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melissa & curtis – june 14, 2014

Melissa and I went to high school together and have since kept in touch mainly through Facebook. When Melissa contacted me about her upcoming wedding at Talega, of course I was excited! First, because she was engaged and second, that place is like my home away from home when it comes to wedding venues. We talked many times throughout the planning process discussing details, music and other wedding business. We also discussed life details – one of my favorite parts about my job. My brides aren’t just clients, more importantly, they are my friends.

After a long year of planning, the day had finally arrived. Excitement filled the air as Melissa and her bridesmaids prepared for the biggest day of her life. Eager to see the bride in her gown, I snuck a peak into the room where they were getting ready. Melissa looked gorgeous in her wedding dress, which fit her like a glove. Not many people can pull off a bolero like she did. Oohs and ahhs were heard as she stepped out of the car to make her way down the aisle. Glancing over at Curtis, I could see the love and adoration he had for his soon to be wife. As she floated down the aisle, she was beaming from ear to ear. Their separate journeys to get them to this day had now become one from this moment forward. They said their vows and sealed them with a perfect kiss. Finally, they were husband and wife!

When it came to the design and decor aspects of the wedding, Melissa was very creative. She did such a great job sticking to her vision and bringing everything together. One of my favorite details from their wedding, was the centerpieces. I absolutely loved the stacked books paired with the mercury candles and florals. The cake was another favorite of mine. I’ve never seen someone use a tree stump as a cake stand – perfection. Melissa and Curtis also treated their guests to a variety of lawn games during cocktail hour. The guests had a blast playing bocce ball, jenga and corn hole.

After cocktail hour was over and dinner served, the real party began. Guests flooded the dance floor and DJ Tim Espinosa did a fabulous job keeping them there. Throughout the reception, Melissa and Curtis never lost sight of one another. They shared dances, laughs and many hugs and kisses. When it came time for the bride and groom to make their grand exit, nobody wanted to leave. Reluctant to stop the party, guests made their way outside to send Curtis and Melissa off with sparklers. As they climbed into their getaway car, they shared one last kiss for their family and friends.

{Melissa & Curtis – Thank you from the bottom of my heart for trusting me with all the details of your big day! I had a blast working with you and your families and loved everything about your wedding. I hope you share many more dances, laughs, hugs and kisses. I wish you guys nothing but the best in your future as husband and wife! I hope your honeymoon was amazing! Congratulations!}

Thanks to the following dream team for rocking it all day long:

DJ – Tim Espinosa, The Electric Violinist

Hair – Lauren Aslanian

Make-up – Ashley Pelissier

Photography & Photobooth – Ben Classen

Videography – ShaunPaul Creative

Officiant – Don Johnson

Flowers – Fantasy Floral Designs

Cake – It’s All About the Cake

Venue – Talega Golf Course

Now, my favorite part. The pictures! Check out these amazing images captured by the super talented Ben Classen.



Melissa Zakhar - Kimberly,
Thank you so much for being a part of one of the biggest days of our lives! We can not even put into words how much we appreciate you! Our wedding day was flawless and we owe a huge part of that to you!
Thank you for putting up with me during this stressful time, calming me down, and helping our visions become a reality!
Lots of love!

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megan & jon – may 31, 2014

When I first got an email from Megan back in 2013, I was super excited to see that she and Jon had chosen Casa Romantica to have their Spring wedding. I love that venue for so many reasons and was so stoked that they chose me to be their wedding coordinator. Most of our meetings took place via phone call since they live in Seattle. When we did meet face to face, we spent most of our time together laughing and joking about all of Megan’s details. She was worried it was too much for me to handle or that she was that bride who was going to drive me crazy! Not. Even. One. Bit.

Megan worked so hard on every aspect of their big day. She made sure that each component of their wedding meant something and told a story. Their story. And it did. One of my favorite details was the lyrics to “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele that lined the aisle of the ceremony. Megan walked down the aisle to that song and wanted her groom as well as the guests to know just how special the song was to her. I also loved the handmade marquee initial lights as well as the mason jars lights that lined the guests’ tables.  

Following a perfect ceremony officiated by Megan’s Uncle, guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers and mingled as the sun was setting in the background. After some heartfelt toasts, and a delicious dinner, guests made their way inside for some dancing. As a special surprise for the Bride and Groom, the bridal party sang a little song to them. I love when I get to see new things at weddings and this was right up there with the best of them! More importantly, Megan and Jon were touched. I think I even saw a few tears. The rest of the night, guests enjoyed yummy cupcakes, an awesome photo booth and a packed dance floor courtesy of DJ Eric (one of my faves!).

{Megan & Jon – Thank you so much for allowing me to be a small part of your big love story! I loved EVERY SINGLE DETAIL that went into your wedding! Even more importantly, I loved watching the two of you become Mr. & Mrs. I hope your honeymoon was pure awesomeness – just like your wedding! Congratulations!}

Thank you to the following vendors for an amazing day:

DJ – Eric Morales, Extreme DJ

Flowers – Fantasy Floral Designs

 Hair & Make-up – Lauren Fernald

Photographer – Stephanie, Jim Kennedy Photographers

Videographer – Chase Carnahan, Media Limes

Photobooth – Viral Booth

Ceremony Music – Eddie Severen, The Piano Man

Cake & Cupcakes – It’s All About the Cake

Catering – Iva Lee’s

Venue – Casa Romantica

Here are some of the beautiful images captured by Stephanie with Jim Kennedy Photographers.


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chelsea & john – october 12, 2013

I am always impressed when the groom attends the initial meeting with me to discuss wedding planning details. However, John super impressed me and I think I shall give him the award for most organized groom EVER! He was so detailed and on top of things throughout the planning process and amazed me with his organization skills. I was also impressed at Chelsea’s willingness to let her fiancé take the reign on many aspects of the wedding planning – talk about a laid back bride! (I lucked out with these two – big time!)

Chelsea and John knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding and put in a lot of hard work to make it special. From the succulent boxes they planted to the bottles and candles they collected, each detail was carefully thought out. They also made their own photo booth as well as hand painted all the pillows that filled the lounge spaces.

Their wedding day arrived and they couldn’t have asked for better weather for a wedding by the beach. I first got to see Chelsea right before they did their first look. She was already tearing up at the thought of seeing her groom for the first time. I got to watch their first look at each other and I couldn’t help but tear up myself! The two of them had worked so hard on their wedding and you could tell they were overcome with emotion as their big day was finally here!

After a beautiful ceremony, guests dined on yummy food courtesy of Iva Lee’s. After the plates were cleared, Chelsea shared a special dance with her father followed by a dance with John and his mother. Soon after, all the guests joined in on the dancing. Even with all their friends and family around, Chelsea and John never lost sight of one another. By the looks and smiles on their faces, you could tell they were having the time of their lives.

{Chelsea & John – Thank you times a thousand for letting me be a part of your big day! There is no doubt that the two of you were most definitely meant to be together. Your wedding day was a perfect testament to that and one that I won’t soon forget. I wish you all the best as husband and wife!}

Check back soon to see pictures from their fabulous day!

Thank you to the following vendors for making the day wonderful:

DJ – DJ Mayn, E Mobile Music

Catering – Iva Lees

Photography – Tina Shawal Photography

Hair & Make-up – Something Blue

Officiant – Don Johnson

Violinist – Jessica Haddy, Haddy Music

Cake – Cake Bake Shop

Venue – Historic Cottage

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matt & katie – november 30, 2013

The first time I spoke with Katie and Matt was over a conference call – not your typical meeting. However, even without meeting them in person, I knew I wanted to work with them on their wedding. The rest of our meetings were mainly done over the phone and consisted of planning and laughing – but mostly laughing. My likeness for these two grew quickly and I couldn’t wait until their big day!

Thanksgiving weekend came and their wedding day was finally here! I got to sneak a peak of the bride moments before she walked down the aisle. Katie looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress – like something you would see in a bridal magazine – only prettier! I couldn’t wait to see Matt’s face when he saw her for the first time. Not only did Katie look amazing, but she was surrounded by some beautiful bridesmaids! Aside from all the good looks, and more importantly, the ceremony was beautiful.  I definitely cried a little – partly because I was 8 1/2 months pregnant and emotional, but mainly because I was touched by how much these two really loved one another.

After the ceremony, guests made their way to cocktail hour where they sipped on cocktails and caught glimpses of the big college football game playing at the bar. I would describe their wedding reception as a combination of classic elegance and coziness. With the fireplaces lit, you couldn’t help but feel the warmth of being surrounded by love, family and friends. And these families and friends sure came to party! One of my favorite parts of a wedding is watching the guests and bridal party on the dance floor. Mainly because you can tell by their smiles and laughter that they are having such a fun time and that they are truly enjoying the celebration of a special couple. Also, because I get to see some amazing and original dance moves.

{Matt & Katie – Thank you so much for allowing me to be a small part of your big love story. I abolutely adore both of you and know why you chose each other to spend forever with. I wish you all the best in your future as husband and wife! Congratulations!!}

Thank you to the following vendors for a spectacular day:

Band – The Juke Box

Photography – Rich Lander, CHARD Photographer

Hair – Sarah Walton

Make-up – Dottie Palmer

Cake – French’s Pastry

Flowers – Flowers, Etc.

Photobooth – Viral Booth

Videographer – Levi Ellis

Venue – Dove Canyon Country Club

Thanks to CHARD Photographer for these amazing images!

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matt & kayla – october 19, 2013

I first met Kayla and Matt over coffee where we discussed their wedding and got to know each other. I loved hearing about all their ideas for their October wedding by the beach. I got the chance to work at their venue in September and was looking forward to seeing how they envisioned the space for their big day.

On the day of their wedding, Kayla looked absolutely flawless in her dress. Her beautiful wavy locks were perfect for a wedding by the beach. As she made her way down the aisle, Matt smiled from ear to ear, taking in all of her beauty. You could tell these two had a special love for one another and couldn’t wait to say “I do!”.  

After the beautiful ceremony, guests made their way to the reception. Kayla and her mom worked so hard on all the details that went into their wedding. From the hand painted wooden signs to the beautiful table arrangements, no detail was left spared. I just love all the flowers that Kayla chose to compliment the natural park setting.

For dinner, guests dined on pizza straight from authentic wood fired brick ovens – something I had never seen before at a wedding. I got to taste the pizza for myself and it was amazing! After dinner, guests filled the dance floor and enjoyed music played by both a DJ and a band (who were friends of Matt and Kayla’s which made it that much more special!) It was so fun to watch Kayla and Matt be surrounded by all their family and friends as they all celebrated together on the dance floor.

{Matt & Kayla – You two are such a beautiful couple and I am so honored to have had the chance to be a part of your big day. I wish you both all the best in your adventures as husband and wife and hope you had a fantastic time on your honeymoon!}  

Thank you to the following vendors for making the day perfect:

DJ – Steve Shanahan, Honored Occasions

Caetering & Rentals – Persiano Events

Photography – Josh Elliott Photography

Make-up – Beauty & The Beach

Officiant – Seth Ebel

Cake & Cupcakes – Shelly, family friend

Bartending/Servers – At Your Service

Flowers – Kendra, family friend

Photobooth – TMZ Booths

Venue – Cyprus Shore Park

Here is a sneak peak at some of the beautiful images to come courtesy of Josh Elliott:


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