Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Great Find in Downtown L. A.

Bottega Louie brings a bit of Manhattan to our city. As you enter the large white restaurant you are enticed by a display filled with an assortment of colorful sweets, artisan bread and cheese.

The pizza is thin and delicious. Watching the pizzas being hand tossed in front of you somehow makes them taste better. The 30 different choices of small plates make sharing fun. The salads and pastas are fresh and wonderful. It's always fun and lively at this downtown restaurant. Another nice plus is they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the sort of place we need more of in L.A.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Romantic & Gorgeous at Ojai Valley Inn

We planned a wonderful wedding at Ojai Valley Inn this past weekend.

I enjoy when my clients encourage me to be creative and one of my favorite parts of this wedding was utilizing nearly every part of the property for Friday and Saturday. Guests dined under the Pergola in the lovely Herb Garden on Friday evening - the wedding ceremony took place on the lawn at The Artist's Cottage and then guests hopped on shuttles headed for Rancho Dos Rios for dining under the stars and dancing in The Barn - everything was memorable.

The weather was perfect in Ojai. The music ranged from a rock band on Friday night to a Spanish guitar trio for the ceremony to Classic Rock during dinner and a mix of all types of music for dancing. Nearly all 170 guests were on the dance floor when the music ended at midnight

The wedding combined classic style with unique touches and just a touch of whimsy.

Wooden Descanso tables with linen runners were finished with gorgeous flowers and elaborate wrought iron candleabras.

The bride's bouquet was one of my favorite bouquets ever - Amy at The Hidden Garden did an amazing job.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Summer Is Here - Drink Lemonade!

Two wonderful ways to serve lemonade at your next party.

Hot Dog On A Stick's fresh lemonade tastes even better when they come to you.

Sugared rims add a sweet touch to this fresh lemonade. Limeade is a nice surprise.

There are those who say we do not have Seasons in Southern California. Based on our recent change in weather I have to disagree. The days are longer and warmer. The typical early morning fog is beginning at the coast and there is definitely a feel of Summer in the air.