• Welcome to the Amber Events blog! We invite you to get a glass of wine and settle in for a while as we take you behind the scenes for a highly informative, always honest, and somewhat irreverent look into the world of wedding planning.

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Get to know Lacey!

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HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INVOLVED WITH AMBER EVENTS?

A few years ago, I had just finished a Wedding Planner online certification program and I wanted to get hands on experience. I researched top rated wedding planning companies in the Los Angeles area and Amber Events had 5 stars across the board. I reached out to Nira and we met at an adorable cafe in Studio City called Aroma. We talked all about the wedding industry and I became an intern for Amber Events. The rest is history.

WHICH IS THE MOST MEMORABLE WEDDING YOU’VE ASSISTED AT AND WHY?

One of my most memorable weddings has to be my very first wedding I worked. It was a smaller wedding at the Smog Shoppe venue in Culver City. The bride and groom, Kat and Aaron, both worked for a toy company and they incorporated many fun and sentimental elements into their special day. They had old family photos strung by clothespins all around, pom pom balls as confetti and old fashioned coke bottles as treats and favors. They were such a sweet couple and they seemed to have such a good time throughout the whole day. It was a beautiful wedding. 

NAME SOME ELEMENTS OF YOUR DREAM WEDDING.

The most important element of my future wedding will be having all my family and closest friends in attendance. My grandfather is a pastor so it would be so special if he could perform the ceremony. I would also love a live jazz band to play during the dinner hour and a great DJ to get the party started afterward.

NOW NAME YOUR DREAM HONEYMOON AND SOME OF THE THINGS YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE WOULD DO THERE!

My dream honeymoon would be to go on a two week trip starting off in London. We would take a ride on the London Eye ferris wheel, tour Buckingham Palace and of course have some bangers and mash. Then we would hop over to France via train. It’s a must to visit all of the historical landmarks such as The Eiffel Tower, The Notre Dame Cathedral and The Louvre. I would try as many cafes and bakeries as possible along the way. Then we would end our trip in Italy. We would eat as much pasta as we could handle and take gondola rides through the canals after seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Sistine Chapel.

WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER HOBBIES AND INTERESTS?

Some of my other hobbies and interests are 5K Color Runs, reading, creating wedding decor for my Etsy site and my adorable 7 month nephew named Jax.

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE AND YOUR FAVORITE WAYS TO ACCESSORIZE.

I would describe my style as very versatile and always changing. I don’t have one particular style that I wear all of the time simply because there are just too many cute clothes and shoes that come in so many different varieties. I do have a few staples that I always have in my closet such as a good pair of black high heels, an LBD, at least three good flannel shirts, a great printed mini skirt and dressy coat for date nights. I always accessorize with stud earrings, two or three bracelets, a simple necklace and a cross body bag to store my makeup goodies.

WHAT IS ONE MAKEUP ITEM YOU CAN’T STEP OUT OF THE HOUSE WITHOUT ON?

I have two absolute must haves. I cannot leave my house without a shiny lip gloss and my Outrageous Curl mascara from Sephora. It’s the best mascara ever.

IF YOU COULD BE ANY ANIMAL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

If I could be any animal, I would definitely be a cheetah. Hands down. They are extremely fierce, incredibly fast and extraordinarily beautiful creatures. Plus, I absolutely love cheetah print.

IF YOU COULD DATE ANY SUPERHERO, WHO WOULD IT BE?

Hmm, this is a hard one. Would I chose Superman, a supernaturally strong hero who gets his strength from the sun and saves the world from the bad guy trying to take over the world, or would I chose Captain America, a superhero who is the absolute best soldier in all capacities? He stands for traditional American values and is the courageous leader of the other Avengers. They both have serious pro’s and it’s just too hard to pick.

>>>Love ya, Lace!

DIY Feather Boutonnière

IMG_0207Twenties soirees will never go out of style! If you’re hosting your own Gatsby- or art deco-themed event, why not create your own feather boutonnières to add a special touch to an already special evening? Because no actual flowers are used, you can create them as far in advance as you’d like, without having to store them in a refrigerator. Read on to see how we did it!

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  • Feathers (black, white, and a pop of pattern/color!)
  • Embellished buttons
  • Floral tape
  • Glitter
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Spray adhesive
  • Old magazines or newspapers (to protect your work surface)

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IMG_0183IMG_0212IMG_0214IMG_0217IMG_0221Instructions:

  1. Trim feathers to size, about three to four inches in length. You may need to peel some of the “leaves,” so that the stems remain exposed.
  2. Layer feathers; what we did was alternate black and white ones, then add the yellow, spotted one on top.
  3. Wrap stems of feathers in floral tape. When wrapping, be sure to pull floral tape taut to activate the glue.
  4. Lay wrapped feathers on top of a magazine (or newspaper), and using your hand to protect the feathers, apply spray adhesive to the stem.
  5. Add glitter to the stem while the adhesive is still wet.
  6. Use a hot glue gun to apply a dot of glue to the back of your buttons before pressing them onto the middle of the stems.
  7. And, REPEAT! Carefully stick a pin into the stem so you won’t forget later.;)

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Cheers!

Vanessa

Sara & Eli’s Pre-Wedding Carnival

Why have a rehearsal dinner when you can have a pre-wedding carnival? Located at Verdugo Hills Golf Course in Tujunga, former clients Sara and Eli hosted this fun gathering for friends and family the day before their wedding. With giant inflatables, obstacle courses, velcro walls, sumo wrestling, a caricaturist, and more, the party went on well after the sun went down!

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Oh, the energy!

Associate planner–Jackie Hsu–says, “This is a great opportunity to represent the groom’s personality… I’d suggest more couples to get together for a fun, casual, less traditional, unconventional party the night before their wedding to contrast the elegant, formal, more traditional wedding night.” Now there’s some carnival food for thought!

Special thanks to our good friend, Paulina, for capturing the excitement. Come back soon to see photos from Sara and Eli’s actual wedding day!

Vanessa

Eve & Rener Featured on California Wedding Day

Happy 4th of July weekend! Here’s another “real wedding,” featured on   Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 1.54.32 PM   this time.

Check this out–Eve and Rener are both lovers and fighters. They both come from backgrounds of martial arts and combat sports, but they surely clean up nice, as you can see from the photography! Follow the links to the full feature to read how their heritage and background inspired their colorful and cultural wedding. If you’re looking for inspiration and courage to create something unique, this is it! Enjoy!

Vanessa

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Courtney & Matt Featured On Bridal Musings

Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.39.54 PMHello and happy weekend!

Check out this feature of Courtney and Matt’s wedding on Bridal Musings, with blurbs from the bride herself! It’s wonderfully detailed, from their proposal story to floral choices to signature cocktails. It even tells of Amber’s (our beloved founder and the lead for this wedding) unique touches on this special day. I certainly learned something from reading it, and the photography by Studio 1208 is just beautiful. We hope you enjoy it, too!

Vanessa

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