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4 things…End of Summer//September 21, 2014

Hope everyone managed to stay cool this week.  I guess this heat wave was one last reminder of summer 2014.  It has been an adventurous summer and although its coming to an end I have managed to find ways to enjoy the last bit of it. This week has also been one of endings and beginnings for me.  I am currently in the process of moving to a new apartment in San Diego.  I am looking forward to the love and enjoyment a new house can bring while saying goodbye to the location Mike and I have called home for a year.  With all the details of moving filling my week I am thankful that I had my four things to enjoy.

Reading: Orphan Train.  I found the story telling to be the highlight of this novel.  Told in flashbacks, this novel grabbed ahold of you and made every flashback more and more interesting.  I am so glad this was the novel of choice for my book club this month.

Dreaming:  About our new apartment. We all know moving is not fun, but decorating sure is.  I can not wait until Mike and I are all unpacked and decorated and the new apartment starts to feel like home.

Planning: a trip to Northern California for my brothers wedding. With less than two weeks to go I can not wait to see my little nephew again.   He is now three months old and I am eager to see how much he has changed. I am looking forward to a loving family weekend.

Intrigued by: a new app a friend told me to get.  Its called “apps gone free” and everyday you get an alert about apps that are free for the day.  Its a risk free way to try some new fun apps.  I cannot wait to see what I discover.

Happy last weekend of summer everyone.

xoxo,

Suzanne

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The $40,900 Question: Denise Jermyn-Continental Catering//September 20, 2014

We are pretty excited to have landed an interview with Denise Jermyn, the president of Continental Catering. We always have a good time working with Continental Catering, and we think it is about time you meet the lady who is behind it all. Thanks for sharing, Denise.

 1. Are there any cocktail trends that you currently love?
As a big coffee lover, I have to say that the addition of ‘java juice’ to cocktails is really resonating with me. Talk about taking something good and making it great!

2. What is your ideal picnic basket?
My ideal picnic basket would have a really nice cheese course to start, a savory salmon salad to continue, and a chocolate and peanut butter confection to end on a sweet note.

3. What is something that people don’t know about you?
Hmmm…most people don’t know that raw carrots make me hiccup.

4. What do you attribute your success to?
Over the course of the years, we have developed lasting relationships with our clients. We don’t see our clients as another name on the calendar but rather as individuals that we have enjoyed getting to know. We are genuinely grateful to be a part of their special event, and I think this translates to the service that they receive.

5. A wedding tradition that you love to see?
Even after 30 years in the business, the father-daughter dance is still very touching.

6. Best part of a wedding day?
I like the moment that the bride and groom are able to see the reception site for the first time. After months of planning, they are finally able to see their vision come to life and that’s very exciting.

7. How do you unwind?
I can’t think of a better way to unwind than with a glass of red wine in my hand and a piece of chocolate in my mouth.

8. Dessert you could never give up?
The truth is that I love all things sweet so giving up dessert in general would be a challenge, but if I had to pick one it would be dark chocolate.

9. What would you do if you weren’t in the catering business?
Oh gosh. I haven’t really given this much thought before. I think I would be a professional chocolate taster. Is there such a job?

10. If you had $40,900 to spend on one trip, where would you go and what would you do?
Anyone that knows me knows that I’m constantly chasing the sun so where ever I went would have to be a sunny location. Cinque Terre in Italy sounds really nice right now. It would be a challenge to spend that much money but I would probably spend it on amazing meals. I might walk into a quaint restaurant and invite some of the locals to dine with me. Actually, it might not be so hard to spend that money after all…Continental Catering, Shewanders Photography, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego, Weddings, Wedding photographer, Vendors, Catering

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Morgan and Erin : Orcas Island//September 18, 2014

We loved with a love that was more than love. ~Edgar Allan Poe

 

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One Pic : Kenzie and Colin//September 16, 2014

Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. ~Emily Brontë

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4 things…An artist//September 14, 2014

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be an artist.  What “keeps the music playing”. I’ve been thinking about what keeps me inspired: my muses, my friends, my family and my experiences.  I’ve always needed my voice as an artist to be about people. Telling someone’s story.  About composing their story in a way that is filled with optimism and with it adding a drop of hope into the world.  As I grew to understand myself better as an artist, I saw hope and optimism return as themes over and over again in my work and in my life.  Even my most subversive younger work had a freedom to it, a hope, an optimistic outlook.  Hope and optimism have inspired me as an artist.  What keeps you going? What adds meaning and inspiration into your days?

Remembering : Botticelli.  The first time I saw The Birth of Venus in person at the Uffizi in Florence I wept.  Sweet happy unabashed tears. I love remembering how profound that moment was to me.  I really felt the staying power of art in the world.  How this one pairing has been seen by so many. I felt grace connected to all of the artists and art lovers before me.

Watching : a routine Travis Wall choreographed on sytycd called “. “. This piece was everything. I think it’s difficult to craft dances about joy without it coming across as false.  This dance felt like the best happiest moments that move on circles and disappear the second you realize them. This dance was a gift. I love that I could sit on the couch and hold Mikes hand and share something really beautiful with him.  I’m always so grateful that Mike loves theatre and dance too.

Dreaming about : Mike and I are going on a big trip in November. I’ve been pouring over ideas. We will be in Europe for 1 week and Asia for 1 or 2. So many choices my head is spinning.

Reading : the creative habit by Twyla Tharp. What a fascinating woman. I love how deep she delves into a project.  I’m hoping to create my rituals that free me up for more time for art and love.

Happy weekend ya all.

xoxo

Suzanne

 

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The $40,900 Question: Alexandra Wise-Blush Botanicals//September 13, 2014

1. How did you get into the floral design business?

I was working in finance at Merrill Lynch out of college and I wasn’t happy with my job, so I began throwing parties for family and friends. I soon realized that the floral and decor portion of the event took up most of my focus so I figured I would try starting a business doing what I love, and the rest is history.

2. What makes Blush Botanicals so wonderful?

I’d say what makes Blush special is that we’re always trying to stay ahead of the trend and create new pieces. We have a fabricator that can create anything we dream up and we are trying to do things that are on a larger scale (physically larger) and are trying hard to focus on getting an emotional response from guests and clients. We want clients to see the value in exactly what we are producing for them, so we want each piece to be unique and sophisticated. I think working with other fabulous vendors elevates us as well and we are so lucky to be able to do that.

3. What is something brides should ask about in regards to florals but often do not?

We wish more of our brides would ask us about ways to donate the flowers at the end of the evening as it is such a great thing to do!

4. Color pallets you are loving lately?

I’m a huge lover of the mixed metallic tones paired with fresh, soft greens and whites.

5. Is there a wedding tradition that you just love to see?

I enjoy when a bride asks me to incorporate a family heirloom on their bridal bouquet. It personalizes it and makes it a bit more special.

6. If you could do another profession other than yours, what would you do?

I would probably go to culinary school to be a chef or potentially go into interior design.

7. A helpful tip for somebody looking to get into the floral business?

Invest in a large, walk in cooler early.

8. Any summer activities you have been enjoying?

I go for beach runs in the mornings.

9. Three things you can’t live without?

My dog, living by the ocean, the ability to sketch my thoughts.

10. If you had $40,900 to spend on one trip, where would you go and what would you do?

African Safari.

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Hayley and Jeff : Santaluz Club//September 11, 2014

“You will forever be my always”- Unkown

xoxo,

Suzanne

 

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