Sunday, June 26, 2011

Congratulations Eric and Marissa

Wow, what a grand affair! When we heard this Reception would be in a convention center, we thought “Wait, those are huge: how many guests!?” and then “How will it look?” and then “We’ll need extra speakers!” Well, we must say that it was incredible and dramatic and perfect! The colors were black and fuchsia, with white accents, and they were carried throughout everything. The tables had alternating black and white floor-length tablecloths and the chair covers and ties alternated between black and fuchsia. The centerpieces alternated between high and low candles, and flowers floating in tall vases. There were fan favors on alternating place settings and fuchsia bags of candy at each.

To add drama, there was specialty draping and uplights everywhere. The cocktail hour was held in a separate portion of the center, and we had 6 uplights accenting the walls. In the main room, specialty pipe and drape covered the whole wall behind the head table and DJ stage. Fuchsia uplights lit up the draping and there was a monogram projected onto the drape. There were four pillars up lit with pink lights behind the head table. On top of that, we had four fuchsia uplights accenting the white drape behind the cake table. The whole room glowed fuchsia and was gorgeous! Marissa was so excited when she snuck in to see it during the cocktail hour; it was fun to see her so happy.

Marissa wore a gorgeous white gown with a lace up back, and carried a bouquet of white and fuchsia flowers. She was absolutely beautiful. Her Bridal Party wore floor-length black gowns with one shoulder and they carried smaller bouquets of white and fuchsia. Eric wore a black tux with a white tie and vest, and his Groomsmen wore fuchsia vests and ties.

After a hilarious spotlight entrance (they literally had a spotlight on them) with the Wedding Party dancing in, it was time for dinner, with mariachis playing. After dinner we moved on to the First Dance and Parent’s Dances. Then it was party time! This was a fun group, and we knew we were going to have a great time. They danced to everything from Oldies to Country to Spanish to Pop to Zydeco to everything else. Following the toasts, Marissa and Eric cut their wedding cakes. Only one word can describe their cakes: WOW. Marissa’s cake had five, white, square stacked layers. It was literally the largest cake we’ve ever seen. It was taller than her! Each layer had different designs and there was a Beauty and the Beast cake topper. Eric’s cake was also amazing. He works on a ship, so his cake was a huge edible ship floating on ‘water’. It had edible derricks and an edible helicopter on top and was incredibly detailed.

After the Money and an Anniversary Dance (the longest Married couple had been married 58 years!), we went back to the party. The Bouquet and Garter Tosses came after a bit, and then the crowd danced until the end. This was a fun group who LOVED to dance and have a great time and we all had a blast!

Sadly, this fun night had to come to a close and the Newlyweds ran through their friends and family to head off to their new life together. Congratulations Eric and Marissa. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

Venue - Pasadena Convention Center
Cakes - Edible Designs by Jessie
Photography – Al with Evoke
Mariachis – Mariachi Viajeros
Catering and Linens - Amy Aleman
Uplights, Pipe and Drape, Monogram, Spotlight - The Phoenix Design Group
Photo booth - Lasting Images

Congratulations Ryan and Cori

This hot summer day brought us to the beautiful Lyceum in Galveston. The gorgeous floor to ceiling stained glass windows are the perfect backdrop for a wedding. The colors for the day were purple and coral. The tables and chair covers were white, with alternating high low centerpieces consisting of tall purple and coral calla lilies or candles.

Cori was so gorgeous in her white embellished gown that was fitted to the knees. The bust and hemline were heavily embellished and the gown sparkled. The long train was so pretty! Cori opted to wear her hair down with it swept up on one side only, and it was perfect on her. She carried a full bouquet of purple and orange flowers hand tied with a ribbon. The Bridal Party wore knee-length dresses in coral and carried bouquets that were smaller versions of Cori’s. I loved the colors, as they were so pretty for a summer’s day. Ryan wore a black tux with a white vest and tie and a coral colored boutonniere. His Groomsmen wore black tuxes with coral vests and ties. The whole group really looked great together!

Following the Ceremony, which included a sand ceremony, and dinner, it was time for the special dances and then the dance floor was open. After a bit of dancing, it was time for the toast and cake cutting. The Bride’s cake had three, white, square stacked tiers. Each had a unique design, also in white. It was topped with a white bow. Ryan’s Groom’s cake had two chocolate, square, stacked tiers. Each was accented with chocolate covered strawberries and college and sport team logos (Texas A&M, Astros, Rockets, and a Texans helmet on the top.) I guess he likes sports? LOL In addition to the awesome cakes, Ryan and Cori had a candy buffet. It had all kinds of candy in purple and orange and it looked delicious. You know the guests loved that.

As soon as the cake was cut, we went right back to the dancing. We could tell that this would be a party crowd, and we were right. They danced to everything from Oldies to Country to Top 40. They came ready to have a great time!

After lots of fun, and the Bouquet and Garter tosses, the night came to a close. The happy Newlyweds ran through a shower of confetti and were carried away in a horse drawn carriage. Congratulations to Ryan and Cori!

Venue: The Lyceum
Photography: Al with Evoke
Catering: Gio’s Restaurant
Decorating and Flowers: Events n Petals
Cake: Cakes by Phyllis

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Congratulations Mario and Felicia

This Reception took place at one of our favorite venues: Bay Oaks Country Club. The colors for this wedding were cream and blue and they were so pretty for an afternoon wedding. The tables had floor-length ivory/champagne linens and the same color napkins tied with blue ribbons. The chivari chairs had chair ‘skirts’ in blue (we’ve never seen them before so I don’t know what to call them.) The chair skirts covered just the back legs of the chairs and they were really pretty. The tables had alternating high/low centerpieces of assorted flowers including blue hydrangea, white lilies, and others. At each place setting was a Crave cupcake as a favor for each guest. (Those were gone fast!)

Felicia wore a pretty, strapless off-white gown. It had a ruching down both sides with pick-ups on the skirt. The gown had minimal embellishment except for the sash, which had rhinestone and bead embellishments on the front. It was very elegant and perfect for her. She carried a beautiful bouquet of assorted white, blush and ivory flowers. Her Bridal Party wore knee-length gowns of a slate blue color that had a halter –style neck. They carried bouquets with a variety of flowers. Mario wore a black tux with a white vest and his Groomsmen wore black tuxes with blue vests that matched the Bridal Party gowns.

After dinner and the special dances, it was time for the cake cutting. The Bride’s cake had three white layers on a stand, each embellished with blue hydrangea and other flowers. Mario’s cake was awesome! It was one chocolate layer with a huge, edible, Starbucks coffee cup on top. The cup was at least eight inches tall and the top had swirled frosting that looked like foam with caramel drizzled over it.

After the Bouquet Toss, the afternoon came to a close. Mario and Felicia ran through rose petals, jumped into their limousine and headed off to their new life as a married couple. Congratulations to the Newlyweds and enjoy your Hawaiian honeymoon!!

Venue: Bay Oaks Country Club
Photographer: River Oaks Studio
Groom’s Cake: Finale by Glenna
Flowers: Clear Lake Flowers
Cupcake favors: Crave

Congratulations Sean and Keri

We met this couple through Keri’s brother, as we DJ’d his wedding reception five years ago. It’s always really cool and great praise when we get to work with the same family more than once. Thanks!

The color for this wedding was jade, and it was so pretty! There were white table cloths and chair covers, with jade green satin table runners and chair ties. The gorgeous centerpieces consisted of high/low floral arrangements of orange, pink, and white flowers, surrounded by candles. The room looked so pretty! For favors, each guest got a lottery ticket in an envelope, with a customized sticker on the front saying “Lucky in Love.” Cute!

Keri was stunning in her white fitted gown. It had a deep V front with beading across the high waist. The whole dress had ruching down the sides to give a gathered effect. It was gorgeous! She carried a bouquet of assorted pink flowers, including roses and stargazer lilies. Her Bridal Party wore jade, floor-length gowns and carried bouquets that matched Keri’s but they were in shades of white. Sean wore a black tux with white vest and tie, and he looked great as well. His Groomsmen wore similar attire but with grey vests.

After the entrance and dinner, we moved onto the special dances. Then, party time! A bit later it was time for the toast and cake cutting. Keri’s cake had three stacked, round, white tiers. Each had a jade ribbon around the bottom and they were separated by white lilies and roses. Sean’s ‘cake’ was different: a nicely displayed assortment of mini tarts with flavors like brownie, snicker doodle, and lemon. I’m sure the guests loved the variety of desserts!

Dancing picked up again and we partied until the end (stopping for the bouquet and garter, of course.) This group loved to dance to everything from Oldies to Country to Pop/Top 40, to Hip Hop, to everything in between. They were a great bunch and a lot of fun. Towards the end of the night we did something that is a tradition in Keri’s family: musical chairs. It was so funny watching everyone go out until the winners were announced: Sean and Keri! It was a bit chaotic but a lot of fun and we could see why they like to do it at family weddings. We were cracking up!

Finally the night came to an end and the Newlyweds headed off to their new life together. Congratulations Sean and Keri!

Venue: Bay Area Community Center
Caterer: Richard and Shari Davis
Photographer: Jayme Perelli

Happy 10th Anniversary to Us!

Ferdy and I happily celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary last Friday night with 50 of our closest friends and family, and we had a blast! Although we strongly believe that there is no way you can DJ your own wedding reception, we did DJ our party. Thanks to Ferdy for making some great dinner and dance mixes so we could dance and spend time visiting with others without having to man the controls all night (and no awkward silences between songs).

Our colors were black and fuchsia, so we had black satin floor-length tablecloths, black satin chair covers, with fuchsia chair ties and napkins. Our tall centerpieces had black feathers with fuchsia sparkly accents, with fuchsia candles around the bottom. We used our uplights to give the whole room a pink glow and it was spectacular! (If I do say so myself. Ha ha.) After some appetizers and a great dinner, we cut our cake and then danced and danced!

We’d like to say a HUGE thanks to Rachel and Jamie with Girls With Pearls Photography. We became friends with them through the wedding industry a few years ago. We love both them and their energy. They are hilarious and fun and they took plenty of pictures. They love, love, love their clients, and we love, love, love Girls With Pearls!! Even our family and friends commented on how much fun they were, how nice they were, and how they always seemed to be there capturing every shot but never in the way. We are so excited and can’t wait to see the photos!!

Another thanks goes out to Cakes by Jula. Jula’s cakes are amazing and we knew ours would taste delicious. I came in with 4 pages of pictures, a drawing, explanations, and lots of detail on exactly what I wanted. And Jula did it perfectly! Our cake was elegant and so delicious! Thanks again Jula, we knew we’d love it and we were right. And our guests thank you too, as they also loved the cake. All we have left is the top layer, which we’ll eat on our 11th Anniversary.

We had a great night and loved spending time with our family and friends celebrating a milestone in our marriage. Thanks again to everyone who celebrated with us and our awesome vendors who did such a fantastic job!