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MICHELLE & BRANT 09.23.10

Engagement photo shoot by True Photography…..really brings out the dynamic personalities of these love birds!!

This animated and beautiful couple who is getting married in September was shot all around NTC Promenade

“The Notebook” Part Deux

Our love story starts circa 1992. I was the ridiculously talented eighth-grade star on the boys’ varsity basketball team. Michelle was a mere seventh grader managing the team while juggling a budding career as professional model and concert violinist. Okay, so at least that’s how my memory prefers to remember it.

That time period was a blur-boys were growing up and girls were growing out, hormones were raging out of control and braces were standard issue. I would occasionally catch myself drifting off in practice seemingly more focused on the beautiful lady sauntering the sidelines than anything Coach Lowney was yelling at us.

It was a season of perfection for the mighty Wolves of Lake Ridge. We went undefeated (yet again) and the hero (that’s me) led my team to another championship. I had everything an eighth grade boy desired-a shiny trophy, the adoration of awkward teenage fans, a magnificent banner adorning the gymnasium wall, and a three-month supply of Oxy to battle those humiliating middle school pimples. Life was pretty sweet. Apparently, the only thing missing was my courage-I never did find enough gumption to speak with my future wife that year.

Approximately two years passed until our paths crossed again. I finally found the inner strength to call Miss Couch, who was now a young woman tearing up the soccer fields and basketball courts herself, and express my youthful adoration. We were just minutes into our conversation and things were going perfectly; until she told me she was moving to California in two weeks! ☹

Michelle and I kept in touch corresponding as pen pals for a while. She would send modeling pictures and I enjoyed hanging them up on my bedroom mirror. I’d tell everyone that Michelle was the girl of my dreams, including my girlfriend at the time. That pretty much ended that relationship. Throughout the years when I would think about “Mitch”, my heart would flutter while I’d wonder why our worlds were prematurely torn apart.

A year ago, the Lord sent me an angel. My world turned upside down when our paths amazingly crossed again. We reconnected with each other via Facebook in this technological age and I felt like that 8th grade boy once again-only this time it was, forever.

~ Brant (Groom)

I became obsessed with Exquisite Wedding Magazine and fell in love with the unique, boutique style of the weddings highlighted. I began to notice True Photography as a repeated vendor amongst the many different weddings and ultimately fell in love with the editorial style of images. I knew I wanted my pictures to have the similar feel to timeless art. Aaron Feldman, owner, portrayed a confidence and passion for photography that was undoubtedly addicting. The initial engagement shoot was not only a blast, but our photographer truly gave us free reign to express ourselves as a unique couple. I was a little hesitant at first to present the old school basketball theme, but our photographer was extremely supportive and the images ultimately portrayed the youthfulness and memories that brought both Brant and I together. Thank you to True Photography for making our childhood memories a reality and we look forward to more precious moments to come!

~ Michelle (Bride)

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WE WELCOME VICTORIA WEDDINGS & EVENTS!! 09.22.10

The Bridal Bar is very happy to have another touch of creativity  in our library of Bridal Consultants!

Victoria Schroeder has over 16 years of experience planning and producing special events from weddings to galas in both San Diego and New York City. She began her career in event management in 1993 at the five-star Le Meridien Hotel in Coronado and in 1998, Victoria moved to New York City to manage special events for up to 2500 guests at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. During her five years in New York City, she created cutting edge design themes for Broadway Opening Night Parties including “The Music Man”, “42nd Street”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Movin’ Out”. Having returned to Coronado in early 2003, Victoria took over the reigns of Coronado Weddings, created by her mother, Helen Walker in 1991. In January 2005, Victoria was nominated by Special Events Magazine for Best Wedding of the Year for a spectacular beach-themed wedding she designed at the famous Hotel Del Coronado. Recently Coronado Weddings have been featured in “Inside Weddings”, “Grace Ormonde Wedding Style”, “Riviera” and “Special Events” Magazines. After 7 years of stellar success with Coronado Weddings, Victoria Schroeder launched sister company, Victoria Weddings and Events due to the demand for her services throughout San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and most recently New York City. Victoria’s sense of style, sophistication, humor and expertly coordinated events have earned her rave reviews and continued referrals from past and present brides as well as the finest venues in San Diego.

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WE WELCOME ISIS BRIDAL BOUTIQUE!! 09.21.10

Founded in 2004 and redesigned from head-to-toe in 2010, the goal at Isis Bridal has remained simple – to ensure that brides are the happiest brides in Southern California. Their gowns combine high fashion with a sense of traditional bridal elegance; and their wide price range offers something for every bride. Each private appointment is comfortable, personal and all about the BRIDE!

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THE WEDDING INDUSTRY’S FINEST PROFESSIONALS 09.21.10

The Bridal Bar is so excited to celebrate the appreciation of their masters at the Association of Bridal Consultants – San Diego‘s Masters Dinner being held at The Westgate Hotel….we are so proud to have so many Master Professionals as preferred vendors and in-house assets!!

Here are our very own masters….


Susanne Duffy
Crown Weddings Master Consultant/Wedding Designer

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Victoria Lee Schroeder of Victoria Weddings & Events
Coronado Weddings Master Consultant/Wedding Designer

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Anthony Griffin
Kool Party Rentals/Master Designer

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Andy Salmonsen
NRG Music & Productions/Master Musician

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Spencer Bezy
Mobile Music Plus DJ/Master of Ceremony Master

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Giuseppe Ciuffa
Guiseppe’s Restaurants & Fine Catering/Culinary Master

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Paul Barnett
Paul Barnett Photography/Photography Master

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CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL FOR THE AMAZING WORK YOU HAVE DONE THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREERS THAT HAS RIGHTLY SO EARNED YOU THE TITLE OF M A S T E R S !!

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TOSS THE GARTER! 09.18.10

The Garter

The history of the traditional wedding garter….

Throwing garters is considered to be the oldest surviving wedding tradition. Back in Dark Ages it was customary for friends, relatives and guests to accompany the bridal couple to the marriage bed. At first this was to safely see the married couple ensconced in their wedding bed and once established the crowd respectfully left the newly weds to their own company.

The wedding garter toss became a game of sorts.  The bridal party would toss the garter at the grooms nose and the person who successfully landed the garter on his nose would be the next to marry.

The custom became rowdier and bawdier until the guests were eager to help the bride out of her wedding clothes. The wedding guests would try to grab the bride’s garter for good luck. It is thought to forestall such impropriety, the bride’s garter was given to the mob as a distraction. Soon this became an established custom.

Throwing the garter to the groom’s men is what remains of the custom. In Northern England the old custom was for male guests to rush the bride at the altar when the ceremony was finished and remove her garter from her leg. In the panic this usually meant the bride was knocked over and trampled on.

Gradually brides made garters easier to detach and finally to avoid threat of injury they tossed their garters away at the end of the ceremony. Garters were imbued with fertility and the bride’s garter signified consummation, fulfillment, and progeny and was always fiercely sought after. Untying the bride’s garter had a deeply symbolic act. In the past the lucky guest to receive the bride’s garter would wear it proudly on his hat, before giving it to the girl of his choice for luck.

Another variation on this custom in the 19th century was for the local youths to race from the church to the bride’s house. The first was given the honor of removing the bride’s left garter. He would then tie this around his own true love’s knee as a guard against unfaithfulness. In the North of England , the custom was for the man to wear the bride’s garter in his hat.

Tossing the garter was reintroduced in the early part of the twentieth century.  These days, the groom is responsible for removing the garter and tossing it at the eagerly waiting groomsmen at the reception.  Much tamer that the early days.  Bride would also have a second keepsake garter that they would keep with their wedding dress.

The Classic Garter

The Personalized Garter

The Monogram Garter

A tradition that is loved and loved to be hated.  Some brides have shunned the “garter toss tradition” in recent years but still many like to have the garter incorporated into their wedding in some way.  They can be fun and sometimes crazy (depending on your crowd)  But not all brides want this. Some would like a special memento from their wedding day that they can keep and then pass down to the next generation.  What ever it is you are doing… it’s likely you are similar to most brides.  Today’s bride is looking for something that will embrace her personality and will match with her wedding colors or theme. Whether you as a bride, choose to keep it a special secret hidden for your husband’s eyes only, or show it off, is completely a personal decision for you.

The Colorful Garter

Garters are a small way to make a fun and exciting impact on your special day.   Ladies feel sexy when they put on a garter.  For some reason it just makes us feel special in anticipation for time to be spent with our spouse.  Many women like to wear matching garters with various intimate honeymoon outfits, or to make holidays and anniversaries special times to remember.  But garters are used most often on the wedding day.    This day the bride may put on her most lovely under garments for her groom.  The garter many times is the last & final touch to the underwear attire, and it is one of the first things the brides new husband will remove.  This is why so many brides order custom garters, they want them to be something worthy to be remembered! If you wish to have a custom garter to fit your personality we recommend the unique and sexy garters from HCC Designer Garters

Garters shown available at Smart Bride Online & WrapWithUs.Com

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RASPBERRY MOJITO 09.15.10
This tasty treat will make a colorful splash at your next celebration…..

Raspberry Mojito

JUST FOR YOU

  • Handful fresh mint leaves (+ sprig for garnish)
  • 3 whole fresh raspberries (+ 2 for garnish)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Ice
  • 3/4 ounces white rum
  • 3/4 ounces spiced rum
  • Splash club soda

In a highball glass, muddle the mint, raspberries, lime juice and sugar. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice; add the rum and shake for 15 seconds. Pour into the glass and top with club soda.

PITCHER FOR FOUR

  • 1/2 a bunch of mint leaves (+ sprigs for garnish)
  • 12 whole fresh raspberries (+ 8 for garnish)
  • Juice of 6 lime
  • 12 teaspoons sugar
  • Ice
  • 3 ounces white rum
  • 3 ounces spiced rum
  • Splash club soda

In a pitcher muddle the mint, raspberries, lime juice and sugar. Fill a separate container with ice; add the rum and mix for 15-20 seconds. Pour into pitcher and mix well. Serve in a highball glass, top with club soda and garnish with raspberries & mint.

Whether your serving 1 or 100, this deliciously refreshing drink is guaranteed to wow your guests as a signature cocktail for your wedding day celebration or at your next dinner party!

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MICHAEL & JACQUELINE 09.14.10

The Bridal Bar is so thrilled to share with you the very special day of one of our very own members of our shutterbug family….True Photographer, Michael Svoboda!!

Mr & Mrs Svoboda!!

The couple was pleasantly delighted with an amazing day backdrop to accompany their Hotel Del Coronado Wedding Day Shoot by none other than their comrades at True Photography Weddings.

We are so excited for this beautiful couple and their amazing future ahead!!

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CUSTOM ORDERS & SPECIAL REQUESTS 09.09.10

New at b.mookié! Here are a few of the recent custom orders and their requests to make each piece their own.

ORIGINAL IMAGE INSPIRATION:
LOOP EARRINGS IN WATERMELON COLORED MALAYSIA JADE ABOVE WERE RE-CREATED FOR CUSTOMER (BOTTOM ROW, 3RD FROM THE LEFT)

LOOP EARRINGS WERE SHORTENED BY CLIENT REQUEST AND MADE OF HONEY AND GOLDEN JADE

ORIGINAL INSPIRATION: RETRO SPINNER RING

TURNED INTO A ‘BEST FRIENDS’ RING SET ONE FRIEND WANTED THE RING MADE 1/2″ WIDE AND THE OTHER PREFERRED THE ORIGINAL 3/4″ WIDE BAND

THIS RING WAS RE-CREATED FOR CUSTOMER FOR SCHOLASTIC COLOR THEME, MADE WITH FRESHWATER PEARLS, ONYX, ARIZONA TURQUOISE & SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS

Please feel free to ask b.mookié if you have an idea for a gift, a personal jewelry request or if you saw a piece that was designed and you would like to have it re-created in a different gemstone or metal.

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CELEBRATE THE FALL/WINTER 2010 ISSUE WITH EXQUISITE WEDDINGS MAGAZINE 09.08.10

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WE WELCOME THE TROUBADOURS BAND!! 09.07.10

The Bridal Bar is melodically exuberant to add a new note to our playlist of fabulous entertainment!!!

The Troubadours Band will make your event a huge success! They perform an exciting, wide variety of music just as well as the original artists who made all your favorite hits famous. They play at a volume comfortable for all to carry on a conversation and still enjoy the ambiance good music provides, yet they keep the dance floor hopping. They give you the best of both worlds; the energy of live talented singers and musicians interacting with your guests, and the hits played the way they were meant to be.

They will make your event a huge success!

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