Monday, October 13, 2008

10 A*List ~ We placed in the Top 5!

Yay and THANK YOU! We're VERY excited to announce that Red Letter Days Events, LLC has placed in the TOP 5 for "Best Wedding Planner" in San Diego on the 10 A*List for 2008!
We appreciate your support and votes! Here's to one heck of a Red Letter Day!
Bek, Mia, Amber, Chrissy, Jessica, Scarlett, and Taylor

Friday, October 03, 2008

Marci Weatherford to Derek Tarvin

It's our pleasure to share with you the magic of the wedding of Marci Weatherford and Derek Tarvin through the lens' of Joshua Aull Photography. A perfect marriage of love, creativity, inspiration, and good old-fashioned fun, Marci and Derek's "Granny Smith apple and orange" celebration offered eye-catching detail at every turn. It's featured in San Diego Style Weddings Magazine 2008-2009, pages 238-239. You can view it online here.

Marci is beautiful inside and out, and her enjoyment of her day reflected her gracious elegance. Her bridesmaids were equally as awesome and made getting ready a party in itself!

Meanwhile, Derek and his boys burned off some energy at K1 Speed with a little indoor go kart racing.

And as Derek prepared for the day...

...a surprise set of cuff links arrived for him from Marci that were adorned with the logo Derek created for their wedding.

The same logo greeted guests in these stunning wedding ceremony programs.

Marci incorporated her love of orange by selecting these stunning dresses for her bridesmaids that accentuated their beauty.

And the freshness of crisp green floral completed a clean, elegant look for the bride.

Final preparations...

...for the beginning of a lifetime.

Mr. and Mrs. Tarvin living on the edge...

...and sharing a moment of solitude before the big shindig!

And what a shindig it was! Guests were surprised with a custom cake that incorporated Marci and Derek's logo and colors.

Each table was coordinated to the greatest detail.
Custom glassware and fresh floral.
Table numbers that popped.

Menus (with the logo!) and custom linens on beautiful chargers.

Favors given with love.

And that was just the indoor dinner reception!

Marci, a very crafty bride, created baskets of blankets...

...and adorned lounge furniture with hand-made pillows to create a comfortable environment to be enjoyed during cocktails...

...and under the lanterns during dancing.

There's no question these two are in love.

And in for a lifetime of laughs!

Furniture/lighting/linens: Concepts Event Design
Entertainment: San Diego DJ and Video
Bridal Salon: Jinny's Bridal
Hair Styling: Zina G. Salon
Makeup Artistry: Make-Up-Artistry by Gale
Invitations and Paper Products: TruSo
Transportation: A Leading Limousine

Amber Robinson

Photography: Cary Pennington ~ Cary Pennington Photography
Makeup styling: Sarah Price ~ Couture Makeup Artistry

I'm so lucky that I once more was able to spend time chatting with a fabulous woman of Red Letter Days! I spoke with Amber Robinson and found out that her wonderful smile and knowledge of show tunes is accompanied by an inspiring depth of experience with weddings and events. She's amazing!

Amber got started when she was just a kid. Her mom was in politics, so from an early age, Amber was involved with fund-raising and charity events from golf tournaments to pancake breakfasts. She always loved weddings, like so many of us, and she received excellent career advice right from the beginning: figure out all the facets of your industry.

Amber first worked at the front desk of the Radisson in Sacramento, then transferred to accounting before moving south. In Newport Beach, she took a part-time position with a special events florist. True talent isn't content with a part-time schedule, though. Within two weeks, Amber was handling all the sales and marketing, meeting with brides to help them create their visions in flowers and then relaying everything to the designer. They did 320 weddings a year!

After a couple of years, Amber began dating her future husband (they just got married in May!) and moved farther south to San Diego. Moving back to the world of hotels, she joined the staff at the Grande Colonial in La Jolla as an assistant in the sales department. Within a year, she took the catering and events specialist position that had been created for her. Amber continued moving forward, handling wedding and social event sales and execution, selling the property and ensuring that everything happened smoothly on site.

She just left the Grande Colonial in August in anticipation of a career transfer for her husband. Lucky for us, she'll still be in Southern California -- and still creating Red Letter Days for happy brides!

Amber's happy about staying local, too. She loves living in SoCal, especially the ability to have all kinds of fun in one day. It's possible to go to an amusement park, ski, go off-roading, and surf -- all within easy distance from home. All her family is here, which is the most important part to her and her husband.

That's a lot of why Amber enjoys coordinating weddings: they bring families and friends together. She also loves getting to help brides make their dreams come true, and as a recent bride herself, she knows what the process is like from inside and outside the big white dress! She knows how difficult it can be to answer seemingly simple questions, and she knows the thrill of having that childhood dream day come to life.

"I wouldn't trade that weekend for anything," she said about her own wedding, and she's dedicated to ensuring other brides feel the same way.

That resolve and the importance of family are why she chose to work with Red Letter Days. She was drawn to the company not only because of its gorgeous events, but also because it felt like coming into a family with everyone working together toward the same goals, using their unique strengths to make the group stronger as a whole.


Behind the Suit

Amber and her husband dote on their adorable Italian greyhound/Jack Russell mix, Raider. Amber also loves food and is an excellent cook. She makes all the classics you crave: chicken soup, chili, dijon chicken, stuffed bell peppers, enchiladas, and -- according to her husband -- "killer meatloaf." Baking is up next. So far, she's mastered chocolate chip cookies.

Her latest obsession is fantasy football. She's in a family league with four cousins, aunts, uncles, and a family friend. I think she's totally going to win because she has the best team name ever: Victorious Secret!