancients. Do any of you admit to trying any of these? I haven't tried any but found it amusing nonetheless.

Native American

Mayan
The ancient Mayans were ahead of their time, especially with astronomy and math. They developed a gender test which took into account the year of conception, and the mother's age at the time of conception.
It's a baby girl if both numbers are even, or if both are odd. For instance, if you conceived while you were 32 in the year 2008, then you are having a baby girl. Also, if you conceived in 2007 while you were 29, you are having a baby girl.
It's a baby boy if one of the numbers is odd, and the other is even. For instance if you conceived while you were 25 in the year 2008, then you are having a baby boy.

Chinese Lunar Calendar Gender Prediction
Remember to do this in your chinese age

Brazilian

The Gender Ring Test
There are two slightly different gender ring tests that predict your baby's sex. They both involve a ring and either a strand of hair or fine thread.

Thread a strand of hair or piece of string through a ring. Dangle the ring over the pregnant women's belly while she is lying down. If the ring swings in a circular motion it's a girl. If it moves from side to side it's a boy.
It will predict the gender of all the babies that woman has and will have (including miscarriages). It will swing for 10 seconds for each baby, and then switch to the gender of the next baby.

Drano

Cabbage

Position in placenta

There are also gender prediction beliefs that involve garlic, whether mom is craving sweet/sour, if mom is carrying like a watermelon or basketball, if mom's hair is thin or thick, baby's heart rate, mom's moodiness and the list of factors goes on and on. Each one of these beliefs should be taken with a grain of salt. I've heard over and over that these old wives tales have been proven wrong.

I can only wonder how much truth is in each of these concepts. I've heard over and over again "every pregnancy is different" and it sure is! When I was pregnant with my daughter, I wanted sweet and salty foods and had horrible nausea throughout all hours of the day. This pregnancy, I want to eat meat all the time and have no nausea whatsoever! Does it mean it could be a boy this time? Only time will tell!

PS- So far i've had atleast 10 people randomly (for lack of a better word, since I don't believe anything is 'random'), come up to me and tell me i'm having a boy. None have said anything about a girl and this is without me asking or sharing much info with them. Pretty trippy! (Watch me have a girl! ha) We find out in 3 weeks on September 2nd, as long as baby cooperates :) Yippee!!

PPS- YES this is still a wedding planning blog, but I figure I'd let you in on my personal journey as well. Thank you for reading my preggy ramblings.. from wedding inspiration to baby love, I am one busy planner who is a wife and mother first and will definitely keep you posted on the ride!

Tablescapes

Monday, August 2, 2010

I love that weddings are like a blank canvas in which couples can choose to set the tone and theme of their day however they wish. Here are a few table design ideas to transform your wedding reception into a uniquely memorable affair!


Tropical Paradise Wedding of Josephine & Stephen by Celebrations


Moroccan Flair by Mosaik Events

Asian Infused

Vintage Old Hollywood Glam

Outdoor Fall

Indoor Spring/Summer by Gloria Wong Design

Rustic Outdoor/Backyard by Ruffled Blog