Wednesday, August 25, 2010

July Wedding Recap - Cook & Valdez

So now that I’ve posted the bad vendor experience with this wedding, now on with the goods!

The wedding rehearsal went well (besides… oh, I don’t want to talk about it anymore.) The large bridal party was there, the coordinator was great, the future sister-in-law and also an Event Planner was wonderful, the minister was happy and informative, the B&G were happy… what else could I ask for?

I volunteered to go get the cake in the morning from Peter’s Bakery in San Jose as soon as they opened at 6 AM. But I needed the receipt in order to pick it up and it was at the B&G’s house in Campbell. To save me some time in the morning, I asked if I could go to their house now and pick up the receipt while they had their rehearsal dinner/BBQ. I was trusted with their key and to look through some paperwork looking for the wedding license. I found the receipt but no wedding license. Problematic? Nope, the bride found it. I dropped off their keys where they were having their rehearsal dinner. I found the bride was still smiling. Yay! Then it was home to pack my Bride/Wedding emergency bag of masking tape, extension chord, feminine products, pins, pens, Tylenol, bandages, etc.

I had to be up at 5 AM to get ready and drive to San Jose to pick up the cake. I arrived at Peter’s Bakery and picked up a large sheet cake, and three round cakes, all different diameters. It was the burnt almond cake and I had to have a second slice later that day. It was absolutely delicious. Soft, simple and darnit, it’s making my mouth water right now. While I was waiting for the counter person to bring out all the cakes, another person was loading up one of their refrigerators with a strawberry shortcake with donut layers on steroids. A small one was $7.95 and a large one was $13.95 or something. A couple walked in and all three of us were mesmerized by this stack of deliciousness. I turned to the lady behind me and joked “I’ll split one with you if you want.” She just gave me a small smile. When the strawberry stack locked in my attention again, I heard the lady say something in Spanish to her partner. While I was walking back and forth to my car to lay all four cakes in the trunk of my Civic Si (yes, they fit! Snuggly as well.), I noticed that they ordered one. Man! If I had time to eat one of those! But I pulled away towards the venue.

As I pulled away I noticed there was a Starbucks across the street. I texted my bride to see if she needed anything while I was out. She asked for water and crackers. There had to be a store closer to the venue so I checked Yelp once again. The closest store was 2.5 miles away. Though not that far away, but too far for water and crackers. I pulled into a Chevron station C-store and there they were! Saltine boxes and of course water in their coolers. CHECK! And to the venue!

I parked right in front of the venue and looked for my bride to give her heart’s desire. And there she was, in the large conference room with the bridesmaids, mother of the bride and flower girls. The bride was getting her hair done by Amp’d Up Creations and Melonie Pavlik.

Everyone was good and where they should be so I began unloading the cakes, setting up as much as I could, rearranging the tables and chairs slightly to avoid a big gap, laying out the place cards, advice cards, guestbook and pen, unity candle, microphone for the ceremony (cordless mic from the DJ was extra), and eventually moved my car, etc.

Besides the very friendly Make-Up Artist, Tiffany Dinh, the wonderful photographers also arrived, URLoved Photography.. The friendly team consists of Nang and Chris. Don’t be mislead by their youth or affordability, they’re photos come out beautiful and the duo is highly recommended by me. They made the hike out to have a pre-meeting, asked a lot of good questions, corresponded well and made everyone feel at ease on the wedding day. I cannot wait to see the rest of the photos. I would love to work with them again. Here is the teaser they provided:

It was approaching 10 AM and everyone had their Chucks on and dressed, ready to go… but we were missing a bridesmaid and a groomsman. And they were not traveling nor paired together.

They finally arrived, the ceremony was delayed 15 minutes and it didn’t look like 90 people were present, but we moved forward anyways.
As Man & Wife


Photos immediately followed for the bridal party and cocktail hour began for the guests.
The Bride and Her Bridesmaids


The reception was nice. The bridal party sat at the head table, the bride and groom had Ed Hardy wine glasses, there were speeches made the groomsmen and the Mother of the Bride read the speech for the Maid of Honor. There was a their first dance, Father/Daughter dance, Mother/Groom dance, the Money Dance, etc.
The groom crawled on his hands and knees to his bride to take her garter off. While on the floor, he broke out breakdancing.



It was then time for cake cutting. And boy did they have fun feeding each other. Then it was time for DANCING!

This was much more of relaxed wedding. The timeline was tight when it was created but the day of it was majorly altered and I was actually able to sit down and observe. It was wonderful to see everyone having a good time, dancing their heart out and smiles on the bride and groom’s faces. That is most important to me.

My Wedding Vendor Yelp Reviews

Peter's Bakery
3108 Alum Rock Ave
San Jose, CA 95127
(408) 258-3529

I had to be up at 5 AM to get ready and drive to San Jose for their 6 AM opening to pick up the wedding cake. I arrived at Peter's Bakery and picked up a large sheet cake, and three round cakes, all different diameters. It was the burnt almond cake and I had to have a second slice later that day. It was absolutely delicious. Soft, simple and darnit, it's making my mouth water right now. While I was waiting for the counter person to bring out all the cakes, another person was loading up one of their refrigerators with a strawberry shortcake with donut layers on steroids. A small one was $7.95 and a large one was $13.95 or something. A couple walked in and all three of us were mesmerized by this stack of deliciousness. I turned to the lady behind me and joked "I'll split one with you if you want." She just gave me a small smile. When the strawberry stack locked in my attention again, I heard the lady say something in Spanish to her partner. While I was walking back and forth to my car to lay all four cakes in the trunk of my Civic Si (yes, they fit! Snuggly as well.), I noticed that they ordered one. Man! If I had time to eat one of those! Or spoke Spanish!

UrLoved Photography
Tiburon, California

The friendly team consists of Nang and Chris. Don't be mislead by their youth or affordability, they're photos come out beautiful and the duo is highly recommended by me (an Event Planner & Coordinator). They made the hike out to have a pre-meeting, asked a lot of good questions, corresponded well and made everyone feel at ease on the wedding day. I cannot wait to see the rest of the photos. I would love to work with them again.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wedding Vendor Gone Bad

Whoooo, I am still tired. I haven’t started going back to the gym at 5 AM yet. I was hoping to do that today but I stayed up to watch movies last night. I have so much to recap so let’s start off with the wedding in Santa Clara on July 31st. Specifically:

BAD VENDOR
The wedding rehearsal was the night before and I followed up with the vendors I was in contact with that week. Everyone was great, quick to answer their phone and reply except for the DJ. I will state names of great vendors that I would love to work with again but I will not publicly display names of unacceptable vendors. Nor will I bad talk about them on Yelp. So anyways, I call the DJ to make sure he has all of his questions answered, knows the timeline, and has everything he needs to know. Three days before the wedding he wants to see the venue. Three days? Really? I told him that we will be at the venue the night before for the wedding rehearsal. If he cannot meet me then, then he has to figure out a time to visit the venue on his own prior to the wedding. He agreed to be at the rehearsal. I am so glad I did not waste my B&G’s money and make a special trip to walk him thru the venue space because he DID NOT show up to the rehearsal.

I called the DJ while the wedding party was in formation and working with the venue’s coordinator at the rehearsal. He was already 15 minutes late and no courtesy call to tell me he was on his way or trying to find parking. He said he couldn’t make it. I didn’t even want to hear his excuses so I told him he needs to arrive early at the venue the day of the wedding. He said he’s not going to do that unless we pay him more. Excuse me? After the frustrating phone call, the groom asked me “Who were you yelling at?” Yelling? The venue echoes so I hope I wasn’t yelling. I briefly explained to avoid upsetting him or his future wife. My yelling and/or aggravating phone call was either depicting that I am handling business or I’m losing my cool.

Surprise, surprise. The DJ and his partner were late on the wedding day and even called me twice to get directions. I just have to shake my head at that one. They arrive, I tell them to load in and set up as soon as possible. I had to show them where power outlets are and the two locations they were going to set up. I let them do their thing as I’m content with them finally being inside the building. The next thing I hear is the venue’s coordinator telling me to deal with the DJs because they are “rude, unprofessional, and physically abusive” and I needed to handle it. Come again??? The coordinator was fuming. I found the DJ’s partner and wanted a quick explanation. The coordinator overheard her version of the encounter and verbally retaliated. (“ROUND 1!” from Street Fighter comes to mind.) Ladies! I asked the coordinator to calm down, to step away and for let me to handle it. I turn to the DJ’s partner and basically said I don’t want to hear it. I don’t care who is at fault. What I need right now is for you guys set up in both locations now. Bottom line, you’re late, didn’t show up for the rehearsal last night and there’s no time for this nonsense. Get it done.” I had to say this in front of some early arriving guests but it needed to be squashed.

Eventually both parties calmed down and the DJ did his job. They were better MC-ing than I was and they got folks out on the dance floor. The venue coordinator came to me and apologized, saying that she has never had to deal with people like that before and she’s sorry for responding the ways she did. I understood and assured her that I would not bring that DJ around her or the venue if I had any choice in the matter. The DJ’s partner, on the other hand, did not apologize. I will avoid using this DJ at all costs.

What nightmarish vendor experiences have you had?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

WinSpa, WinSalon & Big Product Shipment Arrived

9:30 AM - Wow! I received a HUGE box of Wellness International products last night and was most excited to start the WinSpa Collection and get on some of the best Omega3s on the market.

Last night I used the Night Repair Cream and the Eyelift Cream. I never used a Night Cream before. The little gel container I used for my eyes was L'Oreal or something. My skin felt smooth this morning. I used the Hydra Therapie Cleanser in the shower this morning to remove excess make up and to wash my entire face. Then I used the Hydra Therapie Shampoo and Conditioner as well. My hair is still wet so I'll see how it is when it's fully dry. Unless I use a flatiron, my hair is not silky smooth. I also have a pretty dry scalp so perhaps this will help without my other special shampoo.

I've only missed one day of taking Biolean and I still haven't gotten sick. I have been so busy with the wedding on the 31st, four concerts, planning my family reunion taking place this Saturday, and gearing up for the company party on the 16th. Then DB is scheduling his third knee surgery next week. Needless to say, I'm tired. I need a break and am looking for two days of 'rest' starting the 17th. The surgery may be the 19th. But back to Biolean, I have only been to the gym twice in almost two weeks and haven't had the time to track what I'm eating at DailyBurn.com but I am looking forward to getting back to it. Especially since a friend posted a not so flattering photo of me that showed off a trouble area I've been slippin' on. Eek!!!

Sooo, needless to say, I've got samples! Who's interested to try out some wellness products?

2:55 PM - Time for some WINrgy. I'm getting sleepy. I did take this during the wedding on the 31st and I was good for the rest of the day.

And my hair is completely dry and kinda dry. Perhaps I just need to get my haircut because I can see the split ends. Perhaps that's why it's rough at the ends and all the hair curling I do.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Show #42


O M G!!!  That must've been the BEST show last night.  On the ride home, Tasina and I could not stop repeating the words "awesome" and "OMG" and sighing to catch our breath.  My God, was last night fantastic!  I'll go more into detail later but they were just having a great time out there, it was a super long set, they were connecting more than usual with the crowd, the crowd was on their feet even during the first few songs, they eventually overtook the aisles and of course OBTB (the Bay Area chapter if you will of the La Onda Street Team for the Los Lonely Boys) represented in the front…plus a few from SoCal. There was a total of 16 in our group.  We got a lot of love from JoJo and a girl was even crying during “Forgiven” and JoJo came down and gave her a hug and kiss.  SOOO sweet.  God, they're so good to their fans....  TWO people got up on stage to get some LLB love. One was a drunken dude that we could've done without but JoJo tried to keep him chill.  Ringo also sang Superman... awww, so amazing.  That’s the first time I saw TWO people get up on the stage with them.

They played a new song that no one in our group knew the words too. It’s so funny when this happens because I scan the faces of our group and I usually see all of us singing along but this time I didn’t find a single person who knew this song.  I did record majority of it on video and will have to upload it soon but my favorite part was when JoJo ran across the stage, dropped to his knees and skidded to a halt right in front of me. Love the JoJo Love! I just watched it on slow-mo on my camera and it’s so great. That definitely caught me off guard in a really good way.

Probably the only thing missing from the evening was seeing my favorite road manager, Glenn.  I had NO idea he's been gone for months and it felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest when Tasina told me when we were enroute. I'm happy that he's with his family but he's part of our family too, right!? At least I feel that way.  I didn't get to say good bye or good luck. I was soo looking forward to getting one of his big hugs last night. *sniff* *sniff*  Miss and love ya, Glenn! Sending you some California OBTB Love!




A few photos:
OndaRoadMates arriving in Wine Country
Marquee
Who's that goofy girl???
From 6th Row


Tonight, show #43 for me, at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga.  3rd Row.