“San Diego Dreaming” THEME WEDDING PARTY EXPO ON SUNDAY, July 30, 2017

Couture Fashion Shows, Live Performances, Designer Fashion Shows Jana Ann Couture,  Designer Appearance, Multi Designer Fashion show with Badgley Mischka, Israeli Designer Limor Rosen, and Demetrios plus a Men’s Fashion Show by Friar Tux.

–Every bride wants to be chic on her special day and what better way is there to make “chic” happen than to attend the elegant Wedding Party EXPO? Themed “San Diego Dream Wedding” the next Wedding Party EXPO is set for Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the vintage setting Venues at Liberty Station, 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, California 92106 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

This Show will be featured in three beautiful areas that will include:
• Beautiful wedding fashion shows on the runway will showcase the latest in bridal gown fashions in a multi designer fashion show with multiple designers looks from Elle Bridal Boutique and Brides by Demetrios from 2:00 to 3:00 pm
• Attendees will not want to miss an exclusive designer runway fashion show featuring Designer Jana Ann Couture’s exquisite bridal gown creations at 4:00 p.m.
• For the boys we have a multi-designer show of the latest in men’s fashion by Friar Tux on the runway from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
• Bella Beverage Catering is sponsoring a cocktail lounge area with delicious drinks to taste and demonstrations on “Signature Cocktails to Match your Event”.

• The show has numerous custom lounges by Rustic Events where attendees can relax and take in all the ideas for their special day, play games, enjoy a cocktail or the fashion show VIP area.

A dynamic and fashionable event, The Wedding Party EXPO brings engaged couples, coordinators, and professionals together to one beautiful location for an amazing EXPO experience totally unlike large, impersonal bridal expos. Creative, stylish and fun, each show is held at one of San Diego’s most beautiful wedding locations. It allows engaged couples and event planners to enjoy wine tasting, tasty hors d’ouevres, pies and cakes, a couture fashion show, mini-make overs by top beauty salons, wedding design tips by local experts and resources like Elle Bridal Boutique, Tim Otto Photography, Jana Ann Couture, California Cuisine, Verbena Catering, Friar Tux, Cravory Cookies, RSVP Weddings, San Diego Style Weddings Magazine, Bella Beverage Catering, Something Bleu Bridal Boutique, Elite British DJ, Flour Power Cakery, Kirstin Burrow Photography, Williams Sonoma, Eccentric Bakers.

Designer Jana Ann Couture will be personally showcasing her dresses in an exclusive premiere fashion show and meet-and-greet at San Diego Wedding Party Expo!

Jana Ann is a favorite on TLC’s popular bridal gown show Curvy Brides, and whether it’s a shapely gown, a gown from her popular destination collection or her timely modesty collection, Jana Ann makes every bride look and feel special.

Featured in the multi-designer fashion show at 2:00 to 3:00 pm is Elle Bridal Boutique who carries a hand-curated collection of la crème de la crème in bridal gown designers. Founded by Krystel Tien, this French inspired salon carries lightweight silks, lace, chiffon, and hand-embroidered detailing, all of which will be shown on the runway. Showing the ever fabulous Badgley Mischka and hot new Israeli designer Limor Rosen you won’t want to miss this show.

This Show will also feature an amazing hand-picked selection of the area’s finest wedding services and products including: top designer gowns, tuxedos, gift registry, fashion accessories, photographers, videographers, honeymoon destinations, musicians, florists, officiants, caterers, coordinators, jewelers, makeup and hair stylists, a great selection of the absolute finest local ceremony and reception venues and more.

The Wedding Party EXPO’s behind-the-scenes show production continues its proud tradition of going green with an online show program, emailing event tickets, offering brides reusable bags and encouraging attendees to carpool. To purchase discounted advance tickets, visit www.SanDiegoWeddingParty.com. Tickets are $20 each at the door but advance tickets are for sale for half price on the website.
All tickets include hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting, fashion shows, design contests and more. Children under 5 are free, 5-12 are half price day-of only.
Upgraded VIP tickets are available for $50 and include reserved VIP front row fashion show seating, fabric swag bag with lots of goodies and gifts valued at over $150 [one swag bag per VIP package for bride only].

About The Wedding Party EXPO:
Founded by Pamela Ann Noxon, a local wedding professional since 1996, SanDiegoWedding.com and The Wedding Party EXPO were created in 1998 as a fresh new resource for helping brides and grooms plan their San Diego wedding event. From her experience in helping behind-the-scenes with more than 500 weddings, Ms. Noxon saw firsthand how vastly different wedding services and products were in terms of their integrity, style and professionalism. SanDiegoWedding.com and The Wedding Party EXPO introduce couples to the right wedding services, products and vendors for their wedding.

For more information on SanDiegoWeddingParty.com and The Wedding Party EXPO, consult the website at: www.sandiegoweddingparty.com or call 760-635-1120. ## ###

ONE-ON-ONE WITH PAMELA NOXON

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By BY DEBORAH SULLIVAN BRENNAN ;Photo by Eduardo Contreras | midnight Feb. 6, 2016 | Updated, 8:07 a.m.

BY DEBORAH SULLIVAN BRENNAN

Photo by Eduardo Contreras

For busy brides and grooms-to-be, the wedding planning process can be a dizzying trip to caterers, florists and photo- graphers. Pamela Noxon tries to streamline that process by bringing all the wedding pros under one tent at her Wedding Party EXPO in San Diego.

There, engaged couples can sample cake, sip cocktails and meet some 75 experts who can help them celebrate their marriage in style. The next one is on Valentine’s Day. For all the attention to detail, however, Noxon believes that engaged couples should focus on their unique relationship and create a ceremony that reflects their family history and future life.

Noxon, 53, of South Carlsbad, became involved in the wedding business through her work as an officiator, presiding over unique weddings ranging from multicultural and mixed religious ceremonies to same-sex marriages.

From there, she branched out to throwing expos that pull together the many elements needed for the big day, and blogging about the process on her website SanDiegoWedding.com. In a culture focused on “me,” she views weddings as one of the few rites of passage that join two individuals as “we.”

Q: Please tell us about the Wedding Party Expo.

A: There is a process to effectively planning a wedding. You have to find and hire a wide range of wedding professionals and you have to interview them to make sure they are the right people to have actually creating and attending one of the biggest, most personal days of your life with your entire family and world. Personalities play a big role in hiring wedding pros. You need a really good fit. If you are the laid-back, chill beachy couple, you may not want a very rigid event coordinator at your event directing things, and if you are a very structured, corporate go-getter you will not do well with the super relaxed “hang back and grab some artsy photos” photographer. Like the beginning of any relationship, you need to feel the person out to see if you (and your family and group) will mesh well with them. I found that San Diego desperately needed a wedding planning event that brought all the amazing people and things people wanted together in one gorgeous, stylish and fun day.

Q: What are some of the unique weddings you have officiated?

A: One wedding I did brought together a large family comprised of Christians, Jews and Muslims. Clearly a challenge to create a ceremony that would be sacred, yet respect everyone. Not being affiliated with any religion, I always worked to show that we are all the same and love is all that matters. I used to say that I spoke many languages, all of them “love.” I created a ceremony for that couple that they felt really spoke to everyone present.

Q: How do you see the role of the wedding as a rite of passage in our culture?

A: In our Western culture, we live for a very long time as individuals. We celebrate the individual deeply and have amazing opportunities for becoming empowered persons in our own right. But marriage is a completely different way of operating compared to functioning as an individual. To marry is to partner with another human being – you live differently, you decide things differently, you end up using your brain differently because you change from “I” thinking to “We” thinking and that is a huge transition to make emotionally and psychically. A wedding is a ritual that takes your whole world into account and celebrates the transformation of two individuals becoming one partnership. Of course, in our culture many people partner without marrying. But there’s something deep and in our DNA that makes a wedding a little more.

Q: What are some of the trends you see in wedding styles, customs or ceremonies?

A: Organic catering and locally sourced foods for receptions. Philanthropic catering by companies like Kitchens for Good. Much less DIY (do it yourself) than a few years ago; people are hiring experts to create a wedding day, not spray-painting mason jars for vases like during the recessions! More luxurious “Bohemian Luxe” style. Color, color, color. Elaborate cakes and dessert bars. Antique and vintage lounge furniture. Signature cocktails and unique libations. A lot of things that speak to the guests and keep them entertained. And authentic ceremonies that are very personal.

Q: What are any benefits or fundraisers you participate in?

A: I like to incorporate philanthropy into everything I do. SanDiegoWedding.com will donate to a local charity with every ad sold: everything from animal shelters to Rebuilding Together homes and foster kids.

Q: What are your tips for brides and grooms planning a wedding?

A: Stay calm and focus on the bigger picture. Don’t get too bogged down in stuff. Focus on adding elements to your wedding that will generate emotion or connectedness. I actually feel like the planning process, which may sound grueling, is an important step in the transition. A wedding honors the tradition of your and your people’s past, while it reflects the couple as individuals. A wedding inspires people who attend to remember why they love, and it transforms the whole group into something more connected than they were when they arrived; it creates a new tribe or family. That matters.

Q: What’s the best advice

you ever received?

A: “Fill your own cup up to the brim with love and joy, then when you have enough it will overflow to others.”

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to find out about you?

A: I am one-sixteenth Native American.

Q: Please describe your ideal San Diego weekend.

A: Eating a nice lunch at one of the many great local restaurants with my friends or my mom, reading, relaxing, and going for a drive in the mountains.

What I love about South Carlsbad …

It’s so quiet and friendly – I have great neighbors. I love having a yard that backs up to a wild area so I can pretend I am in the country.

 

A SPECIAL “RED CARPET RUNWAY” WEDDING PARTY BRIDAL SHOW SET FOR SUNDAY, MAY 4 AT VINTANA AT THE CENTRE

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(SAN DIEGO) — The upcoming Sunday, May 4 specially-themed “Red Carpet Runway” Wedding Party Bridal Show, San Diego’s largest elegant bridal show, is jammed with lots of bridal fun including cocktail tastings, a beauty lounge, a Meet the Stylists Showcase and much more.  The setting for San Diego’s 32nd Wedding Party Bridal Show is the uber chic new Vintana at The Centre, 1205 Auto Parkway in Escondido from 11 am to 4 pm.

Four lucky “real” brides will join bridal models and grace the red carpet runway fashion shows at 1pm and 3pm.  The “real” brides will have pre-registered to enter a contest at www.weddingpartybridalshow.com to win a luxury styling appointment with San Diego’s House of Style where they will be pampered and catered to and styled with the perfect gown, hair, makeup and accessories for the day of the show and get professionally photographed and videoed on the runway.  The fashion shows will also feature bridal collections straight from New York’s fashion week with designs by EUGENIA Couture, Val Stefani, Victor Harper, Ines Di Santo, Yumi Katsura, Simone Carvalli, Moonlight Bridal and Winnie Couture and guest stylists Fiori Couture, Casual Loves Elegance, CBS Lifestylist and Brilliant Event Design.

Brides can also head over to the  ‘Meet the Stylists Showcase’ and get up close and personal with the guest stylists themselves, who will be showcasing their gowns, accessories, hair and makeup, and enjoy an opportunity to see how professional stylists work.

At the Show, brides and grooms can enter to win a luxury ‘Romantic Escape’ vacation package that includes a Lexus vehicle for a weekend, courtesy of Lexus Escondido and The Centre, including two nights stay at the beautiful Historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa with breakfast and romantic dinner for two!

To get two free “Facebook Fan” tickets to the May 4 Show, “like” the ‘Wedding Party Bridal Show’  on Facebook or visit  http://sandiegowedding.squarespace.com/facebook-form-tickets-like/

A Wedding Party Bridal Show VIP ticket option that offers front row access to the runway, a $150 swag bag and valet parking is available for $50 [$50 in advance] at www.sandiegoweddingparty.com

Each Wedding Party Bridal Show brings together engaged couples, coordinators, and professionals to one beautiful location for an amazing bridal show experience totally unlike large, impersonal bridal expos. Creative, stylish and fun, each show is held at one of San Diego’s most beautiful wedding locations.  It allows engaged couples and event planners to enjoy wine tasting, tasty hors d’ouevres, pies and cakes, a couture fashion show, mini-make overs by Indigo Salon & Spa, wedding design tips by local experts and resources like The Knot, Classy Event Group, The Bridal Bar, San Diego Style Weddings Magazine, Swann Soirees, Indigo Salon and Spa, VaLena Valentina couture, True Wedding Photography, Encore Catering and Events, The French Gourmet, Cups La Jolla, Williams Sonoma, The Pottery Barn, photographer Stacy Childers, Dahlia Bridal Salon and more.

This special Show will also feature an amazing hand-picked selection of the area’s finest wedding services and products including: top designer gowns and vintage gowns, tuxedos, gift registry, fashion accessories, photographers, videographers, honeymoon destinations, musicians, florists, officiants, caterers, coordinators, jewelers, makeup and hair stylists, the absolute finest local ceremony and reception venues and more.

The Wedding Party Bridal Show’s behind-the-scenes show production continues its  tradition of going green with an online show program, emailing event tickets, offering brides reusable bags and encouraging attendees to carpool.   To register for discounted advance tickets, visit www.SanDiegoWeddingParty.com. Tickets are $20 each at the door. All tickets include hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting, fashion shows, contests and more. Children under 5 are free, 5-12 are half price day-of only.

About The Wedding Party Bridal Show:

Founded by Pamela Ann Noxon, a local wedding professional since 1996, SanDiegoWedding.com and The Wedding Party Bridal Show were created in 1998 as a fresh new resource for helping brides and grooms plan their San Diego wedding event.  From her experience in helping behind-the-scenes with more than 500 weddings, Ms. Noxon saw firsthand how vastly different wedding services and products were in terms of their integrity, style and professionalism.

SanDiegoWedding.com and The Wedding Party Bridal Show introduce couples to the right wedding services, products and vendors for their wedding.  For more information on SanDiegoWeddingParty.com and The Wedding Party Bridal Show, consult the website at: www.sandiegoweddingparty.com  or call 760-635-1120. ##

 

Comic ‘Wedding’ earns respectful reception Dinner-theater musical in Escondido, is tuneful, occasionally awkward

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By James Hebert7:59 A.M.AUG. 27, 2013
Cast members of the dinner-theater musical "Once Upon a Wedding."
Cast members of the dinner-theater musical “Once Upon a Wedding.” — (Laughing Tree Productions)
Weddings might be a lot more entertaining if all those battling in-laws, sulking bridesmaids and feuding groomsmen were forced to resolve their conflicts via pop song.

Probably more painful, too, because chances are the average wedding-party member would be a lot less musically adept than the performers in the sweetly funny dinner-theater production “Once Upon a Wedding.”

The show, running through Saturday at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, has nine characters who are all grappling with matrimonial disaster (or at least disappointment) of one kind or another.

Actually, the story casts a wider net than that, if you count all the playgoers who are coaxed and cajoled to participate. (Take that as either a promise or a warning.)

The talented singer Lisa Laughbaum, head of Laughing Tree Productions (and the show’s chief writer), plays the wedding entertainer Liza, who is lamenting her own lack of marital luck. She’s in a long-term but lackluster relationship with the musician Bill (real-life husband Michael Laughbaum).

The lucky couple at the ceremony’s center have their own woes: Daisy Dudley (Lindsey Pino, an appealing actress with a powerful voice) is getting cold feet while her parents, Robert and Zina (Eric Olson and Debbie David), bicker. That leaves the groom, a bit too cutely named Davis Do-Wright (Mitchell McCollum), to cool his own heels on the sidelines.

Zina also is near fisticuffs with the loopy bridesmaid Debbie (an amusing Anna Suzette), while young Chris Crost (Ian Laughbaum) is freaking out over taking over as wedding coordinator from his dad, who’s stuck in Mexico with the rest of the wedding party. Meantime, the serial groom Uncle Julie (likable Harold MacPherson Jr.) is trolling for his next bride.

It all proves a lot to take in. (And one heartwarming moment in which longtime couples in the audience are asked the secrets of marriage runs awkwardly into a bit about infidelity).

But the setting is attractive, and there are gentle laughs on the menu, along with a satisfying dinner, plus champagne and cake. And at least in this tuneful vision of (eventual) wedded bliss, there’s nothing that can’t be solved with a nice round of “All You Need Is Love.”

DETAILS

“Once Upon a Wedding”

When: 7 p.m. Friday; 7 p.m. Saturday.

Where: California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido.

Tickets: General admission $69; VIP $99. (Dinner is included; discounts for children and seniors.)

Phone: (760) 591-3113

Online: onceuponaweddingthemusical.com

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Once Upon a Wedding

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Once Upon A Wedding
A Hilarious Musical Comedy
Dinner Theater Experience

Friday, August 16, 2013 & Saturday, August 17, 2013
From 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

“ONCE UPON A WEDDING” AT CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, ESCONDIDO!

The funniest dinner theater show to hit San Diego in years, “Once Upon A Wedding” is a complete evening with great food, favorite music, dancing, and a hilarious show full of interactive entertainment.  This family friendly musical comedy features hit songs from the fifties to today making it the perfect treat for your entire clan!

You’ll feel like a part of the family as the cast of “Once Upon A Wedding” welcomes you to a rip-roaringly funny evening of music and comedy like no other. This unique, one of a kind, all ages experience, held at the beautiful, California Center For The Arts, Escondido, includes a gourmet dinner, wedding cake, coffee service, champagne toast, and interactive entertainment from the moment you arrive.

Your Experience includes:

  •     Our Hilarious Musical Comedy Wedding
  •     Dinner Salad and Gourmet Meal (choice of chicken or vegetarian)
  •     Wedding Cake
  •     Coffee Service
  •     Champagne Toast
  •     Reception with Dancing
  •     Full Cash Bar
  •     V.I.P. includes Priority Seating, Corsage/Boutonniere, and Commemorative Photo

“Once Upon A Wedding” follows Daisy Dudley and Davis Do-Wright as they celebrate their love in front of family and friends on their wedding day. But what should be the happiest day of their lives quickly turns into mayhem with mishaps of epic proportions. When the wedding coordinator, minister, and wedding party go missing, Daisy decides she can’t continue, and it’s up to the wedding coordinator in training and the wedding singer to keep the day from becoming a complete disaster. The shenanigans of Daisy’s less than happy parents, her great Uncle Julie, and Davis’ free-spirited sister, Debbie, make for a hilarious laugh-out-loud good time.

Join us for “Once Upon A Wedding” and experience all the joy of attending a real wedding without the pressure of buying that perfect gift! After all, every wedding needs its crashers!

SHOW DATES: August 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31

 

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows begin at 7PM.

 

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets from $49-$99. Ticket sales close the day before each showing. Purchase tickets at https://onceuponawedding.eventbrite.com or call 760.591.3113. YOU MUST HAVE A RESERVATION. NO SAME DAY SALES!

 

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“Once Upon a Wedding,” the Hilarious Musical Comedy Dinner Theater Experience, Opens at California Center for the Arts August 16

(Escondido)(July 5, 2013)–The funniest dinner theater show to hit San Diego in years, “Once Upon a Wedding,” will run Fridays and Saturdays from August 16 – 31 with just eight (8) performances at the majestic California Center for the Arts, 340 North Escondido Boulevard Escondido, CA 92025.

A complete evening with great food, music, dancing, and a feel-good show full of audience participation, this musical comedy features hit songs from the fifties to today, making it the perfect treat for the whole family.

“Once Upon a Wedding” is produced and directed by  Lisa Laughbaum, owner of Laughing Tree Productions, who also stars in the show as Liza, the wedding singer. “This show is all about fast-paced laughs, great music, delicious food, and interactive entertainment,” says Lisa. “The audience really becomes like a part of the family, and guests experience all the joys of attending a real wedding without the pressure of buying that perfect gift. After all, every wedding needs its crashers!”

The unique experience of “Once upon a Wedding” includes a gourmet dinner, wedding cake, coffee service, a champagne toast, and non-stop entertainment from the moment the audience arrives.

“Once Upon a Wedding”

Venue: California Center for the Arts, 340 North Escondido Boulevard Escondido, CA 92025.

Show dates: Fridays and Saturdays, August 16 – 31, 2013

Show Times: Friday and Saturday evenings: 7 p.m.; Saturday matinee, August 24 and 31: 12 noon.

Information: 760.591.3113

Tickets:

General Admission $69.00

V.I.P. $99.00 (includes corsage or boutonniere, souvenir photo, and priority seating)

Seniors $59.00

Child (6-12) $49.00

Group Discounts Available

www.onceuponaweddingthemusical.com

Synopsis

“OOUAW Image Onlynce Upon a Wedding” follows Daisy Dudley and Davis Do-Wright as they celebrate their love in front of family and friends on their wedding day. But what should be the happiest day of their lives quickly turns into mayhem with mishaps of epic proportions. When the wedding coordinator, minister, and wedding party go missing, Daisy decides she can’t continue, and it’s up to the wedding coordinator-in-training and the wedding singer to keep the day from becoming a complete disaster. The shenanigans of Daisy’s less-than-happy parents, her great-uncle Julie, and Davis’ free-spirited sister, Debbie, make for a hilarious laugh-out-loud good time.

About Laughing Tree Productions

In addition to dinner theatre shows, San Diego-based Laughing Tree Productions produces quality children’s programming, including the Emmy-nominated pilot “The Children’s Music Workshop,” winner of a Parents Guide Award. The group performs school assemblies and has created ten children’s music CDs (currently available on iTunes), one for each month of the school year.