Friday, April 22, 2011

Maria & Tony's Metropolitan Wedding with a Marina Reception

I loved escorting Maria and Tony through the journey of wedding planning and down the aisle at the awe-inspiring Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Our Lady of the Angles Cathedral. Maria and Tony both live a purposeful life of helping to heal others and make the world a better place, and this venue offered the perfect spiritual environment to begin their new life together as husband and wife.

Spanish architect, Professor José Rafael Moneo designed this contemporary Cathedral with virtually no right angles! Rafael Moneo. The design challenge was to build a new Cathedral Church that reflected a modern Los Angeles. The Cathedral is a spirited expression of our city's diversity.

Entering on the south side of the Cathedral, you pass through a breathtaking set of bronze doors cast by sculptor Robert Graham Robert Graham Artist. The doors are crowned by a contemporary statue of Our Lady of the Angels.

It's truly inspiring to be in the presence of such amazing architecture and sculptures. Speaking of amazing artists, I was very pleased with all the new people I worked with on this project. A great planner needs to be open to working with new vendors, client ideas and new challenges. A special thanks to:
Giselle Macfarlane Photography
Charles Lauren Films
Elegant Designs Specialty Linens
Mahalo Flowers

The reception  at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey following this fairy-tale wedding was the perfect ending to a beautiful day.  Ritz Carlton


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My Take On Shoes For Your Wedding Day

Invest in shoes for your wedding day and make sure of two things:
First, please break them in so you don’t slip and you feel confident in them. 
Second, have gel pad sole liners for all the dancing you will do!

Please invest in a shoe that WILL last a life time (simple and elegant in design).. This WILL inspire you to feel sexy, beautiful and happy anytime you put them on.  No matter how your body may change throughout the years…

That is my 2 cents on wedding shoes…

Much Gratitude!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My Promotional Card for Monique Lhuillier Bridal Salon

I was thrilled when Kadie, Salon Manager of Monique Lhuillier Bridal Salon
asked me to create a fun bridal tip promotional postcard that can be given
out to the brides that visit their flagship salon at 8485 Melrose Place
(corner of La Cienega and Melrose Place) in Los Angeles. I gave some thought
to the top 2 questions brides ask me in an initial meeting... Hope it can
help you too!

Much Gratitude, 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fridays Favorite Finds - U Bridal Magazine

So thrilled to be invited to contribute to the first luxury wedding magazine in the middle-east!  This pdf does not do it justice.  It is thick, sexy and inspiring! Please email the editor to receive your special edition….

Much Gratitude!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Teaching My First Class, Starts Today!

Tuesday, April 12, I am teaching my 1st core class in the Event Planning Certificate Program offered by UC Riverside, Extension Classes.

The class title: Managing Your Event Business

Units: 3 units (30 hours)
Meeting dates + Times; University of California, Riverside Campus, 1200 University Ave Riverside, 92507
            Starts: Tuesday 4/12, 5:30p- 7:30p.  NO online students at this time.  You have to be present in the class to get the credit.

Description of the class: Students will learn about building a foundation and sustaining a successful business in the Event Planning Industry.

Purpose: To expose students to the challenges of starting and sustaining a profitable position in the social event planning industry, while keeping a healthy balance of life, physically spiritually, mentally and emotionally.  Inspire students to co-create with their internal and external clients to make any event beautiful, fun and inspiring!

Cost $ 495

Much Gratitude!

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Best Experience with LOEWS Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Calling all Brides who want a Santa Monica Beach wedding, this summer!  I am
offering half price wedding planning and coordination rates (hourly or
package rates), if I am hired to plan your wedding and you have not yet
selected the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.  Help me team up with one of
the most prestigious Beach front resorts in California to make your wedding
day exceptional!  After all, with a professional planner, all you really
need is 3 months to plan an unforgettable day. Keep in mind this offer does
not apply to any other hotel and must take place in the year 2011. 
Hope you consider the impeccable team of Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and
Mary Dann Wedding and Party Coordinators!

Much gratitude!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Twitter Chat Interview with @WeddingMarket on Wednesday, 4.6, 10am, PST

I'm super excited about my twitter chat with Julie Albaugh, owner and president of Wedding MarketHer blog was rated one of the top 10 wedding blogs to be inspired by!  You can log into our chat + ask questions by clicking onto the following link:

Look forward to learning and sharing what I know with you!
Much gratitude!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Monique Lhullier Trunk Show

I'm happy to say most of my brides choose Monique Lhullier for at least one of their wedding gowns on their wedding.  Although, last October my bride could not decide between 2 dresses so she bought and wore both perfectly.  I hope you will call Kadie or Megan to book an appointment. 

Much Gratitude!
Mary Dann-McNamee