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The Ultimate Bridal Event Totally Rocked! | January 8th, 2012

The Ultimate Bridal Event was a total blast with a huge turnout! I had so much fun, and kept running into friends who had just gotten engaged!!! Of course my personal favorites were out in full force, House of Flowers, Sit n Grin Photo Booth, Freestyle Entertainment, Anamie’s Sweets, Rush Entertainment, Fairy Godmother, NY Photography, and I even saw a few new favorites emerge from the pack!!! My good friend Sharon Cousineau whom you may recognize from With Love Photography has traded in her camera for a set of kitchen knives! She just opened up a catering business, La Bonne Soiree! Her 1200+ hors d’oeuvres were devoured in the first 45 min of the show! If you couldn’t tell, Sharon and her sister were an instant hit! Luckily they hid some for me and I was able to taste her Uh-May-ZING cupcakes!!! I really look forward to seeing what comes next from these multi-talented ladies! Can we say Top Chef Bakersfield?!? Next I found an old friend, Ms. Shari Fortino with Debonaire School of Ballroom Dancers, who was there to promote her ballroom lessons for that all-important first dance as a married couple!! I must say, my husband and I actually took several lessons form her a few years ago to prepare for our first dance and that lady can definitely perform miracles… because anyone who can get my husband with his two left feet to dance the way he did, is a dance goddess!!!  With over 37 years of expertise in dance performance, instruction, and choreography, she can turn any couple into elegant dancing ballroom machines. My husband and I still to this day joke about how learning how to dance together was better couples counseling before the wedding, than what we got from our pastor!

Before the fashion show, there was a performance from Great Last Night and lets just say they were great last night, today and will be tomorrow! This seven-piece band, which includes an amazing vocalist, trumpeter, and saxophonist, can really get the party started at your wedding. From Katy Perry, to Kool and The Kang, Beyonce to Bon Jovi, James Brown to Bruno Mars, they know it and they love it… and so will you! I was dancing the entire time they were playing and found myself gravitating towards their booth all day to listen to their poppin sound! Let’s not forget the extremely talented and sultry voice of Roger “The Lounge Guy” Martin, who was there singing so many of my favorite songs from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Let me tell you… he sure can set a romantic mood for any wedding or event! I wish I could afford to hire him even for a romantic dinner and date night for my husband and I! If I had to do my wedding over I would definitely have The Lounge Guy sing during cocktail and dinner time and then bring in Great Last Night to party the night away!!! They were the perfect combination!

The Fashion show went with out a hitch… well except for one model who kept tripping over her shoes but she just kicked them off and kept strutting her stuff!!! That’s what I call true professionalism! Fino’s Menswear was in full force dancing their way up and down the runway with models giving those girls great eye candy, tailored suits, and a little swagger. Fino’s owner Jerry himself was even out their busting a few moves on the catwalk!  Everything from wedding gowns for the day, lingerie compliments of The Bra Shoppe for your wedding night, and honeymoon attire from vendors like Apricot Lane was featured as each model showcased so many different looks.

I can sum this event up as one fun, upscale and classy bridal event, which is most likely why they are called the Ultimate Bridal Event! If you missed the show, don’t worry they will be back at Rabobank for another fantastic event on September 16th, 2012. In the meantime, you can visit their site at www.ultimatebridalevent.com.

The Ultimate Bridal Event Kicks Off 2012 and Engagement Season!

If you just got engaged during the holiday season, then you don’t want to miss out on all of the vendor awesomeness tomorrow from noon to 4pm at The Ultimate Bridal Event being held at Rabobank Convention Center in Downtown Bakersfield! For those of you who haven’t been there before, you can find it at 1001 Truxton Avenue, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301.

Check out their website to get tickets online, or you can purchase them at the door tomorrow. Andrew and I will be there talking to brides and taking photos for upcoming articles, so make sure you say “Hi!” and let us know what you think of the show!

If you can’t make it tomorrow, feel free to contact us for more nformation on vendors, wedding ideas and upcoming bridal events.

A Formal Affair :: An Essential Bridal Event

Sunday April 3rd, 2011 marked the first of many new bridal shows to come to the Central Valley.  A Formal Affair Bridal Event was hosted by owners Todd and Denette Westbrook of Details Party Rentals at The Links at Riverlakes in Bakersfield, CA. The April 3rd show was the first of two events scheduled for 2011, with another line-up of bridal events already in the works for 2012. I had the privilege of hanging out with many of the vendors on display at A Formal Affair.  Being the wife of a wedding photographer, editor of Behind The Ceremony and at one point being a bride myself… I have been to several bridal events over the years and I must say that I really enjoyed the intimate setting and one on one attention every bride was given when speaking to the vendors.  Many times brides walk into a large bridal event and are suddenly overwhelmed by dozens of vendors from each category.  Often they leave the event with so many business cards and samples that they have a hard time remembering which vendors are which.  April’s event was limited to fewer vendors in each category, which allowed brides and their guests a chance to spend more time with each vendor.  After talking with many of the brides and vendors during the event, it was clear that this made it possible for brides to spend some real quality time with each vendor.  These “mini-consultations” gave brides a chance to ask some of the more important questions on their minds and determine which vendors they would like to set up a follow up appointment with.  Let’s face it, when you are trying to plan a wedding while juggling work, school or any other aspects of regular life, it can become very difficult to fit in numerous appointments and consultations.  Brides were able to attend A Formal Affair, talk to quality vendors and make strong connections with those vendors that they really loved prior to the follow up consultations.  Having that opportunity saved valuable time that many brides may not have, while presenting them with some of the finest vendors in Kern County.  We have worked with many of the vendors who participated in A Formal Affair on real weddings and we can personally say that they offer some of the finest products, highest quality of customer service and we have even seen some of them save the day when weather and unforeseen factors threatened to ruin some of the most beautiful weddings we have been to. One of the day’s highlights for me was the Sit N Grin Photobooth, where I enjoyed posing and taking fabulous pictures with friends! The artichoke centerpiece from Flower Bar was simply fantastic… if you haven’t seen it in person, you have to go down to Flower Bar and ask them about it!  The amazing desserts from Anamie’s Sweets were to die for, PM Custom Catering had lots of creative new ideas for favors and tasty food, Freestyle Entertainment had every option you could imagine to light your venue and Details Party Rentals had just the right touch for decorating.  HDM brought in their arcade game from the office and offered people a chance to win one of their gorgeous highlight videos… all anyone had to do was beat the high score. From the smooth Sinatra-esque sound coming from The Lounge Guy, to the DJ stylings of Kevin Rush, you were sure to find the style that fit your wedding. If you are planning a wedding for later this year or even next year and you missed out on April’s event… don’t worry, there is another event planned for Auguest 28th, 2011.  For more information go to the official website www.formalaffairbridalevent.com.  A special thank you to all of the amazing vendors at the show, everyone involved with A Formal Affair and to Alivia Daniels for making my hair and make-up look fabulous, so that I could show up to A Formal Affair in style!

A Formal Affair | The Hot New Bridal Event In Town!

There is an exciting new bridal event coming to California’s Central Valley.  This Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 brides from all over will have the chance to head out to The Links at Riverlakes for A Formal Affair Bridal Event!  For all you brides out there who are planning a wedding of your own, this is going to be the perfect opportunity to talk face to face with a wide variety of vendors.  So whether you are trying to find that one last minute addition to your wedding, or you are just getting started on the planning, make sure you come out to A Formal Affair!  Behind The Ceremony will be there talking to brides about their experience at A Formal Affair and getting their input on wedding planning and their favorite vendors!  So don’t forget to say “Hi” to us and enter our drawing for a chance to win a 90 minute on location engagement photo session!

A Formal Affair April 3rd, 2011

Fairy Godmother Day Of Wedding Coordinator

Bring some magic to your wedding with a little Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!!!

We’ve all dreamed of having our own Fairy Godmother magically appear on our wedding day.  Someone to make sure the day is perfect, right down to the shoes!  However, none of us want to turn back into a pumpkin at midnight.  With Colleen Bauer and her team at Fairy Godmother, you can have just that.  As stressful as your wedding day is, to have a team of organized women who can honestly handle anything that comes their way on your big day is absolutely priceless!

I have to tell you about a wedding that my husband and I were shooting.  So many things had gone wrong and though we were there to do their photos, I quickly turned into much more than a photographer.  It first started when the bride forgot to bring the print and matte board that she wanted her guests to sign, which sent me across town to ensure that it was there in time for guests to sign.  Then her dress ripped, so from errand runner I turned into a seamstress.  Next, not only were the caterers late to arrive, but they left the wedding early leaving all the dirty dishes and the cake cutting and serving for all 250 guests up to the bride and groom.  So then instead of second shooting with my husband, I ended up cleaning, cutting and serving cake for the remainder of the wedding.  This was not all that happened, but I wanted to paint the overall picture of how unscheduled changes and mistakes can reshape your incredibly special day into one filled with chaos and stress.  I will never forget at the end of the night looking over at my husband and saying, “Where was Colleen when we needed her?!?”  My husband and I now recommend that all of our brides meet with Colleen Bauer and her team at Fairy Godmother, because every bride deserves a flawless day!

On another occasion there was another wedding that we shot and luckily they had hired Colleen.  It was Mother’s Day 2010, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day for this outside ceremony and reception.  Suddenly the weather changed, wind picked up and as the minister said, “You may now kiss your bride.”, a down poor of rain hit.  Before anyone knew it, Colleen had everything organized and under control and everyone watched as she single handedly saved the day.  In the video posted you will meet the couple and their family as they describe testimonial of the day and how Colleen and her Fairy Godmother team were able to turn something potentially so tragic into magic!

So even though Colleen may not have a magic wand or sing “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”, she truly is the Fairy Godmother that all the girls have dreamed about having and deserve on their special day!

Video Courtesy of Higher Definition Media

Fairy Godmother | Promo from HDM on Vimeo.

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