Archive for October, 2011
The Fall 2012 runway collections are here! Here are some of my favorite gowns for the season. Vera Wang is showing nude and black, yet I’m kind of partial to the little Claire Pettibone number! Which is your favorite?
This year, the show will be produced by the amazing Christine Zohrabians of Fancy That! Events and Wedding Coordination, and we’re thrilled to have the talented Eddie Zaratsian, Creative Director for Tic-Tock Couture Florals, design our booth again.
Contracted and future Langham brides may receive two complimentary tickets to the event by visiting www.idobridalevent.com and entering code: LanghamBride at check-out.
Come early, enjoy the show, stop by our booth and say hello!
On 23 acres there are so many beautiful locations for our couples to snap photos on their wedding day. There are breathtaking views coupled with gorgeous little hidden spots along the way.
One recent couple, Diana and Rashid, utilized the grounds to their full potential during their June 5th wedding.
Below are a few images from their shoot by Victor Sizemore that capture the true beauty of the hotel (and of course our stunning bride)!
The Picture Bridge is a popular spot for our couples to have their “First Look.”
The Horseshoe Garden is one of if the most popular spots to take photos. I’m sure you can see why!
The Japanese Garden is also a beautiful location with a completely different feel.
There are endless little nooks throughout the hotel that can offer beautiful options for photos.
The photographic possibilities are endless!
The awesome and inventive couple, Ella & Sam, had a Hollywood themed wedding this past September, complete with a purple carpet and “paparazzi”, movie posters and even a tabloid magazine Save the Date!
Every detail for this amazing wedding was thought of. Event coordination and design was done by the great Carolyn Chen, who ensured a flawless wedding experience for each guest. Victor Sizemore was the amazing photographer who documented every detail. And Elysium Productions put together one of the most creative and fun music videos as their same day edit!
Congratulations to Ella & Sam!!!
One of my favorite wedding couples was Cathy and William, who were married on September 18, 2011.
Aside from the fact that they are simply wonderful individuals who I truly enjoyed working with, they also wanted to “think outside of the box” when it came to several of their wedding elements. This wedding was a blast for our Culinary Team!
For Cathy and William’s wedding we worked closely with the Chefs to completely customize their menu from start to finish. Each dish was unique and had more of an artist approach like you would typically expect to see in fine dining restaurants such as The Royce.
Below are some of the photos from their wedding.
Amuse Bouche: Poached Kumamoto Oyster, Reselling Tomatoes, Water Gelee, Cauliflower Soup Shooter
Appetizer: Foie Gras Torchon, Smoked Eel, Grape Jelly, Ginger Marshmallows
Salad: Smoked Salmon, Cucumber Salad, Curry Tuille
Entrée: Wayagu Beef, Lobster Casserole, English Pea Puree, Au Poivre
Entrée: Slow Poached Black Cod, Vegetable Pot-Au-Feu, Star Anise Consomme
Dessert: Chocolate Lava Cake, Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream, Cocoa Nib Foam
With the culinary staff here at the Langham, nothing is out of reach. Our Chefs can create anything your heart desires!
It seems like many couples spend more time preparing for the wedding than for the marriage itself. Remember that your wedding day is only one day and your marriage is hopefully for a lifetime! It is important to continually take the time to strengthen your relationship. You don’t want to get too caught up in the small details to lose focus of the most important thing: each other. Perhaps think about taking at least one day a week off from the stress of wedding planning and do something with just the two of you, completely non-wedding related.
Another option is to consider taking some sort of Pre-Marriage course. Depending on where you get married (a church, for example) or your religion, many officiants require pre-marriage counseling before they will agree to marry you. For others, it is entirely optional. The hope is that if couples are better prepared for what is ahead, they will be more likely to remain happy in their marriage for many years to come. It is important to understand that while every couple has their differences, some differences are so major that it is imperative that you talk about it beforehand. For example, one partner wanting kids and the other not is a major difference.
Important topics to discuss before saying “I Do” include Finances, Home Life, Careers, Religion, Communication and so on. Below are some questions to fuel productive conversation starters:
- Who’s going to handle the finances?
- Will we have separate or joint accounts?
- Will we split the bills or pay them together?
- Will we have a pre-nuptial agreement?
- Who will be responsible for the budgeting?
- What is your spending style? Are you a spender or a saver?
- How are you financially preparing for retirement?
- What are your views on debt (credit cards, loans, etc.)?
- How much can we spend each month?
- How much do we plan on saving each month?
- What are our long-term goals? Saving for a house? College? Retirement?
- If one of us lost our job, what would we do?
- Where will we live after the wedding?
- Will we rent or purchase?
- What chores are expected of each other?
- Where will we live after we retire?
- What will the bride’s last name be after the wedding?
- What will we do when both sets of our parents are in their advanced ages?
- Will both of us work?
- If I get a career opportunity in another city or state or even country, would you be willing to move?
- When are we planning on retiring?
- What religion will we practice, if any?
- Will you be willing to convert to my religion?
- Will it be okay if we each practice our own religion?
- If we practice our own respective religions, will we expect the other to attend services with us?
- Are you willing to talk about issues or do you brood?
- How much communication is too much and leads to overload?
- Would you be willing to seek help from a third party (counseling) if we are unable to resolve our issues on our own?
- How do you handle stress and crises that suddenly occur? Do you explode or do you step back and approach the issue calmly or somewhere in between?
- Does your family have any history of serious medical problems?
- Do you have a history of serious medical problems?
- Have you ever been, or are now, addicted to: drinking, smoking, drugs, gambling?
- Would you be opposed to the both of us getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases?
- What should we do if the other is on life support? Will we draft a Living Will/Trust?
I had the honor of working with a lovely couple last year planning their beautiful October wedding. Doctors Mary Saphyakhajon and Leo Tanaka celebrated with family and friends, sharing a very special occasion and special treasures from her parents. Mary and her florist, Fleuritica, collaborated with Christine Farah Photography, to create memories of a lifetime on the centerpieces and images which represent timeless elegance, and of course something old and something borrowed.
“When Leo and I started planning the wedding, we wanted our families weaved into each part of our day. My brother, Patrick, developed our delicious luncheon menu. Leo’s sister, Joy, sorted through hundreds of family photos to put together the slide show. For our centerpieces, we wanted arrangements that were simple, yet enhanced the Georgian Ballroom. My parents have collected Chinese cloisonné antique vases since I was a child and it seemed natural to include these beautiful pieces at the reception. The addition of the vases was a perfect reflection of my family and the elegance of the Langham Hotel.”
John Quinn and the rest of our talented pastry team at The Lanham have been hand-crafting our marshmallows for some time. You’ll often see them in all their glory displayed at our non-traditional Chocolate Afternoon Tea on Sundays. Quite frankly, all of the pioneering flavor combinations John and his team create make my head spin!
Artisan marshmallows make a statement when incorporated into a dessert display with selections from our Blissful Bites menu, a candy station or Viennese table. They will absolutely delight your guests when they show up as an assortment in adorable satin ribbon-wrapped cellophane bags as your wedding favors.
Pastry divas all over the country are coming up with their own exotic concoctions of these endearing little pillows of joy!
240 Sweet, based in Indiana, features hand-crafted artisan marshmallows by partners Alexa Lemley and Samantha Aulick. These decadent puffs are lovingly crafted in small batches using local, all-natural and organic ingredients without preservatives. Their treats include Michigan beet sugar, Ohio glucose and Indiana corn starch using organic Tahitian beans to make their own vanilla extract. Coffee based treats are made with coffee from a local custom-roasted coffee company, Hubbard and Cravens.
California Caramel Company, has Guittard Chocolate dipped marshmallow X 3 on a stick, which is pure heaven!
Plush Puffs, in Burbank features s’mores made with their hand-crafted chocolate chipetta plush puffs.
Kick your marshmallows up a notch with Daybreak Farms’ “adult beverage” selections! The Daybreak Cosmopolitan, sweet, tart and sophisticated is made with premium vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and freshly squeezed lime juice.
The Daybreak Lynchburg Lemonade is made with premium aged bourbon whiskey, triple sec, and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
And the Daybreak Sangria is made with red wine, freshly squeezed orange, lemon, lime, pineapple juice and just a little raspberry liqueur.
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