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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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AND THE WINNER FOR THE MOST ROMANTIC PROPOSAL CONTEST IS: “WHITE BOXES AT MT. SOLEDAD” RYAN & JEFF!! 03.11.11

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Ryan& Jeff

“WHITE BOXES AT MT. SOLEDAD”

This amazing proposal love story won with a whopping 309 votes and deservingly so!!

These two are so cute and so in love it is just great to see them together.

WE WISH THEM THE VERY BEST FOR THEIR WEDDING PLANS AND THEIR ENTIRE FUTURE TOGETHER!!


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THE MOST ROMANTIC PROPOSAL GRAND PRIZE BRIDAL EVENT 03.03.11

 

  • Hand Crafted Silver Earrings
  • Imported Chocolates
  • Ultra Luxury Bedding Sheet Set
  • Personalized Stationary Box Set With Custom Monogram
  • Bouquet Of Roses
  • Tuxedo of Choice Complimentary Rental for Groom
  • Complimentary One Night Stay plus Sunday Champagne Brunch For Two
  • Engagement Photo Shoot

 

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THE MOST ROMANTIC PROPOSAL GRAND PRIZE EVENT 02.22.11
Our in-house announcement has been made, our winner has been chosen, our participating vendors are excited & ready to go!
Now lets get ready for the event in which we will reveal to the world who is ‘The Most Romantic Proposal Contest’ Grand Prize recipient!!

Come participate in ‘The Most Romantic Proposal Contest’ Grand Prize Event which will be the premiere of our 2011 Trunk Show Series!

Be a part of the sweet moment in which we share in the love journey of our winning couple. Witness as the ‘honored sweethearts’ get pampered at our Grand Prize Giveaway Event Day, on March 5, 2011. The couple will be seated at the ‘Sweetheart’ table and will be treated to sweets and a champagne toast! To complete the VIP treatment, the couple will get to savor every moment as they are photographed and presented their grand prize package! The couple must be present to win.

The event will be held at The Bridal Bar on Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 12:00~4:00 pm.

Here are all of the proposal stories competing for the Grand Prize winner one more time for the world to see….

ALEXANDRA & JOSH “THE PUPPY”

Thanks, Alexandra & Josh

GAYATHRY & ANIRUDDAH “MR. CLUTCH’S ADVENTURE”

 

Thanks, Gayathry & Aniruddha

VALERIE & TOM “BECAUSE OF DONNY OSMOND”

Thanks, Valerie & Tom

RYAN & JEFF “WHITE BOXES AT MT. SOLEDAD”

Thanks, Ryan & Jeff

KARA & MICHAEL “CANDLES IN THE SNOW”

Thanks, Michael & Kara

JANELLE & RUDY “WEEKEND BIKE RIDE”

Thanks, Janelle & Rudy

RUTHIE & COLIN “IRISH CLADDAGH RING”

Thanks, Ruthie & Colin

JULIE & ANDREW “SURPRISE TRIP TO CORK, IRELAND”

Thanks, Julie & Andrew


See you all there….

The Bridal Bar

5646 La Jolla Blvd.

La Jolla, CA 92037

858.459.1685

{NOTE: entry & voting for the contest is officially closed}

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ENTER TO WIN OR VOTE FOR THE MOST ROMANTIC PROPOSAL CONTEST 02.18.11

Tell us your proposal story for your chance to become our grand prizewinner!
We want to hear all about it in 1,000 words or less….share your story, tears of joy and the romantic way he popped the question!!

To Submit Your Proposal:

1. Email sdbrides@bridalbar.com

With the subject: Most Romantic Proposal Contest

2. Send us your true wedding proposal story

3. Include a picture of you and your fiancée

To Vote for Your Favorite Story:

1. Go to www.bridalbarsdblog.com, look for posts in our search box with the tittle ‘Most Romantic Proposal Contest: Submission Story’ and make a comment under the story you chose to vote for.

** The comment you leave is what we will count as a vote.

{One vote per person, regardless of multiple email addresses.}

2. Your name and email address must be included to validate all comments.

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VENDOR FEATURE: HARTWORKS FLORAL DESIGN 02.18.11

Our very own Hartworks Floral Design was featured in the San Diego Ceremony Magazine 2011 issue!

Congratulations to Frankie Hartwell & Classic Party Rentals on their beautiful collaboration!!

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MOST ROMANTIC PROPOSAL CONTEST: JULIE & ANDREW “SURPRISE TRIP TO CORK, IRELAND” 02.18.11

Here’s the short version of our story: My fiance took me on a surprise trip to Cork, Ireland to ask me to marry him.  My family is from Cork and he wanted to ask me to start our lives together in the place where my family started. :)

The longer version: In June 2010, Andrew asked Julie if he’d go with her on a business trip to Seattle where his clients from Holland America cruise line are based.  Julie was happy to go as she loved to travel with Andrew, until he told her she’d have to miss 3 days of work during one of the busiest times for her.  Julie asked if she could just meet him there for the weekend, but Andrew insisted that it was important she was there for the whole time.  Julie reluctantly agreed to make him happy and as soon as she did, Andrew had tickets booked to “Seattle”.

Fast forward 3 months and work is beyond busy for Julie.  With the “Seattle” trip looming over her head, she was upset about leaving her co-workers hanging.  The morning of September 9th, Andrew’s brother Mike came to pick them up to go to the airport.  The whole time, Mike and Andrew talked business while Julie sat bitterly in the backseat.  Mike dropped off Julie and Andrew at the United terminal and they headed straight for the E-ticket check-in station.

Still early, Julie was in her own little world as Andrew checked them into the computer.  At one point he looked at her and said, “I’m going to need your passport.”  Julie had brought her passport because they had planned to tour a cruise ship in Seattle and it was required in order to board.  She asked Andrew why he needed her passport now and he said, “The computer is asking me for it.”  Julie handed him her passport, not thinking anything of it, and soon a plethora of tickets were flying out of the machine.  Andrew turned to her again and said, “We’re not going to Seattle.”  Julie was confused.

“What do you mean we’re not going to Seattle?  Where are we going?” – Julie’s heart was beating fast and tears welled up in her eyes.

“We’re not going to Seattle.  We’re going to Cork, Ireland where your family is from.” Andrew told her.

Andrew told Julie later that she looked like a deer in headlights – completely confused, baffled, maybe a little scared, not quite understanding what was happening.  She kept saying, “What do you mean we’re going to Ireland,” repeatedly as they walked to the security line. After initial shock set in, Julie did two things…in this order:

1) Cry hysterically at the thought of going to Europe for the first time.

2) Text her parents to tell them she was going to be out of the country for the next few days. (She would learn later that they had been in on the act and had schemed with Andrew for months to fool her.)

Fast forward 12 hours (the longest of Andrew’s life), Julie and Andrew arrive in Cork.  Immediately, they are charmed by the Irish accents, backwards driving, and kindness of the locals.  After a quick nap at Fota Island Resort and Spa, Andrew and Julie head into Cork City Centre for dinner. In typical Ireland fashion, it began to rain as they walked out of the restaurant to explore.  Julie bought a pair of cheap gym shoes for all the walking they’d be doing and then Andrew said, “Let’s go walk by the river.”  Julie agreed and they walked a few blocks further.

The closer they got to the river, the faster Andrew began walking.  Before long, he was speed walking as if for exercise, while dragging Julie behind him.  Finally, they crossed the street and reached the “perfect spot” next to the river.  The rain was coming down and Andrew swung Julie around in front of him.  Before she could even turn to face him, he was down on his knee.

This very special moment was 5 years in the making, but when Andrew said, “I wanted to ask you to start our family and our life together in the place where your family started,” it sealed the deal.  Julie said, “YES” and Andrew pulled out the most perfect ring, which they appropriately named Lady Lee – after the river where they got engaged.

Julie found out later that Andrew had the ring in his pocket for 20 hours, throughout the entire plane ride, nap, etc.  No wonder he was running to the river – the ring was burning a hole in his pocket. The rest of their time in Ireland was spent celebrating their engagement, drinking Guinness, and telling everyone who would listen that they were tying the knot.

Thanks, Julie & Andrew

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MOST ROMANTIC PROPOSAL AND GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY 02.18.11

Hurry time is almost up! Our contest is well underway, only a few hours left….

Enter to Win The Most Romantic Proposal Contest

Tell us your proposal story for your chance to become our grand prizewinner!

Romantic Table for Two

We want to hear all about it in 1,000 words or less….share your story, tears of joy and the romantic way you/he popped the question!!

To Submit Your Proposal:

1. Email sdbrides@bridalbar.com

With the subject: Most Romantic Proposal Contest

2. Send us your true wedding proposal story

3. Include a picture of you and your fiancée

To Vote for Your Favorite Story:

1. Go to www.bridalbarsdblog.com, look for posts in our search box with the tittle ‘Most Romantic Proposal Contest: Submission Story’ and make a comment under the story you chose to vote for.

** The comment you leave is what we will count as a vote.

{One vote per person, regardless of multiple email addresses.}

2. Your name and email address must be included to validate all comments.

Even if you don’t have your own story, feel free to browse through other people’s stories and vote for your favorite this month as we celebrate love and romance! Spread the love and tell your friends…vote for your favorite romantic proposal!

The Grand Prize Package:

b.mookie silver earrings and sobelle chocolate box set

A Box of Sweet Surprises including:

Silver earrings by b.mookié
Chocolates from SoBelle Chocolate Favors

The Bridal Bar Luxury Sheets

Ultra luxury bedding set from the Bridal Bar Home Collection

Pink Star Design Stationery Set

Personalized stationary box set with custom monogram from Pink Star Design

Kathryn G Designs Flower Bouquet

Bouquet of roses from Kathryn Gayner Designs

Complimentary One Night Stay plus Sunday Champagne Brunch for Two from The Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa

True Photography Engagement Session

Engagement session from True Photography

Contest Details:

Each day our editors will pick that day’s submission winner who made our hearts melt. This ‘daily pick’ will be posted on The Bridal Bar’s Blog as the day’s best story. Readers will then get to vote by commenting on their favorite “most romantic” proposal story to become our grand prizewinner.

If your wedding proposal is selected as our ‘Daily Pick’ you will be able to start collecting voter comments from other brides and readers. Each voter can only comment via the Bridal Bar Blog and once per proposal.  Your name and email address must be included to validate all comments.

Voting will only be permitted on The Bridal Bar Blog, contest begins February 7, 2011 and ends at midnight on February 18, and the winning couple with the highest number of audited comments will be officially chosen on February 21, 2011. The winning couple will then be invited as ‘honored guests’ to our Grand Prize Giveaway Event Day, on March 5, 2011. The couple needs to be present to win.

The couple will be seated at our romantic table set for two, and treated to sweets and a champagne toast! To complete the VIP treatment, the couple will get to savor every moment as they are photographed and presented their grand prize package!

Romantic Table for Two

Images Courtesy of True Photography

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ENTER TO WIN OR VOTE FOR THE MOST ROMANTIC PROPOSAL CONTEST 02.17.11

Tell us your proposal story for your chance to become our grand prizewinner!
We want to hear all about it in 1,000 words or less….share your story, tears of joy and the romantic way he popped the question!!

To Submit Your Proposal:

1. Email sdbrides@bridalbar.com

With the subject: Most Romantic Proposal Contest

2. Send us your true wedding proposal story

3. Include a picture of you and your fiancée

To Vote for Your Favorite Story:

1. Go to www.bridalbarsdblog.com, look for posts in our search box with the tittle ‘Most Romantic Proposal Contest: Submission Story’ and make a comment under the story you chose to vote for.

** The comment you leave is what we will count as a vote.

{One vote per person, regardless of multiple email addresses.}

2. Your name and email address must be included to validate all comments.

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MOST ROMANTIC PROPOSAL CONTEST: RUTHIE & COLIN “IRISH CLADDAGH RING” 02.17.11

My fiancé Colin and I have been in a long distance relationship since January of 2009. We live 8,000 miles apart. He lives in Birmingham, England and I live in California. He has flown to California three times now, the second flight was when he popped the question.

He told me that he had planned to take me out somewhere special in San Diego, but it was a surprise. He arrived and I picked him up at the San Diego airport on February 5, 2010. We had made arrangements to stay overnight in San Diego at a pretty little hotel and go to an art exhibition the next day. After our visit to the art museum on Feb. 6, we went to Seaport Village to explore the shops. He took me into a little jewelry shop that sold Celtic and non traditional jewelry. He wanted to buy me an Irish Caddagh ring and we looked over the selection. The design of the Claddagh ring consist of a heart with a crown upon it, held between two hands. As he is of Irish descent, he told me that there is a traditional meaning and poem that goes with the rings. We ended up buying each other silver Claddagh rings, mine with an opal heart. After we left the shop, we went for a walk as the sun was just setting behind a cloudy grey sky. Rain looked imminent, not your typical sunny California back drop, which I loved. He led me down toward the water, to the sea wall, in a little area where there were steps and graffiti covered concrete. The sky was dark and looked ready to pour down upon us.

We sat down to have a look at our new rings. They were still boxed, and he took mine out to explain the significance of the ring and to teach me the Irish poem that goes with it. At that point he got down on one knee and said, “With these two hands, I give you my heart, and I crown it with my loyalty—-Will you marry me?” He slipped it onto my ring finger, on my left hand with the heart pointed outward, which signifies being engaged. I could not speak—so I just kissed him. I said, “That means yes.” After a long kiss, hugs and tears, I then placed his ring upon his finger and recited the same poem I’d just learned. We just celebrated one year of being engaged and hope to be married this year.

Thanks, Ruthie & Colin

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