Friday, April 27, 2012

Charity Shootout 2012

This week our team assisted Jen O' Sullivan at her annual Charity Shootout Event, where engaged couples test drive various wedding photographers in hopes of finding the right one.  The event raised over $5,000 for Hathaway Sycamores, an organization dedicated to helping families and children who have suffered a severe loss.

This year's shootout was held at the Historic Castle Green in Pasadena, which is an ideal location for couples who love a lush outdoor garden ceremony, but prefer an indoor reception.  The main ballroom equipped with beautiful hardwood floors can fit up to 220 seated. This location is truly a standout in the Southern California area.

The day's events began with a little pampering for the brides as they were treated to complimentary hair and makeup by the industry's top artists.  After some primping the brides met their grooms for mini photo shoots with up to 5 photographers.  There were over 15 Southern California wedding photographers in attendance working their magic behind the camera with the help of the gorgeous Castle Green backdrop. 

Meanwhile in the main ballroom we had close to 20 vendors showcasing their best products, food & services.  The vendors included Jen O'Sullivan Boutique Wedding Photography, Mary Dann Wedding and Party Coordinators, 11 H Entertainment, Smile Lounge, Calligraphy by Katrina, Anna Elyse Bridesmaids, Designer Specialty Linens, Cake Studio, Castle Catering, Castle Green, The Fry Girl, Best Party Psychic Ever - Suzanne Wyman, Heels Above, Butterfly Floral and Event Design, Rasta Taco, Independent Beverage, Fresita USA, Painter of the Moment-Richard Flynn.

As if that weren't enough, there was an exciting auction going on with over $25,000 worth of items up for grabs!  Items included tiara's, shoes, 15 dresses (5 wedding and 10 evening), purses, a photo booth, dessert station, one night stay at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, makeup, personal training, restaurant gift cards, wedding planning with us and so much more! Our team couldn't resist, we bid on some fun items and won a few!

Check out this beautiful video of the event from Ariel Amaro

If you missed out, but would still like to donate click below.  Every little bit helps!  Thanks for supporting us & Hathaway Sycamores!

Happy Friday!

Janel Gonzalez, Event Manager
Mary Dann Wedding & Party Coordinators

Calligraphy by Katrina

Flowers by Butterfly Floral

Jen O Sullivan Photography

Heels Above

The Fry Girl

Fresita Cocktails

Our lovely clients Michelle & Wes

Thanks Jen for my new headshot!


Amy said...

what photography by photographer..Awesome photos that i ever seen .. here is the same where my photo of wedding

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