Northern California photographer Jennifer Baccioco’s latest triumph is the cover of our upcoming Southern California edition of Here Comes The Guide. Her romantic, photo-journalistic style is perfect for our baby blue and chocolate brown design, due to hit the shelves by January 1, 2008!
And in case you’re critter crazy like me and wouldn’t dream of walking down the aisle without Fido or Fifi in attendance, take note—Jennifer is extremely adept at working with animals of all kinds.
Case in point: While browsing her site, I came across one of Jennifer’s more, uhh, exotic accomplishments: A cavalcade of cute costumed cavies in a creative calendar. (Cool!)
For the uninitiated, cavy=guinea pig, and we’ve got three of these clever cuties in our home. They’re always in the Harrington holiday photo cards (along with the assorted dogs and occasional cat). No mean photographic feat, that.
We’ve all been on pins and needles here at Here Comes The Guide, wondering if any of our Southern California wedding locations were affected by the fires that are still raging after over a week. I’d like to share some heartwarming news from our friend Margie Hopkins, who has both family homes and an event location in Fallbrook. She represents the gorgeous Fallbrook wedding location, The Grand Tradition, and we’re so thankful that it was spared!
Margie’s comments show the undeniable spirit of those affected, and what can happen when a community comes together after disaster strikes:
Dear Here Comes the Guide,
Thanks for the kind email checking in on us. We are among the safe in Fallbrook. The Grand Tradition and our friends there are safe, also. My husband, Frank, and I were evacuated on Monday along with thousands of other residents.
Early Thursday, we were on a list of 12 residents allowed past the military police to reenter Fallbrook so we could man the phone lines of the main (and only) info center in Fallbrook. We were privileged to spend 4 days on the phones talking with distressed residents letting them know who could return and who couldn’t. We let them know when they could expect to return. We had lists of houses destroyed and where those people needed to go to get help. It was such a blessing to tell some folks that there house was not damaged.
Our own home was within a half-mile of the burn. Our son’s home was within a quarter-mile of the burn area. We are told by our Fire Department, that had the winds kept up, all of Fallbrook would be gone.
We are very humbled by this experience, and are now planning our best route to be of assistance to our fellow “Fallbrookians”. It is a different world, and we are speechless to explain the experience of waving and saying “thanks” to Military Police driving down our small private road to check on us. It is also heart-rending to see the high-spirits of our Fallbrook-neighbors who have lost everything and their positive attitudes toward recovery. There were no deaths in Fallbrook. What more can be said!
Our friend, a Navy Chaplain, will tell you that it was not “nature” but our thousands of prayers to God that saved us.
If you have an evacuation story or news about your wedding location, please let us know. We’re happy to help connect those who need help with those who are offering help. Also know that our hearts go out to all our friends, family, clients and colleagues in So Cal. While our wishes for safety may be meager at this time of trauma for so many, the depth of our caring is immense.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a bridesmaid dress in your closet that you never once had the urge to “accidentally” decorate with nail polish before the big day?
As a rule, bridesmaids’ dresses are like uniforms, and who wants to wear a uniform to a wedding? No two women look equally great with a plunging neckline, spaghetti straps, or a big fat bow tied at the butt (actually, NO woman looks fab with the big fat bow…period).
There’s a new solution, and it seems almost too good to be true. twobirds offers a bridesmaid’s dress in 11 yummy colors that can be worn up to ten (yes, TEN!) different ways. One dress fits women size 0-16, and it’s simple, flowy, and will look totally at home at a California wedding—or even a night on the town with the girls. Each maid can tailor the style to themselves, and they’ll still look great for pictures. You can also opt for color-matching wraps and neckties for the groomsmen.
Brides, take note. Think about it this way: torture your bridesmaids now, and they may just have to pay you back for it when they get hitched themselves…petticoats, anyone?