Lining up for a lifetime of love

This is pretty cool! Very romantic…

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Let Jan 4 go down in history as the sweetest day of all. In Chinese, the date 2013-1-4 has a similar pronunciation to “love you for a lifetime”, making it one of the most auspicious and romantic days to tie the knot.

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Featured Vendor – The Downtown Club

 

The Downtown Club
2120 Kern Street
Fresno, CA 93721

Ph. (559) 233-2142
Fax. (559) 233-7544

Located in the heart of Fresno’s renovated downtown, The Downtown Club has long served as the gathering point for the community’s leaders and decision makers. Formed in 1963, The Downtown Club was originally located on the top floor of the T.W. Patterson Building, before moving to the renovated Fresno Republican Printery Building in 1982. Once strictly a members-only club, the Downtown Club is now open to the public for private catered events.

A Time – Honored Tradition of Service

The Downtown Club services its members and guests with attentiveness reminiscent of an earlier time. Meals are not rushed, special requests are honored, and courtesy is the rule of the day.

Menu selections, prepared by the Executive Chef and his culinary staff, feature the freshest Valley produce and are varied weekly to reflect the changing seasons. The Downtown Club’s professional staff is available to anticipate your every need and meet your every expectation.

The Club

Located in the heart of Fresno’s renovated downtown, The Downtown Club has long served as the gathering point for the community’s leaders and decision makers. Formed in 1963, The Downtown Club was originally located on the top floor of the T.W. Patterson building, before moving to the renovated Fresno Republican Printery Building in 1982, where it remains a vital part of the Valley’s business and political scene.

The Club’s Discreet entrance belies the stimulating architecture that awaits when you step inside. Once you do, you know you have arrived someplace special. The attitude and ambience of The Downtown Club create a lasting impression not easily duplicated.

Wedding Receptions 

Located in the heart of Fresno, The Downtown Club is the perfect location for your special day.   Once strictly a members-only club, the Downtown Club is now open to the public for private catered events.  The Downtown Club is rich with tradition; for 34 years, it has been the site for some of the grandest social events in Fresno. Our refined hospitality and classic ambiance welcomes new friends and old with the same gracious charm.

The Downtown Club seats up to 200 guests for served or buffet style wedding receptions with a DJ and Dance Floor.   On-site ceremonies may be had for weddings under 100 guests, with a reception to follow on the main floor.  The Downtown Club’s full bar is available to all wedding guests, with a beautiful stained glass partition separating the lounge area from the main floor.  Additional side rooms are available as well to suit your needs; a bride’s room, kids’ room, or enclosure for the gift table are all possible at The Downtown Club.

Let our experienced staff take the worry out of planning so you can relax and enjoy this very special day.

Reunions, Seminars, and Other Special Events

Private rooms are available for parties ranging in size up to 80 persons, with AV equipment on site for your use.   Our large main floor accommodates up to 140 without a dance floor for all of your large-group needs.   The main floor and large side room are frequently used together to facilitate appetizer-only parties of up to 300 guests.  Whether you’re holding a fundraiser, retirement party, political event, or reunion, the timeless beauty of this facility will add just the right touch.

On Site Catering Services

Chef Rick and his highly skilled staff offer a creative variety of both traditional and innovative cuisine.  Our standard menus may be viewed here on the website, with a full range of appetizers, salads, main courses, and desserts.  The wide range of choices available at The Downtown Club focuses on Local and Organic options, and over 90% of its menu is created in house, from scratch.  Several vegetarian dishes are listed on our menus,  and we will be happy to prepare a favorite family recipe, design an ethnic food theme, or create a specialized menu for a particular occasion.

About Premier Bride

Welcome to Premier Bride Fresno, the valley’s most complete wedding website to Central Valley brides! Our directory includes the best wedding professional in and around the Fresno, CA area for your wedding. We are proud to provide you with information for wedding locations, reception sites, caterers, DJ’s, bridal salons, decorators and wedding planners. We also cover Visalia, Clovis, Oakhurst, Madera, Tulare, Lemoore, Reedley, and Selma. Premier Bride, your local wedding resource.

Here we feature our wedding vendors to spotlight their services and specialties. Congratulations on your upcoming event – we wish you a lifetime of happiness, adventure and joy.

 

 

Featured Vendor – Mariano Friginal Photography

 

Wedding Photography

Featured Vendor – Mariano Friginal Photography

I can’t say this any other way — I love shooting weddings. It thrills me to think that I get to capture some of the most important moments in people’s lives. Weddings give me the unique opportunity to creatively capture the love story of each couple that I photograph. If you would like to talk to me about photographing your wedding, all you need to do is call the studio or send me a note using the form below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Inquire About Wedding Photography

A Note From The Artist

When I first started photographing weddings, I thought to myself, “it can’t get any better than this.” I mean, I loved what I was doing, the atmosphere inspired me to create art, and all my couples were super awesome to work with. Now, I find myself saying the same thing over and over again after each wedding, family portrait, senior session, and photography workshop. My wife and I feel that we’ve been so greatly blessed by God with the families that I get to work with. Thank you all for expressing your appreciation of my work. I’m at a loss for words in expressing my gratitude, but it’s appropriate to repeat — Thank you!

Studio Information

Based in Fresno, California
Consultations are by appointment only
Phone: 559-367-2452
Email: info@marianofriginal.com

Rates & Other Pricing Information

Please visit the gallery section and click on Frequently Asked Questions to get pricing information for specific services.

 

Featured Vendor: Lemmon Made

About

Lemmon Made Weddings, Events, and Custom Invitations to bring your dreams of a beautiful, stress-free wedding to life. Lemmon Made Weddings, Events, and Custom Invitations supply creative solutions to your wedding and event needs.
Services include:

Custom Invitations

We design each invitation order not only around the bride but also the event, so you get a one of a kind product.
Have no idea what you want for your invitations? We have samples and ideas to help with the design process.
We can take care of all your stationary need from the invitations and response cards to map cards, programs and table numbers. We can also help with wedding etiquette guidance.

Wedding and Event Decorating
If you are looking for someone to make your wedding or event beautiful but have taken care of the planning your self, Lemmon Made offers decorating services.

These services include but are not limited to:

Cake table
Head table
Back Drops
Draping
Artistic Display
Birthday parties, Baby showers, and special events
Holiday, Home and Business Decorating

Lemmon Made also offers decorating services for the home and business. We can do entire rooms or just the windows, Lemmon Made will provide a beautiful product. For the business, we can dress your window to give it that big city feel. And coming soon Holiday Decorating, both inside and out.Wedding and Event Planning

Lemmon Made offers many wedding and event planning packages including full service coordination, day of coordination, consultation and budgeting services.

Day of Event coordination packages include:

Attend/conduct rehearsal
Supply vendors and wedding party with an outline of event
Instruct and oversee all duties of participants
Oversee set-up and decorating
Assist bride & maids with dressing
Supervise all vendors and professionals (Including photographers, florist, and caterers)
Ensure everything runs as planned
Handle necessary payments
Supervise entire ceremony and reception
Attend to guests’ special needs
Oversee the tear down of event

Full service coordination packages include all services included in the Day of Event Package plus:

Location search and availability
Styling and designing of event
Vendor search and availability
Retail search and retainment
Budget management
Wedding etiquette guidance
Overview and education
Assistance with all details of the event planning process
Full management on event day including setup and tear down of the event

Budgeting and Consulting services include:

Overview and education
Wedding etiquette guidance
Budget guidance
Vendor and Location referrals

For more information about wedding planning, wedding vendors & bridal shows, please visit www.pbcv.com.

Premier Bride Featured Vendor – Chiffonos Bakery

Chiffonos Bakery specializes in “chocolate wrapped” wedding and special occasion cakes, cupcakes and made from scratch desserts. They also offer organic Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company coffee, which is brewed by the cup when ordered in our specialty coffee bar.

What is a “chocolate wrapped” cake?

Chiffonos Bakery “sheets” white or dark chocolate into a thin layer (think wrapping paper) then “wraps” it around your cake. They can make it smooth or ruffled and can tint white chocolate to your event colors. They also make chocolate roses that can be added to your cake along with cut-outs like stars, hearts and polka dots. Please take a look at our pictures of chocolate wrapped cakes. We also have pictures on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/chiffonosbakery.

Chiffonos Bakery “Wrapped” Cake

About Chiffonos cakes
All of Chiffonos cakes are made from scratch on premises from recipes developed by Chiffonos. We use only the finest ingredients, like unsalted butter, real eggs, natural flavors and guittard chocolates. All of our standard cake flavors can be used for your wedding cake except fresh fruit fillings.

Chiffonos specializes in “chocolate wrapped” wedding cakes, this is an actual chocolate wrap and not fondant. Dark or white chocolate is wrapped around your cake to create a unique finish that tastes as good as it looks. The chocolate wrap can be smooth or ruffled and can be tinted to your wedding colors. Hand made chocolate roses are also available.

Chiffonos Bakery Wedding Cake


Placing your order
To ensure the highest quality, and because we bake from scratch, Chiffonos limits the number of wedding cake orders. 4-6 months lead time for your wedding cake is recommended.  Appointments for wedding consultations are available Monday – Thursday (evening appointments available), please contact the bakery for availability. A $50 non refundable deposit will hold your wedding date, with the balance due 10 days before your event.

Servings and prices

Wedding cakes come in many styles, like the classic tiered cake or the more modern stacked wedding cake. They can serve from fifty to hundreds of guests depending on your needs and style, sheet cakes can also be used. Our cakes are a generous 4″ tall and come in a variety of flavors, current pricing starts at $5.95 per guest for chocolate wrapped cakes and $3.95 for buttercream. The top tier is not counted in the servings, it is customarily saved for your one year anniversary. Delivery and set up charge is additional.

Round Cakes:
65 Servings – 6″, 8″, 10″ round layers
120 Servings – 6″, 8″, 10″, 12″ round layers
200 Servings – 6″, 8″, 10″, 12″, 14″ round layers

Square Cakes:
80 Servings – 6″, 8″, 10″ square layers
150 Servings – 6″, 8″, 10″, 12″ square layers

Side Cakes:
1/2 sheet cake (12″x18″) – serves 75-100
1/4 sheet cake (9″x13″) – serves 40-50

Chiffonos Bakery is located in the Via MontanaShopping Center (in the parking lot with OSH) at the N/E corner of Cedar and Shepherd Ave in Fresno.

Premier Bride Featured Vendor – Fresno Event Group

Premier Bride Featured Vendor – Fresno Event Group

Fresno Event group is a full service event and design group that will take you from conception to presentation. They specialize in highly personalized event management, superb attention to detail and creativity. Their team knows how to throw the kind of event that will have people raving.

Simple or elaborate, Fresno Event Group can help you stay within your budget. They pull out all the stops to take your event from ordinary to extraordinary.

  • Weddings
  • Corporate Events
  • Golf Tournamnets
  • Motorcycle Rallies
  • Social Events
  • Fundraisers
  • and much more!

Whether you are wanting help from start to finish or something in between, they are ready to take the weight of planning off your shoulders.

Pricing

Because each event is unique and special, pricing is based individually. Call Fresno Event Group for a one-hour consultation free of charge. They can then help design your vision within your budget.

The most important element in determining the quality of your event is EXPERIENCE!

Barbara Tanimoto – barb@fresnoeventgroup.com

Barbara is the hub of Fresno Event Group and the “go to girl” to make it happen. Prior to launching Fresno Event Group, Barbara was involved with many charitable organizations. With over 15 years of non-profit fundraising she directed and managed numerous corporate events, fundraising luncheons, black tie galas, golf tournaments, charity walks, motorcycle rallies, small intimate parties and grand soirees.

Her passion is to create the most gorgeous event and make it a reality that is enjoyable, exciting and stress-free for her clients. She has built a team of highly respected individuals to be a part of Fresno Event Group. Exceptional management experience, multi-tasking several demanding projects at once and getting it done on time and on budget is what she does best. If you think it, she will create it.

  • Annual Bob Powers Invitational Golf Classic – Central Coast
  • Annual Anlin Windows Charity Golf Tournament – Fresno
  • Annual Realtors Golf Tournament – Central Coast
  • Annual Black Tie Gala for National Charity
  • Coordinator for National Charity involvement in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
  • Creator of Motorcycle Rally for National Charity
  • Director of National Charity Walks for multiple non-profit organizations
  • Gala event planner for local Art Museum
  • Organized Tournament of Dreams for National Charity
  • Produced numerous corporate luncheons and donor recognition dinners

Cindy Bergthold – cindy@fresnoeventgroup.com

Cindy was born and raised right here in Fresno. She is in charge of materials, supplies, and anything else it takes to keep the job running smooth and, of course, whatever Barb tells her to do! Her love of design and color is a passion that she has kept for family and friends, until now.

Ed Bergthold – ed@fresnoeventgroup.com

Local boy done good! Ed was born in Reedley, CA and has lived in the valley his entire life. He served in our armed forces and is retired from the military. Ed is a licensed contractor and builds our sets or special pieces as needed. He also specializes in photography, graphic arts, layout and printing. He does invitations, menus, flyers or whatever you can dream up. Thanks Ed!

Ronnie

Designer Extraordinaire! Need we say more? Ronnie has 23 years of experience in the design world & we are excited to have his talent on board.

Premier Bride Featured Vendor Appellation: California

Appellation: California – Premier Bride’s Featured Vendor

ApCal is the perfect place for your next party! Whether you are planning an elegant vineyard wedding, a lively charity fundraiser, a fun-filled class reunion or a casual corporate event, look no further than ApCal. Our beautiful gardens and expansive lawn area can accommodate groups from 15 to 1500 and 100+ year old Valley Oak tree will keep your guests cool in the shade. ApCal prides themselves in providing the very best for your special event. They have excellent relationships with their vendors and can provide you with a wide range of choices and recommendations for any occasion, with added luxury of personal service. One call and they’ll do it all!

In the rare circumstance that a party may wish to decline ApCal’s services and merely obtain use of their beautiful venue, they do offer a “Do-it-Yourself” event option. With this option you can make all your own arrangements, with the exception of beer and wine purchases, which due to licensing restrictions MUST be made through ApCal.

Weddings

  • ApCal events
  • Do-it-Yourself events

Special Events

  • Charity events
  • Concerts and Festivals
  • Other events

Banquet/Conference Room

  • During business hours
  • After hours

Tasting Room Take-over Party For more information please contact us

Food and Drink Options

Imagine exchanging your vows in the shade of a glorious Valley Oak that could have seen your grandparent’s wedding day. ApCal is the Cental Valley’s loveliest winery wedding venue and the perfect place for your special day. Our beautiful landscaped grounds are surrounded by vineyard views and can accommodate any size group from 50 to 1500.

The ideal combination of space, shade, service and spectacular surroundings will make your wedding celebration a unique and unforgettable experience. Appellation: California offers complete packages for your ceremony and/or reception, as well as a “Do-it-Yourself” option.

ApCal Fountain

ApCal Wedding Package

$24.95 per person includes

  • Outdoor Facility
  • Set-up/Clean-up
  • Chairs/Tables/Linens
  • Napkins/China/Flatware/Glassware
  • One indoor restroom
  • One outdoor restroom
  • Parking attendant
  • Beverage bartender
  • Guest book table
  • Cake table
  • Private security
  • Guest book table
  • 18% gratuity

~ Food & Beverages not included
~ Madera County Sales Tax of 7.75% will be added to the total invoice

Do-it-Yourself Option

  • $12.95 per person – up to 100 guests
  • $10.95 per person – for each additional guest
  • ApCal must provide ALL beer and wine service
  • Madera County Sales Tax of 7.75% will be added to the total invoice

Take a 360 Tour of ApCal to experience Our Venue – Click Here

Premier Bride Central Valley

Congratulations on your engagement! Here you will find the best Fresno wedding professionals in the valley for your wedding planning in and around the Fresno, CA area. If you’re looking for Florists, DJs, Wedding Photographers, Bridal Gowns, Limos, or Reception Locations, you’re in the right place. Premier Bride opens the door to the most complete list of wedding vendors in the Fresno area. Again, congratulations on your upcoming wedding and thanks for turning to Premier Bride! (Feature photo from Carli Morgan Photography)

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Welcome to Premier Bride Fresno, the valley’s most complete wedding website to Central Valley brides! Our directory includes the best wedding professional in and around the Fresno, CA area for your wedding. We are proud to provide you with information for wedding locations, reception sites, caterers, DJ’s, bridal salons, decorators and wedding planners. We also cover Visalia, Clovis, Oakhurst, Madera, Tulare, Lemoore, Reedley, and Selma. Premier Bride, your local wedding resource.

Premier Bride Central Valley is owned and operated in Fresno, CA by Tracy Barnes and Kristy Montgomery. Let our advertisers know you found them with Premier Bride! It is the result of their investment that has made this complimentary publication and website available to you. Here you will find some of the Valley’s best Caterers, Photographers, Reception Sites, Ceremony Sites, DJ’s, Invitations, Limos, Make-Up, Party Suppliers, Bridal Salons, Bridal Registries, Decorators, Videographers and Honeymoons Planners – just to name a few! We hope you enjoy the Valley’s most complete wedding website – Premier Bride!

Premier Bride
Publishers: Tracy Barnes & Kristy Montgomery
Located inside the Premier Bride Wedding Center
7075 N. West Avenue
Fresno, CA 93711
Tel: 559-435-8888

‘The Bachelor’ Engagement Rings

Ever wonder what the Bachelor engagement rings look like up close? Well, wonder no longer! Check out these beautiful rings – some of which will hold up a bit longer than some of the popular reality show’s couplings.

Roberto Martinez proposed to “The Bachelorette” Ali Fedotowsky with a three-carat Asscher-cut diamond engagement ring by Neil Lane. The ring is accented with 184 round brilliant-cut diamonds and retails for $50,000.
Photo: Neil Lane

Jake Pavelka got down on one knee and asked Vienna Girardi to marry him with a three-carat princess-cut diamond engagement ring by Neil Lane. The $50,000 ring has 70 smaller diamonds surrounding the center stone.
Photo: Neil Lane

Jillian Harris was the lucky recipient of a $60,000 pear-shaped diamond engagement ring when Ed Swiderski proposed on “The Bachelorette.” The Neil Lane bauble has three baguette-cut diamonds on each side.
Photo: Neil Lane

When “The Bachelor” Jason Mesnick proposed to Melissa Rycroft, he chose a nearly two-carat Neil Lane marquise-cut diamond encrusted with 170 smaller diamonds around it.
Photo: Neil Lane

Celebrity Wedding Hair Styles

Celebrity Wedding Hair Styles
We can find inspiration anywhere and today we look to the stars for some celebrity wedding hair styles. Here are some of our favorites…

Kate Middleton had hairstylists James Pryce and Richard Ward create a classic half-up style to complement her diamond Cartier tiara. Strands of hair were pulled back from each side of her face and tucked into a bun, dubbed the demi-chignon. The rest of her tresses were worn down in long cascading curls.

Kate Moss chose a simple hairstyle which combined touches of vintage and romance for her country wedding to Jamie Hince. Hairstylist Sam McKnight styled her blonde locks in tousled waves, and a stunning Juliet cap-style veil made of woven lace and sequins completed the look.
Photo: Flynet Pictures

At her wedding to Andrew Firestone, Ivana Bozilovic wore her hair off her shoulders and in a deep side part. After her hair was pulled into an off-center bun and pinned in the back, a few strands were left loose in the front to add a little extra shape. See more photos of Ivana Bozilovic and Andrew Firestone’s wedding.

Actress Marisa Coughlan wore her hair curled in loose waves with half pulled up away from her face. Diamond clips were secured across the top of her head along with a veil. Marisa married Stephen Wallach on August 17, 2009.
Photo: Lulu Photography