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Jillian + Jeff Wedding at Park Prive, Costa Mesa, CA

Jillian and Jeff started their wedding day waking up to pouring rain in Costa Mesa, California. They had originally planned their ceremony outdoors on the beautiful lawn at Park Privé, formerly the Orange County Food and Wine Center. The rain did move their ceremony inside and everything still went off without a hitch. We started getting ready at Christopher Perry and the Marriott in Costa Mesa. Here are just some of the photos from their wedding day.

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Mobile Phones: the future of communication

mobile marketing smartphone iphone blackberry google androidMobile phones are coming of age, and they appear to be here to stay. You should embrace mobile communication and mobile marketing now. In fact, we seem to be more connected to our phones than we are to anything else. How many times have you seen people sitting together in a restaurant, and all are on their phones? More consumed with the phone then they are with their real life … happening in front of them.

Ron Jones, ClickZ, points out in his story on this topic, according to research by Morgan Stanley, 91 percent of mobile phone users had their phone close to them 24 hours a day. Not to mention that their phones are always on. Other studies indicate that there are four times as many mobile phone users as Internet users. THIS is where I think, many will begin to swap their home internet service for their phone’s internet service - just like we’ve all done already with our home telephone land lines.

For those of us who focus on communication, building relationships and having constant contact with friends, family, partners and customers – using mobile phones to connect with our communities (marketing) is growing in importance.

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Amanda + Josh – JW Marriott, Las Vegas, NV

Amanda and Josh have family who live all over the country, so in order to have all of their family enjoy their wedding day celebration – they decided to meet everyone in Las Vegas. They chose a beautiful location at the JW Marriott, near Summerlin, in Las Vegas, NV. Here are just a few pictures from their day.

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Claudette + Jered, Mission Inn, Riverside, CA

We’ve been friends for many years and finally Claudette and Jered are planning their wedding. We got together for an engagement photoshoot and had fun running around downtown Riverside, CA. Their wedding is coming up in a few months at the beautiful home of family. For the Bride and Groom, they’ll be celebrating at the Mission Inn. So we got together and had a lot of fun shooting around the historic hotel. Here is a sneak peek at the photos:

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8 Questions to ask your wedding professionals

8 Questions You Must Ask a Wedding Professional
Before Booking Them.

Download the full report here: 8-questions-to-ask-wedding-pros

Hiring the right team is critical to planning your dream wedding…
and it can also be quite stressful.

How do you find the right match for you?  How do you know who to trust?

Where do you go for advice?

First of all, this is not an easy task and it’s totally normal for couples to feel overwhelmed, frustrated or confused.  It’s not like you plan a wedding every day!  This is all probably brand new to you, so be patient with yourself.

A few tips to finding the right ones for you…

  • Do Your Homework. You’ll get much more out of a meeting or conversation with a wedding professional if you do a little background homework first.Spend some time on the internet or talking to friends who’ve recently been married.  Find out the average prices in your area and what services are available.  Get an idea of what you like and don’t like.  Wedding websites and chat rooms can be a great resource.  This way when you meet with a wedding professional you’ll be able to ask better questions and have an idea of what to look out for.
  • Meet With Them. An in person meeting is the best way to interview a potential wedding vendor.  It lets you get the full experience of their personality, style and professionalism.  If that’s not possible, have a phone conversation.
  • Ask Questions. There are no stupid questions!  Make sure you get clear, specific answers to your questions. If you aren’t sure what something means, ask them to clarify. Keep asking questions until you completely understand.If a wedding vendor has a problem with you asking questions, they probably aren’t the one for you.  The best wedding professionals are patient, understanding and take the time to help you make the best choices for your wedding.
  • Listen. Don’t just hear the words they say, really listen.  Watch the vendor’s body language.  Are they confident and comfortable with their response?  Do they look and sound nervous?  Do you get a “funny feeling” about them?  Take all the sights, sounds and feelings into account along with their responses; if your gut tells you something isn’t right, it probably isn’t.
  • Check References. Portfolios are hand-picked to show off the best work, but they may not represent the “average” wedding performance.  Videos are edited for the optimum presentation.  But real referrals from satisfied clients are hard to fake. Call up both client and professional references.  Ask questions and use those listening skills.  Even if they give a rave review, you’ll often be able to “read between the lines” if there were any issues or problems.Ask around and search the internet for reviews.  Check the Better Business Bureau for any outstanding complaints against the business.  Weigh all of this information into your choices.

Here are 8 Must Ask Questions to ask ALL your potential wedding professionals before booking:

  1. How many weddings do you do per year?  How much experience do you have?
    This is an extremely important question.  Ideally, your wedding professional should have ample experience specifically with weddings.  Not only will they be more skilled in their craft, this also makes them a valuable source of information and ensures that your wedding day goes smoothly.
  2. How much do you cost?
    Price is often relative, especially when you factor in experience, reputation and expert skill.  Generally, the most talented professionals have a higher price tag because they are worth it.
  3. How much is the deposit?
    You want to save your date and lock in your wedding date. Typically your deposit will get you on their calendar.
  4. What specifically is included in that cost? What do I have to pay for later?
    Because packages often vary, it’s likely that you won’t be able to compare one vendor exactly to the next without doing a little figuring.  The lowest cost isn’t necessarily the best deal; some higher quotes include services that you have to pay extra for in other packages.  Make sure you take this into account and ask what is included.
  5. What happens if I cancel?  What happens if you cancel?
    Find out if your deposit is refundable under any conditions.  Does the wedding professional have a back up plan if something happens to them?
  6. Do you use a contract?
    If the answer is No, RUN!  A contract is designed to protect both you and the wedding professional.  Don’t settle for a verbal agreement that won’t hold up in court.
  7. Are there any additional fees?
    Taxes, service charges and travel fees can add up quickly.  Make sure you understand exactly what is included and if there are any other fees you’ll have to pay.  This should be clearly defined in your contract.
  8. Do you carry liability insurance?
    The answer you’re looking for here is Yes.  This protects you in case an unfortunate accident should occur on your wedding day.  It’s also a sign that this is a reputable business, since most “fly by night” operations don’t invest in insurance.


Use these tips to help you get started planning your own wedding day.

Download the full report here: 8-questions-to-ask-wedding-pros

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