new + press :: june’s networking meeting at zlac rowing club

Unless you’re a rower, having a wedding at a rowing club may not fit, but with spectacular views and access to San Diego’s Mission Bay, ZLAC Rowing Club is wedding space that should not be underestimated!

It is a perfect, small space for those intimate, small weddings.  With open access to Mission Bay, the club is steps from the Bay,  making it an ideal wedding venue for not only those that may have been rowers, but for those that just love and appreciate open space and water!

For June’s luncheon meeting, we dined in the clubs patio area and were treated to a family-style lunch that was perfect for the hot summer day.  We had a special guest that spoke to the group about the importance of business planning and making goals, which for a group consisting of mostly small-business owners was extremely informative and appropriate.

All in all, the luncheon was beautiful. The staff at ZLAC Rowing Club was hospitable; the food was tasty and healthy; and the location (in the heart of San Diego’s Pacific Beach) is ideal for those wanting to get married by the water.  For many in the group, it was their first introduction to the sport of rowing, but the special thing about the space and the services, is that you don’t have to be a rower or a former one to enjoy the benefits of getting married in a rowing club!

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Photos courtesy of Studio Carre Photographie

news + press :: the US Grant Hotel for June’s monthly meeting

It may be considered “June Gloom”outside in San Diego, but inside the US Grant Hotel, it was quite a different feeling.  It was the first time the group has been to the US Grant Hotel in quite some time, so our hosts from the US Grant, Kanani Ching & Mark Higginbotham, outdid themselves and placed the group in one of the most beautiful and historic rooms in the hotel, the Crystal Ballroom!

As usual, we handled all business, and then the group was given a special treat: instead of two speakers this month, we had one topic for the presentation…. social media, specifically an exploration into Instagram.   Shannon Henry, of Studio Carre Photographie, and Janine Abdallah spoke to the group about this extremely useful social media application and how various wedding vendors can use this tool for their business and work!

We dined on some delicious seasonal food, learned a thing or five about social media, and of course, networked with one another post-meeting.   Next month we head to the Sheraton on Harbor Island!  Stay tuned!

news + press :: june’s meeting at the W Hotel

We traveled downtown for June’s Weddings of Distinction (WOD) meeting, and this month,  Lauren Bonahoom of the W Hotel cordially hosted our monthly networking gathering.

The space (the Kelvin Restaurant) was decorated perfectly, and attendees were welcomed on the outdoor patio with delicious mojitos and tunes by DJ Volf.  Once we were seated, new WOD members as well as guests were introduced to the room, and then we were spoiled with a lunch of mojito shrimp with either a choice of salmon or chicken.

The team at the W Hotel really outdid themselves, and it was wonderful to hear from Lauren and her team about all the new “happenings” at the W, as well as about the unique and creative ways in which they cater to those getting married in San Diego.

Our speakers this month were both “sensational,” and we mean sensational both figuratively as well as literally!  Kimmy with Sensation Show Band spoke about the growth her band has experienced and how her band and business can cater to most styles of wedding music.  Sensation Show Band offers full service packages and can even travel performing for weddings  all over the country!  After the first presenter, Staci with Sensational Treats spoke and informed the group about all the possibilities her company caters to in terms of wedding snacks and treats.  She, also, was gracious enough to provide each guest with a small bag of cotton candy to take home!

The meeting ended with a giveaway of a dinner for two AND an overnight stay from our gracious hosts at the W Hotel!  We all also had the chance to tour part of the hotel to see the new upgrades to the dining and patio areas!

Special thanks, again, to Lauren Bonahoom at the W Hotel for the hospitality; to Frankie Hartwell from Hartworks Floral for the centerpieces; to the presenters, Sensation Show Band and Sensational Treats; ABI Photo for the pictures.

Next month, we’ll be at Stone Brewery in Escondido, so check back in as our fun continues!! 🙂

Photos courtesy of ABI Photo