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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

  • 6B | THEPRESS.NET Wedding Planner JUNE 25, 2010

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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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    be a source of con ict even in the best

    of marriages.

    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.

  • JUNE 25, 2010 Wedding Planner THEPRESS.NET | 7B

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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

  • 8B | THEPRESS.NET Wedding Planner JUNE 25, 2010

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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 oth