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Thursday, February, 26, 2009  |  Weddings

Today at TBC, I want to introduce you to two very special guests...Jacqueline and Candy......"TBC Fans" and they sent me their gorgeous wedding stories and I am so happy to share them with all of you.  I'll begin each feature with the "super sweet" email that I received from them.....I just had to share it with you because their words put a smile on my face...up first is Jacqueline....Enjoy!

"Hi Janie,
 I've been a big fan of The Bride's Cafe since I discovered it earlier this year while planning my wedding this fall - it was such a fantastic source of inspiration to me, and I still enjoy reading your blog as a married woman :)  I thought you might be interested to see the photos from our wedding, courtesy of our wonderful photographers, and to hear our story. 

My husband Demian and I were married on
September 6, 2008 at the Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, California.  In planning our wedding, we were very much inspired by the natural, dramatic beauty of our venue, which is the oldest surviving Japanese-style gardens in the Western hemisphere, consisting of historic buildings nestled amongst hillside gardens, bamboo forests, and koi ponds.  Because September is water lily season at Hakone, our wedding stationery featured a water lily and koi motif. 

The fall garden theme reappeared at our traditional Chinese banquet reception, which featured submerged lotus pod, calla lily, and pincushion centerpieces set in moss and river rock containers, as well as a four-tier (two flavor) cake covered with sugar paste river rocks, water lilies, and topped with a replica of the garden bridge at Hakone.  In keeping with the regal elegance of the gardens, taiko drums signalled the beginning of the ceremony and entrance of the groom with his groomsmen and the officiant.  
 

At the end of the day, Demian and I had the most fun making our wedding personal, from our music selections to the favors we gave to guests.  Having been best friends since high school, we wanted to add details to our special day to acknowledge the things that we have, over the years, come to enjoy together and love about one another. 

By way of example, Demian's parents and my bridesmaids entered to Debussy's "Clair de Lune," the first piece that I ever heard Demian, an accomplished pianist, play at a school concert during our freshman year of high school.  Rather than walking down the aisle to "Here Comes the Bride" or Pachabel's "Canon in D," I descended my hilltop perch to the "Portugese Love Theme" (a song from my favorite movie "Love Actually"), carrying as my "something blue" a collection of short stories by Roald Dahl called "Kiss Kiss." 

At our reception, each of our guests was given an envelope escort card, containing a table assignment and a little-known fact about the couple.  And on each table setting, we placed for our guests a tin of Earl Grey tea (Demian's favorite), as well as one of my first dessert recipes - Earl Grey chocolate truffles.
 

Even though Demian and I had known for many years that we would eventually marry, our engagement and the wedding itself was no less sweet.  We hope you enjoy perusing some of our favorite wedding photos!"

Credits go to:
 
Photography: Kerry Rodgers Photography and Gloria Nunez Photography
Event Coordination: Crystal Lequang, Amazae Special Events
Floral Design: Nicole Ha
Cake Design: Stephanie Masquelier, Flours

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Wednesday, February, 25, 2009  |  Wedding Films

Welcome back and up next is the gorgeous work of cinematographer, Andy Jackson of Portal Films.  Andy's work is STUNNING....his style is filled with beauty...charm....and grace.  Andy not only captures the couple's wedding day, but he also captures the love they share for each other and he captures it in the most romantic way.  Andy sent over the wedding film of Jenny & Joel...I love it and I'm sure you will too...let's check it out...Enjoy!


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Wednesday, February, 25, 2009  |  Wedding Films

Today's features are all about "Wedding Films"....I so enjoy watching beautiful wedding stories captured on film...and how sweet for the couple to be able to share this with their family and friends and also with their children and grandchildren in the years to come.  So go grab a snack (I know it's early) and you may get a little teared up so have the tissue handy!

Our first film is by a very special lady at TBC....Vanessa McKellar. I remember the first time I saw Megan & Randy's wedding images and to see the film was just the "icing on the cake"...some of you may remember their wedding being featured on TBC's first site...well I wanted to bring it back today to share with you all over again..so let's take a walk down memory lane and check out Megan & Randy's beautiful vintage style wedding day...Enjoy!


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Tuesday, February, 24, 2009  |  Weddings

Welcome back to our second featured wedding.....Jeena & Vikas.  Their wedding is SO very beautiful..you will absolutely love it....filled with beauty and great details.  Their wedding story was captured by Dionne Haglund of The Shooting Gallery Photography....Dionne is no stranger to the cafe...I love it when she stops by...always sharing beautiful wedding stories with us and Dionne is also a part of TBC's Crème de la Crème list.  Let's check out the "magic" that Dionne captured on Jeena & Vikas's  beautiful day...Enjoy!

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Tuesday, February, 24, 2009  |  Weddings

Today at the cafe we have two beautiful weddings for you and I'm excited because not only are the weddings "magazine worthy".....the incredibly talented photographers are a part of  TBC's  Crème de la Crème list. 

We will start off with the beautiful wedding of Susan & Greg...their wedding is filled with  style and beauty.  Melissa Koehler captured their special day and the images are STUNNING!  I love Melissa's work and she is such a sweetie....I'm so happy to have her here with us today and you will fall in love with her work as did I....AND...she has some "kicking" music on her site...make sure you check it out....and now let's check out Susan & Greg....Enjoy!! 


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Monday, February, 23, 2009  |  In the News

Hi Ladies...if you are in the Washington, DC area on March 19th, make plans to attend I'm Getting Hitched...it will totally be one of the "must attend" chic events of the year...check out the "411" below!

Now that you’ve said “I will”…come meet, mingle and hear wedding expert Anne Chertoff http://from-i-will-to-i-do.blogspot.com/ and the best of DC’s wedding vendors give you inside tips and advice on getting organized and planning to say “I do”!

Get inspired with event décor, sample cocktails & decadent sweets, win fabulous raffle prizes and take home a wonderful assortment of goodies too.

Featuring: Hitched Salon http://www.hitchedsalon.com/, Design Cuisine http://www.designcuisine.com/, Ritzy Bee Events www.ritzybee.com, Kate Headley Photography http://www.kateheadleyphotography.com/, Humanstory Films http://www.humanstoryfilms.com/, K. Rose Cakes http://krosecakes.com/, Laura Hooper Calligraphy http://www.lhcalligraphy.com/ and more…

When
: Thursday, March 19, 2009 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Hitched Salon http://www.hitchedsalon.com/findus.html {located in Georgetown} 1523 Wisconsin Ave, NW Washington, DC 2007

The event is complimentary and you must register to attend. Space is very limited and open to brides + 1 guest only. Please RSVP early to: fromiwilltoido@gmail.com with your first & last name, wedding date, email, phone, mailing address and guest’s name.

Questions: Please email info@ritzybee.com

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Monday, February, 23, 2009  |  Weddings

Welcome back guys....and now for our second feature....the gorgeous bridal session with Amanda  captured by Phil & Mindy Thornton of Phindy Studios.  If you are just joining us, make sure you check out Amanda & Stephen's beautiful wedding.  Amanda was truly a gorgeous bride and the images taken by Phil & Mindy captures her beauty and I'm so happy to share them with you all today....Enjoy!


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Saturday, February, 21, 2009  |  Inspiration

We all know and love celebrity wedding planner...Colin Cowie....well today I have the pleasure of introducing his latest book...Wedding Chic to the wonderful TBC readers.  Wedding Chic is filled with 1001 of Colin's tips to help you when planning your wedding day. 
 

"Cowie’s renowned parties have made him a favorite of Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Seinfeld, John Travolta, heads of state and royalty, and many others–and secured his place as one of the most sought-after wedding planners in the world. He appears regularly on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Oprah Winfrey Show and The Early Show and is a frequent contributor to O Magazine, Brides, and People. Born in Zambia and raised in South Africa, he now resides in New York. Colin Cowie Lifestyle, his event-planning, interior design, and lifestyle company, is based in Los Angeles and New York."

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