Wednesday, October 31, 2007

our event guru

We hired an event planning firm, Kristin Banta Weddings & Special Events, to help manage and consult with us this next year. Really, the investment was about keeping us all sane in the months ahead as we plan from 1000 miles away. We interviewed a few planners and clicked with Kristin’s philosophy and felt great about her level of experience. Considering we don’t need someone to recommend cream cardstock for invites but need someone to make sure our Visio table diagrams and napkin folds are executed properly, this team should do great. I just love her portfolio.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

LA: the venue short list

Finding a modern design/architecture-inspired venue in LA for a wedding reception shouldn’t be that hard right? Wrong! For bride-elects who dream of a wedding at the beach, amongst California-Spanish style architecture, or at a hotel/country club, LA provides many wonderful options. However, to obtain a modern-ish venue you have to do some serious research. Here is our shortlist. The baseline requirements included: modern, stylish, indoors, and minimum capacity of 150 guests.

Seven Degrees

If Laguna Beach was less of a drive, hands down we would be celebrating here. Initial thoughts were to make it an “at-home destination wedding,” but after considering the drive
for in-state guests, it was seeming less feasible. Moving on to the true beauty of Seven Degrees, these guys offer a full service experience- event curation, design, floral, food, lighting—you name it, they do it. Working with them would have been a dream, esp since we are planning from 1k miles away. There would have been no gawking staff at our mood boards and table layout diagrams there.

The Social Hollywood

How rad to say that your wedding was at a Chodorow establishment? We loved everything about this place, except the large event space. The styling is exquisite except for that one room! We were also bugged by the fact that they Photoshop’ed elements into their brochure that didn’t exist in the space (fabric panels, staircase). It was a huge let down, but at least the staff was very friendly and accommodating. It’s a good option for a rehearsal dinner or a professional event.

The Luxe Sunset

This would get the mom and senior vote. The Luxe is a quaint boutique hotel nestled in the hills off Sunset. We like it, but the modern feel was a bit soft for our tastes + the color palette blah. The hotel as a whole is beautiful, however we have been hell bent against plunking our wedding into a hotel ballroom. The outdoor/cocktail reception area was perfect, but the indoor space would need a lot of dressing up. Also for a boutique hotel, there were some sloppy details- dirty outdoor furniture, chipped paint, etc. The true positive for this place in the end would have been the ability for guests to crash there and stay the night.

We heart Republic in all aspects, except that it was a total buyout for a Saturday event. Also, there wasn’t an elevator for accessibility needs. We lament the fact that we will not be dining on their signature lobster corn dog hors‘devours.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

oh and did we mention...

We set a date.

not too shabby

engagement spectacular

On September 15th we celebrated the n+h engagement spectacular with our families and 80 of our closest friends, co-workers, and industry colleagues. People came from near and far for the party and we still, to this day, are blown away with having had so many of our loved ones present for this momentous event. A truly unforgettable night it was for us both!

We are infinitely thankful to Jim and Paula for making this experience possible and throwing us an amazing party. Yet again, we thank Mr. Jym Snedeker for going above and beyond the call of duty as alpha friend—party planning guru—crazy woman whisperer—bearer of cupcakes for the masses—right hand man. A fine time it was.

One million thank you’s to all who were able to join us. Check out the full photo collection on Flickr.

Monday, October 15, 2007

bad bride blogger

now hear this: good wifey is not missing in action! time to put a stop to this radio silence, especially since there are so many updates to share. posting(s) coming soon, very soon. promise, k?