Monday, February 2, 2015

Oh, for the Love of Mom - for Nicole and James

Like many of our brides, I was contacted through Amy, a mutual friend after she and her husband Robert had dinner with Nicole and James. Because Amy and Robert were one of my first Angel Bride couples, they know all they have to do is ask! This was last Sunday the 25th of January. I took to our AB Facebook page and put the all call out to the dream team, like we do everytime we get the call. We call it 'throwing pixie dust into the wind' you never know who's looking for a way to give back, or who can or can't lend a hand. This is the magic at work. Throughout the day Monday and Tuesday, We asked the normal questions - what do they have? what do they need? How can we help?? Amy did her best to answer the barrage of questions and then Tuesday morning I got a call from a new number "Hi this is James, the groom". OH well hello there! He then explained to me that they had to move the date from the 13th to 'THIS SATURDAY' because the doctors told them that Nicoles mom would not make it to the 13th. My heart sank and I felt a knot in my stomach like I'd never felt before. What do I say? How do I react? There is nothing I can do to make the situation better - omigosh, omigosh, dear Lord please guide me so my actions and decisions are appropriate...... I decided to just shut up and listen. He told me about Nicole, about her mom, what her mom would like to be able to do for Nicole, about how the wedding would be at the home of John and Jacqueline (her mom) on the new porch. As I listened to James, I asked it might be possible for us to meet at the house at some point in the week so I could measure the patio and see which of our arbors might work to serve as a backdrop against the beautiful bay windows of the porch. We made plans to meet on Wednesday. As Tuesday came to a close, we not only had the venue, but tables and chairs, full access to our inventory, a budget for flowers and an order placed, donation of a personal cake and cupcakes, a second donation of cupcakes, fruit, and lots of setup helpers!!! I had the photos James had sent, and did my sketch ups for our meeting. On Wednesday morning I spoke via text to Nicole for the first time - this was a first for me, as I normally talk to the bride first, so I can get an idea of what's important to her. In this instance, there was nothing, NOTHING more important to Nicole than having her momma at her wedding. With so much on her mind, the last thing I wanted to do was burden her with questions and details - so I again, just listened and picked up on any queues from her texts I could. Cherub Statue, got it! Must see this so I can find a way to incorporate it!!! Cliff and I met James, John and Scott (Nicoles brother) on Wednesday at the house, took our measurements and realized what tremendous people these folks are, and the love of their long time neighbors! These same neighbors had volunteered their driveways for cars, and agreed to the street closure. John was gracious enough to show me the cherub that Nicole told me was important to her. We got home from the visit, and what did I find but an email that would stop me in my tracks! One of my other recent Angel Brides Gabrielle, saying simply,
Attached to the email was a confirmation for dinner for 40 people from Stonefire Grill. OMG OMG OMG - I muddles some lame sort of thank you through my tears, and she said - "I promised myself I'd never forget how you helped me and pay it forward". I wasn't quite sure how to tell Nicole and James, but I did and as I imagined, they were quite surprised. I could ONLY imagine how they felt - the sorrow of preparing for the passing of a parent, the excitement of a wedding and a baby on the way - the stress of trying to put it all together, and then POOF two days later - it's all done and just a matter of putting it all together now. Thursday - January 29th. The tent was setup, astro turf put down in the front - finalizing details of deliveries, setup etc. Flowers delivered to my house - we prepped and started our build list.
Friday - tables and chairs delivered to the house, our flower fairy team got busy building - started sending sneak peeks, and to our delight she was thrilled! Saturday morning - the big day has arrived! We arrived at 9am to begin our setup - the volunteers arrived shortly there after - and the normal chaos ensued LOL by 11:30 things were starting to really take shape - 12:00 final touches, 12:30 guests started arriving, 1:00 we were doing our final cleanup and waiting for the 'bride is ready' announcement. As you might imagine we had several kleenex moments this wedding day, because there were so many present to celebrate the lift of a very special woman who would be soon departing, as well as the union of a marriage that was about to happen. Many many tears, including my own as these moments occured. At one point, Amy (who was the photographer) came to me and said they want you in the house - my heart dropped.... what's wrong? The bridesmaids needed some guidance for lineup and processional stuff. Ah, perfect! Back outside so as to not intrude on the moments that this mother and her daughter were sharing.... no way! The guests will wait until they're both ready.
The ceremony started as John wheeled his beautiful wife out the front door onto her porch to watch her baby girl walk up the aisle and marry the man of her dreams. No, there was not a dry eye in the place - there were many many moments.... but none so special as the smile on Jacquelines face as her daughter rounded the corner up the aisle, or when as soon as they were pronounced husband and wife they stopped at gave her a kiss on the cheek.
These special moments - a gift more valued than any physical thing one can purchase - this is what simple acts of kindness were able to give this bride. So many people came together to make this day happen for not only this couple, but for this mother. We thank all who gave of their time, their energy, their talents - to make this day so special! If YOU know an Angel Bride that needs our help - please contact us at 877-884-4129 or 714-657-8845 or email us at

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

So...if it's NOT just a free wedding - then what exactly IS an Angel Bride?

Seems as though despite our best efforts to explain to people what our Angel Brides program is, what we do and how we help couples make the wedding happen they thought wouldn't or couldn't be - we're still getting emails asking about the 'contest' and how they can get a FREE wedding? Got just such an email a few weeks ago and it threw me off, I must admit. I scratch my head and wonder aloud, Where do these people find us? HOW? do they google how to get a free wedding or what? lol People that know what we do, what we're about and what we CAN do - we should ask them to explain it, shouldn't we? So here goes, we all know you're out there - because we've had the joy, honor and pleasure of being part of your wedding - sometimes right out in the open, and sometimes behind the scenes just providing the stuff and your friends and family did all the work. Sometimes we did all the work so you could just show up and enjoy the day with your guests - sometimes it was just holding your hand virtually and helping you spread that uber tight budget beyond what you ever thought you could - but....if you're out there, please - take a couple minutes, and share with folks how we helped you make your wedding be?? Thank you from the bottom of our pixie dust covered hearts! AB Dream Team!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Angel Brides goes Nationwide! Yep we are!!!

For the last year or so, we've been trying to figure out how to get our Angel Brides program nationwide - so many logistics and the like. It seemed almost impossible to be in all places at once. Enter Cheryl, TJ, Tammy and Zach. All looking for help, opening stating "look we're not picky, just trying to make something happen" and it suddenly (and FINALLY) dawned on me!

We can be everywhere but why can't we pack up a box or three of FGM Pixie Dust and send it to them? Goodness knows we've got the inventory - if it's not in use, and if they're able (and willing)to pay the shipping to get to them and back - PERFECT!!!

I took a shot - put the offer out there - and much to my surprise, not only did the recipients respond in such a lovely and positive manner, but I also noticed that a couple other planners put a similar offer out there. Not opening offering the kitchen sink so to speak, but something, and really that's what Angel Brides is truly all about - everyone doing something for anyone they can. While ultimately our goal is to have sister planning companies assuming the oh so important role of the Fairy GodMother who coordinates for these oh so special brides, and who shares the story and helps to find those things that we simply cannot package and send.

Paying it forward doesn't have to be a big dramatic thing, it can be a simple joy of sending some leftover runners or fabric or those earrings you never used. The joy in a brides heart when she receives a gift without expectation cannot be described by this Fairy GodMother - I can only describe what it feels like to help make it happen.

I'm so happy to share with you the stories of three amazing brides, and a groom with a heart of gold - and look forward to it as the stories along with the weddings progress.

Stay tuned - first story up is Cheryl from Oregon!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Angel Brides, Interrupted - but never forgotten!

Funny how life gets in the way - seems to happen for us all once in a while, doesn't it? It seems as though our Angel Brides have been hiding as well. Just dealing with life and putting the thoughts of a Happily Ever After on hold...

We are forever telling the Angel Brides story, and finding more and more vendors that want to be be involved. Just this weekend, we even found a venue that is willing to waive their fees for a deserving couple.

Now that wedding season is upon us again, I found myself on the prowl for more brides - where could they be hiding? Hasn't ANYONE seen a bride that needs help lately?

Well, I'm happy to say I have found not just one, but TWO amazing young women who simply want to get married! I'm so excited to hear more about their stories, get to know them and make their wedding dreams come true!

Please, if you hear of a couple who is struggling to make their wedding happen, send them our way - as we always say - we can't always do everything for everyone, BUT we can always do something for everyone!

Until next time =) Erin

Monday, October 24, 2011

Angel Brides on the Air you say?

Hello my friends - just HAD to share some very exciting news with you all - during a bridal show, I had the opportunity to visit with many new vendors, both old and new, and as time allowed, I shared with them our Angel Brides program. It felt so good to be sharing this with new friends, it's been a tough year for so many, and it was just amazing to see how their faces lit up and how well it was received.

One of ETM's long time friends, Cindy Lieber from OC sat and visited with me for a while, and while we spoke she asked how the program was doing - today I got a call from her asking if I'd like to be a guest on her weekly talk show this Friday sharing about our Angel Brides program!!!

I am so very excited to be able to share with more people, get the word out about what we do and who we help -

Please tune in this Friday at 2pm PST to!!! Help us share the love and the stories!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Its the little things...

It never fails! We always look for ways we can help our brides to have the day they want and deserve....and sometimes we forget that its the little things that can mean the most.  Things like simply listening and reassuring them that theyve done good and are going to have a beautiful day! Or it could be opening your garage door and letting them look through a treasure box of gorrrgeous hair accessories recently donated to our be able to say of course you can use them! Please, help yourself!

I will admit i do love it when such an oportunity arises, and i know its just a matter of a phone call or a facebook posting and a hero emerges and steps up and say, you betcha! I want to celebrate this person...and then that moment when i get to reach out to the bride and say...guess what? We got it covered! How else can we help?

For me it was nothing more than putting a little pixie dust in the air and letting it become what it would, but to an amazing bride who deserves the world? It is everything!

Amazing how the little things make such a difference.

Erin Taylor, Managing Event Planner & Rental Coordinator
Events TaylorMade
(714) 657-8845

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Angel Bride Shareen

This amazing young woman was sent to me by her cousin, Angel Bride Aimee from last year.

Shareen and Anthony have two of the most handsome young boys, a large family to celebrate with, and very little budget to work with. We happily worked with her through the planning process, budget crisis and O EMMM GEEEE .....R A I N!!! As we all learned with the Angel Bride wedding in December, Outside/Backyard receptions and r a i n do NOT mix well - so what do you do? Shareens new mother in law was gracious and paid the fees for the Masons Hall in Garden Grove and we suddenly had ourselves a venue!

What a gorgeous day it turned out to be - slight delay while the rings were located and a two bouquets grew into three to accommodate an unexpected arrival of a bridesmaid thought unavailable.... but flexibility is our middle name, and thanks the Aimess quick thinking and extra scissors and tulle in the truck - we had it covered!

Angel Bride Dream Team DJ Extraordinaire Rob Wilkins rocked the house, quite literally and ruled the dance floor!

My Flower Girls rocked out some amazing floral pieces, and Artistic Cakes made the most insane cakes ever!

Thank you Shareen and Anthony, for allowing us to be part of your special day - super thanks to AB Team Member Robert Schoales and my amazing husband Cliff for single handedly pulling off the set up in record time!