Scratch Weddings

Throughout this month we have shared with you a variety of vendors from around the nation that inspire us for numerous different reasons, and of course, what inspires them! Today we thought we'd end the month with one more awesome vendor, Rob Principe and Scratch Weddings.

First we'd like for you to meet Rob:
Rob Principe is one of the world’s leading experts on the DJ and music industry and the founder and chief executive officer of Scratch Music Group, a venture-backed, high-growth music and technology company that is the nation’s leader in DJ booking, technology and music education. An internationally-recognized brand, Scratch Music Group is comprised of three business units: Scratch Events, which provides DJ talent  for some of the most influential brands in the world; Scratch DJ Academy, the world's leading DJ learning center, which Principe co-founded with the late Jam Master Jay of Run DMC; and Scratch Weddings, the nation’s leading provider of highly skilled, experienced and affordable marquee DJs for weddings.

We asked Rob a few questions about the inspiration of Scratch Weddings, their brand and outlook on the event world...Here is what he had had to say!

1. What was your inspiration in the creation of Scratch Weddings?
Given the success of our events business, clients began approaching us for their own personal events and weddings.  We felt honored that they would entrust one of the biggest nights of their lives to our DJ services and saw an opportunity to provide a level of quality, skill and professionalism that was unprecedented and do so nationwide.  Based on the needs of our existing customers we were inspired to launch Scratch Weddings and provide all couples with their choice of highly experienced and affordable marquee wedding DJs through the most stress-free and hassle-free process.

2. Where is an unexpected place, that you have found new inspiration for furthering the vision of Scratch Weddings?
Music is very personal and it’s important to find entertainment that fits your style and taste; we recognize how critical that is when planning such a momentous event!  Our goal is to personalize and deliver an experience that will make your event unique. We are able to achieve this by providing the most skilled DJs in the space who can build a soundtrack around even the most out-of-the-box requests. And what inspires us to continue to do this? Comments like these from happy clients:

“Scratch should be everyone's first choice for their wedding DJ. That's all there is to it. The service is impeccable, their DJ's are incredibly talented, and their crews are like ninjas with the equipment set-up and strike. All of this makes for a 100% worry-free day with guaranteed success on the dance floor.”

3. What is one piece of advice you would give to a bride looking for inspiration, in beginning with her search for an amazing event flow and music selection?
Since every couple comes in with a different vision for what they want out of their night, we have a list of questions to help guide them through the decision-making process. And we encourage our couples to explore what’s possible by providing examples and options.   The choice of wedding DJ should fit this vision and to help them achieve that, here at Scratch, we hand pick several wedding DJs from our team based on a couples interests and provide them with bios that include videos, mixes and photos to make the perfect match.  Once a choice is made, the couple has the opportunity to meet with the DJ for a live demo. In addition, they can have DJs simultaneously perform along with musicians; couples can even learn to DJ a short set at our Scratch DJ Academy and wow their guests with a performance of their own, and have a mosh pit on the dance floor if that is their desire.  It is their night, and we want to help make it the most memorable.

An Engagement Story: Chris and Adeena {Part 2}

Such a whirlwind! The ACE team has a sort of tradition...Each year, for the last 3 years one of our own "Team Members" have gotten married, and while 2012 isn't a wedding year for any of our amazing ladies, it is a wedding planning year. Earlier this year we shared with you the proposal story of Chris and Adeena, you can reaquaint yourself with their story by clicking here or by watching their proposal video here:
Chris and Adeena, a proposal! from jeremy mitchell on Vimeo.

While they aren't technically getting married until 2013 (throwing off our tradition just a bit), we are still super excited to be planning with them for their Eastern Shore wedding. Today, we'd love to share their engagement images with you from the always amazing Trivium Studio. Anyone that knows this fun couples knows that they love ODU Football and their 2 adorable dogs...we got to incorporate both into this fun shoot! Chris is the Director of Operations for ODU Football so it only made sense to head out to Foreman Field to throw the ball around. Check it out below, and as always, leave us a comment to let us know what you think!

Media Feature: Mag Rouge

We have talked about our "Mag Rouge" feature a few times on our blog...but haven't ever properly shown you the images, so I thought we'd change that today. Yesterday we posted a bit about us traveling to our Paso Robles market to work on two gorgeous photo shoots for the online magazine Mag Rouge and also Destination I DO. MagRouge is a relatively newer publication with great readership and amazing we were of course HONORED to work on such a great shoot for such an up and coming publication. Mag Rouge gave us design inspiration of "Harvest", but it wouldn't be an Antonia Christianson Events shoot if it weren't glammed up a bit.  Who doesn't love a sequins linen with woodsy accents. We absolutely loved the flowers that Camilla Burns created and the little accents from her studio we were able to use to bring everything together. (notice her gorgeous planter that we used as our champagne chiller! swoon.) You can check out the pages on this online magazine below along with many more of the elements we brought in, or view the publication in it's entirety here.

I could sleep in this linen. Absolutely, one of my favorites. 

 Seriously, can she look any more gorgeous?

 Love! Love! Love!  Her Jenny Yoo gown and headpiece from Lo Boheme.

Planning/Design: Antonia Christianson Events
Photography: Allyson Magda Photography
Produced by: Be Inspired PR
Floral Design: Camilla Svennson Burns Couture Floral and Event Design
Bridal Gown: Jenny Yoo
Veil and Hair accessories: Lo Boheme
Wedding Ring: Diamond in the Rough
Hair/Makeup: Rhonda Johnson
Stationery: Azulsahara
Venue:  Hammer Sky Vineyards, Paso Robles California
Cake: Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach
Wine: OneHope Weddings
Table Linen: La Tavola Linens
Napkins: Custom made by Helen Price of Antonia Christianson Events

Media Feature: Destination I DO

This year has been an absolute whirlwind of a year for the Antonia Christianson Events Staff. In May we had the opportunity to travel to Paso Robles California, (our growing 2nd market) and design 2 amazing shoots for 2 different publications. We shared a bit from the first shoot with you previously (and will share more in the coming days from Mag Rouge) and today we are more than honored and over the moon with excitement to share the pages of Destination I DO with you. There are so many vendors that helped bring this awesomeness together...Some of the vendors that we were blessed to work with we have literally "social media stalked" for years, so the fact that we were in their presence was more than awe inspiring to us. Enough Talking...take a look see for yourself and tell us what you think:

OK OK OK, one more thing...10 pages and the cover image? I almost passed out.


Check out image number 6...notice anything cool? One of the things Team ACE loves is bringing in small details to each event that are unique to the client and the venue. We asked Adrienne, with Cherish Paperie, to include cork as the back layer of the stationery. It was such a subtle detail, but one of our favorite images. 

Custom Details! Something we love! Notice the custom napkins and runner that match? Thanks to Helen Price, our custom linen designer (and fab MIL) to Antonia of Antonia Christianson Events, our gorgeous purple flowers had a nice pallet to pop off of. Thanks Helen! 

Loved the Wine and Cheese Display on the wine barrel bar. Lindsey Spears of Antonia Christianson Events designed this gorgeous food display...such a simple touch that definitely packed a punch. 

 Wine Barrel Chairs for the ceremony? Don't mind if I Do! 

Love what you see...Leave us a comment and tell us about your favorite detail!

Planning/Design: Antonia Christianson Events 
Photography: Allyson Magda Photography
Produced by: Be Inspired PR
Floral Design: Camilla Svennson Burns Couture Floral and Event Design
Bridal Gown and Lace Bolero: Jenny Yoo
Bridesmaid Dress: Jenny Yoo
Veil and Hair accessories: Lo Boheme
Wedding Ring: Diamond in the Rough
Hair/Makeup: Rhonda Johnson
Stationery: Cherish Paperie
Venue:  Hammer Sky Vineyards, Paso Robles California
Cake and Cupcakes in a Jar: Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach
Wine: OneHope Weddings
Table runner and Napkins: custom made by Helen Price of Antonia Christianson Events Linens

An Engagement Story: Arianna and Luke

Team ACE wants to introduce you to such a fun couple who we will be celebrating with next weekend. We appreciate their uniqueness, and they truly are one of a kind! Arianna and Luke met at a Halloween party years ago and shared a best friendship ever since. Check out their photos below by Beau Womble Photography. We are excited for your big day!

An Engagement Story: Wendy & Jeremy

Team ACE has been excitingly preparing with Wendy and Jeremy for over a year now for their big day coming up this month. We love that Wendy is a sorority sister. Their event is going to be a classic event with a modern flare. Here's the love story from Wendy:

"What happens in Vegas...
Wendy and her friends had planned a spring break trip from James Madison University to California, but plans changed last minute, and they decided to spend the week in Las Vegas. As luck would have it, Jeremy’s Michigan State spring break plans to cruise the Caribbean were broken at the last minute, landing him and a couple of friends right in the heart of Sin City. One fateful night at Caesars Palace’s Pure Nightclub, Wendy was trying to escape an unwanted conversation with a Vegas frequenter, and spotted a tall, dark and handsome gentleman from across the bar. Wendy approached the mystery man, and thus began the love affair of Wendy and Jeremy.

Six Years in the making...
Jeremy is from Michigan. Wendy is from Virginia. Much of the first three years of their relationship was spent travelling back and forth. Jeremy ultimately made the selfless move to Washington, D.C. where thecouple currently resides.

The Proposal... 
After a long flight home from a business trip in Seattle, Wendy walked into the apartment she shared with Jeremy, fully expecting to drop her bags in the bedroom and catch up on missed DVR. Instead, she found atrail of roses that led her around the apartment and straight to Jeremy. Wendy, jet lagged and exhausted, remained clueless as to whatwas about to happen -- that is until Jeremy dropped to the floor on one knee and pulled out the most gorgeous ring she'd ever seen.

And of course she said YES!"

Photos by: Ron Lieberman

Congratulations, Wendy and Jeremy!

Inspiration Week: Cupcake Couture

Today Antonia Christianson Events wants to introduce you to Cupcakes Couture from the heart of Manhattan Beach, California. We always absolutely love the work that the Executive Pastry Chef, Stephanie,  and Owner, Jenine, create. Team ACE had the honor of working with them at a shoot in Paso Robles this past spring. Check them out... and be inspired! We love them and know you will too. To check out more of their work look at their blog here.

Jenine and Stephanie; Courtesy of Cupcake Couture

What was your inspiration for the creation of Cupcakes Couture?
The creation was a collaborative effort between Jenine and myself [Stephanie]. Jenine, coming from New York, moved to the South Bay and saw that there were no Cupcake shops around quite like the one she was envisioning so she decided to open one up in the heart of downtown Manhattan Beach. Having a great business background but not having pastry knowledge she hired me [Stephanie] on to help make Cupcakes Couture what it is today. Our inspiration was high end French/American with a modern twist but still able to relate to the “beachy” casual lifestyle we both love. 

Where is an unexpected place you have found inspiration for a new flavor, design, etc.?
I get inspired from everything around me! I get most of my inspiration for our cupcakes and cakes from fashion, lifestyle trends, seasonal colors, floral arrangements, wedding dress designs and patterns. I love incorporating different textures and flavor elements in every cupcake and cake.

When beginning something new, finding inspiration can be difficult. What is one piece of advice you have for someone looking for inspiration for their wedding desserts?
I would say take inspiration from every element in your wedding, whether it be the dress which may have a beautiful element like lace then add a lace accent on the cake. Or take the style and colors of your floral arrangements and bring those out in the desserts. Take the venue it will be placed in and go from what you as a couple love and want your guests to share and experience with you. 

Photo by Marisa Holmes

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For more photos from the above shoot check the online issue of {Mag}Rouge starting on page 86.

Inspiration Week: Green Wedding Shoes

We have turned our last weeks "inspiration week" into a month of great posts from inspiring professionals in the wedding world. Today, we want to introduce you to Jen Campbell, the inspiration behind Green Wedding Shoes. We have had the pleasure of meeting Jen on a few different occasions now, we have mutual friends in California, and always love running into her at local restaurants when we are visiting the west coast for business. She has always had open arms, and is very friendly- you can tell how kind and caring she is by the posts on her blog, and she is just the same in person! We read her blog daily, and always look to it for inspiration. 

Photos by: Jen Huang

We asked Jen a few questions about where she finds daily inspiration, and below are her responses: 

Often, inspiration hits when we least expect it. What is an unexpected place that you have found wedding inspiration? 
I love finding inspiration when traveling. Whether it be a different country or just a different city, there is always something new to see and experience. Those experiences lead to some great inspiration for features for the site! 

Typically there are a few popular wedding trends that we see over and over again, however, what is one wedding detail that you love, that has run "under the radar" ? 
I love sharing all the creative + unique details our couples come up with, but the one moment I love most (not sure if it's a trend!) is the first look photos. Such an amazing moment captured and it is always my favorite when putting together our real wedding features. 

When beginning to plan a wedding, it can be difficult to know where to start. What is one piece of advice you would give to a bride beginning her search for wedding inspiration? 
Well, I would recommend checking out Green Wedding Shoes! :) We have hundreds of gorgeous and inspiring real weddings to look though – all with different budgets, different amounts of details – but all full of fun + love which is what the wedding day is all about. We also have galleries that have hand picked photos of the best ceremony details, reception details, bouquets, dresses and more which you can Heart. What does that mean? Heart-ing posts is like our own private Pinterest boards - pretty cool so your family + friends won't see what wedding details you are loving and will be surprised once your wedding comes. 

Because we do find inspiration with Green Wedding Shoes, we picked out one of our favorites to share with you today! There are too many pictures to post, so you can view the entire blog post HERE.

Photos by: Jake & Necia of The Collective Photographers


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