Sarrie and Steven

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Sarrie and Steven’s wedding was a design-heavy focus on our wedding planning/coordination, and the months of planning and finessing each element paid off! A beautiful design came together through the linens, stationery, florals and each and every little piece for the guests, such as favors, desserts and specialty cocktails.

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Our main colors to work with were blush and ivory, and Sarrie wanted a nice blend of modern (through orchids, calla lilies and other clean-lined elements) and the classic (through our stationery script, die-cut monogram and delicately sequined linens).

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The Vintage Estate did not let us down either with their always-reliable high class of service, creating a very elegant atmosphere for guests to enjoy the marvelously pop-like sounds of classical strings, and a serenade by Sarrie’s own father.

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After our design-focused ceremony and reception, however, the party really began with awesome DJ’ing by Morgan Kalakosky, live cigar rollers, late night snacks and desserts and the ever-fun flip book station. We transformed the Barrel Room into one big party, and it didn’t seem like anyone wanted to leave!

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We so appreciate having an amazing vendor team to work with when we all put in months of detailed design and logistics work and planning – thank you to all!

Venue and Catering: The Vintage Estate

Photography: Rhee Bevere Photography

Rentals: Hartmann Studios

Linens: La Tavola Linen and Napa Valley Linens

Florals: Plan Decor

Stationery: Union Street Papery

Bakery: Sweetie Pies

Officiant: Rabbi Miriam Senturia

Ceremony and Reception Music: Musical Heart Strings

Reception Music and MC: MK Mobile Sound

Videography: Mirar Productions

Flip Book Station: The Laugh Box

Hair and Makeup: Lux Image Agency

Cigar Rollers: Oye Productions

Julia and Marc

By: Chelsea Hudson

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We fell in love with Julia and Marc the moment we sat down with them at our consultation. Their love for one another was so prevalent and their personalities complemented each other so well, we had so much fun getting to know them and hearing about their love story and their adventures together.

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They’ve traveled together extensively and wanted this to be the theme throughout their day. From the postcard station guest book to the table names that were airport codes they had been to, they brought their vision to life beautifully in black and white and pops of gold.

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The day started with the ladies prepping for the first look and tea ceremony at the couple’s home while the gentlemen were just down the street at the Fairmont San Jose.

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Close family gathered for the tea ceremony at Villa Montalvo where the couple served tea and welcomed love and well wishes from loved ones.

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Julia changed into her stunning backless lace wedding dress and surprised Marc as she walked down the aisle, showcasing it for the first time. Everyone gathered in the Love Temple to watch the couple share their vows that they wrote themselves and officially become Mr. and Mrs.

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The celebration continued throughout dinner where loved one’s shared heartfelt toasts on the veranda.

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The groom’s love for bowties was accented in small ways throughout the evening with the tuxedo napkins and hidden bowtie accents on the dessert bar.

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The evening was complete a photo booth and a lively dance floor which kept the party going all night long.

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Congratulations again to the happy couple!

I can’t wait to share more of my weddings with you! Stay tuned!

-Chelsea

 

A huge thanks to all of our amazing vendors:

Venue – Villa Montalvo

Caterer – Le Papillon

Photographer – Rock the Image

Videographer – Marmalade Sky Films

Dessert table – Honeycomb Events

Florist – Flower Divas

Ceremony Music – Amethyst Trio

Reception Music – Spintronix

Hair – Umbrella Salon

Make Up – Ruth Baker

Rentals – Classic Party Rentals

Invitations – Nice Owl Design Studio

Catherine and Andrew

By: Chelsea Hudson

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I was so honored to be a part of Catherine and Andrew’s special day and had such a fun time working with them – mainly because of their hilarious sense of humor and their vision for a wedding where all of their guests could relax and celebrate!

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The couple tied the knot at Nestldown in the beautiful chapel with the magnificent redwood trees as their backdrop. The natural elements of the venue were a theme throughout the evening as our main color was shades of green and subtle hints of grey.

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Loose floral elements intertwined naturally into the setting and we used garlands to drape the head table that was accented with lemons and berries.

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Guests were then treated to a six course Chinese banquet dinner to incorporate Andrew’s heritage and personalized chopsticks were used as escort cards and doubled as favors! Loving yet lighthearted toasts were shared as everyone raised a glass to celebrate the happy couple.

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We moved into the picturesque barn for dessert and letting loose on the dance floor where even more fun and laughter ensued. As the sun set and the evening set in, we started up the bonfire on the patio and guests bundled up in personalized blankets provided by the mother of the bride.

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It was a celebration to remember and I was so thrilled to have been able to work with this amazing couple! Congratulations again, Catherine and Andrew!

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I can’t wait to share more of my weddings with you! Stay tuned!

-Chelsea

A huge thanks to all of our amazing vendors:
Venue – Nestldown
Caterer – Le’s Kitchen Catering
Beverages – The Bartender Company
Photographer – Kate Harrison Photography
Bakery – Dolce Cakes
Florist – Chestnut and Vine
Reception Music – Big Fun DJs
Hair and Make Up – Lux Image Agency

Meet Our Intern Michaela

Today’s blog post will introduce you a bit more to the newest member of our team: Michaela! She will be interning with us this summer 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!

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What does a weekend day look like in the life of Michaela?
The day usually starts off with me snoozing my alarm ten times and then forcing myself out of bed to go to the gym with a little help from anyone in the vicinity. What can I say – I will never get enough when it comes to sleep. Now you might be thinking “good for you for going to the gym on the weekend”, but I am strictly just working towards earning my taco from La Cumbre afterwards. The rest of the day is up in the air. If it’s football season you can catch me in front of the TV. Otherwise, I am pretty simple. I love just sitting around with my friends and family talking for hours on end.

What is your hands down favorite activity?
Soccer. It takes my mind off of everything, relaxes me and makes me feel complete happiness. Soccer equates to therapy for me. If I am not playing it, I love coaching it.

What’s your favorite city you’ve ever visited?
In middle school, I had the privilege of doing a two weeklong trip to Europe through my school with my schoolmates and my dad. Wengen, Switzerland was unlike any city I had ever seen. There were small streets filled with boutiques and delicious cafes, picture perfect mountains in the background, friendly citizens and a complete laid back nature. How could you not fall in love? I remember one night we stayed out until 10 PM (which was a big deal for a middle schooler) just playing pick up soccer. Wengen has a little bit of everything and is absolutely breathtaking!

What are you most looking forward to in 2015?
For me, 2015 is a lot like any other year and every year there is one thing I look forward to the most: the holiday season. I love decorating the house, wrapping gifts for all my friends and family, planning countless Christmas parties and snuggling up on the couch. Don’t forget the baking that comes along with Christmas time – I have never seen a Christmas cookie I don’t like!

What is the biggest lesson you ever learned about events?
I have learned that events are more than a one-day “thing”. Although an event takes place for just a few short hours, it holds lasting memories for everyone involved and that is what I love about planning events! I get to take part in making someone’s dream a reality. I can make sure that when they look back on their special day that it is full of wonderful memories.

What is your favorite beverage (at all times, in all circumstances)?
In my opinion, you can never go wrong with a cup of tea. Iced or hot, tea is my go to drink! Tea is multipurpose: it soothes me before bed, wakes me up in the morning and makes a rainy day much more enjoyable.

What’s your favorite cuisine to eat?
Sushi. Sushi. Sushi. I never get tired of Japanese cuisine. My family and I live about three blocks from our favorite Japanese restaurant, Tokies, and it is safe to say that we use it to our advantage. Although delicious, I have to be honest – if I had to choose my favorite meal it would be my mom’s rigatoni with homemade bolognese, garlic bread and salad. Two completely different cuisines but both equally satisfying!

What’s your favorite cuisine to cook?
Italian. It is comforting, delicious and I have never heard anyone say no to spaghetti. Also, it is the only thing I have successfully cooked without almost burning the house down.

Give a brief description of your family.
In my family, I have my mom (Denise), my dad (Greg) and my sister (Brittany). My mom works in finance and we all call her the human calculator. My dad runs a winery in Napa Valley and let’s just say the Brady household is never short on wine. My older sister, like me, is still in college and unlike me is majoring in political science. Watch out, she might just be the president one day. We are sarcastic and competitive, but we also encourage, support and love each other to no ends. So that’s us – The Brady Bunch!

What is your favorite event design element?
Flowers. When I walk into an event space, it is the first thing that stands out to me. I think flowers can take an ordinary room and turn it into something extraordinary. The beauty and elegance of floral elements is undeniable. Even more, the options are endless; so many different styles and themes can be communicated through flowers.

Give us your travel bucket list.
– Bora Bora
– St. Kitts
– Scotland
– Ireland
– New York City
– Chicago

What’s your favorite part of your job at CAWE?
I love seeing the variety in ideas that people bring to the table. Every couple has their own unique vision. Constantly, the demands of the job are changing with each couple’s new perspective and I love the challenge. Most of all, I love that this job at the end of the day makes people smile. I get to be involved with one of the most important days of their lives, and that is pretty special. Bringing happiness to others is something I try to do every day and this job allows me to do that.

Jennifer and Eric

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I can’t decide which I love more about this wedding – the fact I knew this couple and their story from day one of them falling for each other, getting to personal train each of them throughout the wedding planning, or Jennifer’s amazing creativity and design tastes.

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Jennifer and Eric were perhaps the sweetest most laid back couple of the year – nothing seemed to bother them, except maybe the amount of planks and pushups I was making them do in bridal (groom-al?) bootcamp…They approached their wedding planning with the perfect balance of “we can do this” and “we trust you to do that,” the ideal couple for us. We are the wedding “experts” in a lot of ways but we also love to capitalize on the strengths and ideas of our couples too, and work together to find the best role for everyone through each stage of the process.

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The theme was literary – save the date bookmarks, books in the decor, literary couples as table names (including some you may not expect!), and scripted vintage letter-esque stationery items.

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However, the couple also met working on games, and continue to work together on games as writers, so they had to use their gaming, nerdy, writing selves in some way, and found the classiest ways to do so. The ceremony was the first interactive “choose your own scenario” ceremony I’ve ever had, and the guests laughed through the entire thing – what a way to start a life together, filled with laughter, celebration and joy.

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The toasts, thank you by the couple and every interaction showed the amount of love and care Jennifer and Eric had for their friends and family, and vice versa, and I love that the design was both classic, elegant but very “them.”

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This wedding was such joy to work on and we wish Jennifer and Eric the very best! Thank you to all of our other vendors!

Venue: Rengstorff House

Photography: Myleen Hollero Photography

Florals: Sweetness and Light Floral Design

Rentals: Hartmann Studios

Lighting: Impact Lighting

Catering: Thomas John Events

Music: Amos Productions

Videography: Andrew Ito Photography

Hair and Makeup: A List Makeup

Bakery: Studio Cake

Cookies: Edna’s Success and TeaCake Bake Shop

Beverages: Mills Wine Group

Sharon and Tim

By: Chelsea Hudson

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Sharon and Tim’s special day was filled with gorgeous venues, lush flowers, and their closest family and friends. The day started out with the bride and groom getting ready with their bridal party at the picturesque InterContinental Mark Hopkins: San Francisco.

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Guests gathered to watch the couple become husband and wife in an intimate ceremony that was special for more reasons than one. Not only would the couple share their vows and enter into marriage but they would do so with Sharon’s dad officiating the ceremony.

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The celebration was held at the infamous Asian Art Museum, the location of their first date, where the tea ceremony took place in the garden. Guests mingled at cocktail hour where orchids filled the loggia and corals, navy blue, and pops of gold flooded the dinner and dancing space. Books were used as part of the centerpieces to represent the bride’s love for literature while the chevron runners and sleek orchids brought a modern twist for the groom.

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Guests from near and far – some from as far away as China – toasted the couple and celebrated on the dance floor. The bride changed into her red dress as the music picked up and partied the night away on the dance floor. It was a night for the history books to say the least!

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We are also honored to announce that this amazing wedding was featured on Borrowed & Blue. Check it out by clicking the link and let us know what you think! Sharon and Tim on Borrowed & Blue

I can’t wait to share more of my weddings with you! Stay tuned!

-Chelsea

 

A huge thanks to all of our amazing vendors:

Ceremony site – St. Matthew’s Lutheran

Reception site – Asian Art Museum

Accommodations – InterContinental Mark Hopkins: San Francisco

Caterer – Melon’s Catering

Photographer – Janae Shields Photography

Videographer – One Day Pictures

Bakery – AA Bakery

Florist – Sweetness and Light Floral Design

Reception Music and Lighting – Amos Productions

Beverages – Mills Wine Group

Hair and Make Up – A List

Stationery – Wedding Paper Divas

Gown – Trudy’s Bridal

Megan and Warren

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Megan and Warren wanted to be unique in planning their wedding from day one. Their ideal wedding consisted of string lights, games, bbq and sushi – yes, those are some fun elements! We had the privilege of working with them on the entire design, start to finish, including utilizing our in-house graphic designer Alex and hand-writing expert Lisa to do custom crosswords, signage, playing cards and Mad Libs, among other things.

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At the Ainsley House in Campbell, we did in fact pull off an elegant yet rustic look of farm tables, runners and bistro lights, with bbq AND sushi, complete with smoker on site that just made all the guests salivate throughout the ceremony.

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Everything about this wedding was adorably nerdy, relaxed and fun, and a more perfect venue and color scheme could not have been chosen – we’re so glad we got to assist in putting this together from start to finish!

Thank you to the team that worked with us to make this a great wedding day!

Venue: Ainsley House

Photography: Magnolia Weddings

Florals: Sweetness and Light Floral Design

Catering: Smoking Pig BBQ

Bakery: Icing on the Cake

Music: Caliber DJs

Rentals: Hartmann Studios and Wine Country Party Rentals

Lighting: Saier Services

Hair and Makeup: L Salon

Espresso Cart: Travelin’ Joe

Esther and Thomas

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By: Chelsea Hudson

Esther and Thomas’s love for one another is like something out of a fairytale – it is evident to anyone who meets them that they love one another with all of their hearts. We had the amazing opportunity to work with them at their rehearsal dinner, which was held at Thomas’s mothers home, as well as their wedding day.

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The ceremony was held at the scenic Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley. The redwood trees lent themselves as a beautiful and natural backdrop in the intimate church as guests filled the pews. A truly special moment of that day was when Esther’s father played a special clarinet solo during the ceremony.

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Guests then arrived for the reception at Quadrus Conference Center where shades of blues and purples accented the room. Hanging cranes that the bride hand folded acted as escort cards that hung from a tree in the center of the room and place cards on each table were handwritten notes from the bride and groom. It was these personal touches that made the day feel so intimate and special.

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Everyone partied the night away and boogied on the dance floor to celebrate the happy couple. And the night was topped off with a bubble grand exit! Congratulations to the happy couple!

I can’t wait to share more of my weddings with you! Stay tuned!

-Chelsea

A huge thank you to all of our amazing vendors:

Ceremony Site – Portola Valley Presbyterian Church

Reception Site – Quadrus Conference Center

Photographer – GB Photographers

Bakery – Edith Meyer Wedding Cakes

Flowers – J Floral Art

DJ – Sound in Motion

 

Music to Our Ears

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Music is a powerful element. Soliciting emotions through beats, harmony, lyrics, and rhythm, it has quite the influence on the mood of one’s atmosphere and can even reach to affect numerous individuals at once without limitation. This is why music is such a desirable and even crucial piece of weddings. Brides and Grooms may communicate on so many different levels to their guests without saying anything at all and allow the notes and words from a song to dance through the air carrying messages to all who are in attendance.

As coordinators, we hear a LOT of music and can tell you pretty quickly which songs are on top of the charts and what is popular in the industry. For example, as a fun recap of 2014, here is a quick sample of what we heard frequently:

“I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles

This absolutely adorable song reached far and wide with its heartwarming music video. Sure enough, it spread throughout weddings like wildfire pairing oh, so nicely with processionals, recessionals, first dances, cake cutting, you name it! Sara sure strikes some tender nerves with this romantic song and we loved hearing it while watching our own couples love stories reach a new landmark.

“Best Day of My Life” by The American Authors

A popular one to for the Bride and Groom’s first dance or to finish off the night with an upbeat tempo full of positive and elated energy.

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Of course! This song was heard at nearly every wedding and was extremely successful at getting everyone on the dance floor, even our lovely wallflowers who would normally rather observe than participate!

Music has a very interesting way of changing as time goes by, and, just like wedding colors and themes go through trends, so does wedding music. What was all the rage last year has begun to fade with new top hits coming in such as “Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran, “Shut Up and Dance With Me by Walk The Moon and “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson.

While music is entirely partial to each couple, as it should be, we would like to dedicate a few upcoming blog posts to what some of our favorite wedding music is, and even have one or two of our preferred DJ’s share their input as well!

Make sure to keep an eye out for our upcoming posts, you may just find a new favorite song 😉

Stacey and Kyle

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Stacey and Kyle’s wedding was filled with heartwarming moments. From a first touch with a prayer between the glowing bride and groom, to an intimate ceremony at the couple’s church, to heartfelt toasts, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

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They celebrated their special day with family and friends at Picchetti winery where guests indulged in wine and delicious food as they showed their love for one another and their guests throughout the entire evening. Everyone was entertained with table topics and conversation starters and laughter and boisterous conversations flowed from the tables.

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The evening continued on in the tasting room where everyone gathered to watch a special slideshow together and dance the night away. As the evening wound down, the couple was whisked away after making their way through a tunnel of sparklers which illuminated the night sky!

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Thank you again to Stacey and Kyle for letting us share their special day with them and a big shout out to all of our vendors!

Ceremony Site: Menlo Park Presbyterian

Reception Site: Picchetti Winery

Caterer: Bash Catering

Photographer: Kimberly Chan Photography

Bakery: Susiecakes

Florist: Twist Flowers

DJ: Elite Entertainment

Hair and Make up: Shawn Cavlan