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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

Top Los Angeles Wedding Vendors Participate In Bridal Show


Bel Air Bay Club views (Photo credit: Melissa Curtin)

‘Weddings are big business’ was an ongoing thought I had in my head as I strolled through the most lavish arrangements of food bites, cake samplings, flowers, jewels, dresses, drinks, wedding invitations, cake bites, limo rentals, photography, stationary, and more at the breathtaking cliff hanging Bel Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades, California.  This place would be any girl’s dream venue to get married for the views alone of the panoramic Pacific Ocean and intoxicating flowers on the grounds.  The Spanish style setting is magnificent and they can hold anywhere from 40 to 800 guests.

The bridal event was sponsored by Soolip Founder and CEO Wanda Wen, which started 18 years ago as an enchanting sanctuary of paper and handmade treasures in an artful corner of Los Angeles, and now celebrated stationer Soolip has become synonymous with an inspired way of life. The Soolip brand represents a view on life that is rooted in nature, seeing the beauty in simplicity, while celebrating the luxuries of life from a place of gratitude and consciousness.  Wen’s curated eye and affinity for the artisanal, her ability to intimately connect with and inspire the marketplace, coupled with her joyous and spirited nature has earned her the distinction as a leading tastemaker in the world of style and design and led to the transformation of her paper boutique into an established lifestyle brand.  Wanda Wen’s vision gave birth to A Soolip Wedding in 1999.  She has garnered national media recognition, including press in Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, C Magazine, BRIDES Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Vogue and TV appearances on the Today Show, Daily Buzz, and E! Entertainment.


Wanda Wen (Photo credit: Melissa Curtin

Wanda S. Wen reminded us as she opened for the wedding dress fashion show that “A perfect wedding is one in which the smallest details are tended to, and where each and every guest feels special, considered, and honored. It is one in which the wedding and all of its elements reflects you and your partner, and not anybody else… and that the meaning behind getting married is not lost in the process.”

The Soolip Wedding 2013 event was extraordinary! There was a curated collection of designers, artisans, experts, and individuals who all shared their creative passions to help you plan your memorable wedding day. Some of the modern bride services that stood out to me are the following:


Celebrate your generosity by sharing the love as you start your lives together. One can raise money for charity with no cost to you. Visit the I Do Foundation to see how can you spread the love with your favorite charity: gift registries with major retailers that give back, charity registry in lieu of gifts from guests, memorable wedding favors for guests, shopping for more good when buying invitations, arranging honeymoon travel, and more.


Beautiful wedding cake by Butter End Bakery.(Photo Credit: Melissa Curtin)


The Butter End Bakery. I have never tasted wedding cake this moist. I tried the carrot cake and the vanilla cake and there were so many more options. What is so neat is that they have these cute mini cake boxes where guests can take home a perfect mini cake.

Alexis Sturgeon with Thompson Hotels. She is a wedding cake baker who designs premier cakes and showpieces at the famous Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.

Vosges Haut-Chocolate. Where you can travel the world through chocolate.  Who knew they did weddings and events? I love their store in Beverly Hills and once gave their chocolate as Christmas gifts. Their bacon chocolate is to die for. Anything from this store is a win win.

Superfine Bakery

Charm City Cakes West in West Hollywood.

Wedding Planning/Event Coordination

Custom Made Candy for Weddings and Events. These colorful hard candies are perfect for a candy table at your wedding or a small party favor. I saw this candy being made in Japan this summer. A tiny message is inside each bite. Apparently, this is hand-crafted in Hollywood.


Wisteria Lane Flowers (Photo credit: Melissa Curtin)

Good Gracious! wowed us with drinks and bite size foods and a fabulous tangerine colored bar setup.  Their motto – “It’s all about food, fun, and love.”

David Pressman Events

Rrivre Works

Premiere Party Rents

Stephanie Grace  in Santa Monica


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