October 12, 2017

First looks are a topic of huge debate in the wedding industry; some couples love them, some are adamantly opposed; those are the couples that want that organic first look as the bride comes down the aisle for the first time. They want that moment of awe-inspiring gasp...

September 7, 2017

Winter weddings are absolutely stunning, but how do you handle the cold weather and the snow? Sure, it makes for pretty photos and gorgeous centerpieces, but do you really want to deal with the hassle of the cold stuff?

Sure you do! Or, with Garden Grove, you will. We c...

September 3, 2017

Picture this: maracas, music, masks, hats, a late-night snack bar, and passed tequila shots.

What on earth are you talking about, Amy!? I know, that’s what you’re thinking (and I know you want to be there, too). I’ll tell you. I’m talking about a wildly unique evening...

August 28, 2017

I see wedding after wedding, each and every weekend; sometimes more than one per day, almost always more than one per weekend. I love love, so working in this industry is the perfect fit for me, but even with that infatuation, weddings become a blur; the bride walks do...

August 27, 2017

How does that one song go... "Oh I get by with a little help from my friends"? Got it. I think that should be the theme song for the hospitality industry. No, seriously, this entire industry is built on teamwork and businesses helping businesses. It's crazy to think so...

August 23, 2017

Well, if you're from the United States (actually just about everyone in the world probably knows about it, but I digress) you probably know about the amazing phenomenon that happened on August 21st-the total solar eclipse. It was an incredible sight to see all across t...

August 18, 2017

Sometimes my thankfulness for this job hits at the oddest times. I'm never prepared for it. In the moments I want to be thankful and appreciate what is happening around me, it never fails that something comes up (cake needs to be cut, someone flooded the bathroom, a br...

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