news :: weddings of distinction visits the westin gaslamp quarter

images courtesy of ABI photo

The Westin treated our members and guests to a fabulous luncheon meeting to close April. Kudos to Sheri Karpinski and her banquet staff for fantastic service and a delicious lunch. The Westin is a fabulous choice for your next business meeting, corporate holiday party or that perfect, rocking, urban wedding.

WoD drifted this month from its normal monthly meeting agenda. WoD staged an informative and highly group engaging forum focusing on marketing, creative advertising and, basically, ideas on what to do when the phone is not ringing as much as it should be. Keynote speakers were President Bob Brichmann & Treasurer Merrylin Brichmann, Artistic Productions, Vice-President Ann Strobel, Ann’s Plans, David Wasserman from Joes On The Nose, and photographer Kristina Chartier. Member participation was very spirited and creative advice was flying about the room. Everyone surely took home at least one good idea from this meeting to help themselves and their business.

Typical monthly Board business was shared. New member coordinator Krista Murphy from Definitive Events was welcomed into the group. Raffles prizes were awarded. New member brochures are ready to go to print. We’ll see you next month (5/25) at the Sheraton Carlsbad!

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.

news:: monthly luncheon at bahia belle

images courtesy of Studio Carre.

The William D. Evans sternwheeler at The Bahia Resort was the scene of our latest WoD outing. What a treat! It’s such a beautifully historic boat. The stain-glassed 2nd deck ceiling is gorgeous. Many thanks to the catering ladies – Susan, Kristin and Kelly and the banquet staff for providing a delicious meal and wonderful visit.

Special thanks go out to WoD member Lois Mathews of Lois Mathews Design for the creative table décor. Beautiful candles, baubles and peacock feathers!

Guests for the day included coordinator Carmin Cermak of Carmin Designs, Fred Alderete from Concepts Event Design and little baby Axel – WoD member Cynthia Zatkin’s newest addition to her family. Also welcomed to the group were new members Sara Sargent, catering manager from the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa , Haydee and Fred Alderete, owners of Concepts Event Design and Kristina Chartier of Kristina Chartier Photography

Our two showcasers for the day were coordinator Ann Strobel from Ann’s Plans and Meleah , hair & make-up stylist, 1st dance instructor, image consultant and more. Thank you ladies for sharing your talents with the group.

Board members shared group business and announcements with all. Thank you Ann for the generous raffle prize. A few testimonials were shared. Birthdays were acknowledged. Many, many referrals were exchanged and, as we do each month, networking was enjoyed by all.

We’ll see you March 23 at Humphrey’s On The Bay!

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.

Weddings of Distinction kicks off 2010 with a Bang!

The San Diego Del Mar Hilton hosted the 1st luncheon meeting of 2010 for Weddings of Distinction. Director of Catering Gary Bolotin and staff treated members to a wonderful luncheon in the Derby Room. Fellow WoD member David Wasserman with Joes On The Nose showcased his company’s delicious coffees, lattes, mochas, hot chocolates and cappuccinos. The group was a buzzin’…..and referrals were too!

As a 1st meeting of the year activity, each member and attendee stood and gave a 30 second introduction and “commercial” for their craft. Several guests attended: photographer Kristina Chartier, web site designer and SEO specialist Staci Paris, Haydee Alderete from Concepts Event Design and Diane D’Angelo from the bridal salon D’Angelo in Mission Valley.

Board members shared some new year’s business. Several raffle prizes were awarded. A few testimonials were shared. Birthdays were acknowledged. Several faces we’d not seen in a while were welcomed back. Many, many referrals were shared and, as is the goal of the group, spirited networking took place.

We’ll see you next February 23rd! Stay tuned for the location!

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.

San Diego 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 Maderas Country Club

Images by Studio Carre' Photographie

images courtesy of studio carre’

Weddings of Distinction staged its final meeting of the year on November 24th at Maderas (www.maderasgolf.com). WoD member Susan Khania was our host and introduced us to her assistant and GM Bill O’Brien. They treated members to a fantastic lunch and showed off their beautiful property. Maderas, while being known as a first class golf course, hosts corporate and family functions and weddings throughout the year. Maderas stands out for its beauty, staff service and delicious menu offerings.

Special guests included: Sara Sergeant, Catering Manager from the Sheraton Carlsbad (www.sheratoncarlsbad.com), Lindsey Campbell, Senior Sales Associate from Plush Lounge (www.loungefurniturerental.com), photographer Mike Blomgren, husband of WoD member Ellie Blomgren from A New Twist Hair & Make-up (www.anewtwist4u.com), and new little baby Kailyn Grace Murphy, daughter of WoD member Krista Murphy, Catering Manager from the Manchester Grand Hyatt (www.manchestergrand.hyatt.com).

The luncheon meeting took a different turn this month as we tested an open forum format for the first time. Led by moderators President Bob Brichmann from Artistic Productions (www.artistic-productions.com) and Vice-President Ann Strobel from Ann’s Plans (www.annsplans.com), the goal of the meeting was to share marketing advice amongst all members to benefit both personal and business growth.

Four panelists covered several areas of modern marketing significance and shared their expertise on subjects ranging from web site/SEO and social media, industry thank you gifting, email campaigns, networking and giving back to the community. Panelists shared what they have done and what works for them and how each member might consider doing the same or some similar action to benefit their businesses. A lengthy question & answer session ensued and many, many ideas were shared.

Special thanks to all members who participated but especially to our panelists: photographer Lisa Gisczinski from Elle G Photography (www.ellegphotography.com), flamenco guitarist Anthony Garcia (www.agarciaguitar.com), coordinator Cynthia Zatkin Blase from Cynthia Zatkin Events (www.czevents.com), and DJ/Emcee Merrylin Brichmann from Artistic Productions (www.artistic-productions.com).

In addition to the format test being well received by those in attendance, upcoming holiday party news was shared, raffle prizes were doled out courtesy of florist Lois Mathews and our host Susan Khania from Maderas, birthdays were acknowledged and much networking and referrals was shared by all.

The Weddings of Distinction 2009 Board:
President, Bob Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions (www.artistic-productions.com)
Vice-President, Ann Strobel, Coordinator from Ann’s Plans (www.annsplans.com)
Treasurer, Merrylin Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions (www.artistic-productions.com)
Founding President, Susan Ashley from Romantic Honeymoons, (www.romantichoneymoonsbysusan.com)
Membership, Carrie Esparza from San Diego Authentic Flavors Custom Catering (www.sdauthenticflavors.com)
Secretary, Andrea Pena from The Prado at Balboa Park (www.balboaparkweddings.com)

Committee Members:
Marketing: Lisa Gisczinski, photographer from Elle G Photography (www.ellegphotography.com); Shannon Henry, photographer from Studio Carre (www.studiocarre.com)

Weddings of Distinction is a non-profit networking group specializing in weddings and special events (www.sandiegoweddingsofdistinction.com). They meet monthly at various San Diego County hotels, resorts and special event facilities.

news and press :: NBC throws a wedding at The Prado…meet the winning couple!

NBC Channel 39 recently held a contest for a free dream wedding giveaway. The winning couple, Stefanie & Jerome Heard, met in an unbelieveable and touching scenario. While Jerry was starting treatment for leukemia, Stefanie was his admitting nurse (and is a bone marrow transplant nurse here in San Diego). They fell in love instantly and ended up being chosen by the San Diego public to win the dream wedding of a lifetime! Jerry is feeling well in remission, but he has a long journey ahead. Thankfully he has an incredible new wife who will care for him as they enjoy the beginning of their life together.

Our very own San Diego Weddings of Distinction members, The Prado, Sweet Cheeks Baking Co., and SENSATION Showband were involved in the endeavor. Sweet Cheeks donated the “show” wedding cake for the original voting (5 tiers) to Rady Children’s hospital and then made the same cake for the actual wedding at The Prado. The wedding guests danced the night away to San Diego’s finest party band SENSATION Showband .

If you’ve ever thought about having your wedding at The Prado, this is a video you won’t want to miss.
Congratulations Jerry and Stefanie!

NBC Throws a Wedding – Jerry & Stefanie- Highlights from Taylor Films on Vimeo.

news :: new patio/banquet area unveiled for the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

san diego weddings of distinction mtgimages courtesy of elle.g photography

Weddings of Distinction paid a luncheon visit to the beautiful Hyatt Regency Mission Bay (www.hyatt.missionbay.com) this past October 27th and dined outdoors in the newly designed Banyon Court. The picturesque patio sits on the northeast side of the property with a view of Mission Bay.

Catering Manager Jennifer Pals and her staff treated us to a delicious lunch and dessert. Their recent $65 million dollar renovation is impressive. As wedding vendors, we all look forward to performing there in the coming months and confidently referring them to our clients.

2009 WoD President Bob Brichmann (www.artistic-productions.com) broke some early ice with a simple, cute “get-to-know your fellow member” icebreaker. Six members deepest secrets were revealed as members attempted to guess which clues matched which member. Good laughs had by all.

This month’s showcaser was Diane Wilson from Silverwood Music Ensemble (www.silverwood-music.com). Diane entertained our group during the 1st half hour meet and greet with a CD of their talented vocalist and the ensemble’s work. Prior to lunch, Diane took the time to reintroduce her group’s work to the group. Their repertoire spans many genres and is sure to please a varied special event audience – primarily weddings!

Founding President Susan Ashley talked about Romantic Honeymoons (www.romantichoneymoonsbysusan.com). Bob Brichmann reminded members that new Board members for 2010 were being sought for December 1st elections. Marketing team member Lisa Gisczinski, Elle G Photography (www.ellegphotography.com), pitched for members to link to the new WoD web site or seek help in doing so.

Raffles prizes were doled out. October birthdays were acknowledged. Mega leads were exchanged amongst members. We’ll see everyone next November 24th at fellow member facility Maderas Country Club (www.maderasgolf.com). Happy Halloween!

The Weddings of Distinction 2009 Board:
President, Bob Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions (www.artistic-productions.com)
Vice-President, Ann Strobel, Coordinator from Ann’s Plans (www.annsplans.com)
Treasurer, Merrylin Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions (www.artistic-productions.com)
Founding President, Susan Ashley from Romantic Honeymoons, (www.romantichoneymoonsbysusan.com)
Membership, Carrie Esparza from San Diego Authentic Flavors Custom Catering (www.sdauthenticflavors.com)
Secretary, Andrea Pena from The Prado at Balboa Park (www.balboaparkweddings.com)

Committee Members:
Marketing: Lisa Gisczinski, photographer from Elle G Photography (www.ellegphotography.com); Shannon Henry, photographer from Studio Carre (www.studiocarre.com)

Weddings of Distinction is a non-profit networking group specializing in weddings and special events (www.sandiegoweddingsdistinction.com). They meet monthly at various San Diego County hotels, resorts and special event facilities.

news:: Luncheon at La Jolla Cove Suites

wod_august-mtg-templateimages courtesy of www.studiocarre.com

San Diego Weddings of Distinction was invited to La Jolla Cove Suites, www.lajollacove.com, for their August luncheon meeting. With LJ Cove Suites celebrating its 50th year, our host and former member, Senior Sales Associate Joy Richards welcomed us to their stunning rooftop venue.

Several members contributed to the beauty and culinary delights for the day’s meeting. Lois Mathews, www.loismathews.com, provided floral centerpieces. Showcaser Katrina Lacape from Magical Party Rentals, www.magicalpartyrentals.com, offered incredibly colorful linens for the table décor. Our other showcaser, who actually provided food and beverage on the day, was Authentic Flavors Catering, www.sdauthenticflavors.com.

Director of Catering, Carrie Esparza, introduced a delicious menu for the day that included scrumptious appetizers and tasty beverages to greet guests as they arrived. Also visiting us were the newest owners of Authentic, Mark Vogel and Justin Fitzgerald.

After being dazzled by Katrina’s linens and Carrie’s crew for lunch, Cheli Madrid from St. Tropez Specialty Cakes & Desserts, offered up an incredible dessert to close the afternoon. St.Tropez and Authentic are subsidiaries within the same company.

Board business was briefly shared with the masses. Exciting news from member Krista Murphy – baby Kaylin Grace Murphy was born 8/20/09. Some incredible raffle prizes were doled out including a night’s stay at the LJ Cove Suites, won by member Elaine Ardizzone, www.sweetcheeksbaking.com, and box seats to the Del Mar Races, courtesy of Katrina Lacape, and won by florist Paula Rae, www.raeflorae.com.

Dozens of referrals were exchanged. People bonded. Another prospective member – coffee man David Wassermann, www.joesonthenose.com, paid us a visit. Fun and sun were had by all!

We’ll see you next month at the Baumann Estate in Point Loma with our own member Continental Catering, www.continentalcateringsd.com, providing culinary delights.

The Weddings of Distinction 2009 Board:
President, Bob Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions (www.artistic-productions.com)
Vice-President, Ann Strobel, Coordinator from Ann’s Plans (www.annsplans.com)
Treasurer, Merrylin Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions (www.artistic-productions.com)
Founding President, Susan Ashley from Romantic Honeymoons, (www.romantichoneymoonsbysusan.com)
Membership, Carrie Esparza from San Diego Authentic Flavors Custom Catering (www.sdauthenticflavors.com)
Secretary, Andrea Pena from The Prado at Balboa Park (www.balboaparkweddings.com)

Committee Members:
Marketing: Lisa Gisczinski, wedding photographer from Elle G Photography (www.ellegphotography.com); Shannon Henry, wedding photographer from Studio Carre (www.studiocarre.com)

San Diego Weddings of Distinction is a non-profit networking group specializing in weddings and special events (www.sandiegoweddingsofdistinction.com). They meet monthly at various San Diego County hotels, resorts and special event facilities.

news :: an urban chic luncheon encounter at Studio Carre’

abi photographyimages courtesy of abiphoto.com.

Who would have thought a loft-like experience existed up the I-5 in cozy Del Mar. Shannon Henry hosted our July Weddings of Distinction luncheon/meeting at her Studio Carre in the heart of Del Mar.

Fulfilling the ambiance for the day was WoD catering member Renee Hirsh and The French Gourmet. Renee and crew were totally on top of it with Mimosa’s, iced water and iced tea, scrumptious tray passed appetizers and a filling, family style served assortment of salads. Everyone left healthy and no one left hungry!

President Bob Brichmann, DJ and Emcee from Artistic Productions, greeted everyone to start the luncheon. Bob welcomed Gloria Paris’ guest Norman Phillips, a good friend, and Matthew Flint, Operations Manager for Plush Lounge, a guest of Karen Kluchonic’s from Plush.

Our showcasers on the day were obvious choices, our host Shannon Henry of Studio Carre and caterer Renee Hirsh from The French Gourmet.

Shannon shares studio loft-like space with other coastal photographers. The feel of Studio Carre is both warm, modern and cool. Shannon offers wedding, lifestyle and intimate/boudoir photography services. Shannon displays a definite passion for her craft through her work. Her demo slideshow was fantastic. Shannon’s clients love both her and how she makes them “pop” on film. Shannon is a very valued member of WoD and serves as co-marketing director for the group.

The French Gourmet almost needs no introduction, but definitely mega-kudos for the quality of their service and food they present. Renee Hirsh has been with them for years and doubles as an event/wedding coordinator. Their reputation is excellent as social and wedding event caterers. Our luncheon featured incredible couscous salad, Dijon mustard green bean salad, a Mediterranean green salad, chicken satay and more and a finishing touch of custard topped with fresh seasonal berries. French Gourmet also crafts exquisite wedding cakes, pastries and desserts.

General group business was handled accordingly and, most importantly, our new web site was officially unveiled for the group members and launched to the world (www.sandiegoweddingsofdistinction.com). Other marketing ideas were shared, Real Wedding testimonials with fellow members were offered up and raffle prizes were doled out to the lucky few.

We’ll see you next August 25th! Stay tuned for the location!

The Weddings of Distinction 2009 Board:
President, Bob Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions (www.artistic-productions.com)
Vice-President, Ann Strobel, Coordinator from Ann’s Plans (www.annsplans.com)
Treasurer, Merrylin Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions (www.artistic-productions.com)
Founding President, Susan Ashley from Romantic Honeymoons, (www.romantichoneymoonsbysusan.com)
Membership, Carrie Esparza from San Diego Authentic Flavors Custom Catering (www.sdauthenticflavors.com)
Secretary, Andrea Pena from The Prado at Balboa Park (www.balboaparkweddings.com)

Committee Members:
Marketing: Lisa Gisczinski, photographer from Elle G Photography (www.ellegphotography.com); Shannon Henry, photographer from Studio Carre (www.studiocarre.com)

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 :: the san diego sheraton hotel & marina shines along san diego bay

sheraton:: images courtesy of Lisa at www.ellegphotography.com ::

Weddings of Distinction paid a visit to an iconic San Diego wedding property for their June luncheon meeting – The San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina (www.starwoodhotels.com).

WoD President Bob Brichmann, DJ and Emcee from Artistic Productions (www.artistic-productions.com) welcomed everyone to our June luncheon meeting. Honored guests included Stephanie Mason, Catering Manager for The San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina (www.starwoodhotels.com, Lindsey Campbell, Office Manager for Plush Lounge (www.loungefurniturerental.com) and Ariane Pardubsky, daughter of WoD member Cheryl Byrd, Haynes Antique Car Chauffeuring (www.lancedurant.com).

Stephanie Mason gave us a nice brief overview of the Sheraton and its banquet facilities. Stephanie has been in the hospitality industry for 11 years and at the Sheraton for about two years. The hotel is an incredible San Diego venue on the water with gorgeous views of the downtown skyline. They pride themselves on their service, quality and attentiveness to their wedding clients.

Bob introduced a cute icebreaker to warm up the meeting with a “guess who this is” type question and response quiz. Bob encouraged members to get to know each other on a more personal level as they network and share business leads.

Our showcaser for the day was Cynthia Blase, owner and wedding coordinator of Cynthia Zatkin Events (www.czevents.com). Cynthia, a native Californian, has a passion for event planning. Cynthia has planned events for a non-profit organization on the East Coast and has worked as a catering manager for the Hyatt Aventine in La Jolla. Cynthia strives to foresee what is needed to make her client’s wedding a “red carpet” moment!

Cynthia offers a couple of different packages, including full service, day of and month of planning. Cynthia also has a talented assistant – Andrea. Their ultimate compliment is to hear guests say, “The wedding is so the bride and groom!”

The Board shared several items of internal business. The Brichmann’s annual BBQ/Pool Party/Potluck was announced for July 12th. Co-Marketing Director Lisa Gisczinski, photographer from Elle G Photography (www.ellegphotography.com), shared new web site news and progress. Don’t forget to submit “Real Weddings” info for publication.

Raffle winners were: Dennis Way, ABI Photography (www.abiphoto.com) – gift basket donated by Ann Strobel (www.annsplans.com); Amy & Maurice Wright from The Theorie (www.thetheorie.com) – a magnum of champagne courtesy of Cynthia Blase; and, Merrylin Brichmann from Artistic Productions (www.artistic-productions.com) – a family portrait & 8×10 courtesy of ABI Photography.

The Weddings of Distinction 2009 Board:
President, Bob Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions (www.artistic-productions.com)
Vice-President, Ann Strobel, Coordinator from Ann’s Plans (www.annsplans.com)
Treasurer, Merrylin Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions (www.artistic-productions.com)
Founding President, Susan Ashley from Romantic Honeymoons, (www.romantichoneymoonsbysusan.com)
Membership, Carrie Esparza from San Diego Authentic Flavors Custom Catering (www.sdauthenticflavors.com)
Secretary, Andrea Pena from The Prado at Balboa Park (www.balboaparkweddings.com)

Committee Members:
Marketing: Lisa Gisczinski, photographer from Elle G Photography (www.ellegphotography.com); Shannon Henry, photographer from Studio Carre (www.studiocarre.com)

Weddings of Distinction is a non-profit networking group specializing in weddings and special events (www.weddingsdistinction.com). They meet monthly at various San Diego County hotels, resorts and special event facilities. Their July meeting will be Tuesday, July 28, 2009, from 11:30am-1:30pm at The Soledad Club (www.soledadclub.com).