Dana + Jason, Serra Plaza
June 24th will go down as one of our favorite days at Serra Plaza. We had the pleasure of catering Dana and Jason’s wedding, here is a look at some of the details!Dana and Jason worked with our team to create an Asian-inspired menu, from the hors d’oeuvres to the entrée! The menu included Vietnamese Style Chicken Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce, an Asian Kale Salad with Mango & Honey Vinaigrette, Bulgogi Style Boneless Beef Short Ribs, and Honey & Ginger Glazed Salmon. Thank you Brian Leahy Photography for sharing these stunning photos with us!
Venue: Serra Plaza
Photography: Brian Leahy Photography
Coordination: Simply Sweet Weddings & Events
Florist: Three Petals
DJ + Photo Booth: VOX DJs
Lighting: Illuminated Events
Hair + Make Up: Vanity Belle
Jenn + Jeff, Serra Plaza
It’s no secret that planning the perfect wedding is a difficult feat, but when it comes together, there is truly nothing like it. It’s amazing to consider that on an ordinary day this year, while the world continued to rush around and move here and there, two people paused time and committed their lives to one another, making that normal day the perfect day. Jenn + Jeff married at Serra Plaza, and we’re here to share with you the sheer beauty of the occasion. The delightful ease and seamless movement of the event was made possible by coordinators Courtney Mendell and Brandi Smith of High Society Event Planning and our Event Specialist, Nickie Good. Starting at their respective rooms, Jenn and her bridesmaids got dolled up while Jeff and his groomsmen suited up and got dapper. Graceful and winsome, Jenn wore a lace, luxuriously embroidered dress with a delicate, beaded sash and Queen Anne neckline. Jeff wore a fitted suit with a faintly striped skinny tie, while his groomsmen had on blush ties, pairing with the subtle tones of the varying bridesmaids’ dresses. Both parties paused for photographs in the stunning, draped loggia, just before the final walk into the Grand Plaza Courtyard. The courtyard flows with peace and resplendence, embodying the pure and natural qualities of Spanish architecture. With gorgeous flowers and foliage by Inviting Occasion filling pots and decorating a running fountain, and chandeliers hanging from market lighting, one almost can’t imagine a more serene place. As if the place couldn’t look any better, in walks Jeff followed by the bridesmaids escorted by the groomsmen. Then, veil and all, Jenn appears, walking over flower petals to meet her man at the altar. Vows are said, applause and shouts echo through the olive trees, and what to do now but eat, drink, dance, and carry on the festivities in celebration. Jeff and Jenn were off to take their first photos as newlyweds, and while waiting, everyone enjoyed His and Hers signature cocktails and Hors d’ Oeuvres—featuring our Bruschetta Pomodoro served on herb toasted sliced baguette with a Cilantro Cream, Filet and Wild Mushroom Wellington with Bernaise Sauce, and Chicken Empanadas. The reception began and guests were seated, savoring the moments with their loved ones. The main course was served—our delectable Filet of Beef with Chicken Parmigiana—and speeches were given, everyone sharing in laughs and heartfelt memories. As for dessert, its a wonder how they were able to cut a cake so pretty, but they managed. They chose our three tier cake—the top two layers, chocolate with Vanilla Bavarian Filling, and the bottom layer, Marble Cake with Chocolate Bavarian Filling. If that’s not enough, we also passed our scrumptious Cookies & Milk Shots. As the sun went down the music kept up, everyone celebrating the new, happy couple, honoring their love with dance moves both interesting and impressive. People hopped over to the Photo Booth, dressing in props and putting on a show for the camera. The garner and bouquet were both tossed and caught, and the celebration of their beautiful commitment in love continued through the night. Congratulations Jenn + Jeff! We are honored that we were able to be a part of such an amazing day. We wish you the best of years to come. Special thanks to Josh Elliot for the outstanding photography, capturing the timeless day of elegance and allure.
Homefront America's Heroes Night Out Dinner
Homefront America is a volunteer outreach, non-profit organization that supports military families. In 2005, Arthur Hasselbrink + Mamie Yong Maywhort founded Homefront with a mission of honoring those who courageously defend our freedoms and serving their families with quality care in times of need. The organization runs programs for military children, hosts holiday events and distributes donated supplies. Each year, they hold a “Heroes Night Out” event to give back to military families. This year’s festivities were held at the stunning Serra Plaza in San Juan Capistrano. Jay’s was selected to prepare dinner, drinks + dessert for the 400 guests. Our Event Specialist, Patti Robledo, coordinated the cuisine + made sure that every detail fell into place beautifully. It was a night to be remembered, full of sincere camaraderie + entertainment. Families were invited to take pictures at the photo booth, enter a raffle for an assortment of prizes + mingle with others. Before the meal, Color Guards and the 1st Marine Division Band from Camp Pendleton performed for the gathering. The whole event was woven together with a spirit of patriotism and appreciation. Heartfelt speeches and awards were also given during this time. For the meal, Jay’s served up traditional Italian cuisine buffet style. We offered our homemade Italian meat lasagna, vegetarian lasagna, meatballs, caesar salad + freshly baked dinner rolls. These classic menu items were intended to conjure up a sense of comfort and home.Jay’s provided an assortment of drinks at the bar. We also crafted five special cakes to honor the men + women that have served our country. Each one was decorated with a different branch seal, representing the Air Force, Army, US Coast Guard, Navy + Marines.
After the sun had set, the grounds were brilliantly lit by strung lights overhead. Segerstrom Center for the Arts concluded the celebrations with a comedic, musical show. After all, Heroes Night Out is all about giving guests a chance to leave their stresses at home and enjoy a cheerful time with loved ones.
We’d like to extend a huge thanks to Homefront America for letting us play a part in this heartfelt event and Accent Portraits by Diana for sharing her lovely photos with us. To those who bravely serve our country: we greatly appreciate all that you and your families do.