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GRAHAM & EVER ~ DESTINATION: COSTA RICA 03.18.11
Graham & Ever decided that their dreams would come to life in beautiful and enchanting Santa Teresa, Costa Rica where the waves are epic for surfing and the relaxed beach atmosphere is ideal for unforgettable wedding celebrations.
Casa Capitan which boasts the largest and most extravagant house in Santa Teresa, and that’s an understatement, makes it the most amazing venue for quaint weddings of 50 guests or less.
The ceremony took place on the beach at sunset, followed by the wedding reception which was a short stroll up the sandy path through the palms to the house and nestled by the infinity pool.
The hanging lights and votives mixed perfectly with the surrounding palm fronds and myriad of strategically arranged Cali lily, orchid, and hydrangea arrangements, all done in the corresponding colors of white and green.

In lieu of wedding favors, guests signed custom made coasters and dropped the coaster into a bowl for the charity of their choice, including a local school, an environmental cause, and an animal shelter. {Which by the way, is just a magnificent idea!}

Congratulations to Graham & Ever, may they have a long and joyous life journey together!!

~ Don

Don Mirra Photography fuses a passionate, artistic eye of composition and light with a photojournalism approach of spontaneity and responsiveness to the “decisive moment”. Don Mirra Weddings’ expansive line of style, confidence, and experience combined with Don’s comfort in capturing formal and informal images ensures all aspects of your wedding experience are documented while providing the exclusive bride and groom with avant-garde photographic memories.

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A WORD FROM THE EXPERTS 07.02.10

The Bridal Bar is excited to premier the 1st of many short educational clips.  Enjoy!!!

Wedding, Family & Portrait Photography Location Selection by Don Mirra

As a professional photographer in san diego Don will help you understand why family photographs and engagement photographs need a good location. You will understand more about light and that the beach while great might not be the best first choice.

Don Mirra Photography fuses a passionate, artistic eye of composition and light with a photojournalism approach of spontaneity and responsiveness to the “decisive moment”.

Don Mirra Weddings’ expansive line of style, confidence, and experience combined with Don’s comfort in capturing formal and informal images ensures all aspects of your wedding experience are documented while providing the exclusive bride and groom with avant-garde photographic memories.

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RECIPE FOR BLISS : A SMOOTH & STRESS FREE WEDDING EXPERIENCE…. 06.23.10

Always hire a wedding consultant….

The Bridal Bar embraces the Association Of Bridal Consultants’ keys to finding a perfect planner.

Answer these questions to find out:

1. Why do you need a wedding consultant?

A wedding consultant is a professional whose training, expertise and contacts will help make your wedding as close to perfect as it possibly can be – and let you relax and enjoy your wedding. You can count on a professional consultant to help you in many roles.

2. Should I organize my wedding myself?

As an expert, the consultant knows weddings, from the socially correct invitation formats through the proper planning and organization of the reception.

3. What is the role of a wedding consultant as a coordinator?

Through extensive contacts in the wedding business, the consultant can match you with the right professionals, from photographer to caterer, to turn your wedding dreams into reality.

4. Does my wedding need a supervisor?

Why should you worry about the details of planning your wedding? Your consultant will work with the other professionals you have chosen to make sure everything happens just as you want it.

5. How can a wedding consultant function as a financial planner?

If you’re working with a budget, your consultant can help you organize your dream wedding within your budget, by suggesting ways to make your dollar go the farthest.

6. Why would I need a mediator?

Caught between “ex”-families and “step”-families? A wedding professional, as an independent third party, often can smooth ruffled feathers and mediate disagreements.

7. What will a wedding consultant do for me?

In addition to helping make your wedding dreams come true within your budget – and perhaps saving you from costly mistakes -a consultant will save you time. With today’s hectic lifestyle, many bridal couples and their families do not have the time for the detailed planning and work a beautiful wedding requires. A professional consultant, working with you, can handle the details, allowing you the freedom to do what you want to do.

8. How can I tell if a consultant is reputable?

All Association of Bridal Consultant’s members agrees to uphold a Code of Ethics and Standards of Membership. Look for the Association’s logo and ask to see a current membership certificate; contact the Association to verify a wedding consultant’s status. Be sure to ask the consultant during the interview what kind of education and experience they have. Some members also participate in Association-sponsored seminars and workshops; certificates indicating that they have completed this training also may be displayed.

9. Do wedding consultants get “kickbacks” from suppliers?

Some vendors do offer commissions to consultants, much as airlines pay commissions to travel agents. Many consultants pass these commissions to you in the form of discounts. The Association strongly recommends against commissions. But, in all cases, you should know how the consultant is being paid–and by whom.

10. Won’t a consultant want to run the whole show?

A professional wedding consultant will work with you, handling as much or as little of your wedding as you want. After all, it is your wedding. The consultant is there to help you and your family – and make the day perfect.

11. What will a wedding consultant charge?

A consultant can charge a percent of the cost of the wedding. Some consultants charge an hourly rate or a fixed fee, or some combination of these. All these methods are acceptable, but you should determine in writing how and when your consultant will be paid.

12. Can I afford a wedding consultant?

A wedding consultant is part of your budget, not an extra expense. In fact, you often save money because a consultant suggests less expensive alternatives that still enhance your wedding. Consultants often can obtain discounts from suppliers. Above all, the professional wedding consultant will work with you to produce your dream wedding, including the consultant’s fee, all within your budget.

13. Why can’t I do the planning myself?

You certainly can do the planning yourself, and that sometimes is part of the fun of your wedding. But, it also can be a hassle, checking out many sources for each vendor, making sure all the details are in place and worrying about whether you’re getting the best deal – and whether everything will turn out all right. A bridal professional has the training and experience to make it all work, while you relax.

14. How can I tell if a wedding consultant is providing a quality vendor?

The consultant’s reputation -and future business – depend on the quality of the services, including vendors, you receive. A bridal professional is committed to providing the best possible wedding for the lowest possible cost. A satisfied bride is the consultant’s best advertisement. So, it is to their benefit to recommend the best vendor for your budget.

15. Do I need a wedding consultant?

A consultant will be a distinct asset as you plan your wedding. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend time with your fiancé and your families, rather than worrying about all the details of your special day? A consultant will take care of the details, leaving you to have the fun. And, on the wedding day, you can shine as the star, while your consultant works behind the scene to make it all happen!

16. What qualities should I look for in a consultant?

You should be comfortable with the person. You will be spending a lot of time together planning one of the major rites of passage in your life.

So, what is a wedding consultant?

A wedding consultant is an adviser, a coordinator, a supervisor, a financial planner, a mediator….sometimes, your consultant may be nothing more than “a shoulder to cry on” to support you through the hectic days before your wedding. Let your professional consultant handle the details with you. Make certain it turns out perfectly and enjoy your once in a lifetime day!

(Source: Association of Bridal Consultants, bridalassn.com)


Unlock the secret to bliss, select one of the fantastic preferred professionals The Bridal Bar has to offer you to make your wedding day dreams come true!

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