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Girl’s Night Out

If you’re going through party withdrawal after the holidays, grab your girlfriends and head to the Central California wine region’s Cellar360 Paso Robles for their Girl’s Night Out event Friday, January 23.

Meridian VineyardsThey’ve got the works: eye make-up application techniques, organic cooking demonstrations, massage therapy, reflexology, oxygen bar samples. You’ll even get a private shopping experience in their retail store with wine club discounts—and of course, plenty of wine tasting and bubbly!

While you’re sipping and shopping, do yourself a favor and take a moment to imagine your wedding at this breathtaking winery.

Girl’s Night Out cost: $20 per person in advance or $25 per person at the door. RSVP today: 805/226-7133.

Looking for Central California wedding inspiration? Check out Jolene Rae Harrington’s new Central Coast Wedding article for wedding location ideas.

Allison Posted by Allison on Jan 16, 2009.
Filed under Food and DrinkLocations

The Wedding University

If you’re wondering how to get started on your wedding plans, I highly recommend you attend The Wedding University

The teachers at TWU are top Bay Area event professionals. With their expert advice, you’ll learn how to set up a realistic wedding budget, get inspired by the latest trends in wedding décor, and learn practical tips for saving money on your wedding. This is a fantastic opportunity for couples to get up close and personal with some of the best event pros in the wedding industry. Because class sizes are small, you’ll have time to ask questions and gain valuable knowledge on wedding planning.

Some of the fun events planned for the day:

1. Inspiration Room: The Wedding University’s design team will create tabletops of different themes and color palettes based on the latest trends.
2. Dance Lessons: The very reputable Cynthia Glinka will show couples how easy and fun it is to learn your first dance. You’ll get actual dance lessons at the event!
3. Makeup/Hair Styling: Armando of Get Your Do Up  will have live demonstrations of different hair styles and makeup that flatters different dresses, skin tones, facial features, etc.
4. Menu Sampling and Wine Tasting: From the moment you walk into the Four Seasons until you depart, you will get to sample fabulous food and wine the entire time—including desserts!

Since the class size is so limited, TWU students will have a really good chance of winning a free honeymoon: The Four Seasons is giving away 3 nights at one of 3 properties—Whistler, Bora Bora, or Lanai.

Here’s a list of the A-list participants, many of them Certified By The Guide:

Jubilee Lau Events
Jean Marks Weddings
Geoff White Photography
Kevin Chin Photography
Savadelis Films
A Different Kind of DJ - Ron Grandia
Nancy Liu Chin Design, Floral Designer
Wildflower Linen
Four Seasons Catering Team
Gabrielle’s Bridal Atelier
Peter Rudolfi, Entertainment
Cynthia Glinka, Dance Instructor
Carl Mindling, DJ
Chewing The Cud, Invitations
Sash and Sugar, Coordinator
Hartman Studios, Event Production
Enhanced Lighting
Get Your Do Up
Eli Thomas for Men

The Details:
When:  February 8, 2009 from 11:00am - 5:00pm
Where:  Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, 2050 University Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Cost: $40 for two people or $25 for one person

Spaces are limited to 150 students, so RSVP today to save your spot:
Cassie Conching 650/470-2894
Jubilee Lau 408/235-8889
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For more information, click here or visit The Wedding University’s blog.

2009 Jewelry Trend Report

Forget dainty and delicate—today’s jewelry is getting larger, with fresh combos and bold new presentations. Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store for the year ahead:

Jewelry with movement and texture,
like the fluid earrings of One World Designs’ Waterfall collection, are very in. For a splurge, the award-winning black and white diamond earrings in Yael’s Mosaic collection have both flow and mega-sparkle. Lots of jingly bangles are making a sexy statement, too, and a stack of them makes a lovely bridesmaid gift. Our jewelry partner, Tejani, has custom-sized bangles decked in Austrian crystals that can be special ordered for bridal parties.

Chocolate PearlsAnother popular arm adornment is the cuff, seen in filigreed silver, bronze, champagne gold, or lavishly bejeweled. Long a staple with South Asian brides, the cuff fashion is now going mainstream and is being seen on both catwalks and bridal aisles.

Raw Diamond and Gold CuffInteresting trends in jewelry metals have made their way from Europe to the States. Soft and pretty rose gold is catching on here, and brings a blushing glow to bridal jewelry. And from Italy, the next evolution is a new gold alloy in a warm brown shade called “chocolate gold.” Cutting-edge and breathtaking, this cocoa jewelry makes a striking backdrop to colors, and adds a burnished dimension to wedding whites and creams. There are even cultured chocolate pearls to match!—simply yummy!

Some like it raw—raw diamonds, that is. Stones right out of nature have their own organic beauty, and we’re seeing unique cuts and unusual settings that are appealing to unconventional brides as well as men. Shibumi Gallery in Berkeley showcases some amazing pieces incorporating raw gemstones. Shibumi also features the work of award-winning jeweler Todd Reed, whose gold cuff with raw diamond cubes seen here illustrates the quintessential 2009 accessory.

Go forth and dazzle, girlfriends!

Jolene Posted by Jolene on Jan 09, 2009.
Filed under AccessoriesFashionWedding Jewelry and Rings