{Real Wedding Decorations} Delahunty Wedding

These table decorations come from Oriana & Mike Delahunty’s wedding and reception on March 5, 2011.

They used ivory for their color scheme and accented it with satin, ornately decorated champagne overlays, and a Tiffany blue colored candy station provided by Sweet Creations.


Candy Buffet by Sweet Creations



Bride and Groom Sweet Heart Table


{Real Wedding Decorations} Bourque Wedding

Enjoy our new category: Decorations. The C&C team will post photos of centerpieces and decorations from wedding and repetions held at our faciltiy, Menifee Lakes Country Club.

We decided to create this category to assist brides during the planning process. Prospective brides always wonder what other brides have used for centerpieces and decorative accents for the reception site. Check back periodically and marvel at the creativity and beauty each couple creates for their wedding day.

Our first photos come from Alec & Renee  Bourque’s wedding on March 27, 2011. They used full, brightly hued arragnements in varying heights, with crystal accents . They were hand made by the groom’s mother and her best friend.

For future brides that  plan on doing your own decorations remember to plan ahead!  They purchaed their flowers 2 days before so they didn’t not have to get up early to assembly them. Allow yourself twice as much time as you think it may take to assembly decorations so you don’t feel rushed the day of the wedding and so you have plenty of time to get ready.






Be Marry,


C&C Team

Personalized Postage

Monogrammed Postage


Invitations don’t have to be expensive or overly done by a professional. One way to personalize your invitations is by adding fun postage to create a one of a kind, heartfelt invitation. There are several websites such as, The United States Postal Service,  www.usps.com and www.zazzle.com that can assist you when creating your personalized stamps. These sites allow you to upload photos, texts, and any other creative ideas you may have. The Postal Service also makes vintage, wedding themed stamps, and .61 cent stamps for those  heavily garnished invitations.

.61 cent stamp


The first step in the personalizing process, is to plan ahead! You will want to assembly your invitation completely, take the pressed and sealed invitations to the post office, and have them weighed so you know the exact cost of the postage. What if you had purchased a mass quantity of .44 cent personalized stamps and your invitation cost .52 cents!! No worries, it’s not the end of the personal postage crusade. You simply have to add an additional 2-3 stamps based on the cost.  You can easily accomplish this  by gathering stamps that tie in with your theme. Be creative and feel free to use multiple themed stamps if you don’t have the time to get custom ones made.


Multiple Themed Stamps


Another step to take with personalized stamps, is to have the postmaster personally postmark your invitations. This step prevents your stamp from getting the “squiggly lines” or postmark through it. Afterall, you don’t want to have a wave of squiggly going through your photo.

An Official Postmark


If your planning really far in advance, you can mail your invitations to postoffices with romantic city names. You simply send the invitations in a package with your contact information to receive a postmark from:

Lovevill, Maryland 

Bridal Veil, Oregon

Bliss, New York

Loveland, California

The final step,  keep a postmarked invitation as a keepsake. After all the time and effort, why wouldn’t you?



Signed, Sealed, & Delivered,











Wedding Day Emergency Kit

It’s the day of your wedding, everything has finally come together. It’s time to marry your best friend and celebrate with your closest family members and friends. You’ve gotten your hair and makeup done, your dress fits like a glove, your bridal party is keeping you calm in the final hours before the wedding, and you feel picture perfect. What could go wrong? All brides would assume nothing, but what’s life without a little bump in the road? It’s always best to be over prepared then under prepared. Therefore, on the day of your wedding there are a few select items you should pack incase of a mishap.

Our Mini ER Kit


Items that will benefit you should something go array include but are not limited too:

Tylenol or Aspirin

Comfortable Shoes (ahhhh, relief)






Lip Balm

Breath Mints

Nail File

Tampons or Pads

Hair Pins

Safety Pins

Touch up Make Up

Vendor Contact List

Needle and Thread

A small snack

Feel free to make your own with all the necessities you may need. You can even purchase pre-made emergency kits online for $35-$99.

A more advanced Emergency kit may include:


Double Stick Tape

Crayons (to keep the kids entertained)

Full Sewing Kit

Allergy Medicine

Small First Aid Kit

Nail Polish Remover

Zip Ties




Boutonniere pins




Be Marry,

C & C Team

3 Places to Find Great Vendors


Bridal shows are the best place to find vendors. If you don’t know what a bridal show is, you are missing out ! Bridal Shows make planning a bit easier for the bride and groom because they are cost-effective ( some are free and some are only a few dollars for admission ) and they give couples access to a wide array of vendors. The average bridal show has about 15-500 vendors who up sell their talents and services to you with fun activities and raffles in hopes of  winning  gowns, honeymoons, or discounted rates from attending vendors.  Bridal Shows also give brides a sneak peak of the new trends in bridal gowns, flower arrangements, party favors, color schemes, and fun creative activities to throw into the mix like photo booths, caricature artists, and entertainers. Numerous couples walk into bridal shows with no vendors and walk out with almost all of them. That’s why it’s a shock to hear that some brides stray away from the bridal show circuit. Some brides do so because they feel the environment will be overwhelming. The fear they will be hassled by vendors to use their services. Future bridal show attendees, I offer you this piece of advice, walk into the showcase knowing you’re going to have fun and be excited every time you turn the corner. Each vendor creates a booth to get your attention and pull you in to ask about their services. It’s like visiting them at their facility. Plus, you get to sample cakes, make silly faces in the photo booths, play around in the makeup chair with a professional, get certificates for discounted services, and sit front row at a fashion show.

If your still a little over whelmed by bridal shows try a smaller show first. We host an annual bridal showcase that is generally limited to about 20 vendors highlighting three locally preferred vendors in  categories ranging from, photography, florists, bakeries, fashion, Dj’s and many more. The Menifee Lakes Country Club Bridal Showcase is a nice, quaint gathering of local vendors showcasing their services.


The Internet

It’s free, convenient, and fast! The internet allows you to be a spy! You can pull up a vendors page to see photos, gather information about them, and see their creative side. By browsing  their page you can quickly single out if they are what you’re looking for. I still recommend setting up appointments and meeting vendors before booking, but this is a great place to start your search. Many pages have comments or links from past brides so you can read up on what they favored and disliked about the services provided. You can do all of this in your spare time! No commuting, no appointments, no conversing.



Not only do they have vendor advertisement pages with brightly colored fonts and images popping out to get your attention, they also spotlight vendors. They have articles about the vendors and detail a whole event with photos  and a description of the thought process behind their creation.


What’s truly great about all the places to find vendors is they all inter mix with each other. You can’t have a magazine without vendors, just like you can’t have a bridal show without vendors and advertisement. It’s a whole bridal world! Each offering advice, ideas, and opportunities.



{Wedding Story} Riley Wedding

Here is our first Menifee Lakes Wedding Story!

We submitted a questionnaire to past Menifee Lakes Country Club brides to get a first hand account of their planning process from the engagement, to the walk down the  aisle for future brides to look at during their planning process. We complied questions about the engagement, planning, vendors, color schemes, cake, as well as highlites from the day. Look for future wedding stories to come!!

Our first comes from Kimberly Riley. She had her ceremony and reception on June 6, 2010.


♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥      

Kimberly Riley’s Menifee Lakes Country Club Wedding Story 

Their first kiss as man and wife

Once upon a time . . . .

How did you meet?

I was hanging out with my friend and we had stopped to get gas at AMPM. My husband pulled up in his truck and his brother came over to introduce himself. Turns out, he knew my friend so we went to hang out at his house. My husband and I hit it off immediately and thus our love story continues…

Describe the proposal.

It was a romantic Football Sunday afternoon (heck I don’t even think it was noon yet) and we went to RJ’s Sizzling Steer in Murrieta to watch the games with some friends. While getting snockered off of drinks and shots we decided to have an in-depth conversation about having kids. My husband, Brian, stated he did not want to have kids after he was thirty and I told him I was not even thinking of kids until we were married. Then he said,

“Well let’s go get one then!”

And so on November 1, 2009, with designated driver on hand of course, I picked out my beautiful engagement ring from Zales, with a shirt that read “Beer’s cold, I’m Hot” and managed to remember it all the next morning!

Your Fairytale come true . . .


What personal touches did you incorporate into your wedding?

Our song ended up becoming “It’s Tricky” by Run DMC. It was playing the night we came home from my parent’s house to tell them the news about the engagement (also when Brian asked my dad if it was okay).

After that, and several other occasions, the song  just stuck so we decided to use it as our first dance. We also share a love of music and walked down the aisle to less traditional songs from the Foo Fighters, Nora Jones and Bob Marley. Menifee Lakes was also very accommodating in letting us decorate the reception and ceremony areas how we wished.

 ♥What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?

Dancing with my dad, and seeing Brian’s eyes get a little teary-eyed, and making his brother cry! (in a good way)

What Menu did you choose?

The Italian menu, if I remember correctly. I was the bride, I barely ate! LOL but I was told by many of the guests how good the food was!

Describe your cake.

3 tier-traditional white , with a scroll design,  and a ribbon with our bridesmaid’s dress color around it. Also, I found a monogrammed R to go on top of it. Frosting was butter cream, inside was white cake with vanilla almond custard. Supplied by Sweet Layers!

What flowers did you use?

Dark red, almost black roses, orchids and dahlias. They were beautiful! Supplied by Fiore Wholesale Flowers-Stephanie is awesome down there!!

What was your something blue, borrowed, old, new

Something blue was my undies.

Something old was my first diamond ring my dad bought me for high school graduation.

Something new was my jewelry I wore.

Something borrowed was a paperclip my flower girl threw down my dress, that she gave to me, but wanted back after I was done with it.

Describe your shoes.

Flat, white sandals, with a strap around the ankle that had a white flower on it.

What accessories did you wear?

Diamond stud earrings, a 50’s style glamour necklace, a thin bracelet, and a birdcage veil with two white flowers in my hair.

Describe your dress.

All white, strapless, form-fitting, chapel train

What were the highlights of your ceremony?

  My dad giving me away, kissing my husband, and waiting for my brother-in-law to fall into the planter because he had too much to drink beforehand.

Did you have any vendor or D.J. highlights?

I had the most amazing vendors! DJ played all the right songs, and my photographer is by far the BEST!! Courtney from Fairytale Creations photography!

Did you have a theme for your ceremony or reception?

No set theme except to have fun, be laid back, and enjoy our friends and family!

Your Happily Ever After . . .

 Almost been a year now, no kids in our plans for the future, but you never know. We are enjoying adjusting to married life. What is his is mine and what is mine is mine, I am still trying to teach him that HAHA! The fun part is being able to use his last name, although I will NEVER change my name again!

It’s a wonderful life!

Welcome to the C&C Blog!

First off, we would like to give a background on the fabulous blog writers and why we will be posting photos and tips regarding all things weddings.

Christa is our Events Coordinator. She has been the lead coordinator for 4 years and took her first steps into the industry when she was 3 1/2 years old at a family wedding.


Christa's first steps into the industry!


Christa has a certificate in professional meeting and event planning, which she planned to pursue until she was given the opportunity to assist a wedding coordinator. When she’s not coordinating weddings, she enjoys scrapbooking the millions upon zillions of photos she’s taken, lounging at the beach, or just reading a good book.

Christina is the assistant to the wedding and events department. She enjoys learning as much as she can from each wedding and from an experienced coordinator like Christa.  Christina likes the creative aspects of wedding planning and working with the brides because each bride is different when it comes to planning, ideas, and execution. Over the course of planning she likes watching their hopes and dreams flourish into a romantic realm for their wedding day.

The C&C team (which could also be an acronym for creative coordinators and Christa and Christina *wink* *wink*) has been working together for a year. We have created this blog to document the amazing weddings we have been lucky enough to partake in and to offer advice and tips to future brides. We have a job that maybe 98% of the time is extremely happy, memorable, and an ideal day. Its fun, ever-changing, never dull, rewarding, and we are grateful that bride’s allow us to play a role in the beginning of their life together.