Bustle Blog by Liz Beck

Welcoming Lauren to LBE

We are thrilled to welcome Lauren as our newest member of the LBE team.  Lauren will be interning with us throughout the summer.

What are you most excited about with your internship?Having earned my degree in Special Event Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I am excited about taking the theoretical information I learned and seeing how it applies to actual events. I am also very excited about the opportunity to be involved with one of the best event coordinating companies in San Diego!

Why do you want to get into the event industry?There has never been a doubt in my mind that I was born to plan events. It all began when I planned my 5th birthday party. Since then, I have planned numerous events from fundraisers to concerts. I love the organizational aspect, and all the behind the scenes details that make the actual event day so extraordinary.

What will you bring to the LBE Team?I have the unique ability to make a stressful situation fun. I have a good sense of humor and am able to adjust to the inevitable changes that happen during events.

Describe your personal style?My style leans more towards classic elegance. I’m fashionable but not flamboyant.

Favorite Magazine:I like Women’s Health Magazine because not only does it have healthy lifestyle tips, it also has cool statistics and fun girl stuff. I also like US Weekly, Car Magazines, and Horse Magazines.

Favorite Book:I love reading! One of my favorite books is Jemima J by Jane Green. I think many women feel the way Jemima does and can relate to her in some way. It is the story of one woman’s journey to become the “ideal woman” and then her adaptation to her “ideal self”.

Favorite TV Show:Millionaire Matchmaker, Patty cracks me up! ….And Dexter.

We are excited to have you part of the team Lauren!


Welcome Bags

We are so lucky to live in a city where beautiful beaches, delicious local food, and great fun-filled activities are an every day delight for us San Diegans. For guests traveling from out-of-town a welcome bag is a great way to greet them and inform them of wedding festivities. Beyond the essential water bottles, sunscreen, and some snacks….we thought it would be fun to put together welcome bag ideas with a one-of-a-kind San Diego feel!

1. The San Diego Restaurant Cook Book- More than 300 prize-winning recipes from San Diego’s most treasured restaurants.

2. Extraordinary Desserts.-Indulge your guests with a delectable local treat.

3. Stone Brewing Co. – Brewery tours & great local spirits.

4. Tickets to a Padres game.

5. I heart SD t-shirt.

6. San Diego Zoo- Nothing says San Diego like a visit to the world famous San Diego Zoo!

7. San Diego Magazine- Keep your guests informed on the fun happenings in San Diego.

8. Beach Ball -Encourage your guests to hit the beach!

9. Map- Of America’s Finest City

Be sure to wrap it up pretty in these adorable San Diego Map Totes!

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Friday Five

Two weeks ago we focused on the guys, now we get to focus on the ladies!

Friday Five- Gifts for the Bridesmaids

1. Fashionista –

Reading List: Vogue, Lucky, InStyle

Uniform: Changes by the week … Fashion Week.

On DVR: Seasons 1 through 6 of Sex in the City, Project Runway, Nip/Tuck

Saturday Ritual: Indulging in some serious retail therapy.

Mantra: I gotta have that!

Tory Burch Clutch, Cartier Love Bracelet, Manolo Blahnik Pumps

2. Eco Chic-

Morning Ritual: Sunrise yoga followed by meditation and a pot of tea.

Ride: Hybrid or Biodiesel

On Her To Do List: Donate to PETA, shop at Whole Foods, organize political rally.

Famous Examples: Jane Goodall, Anita Roddick — founder of The Body Shop.

Uniform: 100% Cotton sundress, Pleather, sweat-shop-free batik skirts and recycled jewelry.

Klean Kanteen,  Arundel Recycled Jewelry, Tote-Ally Cool Bags

3. Hipster-

Uniform: Vintage, alternative, original — no head-to-toe trends for her.

On her iPod: Indie rock, downtempo electronica, local DJ mixes, YouTube videos.

Reading List: Art, film, music and fashion pieces.

Ride: If the sun is shining: her Vespa. If not: her Mellow Yellow Mini Cooper.

Mantra: Friends don’t let friends drink Starbucks.

All You Need is Love Pillow, Gold World Necklace, Popcorn Shoulder Bag

4. Executive –

Uniform: Power suits and pumps, except Fridays, when it’s business-casual cashmere.

On her PDA: Dow Jones updates of her latest net worth.

Ride: Business Class.

Mantra: I’ll sleep when I’m dead.

Famous Examples: Oprah Winfrey, Lynette from Desperate Housewives.

Kate Spade Gramercy Park,  Michele Timepiece,  Tiffany and Co. Pen

5. Sporty-

Can’t Live Without: The Great Outdoors, her passport, adrenaline.

Uniform: It’s gotta perform to be worn — fleece, microfiber and Gore-Tex.

On her GPS: Back roads from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Bengalooru.

Ride: Mountain bike, kayak, surfboard, skis, roller blades, hang glider, parachute.

Mantra: If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room.

The North Face Vest, Garmin GPS, Maui Jim Sunglasses

Happy Weekending!!!


Bride Unveiled

This is a very special Bride Unveiled post for me because not only is Pamela a great bride–to-be….she is also my mom!
Words can’t express how much I love my mom and how happy I am for her that she and Paul are engaged. I’ve been fortunate enough to watch their love story from the beginning and it is truly amazing to see them so at home with each other. Paul is a wonderful addition to our family; he is a kind, funny, and most of all he makes my mom happier than I have ever seen her. I feel so lucky to be able to help her and Paul plan their wedding day! I’m so excited to be there as she walks down the aisle, stand next to her as her maid of honor, and celebrate their marriage with friends and family!

So with out further ado, I am thrilled to introduce our next Bride Unveiled, my mama: Pamela

When did you get engaged?
Saturday, April 3, 2010

How did he pop the question?
We’d gone away for a weekend trip to Mendocino County and found a beautiful Bed & Breakfast there.  The weather had been very rainy, but Saturday was absolutely gorgeous! We’d gone hiking in the headlands, flew kites at the beach, and decided to take a trip along the coast to the little town of Elk. We found a spot at the beach to watch the sunset and talk about how wonderful the past three years together have been. Just before the sun set over the crashing waves Paul said, “There is only one thing that will make our lives more perfect….Will you marry me sweetheart?”  Of course I said, “YES!” He then presented me with the most gorgeous diamond ring I have ever seen.

How would you describe your personal style?
I love boutiques, and classic styling. I get excited about funky, unique, and colorful designs… (think Anthropologie with the clean lines of Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein). I could spend all day shopping in out-of-the-way places.

The groom’s personal style?
Paul is a mixed bag of modern, and vintage. He’s an engineer by trade who collects vintage cars, and spends a lot of time outdoors. I’d say he’s ‘Lumberjack Chic’.

How do you plan to incorporate your styles into your wedding day?
Paul and I love to throw a party, but we’re not fussy. People come to our home for dinner and know they are in for a culinary treat in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Paul is 100% Croatian, which is to say great food and wine are very important, and if I could choose a different profession, I would own a bakery filled with homemade goodies. That being said, we’ll definitely incorporate family recipes into our menu, and a dessert table of baked goods is a must. We also want our wedding to be fun and light-hearted. After saying our “I dos”, we look forward to celebrating with whimsical ideas that are playful and unexpected.

What are your favorite wedding resources? Blogs? Magazines?
I like things to be tangible, so a book or magazine works best for me. I’ve been gathering ideas and filing them in categories like flowers, attire, food, drinks, table décor, entertainment ideas… etc. Blogs are really fantastic, and a great resource for DIY. Some of the blogs I’ve been collecting ideas from are,Green Wedding Shoes, Etsy, Martha Stewart Weddings, Style Me Pretty…and of course BUSTLE!

Describe your relationship in 5 words.
Kind, Loving, Understanding, Comfortable, and Natural.

What’s the best part about being a Bride-to-Be?
Knowing that I will have the greatest husband in the world to share the rest of my life with is the best part.  There is something else however, I consider myself very fortunate to have wonderful children who are grown and successful people. My daughter, Amy is a wedding coordinator and works with the talented ladies of Liz Beck Events. She is also my DOH (daughter of honor) and will stand by my side as I say my vows. Having Amy be a huge part of my day really makes this wedding memorable and special.  My daughter-in-law, Lynn is a floral designer in Chicago.  I look forward to having her incredible vision and input. My sons Michael, Tyson, and my son-in-law, Chris are some of the sweetest, funniest and most handsome guys I’ve ever seen.  I’m very lucky to have them walking me down the aisle. Our day truly will be a family affair full of love, happiness, and laughs, lots and lots of laughs.

If you had one piece of advice for other brides what would it be?
Be yourself. Don’t waver. Know what you want and go for it. Keep the wedding about you and your future husband. This is about you two and celebrating your unique love for each other.

What are you most excited about for your wedding day?
Celebrating the ultimate display of love and commitment to Paul with our families and closest friends. I cannot imagine beginning this phase of our lives without everyone we love beside us.

Thanks for sharing Mama! I love you always and always!

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Miriam Haskell for J. Crew

J. Crew and Miriam Haskell have teamed up on a bridal jewelry collection to be sold exclusively at J. Crew’s New York City Bridal Boutique!

The couture jewelry house has created a line of wedding day pieces in a rich and serene cream-white-gold color palette with floral motifs, intricate detailing and a contemporary spin on traditional. Haskell brings lovely glass and crystal beading to J. Crew’s pared-down, everyday luxe spirit for the collection. The jewelry will retail at a relatively affordable $150-$1,400. Pieces range from classic brooches, pearls and charming pendants, chunky cuffs, chandelier earrings and layered statement necklaces. These ornate, handmade-to-order pieces are as special as a bride wants to be on her big day. If you’re visiting NYC be sure to make an appointment for what is sure to be a fabulous shopping experience! Here is a sneak peak at J. Crew’s new fall bridal collection…STUNNING!


Scent of a Wedding

Vera Wang has partnered with candle queen Laura Slatkin to create a new collection of candles delicately scented with lily of the valley, gardenia, and damask rose. Once the wick has burned, the silver-plated Unity vessel transforms into a keepsake vase—perfect for flowers, makeup brushes, cotton balls…  Ms. Wang’s signature scent is available in 5 sizes including a classic candle, votive, and boudoir candle and two candles with specialty keepsake items.



This week, we are smitten with Justin Lee of Justin Lee Photography.  His passion and positive energy are the perfect compliment to his chill personality.  He captures the essence of our couples so seamlessly through the lens of the camera and has fun doing it!

What is your favorite part of the industry?

My fav part of this industry is the huge honor that overwhelms me when two people allow me to be a part of such an important day in both their lives.  The trust that is giving to me, I hold close and truly do my very best to create something one of a kind, solely unique to that couple.

If you weren’t in the event industry, what would you be doing?

I’m kinda doing it now with editorial and fashion. whatever it would be, it would in-tale me being behind a camera.  I’m in love with telling a story and connecting to people through a lens, its truly amazing!  I could not be more excited for all the rad future projects ahead me and I have always felt that film is in my future also, would love to get my hands on creating and shooting motion picture.

Where do you draw your inspiration?  Are their specific resources?

I personally draw my inspiration from music, film, art, really life happing around me all the time. I’m sure I’m influenced everyday with my surroundings without even being totally aware of it. I find myself more interested in imagery, video, etc outside of the wedding industry, which may be part of what hopefully helps develop my eye to be different than the rest.  My work is constantly evolving and changing as I change.

What is one piece of advice you would give a bride?

It’s so important to make sure you plan for enough time to capture amazing photography.  The more you can shoot before the ceremony the better, it allows you to almost split the day in half, everything after ceremony is almost all journalistic.  It allows for the bride and groom to really be a part of there wedding, without having to be gone for large periods of time to shoot.  I’m big on not rushing my couples, I want them to flow through the day really in the moment, not rushed.

What are some of the trends you see for 2010 and 2011?

I’m seeing more and more very custom weddings, couples going after something really unique to there style and personality…I think its great.  I’m liking the move toward more weddings really feeling like a celebration with bits of tradition rather then the other way around.  Its turning into this amazing party with aspects of the old to hold tradition and some very modern cool decor and details!

We have the opportunity to work with him for weddings and special events but he does a lot of work outside of the industry.  Check out his featured San Diego Magazine Cover…

Happy Weekend Everyone!

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Something to Swoon over

Swoon bridesmaid dresses are the perfect option for a Southern California wedding.  The chiffon fabrics are light and airy and the designs are soft and feminine.  Never overly fussy or formal, think of Swoon pieces as custom, silk sundresses you’ll want to wear again and again. Simple, perfect, easy to pack and always under $300.

Swoon has also just come out with alternative bridal gowns for under $500.  The collection offers designer Amy Woon Micucci’s most popular cuts in ivory and pearl, with heavier fabric weight and full lining (or double lining in the case of chiffon).


Engagement: Kari and Randy

Introducing Kari and Randy! These images from Ventana Photography do such a great job of capturing the spirit of this lovely couple.  We are looking forward to their wedding at The Lodge at Torrey Pines at the end of this month. We’ll be sure to share the details of their big day and post more amazing images captured by Ventana very soon!


DIY: Custom Canvas Tote

I love this DIY project. It’s the perfect gift for your bridesmaids, a great carry on for your honeymoon, or a wonderful welcome bag for your out of town guests. Happy Crafting!

What You’ll Need:
Canvas bag
Fabric paint
Paper doily
Krylon Paper Finishes Adhesive Spray

Step 1:  Spray doily with paper spray adhesive and press down on the bag.

Step 2:  Gently paint over the holes (use fabric paint).

Step 3:  Peel back doily before paint dries. The doily might tear, just peel off the pieces.

Step 4: Trace on letter and fill it in with paint. After paint is completely dry use iron to set with heat.

Thank you Ashley Ann for this adorable and easy idea!