Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sorry for the lack of blogging in the last month. But life has been crazy with weddings, events, and other life goings-on, and it has interfered with my ability to blog properly. I barely had time to put up my tree, but actually got to late Saturday night...glad that I finally did. The holidays seem to use all of my extra resources and with a 4-year old, anticipating Christmas...it is even more so.
As the holidays approach, I want to wish my readers, friends, clients, and colleagues Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and a Joyous and Prosperous New Year! I hope that 2009 brings all that you hope for and provides some magical and unexpected surprises!
I will continue my blogging on January 12, 2009. Taking time off to enjoy the holidays, finalize plans for a New Years Eve Wedding for a client, and spending time with my family. I hope you will all do the same and take in the season and the time to renew!
Let's Party with Percy Sales Events will also be revamped next year. Each day a blog will be posted to reflect the theme of the day. Here is what we have in store!
Mondays will be "Inspiration Mondays" and blogs will include inspiration boards and other things that inspire me to do what I love to do...plan weddings and events.
Tuesdays will be "TIPsy Tuesdays" and blogs will provide tips for planning events, etiquette advise, suggestions, reader questions answered, and DIY projects.
Wednesdays will be "Wacky Wednesdays" and I will blog on whatever comes to mind that week. It could be musings, contests announcements, casting calls, great new blog finds, or whatever else needs to be talked about.
Thursdays will be "Trend Thursdays" when we will reveal some hot trends in fashion, decor, gifts, registry items and other things to get you in the shopping mood. Additionally we will highlight great new vendors.
Fridays will be "Guest Blogger Fridays" when we get professionals in the wedding, event, and fashion industries to blog on our site for you. We will also hear from brides who want to talk about their planning experience. So if you are a vendor or a bride and want to guest blog on a certain Friday, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturdays and Sundays will be my days off from blogging. I will take this time to think of things to blog about for the coming week, spend time with my family, and execute weddings and events.
I think staying on focus with what to do on my blog will help me provide you all with some great reading context to inspire your journey as well. It will also alleviate the stress for me to write something just for the sake of blogging. I hope you will enjoy the new format and I look forward to you all rejoining me on 01/05/09 as I start my new blog year!
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Photo by Percy Sales
Friday, November 7, 2008
The Uber Amazing Blog Award is a blog award given to sites who:
~ inspires you
~ makes you smile and laugh
~ or maybe gives amazing information
~ a great read
~ has an amazing design
~ and any other reasons you can think of that makes them uber amazing!
The rules of this award are:
* Put the logo on your blog or post.
* Nominate at least 5 blogs (can be more) that for you are Uber Amazing!
* Let them know that they have received this Uber Amazing award by commenting on their blog.
* Share the love and link to this post and to the person you received your award from.
So in the tradition of Uber Amazing Blogs, I nominate the following blogs for this award:
DeAnna Cochran Jewelry - She inspires me not only with her jewelry but because she gives back to the community. She inspires me to love my work, but also share and give back to the community/communities that support me. Her blog is also a great read.
Sparkliatti presented by Sasha Souza - Sasha's blog is just so fun to read. Full of inspiration, ideas, and thoughtful little tidbits from a TRUE EXPERT. I love visiting it everyday to see what she is thinking.
WishPot Wedding Blog - Gift Girl and the wedding experts at Wishpot are all inspirations. Her blog is full of great information, wonderful guest bloggers, and provides useful information to anyone planning a wedding.
Lilia Photography - Lilia's blog is so inspiring, her photos are wonderful and it's great to see the beauty that she see's through her lenses.
Offbeat Bride - Wonderful to see things that is no so traditional. Lots of inspiration for the unconventional bride and groom, as well as great DIY project ideas.
Here Comes the Guide - Great useful information and reviews for Californians. The bloggers there all have their own perspective which is wonderful.
Coco + Kelley - Classic, romantic, and full of inspiration, plus it's a beautifully designed blog. Coco + Kelley is a great stop for brides and grooms.
Make sure to check out these blogs for inspiration, ideas and for amazing information. Congratulations to my awardees, you deserve it!
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Makelovereal.net is sponsoring a new blogger search contest. So if you are engaged and getting married soon, they would love to hear unique stories that go into the heart of a bride's expereince!
For more details please visit the Makelovereal.net blog site today.
The reward is a $3000 destination engagement session with multimedia presention by Neil Cowley. The quest is for a storyteller with heart and humor to tell the stories of wedding planning and engagement from inside their head and out through the web. Submit your journal, blog, video log, or contest entry to the comments here to be considered! Multimedia submissions will definitely score you bonus points!!
Good luck! Deadline is November 15, 2008.
Video from MakeLoveReal.net
Here's my story. I met my partner (now husband) in 1992. We have been together for 16 years, we have a 4-year old son, and we just want the same rights that any loving and committed opposite-sex couple has. We want to be legally recognized as a "couple" under the eyes of the law. We never imagined that as a gay couple we would ever have the opportunity to marry legally in the State of California. In May 2008, that all changed. The California Supreme Court overturned Prop 22's Family Code definition of marriage as being between a man and woman, because the judges saw that it violated the Equal Protection Clause of the California Constitution. So on June 17, 2008 a month after it was overturned, my partner and I were able to legally wed in California, giving us equality and the ability to be full citizens of the State of California.
Now proponents of Prop 8 want to overturn EQUALITY and put discrimination into the California Constitution. The California Constitution is suppose to protect rights of all its citizens, not take them away. So, I encourage all Californians to Vote No on 8, and keep all Californians Equal. This proposition is not about Religious Freedoms, Children, or Tax Exemptions. Proponents of Prop 8 are spreading lies and stating that it would affect their rights, well their rights are already protected under the California Constitution's Free Exercise of Religion clause. Well the truth of the matter is that Prop 8 is about "eliminating the rights of same-sex couples to marry (Period)." To learn the facts vs. the fiction, please visit the Vote No on 8 Website.
Regardless of how you feel about same-sex marriage or the LGBT community, passing Prop 8 would deprive certain CIVIL RIGHTS to a group of people, lowering them to the status of second class citizens. Additionally, it would add discriminatory language in the California Constitution. How would you feel if your rights were taken away?
I encourage all bloggers to blog about Write To Marry Day, today or tomorrow and encourage your California Readers to Vote No on Prop 8.
DON'T STOP AT THE TOP, VOTE ALL THE WAY DOWN THE BALLOT!
NO ON PROP 8!
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Want to showcase your party and put it up against someone else's to see who comes out on top? You think you're ready for the Sweet 16 Battle? MTV is searching for teens, or planners putting on Sweet 16 parties in the next few months. You think your party has what it takes to stand out, even with only a $1000 budget?
If you are interested and you think you have what it takes to throw the perfect Sweet 16 party, please contact email@example.com and send them your party date and information. They are looking for people who are throwing parties between now and December 31, 2008.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
A wonderful PSA against CA Prop 8. I had to share. Californians VOTE NO on Prop 8 and keep love the greatest reason not to support this constitutional amendment!
Video by BrytonFilm (Found on www.youtube.com)
Friday, October 10, 2008
Fiction: Teaching children about same-sex marriage will happen here unless we pass Prop 8.
Fact: Not one word in Prop 8 mentions education, and no child can be forced, against the will of their parents, to be taught anything about health and family issues at school. California law prohibits it, and the Yes on 8 campaign knows they are lying. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley has already ruled that this claim by Prop 8 proponents is “false and misleading.”
Fiction: Churches could lose their tax-exemption status.
Fact: Nothing in Prop 8 would force churches to do anything. In fact, the court decision regarding marriage specifically says “no religion will be required to change its religious policies or practices with regard to same-sex couples, and no religious officiant will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs.”
Fiction: A Massachusetts case about a parent's objection to the school curriculum will happen here.
Fact: Unlike Massachusetts, California gives parents an absolute right to remove their kids and opt-out of teaching on health and family instruction they don't agree with. The opponents know that California law already covers this and Prop 8 won't affect it, so they bring up an irrelevant case in Massachusetts.
Fiction: Four Activist Judges in San Francisco…
Fact: Prop 8 is not about courts and judges, it's about eliminating a fundamental right. Judges didn't grant the right, the constitution guarantees the right. Proponents of Prop 8 use an outdated and stale argument that judges aren't supposed to protect rights and freedoms. This campaign is about whether Californians, right now, in 2008 are willing to amend the constitution for the sole purpose of eliminating a fundamental right for one group of citizens.
Fiction: People can be sued over personal beliefs.
Fact: California’s laws already prohibit discrimination against anyone based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. This has nothing to do with marriage.
Fiction: Pepperdine University supports the Yes on 8 campaign.
Fact: The university has publicly disassociated itself from Professor Richard Peterson of Pepperdine University, who is featured in the ad, and has asked to not be identified in the Yes on 8 advertisements.
Fiction: Unless Prop 8 passes, CA parents won't have the right to object to what their children are taught in school.
Fact: California law clearly gives parents and guardians broad authority to remove their children from any health instruction if it conflicts with their religious beliefs or moral convictions.
Regardless of how you feel about same-sex marriage, we should not eliminate fundamental rights for ANY Californians. Please vote NO on Prop 8.
PS: Congrats to the State of Connecticut choosing EQUALITY and allowing to legalize same-sex marriages!
-PercyFacts and Fiction from No On Prop 8
Photo by the Santa Barbara Independent (Wedding Day of Percy Sales and Ross Beardsley) 06/17/08 - Santa Barbara, California
Monday, October 6, 2008
Couture Maps by Stephanie Barba will customize a map specifically for your event in a whimsical style. It's perfect for any event and it's just cool to look at. A custom map by Couture Maps by Stephanie Barba take about 6 weeks to produce, from design concept to print, but it will definitely be worth the wait.
Check out her portfolio at Couture Maps by Stephanie Barba, she has some awesome examples of past maps that she is artistically made. She can make a map to fit an invitation you may have already purchased, or have her design an invitation with the map you want! Additionally, to match your couture map, their calligrapher can hand write the directions, step by step, in the same fashion of your one-of-a-kind road art.
Hope this guides you to the right location for providing directions to your event.
Photo from Couture Maps by Stephanie Barba
- Get married in an intimate ceremony amongst family and friends, styled by the experts at Brides.com.
- Have pre-wedding consultations by Brides.com editors.
- Be pampered with hair and makeup for the bride.
- Enjoy a champagne toast as a newlywed couple.
- Receive a gift bag worth over $500 and so much more.
Photo from Brides.com
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Paris and Prague would be super fun, but with the economy being down, I think I would spend a lot more than throwing a party that my family and friends can come to. Paris and Prague will always be there...I keep telling myself.
I would really love to recreate the club scene of my youth and having people experience the sights and sounds that defined my "clubbing" days. Box dancers, cigar girls, thumping 80s modern rock and old school hip hop, and maybe even some impersonators doing impressions of my favorite singers of the time, such as Pete Burns and Boy George...did you hear that Kim Goodwin! I would really love to have my most favorite DJ ever, Paige Hodel, DJ the event and give it that Box vibe that I miss. The Box was my favorite funk, hip hop, gay and lesbian club in San Francisco...I was there every Thursday night sweatin' (literally) to Paige's ultra great sounds. Is it bad to go back to your hey day?
So I am torn on what to do. I know I can never get back the actual club scene I loved, but it sure would be fun trying to recreate it and mixing it all together. Paris and Prague has pluses because I just have to explore the city and J'aime Paris, but with a 4-year old in tow it would be less romantic than I have it envisioned in my head.
So sound in and tell me what you think I should do!
Photo archive from The Palladium, NYC
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Casa Barranca is surrounded with lush landscaping, incredible views and is the perfect backdrop for a wedding or event. It offers so many options for your event and guests. Additionally, the jaw dropping architecture and furnishings are sure to amaze. If you are staying in the home, you will be pampered not only by the staff but by the location. Talk about a time to relax!
The main house is called the Pratt House and "Architectural Digest notes that in the grace of the Pratt House "...the sun translates the Greenes' structural poetry into ever-shifting patterns of light against polished wood. At night... the silhouette of live oaks is framed against the Milky Way. A closer approximation to Shangri-La is hard to imagine."
Visit the Casa Barranca Website for a virtual tour of the house. If you are interested in checking out this home and other retreat homes in the Ojai Valley, contact Judy Gabriel with Retreats of Ojai and she will be happy to show you what great estates and retreats Ojai has to offer.
Photo from Casa Barranca
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Alvina Valenta by Victoria McMillan is part of JLM Couture Family (Jim Hjelm) who was the designer for one of my most recent brides, who I absolutely adore also. Their take on bridal fashions is just so forward looking and like Vera and Monique, they are setting the standards for other bridal down designers.
So if you have not discovered Alvina Valenta by Victoria McMillan yet, make sure to take a look at their Website. You won't be disappointed. For your brides, look at their bridesmaids collection there are some awesome, jaw dropping looks that will make your maids look fabulous and really highlight you as the bride!
Photos from Alvina Valenta by Victoria McMillan
Saks (Fifth Avenue) was the store focus, but you got an eyeful of fashions from Chanel, Christian Laboutin, Prada, Marc Jacobs, and other noted designers.
The acting was superb, especially Annette Bening's character, Sylvie. Jada Pinkett Smith (Alex Fisher) and the cameo by Bette Midler (Leah Miller) were also very memorable. Meg Ryan was outstanding in her role as Mary Haines. It was nice to see Debra Messing (Edie Cohen) not play a "Grace" character and Eva Mendez, in the Joan Crawford part as Crystal Allen, was diva-ish to the max.
The only thing missing was a wedding scene, but overall, there were some outstanding moments and even more fabulous everyday fashions! I laughed so hard in some parts that I almost peed in my pants. So if you have not had the opportunity to see it...go do so ASAP. Being a big Sex and the City fan, I have to say that this is what SATC could have been if they did it right...did I just say that out load? Hit me with your Manolo's and call me Mary.
So ladies, or even gentlemen into "chick" flicks, this is a winner...even as good if not better than the original 1939 version. I also have to say kudos to Cloris Leachman (Maggie) and Candice Bergen (Catherine Frazier) for their contributions to this remake. It was also nice that they kept the concept of not having any men in the movie, just like the original.
Photo from IMDb
Friday, September 26, 2008
If we were to divide $700 billion by the 300 million citizens it would amount to roughly $230,000 each! We say that instead of bailing out the big financial institutions that we give this directly to the Citizens who pay the taxes, and let them bail themselves out!
If they use the windfall to pay off outstanding debt, then the lending institutions will stay afloat. Any money left over could be spent, invested or saved, depending on what the individual decides to do. Not only would it keep the economy going, it would make it thrive. In addition, it will take away the ability of more corrupt convoluted bureaucracy thieves to rip us off even more! Amen!
Ponder this over and send it to your email list if you think it may have merit. If not simply stick with the status quo and do nothing. Send this to everyone you know! Every Congressman and representative in the Land. The current Bail out does nothing for you and I."
Now I think this is a plan that can work for everyone. When Bush first offered the stimulus plan the beginning of the year, I thought to myself, well that's ridiculous! If they want to a boost in the economy, they are going to have to give all tax payers more than $300 to do that. I was thinking $10,000 was a good round number, that way people can really make a dent in their ability to pay off debt, or what ever they wanted to do with it. But if we all received $2,333 from the government, some people can really use that to get back on track. I really think that the bailout should go to the citizens, who will use that money to help themselves and help boost the economy.
Anyway, that's my political blog of the month. Exercise your right...VOTE on Tuesday, November 4, 2008!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
- Now That We Found Love - Heavy D and the Boyz
- Crazy In Love - Beyonce
- The Look of Love - ABC
- Everlasting Love - Gloria Estefan
- Love and Pride - King
First Dance Songs:
- I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
- One In A Million You - Larry Graham
- The Time of My Life - David Cook
- Kiss of Life - Sade
- One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey
- I Loved Her First - Heartland
- Dance With My Father - Celine Dion
- Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
- Through the Years - Kenny Rogers
- My Wish - Rascal Flatts
- Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Rod Stewart
- Mama - Il Divo
- I Wish You Love - Dionne Warwick
- Baby Mine - Bette Midler
- A Place In My Heart - Sounds of Blackness
- Sugar Sugar - The Archies
- Kiss Me - Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy
- How Sweet It Is - James Taylor
- Beautiful Day - U2
- Love You Madly - Cake
- Gonna Catch You - Lonnie Gordon
- Labels or Love - Fergie
- Point of No Return - Expose
- Lemme Get That - Rihanna
- It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
Garter Removal and Toss:
- Girls Girls Girls - Motley Crue
- Foxy Foxy - Rob Zombie
- SexyBack - Justin Timberlake
- Give It Up To Me - Sean Paul
- Go - Tones on Tails
This list was fun to compile, I could have listed my Top 10 in each category, but the list would have been to long. So for you brides and grooms out there I hope this list will inspire your own soundtrack. Have a great time!
-PercyPhoto by Gloria Plunkett
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Such vendors as Wonderful Graffiti Wedding is helping party throwers create a customized event with an eye popping display of cool graphics. Wonderful Graffiti Wedding states that their product is "very thin pieces of matte vinyl that look "printed" when applied to most smooth surfaces."
I mean you can literally put this on any smooth surface, such as walls, doors, windows, glasses, plates, or even a floor. It just adds a very personal touch to your event. It's easy to put on and even easier to take off and it does not harm the underlying surface.
What I love about this is that you can literally customize elements of your event to make it look personal. So what that your best friend used the same function space, with graffiti, you can make it look like the whole place was just made for you. You can use monograms, sayings, images, or whatever your heart desires.
For your next event, don't just look at the tables or hard objects, be creative and use surfaces to invoke your personality.
Picture from Wonderful Graffiti Wedding
Friday, September 19, 2008
The cost of the is $50/for two people, a drop in the bucket for everything you get and the people you will meet. I'm sure that their goody bags alone will be worth the price! For a list of vendors for the LA show, please visit The Wedding Salon site.
Hope to see you Southern California Brides there!
All bridesmaids were not created alike, and their accessories can reflect their own personalities in a variety of ways. Although it is now more common for brides to select a color scheme and have their bridesmaids select a different dress within that same exact color scheme, the trend of a variety of jewelry in the same color palette is becoming more popular.
We all have the loud and out going friend and we all have that shy and timid friend. We love them for who they are and how their uniqueness makes them special in our lives. Give your bridesmaids their own unique styles of jewelry to match those personalities.
Why not select big, bold earrings for that outgoing bride and choose a drop or linear style earring for the shy bridesmaid that doesn’t wear huge colorful jewelry. You can do this, coordinate their looks, and have it all look great together. A couple of tips to use when selecting your maids accessories is to keep the color combinations similar. If your color palette is a fall mix of copper, burgundy, and gold, then keep that color scheme throughout your entire jewelry selection.
There is an easy way to accomplish this task, find a jewelry designer that offers Swarovski crystals and pearls in their jewelry line. Swarovski creates a multitude of pearl and crystal color options so that matching your gowns and color palettes with your jewelry is easy. When you wear jewelry made with Swarovski crystals and pearls you are wearing a quality product that doesn’t scratch, has the truest colors and sparkles magnificently.
Whatever jewelry you decide to coordinate for your bridesmaids finished look, find pieces that they will love and cherish. The plus side is that every girl loves to receive jewelry and why not...it's the a gift she can wear repeatedly. Choose jewelry that reflects your most special friend’s personalities and they will love you for it.
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Photos from BonitaJ.com
Thursday, September 18, 2008
For you brides, this is a perfect gift for your bridesmaids or even the other women in your life. The heel tabs can be customized with your name or yours and your grooms with the day of your wedding. Additionally, if you are having a beach wedding, these would make a great favor gift for all your female guests upon arrival...we all know how heels are a big no no on the beach. You can put them out in baskets, separated by size, put into personalized satin bags that Sandals4Events also provides, to add to your customized, couture wedding.
These sandals come in four colors (silver, gold, black, and fuchsia) and a black with great Swarovski bling on it, making them neutral enough to match any wedding. Plus, I hear they are super comfortable.
These sandals can also make great shower gifts, girl's night out favors, or how about as invitations to your bachelorette party! At any rate, stop by Sandals4Events and dream up some spectacular way to use these great accessories for your next event.
Photos from Sandals4Events
Monday, September 15, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
I picture Cuba to have the old world charm that some cities in Europe offer and I can't wait for the borders to be opened so that Americans can re-discover the gem of the Caribbean that our ancestors got to experience before the Cuban Missle Crisis.
I am inspired by Cuban cuisine, Cubano Music, Salsa, Mojitos, Cuba Libre's, Guayberas, ruffles, lace, 57 Chevys, Babaloo, and of course Cuban Cigars.
Wedding Gown: Lazaro
Bridesmaids Dress: Jenny Yoo
Guaybera and Cubavera Hat: My Cuban Store
Invitations: Natural Impressions
Music: Ybarra Music
Church: Havana Cathedral
City: Photo of Havana at Night
Cigar Rolling: ME Productions
Old Car Photo: Matthius Schack
Cuban Dinner: Versailles Cuban Restaurant
Flan Photo: Brides Club
Bouquet: Artistic Florals
Photos from above mentioned sites
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Glam For Less offers an array of rhinestone-encrusted pieces for the bride or female celebratant, including jewelry sets, tiaras, and hairpins, such as this My Fair Lady inspired chocker set. All with the sparkle factor that you would want for blinged out event. They even have the petite crown that I used as my cake topper at my commitment ceremony in 2005 for a lot less than I paid for it! At any rate, I wish I knew about this site back when.
So if you are insisting on having as much bling bling at your upcoming i do i do, check out Glam For Less before paying the higher prices. Alternatively, if you are a bride or someone just looking for a touch of sparkly - check out Glam For Less as well, they may have what you are just looking for to complete your look.
Photos from Glam For Less
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Zac Posen, designer extraordinaire, created both their outfits. Portia wore a beautiful backless halter-top gown with plunging neckline, the effect almost looks like a tuxedo vest. The full skirt was in a beautiful pale pink. Ellen wore an all white ensemble with a vest that is reminiscent of Portia's gown. Both the brides looked beautiful!
I am loving Zac's designs and hope that he will soon create a line of wedding gowns. I am sure it will be a hit for the fashion forward 30-somethings.
Here's to marriage equality and to a happy marriage for Ellen and Portia! For more information on their wedding, please pick up the latest People magazine of go to the People website.
Photo by Lara Porzak
Monday, August 18, 2008
The Wedding Salon, put on by 4Pm Events, is going to be the must attend luxury wedding showcase of the year. You will get to see the latest products and experience the exceptional services that caters to the sophisticated bride and groom, and maybe you will bump into me...yes I will be checking out all the goings on as well! You will be able to meet with finest companies to plan your wedding as well as experience the spectacular displays of wedding fineries including cakes, gowns, and floral arrangements.
The cost of the event is a mere $50/for two people, a drop in the bucket for everything you get and the people you will meet. I'm sure that their goody bags alone will be worth the price! For a list of vendors for the LA show, please visit The Wedding Salon site (the list will continue to grow as the date comes closer). The LA Show will take place on Monday, September 22, 2008 at the Beverly Hills Hotel from 4pm - 9pm. If you are not in the LA area, here is a list of upcoming Wedding Salon shows coming to a city near you.
Wednesday October 22, 2008
New York, NY
Show hours: 4pm - 9pm
Address: New York, NY
Monday November 10, 2008
Show hours: From 4pm -9pm
Venue: The Biltmore Hotel
Address: 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Miami, FL 33134
Have a grand day exploring all the best for your upcoming nuptials. Register today!
Logo from The Wedding Salon
Friday, August 15, 2008
I was sent a link to this video today and it had me crying like a little baby at my desk...I told you I'm a sap. Anyway it happened many years ago, but it has recently been a topic of conversation on shows like The View and The Today Show. So I thought I would share it with you all. It's the story of Christian the Lion.
Get your hankies out and get back in touch with someone from your past!
Video from YouTube
Today is all about the guys. I came across this video a few months ago but never put it on my blog. It's probably one of the best wedding toasts I have ever seen. It's called Amy's Song, sung by the Man of Honor and a cast of many of the wedding guests. I can't believe the organization this had, its truly wonderful.
Video from YouTube
We have all seen the surprise first dances, where the couple starts off with the standard slow dance or waltz and then deviates by dancing something a little funkier.
This version has to be one of the best I have ever seen. I have to give props to the bride for busting a move in her wedding gown. Take it from this couple if you are looking to do something fun for your first dance. Hire a choreographer and please don't use the "Evolution of Dance" choreography...it's so overused. Do something spectacular...and this is just that.
Enjoy old school hip hop!
Video from YouTube
Saturday, August 9, 2008
I am inspired by Qipao's or Cheongsam's, colorful lanterns, cherry blossoms, fortunes, Chinese lantern flowers, peonies, images of old Shanghai, Chinese character blocks, jade, and scrolls.
Details of my inspiration:
Wedding Gown: Luci DiBella for Kleinfeld
Cake: Christine Dahl Pastries
Fortune Cookies: Martha Stewart
Thursday, August 7, 2008
You will find everything from hotels in the United States to Beijing, China and everywhere, and I mean it literally, in the world. Therefore, if you are looking for a getaway or you're planning your memorable honeymoon, consider looking at the recommendations of the readers of Condé Nest Traveler.
Each hotel on the 14th Annual Gold List will have an overall score from 0-100. Additionally, the listing will give you price points from $ to $$$$, location, photos, and will offer an overview of the property. Also, when you click on a property, it will give you the number of rooms on the property as well as ratings on the rooms, service, food, location, design, and activities at the hotel. It's a pretty overwhelming list, but thoroughly helpful.
Here's to hoping you find a fabulous place to stay. Happy resort hunting!
Photo from Condé Nest Traveler
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
So I thought how fun would it be to do an inspiration board on Spain. Here are my inspirations for an old world, with a modern feel, Spanish themed wedding.
I'm inspired by lace and embroidery, wrought iron and flamenco combs, simple flowers embellished with religious ornamentation, and small churches with ornate details.
Details of my inspiration:
Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Church: El Presidio Church, Santa Barbara, California
Rhinestone Comb: Model Bride
Bridesmaids Dress: Nanette Lepore
Invitation: Lehr & Back
Cake: Nico Designs Santa Barbara
Wrought Iron Candlesticks: Saladotex
Flowers: Photo taken by Serena Grace Photo
I hope this inspires your inner Spaniard and the spirit of Ole!
Photos from above mentioned sites
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Take for instance these paper flowers from Daisys and Dots that look like hydrangeas. Totally cool in my opinion and for you DIY brides and grooms, this can be a fun event for you and a few of your friends to do one evening over some bottles of wine.
Another plus is that paper comes in an array of colors so you can customize them to match your event, but truthfully, I would probably keep in the more natural tones to look more authentic. However, if you are in to bold statement than go with the outlandish colors and let your creative side take over.
I also love the photo that Willowpoppy took of these paper flowers that look like poppies....absolutely gorgeous and the colors combos are great.
I hope these photos inspire your own paper creativeness!
Photos from Daisys and Dots and Willowpoppy
Monday, August 4, 2008
I am pretty excited about being on the list of top noted wedding vendors, it's truly an honor. Thank you Rebekah and Ami!
The library is very easy to navigate. It is categorized by areas of expertise, making it very simple to see their noted vendors. Rebekah and Ami have created a wonderful resource, not only for clients, but also a great networking tool for us professionals.
While you're at their Website, make sure to check out their great blog as well! It has some great articles and ideas for planning your special day.
Photo from Elizabeth Anne Designs
Friday, August 1, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
So here is my inspiration board for this hot trend. I'm inspired by the jewel toned colors, which includes deep teal, emerald, and eggplant with hints of amber or gold. My inspiration gown is reminiscent of the peacock tail with its layered tiered train. The shape of the peacock feather inspires the peaks in the ceremony location as well as the groom's boutonniere.
Details of my inspiration:
Eggplant Dress: Romona Kavesa
Peacock Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg
Leave it to Love™ Boutonniere: DeAnna Cochran Jewelry
Wedding Gown: RS Couture for Kleinfeld
Amber Drop Necklace: Signature Gems
Hope this sparks your creative juices and may this bird's feather inspire your own event.
Photos from above mentioned sites
The Official Groom Guide Checklist:
1. Suggest writing an engagement announcement.
2. Make a list of family, friends and co-workers you would like to invite. Start a spreadsheet with names, and addresses of guests.
3. Help work out a wedding budget.
4. Offer to call vendors to set up appointments.
5. Volunteer to confirm all services and vendors a week or two before the wedding.
6. Choose a Best Man and Groomsmen.
7. Meet with your Best Man and discuss responsibilities.
8. Make a trip to several suit and tux shops for a try-on session.
9. Set up formal wear options for the Groomsmen.
10. Purchase wedding bands together.
11. Help choose boutonniere styles for you and your Groomsmen.
12. Talk about honeymoon options with your girl and discuss a budget. Plan it! Then book everything, including plane tickets ASAP!
13. Suggest taking dance lessons.
14. Book a wedding night location.
15. Find city maps and airport transportation information to assist your guests with their plans.
16. Set up a time you and your bride can obtain and pay for the Marriage License.
17. Make wedding day transportation plans for you, your bride, and the wedding party.
18. Meet with your officiant or interview officiants.
19. Write a Toast and/or Thank You speech.
20. Write down a list of people you would like to thank publicly.
21. Make a list of songs you want the band or DJ to play or make a do-not-play list.
22. Thank and meet everyone at the wedding.
23. Find a location suitable for outdoor photos in between the Ceremony and the Reception.
24. Pay for and arrange payment (via Best Man) of the officiant’s fee, the musician and tips.
25. Have the Best Man deliver your Bride a special breakfast the morning of the wedding.
26. Write a special note thanking her for being your wife.
27. Write special notes for your father-in-law and mother-in-law, thanking them for everything they’ve done, especially for creating the most amazing woman in the world.
28. Thank your mother-in-law and father-in-law over and over and over and most importantly, do it publicly.
29. Tell your Bride at least 100 times that day that she looks beautiful and that her dress is spectacular.
30. Plan a surprise for the reception. I.E. example, fireworks, special music, monkeys, elephants, etc….I personally think this covers it all. It really makes sense and it makes your other half feel like you are really into the planning process...even if you would rather be out hanging with the guys. For more advice on the wedding day...from the groom's perspective check out The Groom Guide.
Photo from Gloria Plunkett Photography
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I first saw this on Sasha Souza's Sparkliatti Blog Site and instantly was amazed, just as I am sure you are at this moment.
Cupcake Envy specializes in mini cakes including cupcakes and duh...miniature cakes and can customize each of them to whatever you want. It's the perfect edible accessory to a fabulous event. Even though they are located in North Carolina, Cupcake Envy will ship anywhere...which is a big plus. Looks like I know where my 40th birthday cupcakes are coming from...can I wait until March '09 for one of these creations?
Visit the Cupcake Envy Website and discover the unlimited possibilities. Looks like dreams really do come true! See additional photos of their creations on their Flickr site.
Photos from Cupcake Envy
For you brides and grooms out there, if you are looking for attendant gifts and you are getting married near the shore or having a beach themed wedding, these are exactly what you need! They are a perfect reminder of your summer or beachside wedding and a gift your groomsmen and bridesmaids will cherish a lifetime.
Additionally, what I love about these pieces is that by purchasing a DeAnna Cochran Jewelry Anthony's Wish™ Starfish Cufflinks or Bracelet you are also benefiting an organization called, Koinonia Foster Homes in Oxnard, California. Portions of the sale of these items are donated back to organization that first introduced Anthony to his adoptive parents. So not only are you giving a great gift to your attendants, but you are also giving to a much-needed organization. You are fulfilling many wishes with the purchase of these items. The starfish symbolizes rebirth and regeneration. It is also known as the symbol of hope, optimism, and determination.
The Anthony's Wish™ Collection by DeAnna Cochran Jewelry can be purchased through Skimbaco an online retailer located in Colorado. Check out the DeAnna Cochran Jewelry collection at Skimbaco today and discover the other charity pieces that this up and coming jewelry designer is known. Such celebrities as as Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have worn DeAnna Cochran Jewelry. Suri Cruise is a big fan of DeAnna Cochran Jewelry's Jackson Leaf™ Necklace according to OK! Magazine Australia (Issue 108, A-List Kids! Inside Their Secret Lives) .
So make a wish and fulfill the wishes of others with the Anthony's Wish™ Collection by DeAnna Cochran Jewelry.
Photos from DeAnna Cochran Jewelry
You can categorize your finds, share with the Wishpot community, and refer to your list for future shopping needs. It's a perfect site to keep all your gift ideas for Holidays, Weddings, Birthday or for whatever shopping needs you may have. It's easy to use and you won't have to remember where or when you saw it, because it's all in your Wishpot list.
For all you brides and grooms, go to the wedding section or Wishpot and see what the Wedding Experts are picking as the hottest trends in gifts, registry items, and wedding needs. Yes, Percy Sales is one of the wedding experts chosen by Wishpot...so come by and see my picks.
Do yourself a favor and explore Wishpot today. Making a shopping list for fabulous things has never been simpler or more fun!
Logo from Wishpot
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Favorite Quote from the movie: "My life is as good as an ABBA song. It's as good as Dancing Queen. "
2) My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002): Who doesn't love watching the love affair between Toula and Ian. This is a great movie to relate to if you have a huge family. Nia Vardalos gives a wonderful performance and so does her dad Gus, played by Michael Constantine. Additionally, John Corbett is perfect in the role of the "gringo love interest." Plus it gives you insight on the type of dresses not to buy!
Favorite Quote from the movie: "There's a hole in this cake!"
3) Father of the Bride (1950) & (1991): I love both versions of the movie. The original starring Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy and the more recent version with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. Gives an insight to the father's perspective of the wedding day. Great wedding and planning scenes and both Spencer and Steve give off great comic relief to the movie.
Favorite Quote from the movie: "Armani don't make polyester."
4) Sex and The City (2008): I love this movie because I have become attached to the characters in the TV Show. I love them girls. Additionally, this movie has some great gown inspiration and other fashions. It also shows that true love can conquer all.
Favorite Quote from the movie: "Charlotte has pudding in her Prada."
5) The Wedding Banquet aka Xi Yan (1993): Ang Lee's story of a gay Taiwanese-American who has a marriage of convenience to a woman who needs a green card. He has been getting pressure from his parents to marry...so this marriage is a good cover-up to his true life as a gay man living with his true love, Simon. Well everything gets really complicated when the parents decide they are coming to witness the wedding and throw a lavish reception. A wonderful cross-cultural story of love, convenience, and family.
Favorite Quote from the movie: "Better and richer, no poorer."
Let me know what your favorite wedding movies are and if you have not seen the ones on my list...I highly recommend that you run out and go to your local video store and rent them today.
Photo from IMDb