Sharon & Tim on Borrowed & Blue

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As wedding coordinators, we spend a great deal of time, with much enjoyment I must say, scouring through magazines, websites, blogs, etc. for continuous education and inspiration for our own practices. These sources show us what is happening throughout the wedding world, which allows us to remain “en vogue” with current trends or deviate from the norm to create something out of the ordinary.

Being notified by one of our favorite online publication sources, Borrowed & Blue, with the news that a wedding of Chelsea’s was chosen as a Featured Wedding on their site was an absolute honor. We would love to share this feature, and invite you to experience Sharon & Tim’s wedding! To do so, please click or copy & paste the following link:

http://www.borrowedandblue.com/san-francisco/weddings/sharon-tim

Stay tuned for our very own blog post for Sharon & Tim :)

Breanna and Alex

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Breanna and Alex’s wedding was such a sweet one, with loving and grateful families and an incredibly adorable couple. I actually didn’t even meet the couple in person until the rehearsal, and I was blown away at how creative they were! Breanna really should open her own Etsy shop! Everything about their wedding was thoughtfully designed and personal to them and their loves.

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Since Breanna is a librarian, they incorporated her love for books into the theme, and were incredibly stylish in their typography, colors (the deep purples were ravishing!), and even Breanna’s hair and birdcage veil. Especially mid-wedding season, it was so refreshing and fun to have a wedding that was different and non-traditional, but still elegant and not “out there.” [Breanna’s hair actually even inspired my own hair for a wedding I was a bridesmaid in later last year!]

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Loving every minute of the attention and celebration, Alex led the charge in dancing up the day and the two partied the night away with their guests.

As usual with our couples, but particularly with such a darling couple as these two, I was incredibly honored to get to put things together for them.

Thank you to all the vendors that helped create a special wedding!

Venue and Catering: The Vintage Estate

Photography: Jen Philips Photography

Officiant: Reverend Michael LeBlanc

Videography: W Video Productions

Bakery: Sift Dessert Bar

Florals: Flower Designs by Karen Brown

Music: DJ Jose Miguel

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Photo Booth: Purple Monkey Photo Booth

Hair Stylist: Lynnae Emery

Makeup Artist: KG Makeup

Samantha and Bruce

 

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Samantha and Bruce’s Mountain Terrace wedding was another wedding we had the privilege of designing with the couple. My favorite part of this design was our broad color palette. Instead of the more typical 2-4 colors, we had an entire palette that blended together and changed for each space we were working with. Blues, peaches, purples, and greys, all differing shades, all in the same color family but distinctively different were our inspiration, combined with the elegance of a Gatsby-era summer party, and the romanticism of a secret garden.

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We also got to utilize our in house design services for all of Samantha and Bruce’s stationery and paper goods!

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The symbol of a key has always been dear to Samantha’s heart, and then to Bruce’s too as they grew together in a relationship, so we wanted to have a nod toward that symbolism incorporated as well.

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From an antique folding screen holding our escort cards to the decadent dessert table by Honeycomb Events, this wedding was a design surprise from start to finish. Each and every centerpiece differed slightly as well, keeping the space interesting and dynamic.

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While we love all our couples, we truly adore getting to participate fully in the design process of a wedding and exercise that side of our creativity! We also love all the vendors that we can rely on to put together a stunning design with us! Thank you!

Venue: The Mountain Terrace

Photography: Andre Nguyen Photography

Florals: Sweetness and Light Floral Design

Ceremony Music: Paul Mehling with Entire Productions

Reception Music and Lighting: MK Mobile Sound

Dessert Table: Honeycomb Events

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Hair and Makeup: L Salon

Stationery and Graphic Design: Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

Groom’s Cake: The Royal Bakery

Alison and Mike

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When Alison first reached out to us, her initial question was “we’ve been playing around with the idea of having the wedding at my parents’ house – is that even doable and where do we start??” Not the first time we have had that question and I’m sure it’s a question often faced by anyone who has the opportunity to use a private home to host any sort of event or party. But truthfully, we LOVE it.

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At-home events and weddings have a really special side to them that a venue just can’t offer – the personal, the intimate. It also allows us as event coordinators to “play” a bit more, utilizing all our expertise and contacts to think of every scenario and create the event from scratch – no other event to go off of, and no site coordinator to give direction! What may be the makings of a completely overwhelming idea to some, make us a little giddy!

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Add to the fun of planning this wedding (yes, our definition of fun) was the fact that Alison and Mike are wonderfully busy people, but with clear ideas of what they like and don’t like, and a desire to approach planning with efficiency. Not a “romantic” term but one that’s music to my ears as a Type A logistical woman. That meant that often throughout the planning process, I heard “you just do it,” a feat we’re totally up for!

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One of the few weddings this year that I felt I had such intimate involvement with, I had the privilege of knowing Alison since high school, got to build up the wedding from the beginning and walk the couple through the entire process hands-on, and even got to purchase and design some of the items and goodies for the big day. It just made the day of the wedding that much more special to me!

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Everything that day was a big sigh of relief for the whole family. There was beautiful weather, everything ran on time, and most importantly, folks seemed to have a TON of fun dancing it up. We had some pretty talented and inspiring dancers in attendance and they lived up to the challenge!

I was so honored to have been a part of everything and can’t wait for our next upcoming private home wedding!

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

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 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.

 

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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.

 

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

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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