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Eco Chic Luncheon at Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach

Shade Hotels are a “Luxury Boutique Hotel” brand with locations in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. Both properties embody the coastal lifestyle that Southern California is known for. The design style of both hotels have garnered them awards and been noticed by print publications for their modern aesthetic. Either one of these boutique hotels would serve as a perfect Destination Wedding location because they offer an all inclusive option for your sleeping rooms, event venues, restaurants, and nearby activities.ShadeHotel-57

Through my sister company 3 Wishes PR, I designed and planned an Eco-Chic luncheon for the Manhattan Beach location for wedding planners. The purpose of the event was to introduce the wedding industry to Shade Hotel’s eco conscious policies. My creative team of vendors not only helped to create a stylish and relaxing soiree, but each professional exhibited their own eco-friendly products and services. To take it a step further I asked my friend Kai Cohen of Green Canvas to speak about the service they offer to couples wanting to limit their carbon footprint on the environment in their weddings and events. Overall the event was a huge success for all involved. It was also a wonderful way for busy planners to be pampered and learn valuable new tools to add to their toolbox of exertise.

Floral Design: Lotus And Lily Floral Design | Photography: Kristina Lee Photography | Linens and Chargers: Elegant Designs Specialty Linens | Calligraphy & Signage: Calligraphy Katrina | Paper Flower Favors: The Bleu Dahlia | Alcohol Sponsor: Russian Standard Vodka | On-site Beauty Services: Bobby Pin Salon | Bakery: Vanilla Bake Shop | DJ: Vox DJs



Engagement Contest – Shade Hotel

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Shade Hotel in celebrating the opening of their new hotel in Redondo Beach. It’s an architectural gem in the South Bay that has to be experienced! Like it’s sister property in Manhattan Beach, the vibe is contemporary coastal chic. Their tag line says it all “It’s Cooler In The Shade”! With eco friendly succulent walls in their wedding and event spaces, you have built in decor that you can feel great about. With engagement season in full swing and their wedding venues booking up, they wanted to share the celebration with you by hosting an INSTAGRAM ENGAGEMENT CONTEST. Two lucky couples will win $2500 toward their dream wedding at either location by simply posting a photo of their engagement celebration on Instagram and tagging #ShadeWeddings. Be sure to follow @ShadeWeddings for the announcement which will be made on January 11th. Check out these photos from both locations and then post away. And if you need a wedding planner I know both properties well, and I’d love to meet with you! Happy Planning.


Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach Courtyard Featuring a rock fountain and succulent walls. Photo: Zoom Theory


Event Venue at Shade Hotel Redondo Beach featuring an open air space and marina views.

Wedding Style Guide by The Black Tux


As a Wedding Planner in Los Angeles, this time of year finds me pretty excited. It’s engagement season and there are proposals taking place everywhere you look. If you’re a groom wondering what you’ll wear on your big day, we have the place for you. The Black Tux provides a service that takes the traditional tux or suit rental to new heights. They work with you to make a custom suit or tuxedo just for you. The best part is you don’t have to find time to visit a crowded rental shop, but instead order from the comfort of your own home. You simply go online and choose your style, upload your measurements and they create a custom suit for you that arrives at your door! They even provide packaging for you to return it! Let’s face it you’re all about customization, because you’re an original. We love that about you!


Now that you know what you’ll wear, what will your guest wear to your wedding? Many people are confused about what to wear to your wedding. The Black Tux takes the guesswork out of it by creating  The Wedding Guest Style Guide that you can share with your guests. Thanks to The Black Tux for helping everyone look photo ready!


Wedding Jeannie Is Back!

I’m proud to announce officially that I’m back! The truth is I never left. I was a wedding planner from 2000 to 2013 and then I created a PR & Marketing firm called 3 Wishes PR, representing some of the best companies in the wedding and event industry in 2013. I continued to plan wedding on occasion for families I’d worked for previously. To me that’s the ultimate honor. I’ve had the pleasure of designing and planning multiple weddings for several families. The photo above is one such “family” experience I’ve been lucky to have. It was held in the family’s home and since they are so comfortable with me, they invited me to take a break and cool my feet of with them in the pool. The image is from one my favorite photographers, Joel Maus of Studio EMP. He worked on the other family’s events as well. In fact we brought back almost the entire team from the first daughter’s weddings. Everyone loved working together again, and it made it so much more personal for us.

This year we continue to be referred by colleagues, venues, and previous clients. We decided it was time to update our website and rebrand. The Wedding Jeannie name is well known and we couldn’t bare to part with it, so we are planning under the name of 3 Wishes Events by Wedding Jeannie. Our focus will be on concierge level design and planning services for couples throughout California. We will take a limited amount of events per year, which will allow us to focus our very best efforts to our clients.


Jackie & David Featured 2014 Ceremony Magazine


Wedding Jeannie has been honored with another wedding in print. Ceremony Magazine Orange County has recognized the wedding of Jackie & David as a “Wedding of Distinction”. And we couldn’t agree more. This amazing couple hailed from Chicago, but wanted to marry in Southern California. Jeannie was tasked with the planning for this out of state couple, and with the design of an “Old Mexico” theme, with a “Star Wars” twist.
There was no question that Serra Plaza in San Juan Capistrano would be the perfect setting for this memorable union. Along for the ride was photographer Christopher Todd Griffiths, Jay’s Catering and Heavenly Blooms Florist. Each vendor brought their talent, dedication and commitment to excellence to this day. Wedding Jeannie couldn’t be more proud of this dream team.
Vendor Love:

Wedding Design & Planning: Wedding Jeannie
Venue: Serra Plaza, San Juan Capistrano
Photographer: Christopher Todd Studios
Catering & Wedding Cake: Jay’s Catering
Floral Design: Heavenly Blooms Florist
Rentals: Signature Party Rentals
Entertainment: Invisible Touch Events
Transportation: OC Cruiser
Beauty: Design Visage
Stationary: Digby & Rose
Gown: Rivini
Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy Group
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse

Mexican Wedding in San Juan Capistrano

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Meet Jackie and David. It’s a tale of travel and romance. She grew up half of her life in Mexico City and the other in Los Angeles. He grew up in Orange County. They are both lovers of travel. It’s that love that brought them together. They met in the Peace Corps in a foreign country, and fell for each other. Washington DC would be where they ended up. So how did they marry in San Juan Capistrano you ask? Jackie and her family have a deep bond to their Mexican roots, and Jackie wanted to express it through her wedding day. David was happy to comply as long as his love of Star Wars could be weaved into the day. Both got their wish.

Serra Plaza in San Juan Capistrano happened to possess all of the attributes for bringing Old Mexico to Orange County. Enjoy all the details including, a Mexican candy station and a tequila tasting bar. The overall decor and details evoked feelings of romance, rustic elegance, vibrance and joy. That’s everything you would find in a traditional wedding in Mexico City. Mission accomplished! Enjoy the stunning images captured by Christopher Todd Griffiths. He’s a genius with a camera, and I’m so happy he captured the spirit of this day to perfection.

Gown & Clock
The Bride Something Blue
Bridal Party Serra Plaza Blue Wedding Shoes
Groom's Bulldog Cuff Links
Happy Groom at Serra Plaza
Star Wars Boutonniere's at Serra Plaza
Bulldog Ring Bearer
Bride and Her Father at Serra Plaza
The Ceremony at Serra Plaza
Wedding Ceremony Serra Plaza
Just Married at Serra Plaza
Church Pews and Stars at Serra Plaza
Wedding Cake at Serra Plaza
First Dance at Serra Plaza
Cobalt Blue Accents
Wedding Tequila Station
Wedding Candy Station
Wedding Jeannie brought the finest vendor team to the table for this DC couple. I can’t thank them enough for their talents and hard work. Don’t trust your wedding to anything less than PROFESSIONALS. That’s what we had here folks. Take a look at the line-up.

Venue: Serra Plaza in San Juan Capistrano
Wedding Planner: Wedding Jeannie
Photography: Christopher Todd Studios
Catering: Jay’s Catering
Rentals: Signature Party Rentals
Floral Designer: Jaclyn Breault of Heavenly Blooms
Beauty: Design Visage
DJ: Invisible Touch
Candy Station: Wedding Jeannie
Tequila Station: Wedding Jeannie

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