Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas and a Happy Office!

We had our first event in our new office!
Who are the Shaffer Girls ? We are a one stop shop for all of your wedding needs. In office we have a Wedding Coordinator (me), Invite Designer, and Photographer! And we have tons of great vendors that we recommend to our Brides and Grooms!
The Shaffer Girls are:
Couture Events-
Nic. Roc. Designs-
Teale Photography-
We invited some of our favorite vendors in the wedding and event industry to come see our new space and enjoy some holiday treats.
It was definitely a success for all of us!
Here are some photos of our almost finished office and our holiday mixer:

First thing you see when you walk in the door!

Meet Nichole from Nic. Roc. Designs!

Nichole's Desk

Comfy space and cookies!

Close up of Shaffer our fish! :)

Teale's Desk

Pretty Pretty!

Suite D, The view from the outside looking in!

Talking with some amazing vendors!

Left to Right: Me, Nichole, Teale

Girls just want to have fun!

Thanks for taking a sneak peak... I cant wait to show you more!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Meet Chelsey and Josh

I can not tell you how excited I am to do Chelsey and Josh's Wedding! They are such an amazing couple! The more I get to know them, the more I see how truly wonderful they are. They are no longer just my clients, they have become my friends!


Last weekend they did their engagement session with Stephen Knuth. I met Stephen a couple weeks after they booked with him and loved his work. I was very impressed by his turn around time and the quality of his work. Here are some of the highlights and their story:

Chelsey and Josh met when Chelsey moved to Arizona her junior year of high school. They didn't become friends until senior year when Josh used to ditch his shop class (shh, don't tell Mima) to hang out in lifetime sports (the class Chelsey had). Josh moved to San Diego just after high school graduation but would come visit Arizona pretty often.

In the meantime, Chelsey was attending ASU and the distance for them was too much so she found herself moving back to Orange County, CA. The very first weekend that she was back home in February he surprised her with a trip to Disneyland! Soon they became best friends.

Months later on July 27th, 2007 at 7am they were in a terrible accident with a semi truck hit their car from behind. Josh was left without a scratch but Chelsey was rushed to the hospital. During her recovery, Josh stayed with her day and night by her side and whispered in her ear, “I Love You”. She knew at that moment that they would never be apart.

They got engaged on July 3, 2009 in beautiful South Lake Tahoe aboard the Tahoe Queen. Josh proposed as they were entering Emerald Bay! So timely enough, the wedding date they have chosen is July 3, 2010.

To see more photos from this shoot and all of Stephens work visit:

He also made an amazing Wedding Website for Chelsey and Josh:

This is definately one of my favorite engagement shoots ever!
AMAZING! Thanks to Stephen Knuth and the beautiful couple- Chelsey and Josh!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Painting the New Office!

Welcome to our new office! :) In Little Italy, San Diego, CA !
1665 Union Street, Suite D, San Diego


We are ready to take it on!!! Let's make this place BEAUTIFUL!!!

Brian, Teale, and me painting the walls from ugly brown to TWINKLE (light yellow color)!
One and 1/4th wall down- two and 3/4 to go!

Brian who once said we were going to dominate this project...
gave up and decided to take a nap!

Who knew Bruiser could fly?

We ended that night with it 3/4ths of the way done...

With lots of work and lots of help from our friends- We finished it!
Special Thanks to: Teale, Nichole, Ashley, Brian, Ian, Reanna, Nicole, Karina, and Peggy!!!

Sneak Preview of our finished product... with the fish eye lens!

View from the front entrance-

View from the comfy, cosy waiting area/ chatting area!

More coming soon!


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bridal Beauty Kit

The Couture Events team brings a bridal “survival” kit to every wedding for all those just-in-case situations, (you can find anything from band-aids, to tissues, advil, to a sewing kit), and the kit has definitely proven to have come in handy! This kit inspired me when thinking about bridal make-up and all the touch-ups that have to be done throughout the day. And so a great idea for any bride is to create their own beauty kit for their wedding day. Having all your beauty items in one place can make touch-ups faster and less of a hassle. Some essential items in your kit can include:


*Face Powder

*Lipgloss or lipstick



*Q-tips soaked in eye make-up remover

*Extra eye make-up remover

*Bobby pins, hair ties


*Floss, breath mints, a small toothbrush

*Hair spray

*Small hair brush or comb


*A good tip is to also avoid using new beauty products in case of allergic reactions

Photograph from


Friday, November 20, 2009

Terri and Erik's Rancho Bernardo Winery Wedding

Terri & Erik
Married on: September 18, 2009

It all began with a Craigslist Post...

Which soon turned into LOVE...

Then the wedding invites were sent out...

She was just too beautiful... how could he resist!
Make Up: ACMakeUp

They called the ones they loved and asked them to stand by them on their special day!

Meet the Bridesmaids:
and the Groomsmen:

It was a beautiful day...

The scene was set...
Venue: Rancho Bernardo Winery

The guys were ready!

This was TRUE LOVE!

They decided to begin in the journey of life together...

With each step she took in her Marc Jacob Heels (cute heart detailed peep toe and heel) she knew they were only getting closer to the adventure of a lifetime... Marriage!

They made it to their destination at the front of the alter and the butterflies flew away-

They said their vows, confessed their love, and he kissed his bride...

Let the Party Begin:

Reception and all of the beautiful details!!!

They used cigar boxes as vases and placed a wine bottle at each table as the table number and what a beautiful centerpiece they made.
Florist: Rae Florae

The Bride and Groom engraved their names and wedding date onto wooden fans and gave them out to all their guests to keep them cool on this warm September day.

This was the kids table... the perfect kids table- butcher paper substituted for a table cloth and there were crayons galore.. each child also got a bag full of goodies including: stickers, bubbles, small toys, etc. And instead of wine bottle centerpiece the kids got a Martinelli's bottle!

The tables were set to perfection.. black table cloths, wine colored napkins, cork coasters as favors, and the most beautiful and creative centerpieces.

The Bridal Bouquet- Just stunning. As an extra personal and special touch the bride added this stunning butterfly broach.

The cake was AMAZING- covered with cascading sugar butterflies...
Cake: Joanne Hansen (call Couture Events for contact info)

The couple asked for five minutes alone after the ceremony just to be together. This alone time was a beautiful thing and I believe more Brides and Grooms should take these five minutes in the midst of the hustle and bustle!

When Asked: YOUR MARRIED, Now What?

The Couple Replied, "DISNEY WORLD!!!! "

They were such a joy to work with- their amazing personalities shined!

First dance at dusk... just as the sun was setting!

Then they danced into the night and had their grand departure surrounded by friends and family and bubbles galore.

This is one of the most spectacular weddings I have done yet! There were so many amazing details about their wedding and I could not be happier for them! Such an awesome wedding day for an amazing couple...

Congrats Terri and Erik!!!
Krystel Tien