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Rochelle Robinson grew up in the Pacific Northwest immersed in the performance, musical, and fine arts, as well as athletics – from skiing in the water to skiing in the sleet and snow, to cycling around the velodrome. While studying fine art and the musical genre of jazz at the University of Washington she put both her passion for and experience in the arts into helping to create the Washington State Academic Achievement Standards for the Arts by serving on both the Arts and Standards Revision committees. She later completed a Master of Arts in Teaching at The University of Puget Sound and Master of Arts in Liberal Arts at St. John's College Graduate Institute. As an aspiring artist, as well as an educator, she is still intrigued by the creative process and what ensues as a result. Currently, she is developing a poetry blog called A Writer's Space and has co-written both a children's picture book and pilot for a children's TV show. Rochelle also works as an elementary school librarian and advanced reading teacher for a small private school in the valley. She is in the midst of developing a new business named Watercolor Weddings by Rochelle and is developing a series of paintings and conceptual artworks, the first of which is currently on display at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood. She hopes to inspire Miss A readers to explore, experience and get involved, as she sets out to bring a touch of the literary, fine and performing arts that are happening here in Los Angeles to our readers.

Recap: Bride Bop’s Big Day Launch Event

Bride Bop, a comprehensive wedding planning site that offers an ultimate guide for brides, officially launched with their Big Day event in Beverly Hills. And if the venue, display, wedding artisans and lovely hospitality of co-founder Erinn Valencich are any indication of what’s to come, Bride Bop will quickly become the go-to place for stylish brides-to-be.

Erin Valencich and Christie Comapagna, the dynamic duo behind Bride Bop, have pooled their passions and extensive expertise in design and marketing to launch an informative and elegant resource for couples planning one of the most exciting and multi-faceted occasions of their lives. Their site not only showcases the creme de la creme of wedding vendors, from cake creators to dress makers, it also offers tips and checklists for planning every aspect of your big day and provides tons of inspiration via their extensive blog–set up to easily navigate by topic. And we all know there are many fabulous topics to cover.

Their Big Day launch event was definitely the place to be for anyone involved in the wedding industry and in the mode of getting married. The ambiance of the venue was elegant and upbeat, set upon entrance with a complimentary bar flowing with tiny bubbles and more, while the music streaming from DJ Danno provided an auditory vibe that compelled an energetic circulation around the room.

JLM Couture Dresses and Models for Bride Bop's Big Day Launch Event, Beverly Hills

(Photo Credit: Renee Spurge Connolly)

Also circulating within and around the crowd were two pretty model brides, adorned with stunning bridal gowns (some of which were one-of-a-kind) selected from the collection of JLM Couture. After oohing and aahing the dresses fluttering around the room and showcased inside JLM’s boutique-like alcove, I couldn’t help myself from taking a short break from Bride Bop and hoofing it up the street to their actual boutique. I was not disappointed. It was a petite oasis, a gallery of finely made dresses placed in small alcoves that stretched across the floor. I instantly fell in love with each gown.

The Butter End Cakery Display at Bride Bop's Big Day Launch Event, Beverly Hills

(Photo Credit: Renee Spurge Connolly)

Among the fabulous vendors at Bride Bop’s Big Day was The Butter End Cakery, who offered a display and bite-sized samples of their spectacularly crafted wedding cakes. Each sample bite seamed to trump the last. From a sumptuous vanilla bean, pure chocolate and a tasty family recipe of carrot cake, to their signature chocolate almond cherry cake, each tantalized multiple taste sensations. The Butter End cakes are more than moist, and beautifully dimensional in taste and appearance. You can have your cake created with hand-drawn imagery or even built to be reminiscent of an architectural monument. The Butter End Cakery just might be the “it” cake to get.

Black, Starr & Frost, the nations oldest jeweler, showcased brilliant necklaces, earrings, bracelets and, yes, rings that had every woman at Bride Bop in a heated state of fantasy and hope. The diamonds (large and multiple, might I add) sparkled in stunning hand-crafted settings that were beyond beautiful. And the consultants’ knowledge and investment in what they provide implored an excitement for and confidence in their beautiful product, whether it might be custom created or born of the artisans’ minds at Black, Starr & Frost.

Eddie Zaratsian, John Russo, David Pressman and Pace Webb, Celebrity Panel at Bride Bop's Big Day Launch Event, Beverly Hills

(Photo Credit: BwrightPhoto.com)

Bride Bop’s Big Day celebration was made complete with a Celebrity Wedding Panel of Eddie Zaratsian, John Russo, Pace Webb and David Pressman. The quartet not only talked through a slide-show portfolio showcasing their artistry, but also gave bits of wisdom for getting the best results in your wedding florals, photography, cuisine and overall planning. The running theme seamed to be to do your research, envision what you want, trust your gut and remember: you get what you pay for.

The unique and elegant floral artistry of Eddie Zaratsian, of both Tic-Tock Couture Florals and Eddie Zaratsian Custom Florals and Lifestylecould be visually consumed throughout Bride Bop’s venue. His work goes beyond providing floral arrangements. I’d refer to them instead as floral sculptures. From the encasing to the stamens, every element is considered as part of a complete piece.

Pace Webb, chef and founder of Taste of Pace at Bride Bop's Big Day Launch Event, Beverly Hills

(Photo Credit: Renee Spurge Connolly)

John Russo, whose crisp and intimate photographic images of high-calibre celebrities has been renown for decades, is now blessing the wedding industry with his artistry through John Russo Weddings. With John, you’ll get nothing but the best and the best out of you. He’s a pro at inspiring the “inner diva” of the people he photographs and framing compositions that communicate a depth of emotion.

Passion for cuisine, artful living and clean cuisine are abundant in Pace Webb of Taste of Pace, and so is her joy de vivre. Her fresh mixes, blends and concoctions are not only beautiful to look at, but heavenly to the taste buds and good, good, good for your body. You can get a literal Taste of Pace at her monthly Supper Clubs and cooking classes in downtown LA and by scheduling a private tasting. I, for one, am chomping at the bit to get to a Supper Club ASAP.

David Pressman of David Pressmen Events gives complete attention to detail in order to create a “sumptuous-yet-understated’ aesthetic for each and every event he masterminds. David’s varied career and accomplishments in style and event creation put him leagues beyond the masses. You can be certain that your wedding day would be absolutely incredible in his hands.

Visit Bride Bop today and learn more about the fabulous vendors spotlighted at their Big Day Launch Event and about more amazing wedding industry masters. You deserve the best of the best for your big day. And, Bride Bop knows exactly who they are.


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