We started 2014 in grand style, and to kick off another year of networking and nuptial bliss, we traveled downtown to Chaplos Restaurant.
Being as it was the first meeting of the year, there were some important logistical matters to address: so first, we were introduced to the 2014 Board Members, then we welcomed the newest Weddings of Distinction vendors, and then finally, we took the opportunity to re-acquaint ourselves with everyone, so we went around the room and said what each of us does. It was good in many ways because, unfortunately, we lost some members, we gained a few, and then others expanded and elaborated on new business specialties/endeavors!
Our host, Kelly Brady, Director of Sales at Chaplos, introduced the space to our group. The restaurant is new to the downtown scene, but their focus for weddings, at least, is mainly directed at rehearsal dinners, showers, and small receptions. The decor reminded us of an old bar/saloon, complete with stained glass windows/lighting and a wine rack that would make any wine enthusiast weak in the knees. The food: outstanding. We had three courses, with a main course option of chicken marsala, gluten-free pasta, or pork ribs. The highlight, though, was the dessert. It was a chocolate lava cake, complete with vanilla ice cream.
Our presenter this month was one of the newest Weddings of Distinction members, Eddie Garcia III, of E3 Photography. He shared his story and his specialties and unique style. One thing we all didn’t know about him: Eddie doesn’t just photography weddings! He also teaches a photography class at UCSD!
The afternoon was a great way to kick start 2014. We reconnected with some familiar faces, but we also learned so much more about our industry friends, especially the new members! Special thanks to Frankie Hartwell for the floral centerpieces, and to Kristina Chartier for the photos.
Next month, we head back to the Dana Point Resort on Mission Bay. Stay tuned!