What is The Wedding University?

The inaugural Wedding University took place on Sunday, February 8, 2009. We were filled to capacity with enthusiastic couples eager to learn the many aspects of wedding planning. From 11am-5pm, our students rotated between classes to learn about wedding design, wedding logistics, photography, beauty, and other important topics. In addition, they sampled amazing food from a sushi bar to a prime rib station to an elaborate dessert buffet--all from the creative culinary team at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley. An extraordinary decor room that featured 4 very distinct styles was the perfect inspiration for couples to brainstorm on their own wedding style! There were absolutely no 'selling' going on at our event, as compared to the conventional wedding fairs. It was truly one of a kind, classy, and fun event. At the end of the day, one lucky couple won the grand prize--a 3 night stay at one of 3 Four Seasons Resort, including Lanai and Bora Bora.

Please visit our website and new blog for more information, and for future updates!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Sneak Preview

Viola of Chewing the Cud just sent me a few photos of the paper goods that she is working on for the amazing tablescapes in the decor room. I'm so excited to post them here, as a sneak preview....wait until you see EVERYTHING on the 8th! It's going to blow you away.

Some tools Viola has been playing with to create the paper goods:

wax seals, aged papers, gold textures, tassels etc.

She is a fan of using the ordinary objects in unordinary ways!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

TWU Preview: Design Case Study

TWU's design team consists of Nancy Liu Chin, Gloria Wong Tritasavit, John Woods, and Viola Sutante. Together, these four remarkably creative and talented professionals will be presenting to TWU students a 'case study' of how to thread a concept throughout your entire wedding. Their presentation promises to be incredibly interesting and fun, and students will learn great tips for their own weddings! As a sneak preview, here is their 'Mood Board' for their case study, called 'Love Letters'!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Featuring: Cynthia Glinka of On the Dance Floor

I first met Cynthia Glinka about 5 years ago, at an industry networking event. I still remember quite vividly her amazing energy, and the spark in her eyes when she described herself as a dancer. Thereafter, I began to send her my clients that needed dance lessons. As I saw the way she transformed my clients' confidence level on the dance floor, I was in awe. Even the shyest of the grooms who swore they had two left feet could be seen gracefully spinning his beautiful bride on the dance floor after just ONE lesson with Cynthia! It was magic!

Shortly after getting the fabulous feedback from my clients, I now encourage ALL my clients to do dance lessons with Cynthia. Even if they do not feel like they need it, it's a really fun part of the wedding planning process. One of my brides last year literally said she laughed so hard at the very first lesson that her stomach hurted for the rest of the night. She scheduled two more lessons with Cynthia after that, just to have fun!

More on Cynthia:

Your first dance can either be...

A honeymoon or a nightmare:

Brides and grooms like you

want their first steps in life together to be perfect.

Why not start with your first dance at your wedding?

Take ONE session and I guarantee you'll be dancing down the aisle.
That's right, ONE session!

If you can walk, you can dance! We’re not going for a trophy here folks, says Cynthia.

Spin, dip and dance to the bedroom . . .

I've transformed countless wedding couples into confident,
elegant dancers for their ‘first dance’ and the rest of their lives.

You think the wedding day will be romantic? Wait until you start dancing!

With Glinka's tips and tricks,
you'll be dancing for a lifetime.

Come meet Cynthia and see her in action at The Wedding University. She'll be spinning couples down the aisle and offering you valuable tips for your first dance!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

We're Gaining Popularity!

Look at all these awesome blogs that have written about The Wedding University! We are so excited and are deeply grateful for these wonderful bloggers. They sure know a good thing when they see one!

Stay tuned for even more blog posts on TWU!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Jump for Joy!

I found this picture online and thought it was the perfect picture to show how excited TWU students will be after they finish a fun and inspiring day with us and realize that they will get to take home a faaaabulous gift bag full of goodies! What kind of goodies? Well, let's just say that some of the very top professionals are offering discounts for their services, ONLY for this event. It's unheard of, but that's right.....so here's another incentive to join us on February 8, 2009!

Okay, one more 'secret'. Students will also get to take home a copy of the NEWEST issue of the Here Comes the Guide book (yes, the ultra thick one), and several other popular wedding magazines!

I can't help myself....there's more! TWU students can get special room rates if they'd like to stay overnight at the Four Seasons that weekend, AND the hotel's restaurant Quattro is offering a 15% discount for those that would like to stay for dinner. Just let us know when you return your registration form and we can make those arrangements for you!


Thursday, January 8, 2009

For More Information.....

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Featuring: Geoff White Photography

I'm really hoping that this blog is giving you a good sense of the caliber of the Event Professionals that will be speaking to you on February 8th. We have selected an amazing group of people, all experts in their fields but at the same time very personable and approachable. This is a great opportunity to ask questions without being judged!

Our photography team for The Wedding University is pretty awesome. I'm going to start with Geoff and Lara White, another dynamic husband and wife team that has captured the hearts of many couples with their amazing photos. They will be talking about the different styles of photography out there, what photojournalism REALLY means, and what couples should truly look for when seeking their perfect wedding photographer.

Here is their story...

Geoff White has established himself as one of the premiere wedding photographers of the Bay Area, employing a style that combines the crisp, contemporary elements of photojournalism with a lovely, perceptive artistry.

Geoff fell in love with photography when he got his first camera at age ten. Photography remained a hobby while Geoff and a former classmate decided to start a business in Silicon Valley using Geoff’s technical savvy and background as a computer engineer. The pair’s entrepreneurial vision took them from living out of backpacks on a friend’s couch to selling their wildly successful company to a Swedish firm after only four years. This left Geoff with the time and resources to pursue his real passion: photography. After a three month tour of North America with nothing but a camera and a Winnebago, Geoff was certain that photography was the perfect expressive outlet.

To learn the craft, Geoff apprenticed himself to a professional photographer (who would later join the Geoff White team). At the same time, he indulged his love of cutting edge technology by being an early adopter of digital photography, which allows him speed and tremendous post-production flexibility. Ultimately, Geoff is distinguished for his combination of technical prowess and artistic vision. With his wife Lara, who shares his business acumen and meticulous attention to detail, Geoff has grown Geoff White Photography into a unique Bay Area brand, where a deft understanding of cutting edge technology meets a detailed and visionary eye for design.

Geoff comes highly recommended by his clients as well as a variety of professionals. His work has been published in Wedding Bells, Professional Photographer, Wedding Guide, American Libraries, and a Destination Weddings book. TITLED? Geoff is also an active member of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area (PPGBA), National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), The ShortList and By Recommendation Only (BRO).

Lara White is half of the original Geoff White Photography team, bringing professional expertise from her background in wedding and non-profit event planning. Lara’s passion and skill for growing a company from the ground up has been integral in making their business stand out in the field. Her sense of professionalism and her dedication to exceptional customer service round out the artistic excellence that Geoff White Photography has come to be known for, making her a natural fit as a business partner for Geoff. With her planning sensibility and solid understanding of the composition and flow of the wedding day, Lara is directing the game plan and insuring full coverage, leaving the photographer free to focus on the artistic end.

Lara’s not all business, though, and she’s always had a passion for weddings in particular. Growing up in an artistic household (with a dancer mom and a wedding photographer dad), she was always intrigued by being in a house where the walls were covered by strangers’ wedding photos. Self-described as the little girl who kept a detailed notebook of her dream wedding, Lara’s life took a funny turn when she and then-boyfriend Geoff were traveling in his native Canada. Thanks to some visa complications, Geoff’s best option for getting back into America legally was marrying a native for citizenship status. Over the course of a day, Lara and Geoff bought their wedding rings from a border pawnshop, and were married by a vacationing pastor at a Niagara Falls chapel, which Lara describes as “a cheap and dirty version of Vegas.” Lara’s outlook on this little episode is a good insight into why she’s an amazing wedding professional: every event she’s a part of is her chance to live out her fantasy weddings. Whether she’s helping to capture a little beach ceremony or a gala affair, Lara marries her professional expertise with her personal passion every time. She and Geoff share their home with her sixteen year old niece, Brittanie, and their three pound Maltese dog, Emma.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

From Concept to Reality--Part II

In an earlier post, I featured a very talented designer Gloria Wong Tritasvait of Sash and Sugar. She will be one of the Design Instructors at TWU. I posted a fabulous mood board that she created for one of her 2008 clients and promised to post photos to show how the mood board was brought to live at the actual wedding. Enjoy!! All photos courtesy of Anna Kuperberg.

From Concept...

To Reality...