Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Color indecision at the Ramada Suites in Covina

Look. Do us all a favor. If you're having a big party, choose one color. If you like pink, go with pink. Or, if you like baby blue - go with the baby blue. Both are great colors. But the two should never be paired together outside of a nursery, but maybe not a personal nursery, since that baby may not know if s/he is supposed to be aligning him/herself with the pink or the blue. Anyway, just choose one, especially since the hotel may not have napkins that are your exact color of pink or blue.

This was an 18th birthday party/debut, but I could've sworn it was a baby shower for boy and girl twins.

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Friday, March 02, 2007

So much to like at the Friendly Hills Country Club

Ah, the Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier. I literally grew up down the street from this place. When I was told I was going here, I knew I'd been here before, but I had no memory of the place.

There was a lot to work with here. Check out the huge fireplace...

...and the amazing scenery...

With all our stuff, can you imagine what we could do with this place? Well, I suppose you don't have to imagine.

I couldn't seem to stop taking pictures of this place. I mean, not only was it a beautiful day, and not only was the place gorgeous, the colors of the wedding were perfect - a light, yet high-impact champagne color that was more an elegant complement to the scenery, as well as the room where the reception was held. Plus there were those huge, bay windows - absolutely beautiful. The Friendly Hills Country Club really turned out to be a hidden gem.

Oh, but you know I'm not all about work, right? I absolutely loved that there were all these ducks waddling around. I absolutely love ducks.

Ducks, unfortunately, don't love me. I kept trying to get closer to take their pictures, but they kept waddling away from me.

Oh, but of course that's not it. I saw this sign as I was on my way out to my car. A unicorn crossing sign. I love it. I love it! A place that has a sense of humor gets high grades.

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Family at the Long Beach Airport Marriott

Just now, as I was gazing at these pictures, I remember why I felt so tired on this particular morning. I had just worked a 4-midnight shift, but not only that - my tire on my new car had gone flat. So my husband had to come from Ventura to pick me up after my shift, and we drove back home together to Agoura Hills. Then, because I needed to get all the way to Long Beach by 8 a.m. to decorate this wedding, then get back to my work's parking lot, where I left my car, to take care of my tire - I needed to take my husband with me. I felt really bad for him, seeing as how he needed to do so much extra driving, so I left him sleeping in the car as I finished decorating. Anyway, this is the before.

Here's after. There are no flowers yet because they're still at the church - a money-saving tactic.

I forget exactly what was going on this day, but I believe there was some sort of function going on in the rooms before the actual reception. So all of the table arrangements were outside, waiting, but ready to go.
Of course, the requisite happy couple pictures on display, plus my mom's oh-so-fabulous arrangements.

I really wish I had been able to do more for this wedding, since the bride was my second cousin, Vanessa, below. She has really turned out to be a hottie! I couldn't even stick around to see her in her bridal gown, but ah well - I know I left her wedding behind in good hands.

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The Pacific Palms in the City of Industry

It has been probably a year since I posted, so I apologize. So as a gift, here's one, no, two, no - three! - posts in one fell swoop. Unfortunately, I believe I had to leave for work before finishing this particular wedding, so I have a few closeups of the bridal flowers my mom crafted for this wedding.
Above is the bridal bouquet and my mom's brightly flowered blouse. Every bouquet is different, so while the long, trailing ones look pretty, they're murder to carry all day, so keep that in mind, all you brides shopping around for ideas.

I remember when we used to have to use those bouquet holders - the ones with plastic handles often with lacy collars. I am so glad that trends change, because those were a big pain in the you-know-what - they have to be put in special boxed holders because they couldn't be laid down, plus they were super heavy. These types of bouquets I like much more, and heh, they're easier to transport.

I'm proud to say I assisted my mom with developing her system of organization for bridal flowers. Remember - when you have a florist doing bridal flowers for you, make sure she labels everything so as to head off any fights. Heh. No, that hasn't happened on my watch, but I can just imagine a bunch of perfectly-coiffed, satin-draped bridesmaids, flower girls and sponsors fighting over....well, you know what I mean. Anyway, I helped my mom by first printing out each of her labels. My printing is very neat, but I got tired of it, so I began using computer labels, and a trend was born.

Putting baby pictures and portraits of the happy couple out for entering guests to peruse is no new thing, but my mom now likes to make it a big display. It's kind of a cool trend, but not one for my own personal preference. I do love those arrangements, though.

The backdrop - but instead of using the usual wedding color, which was green, with a compliment as the backdrop, I was given two types of silver to augment the very green arrangements. Different.

Most sweetheart tables are either round or half-moon. I prefer half-moon. This happens to be a piece of a banquet table, I believe. But it was not an unpleasing effect - at least the newlyweds don't have to scrunch their dinner settings together on a round table that's too small. Plus, I ended up getting a lot more real estate with which to work with.

This hotel, by the way, used to be known as the Sheraton Industry Hills and was also the site of my sister's debut/18th birthday party. Also, as a fan of the show Las Vegas, I believe its the hotel used for the show's hotel room scenes.

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