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Ask A Planner II – Meet the Panel

June 26

It’s that time again! We’d like to introduce you to our panel for the second series of,  “Ask a Planner”. The first series was so much fun, that we just had to do it again. Have a question that you would like a professional event and wedding planner to answer? Look no further! We are taking our cameras to different planners to get their perspective and answers to your questions. But first, meet our current panelists below.


Amy June – Amy June Weddings and Events


Affairs by Amy San Diego Weddings

Amy June is a wedding planner and event designer for the Southern California area, with a majority of events being planned in San Diego.Amy’s passion for planning has always been a major part of her, and statements as well as photos from her childhood friends will prove this easily. In her youth, she was always the event information resource for their DIY projects.

Amy unofficially started her business while living in Des Moines, Iowa, while going to Massage and Esthetics school. Having no other wedding professionals in the immediate area, she continued to work in her position of inventory control. Planning was always her destiny and after returning to her home of Southern California, she spent time studying the local wedding market. After confirming to herself that this was where her talent was, she officially launched her company as Affairs by Amy and started joining several local and national professional organizations to help educate and propel her business. Through dedication and consistent quality, she was soon one of the most sought after event planners in the area.

Amy doesn’t only help plans others’ events, she launches her own shows too. With a co-director, Amy co-launched the Modern Love Show (MLS). The MLS is marketed to both LGBT and straight couples as an event targeted to those that have difficulty finding what they are looking for in a traditional bridal show.   The initial success of MLS was such a success that shortly after the event a wedding directory was formed to help couples find trusted vendors willing to work with them on their celebration.

After a major rebrand into Amy June Weddings and Events, complete with additional qualified assistants, Amy remains at the top of the list for in demand planners for both local and destination couples.  You can find her at her boutique office in Point Loma, on venue tours with couples, or shopping to put together the perfect design for an upcoming event.  Always busy, always full of ideas, and always ready to help you!



Francine Ribeau – Francine Ribeau Events


San Diego Wedding PlannerFrancine is known to possess a rare mix of talents that helps couples express their own unique vision and personal style. By offering couples sound advice on traditional and contemporary trends, providing creative and innovative solutions on budgeting concerns, and committing to the highest level of customer service, couples can rest assured that Francine will ensure that they will have the most memorable day of their lives. She promises an emotionally-fulfilling and worry-free event so they can spend their wedding day celebrating their love for each other and connecting with friends and family.

The foundation of Francine Ribeau Events is Francine’s neo-traditional style of wedding planning. Weddings tend to be very traditional in terms of style, formality and attitude. Francine believes that today’s couples are questioning why these traditions are so important and what it means for them. She finds that most brides and grooms she works with have decided to challenge the norm and wish to create a wedding that is an authentic representation of their own personal style. By weaving a thoughtful blend of beloved tradition and inventive individuality and by combining time-honored customs with expressive creativity, new traditions for the modern couple are formed. This new adaptation of traditional wedding planning creates a memorable event that honors, not only the past and future of the couple, but one that is true to who they are in the present.

Francine Ribeau began in the San Diego wedding industry as a banquet server in 1998. After a combined 9 years in the food and beverage industry, graphic design, marketing and public relations, she founded Francine Ribeau Events in 2007.


Stay tuned for more Ask the Planner video posts. If you have a question that you would like our panel to answer, email your question to or comment below.


Ask A Planner – “How do I find the perfect wedding venue?”

August 22

A few months ago, we announced our panel of planners for our video blog series, “Ask a Planner”. It has been a fun learning each planner and they have been giving great advice. Last time, we asked if brides and grooms should have a first look prior to their ceremony. You can view the video answers to that question by clicking here.

Part two of our series answers, “how do I find the perfect wedding venue?” This is a very important question that arises at the beginning of your wedding planning. Take the tips from our panel into consideration by watching what they have to say below.

Do you have a question for our planners? Ask below in the comments section and it might be featured in our next video blog post.


Amy Vargas – First Comes Love


Julie Scrivener – The Best Wedding for You

Melissa Barrad – I Do… Weddings! 


What do you think? Is it difficult to find the perfect wedding venue?



How to Keep Makeup Lasting at Your Shoot – A Guest Blog from Lindsay Ann Makeup Artistry

August 15


Photo by Melissa McClure Photography

A few months ago, we showcased a guest blogger who discussed the importance of makeup for your shoot. It makes a big different in the lens and is a decision that you will not regret. This month, we asked Lindsay Ann Makeup Artistry to give some tips on how to keep your makeup long lasting on your shoot. Lindsay specializes in wedding and event makeup in San Diego, California and travels to other locations. She offer both airbrush and traditional makeup using MAC Cosmetics and other high-end high definition (HD) makeup. Read what she suggests to keep that face pretty all day.





So it’s the big day, you look amazing. You should look amazing; you calculated your every move to make you look like YOU- the amazing version. Whether you hired a professional or did your own fabulousness, here are a few tips to keep you looking awesome under the glare of cameras all day.


Primer– It all starts before you even lay the paint down on your face. Apply a face and separate eye primer to ensure your makeup stays put. You can skip the eye primer if you’re on a budget and use a concealer but make sure it’s set very well with translucent powder.


Face Setting Spray– After you’ve been dolled up, mist a bit of a makeup setting spray like Model In a Bottle, or if you’re oily, Urban Decay De-Slick. This will take away the powdery look and make sure your makeup stays in place all day.


Touch up kit– Pack a little bag to take with you just in case you encounter a makeup meltdown. In it, bring blotting papers with you to soak up any excess oil. Also, carry along the lip color used on your lips for ease of application. If you don’t own it, request a sample to be made or have your artist to use a longwear lipstick and gloss.



For more information about Lindsay Ann Makeup Artistry and the services available, visit





Ask a Planner – Should we have a first look?

May 26

This past week we announced our panel of planners for our video blog series, “Ask a Planner”. Each series of three will consist of fabulous event planners answering your wedding related questions. Do you have a question for our planners? Ask below in the comments section and it might be featured in our next video blog post.

The question for today’s video post is, “should we have a first look, why or why not?” Watch the short clips below to hear a little about each planner and their answer to this popular question.


Amy Vargas – First Comes Love


Julie Scrivener – The Best Wedding for You


Melissa Barrad – I Do… Weddings! 


Do you agree with the opinion of our planners? Should brides and grooms have a first look?



Ask a Planner – Meet the Panel

May 20

We are gearing up for a new feature on the Murasaki Media blog – Ask a Planner. Have a question that you would like a professional event and wedding planner to answer? Look no further! We are taking our cameras to three different planners to get their perspective and answers to your questions. But first, meet our current panelists below. They are an incredible set of talent.


Melissa Barrad – I Do… Weddings!

I Do…Weddings! was founded in 2003. A San Diego native, with a degree in Advertising from San Diego State University, Melissa was recently featured on the Women’s Entertainment (WE) show, “The Wedding Planner.” She combines her design background with an attention to detail, which create timeless and unique celebrations. Melissa’s work has been featured in Modern Bride, Exquisite Weddings, Ceremony Magazine, San Diego Style Weddings, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Bridal Insider and Green Wedding Shoes, and numerous other publications. Her portfolio boasts an impressive roster of events ranging from a ceremony in the heart of Africa, a vintage hotel in Palm Springs, overlooking La Jolla Shores at the Scripps Seaside Forum and a wedding complete with a petting zoo.


Amy Vargas – First Comes Love

Tiger Woods, Wolfgang Puck, Will Ferrell and Kim Cattrall have all trusted Amy with their events. As founder and lead event planner at First Comes Love, Amy is a sought-after wedding and event planner, having the pleasure of working at over 50 Southern California venues. She has been featured as a wedding expert nationally in 944 Magazine, NBC, FOX News and more. She also sits on the board for the San Diego chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding and the Association of Bridal Consultants. From cocktail receptions, charity galas, designer brunches, weddings and more, Amy has been planning events for over a decade. No matter how large or small the challenge, Amy specializes in creating flawless events with elegant and personal flair. When she’s not planning weddings Amy enjoys learning about new wines and traveling. One of her life goals is to visit every country in the world.


Julie Scrivener – The Best Wedding for You

Julie Scrivener, is the owner of The Best Wedding For You, providing wedding planning and coordination services to the San Diego area. After graduating from Fordham University in New York City with a Finance and Marketing degree, Julie decided that she wanted to combine her creativity and organizational skills with her love for special events. As a wedding and event coordinator, she is dedicated to exceeding her client’s expectations on a daily basis. Developing a personal relationship with each client is the key to making each event unique and an affair to remember. She personally assist couples with all their wedding plans down to the smallest, and often most important, details that create the day of your dreams.




Stay tuned for more Ask the Planner video posts. If you have a question that you would like our panel to answer, email your question to or comment below.