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The Other Members Of Your Family

It’s no secret that at Here Comes The Guide, we are huge animal lovers. I’m not at all embarrassed to say that I’m a total cat lady and a dog person in one, and I completely understand how they become just as important as your own children. They enrich your life. They provide you endless laughter. They love you unconditionally.

Lyndsey Hamilton EventsEnrichment, laughter, and unconditional love…sound like things you want to incorporate into your own wedding?

Speak up! Are any of you going to have your dog be a ring-bearer? How else are you going to involve your pet in your event?

Julia Posted by Julia on Apr 23, 2009.
Filed under Off Beat


My Cup O’ Tea

My mother, a true Anglophile, brought me up surrounded by more than a few of her favorite British things. The first real, hearty books I read as a child were Agatha Christie mysteries and Charles Dickens novels. Every Thursday was Masterpiece Theatre night featuring an array of her favorite actors from the UK, and I was probably the only 12-year-old kid in school who (at the time, don’t quiz me now) knew the entire history of the English Royal Family.

Crown and CrumpetSo of course my heart raced when I saw that Crown & Crumpet opened in the historic Ghirardelli Square of San Francisco. This is a traditional tea salon with a kicky twist. Just look at these photos and you’ll see what I mean. As owners Amy and Christopher Dean said themselves, it’s “doily-free” yet still evokes the same comfort, relaxation, and elegance of a real English tearoom.

As much as I love the Pump House in Bath and the adorable tea houses in Devon, I think this would be the ideal place for an unforgettable bridal shower or even a baby shower, if you want to think that far ahead! Count me in for afternoon tea!

Julia Posted by Julia on Apr 09, 2009.
Filed under Bridal ShowersLocationsRehearsal DinnerRestaurants


The Real OC

Even if you aren’t aspiring to be like the “Real Housewives of Orange County,” you’re likely to find an wedding venue in the OC that seems like it was made just for you. Here’s a taste of this region’s vast range of options:

Disney's Fairytale WeddingTotal romantics and anyone who’s a child at heart will love a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding.

For the metro-chic or art obsessed, seven-degrees is your ticket. The building itself is a magnum opus to behold. 

Equestrians and those who fancy a rustic wedding would adore the Red Horse Barn.

If you’re interested in history, the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace and its stunning grounds will blow you and your guests away.

seven-degreesWild birds and the county’s namesake orange blossoms abound at the Rancho Las Lomas.

Julia Posted by Julia on Mar 09, 2009.
Filed under CeremonyLocationsReceptionsRehearsal Dinner