Hilary’s 50th Birthday Party

 

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To celebrate a 50th birthday, what do you do? Better yet, what do you do for someone who is laid back, fun and doesn’t want a lot of “hooplah?” Throw a wonderfully casual, entertaining and well designed party!

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Using their private horse ranch as a venue, we were able to throw a wonderful event for Hilary and her family to celebrate. Simple yet classy, fitting the venue yet being stylish, we used nicer burlap, sunflowers, white porcelain, lemons and limes to create the decor, setting the farm tables under a canopy of market lights.

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Appetizers began with live oyster shucking and BBQ’ing, bar service, and the phenomenal views over the ranch in the early summer evening heat. We then moved to the front of the house for a live-cooked paella buffet, conversation and the spontaneous toasts to Hilary.

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As the sun went down, our espresso cart served up delicious lattes and cappuccinos while our brought-in chef made homemade galettes with freshly whipped cream, served family style for all to enjoy.

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It’s always an honor and privilege to plan an event that I’d want to attend (always the goal of course), and this party was just that. Every guest had a smile on their face, and seemed relaxed yet pampered – the ideal mix.

Thank you to all our marvelous vendors!

Venue: Private Home in Woodside, California

Valet: Peninsula Parking

Oysters: Hog Island Oyster Company

Bar Service: Best Beverage Catering

Paella: Gerard’s Paella

Espresso Cart: Travelin’ Joe Espresso Catering

Rentals: Hartmann Studios

Lighting: Saier Services

Dessert: AWG Private Chefs

Sydney and Cole

 

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I’m so excited to write this particular blog post because Sydney and Cole’s wedding was just one of my absolute favorites to work on! I enjoyed every second of working with this couple and their families, and I’ve never seen such a happier, more joyful bunch!

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Sydney originally contacted me from Canada, where she and Cole and their families live, as she knew she needed help planning a destination wedding here in Napa. She gave me the perfect blend of direction and opinions with the liberty to use my expertise to make her wedding amazing.

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Our inspiration was French countryside, not too rustic but elegant and simple. Wendi with Sweetness and Light Floral Design was one of my first calls, and she did a great job interpreting the vision into something that surprised all of us on the day as it materialized.

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I worked with Jennifer and Jeff of Honeycomb Events to design a surprise dessert table for the couple, complete with mini popcorn baskets, s’mores pops and all sorts of yummy goodies! Everything came together so wonderfully, but the couple likely wouldn’t have even noticed if it didn’t – they were so enamoured with each other and their special day, it was obvious for all to see.

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I adored getting to know this sweet couple, their eclectic and wonderful group of friends and bridal party, and even being their last minute getaway car :) Major congrats to the happy couple!

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Thank you also to our magnificent vendors who put together the day that we all envisioned!

Venue and Catering: Vintage Estate

Photography: M&Him Photo & Video

Videography: Brandon Deepwell

Florals: Sweetness and Light Floral Design

Desserts: Honeycomb Events

DJ: Ron Grandia

Makeup Artist: Julie Dy

Christopher High School Prom

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Last April, we had the privilege of designing and decorating the junior and senior prom for Christopher High School in Gilroy. They traveled up to the lovely Summit Room of the Fairmont San Jose, a spectacular venue for nearby restaurants, views and stylish decor.

We were debating between an Arabian Nights theme and a fantasy wonderland theme, and the high school committee ultimately chose to go with the wonderland.

However, as we began designing, the theme began to morph a bit, as designs often do! We finalized on an Enchanted Forest – ethereal, romantic and magical.

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With our given budget, we wanted to focus on the entryway – make the initial impressions of each student coming in something to remember, and put the emphasis on the part of the venue that would be most looked at and observed – and photographed!

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Using lanterns, little LED twinkle lights and lighting gobo designs, we created the ambiance, and the use of moss and draping florals added to the idea of being in a magical forest.

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Photos by Rhee Bevere Photography

Florals by Sweetness and Light Floral Design

Lighting by Impact Lighting

Venue: Summit Room at the Fairmont San Jose

Angela and Eugene

 

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From the very beginning, Angela and Eugene made it clear to us that they wanted their wedding to be a party! Their friends had hosted many weddings before them, and they wanted their wedding to stand out and be unique. Our hosting became a priority, and every choice made along the way was in an effort to give their guests a great time.

 

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The Ring | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Darrell Photography

Sand Ceremony | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Darrell Photography   Sand Ceremony | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Darrell Photography

Bride and Groom | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Darrell Photography

 

The best basis for showing guests an elegant and fun evening was the perfect venue – The Vintage Estate allowed for high quality elegant food service, lots of different spaces to design in different and unique ways (always keeping guests surprised!), and a late curfew to keep the dancing going.

 

Puzzle Pieces | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Darrell Photography

Parasols | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Darrell Photography

Menu | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Darrell Photography

Place Cards | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Darrell Photography

Mini Champagne | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Darrell Photography

 

The lighting, dessert table and lots of handmade signage stood out as the highlights in the design – and kept things light, fun and youthful, despite the elegance of the wedding.

 

Groomsmen | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Darrell Photography

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Bridesmaids | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Darrell Photography

Wedding Cake | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Darrell Photography

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Desserts | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Darrell Photography

 

The real surprise for guests came out right after the First Dance – GoGo dancers!

 

Dancing | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Darrell Photography

Bride and Groom | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Darrell Photography

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Thank you to Angela and Eugene for letting us be a part of your day, and thanks to our vendor team.

Venue and Catering: The Vintage Estate

Photography: Darrell Photography

Officiant: Abel Orozco

Bakery: Bouchon Bakery

Florals: Joann Cai Flowers

Ceremony Music: Lawrence String Quartet

Reception Music: DJ J-Kixx Music Service

Lighting: Got Light

Hair and Makeup: Wowpretty Professionals

Photo Booth: Photobox SF

Meet our Intern Christa

Today’s blog post is the last of three blog posts to introduce you a bit more to our team. The About Us page can be a little sterile, so we wanted to give an opportunity to our readers to get to know us a bit more casually! We went interview-style, so enjoy this week’s interview with our current intern Christa, or check out our previous post on our intern Sarah.

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What does a weekend day look like in the life of Christa? A typical weekend day would most definitely involve exploring some new spot in San Francisco that I haven’t visited before with my fiance Matthew, my favorite adventure buddy. After spending 3 years living in a city, you would think you would begin to run out of new things to do, but San Francisco is endlessly full of surprises. I love hiking, so many of our adventures end up at the top of a hill with a sweeping view of the city from a new angle. I almost always bring my camera with me and snap as many shots as I can of the newest beautiful place we have found to capture the moment. My current favorite San Francisco spots to visit are Lands End, the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps and Grandview Park, and basically any trail in the Presidio that gives you a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

What is your hands down favorite activity? Exploring, which is why I do it so often in San Francisco! But since I talked about that already, I’ll tell you my second favorite activity – running! I’ve loved running since my mom started bringing me along with her as she ran 5k’s when I was a very young child. Since then, I’ve loved being a part of track and field and cross country in high school, and later in life participating in 5k’s, 10k’s, 15k’s, and half marathons. Running is such a fun way to get a workout in, while simultaneously taking in the beauty of wherever you choose to run. I’m so lucky to live in San Francisco, where the weather is perfect for running and where my regular runs involve stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and 360 degree views of the city. Pretty awesome!

What’s your favorite city you’ve ever visited? One of my favorite cities is Seattle, Washington. I visited this city for the first time over this past summer and I had so much fun there that I could even picture myself living there someday. I absolutely love the quirky and laid back yet somehow sophisticated vibe that the city has to offer. From spending time walking along the coastline and wandering through the hundreds of vendors at Pike Place market, sampling tasty fresh fruits and vegetables, and watching vendors toss fish back and forth (literally), to taking an elevator to the top of the Space Needle for a beautiful view, to exploring fascinating art and culture museums, to venturing outside the proper city limits to hike green, forested mountains and view waterfalls, this city absolutely blew me away. Plus, there’s rain, a weather element I absolutely love and miss in the California drought!

What are you most looking forward to in 2015? 2015 is a huge year for me, brimming with possibility, so there are so many things that I could choose from! First, I am so excited to be graduating from the University of San Francisco in May. This marks the end of my school career and the true beginning of my full-time professional career. While graduating is incredibly exciting, in June I will be marrying the love of my life, Matthew, and beginning a new and ridiculously awesome chapter in our lives together! I am so excited for the wedding itself and even more excited for all of the new adventures we will be beginning together. Pretty hard to beat that!

What is the biggest lesson you ever learned about events? The biggest lesson I have learned about events is that as an event planner, it is vital to expect the unexpected. And not only that, but it’s vitally important to plan for the unexpected. You never know what the world might throw at you on the day of an event, regardless of how thorough and well thought through your plans are, because, well, life is just unexpected and surprising sometimes! I have learned that it is always a good idea to have a contingency plan for as many circumstances as possible, which takes forward thinking and brainstorming from the get-go. When you really take the time to think through all of the possibilities and to prepare for those possibilities, it makes dealing with the unexpected much more seamless, allowing whoever I am working for to continue to enjoy their event, and often to be completely unaware of the fact that an issue ever existed!

What is your favorite beverage (at all times, in all circumstances)? A chai latte. I absolutely love the sweet, spicy flavors that give this drink such a unique taste. I would be perfectly content to drink a chai latte hot or iced, depending on the weather outside of course. One of the most interesting chai drinks I have ever tried was at Big Basin Cafe in Saratoga, where I tried a chai mocha, which combines my chocolate obsession with my love for chai. Delicious!

What’s your favorite cuisine to eat? This is always a tough question for me as I love so many different cuisines, but I think my current favorite cuisine is Thai food. You can never go wrong with a delicious Pad Thai, chicken with peanut sauce, or a spicy coconut based curry.

What’s your favorite cuisine to cook? Hands-down Italian food. Italian spices are so fun to use and so versatile that they make cooking easy and enjoyable, and most of all delicious. I love cooking anything from the classic spaghetti and meatballs to eggplant parmesan and lasagna. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with quinoa by substituting this tasty and hearty grain for the traditional pasta in many of the Italian dishes I cook.

Give a brief description of your family. Currently, I feel like I have several families! My current household in San Francisco includes my 3 fabulous housemates, Esther, Kenzie, and Bri who live, move, and breathe the life of a student in San Francisco with me. My immediate family lives in San Jose and includes my parents and my younger sister who is a student at Boston University. In June, my answer will be completely different, as I will be entering into a new family and household with my fiance, Matthew! So, I think it’s safe to say that I really have three different families at the moment, all of whom I love dearly.

What is your favorite event design element? Floral decor. I love how creative and unique this design element allows the designer to be through the many variations it offers as well as how much there is to learn about flowers. You can never stop learning about different varieties of flowers! There are so many different kinds of flowers and so many different ways to arrange them to fit a color scheme, theme, mood, or feeling. I am often drawn to the natural elements of a design, and the floral elements of an event or wedding have a way of bringing out the natural beauty of a space, which I absolutely love.

Give us your travel bucket list. So far, I have not checked very many places off of the enormous list of beautiful travel destinations this world has to offer. Currently at the forefront of my travel bucket list are Italy, Ireland, Japan, and Greece. Italy because of the amazing food, beautiful destinations, and the huge amount of historical landmarks. Ireland because many of my ancestors came from this beautiful country filled with green hills and castles. Japan because it is so vastly different than anywhere I have ever been before. And finally Greece because of the breathtaking beaches, beautiful cityscapes and architecture, and again for its abundance of historical landmarks.

Last but not least…

What’s your favorite part of your job at CAWE? My favorite part of my job at CAWE is hearing our clients’ stories and having the opportunity to incorporate the unique elements of a couple’s story into their wedding. I love the fact that a huge part of my job is taking the unique elements that make each couple special and arranging these pieces to make a wedding fun, unique, and one hundred percent personalized to the lovely individuals I’m working with. Every story is new and exciting, which makes being a part of each wedding a completely invigorating and creative experience.

Bailey and Ling

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Bailey and Ling’s Facebook wedding was fun and creative for all guests to enjoy! They met working at Facebook where their love quickly blossomed and it was evident they were meant to be.

 

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March 29th, 2014 was a rainy day but a little rain wasn’t going to put a damper on this special day. Bailey began her day in a custom robe as the ladies laughed and prepared for the day ahead.

 

Wedding Shoes | Wedding Planning by Chelsea of Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by RedSphere Studios

Bride Getting Ready | Wedding Planning by Chelsea of Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by RedSphere Studios

Bridal Party | Wedding Planning by Chelsea of Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by RedSphere Studios

 

Guests gathered at the picturesque Episcopal Church of St. Matthew where their closest family and friends watched as Bailey and Ling expressed their love for one another.

 

Church Ceremony | Wedding Planning by Chelsea of Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by RedSphere Studios

Bride and Groom | Wedding Planning by Chelsea of Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by RedSphere Studios

 

The playful side of the couple truly showed as guests were entertained with the exhibits at CuriOdyssey as they sipped on wine and enjoyed tray passed hors d’oeuvres. The bridal party made the best out of a rainy day as they took pictures with a rainy backdrop and did the limbo with umbrellas as they were announced into dinner for the grand entrance.

 

Umbrella Limbo | Wedding Planning by Chelsea of Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by RedSphere Studios

Escort Cards | Wedding Planning by Chelsea of Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by RedSphere Studios   Wedding Rings | Wedding Planning by Chelsea of Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by RedSphere Studios

Themed Tabletops | Wedding Planning by Chelsea of Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by RedSphere Studios

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The party didn’t stop there – the dance floor was roaring with excitement as guests took to the floor and the celebration really began as everyone let loose.

 

Dance Floor | Wedding Planning by Chelsea of Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by RedSphere Studios

 

Guests enjoyed their cake and the couple treated everyone to a Facebook timeline slideshow where their lives and love story was outlined for everyone to see as smiles came across everyone’s face.

 

Wedding Cake | Wedding Planning by Chelsea of Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by RedSphere Studios

Wedding Cake | Wedding Planning by Chelsea of Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by RedSphere Studios

 

Towards the end of the night, the rain let up and the couple was finally able to take some moonlit pictures sans umbrellas as the redwood trees and water lent themselves to create a truly romantic setting.

 

Bride and Groom | Wedding Planning by Chelsea of Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by RedSphere Studios

Bride and Groom | Wedding Planning by Chelsea of Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by RedSphere Studios

Bride and Groom | Wedding Planning by Chelsea of Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by RedSphere Studios

 

Thanks to all of the vendors who truly made this day one that everyone could “Like” on Facebook – We just wish there was a “Love” button!

 

Accommodations: Sofitel

Ceremony Site: Episcopal Church of Saint Matthew

Reception Site: CuriOdyssey

Catering and Florals: La Bonne Cuisine

Photography: RedSphere Studios

Bakery: Kathy’s Kreative Kake’s

Reception Music: Big FUN Disc Jockeys

Hair and Make Up: Triple Twist

Sophi and Bobby

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Sophi and Bobby’s wedding was the joyful blending of two seemingly opposite families by two adoring people. I was personally a little partial to the design and the planning, since I also got married in March, with purple and sage green as my wedding colors, but I had so much fun seeing a new twist for this couple and their personalities and perspectives!

 

Groomsmen | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Todd Rafalovich Photography

Bridesmaids | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Todd Rafalovich Photography

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Every design decision made was with an ear toward the classic, but Sophi and Bobby of course put their own unique twist on it.

 

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The most unique element was our brownie sundae bar – Bobby’s personal request – and a real treat for guests!

 

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The ombre cake design by Cake Coquette was so clean and modern, matching the couple’s stationery and other clean-lined elements. The inspiration behind much of our design was watercolor – the delicate streaking of a splash of color.

 

Ombre Cake | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Todd Rafalovich Photography

Table Settings | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Todd Rafalovich Photography

 

First Dance | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Todd Rafalovich Photography

 

Sophi and Bobby were also my first couple to legally change BOTH their names – blending their two names into one new unique unit, they became Mr. and Mrs.

 

Mr. and Mrs. | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Todd Rafalovich Photography

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I loved seeing such a picturesque wedding on a crisp March day come together so nicely. I’m grateful to a fabulous vendor team that day to make this day memorable for everyone!

Venue: Thomas Fogarty Winery

Photography: Todd Rafalovich Photography

Catering and Rentals: Thomas John Events

Bakery: Cake Coquette

Florals: Sweetness and Light Floral Design

Reception Music: Big Fun DJ

Hair and Makeup: Shawn Cavlan Beauty Co.

Teri and Steve

Teri and Steve | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Sphynge Photography

Teri and Steve’s wedding, besides being utterly romantic at Holman Ranch (one of our favorite picturesque venues!), has become our ultimate story for lucky and unpredictable weather in the Bay Area. A January wedding, one we had to develop multiple rain plans for, turned into a stunningly gorgeous 80 degree day – you would have thought this was a summer wedding after all!

 

Bride Getting Ready | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Sphynge Photography

Bridal Shoes | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Sphynge Photography

Ceremony | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Sphynge Photography

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This wedding was an absolutely perfect start to our 2014 wedding season, with unique touches everywhere, a wonderful couple to work with and an amazing vendor team. We couldn’t have asked for better!

 

Bridal Party | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Sphynge Photography

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Teri handcrafted 1000 Japanese cranes for Steve, per the Japanese wedding tradition, and we used them to decorate each and every guest chair at the ceremony as well as creating draping to cover the wooden wall behind the head table and the barn doors leading into dancing.

 

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Reception Decor | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Sphynge Photography

Teri and Steve, like our florist Wendi, had a commitment to wanting to be local and sustainable, which we achieved through the all-local and seasonal flowers (super textural and gorgeous!), and our locally grown, farm-fresh family style meal by Paradise Catering.

 

Succulent Centerpiece | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Sphynge Photography

Pastel Bouquet | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Sphynge Photography

Ranch Decor | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Sphynge Photography

 

Pies, s’mores kits and a game table – not to mention the hot buttered rum specialty post-dinner beverage – made this the coziest little ranch wedding that delighted the guests.

 

First Dance | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Sphynge Photography

Centerpieces | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Sphynge Photography

Reception Decor | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Sphynge Photography

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I adored working with this sweet couple and we’re so glad we got to kick our season off with a wedding that summed up everything we love in weddings!

 

Bride and Groom | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Sphynge Photography

Bride and Groom | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events | Photo by Sphynge Photography

Thanks to the vendors that truly made the day amazing and enjoyable from start to finish.

Venue: Holman Ranch

Photography: Sphynge Photography

Music: Ron Grandia

Florals: Sweetness and Light Floral Design

Catering: Paradise Catering

Linens: Unica Party Rentals

Hair and Makeup: Shawn Cavlan Beauty Co.

Pies: Gizdich Ranch

Meet our Associate Chelsea

Today’s blog post is the second of three blog posts to introduce you a bit more to our team. The About Us page can be a little sterile, so we wanted to give an opportunity to our readers to get to know us a bit more casually! We went interview-style, so enjoy this week’s interview with our beloved associate Chelsea, or check out our previous post on our intern Sarah.

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What does a weekend day look like in the life of Chelsea? Depending on the time of the year, this can vary drastically. During wedding season I’m usually working for one of my amazing couples or assisting Caitlin with one of hers and I love every moment of it! During football season I’m either rooting for my Oregon Ducks or my beloved San Francisco 49ers. My husband and I have game day rituals that we take very seriously which include putting on our jerseycs (he wears Davis’s #85 while I proudly sport Gore’s #21), popping some champagne that we drink from our Niners glasses, and tuning out the world while we tune into the game. Any other weekend in the year beyond football and wedding season I spend with my husband relaxing and getting our to-do’s done or going on a long hike at some of our favorite local trails, finished off with cooking a delicious meal together and opening up a great bottle of wine.

What is your hands down favorite activity? Watching my Niners! (Are you sensing a common theme yet?) Preferably at the stadium so we can cheer them on with all of our fellow 49er Faithful fans. I am football obsessed and love watching anything football – college, pro, the combine, the draft, and I even play fantasy football which is so much fun!

What’s your favorite city you’ve ever visited? This is a hard one! My husband and I love to travel and did a Europe trip where we covered 12 countries and fell in love with cities such as Paris, France; Fiesole, Italy; Pag Island, Croatia; and Ljubljana, Slovenia to name a few. However, our honeymoon destination to Savusavu, Fiji takes the cake since it was so romantic and memorable – and it was well deserved after the wedding! We stayed at an amazing resort called Namale which I highly recommend to any couple looking for a fabulous honeymoon destination.

What are you most looking forward to in 2015? Besides my amazing 2015 couples? Probably the trip my husband and I have planned to Alaska and then Victoria Island in British Columbia. We’re going to a small lodge near Port Alexander that you have to take a sea plane to get to – I’m nervous about taking a plane that lands on the water! We’re going to do a ton of fishing – which I’ve never done before – and hiking and enjoy the wildlife and scenery. After that, we’re flying into Victoria for a spa retreat and relaxation before we head back to reality.

What is the biggest lesson you ever learned about events? This may seem obvious, but that every client is different. I think that all too often professionals in the industry can see a wedding or an event as just another one they have to pump out. However, I know that the CAWE team looks at our clients differently, which I love! It’s important to see each individual wedding/event as unique and help our clients to make their wedding one that truly reflects who they are as a couple. I think what I love hearing the most is when guests see the chopstick escort cards or the post card guest book or whatever personal touch it may be and they say, “That is so them!” It instantly stops me in my tracks and brings a huge smile to my face. I also love being the one behind the scenes helping my clients brainstorm what those personal touches may be.

What is your favorite beverage (at all times, in all circumstances)? Wine. Always wine. My family is big into wine and we go wine tasting all the time. While in the south of France on a family vacation, we took a wine blending course at one of the wineries and did a blind taste testing with the finished products we made. I’m pretty sure my husband won but they were all delicious!  

What’s your favorite cuisine to eat? Japanese. Sushi bars, Izakayas, Yakitoris, etc. It’s all so good! My husband and I like being adventurous when we eat at restaurants and don’t get scared off easily by anything out of the ordinary. Grilled beef tongue and monkfish liver is one of our favorites.

What’s your favorite cuisine to cook? California Fusion. I love to cook with fresh local vegetables and try different recipes with all kinds of influences. We’re so lucky to live where we do and I love taking advantage of the resources we have. My husband also loves to grill so we do that a lot when I’m busy with wedding season. I’m also obsessed with beets and seek them out in recipes and restaurants all the time.

Give a brief description of your family. Currently my little family consists of my husband Alex, our cats Sushi and Nacho (full names Sushi-Cat and Nacho-Gato), and our Roborovski dwarf hamsters Ham and Eggs (full names Rum Ham and Eggs Benedict). We’d love to get a dog soon and are open to food-based name suggestions! My husband and I met at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and got married on 9.10.11 in Malibu. He’s a graphic designer who specializes in web and apps and is just as big of a Niners fan as I am.

What is your favorite event design element? I really love the element of light and how it can set the tone of an event. Whether it’s uplights, candles, chandeliers, luminaries, or so on, I believe that investing in lighting really pulls everything together!

Give us your travel bucket list. 

- Thailand – which we’re going to in 2016!
- Either Iceland or Finland to see the Northern Lights 
- Maldives
- Seychelles
- Japan

Last but not least…

What’s your favorite part of your job at CAWE? My clients! My clients are all amazing and I love working with them. I enjoy working with them on a professional level but also getting to know them and having a personal relationship as well. I also get really excited when I’m able to start working with them from the very beginning of their planning and help them procure a venue and work with them through the design process. Design is my favorite part of the planning process and I love bringing their ideas to fruition and see it all come together beautifully on the day. Throughout all of this we build a relationship and it makes the day so special. I get sad when the event is over because I never want to say goodbye to a couple and I always love hearing from them afterwards and getting updates – which I do from a lot of my couples! I get really excited when I hear from previous clients :)

Jennie and Dave

Jennie and Dave | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

 

Jennie and Dave finished out our 2013 wedding season at the Mountain Winery, a stunning venue with perfect late fall weather and a great combination of touching, sentimental moments with laughter and pure fun.

 

Jennie Getting Ready | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

Shoes and Bouquet | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

Mr. and Mrs. Rings | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

 

Their ceremony would have brought anyone to tears, as dear friends of theirs played guitar and sang the processional songs, and Jennie’s nephews walked the rings down the aisle in their adorable bowties.

 

Ring Bearers | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events   Ceremony Florals | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

Ceremony | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

 

The wedding was a classically elegant affair with good food, amazing dessert and a lot of dancing!

 

Dessert Table | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

Desserts | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events   Desserts | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

Desserts | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events   Desserts | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

Cake Topper | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

 

My favorite image of the night was Jennie in her picture-perfect princess gown sitting at the sweetheart table with Dave, and they were both clearly just so into each other and their day – it was as if everything and everyone else just faded away as they looked at each other and out at their wedding reception. Yes, I know I’m being cheesy but hey – I’m a wedding planner, I better be a hopeless romantic too! :)

 

Sweetheart Table | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

The guests’ favorite touches were the thoughtfulness Jennie and Dave gave to their parent-guests by providing a daycare downstairs, complete with crafts, games and a TV with movies, as well as the giant faces of Jennie and Dave to use in the photo booth – I’m pretty sure those props were used in almost every booth session!

 

Chevron Centerpieces | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

Reception Tables | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

Puzzle Pieces Guest Book | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events   Puzzle Pieces Guest Book | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

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We loved being a part of a wedding that was simultaneously peaceful and happy, while also being a total celebration at the same time, with families that were honored to be there and see Jennie and Dave become husband and wife!

 

Jennie and Dave | Photo by Mike Danen Photography | Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

 

Thank you to all the vendors who helped us pull this day off!

Venue and Catering: Mountain Winery

Photography: Mike Danen Photography

Dessert Table: Honeycomb Events

Bakery: Icing on the Cake

Florist: Fujii Florist

Music: MK Mobile Sound

Linens: Napa Valley Linens

Hair Stylist: Janet Lopez

Makeup Artist: Beauty by Anna

Photo Booth: Smile City Photo Booth

Babysitters: Sitters Unlimited