Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Blogging from Engage11 - San Diego!

Hello from San Diego!

Once again I feel like I have been a delinquent blogger, but I am happily hanging out and learning lots in Del Mar with my industry colleagues at Engage11 at the Grand Del Mar. Here is a picture from last night's welcome reception, with one of my roommates and fantabulous Seattle wedding designer Daniela Ferdico Faget of Bella Signature Design. Our picture was snapped by the talented Mel Barlow (thank you Mel!).

If you missed it, be sure to check out Daniela's 5 Quick Tips for your wedding which she shared on my blog back in December!

Look forward to blogging more and sharing photos soon!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Better Bit of Butter Cookies

While perusing the Kate Landers Events Blog I came upon these cookies by Better Bit of Butter - they are to die for cute! You can read Kate's blog post and her interview with Christine here.

The majority of the designs are floral but Christine also does holiday cookies and baby cookies for showers. We think these would make great wedding favors!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Want to Work in the Wedding Industry?

Last month, Liene Stevens, the mastermind behind ThinkSplendid (a fantastic business resource for the wedding industry) started a wedding job board and blog. Her new site is not only a great resource for those looking for a job in the wedding industry, but also for wedding industry companies that are looking for good talent. What I love about this site is that it provides great educational info about making yourself an attractive candidate, as well as useful tips on how to land a wedding job.

One tip from me: when emailing the company you want to work for, make sure you refer to the correct company name. One candidate has emailed me not once, but TWICE now telling me how much she wants to work for Amy Atlas Events. My company is Amy Nichols Special Events -- not the best way to make a first impression, right?

Each week we get resumes from candidates who are interested in working for or interning with our company. We respond to all inquiries, regardless of if we're hiring, and try to also provide candidates with information about how they can get started. One of the articles we refer candidates to is this one that I wrote for Style Me Pretty last year. We're also going to start pointing candidates towards the Wedding Job Board.

Thanks, Liene for providing the industry with another valuable resource!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Five Quick Tips with Orange County Wedding Designer, Jesi Haack

Photo credit:  Mr. Haack Photo
Thanks to all of the great wedding blogs out there, I found myself acquainted with Jesi Haack of Jesi Haack Design, based in Southern California. Her work is whimsical and fun, and you can tell why clients are attracted to her great style and aesthetic. I remember seeing one of Jesi's weddings last year that was literally EVERYWHERE. It featured a gorgeous paper flower arch for the ceremony -- take a look on Jesi's blog here.

Here are Jesi's Five Quick Tips for your wedding (I love #5!):

1. Schedule in a LUNCH! That is a huge thing couples forget, then they are starving and falling over at the ceremony. It's actually quite memorable, if that's what you are going for

2. Don't stress about talking to EVERYONE at your wedding. Do your best to make the rounds, but take the time to actually enjoy and participate in your wedding. Your guests can find you on the dance floor.

3. Create your own tradition! If the "tradition" doesn't mean anything to you, DON'T DO IT! It will be a waste of time! Instead, substitute it with something that tells the story of you and your fiance. For example, instead of lighting a unity candle, read each other love letters.

4. Take a private moment, immediately after the ceremony, to celebrate with just the two of you. Walk around the corner or sneak in a back room away from your bridal party for a couple of moments. The day goes so fast and is crazy busy, so it will give you a chance to make sure you connect.

5. TRUST! Trust your vendors with their jobs. You (obviously) hired amazing vendors that you trusted when you hired them, so TRUST them on your wedding day! Then you can completely enjoy the day.

Jesi shares some fond memories from her own wedding....

What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
When all of our friends chased us to our limo and started pounding on it as we drove off. It was straight out of a movie scene.

If you could change one thing about your wedding, what would it be?
All of my cheesy decor. I got married before I was a designer. Hilarious, seriously. I actually had red tulle.

Fantastic tips, Jesi!  Thank you for sharing them.

If you would like to be featured in our Five Quick Tips column, please contact me at info AT amynichols DOT com.

Friday, May 6, 2011

A Favorite Photo - The Royal Wedding

Kate Middleton and Pippa Middleton - Royal Wedding Arrivals 
Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sneak Peak at Puerto Rico Real Wedding!

Amy has been a bit delinquent with blogging, but it is not without good reason! For a week now she has been in Puerto Rico with Kimberly & Bryan at the Horned Dorset, the site of their fabulous wedding. We will share more details soon, but for now here is a sneak peak at just one of many amazing shots taken by Maria Carmel of Maria Carmel Photo.

If you are jealous that you were not there and/or stunned by the breathtaking quality of this photo, you are in good company, because I am too!

- Janice
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