Thursday, April 28, 2011

Everyone Gets Their 15 minutes of Wedding Planning


And Your 15 minutes of Wedding Planning is happening TODAY. Give me a call at 323-592-9318 any time between 12 - 2pm and get the answers to the wedding questions that won't stop bugging you. You've got me for 15 minutes. So, What type of questions have I been answering for my brides this week?

- What's a complimentary hotel block?

- How much do wedding babysitters cost?


- How do I get my mother in law to stop trying to take over my wedding? (This one has been a little too popular this week, I think!)

- How do I cut down on the bar bill? Or my florist bill?

- What am I getting if I want to rent a photo booth?


Do you need to know the answers to any of these? Or is there something else that's worrying you right now. Call me this afternoon so we can get that wrinkle out of your forehead, finally:

323-592-9318



And, if you know when you're going to be available between 12-2pm today, you can schedule your time with me now. Just email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com to reserve your slot.


See you at the end of the aisle (and I'll talk to you in a couple of hours),

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com
Phone/text: 323-592-9318
liz@silvercharmevents.com

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - April 27

Every Wednesday, I bring you the best wedding stories, events and deals in Los Angeles and around the web. And we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday. Welcome!



The Important Stuff:
I've come late to the William and Kate show, but two days out and I'm all over it. So, When is the Royal Wedding Playing in Your Neck of the Woods you might ask? Here you go.
But, which channels are going to be covering it in your neck of the woods? Yup, here you go. I can't decide - E! or CNN? Or roll with Meredith on the Today Show? My husband just yelled behind me, "Don't try and watch it live, DVR it!" Sure, but which channel, Mr. Coopersmith? Sigh. Boys.

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:



Style Unveiled
featured a fantastic Jane Austen themed wedding,with the gorgeous Book cake! My book cake would be all my favorite Robert B. Parker books. If I could figure out which ones were my favorites.

Cool, too:

Continuing the literary theme this morning, Emaline Bride featured this Library Card Save the Date, by Akimbo Design.

The Events:
Thursday, April 28
Your 15 Minutes of Wedding Planning
What's Bugging You About Your Wedding? You've got 15 minutes to talk to me about it. Call me at 323-592-9318 between 12pm and 2pm, and get the answers you need. Totally free, no strings attached, and when does that ever happen? I'll be literally waiting by the phone for your call.

Sunday, May 1st

Crate and Barrel - The Wedding Parties
9am - 11am
Enjoy great food, drinks, music, and Barrel's expertise advice on registering. You'll also receive a beautiful gift. This is happening in their stores all across L.A., so definitely somewhere near you.

Bridal Showplace
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Sky Room
40 South Locust Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
Tickets are $4.00 each

ExpoBridal - Third Annual Spring Bridal Show

Universal City Hilton
555 Universal Hollywood Dr.
North Hollywood, CA 91608
Price: $7 and one free guest with online pre-registration


The Deals:

Me, again - I'm still offering a $100 discount off any of my wedding services when you donate any amount to Dishing for Dana. She's raised close to $1,000 for the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, already. Be the one to push her over the top.

Still looking for a photographer? Emily photo is offering $500 off their current wedding packages to my readers. You're welcome!

Oh, and you're still looking for wedding shoes, too, right? Save 20% on your entire purchase, plus free shipping at Shoes.com with the code SECRET20. Good until Friday, so GO! And thanks to @MomsWhoSave for the find.

See you at the end of the aisle (and I'll talk to you on Thursday),

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318
liz@silvercharmevents.com

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Your 15 minutes of Wedding Planning

Yes!
I've had such a great time answering wedding questions on The Broke Ass Bride every week. But you know what's missing? YOU. You have a question about your wedding. What is it? You need wedding advice. About what? Is it the timing for the day? Invitation wording? How to handle your slightly demented future sister-in law? Where you can find cheap chivari chairs in Los Angeles? Seriously, what's bugging you about your wedding?

Let's talk about it.


This Thursday, April 28th, between 12pm - 2pm (PST) you have the opportunity to pick my brain for 15 minutes, about anything related to your wedding. And it's totally free, all you have to do is dial 323-592-9318. If the line is busy, leave a message and I'll call you back when I'm done helping the bride ahead of you. It's your 15 minutes of wedding planning. Whaddya need?

Thursday.
Noon To Two.
323-592-9318.
Be There or Be Baffled.

Any questions? Email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com
Or? Just call me on Thursday.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318
Pictures: B&G Photography, SDK Photo

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - April 20

Every Wednesday I bring you the best wedding stories, events and deals in Los Angeles and around the web. And we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday. Welcome!

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week: Coffee Shop Wedding on The Charity Wedding. Another one of those things I'd wished I'd thought of, first, or second even. So...pretty. Go look!

Wedding Cool, Too: FindAWeddingJob.com: Interested in diving into Wedding World, yourself? See what's out there.

The Events:
Friday, April 22

Wedding World is on Spring Break, apparently. But, you can still take your boy out for a free cup of coffee at Starbucks, to celebrate Earth Day. But you have to bring your own travel mug. Because it's Earth Day, you know. :-)



The Deals:


Kohl's - Set up your gift registry at Kohl's and get 15% off for you and your guests.


Bed, Bath and Beyond is now selling Wedding Invitations online, starting as low as $1 per invite. GO!

The Knot - Would you like to get your cools monogrammed robes for $20, or a monogrammed hot pink flask for $20? Your choice, of course. They have a slew of things for up to 60% off, plus free shipping. You can always count on The Knot for that.


See you at the end of the aisle (and at Starbucks on Friday)

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318
liz@silvercharmevents.com

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My Wedding Weekend


Nikki and Andrew got married! So, that was pretty much my weekend. :-) For some more great pics of them, check out B&G's Facebook page.

The wedding could not have gone better - full dance floor (at one point, Andrew was breakdancing, or at least attempting to), busy bar, and beautiful, beautiful weather. Nikki kept wandering around saying, "This is perfect, this is exactly what I wanted," which is, you know, WEDDING PLANNER WIN.
Thanks to everyone for helping to pull off a fantastic day:

Venue: Calamigos Ranch
Photography: B & G Photography
Cake: Hotcakes Bakes (the best tasting fondant in Los Angeles, I swear. Totally the other side of that argument)
Florist: Enchanted Florist (Bridesmaids left their flowers = office decoration for me)
DJ: Bill Child - Rocking everyone's world on the dance floor, email him at djmisterbill@gmail.com, or call/text him at 562-858-5003
Hair and Makeup - Lana Lennox at Royal Care Mobile Spa

Just one big YAY!!!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
Call/Text: 323-592-9318
liz@silvercharmevents.com

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - April 13

Every Wednesday I bring you the best wedding stories, deals and events I find in L.A. and around the web. And we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday. Welcome!

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week: Really doesn't need an explanation.



I mean, seriously. Yet another thing I have to convince one of my brides to do, right? Thanks to Weddingish and their fabulous Facebook page.

Cool #2: It's Bridal Fashion Week in New York. I am SOO there next year, but this year you and I will just live through it vicariously through Wedding Wire and Martha Stewart Weddings. Enjoy!


The Events


Wednesday, April 13
The Love Tour: Wedding and Wine Wednedays at Shade Hotel
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Shade Hotel
1221 North Valley Drive
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
A Bridal Show featuring wine. That's all I need to know. Oh, and free admission. That's definitely all I need to know.


Sunday, April 17th

Maggiano's Bridal Expo

10 am-2pm
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Did you know you can have your wedding and reception at Maggiano's at the Grove? meet over 20 wedding vendors, and enjoy desserts at appetizers, and find out more on Sunday. This is the one I'm going to this weekend!

Admission: Free, but registration recommended, call (323)965-2777.

11am–3pm
Expo Bridal Newport Beach Bridal Show
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
1107 Jamboree Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Admission: $7 for two when you register online

Save the Date:

Friday, May 15th
11:00AM-4:00PM
Courtyard by Marriott Monrovia – Special Occasion Expo
700 West Huntington Drive
Monrovia, CA 91016
Admission: Free, Open to Public





The Deals:

My Gatsby - Invitations - 10% on mix and match custom invitations with this link.



Koya Wholesale Wedding, a great place to find what you need to full or partially DIY your wedding has these beautiful Bobeche candle rings, which you can use to dress up your vases, OR just to dress your candle holders. Originally $12.98, they're on sale for $7.98 each, plus you get $20 off your order of $199 or more if you use the code FLORAL at checkout.



See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

liz@silvercharmevents.com
Phone/Text: 323-592-9318

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Every Wednesday I bring you the best wedding stories, deals in events in Los Angeles and around the web. And we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday. Welcome!

First and foremost - Help Me Help Dana! Dana, The Broke Ass Bride herself, is holding an awesome online fundraiser to raise funds for her upcoming surgeries, and for the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association. Find out more at Dishing For Dana. Anyone who donates gets a $100 discount on any of my wedding services, all you have to do is forward your paypal confirmation email to me.

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week - A wedding bouquet of succulents, featured on Got Married. Mmm, lush...plus, after your wedding you can stick them in a planter and they'll last forever, right?

Cool, too: Kate Spade's new Wedding Belle's Collection. Short and chic wedding dresses for under $500. And the shoes? FABULOUS.






The Events:
Sunday, April 10
The Bridal Fair at La Palapa Del Mar
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
La Palapa Del Mar
4020 Olympic Plaza
Belmont Shore, ca 90815
Admission: $5.00

Sunday, April 10th
Bridal Showplace
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 S. Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90745
Admission: $4.00 online

Sportsmen’s Lodge & Event Center 2nd annual Bridal Show

12833 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
Admission: Free

Wednesday, Aprl 13
The Love Tour: Wedding and Wine Wednedays at Shade Hotel
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Shade Hotel
1221 North Valley Drive
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
A Bridal Show featuring wine. That's all I need to know. Oh, and free admission. That's definitely all I need to know.

The Deals:
Serious dearth of wedding deals this week,but you can always count on The Knot. Groomsmen Gifts! Engraveable Beer Mugs for $4.99 each? Means that they can bring their own to the bar at your wedding. I think I'm going to get one of these for myself, actually.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com
Phone/Text: 323-592-9318
liz@silvercharmevents.com

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Molly's Favorite Engagement Shoot Places

Ah, Molly Ann, she of my favorite Ring Shot ever. Take it away:


In the earlier days of my wedding photography career, I used to have two or three favorite sites to photograph engagement sessions. The light and backgrounds were always great and I knew where to go and how to pose the couple so that I'd get solid imagery out of them every single time. After a few sessions, however, it started to get boring! All my pictures had different couples rotating through the same scenery which meant that yes, the sites may be beautiful, but they were simply no longer challenging to me. And on top of that, occasionally we'd bump into other photographers also in the middle of portrait or engagement sessions, and inwardly I was embarrassed and concerned that my couples might deem their engagement pictures not so unique and as special if they were obviously taken at a portrait hotspot. Overall, I didn't feel that the method was very personal to the couple, nor as stimulating as it could be for me.

So now instead of pushing the beach or a local meadow, I ask the couple what they like to do together, and then try to build a session around that, wherever it happens to be. Wendy & Sean enjoy playing video games together, and camping at Joshua Tree, so we photographed a morning video game tournament in their own home in Costa Mesa, and then the two of them in and around the rugged desert landscape at Joshua Tree National Park...which is gorgeous, by the way.
And to think I never would have had the chance to photograph a destination engagement session in beautiful Joshua Tree if I'd steered the couple towards my preferred local photo locations! In addition to that, this approach also challenges me creatively. I mean, how the heck do you make great pictures of a video game tournament in an uncontrolled home environment?

I will say that it obviously helps when the couple puts some thought into the session as well. Cat & Dylan had several beautiful sites that were special to them, but ultimately settled on Chapman University where they met, in part because it is a photogenic location with fabulous newer buildings and plenty of visual texture, so it was sentimental to the couple and great for photographs.

Of course, we did meet another photographer taking pictures of a couple while on campus (did I mention Chapman is a photogenic location?), but it did not concern me nearly as much as before, because now we were at a site that was of the client's choosing, and its romantic value was not likely to diminish just because someone else also had engagement pictures taken there. And the other couple did not venture inside Chapman's law library to continue the session, which was why it was very important to Chapman law-alumnus Cat. If we had picked Chapman just "because it is pretty", then the session would have yielded far less unique results!

When discussing sites with couples now, I ask them where they met, what they like to do together, where their first date was, where he proposed, or where they like to hang out. Some people, like my friend Trevor, take it a step further and commission us to photograph the proposal itself!



The result is pictures in a location that ties the entire relationship together; Trevor and Angela's first date was at Disneyland, and it was also where Trevor proposed, and now it's also where we made memorable images of them enjoying their newly-engaged status!

I guess you could say my favorite engagement locations are everywhere. Scenic and attractive is good, scenic and attractive AND special to the couple is better. When those three attributes meet for an engagement session, everybody wins!

Molly is the owner and primary photographer for Luminaire Images, which she operates with her husband Matt. In addition to personalizing happy couples' engagement sessions in and around Orange County, she and Matt have also been commissioned for weddings and destination events in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Napa, and as far away as Greece.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com
Phone/Text 323-592-9318