11 Aug

OmniBride™ & TWC: New Beginnings & Fond Farewells

The Wedding Chat has been a labor of love and a launching pad to something new and exciting for the entire online wedding community. You see we discovered a black hole…

As bloggers in the wedding industry we adore the vast blogosphere but, for a while, have felt such a deep void when attempting to research and find great content. Oh, we know it’s out there. In fact we take pride in the topics we’ve covered. But think about it-when you try to find something it’s often a time-consuming, hit-or-miss experience. There is so much valuable information out there and searching is like drifting aimlessly out in space.

Well, our frustration turned into opportunity. We connected with some tech virtuosos to help us create OmniBride, the first search-find-share destination solely for the wedding industry.

OmniBride Search Bar

Our mission was to bring the entire online wedding community together so none of us has to wander aimlessly through the Internet to find great ideas, inspirations and resources.

We are just beginning to officially launch OmniBride and say a fond farewell to The Wedding Chat. We are sad for TWC to end as it has been steadily growing in popularity but feel our mission to bring together the entire online wedding community is the best use of our energies. We felt it even more when blogger Kelly Gribben, Keg Design, landed on us while she was randomly checking her site meter…”I discovered OmniBride as a referring site and one that is solely devoted to wedding-related things. What a cool concept! It’s definitely something the online wedding community can use.” We hope you think so too!

For brides: You’ll find that OmniBride is the most comprehensive destination for researching and planning your wedding.

For bloggers: Your voices will be heard by an exponentially greater audience. If the community loves your content, your stats will grow—and so will your fan base.

For industry: You have the opportunity to find out what the online wedding community is saying (or not saying) about your goods and services. You can engage in the community dialogues.

For journalists: This is your tool for researching and uncovering the latest buzz and resources.

OmniBride Voting Results Explained
You have the power to rate the value of a search result by either “loving” or “trashing” it so, unlike a general search engine, the community determines what rises to the top. So participate often and let your voice be heard throughout the wedding universe!

Wedding Contests & Giveaways Updated Daily on OmniBride

Daily Wedding Buzz Updated Daily on OmniBride
But there’s more to OmniBride—check out our feeds for the daily news and the most current wedding-related contests and giveaways. And if it’s being talked about—we’ll find it!

You may have noticed that this is a BETA version of OmniBride. This means that Version 1 is ready for take-off. But our vision doesn’t end here—count on an explosion of features and functions in the near future. For now, enjoy your exploration…and let us know about your experiences of finding it in the wedding cosmos.

23 Jan

Wedding Trends in 2010 from Guest Blogger, Jeff Kear

Wedding Trends in 2010 from Guest Blogger, Jeff Kear

By Jeff Kear, My Wedding Workbook & My Wedding Workbook Pro

First, the bad news (you’re always supposed to start with the bad news so that you can end with good news, right?). 2009 was a tough year all around, and it wasn’t any easier for engaged couples. We conducted a year-end survey of brides who use our online wedding software (of which there are more than 13,000) to find out their opinions on lots of wedding-related topics, and the economy is certainly on their minds. In fact, it’s so much on their minds that it’s affecting their wedding plans.

Of the brides who responded to our surveys, 62.3% said that the recession has influenced their wedding plans and impacted their wedding budget, and they are cutting back in many areas, especially on the honeymoon (58.4%), flowers and decor (57.9%), reception food and drink (54.5%), wedding day transportation (51.0%), and photography and videography (47.5%). So if you are finding yourself scaling back your plans, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

And even if you are scaling back on certain things, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a wedding that isn’t what you envisioned. Many 2010 brides are making their own decorations, favors, invitations and more to personalize their wedding and save on money at the same time. We found that a large majority of brides – 73.6%, to be exact – are implementing handmade or homemade items into their weddings. Those items that are DIY favorites among brides are invitations (67.1%), reception table cards/place cards (65.8%), wedding favors (65.1%), reception centerpieces (62.5%), reception decorations (53.8%), save-the-date cards (51.2%) and floral arrangements (46.8%). Such handcrafted items give your wedding a warmth and personal flavor that you often just can’t get from store-bought items. And, in case you need a hand, you can even organize an activity at your bridesmaids’ luncheon or bridal shower around everyone creating such items.

Now the good news. There are more and more high-tech tools for engaged couples to help you plan your wedding, and most brides are taking advantage of them. Engagement photos are hugely popular right now, and more brides are turning to eco-friendly, “green” and organic products and services. And the average wedding size is still between 100-150 guests … so the celebrations are still big and festive.

As for colors, many brides are going with a darker color as their main color. Of our respondents, 13.2% picked navy blue or deep blue as their main color, with another 9.7% opting for black, 8.3% deep red, 7.9% brown/chocolate, 7.9% dark green/hunter and purple/plum 6.9%. But they did choose lighter, vibrant colors like orange, yellow, peach or pink as their secondary or accent color. In 2010, weddings will continue along this trend as couples choose their favorite darker color as an anchor and accent it with fresh, fun colors.

Finally, it seems that weddings are getting slightly more casual. 66.9% of our respondents say that their weddings will feature semi-formal attire for their guests such as suits and cocktail dresses, and 17.6% are going the relaxed route with unbuttoned collars, slacks and skirts. With only 14.6% choosing formal attire like black ties and gowns, it looks like 2010 will be the year of the more casual and laid-back wedding, and that’s a good thing as we all take a deep breath and focus on the real joy of weddings as a celebration of love and commitment.

Happy planning in 2010 – Jeff

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Jeff Kear is co-owner of My Wedding Workbook, the the next-generation online wedding planner with free planning tools for engaged couples, My Wedding Workbook Professional Edition, the online business and event management software for wedding consultants.

14 Jan

Vintage Brooch Bouquets by Floral Fantasy Designs

Amanda Heer of FANTASY FLORAL DESIGNS, could have never imagined that ten years after her first creative spark to turn her vintage brooch collection into a bouquet, would lead her to where she is at now…handcrafting and selling vintage brooch flower bouquets to BRIDES AROUND THE WORLD!

Amanda Heer of Fantasy Floral Designs creates vintage brooch flower bouquets

If you are looking for a bouquet that will last forever, then stop searching, because these beautiful, handmade-vintage flower brooch bouquets are an absolute treasure! They would especially make a perfect bouquet for sentimental and eco-conscious brides.

I would say that Amanda has found a way to turn her fantasy for making brooch bouquets into a reality! To learn more about her services and to see more of her sparkly bouquet designs, visit her brooch blog at Fantasy Floral Designs Blog. WAIT! There is more…I stopped in to OmniBride and searched the wedding blogosphere to find other bloggers who have found and raved about Amanda’s brooch bouquet creations. Visit these other fabulous wedding blogs and read what they had to say about this very “broochable” topic…Ruffled Blog, and Memoirs of a Wedding Planner

16 Nov

New To Nesting? Read Nesting Newbies™ Magazine!

I am very excited to announce here on The Wedding Chat, the launch of a new digital shelter magazine, my business partner Jodi Murphy and I recently launched called Nesting Newbies™ Magazine – For Those New to Nesting and Those Who are Obsessed with their Nests!

Check out the premier issue of Nesting Newbies Magazine, a quarterly magazine that aims to inspire readers, making them feel comfortable about home-keeping their way. The articles reinforce the magazine’s message that cooking, entertaining, and decorating can be easy, fun, and affordable.

Nesting Newbies Magazine – Premier Issue – Fall 2009 Cover

In the Fall Premier Issue, Chef Lea McIntosh shares some of her original recipes for a Thanksgiving to Go, perfect dishes for a Thanksgiving potluck.

Nesting Newbies Magazine – Premier Issue – Fall 2009 -Thanksgiving To Go

Kathy Goodman from Well Rehearsed has some wonderful ideas for a caramel apple dessert bar and delicious fall-tinis.

Nesting Newbies Magazine – Premier Issue – Fall 2009 -Caramel Apple Party

Kirsten McKay from Brick Monkey sets a harvest table that will easily transition into the holidays.

Nesting Newbies Magazine – Premier Issue – Fall 2009 -Harvest To Holiday Tablescape

Barclay Butera took a moment from his busy schedule to offer advice to newbie homeowners.

Nesting Newbies Magazine – Premier Issue – Fall 2009 -Iconic Nester: Barclay Butera

Shelly Amoroso transformed a San Francisco basement garage into 5 distinct living spaces.

Nesting Newbies Magazine – Premier Issue – Fall 2009 -Shelly Amoroso designs a Garage Makeover

I got a chance to share the back cover with my pooch, Bentley! Hmmmm…what do you think he loves more? The pie or his mommy?

Nesting Newbies Magazine – Premier Issue – Fall 2009 -Back Cover-Lea McIntosh with her pooch Bentley eating pumpkin pie

Each issue will include must-haves for your kitchen pantry and your home plus highlights of some of the staff’s favorite foodie, event, and design blogs. You’ll find the magazine at nestingnewbies.com.

Become a fan on Facebook to hear about upcoming contests.

08 Apr

TWC Podchat – An Interview with Hey Mr. DJ

Listen to another TWC Podchat, this time featuring Rich Amooi of HEY MR. DJ a well-known wedding entertainment company here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Rich Amooi, wedding dj, wedding emcee, Hey Mr. Dj

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Rich is not your average DJ since he brings to his events over 20 years of experience as both a wedding DJ and as an MC in radio broadcasting! Learn more about Rich and what inspired him too launch his career and his company, HEY MR. DJ. Note this was the name of his company way before Madonna wrote the song!

A side note…Rich and I met at one of our favorite Burrito joints, Mondo Burrito in Santa Clara and had our interview over burritos and tacos! I send a shout out to Rich for making me laugh so much! Hint: You’ll know it’s the very end when he says, The Wedding Chat….That’s where it’s at!!

Let Rich be part of your special occasion or wedding and visit his new website to learn more about his services and even read his blog at www.HeyMrDj.com

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Jodi Murphy Says:
April 12th, 2009 at 11:03 pm
These TWC podchats just get better and better! Great job! Rich’s personality really came out in the interview.

10 Mar

TWC Podchat – The Unique Bride

This TWC Podchat introduces Tosca Clark of THE UNIQUE BRIDE, owner of one of the Bay Area’s premier bridal salons, The Unique Bride, located near The Ave in Burlingame, California.
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Prior to owning THE UNIQUE BRIDE, Tosca Clark was a full-time wedding planner and designer producing one-of-a-kind unforgettable weddings with her company, Tosca Productions. Having worked for many years in the wedding industry Tosca has built an incredible network of Wedding Professionals and brings all of this and her vast knowledge of the wedding industry to all of her brides at THE UNIQUE BRIDE. Listen to her in this podcast as she shares fantastic information about the best way to begin looking for your wedding gown, attending trunk shows, alterations, trends, and her favorite gown designers!

The Unique Bride in Burlingame California, Wedding Gowns & Bridemaids Dresses – Featuring Lazaro, Vera Wang, Jenny Lee, Amsale

You can learn more about THE UNIQUE BRIDE and read through more frequently asked questions by visiting www.uniquebride.com If you are ready to find the perfect dress, don’t wait any longer, THE UNIQUE BRIDE is ready to assist!

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Diane Phillips Says:
March 14th, 2009 at 8:04 pm
Great Podchat Lea! I only wish I was getting married again so I could have one of the gorgeous gowns at Unique Bride!

05 Mar

Jennifer Skog & Maria Chang Find a Winning Story!

JENNIFER SKOG PHOTOGRAPHY and Maria Chang of PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTISTRY find a winning story! Congratulations to the winners of the Couture Boudoir Couple Photo Shoot, Barbara and Russell Norman! To read more about how they met and ended up on an RV-ing honeymoon visit Skog’s Contest Page. What a story!!! Maybe, they will take some pictures that they might be willing to share?

Jennifer Skog – The Couture Couple Winners Bab & Russ were announced

Above Picture: The lucky winners, Barbara and Russell Norman.

To learn more about Jennifer Skog, visit www.jenniferskog.com to view her Wedding, Boudoir, & Lifestyle Photojournalism-Style Photography.

Visit Maria Chang’s Professional Makeup Artistry www.professionalmakeupartistry.com to view her Makeup and Hair Portfolio.
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Merging His & Hers into a Happy Home

March 3rd, 2009
Katherine Phelps, owner of VKOOS DESIGN, is an interior designer with a zest for life that translates into the happy spaces she creates for her clients. She also married Josh only a few years ago, so I asked her for some insights into the sometimes tricky task of merging his and hers, especially when HIS includes some “interesting” things. Let me share her thoughts…

Picture of Katherine Phelps, owner of VKOOS Interior Design and Floral Design,

JM: When my husband and I bought our first home and he pulled out his head candle with an arrow through the head, I didn’t know what to do! How do I not hurt his feelings, yet keep that thing out of my house?

Katherine: Josh didn’t have much, but for some of his weirder accessories, I suggested that we both put our personal favorites into our private office space where we would be able to enjoy them most…and others wouldn’t see as often.

JM: That’s what I ended up doing! And then a few years later, when we made room for our first baby, the head candle was donated – a safety issue with a new baby, you know. :) Can you share a few more tips that might help with the process?

Katherine: If there is an item you can’t agree on, then you have to compromise. A good way to approach this is to have the piece refinished, or reupholstered, or have the picture turned into a black-and-white, or turn that weird accessory into a lamp or repurposed into a funky vase. Think outside the box.

Let him know it is okay to be eclectic. Some men get the idea that everything has to match in style and color. Also, I find that letting him make the big picture design decisions, like picking out all of the architectural features of the room – crown molding style, hardware on the doors, etc – he won’t be as interested in the rest of the details.

One of the special things that you can do for your spouse during this sometimes difficult design time is gather up all of HIS favorite family and youth photos, enlarge them, frame them, and give them as a gift to your spouse. Tell him that these will be given a place of honor in the house, like the entry hall or stairway wall.

As much as our homes are our sanctuaries away from the rest of the world, you both need to be happy with your mutual spaces. Compromise. And remember that all of these things can always be changed or replaced, but your friendship and love is what will fill your home with the most happiness and beauty.

Built in close up (below): Katherine and her husband, Josh, live in a Cape Cod cottage-style home, so she tried to stay true to that architecture. This close-up shows two built-in bookcases flanking their red brick fireplace. She has mixed their items together in an artful display. The two birds, bronze horse, and dog plate are Katherine’s; the antique Cow bell from Switzerland is Josh’s; and the books are theirs.

Picture of Built-in bookcase close-up by VKOOS Interior Design and Floral Design,

Chairs close-up (below): The second picture shows a small area in their living room. The two chairs were chosen by the couple. “I had picked out all of the furniture pieces and custom fabrics and then made a presentation to Josh. He liked all of the fabrics that I had chosen for our sofa and two chairs. I let him choose the leather for our oversized ottoman in the middle of the room. Also, the reading light was Josh’s, so I incorporated that in between the two sitting chairs.” The paint color in the background is Wedgewood gray, an historical color from Benjamin Moore. They both love it.

Picture of Chair Close-up by VKOOS Interior Design and Floral Design,

Well said. Katherine’s favorite sources for inspiration and resources are Domino Magazine and The Nest. If you live in the Bay Area, you might want to hire her to help you and your spouse find a merged sense of style. She breathes new life and personality into every space she encounters. – JM

Learn more about Katherine Phelps and her company VKOOS DESIGN at www.VkoosDesign.com

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Jodi Murphy
Jodi Murphy is a contributing writer for Gentry Magazine and Gentry Design writing the At Home Column, Kitchen and Bath Department and feature Interior Design stories.
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Be a blissful bride and plan a yoga bridal party!

February 23rd, 2009
…or a private pilates session to bring together your bridesmaids; or better yet, have a Yoga Bachelorette Party! This is the perfect alternative for the health-conscious bride who isn’t very interested in the traditional barhopping bachelorette bash.

Be a blissed out bride illustration, yoga bride illustration

The flirty illustration above is by Stacie Tamaki.

To begin finding a location for a ‘blissed out’ party, I suggest starting with local boutique studios, because it is likely they will be able to offer the most flexibility and privacy…much needed to create a personalized class for you and your girls! A perfect example here in the San Francisco Bay Area is the well-known private studio in Los Altos called KATHY KLEIN CORE FITNESS. Kathy Klein is a local favorite who teaches yoga and pilates regularly in her own studio (as well as other prestigious locations, such as Stanford University, Apple Computers, and Equinox of Palo Alto). Below you can see her in action!

Kathy Klein Los Altos Pilates, Yoga, & Core Fitness Studio

Of course, the perfect gift for your soon-to-be-blissed-out bridal girls is a custom-monogrammed yoga bag. This bag can be found through the premier online favor retailer, BEAU-COUP , and it comes in a variety of colors.

Beaucoup Fine Favors monogrammed yoga bag, a gift for your bridesmaids

While I am on the subject of BEAU-COUP FINE FAVORS, which is one of my favorite online favor resources…I want to take a moment to thank them for selecting The Wedding Chat for a LUV-LY Blog Award! What a surprise! As you may recall from a previous post in which I was ‘tagged’ into telling the truth, I admitted one of my guilty pleasures is regularly reading Us Weekly Magazine. So, it is no wonder that Celebrity Wednesday on the BEAU-COUP WEDDING BLOG is one of my favorite days to stop in to learn what’s the latest dish! Check it out!
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Stylish Handbags for your wedding! – Etsy ChitChat

February 8th, 2009
Are you looking for something stylish yet unique and handmade? Look no further than one of the best places to find handmade wedding items – ETSY!

Who doesn’t love handbags? What better way to show off your style with these lovely handbags from artisans around the world. Regardless of your budget, ETSY has some of the cutest and most stylish handbags out there.

My first pick is Leigh Anne Kline. She incorporates beautiful fabrics, feathers and crystals to create elegant handbags for the most perfect evening out and more importantly your wedding day. Leigh-Ann’s bags have been featured in Inside Weddings magazine several times alongside the likes of Badgley Mishka designer handbags!

Leigh-Ann Kline Handbags on Etsy.com

Another wonderful purse designer whose work is perfect for bridesmaids and even the bride is Red Ruby Rose. She makes beautiful clutches in different fabrics and patterns. Prices range from $75-$105, and although she sells out of the UK, her shipping prices to the US are very reasonable at $5.00 and if you order more than one piece, she only adds $2.00 per additional items.

What’s great about these purses is that they are something you can use well after your wedding day. They’d look great even with a white t-shirt and jeans! If the few below are a little pricier than you want to spend, especially for your bridesmaids.

Red Ruby Rose Handbags on Etsy.com

Another great designer is Girl…by Eileen. She allows you to design your own bridesmaid clutches and the prices range from $38 if you use your own fabric to $52.00.

Girl By Eileen Handbags on Etsy.com

Lou Lou Bell Handmade, prices range from $18-30.00. You can get these cute little coin or lipstick purses in a set of 3 for $30.00. She’s located in Nova Scotia, but again, shipping is quite reasonable starting at $4.25. This is perfect for the bride wanting to give a little something to her bridesmaids without breaking the bank. Lou Lou Bell offers some great fabric designs and colors that are both cute and chic!

Lou Lou Bell Handbags on Etsy.com

Fiaz Co., prices for these bags are about $65 a purse and are well worth the splurge to satisfy your purse craving. These bags are especially great for destination wedding brides with her vibrant floral printed fabrics. She can even personalize the inside label for each bridesmaid! How cute is that!?

Fiaz Co. – Fiazco Handbags on Etsy.com

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Etsy ChitChat – fabulous finds for your wedding!
is a monthly feature here on The Wedding Chat brought to you by Diane Phillips

Diane Phillips is owner and designer of DK Designs, specializing in handcrafted clay floral designs for weddings & events. She is also part of the Etsy Wedding Team, which is a group of high-quality artisans providing unique and stylish wedding related items for the bride-to-be. You can view more of Diane’s work at: www.dkdesignshawaii.com, www.dkdesignshawaii.blogspot.com, www.dkdesignshawaii.etsy.com
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WIN a ‘Couple Boudoir’ Shoot! Don’t wait to enter…

February 6th, 2009
JENNIFER SKOG PHOTOGRAPHY is offering a Valentine’s Day giveaway for couples in any market nationwide!!

Jennifer Skog – The Couture Couple

Details: Enter to win a full day stylized photo shoot with Jennifer Skog and hair and makeup design by Maria Chang of Professional Makeup Artistry. The Shoot includes up to 3 different looks and an opportunity for a Couple Boudoir in the bedroom.

Requirements: In about 1,000 words share your love story. The most romantic story will be the winner and will be announced on Friday, February 20th. Jennifer Skog Photography will not actually be picking the winner; a carefully chosen panel of colleagues will judge the stories.

Who can enter: Everyone! This contest is not limited to California residents – we will actually come to any location nationwide to do the shoot!

How to enter: Email submissions to: seduction@jenniferskog.com
Please include 1 or 2 of your favorite photos together (1000px max).
As well as your name, city, state and email address.

Contest Deadline: VALENTINE’S DAY at MIDNIGHT.

Visit www.jenniferskog.com to view her Wedding, Boudoir, & Lifestyle Photojournalism-Style Photography.
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What does your registry really need?

January 30th, 2009
Attend this registry event on specially selected dates beginning February 8, 2009 at CRATE & BARREL stores nationwide and find out what your registry really needs.

Crate & Barrel & Real Simple Weddings Registry Event

Space is limited! RSVP as soon as possible by calling 800-996-9960 to find the Crate & Barrel store nearest you or visit ‘The Wedding Parties’ page at www.crateandbarrel.com
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Mass Market Luxury – Create a Reading Nook

January 26th, 2009
Good design…once reserved for the élite has now become available to the rest of us thanks to HGTV and mass retailers, such as Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, and Target. The furnishings I longed for, but couldn’t afford, are now being interpreted in more pleasing price points. Granted, the quality isn’t as good, but most last long enough until you are ready for a new look. If you are newly married and in your first home, these couture design/budget priced furnishings are the best way to begin decorating your new spaces. It’s your chance to choose a design direction and live with your style choices while you grow and change together in your marriage. As you learn what works best for your family, you can upgrade and invest in custom pieces. The trick to mass market design is to choose pieces from several companies, so you’ll achieve a more personal look. If you buy everything from one place, you’ll find that you feel like you’re living in a catalog.

Here are some things I’d purchase to create a READING NOOK:

Mass Market Luxury – Reading nook design using mass market brands such as crate and barrel, pottery barn, west elm, modern dose, ballard designs, bliss living home, williams sonoma home, and wisteria.

I’d start with the Hennessy Chair from Crate and Barrel (www.crateandbarrel.com) in Topaz – It has great lines and would fit into both a traditional and modern space.

I’d already have the Dramatic Damask Rug from Shades of Light (www.shadesoflight.com) on the floor, so I could nestle the chair in a corner on the rug.

Then I’d get the Modern Floor Lantern from West Elm (www.westelm.com) – it looks like it would shine the light on just the right spot, and it’s so sleek and stylish!

I’d add some bling using the Metallic Chinese Garden Stool in silver from Wisteria (www.wisteria.com) as the side table.

Finally, I’d bring in a punch of color in a pillow. These are fun, chic options:

Ballard Designs (www.ballarddesigns.com) – Coral Needlepoint pillow in Coral

Bliss Living Home (www.blisslivinghome.com) – Dahlia Pillow

Williams Sonoma Home (www.wshome.com) – Pineapple Silk Twill Pillow
The Pineapple is the symbol of welcome!

Modern Dose (www.moderndose.com) – Queen Pillow

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Jodi Murphy
Jodi Murphy is a contributing writer for Gentry Magazine and Gentry Design (www.gentrymagazine.com) writing the At Home Column, Kitchen and Bath Department and feature Interior Design stories.
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TWC Podchat – The Flirty Guide

January 25th, 2009
In this episode of TWC Podchat, listen and learn all about Stacie Tamaki and how she was inspired to create, THE FLIRTY GUIDE, an online resource guide for brides who are searching for fresh ideas and inspiration for their wedding!

 

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Stacie Tamaki, is a multi-talented, very creative ‘Girl Gone Geek!’ She is a web designer, graphic illustrator, custom bridal accessory maker, blogger, and an entrepreneur with a massive itch to pave new territory in the wedding industry. Today, she takes us behind the scenes of her online resource guide for savvy brides, THE FLIRTY GUIDE and some of her latest endeavors. You’ll even get to hear about the throwdowns she is about to have and with whom…don’t miss out on any of the upcoming matches!

The Flirty Guide Illustrations – Coolest Ideas from Wedding Professionals

Illustrations By Stacie Tamaki

If you haven’t had a chance to peruse the Wedding Ideas on The Flirty Guide, then don’t wait any longer to check it out. Her most recent ideas were all about blue-soled shoes, an idea I love – come on…what girl doesn’t love shoes? And a Hide a Surprise Cake that was a collaboration between Stacie Tamaki’s company the Flirty Bride, my company Ready to Propose and Cake Coquette. The surprise cake idea highlights another one of Stacie’s most incredible talents, custom cake toppers. No idea is too big for Stacie Tamaki when it comes to her craft and beadwork! This is evidenced by the pineapple you will see when you visit www.theflirtyguide.com

Also, you can keep up with Stacie and all of the latest developments with her projects and the wedding business by visiting her blog at www.theflirtyguide.blogspot.com
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Walk down the aisle in these little something blues!

January 11th, 2009
I couldn’t resist cross posting these beautiful blue-soled shoes. I recall hearing about the quest for these shoes from Stacie Tamaki of The Flirty Guide on one of our walks this past Summer. She worked very hard researching various ways to bring you an alternative to the Tiffany blue-soled shoes once created by Christian Louboutin, now no longer available. Visit the Fresh Ideas on THE FLIRTY GUIDE to learn how you can walk down the aisle in style in these little something blues! Can you say, “hello lover!”

Tiffany

Learn more about these Tiffany Blue-Soled Bridal Shoes and more Fresh Ideas for your Wedding Day at www.theflirtyguide.com
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Be educated by some of the best in the Bay Area!

January 11th, 2009
This is NOT your usual wedding fair. In fact, it is not a wedding fair at all! It is an all-day seminar of practical, useful, HONEST information for how to stretch your wedding dollars, regardless of budget. Various topics–from design to bridal makeup to learning your first dance–will be taught by the best professionals in the Bay Area. Come prepared for an afternoon of fun and a ton of useful information to plan your wedding, while tasting exceptional food and wine from the Four Seasons Hotel.

The Wedding University at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto, Wedding Planning Instructions from some of the Bay Areas Best Wedding Professionals

Space is limited. Please RSVP to enroll early:
Visit THE WEDDING UNIVERSITY website to learn more about this upcoming event!

Date and Time: Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 11 AM – 5 PM
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley
2050 University Avenue East Palo Alto, CA
Price: $25 for 1 person | $40 for 2 people

Participating Wedding Specialists & Educators
* Carl Mindling | DJ And Emcee
* Chewing the Cud | Concepts and Invitations
* Cynthia Glinka | Dance Instructor
* Eli Thomas for Men | Tuxedo Rentals and Purchase
* Enhanced Lighting | Lighting and Draping
* Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley | Menu Planning
* Gabrielle’s Bridal Salon | Couture Wedding Gowns
* Geoff White Photography | Photography
* Get Your Do Up | Makeup and Hair
* Hartmann Studios | Tabletop and Furniture Rentals
* Jean Marks Weddings | Wedding Planning
* Jubilee Lau Events | Wedding Planning
* Kevin Chin Photography | Photography
* Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Floral Design
* Ron Grandia | DJ and Emcee
* Rudolfi Artists in Music | Live Music and Entertainment
* Sash and Sugar | Wedding Design
* Savadelis Films | Cinematography
* Wildflower Linens | Linens and Chair Covers

25 Jan

TWC Podchat – The Flirty Guide

In this episode of TWC Podchat, listen and learn all about Stacie Tamaki and how she was inspired to create, THE FLIRTY GUIDE, an online resource guide for brides who are searching for fresh ideas and inspiration for their wedding!
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Stacie Tamaki, is a multi-talented, very creative ‘Girl Gone Geek!’ She is a web designer, graphic illustrator, custom bridal accessory maker, blogger, and an entrepreneur with a massive itch to pave new territory in the wedding industry. Today, she takes us behind the scenes of her online resource guide for savvy brides, THE FLIRTY GUIDE and some of her latest endeavors. You’ll even get to hear about the throwdowns she is about to have and with whom…don’t miss out on any of the upcoming matches!

The Flirty Guide Illustrations – Coolest Ideas from Wedding Professionals

Illustrations By Stacie Tamaki

If you haven’t had a chance to peruse the Wedding Ideas on The Flirty Guide, then don’t wait any longer to check it out. Her most recent ideas were all about blue-soled shoes, an idea I love – come on…what girl doesn’t love shoes? And a Hide a Surprise Cake that was a collaboration between Stacie Tamaki’s company the Flirty Bride, my company Ready to Propose and Cake Coquette. The surprise cake idea highlights another one of Stacie’s most incredible talents, custom cake toppers. No idea is too big for Stacie Tamaki when it comes to her craft and beadwork! This is evidenced by the pineapple you will see when you visit www.theflirtyguide.com

Also, you can keep up with Stacie and all of the latest developments with her projects and the wedding business by visiting her blog at www.theflirtyguide.blogspot.com

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3 Responses to “TWC Podchat – The Flirty Guide”

Diane Phillips Says:
January 25th, 2009 at 8:18 pm
FANTASTIC TWC Podchat! Hmm.. I guess we’ll find out who won the Crafters Throwdown very soon! LOL… Can’t wait to see who wins.. either way, we both get cupcakes! :)

Jodi Murphy Says:
January 26th, 2009 at 9:30 am
Nice! Full of interesting, fun…and flirty info.

Ralph Mucci Says:
January 26th, 2009 at 9:56 am
So tell me who is going to win this showdown?

It just may be a tie since the 2 of you are good!

Ralph

18 Dec

TWC Podchat – Cake Coquette

Presenting another episode of TWC Podchat, an interview with Gabrielle Feuersinger, an incredible cake designer and owner of CAKE COQUETTE, a custom wedding cake and specialty cake design company in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

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Gabrielle has coined the term “Cake as Art”–and from what I have seen in person, it is really beautiful and absolutely an edible art. Listen to our chat and learn more Gabrielle’s art influence, her inspiration for creating cake masterpieces, her opinion about buttercream vs. fondant and which is her favorite to work with!

Cake Coquette – Specialty Buttercream Wedding Cakes – Wedding Cake Designer in San Francisco

Photos Courtesy of Allure West Studios

Gabrielle is very passionate about cakes, and she prides herself in her perfection for details. Her cakes are truly an edible art! See for yourself and visit her cake gallery at www.cakecoquette.com. She also has a blog with details and more pictures of some of her favorite cakes. You can visit her blog at www.cakecoquette.blogspot.com

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Diane Phillips Says:
December 18th, 2008 at 11:13 am
Another great podchat Lea! I LOVE Gabby’s cakes, just gotta taste one, which I’m sure is out of this world!

The Flirty Girl Says:
December 19th, 2008 at 6:30 pm
Very nicely done!

Sound makes the whole thing so much more personal :o )

Oh Diane you missed out. Both tiers of the sunset cake were phenomenal! I still can’t decide which flavor I liked better. Maybe I need to try them both again to decide :P

Anne Says:
December 31st, 2008 at 7:52 am
Look at those cakes, so stunning. Thanks so much for sharing, serious eye candy here!

Anne

Natalie N. Wi Says:
January 11th, 2009 at 10:42 pm
Obviously, I’m a huge fan of Cake Coquette! I love how Gabby incorporates the inspiration of the great artists of this century into her designs.

The Wedding Chat » Blog Archive » Cake Coquette – Wedding Peep in the Press! Says:
March 8th, 2009 at 3:45 pm
[...] Keep a watch out for the Northern California Bride’s new issue hitting the stands on March 16th, because CAKE COQUETTE is being featured in this issue too! I would say Gabrielle is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to her Buttercream cakes. Recently, CAKE COQUETTE was featured on TWC Podchat. Listen to my interview with Gabrielle and learn about what gives her inspiration to make such cake masterpieces! Enjoy Listening!!! [...]

27 Oct

TWC Podchat – Well Rehearsed

You are about to listen to the premier episode of TWC Podchat interviewing Kathy Goodman, an event planning and design talent who has sprung onto the wedding scene with her innovative new company, WELL REHEARSED.

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While Kathy was growing up, her family’s parties always had themes and carefully planned details. Her expectations were set pretty high as a child, and she credits this with starting her down a path that led to event planning. Kathy has taken these childhood experiences and memories, as well as her years of corporate event production and marketing expertise, and has brought to brides and mothers a new form of wedding planning, making her the “go to” gal for memorable, exciting, and unexpected rehearsal dinners! In this interview, learn about Kathy’s moment of inspiration, her favorite past parties, how she works with brides and grooms’ mothers, rehearsal dinner trends, and more!

Well Rehearsed – Rehearsal Dinner Planning & Design

Visit www.wellrehearsed.com to read more about Kathy’s Custom Rehearsal Dinners.