8 Reasons to Have A Summer Camp Wedding

Originally posted on The Knot Blog:

Imagine a wedding weekend that combines all of your favorite memories from your summer childhood with the beauty and romance of a rustic outdoor wedding. Sounds AMAZING right? Ok, well this is actually totally doable. You can get married at a lot of summer camps, especially during the off-season when campers head back to school. Extra brownie points if you get married at the camp you went to or if you met there (like this couple!).  Here’s why you should relive your favorite camp memories (and make some new ones) on your wedding day.

1. You can have your ceremony in the great outdoors.

2. You and your guests get to stay in cabins (like a giant slumber party!).

3. There’s no excuse not to have s’mores.

4. You can have field guide ceremony programs.

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Brian & Lei | Love in LA. LACMA Street Lamp Engagement Photos

As we near the month of August, Lei & Brian’s wedding at Saddlerock Ranch is quickly approaching. Moment before the couple says “I Do” we wanted to share with you their romantic engagement session at the LACMA Street Light installation. Photography by John Solano

 

RUSTIC ROMANCE From the Glam Barn to the Wonders of the Woods

If you’re into the outdoors and have an eclectic personal style, rustic weddings are defiantly for you. Rustic weddings have a range of styles that can by stylish, feminine and gorgeous without a doubt. From outdoors weddings in the majestic woods, to beautiful barn weddings with grand chandeliers, rustic weddings are really about your style, colors and personality. For brides who are truly into DIY, there are many fantastic details that are just for you.  My favorite, long butcher-block like oversized tables, and long family style dining is perfect for this style.

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{Those Who Inspire Us}

Tyler Branch Photography (top photo)  Ruffled , Green Wedding Shoes , etsy , Charleston City Paper , Audry Hanna Photography, Laura Petterson Photography, Simply Simpatica

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eventpros:

LOVE LOVE LOVE this hot wedding trend. What are your thoughts?

Originally posted on Ashelynn Manor:

This trend may be over when it comes to hair color, think Rachel Bilson cira 2010, but it is heating up the decor world!  There are so many possibilities and we want you to try them all right here at Ashelynn Manor!

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Thirsty Thursdays :: Hello Jell-O!

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Looking for some fun, simple and sexy ideas for your upcoming summer party or even wedding? We found just the thing for you. Can you say He-llo to Je-llo? Thanks to our friends @simplesolutions we found all that you can ask for and more.

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Cosmo Jello Shot :: Instructions

Cucumber Lime Margarita Jello Shot :: Instructions

Pear Melon Martini Jello Shot (aka Lucky-Tini) :: Instructions

Ocean Margarita Jello Shot :: Instructions

Butterbeer Jello Shot :: Instructions

Polyjuice Potion Jello Shot :: Instructions

Jello shots at a wedding?? You must think we are outside our minds, but these gourmet jello shots are actually turning into a huge trend this year! Dare to be different and serve these playful cocktails as your signature drink at your outdoor wedding! Check out more jello shot ideas HERE!

P.S. :: Jello shots can be made the night before your event, but don’t cut or unmold them until about an hour before serving! Also, since they are prone to welting in a buffet setting (and will probably be sitting out for more than 20 minutes), just add 1/2 to a full envelope of gelatin to the recipe to prevent welting!

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Bold Color Inspiration :: Magenta and Aquamarine

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Flowers in ceramic pitchers
Invitation presentation
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Hand painted mason jars
Centerpieces
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Clair + Leon | Married {MALIBU WEDDING}

RANCHO SOL DEL PACIFICO – June 10, 2012

Every once in a while, one is fortunate to experience moments in life that touch the heart and soul. For me, the wedding of Clair & Leon was just that.  Clair & Leon are both deeply connected to spirituality and to the Jewish faith and have a love to each other and all those surrounding them that you can almost touch.

Their magical spirit was felt by everyone whom attended their wedding without a doubt.  Each guest that was invited was somehow touched by Clair & Leon’s spark and had a deep connection to them. I feel lucky that I got to experience their special day. A special thanks to the fabulously talented duo Ron & Gabrielle Levy  of Ron Levy Photography who captured some of the most fabulous moments. They are both rock stars.

The wedding of Clair & Leon took place at the breathtaking  Rancho Sol Del Pacifico . The private estate in the hills of Malibu overlooking the ocean was turned into a wedding location extraordinaire for the day! A big thanks to my fab assistant Elle!

Stay Fabulous. Be Inspired

Those that Inspire Us!

Location: Rancho Sol Del Pacifico
Event Planner: Adee Drory, Event Pros LA

Flowers: The Exotic Green Garden

Brides Dress Designer: Alferd Angelo

Officiate: Rabbi Yaacov Pinto

Makeup: Inbal Neer & Hair: Paul Ohana Hair Studio
DJ / Music: DJ Aviel

Catering: Bazilikum

Photography:  Ron Levy Photography

Rentals: CMC Party Rentals

ON MY MIND

  • I drink my coffee with no sugar and enjoy it
  • I love my MacBook Pro and don’t understand how I was ever a PC kind of girl

  • I am in denial about my addiction to Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest

  • I’m a little bit scared all the time, which makes me think I am doing something right.
  • I have zero willpower when it comes to lemon bars

  • I love my two daughters more then life itself.
  • I’m scared of snakes and bugs. If I were to be on a reality show like Survivor I would lose.
  • I love sunsets and will photograph while driving on the freeway if it’s a good one

  • I try to live a carb-free life, which usually lasts about a week.
  • I think my husband thinks I am a magician. He thinks there is nothing I can’t do.

  • I love finding new applications for iPhone photography. They make me happy

  • I sleep on a very squishy flat pillow

  • I volunteer because there is not enough human kindness around
  • I scar easily and it takes at least a year to really go away. Really.

  • 
I never find anything good on sale. I always pay full price.
 

An amazing time lapse video of the 3-day production set up and event of “Celebrate Israel”, the largest Jewish happening in North America took place in Los Angeles on April 29th at Rancho Park. The community-wide event initiated by the Israeli Leadership Council brought together the entire Jewish and Israeli community with the help of 100 local Jewish organizations in Los Angeles. Event production by Event Pros LA. Video by Ronni Sikolsky

10 Questions Nonprofits Should Ask When Planning a Gala

As the peak of the Summer is nearing, many corporations and non-profit organizations just like yours are starting to think about their annual appeal and chances are, they are also thinking about next year’s gala. While silent auctions, donning black ties and evening gowns, and deciding on fish or chicken cannot be discount from the list of important line items for a gala, there are a few things to take into consideration and ask when planning a gala:

1. What Is Your Goal? 

It is important that the key decision makers of your organization share the same understanding of what you are looking to achieve. Nice corporate parties have their place, but a gala is your golden opportunity for fundraising. It is critical that you or your event planner create a meaningful experience — one that balances fun with cause-related messaging — to encourage attendees to open their wallets and bring friends along next time.

2. Who Is Your Target Audience? 

When planning a gala, defining your goal and your audience drives everything else you do. For instance, an event geared toward major gift donors will have a much different feel than one geared toward long-time volunteers. The nature of your audience will impact programming, entertainment, the type of ask, ticket pricing and so much more.

3. Where Should You Hold the Gala?

Some of our clients like to host eventsown on their site so that donors can see the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment their support helped make possible. Depending on your goal and audience, a high-end venue might be a better fit

4. What Date Should You Select for the Data?  

When considering a date for your gala, staying away from galas during the holidays is e best advice. Many people are busy during the holidays, so that’s generally not the best time to host a gala. No matter what the season, be mindful of what else is going on — whether it’s other local charities holding events or a national celebration like the Super Bowl. Be sure to pick a date well in advance so you can line up a venue, catering,and entertainment as well as get on board members’ calendars, and send “Save the Date” notices as early as possible. Don’t forget to look at the Jewish holiday calendar as well.

5. What Types of Activities and Entertainment Should You feature? 

Again, consider your audience. A wealthy, older crowd will be comfortable in a traditional setting, with a formal sit down dinner and tasteful Jazz quartet. On the other hand, an audience that is young and hip will prefer a more casual environment with alternative or mainstream music. The more you are able to connect your mission to the entertainment, the better. For example, an organization that provides micro-finance loans to woman in Africa might choose an African women’s choir to sing traditional music during the gala. .

6. What’s Your Budget, and Can You Handle the Upfront Expenses? 

No organization wants to lose money on a gala. Do your homework upfront so you’re aware of all possible costs, and then stick to the budget. Hiring a professional corporate event planner is highly advised so they can assist in referring you to the right vendors, hand deposits and costs negotiations with the venue, catering and entertainment — that are due months in advance. Hiring an event planner ,who comes with experience and a Rolodex of vendors and contacts who can create an experience for your guests and take a big load off of your hands so you can focus on the fundraising is highly recommended.

7. What’s Your Income Model? 

A lot to think about here. Sponsorships allow businesses the opportunity to align themselves with your cause and help defray your expenses. Ticket pricing, of course, is key. Keep an eye on what other local charities have charged for similar events. And think about what your invitees will be willing and able to spend to attend.

8. How will you get the word out?

Will local magazines and TV stations donate free advertising? are you including social media as part of your campaign? What kinds of PR tactics can you employ? How will you tell your top donors about the event? A strong marketing plan will address these and other questions.

9. What Messages Do You Want To Communicate During the Event?

When considering the message you are communicating, the focal point should be one that will be heartfelt, moving and meaningful when delivered. If high-end donors are your audience, you might aim to convey the fruits of their generosity, such as research advancements, community outreach goals met or capital improvements. And remember: don’t be shy about asking for money. Be direct in your ask and communicate how gifts will be put to good use.

10. How Can You Connect Attendees With Your Cause? 

This ties in with my above point about creating a meaningful experience for your guests. Reinforce to attendees the importance of your cause and why their support really matters. You may consider a larger budget for video, visuals and editing in order to convey the “story” or your organization in an impactful video explaining the significance of their contribution. Also, be sure to invite those that directly benefit from your organization’s work; they can meet and mingle with guests, deliver a meaningful keynote address, or offer inspiration to guests.

Stay Fabulous. Be Inspired.

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