Monday, September 28, 2009

Beverage Monday


It's fall now, although it dsoen't feel like it here in So Cal. So time for apples. Apple cocktails are a great way to get your 'apple' a day!

Apple Granny Crisp

1 oz apple schnapps
1/2 oz brandy
1/2 oz Irish cream
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
2 crackers
1/2 oz whipped cream
1 pinch ground cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend well, and pour into a Cocktail Glass. Add whipped cream, dust with cinnamon, and serve.

Apple Manhattan

2 oz Maker's Mark® bourbon whiskey
1 oz Berentzen's® apple liqueur

Put the whiskey and liqueur into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled Cocktail Glass. Garnish with a slice of apple, and serve.

Green Apple

1 shot Southern Comfort® peach liqueur
1 splash Midori® melon liqueur
1 splash sweet and sour mix

Mix all three ingredients togetherin a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a ShotGglass and serve.


The photo is mine. These are from an escort card table.

Friday, September 25, 2009

~Friday Shopping~

Are you thinking of having a bird theme? Here are a few items to get you started.

Love Bird Embrace Cake Topper

Smooth glazed porcelain makes these little love birds absolutely glow atop your cake. Designed in a contemporary style, each dove fits perfectly with the other in a cozy embrace.

Birds in Flight Wedding Invitation

Birds of a feather flock together. Matching save the date, reception, response, directions, thank you and place cards are also available.

Happy Birds Save The Date

This card is filled with love from the two birds sitting atop a tree to the charming heart leaves.

Enchanting Forest Wedding Invitation

Wedding Paper Divas has teamed up with the ultrachic designers at DwellStudio to bring you an exclusive new line of inspiring and modern wedding stationery. A splendid, sketched design with bright bursts of color creates a warm sense of artistry across all the pieces of this stylish wedding suite.

Splendid Swirls Wedding Invitation

This is another design by DwellStudio. Wedding Paper Divas brings you this exclusive new line of inspiring and modern wedding stationery. Embodying the ultimate in romance, this design features elegant, swirling lines displayed in a stunning way.

Two Birds Wedding Invitation

A pair of sweet birds sits upon circles of laurel leaf wreaths. For nature lovers with contemporary style, this wedding suite offers something fresh and unique.

Love Doves Save The Date

Announce your upcoming ceremony in a cute and classic way using these adorable little lovebirds! Perfect for a sweet and sophisticated couple, this save the date card from Petite Alma is full of chic, playful style.

Will you be my bridesmaid? Sage Blooms and Birds Card

Nestled amongst a patch of flowers, a pair of birds celebrates your engagement and asks your nearest and dearest if they'll be part of your big day. Each heavy stock card includes a matching envelope. Card is available individually or as a set.

Little Bird Wedding Invitation

A little bird told me you were getting married, and guess what? We have the perfectly stylish way to let everyone else in on the secret. Send them this marvelous wedding invitation, which reflects elegance and grace from its cherry blossom branches to the tiny petals that fall below. Matching shower invitations, save the date, reception, response, direction and thank you cards are also available.

Perfect Pear Party Invitation

Gather your friends and family with this chic party invitation from simplyput. It's so sweet, it even has a pair of partridges in a pear tree! Great for an engagement party, brunch and more.

Divine Doves Save The Date

Swirls of color enliven a traditional dove duo on this enchanting save the date card. Straight out of a fairy tale, this design is perfect for your own storybook ending.

Little Bird Address Label

This marvelous address label reflects elegance and grace with its delicate cherry blossom branch. Matching wedding suite and save the date cards are also available.

Delicate Hummingbird Bridal Shower Invitation

This exquisite invitation evokes all of the harmony of the natural world. This elegant design is perfect for a bridal shower full of sunshine, style and serenity.

Loving Birds Wedding Announcement

A pair of love birds sits singing sweet melodies to each other. Let these adorable birds announce your wedding news to friends and family.

Love Bird Personalized Cling

Adoring love birds are featured on this distinctive window cling that can be used on any glass surface.

Perching Bird Personalized Stickers

This sweet gift tag is designed with a silhouette of a little bird and is available in your choice of colors. Attach it to any gift or present for a look of modern elegance. All text is editable so you can personalize the look. .

Love Birds Deep Plum Mint Favor

A flock of birds and a sweet sense of style give this mint tin from Jenny Romanski an extra dose of enchanting fun! Give these charming party favors to guests at your shower, rehearsal dinner or reception to turn the good times into great memories. Each tin arrives filled with peppermint candies. All text is editable so you can customize the favor for any event.

Love Birds Theme

Have your favor imprinted with these two cute love birds. It is personalized with your names and wedding date.

Love Dove Place Card Holder

This contemporary place card holder features an elegant dove crafted from resin with a metallic-silver finish. A matching place card and tea-light candle is included but it is not recommended to use as a place card holder if the candle is going to be lit.

Newlyweds Car Sign

Want to decorate the newlyweds' car? Here is a great sign that all can see.

Birdcage Greeting Card Holder

Monday, September 21, 2009

Beverage Monday

Who knew Tequila came pink? This is Rosangel, a Gran Centario Tequila that is is mellowed for two months in port barrels then is infused with hibiscus flowers, resulting in a beautiful color.
It yields notes of ripe fruit and floral notes with hints of vanilla. Not your traditional tequila! The recipies are from their website.
Rosangel Margarita
1½ oz. Rosangel
½ oz. orange liqueur
1 tbsp agave nectar
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp cranberry juice
Splash of ginger ale
1½ cups of ice
Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filed with ice. Shake and strain into a Margartia glass.
The Rosangel Ruby Fizz~created by Julie Reiner, Owner of Flatiron Lounge, NYC & Clover Club in Brooklyn
2 ounces Rosangel Tequila
1/2 ounce Agave Syrup
1/2 ounce Ruby Port
1 bar spoon Pomegranate Molasses
3/4 ounce Lemon Juice
1/2 ounce Egg White

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a Highball Glass with one large ice cube. Top with Club Soda and garnish with a cherry.
The Rosangel Cosmopolitan
2 oz of Rosangel
2 oz Cranberry Juice
1/2 oz of Premium Orange Liqueur
1 oz lime juice
Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled Martini Glass.


Friday, September 18, 2009

~Friday Shopping~

Today we are featuring Bridal Bouquet Bling~ Items to make your bouquet a little more special!

Rondell Crystal Bouquet Jewelry Sticks

Pearl and Crystal Bouquet Jewelry

Swarovski Crystal Bouquet Jewels - Set of 2

Crystal Solitaire Bouquet Jewelry

Crystal Glow Bouquet Jewelry

Crystal Pavé Heart Bouquet Jewelry

Pink Crystal Bouquet Swirl Jewels

Swarovski Crystal Butterfly Bouquet Jewelry by Bel Aire Bridal

Swarovski Crystal Monogram Bouquet Jewelry by Bel Aire Bridal

Double Heart Crystal Bouquet Jewelry

You can't forget your stem

Bouquet Ribbon Crystal Letter in Custom Colors

Crystal Heart Bouquet Stem Accent

Bouquet Stem Rectangle Crystal Accent

Here are a couple of flower-less bouquets

Swarovski Crystal Bride's Bouquet

Pearl Stems Bridal Bouquet

All of today's items are available through Advantage Bridal. They have many more items for your bouquet. I didn't want to get too crazy!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

200th A Joyeux Blog Post!

This is the 200th post of A Joyeux Blog. I have had visitors from all of the continents over the last year and a half. When I started this blog I just thought I would have people from Southern California visit. I didn't think about having an audience throughout the world. Besides the United States, I get the most visitors from Malaysia. I wrote about pre-wedding parties and it was posted to a forum. So hello, Malaysia Brides. If you look on Cluster Maps you can see where all our visitors came from during the last year. I have tried to post a least twice a week but that doesn't always happen. I have a few series, Beverage Monday { I am the most consistent on this one}, Venues of the Southland, Traditions & Superstitions {I havn't posted in awhile to this one} & our newest one ~Friday Shopping~. I have also posted a few Inspiration Boards. So I hope you keep on stopping by my labor of love and check out what is going on with A Joyuex Blog & my life.

In celebration of 200, I have introduced a new signature and a new blog banner.

Happy Reading,

Venues of the Southland~The Reef Restaurant

The Reef Restaurant in Long Beach
I recently coordinated a wedding here. I was presently surprised by the food and service. Some of the featured pictures are mine, some are The Reef's. The photo above is of the Long Beach skyline from the Sunset deck on the day of the wedding. They are located right next to the Queen Mary so you get the Long Beach skyline. Fabulous!
Here is a photo of the set-up on the sunset deck and my couple getting marriedThis is the Harborview Ballroom. Their largest. Above is the set-up for another wedding, below is the set-up from my couple's wedding. My cute couple dancing their first dance.
Their price is fairly reasonable for a water view/waterfront venue. They have valet parking on the weekends and the food was great. All in all you do get a lot of bang for your buck here. Plus, I am a little partial since I live so close!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Day in the Life of A Wedding Planner

This is the third and last part of our series A Day in the Life of a Wedding Planner. Last week we left off with the ceremony ending. You can catch up with wedding planner 1 and wedding planner 2. Today we are going to go through the reception. Their Cake


  • Once the bridal party is on their way to the park right next door for photos I start working on other things. I have the umbrella's moved from the ceremony area to the reception area. It turned out to be a very, hot day even though we were by the ocean. I gather the rose petals from the aisle for their get-away toss later on. I have the banquet captain call up the florist. {Their studio is in the hotel.} To take down the arch flowers and aisle flowers to decorate the sweetheart table, candy table and the DJ. I look around and everything is moving along.


  • I go down to where the bridal party is and check on them. They are moving along nicely. They have two photographers and an assistant helping them with their shots. At that time we look up in the sky and there is a sky writer making double hearts. So appropriate! I go back to the reception take some more photos. {I don't always have time to take them}.


  • The DJ starts playing and the trio is done for the day. I thank them and we had a mutually love fest. The cocktail reception is going great. I go back down to where the photos are being taken and let them know that time is running out. I get down on my knees, bustle the gown and do some spot stain removal. The Bride and groom are Doing their romantics while this is going on. The bride has also noticed that they didn't serve her coconut shrimp. They gave her tempura instead. Not happy!


  • The bridal party makes the trek back up to the reception. They line up for their entrance. They all get introduced, now it is time for the Mr. & Mrs. They are introduced and go right into their first dance. I go over and talk to the Banquet manager about the shrimp and ask that The bride & groom get a plate of coconut shrimp on their table for when they are done with their dance. I also ask if the buffet will be ready and open when they are done dancing. Yes, all of the food is almost out.


  • The groom's father sang a song for the guests, then the bride's grandfather said grace. The buffet opens up and the bride and groom wanted to walk through it so of course they are the first to go. I then release the tables starting with the parents. The bridal party decided to jump ahead. Oh well. The banquet captain~love her~asked me when we will be ready for lunch. I told her as soon as all the guests go through the line.


  • Let the vendor;s know that it is time to eat. The DJ wants to eat at his station. They usually do. I let the two photographers and the assistant it was time. The one photographer went in the buffet line. I had to quickly grab her and let her know we are being served in the staging area from the ceremony. The four of sit down to lunch. Fabulous. We had steak and chicken. You never know what they are going to serve you. Sometimes it is just sandwiches. We rest and chat for a few.


  • On the way out of the restroom I am stopped by a couple who would like to book me. Yay, they did! I run out to the site because I think I am gone too long. I guess the girls were waiting for me to come back. I thought they were already out. Oh well. I talk to the Banquet Manager to have them start pouring the cider for the toast. She thought they were not getting anything for the toast. I had her check. Yes, they were and the cider was poured. Once everyone had some the toasts started with the Best Man, the the nervous Maid of Honor. I also asked the Parents of the Bride and Groom if they would like to talk. The Groom's parents didn't want to, but the Bride's parents did. A few other people gave toasts.


  • Now it was time for the Father/Daughter dance. The Groom and his Mother followed them. They then went into cutting the cake. The cake was served and everybody was dancing, except it was an awfully hot day, so the chocolates that the venue served with the cake melted. So sad!


  • The garter toss and the bouquet toss was a hoot. Everybody was having a blast.


  • Noticed that the staff took everything off the tables. Not good. They didn't have a bar. So I asked if they could set up a little water station since everybody was dancing and sweating!


  • The Mother of the Bride wanted to decorate the bridal suite, so I went to the front desk to get the key. I gave her some of the petals from the aisle and off we went with one of the photographers.


  • I sent the Bride to her room to freshen up since she and her Groom were taking their photos on the beach after the wedding and who wants melted make-up for that! {her Aunt did hair and make-up}. While she was gone the groom was taking some fun photos with his friends that were not in the wedding.


  • I went off in search of the Bride. I actually missed her and they were playing the last song we I got back. I let the photographers assistant that it was time for her to get her car. As she was pulling up on of the parking attendants gave her grief, but the General Manager asked if me if he could block traffic for them. So sweet! I gave the Maid of Honor and a Bridesmaid the rose petals to hand out to all of the guests. I held back the Bride and Groom and lined up the guests in two lines towards the get-away car. As soon as everybody had petals I had the Bride & Groom run towards the car. I looked great! They jumped in and off they went with the photographers.


  • The party is over the guests are leaving and now is the fun part, packing up everything. All their stuff is going into their hotel room but only the Bride's Mother and I know where their room is. I ask the Maid of Honor and The best Man to bring me their bags so I can put them in the room along with all of the wedding stuff. Here mom just asks that I keep everything 'pretty', of course. So all of their stuff get put away. The DJ breaks down his stuff and the banquet staff breaks down all the table and chairs.


  • I wait for a bell cart to put all of the stuff into their room, gifts and all! I leave her bouquet and his bout on the bed and her veil on their couch. Her mom did a great job! The staff has already delivered their champagne. I leave the key on the desk and leave the room. My Day is Over!