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A Soolip Wedding

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Photos by Stacy Gardner & Scott Clark

On Saturday, March 3rd, I had the opportunity to attend A Soolip Wedding event.  Am I getting married? Well, my boyfriend wasn’t in attendance due to cold feet (just kidding), but I did go solo to check out some of the best wedding resources all under one roof!  I enjoy planning things, so maybe the next thing will be a wedding for someone else if not mine?

Held at the beautiful Bel Air Bay club in Pacific Palisades, I knew I was in for a wonderful day when I pulled up to valet with a Rolls Royce sitting outside the club for all attendees to view.  Produced by Wanda Wen, A Soolip Wedding is well known as one of the wedding industry’s must go-to events and is essential for soon-to-be-wed couples, wedding planners or anyone looking for inspired event resources.  The theme was “Crystal Showers, Eternal Flowers” where 60+ vendors featured distinguished wedding amenities.

Some highlights from the event were dazzling pieces from America’s most established jeweler, Black, Starr & Frost, a fashion show with amazing wedding gowns of avant-garde bridal couture line, St. Pucchi, and smooth dance tunes from Elan artists.  There were tasty bites and drinks from Good Gracious! Events, Charm City Cakes  and other catering companies.  Sponsors of the event include Warner Bros. Special Events, Town & Country, The Knot and Utterly Engaged.  Overall, I had such a great time and definitely left with some new ideas for weddings that I share with all my brides to be! So who is ready to plan a wedding?

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Event Tips P-R

Greetings!  I’m back with fresh new tips for planning your event and these next three are all a part of the big picture.  Let’s dive in!

1.  Photography: Photography is a very important part of an event, because you want to capture memories that live on forever and you want to give the non-attendee a chance to see the event through your eyes.  Every event should have a photographer and/or photo booth, which has become very popular part of events.  For the person taking the photos, you want to capture the action and paint a picture for those who couldn’t attend to make them feel like they are there.  If you’re on a tight budget, you can hire a student from a photography school as they are eager to build their portfolio.

This is a photo from the Travel Expo in Long Beach showing how packed this event was.

This is from the Skinny Cow event in 2011 that lists all the different types of beauty makeovers one could get.

2.   Quality: No matter how basic or complex your event is, it should be a quality event.  The vendors, the staff, and the venue should be worth putting on a show.

Pamper Me Fabulous at Terranea Resort in 2011 was a quality event form the venue, food, services, staff and attendees!

3.  RSVP:  RSVPs provide a head count of whose attending and give a personalized touch to an invitation.  If you provide an RSVP, make sure to respond back to each one confirming whether or not they can attend.  I can’t recall how many times people have attended events and were turned away because they said they RSVP’d, but got no response confirming.  Cut out the guesswork and hassle by issuing a one line response.  Also, if a +1 can attend, make that clear in your invitation.

This is an example of a great invitation that requires and RSVP and clearly mentions you can bring a +1

I hope you enjoyed my tips for this week, feel free to share any tips you might have!

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Herb Ritts L.A. Style Opening Reception

On Monday, April 2nd I had the honor of attending the opening reception for the Herb Ritts L.A. Style Exhibit at the Getty Center.  This warm spring evening brought out the artsy crowd to the beautiful grounds of this museum to celebrate a man who has captured pure essence in each of his photos.

This was my first time to The Getty, so I was super excited to attend! Accompanied by a walking piece of art, The Man in the Hot Pink Suit, we were sure to have a wonderful time!  Upon arrival, we took a tram to get to the event location. The view was beautiful along the way, with houses on hills and a breathtaking view of the LA landscape. 

The reception was held outside, with delicious hors d’oeuvres, drinks and chocolate cupcakes with white frosting and a bow fitted for the theme. We met several different people, including GRAMMY award winner Tracy Chapman, who has been photographed by Herb multiple times.  After a bit of mingling, it was time to see the main attraction and enjoy his innovation.

As I walked around the West Pavilion of The Getty looking at his photos, I was intrigued.  Here we had a man who became a top photographer in the 1980s with a mastery of fashion, portraits, nudes and music videos.  Each photo I saw was more captivating than the other.  The black and white photos were all amazing and here are some of my faves:

Djimon Hounsou With Octopus, 1989

At first glance I thought these were dreads, but up close it’s an octopus. 

 

Mask, 1989

This photo is so cool! I wish I could do that with my hair, as it would be a true art piece. 

Mel Gibson, 1985

This photo of him is beautiful and rugged!

After we viewed the entire exhibit, we were headed back to the reception when in comes Cindy Crawford! 

Still showcasing her supermodel style, she still looks amazing and youthful as ever. She was also one of Herb Ritt’s subjects so it was a pleasure to have her at the opening.

This was a great way to get me to the Getty and I will definitely be back.  The work of Herb Ritts is a must see and will be on display until August 26th.

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