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PRINCESS CATHERINE’S WEDDING DAY LOOKS 04.30.11

The lace applique for the gown’s bodice and skirt was handmade by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. It was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

The bride’s gown featured individual flowers hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create an organic design with rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock motifs.

The bride wore a translucent veil, apparently in spite of a tradition for a royal bride to leave her face uncovered in order to show she is not an impostor.

The wedding gown was classic-looking, in silk gazar with long, intricate Chantilly lace sleeves and a V-shaped neckline.

Catherine’s dress is likely to be a force of pop culture for years to come, influencing fashion trends and reinforcing the sociological significance of the white wedding gown.

The bride slipped into her second wedding dress — also designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen — to attend an evening reception hosted by her new father-in-law, the Prince of Wales. The dress is a white satin strapless gown with a circle skirt and diamente detailing around the waist.
Catherine demonstrated that she was more than fit to become a princess with her amazing choices. She looked stunning and we believe that choosing the house of McQueen shows great homage payed by her to a great fashion icon and has placed her in the same iconic status.

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BRIDAL BAR EVENTS 04.28.11

Here is a small peek into the fun around town we here at The Bridal Bar are privileged to partake in throughout the year, thanks to Jason Taylor of Taylor Films you too can enjoy!

 

Thank you Jason!!

 

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WE WELCOME KATHRYN GAYNER DISTINCTIVE FLORALS & EVENTS 04.28.11

The Bridal Bar is colorfully cheerful to plant another seed in our garden of beautiful designs….we proudly welcome Kathryn Gayner Distinctive Florals & Events!

Flowers are truly a passion of mine. From a very young age I found myself creating and designing projects around flowers. I love and appreciate all types of floral designs. From the ornate floral arrangement, to the simplicity of a single stem, I love it all.

I was fortunate to have lived in Asia as a child, and I have traveled extensively throughout Asia and Europe. I am fascinated by different cultures and traditions, and I work to incorporate fresh and exotic details into my designs.

My own style leans towards the tastefully ornate and naturalistic. I love designing around natural elements such branches, stones, bamboo and exotic wood. Starting with your taste preferences, theme, and colors, I look for ways to bring out the unexpected in the arrangements. It could be the coupling of succulents and wildflowers that provides a pleasant contrast. Or tiny, hand appliqué gems at the center of each bloom. To me, flowers are an art form and a way of expression; so if you’re pursuing a theme or mood, let’s really go for it!

I’ve been designing florals for almost fifteen years now, and I’m fortunate to share the benefits of my experience with great clients. I work with exceptional brides, corporations, organizations such as the San Diego Opera and UBS, and wonderful charities including National Charity League and Las Patrones. I’m a So Cal native, and I have four adorable kids, a devoted husband, and two loyal dogs (a Basset Hound and a Bernese Mountain Dog.)

I believe that florals bring events to life, and I’d love to help you with yours.

~ Kathryn

 

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NEW @ LOUNGE APPEAL 04.27.11

WOW the guests at your next event with Lounge Appeal‘s newest addition, The Sectional Showcase Bar!

The Sectional Showcase Bar allows you to design the look and size to suit your event! The possibilities are LIMITLESS!

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ROYAL WEDDING TRIVIA 04.27.11

One special event in particular is about to take center stage. Will & Kate are getting married!!!

There is much to do and stress about when preparing for such an important event of a young couples life, especially when the whole world is watching. However, no event is without its lighter side. Here is some nonsensical trivia that you might find enjoyable.

1. Included in the things that Kate – I mean Catherine — will no longer be able to do are:

  • Vote – while the royal family can vote, they prefer to remain neutral
  • Play monopoly – in 2008, Prince Andrew declared the game “too vicious”
  • Eat shellfish - British Royals avoid this because of a fear of food poisoning
  • Finish her dinner – when the Queen stops eating, all in her presence must also stop
2. At a royal wedding, the groomsmen are known as “supporters.”

3. While the king can marry a commoner, Henry VIII made it illegal to marry a   Catholic.

4. Victoria Beckham, the English superstar, might assist the bride in dressing.

5. Ellen Degeneres will be invited because she is Kate’s 15th cousin.

6. The wife of the British king automatically becomes the queen — except in the case of Camilla Parker Bowles.  Part of the arrangement when she married Prince Charles was that the highest rank she could attain would be “Princess Consort”

Royal Wedding Trivia courtesy of NTC Promenade

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GOODNESS GRACIOUS, GREAT DISH FOR GOOD FRIDAY!! 04.22.11

Great food, good friends and tall glasses of wine – all this is a part of any occasion these days. Good Friday is one festivity that is celebrated all round the globe, by the Christian community. In case you are celebrating Good Friday  and  need any yummy ideas, we are sharing this very tasty and quick to make Good Friday recipe below, we hope you enjoy!!

Whole Roasted Fish Basquaise

2 Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into small pieces

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, thinly sliced

1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into thin strips

1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into thin strips

4 garlic cloves, crushed

2 sprigs of thyme, leaves only

1/2 cup white wine

1 cup chicken broth or light chicken stock

1 red snapper, about 2 pounds, scales removed, gills removed, fins clipped, guts removed, but otherwise intact

Juice of 1 lemon

4 sprigs of flat parsley

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the potatoes in a small pot and cover them with water. Add salt to taste and bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes. The potatoes should still be firm. Remove them from the water and reserve.

On the stovetop, heat the olive oil in a roasting pan until it almost sizzles. Add the onions and peppers, and cook over medium heat until the vegetables are soft and browned. Add the garlic and thyme, and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the white wine, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to dislodge all that good stuff. Stir in the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil.

Season the fish with salt and freshly ground black pepper inside and out. After the broth and vegetables have been boiling for 5 minutes, place the fish in the pan, add the potatoes, and toss the whole thing into the oven. Cook for about 30 minutes, basting the fish with the pan juices 2 or 3 times during cooking.

Change the oven’s setting to broil, remove the pan from the oven, and remove the fish from the roasting pan. Place the fish on a baking tray and put it under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the skin turns brown and crispy. Keep an eye on it: You do not want to scorch the thing. Transfer the fish to a serving platter. Add the lemon juice to the bell pepper and potato mixture, and season with salt and pepper. After a quick shot of heat and a stir or two, spoon the mixture over and around the fish. Garnish with the parsley and serve immediately.

Note: Do not neglect the cheeks, the meat at the collar, or the flaky bits between the bones. Feel free to eat with your hands.

Now think of all the ways you can improvise on this dish.

Beverage pairing: A brisk clean white from the País Vasco or Basque region of northern Spain would be an ideal accompaniment to this roasted fish. Txakoli or Txakolina (pronounced cha-ko-leena), a floral and crisp and slightly sparkling white from Spanish Basque country, would be an ideal match. Try the 2004 Etxaniz Txakoli Txomin.

Recipe courtesy of Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook , by Anthony Bourdain on chow.com.

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WEDDING VISION: VENUE ~ LA JOLLA SHORES HOTEL 04.21.11

A marriage of private gardens and picturesque ocean views make the La Jolla Shores Hotel the ideal location for a memorable wedding ceremony or reception.

Located on two beautifully landscaped acres at the edge of the ocean, there is no better setting to say your vows than on the sands of La Jolla Shores. That is why, year after year, La Jolla Shores Hotel continues to be one of the most desirable wedding locations in San Diego.

With the waves crashing just beyond, your guests will witness your ceremony with the sand under their feet and blue Pacific waters as the backdrop. Allow the full-service catering staff to plan your event with the warmth and personal attention you deserve – and discover a variety of endless possibilities.

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JENNIFER & JOSH 04.15.11

Preppy & Posh Beach Wedding

Jennifer and Josh Judman’s wedding included everything I adore – -a bright sunny day at the Hotel Del Coronado, stunning seaside ceremony featuring florals by Kathy Wright and Co. and pretty details at every turn for the guests to delight in.

Their wedding was designed by Susanne Duffy of Crown Weddings and included all the special touches Susanne brings to every event.  Using a palette of navy blue, crisp white, magenta and emerald green, the Hotel Del was transformed into a preppy paradise reminiscent of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.

Simply Posh Design worked with the couple’s custom monogram and incorporated it into all their reception stationery to include bejeweled program booklets, place cards, menus and table signs.   In addition, we carried  their monogram from the printed page onto the dance floor for a special finishing touch.

Thanks to Luna Photo for capturing their day.

Congratulations Jennifer and Josh!

~ Jennifer

From a lifelong passion for paper, design and all things visual arts Simply Posh Design was born. Jennifer Dailard brings more than a decade of advertising and design talents to the table and now, nearly three years since its inception, Simply Posh Design is a full service paper production company offering extraordinary custom invitations and personal stationery. We believe it is a privilege to share in the happy events that lead clients to Simply Posh Design and are happy to work with you.
Simply Posh Design has aligned itself with several premier companies offering premier invitation components. Current partners include, Envelopments, Waste Not Paper, Green Paper Company and Marsupial Pouches.

 

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WEDDING VISION: VENUE ~ LA JOLLA BEACH & TENNIS CLUB 04.14.11

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club graces 12 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds on one of Southern California’s only private beaches and offers a variety of picturesque venues. The full-service catering staff, under the culinary direction of award-winning Executive Chef, Bernard Guillas will help you plan a wedding that will surpass all of your expectations.

From a casual oceanfront affair to an elegant wedding under the stars, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is the perfect location to begin a lifetime of timeless traditions.

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VENDOR FEATURE: BROOKE JOANNA BENLIFER, RD ~ MEN’S FITNESS MAGAZINE MARCH 2011 04.13.11

Our very own Brooke Joanna Benlifer, RD was interviewed for an article on the realities of “low-cal” foods in the March 2011 issue of Men’s Fitness Magazine.


Brooke Joanna Benlifer, RD is a Cornell University graduate and Registered Dietitian. As a nutritional coach, she has expertise in weight management, emotional eating, sports nutrition, corporate wellness and integrative medicine. She offers special packages catered specifically to brides, grooms and wedding parties, helping them feel their best and reach their wellness goals.
You deserve to look and feel amazing on your special day!

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