Kathleen and Ryan

Initially set up by a family member, Kathleen and Ryan quickly fell in love over their long-distance relationship that consisted of phone calls, texts, and Skyping while he was in Texas and she was in California. After months of face-timing and trips to one state or the other, Kathleen made the leap and moved to Texas to be with Ryan. Once the question was popped visions of the perfect California wedding began to swirl and the couple was set on a California destination wedding!

We met the couple over Skype (which we thought was quite fitting given the way their relationship began!) and instantly fell in love with them and their vision. Mission Santa Clara would be the location of their quintessential California wedding and we would later decide on the San Jose Fairmont for the reception. A dusty slate blue and shades of blush and cream were combined to provide our palette for the day which tied together the colors of the Mission and the ballroom seamlessly.

See the full feature on Borrowed and Blue photographed by Janae Shields Photography!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Design & Coordination – Chelsea Hudson, Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events
Ceremony Venue and Music – Mission Santa Clara
Reception Venue – Fairmont San Jose
Catering/Beverages/Desserts – Fairmont San Jose
Photographer – Janae Shields Photography
Floral Design – Sweetness & Light Floral Design
Lighting – Magical Lighting
Linens – Napa Valley Linens
Reception Music – Lucky Devils Band
Bridal Party Transportation – Corinthian Ground Transportation
Guest Transportation – Royal Coach
Hair and Make Up Artists – Jenn Armann and team of Sorelle Salon
Accommodations – Fairmont San Jose

Meet Our New Team Member Sheri!

Today’s blog post will introduce you a bit more to the newest member of our team: Sheri! She will be training with us over the next few months and we wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know her more since chances are you’ll see her at our meetings or receive an email or two from her!

What does a weekend day look like in the life of Sheri?
My weekend usually consists of watching my son play sports and hanging out with family friends or doing home improvement projects.  We like to keep active so we are always doing something!

What is your hands down favorite activity?
I love going out to dinner or watching a movie with my husband, in essence, having some alone time with him!  Between work and kids, it’s rare so we treasure any alone time we can get.

What’s your favorite city you’ve ever visited?
My favorite city is definitely Chicago in the summer.  Growing up in Wisconsin the windy city was always just a short drive away.  My husband and I loved going for a quick weekend trip for some shopping, eating, and seeing a show on Broadway in Chicago.

What are you most looking forward to in 2017?
2017 will be a bittersweet year for me as my youngest child starts kindergarten in the fall!  While I am sad to see my baby go off to school full time, I’m excited to have the time to pursue my passion of event planning full time.  Having spent the last 3 years as a second to other planners, I’m looking forward to developing my own individual client relationships in the coming year.

What is the biggest lesson you ever learned about events?
I would have to say being adaptable.  Planning an event involves coordinating many moving parts including many different people and ideas.  Even a well-planned event will present challenges or unforeseen circumstances.  Having the ability to adapt in these situations and work with everyone involved to overcome any challenges that arise and keep the client happy is key to a successful event.

What is your favorite beverage (at all times, in all circumstances)?
Wine!  I like all kinds of wine.  I enjoy a glass of sparkling wine with orange juice in the morning or relaxing with a glass of red in the evening.  Wine is great for all occasions!

What’s your favorite cuisine to eat?
Mexican, nothing beats a delicious taco with chips, guacamole and a margarita!  I’m still looking for a go-to Mexican place here in California, if you have one I’d love to hear about it!

What’s your favorite cuisine to cook?
I enjoy cooking appetizers for friends and family.   I love how they allow you to mix and match so many different flavors.  Appetizers remind me of gatherings with family and friends over the holidays or sporting events.

Give a brief description of your family.
My husband, Ryan, is a software engineer.  We’ve been happily married since 2007 and have two wonderful children.  My son, Ayden, was born in 2010.  He loves to play sports, read, and play Pokémon.  My daughter, Addison, was born in 2012. She loves to dance and is our little animal lover.  My stepson, Brenden, is going to school in Florida for marketing.  We also have a golden retriever, Nala.

What is your favorite event design element?
My favorite design element is the overall décor or theme, specifically, the extra touches that make an event unique and memorable.  I love having a theme or idea and coming up with the décor to compliment the theme and the client and wow the guests.

Give us your travel bucket list.
Italy
Paris
Somewhere tropical like Bora Bora
Disney Cruise

What’s your favorite part of your job at CAWE?
My favorite part of my job is learning from and collaborating with all the planners at CAWE.  Having come from the corporate world where a lot of times you don’t get the support you need to be successful, it’s comforting to be surrounded by a small group of people who want to help you be your best and do your best.  The warm welcome and support I’ve already received from this wonderful group is amazing.  I love getting to know them better and tapping into their experiences to grow personally and professionally.

Kalpana and Chris

Kalpana and Chris were such a fun couple to work with from beginning to end. We first “met” over Skype as the couple was living in Africa at the time and would be living there for most of their wedding planning and didn’t plan on moving back to the states until a month or so before the big day. They came from different cultural backgrounds – Indian and Chinese – and wanted to incorporate both their cultural backgrounds and their adventures together into their wedding day, which included where life had lead them to living in Africa and all of the adventurous safaris they had taken.

The bridesmaids were dressed in gold saris and each donned a different accent color to bring out an eclectic vibe and the bride’s hands were decorated with intricate Mehndi. Dinner featured an authentic Chinese banquet meal by Le’s Kitchen Catering accented with the venues wine from Thomas Fogarty Winery as the sun set over the vineyards and the views of the Silicon Valley were taken in. Hand carved African wooden sculptures of various native African animals were imported in by the bride and groom and decorated the guest tables. A first dance by the bride and groom featured an outfit change by the bride and a Bollywood-themed dance that had everyone up on their feet cheering and clapping.

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A big thanks to all of our vendors:
Wedding Design & Coordination – Chelsea Hudson of Caitlin Arnold Weddings & Events
Venue – Thomas Fogarty Winery
Caterer – Le’s Kitchen Catering 
Photographer – Todd Rafalovich
Bakery – Dolce Cakes
Floral Design – Sweetness & Light Floral Design
Reception Music – DJ Salim
Photo Booth – 143 Photo Booth
Transportation – Corinthian Ground Transportation
Hair and Make Up Artist – Minia Makeup
Accommodations – Westin and Sheraton Palo Alto

Laura and Kyle

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Laura and Kyle met in college and according to their story he was shy and Laura was the one who caught his eye when she would go to his place to hangout with some mutual friends. Eventually he mustered up the courage to talk to her and they began to hit it off. One thing led to another and after years of dating – and living in Hawaii together – they decided to tie the knot at scenic Nestldown in Los Gatos, California.

They wanted a day that felt romantic and fun and also highlighted the beautiful nature that surrounded them in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Laura’s soft and elegant Vera Wang gown coupled with floral elements from Chestnut & Vine that brought in hints of pink and tied together the bridesmaids mismatched dresses helped to bring their vision to life beautifully. The day also felt intimate with handwritten letters to each guest tucked into their escort card and lawn games to keep everyone entertained – especially the kids. The night was topped off with a sweet treat: the bride’s favorite cupcakes from Sprinkles!

This gorgeous wedding was also featured on Borrowed & Blue! Check it out here.

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A big thanks to all of the vendors who made this wedding possible:
Venue – Nestldown
Catering – La Bocca Fina
Rentals – Classic Party Rentals
Beverages – Mills Wine Group
Photographer – Deborah Tracey Photography
Videographer – One Day Pictures
Bakery – Sprinkles
Florist – Chestnut & Vine
Music – DJ Carl
Transportation – Corinthian Ground Transportation
Photo Booth – Work It! Mobile Photo Studio
Gown – Vera Wang
Veil – Kinsley James
Accommodations – Courtyard by Marriott, Campbell

 

Fabianna and Kyle

By Caitlin Arnold

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Fabianna and Kyle’s wedding and design was a dream for us, combining the elegant with the modern simplistic. The ceremony being held at Stanford Memorial Church dictated the use of gold, shimmer and classic, yet the couple’s style was architecturally modern. We loved marrying those two characteristics seamlessly into a beautiful celebration.

Yet another joining-together element was Fabianna’s Mexican heritage, celebrated in the most memorable way by arranging a full mariachi band to burst into song in the Stanford courtyard upon the church doors opening for the recessional. All the guests gathered to laugh, dance and sing with the newlyweds, and the mariachi band members led the way up to Mountain Winery for the reception.

The entire reception was decorated and planned to show Fabianna and Kyle’s love for their families, hobbies and personalities and we could write all day about our favorite elements, from the tear-jerking recognition of the groom’s grandfather who had passed just two weeks before, the nods to Stanford University, or the handmade décor features from Kyle’s mother. But perhaps our most fun personal touch was the pop up surprise of a fondant Sadie Boo peeking out of the cake, so even the couple’s beloved Chihuahua could join in the celebration!

Fabianna wrote about her wedding and her experience working with us so beautifully in a glowing testimonial – send us a message and we’d love to share it!

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Ceremony Venue, Officiant, Ceremony Music: Stanford Memorial Church
Reception Venue and Catering: The Mountain Winery
Photography: Russ Levi Photography
Bakery: Cake Coquette
Florals: Ingela Floral Design
Reception Music: Ron Grandia and Oye Productions
Transportation: Corinthian Ground Transportation
Rentals: Napa Valley Linens and Classic Party Rentals
Churros: AWG Private Chefs
Hair and Makeup Artists: Lux Image Agency
Stationery: Minted
Gown: Gabrielle’s Bridal Atelier
Lighting: Magical Lighting
Videography: Weddings on Film

John’s 60th/Retirement Party

When John came to us with the idea to create a big bash to celebrate both his retirement as well as his 60th, we immediately fell in love with the idea of using Jimmy Buffett, one of his favorites, as the theme. Able to play off the common initials of J.B., we began to create an entire “J.B.” celebration!

The clincher of our planning was the day we booked the Tonga Room in San Francisco. You almost couldn’t get more perfect for a venue for this party. Bathing it in greens and blues, with a Margaritaville parrot lit above the bar, and a special Margaritaville bar in the back, complete with neon bar sign, we transformed the space into a Jimmy Buffet paradise. Honoring all of John’s favorite foods, guests were presented with a “treasure map” as they arrived, revealing the location of each food station and entertainment area. From AT&T Park with beer flights, hot dogs and garlic fries to Fisherman’s Wharf with chowder, we covered all the favorite S.F. spots.

The band and DJ kept the party going with lively music, but the real entertainment was from a performance by a family friend of a custom-written Jimmy Buffett song about John’s retirement, and a hosted roast, Comedy Central style, honoring John. At midnight (the beginning of John’s actual birthday), champagne toasts with designed mini cupcakes hovering above the glass were brought out and we all ended the night singing Happy Birthday. It was certainly a night to remember!

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Thanks to all our fabulous vendors –
Venue: The Tonga Room
Photography: Kevin Chin Photography
Catering: The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco
Lighting: Got Light?
DJ: Caliber DJs
Band: Island Groove
Transportation: Corinthian Ground Transportation
Rentals: Bright Event Rentals
Paper Goods: Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events
Photo Booth: TapSnap

2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®

Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events Honored For Excellence With 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award®

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Santa Clara, CA – February 8, 2017 – WeddingWire, the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and event industry, announced Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events as a winner of the esteemed 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® for Wedding and Event Design and Coordination in the Bay Area!

The Couples’ Choice Awards recognize the top five percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. The prestigious awards are given to the top local wedding professionals across more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“The Couples’ Choice Awards’ ninth year features one of the most impressive groups of dedicated and acclaimed wedding professionals yet,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “It is our honor to work with high-caliber merchants, such as Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, who not only make a couple’s big day possible, but also contribute to the more than 2.5 million U.S. reviews represented on WeddingWire. We congratulate all of this year’s winners on their achievements.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events is highlighted on WeddingWire, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals in the U.S.

Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events is thrilled to be one of the topWedding and Event Design and Coordination in the Bay Area on WeddingWire. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We truly value all of our clients and appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn a 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award.

For more information about Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today.

To learn more about the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

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About WeddingWire, Inc.
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Finding the perfect wedding attire with The Black Tux

A new year has begun and with that a new wedding season is on it’s way! For some, when they see the wedding attire on the invitations they’re confused as to what the appropriate attire for the day is – especially if what’s needed isn’t currently in their closet. Luckily for our readers we recently connected directly with the folks at The Black Tux who put together a cheat sheet for a great Wedding Guest Style Guide!

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We’ve referred many of our couples and their family and friends to The Black Tux over the last couple of years and are always excited when we see another suit being added to their ever-growing collection. If you haven’t had the chance to check them out or if you’re in the need for the perfect event attire, we encourage you to check out their site. They’ve always impressed us with their perfectly tailored suits and we know they can help you dress to impress at your next event as well!

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Take a look into Allison and Mike’s darling wedding featured on Borrowed & Blue. Caitlin worked intimately with the couple which was fun on a professional and personal level as she has known the bride since high school! The day came together beautifully and was extra special for the bride’s family since it was held in their backyard. Check out their feature on Borrowed & Blue!

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Venue: Private home in Saratoga, California

Photography: Pictilio

Catering: Weir and Associates Catering

Rentals: Unica Party Rentals

Cake: Icing on the Cake Bakery

Florals: Sweetness and Light Floral Design

Hair Artist: Lux Image Agency

Makeup Artist: Joslyn Soliman Makeup

Stationery and Graphic Design: Sharon Her

Bride’s Attire: Trudy’s Brides

Music: MK Mobile Sound

Restrooms: Hanson and Fitch

Lighting: Saier Services

Transportation: Corinthian Parking

Brianna and TJ

By: Chelsea Hudson

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Brianna and TJ’s Mission Ranch wedding in Carmel was darling, featuring spectacular views and fluffy sheep dotting the pastures that looked out to the Pacific Ocean. They said their vows in front of their closest family and friends in an intimate ceremony with the picturesque view as their back drop. Shades of purple and dashes of yellow lended themselves beautifully to create a playful environment, while watercolored accents and twinkle lights in the barn gave the evening a whimsical feel.

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Congratulations again, Brianna and TJ!

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A big thanks to all of our vendors:
Venue and Catering – Mission Ranch
Photographer – Ken Kienow
Bakery – Parker-Lusseau
Floral Design – Pink Petals
Ceremony and Cocktail Music – The Abbott Brothers
Reception Music – Caliber DJs 
Hair and Make Up Artist – Simply Samantha