Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Best of the Best from Swellegant Events 2009

Blog or live??? I wish I had more time to share details of the incredible events that I have coordinated.  Blogging takes a backseat to family, work, and continued learning in my business. So, to my current and future clients, I apologize.  I'm not the blogging queen.   Right now, as I'm staring at the ocean (Yep.  It's true.  Event Planners get vacations, too.  :) I'm looking through some amazing shots from 2009.  Enjoy!  Call me in 2010 for all of your Event needs... I have only 10 weekends that aren't booked with events or family fun, and I'd love to help you create the party of your dreams.

 From flip flops to heels, Swellegant is there every step of the way...

Designing tables....

Providing the latest and greatest in fun entertainment

Working with the best caterers
With couples from engagements to babies...
Continually creating unique event after event!

Continually creating unique event after event!

Even enough time to assist with events for National Charity League... see my beautiful daughter, Hanna!

I loved submitting two entries to the First Annual Trendsetter Awards with the Association of Bridal Consultants... and although I didn't win this time, next year, it was so much fun!

Until we meet,

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Give your Bridesmaids Dresses they will LOVE from CoCo Myles

We've seen the weddings... we've seen the TV shows... with the hilarious and horrid bridesmaid dresses!  Now... something new on the horizon!  CoCo Myles is an incredible solution for you.  As the Bride, you can choose your color, and your bridesmaids can choose the style of their dresses.  Maternity?  Designer? Junior Bridesmaids? No problem.  Check out and use my Swell Code of NV1222 by April 30th, 2010 for a 10% discount on all dresses.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Laura and Eric ~ The Perfect Match as seen in LA Style Unveiled!

Check out their pics and comments here in LA Style Unveiled .

On a beautiful day in September, I had the pleasure of working with a couple that were absolutely perfect themselves! I worked for almost a year with Laura and Eric through Jason's Catering, and had the pleasure of being their coordinator throughout the process. What a generous spirit Laura had when she commented on all of her vendors in LA Style Unveiled.
She did choose incredible vendors:
What she was modest about, however, was her incredible attention to detail and her creativity that made the wedding so "Laura and Eric."
Congratulations to the Finley Newleyweds. Working with you was more than Swellegant!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Destination Weddings in Mexico! More than Swellegant.

Yes. That was the sunset in Puerto Vallarta last Wednesday evening.

What do you need to have a wedding in Mexico? A BRIDE AND GROOM!
Aahhh. Just back from Puerto Vallarta where I was checking out the city compliments of NH Hoteles and Tour Vallarta!! No wonder Puerto Vallarta has been rated by Conde Naste as "the friendliest city in the world and "Among the top 10 safest cities in the world." by USA Today. Absolutely So! From the moment I arrived at the airport until the moment I left, I had a magical week. If you're thinking about going to Mexico for your wedding, I've got some incredible spots, vendors, and totally swell ideas to make your destination wedding into a dream come true. Zip lining down the mountain. Private Island Sunsets. Let the photos speak for themselves... Special thanks to Nora Martinez from NH Hotels, Hardy Klahold Photography for the great photos, and Jorge Nunez from Tour Vallarta.

Loved spending time with the coordinators from Southern California... Imagine a Dove Release on the Beach... and a bunch of uber extroverts telling our wedding stories. Ok. You get the idea. Don't want to make you jealous. I do have an awesome job.

The NH Hotel Krystal Puerto Vallarta... one wedding site and one view of the Presidential Suite.
Imagine a wedding in Our Lady of Guadalupe in downtown Puerto Vallarta.... partying through the night in a tent on the beach (If you're a bride and groom looking here, know this: I was there in "Rainy Season"... a few drops of rain here and there... and so the two sides of the tent were covered to protect the musicians. Normally? Imagine the sunset in the background.

The day before... or the day after your wedding? Zip Lining or The Rhythms of the Night Show... two incredible activities. PS. I was only terrified for ONE of the lines... the rest were incredible one of the ten best activities of my life.

SALUT! Take me to Mexico, and I'll make your wedding into a dream come true.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

JESSICA AND DARREN = The Happiest Couple on Earth

Disneyland has nothing on this couple! Being able to provide full service wedding planning for Jessica and Darren, I had the pleasure of working with a family who could be named as as no other than the happiest family on earth! Thanks to Christine Marie for the incredible photos.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Julia... Zov... Jason.... Ina Garten... Mom, Vish, and the Orange County Fair

So. The Movie is Out. JULIE AND JULIA. (I, personally, have been waiting for months.) For those of us who are Foodies.. it was a delight. For those who knew Julia as a friend.. well, it's a different story. Know this. For those who have learned from Julia, and the other incredible cooks of the world, incuding Ina Garten, Jason, Vish, and my canning at The Orange County Fair,I only associate myself with the best. If you're planning an event, don't overlook the food. No more awful chickent. Gross food is ...gross food. I won't eat it. I won't associate myself with it. It may be harsh, but.. .it's true. Call me for a swell event!
Bon Appetit... and.. Be swell.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Parties for the Future? Always thinking Ahead

Since 1998, I've been amused reading Beloit's College Mindset List (I know. I know. You have already been receiving mass emails about this year's list) This year, however, the list just came out, and coincidentally, I'm moving Joey Vishny, my incredible (OK. I'm his Mom. I know I have to say that. But, really, Incredible guy!) back into University of Arizona. Painting rooms. Staying in a great hotel (need my creature comforts) and reading USA Today. GO WILDCATS!

Off this Friday for an awesome wedding at The Nixon Library (texting and emailing and calling to make sure that everything is perfect-o. Evelina and Stan, all the details are in place)

"If the entering college class of 2013 had been more alert back in 1991 when most of them were born, they would now be experiencing a severe case of déjà vu. The headlines that year railed about government interventions, bailouts, bad loans, unemployment and greater regulation of the finance industry. The Tonight Show changed hosts for the first time in decades, and the nation asked “was Iraq worth a war?”
Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college. It is the creation of Beloit’s Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride and Emeritus Public Affairs Director Ron Nief. It is used around the world as the school year begins, as a reminder of the rapidly changing frame of reference for this new generation. It is widely reprinted and the Mindset List website at receives more than 300,000 hits annually.
As millions of students head off to college this fall, most will continue to experience the economic anxiety that marked their first two years of life just as it has marked their last two years of high school. Fears of the middle class--including their parents--about retirement and health care have been a part of their lives. Now however, they can turn to technology and text a friend: "Momdad still worried bout stocks. urs 2? PAW PCM".
Members of the class of 2013 won't be surprised when they can charge a latté on their cell phone and curl up in the corner to read a textbook on an electronic screen. The migration of once independent media—radio, TV, videos and CDs—to the computer has never amazed them. They have grown up in a politically correct universe in which multi-culturalism has been a given. It is a world organized around globalization, with McDonald's everywhere on the planet. Carter and Reagan are as distant to them as Truman and Eisenhower were to their parents. Tattoos, once thought "lower class," are, to them, quite chic. Everybody knows the news before the evening news comes on.
Thus the class of 2013 heads off to college as tolerant, global, and technologically hip…and with another new host of The Tonight Show.
The Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2013
Most students entering college for the first time this fall were born in 1991.
For these students, Martha Graham, Pan American Airways, Michael Landon, Dr. Seuss, Miles Davis, The Dallas Times Herald, Gene Roddenberry, and Freddie Mercury have always been dead.
Dan Rostenkowski, Jack Kevorkian, and Mike Tyson have always been felons.
The Green Giant has always been Shrek, not the big guy picking vegetables.
They have never used a card catalog to find a book.
Margaret Thatcher has always been a former prime minister.
Salsa has always outsold ketchup.
Earvin "Magic" Johnson has always been HIV-positive.
Tattoos have always been very chic and highly visible.
They have been preparing for the arrival of HDTV all their lives.
Rap music has always been main stream.
Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream has always been a flavor choice.
Someone has always been building something taller than the Willis (née Sears) Tower in Chicago.
The KGB has never officially existed.
Text has always been hyper.
They never saw the “Scud Stud” (but there have always been electromagnetic stud finders.)
Babies have always had a Social Security Number.
They have never had to “shake down” an oral thermometer.
Bungee jumping has always been socially acceptable.
They have never understood the meaning of R.S.V.P.
American students have always lived anxiously with high-stakes educational testing.
Except for the present incumbent, the President has never inhaled.
State abbreviations in addresses have never had periods.
The European Union has always existed.
McDonald's has always been serving Happy Meals in China.
Condoms have always been advertised on television.
Cable television systems have always offered telephone service and vice versa.
Christopher Columbus has always been getting a bad rap.
The American health care system has always been in critical condition.
Bobby Cox has always managed the Atlanta Braves.
Desperate smokers have always been able to turn to Nicoderm skin patches.
There has always been a Cartoon Network.
The nation’s key economic indicator has always been the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Their folks could always reach for a Zoloft.
They have always been able to read books on an electronic screen.
Women have always outnumbered men in college.
We have always watched wars, coups, and police arrests unfold on television in real time.
Amateur radio operators have never needed to know Morse code.
Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Latvia, Georgia, Lithuania, and Estonia have always been independent nations.
It's always been official: President Zachary Taylor did not die of arsenic poisoning.
Madonna’s perspective on Sex has always been well documented.
Phil Jackson has always been coaching championship basketball.
Ozzy Osbourne has always been coming back.
Kevin Costner has always been Dancing with Wolves, especially on cable.
There have always been flat screen televisions.
They have always eaten Berry Berry Kix.
Disney’s Fantasia has always been available on video, and It’s a Wonderful Life has always been on Moscow television.
Smokers have never been promoted as an economic force that deserves respect.
Elite American colleges have never been able to fix the price of tuition.
Nobody has been able to make a deposit in the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI).
Everyone has always known what the evening news was before the Evening News came on.
Britney Spears has always been heard on classic rock stations.
They have never been Saved by the Bell
Someone has always been asking: “Was Iraq worth a war?”
Most communities have always had a mega-church.
Natalie Cole has always been singing with her father.
The status of gays in the military has always been a topic of political debate.
Elizabeth Taylor has always reeked of White Diamonds.
There has always been a Planet Hollywood.
For one reason or another, California’s future has always been in doubt.
Agent Starling has always feared the Silence of the Lambs.
“Womyn” and “waitperson” have always been in the dictionary.
Members of Congress have always had to keep their checkbooks balanced since the closing of the House Bank.
There has always been a computer in the Oval Office.
CDs have never been sold in cardboard packaging.
Avon has always been “calling” in a catalog.
NATO has always been looking for a role.
Two Koreas have always been members of the UN.
Official racial classifications in South Africa have always been outlawed.
The NBC Today Show has always been seen on weekends.
Vice presidents of the United States have always had real power.
Conflict in Northern Ireland has always been slowly winding down.
Migration of once independent media like radio, TV, videos and compact discs to the computer has never amazed them.
Nobody has ever responded to “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”
Congress could never give itself a mid-term raise.
There has always been blue Jell-O. "

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Engaging your Five Senses at an Event

Sight. Touch. Sound. Taste. Smell.

Just home from the monthly ABC (Association of Bridal Consultants) event at The New Shoreline Hotel in Huntington Beach. Incredible location... cool, hip, swanky feel. Great food. Awesome service. For those of you out there that are looking for a clean, interesting location just steps away from Main Street and the beach, that's the spot! Check it out.
That led me to thinking about what creates an incredible event: engaging your five senses! It's a great roadmap for your event. See the venue. Imagine the smell and taste of incredible food. Hear the music. Feel what your guests will feel. That's an awesome place to start your vision of your event.

SIGHT? Remember: People see things in a pyramid shape in general. At an event, they see things in an abbreviated pyramid. They're at a party! What they see is what is lit... that's why lighting is uber important.

SMELL? (My favorite~ that's why it is capitalized) No gardenia flower candles when you're serving filet or lamb . Home baked cookies or a candy station on the way out? Amazing. It makes your guests remember home.... Also, I have two vendors that add incredible smell to your events. Try for amazing smells to add to your event.

TASTE? This is the opportunity for you to show your personality!!! Don't be afraid to pick something out of the norm. Even the best chicken is... well.. gulp.... chicken. (OK. I admit it. Good chicken is good chicken. Don't feel bad if you've chosen chicken for your party.) Thinking outside the box? The In and Out Truck. The

SOUND? One of the most powerful senses that we have. Music is the backbone to an event. Mariachi? Steel drums? Gospel Choir? Yes. Yes. Yes. This another place when you can show your personality. Dinner? Keep it to background music. Kick it up 14 notches when you're rockin after dinner.

TOUCH? Very important. So many different options to have . Nothing better than a well starched linen.

There you go... my advice for free today. I'm feeling generous. Be swell.


Monday, August 3, 2009

Scripps College + Incredible Vendors + Love of Family of Friends = A Swellegant Wedding

Each wedding that I'm a part of renews my belief in love. Recently, I had the unique pleasure of coordinating a wedding where family and friends helped create a day that came together in a way that renewed my belief in community. Scripps College made an incredible background for this wedding. I couldn't believe the amount of volunteer support and cool vendors that came together to make this day happen. Thanks to the beautiful and calm, talented and wise Katie Clark, for these photos.
For the full wedding show, click below:
Beautiful, Stephanie!

Congratulations, Stephanie and Saxon. May you stay forever happy.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bridezillas?? What's up with these Reality TV Shows?

So, it's a Sunday morning right after an incredible wedding at Star Ranch in Corona. What an incredible couple... what a magical place.

So, what does an event coordinator do on a Sunday after a swell Saturday wedding? I'm watching Bridezilla, the show that everyone references at almost every wedding that I coordinate. People ask me: "Do you have any bridezillas?" My answer: "No."
That's what a coordinator does... anticipating conflicts and taking care of them before they even arise.
So have you watched that show? What's up with these women??? Seriously, who wants to be on that show? After fast forwarding through three shows (thank goodness for Cox on Demand) I realize one thing: Couples need a wedding coordinator. Forgotten wedding licences, catering fiascos, brides that have no idea what they're doing at their rehearsals, no timelines or pre-wedding calls to vendors, tears, screaming, and more tears. Reality TV at its finest.
My advice? Hire a coordinator, sweet brides, even if you're not a Bridezilla.

Be swell.
Natalie Vishny

Saturday, July 11, 2009

So... where has Natalie been lately?

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA ILLINOIS! On the heels of my busy June wedding season in Southern Cal, I took off to the corn fields to a wedding of a former favorite student of mine. Planes, trains, and automobiles to get to my old college town (Go ILLINI!) of Champaign, IL. Going back to my roots to remember my teaching days right of college. Thanks for the warm welcome, LaBrecques. The reception at the top of the U of I stadium was unbelievable. Eye candy, baby!
A few tips for my wedding couples at the beginning of your planning processes:
  • Think outside the box! Reception Sites don't have to be in hotel ballrooms... even in Southern Calfornia. We can transform any location to create your dream day. When you're at a cool location, so much less decor has to be brought in.
  • Brides and grooms.. is a great place to start when making a website. Visit to see a detailed website that was made by the bride herself.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Miracle of Lighting at an Event

Time to give Tim from Best of the Best some props! Look at these before and after room shots of a wedding that I coordinated last weekend at University Synagogue in Irvine. The only thing better than the lighting at this wedding was the family. Incredible experience for me. I have the best job in the world.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

2009 Wedding Statistics - A Little Trivia for you

I recently grabbed a cup of tea and listened to a Webinar (gotta love those~ you can even participate in your jammies) on marriage stats... glad to share the information with you
Here are some latest statistic in the wedding world:
The average wedding budget in the US in 2009 is $28,704.00.
In California, the average wedding budget is $37,024.00.
The average number of guests attending a wedding is 166.
77% of all wedding being planned are first marriages.
The average engagement is 9 months.
The average age of a bride is 27.2 years.
86% of brides plan on the internet, but 99% book vendors in person. Savvy brides!
Most wedding couples are likely to be paying for part of the cost of the wedding.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Happy Mother's Day! Happy Father's Day!

Had such a fun Mother's Day... eating way too much and lounging with Vish and Hanna. I can't believe that this is my 20th Mother's Day. It really is amazing how fast the time goes.
Got me thinking about all of my past clients and their adorable children. I always love it when I am included on the family emails with baby pictures. Who doesn't love baby pictures? DELICIOUS!

A Swell Mother's and Father's Day to all of you.