Archive for July, 2006

Posted on Jul 29, 2006
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Here are my favorite movies with references to weddings in them. What are yours?
10. The Wedding Planner – cute, who can’t love Jennifer Lopez that year. She had the triple crown of entertainment back then. No 1 movie, No 1 single, and No 1 album. It’s not that easy and I wish I looked that good working an event.
9. The Wedding Banquet – A little deception in the reception – FUNNY. This movie is by Ang Lee. The jist of the story is the groom is gay and agrees to a marriage of convenience to pacify his parents. Parents show up and it is a barrel of laughs from there.
8. Wedding Crashers – Although I don’t have any experience in wedding crashers, I was impressed by the story line and laugh my way through the whole thing. I heart Vince Vaughn and he quirks and manner of speaking.
7. My Big Fat Greek Wedding – someday, I will write a short story about My Big Fat Mexican Wedding. Enough said, My Big Fat (insert your culture here) Wedding. We’ve all been there and done that.
6. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – I love musicals and this is not a miss. The eldest brother goes into town to find a wife and convinces her to marry him in the same day. This movie is from 1954 and I remember watching this with my grandma one summer. Who knew I would remember this and have in a top ten list.
5. Bend it Like Beckham – First off, I love the music in this movie and who can resist all the references to Beckham, king of soccer. The story centers around a girl who wants to play soccer, but will not be able to find a suitable husband acting like a boy. Secondary story line is the sister whose wedding on, off and on again. Again, great music – I highly recommend it.
4. It Had to Be You – can you hear the music now? Ginger Rogers has a serious case of cold feet. If nothing else, she has fabulous wedding gowns for her many trips down the aisle. This movie is from 1947. The modern version is Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts.
3. Father of the Bride – New version with Steve Martin – Don’t know what to say. “I want the cheaper chicken” comes to mind. Love this movie!
2. Wedding Singer – I was a teen in the 80’s and I love just about everything about this movie – the Burt and Loni references, the music, the clothes!! I am big SNL fan and Adam Sandler had me at I Do.
1. Muriel’s Wedding – My all time favorite movie about a gal who just wants to get married. Go out and rent this today.

Posted on Jul 28, 2006
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Here are my favorite movies with references to weddings in them. What are yours?
10. The Wedding Planner – cute, who can’t love Jennifer Lopez that year. She had the triple crown of entertainment back then. No 1 movie, No 1 single, and No 1 album. It’s not that easy and I wish I looked that good working an event.
9. The Wedding Banquet – A little deception in the reception – FUNNY. This movie is by Ang Lee. The jist of the story is the groom is gay and agrees to a marriage of convenience to pacify his parents. Parents show up and it is a barrel of laughs from there.
8. Wedding Crashers – Although I don’t have any experience in wedding crashers, I was impressed by the story line and laugh my way through the whole thing. I heart Vince Vaughn and he quirks and manner of speaking.
7. My Big Fat Greek Wedding – someday, I will write a short story about My Big Fat Mexican Wedding. Enough said, My Big Fat (insert your culture here) Wedding. We’ve all been there and done that.
6. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – I love musicals and this is not a miss. The eldest brother goes into town to find a wife and convinces her to marry him in the same day. This movie is from 1954 and I remember watching this with my grandma one summer. Who knew I would remember this and have in a top ten list.
5. Bend it Like Beckham – First off, I love the music in this movie and who can resist all the references to Beckham, king of soccer. The story centers around a girl who wants to play soccer, but will not be able to find a suitable husband acting like a boy. Secondary story line is the sister whose wedding on, off and on again. Again, great music – I highly recommend it.
4. It Had to Be You – can you hear the music now? Ginger Rogers has a serious case of cold feet. If nothing else, she has fabulous wedding gowns for her many trips down the aisle. This movie is from 1947. The modern version is Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts.
3. Father of the Bride – New version with Steve Martin – Don’t know what to say. “I want the cheaper chicken” comes to mind. Love this movie!
2. Wedding Singer – I was a teen in the 80’s and I love just about everything about this movie – the Burt and Loni references, the music, the clothes!! I am big SNL fan and Adam Sandler had me at I Do.
1. Muriel’s Wedding – My all time favorite movie about a gal who just wants to get married. Go out and rent this today.

Posted on Jul 28, 2006
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We are pleased to announce we are teaming up with Bexar County District Attorney, Susan D. Reed and the Rape Crisis Center for their 2nd annual fundraiser: “The Many Faces of Healing” Art Fund Raiser.

Everyday the Rape Crisis Center for Children and Adults is helping meet the needs of sexual assault victims, their families and the community at large. A full service agency that addresses prevention, education, crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy. The Center is now in its 31st year of operation.

This year’s Benefit will be held at The Alameda Theater. It is an art auction consisting of more than 75 pieces of original artwork donated by local artists and a specially designed masks, depicting healing from trauma.

To donate to The Rape Crisis Center click here. Please keep an eye out in the media for updates.


“The Intent of the Heart” is a book created by survivors, friends and loved ones. Created by individuals attempting to work out their pain and healing through art, poetry and written word. Proceeds from each book sold benefit the RCC in order to continue the healing process. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of this book, please contactThe Rape Crisis Center for Children and Adults at(210) 521-7273. Copies are also available Border’s Bookstore in the Quarry!

Posted on Jul 28, 2006
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We are pleased to announce we are teaming up with Bexar County District Attorney, Susan D. Reed and the Rape Crisis Center for their 2nd annual fundraiser: “The Many Faces of Healing” Art Fund Raiser.

Everyday the Rape Crisis Center for Children and Adults is helping meet the needs of sexual assault victims, their families and the community at large. A full service agency that addresses prevention, education, crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy. The Center is now in its 31st year of operation.

This year’s Benefit will be held at The Alameda Theater. It is an art auction consisting of more than 75 pieces of original artwork donated by local artists and a specially designed masks, depicting healing from trauma.

To donate to The Rape Crisis Center click here. Please keep an eye out in the media for updates.


“The Intent of the Heart” is a book created by survivors, friends and loved ones. Created by individuals attempting to work out their pain and healing through art, poetry and written word. Proceeds from each book sold benefit the RCC in order to continue the healing process. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of this book, please contactThe Rape Crisis Center for Children and Adults at(210) 521-7273. Copies are also available Border’s Bookstore in the Quarry!

Posted on Jul 26, 2006
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Here are some pictures from a private birthday party on Thursdsay, July 2oth. We had the pleasure of celebrating with Valentina (LOVE that name). She turned 35 and wanted a pre-emptive strike before she got closer to 40. Doesn’t she look great in this photo. Entertaining in your home is great, when you use the space properly. Most of the event took place near the pool and we constructed a small tent to the side of the property.

We love celebrating with you, whether it is a baptism, wedding, quinceanera or birthday.





Posted on Jul 25, 2006
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Here are some pictures from a private birthday party on Thursdsay, July 2oth. We had the pleasure of celebrating with Valentina (LOVE that name). She turned 35 and wanted a pre-emptive strike before she got closer to 40. Doesn’t she look great in this photo. Entertaining in your home is great, when you use the space properly. Most of the event took place near the pool and we constructed a small tent to the side of the property.

We love celebrating with you, whether it is a baptism, wedding, quinceanera or birthday.





Posted on Jul 20, 2006
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Unfortunately, this story hits home. Mrs. George was our client who married in early June. Although we take every precaution with your personal belongings, we just can’t be in two places at once. This was very distressing for us and we are pleased the bandit has been captured.

Here is the news story copied from WOAI’s website:

http://www.woai.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=B62C9BCA-165C-45B1-B3F3-C92C1442A158

Alleged Bridal Bandit CapturedLAST UPDATE: 7/19/2006 6:36:28 PMPosted By: Mandi Bishop
Many things can go wrong on your wedding day. The photographer is late. You have a bad hair day. You never expect to be robbed!
Police say they caught a local thief targeting brides. News 4 WOAI Trouble Shooter Brian Collister is breaking the story of the alleged “Bridal Bandit.”
“When I came to the conclusion that it only could have happened at the wedding, I was just in disbelief,” said recent bride Karen George. She didn’t just get married on her wedding day, she also got robbed.
She’s in disbelief because, during her ceremony, someone snuck into the bride’s dressing room and stole her credit cards and cash.
“This was an uninvited guest that had invaded our special day, in a church, a place or worship,” George explained.
It turns out, this uninvited guest has been showing up at a lot of weddings around San Antonio. No one put it all together until a dedicated detective figured it out. She came across this bridal bandit while investigating a report of a stolen credit card being used at a local restaurant.
Live Oak detective Anita Seamans told us, “When I found that the credit card was stolen at the church that I worship at, it hit close to home. As I do with all my cases, I prayed over it and did my best.”
Detective Seamans spoke to her pastor, who told her the credit card was stolen during a wedding. So, the detective set up a hidden camera at the next wedding.
“It didn’t take long. About 3 1/2 minutes into the ceremony, me and another female officer observed a female walk into the room and go to each of the purses,” recalled Detective Seamans. She could not believe what she was seeing on tape, which she cannot release until the Bridal Bandit goes to court.
“I was standing there watching it happen on videotape and still kept repeating out loud, ‘I cannot believe she is doing this. I cannot believe she is doing this.’ I could not believe that anyone would steal from God’s house and during the most joyful day in someone’s life, which is their wedding.”
It was Stephanie Bonette’s wedding.
“This is not supposed to happen at my wedding,” Stephanie told us. “This is not what your wedding is supposed to be like.” The bridal bandit stole her credit cards. Stephanie did not know until after the ceremony, when she was approached by the detective.
Stephanie remembered, “She comes up to me very calmly and pats me on the shoulder and says, ‘There’s been a robbery.’ I said, ‘What?!’ I think my jaw dropped.”
Police say the bridal bandit is a woman named Robin Neafie, 30. Neafie is charged with stealing credit cards, but that’s not all. Police later searched Neafie’s apartment and found 18 credit cards, and receipts tying to purchases bought with those cards. Those items include Coach purses, an Ipod, palm pilots, a digital camera, SD cards for the digital camera, and DVD movies.
They also found wedding announcements with notes and directions written on them. Some of those date back to 2002.
Stephanie gave us her thoughts on the alleged suspect.
“I think she is the most horrible and vile person on the face of the earth. This is the most special day in someone’s life, and she is just coming in and destroying it.”
Police tell us Neafie is out of business. She is out on bond, but was unreachable for comment. If you’ve been hit by a bridal bandit call Live Oak Police at 210-653-0033.
Posted on Jul 19, 2006
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Unfortunately, this story hits home. Mrs. George was our client who married in early June. Although we take every precaution with your personal belongings, we just can’t be in two places at once. This was very distressing for us and we are pleased the bandit has been captured.

Here is the news story copied from WOAI’s website:

http://www.woai.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=B62C9BCA-165C-45B1-B3F3-C92C1442A158

Alleged Bridal Bandit CapturedLAST UPDATE: 7/19/2006 6:36:28 PMPosted By: Mandi Bishop
Many things can go wrong on your wedding day. The photographer is late. You have a bad hair day. You never expect to be robbed!
Police say they caught a local thief targeting brides. News 4 WOAI Trouble Shooter Brian Collister is breaking the story of the alleged “Bridal Bandit.”
“When I came to the conclusion that it only could have happened at the wedding, I was just in disbelief,” said recent bride Karen George. She didn’t just get married on her wedding day, she also got robbed.
She’s in disbelief because, during her ceremony, someone snuck into the bride’s dressing room and stole her credit cards and cash.
“This was an uninvited guest that had invaded our special day, in a church, a place or worship,” George explained.
It turns out, this uninvited guest has been showing up at a lot of weddings around San Antonio. No one put it all together until a dedicated detective figured it out. She came across this bridal bandit while investigating a report of a stolen credit card being used at a local restaurant.
Live Oak detective Anita Seamans told us, “When I found that the credit card was stolen at the church that I worship at, it hit close to home. As I do with all my cases, I prayed over it and did my best.”
Detective Seamans spoke to her pastor, who told her the credit card was stolen during a wedding. So, the detective set up a hidden camera at the next wedding.
“It didn’t take long. About 3 1/2 minutes into the ceremony, me and another female officer observed a female walk into the room and go to each of the purses,” recalled Detective Seamans. She could not believe what she was seeing on tape, which she cannot release until the Bridal Bandit goes to court.
“I was standing there watching it happen on videotape and still kept repeating out loud, ‘I cannot believe she is doing this. I cannot believe she is doing this.’ I could not believe that anyone would steal from God’s house and during the most joyful day in someone’s life, which is their wedding.”
It was Stephanie Bonette’s wedding.
“This is not supposed to happen at my wedding,” Stephanie told us. “This is not what your wedding is supposed to be like.” The bridal bandit stole her credit cards. Stephanie did not know until after the ceremony, when she was approached by the detective.
Stephanie remembered, “She comes up to me very calmly and pats me on the shoulder and says, ‘There’s been a robbery.’ I said, ‘What?!’ I think my jaw dropped.”
Police say the bridal bandit is a woman named Robin Neafie, 30. Neafie is charged with stealing credit cards, but that’s not all. Police later searched Neafie’s apartment and found 18 credit cards, and receipts tying to purchases bought with those cards. Those items include Coach purses, an Ipod, palm pilots, a digital camera, SD cards for the digital camera, and DVD movies.
They also found wedding announcements with notes and directions written on them. Some of those date back to 2002.
Stephanie gave us her thoughts on the alleged suspect.
“I think she is the most horrible and vile person on the face of the earth. This is the most special day in someone’s life, and she is just coming in and destroying it.”
Police tell us Neafie is out of business. She is out on bond, but was unreachable for comment. If you’ve been hit by a bridal bandit call Live Oak Police at 210-653-0033.
Posted on Jul 19, 2006
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………..For us anyway………..We have been working hard (even though we were sitting on a beach) on expanding our destination weddings. We have been working on 3 specific locations: Italy, Spain, and Bora Bora. We also have destinations in Mexico – but those come naturally to us.
We just negotiated a fabulous destination wedding to Lake Como, Italy. We cannot wait until September for our trip to Italy to work on the details. This villa is located in Bellagio, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy. Wow, that is certainly a mouth full. We have been in search of the perfect place and we just needed to secure all the details. Take a look at these amazing pictures. This will be a grand wedding for our San Antonio Royalty. Shh – it’s a secret.

If you are interested in a destination wedding, we have locations in Italy, Spain, Everywhere. As we expand out destination locations, we will let you know. I wonder when I am in Lake Como, will I see George Clooney or his friend Brad Pitt who allegedly frequents his villa?

Little known fact about me: I attended school in Rome way back in the Spring of 1990 – probably my best college year. I took art and architecture, literary tradition, western civilization, theology and philosophy of man. I know, I digress. I hope at least one of my children attend UD and attend school in Rome. Way back, I was great with Italian. I just found my Italian – English dictionary, not so good anymore. I will be working on this and giving my passport a work out.

We are currently seeking wedding professionals who can travel with us: photography, design (floral & decor) as well as video. Please call us or refer your wonderful vendor.


Do you remember this scene? Amazing!!



Posted on Jul 18, 2006
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………..For us anyway………..We have been working hard (even though we were sitting on a beach) on expanding our destination weddings. We have been working on 3 specific locations: Italy, Spain, and Bora Bora. We also have destinations in Mexico – but those come naturally to us.
We just negotiated a fabulous destination wedding to Lake Como, Italy. We cannot wait until September for our trip to Italy to work on the details. This villa is located in Bellagio, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy. Wow, that is certainly a mouth full. We have been in search of the perfect place and we just needed to secure all the details. Take a look at these amazing pictures. This will be a grand wedding for our San Antonio Royalty. Shh – it’s a secret.

If you are interested in a destination wedding, we have locations in Italy, Spain, Everywhere. As we expand out destination locations, we will let you know. I wonder when I am in Lake Como, will I see George Clooney or his friend Brad Pitt who allegedly frequents his villa?

Little known fact about me: I attended school in Rome way back in the Spring of 1990 – probably my best college year. I took art and architecture, literary tradition, western civilization, theology and philosophy of man. I know, I digress. I hope at least one of my children attend UD and attend school in Rome. Way back, I was great with Italian. I just found my Italian – English dictionary, not so good anymore. I will be working on this and giving my passport a work out.

We are currently seeking wedding professionals who can travel with us: photography, design (floral & decor) as well as video. Please call us or refer your wonderful vendor.


Do you remember this scene? Amazing!!