Vendor Update ~ The Artform Studio: Haircuts & Records {and HOW to get 25% off!}

Tuesday, July 26, 2011



Last August, EE did a spotlight on The Artform Studio Salon in Los Angeles and this past May, the salon has added a new twist- selling records. Adrian Younge, Sherry's husband has an extensive musical background which includes DJing and production and a lot of these rare soul classics are from his personal collection. The Artform Salon was always created with a musical/art gallery in mind and continues to flourish, living out it's name.

I can't speak highly enough of the team of stylists in place. From cuts, to color, perms, brazilian blow-outs, weaves, braids, up-do's, nails, make-up and men's barber services, their menu is definitely a one stop shop for men and women alike! In addition to these services, if you have a private event and are seeking an eclectic, 1600 sq ft loft-type space to rent, feel free to contact the salon for further info (213) 613-1050.

The Artform Studio is offering a special for all clients via Enamor Events: 25% off services! This is more than the 15% mentioned on their Yelp page. As of now, there is no expiration date, although this offer is subject to change. If you've been considering trying out a new salon, now's your time. And especially if you're in an upcoming wedding and need hair, make-up and planning or coordination services, please contact eileen@enamorevents.com to receive a custom rate package deal.

Cheers to a new look and vendors who cater to you!

(All This to Say) Two Words.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I realize this title may sound ambiguous but I didn't want to crowd the subject line with an extension of the title, which this post is about, a wedding coordinator's take on her role & gratitude; incase you were wondering :)

People ask me how it is to be a wedding coordinator. I wish there was a simple answer. "Fun, I bet!" they say. While certain areas like the creative aspect of planning, can be, most of the time it's hard work catering to an ever changing bride's mind and everyone else that influences her. Contrary to the countless picturesque publications, it certainly isn't glamorous since the hours of planning and organizing doesn't equate to an airbrushed facade. I create spreadsheets, maintain to-do lists, budgets, revisions, more revisions, research pricing, trends, read reviews, visit venues, present ideas, review contracts, call vendors, email clients, meet with clients, blog in between then do it all over again and again all prior to the wedding. Then when wedding day arrives, I make sure to put on the most comfortable, professional, polished-yet-me-but-it's-not-about-me-variation-of-a-sheath-dress and brace myself for a LONG day where all those details need to come alive and flow smoothly within a specifically tailored timeline. By the end of it all, my feet are swollen, my ear hurts from my headpiece, i'm most likely dehydrated because I don't have time to drink water and while I go to bed with a pounding headache, I cap off the night with a smile on my face!

Why do I do what I do? While we still live in an economy where most people don't think they need to pay for a wedding coordinator, the ones who know don't doubt that it's an essential investment and one that absolutely must be allocated to a professional. After all the money spent, ensuring your wedding day runs smoothly isn't a small task that your friend offering you to do as a favor can easily handle, rather passed on to one who has experience with weddings and can dedicate their time and attention to carrying out every last detail with excellence. No matter how simple you think your wedding is, there are bound to be unplanned moments that need to be dealt with special care. Granted, you're on a tight budget and the friend may be great with details, organization and isn't already a busy member of your bridal party, but don't you want them to enjoy the celebration instead of focusing on working? Who's gonna set-up and break down, cue your bridal party, improvise when you forget your garter or misplace the lighter for your unity candle? Forget about the things that go unseen like putting out a fiasco between your uncle and the catering company without the newlyweds ever knowing.

I once read that being a wedding coordinator is a thankless job. If the wedding goes great, it was supposed to. If the wedding doesn't happen the way it should have, it's your fault (even if it wasn't) because you're the wedding coordinator. Thick skin, a keen eye for detail, anticipating a client's needs, people skills, organization skills, a visionary, someone who can deliver, think fast on their feet, keep everyone calm when things can get chaotic.. and each wedding party is different, a continual learning curve every single time. I LOVE it!!! It keeps me on my toes and best of all, i'm surrounded for the most part by family and friends who love and support the two people who are committing their lives to each other. It is, like I said, hard work... in the most beautiful setting and a priceless reward to have been able to help be a huge part of the start of their journey as one.

Yes, I am the person running around in the background, setting up the escort cards, placing the sand at the altar, coordinating with the DJ and making sure the wedding party is picture perfect and informed at all times. I get to do what I love and never take it lightly when a bride and groom trust me to help plan and coordinate their day. Knowing that it's impossible to please everyone, it's a golden moment when someone actually takes a few seconds to say "you're doing a great job." During one of the recent weddings I coordinated, a fourteen year old girl approached me to let me know how much she appreciated my work. It's nice to be acknowledged; everyone at one time or another needs encouragement and I am grateful someone took the time to say two words, simple as it sounds but it meant the world to me.. thank you.



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Adam + Maia

Friday, July 15, 2011

It's been a minute since I featured a newlywed on my site. Although I see and hear about so many weddings which are all unique in their own right, Enamor Events doesn't shine the spotlight on just anybody. The following couple is one whose wedding story I found inspiring and exciting to watch unfold, especially since they didn't have a traditional wedding. Thanks Adam & Maia for agreeing to let me share your beautiful memories and how it all came together. Without further ado, here it is in their own words, along with the fantastic photos to match. They took tons of great pictures, it wasn't easy narrowing it down. Enjoy!

 

EE: Why did you plan your wedding the way you did?

A+M: We wanted our wedding to be unique. We are not religious, so we had freedom in choosing our locations. We wanted something that reflected our personalities and not a typical wedding just for the sake of adhering to what is "expected" or "safe".


EE: How did you personalize your wedding?

A+M: Our wedding was personalized in many ways. Our tattoo artist from Milwaukee, WI married us in Austin, TX and gifted us with wedding tattoos. We even gifted each other with custom bone carvings symbolizing ourselves and our relationship. We were married in a short ceremony on Mt. Bonnell, TX, which was where Adam proposed. We wrote our own vows, and only immediate family was present for a very special ceremony. Our ceremony was very focused on landmarks and businesses that were "truly Austin" as we relocated here to start fresh shortly after being engaged. Being fairly new to Austin, our main reception took place in Milwaukee. We picked a venue which was flexible with us in terms of catering and entertainment. As we took our honeymoon in Tahiti shortly following the reception, we went with a tropical theme. My former halau, Hale O Malo, put on a Polynesian revue which I was able to perform in as well. Not only did we share the cultural-based entertainment (complete with fire dancers!), but we had sushi, a pig roast, banana chocolate cake, Polynesian music, and tropical flowers.


EE: Where did you go for your honeymoon and why did you choose those places?

A+M: We picked Tahiti as a honeymoon spot as it is the definition of paradise. I was very eager to visit as part of my background is Hawaiian and I love everything Polynesian (and am a professional Polynesian dancer).


EE: What were the highlights of your trip?

A+M: Highlights included fabulous bungalows, enjoying the beautiful waters (including swimming with sharks and stingrays!), getting tattooed, attending a local man's birthday party on the beach and dancing to their live Tahitian music, fabulous French food, meeting people from around the world, and awesome sunsets over happy hour!


EE: Any other special memories or advice you want to share?

A+M: We truly feel this experience reflected ourselves and our relationship. With that in mind, details seemed to fall into place on their own. Be true to yourself although you'll receive outside pressure to conform to what others want or expect for you.

























 

Outdoor Chandeliers

Monday, July 11, 2011

Chandeliers are a simple way to add instant elegance to an outdoor wedding. While a candlelit reception under a dark starry sky is a romantic touch, chandeliers amidst natural greenery, take illumination to a whole 'notha level!


Ariel Yve's anniversary party



Jamie Pressly's wedding in Malibu



Mason Jars Chandlier via MasonJarCraftsBlog



Jordan &  Chaz' massive chandelier


Steven & Michelle's Napa Valley Wedding



My bridal shower at Aroma Cafe's Patio

Bride & Groom Wedding Gift Exchange

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Q: I've heard of couples exchanging gifts with each other before the wedding. Is this a mandatory (American) custom?

A: It is an optional custom for the bride and groom to exchange gifts during the rehearsal dinner, day of the wedding or soon as the wedding is over. The couple exchange gifts to commemorate the special occasion, to show their love for each other and to celebrate their new life together. Check with each other if you want to uphold this tradition. You don't want any hurt feelings if one person buys a gift and the other doesn't.

Q: What are some gift suggestions?

A: Gifts don't have to be expensive, depending on the person, something sentimental or creative would probably go over well. However, I've seen everything from a Louis Vuitton purse to a 'special' photo shoot. My groom had no idea about the 'tradition' and after I gifted him with a video my friends helped me put together, he surprised me with a Michael Kors watch I had been eyeing soon as we got back from our honeymoon. A gift that is thoughtful and personalized will most likely be met with heartfelt appreciation.

Gift Ideas

Day of- The tradition is typically jewelry such as a necklace or earrings for the bride and cufflinks or a watch for the groom.

Honeymoon- Sunglasses, surprise tickets to a show, gear towards hobby of choice.

Other Ideas- a poem, couples massage, tattoo etc.


Some Info Derived From: TheKnot, EHow Family