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  • 4B | THEPRESS.NET Wedding Planner JUNE 25, 2010

    New upscale event center at Trilogy

    Couples searching for a spectacular setting for their wedding have a new venue to consider. Club Los Meganos is a

    34,000-square-foot resort-style club-

    house at Trilogy at the Vineyards in

    Brentwood set amid the breathtaking

    backdrop of East Countys rolling hills

    and vineyards.

    Whats amazing about this facility

    is that there is nothing like it in all of East

    County, said Charleen Early, Club Los

    Meganos catering and events manager.

    With our gorgeous views and beauti-

    ful new event center, who wouldnt

    want to get married here? Its absolutely

    spectacular.

    The community got its rst peek at

    the premiere facility last week during a

    public tour and media event hosted by

    Trilogy at the Vineyards. The ve-star

    gathering included Brentwood Mayor Bob

    Taylor and members of the City Council as

    well as local of cials and dignitaries.

    In addition to weddings, which are

    held in the Los Meganos Mt. Diablo Event

    Center, the clubhouse was also designed

    to accommodate a variety of special

    events, including smaller, private parties,

    outdoor concerts and lectures. Beginning

    this month, Trilogy at the Vineyards will

    host its inaugural Keynote Lecture Series,

    spotlighting a number of speakers on a

    variety of topics.

    Were very excited about introducing

    our 2010 Keynote Lecture Series, which

    we think will be become very popular with

    our members and the general public,

    said Dan OBrien, area president for Shea

    Homes Active Lifestyle Communities and

    Trilogy resident. Each of our guest lectur-

    ers brings a unique subject to the table.

    A ower-decked fountain greets visitors at Club Los Meganos, the spectacular new event center located at Trilogy at the Vineyards in Brentwood.

    R U T H R O B E R T S

    Photo by Richard Wisdom

  • JUNE 25, 2010 Wedding Planner THEPRESS.NET | 5B

    We expect that this series will become a community asset, part of what makes living in Brentwood so attractive.

    The one-of-a-kind multi-million-dollar facility is surrounded by 10 lush, Mediterranean-style gardens situated amid re ection pools, terraces and verandas. Luxuriant landscaping, including olive groves and rustic vineyards, highlight the 30,000 square feet of outdoor amenities. Walking trails, tennis and bocce ball courts and other outdoor amenities surround Los Meganos, offering a continuous source of exercise and relaxation opportunities.

    Club Los Meganos offers an abun-dance of star-resort features, including a full-service day spa (open to the public) with indoor and outdoor treatment rooms for nails, facials, massages and more. There are also a variety of dining opportunities and service options at Los Meganos as well, including a caf (also open to the public), gourmet cooking studio, poolside cabana service, spa lounge and full-service catering kitchen.

    Two pools one indoor and one outdoor offer recreational options, and an expansive state-of-the-art athletic club featuring dedicated areas for cardio, strength-training and womens-only workouts are available to members, as are the expansive, upscale mens and womens locker rooms.

    The clubs completion is expected to stimulate the areas economy while provid-ing a unique destination location for active adults, corporate gatherings and special events.

    Were proud that this projects completion is a re ection of the produc-tive partnership between Trilogy and the City of Brentwood, said OBrien. Weve

    long had the con dence in the East Bays economic future to proceed with a devel-opment of this size, scope and scale.

    To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

    The opulence of the new Club Los Meganos in Brentwood is evidenced by the dramatic water feature that enhances the clubs day spa.

    Photo by Richard Wisdom

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    Plan a pre-weddingtalk about moneyIf you havent yet butted heads with your mate over money, chances are you will one day. No matter how compatible a couple is

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    Before you walk down the aisle, have a conversation about nances and credit. Transparency over nances builds trust in a relationship and establishes your mutual monetary goals.

    Any pre-nuptial money talk should start out with credit and debt speci cally how much debt each of you carries (student loans, car loans, credit cards), how you plan to pay it off, what your credit scores and

    see Money page 9B

    Couples who sit down and discuss money before taking their vows can avoid nancial con icts down the road.

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    Wedding favors marry fun, functionWhen it comes to creat-ing perfection on your wedding day, its hard to understate the importance of the

    wedding favor. The favor is the piece

    of your wonderful day that guests

    will take away with them. You want

    it to be something special, unique and

    memorable, a tangible reminder that

    theyll turn to again and again.

    Were seeing more brides today turning to wedding favors that marry fun and function, uniqueness and usefulness, says Allison Bergstedt of MyWeddingReceptionIdeas.com, a leading

    online resource for brides seeking unique wedding favors and other wedding items. Perhaps its a re ection of the times, as we are all tending to be more frugal and prac-tical with our money. The favors of choice today are ones that guests will nd useful long after the ceremony is over. Here are some hints for useful favors:Utensils Not everyone has a mantle on which to display a pretty silver picture frame, says Bergstedt, but everyone has a kitchen. And the variety of utensils used in the kitchen make it possible to nd a favor that not only useful, but that matches your personality.

    Popular kitchen wedding favors include kitchen timers, olive oil bottles, cookie cutters, measuring spoons, ice cream scoops and bowls, cheese graters

    see Favors page 8B

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    and tea infusers.Shakers What favor better embodies the essence of marriage the perfect pairing of complementary opposites? Salt and pepper shakers range from fun and frolicking to classic and nostalgic to modern and bold.Coasters Who doesnt own a table that needs protection from water marks? Coasters are practical favor, and theyre available in such a variety of designs and styles youll have no trouble nding a set that atters the theme of your wedding and keeps alive the memory of your special day every time your guests sip a beverage.Food A wise man once said food is the most personal gift, and when given as wedding favors, food products can be practical and very welcome too. You can opt to go for fun, and give guests Key Lime margarita mix. Or go for heartwarming and

    homespun with tea bags and a tea caddy or muf n mix with mini muf n pans.Charities Another option gaining popularity is to give guests a token that lets them know a donation has been made in their honor to a much-loved charity. For example, you can give a small pink photo frame imprinted with the breast cancer awareness ribbon and a portion of the purchase price will go toward an organi-zation that supports young women with breast cancer. Or use a tent card at each place setting to let guests know what char-ity youve bene ted on their behalf.

    Giving a useful favor also taps another hot trend for green favors, says Bergstedt. Any favor that your guests will keep and not throw away quali es as green. For more wedding favor ideas, visit www.MyWeddingReceptionIdeas.com.

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    Favors from page 7B

    A wedding favor thats useful as well as thoughtful makes your special day more memo-rable to the special people who are a part of it.

  • reports look like, and how youll use credit to achieve your goals. Enrolling in a credit monitoring membership can be a good way to start the dialogue. Web sites such as www.freecreditscore.com make it easy to review your credit scores and reports online. While youll each have an individual credit score throughout your marriage, your credit like your lives will be linked for better or worse.

    Once youve talked about credit, cover these conversation points next:Saving and spending habits Is one of you frugal and the other a habitual spend-er? As balance is important in any marriage, your saving and spending habits should balance each other. Ideally, you should save enough to cover several months of expenses and spend enough to cover your essential needs with a little left over for some fun.Retirement plans Its never too early to start thinking about how youll fare nan-cially during retirement. Discuss your current retirement accounts. If you have none, consult a nancial planner to nd out what plan is best for your needs and goals.Spending styles How will you fund big purchases such as new furniture or your honeymoon? Will you save until you can pay cash for big-ticket items, or will you use credit? Consider and discuss how youll pay for bigger purchases.Taxes Talk about when youll le your taxes, and consult with your accountant to see what ling status such as married ling jointly, married ling separately or head-of-household will bene t you the most.Marrying your money Will you estab-lish a joint account and deposit both your incomes there? Will you maintain separate accounts or establish a household budget account and both contribute a portion of your monthly income?Budgeting Create a household budget and decide who will write the checks (or pay bills online). Will you pay personal expenses such as car payments and student loan payments from separate accounts?

    By discussing nancial issues before you exchange vows, you can help ensure you start married life with a clear vision of how youll use money to make your lives better.

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    JUNE 25, 2010 Wedding Planner THEPRESS.NET | 9B

    Money from page 6B

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    Kelly Cook loves weddings. As owner of Heaven Scent Florals in Discovery Bay, shes assembled oral arrangements

    for more than 400 weddings in the

    past nine years, but she never tires of

    making brides feel special.

    Flowers are the thread of the wedding day, Cook explained. The owers are the consistent element of the day other than the happy couple. Flowers help set the mood, and every bride deserves beautiful owers on her wedding day.

    Selecting the owers for your wedding is just as important as choosing a caterer or photographer, so Cook advises brides choose a orist at least six months in advance. Since she only books one event per day, she advises potential clients to contact her about eight months in advance to secure a date.

    When girls get engaged, they hop online right away and start researching to gure out what they want, Cook said. Some girls might be really excited about the owers and want to do that rst, but if you come in for a consultation and dont have a date picked, I cant guarantee that Ill be available.

    So when it comes to planning your

    wedding, Cook urges couples to set a date and pick a venue before they begin re ning other details. Prior to choosing a orist, Cook recom-mends that couples have their wedding colors picked out.

    Cook, who works from her home of ce and studio, asks brides to ll out a pre-consul-tation form in advance so that she can begin brainstorming ideas prior to the rst meeting. In addition to colors, Cook also likes to know what the couple has budgeted for owers.

    On average, the owers are going to represent 10 to 15 percent of the overall

    wedding budget, said Cook. Even with the economy the way it is, people still want to get married, but they want to get their moneys worth and still make the day special. I like to nd out what budget I get to work with to create the right design that matches the brides personality.

    Personality is a big factor when coming up with a design, according to Cook. The consultation meeting gives Cook an opportu-nity to gauge the brides style. Cook said if the bride has selected her dress by this point in the planning process, she should bring a photo of

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    The brides bouquet, such as this one designed by Kelly Cook of Heaven Scent Florals, is one of the many oral arrangements essential to the wedding celebration.

    Photo courtesy of Connie Leal Photography

    12B | THEPRESS.NET Wedding Planner JUNE 25, 2010

  • the dress so that Cook may create a bouquet that complements the dress. If the bride hasnt settled on a dress yet, Cook urges brides to bring in photos or magazine clippings to repre-sent what shed like.

    Cook also offers to service the wedding for an additional fee. So while shell already be there to help set up the owers, shell stick around for the entire event to help make sure boutonnieres are pinned properly or give a pep talk to the ower girl if shes feeling shy.

    I do a little bit of everything not just the owers, Cook said. Weddings can be

    very hectic, so Im on standby, waiting to help out wherever I can. Once I even helped repair a bridesmaids bracelet. Its such an honor to play a small part in this special day, and when I see the brides face when I deliver the owers thats a special moment. Some brides cry and others are just so appreciative. I get a little emotional sometimes when they allow me to be a part of this moment. Its an honor.

    For more information about Heaven Scent Florals, call 925-634-9325 or visit www.hs orals.com.

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    Flower centerpieces, such as this one designed by Kelly Cook of Heaven Scent Florals, can be traditional or contemporary, depending on the brides tastes.

    Photo courtesy of Connie Leal Photography

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    De-stressing your destination weddingWhether youre planning a wedding close to home, or at the destina-tion of your dreams, wedding prepara-

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    If you plan on experiencing that fairytale, destination wedding, youd better make time for plenty of planning.

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    Be realisticFrom childhood images of a beautiful

    gown and owers to blue skies as you walk arm in arm down the aisle with your father,

    every bride has a must-have list. While taking your vows in an exotic location might meet the terms of your lifetime fantasies, its important to consider realistic goals and ensure that your must-haves are attainable.

    Elderly guests such as grandpar-ents might have trouble traveling long distances. Youll need to balance the

    travel limitations of those people you must have at your wedding with the realities of holding your event far from home. If you must have sand, beautiful water and palm trees, it might be more practical for family and friends to go somewhere in Florida or California as opposed to the Caribbean or Bahamas. Compromise will be key in ensuring you get all you desire and have those you most love at your destination wedding.

    Remember youre all traveling

    Travel is one of the great complica-tions of destination weddings. Even if your bookings result in low airfares and discounted hotel rates, travel can still throw a wrench in your plans if you lose a passport or important travel document, or someone falls ill far from home.

    One way savvy brides deal with travel complications is to invest in a medical and travel assistance membership to ensure her and her loved ones are covered in case something goes wrong. In the event of a lost or stolen passport, travel documents or credit cards, travel and medical assistance companies such as On Call International provide help away from home. On Call International offers 24/7 assistance with legal issues, lost luggage, and ight delays or cancellations and can also help with pre-travel information such as immuniza-tions and important information about your destination prior to departure.

    And if a member of the wedding party falls ill far from home, medical assistance ranges from a 24-hour nurse help line to unlimited coverage to evacuate the ill person back to the hospital of their choice in the states. Visit www.oncallinternational.com to learn more.

    Capitalize on your budget benefi ts

    One common misconception about destination weddings is that they are lavish, costly affairs with large guest lists. However, many wedding planning experts agree you can achieve a destination wedding for less than $10,000 because the travel and potential expenses encour-age most brides to pare down their wedding to what they truly want most.

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    Finally, dont underestimate the bene ts, including cost and time savings, of working with a wedding planner who specializes in your destination of choice and can save you money, time and aggravation.

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    their big day, so they might not put in the effort and attention to detail to make it perfect. When I take on a wedding, I eat, drink and sleep that day so that I can create a setup thats perfect for that couple. The bride should feel like queen for a day, and I do what I can to make sure

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    Friday, June 25Hawaiian Luau Dinner DanceThe Brentwood Senior Citizens Club invites you to an evening of entertainment, fine din-ing and dancing from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 925-516-5380 or 925-516-5444.

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    Free Vacation Bible SchoolBrentwood Bible Fellowship hosts High Seas Expedition Vacation Bible School for kids in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Sessions run June 28-July 2 from 9 a.m.-noon. Class includes Bible adventures, crafts, games, music and snacks. For more information and to sign-up, call 925-634-4909 or visit www.brentwoodfellowship.org.

    PEACE4KIDSThe nonprofit P4K organization is looking for community supervisors and host families for incoming exchange students ages 15-18 for the upcoming semester, school year and cal-endar year. For more information, visit www.peace4kids.net or call 877-381-4739 or 209-541-1211.

    East County Lions Youth FootballEast County Lions hold sign-ups on July 11 and 25 at Aladinos Pizza in Oakley. Registration is $50. For more information, call Ernie 925-759-0667 or visit www.ecyflions.com.

    SeaWolves Splashball andMasters Water PoloSeaWolves free Splashball for kids 5-9 runs one day per week from 8-9 p.m. The Masters Water Polo program, for those 19 and older, runs from 7-8:30 p.m. The fee is $35 for the summer or $10 for drop-ins. USWP membership is required. E-mail [email protected]

    East County Maniacs 13U Fall BaseballKids 12-13 interested in playing fall baseball for the East County Maniacs may sign up now by e-mailing [email protected]

    Hospice of the East BayHospice of the East Bay offers a variety of sup-port groups and workshops for adults, children and teens experiencing grief after the death of a loved one. Classes require pre-registration. For more information and to register, call 925-887-5681.

    Titans Basketball TryoutsThe Titans Basketball Club is conducting sign-ups and tryouts for its 12-13U competi-tive basketball program. For more informa-tion, call Coach Mike at 925-321-2957 or e-mail [email protected]

    Antioch Youth Football and CheerRegistration for football kids ages 5-14 are held from 7-9 p.m. on June 30, July 7, 14, 21 and 28 at Straw Hat Pizza on Delta Fair Boulevard in Antioch. The fee is $45. For more information, visit www.antiochyouthfootball.net.

    Wolverine Tennis CampLet a certified coach teach you how to play your best tennis ever. Lessons are held at the Deer Valley High School tennis courts starting July 5. The cost is $125 for each two-week ses-sion. Fees benefit the DVHS tennis teams. For more information, e-mail [email protected]

    Volunteers NeededContact Hospice of the East Bay at 925-887-5678 and ask for the Volunteer Department, or e-mail [email protected] to learn about ways that you can help.

    Discovery Bay Youth Tennis ClassesFuture Stars 2000s Inc. offers youth tennis classes at the Cornell Park in Discovery Bay on Sunday mornings. Lessons cost $10 and are taught by a certified tennis professional. Proceeds benefit the community. For more information, call Don at 925-759-0983 or e-mail [email protected]

    Feast Day Vendors NeededSt. Anthony Church in Oakley holds its annual Feast Day Celebration on Sunday, June 27, featuring vendors and food booths. The cost is $40 per 10x10 space. Proceeds go to the Community Center. For more information, call Fran at 925-624-2100 or e-mail [email protected]

    Delta Valley Wolfpack Football and CheerRegistration for Delta Valley Wolfpacks no-cut, no-tryout cheer and tackle football teams is held Saturdays from noon-3 p.m. at Mountain Mikes Pizza, 3612 Lone Tree Way in Antioch. For more information, call 925-754-8668 or e-mail [email protected]

    Hoops UnlimitedHoops Unlimited, Oakleys only nonprofit 11-and-12-year-old boys basketball team, has openings for players. Practice is held every Friday from 4:30-6 p.m. at the OHara Park gym. Come out to improve your skills or just practice. For more information, call James at 510-734-3492 or e-mail [email protected]

    Brentwood Blood DriveThe American Red Cross Bus comes to The Streets of Brentwood on Saturday, July 3 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

    Cityhood CelebrationThe City of Oakley hosts its Cityhood Celebration on Saturday, July 3 at 6 p.m. at Freedom High School. Admission and parking is free; a $5 wristband is good for unlimited rides. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to watch the fireworks. For more information, call 925-625-7041.

    Fourth of July Fireworks CelebrationCome celebrate this years dazzling Independence Day fireworks display at the Pittsburg Marina on Sunday, July 4 at dusk. For more information, call 925-432-7301.

    Bubble Fun and StorytellingThe Oakley Library invites you to this free event featuring the amazing Bubble Lady. This terrific storyteller will delight you with her magical bubble sculptures on Wednesday, July 7 at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 925-427-8500.

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