Friday, September 25, 2009

Let's Jam! 2009

Wednesday was ISES-LA's annual JAM (Joint Allied Mixer) event, held at the Millennium Biltmore hotel in downtown LA. As a committee member, we have been planning since March for this big event which involves all the event planning associations, vendors, exhibitors, ISES members, and attendees, usually with an attendance of over 500. What makes this event stand out from the usual trade shows is that we make it a fun social event as well, with drinks, food from our catering vendors, and music and lounge furniture to relax and chat.
It was a long day as we prepared the load in, set up, and prep all the booths, tables, music, registration, goody bags, decorations, and food. By the time the event started I was all sweaty and tired, but by the time I got in and saw the party in full swing, it definitely brought back my second wind!
Here are just some pictures of the amazing lounges set up on all three floors from our sponsors, Luna Party Rentals, FormDecor, Dazian Fabrics, and RrivreWorks.

Luna Party Rentals designed this one. Love the chandelier!
Jeff from FormDecor rocks! What great light-up furniture!
Amazing Chinese-inspired lounge area from RrvireWorks.

Here are some fabulous companies I was able to meet:
Lattes on Location
Chocolate Delights
Get Flipped!
Luna Party Rentals

And of course there were all the familiar faces whom I love and adore!
Me with Dora (my super fab Event Associate) and good friend Sue Cook (LAPD).
I was able to snap a few pictures during the event, but before I knew it 4 hours had passed and it was time to wrap up!
Champagne Showgirls always know how to show it off!
The fall tabletop from Divine Luxury Design.
Shirvan Designs creates a beautiful table masterpiece.
Thanks so much to the JAM committee members for all their hard work and dedication to make this event such a success! I felt truly blessed to have had the opportunity to work with some of the industry's best. And many many thanks to all the fabulous volunteers who came out to help on the day of the event, including Joyce (my parking partner in crime!), Camilla Z. (TPG!) and her friend Lauren, and Lauren T.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Congrats Leslie and Kenny!

I had the pleasure of coordinating my friend Leslie and Kenny's wedding last Saturday. Before the professional pictures get sent, I just wanted to wish them a very BIG Congratulations!
Their wedding was gorgeous and I'm so glad I got to be a part of making that happen. And super major props to my Event Associate, Dora Olvera!
More pictures and wedding details to come!

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Wedding Salon

Last week my friend Sandra Williams from Finishing Touch and I checked out the Wedding Salon at the London Hotel. The venue was beautiful, a perfect setting for this event!
First thing we got to try as soon as we walked into the door were delish treats from Primal Alchemy, whom I totally love and adore! Then we saw all the amazing furniture done by Revelry, who is a super high-end linen and decor company who has done weddings for Brad Pitt and Christina Aguilera.The event was a bit smaller than I expected, but they also squeezed everything into 3 rooms, so it was HOT (or maybe it was all that free alcohol from Hyptoniq?), but I absolutely loved all the displays, samples, and vendors! From customizable wedding shoes to destination weddings and candy stations, they covered all of your luxury wedding needs. My pictures could only say so much, so I'm directing you to Jen O'Sullivan's fabulous photos of the event as well.
Afterward about 12 of us (most from Hawaii) went off to eat at the very hip modern Ketchup, which serves some super rich mac and cheese! When I asked how the restaurant was chosen, someone said they had seen it on "The Hills!"
Ooh, sooo LA!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

"Endgame" Screening

Attended another screening last Saturday for a short film I helped produce back in 2006 (Yes, movies take that long to finish up, especially if you're on a super small budget and you're the only one working the entire project!). I have to give major props to the writer/director/actor/good friend of mine, John Ruby, who worked his heart out putting this thing together and believing in himself enough to finish this project.
See John in the upcoming Subaru commercial!
The screening was held at the ever-popular Cinespace in Hollywood, which they've renovated since I was last there. Bumped into my friend/event planner DeAnne, and FLFF President/event planner Sandra Lollino, so we were able to catch up on life a little bit over drinks. John had a photographer at the venue so that everyone could get photographed, which I thought was great since I always forget to bring my camera to these things!
Lovely Ladies! Sandra, DeAnne, and I.
ENDGAME tells the story of Bennett Dale (John Ruby), an unemployed, engaged man, who is struggling to find meaning in life. With no job prospects and constant fighting with his girlfriend, Bennett's at the end of his rope. But when, through a chance encounter, he befriends a chess player in the park, things start to change. This new friend teaches Bennett not only the right moves to make on the chess board, but also, the right moves in life.
I thought it was very well done and I wish John well as he sends his project through the festival circuit!! Check out his trailer here!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

9 Movie Screening

Thursday night I was invited to watch Tim Burton's latest animated film, 9. I was the editorial coordinator on the picture during pre-production in 2006, so it was very exciting to finally see the completed project.I brought along my cousin Angie as my date and the screening took place at ICM in Culver City. There was a delicious and adorable reception afterward with the movie's colors green and brown as their theme. I loved the little details, including the "9" cupcakes, the green and brown linen cocktail tables, and as gifts, 9 books were given to each guest. I was able to steal director Shane Acker away for a minute to autograph our books, and it was great to see all the familiar faces I haven't talked to in 2 years!And the movie? AMAZING!!! Action, adventure, suspense, explosions, heartfelt moments, great actors (voices), and in the end, not a typical Tim Burton film, which I thought was kinda nice. I will definitely go and see it in the theatres when it comes out again. I hope you will too! It's pretty easy to remember, 9 on 9/9/09. Check out the trailer here.