news :: november meeting at concepts event design

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November cool brings loads of warmth from Concepts Event Design and Authentic Flavors as they hosted our November Weddings of Distinction luncheon.

A truly total member effort came through for our November networking luncheon in National City as Haydee and Frederico Alderete from Concepts Event Design invited us to their spacious showroom. What a gorgeous set-up they have. The day’s décor was spectacular!

Special thanks go out to Carrie Esparza from Authentic Flavors for providing a scrumptious lunch. Owners Mark Vogel and Justin Fitzgerald and the catering team outdid themselves. From the appetizers of Portobello sliders to the mini coq au vin pot pies and from the wonderful fall salad through the roasted butternut squash bisque and truffle ravioli, this meal shown. The topper was the crème brulee cheesecake with fresh berries. Wow ~ is all we can say!

Thank you to Lois Mathews from Lois Mathews Design for the florals. Thank you to those that donated raffle prizes. Much networking and socializing took place at our final meeting of 2010.  Happy holidays to all!

The Weddings of Distinction 2010 Board:

President, Bob Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Vice-President, Ann Strobel, Coordinator from Ann’s Plans; Treasurer, Merrylin Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Founding President, Susan Ashley from Romantic Honeymoons; Membership, Andrea Pena from The Prado at Balboa Park; Secretary, Diane Wilson from Silverwood Music Ensemble; Marketing, Lisa Gisczinski, elle.g photography. Committee Members: Marketing, Shannon Henry, photographer from Studio Carre‘.

Weddings of Distinction is a non-profit networking group specializing in weddings and special events. They meet monthly at various San Diego County hotels, resorts and special event facilities. The group’s goal is building professional relationships and networking to give clients the best advice and services to choose from.

news :: inaugural bridal forum ~ a huge success!

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Our October luncheon meeting was little short of magnificent!  In the pleasant surroundings of the lovely Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club (858-756-1554; office@rsfgardenclub.org), we enjoyed a superb meal, attractively and cleverly presented, by Continental Catering.  Frankie Hartwell provided flowers from Hartworks FloralPhotographer Kristina Chartier shot lots of photos. Andy Hagenah from DiscGoRound DJ & Video provided sound and mics.

A special bridal forum took place with five recent brides sharing their planning, shopping and event experiences very candidly. They fielded questions for nearly an hour from our moderator, DJ/Emcee Merrylin Brichmann from Artistic Productions and several of our members. A special shout out to the brides ~ Elaine, Sara, Kimberly, Tammy and Dawn for participating and really opening up with us. It was very insightful and informative!

A special thank you to Vice-President Ann Strobel from Ann’s Plans for organizing our special bridal forum and for all her hard work throughout the year planning all of the logistics and scheduling for our monthly luncheons. Ann ~ you’re an unsung hero for the group!

Everyone enjoyed networking and great food. It was super meeting the Board from The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club and viewing their facility. We’ll see everyone on Nov. 23rd as two of our members take great care of us. Haydee Alderete’s Concepts Event Design facility hosts our November luncheon. Authentic Flavors Catering tantalizes us with a pre-Thanksgiving lunch.

The Weddings of Distinction 2010 Board:

President, Bob Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Vice-President, Ann Strobel, Coordinator from Ann’s Plans; Treasurer, Merrylin Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Founding President, Susan Ashley from Romantic Honeymoons; Membership, Andrea Pena from The Prado at Balboa Park; Secretary, Diane Wilson from Silverwood Music Ensemble; Marketing, Lisa Gisczinski, Elle G Photography. Committee Members: Marketing, Shannon Henry, photographer from Studio Carre.

Weddings of Distinction is a non-profit networking group specializing in weddings and special events. They meet monthly at various San Diego County hotels, resorts and special event facilities. The group’s goal is building professional relationships and networking to give clients the best advice and services to choose from.

news :: monthly meeting at hilton san diego / del mar

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Delicious and lively is how we describe our September Weddings of Distinction luncheon meeting!

A special thank you to our fellow member and host for September ~ the Hilton San Diego Del Mar. Greeted by unexpected champagne and followed up by a delicious lunch (with a decadent dessert), we salute Catering Manager Tiffany Cooper and Director of Catering Gary Bolotin for a wonderful experience.

Welcome to our newest member ~ David Martiarena from San Diego Paella.

Bucking our monthly showcaser format, we went back to our roots to allow each attendee to stand up and introduce themselves with an “elevator speech” and share a little-known business or personal tidbit of their lives. Arguably, the chimpanzee impression was the hit, but you’d have to see the video! It was a very lively and enlightening session.

Next month’s luncheon will be another lively meeting as we stage a first ~ a bride’s forum. We’re inviting a combination of past and upcoming brides to tell us about their experiences and answer (what we expect to be) some candid questions in their wedding planning process. It should be very eye opening and educational!

Raffles prizes were won, networking was conducted by many, referrals were doled out to many members…a good time was had by all. We’ll see you Tuesday, October 26th at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club for our fabulous bridal forum!

The Weddings of Distinction 2010 Board:

President, Bob Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Vice-President, Ann Strobel, Coordinator from Ann’s Plans; Treasurer, Merrylin Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Founding President, Susan Ashley from Romantic Honeymoons; Membership, Andrea Pena from The Prado at Balboa Park; Secretary, Diane Wilson from Silverwood Music Ensemble; Marketing, Lisa Gisczinski, Elle G Photography. Committee Members: Markeing, Shannon Henry, photographer from Studio Carre.

Weddings of Distinction is a non-profit networking group specializing in weddings and special events. They meet monthly at various San Diego County hotels, resorts and special event facilities. The group’s goal is building professional relationships and networking to give clients the best advice and services to choose from.

news :: monthly luncheon at the hard rock hotel and resort

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San Diego’s longest running wedding networking group ~ Weddings of Distinction, rocks the San Diego Hard Rock Hotel & Resort!

Our Weddings of Distinction crew paid a delightful visit to the rockin’ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego this past month for our monthly luncheon meeting. Hats off to our Hard Rock hostesses ~ Barbara Berning, Rebecca Zweig and Lisa Bennun, Director of Catering, for a spectacular presentation of their hotel, service and food. What a fantastic luncheon and a great venue for special events and weddings!

Special thanks to our two key showcasers on the day ~ Tiffany Arnaldo from Cali Cards and Shannon Henry from Studio Carre. Both gave excellent presentations of their services.

Congratulations to fellow member David Wasserman from Joes On The Nose Organic Espresso Catering on his newly found wedded bliss!

Loads of referrals were shared. Lots of networking was conducted. Raffle prizes were doled out. A good time was had by all. We’ll see you September 28th at member property Hilton San Diego Del Mar!

The Weddings of Distinction 2010 Board:

President, Bob Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Vice-President, Ann Strobel, Coordinator from Ann’s Plans; Treasurer, Merrylin Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Founding President, Susan Ashley from Romantic Honeymoons,; Membership, Andrea Pena from The Prado at Balboa Park; Secretary, Diane Wilson from Silverwood Music Ensemble; Marketing, Lisa Gisczinski, Elle G Photography. Committee Members: Markeing, Shannon Henry, photographer from Studio Carre.

Weddings of Distinction is a non-profit networking group specializing in weddings and special event. They meet monthly at various San Diego County hotels, resorts and special event facilities. The group’s goal is building professional relationships and networking to give clients the best advice and services to choose from.

news:: luncheon at the doubletree golf resort

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The Doubletree Golf Resort in Rancho Penasquitos dazzles and sizzles for our July Weddings of Distinction luncheon/meeting!

Special thanks go out to Ashley Famalette and Amy Hungerford and their crew from the Doubletree Golf Resort for hosting us for our July luncheon meeting. Our greeting was spectacular as we entered to action stations offering a variety of scrumptious appetizers like flambé of lemon pepper scallops, bruschetta and gazpacho shooters! Lunch and service continued to impress…what a wonderful venue!

A special thank you to WoD members officiant Patricia Coleman and coordinators Krista Murphy and Karen Schulman from Definitive Events for showcasing their services for our meeting. A special shout-out to our guests on the day: David Martiarena from San Diego Paella , Frankie Hartwell from Hartworks Floral, and photographer Bryan N. Miller.

We welcome John Stearns from Plush Lounge to the WoD team as he steps in for the soon to depart Karen Kluchonic. Also moving on and to be dearly missed is Cheli Madrid with St. Tropez Specialty Cakes and Desserts.

Loads of group business was shared, raffle prizes were doled out, referrals were passed about amongst members…a talkative, friendly time was had by all. A special thank-you to photographer Shannon Henry from Studio Carre, Cheli Madrid from St. Tropez Specialty Cakes and Desserts and Paula Rae Anderson from Rae Florae for their contributions to the luncheon meeting.

We’ll see you all next month for another exciting and productive Weddings of Distinction meeting!

The Weddings of Distinction 2010 Board:

President, Bob Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Vice-President, Ann Strobel, Coordinator from Ann’s Plans; Treasurer, Merrylin Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Founding President, Susan Ashley from Romantic Honeymoons; Membership, Andrea Pena from The Prado at Balboa Park; Secretary, Diane Wilson from Silverwood Music Ensemble; Marketing, Lisa Gisczinski, Elle G Photography. Committee Members: Shannon Henry, photographer from Studio Carre.

Weddings of Distinction is a non-profit networking group specializing in weddings and special events. They meet monthly at various San Diego County hotels, resorts and special event facilities. The group’s goal is building professional relationships and networking to give clients the best advice and services to choose from.

real weddings :: chris and sarah

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When Sarah and Chris decided to do a home wedding at Sarah’s parents’ San Diego estate, everyone couldn’t have been more thrilled! The couple wanted to do an outdoor wedding and hired wedding planner and San Diego Weddings of Distinction member, Cynthia Zatkin of Cynthia Zatkin Events, to help them create their dream. The family cleared a lower area on their property for the ceremony and decided to have the cocktail hour on a grassy lawn and the dinner and dancing in the pool area. Sarah and Chris said they wanted a fun event and they wanted a band. By CZ Events’ recommendation, they put the stage and dance floor over the pool and created a lounge type atmosphere with lounge furniture and cocktail tables instead of traditional round tables and assigned seats. This set-up allowed the guests to mix and mingle and created an energetic atmosphere. Guests feasted on dinner stations created by fellow San Diego Weddings of Distinction member, wedding caterer Continental Catering, and lounged anywhere they pleased! For the wedding décor, the bride chose yellow, orange, and pink with green accents. Bright flowers sat on top of orange and yellow linens and looked gorgeous against the estate’s grassy lawn. As the sun set, lanterns came alive flickering in the trees while candles floating in the open part of the pool created an amazing ambiance. Guests danced until midnight and had fun with the colorful boas, hats, and tambourines provided by the bride and groom! Wedding photographers and fellow San Diego Weddings of Distinction members, Amy and Maurice of Theorie, captured the day with incredible photos. Their colorful and playful style of wedding photography perfectly matched the personalities of the bride and groom. All in all, it was a fantastic affair!

news & press :: free wedding dresses for military

Brides Across America was born on a realization that our country needs to do more to support our troops and their families. Bringing bridal and military together is a marriage made in heaven!  Bridal salons are uniting across America to donate and giving away wedding gowns to qualified military brides.

The wedding industry is making a difference and giving brides to be the opportunity to find the wedding gown of their dreams as well as alleviate some of the financial stress of purchasing a  wedding gown.

Each store will be preparing a select number of gown to give away.  Most of the gowns are samples and overstocks and are worth approximately $500 to $3000.  Dresses range in sizes from 4-22 and will be given away on a first-come, first serve basis as long as you qualify.

Brides Across America is dedicated to make military brides dreams come true while, anxiously waiting the arrival of their loved one from overseas. You too can make a difference by sending in a donation to support Homes For Our Troops.

Please stop by the Bustle bridal salon today or tomorrow to take advantage of this wonderful offer.

July 22 & 23
The Bustle Bridal Salon
1011 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA
858-523-9254

news :: wow the prado at balboa park shines!!

images by elle.g photography

Weddings of Distinction paid a visit to fellow group member The Prado at Balboa Park this June for their monthly luncheon and…in a word…WOW! Hats off to Catering Sales Manager Andrea Pena and her crew for greeting us in the Terrace Garden with champagne and sparkling cider and dazzling us with an incredible meal prepared by their fantastic new chefs. Seared scallops, a duet of steak and slipper lobster tail with a salad splash and a lemon cake dessert left no one wanting. Even our attending member caterers offered glowing praise.

To start our luncheon/meeting, Mary Noriega from Humphrey Florist was honored by the group in a touching farewell ceremony celebrating her 16 years of loyalty and support of Weddings of Distinction. An original group member, all of us will miss you Mary!

Showcasing members on the day were florist Lois Mathews and flamenco guitarist Anthony Garcia. Both gave impressive updates on their respective businesses and shown brightly with samples of their craft. A big thank you goes out to Lois for her beautiful centerpieces and to Anthony for entertaining us with his wonderful music as we did our meet & greet and during the luncheon.

Our beautiful day was embellished with loads of networking, sunshine, referrals shared and excellent camaraderie amongst San Diego wedding professionals. The Prado at Balboa Park provided quite the display and is an awesome venue option for wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate parties and family functions.

Board business was shared. New members officiant Patricia Coleman and invitation specialist Tiffany Lord Arnaldo with Cali Cards were welcomed into the group. Birthdays were acknowledged. Raffle prizes were awarded. A warm, beautiful day in Balboa Park was enjoyed by all!

The Weddings of Distinction 2010 Board:

President, Bob Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Vice-President, Ann Strobel, Coordinator from Ann’s Plans; Treasurer, Merrylin Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Founding President, Susan Ashley from Romantic Honeymoons; Membership, Andrea Pena from The Prado at Balboa Park; Secretary, Diane Wilson from Silverwood Music Ensemble; Marketing, Lisa Gisczinski, Elle G Photography. Committee Members: Shannon Henry, photographer from Studio Carre.

Weddings of Distinction is a non-profit networking group specializing in weddings and special events. They meet monthly at various San Diego County hotels, resorts and special event facilities. The group’s goal is building professional relationships and networking to give clients the best advice and services to choose from.