Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Weddings On Ice Event July 25th, 2009

Orange County Ca: Kim Turcotte www.weddingsonice.com has founded a cool concept. She calls it “Brides on Ice” (see the upcoming Orange County Bride Magazine ad coming soon). Jenny our model is not only gorgeous, she’s also a mean hockey player. We managed to create these images and withstand the potential of experiencing frost bite while doing it.



Photography and post by A. Michaels Photography

Wedding Tennies & Formal Shoes will also be exhibiting at this show.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

So Cal Bridal Show April 26th, 2009

Come see Wedding Tennies & Formal Shoes at the Great Bridal Expo in Anaheim, April 26th.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

A Toast To Mothers!

Mothers. Grandmothers. The special friends who “mother” and nurture us deserve our special gestures of appreciation and thanks this Mother’s Day. Celebrate the moms in your life with a special gift of wine.

You can choose from a case of her favorite wine, select stemware to add sparkle to her table, Personalized Wine with a special image and message just for her, or go for a gift that reminds her how much you love her every month – Wine Club. And, to add to your choices we are offering two new baskets with all the colors and abundance of Spring!
Take a sip of Spring with our divine new wines. Our new wine releases for the month are, indeed, showstoppers! Each and every wine is a sensation.

Our Artisan Wines
The WineShop At Home family of exclusive, handcrafted wines represents a diverse selection of varietals, styles and regions. You can mix and match a case or two of your favorites to share with family and friends and begin to build your personal wine cellar. If you purchase a case from a Tasting or are a Wine Club Member, you will receive FREE Shipping. Choose from Red Wines, White Wines and Specialty Wines to create the perfect mixed case for her.
Artisan 5 Star Stemware
Our old-world production utilizes the skill of glass blowers and special forming techniques to bring you the very best for both your everyday and special occasion home tables. The brilliance and clarity of our crystal perfectly mirrors the color of your wine while its strength from thermo shock toughening provides resistance to scratching and breakage. Choose from Red Wine Stems, White Wine Stems, Sparkling Flutes and our Decanter to give her the ultimate in wine enjoyment this Mother's Day.
Personalized Wine
Special occasions and social gatherings call for a very special wine at a wonderful price. Our Talmage personalized wines exceed all expectations on both counts. Some of our finest exclusive wines are reserved for bottling under this special label, just waiting for you to personalize to make your own individual statement of good taste. Choose from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sparkling for your personalized image and message for your mother.

Wine Clubs
Unlike most wine clubs we offer you plenty of choices each month. You decide which of our two clubs - Club Select or Club Elite - best suit your taste and budget. Love reds? No problem. We won’t ship you whites. Love both? You’re in luck! Come join us for as long as you like. You decide. Be the first when it comes to tasting new wine releases that debut in our Wine Club. Click here to find out about how to get your Mother exclusive wines delivered to her door every month.

Own your own Wine Business -- as Seen on The View

When the economy tanks you can rev it up with the income you’ll earn as a WineShop At Home Independent Wine Consultant. There’s never been a better time to start a recession-proof career. For as little as $99.00 you can pour up a whole new opportunity for yourself and say goodbye to those recession blues forever.

Visit www.tastyvines.com for more information on the options for starting your own wine business.

Say I Do to Gifting the Bride & Groom With Wine

2.3 million weddings take place every year in the United States – breaking down to nearly 6,200 weddings a day. Over $19 billion dollars are spent on purchasing wedding gifts for the bride and groom. One of the hottest new trends is gifting the bride and groom with high-quality wines.

Presenting them with cases of wine so they can start their own wine cellar is a unique gift idea that can start the new couple off on a lifetime of wine enjoyment. Offering gifts of personalized wines – often with the couple's photograph, name and date of the wedding – is also a standout and a lot more appreciated than that toaster oven. Special boxed wine gift sets also make great gifts for the wedding party and as do sparkling sets of handcrafted stemware.

Whenever, wherever those 2.3 million weddings are taking place, you’ll hear the sounds of glasses clinking. Your gift of wine can keep the glasses filled with exclusive, handcrafted wines from WineShop At Home.

Check out our vast selection of hand-crafted artisan wines, wine accessories, and gift baskets at www.tastyvines.com

Thursday, April 16, 2009

One Happy Customer Got "Cushy" Shoes

We received this great testimonial the other day and wanted to share with you!

"Thank you so much for delivering the wedding flip flops for my daughter's wedding so promptly! We received them yesterday, in plenty of time for her last fitting. I really appreciate the effort that you made to rush the creation and delivery of the merchandise so that we would not be the least bit inconvenienced.

Best of all, my daughter Alyssa was delighted with the final product! She said that they were "darling" and "cushy"and very comfortable. I am so pleased at how they turned out, and they are just elegant and simple enough to work for the reception and for the honeymoon afterwards. We will definitely recommend you to all of our family and friends.

Thank you again,
Lauren Leinz "

Our flip flops and tennies are great for wearing at the reception when your feet might be getting sore but they also do double duty for the honeymoon. We also make colored flip flops for the bridesmaids so they can be elegantly comfortable too!

No Sore Feet

We recently had a client who's daughter loved her flip flops so much that she became a repeat client. Actually she was from Canada but would be vacationing in Florida for a week.

She writes ....
"I ordered a pair of wedding tennies last year for my daughter in law and she absolutely loved them......she said her feet were comfortable all evening......and no sore feet for her. I have another son getting married in September of this year and would like to order a pair of sandals for his future bride ....I am going to be in Florida the week of April 16th to the 24th.....and wondered if it's possible to have them shipped to me at our condo while we are there ?? "

We were able to make another pair for her son's bride and ship them to her in Florida for her to receive while on vacation.
We can ship anywhere anyway you want!

My Tailor Ruined My Hem

The other day I had a client that had ordered her flip flops with a 3 inch heel. She had them for a couple of months but hadn't worn them. They were the "Sweet Dreams Lace Platforms" in white. she had written to me "I LOVE THEM! The problem is, the girl at the bridal salon was wrong. She told me I would need a three inch heel. I went for my fitting, and when the dress is all tightened up, I only need a flat shoe...MAYBE a half an inch."

She thought it might be too late to exchange them and that there might not be enough time to get a new pair. We have a new flip flop with the fabric straps and a 1/2 inch heel. We made them for her right away and she was able to make her fitting. They came out beautiful with that low heel!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Wine Tasting at Home

This weekend I had the honor of hosting a wine party for my best friend's "Thirty Something Party!" It was nice to celebrate at home and

have someone come in to educate us about the various wines. We learned some cool techniques that I am sure most of us will probably try, sampled wines, learned what we did and didn't like about the wines, I realized my best friend has a bionic nose that could actually smell the cherries in the wine! LOL! Overall it was a really fun night, that left us giggling, very happy ;-), but most importantly we were able to celebrate someone who is very special to us all!

The in home wine party is a really cool concept and is perfect for a birthday celebration, bridal shower, or for an intimate get together of friends. For our event I used Cindy from Tasty Vines to showcase a sample of their wine selection. If you are looking to host a wine party, you can contact Cindy at cindy@tastywines.com or 714.970.6380.

Thank you Cindy!!!! :-)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Have a "Green" Wedding

Help preserve the planet without surrendering flavor or flair.

Eco-conscious brides and grooms need not set aside their convictions to have the destination wedding of their dreams. With a little planning and creativity, a far-flung event with a small gathering of family and friends can be nearly as green as a ceremony in their own backyard.

With any wedding-local or destination-travel, energy consumption and waste have an environmental impact that lasts far longer than the event itself. "The typical U.S. wedding and honeymoon generate 9 to 16 tons of carbon dioxide emissions," says Jennifer Hattam, the green lifestyle editor for Sierra magazine, "almost as much as the average American generates in an entire year." Tying the knot far from home creates even more obstacles when striving to go green, adds Tara Soloway, cofounder and head coordinator for LUXE Destination Weddings, a consulting firm and travel agency. "Destination weddings require excess travel, so there is definitely a concern about how we are placing our footprints in the sand."

Soloway and other event coordinators suggest compensating for those flights through the purchase of carbon offsets.a donation to companies that invest in renewable energy. You can calculate the greenhouse gas emissions of your wedding event at sites like NativeEnergy.com/Portovert and TerraPass.com and then purchase the offsets that will ensure a carbon neutral experience.

These calculators also add up the impact of your hotel stay, which puts out about 30 pounds of greenhouse gases per night. You and your guests can pay for these offsets, or let Leading Hotels of the World make a donation for you. When travelers book a reservation through their website, lhwgreen.com, the company makes the visit carbon neutral by purchasing offsets on their guests' behalf.

Which resort you chose makes a statement as well. Properties that practice green initiatives like recycling, composting and water conservation are doing their part to lighten the impact. Some resorts even have solar panels that minimize energy consumption, use reclaimed water for irrigation and include eco-sensitive materials in their buildings and decor. Visit the Green Hotels Association website (greenhotels.com) for a list of conscientious resorts and hotels.

Nature's Own

A flower-filled garden or romantic beach at the chosen destination is the picture-perfect, eco-friendly setting for an alfresco wedding to remember. When san Franciscans Lindsay Imai and Cliff Hong chose a park for their nuptials, they didn't know how "green" they were. "We weren't conscious of the energy savings of picking a park," says Imai, "but we love nature so it was the ideal place for us." Daytime ceremonies and receptions in a natural setting versus an energy-consuming reception hall can eliminate up to 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from your event's total output. And relying on the charm of the surroundings cuts down on waste produced by extravagant decorations.

No wedding would be complete without flowers, but their impact on the environment can be extensive. "Flower production is chemically intensive," notes Marc Kessler, owner of California Organic Flowers. "Just about every aspect of conventional flower growing is detrimental to the environment and to the workers who grow them." Kessler suggests that you source out local, organically grown blooms to be assured that no residual chemicals linger on the petals and that the fuel consumed to bring them to your wedding was minimal. You can also repurpose the bouquets for the ceremony, reception and dinner parties to minimize the waste.

The food served should be considered just as carefully. Local, organic fare is fresher and better for you and the environment. "Produce picked that morning is more delicious because it has a higher sugar content," says Jenn Louis, owner and chef of Culinary Artistry, a sustainable catering company in Oregon. Ask your caterer if leftover food will be donated to local shelters and whether tablecloths, dishes and flatware are reusable, suggests Louis. "Composting and Recycling are other important steps to minimize waste."

Eco Elements

But there's no need to sacrifice elegance and sophistication for environmental sensitivity. "Green weddings push designers to think outside of the box," says Eden Roderiguez, whose event planning company, End Design, produced Alicia Silverstone's uber-green ceremony in 2001. "It challenges us to get more creative, and in the end, clients get a uniquely beautiful experience that reflects their own sensibilities." During a recent destination wedding in Sweden, Roderiguez shopped at local vintage stores for vases and collected cuttings from neighborhood gardens (after asking permission, of course) to give the wedding a sense of place. "There's so much beauty in simple things," she notes. "Just look around you. What's local, what's free? Pinecones, shells and stones are all natural elements that you can incorporate into the event." And what's more elegant than candlelight? Soy-based candles are a clean-burning, energy-saving light source that can be reused at different functions throughout the celebration.

Long before the ceremony, brides can make eco-conscious choices when buying their dress, invitations and rings. Gowns made from natural fibers at fair trade factories are a good option, as is buying from a shop that gives part of the proceeds to charity. Green alternatives for invitations include recycled paper or cotton, while using a website to announce day-of details eliminates paper waste entirely. For the rings, conflict-free diamonds and recycled metals show your commitment to each other and social responsibility. Lindsay Imai's fiancéought his ring from Green Karat, an online jeweler that recycles metals, and her rings were handed down. "They both belonged to my paternal grandmother," she says.

Even your registry presents an opportunity to invest in a healthy planet. "Say you register for organic sheets or energy efficient appliances-you're giving back to yourself and the environment," notes Meghan Meyers of Portovert, an online magazine promoting green weddings. And charitable giving is just a click away when you register at sites like WeddingChannel.com and IDoFoundation.org, which donate a portion of their sales to your charity of choice. "With 2.5 million people marrying each year, that's a significant amount of money going to charity," Meyers adds.

While your wedding is a special day that celebrates your love for one another, it also offers an opportunity to embrace the world around you. In the process, it may raise the eco-awareness of your guests, the caterer, florist and even the resort to the simple beauty and elegance of living green.

"There's so much beauty in simple things. Just look around you. What's local, what's free?"

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