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tic-tock Featured on a Divine-Occasion's Blog

tic-tock is featured on a Divine-Occasion's blog! Kathy Nosek of a Divine-Occasion has been in the wedding, catering and event planning industry for over 20 years. She holds degrees from both Washington State University in Hotel Restaurant Management and the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon. Kathy has experience working as an Executive Chef, as event facility consultant for the Portland Conference Center and as Banquet and Conference Coordinator for the top-rated Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City, Utah.

Kathy also coordinates corporate events for SportsMark Management and has worked on every Winter and Summer Olympic Games since 2002, the World Cup Soccer Finals since 2006, 2007 SuperBowl in Miami and the 2007 NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas.

In addition to all of that impressive experience, Kathy creates beautiful weddings for her clients all over Southern California. She is not only incredibly warm and creative, she is one of the most organized planners around!

Photography by Lawrence Crandall


A Divine Occasion Makes Magic for OC Register's $150,000 Wedding Contest

Ivy and her father take a turn around the ballroom. Husband and wife move across the sand.When the Orange County Register held a contest giving away a $150,000 wedding at The Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, they chose our amazing and accomplished friend Kathy Nosek of A Divine Occasion to make it all happen for winners Peter and Ivy. With only three months to plan and elements like lounge décor, catering, cake, bouquet and (gasp!) Ivy’s dress all being decided by voters at different times, it was not an endeavor for the faint of heart. Of course Kathy was up for making this magical day a reality for this couple and, no, we didn’t do the flowers on this one. We just wanted everyone to know how amazing we think Kathy is – not only for this feat – but for all of the wonderful things she has accomplished over the years. You can read her Q&A with the OC Register here, the full photo gallery of Ivy and Peter's wedding here, see the tic-tock feature on Kathy here and check out Divine Occasion's website here. (phew! that was a lot.)

Orange County Register readers voted on the lounge furniture, which was provided by AFR.The only thing sweeter than this display by Custom Candy Buffet Bars is the bride. Love the plexiglass dancefloor by Fuller Street Productions. Sorry, we don't know who did the photo booth at the moment but we're going to find out for you. Promise. Peter and Ivy smile over Groom's Cake provided by Rossmoor Pastries. Tuba Fire Dancers entertained guests.

Photographs courtesy of Jim Kennedy.


Join Eddie at The Party Goddess! UNCENSORED

UNCENSORED: It’s coming, it’s live and it’s at San Diego's Culy Warehouse March 16th-18th. Put together by The Party Goddess herself, Marley Majcher, UNCENSORED is about events, it’s about design, it’s about marketing and – at the end of the day – it’s about money and how to make more of it with your event business. Marley has lined up a host of industry experts such as celeb wedding planner Mary Dann, Henley Company CEO Nicole Matthews, Raye C Marketing’s Rhonda Couchigian and tic-tock’s very own Eddie Zaratsian to speak on a range of topics from how to stay balanced and focused, to design and marketing to Marley’s signature session “…But Are You Making Any Money?” 

If you’ve never been to The Party Goddess UNCENSORED, you should come and, if you have, come anyway because you’ve never been to this one. We can say that because UNCENSORED has never been done this way.

Eddie is so honored to have been invited to speak at UNCENSORED and is looking forward to sharing his experience and insights as he talks about Successfully Designing with your client’s style in mind. A sneak peek into the floral designs he’s created for some of the industry’s finest including: Fancy That! Events, The Bridal Bar, Exquisite Events, Wendy Rhodes, Kathy Nosek, Ariel Yve and Cassandra Santor.

tic-tock Couture Florals with Sonia Sharma for South Asian Bride Magazine. Images by Yoshi Morimoto.tic-tock Couture Florals with Ariel Yve for Style Me Pretty. Image by Michael and Anna Costa.tic-tock Couture Florals with Cassandra Santor. Image by Joan Allen Photo.

Marley and the experts will help you take a look inside your business to help you gain insight and see where you’re throwing money away and wasting your time and where you’re – as we say – coming up roses!

We’ll see you at UNCENSORED. Click here to register.


New Brides: To You, From Us. With Love (and a lotta help from our friends) - pt.2

Invitation by Amber Moon of PItbulls & PosiesWith all of the excitement surrounding a new engagement, we didn’t want to let much time pass between part one and this, part two of our two part series of tips for the newly engaged from some of the amazing professionals we worked with in 2010. In our last post, we offered tips from Pauline Parry of Good Gracious! Events, Harmony Walton of The Bridal Bar, photographer Marianne Lozano, Beautiful Day’s Cassandra Santor, Nikki and Madiha Khan of Exquisite Events and Christine Zohrabians of Fancy That! Events.

Today, we bring you another wonderful lineup of experts offering tips for the newly engaged: Cobalt Events’ Nicole Hirsty, Kris Kan of Kris Kan Photography, A Divine Occasion’s Kathy Nosek (who also wanted to share a fun new thing some of her brides are doing!) and, a woman who really needs no introduction, Marcy Blum.

Nicole Hirsty, Cobalt Events

1. Congratulations on your engagement! Take a minute to enjoy and celebrate that you are engaged before you dive into all the planning!

2. Sit down with your fiance a make a list of what's important to the two of you before everyone gives you their opinions, ideas and advice.

3. Give yourself a realistic timeline to plan your wedding. Wedding planning can feel like a full time job for a bride while trying to juggle work, school and everything else. By giving yourself enough time and managing it well you can avoid unneeded stress.

Kris Kan, Founder, Kris Kan Photography

1.Set your budget to your preference. After all, this is a once in a lifetime!

2. Be original, get inspired from the simplest possibilities.

3. Dare yourself to step out of your own box and do something a little risky.

4. Work with vendors that you feel most comfortable with. It’s about the connection, not just the product.

5. Don’t forget to enjoy, and dance the night away. After all, your wedding day is all about you!

Kathy Nosek, A Divine Occasion

1. Don’t skimp on invitations – you set the tone for the style of your wedding with invitations.  Cheap invites = Cheap gifts…might need to “word-Smith” this a little bit but general idea is if something beautiful comes in the mail it leaves and impression of what is to come with décor on that day.  Don’t waste time with fancy boxes but invest a little on Letterpress to show class in your selection that can sometimes be just enough…no glue on beads etc…they just bust through the mail machines and destroy the whole look upon arrival.

2. Use real flowers….duh!!  Allow your designer to be the expert and give you ideas rather than follow what everyone else is doing…ex: Mirror top tables to enhance the table top and make it pop.

3.  Spend on photography because this is the only way you will remember and visualize how beautiful everything was.

4. On photography – Photo booth or Photo Green Screen backdrop with tons of fun props.  It allows people to just go crazy and have fun.  Green screen any image can be put in the background.  You could have the “Bulls in Spain” running behind them while they have funny props or something a little more serious totally up to the client. 

5. Same Day Edit video.  This is new and very hot.  Take a look at this clip.  It was taped leading up and on event day to feature an amazing destination 4 day event.  It was shown that night at the reception…Amazing.  Not cheap but totally cool and worth it.  No one wants to see photos of you growing up before you met for the most part wedding videos are cheesy but this is cutting edge and unbelievable!  This is a very short 3-5 minute version and then ultimately the full video would come following the wedding once they add all details in. Go to ceremony within the ceremony to watch video…amazing.

Marcy Blum

1. Before committing to any venue for your ceremony. Go there at the time of day you are planning to get married to judge light etc

2. If you are not working with a planner, you are responsible for making sure your team is all in sync, distribute phone numbers and contact info to and for each vendor from caterer to florist.

We’d like to say a very sincere thank you to all of the incredible people in these posts who shared 2010 with tic-tock and took time out of their busy schedules to begin 2011 with us by sharing some of their expertise with you and to Amber Moon of Pitbulls & Posies for creating our invitation. We love you love you love you all!! Brides? We’ll talk to you soon!




Tips For The Newly Engaged Bride, With Love (& a lotta help from our friends - part 1)

Invitation by Amber Moon of Pitbulls & PosiesHappy (belated) New Year! We had an amazing holiday season and hope you did, too. Each year, the holiday season brings a flurry of new engagements. Are you among the newly engaged? Or thinking that 2011 will be the year you decide to say “I do”?   Planning your wedding can be a wonderful time in your life and your relationship. You probably have a slew of questions and we’ve asked some of our very favorite people we worked with in 2010 to help us start 2011 with a burst of advice for new brides from planners, caterers, photographers and all around experts!

Who did we ask? Harmony Walton, of course – the woman behind The Bridal Bar and one of our longstanding partners, Pauline Parry, founder of Good Gracious! Events and one of our favorite foodies, photographers Marianne Lozano (whose work you see here all the time) and Kris Kan (who’s work you’ve seen here recently), planners Cassandra Santor, the class act at the helm of Beautiful Day, Cobalt Events’ sensational Nicole Hirsty, the wonderful and charming Nikki and Madiha Khan of Exquisite Events, Kathy Nosek of Divine Occasion (she really is divine!), Fancy That!’s super fabulous Christine Zohrabians and the incredible, indefatigable Marcy Blum.

What did we ask? Simple. What tips would they offer to the newly engaged bride?

We received such wonderful responses that we’re going to break this into two posts and let Pauline Parry, who so eloquently stated points that you’ll see reiterated by others, take the intro. Also, you’ll see the same tips come from a few of the experts. Rather than edit them so you only see a tip once, we left them in to demonstrate just how broadly that idea stretches. On that note, Pauline…take it away:

After the joy of the first blush of being engaged and the ring has sparkled around all the family and friends the couple usually then go into panic mode and reality sets in and “oh where do I begin planning our wedding”!!!!  It is then I say…Breathe! You have a professional planner by your side that is here to take care of all hiccups that might happen along the way and resource the right creative partners that will bring your vision alive.

In other words to hire a professional is key to the success of the celebration even if it is only for Wedding Week Management. Align yourself with a planner that has similar sensibilities to yourself and that you like (you don’t have to like anyone else really on the team as long as they do as they say they will do…the only exception to that comment is probably the photographer, you have to feel comfortable with them so they can bring the best from you without you knowing it.

It is one day in a life time that you will experience this day and it is important that you translate this wedding as to who you both are as it really is the first time as a couple you will be the host of your own wedding. Determine the items that are really important and those that are not and plan the budget accordingly.  It is important the week of the wedding you truly find the time to enjoy the whirl of happiness you are feeling and take time for yourself, friends and family and trust all the professionals you have hired!!!!! (Pauline Parry, Good Gracious! Events)

Harmony Walton, The Bridal Bar

1.Don’t jump on the trend bandwagons.  Find quality and seasoned professionals that can create a look that is authentic to you and timeless so you still love your photos for years to come.


2. Do your homework before you hire.  Does the pro you’re considering have the proper insurance and licenses?  Do they have an excellent service record?  Go into your big day with confidence in your team and that doesn’t come from social media chatter, but hard work, the proper structure and a proven track record.

      Marianne Lozano, Studio Lozano Photography

1. Find a photographer whose style & personality represent what you're looking for.

2. Invest in photography.  At the end of it all, it's what you'll have, photos to remember the special day by. Make sure to hire an experienced, full-time professional. There are no do-overs.

     Cassandra Santor, Your Beautiful Day

1. Take your time! Couples tend to get excited about their engagement (and well, of course, they should be) and begin to rush. Questions begin to swarm about the when, what, where and the enivetible how (who's paying for this wedding anyway). My first piece of advice is all about peace. You can say you are excited and that the details are "in-the-works". No need to jump online and spend 20+ hours researching every detail the first week of your engagement (btw 20 hours is well below the national average). Take a breath and enjoy being engaged!

2. Make your guest list a top priority. Before you make major decisions make a list of who you would like to have join you. Ask your family (if they are involved) to do the same. This will automatically put a little pause in the planning. The goal is to be clear on the guest list so you can make a reasonable decision on how your budget will shape up and what makes the most sense. 

Nikki & Madiha Khan, Exquisite Events

1. Make the announcement to family and friends and figure out a date that can accommodate those who would be traveling from out of town. A lot of our couples have extended family out of country.

2. Discuss budget and where you would like the wedding to take place and also what theme you would like because that dictates the budget.

3. Select a venue. A lot of times, venues can be booked a year in advance so to ensure you get the date that you want, book that first.

4. Another nice thing to do is pick your photographer and set up an engagement shoot with him/her which is a good way to see their style first hand.

5. Specific to Indian brides would be if you are getting your outfit custom made in India, put the order is asap. The top designers get booked well in advance and you want to make sure that you get your outfit in time to try it on and make any adjustments if need be.

      Christine Zohrabians, Fancy That! Events

1.  Hire a Wedding Planner BEFORE you start any of your planning! Their knowledge and experience will help turn your dreams into a reality while staying within your budget and taking into account all of the things that are truly important to you and your family! 

2. Visit tons of Bridal Salons!  You will only have ONE opportunity to try on wedding dresses so why not try on dozens? Appointments at bridal salons are tons of fun, quality time with your closest girls, sipping champagne and wearing couture gowns that make you feel like a princess! I recommend that even if you think you found the perfect dress at the first store you visit, visit a few more and try on tons more, enjoy the experience! 


Look for more tips tomorrow from Nicole Hirsty, Kris Kan, Kathy Nosek and Marcy Blum! Big thank you Amber Moon of Pitbulls & Posies for creating our invitation.


Barbara & Jim Say 'I Do' at The St. Regis

When Barbara & Jim said their “I do’s” on April 23rd, we got to do two of our favorite things [besides creating gorgeous designs]. We spent our day working at the St. Regis Monarch Beach and we got to work with Kathy Nosek of A Divine Occasion.

One of Kathy’s favorite things about weddings is that each one is different and this was certainly no exception. From the way Kathy encountered the couple to the bride’s reception display of her talent for playing spoons, this wedding was unique. Kathy met the couple while she was working on another couple’s nuptuals at Pelican Hill. Barbara & Jim were in town touring properties for the California destination dream wedding.  From virtually that moment forward, from choosing the dress to the wrap of the reception, Kathy was with this couple – making sure their day was everything they wanted. Kathy’s secret to creating that day for couples? Listening, talking with the couple and really hearing what is important to them, taking something unique about them and expressing it through their special day.

Being the former owner of a flower shop and having a degree in culinary arts give Kathy Nosek a special insight and expertise into different aspects of a wedding and helps her connect her clients to the perfect vendors for their affaire. This is where we come in. For Barbara and Jim’s wedding we used creams and whites, roses and hydrangea to  create pedestal arrangements in creams and whites for the ceremony and for the reception? Grand centerpieces atop tall glass cylinders surrounded by candles floating in elegant long stemmed bubble glass in of varying heights, adding that extra touch of dimension and giving them the elegant look they wanted.

But what was most important to Barbara and Jim was that their wedding be about celebration and friends – so they made a weekend of it. They had a two-day horseshoe competition leading up to their wedding day and the night before they took their guests out in the Pacific on a 185’ ocean liner. This couple has really made friends, family and helping others an important part of their daily lives and these days were no different. In lieu of gifts, Barbara and Jim asked their guests to make contributions to the couple’s favorite Alzheimer’s charity. After all, they already have everything they need; Life, Love, Friends, Family and each other.


Thanks to Lawrence Crandall Photography for allowing us to use these beautiful photos.


tic-tock Was There: Young Hollywood Awards

Recently, we had the distinct pleasure of being invited to be a part of the Young Hollywood Awards held at the Ebell Theatre. Founded in 1998,  by Hollywood Life magazine, the Young Hollywood Awards honors up and comers, those breaking through and making a difference – not only on the set but in the music studio and on the playing field as well. One of the things that sets the YHA apart is just that, that it honors actors, musicians and athletes and tells you who to watch! This year’s honorees included Liam Hemsworth, Justin Bieber, Jessica Stroup, Whitney Cummings, Ashley Greene, Chad Ochocinco, Nina Dobrev, Nikki Reed and Nick Jonas.

Kathy Nosek of Divine Occasion has been at the design and production helm of YHA for the last 2 years and in such a short time has brought this event to entirely new levels in both areas. As the YHA continues to honor up and coming stars, it looks to be the up and coming event. Keep your eyes open for the YHA next year. In the meantime, enjoy the photos from this year’s soiree, courtesy of Mike Hall.