Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Favorite Find: The Beverly Hills Hotel

This week's Friday Favorite Find is one of our favorite venues.  Last week I had the pleasure of having lunch and a fantastic tour with Anne Giapapas, Catering Events Manager at the beautiful Beverly Hills Hotel.  It was such a treat!

The Beverly Hills Hotel will be celebrating their 100th Birthday this year.  It is a historic masterpiece situated above Sunset Boulevard and offers lush gardens, a variety of beautiful and ornate ballrooms, and impeccable service.

For your wedding, The Beverly Hills Hotel offers the following complimentary services:

  • Dance floor and staging
  • Menu tastings for wedding receptions of 100 guests or more
  • Wedding night stay for the bride and groom
  • Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries for the bride and groom on their wedding night
  • Special room rate discounts for wedding guests

Let's begin our tour of the ballrooms and property:

 The Sunset ballroom is stunningly hand-painted.  It can hold up to 130 guests for your wedding!

 The Rodeo Ballroom can hold up to 300 guests and has a private terrace.

 The magnificent Crystal Ballroom is crowned by a spectacular Venetian crystal chandelier and opens into the lush formal gardens where your ceremony can be held.  This stunning ballroom can accommodate up to 480 guests.

 The Polo Private dining room is an intimate space with its own patio for private gatherings and special occasions.  It is a perfect location for a rehearsal dinner or brunch following your wedding.  For a smaller reception, the Polo Private dining room can fit up to 75 guests, 60 if you wanted to include a dance floor.

Their award winning chef creates seasonal specialties with fresh, natural ingredients.  The Beverly Hills Hotel also has a dedicated kosher kitchen and their talented culinary team is fully trained in kosher service.
 You and your guests can relax and enjoy some time together by the pool or head to the spa for a treatment!
 The property is absolutely stunning.  There are so many locations for memorable wedding day photos.

You and your guests will feel so glamorous walking the red carpet into the lobby.  

The Beverly Hills Hotel is a perfect location for your event.  The impeccable service they provide will allow you to enjoy your day while knowing that all details are being taken care of.  We love to work with the amazing staff at the Beverly Hills Hotel and know that our brides will too!

For more information, please contact the Catering department at (310) 281-2916 or via E-MAIL

Hope you have enjoyed the tour!

Much graitude

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Most Fun You Will Ever Have at a Bridal Event - Charity Shootouts!

Brides and Grooms, you do not want to miss this amazing and exciting opportunity to meet the best photographers, get pampered, have multiple engagement sessions - while supporting a great cause!

We hope to see you at:

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Favorite Find: Annie Girl & Anna Elyse Bridesmaids

This week's Friday Favorite Find is geared toward the special women that you can't imagine your life without and who will be standing by your side on your wedding day.  YOUR BRIDESMAIDS!

Celebrate them with beautiful custom bridesmaid's dresses from Anna Elyse Bridesmaids.

You want the women in your bridal party to look and feel beautiful and also have a dress that they can wear again.  With varying sizes and body shapes it is hard to find a style that works for everyone.
Anna Elyse Bridesmaids offers 14 skirt styles that can be paired with up to 16 different bodice styles so each of your bridesmaids can select the most flattering look for her.  With 150 colors to choose from and several luscious fabrics, you can offer the most special women in your life couture quality for less than a couture price.

Take a look at Anna Elyse's line of Signature Classics:

You can also find adorable dresses for the special little girls in your bridal party at Annie Girl.  My favorite (and the dress that I had for my Flower Girls at my own wedding) is the Annie Girl Dress Up Dress.

You can choose a classic silhouette in White or Ivory Taffeta and then mix and match sashes and nine flower varieties until you find the perfect combination.

Step 1:  Choose your dress

Step 2:  Choose your sash (4 styles and a wide variety of colors!)

Step 3:  Choose your flower

To find out more about Anna Elyse, check out this YouTube Video about their Designer Loft and Flagship Salon in Pasadena or set up an appointment to visit them in person!

Anna Elyse Bridesmaids™ &
Annie Girl Couture Creations™
FLAGSHIP Salon and Design Studio
87 East Green Street, Suite 302

Pasadena, CA 91105
in Historic Old Town Pasadena

Phone: 626.396.1900

Salon & Design Studio Hours:Monday - Friday9am - 6pm Pacific

(Appointment Required)
Saturday & Sunday
(Appointment Required)

My adorable flower girls in their Annie Girl Dress Up Dresses with me at my wedding!

Photo by ES Photography

We know you'll find the perfect dress for your entire bridal party at Anna Elyse Bridesmaids.

Happy Friday!

Much gratitude

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Favorite Find: Heys USA EcoCase Luggage

For our Friday Favorite Find today we are focusing on what happens after the wedding:  THE HONEYMOON!  For the trip you've been waiting a lifetime for, you are going to need some fabulous gear! 

We love the new line of eco-friendly luggage from Heys USA Group, creator of the "World's Lightest Carry-On Luggage".   The EcoCase and EcoLeaves are made from 100% recycled plastic.  By utilizing recycled materials to create new durable products, not only does it help to reduce the demand for new materials and new resources, but it also reduces materials that would otherwise fill a landfill.  

These pieces, while eco-friendly are also very fashionable.  This three piece set comes in a variety of colors including black, green, red, turquoise and silver.   You can get all three pieces for $450.  They are very durable, lightweight and expandable with a fully lined, stylized interior with a built-in divider and mesh pockets for more organized packing.  See it online at Heys USA.

Heys USA offers a variety of travel products to meet your travel needs.  Here are a couple of our other favorites from their wide line of choices.

The Heys Sidewinder 3-piece sets comes with a 21”, 26” and 30” upright sizes; perfect for everything from business to leisure travel.  This set retails for $490 and is available at and, plus other retailers and etailers.
This is a must have for all the over-packers out there!  Heys offers these fantastic scales that will help you avoid having to empty out your bags at the airport and leave important items behind.  This $30 lifesaver will save you unnecessary luggage fees by keeping you under the maximum weight requirement.

Your honeymoon will be the first of many travel experiences for you as Newlyweds.  Travel in comfort and style while knowing that you are doing a little bit of good for the planet.  We hope you love this luggage as much as we do!

Much gratitude!

Friday, March 2, 2012

An “Eye-Opening” Experience: Mary Dann Wedding & Party Coordinators Partner with CHLA Optical Center

CHLA Storefront
On February 29, 2012 Mary Dann Wedding & Party Coordinators partnered with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) to open up their first optical location specializing in eyewear for babies to young adults.

One Hope Wine

“Shops specifically designed for children’s glasses are scarce throughout Southern California," said Dr. Mark Borchert, “CHLA understands the challenges our patients face of having to travel long distances to receive proper eye care, so we hope this new optical center in the San Gabriel Valley will provide families with convenience as well as expertise.”

We were so thrilled to lend a helping hand and we had some amazing partners who made the grand opening a huge success! Special thanks to Jessica Boone of Jen O'Sullivan Photography for documenting this important occasion.

A BIG thank you to Mark Baird from Long Shot Coffee and Julio who kept the espresso flowing, and Andrea Sweeney with One Hope Wine who poured some tasty varietals for all the guests.
The event wouldn’t have been complete without the custom cupcake cake designed by Polka Tots in Pasadena with the CHLA Optical logo…it was perfection! The delicious Cuban food was provided by Merengue in Monrovia. Guests also left with a fresh tub of Tasty Clouds cotton candy…what a “sweet” way to end the evening.

Polka Tots Cupcakes
Thank you to all of our partners!
We are so incredibly blessed to work with you for all of life’s big events especially those for a great cause.

Our eyes are twinkling!

Happy Friday Everyone!

With love,
Janel Gonzalez, Event Manager
Mary Dann Wedding and Party Coordinators
Tasty Tubs Cotton Candy
Food by Merengue Bakery
Inside View
Espresso Bar by Long Shot Coffee